Excerpts from the January 2005 "Randolph Times"
Volume 7, Issue 1
The President's Message (and Family Tree combined)
As I contemplate the first snowfall (and perhaps one of the
winter season, I am looking toward 2005 and the opportunity to
the historical society as president. First, I would like to
the other newly elected officers and board members and to thank
those who are stepping down or moving into other jobs. Paul Dewey
has done a fine job for the past three years and deserves special
for guiding our organization through a very successful
year in 2004. He will continue to be active as a board
in 2005, filling out the unexpired term of Byron W. Copp who
passed away in November. Many of you knew Byron as your Clayton
mail carrier, or perhaps as your insurance agent or as a local
auction buff. He was a lifetime charter member of our historical
society and served on the board since our founding in 1998. His
efforts on behalf
the society will be sorely missed. JoeAnne (Knoop) Conners, member
previous resident of the township who now lives in Dayton, has
elected to the board seat vacated by Hobert Robbins. We wish
the best and hope he will be able to take a more active role
in the future. Bob Hine continues in his second year on the
and must be thanked for all his work in organizing the all-class
High School reunion last June. Karl Schroeder and Loren
will replace each other in the roles of vice president and
member, respectively. We are hoping that one of our younger
Kay Dawson, will enjoy recording minutes of our meetings while
Caroline Bergman becomes the corresponding secretary. Finally, Sue
Cummings will combine the duties of treasurer with the processing
plus many other unheralded tasks! We want to make our
society the best it can be. Our efforts can succeed if you, our
members, take a more active role in the society. An old saying
goes "many hands make for light work." Please volunteer to
serve or chair one of our standing committees or offer assistance
in other tasks such as filing materials in the archives room,
serving as hosts in the history room, writing articles about your
family for the newsletter, clipping obituaries and items about the
historical society from local papers, suggesting speakers for
programs or phoning members to remind them of upcoming events.
Everyone's help is needed.
Family Tree Randolph Times, Vol. 7, Issue 1 January 2005
taken from "Oren Family Stories" by Rev. Ira A. Oren, Ruth E.
Oren and Virginia E. (Oren) Groves
has not stopped at the intersection of Old Salem Rd. and Union Rd.
enjoyed looking at the old white frame Happy Corner Church of the
(originally the Lower Stillwater Church) on the SW corner or
modern church complex built in 1979 on the NW corner? Our eyes
also would stray off the road to a brick house on the opposite
side of the
which for many years had a sign hanging from the porch saying
Corner - Oren House." Did you ever wonder about the story behind
recent family history donated by James and Betty Oren provides the
family tree and, through personal recollections of relatives and
helps clarify the impact the Oren Family had on the development
Happy Corner Church. Only the highlights of some of the stories
given here. Much more information along with photos can be studied
the society's genealogy archives.
The Oren family can trace their ancestors to
England, Ireland and even Russia. Later generations settled in
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana and Clinton and Highland Counties
in Ohio. Our interest will focus on Alva Warren Oren born to
Quaker parents Ira and Mary Ann Oren in Indiana. After attending
the public schools and completing 3 years of Normal School, Alva
and the rest of his family moved to Carrol Co. TN where he taught
school and engaged in the sawmill and shingle business. Alva
united with the Church of the Brethren in the New Hope Church in
Carrol Co. and was called to the ministry. In 1899 he married Alma
May Mummert, whose parents were Aaron and Minnie Mummert of
Phillipsburg, OH. After spending some years in Tennessee, Alva and
Alma moved to Trotwood ca. 1904. By 1906 they owned a small house
just east of Happy Corner School. Alva and Alma had five boys:
John David, Ira Aaron, Samuel Byron, Jesse Myron and Harold Alva.
The older boys went to Happy Corner School, the younger ones to
Clayton and all but Harold (Parker Co-op) graduated from Randolph.
From 1906 to 1941, Alva took an active part in the free ministry
program of Happy Corner Church.
the subdistrict schools were consolidated in 1921, Alva bought the
old Happy Corner School building and remodeled it into a "big
brick house." John David Oren, described by Rev. Ivan Gascho of
Happy Corner Church as a pillar of the community, came into
possession of the house in 1937. He and his first wife Naomi cared
for 33 local "foster" children until she
passed away. Later, after the children were grown, he married
Kathryn Conklin and they lived in the house until John's death.
Oren family members had lived in this house for all but 4 years
between 1923 and 1987. In September 1987, Kathryn Oren donated the
Oren House at 7038 Union Rd. to Happy Corner Church according to
the wishes of her late husband. In later years the house was used
as a church parsonage.