dayton churches 

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First Baptist Church of Dayton 

The church was built in 1895; the steeple blew off in the tornado of 1915. The Dayton GAR section of Northern Kentucky Views  has a few words on the history of the Dayton Baptist, here.


“Ten persons who have joined the Baptist Church at Dayton, Kentucky, were immersed in the Ohio river at that place, on Sunday afternoon, by Rev. H. E. Spillman.” Courier-Journal, March 17, 1869


Dayton Church Dayton Church
Tower Methodist Episcopal Church
On 5th, between Dayton and McKinney, c. 1910
St. Paul's German Episcopal Evangelical Church. It began on the
south side of 3rd, between Boone and Main. This is an image of their new building, which would be built at 522 4th.


St. John's

St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church, c. 1910
From a Facebook post by Tricia Shawn Gibbons

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Dayton, Kentucky Dayton, Kentucky Dayton, Kentucky First Presbyterian  

Dayton Presbyterian 
Eighth & Terrace
This church burned down on January 2, 1957. News Story.
The new building was dedicated on March 8, 1959.
Notice the steeples.

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Dayton Presbyterian Fire Scenes, From a Facebook post by Steven Ferguson

Dayton, Kentucky

This is the Presbyterian Church's Rev. John Ervin, who was pastor at the church for 65 years.  Ervin Terrace is named in his honor.  He died in August, 1940, after doing his second funeral of the day.  On more than one occasion, he held a funeral for a person he had baptized as a child.

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Dayton, Kentucky Dayton, Kentucky 1913 Flood
  1908 In the 1913 Flood

      St Francis Church in Dayton
built in 1865, at 3rd & Benham
It was a German Catholic church, more or less destroyed by the floods of 1907 and 1913.

A little background on St. Frances is here.

The St. Francis Cemetery is on the hill behind the old F&N Steakhouse. 
There's a list of who's buried in it at this site.

When they built St. Francis, they expected to excavate gold, here. We heard there was gold buried by John Hunt Morgan under St. Francis.
Turns out, they really did find gold.
St. Francis celebrates it's jubilee, 1904 The final demise of St. Francis.
St. Francis' History on the occasion of its jubilee Rent'em
The Catholic Telegraph, February 2, 1882


The Catholic Telegraph, March 22, 1888

The Catholic Telegraph, May 20, 1880. YMS is the Young Mens' Society; Clark's Grove was “east of Dayton.”


Doyle Club Doyle Club
The Doyle Club Doyle Club on a map
There was also Ozone Camp and and the Friars Boat Club.

Aerial of Fort Thomas

This is the the Cincinnati Friars building, which notes that their outdoor campus is in Dayton

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St. Bernard Dedication

The Dedication of St. Bernard, August 23, 1914


St. Bernard's

St. Bernard's, before the facade was added.
From a Facebook post by Vanishing Cincinnati


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        Enquirer, August 16, 1914

 St. Bernard, Dayton

Rev. Paul Ryan's History of St. Bernard here.

Story of St. Bernard's 1914 dedication is here and here.

There's a nice history of the church with lots of pictures at the church's web site.

Before the construction of St. Bernard, the site was a confederate refuge.

The background of some of St. Bernard's windows.

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History of the Bellevue-Dayton Church of Christ is here.


“Leo Bird, a free love preacher who spent the winter here [Falmouth] preaching his new faith, was badly beaten when returning from his church to his home and ordered to leave town.  He left at once, or in all likelihood he would have been lynched.  His methods and his doctrines were extremely distasteful to many in this section and some weeks ago drove ex-Sheriff Fassett and his wife crazy.  As a result they are now in the eastern lunatic asylum at Lexington, Ky., and the belief is that they will never be restored to reason.  Bird hailed from Dayton, Ky., where he is said to have a wife and child whom he refused to support.” Crawfordsville(Ind.) Weekly Journal, April 24, 1896

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