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Excerpts from the January 2006 "Randolph Times"
Volume 8, Issue 1

From The President:

From Glynn Marsh

     We hope you are enjoying the holiday season and wish you all the best in the New Year!  You will receive this January newsletter a bit earlier than some times as we are mailing early to avoid the increase in postal rates that takes effect in 2006.
         As mentioned in my October column, 2006 is the bicentennial of the legislation that authorized the building of the National Road.  It is our intention to make this the theme of our history programs for next year.  To build enthusiasm for this topic, our meeting on November 9, 2005 featured presentations by several of our own very knowledgeable members.  Ed Kemper, who is president of ONRA (the Ohio National Road Association), said his organization is busy working with groups across the state of Ohio to promote activities along the old National Road next year. Special programs at four sites across the state are being planned.  When Ed learned about our society's planned exhibit, with proposed links to Vandalia-Butler and Clay Township historical societies, he said he would try to convince other members in the state association to hold one of their four programs in this part of Ohio.  The board endorsed a membership in ONRA for  2006.
        Our plans for the National Road Bicentennial Display at the Englewood Government Center next summer are taking shape already.  Paul Dewey showed a new video which he has put together about the building of the National Road across the State of Ohio.  Paul says the video is still a "work-in-progress" and he will be adding more narrative, but the draft version was very educational.  We hope to have this audio-visual presentation running on demand at the exhibit next summer and possibly sell some copies if there is enough interest.  Caroline Bergman and JoeAnne Conners have made lists of businesses situated along Rt. 40 from the 1940s to present times and Sue Cummings is incorporating this information into loose-leaf binders with block-by-block maps. Photos of the older businesses are being included.  Hobert Robbins is taking color photos of all current buildings.  This research will enable us to do a timeline display for public viewing next summer.  Sue also completed two display boards - one tracing the history of the road from Cumberland, MD to Vandalia, IL  and one featuring the road in Randolph Twp.  The boards currently are on display in the History Room.
         We invite other members to contribute their time and expertise to assist the above-mentioned individuals with their work.  We especially need suggestions of persons or companies that might be able to help us design, blow-up and mount the graphic displays in the lobby of the government center.   Please call with suggestions.


 
The Family Tree: 

"The Industrious Wagoner Family"
(from the "Biography and Family History of Floyd R. Wagoner" by Gerald C. Wagoner and conversations with Carl Wagoner.

 

     

Three Wagoner brothers have led fruitful lives along the National Road.  Their names are very familiar to residents of this area.  Carl Wagoner, the eldest, owns and operates Wagoners Store at 324 S. Union Rd. which will celebrate 50 years of service in 2006.  Middle son Gerald helped Carl with the store in the early years but later ran a shoe repair business in the rear of 14 W. National Rd.  The youngest son, Glen, operated Wagoners Landscaping and Nursery on Rt. 40 for decades - now the business concentrates on power equipment.  But what about the family behind these good German Baptist Brethren entrepreneurs?
          The family traces its origins to Pyrmont, Germany where a possible ancestor, Phillip Waggoner may have lived.  Family tradition says that he immigrated to Pyrmont, PA and then some family members came to Pyrmont, OH.  When others moved to Carroll County, IN, they set up a new community which they promptly named "Pyrmont."  Somewhere along the way, the second "g" was dropped in the surname and the family became known as the Wagoners.
         Floyd Raymond Wagoner, the father of Carl, Gerald and Glen, was born in Pyrmont, IN near the middle fork of Wildcat Creek on Sept. 30, 1898 to Emanuel and Eva Hufford Wagoner.  Floyd had two brothers, Artus and Alva.  Their grandfather Leonard also lived nearby.  Leonard's father, John, Jr. had emigrated from Dayton, Montgomery County, OH in about 1828.  Before that John's family had lived in Huntington Co. PA.
         Floyd married Mary Cecil Denlinger on December 17, 1921.  Cecil, as she was called, was born one mile south of Englewood on November 11, 1900.  After her marriage, her father Allen purchased an 87-acre farm 2-1/2 miles west of Englewood on the National Rd. (some may remember this in later years as the Caylor farm).  They made this their first home.  In order to supplement their farm income, Floyd and Cecil sold produce in Dayton. They would load their wagon with meat, butter, chickens, eggs, vegetables and fruits and sell it at their stand, first on St. Clair St. and then on Jefferson St.  They continued this for about fifteen years until the markets closed during W W II.
         In 1929, Cecil and Floyd bought the 80-acre farm on Union Rd. originally owned by Samuel L. Herr.  The large brick house had been built in 1868 and the barn about ten years later.  Floyd and his sons farmed while daughter Mildred helped her mother. They survived the Depression by working hard, selling at market and living frugally.  Beginning in the 1940s, Floyd and his sons also farmed for Jesse Lowe, Howard Evans, Harry Motter, Ezra Cassell, Elwood Nolan and Charles Wenger. All these farms now are housing developments or shopping centers. Carl built the Brethren clothing store in front of the barn in April 1956 and he and his wife Hazel continued to live in the old brick house after the parents moved to a new house just south of Fairview Cemetery. By 1967 the store had been expanded and the barn was being used as a factory to sew suits and trousers.  Today, hats are the only items made on site.