Friday, August 5, 2016

"It Happened In Ithaca" to be Discussed by the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society

It Happened In Ithaca: that will be the topic of discussion Saturday August 13th at the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society. The final session of the Coffee and Conversation Series begins at 10 a.m. with friends gathering to share memories of the village that was platted by John Colville in 1832.

Many may think of Ithaca as only a cross road of two state routes; St. Rt. 503 and St. Rt. 722. These early trails brought settlers from the Ohio River to the rich soil of Darke County. Hubert Cromwell, Jim Hamilton, the Weimers, the Hoovers, Carolyn Miller Laird and Bill Young all have stories to share about growing up in Ithaca. Many of their families go back to those early days when Ithaca was the central trading post of the area, where the Traction Line stopped, where Jacob Thomas had a large dry goods store, Dr. John Hamilton's office was on Main St. and Cromwell's Greenhouse was "outside of town".

In 1959 the two room school, where many of these families attended, closed its doors for the last time. It was one of the last of the one and two room schools to be used in Darke County. You may remember the church fire caused by a fuel tank falling from a National Guard airplane. Join us August 13th to hear their stories. This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning - reminiscing and learning more about Darke County.

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