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WELLSVILLE – Just in time for the holidays, the O’Hara family gave the Wellsville Carnegie Public Library a very special gift.
According to Patrick O’Hara, the family, which also includes his four siblings (Terry, Tim, Kathy and Becky), entrusted the family with the painting of Chief Logan Rock, which has been in the family for nearly four decades.
The painting will adorn a wall in the library, which appears to be an appropriate location for the work commissioned by artist Hans Hacker, which was featured on one of the series of postcards created for a Wellsville Kiwanis Club fundraiser in 1963. .
The works will be on permanent loan.
Hacker, the chief designer of a major German producer of decals for the ceramics industry, settled permanently in East Liverpool in 1939 after the Nazis came to power. He had developed a liking for the place over the previous dozen years, when he had been there for work.
The O’Hara family owns the WC Bunting Co., which has been in existence since 1880 and in ceramic decoration since 1946.
“Hans Hacker was known to put down and frame his paintings, and this one is no exception” explained Patrick O’Hara. “It has been presented and will remain in its original form to maintain the integrity of the edition.”
Much of his work is at the Smithsonian Institution and the Butler Institute of American Art; however, several institutions in east Liverpool, including the Museum of Ceramics, Dawson Funeral Home and now Wellsville Library, exhibit his oils and watercolors of houses, schools, businesses and landscapes on the borders of the region.
Originally called Wellsville’s Indian Head, the rock featured in the O’Hara play once stood at the eastern end of the village. However, when the Ohio Department of Transportation built Highway 7 four-lane in the mid to late 1960s, it was one of the area’s many casualties.
The rock, later named after Chief Logan, is reminiscent of Mount Rushmore. Instead of man-made sculptures, which feature the likenesses of four US presidents, Chief Logan was not deliberately carved into the Wellsville location.
Indian Head Rock (aka Chief Logan) emerged a century after his death, when a quarry cut stone into the hill and caused a rock formation resembling the profile of a man.
Locals viewed the rock as a tribute to Chief Logan, who was an important Native American ally of English settlers until they ambushed his tribe in his absence, killing a dozen in 1774 as part of the Yellow Massacre. Creek.
The murders resulted in the vengeance of Chief Logan, which ultimately led to a series of attacks and Lord Dunsmore’s war.
The settlers eventually forced the Native Americans to cede all land south of the Ohio River and west of the Allegheny Mountains in exchange for the English’s oath not to settle north of the river.
In the name of the history of the area, the citizens of the Wellsville area fought for the preservation of the rock against the promoters of the state. Even US Representative Wayne L. Hayes has promised to ask President Richard Nixon to intervene, but the enormous cost ($ 3-4 million in 1972) to ODOT to divert the route has quashed residents’ objections.
So Hacker, who took inspiration from local life and landscapes, saw Indian Head Rock for one of his most prized pieces.
After all, Hacker’s art style was known as Basic Realism, and as his bio on the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame website says, “As the art progressed towards surrealism and modernism, (Hacker) adapted but kept the same basic style, mastering it and making it his own.”
Hacker died in 1994, and representatives of Commercial Decal said he designed more tableware designs than any other artist in the United States at that time, also calling him “Great influence on American tableware from the end of the 1930s.”