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    Posted: 13 Mar 2017 at 9:14pm
TRENTON HISTORIAN

Edward J. Keefe, 95, of Trenton, Ohio, died on Monday, March 31, 2003, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in Wilmington, Ohio on August 6, 1907 to John and Margaret (Reardon) Keefe.

He was an electrician for the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company for over 46 years. Mr. Keefe was the founder of the Trenton Historical Society and started the Trenton History Museum. He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church.

Edward is survived by, two daughters: Evelyn Keefe of Trenton, and Kathleen (Adrian) Arnold of Hamilton; one son: Patrick (Wanda) Keefe of West Chester; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Marie Keefe; his parents; a daughter, Loretta Arndt; and a brother, Joe Keefe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 3, 2003 at 10:00 AM at Holy Name Catholic Church, 222 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, with Father George Klein as celebrant. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 2, 2003 from 6-8 PM at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd. at Bonita Dr., Middletown. Interment will be at Brookside Cemetery in West Chester.

Memorial donations may be made to Trenton Rescue Squad, 105 South Miami Street, Trenton, OH 45067.
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MIDDLETOWN, MADISON TWP., & OHIO HISTORIAN

Historian, author, and educator, George C. Crout, died Tuesday, November 30, 2004. A longtime Middletown resident, Mr. Crout spent his retirement years at Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe.

He was born February 10, 1917 in the log house section of the Williamson homestead on land settled by his great grandfather in 1815. It was located in Madison Township along Michael Road. His log cabin beginnings, ancient family records and heirlooms led to his life-long interest in local history. He attended local schools, graduating from Middletown High School in 1935. After receiving his education degree at Miami University, he entered teaching here, while continuing graduate work in education, history, and related fields. He earned four degrees from Miami, being awarded its first ever in Master of Education and Specialist in Education. Later he did graduate work at the University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, Appalachian State, and elsewhere.

He entered the Army Air Corps in early 1942, serving in combat intelligence. For his part in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater in World War II, he was awarded six bronze battle stars. Historical material gathered by Crout during the South Pacific campaign, as well as letters written to him from Middletown, were preserved and were stored in the World War II depository maintained by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

After the war, Crout returned to teaching in the Middletown School District at Jefferson and Lincoln Schools. In 1948 he was appointed principal at Sherman School and in 1951 was chosen to open the new Wilson School on Highview Road. For a time, he served as both Wilson and Blue Ball School principal. In 1961 he was transferred to Mayfield School, where he had begun his teaching career. He headed this school until his retirement in 1975.

During his 38 year career in education, he began to write a local history book, which was used by the third grade classes here for 30 years, and Ohio history textbooks, which found wide use throughout the state. Three such books served Ohio junior high students for over a 30 year period. Other works included plays published by Franklin's Eldridge Publishing Company and even a book of Ohio poems. He also wrote “Middletown All American City” sponsored by Post 218 of the American Legion, and with Roger L. Miller, “Images of Middletown, Ohio”.
A prolific writer, Crout published some 15 historical books, covering everything from local to national subjects. His name appeared on articles in numerous magazines, and he served on the editorial staff of “Ohio Cues” a children's historical publication. Locally he is remembered for his column in the Middletown Journal "Middletown Diary" which began running in 1959, as well as numerous Sunday features dating back to 1938. For over 20 years he appeared over WPFB presenting historical features. His historical files and large photograph collection of local subjects have been given to the public library for use by future historians.

Crout's writing achieved national recognition with his being listed in Contemporary Authors and the series Something About the Author. Two of his books won awards from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies. Locally in 1977, the American Legion Post 218 presented him with the Americanism Award. In 1984 the Middletown Historic Preservation Council presented him with a special award for his help in creating the Canal Museum. In 1988 he was honored with the All-American Citizens Award. Nationally he was honored by Freedom Foundation's American Educator's Medal.

In 1963 Crout and his long-time collaborator, Wilfred D. Vorhis, began a movement to build a local museum. When the Locktender's House at Amanda was torn down in 1964, they saw that materials were saved and stored for eventual incorporation into the Canal Museum, erected in 1982. The two were also involved in saving the old Excello Locks, now a small county park.

Crout was a member of the Monroe Methodist Church, a life-member of the American Legion, and various educational groups, including the Retired Teachers Association. He was a charter member, former officer, and trustee of the Middletown Historical Society, serving 30 years as its curator. He was also a member of the Blue Ball, Germantown, Trenton, Monroe, Butler County, and Ohio Historical Societies and the Canal Society of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle Williamson Crout and Ebert Crout, and his sister Laura Crout Riley.

He is survived by two nephews, Robert L. Riley of Pecatonica, Illinois and Richard A. Riley of Columbus, OH, along with great nephews.

Graveside Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 1:00 PM at Elk Creek Cemetery in Madison Township with Chaplain Stan Gockel officiating and with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard. There will be no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Life Care Fund, c/o Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation, 1001 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229.
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Alice L. Huntsbarger Hollenbaugh 1907-1988
William Hollenbaugh (her husband) 1898-1971

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ARCHEOLOGICAL HISTORIAN

Joy Jones, 79, of Middletown, died Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at the Residence at Kensington Place. She was born in Middletown on March 12, 1931 to parents Charles Elmer and Margaret (Gebhart) Clapp.

Joy was a member of the Baha'i faith. She flew with the Navy Blue Angels and wrote many stories on the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Archeological Society of Ohio and discovered an archeological site near Franklin, the "Clark Site". She was known for her love of Day Lillies, which included 170 different varieties planted at her home. She was an avid animal lover with a passion for horses and cats.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband, Arthur Jones; two daughters, Deborah A. Henderson and Linda Carol Jones; and five grandchildren, Kim Herold, Aaron Herold, Adam Herold, Sam Ferguson and Audrey Ferguson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Susan D. Mize.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, October 25, 2010 at 10:00 am at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown with Reverend Kenneth Fey officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Friends Humane Society, 1820 Princeton Rd., Hamilton, Ohio 45011
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REFERENCE LIBRARIAN & ARTIST

BREWER, Patricia Elliott 87 of Middletown, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Atrium Medical Center. She was born on December 28, 1929 in Middletown, to Clifford W. & Anna Lee (Horton) Elliott. Pat worked as a Reference Librarian for the Middletown Public Library for 23 years, retiring in 1992. She was an accomplished watercolor artist, was well known for her paintings of historic downtown Middletown, and was active with the Middletown Arts Center, The Middletown Historical Society, Friends of the Library and was a past member of D.A.R. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly (Adam) Stolzenberger and Dianne (Juris) Misins and her grandchildren, Erik Misins and Anna (Bryan) Berning. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chalmers Brewer; her son, Allan Brewer II and her brother, Judge George Elliott. A Receiving of Friends will be held on Thursday, April 6th from 1-2:00 pm at the Woodside Cemetery Chapel with a Memorial Service to follow at 2:00 pm with Dr. Dan Flory officiating. Memorial Contributions may be directed to: MidPointe Library System at 125 E. Broad Street, Middletown, OH 45044 or Middletown Arts Center at 130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown, OH 45042. Condolences may be sent to the family @ www.bakerstevensparramore.com
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BOY SCOUT & MIDDLETOWN HISTORIAN

Middletown’s Everett Sherron, a lifetime Boy Scout, dies at age 100

Rick McCrabb Staff Writer
May 27, 2017 Butler County

A Middletown man who spent most of his life in Boy Scouts died Thursday night in his home. Everett Sherron was 100.

Sherron, a Paducah, Ky., native, moved to Middletown as a child when his father took a job with the Boy Scouts. A year later, he became a Scout and remained active with Troop 718. He was involved in scouting for 70 years.O

Although he was drafted into World War II, he was given a medical release due to a previous surgery but continued to contribute to the war effort by building aircraft engines in a defense plant. He then worked for Black Clawson for 35 years.

He served many years as an usher at First United Methodist Church and staffed the Middletown Historical Society’s Canal Museum every Sunday afternoon.

He made Eagle Scout in 1932 and is in the Order of the Arrow. As an adult, he received the Silver Beaver Award and two district awards of merit. He has won every award the Scouts ever presented. He was assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster of Troop 18 and served as committee chairman for Troop 718.

Sherron had said he learned many life skills in scouting, including first aid and cooking, which was important after his wife, Louise, died on Feb. 28, 1988, their 46th wedding anniversary.

He is survived by three children: John, 72, of Columbus, Doug, 68, of New York, and Anne Lapham, 71, of Monroe; plus nine grandchildren.

Lapham had called her father “a role model” because of the way he lived his life, always putting others first, even if that sometimes upset his wife.

Sherron was one of four people honored last year at the 30th annual Middletown Community Foundation’s meeting. He shared the Mary Jane Palmer Nunlist “I Love Middletown” honor with 95-year-old Harry Pratt.

Funeral services are pending.
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HAMILTON & BUTLER COUNTY HISTORIAN

BLOUNT, James L. "Jim" Former Hamilton Journal-News editor and noted historian James "Jim" L. Blount, passed away at Ft. Hamilton Hospital August 22, 2017, where he was born June 4, 1935, the oldest of 5 children of James and Julia (Mignerey) Blount. Jim graduated from Hamilton High in 1953, where he worked on the school newspaper and radio show on WMOH. He was quarterback for the Big Blue in 1952. Jim worked full time for the Cincinnati Enquirer while earning a BS in Education at UC. He earned a Master's Degree in History from Miami in 1965. He taught history at Hamilton High/Taft for six years, where he was an assistant football and head track coach. His 1962 track team won first place district title. In 1963 Jim began working full-time for the Hamilton Journal-News. He became Editor-in-Chief in the early 1970's. Through Journal-News editorials Jim pushed for city improvements, including the connector to I-75, the Jack Kirsch Underpass, low level dam and all things to benefit the city he loved. Jim returned to teaching History and Civics at Wilson Jr. High in 1986. Jim served as the press box announcer and team record keeper for the Cincinnati Bengals for 41 years, from their first game through 2008. Involved with Miami-Hamilton from its start, he promoted growth through editorials and news stories, taught journalism and was very active in the Michael Colligan History Project at the campus. The Jim Blount History Award began in 2005 to recognize outstanding area history teachers. In retirement he served on the Transportation Improvement District board from 1994 till present, as chairman in recent years. He signed the bonds for Ohio Route 129 and contributed to Bypass 4 improvements, Liberty Center and Union Centre interchanges. For over 50 years he pushed for improvement to the South Hamilton Railroad Crossing, now under construction. The City Council honored him on July 12, naming the overpass for him. He was recognized as Hamilton Citizen of the Year for 2005, Hamilton City Schools Teacher of the Year 1991-1992, inducted into the Hamilton City Schools' Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Butler County Historical Society Distinguished Historian Award in 2011. Known as Hamilton's Historian, he wrote the stories on the medallions on the High-Main Bridge, most local Ohio Historical markers and over a dozen books on local history. Jim was an avid reader and student of the Civil War. His files will be donated to the Lane Library's Smith Historical Library. Jim and Jackie (Steigerwalt) married on December 27, 1958. Together they raised two children of whom they are very proud. The couple loved traveling, having visited all 50 states, most National Parks and presidential museums. They also traveled internationally for many years. Trips with their children and later daughter and grandchildren provided wonderful memories. Jim is survived by his wife and best friend, Jackie, who organized family life, enabling him to be active in the city he loved, daughter Lori, grandchildren James (Anabel) and Devin, great grandchildren Ella, Maya and Leo Shook. Siblings include Judy (Ron) Hartman and Jean (Bill) Eads of Hamilton, Jerry (Dorothy) Blount and Joyce Blount of AZ. He also leaves several nieces and nephews including Steve (Jo) Hartman of Hamilton and Jaime (Henry) Chou of CA, cousin Lois Krysiak of PA. Family friends include Hamiltonians Sheilah Hahn Richter and Jerry and Marilyn Furginson, who set up the couple's blind date. Jim will be buried at Rose Hill, next to his son, Brian, who died of GBM (brain cancer) in 1997. Visitation will be held Friday, August 25, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. 980 N. W. Washington Blvd. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to The Blount Family Scholarship, Miami University-Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd, Hamilton, OH 45011 or the Brian J. Blount Memorial Scholarship, Hamilton Community Foundation, 319 N. 3rd St., Hamilton, OH 45011. Online condolences are available at www.weigelfuneralhome.com "When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure."

Published in Journal-News on Aug. 24, 2017


Hamilton historian, transportation guru dies at age 82

Mike Rutledge Staff Writer

HAMILTON - Hamilton historian and former Journal-News Editor Jim Blount died Tuesday, Aug. 22. He was 82.

Even in his teens, Hamilton native James “Jim” L. Blount, was having an impact on his hometown. And it only got bigger from there.

As a student, Blount, a 1953 Hamilton High School graduate, was quarterback during 1952, and worked on the school newspaper and for a radio show on WMOH. He would go on to become editor of the Journal-News, where his opinion columns pushed for a multitude of improvements, including significant highway projects in the city and county that have come to be.

Blount died Tuesday at Fort Hamilton Hospital. He was 82.

“What Jim did after he retired was strictly volunteer,” said his wife of 58 years, Jackie (Steigerwalt) Blount. “And he didn’t care who got the credit, as long as the job got done.”

A member of the Butler County Transportation Improvement District board since 1994, including chairman in recent years, he was a major force in creating road improvements that included the Ohio 129 link from Interstate 75 to Hamilton; in the Liberty Center area; the Ohio 4 Bypass; and South Hamilton Crossing, whose overpass was named after him in July.

A little-known fact about Blount: He was the press-box announcer and record keeper for the Cincinnati Bengals from their beginning in 1968 through 2008, missing only two home games in those 41 seasons.

He worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer while earning a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati, and later earned a master’s in history from Miami in 1965.

He taught high-school history in Hamilton for six years. In 1963, he started working full-time for the Journal-News, becoming the editor in the early 1970s. In 1986, he returned to teaching civics and history at Wilson Junior High School.

He was named Hamilton Citizen of the Year for 2005 and was Hamilton City Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 1991-1992. He also was inducted into the city school district’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Butler County Historical Society’s Distinguished Historian Award in 2001.

He also was Hamilton’s official historian, and wrote more than a dozen books about local history.

Richard O Jones, another Hamilton historian and former Journal-News employee, called Blount’s passing “a profound loss to Hamilton and Butler County. Not only did he have an unsurpassed knowledge of the history of the area, gleaned from a lifetime of research, he was generous in sharing the stories of Hamilton’s growth and in passing along his wisdom to make this a better place to live.”

Jones added: “I was always a little disappointed that our respective tenures at the Journal-News did not overlap.

“(Blount was) always very supportive and encouraging, always ready to answer a question, always ready to speak to the truth,” he said.

Blount was born June 4, 1935, oldest of James and Julia (Mignerey) Blount’s five children. He was preceded in death by son Brian, who died in 1997.

Aside from his wife, he is survived by his daughter Lori, grandchildren James (Anabel) and Devin, great grandchildren Ella, Maya and Leo Shook. Siblings include Judy (Ron) Hartman and Jean (Bill) Eads of Hamilton, Jerry (Dorothy) Blount and Joyce Blount of Arizona.

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. A short memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Afterward, in a private ceremony, Blount will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to The Blount Family Scholarship, Miami University-Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd, Hamilton, OH 45011 or the Brian J. Blount Memorial Scholarship, Hamilton Community Foundation, 319 N. 3rd St., Hamilton, Ohio 45011.
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