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from the desk of...Norbert S. Klopsch


Centennial Film Committee seeks memorabilia

The city of Oakwood’s Centennial Film Committee is  finishing up work on the film, Oakwood: Our Home on the Hill.  The committee is still looking for a few key images.  We are hoping citizens might  have photographs or home videos that would fill some of our gaps.

Below is a list of Oakwood memorabilia we are hoping to find:

• Early images of Harman  School known as Oakwood School until 1924. Images of the exterior/interior of the building, images of kids attending this school when it housed grades K-8.
• Images of the Playhouse. Attending kindergarten there or one of the several community events.
• Depression Foreclosure papers for Oakwood homes.
• Images of attending dances/events at East Oakwood Club or YMCA, now OCC.
• Images of Oakwood men/women in WWII uniform or children dressing up and playing WWII games.
• Ration Cards
• Film footage or images of early Oakwood football or field hockey.
• Early images of the football stadium.
• 1920s-1950s film footage of school in Oakwood, playground, graduation, sporting events, etc.
• Images outside the Far Hills Theater and/or Cinema South
• Images/video of Playhouse demolition.
• Images of Far Hills Business District prior to realignment

We would appreciate your help. Please call Harrison Gowdy at 643-4075 or email at

Centennial Short Story Contest taking entries

Are you the writer who can best capture the spirit of Oakwood in a short story? Wright Memorial Public Library and The Oakwood Register are sponsoring a short story-writing contest in recognition of Oakwood’s Centennial. Stories must be set in Oakwood, but may take place at any time rom the founding of Oakwood to the present. Two $100 prizes will be awarded: first place in the teen division (ages 12 to17) and first place in the adult division (ages 18 and up). Both winning stories will be published in The Oakwood Register during the Centennial celebration.

Contest Guidelines:

  • Students aged 12 to 17 may enter the teen division.
  • Writers aged 18 and over may enter the adult division.
  • Stories must be set in Oakwood.
  • Fiction only, no memoirs or essays.
  • Stories must not exceed 1,300 words.
  • Entries must be typed and include the author’s name, address, phone number, and email address
    on title page.
  • Please specify “teen” or “adult” on title page.  If entering the teen division, also include your age.
  • Writers are limited to entering one story.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2008.

Entries may be mailed to:

Centennial Writing Contest, Wright Memorial Public Library, 1776 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, OH 45419, or may be emailed to

Oakwood Film Festival

The Oakwood Jr./Sr. High School Film Club will be sponsoring the sixth annual Oakwood Film Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the high school auditorium during the That Day in May festivities.

Film age groups are: K- second grade, third – fifth grade, sixth – eighth grade, ninth – twelfth grade and community members.

If you would like to help sponsor the film festival, contact Debbie Smith at 937-297-5325 or email at

A Centennial walk through Hawthorn Hill July 12-14

The Wright family home, Hawthorn Hill, will be open, free of charge, for tours to all Oakwood residents on July 12, 13 and 14. This is an incredible opportunity and something you will not want to miss.

The tours will be held:

July 11 and 12 - 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm

July 13 - 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm

Deadline to sign up is June 1, 2008. Please call 298-0600 for reservations. All tours are limited to 15 people.
No one under age 5, please. Your photo I.D. will be your ticket. Walking is encouraged, parking available at the Oakwood Municipal Building.

This event has been made possible by the generosity of the NCR Corporation.

See Norbert S. Klopsch's article "Get ready for Centennial" with
centennial dates and highlights on the editorial page...


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