17
Oct
by: Erin Caldwell
stored in: General

I remember when Jamieson Memorial Garden at the corner of Fourth and Ringgold Streets was first created. I was just a kid, and didn’t really know any of the details about who Jamieson was or why the garden was installed, all I knew was that this garden was our Monday morning donut picnic place.

Mondays were my Dad’s day off. As a special treat and to get in a little exercise, we would walk from our house on Linden to Thacker’s Donuts on Third and Ringgold. We’d all four kids choose a donut, and walk with our breakfast treasures to Jamieson Garden to eat them. I remember hopping from rock to rock in the cool morning munching my treat and being happy to spend time with my Dad and siblings.

Years have gone by since those donut mornings but I still remember them with fondness. On September 24th the neighborhood had a work day in the garden to do some weeding, cleaning and general maintenance of the landscaping there. The garden has been faithfully maintained by neighbors Paula Carrol-Worman and Shirley Watson and others, but this time it needed a bigger group to do some grooming and it looks great.

My two young boys (2 and 4 years old) were champs at pulling weeds, sawing some small branches, and finding walnut shells while other neighbors edged, removed a few leaning trees, weeded and did general clean-up. One generous neighbor even bought cheeseburgers and fries from The Spot on Fifth Street for the hardworking team.

The garden has changed over time: the trees have gotten bigger shading many of the flowering plants out and pushing up the bricks on the walkway with their roots, many of the big rocks were covered over with dirt from lots of rain and wind, a few bushes and trees have grown taller and wilder, but the memories I have of the garden from childhood will remain.
Thank you to all the neighbors who helped out at Jamieson on the 24th and a big thank you to Shirley Watson and Paula Carrol-Worman for their continued efforts over the years to maintain this little unique place in our neighborhood.

15
Oct
by: Danielle Dumont
stored in: General

The crunchy leaves and autumn colors have arrived in Huffman. Here are a couple colorful images to celebrate the end of summer:

Community garden and mural on E. Fifth St.

Mural painted next to the community garden, E. Fifth St, Dayton

And just a few steps down the road, The Spot Diner. I hear their French fries are good!

Mural painted on the side of The Spot Diner, E. Fifth St, Dayton

18
Sep
by: Erin Caldwell
stored in: Events, General, News

Please come help clean up the Jamieson Memorial Garden Saturday, September 24th beginning at 10 a.m. The Garden is located at the corners of Ringgold and Fourth Sts.

Please also bring your own garden tools, gloves, and trash bags.

If you have any perennials that you would like to donate (either thinned from your own or new), they would be greatly appreciated.

With questions, call Rosie Miller @937-546-2569. Hope to see you there!

14
Sep
by: Danielle Dumont
stored in: General

While attending the recent neighborhood association meeting, I was struck by an interesting quality shared by several of my neighbors. While introducing ourselves to a new neighbor, I heard how many families had multiple generations living in the neighborhood: grandparents, parents, and grandchildren, all residing in Huffman. It reminded me that when this neighborhood was built in the 1880s, family also played a large part.

William P. Huffman and some of his 10 children lived here. When I moved here 14 years ago, a 90-year-old neighbor was still living in the big brick house her father built for his family at the turn of the century. Two brothers built the house down the street from me. Another neighbor on my block visited his grandmother in Huffman growing up and has returned to live here with his family.

My neighbors at the meeting included three sets of grandparents. One couple moved here about 15 years ago, working on a second marriage. A daughter met the man next door and fell in love. They married, began a family, and live next to the parents. Another neighbor moved here about 8 years ago with her adult daughter and grandson, who attends the local school. Another couple moved here 21 years ago and raised all their children in Huffman. Their grown children have recently purchased other homes in the neighborhood, and have brought forth a few grandkids to boot! This same couple is now making arrangements to have their senior-citizen parents move here from another city — a fourth generation!

I heard how pleased my neighbors are to have their families nearby. Our slogan “Welcome Home to Huffman” takes on a deeper meaning when it encompasses so many tightly knit generations.