FAMILIES - WILEY
William "Bill" Wiley has "Darrtown Pioneer" status, because he was the first Wiley to be associated with Darrtown.
Bill's wife, Pauline Keppler, is not a "Darrtown Pioneer," because she was not the first Keppler family member to live in Darrtown.
The following image shows the first three generations of the Wiley-Keppler branch of the Darrtown Family Tree.
The Raymond Wiley Family
Raymond Kenneth Wiley
Raymond Kenneth Wiley was born in Cleveland, Ohio, August 9, 1912.
At a young age, Ray was adopted by family relatives, William and Pauline (Pearl) Wiley. Consequently, his surname did not change. At the time of his adoption, Bill, Pearl, and Ray lived on a farm on Nichol Road, south of Darrtown.
Ray graduated from Darrtown High School, in 1930 where he played on the basketball and baseball teams.
Ray married Emma Matilene Cartwright, a classmate, in 1930. They moved to Columbus, Ohio where Ray delivered milk door-to-door, with a horse and wagon. Their first son, Roger, was born there.
The Raymond Wiley family moved to Dayton, Ohio where Ray drove a door-to-door bread delivery truck. Their second son, Ronald, was born there.
The Wiley family moved to Hamilton, Ohio for a short time; then to Darrtown in 1939.
Ray drove milk delivery trucks in Hamilton and Oxford for Frechtling, French Bauer and Wehr dairies. Ray later worked in sub-station maintenance for Cincinnati Gas & Electric. Upon retirement in 1974, Ray enjoyed woodworking and made many fine wood pieces for family members.
He died July 20, 2000.
Emma Matilene (Cartwright) Wiley (1912-2008)
Emma Matilene (Cartwright) Wiley was born in Sedorus, Illinois June 28, 1912.
Shortly after, the family moved to a farm, down the road from Piney Flats, TN where she grew up.
They moved to Ohio, and she entered Darrtown High School, as a junior, graduating in 1930 and marrying her classmate, Raymond Wiley.
She was a proud homemaker and was well known for her gardening, cooking, and canning.
Two sons, Roger and Ron were born to this marriage.
In her final years, she thrived in the assisted-living wing of Westover Retirement Community in Hamilton, Ohio. Emma was sought several times for her keen memory of Darrtown events and people.
Emma passed away August 9, 2008.
LEFT: Ray on horseback
ABOVE: Ray on back of car
RIGHT: Emma and Ray Wiley in their garden,
which was located behind their home
on North Cherry Street in Darrtown.
BELOW: (L-R) Ray in delivery uniform; the French-Baur truck that Ray drove; sons Ron and Roger in door of truck.
History lesson from a Wiley artifact
The image at the right shows a "Memorandum Certificate of Title" for an 1935 Chevrolet automobile that Ray Wiley purchased from the Bourne Garage of Oxford Ohio, on June 13, 1939.
A "Prepaid Sales Tax" stamp appears in the upper left corner of this image.
To read an explanation of why this stamp was affixed to the title, click the following link:
Ohio Prepaid Sales Tax.
Ohio enacted its first sales tax in 1935. The rate was 3%, with two-thirds of the money to go to schools.
Naturally, there was some resistance to the new tax. Merchants were reluctant to charge it, and customers were reluctant to pay it. There was a real possibility that a merchant would do his customer a favor by letting him make his purchase tax-free. If the merchant never reported the sale to the state, the state would never know that it should have gotten its 3%.
To encourage compliance, these stamps were introduced. Merchants were required to buy them in various denominations from the state. The state would thus get its money up front, and the merchant would get a few boxes of stamps imprinted "Prepaid Sales Tax."
Then suppose a customer made a 68¢ purchase and gave the merchant a dollar bill. The tax would be 2¢, according to the printed charts that were posted near every cash register, so the total would be 70¢. The merchant would tear off a 2¢ stamp like the one shown here and give the customer his change: a quarter, a nickel, and the stamp.
If the merchant handed out stamps as he was supposed to, eventually he would run low and have to buy another block of them from the state, so the tax revenue would keep flowing.
The customer had to do his part by demanding his stamps. They were marked, "Always obtain from vendor . . . consumer's receipt on all taxable purchases." But why should the customer care whether the merchant was buying and distributing stamps? These little pieces of paper were just a nuisance.
To handle that problem, the state encouraged consumers to collect the stamps and give them to schools or charities. These organizations could then have their volunteers sort the stamps, count them, bundle them up, turn them in to the state, and collect three per cent of the face value. This added a little to the expense of collecting the tax, but it was worth it.
My father's business didn't sell many 68¢ items. He owned an automobile dealership, selling vehicles that might cost as much as $3,000 for a fancy new Oldsmobile. The tax on $3,000 would be $90, so my father had to buy large-denomination tax stamps like the $15 one above and staple six of them to the invoice for that new Olds. The donation of a stamp like this would be greatly appreciated by a charity's fund drive, which could redeem a $15 stamp to receive a full 45 cents.
However, once the consumers had been trained to pay the tax, the state discontinued the stamp program in 1962. Five years later, the sales tax rate went up to 4%. Ohioans grumbled, but they paid.
The Wiley Brothers
Roger and Ron
Roger was born September 16, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio. He completed elementary school at Collinsville School, and then graduated from Seven Mile High School in 1953.
He graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a B.S. in Education majoring in Physical Education. He earned a Master of Education in 1968, with a major in Counseling.
Roger began teaching at Hanover Junior High School (Butler County, Ohio), while still an undergraduate at Miami University. He continued at Hanover until 1958.
He taught and coached at Hoaglin-Jackson High School in Van Wert County, Ohio during the next two years. In 1960, he moved to Fairfield High School (Butler County) where he taught and coached.
In August, 1967, Roger joined the admissions staff at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He was named director of admissions in February, 1971.
In August, 1976 he was named director of admissions at Eastern Michigan University. In 1980 he joined the Educational Division of Stein Company in Atlanta, Georgia and in 1984 he moved to The Phoenix Company, also in Atlanta. During this period of time, Roger worked with colleges and universities as they developed marketing programs to attract student to enroll.
In 1992, Roger returned to college counseling at a local (Atlanta, Georgia) high school. He retired in 2001, but continues working at his high school on a part-time basis.
His hobby is running. Roger has run 11 marathons, the first when he was age 63.
Ronald L. Wiley, Ph.D.
Ron Wiley, like his brother Roger, completed elementary school at Collinsville School, and graduated from Seven Mile High School (Ohio).
Ron was a member of the 1955 graduating class at Seven Mile. He graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1959.
Ron began teaching at Talawanda High School in Oxford, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Kentucky.
He returned to Miami University and became a professor of cardiopulmonary physiology.
Ron authored numerous papers on the subject of exercise and blood pressure. Ron discovered the effect of controlled hand isometric exercises on blood pressure when he was working with U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilots during the 1970's as a scientist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. After two decades of research, he developed a precise protocol to effectively lower blood pressure. Based on these results, the CardioGrip was invented.
Ron has contributed some of his memories of life in Darrtown. See Recollections of Ron Wiley.
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