Historical Miamisburg - the Star City
Historical Miamisburg - the Star City

The Curator's Corner

Sharing the stories from our collections

Workers at the Enterprise Buggy Company on Pearl Street

Here’s a photo out of one of our collections—the men from the smithshop at the Enterprise Buggy Company. We know that the man in the back row, third from the left, is John Stockler. The man in the back row, fifth from the left, is Elmer Stockler. Fourth from the left in the front row is David Petticrew. Do you recognize any of the other men in the picture? 

Civil War letters

In the Research Room at the History Center, we have several collections of real Civil War letters written by soldiers to family members back home.


The largest collection is the correspondence between Charles and Elizabeth Allen. In 1861, Mr. Allen enlisted in the 131st Ohio volunteer infantry, and was chosen a major; but the regiment merged with another and had to “draw cuts” to ascertain whether he or the major of the other regiment would retain that rank.  The other officer prevailed, and Mr. Allen went to the front, where he served bravely until the close of the war. Part of the time he spent as a sutler— a person who followed an army and sold provisions to the soldiers—until honorably discharged.


Charles and Elizabeth wrote each other often while Charles was serving in the Army. After the conflict ended, the Allens were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and raised three children.

1850 Rumsey hand pumper

This 1850 Rumsey hand pumper was originally located in New Knoxville, Ohio. Four Miamisburg firemen--Bill Exline, Ray Stomps, Leo Fortney, and Herman Miller--purchased it in 1948. The pumper required several men on each side to operate the handles. In the days before fire hydrants, firemen pumped water out of cysterns along the streets through the rubber hose atop the machine.


Today, the pumper--a gift from the Miamisburg Retired Firefighters Association--is in very good condition, looks beautiful, and still works. It has been fully restored and is on display in the History Center. 

In the photo left to right, front row: Randy Staley, retired fireman; Nita Petticrew, HRRC; Dan Stine, retired fireman; Mike Sennet, retired fireman. Back row: Jim Horner, retired fireman; Denny Lutz, retired fireman, Richard Hipple, HRRC.

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Miamisburg Historical Society
35 South Fifth Street
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342


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