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Dr. Darrell Apt honored
for lacrosse at OSU

Dr. Darrell Apt, Oakwood resident and retired Veterinarian, was honored on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at Ohio Stadium at  Ohio State University as being one of the pioneers in OSU Men’s Lacrosse.  

He was recognized and introduced in the Shoe to those attending the OSU/Denver University game as an honorary captain for his outstanding leadership and skills in men’s lacrosse in 1953, 1955 and 1956.  

While playing at Ohio State, he was captain of the team and led the lacrosse team to several winning years.

After graduating from OSU with a degree in veterinarian medicine, Darrell continued his love for the sport by refereeing college and club lacrosse for 35+ years throughout the Midwest and eastern United States.

He has practiced veterinary medicine for 48 years. Many Oakwood family pets have visited his office throughout the years.

Dr. Apt was accompanied to Ohio State University by his children, sons Scott, Jerry, daughter Kelly and grandchildren Sidney and Ben.


Joey Luthman to be Junior Host for Omni Gala

The OMNI AWARDS is an event where under privileged children and school children are interspersed with celebrity youth’s performing arts talents and show cased.

Oakwood, Ohio resident 11-year old Joey Wagner Luthman who has performed in over 30 theatrical productions in Ohio since the age of 5, is a key performer at the OMNI Gala.  

Recently filming a recurring role in ABC’s “October Road” as Young Physical Phil, he added that to his list of credits including over 25 independent and short films since arriving in LA in 2006.  

Joey is known as a triple threat singer, dancer and actor as he demonstrated on CBS ”Tyra Banks Show” and with his stand up performances at the LA Improv.  Acting as Junior Host for the Gala Pre show and performing in the main stage opening number,

The organizers of the 6th Annual OMNI Youth Music & Actor Awards Gala are delighted to welcome such a talented youth from the Oakwood area as a key performer in this Los Angeles star-studded event.

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Shulman appointed IRS chief

Douglas Shulman became the 47th Commissioner of Internal Revenue on March 24, 2008. He presides over the nation’s tax administration system, which collects approximately $2.4 trillion in tax revenue that funds most government operations and public services. He manages an agency of over 100,000 employees and a budget of approximately $11 billion.

Shulman came to the IRS from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the private-sector regulator of all securities firms doing business in the United States. As vice chairman, he was responsible for strategy, services and operations.

Shulman served in the same role at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) before its 2007 consolidation with New York Stock Exchange Member Regulation, which resulted in the formation of FINRA. After joining NASD in 2000, he played an integral role in restructuring the company, led the negotiations of the sale of the NASDAQ stock market and American Stock Exchange, oversaw the launch of industry-wide bond market transparency and modernized NASD’s technology operations.

Earlier in his career, Shulman was involved with several start-up organizations, was a vice president of a private investment firm and served as Senior Policy Advisor and then Chief of Staff of the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS.

Shulman holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

Happy 1st LCNB!

LCNB National Bank just celebrated a significant date during Oakwood’s Centennial year. The bank has just marked its first year in Oakwood. “We’ve had wonderful success and support coming from our new Oakwood customers,” said Branch Manager Stanley Castleman. A cake marking the occasion was in order.

Pictured, left to right: Stanley Castleman, Elena Sorah, Lisa Emmel, Al Leland and Jackie Ginn.

Rotary recycle project a big success

Rotary members display SUV compartment loaded with discarded paint cans.

On Sat. April 26 six Rotarians collected paint cans and batteries from 70 homes and properly disposed of these materials at the Montgomery County Recycling Facility off E. Dorothy Lane.

Rotary is scheduled to provide this service again on July 26. You are urged to call 296-5155 to have a pickup scheduled for that date. There was an unexpected, but pleasant, side benefit for Rotary and ultimately our local community.  Over $200 was donated by the residents who had items collected.

These donations will be directed to other club activities which support our city and neighboring community.  Activities such as the upcoming “That Day in May”, the Houk Stream revitalization project, and many others.

Tax deductible donations are always appreciated and can be made the date of pickup or at anytime by mailing them to Oakwood Rotary, P.O. Box 512, Dayton OH 45409.

At the Wright Library_______________________

Wright Library needs Book Sale volunteers

Wright Memorial Public Library is again extending its annual book sale to six days this year and needs volunteers to help before, during and after the sale.

Volunteers are needed these days:

Monday, May 19 – Set up tables and move cartons of books (muscles useful!)

Tuesday, May 20 – Unpack boxes

Wednesday through Sunday, May 21-25 (during the sale) – Straighten and restock tables as they empty and help customers carry books to their cars

Tuesday, May 27 – Pack any unsold books, put tables away, and clean up

Anyone who can help is invited to stop by and complete a Book Sale Volunteer Form, or download the form from the Calendar section of the library’s web site at

Essays from the
Oakwood Historical Society

How Oakwood avoided annexation with Dayton

How did Oakwood retain its’ status as a first-tier suburb, independent of Dayton? When you think about it, three square miles nestling right at Dayton’s doorstep was a challenge, especially in the 1920’s when things were bustling in both communities. Dayton was expanding in all directions and by 1925 had adopted a policy of annexation to expand its tax base and attract business and professional leaders. The Montgomery County Historical Society covered the era in its Journal in a 1990 article which referred to Oakwood rather unflatteringly as “a stockade on the urban frontier”.

In 1924, Dayton created a Plan Board, and urged by the Chamber of Commerce, retained a consultant and adopted a policy of annexation of a 6.75 square miles of township land which also included Oakwood. (Ed. Note – retained a consultant – some things never change) A battle plan was adopted in 1926 and City Manager Eichelberger sent out fifteen invitations to “prominent Oakwood gentlemen” to meet to discuss the possibility of consolidation. Mayor Oscar C. Olt received one, and sent Councilman Lowell Rieger as his representative. Charts and data were prepared for a presentation and the group agreed to meet again with an expanded list of 29 people. The sales pitch on six charts and fact sheets emphasized mutual dependence and claimed benefits. It stressed that Oakwood could maintain a separate school system which had been a main bone of contention. They agreed that Mayor Olt should call a meeting at town hall to discuss the issue publicly. The meeting was never called.

Dayton pursued six unincorporated areas and after negotiations annexed them in 1930, Dayton’s attorney, Mason Douglass, urged returning to the Oakwood discussions and again an informal campaign of meetings was scheduled.  Learning of the plan in advance, Rieger had attorney Harry P. Jeffrey, a resident, attend the preliminary get together to find out what was planned. Many participants spoke against the proposal, even threatening to move if consolidation were adopted. Jeffrey reported back to the Council, which discussed the matter and told Rieger not to attend.

At a second meeting, six of ten invited guests attended. Among the supporters of the consolidation were residents Robert Elder (President of Elder & Johnston), Frederick Patterson (President of NCR), and Oscar Reemelin (head of electrical division of DP&L), who all acknowledged that it would be a hard sell. They thought that Oakwood should have a series of small meetings on the subject. The battle lines seemed to develop between the westsiders and the “plateau dwellers” of the east side. Six weeks later a group of 47 predominantly eastsider residents purchased a full page advertisement in “The Oakwood Tidings” opposing the consolidation. Dayton pressed for an official meeting, which was flatly refused. Eichelberger released his written response in the Dayton papers in which he decried the intransigence of Oakwood.

Undaunted, Dayton held two more meetings at which such leaders as Fred Rike urged a petition to force a vote. Nothing happened and in September Council voted to close the door to further discussion. Later that year, Mason Douglas scolded Oakwood on a local radio station. Three months later Oakwood, now boasting a population of 6,467, was chartered as a city, doubtless pushed by the annexation efforts, and the matter was ended. The author of the article concludes with some dated ruminations regarding the east/west divisions, and summarized with, “The stockade held, and the majority of Oakwood gloried in their independence”.

A look at the city map outlining annexations, shows that 22 acres were annexed in the northwest corner of the city, encompassing the old Kramer Winery property, some parcels on West Schantz Avenue, the Beth Abraham Cemetery and Sugar Camp in 1928, just before the rejection of Dayton’s bid.

This was not the end of speculation about Oakwood’s size however, because just days after the formal acceptance by the Secretary of State of the new status as a city, The Dayton Daily News carried a story about a rumor that Oakwood had its eyes on expansion. The new boarders were to be Stroop Road on the South, the Pennsylvania Railroad on the east, and Southern Boulevard on the west, which would include the “fashionable Short Hills”. It was said that the new city was casting a desiring glance on Southern Hills, formerly Carrmonte, which could include Community Golf Course. This would have created a problem for the City of Dayton which owned the courses and also coveted the area.    

The rumor allowed the newspaper to recap the history of Oakwood as largely a history of the development of Oakwood’s water supply.

The Oakwood Power & Light Co. was created with private capital around 1905, and sold to the village in 1919. The water tank formerly on the Wright Brothers property was torn down and the new one built on Ridgeway Road replaced it when the city took over the water supply. The article goes on to recite that “The romance of Oakwood the city reads like a chapter of the history of the gold rush off ‘49…. Per Capita assessed valuation of Dayton property is slightly less than $200, that of Oakwood a little under $400”. Robert T. Houk, Sr. interviewed for the article, recalled the discussions at the meeting where incorporation as a village was decided, that a proposal to dedicate a strip of land one foot wide on the northern border to prevent encroachment by Dayton was considered but not thought necessary. Judge John A. McMahon was called for legal advice, and seemed to favor it, but the city fathers thought that isolation from the then-distant city was not necessary.

In anticipation of the incorporation of Kettering in 1954, Oakwood petitioned the County Commission in 1953 to annex 22.8 acres of Van Buren Township which took in Runnymede Road and Deep Hollow dominated by the Nelson Talbott estate, Janet Gardner and five other properties. Although turned down previously, it was granted in March, before the Kettering vote.

In the years between 1928 and 2006, there were three annexations along the western border. With the acquisition of the Old River playing fields of some 20 acres and the desire to make Sugar Camp adequate for development, Oakwood annexed 3.05 acres along the old canal bed adjacent to the project for street purposes. Oakwood owns but has no plans for annexing the Old River property, and owns but cannot annex the baseball field and the water well property on Irving Avenue, being not contiguous to the city.

Artist and students collaborate for Centennial

2nd graders Alex and Olivia assist Michael Bashaw.

Through a collaborative effort with local artist and musician, Michael Bashaw, eight primary classes celebrated Oakwood’s 100th birthday in a unique and memorable way.

The Muse Machine pairs local artists with schools in an effort to inspire and teach students through the visual and performing arts.

Participating students and teachers worked with Mr. Bashaw during his two-week residency to create a beautiful sculpture in honor of the city’s Centennial.  This piece of art now graces Smith’s library as a permanent addition to the school.  Mr. Bashaw also shared his musical talents with the students, introducing them to rare instruments from around the world.

Culminating this unique collaboration, students and staff were invited to a celebration and official installation of the sculpture.  The ceremony finished with a bang as students improvised with Mr. Bashaw using homemade instruments made especially for the celebration.

March Property Sales
(zip codes 09,19, 29)


3104 – 3100 WALTHAM AVE.  $150,000 – Alois Seidl III to Desig LLC

1028 GREENRIDGE DR.  $120,000 – John A. Lowe to Nicholas W. Withers

647 MONTERAY AVE -  $125,000 – William Forrest Hill Jr. to Mary Ann Tuuri

1204 LARRIWOOD AVE - $175,000 – Colleen Johnson to Maryann Lippncott

1537 CRESCENT BLVD. – $115,900 – Jeffrey C. Jones to Darius Babcock

1465 ELMDALE –  $50,000 - Robert W. Brock to Fannie Mae

2915 OAKLAND AVE. – $70,000 - Bryon Smith to US Bank Natl. Assn.

2953 BERKLEY ST. – $68,000 - Keith B. Jennings to KatherIne E. King

1289 CENTRAL PARK AVE. $83,900 –  Household Realty Corp to Jason Porter

1264 CENTRAL PARK AVE.  – $96,000 Steven R. Stoehr to US Bank Natl. Assn.

3033 HILLSIDE AVE. –  $115,000 - LaSalle Bank Natl. Assn. to
Michelle L. Pixley  

3073 HILLSIDE AVE. - $110,000 – Richard W. Foster to Leo J. Kosik

410-412 DOROTHY LANE - $195,000 – Timothy Eric Weiss to Brenda Palmer

700 W. STROOP RD. - $$71,500 – David C. Lambertson o Joseph M. Collins

1431 FLESHER AVE - $72,000 – Jeremy B. Howell to Timothy P. Heindl

265 WINDING WAY - $164,000 – Robert L. Davidson III to Christopher A. Marsh

257 BALMORAL DR. $148,000 –  National City Bank to Jo Anne Wells

9 MARCHESTER DR. - $142,900 – Paula A. Buerschen to Ashlee D. Bliss

750 BROAD BLVD. - $$103,500 – Lynne M. Williams to Douglas W. Murphy

2640 ACORN DR. - $115,500 – Norman D. Rich to Amber N. Deadrick

1043 MENDOTA COURT - $50,000 – Dana J. Thompson to LaSalle Bank NA

1501 CARDINGTON RD. - $120,000 – Jeffrey S. Downs to Jill P. Hanning

2448 BARRYKNOLL ST. - $83,000 – April S. Smith to Connie K. Dean

3915 WOODMAN DR. - $730,000 – Greystone Medical Center to
Kettering Adventist

508-514 HOLLDENDALE DR. - $!65,000 – Henry J. Harning, Tr. to
William H. Brandewie

265 NAPOLEON DR. - $175,000 – Kerry Crotty to Daniel W. Crotty, Tr

4240 SCHRUBB DR. - $152,000 – Lee C Buch to Mark D. Erickson

110- KENOSHA RD. - $109,650 – Shawn R. Allen to GMAC Mortgage LLC

1030 GARDNER RD. - $117,000 – John R. Bishop to William H. Veelman

1537 FORRER BLVD. - $90,000 – Federal Natl. Mortgage Assn. to
Charles E. Douglas

315 REGENT ST. - $215,000 – Gregory T. Engler to John C. Cunningham

941 GARDNER RD. - $145,000 – Rita M. Janning to Thomas D. Gorman, Jr.

3898 WATERBURY DR. - $60,000 – Willialm Millsaps, Jr. to Morequity Inc.

3500 S. DIXIE HWY - $62,000 – Robert B. & Karen Sue Davis to
Daniel G. Bettinger

4256 LAMONT DR. - $119,900 – Stephen E. Myles to James E. Graham

1601 KANTNER DR. - $109,900 – Amy M. Martin to David K. Brewer

2401 BROADMOOR DR. - $84,900 – Aaron Blakely to Tanya R. Gasperetti

2125-2133 STOCKER DR. - $141,000 – Ellene H. Prizler, Tr. to
Melissa L. Millsap

1308 BERWIN AVE. - $98,900 – Thomas Bone to Sarah K. Adamson

ROCKHILL AVE. $209,155 – Nick A. Peth Bldrs., LLC to Daniel B. Zelik

2248 WHITLOCK PL. - $122,900 – Rita a. Shook to Bethany Staten

1825 DAVID R. $ 143,000 – Deborah Drake to Timothy Drake

4272 WEHNER RD. $ 131,900 – Michele M. Miller to Jack W Omer

2424 SUFFOLK COURT - $125,000 – Craig A. Arnett to Tracy L. Speck

4512 REAN MEADOW DR. -  $163,000 – James Cocciolone to Albert Shock

4610 WING VIEW LN - $187,000 – Alexander J. Moore to Robert Sano

4494 LOTZ RD. - $236,500 – Timothy C. Tuuri to Robert L. Davidson III

2028 HAMLET DR. - $182,000 – Kevin W. Weaver to Michael K. Strunk

4359 SUNNYDALE PL. - $$148,500 – Bay-Hill Properties LLC to
Thomas L. Connair

2033 STROOP RD. - $730,000 – Greystone Medical Center to
Kettering Adventist

1563 DOROTHY LN - $360,000 – Samad Properties LTD to
R&R Real Estate Holdings

3401 SUNNY CREST LN - $450,000 – Fred E. Balser, Jr. to Sky Bank

569 COTTINGWOOD CT. - $242,000 – Charles R. Hines to Susan L. McClure

3225 SOUTHDALE DR. – David B. Stroop to Rowland Perkins


525 FAR HILLS AVE. - $110,000 – Sally A. Crawford to Homesales, Inc.

323 SCHENCK AVE. - $240,000 – Richard E. Pryor II to Lynn A Panaro

157 LOOKOUT DR. - $445,000 – William Bohoney to Jason T. Yoon

700 SCHANTZ AVE. - $334,000 – Charlton Tyler Messick to Jason E. Sell

332 IRVING AVE. - $135,000 – Thomas J. Jordan to
Whalen Investment Partnership

209 TRIANGLE AVE. - $157,000 – Conrad E. L’Heureux to David M. Brethen

98 E. PEACH ORCHARD AVE. - $132,000 – John J. Moran to
Fifth Third Mortgage

238 WONDERLY AVE. - $191,500 – Robert A McGahee to Amy O’Connor

1805 SHROYER RD. - $134,500 – Paul A. Glaser to Melissa Theis

243-249 CORONA AVE. - $174,000 – George R. Wolff to Robert J. Carlson

226 CORONA - $185,000 – Mathew D. Austin to Michael E. Vanderburgh

100 MONTERAY AVE. - $180,500 – Lindell E. Pearson III to Daniel J. Michalec

1306 E. SCHANTZ AVE. - $295,000 – Stephen L. Dunng to Millard C. Chase

9 GREENMOUNT BLVD. - $157,900 – Linda K. Henry to Daniel J. O’Connor

FAR HILLS AVE. – $400,000 – NCR Corporation to
Oakwood Investment Group, LLC

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