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Townships are statutory local governments exercising only those powers specifically delegated to them by the Ohio General Assembly or reasonably inferred by the Ohio Revised Code. Townships have been granted specific kinds of authority: some are required, some are permitted and others are prohibited. Townships operate under the basic form of township government; but vary drastically in size, population, budget and services provided. One thing that is a constant is that three trustees and a fiscal officer, each elected, administer Ohio’s townships. Elected officials fill their roles on a part-time basis. Their intimate knowledge of their community, its needs and its citizens enables them to offer more personal service than any other unit of government.

The following was adapted from the Ohio Townships website.

This is the Milford Twp. maintenance building located at the intersection of St. Rts. 127 and 73, near Collinsville, Ohio.

Three elected Milford township trustees oversee the maintenance and/or provision of firefighting and EMS services, township roads, cemeteries, parks, and the township community center - which is located at 5113 Huston Road, in Collinsville, Ohio. See more at the Milford Township website.

ABOVE: The Milford Township Community Center

Milford Township Fire Department

According to the letter that is displayed in the image at the right, on December 19, 1949, Luther McVicker, "Chairman of the Planning Committee" contacted the Ohio Department of Public Utilities regarding the need for Darrtown to have "direct line" telephone service between Collinsville and Darrtown, so that Darrtown could be better served by the fire fighting equipment that was stationed in Collinsville.

 

The letter, which Is a carbon copy of the original, was found among numerous records that Luther McVicker kept in his Darrtown service station.

 

Rick Martin deserves credit for finding and preserving Luther's records, when Luther's garage was being abandoned.

 

The text of the letter is reproduced below.


EARLY HISTORY

Text of McVicker letter to the Ohio Public Utilities

 

"December 19, 1949

 

Director

Department of Public Utilities

Columbus, Ohio

 

Dear Sir:

 

May I have your attention on a matter of importance to the communities in Milford Township with regard to fire protection. We have recently set up a plan for fire fighting equipment to be stationed in Collinsville for the protection of that town as well as Darrtown and the area between.

 

Unfortunately, we have very poor telephone service, and to make our fire protection effective, we need a direct line that can be made available at all times. Can you make this possible, or advise me as to the best way of securing this service?

 

We are not far from the Bell Telephone system and should like to procure their services if at all possible. We are counting on your assistance in getting telephone service so greatly needed.

 

I shall appreciate an early reply from you. We feel that this is a matter of immediate importance to our community, and will be grateful for any assistance you can give us.

 

Very sincerely yours,

 

Luther S. McVicker

Chairman, Planning Committee"


Webmaster Notes: Luther's words (in the first paragraph); "We have recently set up a plan for fire fighting equipment to be stationed in Collinsville" suggests that neither Collinsville or Darrtown had fire fighting capabilities in December 1949. Luther's words (in the second paragraph); "we need a direct line that can be made available at all timesmay have been a reference to the "party lines" that were common to telephone service in Darrtown during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Milford Township - Darrtown fire department station under construction

1963 - October

Bill Weiss contributed this photo.

Milford Township firemen complete training

1969 - November

ABOVE: This photo appeared in the November 13, 1969 Oxford Press (page 4/section 3) with the following caption:

Shown above are members of Milford Township Fire Units One and Two, who recently completed 36 hours of special fire-fighting and life-saving training. The men took the course, two nights per week for 18 weeks. They include, left to right, seated, Faires Witt; William Taylor, Chief of the Milford Township units; Joe Postlewaite; John Smith, Gene Blakley; William Coombs; and Warren Hansel. Standing are Clyde Geisler; Al Menke; Richard Coombs, Tim Brunner; Larry Geisler; William Long; Clarence Crain, of Dayton, Instructor for the course; John Witt; Steve Menke; Emerson Fall; Dave Beltz; and Chris Haehnle. Carl Vogel was missing, when the photo was taken."

Darrtown Station - circa 2010

Collinsville Station - circa 2010