PORTRAITS OF LOUIS (LEWIS) DEITRICH (DIETRICH) AND CHRISTINA
The Dietrich family has on loan Lewis Dietrich and wife Christina wall portraits at the AWTHS. Lewis was from Germany and settled in the New Breman area working with the canal system in western Ohio. He married Christina Roh and the family came to Arcanum in 1893. They bought the lot and had a brick building constructed which was the Louis Deitrich Saloon and Hotel in 1894. The Saloon continued until 1899. Louis owned a farm in Monroe Township and then lived in Pitsburg. He is buried in Mote Cemetery and had nine children. Today the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is home in this designated historic site known as "Louis Deitrich Saloon and Hotel".
MARTIN RICE, JOHN COLVILLE, AND GUNDER FAMILY HISTORY
Family history of Martin Rice who settled in Lewisburg, Ohio. His importance lies in his two daughters who married founders of villages – Dicy Rice was the wife of John Colville who founded Ithaca and Nancy Rice married William Gunder the Founder of Arcanum. We have further information on the Martin Rice family and William Gunder family available for sale under the "publication" tab. The book The Secret Town also tells of the founding of the town of Arcanum.
GORDON, LAIR AND KARR FAMILY
Have you ever wondered about the town of Gordon located in the southern part of Twin Township? How did it get it's name? Who lived there? AWTHS has some actual documents on the Gordon family as well as the Karr's including obits, Philip Gordon's will, the Karr Family Bible tree, the Gordon family homestead deeds from Mike Stump and other notes found at the Darke County Genealogical Society Library at Garst. A history of the naming as well as the Gordon and Lair family is in the AWTHS quarterly newsletter for January 2018. See under Publications tab.
WATER HEATER FROM BUTLER SCHOOL
ROSE SHILT PREBLE COUNTY RECORDS
Rose donated birth, marriage, newspaper obits, probate and court records, land deeds and estate records for Preble County. Rose worked with Anita Short and Aubrey Gilbert recording many court records for Darke, Montgomery, and Preble County as well as the Arcanum Newspapers. These have been published into books which we presently have in our reference library.
LOOKING FOR: CONTACT US BEFORE DROPPING OFF ITEMS
The AWTHS is accepting donations of Arcanum, Butler, Franklin, Monroe and F-M annuals of certain years including recent copies for Arcanum; Early copies for Franklin and Monroe and late 1970's-present for F-M. Please check the Reference Materials List under Research to avoid duplicates.
1. Read the guidelines 2. Acquisition card needs completed. 3. Do not leave on front or back porch area. 4. Keep items to our community.
Cemetery records or Anita Short's book regarding Abbottsville Cemetery.
Any birth or marriage records of Darke County compiled by Darke County Genealogical Society.
Census books and records for Darke County.