Monday, November 22, 2010

First in a long series: old Greenville photos

Dick Brown has shared his collection of old Greenville photos and post cards for display on DarkeJournal. This first photo shows Teddy Roosevelt addressing the crowd at the Penn RR station in Greenville in 1912. Roosevelt was running for president as an independent (the "Bull Moose" party); he had been the president earlier in the 1900's.

Disclaimer: We are going to share these photos from time to time. It is highly unlikely that any of these photos are copyrighted, but if you have a copyright claim, then you can can notify us at and we will immediately credit you or remove the photo, whichever you prefer (whether or not there is a valid fair use exemption). This first photo, however, has no copyright since it predates U.S. Copyright protection by several years.


  1. wow I love this photo, I like history and I never knew a President came to Greenville:)

  2. Awesome Photo of Teddy Roosevelt in Greenville! Thanks Dick for sharing it with us…

  3. Yes, thanks Dick! What a treat.

  4. Nice-Keep these coming :)

  5. I can confirm a bare minimum of three presidents having visited Greenville during their presidency including T.R.

    James Monroe visited the area and deeded the land on which Bears Mill resides to its original owner, George Adams. The land was a gift granted in appreciation for Major Adams' service to the U.S. military upon his retirement, if I am correct in my research.

    William Henry Harrison was present at both treaties signed at the site of Fort Greenville. He was among those who signed the original Greenville treaty before he became president, then later reprized his role to show his commitment to the second Greenville Treaty signed on July 22, 1814.

    I am thinking there may have been a few additional presidents who have visited, but have to confirm for sure. Will share any additional details if I can discover the verification.

  6. I correct myself-

    Harrison signed both Treaties prior to becoming president then later returned to Greenville during his campaign to win election in 1840.

  7. Then governor William McKinley visit our fair city on August 3, 1895 to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Greenville Treaty - as referenced in the book "History of Darke County Ohio, From Its Earliest Settlement To Present" by Frazer Ells Wilson.

  8. And in death Lincoln:

    "On April 29, Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession passed just north of Dayton, traveling from Columbus to Piqua, on to Greenville and New Paris. This was the President's last tour through the Miami Valley."

    Link info:

    Funeral Train map:

    Lincoln also made a campaign stop at the old Fort Piqua Hotel on his rail tour during his run for presidency. Not certain if he may have also ventured near Greenville at that time. With connectors to stops he made on the Little Miami Railroad running into Union City, it is possible he passed through but I haven't verified anything to the fact.


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