From the "Randolph Times,"
Volume 8, Issue 4
The President's Message from Glynn Marsh
In December 2005, when our
membership decided to make the bicentennial of the National Road
the focus of our 2006 programs and projects, little did we know
the amount of labor that would be willingly expended and the
quality of the results. Thanks to everyone who donated
their time and expertise in helping meet our program and project
goals. I would like to bring everyone up to date on where
we stand today. More extensive reports about some of the
topics will appear elsewhere in this newsletter.
The two programs we held in March and
May called "Memories of Old Route 40" were very well
attended. Audio tapes were made of each of the two
programs and the tapes were transcribed into hard copy.
The result is a 45-page booklet, "Memories of Old Route 40 -
Parts I and II," which includes stories told by Lynn Binkley,
Roger Garwood, Bob "Tuck" Lodge, Carl Wagoner and Lee
Winteregg, plus comments from members of the audience. The
booklet provides first hand accounts of what it was like growing
up along the National Road in Randolph Township during the
1920s-1970s. Names, places and events are recalled with
gusto and give a great oral history of this area. Anyone
who grew up here or has relatives still in the area should enjoy
having a copy of this booklet.
The multimedia exhibit, "Along the
National Road," set up in the Englewood Government Center from
June 15th through July 31st, included displays from the
Vandalia Butler and Clay Township Historical Societies as well
as our own. Over 1500 visitors viewed the displays and came away
with a unique historical insight into how the National Road
impacted northern Montgomery County from its completion here in
1838 through present times.
The Randolph Township portion of
"Along the National Road" was set up at the Englewood
Festival in August. Some visitors to the society's
history tent saw the exhibit for the first time - others were
coming back for a closer, more in-depth second look.
"Memories of Old Route 40" booklets were available and over
half were sold during the two-day event. Now, we are
looking forward to two more programs before 2006 is history.
At "Identify that Photo Night,"
some 50 photos recently donated to the society will be on
display. Many show local houses and residents. Our
task is to identify the locations, date the photos and possibly
identify some of the individuals in the photos. We need
the expertise of all members (especially those who have lived in
the area for many years) to help! Members also are invited
to bring their old photos for assistance in identification and
Finally, our "Along the National Road"
boards will be set up at the November Meeting for one LAST LOOK.
The Family Tree
The Smith Family of Section 3, Randolph
from W. H. Beers, 1882 History of Montgomery Co., tax
records, atlases and maps of Randolph Township)