A Talk with Tom Rentschler: Achievements & Legacies of the Miami Conservancy District

Logos: Colligan History Project, 1913 Flood, and City of Hamilton

Hosted by Jim Blount, Hamilton Historian
Wednesday, April 10 @ 7.30 pm
Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

Jim Blount interviews Tom Rentschler, the fourth member of a distinguished Hamilton family to serve on the board of the Miami Conservancy District. Mr Rentschler was a member 29 years from 1982-2011, and was succeeded by his son Mark G. Rentschler. His father Walter A. Rentschler, served from 1950-1975. Predecessors included Gordon S. Rentschler, a member of the first M.C.D. board 1915-1932, and George A. Rentschler, 1932-1950. Tom Rentschler had a career of more than three decades at Fifth Third Bank and The Citizens Bank, and served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Hamilton Flood of 1913: Guided Walking Tour Series

Some more recent images courtesy of Jack Armstrong, Hamilton’s Flood of 1913 Centennial Walking Tour Co-ordinator. For those who missed out on the earlier tours, your last chance to enjoy this professionally re-enacted historical experience is on Saturday April 27 (2 and 4 pm). Participation is free and open to all; tours depart from Hamilton Visitors’ Center at the corner of High St. and Monument Ave. Click images to enlarge.

3/30/2013

3/30/2013

3/30/2013

3/30/2013

3/30/2013

3/30/2013

Great Miami River Flood of 1913: Honoring Hamilton’s Neighbors

On March 25, the City of Hamilton publicly marked the 100th anniversary of the Great Miami River Flood of 1913 with a ceremony at Butler County Courthouse. In 1913, the courthouse had been a major site of refuge from the waters, as well as a morgue for victims of the catastrophe. 100 years later, Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller presented citations to the Mayors of several local cities, honoring the role of their communities in coming to Hamilton’s humanitarian aid.

All photographs courtesy Jack Armstrong. Click to enlarge.

L-r: Mayors Richard Keebler (Oxford, OH), Sally Hutton (Richmond, IN), Pat Moeller (Hamilton, OH), Ralph Hoop (Glendale, OH), Mark Mallory (Cincinnati, OH)

L-r: Mayors Richard Keebler (Oxford, OH), Sally Hutton (Richmond, IN), Pat Moeller (Hamilton, OH), Ralph Hoop (Glendale, OH), Mark Mallory (Cincinnati, OH)

Rev. John Lewis (Hamilton Presbyterian Church) led the audience in prayer

Rev. John Lewis (Hamilton Presbyterian Church) led the audience in prayer

Rev. Peggy Garrison (First United Methodist Church). In 1913, Hamilton's First Methodist Church was used as an emergency Red Cross relief hospital.

Rev. Peggy Garrison (First United Methodist Church). In 1913, Hamilton’s First Methodist Church was used as an emergency Red Cross relief hospital.

“Remember the Promises We Made in the Attic!” Obstacles to Preventing Another 1913 Flood

Logos: Colligan History Project, 1913 Flood, and City of Hamilton
Jim Blount, Hamilton Historian
Tuesday, April 9 @ 2pm
Fitton Center for Creative Arts

Jim Blount delivering a recent lecture on the Flood of 1913, "Hamilton in Crisis," at the Butler County Historical Society last month

Jim Blount delivering a recent lecture on the Flood of 1913, “Hamilton in Crisis,” at the Butler County Historical Society last month. Photo courtesy of Jack Armstrong.


Join legendary local historian Jim Blount in the third and final installment of his lecture series on the Hamilton Flood of 1913. Please note: this event is being hosted at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Reservations should be confirmed at 513 894 7158 as seating is limited.

Rescheduled Event: First United Methodist Church

The program scheduled for Sunday, 3.24.13 at the First United Methodist Church, 225 Ludlow Street , Teri Trent, “The 1913 Flood: The First Methodist Church as a Red Cross Hospital,” was  rescheduled due to earlier snow. This event has now been re-scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at 3pm at the same location.

Matthew Smith

Assistant Director, Michael J. Colligan History Project

The Bridges of Hamilton & the Floods That Affected Them

Logos: Colligan History Project, 1913 Flood, and City of Hamilton
1913_Flood_HamiltonbDan Finfrock, Transportation Historian

Monday April 8, 8 pm

Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave.

Join transportation historian Dan Finfrock as he explores Hamilton’s
many bridges over the Great Miami River in 1913, why river currents
ran as they did in the Flood of 1913, and why all of Hamilton’s
bridges went down in this disaster.  Mr. Finfrock was a founder of the
Fairfield Historical Society, and taught at Fairfield High School for
34 years.

1913 & Today: Forecasting for Extremes

Logos: Colligan History Project, 1913 Flood, and City of HamiltonJulia Dian-Reed, Service Hydrologist, National Weather Service, Wilmington, OH 

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.

Miami University Hamilton Downtown Center, 221 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio

PontoonBridgeV Wile collection

Join hydrologist Julia Dian-Reed of the National Weather Service, exploring the complex challenges of predicting severe weather events today. Part of the Hamilton Flood of 1913 centennial commemoration co-sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project and Miami University Hamilton Downtown Center.

This is a free, public event. Reception to follow.