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Dayton, Ohio, USA - The Computing Scale Co. Dayton, Ohio

Dayton was the home of the Wright Brothers, a pair of bicycle shop owners, who invented the first practical airplanes. It is also home to the first airport, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, originally a pasture field which the Wright brothers borrowed from Torrence Huffman, a Dayton banker, in the early 1900s.



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Kid Gloves Cost Money

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Webster Street Engine House

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Looking North on Main St.

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Dayton, Ohio, Court Houses, 1905

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Dayton Ohio Boulevard, 1906

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Fairgrounds, Dayton, O., Showing N.C.R.

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Miami River, 1908

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Governor Harmon Presenting Ohio's Medals - Wright Brothers' Celebration, Dayton, Ohio, June 18, 1909

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Entrance to Woodlawn Cemetery

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Arcade, Third Street Entrance, 1911

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Swimming Pool, Romberger Park

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Wrecked Building, Dayton, Ohio, during Greatest Flood in Modern History, March, 1913.

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The Miami-Jacobs Business College, 2d and Main Sts., Dayton, Ohio

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Main Street, looking South

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Conservatory, Soldiers' Home, 1915

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The Rike-Kumler Co. and Miami Hotel, Dayton, Ohio.

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St. Elizabeth Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.

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Union Station

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  • 1854 - Dayton
    Dayton, a flourishing city, capital of Montgomery county, Ohio, is situated on the left or E. bank of the Great Miami, at the mouth of the Mad river, and on the line of the Miami canal, 52 miles N. N. E. from Cincinnati, 07 miles W. by S. from Columbus, and 400 miles from Washington. Lat. 39° 44' N. ; Ion. 84° ll'W. This is the fourth city of Ohio in respect to population and wealth, and surpasses all other Western towns of equal size in the variety and extent of its manufactures. It is the terminus of six railway lines, viz. the Mad River and Lake Erie, the Dayton and Cincinnati, the Dayton and Western, the Greenville and Miami, the Dayton and Xenia, and the Dayton and Michigan, leading to Toledo. All of these are completed except the last. A continuous line of railroad is under contract from the Ohio river at Wheeling, to the Mississippi opposite St. Louis, on which Dayton is one of the principal points. Nine Macadamized or hard gravelled roads radiate in all directions from Dayton, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1854 - TORNADO AT DAYTON - BUILDING BLOWN DOWN - MAN KILLED BY LIGHTNING - CORNFIELDS PROSTRATED.
    On Saturday a heavy storm of wind and rain passed over Dayton, doing considerable damage in the way of destroying awnings, tearing off window shutters, ripping up shingles and overthrowing chimneys. But the principal item of destruction of property was the reprostration of the GORMAN building, and the partial recrushing of the Methodist Church. This GORMAN building, it will be remembered, fell down sometime ago, killing two persons, wounding several others and smashing the church alongside. It was being rebuilt and was nearly finished, when yesterday the storm tumbled it into a mass of ruins. Very fortunately, none were injured by the catastrophe of Saturday.
    The church was much damaged. It was just repaired from the effects of the former calamity, and religious service was to have been held in it yesterday. At the moment of the crash, a painter was putting on the "finishing touches" inside the church, and barely managed to escape the mass of brucks which thundered through the roof,... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Killed by Stone
    A son of John Cupp, of Dayton, Ohio, aged about 13, was instantly killed the other day in that town, by a stone thrown from a sling in the hands of another boy.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 19, 1869
  • 1878 - James Ritty of Dayton developed the first cash register.

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  • News  1879 - November 4 - James Ritty patents 1st cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon

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    November 4, 1879
  • 1895 - Dayton
    Dayton, a flourishing city, capital of Montgomery co, O., is situated on the left or E. bank of the Great Miami, at the mouth of the Mad River, and on the line of the Miami Canal, 60 miles N.N.E. of Cincinnati, and 71 miles W. by S. of Columbus. Lat. 39° 44' N.; lon, 84°11' W. This is the fifth city of Ohio in respect to population and wealth, and is celebrated for the variety and extent of its manufactures, which are rapidly increasing. It is an important station on 8 railroads, viz., the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis (or "Big Four"), the New York, Lake Erie & Western, the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton, the Dayton & Union, the Dayton & Xenia, the Dayton & Michigan, the Cincinnati, Dayton & Ironton, and the Cincinnati, Dayton & Chicago. A continuous line of railroad is now completed from the Ohio River, at Wheeling, to St. Louis, on which Dayton is one of the principal points. Thirty six macadamized or hard-gravelled roads radiate in all directions from Dayton, with an... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - FOUGHT THE FLAMES FOR HOURS.
    Twenty Thousand Dollars’ Worth of Property Destroyed in Dayton.
    Special to the Plain Dealer.

    DAYTON, May 27.—A fire, which was fought for several hours by the firemen last night, was finally put out at 4 o’clock this morning. It was in the large four-story building, owned by Fred Beaver, at the corner of Fourth and St. Clair streets. The building was occupied by the Dayton Machine & Tool Co., Sweetman Printing Co., Central pattern works, Acme laundry Co., Pioneer Soap Co., and Van Horne, Berger & Co. The loss is estimated at $20,000; partly insured.
    Plain Dealer
    Cleveland, Ohio
    May 28, 1898
  • 1903 - The Wright Brothers, a pair of bicycle shop owners from Dayton, became the first in flight

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  • 1910 - November 7 - The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright Brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.

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  • 1913 - March 26 - Dayton, Ohio almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami, & Muskingum River reach flood stage simultaneously
    The Ohio River Basin flood reached a peak. Ten inch rains over a wide area of the Ohio River Basin inundated cities in Ohio, drowning 467 persons, and causing 147 million dollars damage. The Miami River at Dayton reached a level eight feet higher than ever before. The flood, caused by warm weather and heavy rains, was the second mostly deadly of record for the nation.
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  • 1916
    Dayton, a city, capital of Montgomery co., Ohio, is situated on the left or E. bank of the Great Miami, at the mouth of the Mad River and on the line of the Miami and Erie Canal, 60 miles NNE. of Cincinnati. It is on the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis, the Erie and other railroads. Lat. 39° 44'N. ; Lon. 84° 11' W. The city is attractively laid out and contains a number of fine public and other buildings, among which are the county court house, state hospital, public library (with about 50,000 volumes), insane asylum, and jail. Quarries of excellent limestone are worked in the vicinity and furnish material for the finest buildings of Cincinnati. The abundant water- power which Dayton possesses through its hydraulic canal, by which the water of the Mad River is brought through the city, is one of the elements of its prosperity. It is the seat of extensive industrial establishments, embracing manufactories of railroad-cars and cash-registers (two of the most important... Read MORE...

  • April 19, 1919: Leslie Irvin made the first free-fall parachute jump, Dayton, Ohio

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
  • 1923 - February 2 - Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, Ohio

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  • News  1934 - August 19 - The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.

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    August 19, 1934
  • 1936 - OUT FOR FUN, 6 MEET DEATH. KILLED BEYOND CRASHED GATE OF RAIL CROSSING.
    Dayton, O., Oct. 19. (AP) - Six persons, out for an evening of merry-making, met death beyond the crashed safety gate of a rail crossing yesterday when their automobile collided with a fast St. Louis-to-New York passenger train.
    The dead:
    OLLIE MAY HALL, 27.
    SALLIE HUNTER, 25.
    EILEEN McFADDEN, 23.
    her husband, DANIEL McFADDEN, 26.
    JOHN A. MANGAN, 28.
    and IRA TOWLES, 28, all of Dayton.
    The women were killed outright. MANGAN died shortly after arrival at a hospital, and TOWLES and McFADDEN within a few hours.
    Edward Guiswhite, watchman at the west-end crossing, said gates had been lowered, red light hung from the barriers and a crossing bell was ringing when the accident happened.
    Evening News
    Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
    October 19, 1936
  • News  1945 - OFFICER IS KILLED AT AVIATION SHOW. ARMY PILOTED EXPERIMENTAL PLANE CRASHES ON CIVILIAN AUTO.
    Dayton, Ohio, May 27 (AP) - Capt. WILLIAM GLASGOW of Niagara Falls, N.Y., a veteran of 80 combat missions over Germany, was killed and five civilians were injured critically as an experimental plane crashed and struck an automobile today within sight of more than 70,000 persons watching a war bond aviation show at Wright Field here.
    Capt. GLASGOW was the son of William Cook Glasgow of Niagara Falls. He was shot down over Germany in 1943 and taken prisoner but later escaped and had been stationed here since last December.

    The injured are WESLEY B. ROEHM, 23; his wife, SUSAN; their two children, NINA LEE, five weeks old, and DONNA IRENE, 20 months old; all of Leesburg, Ohio, and MISS KATHLEEN EYRE, 23, of Dayton.
    The plane, an P-55 Curtiss Ascender which has its wings and engine behind the pilot, had roared across the field to the cheers of spectators when it suddenly crashed.

    State Highway Patrolman C. T. Allen said ROEHM had just asked him how to get into the field and was in... Read MORE...



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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Dayton, Ohio, USA

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male ancestorCrespin SICK (11/11/1816, , Prussia (Germany) - 7/26/1894, Dayton, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorJames HOFFORD (1817, Hososic Falls, New York, USA - 12 March 1886, Dayton, Ohio, USA)
photo of Susan Catherine KOERNERSusan Catherine KOERNER (30 April 1831, Hillsboro, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA - 4 July 1889, Dayton, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorWillis CORY (14 January 1832, - 20 October 1871, Dayton, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorAsa Acey REED (1835, Ripley, Ohio, USA (Staunton) - 11/22/1915, Dayton, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorSamuel Henry ROWE (27 October 1836, Dayton, Ohio, USA - 4 October 1895, Franklin Twn, Shelby, Ohio, USA)
female ancestorCaroline Barbara BAKER (7 October 1840, Dayton, Ohio, USA - 3 May 1914, Cedron, Moniteau, Missouri, USA)
male ancestorSamuel ALLEN (9 February 1842, Dayton, Ohio, USA - 2 June 1916, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA)
male ancestorEdwin ROBBINS (1849, Taylor Tp., Ohio, USA - 11 October 1883, Dayton, Ohio, USA)
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