Town of Dayton, Indiana

September Update

In a normal year, September brings Labor Day and picnics and gatherings of all types. Like the six months before it, September will be different this year. Extra attention and care will go into celebrations, if celebrations happen at all. Whatever your plans are, we hope you stay safe and enjoy your family and friends.


The Town of Dayton is seeing the infrastructure for the Baker Farms Subdivision progress, and we’ve been told that work should begin in October on a nearly 35,000 square foot facility for Truck Country of Indiana, a semi-dealership. Twenty-six acres of land west of MacAllister Machinery along Hine Drive was rezoned for this purpose in 2018. 


Your Town Council has contracted for a Utility Rate Study in the hopes of providing some relief to Dayton residents on their Utility bills. All factors will be considered, including the rates charged by Lafayette, our aging infrastructure, and the cost of maintaining the pumps, lift stations, and service lines. The desire to lower bills will have to be balanced with the costs of the projected needs of the system. 


A decision will soon need to be made on Yost Drive, so we hope you’ve done your research and contacted members of the council to weigh in. The entire town will be impacted if they do decide to go forward, especially those in Deerfield Farms. Contact information for the council can be found here.


We encourage all residents to complete the 2020 Census. An accurate count is vitally important not only in determining our representation in Congress, but also for funding on the state, county, and local level. PLEASE HELP OUR TOWN AND BE COUNTED.


Stay Safe, Dayton

Town Updates

September 17, 2020 Special Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will meet by telephone at 7pm on Thursday 9/17 to adopt the updated Internal Controls Ordinance and modify the Salary Ordinance.

Audio from this meeting can be heard here.

September 18, 2020 Special Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will meet by telephone at

6pm on Friday 9/18 to finalize the modified Salary Ordinance. The audio from this meeting can be heard here.


"The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States on April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years."


NOTE: The 2020 Census will be used to determine our town's population for school funding, grants, and so much more. The Census is simple to complete online, or by cooperating with the Census worker who will come knocking at your door if you haven't completed the online or paper form.



Find the Audio from Dayton Council meetings here:

William Bush Started It

A long, long time ago …

…the first settlers arrived in Dayton. It was 1825 when William Bush and others settled here, and Bush probably sold the first lots about 1827, the year the town celebrates as its founding. Two years later, the town was officially platted, in two parts. In 1829, both Dr. Timothy Horram, who owned land adjoining Bush’s, and William Bush decided it was time to file a plat. The two men used the same surveyor and filed their plats on the same day, September 16, 1829. Bush called his plat Marquis (de), with all lots lying along the south side of the state road now known as Indiana 38.  Dr. Horram called his plat Fairfield, with all lots lying north of the road. Bush’s plat for Marquis was entered first (Deed Book A, p. 381), earning him the honor of town founder. Horram’s plat for Fairfield is recorded on the following page (Deed Book A, p 382.). The name Marquis may never have been used, but for some reason early local histories often get it backward, claiming that the town was first called Fairfield by William Bush, and later Marquis by Horram.

In a deed recorded October 5, 1830 (at Deed Book B, page 278), David Gregory platted an addition to the town of Fairfield, with all lots lying west of Conjunction St (alongside Fairfield) and north of the state road (across from the west half of Bush’s Marquis plat).

When the growing town applied for a post office, it was denied the use of the name Fairfield because there was already a post office by that name in Indiana, a dilemma shared with several other aspiring Fairfields around the state. Legend says Gregory offered to donate a lot for a school if the town would take the name Dayton, after the prosperous Dayton, Ohio, in the area from which Gregory and others had come. On April 19, 1831, the Dayton post office was established, and on July 5, 1831, Gregory deeded a lot for a school (lot 19; Book 58, p. 172), although it was not, as legend says, exactly on the spot where the school stands today. It was on a lot directly in front of today’s school location but facing Main Street. The one-room school was built far back on the lot, and the land where the school stands today was also Gregory land at the time, making it essentially the same location. As new buildings were erected, they were located behind the existing building, on the north edge of the town.


Much has happened in Dayton since then…

Susan Clawson

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