Titles by Subject Matter - Entertainment / Parks / Theaters


Carillon Park

by George F. Baker Copyright 1940
The writer tells the exciting news that Carillon Park will be opening in 1941. This article appeared in the City of Dayton Annual Report for 1940.


Constitution of Dayton Encampment of Patriarchs No. 2, of Ohio of the I.O.O.F.
by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Copyright 1839
Constitution and Rules of Order of I.O.O.F.


Dayton's Deeds Carillon
by Steel Horizons Copyright 1942
This article appeared in Steel Horizons Volume 4, No. 2 issue in 1942. It describes the newly built Deeds Carillon.

The Dean of Dayton Showman
by Howard Burba Copyright 1932
Larry Reist tells of the entertainment Dayton had to offer in the early days. The article appeared in Dayton Daily News May 22, 1932.

Fourth of July
by Charles F. Sullivan Copyright 1943
Sullivan remembers how people in his neighborhood celebrated the 4th of July in the early 1870s.


A Great Sporting Event
by Samuel Wesley Long Copyright 1913
The tale of how the powers that be were convinced to hold the Fourteenth Grand American Handicap trapshoot in Dayton in June 1913 - which it did in spite of having just gone through a terrible flood just three months before.


Greater Dayton Drive-In Movie Theaters
by Curt Dalton Copyright 1998 All Rights Reserved
Information on the 22 drive-in movie theaters that once thrived in the Greater Dayton area

Hills and Dales / The Call of the Country-side
by NCR / Arthur Dilks Copyright date unknown
The rules of Hills and Dales Park and the advantages of being one with nature by strolling through the countryside - which is exactly what Hills and Dales had to offer visitors.

History of the Advance Club 1897 - 1922 
Author Unknown Copyright 1922
The Advance Club's purpose was to enlighten women about modern events and literature. The group also helped better Dayton by working to raise money for charity and helping the Red Cross during World War I.

Lakeside, Forest Near Par in Dayton
by Billboard Copyright 1950
Both Lakeside Park and Frankie's Forest Park were still going strong in 1950.

Linden Community Center
by Captain R. H. Mallory Copyright 1941
How the Linden Community Center came into being. The article appeared in the City of Dayton Annual Report of 1941


The Man Who Made the Zoo
by Howard Burba Copyright 1932
Sol Stephan, the man who was responsible for the Cincinnati Zoo, was a Daytonian. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on January 3, 1932.

The McGuire Sisters
by Dayton USA Copyright 1965
The story of Phyllis, Christine and Dorothy McGuire who became famous as singers. The article appeared in Dayton, USA January 1965

The Night of the Big "Spelling Bee"
by Howard Burba Copyright 1934
When “spelling bees” were among the chief forms of entertainment in Dayton. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on February 25, 1934


The Old "Charity Circus" in Dayton
by Howard Burba Copyright 1934
The first of its kind, a charity circus in 1894 that was attended by over 10,000 people. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on January 28, 1934

Old Lady Gets a New Face
by Herbert Meeker Copyright 1966
How the Victoria Theater fared in the 1960s, including a restoration by the owners. The article appeared in the Journal Herald on Augsut 26, 1966

Our City Parks
by S. E. Seitner Copyright 1940
The creation of Dayton's city parks, including Riverview, Eastwood and McKinley

Our City Parks and Playgrounds
by S. E. Seitner Copyright 1942
Seitner explains how during WWII Dayton's city parks were more important than ever. This article appeared in the City of Dayton Annual Report for 1942


Report on Proposed Park System for the City of Dayton
by Olmsted Brothers Copyright 1911
A wonderful document by the Olmsted Brothers, son and step-son of Frederick Law Olmsted, written to convince the city to have them design a system of parks.  Readers will recognize quite a few of the parks mentioned here.

Roller Skating
by Charles F. Sullivan Copyright Unknown
Charles remembers the first skating rinks in Dayton during the 1880s, including the Gebhart Theater.

The Saturday Club of Dayton
by A. D. Wilt Copyright 1918
Short biographies of prominent men of Dayton who formed a literary club


Taking Nature in as a Side Partner
by Howard Burba Copyright 1928
A short article on the zoo that once graced Forest Park. Published in Dayton Daily News on January 8, 1928


What the Public Library Offers
by Electra C. Doren Copyright 1904
Various services the Dayton Public Library offered a century ago.  Article appeared in Men’s Welfare, October 1904 issue


When Dayton Went to the Movies
by Curt Dalton Copyright 1999 All Rights Reserved
A history of over 90 downtown and suburban motion picture theaters that once entertained Dayton citizens

When the State Fair was Held Here
by Howard Burba Copyright October 2, 1932
In olden days the State Fair was held in various cities across the state of Ohio. Dayton had its turn in 1853.

Winter Sports
by Charles F. Sullivan Copyright 1941
Ice skating on the rivers and the canal seemed to be the popular thing to do 100+ years ago.