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East Germantown or Pershing?

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  One hundred years ago the people of East Germantown thought it would be a good idea to change the name of their town, but that decision came with a…

Danger Ahead: Rattlesnakes in Wayne County?

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During a recent Master Naturalist class at the Cope Environmental Center, respected herpetologist John Iverson of Earlham College was asked about rattlesnakes in Wayne County. Judging from the nodding heads…

Harlem Hellfighters and Daniel G. Reid

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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…

The First of Many Parades

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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”…

War Hysteria on the First Day

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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…

Archway at Glen Miller Park

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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…

Baxter Elementary School

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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…

David Hoover’s Surveying Tools

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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…

Treaty Line Oak

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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…