Over the years, the face of Mechanicsburg has changed. Enjoy these views from yesteryear and learn more about Mechanicsburg's history at the CCHS museum!
Do you know where these photos were taken in Champaign County? We do, and we have the historical background information on each one. Visit us, and triad to figure it out 😉
Relics of Champaign County's past! Do you have experience using any of these items? Tell us all about it in the comments or come see these items firsthand in the Champaign County Historical Society Museum!
Champaign County was “all in” on the battlefield, at sea, and in the air. We were also “all-in” with war production and savings. The Museum has a large collection of WWII photos and displays. Here is a sample of them.
Dateline 1952: The Urbana City Building and Firehouse burns down. Spectacular fire, and huge crowds were their to witness the disaster! Were you there? Were your parents or grandparents?
Learn all about it at the Champaign County Museum!
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.
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.