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Thursday, October 23

                                           Special Events                                           

A Century of Service: An Evening of Inspiration & Laughter
PIQUA - As part of A Century of Service: An Evening of Inspiration & Laughter, the Piqua Rotary Club will host international speaker and author Michael Angelo Caruso as he shares "How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds." His program will cover how to execute the perfect handshake, diffuse an angry customer, craft an impressive elevator speech, create value in the first ten words you say to someone and more. The evening starts at 6 p.m. at the Fort Piqua Plaza with a social and is followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:15 p.m. The cost is $40 per person, which includes all of the above. To register, click HERE.

Pompeii From the British Museum at Cinemark Theater in Piqua
PIQUA - British Museum Director Neil McGregor will introduce audiences throughout the United States to an exhibit of artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum at this multi-media HD presentation of Pompeii From the British Museum - taking place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cinemark Theater at the Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua. Regular ticket prices apply.
Explore the common trees of Darke
County, during the peak of fall, at this
free program on Thursday.

Common Trees of Darke County (FREE)
GREENVILLE - Trees are all around us, and yet many people do not know a Maple from an Oak. Add the fact that many trees lose their leaves in the winter months and this only adds to the confusion. Join the Darke County Parks at 6 p.m. Thursday at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for an informative program both in and outdoors as you learn how to ID a tree and then use some of the trees around the Nature Center to practice our identification skills. The program is free and open to all ages. The park is located at 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. in Greenville. For more information, call (937) 548-0165.

Wapakoneta Halloween Parade (FREE)
WAPAKONETA - The Wapakoneta Halloween Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in downtown Wapakoneta. The line-up will get underway (children in costume and other entries - and all are welcome) at 4:30 p.m. at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds. To register for the parade, call Lindsay at (419) 738-2911.

Muleskinner Band at the Tipp Roller Mill Theater
TIPP CITY - The Tipp Roller Mill Theater will present the Muleskinner Band at 7 p.m. Thursday at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Tipp City. The band performs bluegrass and country music. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Children 5 and under are free. For reservations, call (937) 667-3696. 

Essential Oils Class in Piqua (FREE)
PIQUA - A free introduction to essential oils class will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ash Kickers City Vaper & E-Cig, 1227 E. Ash St. in Piqua. The free class will cover: what an essential oil is; how to use essential oils; and the quality of CTPG. Students will also learn how to: assist in the first aid of pain relief; help common, everyday ailments, build your immune system; relieve stress and anxiety and lift your mood; and clean the air in your environment. Seating is limited, so RSVP by calling Michelle at (837) 597-8651. A sample of Wild Orange Essential Oil will be given at the end of class to everyone who pre-registered. 

Haunted Trail at Grant Park in Centerville - Wednesday & Thursday (Donation)
CENTERVILLE - The Haunted Trail, a fundraiser for local optimist clubs, will take place from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Grant Park, 401 Normandy Ridge Road in Centerville. The trail features ghouls, ghosts, zombies and more and admission is canned goods or non-perishable items. The trail is not meant for children under 8. The last group will be sent out at 9 p.m.

The Heroin Epidemic in Our Community at the Dayton Library (FREE)
DAYTON - Learn the shocking details about the heroin epidemic taking place in the Miami Valley from Captain Brem of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Dayton Library, 215 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ghost Stories by the Dayton Ballet - Thursday-Sunday
DAYTON - The Dayton Ballet will present Ghost Stories at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. The performance will revolve around Karen Russo Burke's "Freudian Slip" and "Giselle Act II Pas de deux," Amy Seiwert's "Chasing Ghosts," Dermot Burke's "Still Lifes" and Amy Seiwert's "Finding/Almost." Tickets start at $21. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Cash For Clunkers (Glasses!) with Dr. Littlejohn's in Piqua
PIQUA - Bring in your worn eyeglasses to the office of Dr. Littlejohn in Piqua and they will give you $50 off a new complete pair!  Your old eyeglasses will be donated to the Lion's Club to help someone in need. Call (937) 606-2772 today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Littlejohn. This offer qualifies for CareCredit, but cannot be combined with insurance or other discounts. The office is located across from Home Depot at 8090 Looney Road. Outside prescriptions accepted.

                                        Dining & Nightlife                                        


Lunch at Mojos Bar & Grill
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grill is open for lunch at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Menu highlights at Mojos includes: BBQ Pork Sliders, Grilled Portobello sandwiches, a Monte Cristo, three dinner salads, Buffalo Goat Cheese and Scotch Eggs. To see the full menu, click HERE. Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 552-9172.

All Day Breakfast & Lunch at the 25A Cafe in Troy - Tuesday-Sunday
TROY - The 25A Cafe in Troy serves all day breakfast and lunch between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This includes breakfast being served each day, all day. The cafe is located at 1469 S. County Road 25-A in Troy (near the WACO Museum) and prides itself on serving home-cooked meals. Keep up with the daily specials on their Facebook page HERE. Current specials include Two Eggs, Hashbrowns, Meat, Toast and Coffee for $6.99 daily, as well as Cheeseburger & Fries for $5.95, daily!  For more information, call (937) 335-2335.

All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - La Piazza serves its all-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for $8.95. Guests can dine on nine different items, as well as all-you-can-eat salad and bread with house-made herb butter. The buffet features pizza, vegetables, a potato item, soups and more. For today's buffet menu, click HERE.

Z's $6 Lunch Specials
PIQUA - From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Z's offers five $6 lunch specials. Options are: Breaded Tenderloin, Hamburger, Pulled Pork, Steak Sub and Fish Sandwich. Each meal is served with a drink and chips. Z's is located at 319 N. Wayne St. in downtown Piqua and can be reached at (937) 773-9190.

Huge Chef Salad for $6.75 at Little York Tavern & Pizza
TROY - Along with famous pizza, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy offers daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday is a huge Chef Salad for $6.75. To view the full menu, click HERE.

Reuben Thursday at The Caroline
TROY - The Caroline hosts Reuben Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gusts can enjoy a turkey or corned beef reuben for $6.50.


Extra Large, Two-Topping Pizza, Breadsticks and a 2-Liter for $20.99 at Beppo Uno
PIQUA - Click HERE for a coupon good for the above offer at Beppo Uno in Piqua. To place your order, call (937) 615-1100.

Barley Breaded Wings at the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy
TROY - From 4-7 p.m. Thursday, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy serves eight of its Barley Breaded Wings for $3.95. The full menu and bar are also available. The tavern is located at 118 W. Main St. in downtown Troy.

Italian Cuisine at La Piazza - Open Daily
TROY - La Piazza offers the finest Italian cuisine in the Miami Valley (and beyond), as well as some of the best views of downtown Troy. Guests can dine in the restaurant by candlelight while looking out upon the Public Square. The restaurant uses local ingredients and breads in many of its menu items and prides itself on great flavor, service and variety. To plan your meal in advance, click HERE. For reservations, call (937) 339-5553. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. on the Square.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - Normally not on the menu, from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays only, the 311 Drafthouse serves a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich meal for $7.50. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua. For more information, click HERE.

Boneless Thursday at BW3s
TROY - Every Thursday is Boneless Thursday at BW3s locations in Troy and throughout the Miami Valley. To view the special, click HERE.

Cabbage Roll Specials and $1 Beers at Harrison's 
TIPP CITY - On Thursdays, Harrison's Restaurant offers a single cabbage roll on a bed of mashed potatoes with rye bread for $6.99 or a double order for $9.99. Additionally, guests can sip on $1 16-ounce Bud Light drafts and $1.50 16-ounce Blue Moon and Amberbock. Harrison's is located at 106 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 667-5223.


$3 Well Drinks at the Leaf & Vine
TROY - Stop by the Leaf & Vine for $3 well drinks from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on
Thursdays. The pub is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and also offers the largest walk-in humidor in the Northern Miami Valley, great appetizers and an enclosed outdoor patio. For more information, call (937) 332-0773 or click HERE.

Half Price Appetizers & Drink Specials during Happy Hour at Mojos Bar & Grill - Monday-Thursday
TROY - From 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, MoJos Bar & Grille hosts Happy Hour. Patrons can enjoy half-price appetizers, $1 off cocktails, $2 domestic bottles and $2 off all draft beers. MoJos is located at 109 E. Main St. in downtown Troy. For more information, click HERE.

New 5-4-3-2-1 Happy Hour at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - La Piazza is introducing a new Happy Hour called 5-4-3-2-1. Bar patrons can get discounts of $5 to $1 off appetizers and drinks from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

$1 Off All Wine & $3.50 Well Drinks at MoJos Bar & Grill
TROY - Starting at 4 p.m. on Mondays, MoJos Bar & Grill offers $1 off all glasses of wine, as well as $3.50 well drinks. For the menu and more specials at MoJos, click HERE.

Karaoke at Dunaway's Beef N' Ale (FREE)
TROY - Dunaway's Beef N' Ale hosts karaoke every Thursday starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. Along with karaoke, guests can dine a menu with nearly 100 items and a full bar. Dunaway's is located at 508 W. Main St. in Troy and can be reached at (937) 335-8608. 

Karaoke/DJ Music on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Brewery (FREE)
TROY - The Brewery in downtown Troy hosts Karaoke/DJ Music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. There is no cover charge and drink specials are available throughout the evening. The Brewery is located at 111 W. Water St. and can be reached at (937) 339-8595.

Trivia Night at TJ Chumps in Englewood (FREE)
ENGLEWOOD - TJ Chumps, 559 S. Main St. in Englewood, hosts Trivia Night from 7-10 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge and guests have access to a full dinner menu and drinks. There are prizes for each round, as well as the overall winner. For more information, call (937) 836-4300.

Karaoke at Huber Heights Cadillac Jacks (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS - Cadillac Jacks, 7720 Old Troy Pike (St. Rt. 202) in Huber Heights will host karaoke from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday. There is no cover charge.

Open Mic Night at Blind Bob's Tavern (FREE)
DAYTON - Blind Bob's Tavern hosts Open Mic Night from 9-11:30 p.m. every Thursday at 430   E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. There is no cover charge and all types of music and musicians are welcome. For more information, call (937) 938-6405.

Musician's Co-Op at the Oregon Express (FREE)
DAYTON - The Oregon Express hosts a public Musician's Co-Op starting at 9 p.m. every Thursday at 336 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District in Dayton. Guests can bring an instrument and join other musicians for a night of jamming and music-making. There is no cover charge. For more information, call (937) 223-9205.

Open Mic Night at the Trolley Stop (FREE)
DAYTON - The Trolley Stop hosts Open Mic Night starting at 9:30 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge. The Trolley Stop is located at 530 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District and can be reached at (937) 461-1101.

Skeptical Cat's Nick Mitchell Acoustic Show at The Dublin Pub (FREE)
DAYTON - At 9 p.m. every Thursday night, former Skeptical Cats frontman Nick Mitchell performs a one-man acoustic show at the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. in downtown Dayton. There is no cover charge. For more information, call (937) 224-7822.
                                          Arts & Leisure                                           

Western Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibit at the Hayner - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - The Western Ohio Watercolor Society is currently featuring a juried exhibit of 65-70 water media works in a variety of subject matters at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The exhibit is free to visit and is open 7-9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Men's Basketball 30 and Up (FREE)
CITY - Men over the age of 30 are invited to play pick-up basketball on two indoor courts at The Avenue, 6759 S. County Road 25-A in Tipp City. Games are played continuously from 8:30-10 p.m.

Cinemark Theatre - Open Daily 
PIQUA  Cinemark Theatre in Piqua is open daily. Click HERE to find a movie theater and movie you'd like to see. 

Open Bowling at Troy Bowl - Open Daily
TROY - Open bowling is available at Troy Bowl from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday at 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can enjoy a full kitchen and bar, billiards and video games. Always call in advance for Open Bowling - in case leagues are playing, at (937) 339-3315.

Bowling at Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Brel-Aire Lanes is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to midnight on Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For details on lane openings and pricing, call (937) 773-0462. The bowling alley is located at 8433 N. County Road 25-A in Piqua.

                                  For Children & Families                                     

Art Spark at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Students in grades 3-8 are invited to the Tipp Library from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday for Art Spark. Students will explore different artists and book illustrations and use various art mediums and different art styles. For October, the them revolves around the eerie, dreamlike world of Surrealism. The program is free.

Baby Cuddle Time at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - The Tipp City Library hosts Baby Cuddle Time from 10:15-10:45 a.m. on Thursday. The program is for babies ages 6-18 months and an adult parent, grandparent or caregiver. Babies can enjoy songs, rhymes and stories, and cuddle time! The program is free but pre-registration is required by calling (937) 667-3826.

Toddler Storytime at the Piqua Library (FREE)
PIQUA - Stories, music, crafts, puppet shows and fun are all part of Toddler Storytime - taking place from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Piqua Library. The program is for children birth to 36 months and a caregiver and takes place in the Children's Department at the library. The program is free, but registration is required by calling (937) 773-6753.

Toddler Tales at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Toddler Tales is for children 18-36 months and a caregiver. It takes place from 11-11:45 a.m. and includes stories, singing, dancing and easy crafts. The program is free but pre-registration is required by calling (937) 667-3826.

Library Storybook Walk at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY - Take a walk through Brukner Park behind the Troy Library and enjoy the book "Because Amelia Smiled" by David Stein. The program is available all day Wednesday, as well as Friday, Oct. 31 and is free. For more information, call (937) 339-0502 Ext. 123.

Tiny Thursdays at the Dayton Art Institute
DAYTON - The Dayton Art Institute hosts Tiny Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon each week. Children and their caregiver can enjoy stories, tours of the art galleries and create a piece of artwork to take home. Admission fees apply and guests have access to the rest of the museum. For more information, call (937) 223-5277.

Scene75 - Wednesday-Sunday
VANDALIA - Scene75 offers everything from Blacklight Mini-Golf and Indoor Go-Karts to Spin Zone Bumper Cars and Min-Bowling, plus the largest arcade in Ohio. Additionally, there is food, restaurants and a bar, among other features. The entertainment center is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Weekly hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Thirsty Thursday at Jumpy's Fun Zone
TROY -  Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy hosts Thirsty Thursdays from 3-8 p.m. The fun center offers unlimited laser tag for $15 (add unlimited jumping for $5) and unlimited jumping for $7, plus free small drinks or slushies with each paid laser tag game. Stay and play with video games, a concession area with pizza, pretzels and other food. Please remember to bring socks!!! Jumpy's is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's from Main Street. For more information, or to plan your visit, click HERE


25 Percent Off Up to Two Items at Readmore's Hallmark in Piqua - Open Daily - Good for Halloween Gifts!
PIQUA - Click HERE for an exclusive coupon good for 25% off up to two items at Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Piqua. Use the discount for Halloween gifts and decorations, Christmas cards and more. Readmore's Hallmark (a huge gift store!) is located at 430 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua and open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (937) 615-0820.

Halloween Shopping at the Apple Tree Gallery - Monday-Saturday
PIQUA - The Apple Tree Gallery in downtown Piqua has an entire floor dedicated to Halloween. It includes one-of-a-kind and unique decorations, as well as decorative pieces, such as Halloween silverware rings, salt shakers and lighted decorations, figurines and more. On the bottom floor of the shop, located at 405 N. Main St., there is a section for Vintage Halloween, which contains collectible items from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. The Apple Tree Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Extended Fall Hours for The Golden Leaf - Tuesday-Saturday
TIPP CITY – During the month of October, The Golden Leaf, located at 128 East Main Street, will stay open until 9 p.m. They offer a variety of items including fine teas, herbs, spices, coffees, jewelry, and tea accessories. In addition to holistic herb blending, they offer a tea blending station where you can pick out your own ingredients. For more information, click HERE.

Dena’s Attic Joined Midwest Memories - Open Daily
TIPP CITY – The fun vintage finds, interesting antiques, and thoughtful crafts of Dena’s Attic can now be found at Midwest Memories, located at 20 and 24 West Main St. If you are looking for a special gift, it can be found here at a reasonable price. For more information click HERE.

50% Off on Return Visit to Olde Red Barn - Monday-Saturday
WEST MILTON – If you make a purchase at the Olde Red Barn, present your receipt on your next visit and receive 50% off. This deal lasts until the end of the year. The Olde Red Barn is the place to find unique antiques and interesting vintage pieces at reasonable prices. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 937-698-0219.

Military Stepping Stones at Treasures on High - Tuesday-Saturday
COVINGTON – Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force stepping stones are now available at Treasures on High located at 12-16 North High Street. In addition to garden gifts, they also carry antiques. Treasures on High is open 12-5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. For more information, click HERE.

Fall Harvest at Fulton Farms - Open Daily
TROY - Fulton Farms is displaying its fall harvest, which includes blackberries, apple cider, apples, pumpkins and gourds, mums, cauliflower, broccoli, organic produce and more. Stop back on Saturday and Sunday for pick-your-own pumpkins and a fall fun area, hayrides and more. Fultons is located at 2393 St. Rt. 202 between Troy and Tipp City and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For an up-to-date crop report, call (937) 339-8246 or click HERE.

Buy and Sell Items at Quality Furniture and Antiques - Thursday-Saturday
TROY – A wide variety of furniture, home d├ęcor, appliances, and even records can be found at Quality Furniture and Antiques, located at 8 Smith St. You can refurnish your home at a reasonable price and even sell your old furniture in the process. They are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 937-335-7614.

Cult Activity and Devil Worship in Tipp City
By Matt Bayman
TIPP CITY - I can remember the experience like it was yesterday.
I was a young boy, not yet a teenager, hanging out with my best friend in the woods near the Great Miami River in Tipp City. This is something we did quite often in those days - the 1980s to be exact.
During this specific time, the Lost Creek Bridge (located on Tipp-Cowlesville Road just outside of City Park) was being demolished and moved about 30-40 feet south, where it stands today.
The woods surrounding the Great Miami River in Tipp City
used to have numerous signs of Satanic cult activity during
the 1980s and early 1990s.
The road was empty and, after playing at the river for a while, my friend and I decided to explore the construction site, especially the abandoned portion of the old bridge.
After looking around, we made our way beneath the old bridge to underpass. It was here that we noticed a small fire pit that contained fresh ash that still felt warm. There may have even been a little smoke coming from the fire pit.
As we looked closer at the scene we saw what appeared to be the severed legs of a deer, but no other parts of the carcass were around.
Painted in blood (deer's blood no doubt) on the western wall of the underpass was a pentagram with red, blotted tears trickling down to the fire pit.
Needless to say, we ran as fast as we could toward City Park where plenty of people were swimming at the pool and playing basketball. This gave us a sense of security.
Our strange days at the river, however, did not stop with this experience.
About a month later, we were playing "army" at the river when we came across what appeared to be the same kind of scene as the underpass. This was about a mile away from the Lost Creek Bridge along the shores of the Great Miami River. This time, the fire pit was much larger and the blood was thicker, but it appeared to be something that had taken place many nights before we arrived. We couldn’t help but wonder if the same people that had dismembered the deer by the bridge had also created this apparent sacrificial place.
It turned out that my friend and I were not the only people to experience these things in the 1980s.
The 1980s were an era of “Satanic” rock music and books like “Say You Love Satan” were often talked about at school. Rumors were abound about devil worship in Tipp City and beyond.
At some point these mysterious rituals stopped or, possibly, my friend and I just stopped playing at the river and the rituals carried on.
Millwheel Monument Sign of Long Ago Massacre
By Judy Deeter
PIQUA - Few motorists stop to look at the old “millwheel monument” on US Route 36 near Fletcher.  The monument recalls an unimaginable day of terror and the people who perished nearby.  The “day of terror” was August 18, 1813 and the family involved was that of Henry Dilbone, Jr.
About 1806, when Henry and his wife Barbara were in their early twenties, they left their Pennsylvania home and migrated west to Ohio.  The Ohio countryside in those days was a dangerous place and it took a hardy individual live here.  Most pioneers made their living from the then-uncivilized Miami County land—where animals were wild and sometimes people were wild too.
Henry Dilbone was a determined to make a good life in Miami County.  He staked his claim on 160 acres of government land at a cost of fifty cents an acre.   He made his first payment on the land, but failed to make the second.   When he defaulted on the second payment, the land went back to the government.  Nevertheless, Henry did not give up.  He found a job, saved his money and re-entered the land.  The second time, he made all his payments, and in fact, bought 20 more acres.
This marker is located US 36 between Piqua and Fletcher.
It is to remember a terrible day in Miami County's history.

On the last day of their lives, life was pretty was good for Henry and Barbara Dilbone.  They had a homestead on the bank of Spring Creek and with the addition of four children—John age 7, Margaret age 5, Priscilla age 3 and nine month old baby William—their family had grown to six.   They had good neighbors and were generally on good terms with the Shawnees.
Though the Dilbone family liked the local Natives and often traded their family bread for deer and turkey meat, Henry sometimes spoke out against the Shawnee named Techumseh, who advocated violence against the white settlers.  A few other Shawnees were also considered “troublemakers”; one of them was Mingo George.  The “world” of Mingo George would soon collide with the “world” of the Dilbone Family.
August 18, 1813, was a hot day.  It may have been because of the heat that the Dilbone’s waited until late afternoon to work in their flax field.  They ate what-was-to-be their last meal together; then Barbara Dilbone grabbed some extra clothing for her children to play on and shepherded her children and a dog to the stump of a black walnut tree near the flax field.  She left young John in charge of his four siblings while Henry went to a spring to fill a jug of water.  Upon Henry’s return, they began to work in the flax field.
As the Dilbone’s worked in their flax field, the children played together except for Margaret, who went to the family cabin for a drink.  The scene was idyllic.  Suddenly at about 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon, the family was alarmed when the dog let out a “fearful” bark.  The bark was a signal of the trouble to come.
Many years later, John Dilbone told Albert Cory of The Valley Sentinel (in Sidney, Ohio) that when the dog barked, he saw his father look up, straighten up; then he heard a shot and saw his father hit.  His screaming parents ran into a woods and:
“Just then he saw an Indian come out of the corn on the north side of the flax patch and start in pursuit of his father & mother with a tomahawk and a butcher knife.  The mother soon turned in the direction of her three children; the Indian came up to Mrs. Dilbone at the edge of the corn on south-west side of the flax patch were he split her head open with his tomahawk, after which he scalped her in the presence of her three children, about seven rods from them.  The Indian then started in the direction of the children, about which time John says that he heard the report of another gun south of them, and the Indian walked up to within about 20 feet of them, when he halted and seemed to be in study.  He turned and walked away in a westerly direction.  It is probable that he feared that help was at hand.  That was the last that John ever saw of the Indian.”
Seven-year-old John and his siblings hurried back to their house.  They met Margaret, who had gone for water, on the way and John told her what happened as the children scurried for the safety of their cabin.  A 19th Century manuscript at the Troy Miami County Local History Library states:  "On her return through the intervening corn, she (Margaret) met John, with the babe and her little sister, and she heard the sorrowful tale that the Indians had shot their father and tomahawked their mother, and that they were orphans.  This little group of sorrow-stricken and bereaved children returned to what had been their happy fireside, shut the door on the world outside that sacred precinct, their home, pulled in the string that lifted the wooden latch, lulled their baby brother to sleep in his cradle, and all three crawled into their dead mother’s bed.  And thus the weary hours of that August afternoon wore on until at length a woman’s hand was thrust through an opening in the wall beside the door, the latch was lifted and a neighbor woman stood within the house with the earnest inquiry:  ‘What does this mean children?  Why are you all in bed?’
The neighbor woman was Mrs. George Cavin.  Her husband’s brother John lived on the other side of Dilbone property and, in fact, she had walked across the Dilbone property to get to her brother-in-law’s house earlier in the day.  Terrified, Mrs. Cavin ran from the cabin (and the children) to her own home.  There she gathered her own children and fled to a place of safety.
Although he did not know it at the time, the shot young John heard was that of neighbor David Garrad also being killed.
Some time later, neighbor William McKinney came to the Dilbone cabin.  He found the frightened children and he too asked John Dilbone what had happened.  Supposedly, McKinney did not believe John’s tale of terror until John took him to the flax patch.  The 19th Century manuscript says: "There lay Mrs. Dilbone on her face, her right knee doubled up to her breast, a ghastly wound in the back of the neck low down between the shoulders.  Mr. Dilbone was nowhere to be seen.  Near where the children had sat was found the Indian’s gun, blanket and scalping knife.  The boy John’s story of the murder, as he witnessed it, was that on the crack of the rifle his father uttered a loud exclamation and ran off into the corn, and, almost instantly, two Indians jumped the fence into the field (one a boy) and came toward his mother, and that he knew the Indian with the gun and that she knew him and called him by his name ‘George’ (Mingo George) saying, ‘George, don’t kill him,’ meaning her husband—and George answering in English, told her to ‘hush or he would kill her.’  Mrs. Dilbone then commenced screaming and from the position in which she was found lying it was supposed she was running when the fatal hatchet arrested her forever."
William McKinney took Mingo George’s gun and the children and headed for his home.  McKinney was supposedly over-excited and almost shot his neighbor George Cavin on the way (Cavin was looking for his wife).  McKinney explained to Cavin what had happened.  By midnight, the entire neighborhood was gathered at McKinney house and a decision was made to travel by night to Winan’s Station six miles away.
One or two people decided to carry baby William Dilbone.  Some stories say that a young woman carried baby William; other stories say it was a man and wife by the name of Roys.  Whoever was in charge of the baby, they fell behind the rest of the travelers.  No call for help was made since it was imperative that the journey be made in silence.  They fell behind, lost their way in the darkness and eventually laid down behind a log until daylight returned.  They arrived at Winan’s Station the next day.
A military unit under the command of Capt. Benjamin Dye had just returned from Greenville.  Although they were scheduled to be mustered out of the US Military that day, the eight or ten men volunteered to remain in service and hunt for Mingo George.
Capt. Dye led the group back to the flax patch.  They found Barbara Dilbone’s body and then Capt. Dye thought he found a faint call.  It was Henry Dilbone.  He was still alive about thirty yards from the flax patch.  He had used his shirt to stop the flow of blood.  They rushed him to the neighbor Phillip Simmons farm where there was a blockhouse.
The next day, Henry Dilbone asked to see Barbara and the children.  He didn’t realize that Barbara was dead.  After his neighbors explained what had happened, Henry asked to see Barbara’s body.  The 19th Century manuscript says:  “They brought her remains to him, and, endeavoring to raise himself on his elbow to give her one last endearing look, he suddenly fell back and died.”
A group of settlers—friends and neighbors—set out to find Mingo George and the young boy with him.  Mingo George and the boy had traveled north into Shelby County, stopping for food at the home of Robert McClure.  Only daughter Rosanna, age 16, was at home.  She knew nothing of the Dilbone tragedy so she fed them.
Dilbone family friend and former Revolutionary War Captain Gardner Bobo asked for help from Barbara Dilbone’s brother-in-law William Richardson.  Bobo and Richardson waited for Mingo George near the Miami-Shelby County line.  When the Indian appeared Bobo and Richardson shot him and punched his body with a pole until it went into the quagmire on the Miami River bank.
Neighbors raised the Dilbone children and saved the farm for the Dilbone children.
Today, the old millstone monument is a reminder of one terrible day in Miami County history and of the courageous family who lived here so long ago.