PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT
Town of Dayton, Indiana
January 2021 Update
We know many are happy to see 2020 in the rear-view. We hope 2021 will bring peace and prosperity to our town, and that we will soon be able to resume normal activities.
Our first regular monthly meeting will be held on Monday, January 11th at 7 pm, and we will continue to meet by telephone for the duration of the health emergency. Any special meetings will be held on Monday’s at 6pm in most cases. Due to the health emergency, we have provided ways for residents to listen to meetings in real time and to recordings afterward. We have also established a town YouTube channel for meeting audio, and our website is updated with timely information.
In the interest of promoting transparency and open government we have provided council member contact information here and have utilized both the website and social media to keep residents updated on town business. As always, we encourage residents to contact council members with any questions and concerns.
Happy New Year, Dayton!
Dayton Special Meeting
The Dayton Town Council will meet by telephone for a special meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6 pm to continue the separation of the Utility Office. Instructions to listen and comment can be found here. The meeting may also be heard live on the Dayton, Indiana Facebook page.
Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, and in the best interests of Public Health, the Dayton Town Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Members of the Town Council and the Clerk-Treasurer are still available and can be reached at the contacts found here.
Links to the audio from the 2020 telephone meetings can be found 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…