This Day in Dayton, 21 February

On February 21, 1848, the County Commissioners granted a petition signed by 34 “citizens and freeholders.” The petition attested to the moral character of Wesley Cain, who wished to open a tavern in Dayton. Whether he opened the business or how long it lasted has not been determined. Mr. Cain appears on the 1850 census within the households that appear to have been in Dayton, but he is one of the many on the census for whom no occupation is given. If there was only one tavern in town (which seems likely) this may have been the same one mentioned as run by Ezra Bush until 1843 and one of the destinations of the Red Bird sleigh.

Susan ClawsonComment