Harlem Hellfighters and Daniel G. Reid

As anyone who has viewed the recent PBS American Experience documentary “The Great War” knows, the Harlem Hellfighters was the nickname of the 369th Infantry Regiment.  It was an African-American regiment from New York City that distinguished itself with the French army in the early months of 1918.  The documentary does a great job telling

The First of Many Parades

The folks in Richmond have always loved their parades. In the same issue that notified Richmond of the declaration of war, the Richmond Palladium announced that there would be a huge “patriotic celebration” that would take place as soon as a committee could arrange for it.  Groups from all over the county – not just the city –

War Hysteria on the First Day

  I had intended to ease into the story of Richmond’s part in World War One.  Today marks one hundred years since President Wilson had addressed Congress four days earlier, and the following days saw calls for enlistments, flag raisings, and greater production.  In the time it took the resolution to get through Congress, the

Archway at Glen Miller Park

Recently I was asked to scan an image that contained the stone archway that was located at the 24th Street entrance to Glen Miller Park, and I was reminded that I know very little about it. Years ago when I was working on my book about postcards I tried to find information for the caption,

Baxter Elementary School

The Reference Department at Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) recently had a request for information about Baxter Elementary School. The caller was particularly interested in pictures of the old Baxter building and of construction of the current building. The caller has childhood memories of attending both buildings and has strong family ties to the school because three

Travel and Transportation in Early Wayne County – Part 4

Lodging and Accommodation This article concludes the series that remembers travel and transportation in the years following the founding of the state of Indiana. There were many inns and lodging places along the National Road in its early days. These varied in who they catered to and the quality of their accommodations. Of those finer

David Hoover’s Surveying Tools

David Hoover is credited with choosing the location of a new Quaker settlement that would one day become the city of Richmond.  He was a surveyor by trade, and when it came time to mark off John Smith’s land into building lots, Smith hired Hoover to accomplish the task.  Hoover would later serve as a

Treaty Line Oak

The Treaty of Greenville in 1795 established a line across northern Ohio then from Fort Recovery southwest to the mouth of the Kentucky River.  Surveyors at the time marked the line by noting large rocks, or by cutting blazes in large trees. Only a couple roads in the county follow parts of this line —

Salisbury Log Courthouse

The log cabin that is currently situated behind the Mansion House in Centerville started in the town of Salisbury well more than 200 years ago. Wayne County’s first seat of government was the village of Salisbury, which was located near the intersection of present day National Road West and Salisbury Road.  The first court house

Log Cabin School House

The oldest existing school in Wayne County can be seen today on the grounds of the Wayne County Historical Museum on North A Street, but it’s been situated in a few spots since it was built in 1812. One of Richmond’s early pioneers was Thomas Roberts, and he owned a farm on land that originally was