The Miami Valley Garden Railway Society

Dayton, Ohio

The History of the Miami Valley Garden Railway Society


By: Karen Engel

Beginning of Miami Valley Garden Railway Society

Jan 1992 Organizational meeting at Cox Arboretum
Bob Roe
Lance Crooks
Bryant Fannin

Feb 1992 Club name was Miami Valley”G” Scale Association the bi-monthly newsletter
was called Steam in the Valley. First meeting had 20 people in attendance. Paul Busse presented a talk about his company Applied Imagination

Bryant Fannin - President
Bill Hull - Treasurer
Phil Herbert - 1st newsletter editor
Bob & Jackie Clark, Lance Crooks, Rich Roe also in attendance

March 1992 Display at Lawn and Garden Show at Dayton Mall with “Grandma’s Gardens” Doug Rhinehart (the owner) was 1st business member of the club.
Participated Cox Arboretum Festival on May 8-10.
Club logo and club car discussed
Bob and Diane Van Hook joined club

June 1992 Retirement of newsletter editor due to health problems – Bob Van Hook took over as editor.
Plans for “G” gauge clinic at Weygerzyn Horticultural Center on June 27, 1992
New members Jack and Sharon Wilson

Oct 1992 Plans for a 32’x32’ layout for annual NMRA show at Hara Arena
Shirts available with club logo at this meeting
Set up display at Clifton Mill
Bob Yingst of McCray signs made the large sign that we did display on the crossbucks. the current sign was made by Leonard Williams in 2006.
First club party at “Trains Restaurant” in Troy (later destroyed by fire) evolved into the current annual banquet and established the tradition of the trains circling the tables

Jan 1993 First election of officers
Bryant Fannin – President
Bill Hull – Treasurer
Sharon Wilson – Secretary
Frank Klatt
24 families and 2 businesses were on the roster

April 1993 29 family, 2 business and 1 honorary memberships
Bill Hull resigned as Treasurer and Jack Wilson was appointed to fill the remainder of his term.

Oct 1993 Voted to change the name to Miami Valley Garden Railway Society

Jan 1994 Officers elected
President – Frank Klatt
Vice President – Rich Roe
Treasurer – Jack Wilson
Secretary – Sharon Wilson
Newsletter editor – Bob Hawley
Equipment – Denny LaMusga
Membership _ Bob Mengelkoch
Hospitality – Wil Davis
Winter meetings will be held at Fanjoy’s Signs and Hobbies in Fairborn.

Feb 1994 Renamed the newsletter “Tracks”
Recognition to Bryant Fannin for the first years of growth and being President.

April 1994 New members Leonard and Jennifer Williams

May 1994 Participated in first American Model & Steam Festival at Carillon Park

July 1994 Bob Hawley retired as editor of newsletter and Wil and Jeanne Davis took over.

Sep. 1994 New members Marty and Bud Ragan

March 1995 Board of MVGRS
President - Frank Klatt
VP - Denny LaMusga
Secretary – Ginny Grody
Treasurer – Jack Wilson
Hospitality – Frank Klatt
Editors – Wil and Jeanne Davis

Dec 1995 First Christmas Party at Barnhart’s

Jan 1996 MVGRS Board
President – Frank Klatt
VP – Denny LaMusga
Secretary – Ginny Grody
Treasurer – Jack Wilson
Hospitality – Pat Hagerty
Editors – Wil and Jeanne Davis
New members Richard and Bonnie Gulling

March 1996 MVGRS Board
President – Frank Klatt
VP – Denny LaMusga
Treasurer – Jack Wilson
Programs – Sharon Wilson
Membership – Joe DeWitt
Editors – Wil and Jeanne Davis

Dec 1996 New members Art and Betty Gebele
Contributed toys to MR/DD kids for first time

Jan 1997 MVGRS Board
President – Sharon Wilson
VP – Jack Wilson
Treasurer – Bud Ragan
Secretary – Marty Ragan
Operations – Denny LaMusga
Marketing – Frank Klatt
Membership – Joe DeWitt
Programs - John Bernard
Editors – Wil and Jeanne Davis

Feb 1997 Annual Banquet at Neil’s Heritage House

April 1997 Board added Bill and Mary Hull as Historians

Jun 1997 New members Gordon and Judy Havens

Sep 1997 Annual picnic at Wahlbroehl’s
Set up and run G gauge layout in Kettering Tower lobby during the holidays for the first time.

Nov 1997 NMRA layout will be 40’ x 50’ this year

Dec 1997 Christmas Party at Barnhart’s
John Bernard broke bones in foot after falling off a table while setting up for Sugarplum

Jan 1998 MVGRS Board
President – Sharon Wilson
VP – Jack Wilson
Secretary – Marty Ragan
Treasurer – Bud Ragan
Marketing – Frank Klatt
Programs – John Bernard
Membership – Joe DeWitt
Operations – Denny LaMusga
Equipment – Gary Sines
Editors – Wil and Jeanne Davis
Historians – Bill and Mary Hull

Feb 1998 Board change Christine Fannin as Historian
Thanks to Peter Wine as Chair of Rail & Steam Festival
Thanks to Bonnie Gulling and Judy LaMusga as co-chairs of Sugarplum
Annual Banquet at Neil’s Heritage House.
New members Rodney and Donna Meek

August 1998 Annual LGB Model Railroad Club convention Aug. 16, 17 & 18
14 MVGRS members will have Open House
Betty and Art Gebele
Marty and Bud Ragan
Mary and Bill Hull
Sharon and Jack Wilson
Gordon Walbroehl
Pat Hagerty and Frank Klatt
Judy and Denny LaMusga
Roberta and Bob Mengelkoch
Liz and Mike Barnhart
Jeanne and Wil Davis
Mary and Kirk Perkins
Betty Betscher and Gene Rahrig
Sue and Don Wright
John Bernard

Sep 1998 Annual picnic at Chuck and Pat Merrow’s

Oct 1998 Purchased new trailer for equipment
Workshop to make ornaments for Sugarplum tree lead by Bonnie Gulling

Nov 1998 Made Train Engineer caps out of striped fabric to decorate tree for display at Sugarplum
NMRA chairman was Lance Crooks. Ravenswood Gardens of St. Paris, OH owned by Bob and Jeni Filbrun furnished the plants
Thanks for trailer project
Gary Sines
Frank Klatt
Denny LaMusga
John Bernard
Mike Barnhart
Raffle train for Sugarplum was the 30th Anniversary Set donated by LGB of America
Workshop to build “blue foam” buildings at Sue Wright’s for houses for Kid’s layout

Dec 1998 Christmas Party at Barnhart’s
Received check from Virginia Kettering for $1000.


Jan 1999 MVGRS Board
President – Jack Wilson
VP - Bonnie Gulling
Treasurer – Bud Ragan
Secretary – Marty Ragan
Marketing – Frank Klatt
Membership – Joe DeWitt
Equipment – Gary Sines
Operations – Denny LaMusga
Programs – John Bernard
Historians – Gordon and Judy Havens
Editors - Wil and Jeanne Davis

 

March 1999 Thanks to Sue and Don Wright for letting us copy “Tracks” in color on their new Color Copier for their business Trade Winds Imports
Decker Doggett, long time member and webmaster for MVGRS died suddenly of a heart attack.

July 1999 “Big Blue” portable layout designed & built between Dec 1998 and March 1999 in time
For Train show at Hara Arena
Frank Klatt
Gordon Havens
Sue Wright
Denny LaMusga
Jack Wilson
Mike and Liz Barnhart
Wil and Jeanne Davis
Gene Rahrig
New members Richard and Robbie Hughes

Aug 1999 MVGRS Annual Picnic at Ron & Barb Underwood’s
GATS Sue Wright chairman
Stutzman’s Nursery provided plants
Raffle train won by Hugh Williams
Gordon Havens is taking responsibility for portable track layout, he will set up and tear
down and supervise

Open Houses
Buckeye Falls RR
Wil and Jeanne Davis
Little Gorge and Beavercreek RR
Frank Klatt & Pat Hagerty
Dayton & Southwestern/Walbroehl Bahn
Gordon & Darlene Walbroehl
Sep 1999 Open houses
Upright and Grand RR
Mike and Liz Barnhart
Art and Betty RR
Art and Betty Gebele
CP&L Froggy Bottom RR
Chuck and Pat Merrow
Grand Eight RR
Ed & Marion Sensebaugh

Dec 1999 Christmas Party at Barnhart’s “Music Palace”
Contributed toys to MR/DD kids
Tom Elliot won raffle train at “Hollyfest” at Northridge H.S.

Jan 2000 MVGRS Board
President – Jack Wilson
VP – Bonnie Gulling
Secretary – Judy Havens
Treasurer – Bud Ragan
Marketing – Frank Klatt
Programs – John Bernard
Membership – Sharon Wilson
Operations – Denny LaMusga
Equipment – Gary Sines
Historians – Gordon and Judy Havens
Editors – Wil and Jeanne Davis
Webmaster – Peter Wine

Feb 2000 Annual Banquet at Presidential Banquet Center 53 members attended
Jeanne Palermo, Director of Museum services at Carillon Park was speaker
Mounted Kids Layout for Hara Arena show on plywood

March 2000 New MVGRS website, Webmaster Peter Wine

April 2000 Springfield Train Show, Clark Co. Fairgrounds
Portable Layout introduced to Club

May 2000 Stutzman’s Nursery is stocking plants to work with small scale layouts
Became member of Wegerzyn Horticultural Center
Gave a talk to the Beavercreek Rotary Club about trains and their various gauges

June 2000 Helped celebrate 50th anniversary of Carillon Park.

July 2000 GATS at Hara Arena - Groby’s Garden Center helped
Club member Dick Gulling died of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Aug 2000 Annual Picnic at Dale Smith’s in Ginghamsburg
Richmond, IN Railroad Days Aug 26-27
Chip Winter died from Leukemia

Open Houses
Mengelkoch
Marcischak
Walbroehl
LaMusga
Wilson,
Klatt & Hagerty

Oct 2000 Agawa Canyon, Lionel Trains and CARAIL Tour

Nov 2000 NMRA Show at Hara Arena – Christmas theme – Reynolds won the train set

Dec 2000 Christmas Party at Barnhart’s – gifts for MRDD kids
Portable layout at Christ UMC in Kettering for 5 Sundays
Meadow View Growers had a display for Christmas and may put in a permanent one
New members - Malcolm, Vicki and Dianna Reynolds
Leroy and Helen Swihart
Rick Jones


Jan 2001 10 year Anniversary of MVGRS
MVGRS Board
President – Jack Wilson
VP – Bonnie Gulling
Secretary – Judy Havens
Treasurer – Bud Ragan
Marketing – Frank Klatt
Programs – John Bernard
Membership – Sharon Wilson
Operations – Gordon Havens
Equipment – Gary Sines
Historian –Judy Havens
Editors – Wil and Jeanne Davis
Webmaster – Peter Wine
Portable display will be at the Farmers Market on Saturdays
Expanded the Kettering Tower lobby display

Mar 2001 Annual Banquet at the Presidential Banquet Center
Home Show at the Convention Center for Groby’s
Swap meet with Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society members
New members – Davis Electronics

April 2001 Springfield Train Show
East Coast Large Scale Train Show, York, PA
Position changes – Gary Sines – Deputy to Director of Operations
Denny LaMusga - Equipment Manager

May 2001 Carillon Park Rail & Steam Festival

June 2001 International G-Day
Display at Green Vista Water Lily Festival
New members – Stutzman’s Nursery
Dave and Carol Dalton
Alice Leach

July 2001 LGB Convention Atlanta, GA
Portable display at Friendship Village
New Club vests available

Aug 2001 GATS at Hara – Bill Pershing won the train set

Sep 2001 Columbus Garden RR Open Houses – 22 members displayed
10th Anniversary/ Picnic
Open Houses
Bernard
Davis
Fannin,
Gebele
LaMusga
Merrow
Schrum/Smith
Stutzman’s Nursery
Walboehl
Wilson
Wine

Oct 2001 Hocking Valley Scenic Train ride 35 members attended

Nov 2001 NMRA at Hara
Dec 2001 Christmas Party – Barnhart’s bring a gift for MRDD kid
MVGRS jackets now available

Jan 2002 Dayton Home Show for Groby’s
Board Members
President - Jack Wilson
VP – Bonnie Gulling
Secy. – Judy Havens
Treas. – Bud Ragan
Marketing – Frank Klatt
Programs – John Bernard
Membership – Sharon Wilson
Operations – Gordon Havens
Equipment – Denny LaMusga
Historian – Edy Wine
Webmaster Peter Wine
Editors - Wil & Jeanne Davis

Feb 2002 GATS at Airport Expo Center

Mar 2002 Annual Banquet
New Members – Jim & Karen Engel
Alan & Penny Tapp

April 2002 East Coast Large Scale Train Show – 5th annual, York, PA

May 2002 New Members – Lynn Beane and Chris & Leslie Schultz
Lunch with the Trains at Stutzman’s Nursery
Plant exchange among members

5th annual G-Day
“Spring Fling” at Stutzman’s

Jul 2002 Road Trip - Washington, PA Trolley Museum, Western Maryland Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Potomac Eagle Lunch Train, Durbin Rocket Steam Fireworks Train,
Tygart Flyer Deluxe Buffet Train – 29 members attended

LGB Club Convention at Disney World
Pond Expo at Polen Farm
Puppet show at Wegerzyn with us having a train display

Aug 2002 GATS at Airport Expo Center – Corey Flesher won the train set
Annual Picnic - Rocket program by Frank Klatt
Dual distribution of the “Tracks”, finally, electronic only after August
Richmond, IN Railroad Days

Patty Smith died at Hospice

Oct 2002 Carillon Park “Fun in the Fall”- Caleb Courter won the train set

Nov 2002 NMRA Show at Hara – Lloyd Wright won the train set
New Members – Bob and Dolores Premus, Bobby Premus and Kim deLong

Dec 2002 Annual Christmas at Barnhart’s - MRDD gifts for kids
Webster Street Market Train display
Christmas display at Groby’s


More To Follow..............

 


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