UNION — This aerial photograph of the town of Union, Ohio was taken 90 years ago in 1926 by Dayton photographer William Preston Mayfield.
As part of its 73rd anniversary celebration, Rike’s Department Store in Dayton commissioned Mayfield to take aerial photos of 46 local towns, hoping to increase the number of customers from outlying areas. When shoppers visited the downtown store and registered, they would receive a photo for themselves along with a brief history of their town.
Larger framed Mayfield photos of Clayton, Union, and Englewood are on display at the Randolph Township Historical Society History Center, 114 Valleyview Drive in Englewood as part of the ‘Tri-Cities Anniversaries’ exhibit, which is open from 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Sunday afternoons from now through October.
Visitors to the Center also may pick up copies of the Society’s commemorative history photo calendar, ‘A Banner Year,’ for $12 or order them through the mail for $14.50 using the form on the Society’s website at www.rths.org.
This year, Union is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a kick-off event scheduled for May 13. Clayton and Englewood also have events planned. Watch for future announcements. Call 832-1858 for more information.