Introduction

There is no known "official" history of Darrtown. The best we have to work with are the Darrtown-related articles, journals, and/or stories that are handed down from one generation to the next. This "History" section of Darrtown.com provides an unofficial, well-intentioned, collection of such information.

 

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"History never looks like history,

when you are living through it."

John W. Gardner (1933-1982)

 

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Historic Time Line

 

Time Flies...

 

As the Steve Miller band so aptly phrased it, "Time Keeps on Slippin,' Slippin' into the Future,"

and similarly, Darrtown's historic timeline continues to grow.

The decade-based time line that appears below is designed to correlate the history of our nation and the world with the history of Darrtown.

 

 

  • The "Darrtown Events" were determined from a combination of news clippings [from the Oxford (Ohio) Press and/or the Hamilton (Ohio) Journal News] and the following Internet sources:

Other resources used in preparing this time line:

A Decade-by-Decade Perspective of National, World and Darrtown Events

 

DECADES

 

NATIONAL AND WORLD EVENTS

 

DARRTOWN EVENTS

 

1800's

 

 

1801-1809) President: Thomas Jefferson

 

(1803) Ohio admitted to the Union

 

(1803) Louisiana Purchase

 

(1804) Napoleon becomes emperor

 

(1804-1806) Lewis and Clark expedition

 

(1802) Conrad Darr, along with Robert and William Ogle entered Section 28 of Milford Township

(1803) Darr and Ogle brought their families to Section 28 and subdivided the section; Darr took the southern half.

(1803) Kyger family constructed their log cabin west of Darrtown

(1806) First school built for Darrtown youth.

 

1810's

 

 

(1809-1817) President: James Madison

 

(1811) First steamboat sails down the Mississippi and reaches New Orleans

 

(1812) Louisiana admitted to the Union.

 

(1812) U.S. declares War against Great Britain

 

(1812) Napoleon defeated in Russia

 

(1814) British forces invade Washington and set fire to the Capitol, the White House, and other buildings.

 

(1816) Indiana admitted to the Union.

 

(1817-1825) President: James Monroe

 

(1817) Mississippi admitted to the Union.

 

(1818) Illinois admitted to the Union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1814) April 4 - Conrad Darr platted Darrtown and named it for his family.

 

(1816) Original wood-frame mill constructed at Lane's Mill site.

 

(1817) Abram Darr opened the Hitching Post Tavern-Inn

 

 

1820's

 

 

 

 

(1825) Darrtown Post Office opened (operated from January 18, 1825 until January 31, 1907)

 

1826 or 1827: Darrtown Town Hall constructed - to be used by all religious congregations as a place of worship.

 

 

 

 

(1820) Maine and (1821) Missouri admitted to the Union.

 

(1823) President Monroe presents Monroe Doctrine

 

(1825-1829) President: John Quincy Adams

 

(1825) Completion of the Erie Canal linking the Great Lakes with New York City; first load of grain shipped in 1836

 

(1826) Death of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4.

 

(1829) First steam-powered locomotive in America.

 

1830's

 

 

(1830) Second school built on town square; used for eight years.

(1831) H. D. Kyger born

 

 

 

 

(1838) Third school built near Darr Distillery (location unknown); used for ten years.

 

(1829-1837) President: Andrew Jackson

 

(1832) Samuel F. B. Morse invents an improved electromagnetic telegraph.

 

(1834) Cyrus McCormick patents the horse-drawn grain reaper

 

(1836) February: Siege of the Alamo and April: Texans capture Santa Anna in Battle at San Jacinto

 

(1837-1841) President: Martin Van Buren

 

(1839) Daguerre invents first form of photography

1840's

 

(1840) Ignatz "Fritz" Weiss born in Germany

(1841) Constantine Weiss (maiden name unknown) - born in Germany; later to marry Ignatz Weiss and immigrate with him to USA and Darrtown

 

(1845) Louisa Flenner born

 

 

(1848) Fourth school built near Darr Distillery; located 200 yards west of village center. Used until the construction (date unknown) of the brick structure that stands (2014) in the northwest corner of West St. and Schollenbarger Rd.

(1848) Stone-walled mill constructed at Lane's Mill site.

(1849) Four Mile Valley Railroad incorporated.

 

(1841-1845) President William Harrison

 

(1845) Florida and Texas admitted to the Union.

 

(1845) Ten hour work day for children

 

(1845-1849) President William Polk

 

(1846) Mexican War

 

(1846) Iowa admitted to the Union.

 

(1848) Wisconsin admitted to the Union.

 

(1848) Gold discovered in California

 

(1849-1850) President Zachery Taylor

1850's

 

 

(1851) Four Mile Valley Railroad merged with the Cincinnati-Fr. Wayne Railroad

 

(1852) March 22; Johnny Darr born

 

 

 

(1853) Margaret Barr (i.e., Mrs. Margaret Derickson) born

 

 

(1850-1853) President Milliard Fillmore

 

(1851) Singer invents sewing machine

 

(1852) Smith & Wesson invent revolver

 

(1853) Charles Darwin: Origins of Species

 

(1853) Gadsden's Purchase gives the U. S. a strip of land which is now southern New Mexico and Arizona.

 

(1853-1857) President Franklin Pierce

 

(1854) Republican Party formed for abolition of slavery

 

(1857) First elevator installed by E.P. Otis in New York City

 

(1857-1861) President James Buchanan

 

(1858) Minnesota admitted to the Union

 

(1859) After leading an attack on U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, John Brown is captured and executed.

 

(1859) Oregon admitted to the Union

 

 

1860's

 

 

(1862) James C. Kane born

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1866) George Kolb born

 

(1869) Ignatz Weiss arrived in the U.S. at age 29; moved to Darrtown and became village blacksmith

 

(1861-1865) President Abraham Lincoln

 

(1861-1865) Confederacy

 

(1861) Attack on Fort Sumter signals beginning of Civil War

 

(1863) Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation

 

(1865) April 8: Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox Court House

 

(1865) April 14: President Lincoln shot; dies next day

 

(1865-1869) President Andrew Johnson

 

(1865-1877) Reconstruction in the old South

 

(1869) Union Pacific Railroad meets Central Pacific Railroad

 

(1869-1877) President Ulysses S. Grant

1870's

 

 

(1871) H. D. Kyger and Louisa Flenner married

(1871) Methodist built the sanctuary of the present day     (2012) Methodist church

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1878) Joseph L. Grau born

(1879) Frederick Schmidt born

(1879) George H. Kyger born

 

(1871) Chicago almost destroyed by fire

 

(1874) Barbed wire becomes available, thus making possible the inexpensive enclosure of grazing lands in the west.

 

(1876) Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone

 

(1876) National League (baseball) founded

 

(1876) Sioux and Cheyenne defeat Custer at Little Big Horn

 

(1876) Colorado admitted to the Union

 

(1877) Thomas Edison patents the phonograph

 

(1877-1881)

President Rutherford Hayes

 

(1879) Thomas Edison invents the incandescent light

 

1880's

 

(1880) George H. Kyger born

(1881) Carrie Weiss born in Darrtown, June 12, the middle child of Ignatz and Louisa (Kolb) Weiss.

(1884) Joseph and Lena (Kapp) Davis, with son, Paul, moved into the original Davis home (previously used as a toll house) at Rt. 177 & Rt. 73.

 

 

 

(1887) The State of Ohio issued a charter to the Darrtown Protection Company, aka the Darrtown Stock Protection Company

(1888) Height of Kit Curry's racing career (see Kyger Family page) AND (1888) Bessie Irene (Shears) Bufler born

(1889) Raymond Kane born AND (1889) Stella Bufler (i.e., Mrs. Stella Aebi) born

 

 

(1881) President James Garfield

 

(1881) Gunfight at OK Corral

 

(1881-1885) President Chester Arthur

 

(1885-1889) President Grover Cleveland

 

(1885) Louis Pasteur administers successful rabies vaccination

 

(1885) Washington Monument dedicated after 36 years of construction

 

(1886) Statue of Liberty dedicated in New York Harbor

 

(1886) Geronimo (Apache) surrenders, after 15 years

 

(1889) North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington admitted to the Union

 

(1889-1893) President Benjamin Harrison

 

 

1890's

 

(1890) Guy Dynes born

(1891) Nelle Davis born - April 12

(1892) Knights of Pythias Lodge No. 578 organized in Darrtown AND (1892) Joseph Bufler born AND (1892) Joseph Davis family moved into the current/existing house at Rt. 177 & R. 73

(1893) Maria Davis born - August 7 - AND (1893) Mary (Bufler) Dynes born

(1894) Ellis "Dugan" Glardon born

(1895) Clarence Derickson born

(1896) Earl "Red" Huber born AND (1896) October 15: Rural free delivery of U.S. Mail began for Darrtown, Collinsville, and Somerville AND (1896) Emma (Weiss) Derickson born AND (1896) Jacob Snavely born - December 25

(1897) Maurene (Gillespie) Bufler born

(1898) Dean Clark born

(1899) Norma E. Wagonfield born

 

 

(1891) Thomas Edison patents a motion picture camera, the "kinetoscope," which is capable of showing movies to one person at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1893-1897) President Grover Cleveland

 

 

(1896) The Klondike gold rush begins. By 1900, 100,000 people will have journeyed to the gold fields.

 

 

 

 

 

(1897-1901) President William McKinley

 

 

1900's

 

(1900) Darrtown Telephone Company sought right of way for construction of Darrtown-area telephone lines.

 

 

 

(1904) Knights of Pythias hall constructed (source: Oxford Press caption with Darrtown parade photo)

 

 

1907 Cyclone struck Darrtown

(1908) H. D. Kyger died AND (1908) Howard Laughlin born

 

(1901) Pres. McKinley

shot by anarchist - Theodore Roosevelt becomes President

 

(1902) President Theodore Roosevelt begins the conservation of forests, by establishing the United States Forest Service and signing the law that created five National Parks.

 

(1904) President Roosevelt asserts U.S. right to intervene in Latin America

 

(1905-1909) President Theodore Roosevelt

 

(1907) Oklahoma admitted to the Union

 

(1908) GE patents electric toaster

 

(1909 - 1913) William H. Taft

1910's

 

(1910) Edward Menke born

(1911) Kirk R. Mee II born

(1912) Raymond K. Wiley born

 

 

 

 

 

(1917) Albert Lindley born

 

(1919) Ignatz "Fritz" Weiss died AND (1919) George Hansel born AND (1919) Bernice Weiss born

 

 

(1912) New Mexico and Arizona admitted to the Union

 

(1913 - 1921) President Woodrow Wilson

 

(1914) August 3 -World War One begins; Germany invades Belgium

 

(1915) D.W. Griffith directs "Birth of a Nation," a silent-movie that examined the relationship of two families during the Civil War and Reconstruction-era.

 

(1917) April 6 - U.S. declares war

against Germany and Selective Service Act creates draft

 

(1918) November 11 - World War I ends

 

(1919) Versailles Peace Treaty signed; ending the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers.

1920's

 

 

 

 

(1921) Ellis Glardon and Ethel Tuley married

 

 

(1925) Lena (Kapp) Davis died

(1926) Emma (Weiss) Derickson died

(1928) Darrtown Telephone Company sold by John F. Mee and Frank S. Bufler to L. A. Miller, father of Ernest Miller, who served as manager of the company AND (1928) Darrtown High School's baseball team won the Butler County Championship

(1920) Panama Canal completed

 

(1920) 18th Amendment prohibits alcohol (prohibition era begins; ends in 1933)

 

(1920) 19th Amendment gives

women right to vote

 

(1921 - 1923) President Warren Harding

 

(1923 - 1925) President Calvin Coolidge

 

(1927) May 20-21 - Charles Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean

 

(1929 - 1933) President Herbert Hoover

 

(1929) Stock Market crashed

1930's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1935) Joseph Davis died

(1936) September 27 - Walter Alston appeared in game with St. Lois Cardinals

(1937) Paul Miller was a member of the Darrtown High School faculty; see 1937 Senior Class photo. He later became Superintendent of Cincinnati Schools Mr. Miller is also remembered in Recollections of Dale Bufler

(1938) Darrtown High School closed (the 1937-38 seniors were the last to graduate from DHS)

(1930) Worldwide financial depression began

 

(1933 - 1945) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

(1933) In response to the Great Depression, Roosevelt began his "New Deal," which focused on "3 Rs." Namely: Relief for the unemployed and poor; Recovery of the economy to normal levels; and Reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression.

 

(1933) Prohibition era ends

 

(1934) Adolf Hitler becomes

Fueher of Germany

 

(1935) Social Security Act provides

retirement insurance

 

(1936-39) Spanish Civil War

1940's

 

 

(1941) Darrtown Telephone Company sold to the Oxford Standard Telephone Company.

 

 

 

(1943-44 school year) Fred Lindley and Ron Wiley met for first time at Collinsville school.

(1944) Donald Trew McVicker died (Sgt. McVicker, U.S.A.F., age 22, was killed in action over Germany)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1946) Elizabeth (Nichol) Glardon died

(1940) Ernest Hemingway completes "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

 

(1941) December 7 - Japan attacks Pearl Harbor

 

(1941) December 8 - U.S. declares war against Japan

 

(1941) December 11 - U.S. declares war against Germany

 

(1944) June 6 - Allied invasion of Normandy began

 

(1945) April 12 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt died

 

(1945 - 1949) President Harry Truman

 

(1945) May 8 - V-E Day, Unconditional German Surrender

 

(1945) August 6 - US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan

 

(1945) August 9 - US drops atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan

 

(1945) September 2 - V-J Day, Japanese Instrument of Surrender

 

(1948) Israel created, NATO formed; and Cold War begins

 

(1949 - 1953) President Harry S. Truman

 

1950's

 

 

(1953) Walter Alston named Manager of Brooklyn Dodgers AND (1953) Rose Guiler died - February 3

(1954) Ohio Department of Education created the Talawanda School District

(1955) October 4 - Walter Alston managed the Brooklyn Dodgers to their first World Series Championship AND (1955) Walter Alston named "Man of the Year" by Sport Magazine AND (1955) George H. Kyber died

(1956) July 8 - Darrtown community dedicated the Veterans' Memorial in the village square.

(1957 or 1958) Fire broke out at Ferguson's Service Station and Grocery

(1958) Ludley Ehery Durrough died

(1959) Don Beckett bought Glardon's Grocery and started business as "Don's Carry Out"

 

(1953 - 1961) President Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

(1954) Television thrives

 

(1954) Elvis Presley begins his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis.

 

(1955) Supreme Court orders

school desegregation; U.S. Nautilus is first nuclear submarine; and AFL / CIO merge

 

 

(1957) Soviets launch Sputnik,

first artificial satellite

 

 

1960's

 

(1960) Alvin "Elmer" Alford died AND (1960) Raymond Kane died

 

 

(1962) Clarence Dees died AND (1962) Kelly, Owen died; also see "The Election of Constable Kelly"

 

(1963) Dean Clark died

 

 

(1964) Bessie Irene Bufler died AND (1964) Keith Dynes died AND (1964) Joseph Grau died

 

 

 

(1966) George Kolb died

 

 

(1967) Frederick Schmidt died AND (1967) Ellis Glardon died AND (1967) Elsie (Carpenter) Guiler died AND (1967) Ron Wiley appointed faculty member at Miami University

 

(1969) Mary (Davis) Menke died

 

 

(1961) Peace Corps

 

(1961 - 1963) President John Kennedy

 

(1961) Kennedy launches Apollo

project to land man on the moon

 

(1962) Cuban missile crisis

 

(1963) President Kennedy assassinated - November 22

 

(1963 - 1965) President Lyndon Johnson

 

(1963) Bell Telephone introduces the push button telephone

 

(1964) Gulf of Tonkin Incident leads to Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which is approved by Congress on August 7 and allows Johnson to wage all-out war against North Vietnam, without securing a formal Declaration of War from Congress.

 

(1965 - 1969) President Lyndon Johnson

 

(1965-70) Demonstrations throughout U.S. against Vietnam War

 

(1966-69) Hippie movement

 

(1967) Israeli 6-day war

 

(1968) Hewlett Packard markets the first mass-marketed PC (the HP 9100A)

 

(1969) U. S. spaceship, Apollo 11, is first to land on the moon (July 20); Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. were first men to walk on the moon (July 21)

 

(1969 - 1973) President Richard Nixon

 

(1969) July 3: UCLA issues press release introducing the public to the Internet

 

(1969) August 15-18: Woodstock

 

1970's

 

 

(1970) Hazel (Talbert) Bufler died AND (1970) Mary (Bufler) Dynes died AND (1970) Jacob Snavely died

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1972) Stanley "Doc" Alston died AND (1973) Joseph Bufler died AND 1972) Joe and Janet Pater created Jaco Construction

(1973) Butler County Commissioners named the intersection of Rt. 177 & Rt. 73 as "Davis Corner"

(1974) Darrtown - Collinsville Boosters Association began the first season of baseball and softball at E-Dot Field.

 

(1975) Cliff Alexander died

 

 

 

 

 

(1976) Walter Alston retired as Manager of the Los Angles Dodgers, after 23 seasons, which included seven National League pennants and four World Series championships; one in Brooklyn (1955) and three in Los Angles (1959, 1963, and 1965).

 

(1977) Joe and Janet Pater created Jaco Waterproofing. Other ventures followed, including Jaco Communications, Jaco Coatings, and Kellin, Inc.

(1970) U.S. invades Cambodia

 

(1970) May 4 - "Kent State shootings" - at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard. 67 rounds fired in 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis. Some students were shot while protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia. Other students were shot while walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.

 

(1970) EPA established to enforce Clean Air Act

 

(1970) Philips introduces the VCR

 

(1973 - 1974) President Richard Nixon

 

(1974) August 8, Nixon resigns

over Watergate

 

(1974 - 1977) President Gerald Ford

 

(1975) April 30 - The last Americans, ten Marines from the embassy, depart Saigon, concluding the United States presence in Vietnam. North Vietnamese troops pour into Saigon and encounter little resistance. By 11 a.m., the Viet Cong flag flies from the presidential palace. President Minh broadcasts a message of unconditional surrender. The Vietnam war is over.

 

(1975) Bill Gates and Paul Allen establish Microsoft - April 4

 

(1976) Steve Wozniak designs the Apple I computer; later Wozniak and Steve Jobs co-found Apple Computers on April Fools day.

 

(1977 - 1981) President Jimmy Carter

 

(1979) Iranian Revolution; 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students and militants took over the American Embassy in Tehran in support of the Iranian Revolution. In the U.S., some believe the crisis was a major reason for U.S. President Jimmy Carter's defeat in the November 1980 presidential election

 

 

1980's

 

(1980) John H. Bradbury died

(1981) Grace Alexander died

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1983) Clarence Derickson died

 

(1984) Walter Alston died - Oct. 1 AND (1984) Maurene (Gillespie) Bufler died AND (1984) Howard Laughlin died AND (1984) Roberta (Russell) Laughlin died

 

(1986) Edward Menke died

 

(1987) Anna Mae Alston died

 

(1989) Opal (Trew) McVicker died AND (1989) Kirk R. Mee II died

(1980s) CD, VCR, & cable become common

 

(1981 - 1989) President Ronald Reagan

 

(1981) Assassination attempt on President Reagan - March 30

 

(1981) President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O' Connor for the U.S. Supreme Court; first woman member - July 7

 

(1982) Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland islands; but is subsequently defeated by the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1985 - 1989) Gorbachev unraveled

Soviet system

 

(1986) January 28 - NASA Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after launch, killing all of the crew onboard.

 

(1989) President George Bush

 

1990's

 

(1990) Luther S. McVicker died

(1993) Internet expands with

World Wide Web

 

(1993 - 2001) President William J. Clinton

 

(1997) NASA spacecraft lands on Mars

 

(1997) Robust economy creates longest prosperity in U.S. history

 

(1999) Federal budget goes into surplus

2000's

 

(2000) October 15: Darrtown community dedicated the Walter "Smokey" Alston Memorial in village square AND (2000) Elizabeth (Ruhl) Dees died AND (2000) Raymond K. "Crow" Wiley died

 

 

 

(2005) Shirley (Michael) Slater died

(2007) December 3: Darrtown.com website founded

(2008) Matilene (Cartwright) Wiley died

(2009) Lawrence Baumann died AND (2009) Linn Weiss Derickson died AND (2009) Jeep crashes into Kelly Hansel's swimming pool

(2010) Darrtown Pioneer Cemetery received Ophia Smith grant to repair/restore old tombstones.

(2000s) Internet and cellphones revolutionize communication and China emerges as economic giant

 

(2001 - 2009) President George W. Bush

 

(2001) September 11: Terrorist attack alerts America

 

(2003) Iraq War

 

(2005) Hurricane Katrina

 

 

 

(2008-2009) Global financial crisis and recession

 

(2009 - 2013) President Barack Obama

 

(2009-2010) Healthcare reform

births "Tea Party"

2010's

 

 

 

(2010) Audrey (McGrew) Brooks died AND (2010) Marjorie (Tipton) Bufler died AND (2010) Richard A. "Dickie" Davish died AND (2010) Dwight Harris died

(2010) Darrtown United Methodist Church celebrated its Bicentennial year

(2010) Don Beckett inducted into Butler County Softball Hall of Honor

(2010) Darrtown community honored veterans with a ceremony at the Darrtown Cemetery

(2011) St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church broke ground for 3,000-square-foot expansion

(2011) Doris "Dodie" (Alston) Ogle died

(2011) Talawanda school district bus flipped on its side east of Darrtown on Scott Road

(2012) Darrtown Bicentennial Steering Committee organized

(2014) July 5-6: Approximately 3,000 people attend the  Darrtown Bicentennial celebration in E-Dot Park. Military veterans honored during dedication of flag pole in village square. Softball field at E-Dot Park named "Don Beckett Field"

 

(2008) Global financial crisis and recession

 

(2009-2017) President Barack Obama

 

 

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