Well, I hope you all have enjoyed the Labor Day holiday.

First I want to mention I received an answer to my question awhile back about the location of Baptist Temple on East Emmitt Ave., Waverly. A member of that congregation, Mrs. Atkinson, called to tell me it was the old Waverly Theatre building, now a loan office among other uses. When I first started Pike's Past, the News-Watchman was in the left half of that building but later moved to East Second Street. The church later moved to the old Walnut Street school before building their new place on Ohio 220 west across from the Waverly City Schools' property.

On another subject, the Beaver Valley Historical Society will hold their next meeting Sept. 9 in the old Beaver Fire House on Church Street at 6 p.m. The main topic will be plans for the OKTOBERFEST in Beaver Oct. 3 through 6. We plan to set up our booth in a tent on Main Street all days, as usual. See you there. Check information on BeaverOktoberfest.com.

Waverly News May 12, 1904 - Leonard Birkhimer is recovering from the mumps. Jasper, Ohio.

From the Waverly News, June 2, 1904 came this news. Secret weddings seem to be quite the style of late: we learn that Miss Kate Chenoweth of Columbus, formerly of Piketon (Piketon High School Class of 1900) was secretly wed last Dec. to Dick Hannan, a fireman on the N & W (Norfolk and Western Railway). The news of the wedding has only become known very lately, and the friends of the young lady are loud in their congratulations.

Note: The N & W is now part of Norfolk Southern Rail System through Pike Co.

Waverly News, May 19, 1904 - At Buchanan - Joseph Treber of Waverly was here last week erecting a fine monument at the grave of the late Doctor Bayhan.

January 13, 1898 Courier Watchman - Richard Thacker, aged 88, prominent among the early settlers of Adams County, numbers his descendants at an even 100. In his 20th year he married Christina Rader. To them 9 children were born. He has 67 grandchildren living and 24 great-grandchildren. His 1st wife died in 1881. He then married Mrs. Ellen Cook, who is still living.

On Sunday, Aug. 11, I enjoyed a trip back to my home town of Lebanon, Ohio. This was to ride a passenger train pulled by an old steam engine on the tourist railroad there.

My granddaughter, Felisha Locke-Hauswirth, had told me some time ago she would like to take her two children, Trent and Kylynne, on a train pulled by a steam engine. Thanks to a friend of mine, Dave Bishop, who informed me for only two weekends in August this was possible. A steam engine rebuilt by a father and son of Pennsylvania who take this engine all over the U.S. to pull trains happened to be here. My grandson, Caleb Locke, took Ardith, my wife, and his parents, Kevin and Paula Locke, to ride in two separate cars (that is) for all eight of us.

This was a beautiful day in a beautiful town for this special trip. Everyone remarked how clean and nice this small village is still.

Dave Bishop owns a nicely restored D.T. & I. caboose, which was part of this town.

The sketch is one I drew for one of my early Pike's Pasts. This depot stood in Omega until 1948.

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