Oct 14, 7p Business Meeting/Slate of officers for 2016 due
Nov 11, 1p Elections Meeting/WW II Program
Dec 9, 1p Business Meeting/Approve calendar for 2016,
establish committees, etc. & enjoy holiday treats
Oct 8, 1 to 3p “Bus Tour of Woodland Cemetery”– A. Houschouer
(no spots left – carpool at History Center at 12:30 p)
Wed. Nov 11, 1p “Tribute to WW II Veterans” Program
Roundtable Discussion with Stories & Letters
Aug 22, 1 to 4p OPEN HOUSE for I Grew up in Englewood
Talk on D.C.&P. railroad well attended
Scott Trostel (photo), author of numerous books on railways and local history, addressed the Historical Society on July 18, talking about his book, Electric Traction Along the Stillwater. The book features facts and photos of the Dayton, Covington, and Piqua (D.C.&P.) electric railway. Always a popular speaker at the Historical Society, Trostel attracted about 60 people who enjoyed his talk and traction line slides, shared refreshments afterward, and bought autographed copies of his books on local railway history and on the Lincoln inaugural and funeral trains.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, many different companies built and maintained railroads between various rural towns, powering the trains with electricity. The traction lines, also known as interurbans, provided transportation to and from larger cities for workers and shoppers.
The D.C.&P. tracks paralleled the Dayton-Covington Pike (now State Route 48) for most of the way from Dayton to Covington, and then veered east to Piqua. In towns, the tracks ran down the center of the street. The mural at the corner of Main Street and National Road in Englewood shows a D.C.&P. car on the tracks at the corner.
The trains ran every hour, and usually it was possible to get to downtown Dayton on “the cars” more quickly than you can get there in an automobile during rush hour today!
The trains also made it possible for farmers to ship their produce to market in Dayton and for rural youngsters to attend high school in towns along the route or specialized schools in Dayton.
Trostel also explained how, to spur revenue on weekends, the companies bought land and created parks where city dwellers could escape the city. The company maintaining the D.C.&P. railroad established Fairview Park and Forest Park in Dayton and Overlook Park, in West Milton. At one time, Overlook Park was able to provide facilities for 500 people, including a dance hall and a dining establishment.
“The Covered Bridges of Miami County, OH”
Doug Christian – Speaker
REPORT ON THE PROGRAM - APRIL 18, 2015
More than fifty people came to the History Center on April 18 to learn about "The Covered Bridges of Miami County." Speaker Doug Christian passed out beautiful handouts showing old photos and maps of the many early bridge sites. The only historic covered bridge that remains today is the Eldean Bridge east of Troy, which was restored under Christians direction as county engineer in 2008. There were many oohs and aahs during the talk and good questions afterwards. Jan Stahl organized the delicious refreshments that followed. The photos show Trostel with microphone (#2) and slide at start of the talk (#3).
Doug Christian is an engineer by trade and a historian and
preservationist at heart. Christian has made it his passion to research and
document more than 20 covered bridges that used to exist in Miami
County. While working as the County Engineer for Miami Co. he was
responsible for restoration and/or preservation of historic stone arches and
steel bridges under his jurisdiction.
One of Christian’s most noteworthy projects was the restoration of the
1860 Eldean Covered Bridge. The bridge carries County Road 33 over the
Great Miami River in Concord and Staunton Townships. It is the longest
surviving “Long truss” type bridge in the U. S. with its two spans extending
224 feet, and the only old covered bridge left standing in Miami County.
The Bridge was placed on the National Register in 1975 and restored in
ENGLEWOOD ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ENJOY FIELD TRIP TO MUSEUM
Sixty-three third graders from Englewood Elementary School, plus teachers and interested parents came to the RTHS History Center for a late spring field trip on Tuesday afternoon, May 19. Organized by teacher Amy Day, the field trip also included students from Angela Burkhardts and Ashley Rudds classes. They came in two groups, one at 1:00 p.m. and the second at 2:00 p.m., alternating with a stop at the local Dairy Queen before walking back to the their school. The photos show students walking into the History Center and five of our six guides (LT to RT): Glynn Marsh, Ron Papp, Cleva Collar, Kay Dawson, and Mary Geiger. Guide Sue Cummings took the photo.
70th ANNIVERSARY OF WW II EXHIBIT
NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC
The displays honor the men and women of Randolph Township who answered duty's call after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They served their country in the Navy, Army, Air Corps and Nurses Corps. Photos, articles, uniforms, flags, and letters to and from home tell their story. The exhibit is open every Saturday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. until November 30th. Open other times by appointment.
Service Clubs and Community Update
Attendees at the February 28 program learned that Union VFW Post 5434 was named after WW-II Army Air Corps pilot George A. Small, and Vietnam Army soldier William E. Brown, both killed in action. the VFW holds several functions annually to benefit local charities and veterans. Northmont F.I.S.H. provides food, clothing and personal hygiene to area families on a regular and emergency basis. The Northmont Eduction Foundation awarded $82,000 in scholarships to Northmont students and teachers in 2014.
Jan 14 1p
Business Mtg/ Year End Reports, Installation of New Officers and Board Members, Approval of Calendar of Activities for 2015
Feb 11 1p
Business Mtg/ History IQ Game
Mar 11 1p
Business/ Program Mtg. "A hosting we will go" Learn about new acquisitions & displays - a refresher course for new and returning History Center hosts
Feb 21 2 - 4p
Service Clubs in Community: Part II
ROOFING PROJECT IS FINISHED ON OCTOBER 8, 2014
The recycled aluminum roof, decorative park benches, and landscaping added in 2014 give the RTHS History Center a well-maintained and unified look.
ANGIE HOSCHOUER GIVES
WOODLAND CEMETERY TALK
On November 12, Angie Hoschouer, who is a charter member of RTHS and now the Manager of Development and Marketing for Woodland Cemetery, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the beauty and significance of the buildings and famous gravesites located in this historic Dayton cemetery. The presentation was enthusiastic and informative and the slides were inspiring. The speaker indicated that the cemetery offers many programs for visitors during the year, including free bus tours of the grounds. RTHS plans a tour in October 2015.
World War II Items wanted for Veterans Day Program/Displays
In 2015, May 8 and August 14 will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe and the Pacific. Veterans of WWII are dying at the rate of 100 a day, and what Tom Brokaw has called The Greatest Generation will soon be gone. Their memories and stories should not die with them.
The Society is asking that anyone with diaries, letters, memorabilia, or photos from Randolph Township men or women who served in the war, share these with the Society. Photos and letters can be scanned and returned to the family or accepted as donations. Accounts of life on the home front during the war or of service as a conscientious objector are also welcome. Contact Sue Cummings, 832-1858, or Kay Dawson, 836-6314 if you have items to share.