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 present.
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 highlighted
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. She
related other   stories  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. Fackey. She presented many historic
photos that she was able to find and copy for us to view.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday,
February 6, 2018, at the Reily Twp. Community Center.
Ms. Stephanie Ison, Army Corps of Engineers Project
Manager, presented “Brookville Lake, What You Don’t
See”. She highlighted the history of Brookville Lake,
Franklin County, Indiana, from the early flood control
discussions in the 50’s and 60’s, to its final completion in
the 70’s, and the lake as a subsequent recreation
destination today. Ms. Ison discussed the relationship the
Army Corps of Engineers has with the Indiana Department
of Natural Resources, who also manages parts of
Brookville Lake. Prior to being named Manager, Ms. Ison
was a Park Ranger for Brookville Lake for several years.  
Members and guests viewed many interesting photos
some historic regarding the building of the lake as well as
the historic town that was once there.
The Reily Township Historical Society will meet
on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Reily Twp.
Community Center, 6093 Reily – Millville Road,
Oxford, Ohio 45056.
Mr. Dick Oertel, retired P&G Chemist, local
historian and stamp collector will present; “Old
Mail and Old-Time Families”. Mr. Oertel’s
presentation will focus on postal envelopes that
local residents from Oxford, Reily, Morgan, Ross
and Hanover Townships received in the mail
between 1855 and 1905.  The envelopes open
the door to fascinating, interesting, and
sometimes surprising family history.  
Members and non-members are welcome.
Refreshments will be served. The business
meeting starts at 7 pm and the program begins at
approximately 7:15 pm.
For more information call, Roger Koch, 513-593-