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Brick walls at Powhattan & Dorothy Ln/Kettering
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Susan63
76 posts
Mar 23, 2015
12:43 PM
Does anyone know what the significance is with the brick walls at the corner of Powhattan and Dorothy Lane in Kettering are? There is one on each side of Powhattan towards the former Fairmont East. Wondering if it from a former farm in the area.
FreedomWriter
156 posts
Mar 23, 2015
7:23 PM
Those walls are there to let people know that they were entering that development of homes. It was of course farm land before that. The city and school board purchased all the propety where the current schools and rec center are. If you look off of Dorothy Lane before you get to where Powhattan is you can still see the remnants of the property that used to be a part of the Prugh farm. Plus it explains where the Prugh street name comes from as well. That area of homes were built back in the 1960's.
luv my dayton
895 posts
Mar 23, 2015
7:52 PM
Would love it if Kettering would come up with pictures of the history and changes that have taken place since 1960. I remember when the area off Stroop rd going east toward what is now The Green was all farmland. Relatives had a house built on Bending Willow Dr off of Woodman Dr and Glen Heath area and backed up to someone's farm property and cattle would be in their backyard other side of fence. So much has been torn down,built up added to that it is now hard to picture what once was and no photos seem to exist as a reminder.
FreedomWriter
159 posts
Mar 23, 2015
8:12 PM
Thats just like when Polen Farm used to be one of the last Working Farms. Upon the death of the owner it was deeded to the city thus saving the house and barn for the furure. Kettering has had alot of historical places which has been removed and taken over by the modern city that you see today. Part of my family had a pretty big farm along the present Dorothy Lane part of which is now called Delco Park. The local history seems hard to imagine now with the way things are today but if you look real carefully you can find a bit of history here and there. Its thru this website that we can keep those memories alive for those which never had a chance to live it..

Last Edited by FreedomWriter on Mar 23, 2015 8:15 PM
Susan63
82 posts
Mar 24, 2015
5:17 PM
What remnants remain from the Prugh farm? Was the Prugh farm where the houses and school/rec center are today? I am familiar with the Prugh name in Kettering. There is a Prugh near Fairmont High School on the east side of Shroyer Road. Yes, I also wish there pictures posted of Kettering prior to 1960. My house was built in 1952, and heard that was a dairy farm nearby and I would love to see old pictures of my neighborhood.
FreedomWriter
173 posts
Mar 26, 2015
10:03 AM
The wooded area along Dorothy is about all thats remains of the Prugh farm, and The Rec area was a part of their property and part goes with that old house on Stroop Rd next to Indian Ripple Park.
Susan63
88 posts
Mar 30, 2015
11:44 AM
Freedom Writer, I know of that house you are referring to. It is near the dog kennels. So that was apart of the old Prugh farm which went all the way back to Dorothy Lane were the brick walls are? Where are the woods you are referring to on Dorothy that are left over of the Prugh farm? Are you referring to that open area going west on Dorothy Lane where the open land goes way back? A house was recently torn down in that area, but it didn't seem like very old.
luv my dayton
922 posts
Mar 31, 2015
1:03 PM
Just read latest posts and got me to thinking that a small portion of the land left may be what is behind the church up on the high spot on Dorothy lane and also senior living next to it. My friend lives off Powhatten and she would call me when Apple's were ready and we would go over and load up to make Applesauce. The rec center was the entrance if you didn't have access from a friend's backyard. There used to be a private swim club called Crestwood back near the kennel off Stroop but don't know if it is there.That must have been a huge farm as that may have been part of the farmland that was in my sister in laws back yard when they built a new home early 60s. In a previous thread I told of cattle over the fence behind her home. Anyone remember what Prugh produced?

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Mar 31, 2015 1:14 PM
FreedomWriter
177 posts
Mar 31, 2015
3:35 PM
Re Susan63: Yes thats the open area off of Dorothy lane that goes back into a wooded area, but not for much longer. Like you said they tore down a house recently. Thats because a developer is going to put a road thru that property connecting the Rec center with Dorothy Lane. And the property on both sides of that new road is going to be divided up into lots with new housing going in.
luv my dayton
923 posts
Mar 31, 2015
6:48 PM
That's a great idea the city and developers have as there's a major shortage of housing in Kettering!!!
FreedomWriter
180 posts
Apr 01, 2015
5:26 PM
LoL, their is? Looking around. Ah, no! HA HA
Susan63
93 posts
Apr 02, 2015
5:24 PM
I don't remember a private swim club called Crestwood. Maybe before my time.
olds88
350 posts
Apr 02, 2015
6:40 PM
Crestwood was one of the first private swim clubs around.It had dances every sat.and swimming every day during summer.My family were charter members and I used to take my sister out there every day .It opened in late 50s and was very reasonable.
FreedomWriter
182 posts
Apr 02, 2015
7:12 PM
Kettering had a number of private swim clubs at one time, and the majority of them are long gone now but their are a few of them left..
Susan63
95 posts
Apr 06, 2015
5:45 PM
So, was the Crestwood Pool out in the now grassy area part of Indian Riffle Park? Also, where the other old Kettering swimming pools? I remember the one that use to be at the corner of Stroop and Marshall Roads.
FreedomWriter
183 posts
Apr 06, 2015
6:43 PM
Susan63: The pool that your talking about at Stroop and Marshall was Kettering's publc pool. But there were quite a few PRIVATE swim clubs around, Crestwood being one of them. And their are still a few that are still around today.

Last Edited by FreedomWriter on Apr 06, 2015 6:44 PM
luv my dayton
943 posts
Apr 06, 2015
8:01 PM
That's one thing there were plenty of in Kettering was swim clubs and of course the Kettering pool where kids could hook up with their friends. Seems like each new area built had a swim club they provided for a fee. Kids could take swimming lessons and there were family get togethers and then parties for the adults. Parkview was on Glenheath,Beechwood was off Galewood and Crestwood was nestled way back off Stroop and wasn't visible unless you drove down a long driveway. Many things that kept kids busy just are no longer available and hanging out not doing much or staring into their electronic gadgets have replaced running,bike riding swimming and created a generation that's bored out of their gourds and lost the art of communicating.
theWiz
51 posts
Apr 07, 2015
3:06 PM
luv my dayton: the pool on Galewood was Birchwood. We lived very close to it and were members on and off during the 60s and 70s. Nothing remains of it today, it's some kind of living facility for the elderly. It still has the word 'Birchwood' in its name, tho....!!!

Last Edited by theWiz on Apr 07, 2015 3:08 PM
luv my dayton
944 posts
Apr 07, 2015
3:55 PM
Thanks wiz some how it didn't sound right when I wrote it. Went to the little church across the street years ago. That's a very nice retirement facility that was built.
Susan63
98 posts
Apr 23, 2015
5:39 PM
I saw on the news the other day about the developer talking about wanting to put in new houses on the former Prugh grounds. I guess I am going to have to walk over that area and check it out before the woods are gone. Too bad nothing stays the same. Bet it would be a good area to metal detect.
JJCofMAINE
118 posts
Apr 27, 2015
12:43 PM
Does anyone remember when Olympic Divers Tom Gumpf and Sam Hall used to lifeguard at Kettering Pool (late 50's)? Every once-in-a-while, they would clear the pool, and give diving exhibitions. They were great to watch - didn't mind giving the pool over to them for 15-20 minutes. They both medaled in Olympics, Hall a Silver in 1960, and Gumpf a Bronze in 1964.
blue J
159 posts
Apr 27, 2015
12:54 PM
I went to both Trails End Club and Marinole Swim Club. That was back in the late '70s, early '80s.

And about the Prugh grounds: I remember feeling the same way about when Lincoln Park Blvd. and Ackerman Blvd. were paved all the way through, and all those things built up around them, between there and the government center. I think that was around the same time, too, early '80s or so.
Susan63
104 posts
May 06, 2015
2:23 PM
Were there any roads in the area of the Kettering Government center? Some old maps show there were roads while others do not.
blue J
181 posts
May 07, 2015
9:02 AM
Susan63- the area just to the north and east of the government center (what is now Lincoln Park Blvd.) was just a wooded area up until the early 1980s, I think. That was when Lincoln Park and Ackerman Blvd. were connected, and everything that is back there now grew up around those completed roads.
olds88
355 posts
May 07, 2015
6:18 PM
LMD-I first met you ,Sharon and kellie at kettering pool in 1958.That was not yesterday my dear.
luv my dayton
980 posts
May 07, 2015
8:46 PM
Olds no other way to tell you but Gary schenck who went to Oakwood and our friend for many years has passed away but was just notified.He passed away in january. His brother Monte also deceased.List of friends getting shorter but am grateful for those left.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on May 07, 2015 8:48 PM
cilla46
216 posts
May 09, 2015
9:41 AM
In the late 70's I lived on Blackhawk Road to the right off of Powhatten.Our back yard had a gate that gave us access to Blackhawk Park which was directly behind the row of homes between Powhatten and the apartments at the end of the street.My kids loved living there!
FreedomWriter
198 posts
May 22, 2015
3:06 PM
Thanks to all my Kettering fans for making such interesting conversations, and I hope I have helped in some ways as well...
FreedomWriter
199 posts
May 22, 2015
3:06 PM
Thanks to all my Kettering fans for making such interesting conversations, and I hope I have helped in some ways as well...


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