Reference Material List

This page contains a list of the reference materials available at the AWTHS reference library. The Reference Library is dedicated to the Memory of William “Bill” Gunder. The library is composed of donations by the community as well as Annette Stewart, and many other researchers personal history and notes.

The reference library is located at the AWTHS building 123 West George St, Arcanum OH 45304. The library is available when the AWTHS has an Open House (see calendar) or an appointment. Contact Annette Stewart at 937-417-3746 for an appointment.

Arcanum Books

Arcanum Centennial Celebration 1949-1950
Arcanum, A Secret Place – The Sequel
The Secret Place
The Secret Town by William Gunder

Books

1976 Bi-Centennial Pitsburg
Ancient History by Rollin
Anthony Wayne & OH Indian Wars
DAR Patriot Index 1966, 1979
Discover Darke County, OH
Down Memory Lane by Jeanette Burke (stories from Ithaca, OH)
Families from Gordon, OH 1949-1998 by Abraham Lincoln
Families of Darke Co OH
Families of Darke Co. OH Vol. 2
Fisher & Oliver Funeral Home Records – 1908 – 1939 Ansonia, OH
Fort Nesbit by Donald Asman
Franklin Twp. Farmer Institute books 1949-1950’s
Franklin-Monroe Boys Baseball programs 1959-1960’s
Frazier Wilson Darke County History
Ft. Jefferson by Frazer Ellis Wilson
Ft. Jefferson-1907 Monument Dedication by Wesley Viets
Funeral Home Fisher-Oliver of Ansonia 1908-1939
Great Dayton Flood 1913
Greenville Broadway Memories 1845-1992 by Mary Catherine Wilson
Historic National Road in OH By the OH Historical Society
Historical Vol. 1 Memories of Miami Valley
History Castine 1822-1976
History of Colony of New Haven, Connecticut Vol. 1 & 2 by Edward Atwater
History of Darke Co, OH 1880 by W. H. Beers
History of Darke Co. Bar by Hugh Staley 1985
History of Darke Co, OH Vol. 1 & 2 by Frazier Wilson
History of Laura and Area 1977
History Richland Co., OH 1807-1880
History of the Village of Potsdam 1845-1976
Kids from Gordon by Abraham Lincoln
Lewisburg Sesquicentennial 1818-1968
Mackey Family 1729-1975
Miami Valley Ohio Pioneers Index by Lindsay Brien
Newton Twp. Civil War Monument Pleasant Hill, OH 1895-1995
OH Statistics- 1879
Potsdam History
Ridpath’s History of United States
Siler Family
Some Mackey Settlers Along Mason Dixon Line
The American People and Their Old World Ancestors by Vollintine
The Dean of Steam Fire Engine Builders By Ed Hass
The St. Clair and Wayne Trails by Toni Seiler
Tipp City Tippecanoe Sesqui-Centennial 1840-1990
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham
Ulrich Rinehart Family 1704-1985
Vance Family History
Verona Centennial 1855-1955
Wayne Lakes – A Pioneer’s Dream by James M. Sage
What I forgot to Remember Book 2 by Betty Mehaffie Hissong Sutton (have 3 volumes)

Cemeteries

Castine 1952-1987
Castine and Abbottsville 1923-2004 plus Anita Short’s Inscriptions
Cemetery Inscriptions Darke Co Vol I, 3, 4, 5 by Anita Short
Greenville Union Cemetery 1965-1994 Records

Census

1870 Mercer Co. OH
Darke Co. OH 1850,1900, 1910
Federal Census 1820 OH
Montgomery Co. OH 1900

Churches

Arcanum Methodist Church Board Meetings Minutes 1948-1959
Arcanum United Brethren 
East Zion Church Rt. 36 formerly Lutheran
Gordon United Methodist building history
Ninevah Church History
Pitsburg Church of Brethren 150th Anniversary 1857-2007

German Baptist Vindicator

Index to July 1983
Index-All issues to Dec. 1995
Oak Hill District 1996
Obituary Index-Issues to 1987
Obituary Index-September 1991

Deeds

Administrator deed for J.M. Bickel, executor for Mattie Ivester 1924
John & Ethel Delaplane abstract land title 1937
Mattie Ivester to Carl Rosser

Directories

1925 Directory for Monroe, Franklin, Twin, & Van Buren Townships
1936 Darke County Directory
Darke Co. Farm & Business Directory for 1949-1951, 1958
Eldorado, New Paris, & West Manchester 1957
Farm Journal Rural Directory 1916
Greenville City Directories for 1965, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
Reference Book for Darke Co., OH for 1996
Robinson’s Darke Co. Rural Directory for  1936, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1969-70, 1972-73, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987-89
Street Directory of Dayton 1964

Family Histories

Adam Minnich Bible Notes (digital)
Anna Shepherd -Family Bible
Annette Sease Stewart Family History of Sease, Brumbaugh, Fourman, Culbertson, Hofacker, Michael
Banta, Brehm and Davison History by Carolyn Fourman Fisher
Bradberg & Hawkey Families by Mary E. Pearce & Carolyn Frazee
Bruce Shank Family History (includes area tour directions)
David Olwine & Sarah Ann Graybill Day Book Records
Descendants of Johannes Fuhrmann by Melody Fox
Descendants of John Adam Steger by Melody Fox
Families of Bryron Brown (Johan (Diebelbesin) Devilbiss, John Ogle & Elizabeth Petersdotter, Edward Dorsey & Anne, William Smute & Grace Wood, William Scarborough & Agnes Farrar, Henry Haworth & Elizabeth, John Coppock & Margaret Coalson, Giovanni Comolli & Aurelia Clementina Arioli)
Family Group Sheet for James Cushwa and Virginia Townsend, owner of saloon where AWTHS is today.
Fourmans of Darke County (Descendants of Johannes Fourman & Catherine Stager) by Darrell Delk
George Wilt-Digital History
Homer Royer Family
Jacob Troutwine Family by Fred and Carolyn Troutwine (Besecker,Oswald,Carroll,Dohner)
Johann Werner Ohlwein 1756-1826; His Descendents in America By Lena Belle Olwine Mullen 1987
John Smith and Sophia McNutt Family History
Joseph Leander Fourman Family Tree by Phyllis E. Fourman Shields and David Shields
Levi Frazee 1640-1999 By Carolyn Frazee
Loy Family 1732-1965
Mary Pearce Collection of Jordan-Guting (Geeting)-Jenkins-Dent-Myers *see surname list
Moses Arnold and Rachel Lynch; and Dwight Arnold histories (digital)
Noah and Silas Fourman Family History & photos by Carolyn Fourman Fisher
Susan H. Kendall Collection of Sharp-Delk-and related families *see surname list
Tom Hanes Collection of Shank-Corwin-Bonham-Gordon-Yount-Hanes *see surname list
William John Bailey Family History

Oral Histories (digital)

Betty Mehaffie Sutton
Byron Baker and Ruth Dull
George Oswalt
Kathryn Bristley Condon
Kerlin Wilt
Lloyd Hunt
Mabel Byrd Clark
Sylvia Booker Utz
John Rudolph Waymire March 1, 1925

Family Stories

The Life and Times of Harold Anthony By Harold Anthony- Reflections Binder
Oren Family Stories-Rev. Ira Oren, Ruth, and Virginia Oren Groves

Letters

Album about John F. Rosser including civil war letters to wife Lucy
Autograph book of Lydia Fourman late 1800’s
Correspondence involving Lizzy Perrin, Dottie Rench, Corrin Perrin, & Katie Krelp 1884-1886
Ithaca families (Wert, Brock, Burke, Unger, Kiblinger, Ridenour, Cromwell) Two Vol.’s of letters, photos, obits, and hand written family genealogy names and notes. Donated by Jean Baldwin Price
Letter from Miami Co. to extend Rt. 55
Letter Ondo Ivester death 1889

Maps

1895 Montgomery Co. plat map
Street Directory for Dayton, OH 1964
Train map with train routes

Preble County Collection

Preble County Births 1867-1908
Preble County Census 1820
Preble County Common Pleas 1808-1853
Preble County Death Abstracts 1867-1907; 1927-1930
Preble County Early Eaton Papers 1825-1850
Preble County Eaton Democrat Papers Vol. 1
Preble County Estate Cases 501-12,999
Preble County Land & Deeds 1808-1821; 1821-1827; Vol. 3,4,5,6,7
Preble County Marriages 1808-1950
Preble County Obits 1877-1926
Preble County Obits Eaton Register 1850-1890

Plat Books

1875 Darke County
1875-1888 Darke County
1910 Darke County
1956 Darke County
1964 Darke County
1967 Darke County
1976 Darke County
1981 Darke County
1983 Darke County
1990 Darke County
1994 Darke County
1996 Darke County
1997 Darke County

Publications & Magazines

“PA Mennonite Heritage”
“The Kindling” Darke Co. Genealogy Society
“The Mirror” from PA Lancaster Co. Mennonite Society
National Genealogical Society Quarterly 1975: September
National Genealogical Society Quarterly 1977: September
National Genealogical Society Quarterly 1977: December
National Genealogical Society Quarterly 1978: March
National Genealogical Society Quarterly 1980: September
National Genealogical Society Quarterly 1981: March & September
National Genealogical Society Quarterly 1982: March
National Genealogical Society Quarterly 1985: March, June, & Sept.
GateWay to the West 
Is a fully indexed and searchable version of the Ohio genealogy magazine Gateway to the West, which was published by Anita Short and Ruth Bowers from 1967 to 1987. From common pleas court records, guardianships, naturalizations, and deed abstracts to the more conventional births, marriages, deaths, cemetery records, and wills, Gateway offered a range of genealogical source material spanning 76 of Ohio’s 88 counties. 1800-1850 time frame. (Index in Oct. 2006 AWTHS Newsletter)

Newspaper Articles

Actual Arcanum Times newspapers from early 1899-1971 (By Appt.)
Arcanum News from 1888-1896 copies from Greenville newspaper
Arcanum Tornado and 1978 blizzard
Franklin-Monroe Class of 1946
Greenville Daily Advocates from 4-1-1964 through 6-30-1964
Greenville Daily Advocates from 9-1-1966 through 10-31-1966
Numerous other articles about Arcanum and sports
Pretty Ritz Movie House
Stephens Saw Mill supplying large timbers for the U.S. Constitution

Family Photos

Besecker Reunion 1915 picture with list of attendees at Ed Altic Home
Bill Kendall family and related family
Carolyn Miller Laird Photos and Ithaca’s Millers General Store and Post Office
Deeter, Warner, North-Fitzwater, Arnett, Fourman collection by Anita Troutwine
Don and Barbara Sease Wedding
Hemp Family
Jacob & Mary Brumbaugh Reunion picture early 1900’s
Niswongers 1916
Reunion and Family Photos of Fasick, Ditmer, Fourman, Dohner, Shellenbarger
Robert Corbin Family
Rosser Collection
Sharp & Delk Family from Susan Haines Kendall Collection
The Brumbaugh, Sease, Culbertson, Michael, Hofacker, Fourman, Etzler, and Young families

Pitsburg-Frankin & Monroe Schools Photos

1940 Franklin School diploma and booklet for Mary Gilbert
Alumni List for Franklin-Monroe on CD
Betty Brumbaugh Sease, Drum Major of Monroe High School
Class 1930, 1935,1942 and 1943 Monroe High School
Class picture of 1939 from Franklin
Franklin Class List for 1904-1952
Franklin Class Photo of 1935
Monroe Class List for 1922-1952 with class photos from 1920-1930’s
Monroe class pictures for 1931-1940,1939-40 orchestra, 1940 band,1941 twirlers and Glee Club,1942 FFA.
Monroe Twp. Sub District #2 grade card
On CD-Franklin Classes of 1904,1936,37,39,1940-1952 (By Appt Only)
On CD-Franklin-Monroe Classes of 1953-1985 and 1986 – 2010 (By Appt Only)
Picture of Monroe School
Picture of Old Franklin School
Pitsburg School-Identified is Clara Fourman Fasick and Mary Fourman; 2nd with all names
Souvenir Program for School #3 in Monroe Twp 1901

Arcanum Business and School Photos

1898 School Board Picture
1910 Delisle School
1921-22 De Lisle School
1965-66 Mrs. Burke 4th grade class
Arcanum 1928 Football Team
Arcanum 1934-35 Band Photo
Arcanum 1935-36 photos of Arc Hi Staff, Commercial Club, Band, and Girls Reserve
Arcanum Ball team 1908 -1909, 1929
Arcanum Booster Day 1912
Arcanum Boys 1956 OH State Basketball Champs Photo and clippings
Arcanum class of 1913, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1941, 1944, and 1946.
Arcanum Commencement program for 1901, 1936
Arcanum Girls Ball Team 1926 Champs
Baily Motors
Butler class of 1928, 1931
CD with shots of clubs and classes from 1900-2017  (By Appt Only)
County Christian Endeavor Union-Ithaca and New Madison
District 7 1911
Employees of Tobacco Warehouse 1890-1900
Glendale School 1912
Jack Weaver, Larrey Fry, Mart Wild, CF Mundhenk, Jim Heck hunting
School of Ithaca 1924
Three scrapbooks of AHS Basketball & Track from Marilyn Graeff

School Yearbooks

YEARBOOKS-ARCANUM BUTLER SCHOOLS
1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1949
1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1997,1999,2000,2001,2002, 2003
BUTLER YEARBOOKS
1958
SR. EDITION NEWSPAPER
1935, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1959
TRACK & FIELD SCORE BOOKS
1960-1967 1961-63 1964-65 1966 1967 1968 1970 1971
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YEARBOOKS
1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987,1990-91,1992,1993,1994
Souvenir Booklet 1921-1922 Delisle School, District #5
FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS
 Falcon 1946-48, 1950
MONROE HIGH SCHOOL YEAR BOOKS (Pitsburg)
1929, 1936, 1939, 1945, 1947, 1949 
FRANKLIN-MONROE HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS
1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1983
VERONA
Verona Grads 1920-1964

Military Records

REVOLUTION WAR
Frederick Shank
Jesse Corwin
Rolls & Lists of Connecticut Men In Revolution 1775-1783 By Connecticut Historical Society
William Ashley
WAR OF 1812
Daniel Sharp
Jacob Michael
Patrick Shields
CIVIL WAR INFO
Antietam Book
Harrod & William Mills
Henry Cromwell
Henry McEowen
James Bell
Jesse Hyer
John F. Rosser
John George Sprecher
Samuel H. Culbertson
The Weary Boys about the 110th OH Infantry by Thomas Pope
WORLD WAR 1
Clester Oda
Group picture dated July 22, 1917, Valley of Dayton-Army
Official Roster of OH-Soldiers, Sailors, Marines from 1917-1918. 23 Volumes
WORLD WAR II
Picture of Richard Patterson
Picture of John Gilbert
Story and pictures of Herb Anthony
Story of Lloyd Hunt
Newspapers with County Draft Numbers
MILITARY SERVICE
1960 Lynn Trump with Navy
Bill Metzcar
Captain Stuart Schram
Tracy Sease

Micro -film and fisch reels (by appointment only)

Micro-film reader with following reels: (Appt Only)
Arcanum Weekly Times May 11 1899 – July 25 1901; August 1 1901 – Jan 2 1902; Aug 27 1903 – Mar 30 1905
Darke Co. Births 1889-1908
Darke Co. Deaths 1867-1905
Miami Valley Families Genealogy 1933-1939 news clippings from Dayton Sunday Journal
Miami Valley Local History 1921-1937 Dayton Daily News Magazine
Micro-fisch reader with following films: (Appt Only)
Census records
Records from OH and other states
War of 1812

CD’S/DVD’S Media (by appointment only)

CD’S/DVD’S MEDIA (Appt. Only)
CD’S & VIDEOS    1961 A.H.S. Alumni Reunion in 2011
CD’S & VIDEOS    Arcanum 1940-1942 Events filmed by Dr. Lenhert
CD’S & VIDEOS    Arcanum Boys Basketball 1967, 1969, 1976
CD’S & VIDEOS    Arcanum School and Downtown 1936-1937 (from 16mm film)
CD’S & VIDEOS    Arcanum Sesquicentennial 1999
CD’S & VIDEOS    AWTHS Renovation 2004
CD’S & VIDEOS    Criterion Program by Rev. Meake on WWII and Holocaust
CD’S & VIDEOS    F-M Alumni List
CD’S & VIDEOS    Video-Arcanum Boys Basketball vs. Kalida 1967
CD’S & VIDEOS    Video-AWTHS bought from Arcanum Wayne Trail Grange 2004
DVD’s                     2014 AWTHS Veterans Program
DVD’s                     AWTHS 2015 Programs and Summer Coffee’s
DVD’S                    Arcanum Basketball Semi Final and Final Game 1956
DVD’S                    F-M Games 1973

By Request

1949, 1939 Yearbook of Monroe, Class photos from 1929-1949
Anniversary Celebration book of Monroe Class of 1943
F-M Elementary yearbooks-1964-65, 1969, 1970-71, 1983, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91
F-M yearbooks-1975, 1976, 1977, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Mementoes of Monroe Class of 1942
One and Two Room School Houses of Darke County, OH by Toni Seiler
The Ista Monroe Class 1943

Binders

Arcanum 1956 State Basketball Tournament
Arcanum Business’
Arcanum Celebrations
Arcanum Criterion Club Members Life Stories 2014-2015
Arcanum School F.T.A. binder
Arcanum School: 1900 to present
Arcanum Social Events and Clubs Includes area Miss Annie Oakley’s and Darke County Fair Queens
Arcanum Times Random Articles: 1913 Court News and Events, Social News, and Advertising
Arcanum Tornado 1992,  Area Blizzard 1978, Flood of 1913
Maps and locations of old one & two room school houses in Southern Darke Co. & Southeastern
Business Advertisments
Center School, Open House, and School Driving Tour 2017
Family Photos of Random families
Franklin-Monroe High School
Gordon and families-Gordon, Lair, Karr
History of United Brethren Church and other churches
Marj Heyduck newspaper clippings from “Third and Main”
Newspaper clipping from Early Bird and Daily Advocate for 2009 to present
Obits, Funeral Cards and Death Records from 1867-1888
Old house and Farm Histories
Old wedding, engagement, anniversary from 1900-1980’s
Random News: Arcanum, Bradford, Castine, Gettysburg, Gordon, Ithaca, Laura, New Madison, Palestine, Pitsburg, Verona, West Manchester

Misc.

Ohio Archaeological & Historical Society Publications -19 volumes
Tax List Preble Co, OH 1827-1834
AWTHS Newsletters
AWTHS Renovations and Early Events
Old Postcards
Reflections-Area peoples stories of their life and where they lived
Underground Railroad
Villages in Area
Revolutionary War Soldiers
WWII
Civil War
Trains
Program American Legion 1920-21
PHOTOGRAPHS:
We have a large assortment of Arcanum area pictures along with Arcanum school pictures, graduation classes, sports events, clubs, business’, celebrations, churches.
Pitsburg business and school photos and advertisements.
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