A long, long time ago...
...the first settlers arrived in Dayton. The year was 1823. Four years later, the town was platted and William Bush laid out the first lots. He called it Fairfield. The next year, a Dr. Horam added to the town lots, and it was decided to change the name to Marquis because there was another town in the state named Fairfield. In 1830, David Gregory platted and laid out an addition on the north side of the existing lots. He stipulated that he would donate land for a school and schoolgrounds if the town should be called Dayton. It was so done and the Dayton Elementary School stands on that ground given by David Gregory.
Much has happened in Dayton since then. The interurban no longer runs between here and Lafayette. The Town Hall is located in the former Bank of Dayton where the walk-in vault still exists. Single-digit phone numbers have given way to mobile phones that are used for texting more often than for voice conversations. Facebook gives us day-to-day interaction with the people in our lives, no matter how near or far they may be. Seeing posts from former classmates (w-a-a-a-y-y former, in some cases ... decades ago) keeps us in touch so much that 10 and 20 year reunions are now not so unfamiliar. Family members in the same house or across the country read each other's posts. Even communities have a number of Facebook groups, bringing people together more often than just for a fish fry, garage sale, and neighborhood cook-out.
Per our planning and discussion over the past couple of years, this email newsletter is a publication from the Town of Dayton's elected officials. Your town website serves its purpose in making information available when you visit. The newsletter is another active step to reach out to you. We want to know your thoughts and ideas for our quality of life, roads, buildings, grounds, public safety, activities, and growth. Don't be shy. If you seek a discussion on a topic, it is likely that others do, too.