Centerville Icon to Close after 36 Years

Tilton's Marathon Gas station, a Centerville Icon for 36 years, will close on March 29th forever.  Known for car repairs and a convenient fuel stop at 199 N. Main Street, it has been a Centerville fixture in the community.  The gas station and car repair bays are located across the street from Benham's Grove on State Route 48. A sign thanking customers for their patronage was placed in the window a couple of weeks ago.  Also pasted to the window is a personal letter from Ted Tilton, the owner, explaining that he has decided to retire.  It also states that he had tried to sell the business … [Read more...]

Exploring Dayton’s Public History

Each year, the public history students at Wright State University hold a graduate symposium to enable them to present their research and capstone projects. If you love local history, you won't want to miss some of the great stories these students have discovered. PLUS: The featured speaker this year is George Willeman (pictured right), Library of Congress Film Vault curator and WSU film grad. The symposium will be held on Friday, March 14, in the WSU Student Union. The Symposium is free, but please RSVP by March 7. RSVP by calling the Wright State University Archives at 937-775-2092 or … [Read more...]

Fail Or Slop – The Unfortunate Fate Of The Sinclair Library

The Unfortunate Fate Of The Sinclair Library             Sinclair Community College, whose sprawling campus takes up much of the Western portion of Downtown Dayton, began as a two roomed bookkeeping and mechanical drawing class located at the local YMCA in 1887. Many in the region have grown up with the legacy of Sinclair Community College and are well versed in its history and influence within the area, but few are aware of the bizarre feat of engineering that had to be undertaken shortly before the original seven buildings were set to be opened to students in September of 1972. The board … [Read more...]

Boxing in Dayton – From Past History to Present “Knockout”

On Saturday Night (February 25, 2012), 17 brave locals will enter the ring at historic Memorial Hall in Downtown Dayton to show the boxing skills they've learned over the past several weeks, months and even years of training at Drake's Downtown Gym in the first Dayton Knockout V.I.P. Fight Night!  This highly-anticipated event is presented by AIDS Resource Center Ohio and Dayton History (in collaboration with Drake's Downtown Gym) with proceeds benefiting these two excellent organizations.  Knockout Tickets are $15 advance/$20 door for General Admission, with limited $25 advance tickets … [Read more...]

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‘Dayton ready to help greet 1932’

Eighty years ago, the Dayton Daily News gave the following report as Daytonians weathering the Great Depression made plans to celebrate the New Year holiday. The "clarion blasts" and "owl cars" have passed along with the heyday of hotel parties and public dances, but it's likely their great-grandchildren will also see "many whistles made wet as usual." Dayton ready to help greet 1932 new year Many public and private parties arranged for annual event A few more hours and Dayton residents will greet a new year. Indications Thursday were that the event which comes with the ushering in of … [Read more...]

Buses, Deliveries, Radio Shows, Civil Rights, and History: How One Man from Xenia Spent His Time in the Sixties

"I lived through it," Roy S. Hieatt, my father, tells me. The year was 1959, and he was on a racially segregated bus from Biloxi, Mississippi to Corbin, Kentucky, his birthplace. A year later in Greensboro, North Carolina, four black students, Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and two others from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College sat in the whites only section of an F. W. Woolworth's diner. Their seemingly small initial protest against the hypocrisy of "separate but equal" was a brushfire that ignited a civil rights movement across the nation. Although Roy was on a bus headed … [Read more...]

History In The Making – Heritage Center Grand Opening

Dayton History and Carillon Park are proud to announce the grand opening of the Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship on August 20 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. It will mark the largest single public opening of new exhibits and attractions at Carillon Park since the Park’s debut in 1950. The Heritage Center will showcase nearly 1,000 rarely seen artifacts as well as the restored original Deeds Barn, renovated ARMCO steam locomotive, brightly painted Carousel of Dayton Innovation, the We Progress Through Change Theatre, Dayton made toys, plus the evolution of Huffy, NCR, … [Read more...]

No complaining if the jury gets it wrong…

(Taken from information provided by Dayton History) Innocent or Guilty? You Decide... Join Dayton History for an interactive courtroom drama at the Old Courthouse. This summer, the sensational 1896 Bessie Little (don't click on this link unless you want the WHOLE story pre-trail - and that takes the fun out of it) murder case will be re-tried, with the verdict decided by you - the audience. After listening to evidence from both the prosecution and defense, spectators will be left to determine whether Bessie Little met death as a result of suicide - or murder. With one of … [Read more...]

Author Julie Williams to Speak on Wright Brothers Aviation School in Montgomery, Alabama

In 1910, Orville and Wilbur Wright opened the first civilian aviation school in Montgomery, Alabama. The Wright brothers hoped to find a climate warmer and more hospitable to flying than their company base in Dayton, while leaders in Montgomery heralded the school as a way to rise above the shadow of the Civil War. Author and journalism professor Julie Hedgepeth Williams will speak on the short life of this flight school as seen mainly through the eyes of the Alabama press. Their reporting--and sometimes misreporting--“reflected the misconceptions, hopes, dreams, and fears about aviation in … [Read more...]

An Apple Yesterday

Vincent G. Apple Was A Self Starter Dayton originals. We have many of them still around, but in the late 1800's and early 1900's, there seemed to be a brainstorm that brewed over the Miami Valley, striking the populace with the adventuresome allure of invention. One of the most prolific among them was a man named Vincent G. Apple. Born in Miamisburg, Ohio on January 26th, 1874, Vincent went on to found his first company (Franklin Electric Company) at the tender age of eighteen. The Franklin Electric Company eventually evolved into the Dayton Electric and Manufacturing Company, with several … [Read more...]