Temperance Union Oath, 1850

Once a stopping point for many travelers heading south from Cleveland, the Cleveland connection is difficult to erase from Medina's core. However, the Wooster Pike did more than bring overnight guests to town. The Women's Christian Temperance Movement began in Cleveland in 1850. This anti-alcohol movement quickly spread to small towns including Oberlin, HIram and Medina. The proponents of temperance were encouraged by Lathrop Cooley, leader of the Franklin Circle Church in Ohio City. His second wife dedicated the marble fountain located on the Medina Square to commemorate her late husband's work.
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