ENGLEWOOD — Both Clayton and Englewood published booklets to celebrate their sesquicentennials.
Clayton, founded as Salem in 1816, held its 150th anniversary festivities three years late, in 1969. Lucille Heck authored the history booklet.
Union, founded in the same year as Clayton, held a week- long sesquicentennial celebration in 1966, but did not put out a booklet.
Englewood, founded in 1841 as Harrisburg, published a booklet put together by a committee led by Leo Rasor, in 1991. Copies of both booklets are in the archives of Randolph Township Historical Society (RTHS).
Throughout 2016, the three cities of Clayton, Englewood and Union will be celebrating even more important milestones – the 200th anniversary for both Clayton and Union, and 175th for Englewood.
Special street pole banners will be put up later in the season in each of the three cities, and a community-wide event is under consideration for summer. Each city also is planning its own events.
As part of the area-wide celebrations, RTHS has published an original commemorative history photo calendar for 2016 titled, ‘A BANNER YEAR.’ Copies are available for purchase ($12 each) at the RTHS History Center, 114Valleyview Drive in Englewood from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday afternoons beginning January 16.
The calendar contains more than 100 black/white and color photos of well-known sites in this area from 1875 to 2015.
Order forms also can be downloaded from the Society’s website at www.rths.org. Call 832-1858 for more details.
Reach the Randolph Township Historical Society at (937) 832-1858.