Editor’s Note: This is another installment of a series of columns by Historian Pat Stephens called Our History.
HUBER HEIGHTS — Palmer Chapel is located on the corner of Bellefontaine and Palmer Roads. The early settlers began meeting in 1807 at the home of Henry Cuppy and John Slagle, where they erected their first church, Palmer’s Chapel in 1811. Reverend Joseph Tatman a Methodist Episcopal minister was the first pastor, he passed away in 1827 and was buried behind the church, along with his wife and daughter. Palmer Chapel existed for many years, but was out-grown. It now serves as a private residence, as it has for many years.
Wayne Chapel was located on Troy PK (Old Troy PK) near what is now I 70. Built in 1846 it also served as one of our Wayne Township Schools. After Wayne Central School was built, the church/school became a private residence until I 70 was built, when it was torn down.
Montgomery Chapel was located near Endicott Road at Chambersburg Rd. Thomas Crook donated the land and the church was built in 1852. From the Montgomery County History books, we find the following information: The district school located near the church was destroyed by fire in March 1871. The school trustees sought and obtained permission to use the church until a new school building could be erected.
In April 1871, while school was in session, a large group assembled outside. Jealousy over the use of the building, and arguments as to whether each group was getting their fair share of the building was causing dissention. They ordered the teacher, Miss Alice Brentlinger, to get the children outside, and they immediately began to tear down the building. The material was then divided among the people who demolished the building The brick was sold to Mr. Troup, who had contracted to rebuild the schoolhouse. The materials of which the altar and pulpit were made, were used in the construction of pig pens. The bricks not used in the rebuilding of the schoolhouse were taken to Tippecanoe, Miami County, and was used in the building of a saloon.
Much of the information in this article was taken from the 1976 “History of Wayne Township”, By Wanda Sester & Bea Baldwin and the Ohio Genealogy Express.
Pat Stephens is a Historian at the Wayne Township Huber Heights Historical Society. For more information about the Historical Society see our website www.huberhistory.org Facebook/Wayne Township Huber Heights Historical Society, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or, call Sue Patrick, President 937-545-4902 or Pat Stephens 937-974-5286.