Then – This is a circa 1905 photo (#0135) of the southeast corner of Monument Square, Urbana. A drug store is at the Scioto Street corner with “Alabastine” in the window. Painted on the roof of this building was “DRUGS-PAINTS-OILS.” Note the public drinking fountain in front of the drug store. A dentist’s office is above the drug store. Next door is a bakery. In the corner is a harness shop. Later Harmstead & Holding store was located here. On the south side is a photographer’s studio. Note the slanted skylight window providing the best light for taking photos. This building burned about 1960 and was replaced by a one-story building that became the location of the AAA office. At the South Main Street corner is the Hitt & Fuller Dry Goods Store.
Now – This 2018 photo is of the same location. Businesses shown are Café Paradiso, Oxner’s General Store, Downtown Diva’s, Vape on the Square, and Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger, LTD, Attorneys at Law. Just west of the attorneys’ office was the Hitt & Fuller Dry Goods store and later Main News. Now it is Legacy Park (not shown).
Enjoy these 3 photos of the Baseball Legend Harvey Haddix from Champaign County.
Most of us have seen the baseball cards, but have you seen Harvey's 3rd grade class photo from Westville School? He is in the back row, 2nd from the left between Ralph Ramey and Ralph Houston.
Can you name the rest? We can at the CCHS Historical Society Museum. Visit us at 809 East Lawn Ave, Urbana and we can compare lists!
Do you remember the Concord Twp. High School? Perhaps your parents or grandparents are shown in the 4 photos at Concord Twp High School below. Please let us know in the comments if you recognize someone and share some more of their history with us!
These are just a small sample of the history preserved, protected and displayed in the Champaign County Historical Society Museum at 809 East Lawn Avenue, Urbana. Visit us to see and learn more!
And a belated congratulations to the 1936 County-wide Baseball Champions from Concord Twp. shown below!
Christiansburg, Ohio was once known as Addison. It was the home of one of America’s first heroes of the Civil War, Sergeant Major Marion Ross.
Marion Ross was a well known member of the community: a teacher, musician and member of Mt. Olivet Lodge of Freemasons. Ross earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his part in the Union Army raid into Georgia to disrupt Confederate logistic lines and railroads. You may know this as the Great Railroad Race.
See Marion Ross’ Medal of Honor and learn more about the other 9 Champaign County men who have been awarded the nation’s highest military decoration at the CCHS Museum, 809 E. Lawn Ave., Urbana. Admission is free. The museum is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-4, and Sundays from 1-4.
The Pony Wagon Town, St. Paris, has a rich history, much of which is preserved by the Champaign County Historical Society. Are your parents or grandparents in these photos? Help us identify them in the comments below! Or visit us and see the photos in person at the Museum, 809 East Lawn Avenue, Urbana.
Back in the day the Rowdies of Harrison Township and Springhills cooled off their tempers in the old Springhills Jail (pictured above). The Jail is now preserved in the Champaign County Historical Society Museum where a whole wing was built around it.
Visit us on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 809 East Lawn Avenue, Urbana and learn all about the Springhills Jail!
It’s 1955 and you are part of the Homecoming Court at Rosewood High School in Rosewood, Ohio. See if you can name the students, the queen and the crown bearer.
These and other treasures await you in the Champaign County Historical Society Museum at 809 East Lawn Ave, Urbana!
Circa 1910 photo of the Bright and Son Grain Elevator with Cory and Mary Bright standing with dog Flash. The railroad grain cars labeled ‘CH&D’ were from the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad. Note the horse drawn wagon next to the track presumably bring grain to the elevator. Adam Bright local businessman and farmer, learning of the pending construction of a railroad traction line through Addison (established as Christiansburg in 1817 changed to Addison in 1842 and returned to Christiansburg in 1915) realized it would be a more efficient means to get grain to outside markets. He initiated construction of a grain elevator in 1905. It was dedicated in July of that year. Cory Bright, Adam’s son, began working as a grain dealer. Adam Bright died in 1911. George Shepard, an employee, purchased the elevator in 1912. The elevator became known as the Shepard Grain Co. When the Springfield, Troy & Piqua railroad traction line was discontinued in 1918, Shepard hauled grain by truck. In 1923 he purchased the elevator in Thackery which had railroad access.
The Champaign County Historical Society thanks Candy Gilliam for sharing this photo and other photos of locations in Christiansburg.
The Champaign County Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for profit organization that preserves, protects, archives and displays the artifacts that tell the Champaign County story. The society depends upon donations and dues to provide a free public museum, which is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
This is a 1896 postcard photo of the Urbana High School building (#1807) which was built in 1879. The building burned in 1897 and was replaced at the same location by ‘The Castle’ (#0158) which was first occupied in 1901 -1902. During the interim before The Castle building was completed the Curry Institute building on East Water Street (#A1837) was used. As the new Urbana High School building comes into service, it is interesting to look back on the buildings that proceeded it.
Looking Back at Champaign County
The Champaign County Historical Society strives to highlight historical people, places and events throughout Champaign County. If you have photos of historical significance that you believe would be of interest to Champaign Countians, please Contact Us.