Delaware Welcomes You

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 1)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 1)

Description

[page 1]

[corresponds to front cover of At Ohio's Crossroads Delaware Welcomes You]

AT OHIO'S CROSSROADS

DELAWARE

WELCOMES YOU
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 2)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 2)

Description

[page 2]

[corresponds to inside of front cover of At Ohio's Crossroads Delaware Welcomes You]

STATISTICALLY SOUND:

POPULATION: 14,300 (estimated 1956)

ELEVATION: 975 feet above sea level.

AREA: 4 square miles.

CLIMATE: Mean temperature 51 degrees.

RAINFALL: 38 inches, average.

RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS: 254

INDUSTRIAL PLANTS: 22

RETAIL SALES: $27,000,000.00 (Approx.)

INDUSTRIAL PAYROLL: $7,000,000.00 (Approx.)

BANKS: Two, with assets and deposits of

over $19,000,000.00

HOSPITALS: (Combined Medical and Osteo-

pathetic) New addition is com-

pleted; 103 patient capacity.

UNIVERSITY: Ohio Wesleyan (co-ed)

2000 students. Rated as one of

the best Church-related colleges

in the nation.

UTILITIES: Municipally owned water and

sewage disposal plant,

Natural Gas, furnished by

Delaware Gas Company,

Electric, furnished by

The Electric Company.

Telephone, furnished by

Northern Ohio Telephone Co.

CHURCHES: 19

SCHOOLS: 6 public; 1 parochial.

RADIO STATIONS: WRFD (AM) at 800 Kilocycles.

WSLN (FM) at 91.1. M C

[photo of downtown]

SESQUI-CENTENNIAL YEAR

DELAWARE

1808-1958

TRAVELER'S GUIDE

RAILROADS: Chesapeake and Ohio (main line)

New York Central (Big Four Div.)

(Delaware-Springfield Division)

Pennsylvania R.R.

(Columbus-Toledo freight only)

BUSES: 32 trips daily.

CITY

AIRPORT: Located 3 miles southwest of City.

Longest runway 2,500 feet.

RACE EVENT: Grand circuit (the only county fair

in the U.S. having this program)

with the classic "Little Brown Jug,"

America's finest race for pacers -

a nationally known annual event.

LODGING: Fort Delaware Hotel; Campbell

House; Wheeler's Trailer Court;

El Siesta Motel; Hollywood Motel;

Mock's Motel; Shady Acres Motel.
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 3)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 3)

Description

[page 3]

[corresponds to unlabled page 3 of Delaware Welcomes You]

WITH A RICH HERITAGE:

[photo]

Birthplace of Rutherford B. Hayes

Long before the first pioneers came, Indian

tribes had established a camp here on the trail

leading from the lower Scioto valley northward

to the Sandusky Bay area. It is believed that a

variety of medicinal springs may have been a

factor in their selecting this as a campsite.(One

of these springs is still productive on the Ohio

Wesleyan University campus.)

The City of Delaware was founded in 1808,

the same year that Delaware County was formed

by dividing Franklin County. It immediately be-

came the county seat, and because it is almost at

the geographical center of the State of Ohio, and

because then, as is true today, it was situated

conveniently on some of the main thoroughfares

of the state, is was seriously considered for the

site of the State Capitol before the City of Colum-

bus was selected.

In the early 1800's Delaware was one of the

most popular health resorts in what was then

known as the "west." Its Mansion House Hotel

with its sulphur springs were, in fact, pictured

on Staffordshire plates from England.

During the War of 1812, Delaware served as

the headquarters for General Harrison. But the

city's greatest historical distinction probably

stems from the fact that it is the birthplace of

our nation's 19th President, Rutherford B. Hayes.

Many relics of the city's past may be seen at

the Delaware County Historical Society Museum

at 157 East William Street.
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 4)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 4)

Description

[page 4]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 4 of Delaware Welcomes You]

A CULTURAL CLIMATE:

[photo of OWU campus]
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 5)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 5)

Description

[page 5]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 5 of Delaware Welcomes You]

For more than a century, Delaware has been

one of the oustanding cultural centers in the

state because it is the home of Ohio Wesleyan

University.

Founded in 1842 by Methodist pioneers who

believed that the highest type of academic train-

ing and the building of Christian character go

hand in hand, the University has an annual en-

rollment of approximately 2,000 students, almost

an equal number of men and women, who come

from homes in Ohio's 88 counties, and in most of

the other states of the nation, the District of Col-

umbia, Hawaii and several foreign countries.

Along with its usual contributions to the com-

munity in art, music, dramatics, and athletics,

the University is a "bright light" which draws

numerous celebrities - leaders in art, science,

government, and other walks in life - to the com-

munity. The Ohio Wesleyan Library is open to

all and serves residents of the city and county.

The Perkins Observatory, largest observatory

this side of Mississippi, is located just three

miles south of Delaware. It is open to the public

from 4 to 5 p.m. daily.

Ohio Wesleyan has many historic spots on

its main campus, including the Sulphur Spring,

the Mansion House Hotel, and a monument mark-

ing the former site of the Barber Tavern which

served as General Harrison's headquarters in

the War of 1812. Legend has it that it was at the

Sulphur Spring that President Rutherford B. Hayes

proposed to his bride-to-be, Lucy Webb, one of

Ohio Wesleyan's first coeds. The Mansion House

was built in 1833 in the boom period of President

Jackson to accommodate the stream of tourists

and health seekers. The first building to be occu-

pied by the University, today it is known as Elliott

Hall and houses offices and classrooms.

The University is now engaged in a building

program which already has seen construction of

two new residence halls for men and the Phillips

Building at the right and is looking forward to a

Science Center, a Communications building and

others.

[image of Phillips Building]

Phillips Building

[image of Selby Stadium]

Selby Stadium

[image of Elliott Hall]

Elliott Hall
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 6)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 6)

Description

[page 6]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 6 of Delaware Welcomes You]

SOUND IN BUSINESS:

You will find many up-to-the-minute retail

establishments in Delaware ready to serve you.

Two parking areas have been provided by the

city to make it easier for you to shop and park

near the business section.

The last ten years have seen a steady indus-

trial growth in Delaware and its environs. The

chief reasons for this have been the many advan-

tages we have been able to offer industries which

are looking for a city the size of Delaware in

which to locate.

Our rail transportation reaches out in all

directions. Many trucking companies also cover

Delaware with their nationwide services. Four

U.S. highways cross or are adjacent to Delaware.

We are near enough to a metropolis - Columbus -

to enjoy the advantages which such a city can offer.

With regard to utilities we are served by one

of the major electric power companies, an excel-

lent natural gas supply and an abundance of good

water. Our telephone exchange is new and has

all the latest dial operated equipment.

Our climate is sufficiently varied, offering

us the four seasons, warm summers and mild

winters with enough rainfall and long growing

season which makes our surrounding agricultu-

ral countryside a rich and prosperous one.

[photo]

For Delaware Hotel

[photo]

Kroger's

[photo]

Ginn Pharmacy

[photo]

Worley Plumbing Co.
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 7)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 7)

Description

[page 7]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 7 of Delaware Welcomes You]

PROGRESSIVE IN INDUSTRY:

[photo]

Sunray Stove Company

Approximately two-fifths of the 9,600 Dela-

ware County residents working in 1940 were

farming. About one-tenth held factory jobs.

Employment in plants within the county climbed

to a monthly average of 1,900 by 1945 and is 2000

today. Principal products manufactured in the

area include thermostatic controls, truck bodies

and cranes, gas ranges, screw-machine products,

hydraulic controls, instant coffee, canvas products

and chemical specialties and brick.

The labor situation is good. Most of our in-

dustrial labor is local, above average in intelli-

gence and skill, from which you can draw without

importing an undesirable class of workmen.

Besides being an ideal location for new in-

dustries, Delaware offers every opportunity for

expansion of existing industries, as is witnessed

by the present expansion of Sunray Stove Company

(see above) and the Denison Engineering Company.

[photo]

Hughes-Keenan

[photo]

Ranco
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 8)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 8)

Description

[page 8]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 8 of Delaware Welcomes You]

WITH AMPLE INSTITUTIONS.... AND

[photo] [photo]

Carlisle School County Court House

[photo] [photo]

William Street Church Jane M. Case Hospital

SCHOOLS - This city is proud of its modern,

well-planned and operated school system. There

is an elementary school in each of the geogra-

phical districts of the community - East, West,

North, Northwest, and South. Willis Senior and

Junior High School is centrally located on West

William Street. Delaware also has one parochial

elementary and high school.

CHURCHES - The community is well served by

19 churches of many different denominations and

they provide numerous outlets for religious and

social needs.

LIBRARIES - The Ohio Wesleyan library, of

more than 180 thousand volumes, is open to all

local residents and, in addition, the city-owned

Carnegie Free Library in downtown Delaware

serves both city and county residents.

MUSEUM - The Delaware County Historical

Society recently opened its museum at 157 East

William Street.

HOSPITAL - The Jane M. Case Hospital, set in

a grove of oak and maple trees, west of the city,

has just been remodeled and expanded and has

a 103 patient capacity. It has both a medical and

an osteopathic section.

NEWSPAPER - During the past 136 years, Dela-

ware and the surrounding marketing area have

been served by The Delaware Gazette, a daily

newspaper with a circulation of almost 6,000.

Located in its modern publishing house, The

Gazette carries United Press wire service and

serves as an ideal advertising medium.
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 9)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 9)

Description

[page 9]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 9 of Delaware Welcomes You]

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES:

SWIMMING - The Delaware County Swimming

Pool is located in North Delaware at the County

Fairgrounds. Season and family memberships

are available. During the colder months Ohio

Wesleyan permits many local organizations to

use its newly completed indoor pool in the Pfei-

ffer Natatorium on the campus.

FISHING AND HUNTING - Fishermen don't

have to go far beyond the city limits to make

their catches. Since the Delaware Flood con-

trol Dam gates were closed 3 miles north of

the city a few years ago, Delaware has had its

own lake which is stocked periodically. The

Scioto River, in the western part of the county

about 7 miles out of Delaware city also offers

good fishing. Boats may be rented at both loca-

tions, but all motors must be licensed. Much

of the area surrounding Delaware is rich with

game for hunters. One of the favorite spots,

though, is the hunting area near the Delaware

Dam which is maintained by the Conservation

Department.

BOATING - Sail Boating is a popular sport on

the Scioto River. Other small crafts are per-

mitted there, too. Many city residents perfer

boating on the reservoir north of the Delaware

Dam where private boats may be docked for a

reasonable rental. Water skiing is becoming

an increasingly popular sport at the reservoir.

TENNIS - Ohio Wesleyan University maintains

a dozen tennis courts on its East and West cam-

puses. These are made available to local resi-

dents during the summer when the students are

away.

GOLF - Several golf courses are within easy

driving distance of the city, but most local re-

sidents hold membership at the Delaware Country

Club, just three miles south of town. It is a

good nine-hole course.

PICNICKING - Two parks within the city limits,

Mingo and Blue Limestone, have picnic facilities.

Many residents drive to the Delaware Reservoir

area's picnic developments and others head west

to the Scioto River's east bank. Holiday Hill,

west of town, is the scene of many company and

community picnics and dinners the year round and

offers square and folk dancing.

SPECTATOR SPORTS - Besides their enthusi-

astic support of Willis High School teams, local

residents enjoy watching Ohio Wesleyan's "Bat-

tling Bishops" in action in intercollegiate com-

petition - football, basketball, cross country and

track, soccer, baseball, tennis and sailing.

[photo]

Delaware Country Club

[photo]

Delaware County Swimming Pool

[photo]

Holiday Hill
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 10)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 10)

Description

[page 10]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 10 of Delaware Welcomes You]

ATTRACTIVE TO TOURISTS....

[photo]

Delaware Dam

DELAWARE DAM - Besides its scenic beauty

and park and picnic areas on both the east and

west banks, the Delaware Reservoir area offers

the tourist two other points of interest - the

Flood Control dam three miles north of the city

with its lookout points and the Wildlife Conser-

vation Reserve east of the reservoir.

HAYES HOUSE - Tourists find many points of

interest in the city limits. The site of the birth-

place of President Rutherford B. Hayes and also

the oldest house still standing, built in 1813,

which also was occupied by the Hayes family,

are located in the center of the city.

THE MANSION HOUSE HOTEL - Once a fashion-

able health resort hotel, The Mansion House still

stands on Ohio Wesleyan's East Campus. It is

now known as Elliott Hall and houses classrooms

and offices. The famous Sulphur Spring is down

the walk behind Gray Chapel, the building with

the high tower.

DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MUSEUM - Here tourists will find many relics

of Delaware's past. The museum is located at

157 East William Street.

[photo]

Perkins Observatory

PERKINS OBSERVATORY - On Ohio Wesleyan's

South Campus at Stratford, three miles south of

Delaware, tourists may see the Perkins Observa-

tory. Its giant telescope contains a 69-inch mirror,

making it the largest telescope this side of the Miss-

issippi. Visitors to the observatory are welcome

from 4 to 5 p.m. daily.

BARBER TAVERN MARKER - A monument mark-

ing the former site of Barber Tavern which served

as General Harrison's headquarters in the War of

1812 is located on the Ohio Wesleyan East Cam-

pus opposite Selby Field.

[photo]

Delaware County Museum
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 11)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 11)

Description

[page 11]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 11 of Delaware Welcomes You]

AND TO THOSE WHO STAY LONGER:

[photo]

Delaware Meadows

Being a long-established community, Delaware takes great pride in its

green lawns and shady streets and the impressive homes which line

those streets. But while some of its mansions attest to its age, its

new housing developments speak for the youth and vigor of this growing

community.

[photos]
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 12)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 12)

Description

[page 12]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 12 of Delaware Welcomes You]

WITH ACTIVE CIVIC....

[emblems for Altrusa, Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions]

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL

Meets second Tuesday of month,

September to June inclusive, at

Women's City Club. Dinner at

6:30 p.m.

JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Meets first and third Tuesday of

each month in Council Room, City

Building. 8:00 p.m.

KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL

Meets 6:00 p.m., Monday at

Bun's Restaurant. Dinner meeting.

LIONS CLUB

Meets first and third Thursday at

6:30 p.m. Surrey Lounge. Dinner.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

Meets 12:00 Noon, Monday at

Bun's Restaurant. Luncheon.
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 13)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 13)

Description

[page 13]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 13 of Delaware Welcomes You]\

AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

[photo]

City Hall

A Chamber of Commerce is a forceful,

aggressive part of every business. It is a

partner of every citizen. It is a department

of each business doing work which the indivi-

dual or enterprise could not do alone, but

which must be done collectively with all other

interests in the community.

Members of Chambers of Commerce are

told that they do not make contributions to the

Chamber, but that membership dues are a part

of the fixed overhead of each business. They

are a part of the payroll for that silent em-

ployee who works steadily to improve each

business and the community as a whole.

A Chamber of Commerce seeks new metho-

ods of assisting citizens, plans for tomorrow's

progress and guarantees the city an extra divi-

dend of courteous, enthusiastic, efficient service.

Write or phone: Delaware Chamber of

Commerce, Peoples Building, Phone 3-4711.
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 14)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 14)

Description

[page 14]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 14 of Delaware Welcomes You]

CITY MAP and STREET GUIDE of DELAWARE, OHIO

[map]
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 15)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 15)

Description

[page 15]

[corresponds to unlabeled page 15 of Delaware Welcomes You]

Delaware County

[map of townships and towns]

A. Perkins Observatory

B. Public Park

C. Columbus Zoo - O'Shaughnessy Dam

D. Olentangy Caverns

E. Delaware Dam and Reservoir

F. WRFD

G. Sunbury Golf Course

H. Delaware Airport
Delaware Welcomes You (p. 16)

Title

Delaware Welcomes You (p. 16)

Description

[page 16]

[corresponds to back cover of Delaware Welcomes You]

[photo of Little Brown Jug race]

Persons visiting Delaware in the latter part of September

have an opportunity to see Grand Circuit Harness Racing

at the Delaware County Fair (the only county fair in the

U.S. having this program). The highlight of the race

program is the world-famous "Little Brown Jug," Amer-

ica's finest race for pacers.

Dublin Core

Title

Delaware Welcomes You

Subject

Celebrations--sesqui-centennial--City of Delaware--Delaware County--Ohio
City of Delaware--Delaware County--Ohio
Promotional Materials--City of Delaware--Delaware County--Ohio--1958

Description

This is a book published in Delaware County's Sesquicentennial year, 1958. The book discusses the history, population statistics, business, industry, education, medical facilities, recreation and tourism in Delaware County as it was in 1958.

Creator

Delaware Sesquicentennial Committee

Date

1958

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/

Format

Book

Language

English

Type

Still Image
Text

Identifier

22221020

Collection

Citation

Delaware Sesquicentennial Committee, “Delaware Welcomes You,” Delaware County Memory, accessed May 23, 2024, http://www.delawarecountymemory.org/items/show/186.

Output Formats