“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)

"Dick and Jane"

"Dick and Jane" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, February 27, 2022
1. "Dick and Jane" Marker
In 1890, while on a business trip in France, Mr. Daniel Henne, Jr., a local grain elevator operator, met and fell in love with these two little tykes. Made of Pewter, the two kids were purchased, crated and shipped to Greenville. Mr. Henn decided that he would like to share them with everyone, and after consulting with City Officials, it was decided that his gift to the city would be accepted, and that the Firefighters, under the direction of Chief James Boyer, would have charge of their safe-keeping.

Old city records tell of the village hiring Fred Walters, a local stonemason, to build a suitable pond, outside the Fire Department, for the Kids to take up residence. In 1892, the Kids watched the passing of Greenville's history for the first time. Every year since then, the Firefighters have taken the statue inside for the winter, for cleaning and repair so that the Kids can return to the fountain in good condition each spring.

Through the years, many things have changed. When they first took up their vigil, two fine steeds named Max and John were the source of power for the old Selsby Fire Engine. But only a decade
"Dick and Jane" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, February 27, 2022
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later, the horses were gone. Not long after, the Trolley line which graced Broadway, met its demise. Both were replaced with the more efficient automobile. Later "Dick and Jane” watched as the old City Building was replaced by the fountain and traffic circle on the public square. At the end of the 1960's, the old Fire Department, the Kids first home, met a similar fate.

Watching through the rain, the Kids have seen an endless parade of people over the years; the rich, the poor, the famous and "just plain folks". The world around them changes all the time, but "Dick and Jane” never change.....And thats as it should be. For that is part of what makes Greenville "Home".
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 40° 6.139′ N, 84° 38.038′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Ohio, in Darke County. Marker is at the intersection of Public Square and West Main Street (Ohio Route 502), on the right when traveling west on Public Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Public Square, 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. Treaty of Greeneville (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Greene-Ville (within shouting
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distance of this marker); Darke County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Treaty of Greene Ville 1795 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Signing of the Treaty of Greene Ville (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Darke County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 0.2 miles 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 4, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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