Dayton Daily News from Dayton, Ohio on October 27, 2005 · 189
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i Z I Z9 DAYTON DAILY NEWS NEIGHBORS THURSDAY. OCTOBER 27. 2005 Downtown Tipp group organizes a little bit more I l 1 r- r ', RIVERSIDE CEMETERY SUPERINTENDENT Lewis Deeter brushes off the grave of Miami County's Jane Doe, whose body was found in 1981. She is buried in the potter's field section of the Troy cemetery. Cemetery Tales You won't see ghosts, but you can find stories at final resting places across Miami Valley By Martha Hardcastle For the Dayton Daily News 'Tis the season for black cats, jack-o'-lanterns and cemeteries. While the imagery of cemeteries is a popular Halloween icon, most people don't visit actual cemeteries at this time of year at least not here in Ohio. In Louisiana, it's a different story. Graves are much more likely to be decorated and visited in preparation for All Saints Day on Nov. 1 than for Memorial Day. And public schools are closed every Nov. 1 in south Louisiana. But if you are looking for ghosts, contrary to popular belief, cemeteries are often the last place you'll find them. Haunted Ohio author Chris Woodyard of Beavercreek, who claims the ability to see ghosts, says that a soul is more likely to "haunt" the place where they lived or died than where they are buried. "They don't usually hang around the body," she said. However, Woodyard visited Bear Creek Cemetery in Trot-wood this year for the first time and said she found some paranormal activity. While walking through the cemetery in search of interesting gravestones, she experienced a mustached gentleman from the early 20th century following her, heard a woman who wasn't there calling out to someone, and saw a glimpse of another ethereal body without getting a full impression of the age or sex. But were they people buried at Bear Creek or just ghostly visitors? "I've never gotten the sense of someone who was buried at a cemetery being there," Wood-yard said. There was one ghost in a funeral home, however. "It was in Shelby County in the basement of what was once a funeral home," she said. "He was saying he wasn't dead, but he was." Woodyard isn't sure if he was someone who was embalmed there who wasn't really ready to die or if it was someone who was not really dead when they were being embalmed. At Bear Creek, she walked around the oldest part of the cemetery, which is on the west side of Union Road. The oldest graves there date back to at least 1820, which is the earliest readable stone with a date of death. There are a number of other stones that are unreadable, especially in the far back section that was once known as "The Wooden," according to Trotwood-Mad-ison Historical Society member Regina Kleinhenz. "It may have first been a family cemetery then," she said. "It's listed as Wooden, Woodin, and also as Vaniman Cemetery. Many early citizens of what is now Trot-wood and also New Lebanon are buried there, including many early Bretheren families. Leuis Pfoutz, who gave the city of Trotwood its name, is buried at Old Bear Creek, as well as many members of the Brumbaugh, Eby, . v , THE GRAVE of another unknown soul this one simply says 'Unknown 1938.' Filbrun, Denlinger and other German families. Woodyard got an impression of "black water" or something regarding the name "black," but Kleinhenz wasn't aware of Bear Creek being known by another name nor a disease of epidemic proportions in the community such as cholera. On the newer side of Bear Creek on the east side of Union Road, Woodyard drove through the paths. Bear Creek's east section is also known as the final resting place for a number of motorcyclists, including members of the Dayton Outlaws. One of the most visited "biker" graves at Bear Creek is that of William R." Lit' Bill" McWain. McWain's grave is just inside the east cemetery entrance on the right. His stone includes a poem on one side and an etching of himself on his bike on the other. But the bikers are only a small number in the midst of many more ordinary folks at Bear Creek. Like any real estate, one of the keys to cemetery property is location, location, location. At Woodland Cemetery in Xenia, it's obvious that the well-to-do and prosperous are interred along with the pioneers of Greene County. In Waynesville in Warren County, The Friends Burial Grounds on High Street is the oldest cemetery in Wayne Twp., dating back to 1804. And in Huber Heights, the Fish-burg Road Cemetery, which has also been known by the names of Shearer and Brenner, is lovingly tended despite the fact that there have been no burials there for a half century or more. But in every cemetery, the stones tell stories. At Fishburg, there are many death dates of 1850. One such stone with inscriptions for Charles, Elizabeth and their 2-" year-old daughter Mary Matilda Sheets concludes with "All died of cholera." While many cemeteries have unmarked plots, Westmont Cemetery has only a handful of plots marked in any way out of about 2,000 burials. Westmont was the A t ! PHOTOS BY at Riverside Cemetery in Troy. There potter's field of Montgomery County. "Potter's field" got its name from the Bible and refers to a burial place for poor and unknown people. From the Gospel of St. Matthew (27:3-8): "Then Judas, which had bej trayed Him, saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests ... and they took counsel, and bought with them the potters field to bury strangers in." The entrance to Westmont is directly across from the Dayton Correctional Institution on Gettysburg Avenue and it is closed to the public except on Memorial Day and Labor Day. The cemetery is a half-mile off the road, down a wooded path and adjacent to a county landfill. It's not uncommon to hear shots fired while in the area the Dayton Police Academy shooting range is also nearby. ,Troy 72HARBORSIDE Healthcare Rehabilitation and 512 Crescent Phone- 937335.7161 Palliative Care Bariatric Care Pain Management Wound Care Skin Integrity Management Nutrition Care Rehabilitation Services Call for more details. MARTHA HARDCASTLEFOH IHE DAYTON DAILY NF.WS is a row of similar graves there and There are several unidentified persons buried at Westmont, with probably the most recent that of a woman whose body was found Aug. 10, 1987, near the Hoke Road Interstate 70 eastbound on-ramp in Englewood. "Jane Doe" was probably between 17 and 25 years of age, about 5 feet 5 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. Her teeth were good and she was well-nourished and in very good condition. Despite intensive investigations, her identity is still unknown 18 years later. In Miami County, the potter's field is at Riverside Cemetery in Troy, where the poor and unknown lie not far away from the wealthy and famous. A young woman found in 1981 is marked with a simple stone, "Jane Doe April 22, 1981." In fact, there is an entire row of small stones, many with such inscriptions as "Unknown 1938." Contact Martha Hardcastle at Nursing Center Dr. Troy Fax- 937335.0686 THE LIGHTHOUSE ipaoil Car Dnntift Un 8 Vl 30 attend meeting, 9 join committee on mission statement By Nancy Bowman TIPP CITY A new group looking to enhance the downtown area has a name and a list of those interested in working on committees charged with organization, promotion, design and economic development. More than 30 people turned out Oct. 18 to help decide a name and the framework for the Downtown Tipp City Partnership. The gathering followed an August meeting where discussion focused on the findings of a Downtown Assessment Revitalization Team's community visit in April, and what direction downtown residents and property owners, business owners, the city and others want an effort with the downtown as its focus to take. The assessment was done through Downtown Ohio Inc. as part of a review by, chamber of commerce and others of the ways to approach downtown's needs, and whether a formal Main Street program with a full-time director is an option. The consensus in August was the estimated $75,000 bill attached to a Main Street program is not feasible today, but it could be a step for the future. The Main Street approach focuses on revitalization and growth in a downtown district. The group also emphasized in August that one organization Paid Advertisement NOTICE OF ELECTION Terms of Office Notice is hereby given that pursuance of a Resolution adopted by the Council of the City of Troy, Ohio on the. 18 day of July, 2005, there will be submitted to the qualified electors of said municipality at a General Election to be held at the regular places of voting therein on the 8th day of November, 2005, the question of proposing the terms of office of the President of Council be changed from two years to four years, beginning with the November 2007 election for a term beginning January 1, 2008. The polls for said election will be open at 6:30 o'clock AM and remain open until 7:30 o'clock PM of said day. By order of the Board of Election, Miami County Steve Quillen, Director jL W JTOl Ft ( i hr linft nrB" 1275 ""I SJ IE 1 BUYONf ""I """I CETONE'FREI B I20S by Motorola too by Motorola by Motorola ; SEk Un ;,,, FREE : ISAVE$150 J Vffig?-" J jsAVE$175 J j All The Time. 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"We are like the machine to drive this forward," Safreed said. Nine people will serve on the new organization's steering committee, whose initial tasks will include writing a mission statement. Matt Spring, Tipp City planner, suggested the new group organize itself around the four elements in the Main Street program formula. The elements are: Promotion, through publicity and marketing of events and assets that draw people to the downtown. Economic restructuring, with activities such as tax incentives. - Design, focusing on the visual message conveyed through appearance of streets, window displays and lighting, among other elements. . Organization, the building of cooperation between groups and those with a stake in the downtown. The Downtown Tipp City Partnership scheduled its next meeting for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the library. Beginning in December, the meetings will be on the third Tuesday of the month. Contact Nancy Bowman at (937) 33S-43S7. Get all your Incoming calls free. 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