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Darrtown High School

Milford Township High School was located in Darrtown, during the 1920's and 1930's.

 

The school grounds were bordered on the north by Oxford Street, on the west by West Street, on the south by Mulberry Street / Schollenbarger Road, and on the east by the alley that runs from Oxford Street to Schollenbarger Road. (This is the land parcel where the Darrtown Baptist Church stands in 2008).

 

The school's main entrance was located on the north side of the building, facing Oxford Street.

School Colors and Mascot?

 

From the time that this website was established, the following question has been frequently raised regarding the Milford Township (aka Darrtown) high school:

 

"What were the school colors and what was the school mascot?"

 

Based on two pieces of history (shown at the right), both of which surfaced in the summer of 2012, it appears that the MIlford Township school colors were blue and yellow.

 

We have one lead on the school's team nickname. See "Darrtown Braves?," below.

ABOVE: This image of a "Milford - Darrtown" diploma, which includes a blue and yellow ribbon, was contributed by Harry Fillager. A larger version of this image is available at the Fillager family page.

ABOVE: This image of a Milford Township HIgh School blue and yellow varsity letter was taken from an actual varsity letter owned by Donald Falk.

 

Additional Confirmation of School Colors!

 

In September 2013, Mrs. Madonna Burke donated a varsity letter that she found among items that belonged to her father, Alvin Alford.

 

Alvin Alford was a member of the class that graduated from Darrtown High School in 1937.

 

The letter "M" refers to Milford Township High School, which was the official name of the high school that many called Darrtown High.

 

Alvin Alford's varsity letter measures 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches.

 

The two images of varsity letters (Alvin Alford's at the right and Donald Falk's above) seem to confirm that the colors of Darrtown High School were blue and gold.

 

Darrtown Braves?

 

Several people have asked, "What nickname or mascot was associated with the Milford Township High School?"

 

We do not have any documented information to answer that question. However, on November 11, 2013, Bruce Guiler sent an email to the Darrtown webmaster regarding that question. In his email (seen at the right), Bruce shared a recollection from his father, Fred Guiler.

From: Bruce Guiler

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013

To: Fred Lindley

Subject: Darrtown School

 

Fred,

 

Dad had said that the nickname for Darrtown School was "Braves." He also told me the school colors were ________, but I cannot remember.

 

Dad did not hesitate about the Braves. He did think about the colors for a minute, I think he said gray and something. He remembered the colors on a baseball cap. He transferred to Hanover for the senior year, and he wore that cap. He said someone threw his cap into the toilet. It had the "M" on it.

 

Bruce

BELOW: Our Oldest Photo of the Darrtown School

 

The photo of the Darrtown school (below) was contributed by Eugene "Knute" Wagonfield, when he attended the April 18, 2009 "Darrtown Gathering" at the Hitching Post. This photo appeared on a 1-cent postcard (see "Schoolhouse Postcard" below). As of April 2009, this "postcard photo" is the oldest photograph of the Darrtown school that we have.

 

It appears that this photo may have been taken when the school building was newly constructed. Note the bare earth in front of the school and the size of the tree in the right side of the photo.

 

Also, compare the larger photo (below) with the smaller one that appears at the top of this page. The larger photo shows only four windows along the left (east) side of the school, whereas the smaller photo shows eight window along the east side of the school and a fire escape. This leads the assumption that the size of the Darrtown school was increased, sometime after it originally opened.

RIGHT: Schoolhouse Postcard

 

The image at the right shows the back of the postcard that displayed the Darrtown School image (seen above). The postcard is stamped with an Oxford, Ohio postmark and displays a 1 cent stamp. The postmark date cannot be determined. The postcard was addressed to "Mr. Guy Dynes - Collinsville, Ohio - R.F.D. #1 - c/o John Shaw." The card, which was unsigned, included a message that read  "I've got a crow to pick with you."

 

We trust that this was a good-natured prank!

LEFT:

 

Darrtown HIgh School

 

In the undated photo at the left, the Darrtown High School is seen from the area near the intersection of West Street and Oxford Street.

senior classes...THROUGH THE YEARS

The following items relate to individual Milford Townshp High School senior classes

They are arranged in chronological order; oldest at the top.

1901

1901 Milford Township High School

Commencement Program Located

BACKGROUND: In the spring of 2014, Darrtown native, Ronald Wiley, found a 1901 Darrtown High School commencement program on E-bay. After purchasing the Darrtown artifact, Ron donated the following three images.

  • Nine seniors were in the 1901 graduating class.
  • All nine students participated in the commencement exercise.
  • Coincidentally, the ceremony was identified as the “ninth annual commencement," from which it may be inferred that Milford Township students had been receiving diplomas from the Milford Township High School as early as 1892.
  • The nine members of the Board of Education represent families known to live throughout the township.

 

We do not (at this time) know the exact location of this Milford Township high school.

The commencement program cover (RIGHT) reads:

 

Ninth Annual Commencement

 

of the

 

Milford Township Schools

 

to be held at

 

The Lutheran Church, Darrtown

 

Tuesday evening, June the Eighteenth

 

Nineteen Hundred and One

 

Eight O'clock

The second page (RIGHT) reads:

 

CLASS MOTTO: "ONWARD AND UPWARD

 

CLASS OF '01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTTO MILLER

 

------------

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

H. D. KYGER, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORNELIUS CONARROE, Clerk

MARY EDNA SCHWAB

 

JESSE K. MANROD

 

GLADYS HARRIS

 

CHARLES DALE DEAM

MARY E. COOMBS

 

FRANK M. HINKEL

 

FRED A. HINKEL

 

FRED P. BRINCEFIELD

WILLIAM FISHER

 

CHARLES KREBS

 

SAMUEL ZIGLER

 

JOSEPH McVICKER

SAMUEL FRAZEE

 

R. M. L. HUSTON

 

JOHN WILLIAMSON

 

CHARLES YOUNG

The third page (RIGHT) reads:

 

PROGRAMME

 

-------------

 

MUSIC ............................................................... OKEANA QUARTETTE

 

INVOCATION ....................................................... REV. O.P. HOFFMAN

 

RECITATION - "St. Peter at the Gate"............... MARY EDNA SCHWAB

 

ESSAY - "Common Things" ................................... JESSE K. MANROD

 

SONG

 

RECITATION - "A Maiden's Dream" ........................... GLADYS HARRIS

 

ESSAY - "The Two Enterprising Frogs" ............ CHARLES DALE DEAM

 

MUSIC ............................................................... OKEANA QUARTETTE

 

ESSAY - "Time" ............................................................... OTTO MILLER

 

RECITATION - "Flash" ............................................. MARY E. COOMBS

 

DUET ......................................... MESSRS CAMPBELL AND SIZELOVE

 

ESSAY - "Duty" ......................................................... FRANK M. HINKLE

 

RECITATION - "Pierre Barnard, the Dusky Soldier" .... FRED A. HINKLE

 

ESSAY - "The Influence of Kind Words" ........... FRED P. BRINCEFIELD

 

ADDRESS ............................................. REV. C. E. SCHENK, HAMILTON

 

MUSIC ............................................................... OKEANA QUARTETTE

1928

RIGHT:

 

1928 Butler County Baseball Champs!

 

The 1928 Darrtown High School baseball team won the Butler County championship.

 

Members of the Championship team included (L-R):

 

Back row: Fred Finkbine (coach), Walter Alston, Clarence Wright, Cecil Pierson, and W.H. Ogden (principal).

 

Middle row: Eldon Betz, James Harris, Wilbur Smith, and Clifford Alexander.

 

Front row: Clifford Decker, Raymond Wiley, and Glen Elliot.

1930

LEFT:

 

Darrtown High School - 1930 Senior Class

 

Left to right (standing):

W. Hobart Ogden (principal), Clarence Gillespie, Wilbur Smith, Raymond Wiley, Howard Fox, and Cecil Pierson.

 

Left to right (seated): Katherine Grothaus, Jessie Lindley, Emma Cartwright, Edna Weibel, Marie Pierson, and Myrtle Tabor.

1932

RIGHT:

 

Darrtown High School - 1932 Senior Class

 

Clockwise from top left:

 

Dorothy M. Havens; W. H. Ogden, Principal; Claribel G. Devine; Louise M. Guiler; Clifford A. Alexander; John E. Dome; Donald Fisher; Wilbur L. Pierson; Wayne C. Withrow; Rollin O. Ledwell; Mary E. Schlabach

 

Photo contributed by Bob and Frances Young - December 2014 (Bob's mother, Louise Guiler, was a member of the 1932 class)

1933

LEFT (L-R):

 

Darrtown High School Class of 1933

 

Front row: Bernice Phares, Gustabel Bradbury, and Ruth Long.

 

Back row: Carl Geisler, Glen Ward, Robert Harris, Walter Null, Garland Wyckoff, Andy Popst, and Ralph Reynolds

 

Photo and names contributed by Andy Popst - June, 2009.

1934

RIGHT:

 

Darrtown High School Class of 1934

 

Andy Popst contributed the following image, which shows the members of the Darrtown High School Class of 1934.

 

(Left to right):

 

Top row: Woodrow Whitehill, James E. Guillaume, Harold Shaw, W. H. Ogden (principal), Adrian Geist, and Robert W. Fisher.

 

Second row from top: Mabel B. Carpenter, Dorothy Harris, Dorothy Lackey, Mary Beiser, Naomi E. Baecker, and Florence Gault.

 

Third row from top: Ruth Bowers, Raymond E. Schlabach, James Irwin, and Helen Bufler.

 

Fourth row from top: Ray Bannon, William Withrow, Harry A. Summers, and William Weber.

1935

LEFT:

 

Darrtown High School - 1935 Senior Class

 

Class members (clockwise

from bottom center)

 

Minerva Curtis

 

Dwight Harris

 

Fred Grothaus

 

Frances Lang

 

Arthur Fulmer

 

John Smith

 

Verna McMillian

 

Albert Lindley

 

William Miller

1935 Senior Class Honored By Junior Class

 

According to the information that appears at the right, in the spring of 1935, the Junior Class of Darrtown High School honored the Senior Class with a reception in Eaton, Ohio at the Seven Mile Inn.

 

The dinner cost was 75 cents per plate and the Jewell Brothers five-piece orchestra received $8.00 for musical entertainment.

 

The handwritten notes indicate that the following persons attended:

 

William Miller, Edyth Taylor, Verna McMillian, Mr. Ogden, Martha Grothaus, Miss Clark, Fred Grothhaus, Frances Lang, Mildred Harris, Gladys Ledwell, Luella Bowers, Donald Irwin, Verna Pfaff, Dwight Harris, Hazel Pfaff, Miss Rubel, Mr. Burkhardt, Mrs. Burkhardt, Minerva Curtis, Mr. Hamilton, Helen Geisler, Freda Marshall, Charles Witherby, James Ramsey, Arthur Fulmer, Mr. Bulow, John Smith, Albert Lindley, and Dorothy Bowman.

1935

Darrtown High School - Program from 1935 Senior Class Play

1935

1936

RIGHT:

 

Darrtown High School Class of 1936

 

Top Row: Mildred Harris, Vice President; James Ramsey, President; Gladys Ledwell, Sec.

 

Second/Bottom Row: Donald Irwin; Edythe Taylor; and Charles Witherby

 

Left Side: top, Martha Grothaus; bottom, Luella Bowers

 

Right Side: top, Hazel Pfaff; bottom, Verna Pfaff

 

Naomi (Witherby) Fea, daughter of Charles Witherby, contributed this image in early August 2009.

"Class of 1936 50th Reunion"

 

Among the artifacts contributed by Naomi (Witherby) Fea was a "Class of 1936 50th Reunion" folder created by Gladys (Ledwell) Spaulding.

 

From the handwritten note that appears in the image at the right, it seems that Gladys presented the folder to Naomi's parents, Charles and Jean Witherby, after plans for the reunion failed to materialize.

 

The "Moments From the Past" image at the right displays the cover that Gladys prepared for the 50th Reunion.

 

The 1936 Class Will appears below.

1936

1936

1937

LEFT:

 

Darrtown High School - 1937 Senior Class

 

(Left to right, top to bottom)

 

Harold Baeker

Leroy Brown, Pres.

Edith Geisler

John Burkhart, Supt.

Robert Moyer

Harold Witherby

Charles Uhl

Elsie Hunkler

David Hollowell

Alvin Alford

Mary Elizabeth Harris

Bernice Weiss - Treas.

Martha Summers

Elmer Sheard

Warren Beiser

Jean Bradbury

Arnold Cornelius

Robert Betz

George Hansel - V.P.

Goldie Bowman

LEFT: 1937 Senior Class

 

Front row (L-R): Bernice Weiss, Edith Geisler, Jean Bradbury, Esther Ledwell, Mary Bannon, Martha Summers, Mary Harris, and Elsie Hunkler.

 

Middle row: Harold Baecker, Elmer Sheard , John Burkhardt (Superintendent), George Hansel, and Charles Uhl.

 

Back row: Robert Betz, David Hollowell, Leroy Brown, Arnold Cornelius, and Alvin Alford.

 

Mrs. Madonna Burke donated the 1937 class photo (right) and the graduation program (below) in September, 2013. Mrs. Burke's father was Alvin Alford, a member of the 1937 Darrtown Senior Class.

1937

RIGHT AND

IMMEDIATELY

BELOW:

 

1937

Senior

Class

Graduation

Program

The 1937 commencement program cover

(RIGHT) reads:

 

ANNUAL

COMMENCEMENT

EXERCISES

 

MILFORD TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

 

DARRTOWN LUTHERAN CHURCH

 

THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 27, 1937

1937

The first page of the 1937 commencement program (BELOW) reads:

 

PROGRAM

 

Processional - March Romaine ... Gounod

 

Overture - On the Volga ... Akimenka

 

Invocation ... Rev. Roger Imhoff

 

Class Oration ... Edith Geisler

 

Intermezzo - Shades of Night ... Freedman

Orchestra

 

Address... Dr. W. R. McChesney

President: Cedarville College

 

Violin Solo ... Betty Lou Finlay

 

Presentation of Diplomas ... C. H. Williams

County Supt. Schools

 

Hungarian Dance, Nos. 7 and 8 ... Brahms

 

Benediction

The second page of the 1937 commencement program (BELOW) reads:

 

CLASS ROLL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Witherby

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

 

 

John Bradbury

 

FACULTY

 

 

 

 

 

Herbert Todd, Ind. Arts

C. H. Williams, County Superintendent

Alvin Alford

Harold Baecker

Warren Beiser

Rogert Betz

Goldie Bowman

Jean Bradbury

Leroy Brown

Arnold Cornelius

Edith Geisler

George Hansel

Mary E. Harris

David Hollowell

Elsie Hunkler

Robert Moyer

Elmer Sheard

Martha Summers

Charled Uhl

Bernice Weiss

John Burkhardt, Supt.

Paul Miller, Math.

Margaret Clark, Eng.

Jane Stewart, Home Ec.

Fred Kramer, Pres.

B. M. Wyckoff, Clerk

Luima Bowers

George Baecker

Estel Davis

Roberta Russell

Marie Schmidt

Herbert Pepper, Music

1938

The 1938 class was the last to graduate from Darrtown High School

ABOVE: Darrtown High School - 1938 Senior Class

 

This image was copied from a newspaper clipping that Harry and Sue Fillager contributed, April 21, 2012.

 

Top row, left to right: John S. Burkhart, superintendent, Nancy K. Robinson, Melvin Leslie, and Edith Bryant.

 

The three on the left side, top to bottom: Robert Earl Howard, Kathryn Dynes, and James Cornelius.

 

The three on the right side, top to bottom: Mary A. Fisher, Emily Bryant, and Leo E. McWhorter

 

The five at the bottom, left to right: Carlisle W. Wolfe, Fred Baecker, Loraine Gerber, James Arnold, and Wilbur Gibson.

ALUMNI

Darrtown High School

 

BELOW AND RIGHT: 1937 Program from the Milford Township Alumni

 

Don Beckett contributed the following document, in September, 2013.

 

Don Beckett's mother was Dorothy Lackey, whose name is handwritten on the cover of the program (seen below). Dorothy Lackey was a member of the 1934 Milford Township High School Senior Class (see image above). From the dates that appear on the program cover, it seems logical to assume that the Darrtown High School alumni group existed from 1906 through the year of this event - 1937.

Darrtown teacher

Paul Miller

Seven Mile principal

Cincinnati superintendent

RIGHT: This is an undated photo of Darrtown High School teacher   Mr. Paul Miller and students.

 

Mr. Miller became the high school principal at Seven Mile, Ohio and Superintendent of Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Row 1: Beecher Clark, Bill Bowers, Bob Lemmons, unknown, unknown, ____ Geisler, and Leonard Reynolds.

 

Row 2: First three unknown, Robert McMillian, Dorothy Glardon, Treva Cunningham, Betty Mae Alston, and Anna Schlabach.

 

Row 3: ____ Leeds, Gertrude Kettman, Paul Miller, teacher, Dorothy Alston, and unknown.

Paul Miller Remembered

See: Dale Bufler's Recollections

See: "Miller's Fliers based in Seven MIle in 1944-45" - a story written by Jim Blount that appeared in the November 5, 2003 edition of the Hamilton Journal News; click the following link and scroll to item #816

1920 and 1929 Darrtown High School Diplomas!

 

To see two diplomas granted by the Darrtown-Milford Township High School, visit the Fillager Family page.

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