UNION — The City of Union will celebrate its 200th year as a city on Friday, May 13. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on the grounds of the VFW Post 5434 at 116 N. Main St.
The celebration will include an Honor Guard, an address by Union Mayor Mike O’Callaghan, and a VFW presentation to the Randolph Township Historical Society. Commemorative coins and historical calendars will be available for purchase.
The date was chosen to commemorate an earlier celebration. Townspeople, merchants, and area farmers came together 100 years ago on May 13, 1916 to celebrate the city’s centennial. A photo taken at the time is framed and on display at the Union City building.
Union was founded in 1816 by Daniel Razor and David Hoover. It began as an agricultural community and soon was home to a sawmill and gristmill. A shopkeeper’s district grew up along what is now North Main Street and included a variety store, post office, and even an opera house. Union shares in the Dayton area heritage of invention as the home of the Sheets rifle, a long-bore rifle used during the 1800s. An image of the rifle is part of the Seal of the City of Union.