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Program Meeting for Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30pm
LOOK! FINAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

“A Dayton Covington Pike Review"

Janice Ward Center

Our October Program Meeting will give members and guests one more great opportunity to enjoy an overview of the history of the Dayton-Covington Pike. In addition to the complete HISTORY OF THE D-C PIKE EXHIBIT (as set up at the Englewood Festival), there will be many MORE historic items on display that were too cumbersome or too fragile to take to Centennial Park. Come see the interesting things we have pulled from our archives!

Phyllis Scarbro will again be in charge of supplying the refreshments
that are sure to be enjoyed by everyone in attendance. The refreshments
alone make missing this event unthinkable!

A limited number of copies of the Memories of the Dayton-Covington
Pike:Parts I and II  booklet will be available (donation of $8.00) at
the program. Be sure to get yours while the supply lasts. Only seventy
copies were printed and almost half have been snapped up already. The
fifty-nine page booklet comes in a nice clear-front binder and includes
reminiscences of longtime residents of “the pike” along with maps
showing buildings and sites and the famous recipe for “Park-N-Eat” 19
cent hamburgers.

A Dayton-Covington Pike Review, Sunday, October 14
History Room Open, 2-4pm

 

The Englewood Art Festival

On August 11-12, 2007, members of the historical society participated in the Englewood Festival for the eighth consecutive year. The Society’s 10 x 20 ft. tent was set up on Friday afternoon. The tables and eight history display boards, four of which were new this year, were set up early Saturday, along with copies of the newsletter, membership forms, brochures and various other items for static displays.

By 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, we were ready for visitors. The weather was very hot and crowds were less than in some years. Still, all those who came through our history tent, from 10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., enjoyed the exhibit that this year focused on the “History of the Dayton-Covington Pike.”

Sunday was a bit cooler and even though the festival hours were shorter, i.e., 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., more visitors were on hand. Many made a donation of $8.00 to the Society and received their own personal copy of the Memories of the Dayton-Covington Pike booklet. (Anyone interested in receiving a copy through the mail can receive one for a donation of $10.00 postpaid.)

One special exhibit involved a large display board designed by member Ron Papp. It dealt with early Randolph Township nurseryman, Sam Gingrich, who built a large park along Route 48 south of the Stillwater Center. The park featured dozens of folk art stone monuments including a large gateway, a gazebo (pump house), chairs, benches, temples and reflecting pools, all surrounded by evergreens and all handmade by Gingrich with concrete, colored stones and glass shards, from 1928 until his death in 1952. During the 1940s-1950s, the park was a popular place for young servicemen to bring their dates or students on classroom outings. Many of the monuments were destroyed in the mid-sixties when Route 48 was widened. The last of the monuments was bulldozed in about 1993. Entrance to the park was through a large gateway (visible at the top of Ron’s display board) that straddled what today is Vinway Drive.

Thanks to all those Society members who helped with set-ups, take-down and served as hosts in the tent: Caroline Bergman, Loren Butterbaugh, JoeAnne Conners, Sue Cummings, Kay Dawson, Bill Gothard, Sandy Gustin, Bob Lodge, Glynn Marsh, Phyllis Scarbro (who also brought delicious cookies for workers) and Karl Schroeder. We also thank the Englewood Independent for running a nice article about the Gingrich display on the Wednesday before the Festival.

 
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Part I
Dayton-Covington Pike Project

Members attending the November elections meeting discussed how fast the landscape along Route 48 has been changing in recent months. It was decided that it would be a good idea to document, with photos, all buildings and sites currently situated along the highway in Clayton, Englewood and Union (more than six miles of walking). Fortunately, some of the Englewood section was done this past year as part of the National Road documentation project.

Sandy Gustin headed up a group of five who took their cameras and got busy. At the December meeting she announced that buildings on Route 48 from County Line to National Road had been photographed and addresses recorded. She even presented a slide show of these photos using her laptop computer. Remaining portions of the road will be photographed after the holidays.

Now, we need to collect earlier photos of buildings and sites along the Dayton-Covington Pike to illustrate the changes through the years. Please check your albums for photos showing scenes along Route 48 and share!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DAYTON-COVINGTON PIKE

Early Years:    Long before white men ventured into this part of the Miami Valley, Indians of the Miami and Shawnee tribes, and a few others, lived here. Most of the land was forested and the existing Indian trails ran along banks of the Stillwater River. Dayton was laid out in 1794 and shortly thereafter, land developers were sending groups of men up these narrow Indian trails to survey and buy the most valuable sections. Daniel Hoover led a party from North Carolina to the Union area in 1802. The village of Union was platted in 1816 and other early settlers started to move up from the Ohio River, to Dayton and then up the trails along the Stillwater until they reached Union. By this time, the Indian trail had been widened to accommodate wagons.

Toll Road Days:    By 1836 or 1838 (about the same time the National Road came through our part of Ohio), the improved road had become a turnpike and tolls were being collected at designated tollhouses from Dayton to Covington. Stone mile markers were used along the Dayton-Covington Turnpike. They were not as big as those along the National Road. As far as we know, none exist in Randolph Township, but one, about three feet high, can still be seen along the sidewalk on the east side of Route 48 in West Milton, Ohio just north of the junction with Ohio Route 571.

Traction Car Era:    Local photos taken of the road in late 1890s and early 1900s, show a fairly wide dirt road Iined with trees. By 1902, the Dayton, Covington and Piqua (D.C.& P.) Traction Company built its line coincident with the turnpike. Iron tracks were laid on the east side of the road in farming areas and were set in the middle of the road through towns such as Union and Englewood. By 1926, the D.C.& P. went bankrupt and the tracks were torn up soon thereafter and sold for scrap.
Automobiles Take Over: By the mid - 1920s, even people of modest means could afford a car such as a Model-T, and the Dayton-Covington Pike became the major travel route for residents of our area who commuted to and from their factory jobs in Dayton. Bungalows were built and new mom-and-pop businesses opened up along the road.  By the 1930s, "the pike" as it was affectionately called by many familiar with this area, was fully paved and designated as Ohio State Route 48.

Familiar Places along the Pike: During our "Memories of the Dayton-Covington Pike" programs coming up in March and again in May, we hope to hear lots of stories from you, our members, about life along the D-C Pike in earlier times. Just to get your brain working, here are a few names that come to mind moving south to north: "Six-Mile" House at Westbrook Rd.; Irvington; Sam Ginglich Evergreen Nursery and Park: StilIwater TB Sanitarium; Dilger's Grocery and Filling Station; Brabant Geenhouse; Blincoe Brothers Greenhouses; Bergman's First Turkey Farm: Johnny Walker's houses (where Meijer's now); the Park n' Eat; Morgan Place; Morgan House south of the dam; Shaws Inn, Waymire's Grocery and the Bank Building in Englewood; the sweet corn cannery; Englewood Locker, Randolph School; Harbert's, Martindale's and Kessler's groceries in Union; the Opera House; John  Sheets warehouse, Sheets gun factory; Purcell and Hawkins tile factory; Studebaker Dairy and Potato Farm, and Water Wheel Farm at County Line Road.
 

Part I. Roundtable discussion was about the Dayton-Covington “Pike” from the inter section of the National Rd. (Rt 40), north to the county line.

 
1: President Glynn Marsh welcomes guests at the March 14th RTHS program featuring "Memories of the Dayton-Covington Pike: Part I."
 
2: Main speakers at the March 14th program were long-time area residents (left to right) - Jim Studebaker, Marlin Applegate and Bob Lodge. Board member Paul Dewey is seated on the far right and taped the program for future publication.
 
3: Following brief presentations by the headliners, member of the audience asked questions and shared their comments and stories. Displays and refreshments were enjoyed after the program.
Part II
 

Memories of the Dayton-Covington Pike

On May 9, 2007, about fifty-five members and guests enjoyed Part II of the historical society's program dealing with the history of the Dayton-Covington Pike (also known as Ohio Route 48 and Main Street). Part II covered the section from Englewood Dam south to the township line at Westbrook Road. Our speakers for the evening were long-time residents of that area: Mary (Miller) Marker, Patricia (Dilger) Kause and William Kern.

After a short introduction by Glynn Marsh, attendees were taken on a memory trail down this road. Presenters and guests discussed such memorable places just south of the Dam as Morgan House restaurant (with its famous "Moron Burger" and "Moron Sundaes" made with homemade ice cream) and Hendrick's Ready-Mix plant that supplied concrete for many of the homes built in this area.

Mary Marker talked about her grandparents Orin and Mary Miller who moved from Dayton to a frame bungalow on the Pike. The home occupied open land where Perkin's Pancake House sits today. They opened up a small drive-in restaurant known as the Park-'n-Eat in the 1950s. The restaurant was a small white building on the west side of the Pike, below Concord Methodist Church which sits on the hill. A Skyline Chili restaurant marks the location now. She shared photos of the house and restaurant at the time the interstate (I-70) was being built. The Johnny Walker house on the east side of the Pike was moved to make way for the new interstate. Other houses south of the interstate were replaced in the 1980s with the large Meijer's Store. The first Bergman Turkey Farm was located on the west side of the Pike (across from today's Meijer's Store) and operated until the time of the second world war. Seville Estates housing development was begun in the 1960s and no open land exists there anymore.

Pat Kause spoke of her years growing up at the corner of Old Salem and Dayton-Covington Pike. Her father Walter Dilger operated a small store and gas station at the northwest corner of these two roads. They sold Phillips-66 gas, one of the few stations of its kind in Ohio. The Blincoe family lived on Old Salem west of the Dilgers and ran a large greenhouse on the east side of the Pike. Edith Blincoe is remembered as a writer who wrote a gardening/nature column for the Dayton Journal Herald. Her husband was one of two Blincoe brothers who ran the greenhouse.

The Stillwater Sanitorium on the east side of the Pike in the 8100 block was discussed. It was first built in the late 1890s as a joint venture of Preble and Montgomery County Health Departments as a tuberculosis hospital. The fresh air along the Stillwater River was thought to have curative powers. The original, almost park-like buildings were replaced in the 1930s with a modern, art-nouveau style fortress. This too has met the wreckers ball and been replaced with a modern, single-floor facility that houses and treats developmentally handicapped individuals. Today the facility is known as the Stillwater Center. Before the Iddings building (1930s) was taken down in 2001, members of the historical society took extensive photos and salvaged historical documents and some architectural items from the site.

Just south of the Sanitorium, and on the same side, was Sam Gingrich's evergreen and tree nursery and the park he designed and built with folk art concrete and stone monuments. The park was just north of Vinway Drive (site of Big Hill GMAC Realtors) and was a popular place with school groups, local residents and others. It was a true gateway to the area. Member Ronald Papp had brought a display board he completed with photos of many of Gingrich's monuments, taken in the 1940s. Gingrich began his work in the 1920s and continued until his death in the 1950s. Only one monument remains on its original site today. All others were destroyed through the years as a result of road widening and new construction.

Bill Kern grew up in the area along the Pike known as Irvington. This is the most southern section and lies north of Westbrook Road up to the area of the Stillwater Center. Marjorie Papp also contributed to memories of businesses and families who lived along this section. Just about every corner had its own small mom and pop grocery or gas station. Several local businesses supported baseball teams. The Irvington team played for Hite's Market at a field on the northeast corner of the Pike and Springway Drive. They played teams from Englewood and other towns. A photo showing the team in 1938 was given to the society by Marjorie Papp. One of the young men on the team was present at our program, i.e., Quentin (Tom) Jenkinson.

The reminiscences of this evening's program will be combined with those captured in Part I and printed into a booklet that will be available through the Society at the Englewood Festival in August. A small donation (amount to be determined later) will be requested for the booklet.

 
President Glynn Marsh welcomes members and guests to "Memories of the Dayton-Covington Pike: Part II," a program held at the Ward Center on May 9, 2007.
 
Our three presenters for the evening were (left to right) Mary (Miller) Marker, Patricia (Dilger) Kause and William Kern. Paul Dewey taped the evening of reminiscences and discussion.
 

Phyllis Scarbro and Shirley Whiting are caught in the kitchen preparing more delicious refreshments which were to be enjoyed by members and guests after the program.

 

Dayton-Covington Pike Project

Part I

Part II