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Johnny and his dog

This bit of Dayton history is a reblog from a post on our sister site, Raising a Super Dog, that I published a while back. And by a while back, it’s possible I may mean about ten years ago or so. I’ll publish the story as it happened back then, complete with photos. At the … Continue reading Johnny and his dog

Mystery Photo: Massillon Bicycle Repair

This cabinet card was found in our inherited collection of Sword Family photos and documents. It’s been bugging me. As far I I’ve researched, we don’t have any connections to Massillon, Ohio. I don’t recognize these two gentlemen from any other photos in our newfound collection. Why were these two bowler-capped fellows so important as … Continue reading Mystery Photo: Massillon Bicycle Repair

Otto and his German Language Newspaper: Part Two

[Continued from Otto and his German Language Newspaper: Part 1] It was time for a new plan. Otto canvassed the German neighborhoods. Promising a quality newspaper, he collected several hundred subscriptions before even publishing the first issue. Otto partnered with Charles Schenk, an old friend from Frankfort that arrived in Dayton a couple of years … Continue reading Otto and his German Language Newspaper: Part Two

Otto and his German Language Newspaper: Part One

The City of Dayton, Ohio in 1867 was at the edge of the second industrial revolution and maturing from her agricultural beginnings. Factories were competing for prime real estate along the new railroad lines to transport their goods faster and cheaper than ever before. And as one of the largest Ohio cities, immigrants arrived by … Continue reading Otto and his German Language Newspaper: Part One

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