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To help raise funds for the Bicentennial, an auction was held during the Bicentennial.
All items displayed below were consigned for auction.
Proceeds went to the Darrtown Bicentennial fund.
3 PM ~ Saturday, July 5, 2014
E-Dot Park - West Street - Darrtown, Ohio
Prior to the 3 PM auction from the stage in E-Dot Park,
the following items were displayed, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM,
inside the Fellowship Room of the Darrtown Lutheran Church,
which is located at 4411 Walter Alston Highway
(State Rt. 177) Darrtown, Ohio
Two types of items were offered at this auction:
Sports memorabilia (donated by Kirk Mee, Ron Wiley, and the Ogles - Harry, Kim, and Rob)
Craft items - related to the history of Darrtown (names of donors appear with items)
Items from Kirk Mee III sports memorabilia collection offered at Bicentennial auction
Over the course of two years prior to the Darrtown Bicentennial, Kirk Mee III, Darrtown native and former collegiate and professional football coach collected the following autographed, professional sports items, which he donated to the Darrtown Bicentennial auction.
Auction items 1 - 18, below, are the ones that Kirk donated. Click the following link to learn about Kirk Mee's coaching career.
BELOW LEFT AND BELOW RIGHT: Item No. 01:
Bengals' football (in box), autographed by Elbert L. "Ickey" Woods.
Inscription reads "Darrtown OH 2014 Icky Woods 88-91 Bengal The Shuffle Man"
BELOW: Item No. 02:
Bengals football (in box),
autographed by Jim Breech.
Inscription reads "Jim Breech. Bengals All Time Leading Scorer"
BELOW: Item No. 03:
Bengals football (in box), autographed by Pete Johnson.
Inscription reads "To Darrtown Ohio 2014. Pete Johnson. Cincinnati Bengals. #46"
BELOW: Item No. 04:
Bengals football (in case), autographed by Anthony Munoz
Inscription reads "Anthony Munoz HoF 98"
RIGHT: Item No. 05:
NFL football, autographed by Mark Mosley
Inscription reads: "To my friends at Darrtown, Ohio 2014 - Mark Mosley #3
NFL - MVP 1982 Super Bowls XVII & XVIII"
BELOW: Item No. 06:
NFL football, autographed by Fred Biletnikoff
Inscription reads "Darrtown, Ohio 2014 - Have a great Anniversary - Fred Biletnikoff - Hof 88 - SB XI MVP"
BELOW: Item No. 07:
NBA basketball, autographed by Calvin Murphy
Inscription reads "Hall of Fame '93
Calvin Murphy #23"
BELOW: Item No. 08:
Photograph, autographed by Robert "Bob" Feller
Certificate of Authenticity
that accompanies the
Bob Feller photo
BELOW: Item No. 09:
Book, written by Duke Snider, with Phil Pepe.
Darrtown’s Walter “Smokey” Alston is remembered by baseball Hall of Famer, Edwin “Duke” Snider in his 2006 edition of the “Few and Chosen - Defining Dodger Greatness Across the Eras.”
Snider’s book is an insider’s opinion of Dodger players and managers that baseball fans will find both entertaining and informative.
Among his recollections and appraisal of Alston as a professional baseball manager, the “Duke” shares his perspective on the storied incident when Smokey confronted the future Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson about perceived differences between the two (pg. 185-186). Additional information about this faceoff between manager and player appears in the section of the book where Snider (and co-writer, Pepe) provide commentary from the Dodgers general manager, Emil "Buzzy" Bavasi (pg. 183).
This text, published by Triumph Books (Detroit, MI) in 2006, was priced at $27.95, when first published. Approximately ten copies of this text will be available for purchase during the Bicentennial.
BELOW: Item No. 10: Sports coat; owned and worn by Weeb Ewbank.
Wilbur Charles "Weeb" Ewbank (May 6, 1907 – November 17, 1998) was an American professional football coach. He coached the New York Jets to victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969, as well as leading the latter to two NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959.
Ewbank was born in Richmond, Indiana and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Ewbank's first football coaching job was in 1928 at Van Wert High School in Van Wert, Ohio. He returned to Oxford, Ohio, and coached all sports at McGuffey High School.
During WWII, Ewbank joined the Navy and was assigned to Naval Station Great Lakes, where he was reunited with his Miami teammate Paul Brown who was the base football coach.
Kirk Mee III, the consignor of all the sports items that appear on this webpage, knew Weeb Ewbank personally.
Kirk often visited Weeb and his wife in their Oxford, Ohio home.
Following Weeb's death, some of his personal Items were donated to a charity fundraiser. Kirk subsequently purchased Weeb's New York Jets sports coat, which appears in the image at the right.
The sports coat bears a label that reads "Styled and Made by Saxony of New York."
BELOW: Item No. 11:
Poster, autographed by Hale Irwin
BELOW: Item No. 12:
Football, autographed by Joe Theismann
The distortion seen in the image at the right was caused by the camera. The 15 inch by 17.5 inch Certificate of Authenticity is NOT distorted.
BELOW: Item No. 13:
Original, never worn, championship jacket from Super Bowl XXVI - (large)
RIGHT and BELOW: Item No. 14:
Original, never worn,
Washington Redskins jacket (large)
Left sleeve - autographed by Kenny Houston
Right sleeve - autographed by Mark Mosely
BELOW: Item No. 15:
Football, autographed by John Stofa
BELOW: Item No. 16:
Football, autographed by Kenny Houston
BELOW: Item No. 17:
Basketball, autographed by George Wilson
BELOW: Item No. 18:
Basketball, autographed by Kevin Grevey
Additional sports memorabilia offered at the Bicentennial auction
Item no. 19
Walter Alston / Los Angeles Dodgers Autographed Baseball
The four images below show a baseball offered in the Bicentennial Auction.
This ball was donated to the Darrtown Bicentennial auction, by the Ogles; Harry Ogle, the son-in-law of Walter "Smokey" Alston; Rob Ogle, the grandson of Walter "Smokey" Alston; and Kim, the granddaughter of Walter "Smokey" Alston.
BELOW: The signature of Walt Alston
BELOW: The signature of Sandy Koufax
ABOVE: The signatures of Claude Osteen,
Jim Lefebvre, and Don Sutton
ABOVE: The signature of "Maury Wills"
Craft items, related to the history of Darrtown, offered at the Bicentennial auction
Commemorative quilt sold during the Bicentennial
The quilt that appears in the following image was offered at auction during the 2014 Bicentennial. The quilt was designed by Fred Lindley and crafted by Ocie Kelly. Lindley and Kelly donated the quilt to the Bicentennial auction.
The 20 images that appear on the 40" x 48" quilt commemorate individuals, events, and/or sites from Darrtown's history. The individual images are identified in the grid that appears beneath the quilt image. More information about many of these images is available at the Directory page.
Grid identifies sectors of commemorative quilt
Commemorative "Liar's Bench" auctioned during the Bicentennial
During the middle part of the 20th century, Luther McVicker's Garage, located at 4278 Main Street in Darrtown, was a favorite spot for local residents to gather, as they shared stories and solved local, national, and inter-national issues.
Some in the community affectionately referred to the sitting area of Luther's garage as the "liar's bench."
The image at the right shows a group in session at Luther's garage, on a summer day in 1982.
Members of the Darrtown Bicentennial Steering Committee thought that a "liar's bench" should be part of the Bicentennial celebration.
Steering Committee member, and Darrtown native, Ron Wiley volunteered to design and build a bench that he would donate to the Bicentennial auction - with proceeds going to the Bicentennial Fund. Ron produced the bench that appears in the following images, using cherry wood from his personal collection of lumber. The bench measures 42" long by 19" tall.
The commemorative "liar's bench," crafted by Ron Wiley,
was inscribed with the following message:
BELOW: One stained glass with
The Ohio State University logo
Marvin Gillespie created this handcrafted stained glass display and donated it to the Darrtown Bicentennial auction.
The piece measures 18.5 inches by 19.5 inches.
BELOW: One framed collection of four photographs
that depict four seasons of the year in Darrtown
Tom Hogeback of Village West Framing in Oxford, Ohio created this image.
The barn in the picture is located on the farm that sits in the southwest corner of State Route 177 and South Street in Darrtown.
Ron Wiley donated this item to the Bicentennial auction.
This quilt, crafted and donated by Elizabeth Bowman, was offered at the Bicentennial auction.
TWO FRAMED - ACRYLIC - PAINTINGS
The following images depict the two oldest churches in Darrtown.
Ellen Brady Deck painted and donated these paintings to the Darrtown Bicentennial auction.
Title: "Silent Night"
Subject: The Darrtown Lutheran Church
Artist: Ellen Brady Deck
Title: "Holy Night"
Subject: The Darrtown Methodist Church
Artist: Ellen Brady Deck