“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Greenville in Darke County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


A "Lot" of History

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In 1870, George Buchy fled the Alsace-Lorraine region when it was invaded by Germany and immigrated to the United States with the equivalent of $.85 to his name. He continued his travels from New York to Pittsburgh along the Ohio River then to the Miami Valley while working as a butcher, and eventually he was employed in Greenville in 1871 by his relative Albert Klee, who was operating a slaughterhouse. Seeking the entrepreneurial experience a few years later, George ventured out on his own in 1878 and eventually expanded his business, the George Buchy Slaughterhouse, with the brick building. But, upon his death in 1897, the business was sold to Albert Bailey.

Wanting the business to remain in the family, George's son Charles quit school, saved money, and borrowed additional funds to buy the business back in 1901 subsequently changing the name of the operation from the George Buchy Slaughterhouse to the Charles G. Buchy Packing Company.

Before the advent of refrigeration and automobiles, Charles spent long days delivering meats by wagon to customers in surrounding communities. Lacking modern refrigeration for the
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warmer months, he cut ice from a pond behind Vine Street and stored it at the plant. In 1918, the first gas compressor for refrigeration was purchased, and then 15 years later, the business's first refrigeration truck was on the road.

Upon the death of Charles Buchy in 1963, his son George J. became the third Buchy to steward the company. The company continued to evolve with the addition of a freezer, a computer system, and a more diverse customer base. But, the dynamics of the business showed George and his son Jim that buying cuts of pork and beef was cheaper than slaughtering their own. Economics dictated that the slaughter operations cease in 1968.

Jim, the fourth-generation Buchy to be involved with the business, started doing odd jobs at the plant when he was 12. Through the years, he swept floors, drove a delivery truck, cut meat, and advanced to company president in 1978. While still at the helm of Buchy Food Services, Jim also served Greenville and the state well as a 12-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He has stated, "1 firmly believe there will be a revitalization of downtown Greenville. If patience prevails, I envision businesses growing on Broadway. And we have a beautiful park. Gosh, I love that park…[and] Garst Museum is a great asset to our community."

By the late 1980s, the labyrinth of government regulations
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for manufacturers made distributing more profitable than processing, and the business changed to a wholesale distributor of food items by 1991. In 2006, the business moved to a new building in the Greenville Industrial Park but maintained the desire to develop the North Broadway lot. Ultimately in 2012, ownership of Buchy Food Service was transferred to Sysco Cincinnati-thus, ending an era.

Standing vacant, the century-old plant was razed in 2012. Buchy's donated a portion of the property cost to the Garst Museum, and an anonymous donor/project manager along with local businesses began the redevelopment of the site.

Buchy's North Broadway plant has evolved from a slaughterhouse to a meat manufacturing facility to a distribution center to finally a much-needed landscaped parking area to serve Garst Museum and a biking/walking path that is an essential link in the Darke County Park District's recreational trails throughout the county. Nostalgically, the four-acre tract is remembered as a meat-packing plant; presently, a section of the property will be appreciated by the nearly 12,000 visitors to the museum annually and the adjacent trail has been dedicated as the Buchy Mile to be enjoyed by walkers, runners, and cyclists.

Written by Nancy Park Cooper, J. D., Retired Professor
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 40° 6.391′ N, 84° 38.2′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Ohio, in Darke County. Marker is at the intersection of North Broadway Street (Ohio Route 118) and Wilson Drive, on the right when traveling north on North Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 N Broadway St, Greenville OH 45331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boulder (within shouting distance of this marker); Zachary Lansdowne (within shouting distance of this marker); Annie Oakley (within shouting distance of this marker); Treaty of Greene Ville Peace Medals (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anthony Wayne Flag Pole (about 600 feet away); War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenville Union Cemetery Cannon (approx. ¼ mile away); Darke County Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 3, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 27, 2023