The next three images show the cover pages of three issues of "The Log"

that Phil Allen found and saved - because they contained images of people from Darrtown and vicinity.

The Log

Published: February, 1954

The Log

Published: May, 1954

The Log

Published: November, 1960

Excerpted content from the Champion Paper and Fibre company magazines
The Log ~ Published: February, 1954


An article that appeared on pages 4-7 of the May 1954 issue of "The Log" referenced Darrtown and some of its residents.


The story, which was titled "Champions in Landis Land" and written by Bill Thompson, has been replicated below.


Following the Thompson article are nine images that were featured in the article, along with the captions that accompanied them.

 Champions in "Landis" Land by Bill Thompson Butler County...Landis land. Twas mid-October, 1920, that "our gang" of rock throwing teen-agers hiked the approximate eight miles from Hamilton to Darrtown to witness a baseball David and Goliath. Youthful Charlie Root of Excello bested a towering southpaw giant, Carl "Legs" Weilenmann of Hamilton in a pitching duel deciding the Butler County Championship. The late Weilenmann had reached trail's end of an illustrious hurling career with the St. Louis Browns. Root went on to pitch 16 successful seasons for the Chicago Cubs. Organized baseball was in a shady position following the 1919 World Series scandal. The game was rescued from the brink of suspicion by a staid and stern Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis of Millville, who was named baseball's commissioner on November 12, 1920. Thirty-three years later, another gang of Champion Hot Stove Leaguers converged on Darrtown for a session with one Walter 'Smokey" Alston, recently appointed manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. This outspoken baseball salesman of sturdy Swedish-German extraction answered all questions and delighted "our gang" for four solid hours with his lively discourse. Consensus of opinion among the Champion Paper and Fibre Company Hot Stove Leaguers who have studied the man's sensational record as a minor league manager and met him personally is that no team in the National League will finish "on top of 'Ole Smokey." We further predict that come next October another Butler County "David" will lead a series-hungry Dodger flock from Flatbush to slay whichever Goliath the American League may send to the slaughter. Following our four-hour chat, Smokey (who has taught so many youngsters how a piece of ash timber can "bring a baseball to life") asked if he and his friends might visit Champion and see about this miracle of hemlock and spruce making "paper come to life." The tour was arranged and a treat was in store, not only for Smokey's party but for the hundreds of Champions who either met or saw a smart leader who is always willing to learn something new.



L-R: "Smokey" Alston, Tobey Alston, and Bill Thompson


"One thing about 'Smokey,' said "Tobey" Alston, "he never let success go to his head. And, by golly, if he ever does get the swell head, he ain't welcome at my house."


This image appeared on page 4 of the magazine.



L-R: Verle Kennedy (foreground) Walter Alston, and Ken Swing


"I was talking to Warren Giles, before you got the job," said Ken Swing, personal friend of the National League President. "He said he didn't think you would get the Brooklyn management, because you are not very well known."


"Yeah, but I had a hunch 'Smoke' would get it all along," put in Verl Kennedy.


This image appeared on page 4 of the magazine.



L-R: Walter Johnson, Walter "Smokey" Alston, and Ev Potts


"Flanked by Walter Johnson, honorary president of Champion's Hot Stove League, and Ev Potts, one of Hamilton's all-around athletes, Smokey Alston casts a glance at skid after skid of Champion paper. Alston merely smiled when asked about the Dodgers' chances in 1954."


This image appeared on page 5 of the magazine.

ABOVE: L-R: Roy Allen, Jim McCormick, Doug Gallagher, and Walter "Smokey" Alston


Roy Allen: "I used to be a Pirate fan."


Alston: "The Pirates ought to have a very good club."


Jim McCormick: "What about Joe Black, 'Smokey'?"


Alston: "It's a mystery to me. I don't know what happened last year, but it happens - especially to pitchers. He was off on control and lost a little bit of confidence. I talked to Campanella recently though and he said Black looked good again."


JIm: "What did you feel like when you read what the reporters had to say?"


Alston: "I expected it.'


This image appeared on page 6 of the magazine.

ABOVE: L-R: Walter "Smokey" Alston, John McIntosh, and Dick Baaman


John McIntosh, center: "Haven't seen you 16 years. Remember when we used to play in back of the old school house?"


Dick Baaman, right, an American Leaguer at heart: "I think you have been put in a tough spot, 'Smokey.' Everything to lose and nothing to gain - unless, of course, you can win the Series.


That big Alston grin seemed to say, "No comment."


This image appeared on page 6 of the magazine.



L-R: Lulu Huey (cafeterian), Mary Ellen Hussey (Chaco), and Walter Johnson, Walter "Smokey" Alston


Lulu Huey: "This is where I work, only usually, you can see me running around here in a white uniform."


Mary Ellen Hussey: "If my dad, Pat Hussey, were here, he would talk your arm off. He's told me all about you. Said you were just a tiny kid when your dad put a glove on your hand and gave you a ball. Said his first pitches to you just rocked you on your heels."


Alston laughed and admitted that what Mary Ellen said was true.


This image appeared on page 5 of the magazine.

ABOVE: L-R: Walter Alston, Doug Gallagher, Don Junkin, and Elmer Lemp


Doug Gallagher, while in No. 2 Machine Room Inspection, explained that "All records of paper for the past six months are kept here."


Elmer Lemp, at right: "I want to extend my congratulations, 'Smokey' - although I am a Redleg fam myself."


Alston: "I hope the Reds win all their games next season - except for the ones they play against the Brooklyn Dodgers."


Don Junkin, second from right: "I believe you will go all the way."


This image appeared on page 7 of the magazine.

ABOVE: L-R: Eva Miller, LIl Campbell, and Walter Alston


Eva MIller, at left, "Whatever you do, don't trade Jackie Robinson."


Alston: "I don't want to trade him."


Lil Campbell: If I can't root for the home team, I won't root, but, we'll be watching you on television. You better beat them #@%$# Yankees.


Eva: "I'm a Dodger fan and my husband is a Yankee fan. If you don't beat the Yankees this year, there will be a divorce."


Alston: "Well, we'll have to win the pennant first."


This image appeared on page 7 of the magazine.



L-R: Walter Alston, Tobey Alston, Beph Thompson, and Coleman Bishop


Coleman Bishop, who never misses an opening game: "I see you at the gun club, "Smoke,' and I don't think I ever saw a guy who can beat you at cracking those birds."


Beph Thompson, in rear with Tobey Alston, recalled the days when he and Tobey were co-managers of the Baldwin Grocery team.


Tobey Alston: " "Beph and I had a hard time keeping equipment in those days."


Beph: "I've always been a Dodger-hater, but not this year."


This image appeared on page 7 of the magazine.

The Log ~ Published: May, 1954


An article that appeared on pages 14-15 of the May 1954 issue of "The Log" referenced Darrtown and some of its residents.


The story, which was titled "Stoking the 'Hot Stove' " and written by Bill Thompson, has been replicated below.


Following the Thompson article are four images that were featured in the article, along with the captions that accompanied them.

 Up Hamilton Way, baseball's frantic fans and rabid rooters talk about the Game all year long. Right now, they're busy... Stoking the "hot stove" by Bill Thompson To most folks, the baseball season is in full swing only during the warm months of the year. Ohio Division fans are different. When the days begin to shorten and the cold winds send snow swirling down North B Street, fans fire up the old "hot stove," keeping it hot with glowing accounts of performances in seasons past. All winter long, that league is in session. Early this year when the "stove" needed stoking, some fuel was added to the fire by a trip to Darrtown one Sunday afternoon, at the invitation of Walter "Smokey" Alston and his genial father. There in the Alston wood shop, Champion Hot Stove Leaguers fired questions at the Brooklyn manager all afternoon long. Not just a few came away from that session, converted Dodgers. Unlike many leagures of tis kind, Champion's hot stove circuit burns right through the baseball season, for the boys see to it that the old stove is stoked with pennant predictions for the coming season.

Walter "Smokey" Alston, Brooklyn Dodgers' manager, pondered a moment when asked by a Champion Hot Stove Leaguer, "What are Brooklyn's chances of taking the World Series from the Yankees this year?"

Alston replied, "We have to win the pennant first, you know, and so do the Yankees. There's a long season ahead of us and a lot of fine ball clubs. But, if that situation should arise..."

" can bet we'll be in there doing our best to win the Series. Like I said before, though, that's a long way off and there are a lot of 'if's' between the beginning and the end of a season."

IN THE ALSTON WORKSHOP, to discuss major league baseball with the Brooklyn manager are a few of the Ohio Division's Hot Stove Leaguers. From left to right, John Reiff, Ralph Gift, Tobey Alston (genial father of the Dodgers' pilot), "Hap" Davish, JIm Minter, "Smokey" Alston, and Little Leaguer, Lee Purdy, son of Mel Purdy.

The Log ~ Published: November, 1960




A photograph that included Walter "Smokey" Alston and several other residents of Darrtown and vicinity appeared on page 20 of the November 1960 issue of "The Log."


The photo and accompanying caption has been replicated below.

AT A HOMECOMING PARTY for Smokey Alston, manager of the Dodgers, these Ohio Champions were on hand to welcome him. From left to right are Vernon Wilhelm, Larry Best, John Wilhelm, "Hap" Davish, Smokey, Verle Kennedy, Paul Weiss, Gerald Best, and Jess Schroder.

 Before closing, let's have a big round of applause for Phil Allen! This "Snap Shots 4" page and all the photographs that appear on it, along with all the memories that the images evoke, would not have happened had it not been for Phil, his interest in preserving the history of Darrtown, and his alertness in saving magazines that were headed for destruction. Thank you, Phil!

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