Early days in Montgomery County, OH, including the communities of Dayton, Miamisburg, Germantown, Chambersburg, Vandalia, Brookville, New Lebonon, Centerville and Farmersville are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 54 page booklet, reprinted from the 1892 Centennial edition of Henry Howe's Historical Collections of Ohio, The Ohio Guide (a WPA Writers Project), and other hard-to-find sources. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. IN ADDITION TO THE BOOKLET the buyer will receive THREE computer-enhanced 8 1/2 x 11 prints of engravings from the original book, suitable for framing. These include the 1846 sketch of Dayton, another 1846 sketch of Dayton, and an early view of Germantown. Among the many and diverse topics in the booklet are: Col. Robert Patterson's Journey up the Ohio Rivers; Building Stone and Gravel; Turnpikes; Journey by Land to Dayton; Voyage up the Miami to Dayton; Dayton Block House; Early Postal Facilities; a Pioneer Library; Naviagation of the Miami; Fish Baskets; Earthquakes; the First Canal Boats; a Miniature Railroad; the Capture and Suicide of a Fugitive Slave; the "Morus Multicaulis" Mania; early Dayton; the Soldiers Home; the Great Harrison Convention in 1840, and Remains of an Ancient Work. GENEALOGY BUFFS will find a list of 1888 county officers and businesses, and biographies of Daniel C. Cooper, Benjamin Van Cleve, John W. Van Cleve, Francis Glass, Gen. George Crook, Gen. Robert Schenck, James Findlay Schenck, Gov. Charles Anderson, Gen. Thomas John Wood and Clement L. Vallandigham. The Howe history covers the development of this area until about 1890, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. A 1933 look at the history of newspapers in Montgomery County, brief sketches on Black poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, pioneer nurseryman George Heikes, the Wright Brothers and William Dean Howells, and maps showing the 88 Ohio counties and 1805 Ohio are also included.
Montgomery County, OH
Sources: Historical Collections of Ohio/ History of Montgomery County Ohio / Dayton Ohio
Authors: Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1892
Original Publisher: F.A. Bailey and Co.
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