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Smithville Community Historical Society,
P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669-9308 
Last updated 17 April 2017
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Eric MastEric Mast examines a few of the Milk Bottles from the collection at the Smithville Community Historical Society.

1 May 2017 meeting:
“Milk Bottles” an unusual topic for a program but Louis McFadden wrote a book “Ohio Dairies.” Susan McFadden has created a program on the dairies of Wayne County and the farm bottled milk.  During the early to mid-1900s there were well over 100 dairy farms in Wayne County and to keep the money generated by the dairy farm many farmers chose to bottle their own milk. These farmers would then take to town and sell it on specified routes they had created. Many of these farms operated in this method until World War II broke out and sales and shipping methods changed due to the war effort. These farm based milk producers each had labeled bottles depicting their farm and sometimes breed of cattle that they milked. We will be looking at the history of those in Green Township and the surrounding area. Some of the familiar farms in the township were; Charles Hartzler Dairy, Myrtle Dairy Farm (W.J. Ramseyer), Andualusia Dairy and A. C. Ramseyer Dairy. We are fortunate enough to have one of the remaining family owned cow to customer milk producing families, the Hartzler Family in our area. These Milk Bottles have become a treasured collectible for many local people and now bring several hundreds of dollars at auctions. Please come and learn more of the story behind the “Milk Bottles”. The program will take place at the May 1
st meeting of the Smithville Community Historical Society at 7 P.M. in the historic Church of God on Milton Street. A business meeting will be held prior to the program with information on the upcoming Open House on May 21. A progress report on the Downey Pioneer Reception Center will be given.

Hostesses for the evening are Barb Mast and Ruth Chambers.


The Mishler Weaving Mill continues to be open
on Wednesday afternoons
1:30 to 4:00 year round.  No Fee.
Please visit!
381 East Main St, Smithville, OH


Progress on the Downey Pioneer Visitors Center

Weather warmed for a couple of weeks and our Amish craftsmen were back to work. The chinking is completed on the outside but the plastic will remain to help with the drying process.  The structure contains 10 windows which have been crafted by Amish craftsmen using glass that is over 100 years old. They are mostly installed and will be completed once weather permits.  The view that you are looking will have a porch across the complete front which faces south as do the other houses in the village. There is much behind the scenes infrastructure work taking place. Door designs have been discussed and there will be a small porch at the door that faces State Route 585.  Once the construction is complete the decision will be made as to which artifacts will go on display on the second floor with the first floor being rotating displays.

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Current Newsletter

Group Tour Information

Purpose of the Society

Membership: How to Join

Map of Smithville

Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this society possible!

Other than the group tours,
the Mishler Weaving Mill is open
to visitors on Wednesday afternoons
1:30 to 4:00 year round.  No Fee.
Please visit!
381 East Main St, Smithville, OH

Note:  “The Village Pottery is open when his sign is out front.”

Historical Society Reception Center
at 391˝ East Main Street [State Route 585]
Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio, in front of the Mishler Weaving Mill.  


All programs begin at 7:00 P.M. and are held at the historic Church of God UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
GENERAL MEETINGS – For members and guests

Generally the first Monday of each month
Short business meeting, program, refreshments
Held at the Historic Church of God
Officers meet the third Monday of the month at the Reception Center – Open meeting

January 2 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Pump Organ Musical”; Featuring Wilbur Herr and Neil Jackson.
Hostess: Kathy Meitzler.

January 16 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

February 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program presented by Robert Haag discussing Indian Arrowheads.
Hostesses: Dorine Widder and Nancy King.

February 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

March 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “A video History of Smithville,” presented by Dan Kaufman
Hostess: Lila Smucker

March 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

April 3 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Hymns: Old and New”; commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the historic Church of God and its service to the faith community.
Hostesses: Pat Keirstead, Margo Stafford

April 17 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

May 1 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Dairy Bottles Collection”; presented by Sue McFadden, referencing Louis McFadden's Book, Ohio Dairies.
Hostesses: Barb Mast, Ruth Chambers

May 15 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

Sunday, May 21 Open House Donor Appreciation 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Mohican 9.     

June 5 General Meeting ROAD TRIP! Travel to Kidron for a tour of Lehman Hardware led by Glenda Lehman Irvin and her father, followed by lunch at the Hardware Cafe. Tour will be from 10-12. After lunch, you are free to shop or sight see in some other area attractions.

Saturday, June 17 Open House Family & Farm 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Wyandotte Ghost-riders

June 19 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

July 3 General Meeting ROAD TRIP! Travel into Holmes County to tour the Holmes Co. Pottery. The tour will begin at 4 P.M., followed by supper at nearby restaurant, TBA NO FEE.

Sunday, July 16 Open House Band Concert & Ice Cream Social 1:30 – 4 P.M.

July 17 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

August7 General Meeting ROAD TRIP! Travel into southern Wayne County to the Moreland Historical Society's restored township building. We will eat at a nearby restaurant, TBA, then begin the tour of the building at 7 P.M. NO FEE

Saturday, August 19 Open House and Antique Market 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Mansfield Independents

August 21 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.


Sunday, September 17 Open House Model-T & Antique Auto's Day 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Akron Black Stockings

September 18 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

October 2 General Meeting Annual Picnic at Rex & Diane Miller's home, at 5:30 P.M. Bring food to be shared and your own table service. Beverage provided. Program Mike Follin as Dr. Bathasar, traveling medicine man of the 1800’s.

October 16 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

October 21 Open House Apple Butter Making 1:30 – 4 P.M.

November 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Plan for Your Stuff”; presented by Andrew Richmond, estate consultant and appraiser.

Hostess: Linda Platt

November 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

Saturday, December 2 Christmas in the Village 6 – 8:30 P.M.

Sunday, December 3 Christmas in the Village 1:30 – 4 P.M. Concert at 3:30 P.M.

December4 General Meeting at 7 P.M. General meeting will be held at the Smithville Brethren Church at 7 P.M. The church's Bell Choir will present our program.  Members are to bring cookies, beverage will be furnished by the officers and board of trustees.


December 18 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.


See schedule above for play dates.

See the Smithville Stars on

Taping took place at the Society buildings on 7 May 2013.
See still photos here.

Some help in researching families
in the Smithville area
[Sorry, we can't help you with genealogy research.]
Past SCHS Newsletter Clippings
Smithville News from the Past

  Please help identify
the people in the photos.
Smithville Freshman Class 1927,
other High School Photos, and Burkholder Family

Number 3 School

Outside Links

Trip Advisor for Smithville
Wayne County Map Link
Wayne County Public Library
Wayne County Historical Society
Ohio Historical Society
The Smithville Inn restaurant
The Barn restaurant
Places to stay in nearby Wooster
Smuckers in Orrville
GenWeb Site for Wayne County, OH  


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