This Day in Dayton, 29 November

Daytonians had mixed feelings about the Japanese auto plant to be built there when they were interviewed by the Journal and Courier in November 1986. Town Marshal Rick Earhart thought it might help Dayton’s depressed farming community and the general economy. Kenneth Yost, the Town board president, said the plant “could hurt Dayton’s small-town atmosphere.” It would probably bring traffic problems and population increases, he said. “It will help the economy … but people who have lived here all their life may have to change.” (Journal and Courier, November 29, 1986)

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