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Thanks to the work and contributions of several volunteer photographers,

this page provides a pictorial sampling of Bicentennial activities and events.

Bicentennial photographs were contributed by the following:


  • Paul Decker, Mark Gilmore, Tom Hogeback, Pete Magolda, John Newman, and Marvin Russell.


The Bicentennial Steering Committee greatly appreciates the willingness  of the above named individuals to share their images of this historic event!

If additional Bicentennial photos are received, they will be added at the bottom.

If you can identify any persons, groups, or objects in the following images, please inform the webmaster

Morgan Gillespie




Darrtown Methodist Church

parade float

Butler Co. Sheriff Mounted Patrol

Pat Wagonfield

Morgan Gillespie

- age ten years

Dennis Byrd and the Coke Otto Boys

Senator Bill Coley

Milford Township Trusteee Paul Gillespie,

with Barry Leistner at the wheel


Rick Dowd

Sgt. Jeff Reigert

At right: Dick Bunger - making rope

Main Street,

near Schollenbarger Road

Butler Co. Sheriff

Mounted Patrol

Horses and wagon owned and operated by

Myron Bowling, auctioneer

Somerville Fire Department truck

One of  600 flags posted thru out the village

Kenny Brehm

Sign, in village square, at Oxford and Main streets

Walter "Smokey" Alston Memorial

Southwest quadrant - Village Square

Bill Coombs - Veterans' Memorial

Northwest quadrant - Village Square

Standing (L-R): Becky Beckett, Don Beckett, Jeff Beckett, Eric Beckett, Julie Beckett and Xavier Mckee.

Seated: Dorothy Beckett, Don's mother

Darrtown Methodist Church

parade float

Josh Russell

at the wheel


(Front, L-R) Martha Lee (Sherer) Bray,

Joye (Hutchings) Wilcoxin, and Lynne (Sherer) Sitkiewicz. (Back): Donald Raymond Sherer.

(L-R) State Representative Tim Derickson,

Kelly Derickson, Sue Clover, and John Clover

Myra Krauth and Julie Beckett

Brad Sparks

- with Thunderbay

(L-R) Elaine (Russell) Secula, Pamela (Menke) Jewell, and Debbie (Ledger) Baumann

(L-R) Travis Reffitt and Greg Reffitt of Reffitt's Garage

"Red Cactus Foods"

by Trish Elam

Cornhole boards - by Jay Morris

Jameson Duncan

- on a wagon ride thru Darrtown


Car and truck owned by Rick Dowd

Nathan Gillespie

L-R: Marvin Gillespie, Cynthia Mee, and Linda Mee

Roxanne (Russell) Otto,

with Payton

L-R: Joan Lemmons, Steve Lemmons,

Joe Pater & Janet (Finkbine) Pater

Darrtown road sign

- south end of town, on St. Rt. 177

Two proclamations were received from the State of Ohio


Carolyn Coley, wife of Senator William Coley, was instrumental in acquiring these official proclamations,

on behalf of the Darrtown Bicentennial Steering Committee.

The following Bicentennial photographs were contributed by Paul Decker, in January, 2015.

Virgil Otto

State Senator Bill Coley

- reading official Proclamations

(Fred Lindley at right)

State Representative Tim Derickson - with remarks at Opening Ceremony

Bi-plane flyover during opening ceremony

- by Jeff Jordan of Boston, Indiana

Marvin Russell

Janet Pater

- one of several golf cart drivers

L-R: Joe Pater, Paul Gillespie, & Bill Phelps

(L-R) William "Beaver Bill" Beeler and Harold Richardson

Fire truck owned by Gary Gault

Members of the

Blue River Long Rifles

L-R: Unknown, Myra Krauth, Dale Norris,

and Jerry Krauth

1961 Mercury - owned by Rick Martin

Ron Wiley

Bob Young (at microphone) with Don Beckett,

during  opening ceremonies, when Don learned that

the Edot Park ball field was being named "Don Beckett Field."

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