Crosby Township, Ohio - Historical Society
8910 Willey Road
Crosby Township, OH  45030
Hamilton County

Phone:  513.738.1440
Fax:  513.738.4310
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The Old Town Hall in Crosby Township was built in 1865 with money left over from a fund to send volunteers to take the place of drafted men who could not fight in the Civil War. The Historical Society leases the hall, located on Oxford Road in New Haven, from the township trustees in order to house the Society’s museum and research center. The Society received permission from the township trustees to renovate the building. Currently, everything has been put in storage while the Society works on the interior and exterior of the structure. The renovation is being performed by member volunteers with donations of money and materials from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Chuck Heis, 513-738-4343.


Melba Guard, President            (513) 367-2186
Tony Torres, Vice President
Charles Heis, Treasurer
Shirlee Morgan, Secretary

As written in our Constitution, the purpose of our Society is to encourage the preservation of historic structures and sites; identify, collect, and preserve literary, graphic and artifactual materials significant to prehistoric and historic cultures, schools, churches, businesses, and families of Crosby Township; to increase community awareness and appreciation of this heritage through documentation, educational programs and other public events; and to assist persons interested in this history by making our collected cultural resources available for study.

The Society board is governed by seven members as listed: Melba Guard, President (513 367-2186); Tony Torres, Vice President; Shirlee Morgan, Secretary; Chuck Heis, Treasurer; and three Trustees: Mike Minges, Duane Singleton, and David Roessler. The board meets on the second Thursday, March through December in the Senior Center at 7:00 p.m. 

The Society’s regular meetings are on the third Thursday, March through December in the Senior Center. The time has been changed from 7:30 PM to 7:00 PM.  The general public is invited. The regular meeting consists of a business meeting, a presentation on various topics given by an invited speaker, and refreshments. On occasion the Society goes on field trips to interesting places.

Dues for 2019 are as follows: $10 per individual; $15 per family (in the same household); $100 life membership.  2019 dues are to be paid in March and April.  A check for dues should be made out to Crosby Township Historical Society and sent to Chuck Heis, CTHS, 8910 Willey Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030.

Programs for 2019
June 20  Cincinnati Memories, Speaker: Jeanne Rolfes, Cincinnati Preservation Assn.
July 18  First Aid-What you Don't Always Know, Speaker: Sara Moore
August 15  Great Parks of Hamilton County Wetlands, etc.
September 19  Annual Picnic at the Log Cabin
October 17  Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Speaker: David Roessler
November 21  Native Americans of the Miami Valley, Speaker:  Kathy Creighton, Butler County Historical Society
December 19  Christmas Party and Entertainment

Crosby Day at Stricker's Grove

Sunday, May 19th Crosby Township Trustees created a fun-filled time for all the citizens in the township during their annual festivities at Stricker's Grove.  The Historical Society participated once again by setting up a table to disseminate information about our organization.  We also made available membership pamphlets, history books and gift cards to purchase, and a board displaying our ongoing renovation of the Old Town Hall.  As a fundraiser, we made a lottery ticket tree.  One hundred dollars worth of scratch-off lottery tickets were bought and hung on a tree displayed on our table.  Raffle tickets were sold to win the whole tree.  The fundraiser added $414 to our coffers.  The winning ticket was drawn at 5:30 and Stephanie Frankenstein was the lucky winner.  Congratulations to her!


Memorial Day Celebration

Crosby Township celebrated their 104th Memorial Day Service at New Haven Cemetery to honor local men and women who fought in various wars to keep our freedom secure. There was a parade, speeches were given, music was played, and many organizations participated. The Historical Society was included in the reading of the names of veterans who have passed on. The Old Town Hall was not open this year due to renovations but a canopy was set up outside the hall where free cookies and drinks were available for those who stopped by.


Congratulations on New Baltimore's Bicentennial

This year the hamlet of New Baltimore in Crosby Township will be celebrating their 200th anniversary.  Samuel S. Pottenger, a native of Maryland, purchased 602 acres of land in southeastern Crosby Township along the Great Miami River in 1815.  He had a portion of it surveyed on February 27, 1819 to establish a town.  It was then recorded in the Hamilton County Court House on June 21, 1819.  The town was named after the city of Baltimore, Maryland.  On April 8 the Crosby Township Trustees issued a proclamation to commemorate this milestone. It was presented to the Crosby Township Historical Society and will be on display in the Society's glass case at the Senior Center along with New Haven's Bicentennial Proclamation that was presented last year.  The township has also purchased signs that have been placed along the roads recognizing the Bicentennial town.  We thank the township trustees for their participation in remembering significant events in the township's history.


Crosby Township History Book Reprint

Issues of the Memorial Edition of Stanley McClure's History of Crosby Township are no longer available.  The Society's Board has decided to cleanup the master copy, including photos, before reprinting more to sell.  If you have any copies of photos that are in the book or know of anyone who has some that can be scanned and returned, please contact Melba Guard, 367-2186

March Meeting Show 'n Tell

The new year of meetings started with an interesting night of Show 'n Tell.  Members brought items of interest to share.  Can you guess what the items are in the photos?



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