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
We post requests from people who email the website for
information on their family history. It will be useful to
obtain any pictures, and information that our members
or the community may have for these people. Anyone
wanting to post a request email us
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At our September 1, 2015 meeting, retired teacher, Floyd Hann, of
Hamilton, presented “Reily Township Remembers When”. He
reminisced about the players, coaches, opposing teams, and the
games leading up the Butler County Basketball Championship in
1956, which was won by Reily HS.
Mr. Hann was a member of the Reily HS teaching staff from
September 1955 to June 1959. During that time he taught Social
Studies, was the school’s Athletic Director, and coached
baseball and basketball. He retired from teaching in 1982.
Some members of the Butler County 1956
Championship basketball team.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday, April 5,
2016 at the Reily Twp. Community Center. We had our annual
"Show Us What You Have" meeting. We had some very interesting
presentations including a double barrel shotgun from 1860 that
belonged to a members grandfather along with his history related
to the community. We had a letter from 1860 that mentioned many
now famous people such as Lottie Moon and Jim Clark. We had
an old school program from Reily mentioning many businesses
and people we all knew. We had 4 old railroad lanterns from
railroads that at one time passed through Reily Township. We also
had an old graduation class picture from 1928 that had a
members mother and father in the picture.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday, May 3, 2016
at the Reily Twp. Community Center, 6093 Reily–Millville Road.
Mr. Carl Ruther presented “How Agriculture Catapulted the
Industrial Expansion in Butler County Between 1850 and 1950”. Mr.
Ruther is a Butler County native and a retired industrial operations
manager. His interests are primarily the history of local industry in
Southwest Ohio. He discussed the unique relationship between
local farming and the rapid growth of Butler County’s industrial
base. It was aan interesting and informative photo presentation.
Another successful Founder's Day in Reily on
June 18th. Great community participation, good
food, and lots of fun.
The Reily Township Historical
Society met on Tuesday, September
6, 2016 at the Reily Twp. Community
Mr. Carl Ruther presented “The Mills
of Butler County" Mr Ruther told of
their importance to early Settlers and
the industrialization of Southwest
Ohio and Southeast Indiana.
Carl Ruther is a Butler County native
and a retired industrial operations
manager. His interests are primarily
the history of local industry. He
discussed how the early mills, nearly
80 in Butler County by 1900, were an
essential part of the agriculture
community, and later evolved to the
larger “merchant” mills to power the
lumber, paper, textile, and machining
There were several mills in Reily
Township along Indian Creek. There
are even remnants of one right
behind Reily Pizza in the creek by the
bridge. A very interesting slide show
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday, October
4, 2016 at the Reily Twp. Community Center.
Mr. Dan Finfrock, educator and local historian, presented “The
Bridges over the Great Miami River at Hamilton.” Mr. Finfrock
discussed the various bridges at Hamilton and the surrounding
area beginning with the mid-1800’s and discussed their
location, size, construction, and how they met their demise. Mr
Finfrock gave a very intersesting slide show presentation.