This Day in Dayton, 1-11 April

1 April            

The editor of the “Courier” reported on a March 30 event in the edition of April 1, 1852:

Our little neighbor, Dayton, eight or nine miles out on the plank road, is more of a place than we were wont to suppose, until taking a stroll through its streets and around its suburbs, yesterday afternoon. We do not know the number of its inhabitants, but they have certainly displayed commendable enterprise in public improvements, particularly in the line of churches. The town has five meeting houses, and the new one recently completed by the New School Presbyterians, is a fine building, almost as good as the best of which Lafayette can boast. Having the pleasure to anticipate in Prof. Sharpe’s Concert, held in this new church last evening, we had an opportunity to examine the internal arrangement, which we found neat and well finished. The citizens of Dayton deserve great credit for their liberality in the erection of such a house.

                                    ...We learn that Mr. Sharpe's music class in Dayton, contemplate getting up a series of concerts on their own hook. The Professor says they have some capital voices among them, and with a little practice can give a creditable performance.


2 April            

On December 2, 1830, William Baker first platted an addition to the town of Dayton (dated as given, recorded April 2, 1831, 30 lots, Deed Record B, p. 483).


2 April            

On April 2, 1863, during the Civil War, the following note appeared in the “Courier”:

                        “We are requested by Harrison Hill, Esq., of Dayton to state that the report that he has become false to his allegiance and turned Copperhead is false. Mr. Hill wants it distinctly understood that he is an unconditional Union man.”


4 April            

In March of 1864, men of the 40th Indiana “veteranized” (reenlisted) and traveled to Indiana, enjoyed their time at home and spent time recruiting. On 4 April 1864 they and their new recruits reassembled at Indianapolis to return to the war.


9 April            

The town of Wyandott, which William Heaton founded, is traditionally dated from 1829, although the plat was not filed until April 9, 1844


10 April          

An item in the “Courier” dated April 10, 1872 reported on a series of temperance meetings in Dayton.


11 April          

On April 11, 1968, the Dayton Itemsin the “Journal and Courier” (through correspondent Florence Biery), reported that James Larry Robertson had been awarded a Purple Heart. He was wounded on February 8, 1968 at Cu Chi on a “search and destroy” mission, surrounded by Viet Cong, a grenade exploded burning his hand and wrist.

Susan ClawsonComment