Arcanum News


The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society (AWTHS) is back to fall hours with “First Saturdays of the Month” from 9 a.m. to noon. Other times are by appointment, please e-mail [email protected] or call 937-692-6462 to set up an appointment or house tours.

They have updated their website with new and more information so check it out. They will be listing new collections that come in and the site contains contact information as well as hours and location map. The AWTHS recently marked, with a plaque, the grave of Arcanum’s founder William Gunder. The grave site is located in the back of Ithaca Cemetery and is one of the designated locations on the Southern Darke County Historic Driving Tour. Bill’s wife was Nancy Rice Gunder; through a recent acquisition they discovered in a book the history about Lewisburg they discovered the Martin Rice family, Nancy’s father. The book contains a photo of Martin Rice’s log home as well as a photo of the toll booth listed on our driving tour which was located at one time on the corner of Rt. 503 and Darke-Preble County Line Road. They also have on display the wedding dress of Malinda Deeter McBride who was married to Samuel McBride who was a sheriff. Malinda died at 28 years of age and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Her family from Hawaii and Greenville came to visit this summer at AWTHS and to view her dress.

During the summer, the original Arcanum School flag pole was refurbished and re-installed at Generation Square. The flag is now illuminated at night and very impressive. The Arcanum Garden Club held an installation ceremony there on Friday, September 11. Thank you Arcanum Garden Club for all your hard work on this site and for also beautifying our town with the flower pots on the corners uptown and also on the bridge. It is much appreciated!

The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee will begin planning for the 2016 Trojan Alumni Homecoming on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Arcanum High School Library. Co-chairmen Tom Fourman and Linda Newbauer welcome all those interested in planning to attend.

Happy 50th anniversary to Larry and Carol (Harshbarger) McLear. Larry and Carol were married at the Castine Church of the Brethren on Aug. 28, 1965. Larry is retired from General Motors and Carol was a homemaker and cared for the couple’s children as well as volunteered within their children’s school district. Larry and Carol have three daughters: Dawn Bryan and husband Tim of Gettysburg, Laura VanHoose and husband Eric of Arcanum and Kelly Hegemier and husband Mike of Greenville and six grandchildren: Shane Bryan (age 15), Jarod Hegemier (age 14), Abbigail VanHoose(age 13), Justin Bryan (age 12), Evan VanHoose (age 8) and Ashely Hegemier (age 7). An open house was held in celebration for Larry and Carol in late August.

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren announces the launch of a new youth class for seventh grade and higher that began on Sept. 6. The class will be led by Ken and Daryl Oren. The class will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 9 in the tower. It will be a mix of Bible study, related education, and reflection on current events – centered on Jesus who lives today. There are also classes available for younger students and adults. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, just on the west edge of Pitsburg. For more information you may call 937-546-6808 or see the church web page at

The Student Ministries of Faith United Methodist Church, 101 E. South St., Arcanum, have started their fall youth events: every Wednesday night JAM (a ministry for elementary-age students) is held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Fired Up Faith Youth Group (a ministry for junior high and high school students) every Wednesday from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Faith UMC invites all students of the community to join them for their Wednesday night student ministries throughout the school year. For more info, contact the church office at (937)692-8934.

AWANA at Immanuel Baptist Church has also started their fall youth ministries on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:20 for children ages 3 years old through sixth grade. Immanuel Baptist is located at 500 W. South St., Arcanum.

This Saturday (Sept. 19) is the Poker Run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Hot Rod & Harleys Sports Bar & Grill, 1240 E. Russ Road, Greenville, for the “Justin Strong” campaign to help local resident Justin Troutwine and his family with medical expenses.
Fall activities bring new schedules

By Vickie Rhodehamel

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.


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