Sunday, August 10, 2003

Ohio Bicentennial Notebook

Morgan raids again as part of Loveland exhibit

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer


LOVELAND--Reenactors from Company D, 9th Kentucky Cavalry, which followed John Hunt Morgan to Ohio, will encamp Saturdayon the grounds of the Loveland Museum at Riverside Drive and Park Avenue.

It will be held in conjunction with the continuing Morgan's Raid exhibit, which runs through Sept. 21.

"Descendants of Morgan's men are coming from all over the nation to see the exhibit that tells about the famous ride that has been their family lore for many generations," said spokeswoman Janis Vogel.

The gathering of the descendants and a contest of Morgan lookalikes will be from 2-3 p.m.

Information: 683-5692.

Foundry rolls into Dayton

The world's only foundry on wheels will be at historic Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, to cast the Montgomery County bicentennial bell today.

The mold will be broken at noon. Grinding and polishing will be at 12:30 p.m. The bell will be dedicated and rung at 5 p.m.


Ohio leaves its mark

Ohio's agricultural history will be honored this month with seven new historical markers issued in the bicentennial marker program.

They include:

• The birthplace of 4-H, Ohio State Extension office, Prime Ohio Corporate Park, across from the Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Clark County. A. B. Graham founded the Boys and Girls Agricultural Experiment Club in 1902. It changed agricultural education. Dedication was Aug. 4.

• The Ohio State Fair, Columbus. Dedication date to be announced later. The first Ohio State Fair was held Oct. 2-4, 1850, near Cincinnati. The fair has been in eight other cities.

• Rural electrification, entrance to the Piqua power plant, Miami County. Dedication date to be announced later. In 1935, the Miami Rural Electrification Cooperative Inc. built a 103-mile power line, bring electricity to Miami County farms.

Agricultural Ohio is the 14th of 21 topics to receive historical markers from the Ohio Bicentennial Commission's Heritage Marker Program.

Bicentennial Notebook appears periodically. Contact Randy McNutt at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:

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