An effort to preserve the original Wright Brothers airplane factory got a boost Wednesday when Governor John Kasich signed the state’s 2014 capital budget. The historic site could become part of Dayton’s national aviation park system.
Demolition has already started at the former Delphi plant on Home Avenue where the Wright Factory is located. The National Aviation Heritage Alliance hopes to purchase the historic buildings and 20 surrounding acres. A private developer owns the land now.
Yesterday in our series “Remembering the Xenia Tornado,” we heard from Louise Crawley about how she and her husband got messages to the residents of Xenia with their ham radio sets. Today, Neva Brown on setting a table in the midst of destruction.
This week, we’re remembering the Xenia tornado of 1974, the furious sound and the silence that came afterwards. Many looked up afterwards to no roof, only sky, and then they began to climb out from under debris to see what had happened. Hundreds of homes were in piles and phone lines had been destroyed. Louise Crawley knew what to do. Her husband was a firefighter with the Fairborn Fire Department, and they both were ham radio operators. Here is some of her oral history interview with the Greene County Public Library.
The passage of two zoning ordinance changes by the Brookville City Council on Tuesday night paved the way for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to relocate there, but some involved with the project say there is still a lot to do before the move can take place.
Tuesday night’s vote would have taken place two weeks ago, but Brookville City Council tabled it until they could secure funding for a road extension through the fairground.
Today on ReInvention Stories, we return to Old North Dayton. Troy Street runs through the center of the neighborhood. And there has been a bakery at Troy and Warner since 1917. Folks who grew up in the neighborhood remember Evans Original Bakery for its cream horns and donuts. WYSO's Sarah Buckingham has the story of the re-birth of this neighborhood icon.