This Day in Dayton, 4 July

On the Fourth of July, 1824, the first Independence Day celebration in the township and even in the county was held at the cabin of James Paige at Wyandott, south of Dayton. After reaping the first wheat in the forenoon, all enjoyed a meal prepared by the women. Paige then read aloud the Declaration of Independence, and toasts were drunk of Metheglin, a beer made out of honey. Paige's son Charles is quoted in a newspaper clipping from about 1882 as saying, “We shot a few rounds with our old deer guns and but a few as powder was scarce, drank toasts with methiglum, or honey beer, in honor of the heroes of '76, and I venture to say no truer patriotism or better feeling ever existed on a Fourth of July from that time to the present” (quoted from 1882 clipping in Kriebel's Old Lafayette column, July 2, 1982). Guests were the families of James Paige, Luther Corbin, Richard Baker, Daniel Baker, and Isaac Thompson, and two young men: Edward Corbin (s/o Luther) and Mr. Skinner.

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