• September Civil War Program
    Join us at Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7pm at 123 W. George Street in Arcanum, Ohio. Arcanum local Robert Wiest will explain the beautiful simplicity of Civil War technology. He’ll explore how the industrial revolution and advances in science and engineering perfected musket function, why the Union army […]
  • AWTHS Summer Events
    Please join us at AWTHS for our summer events as well as area community happenings. JUNE Every Saturday morning the Veterans Market (Farmers Market) will be open for vendors to set up for free during the summer. Shoppers please support our local small businesses. Vendors can send us photos to post on our FB page […]
  • Violet Jelly
    First attempt violet jelly What’s the best or most different jelly or jam you’ve ever made? My friend posted a recipe for violet jelly on FB. I thought why not? It’s very pretty and violets are known to detox the blood and be a good tonic. First, the hardest part is gathering enough violet flowers […]
  • Those “Little Buildings”…Summer Kitchen?
    1975 Located behind Arcanum Public Library-once part of Ivester House Recently we posted this question on our AWTHS FB page regarding “What are those little buildings sitting behind a main house”? What was their purpose or what were they called? We received a variety of comments among them: summer kitchen, smoke house, root cellar, storage […]
  • Spring Houses, Pump and Water Sheds
    Pump shed Twin Twp. which had troughs for cool water to keep food products. A windmill sat on this property at one time. We are continuing our blog series after writing last time about summer kitchens, smoke houses and root cellars. We copy from Wikipedia about springhouses: A spring house, or springhouse, is a small building, usually […]
  • Margaret Dickey Barklow
    Margaret’s school certificate probably from 8th grade Margaret was born 1918 and her parents are Bessie Landis and Hershel Dickey.  She married John Barklow on December 24, 1940. From the certificate photo above, we have Margaret graduating in Monroe Township in 1932.  We are assuming it’s her 8th grade graduation as it states completion to […]
  • Mt. Summit School Quilt
    Owner Jo Ella McLear Michael from her mother who attended One Room School House This beautiful quilt photo was posted on Franklin-Monroe’s Alumni page by quilt owner, Jo Ella Michael. Jo Ella was asking questions about the location of this school house and after a lengthy discussion between many posters, we gathered the following information […]
  • The Landis Family
    Saw mill on or near the Landis farm on Rt. 722 Monroe Township This story and photos are from Myra Coleman. The photo is believed to be on or near the Landis Farm which sat back a long lane on Rt. 722 with a old brick house, red barns, and several out buildings. Bessie Landis […]
  • Inez Michael Brumbaugh Family
    Inez Brumbaugh and her mother Emma’s collection Inez Michael was born October 18, 1904 and married Delbert Brumbaugh in 1923.   They had one daughter, Betty, who is Annette Stewart’s mother.  Inez lived as a child at the corner of Gordan-Landis Road and Hollansburg Sampson.  We are guessing Inez may have made these two pieces as […]
  • Joan Rench Family Heirlooms
    This Arcanum area crafter, Joan Rench, is well known to many. She is known for her beautiful brick home northwest of Arcanum and the many articles she has made and displayed at the Domestic Arts building at the Great Darke County Fair each year. From quilts to sewing to hook rugs and needle work I […]
  • Marietta Culbertson Fourman & Dola Fourman Brumbaugh Quilts
    Called “Glorified” Nine Patch or Orange Peel quilt of Marietta Marietta Culbertson Fourman was born 14 December 1856.  She married Henry O. Fourman 13 August 1874 according to their family Bible records.   They had two children, Samuel who died young and Isidor Agnes (Dola) who was second born in 1880.  Marietta passed 29 October 1940.  […]
  • Quilt Display at Arcanum Library
    During the month of May, various quilts from the community will be on display at the Arcanum Public Library. The display is sponsored by the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society and will feature family quilts and textiles from the Bev Rench family, Jo Michael family, and Annette Stewart family. The public is encouraged to stop […]
  • Log House Builder’s-The Fryman’s
    Last blog we told about the need for the log house to either be repaired or come down and explained the step by step process. This blog tells the story of the farm’s owners and about the Fryman family who signed the log home and are listed on the land deeds. The log house was […]
  • The Log House
    This is dedicated to all lovers of history and my dad, Dale Sease, who didn’t get to see the entire process fulfilled. This story is about the two story log house on my parent’s property, owners the late Dale Sease and Betty Sease.  Address is 1724 Karr Road in Monroe Township, Darke County, Ohio. My […]
  • Glass Slides in Collection
    The AWTHS has a collection of glass slides of various businesses and individuals in town that were donated by Joan Rench.  According to her daughter, Bev Rench, we were told the slides were bought from Roland Gilbert.  We do not know how or when Rolland obtained them.  If anyone has info about the glass slides, […]
  • Chancellor Brothers
    When AWTHS did the Arcanum video series last summer with Cary Wogoman he mentioned the Chancellor house at the corner of 1st and Locust when we were in the area.  In looking thru “The Arcanum Business book” we read several pages and places about the Chancellor’s and their involvement in various businesses and the community. […]
  • The Coverlet
    Story from Karen Ernst We have more wonderful stories from Grubbs Rex Road in the mid 1800’s in Monroe Township to share with our readers. Did you ever study the census records that had ag reports attached? From these old reports it list how much the buildings were worth on the farm, what animals were […]
  • The Swank Quilt
    By Karen Ernst Some of you may have heard of the Miami Valley Album Quilts which were made late 1800’s-early 1900’s and primarily were quilters in the SE section of Darke County around Monroe Township, and in Miami County around Laura and Potsdam and also Phillipsburg in Montgomery County . Quilts were known for certain […]
  • The Swank Family
    Story from Karen Ernst In working on the Baker Family Project, our group was introduced to Karen Ernst who is a descendant of the Henry Baker Sr. and Elizabeth Poe family. In corresponding we find the family line of Karen’s back to the Baker family. This blog is dedicated to her stories about the Swank […]
  • Buzzards Glory
    What a name! You’re probably wondering “what is that or where is that”? Well for those unfamiliar Buzzards Glory is the name of a little one room brick school house at the corner of Grubbs-Rex Road and Red River West Grove intersection in Monroe Township in Darke County, Ohio. The little building has seen better […]
  • Ted Martin
    Featured Picture: Ted Martin Painting from Carol Martin Price Told by Carol Martin Price to Annette Stewart. Written by Barb Deis. This topic was sparked by an general inquirer about Ted Martin’s painting he had purchased from a vintage shop, to the AWTHS. From there, it was asked on the “You Know You’re from Arcanum” […]
  • AWTHS Opening November
    AWTHS will begin Open Hours and Events in November. November 7 from 9am-noon we will begin our “Open First Saturday of Month” open hours again. The library will be open for research as well as the house for tours and to view displays. Do some early Christmas shopping by purchasing publication books about Arcanum and […]
  • Lewis Dietrich Saloon
    Featured Picture: The Dietrich’s who had the Lewis Dietrich Saloon The AWTHS has two large portraits that were given on loan by the Don Dietrich family of their ancestor Lewis Dietrich.  Lewis was the owner and had the brick home built in 1894 which was the Louis Deitrich Saloon. Per Anita Short’s Arcanum Business book […]
  • History of Castine United Methodist
    Earlier the first preaching in the vicinity was at the home of Samuel Coblentz in the area of Otterbein Chapel.  In 1840 a rough log church was constructed. According to the Otterbein Chapel United Brethren Church, it was a part of the Greenville Circuit.  Also Castine.  The first United Brethren Church in Castine was built […]
  • Brownies…Memories of Arcanum
    Our crew did some short video clips around Arcanum this summer to capture some childhood and memories of earlier times in Arcanum. Our guests were Cary Wogoman and Mike Fout. David Baker did the videoing and Annette Stewart was along from AWTHS to interview and coordinate the event. Many thanks to the team of Cary, […]
  • Historic Bears Mill and the Stoltz Owners
    Recently the subject of Bears Mill, a historic working grist mill located on Arcanum-Bears Mill Road, was brought up by one of our friends- Mark and Cindi Stoltz.  Mark’s ancestors were owners of the mill way back in 1873 and also with another owner until 1884. Mark shared his family history with me and in […]
  • Arcanum Wayne Trail Grange
    This historical building at 123 W. George Street was originally the Wayne Trail Grange and presently is the home today of the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society. As you read the accounting of the Grange history you will see the rich history of this building. The Arcanum Times 1-10-1963 – Grange Busy Historical Property in […]
    The Opera House located on the second floor of the City Building at 102-104 West South in Arcanum could well be called a center of the community social activity. It was leased on a yearly basis with the manager providing entertainment such as minstrels, stage shows, comic opera productions, etc. The first moving pictures shown […]
  • Arcanum Horse Racing, Horse Tracks, and Darke County Fair
    Featured Picture: Horse photo and info from Dixie Baker Kepler of her grandfather, Dale Baker and Peter-At-Law. Info is from William Gunder’s  and Anita Short’s book “Arcanum Chronicles”, chapter on Fast Horses. Fast horses and horse racing was of extreme importance to Darke County including the Arcanum area.  Among those horse lovers was Lon Smith […]
  • We Didn’t Know by Pam Loxley Drake
    Neff Road was a place, the people, the time, but also, Neff Road is reflective of this rural community tucked away in western Ohio. We were probably no different than other areas of the country during the WWII years. Soldiers from our area fought in the war. Farmers worked in the fields to raise food […]
  • Marj Heyduck and the Arcanum Library
    Marj Heyduck Involvement with Arcanum Library Taken from the Arcanum Chronicles Vol. 2 by William Gunder as well as various notes in the AWTHS library files including interviews and articles by Marj and the “Third And Main” articles. Dayton Journal Herald columnist, Marj Heyduck, wrote extensively in her daily “Third And Main” column about the […]
  • Arcanum Library Locations
    Locations of Arcanum’s Public Libraries-how many do you remember? Info from the Arcanum Chronicles Vol. 2 for sale for $18, Arcanum Public Library and Historic Ivester House by William Gunder. The first Library location was in a room over Smith’s Store rented for $4 per month.  The Arcanum Public Library opened on January 25, 1911 […]
  • The Old Mantel By Pam Loxley Drake
    The old piece of wood sits against the wall. A lovely old piece full of memories of a house back the lane. I remember asking Mom the age of our lovely house on the hill. She told me that it was at least 65 years old. Considering that I was a child when I asked, […]
  • Family Reunions
    Baker Reunion Possibly 1922
  • The Rhubarb Patch
    How many have a rhubarb patch? It seems most homes or farms do. I remember as a child ours was behind the swing set. Two huge plants. Every year Mom would pull the stalks and make rhubarb pie or cobbler. Not really my favorite then. Later I heard the outhouse sat by the rhubarb plants. […]
  • May… National Historic Preservation Month
    During the month of May AWTHS has been featuring old historic homes and farms and sharing their preservation stories and history of the landmarks that we know. This photo of the Kuskie’s home is a two story brick home built according to Sarah and Anthony around 1840 and was thought that freed slaves were used […]
  • The Ribs of a Barn – by Pam Loxley Drake
    Building a barn by Pam Loxley Drake The barn. The big, beautiful barn. Most of my life my Dad’s name was on the side of the barn. I was never sure why since most people knew who lived there already. And, of course, I knew who lived there. I think maybe it was the pride […]
  • Grandma’s Friendship Garden
    Grandma Brumbaugh with her peony’s Spring time is a time of renewal. Not only of our gardens, flowers beds and yards but our mind. When Spring rolls around every year I think of my Grandma Brumbaugh and her love of flowers, plants and being outside. I share those same interest. I love going around and […]
  • From My Window
    By Pam Drake My bedroom window overlooked the backyard and barnyard. It was a window on the world for a little farm girl. Many a time I sat there looking out, watching chickens outside the chicken house pecking in the dirt for worms and cows milling at the back gate. Many mornings I saw Dad […]
  • Arcanum During WWII
    During WWII food rationing or restrictions were applied due to food needed for the soldiers overseas as well as limited food supplies due to war destroyed lands and shortage of labor.  Trade routes were often disrupted due to war. WWI During WWI in 1918 the food program was:  Monday is wheatless, Tuesday is meatless, Wednesday […]
  • WWII and Rationing
    With the world wide pandemic in effect there are some similarities from the past to the present. While we are not being currently “rationed” on foods there are some shortages of grocery items as well as cleaning supplies. We learn from the dairy farmers that the farms have plenty of milk. The issue is the […]
  • Depression Cooking
    Across the nation, hungry people waited in “soup lines” for a free meal, especially in larger cities. On the farm, growing, tending, preparing, and preserving food took many hours of work. There was no electricity to power refrigerators, so it was difficult to keep milk and other foods fresh, especially during the summer heat. Yet […]
    This blog is dedicated to Mildred Laird Maddock, grandmother of Janet Brown Rhoades.  This is Janet’s story written about her grandmother, Mildred, who died during the flu in 1918. Her beautiful sheet music and memorabilia was to be on display upstairs at the Arcanum Public Library during the month of May by the Arcanum Preservation […]
  • Women’s Work on the Farm
    Butchering Another big job done in the winter because it was cold.  Again, neighbors, friends and family helped each other.  Mom remembers the pork being greasy and having to clean the intestines to use as casing to put the sausage in.  It was then packed in crocks in lard for the year.  The salted hams […]
  • Farm Day’s Early 1930’s
    As told by my parents and grandparents: Inez Brumbaugh and Dale and Betty Sease. Farming and country life was much different back in the day. At first the land was cleared by settlers and our early ancestors. Life was consumed by simply surviving and being self sufficient as far as raising crops and animals for […]
  • Writing Your Story
    Have you always wanted to write your family story in an understandable manner but didn’t know how or where to start? This blog will give some quick tips to get you started. First, decide if you are only doing family stories or incorporating some genealogy with dates such as birth dates, marriages and so forth. […]
  • Researching Your Old House
    This is a question our historical society is asked frequently.  People move into the community and ask about the history of their house or property.  The age of house, who lived there and events are common starters and interesting to find out. First we recommend looking at your property deed or title.  If you only […]
  • Christmas In The Village
    Arcanum…A Secret Place page 171 Music at home was on the juice harp or mandolin.  There was parlor games and pulling taffy.  As the town grew, some may have Christmas dinner at the CA House.  Later the St. Nicholas Hotel around 1865 and Arcanum House in 1870.  These were local hotels with the St. Nicholas […]
  • Out of the Trenches
    “Out of the Trenches” and “Letters from the Trenches” are  books based on  the WWI Diary/Letters of Daniel R. Warvel, Purple Heart Recipient – Born in Beamsville, Ohio 2-29-1892 transcribed by his granddaughter, Lana Lease-Johnston, Noblesville Indiana.  Lana remembers her mother’s most prized possession was a little brown pocket diary. The front cover had broken […]
  • Cemetery Preservation
    If these stones could talk: Written for cemetery tax levy and preservation of cemeteries.In our family there’s a standing joke about poor old Peter Fourman. I was looking for his stone last year at Ithaca Cemetery and had my granddaughter with me. Well we couldn’t find him. Jade was so concerned about the stone and […]
  • Arcanum Preservation Society Monthly Meeting
    Arcanum / Twin Township Building in 1990 The Arcanum Preservation Society will be hosting their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM at the Old Arcanum City Hall Building. All are welcome .
  • Christmas Bazaar
    Our yearly Christmas Bazaar with one of a kind treasures. Decorations, gifts, goodies and wardrobe items for one stop local shopping for a good cause. To help support our local historical society. Please share and bring a friend. Note: Bazaar open Friday evening, November 29 and Saturday morning November 30.PLEASE NOTE: Event is for AWTHS […]
  • City Hall Pictures
    We are trying to locate inside photos of the city bldg. and info for time period from 1889 to 1940-50’s.If you have photos, please post or message us. Or if you would like to help research and track some down please let us know. This also includes old newspaper articles.We know graduations were held in […]

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  1. May… National Historic Preservation Month. More to the old house preservation project: As a note I found that prior to the Kuskie’s purchasing this home that extensive work was done to the home. Readers probably remember the Littel’s living here for many years. My brother, Fred, farmed the ground and would talk to him. Interesting fellow. Anyways this house was in pretty bad shape-the bricks were crumbling, no heat system, old wiring and plumbing. Per past owner, the brick foundation was rebuilt, new windows put in, roof, electric and heating system. So THANK YOU to all who have helped restore and save this old house!

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