ENGLEWOOD — Residents of Clayton, Englewood, and Union have reason to celebrate in 2016. Each city will reach an important milestone in its history next year: Clayton and Union will be 200 years old, and Englewood 175.
Salem (now Clayton) was platted by John Leatherman on January 15, 1816. The plat of Union was laid out by Daniel Rasor and David Hoover on February 12, 1816. Harrisburg (now Englewood) was platted by Mathias Gish and other early settlers in 1841 after the National Road was completed into this part of Ohio.
Such important occasions come once in a lifetime and should be greeted with enthusiasm and celebrations, much like the residents of Union did at their 100th anniversary back in 1916 (see photo).
Randolph Township Historical Society (RTHS) is happy to open its archives and resources to facilitate and coordinate any local anniversary events that may be planned.
In order to get the ball rolling, RTHS is calling an organizational meeting of interested parties to be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday evening, November 17 at the RTHS History Center, 114 Valleyview Drive in Englewood. The purpose of the first meeting is to identify individuals or groups who want to be involved in planning special anniversary activities and/or events, to share ideas as to what might be or is being planned together or separately for 2016, to discuss the desirability of setting up a community-wide ‘Anniversary Celebrations Planning Committee,’ and to delegate various planning responsibilities.
The events planning job is too big for members of the historical society alone, so support from the community is needed to make 2016 a special anniversary year for all.
The organizational meeting is open to the public. Individuals living in Clayton, Englewood, or Union as well as representatives from the three cities, local Chamber of Commerce, area churches, businesses, and fraternal organizations are invited to attend and share their thoughts.
People with expertise in events planning, promotion, and publicity are especially welcome. Come with ideas to share. Parking is available in front of the RTHS History Center and in lots across the street.
If you want more details or are interested in participating but cannot attend the first meeting due to a scheduling conflict, call RTHS President Glynn Marsh at 832-1858 to get your name on the list of interested people for any future meetings.