Volume 9, Issue 2
From Glynn Marsh
The migratory ducks arrived on our lake about two weeks ago and soon will fly further North. This is a sure sign of spring and I am certain that all of us are ready for it, after the cold and snowy January and February.
Our first program for 2007 "Memories of the Dayton- Covington Pike: Part I" was greeted with enthusiasm by members and guests on March 14th. The weather was warm and even though we had a few rain showers before the evening was over, we enjoyed a good turnout at the Ward Center. Our three speakers for the evening were Jim Studebaker, Marlin Applegate and Bob Lodge (sitting in for Malcolm Treon). Thanks to all three of these men for sharing their stories about growing up along Route 48 in the 1930s-1970s. Paul Dewey taped the program and Kay Dawson will transcribe it so that we can document these important memories of local history in a booklet later this year. You may recall that we used a similar approach with the National Road last year and everyone seemed to support this type of oral history project. Our motto is "If it works, keep doing it."
Sandy Gustin and her crew of photographers have been busy completing their photographic inventory of all buildings and sites along Route 48. The snow in February delayed completion of the task but warm weather will bring them out again. Our goal is to document the way Route 48 looks today for future generations with photos in an album and on CD.
Another project that I have been working on this winter is to update and clarify parts of Earl Heck's 1965 History of Englewood and the surrounding areas. Kay Dawson put Heck's manuscript on disk over a year ago. His original manuscript was done on an old fashioned typewriter with keys that jumped up and down, making the pages very difficult to read. Heck also described sites in terms of who was living there at the time (in the 1940s- l960s) rather than use addresses. I have been trying to correlate houses with street addresses so that future generations will be able to read and understand his history a bit easier.
Eventually, we hope to publish an annotated and indexed version of Heck's history and perhaps add relevant photos. If there is anyone out there with expertise in book publishing, please give me a call to discuss this project.
Finally, the Society is working to assume control of our web site, www.rths.org, so that we will be able to update it ourselves in a more regular fashion. We thank Mike Corcoran who designed the site for us in 2004 and who did a good job running it until his schedule became too crowded with other things.