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Hanby Homecoming 2019

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Temperance.corbin Blair


Above left: Nina Thomas, Local History Manager of the Westerville History Center and Museum, offered new insights to the Temperance Movement. Hanbys were early proponents of Temperance.

Above center: The group went on a walking tour of historic buildings and sites. Here Nina pauses in front of one building in which Henry Corbin tried to start a saloon in the 1870s. Bishop Hanby was accused of being one of the protesters who blew up one of Corbin's saloons.

Above right: After lunch, everyone reconvened at Church of the Master United Methodist Church. The church sits on the site where the Hanby family home sat in 1854 when they moved to Westerville. Dr. Sarah Blair, Assistant Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, educated the group about United Brethren in Christ Church history.


Kenreich graves alumni

Above left: Hanby guide Ron Kenreich accompanied everyone on the piano as they sang three of Benjamin Hanby's songs: Darling Nelly Gray, Up on the Housetop, and Who is He? All three songs can often be heard coming from the bell tower in Towers Hall on Otterbein University campus.

Above center: Family members gather in Otterbein Cemetery to see the Hanby and Miller graves. Beth Weinhardt shared information about the conservation plans Westerville Historical Society has with the City of Westerville. Concrete will be put around tombstones to protect them from mowers. Tombstones that had started to lean have been righted. A brick walk will lead from the roadway to the main obelisk, made with bricks taken from a renovation at Hanby Elementary School. A bench will invite walkers to pause for a break at the Hanby family plot. Hanby guide Roy Nichols assisted with the cemetery tour.

Above right: Dr. Philip Scherrer, g-great grandson of Benjamin and Kate (Winter) Hanby meets Steve Crawford, Executive Director of the Otterbein University Alumni Association. The Alumni Association hosted refreshment for the group after their tour of Otterbein Cemetery.


Cardones Cardones cake

Above left: Cardone's on West Main Street was the site of the Farewell Dinner. Each place setting had a jar filled with Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn. The jar commemorates Ben Hanby's Christmas song, Up on the Housetop and was donated by Westerville Uptown Merchants Association.

Above center: Hanby family members and guests enjoy reminiscing about their weekend adventures

Above right: Dessert was a cake from Schneider's Bakery decorated with an image of Hanby House.


Hoskyns Mahannah

Above left: The Hoskyns-Abrahall family from Pennsylvania and New York.

Above right: The Mahannah famiily from Iowa.


SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019: An optional tour to Hawthorn Hill, home of Orville Wright, in Dayton was offered on Sunday. Ten family members and friends met a representative of Dayton History for a private tour.

with Steve fireplace roof

Above left: : Janet Duitsman (g-g-g-granddaughter of Bishop Hanby) and her daughter, Carrie Harr, stand in Orville Wright's library at Hawthorn Hill in Dayton. They are descended from Reuchlin Wright and Lulu Billheimer. They recognized many family members in the photos on display.

Above center: Steve Wright (yellow shirt) stands in Orville Wright's bedroom next to Laura Lee Jones and Marilyn Nelson from Oregon. Laura Lee and Marilyn are descended from the son of John Hanby of Delaware County, OH--who was also named Benjamin Hanby!

Above right: As part of a private tour, we were invited to go on the roof of Hawthorn Hill. It seemed appropriate that we should have sung Benjamin Hanby's song Up on the Housetop!


carilloon lunch

Above left: Steve Wright led the group on a tour of the Wright Brothers National Museum at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Above right: Jeff Mason (Miller family) and Jim Allen (Hanby House) enjoying coversation at lunch with Steve Wright and other members of the tourat Carillon Brewing Company..



Thank you for coming to Hanby Homecoming 2019! We hope to see you again.

--Hanby House guides


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