Nearly 175 years after his death, Allen Cullum is remembered by the weeping willow and three chains representing “Friendship,” “Love” and “Truth” carved into his head stone.
On July 11, 1843, Cullum became the first person buried at Woodland Cemetery, according to information provided by Angie Hoschouer, marketing director for the graveyard located at 118 Woodland Avenue in Dayton.
Founded in 1841, Woodland will mark the 175th Anniversary of its first first burial at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.
The event is open to the public. Those interested should RSVP by contact Angie Hoschouer at 937-228-3221 ext. 111 or email@example.com.
Here are three things to know about Cullum.
He was an literally an Odd Fellow
According to the staff at Woodland, the three chains on Cullum’s headstone were marks of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an international fraternity that traces its roots back to the 17th century in England.
During the ceremony Wednesday, Woodland and the IOOF will honor Cullum with a tribute featuring the IOOF Honor Guard from the Grand Lodge of Ohio, IOOF.
The Odd Fellows started when small groups of the working class people banded together in England and used some of their wages to create a common fund that was for people to turn to in times of sickness, loss of work or death — not only for themselves but to help total strangers, Hoschouer says.
At that time, such behavior was considered odd and thus those who were helpful became known as “Odd Fellows,” Hoschouer said.
The IOOF formed in America in 1819 when Thomas Wildey, a British Odd Fellow, ran an ad in a local paper calling for other Odd Fellows to meet him in Baltimore, Maryland.
Eight years after Cullum’s death, the IOOF became the first national fraternity to include both men and women when it adopted the Rebekah Degree in 1851.
It was the first fraternal organization to establish homes for senior members and for orphaned children.
IOOF lodges purchased cemetery plots for their members in the 19th century and early 20th century. In some cases, lodges established entire cemeteries.
He died young.
The Butler County native died at 38. That was not as young as it seemed by modern standards. The life expectancy between 1800 and 1850, the years leading up to the Civil War, was 37, according to the online obituary site Legacy.com.
His passing was mourned.
The weeping willow on Cullum’s maker was a common symbol of mourning or grief.
The president of Ohio’s Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes says he and his colleagues have developed “layers of security” for their summer event.
“Safety is our highest priority,” Paul Barhorst, president of Country Concert, said in a text to this news outlet. “We want fans to make friends and awesome memories in a safe, fun environment.”
Barhorst sent his message in the wake of a mass shooting last night at an unaffiliated country concert in Las Vegas. More than 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured in that event.
“We have developed multiple layers of security at our event over the past 37 years,” Barhorst added. “Shelby County Sheriff, John Lenhart, has been involved as our sheriff, advisor or head of our security for each event. He brings with him experience as former superintendent of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and second-in-command at the Ohio attorney general’s office.
“He’s (Lenhart) has presided over Ohio’s crime labs, chaired Ohio’s organized crime unit and peace officers training offices,” he also said. “We continue to monitor, learn and improve our safety techniques every year and use the best safety options possible.”
Added Barhorst: “Our thoughts, prayers, love and support are with the victims, everyone in attendance, first-responders, performers and everyone involved with the event in Las Vegas.”
“We’ll look forward to hosting another fun, peaceful and safe event in July of 2018.”
Barhorst declined to comment beyond his written statement.
The Country Concert happens every summer in Fort Laramie, about 55 miles northwest of Dayton, near Sidney.
A former Mass. state worker out on disability for 20 years also often enters bodybuilding competitions. FOX Undercover introduced you to the bodybuilder back in May and after our report, the state pushed for answers.
"I'm in good shape, yeah," 45-year-old Mark Lovell said. "I can still try to stay in shape and do what I can do but I have my limitations, absolutely, 100 percent."
Scroll down to watch the video report.
The state decided to send the former correction officer turned bodybuilder to a state doctor to see if he should go back to work given that he had been collecting since he left his job on disability when he was 26 years old after being injured on the job three times. He's collected a tax free disability pension ever since, which paid him $33,000 last year.
In May, he insisted his injuries are legitimate and that you "don't have to lift a lot of weight to be in shape." He went on to say it was "genetics and diet" that got his body into shape.
But Dr. David Kim, an orthopedic spine surgeon at New England Baptist Hospital, who performs spinal fusions was skeptical when we showed him the videos.
So Lovell underwent an independent medical evaluation in which a doctor determined that he was unable to go back to work as a corrections officer; state law says that in order to force someone on disability back to work, that person must return to the same position or one that is similar.
Since 1997, Massachusetts has forced only 117 of the more than 15,000 state and local public employees on disability in the Commonwealth back to work.
After the independent medical evaluation went in Lovell's favor, he said he's never tried to hide anything and has done everything the state asked him to. He's now scheduled for more spinal surgery.
>> Mobile users can watch the video here.
Whether you’re from Dayton or not, we all know that the Wright Brothers are this city’s big claim to fame. But not even Orville and Wilbur could have imagined the many feats of greatness spurred by their invention.
In honor of the Dayton Vectren Air Show, we talked to Tim Gaffney, Director of Communications for The National Aviation Heritage Area, about some of the lesser-known facts in Dayton’s Aviation history. Here’s what we discovered.
1.) Dayton is home to the first aircraft factory.The Wright Company factory, founded in 1909, was the first factory established for the purpose of building airplanes. The first factory building was completed in 1910 and a second was added in 1911. Together these buildings make up the oldest, still-standing aircraft factory in the United States.
2.) The first use of an airplane to deliver cargo was from Dayton to Columbus.The Wright Brothers hired Philip Parmelee to fly a Wright-B Flyer from Huffman Prairie to Rickenbacker Field outside of Columbus on November 7, 1910. The mission of the flight? To deliver 200 pounds of silk to a Columbus department store. Parmelee, who completed the first cargo flight alone, bundled up like a mummy to protect himself in near-zero degree temperatures.
3.) We are pioneers of the parachute.The first successful Army test jump with a free-fall parachute was completed at McCook Field on April 28, 1919. Floyd Smith and Guy Ball, who were both civilian employees at McCook field, designed the parachute used in the jump. The parachute on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force remains one of the oldest relics in the museum’s collection. Just a few years later, the parachute design proved effective again when it was needed to save a life.
The first emergency parachute landing took place at McCook Field on October 20, 1922, when Lieutenant Harold R. Harris needed to jump from his Loeing PW-2A plane. The control stick malfunctioned, forcing his plane into a nosedive, and Harris jumped from 2,500 feet. He deployed his parachute at approximately 500 feet, after free-falling nearly 2,000 feet. While the pilot survived and landed safely in a grape arbor, the plane was completely destroyed.
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4.) Dayton helped develop early spy equipment, or "the first sky spy." In the 1920s, McCook Field pilot George Goddard realized the potential in using airplanes to take photographs. Goddard created the first aerial mapping units, directed photo coverage of the 1921 warship bombings, and made mosaic maps of many cities. This was all before he made the first night aerial photographs while he worked at McCook Field in 1925. Though this technology was in its infancy during World War I, after moving to Wright Field in 1927, Goddard created specialized cameras that played a large part in aerial reconnaissance in World War II. His developments eventually led to the creation of U-2 and SR-71 spy planes, used in the Cold War, and ultimately spy satellites.
5.) WPAFB has a reason to be top secret. You might be aware of the fact that The National Air and Space Intelligence Center is a division of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but did you know that the center traces its origins to McCook field? The NASIC gathers information about other countries’ aerospace technology to assess threat risk, but also to guide future weapon development. According to WPAFB, the products and services developed in this division “play a key role in ensuring that the United States forces avoid technological surprise and can counter existing and evolving foreign air and space threats.” Of course, the specifics of what they do there are top secret.
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6.) The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has a buried treasure.Back in 2003, United States Forces recovered a Russian interceptor, the MiG-25 Foxbat, from an Iraqi Desert. A team of intelligence specialists from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center dug it up from the sand and brought it back to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for analysis.
The Foxbat was one of several combat aircrafts found in the desert, but this model is particularly notable because it was the only fighter to down a U.S. aircraft since the Vietnam War. The MiG-25 Foxbat resides in the restoration hangar of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, here in Dayton, and can only be seen on a “behind the scenes” tour.
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