Before renovation
On Founder's Day June 19, 2010, The Reily Historical
Society opened it's doors of the new museum at 6207 Main
Street  Reily, Ohio from 2:00-4:00 to the public.  Everyone
was impressed by the great renovation and the things
inside that we have already accumulated.  We need many
more things  to share with the community.  If you have any
Reily antiques, pictures, household items, furniture etc. that
you would like to donate, or loan, for display, please let us
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On FOUNDERS DAY, June 17, 2017 Reily
celebrated 80 years of Reily History, the 70th year
of Reily's Volunteer Fire Department, the 10th year
anniversary of the Reily Historical Society and
Museum. We had a great turnout, the parade
started at 10:00 AM down Main Street. There were
beautiful horses, Indian Creek Tavern had a float,
there were many antique tractors and cars. Some
generation farmers had their grandchildren driving
their vintage tractors. We had State Representative
Candice Kelly and District 4 Ohio Senator Bill Coley
There were  pioneer camp re- enactments at the
Community center.   The  Hammond House
Museum was open all day for visitors.
We had hot dogs, fried chicken,potato wedges,
lemonade, ice cream and drinks. Our volunteer
firefighters and EMTs gave demonstrations on
saving farm workers  lives during grain bin
accidents,demonstrated the newly acquired CPR
machine, and the jaws of life complete with a two
car accident pulling the passengers out to save
them.  We are very lucky to have the local
firefighters and EMTS that we have in Reily, they
are very conscientious and caring with the latest
equipment and knowledge that goes with it.
Hanover Township was present as well and
supports Reily when needed. We had a great raffle
as well with a handmade knife from Beaver Bill
Keeler and a mountain bike from Bakers Hardware,
many other businesses donated as well. Another
great day in Reilys history.

The Reily Township Historical Society  met on Tuesday,
September 5, 2017, at the Reily Twp. Community Center,
6093 Reily – Millville road
Mr. Carl Ruther, presented, “The Story of Butler County’s
Early Industry and Manufacturing”. His presentation  began
with the very first companies that began around 1800 and
used water power from the Great Miami River, Niles Tool
Works being one of them. Later other companies took
advantage of steam to power their factories and they used
the many railroads that crisscrossed Butler County to
market their products.
Mr. Ruther is a Butler County native and a retired industrial
operations manager. His interests are primarily the history
of local industry.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday,
October 3, 2017, 7 pm, at the Reily Twp. Community Center.
Miami University Professor of Geology, Dr. Jason Rech
presented “The Impact of Historic Grist Mill Dams on
Streams in Reily and Oxford Townships”. Dr. Rech noted
that many of the mills and mill dams are no longer standing,
but questions remain about the impact these dams had on
the local streams. Dr. Rech discussed what impact the
Hidlay Mill and Pugh’s Mill, and others, had on Indian Creek
and Four Mile Creek. This presentation was very interesting
and informative complete with a powerpoint display of
pictures and information regarding these grist mills and
logging mills.
Dr. Rech was a NASA Space Fellow at the U. of Arizona
before coming to MU. He research is primarily in the areas
of arid land environments and geo-archaeology.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Reily Twp.
Community Center
Ms. Kathy Creighton, Executive Director, Butler
County Historical Society,
presented “Butler
County in the Trenches – stories of our
servicemen during WWl.” She highlight
ed the
stories of some of the local
men, including a
serviceman from Reily Twp., who served in the
trenches of France during several of the most
difficult battles of the War. S
he related other   
 that highlighted other local men such as
Corliss H. Griffis, son of a prominent Hamilton
industrialist; Carl Thompson, a mechanic for ace
pilot Eddie Rickenbacker; John Grafft, local
doctor and city councilman; Fr. James McNary,
priest of Holy Trinity parish in Middletown,
Louise Hoerner, an unselfish practicing nurse;
Distinguished Service Cross winner John
Crocker; and Croix de Guerre winner and
Military Hall of Fame for Valor honoree John M.
She presented many historic photos
that she was able to find and copy for us to view.