Histories on the Square was a big success. The only thing missing was The Old Cottonwood Tree as a crowd of over 40 people gathered at Monument Square from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on September 22 to hear some great stories told by six Dayton natives who shared their stories and experiences of living in Dayton. And the cookies from Kate's Catering were amazing as usual.
Moderated by Tina Neyer, the evening started with Mary Lou Cline explaining how dealing with floods was just a part of living in Dayton. Next up was Vera (Perry) Stuck, who spoke about how her mother was head nurse at Speers Hospital. Did you know the Dayton Eagles building started out as the home of the Speers family?
DHS 1966 State Football Champions Jim Parker and Larry Wiseman were also there to recap that magical season with recollections of big plays from the final two playoff games. They also spoke very highly of Head Coach Ray King and Coach Tom Hood, who always kept the team motivated with his high-spirited practice drills.
Harry Tucker then covered the history of White's Food Market from the beginning up until the final days. In its heyday, he recalled how on Friday nights the butcher counter would have 4 lines, 3 people deep. Also in attendance was cashier Joyce Fletcher, who nodded in agreement as Harry explained how the employees at Whites were one big happy family.
The final speaker of the evening was Reggie (Wagner) Glaser. Reggie told the inspiring story of Edward Henry Ahrens, a Dayton boy who ran the riverbank and grew up on Second Street with 3 sisters. Twenty-one years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he joined the Special Forces and died a hero, killing 13 attacking Japanese and later having a ship named for him that was commissioned in 1943, the USS AHRENS.
Special thanks to Dayton native and photographer Tony Wagner for sharing these great pictures for the above slideshow.
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