A Web-Site of "HomeTown Tributes" . . .

A Photographic Tribute to America's HomeTowns and their People . . . throughout the Decades




City of Dayton 'Community'



- Current and Former Residents

- The Mayor

- Members of the City Commission


- Current and Former City Officials





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Our Town Mayor
Nan Whaley


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Our Town Committee

Joey D. Williams

Matt Joseph

Jeffrey J. Mims

Chris Shaw

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To the City of Dayton 'Community'

Thanks again, for visiting this Site and Thanks, as a Member of the City of Dayton 'Community' for taking these few additional minutes before You Click to Dayton's "HomeTown Tribute". Just a few words about why The City of Dayton was selected to be America's FIRST HomeTown to have America's FIRST "HomeTown Tribute".

For those of you visiting the Site as a Current or Former Resident of Dayton, or as a Current or Former City Official, my 'Hometown' connection to the City of Dayton 'Community' goes back to my birth at Good Samaritan Hospital in 1942.

Throughout the 1940's and '50's our family lived in North Dayton, while I attended Our Lady of Mercy Grade School. With my graduation from Chaminade High School in 1960, I became a 'towny' as an undergraduate at the University of Dayton still living with my parents on the North side. In 1963, my Parents moved to California, and I decided to stay and Graduate from UD. Imoved into off-campuss housing ( 'the Ghetto' ) on Kiefaber St. And in December of 1966, at 23, I Graduated from UD, and became a proud Member of UD's Alumni.

It was during those days at Chaminade, and then at UD that I became interested in Photography. I was always the one with the camera at whatever the event with both Family and/or Friend, alike. And, those were the Photos of all the Places, and all the People that were such a big part of my life during those days.

And, of course, most of those Photos that I took were of Dayton, Ohio . . . my 'HomeTown'.

By Feb., 1967 , I wasn't a Resident of Dayton, any more. I had moved to Baltimore, Maryland for 6 weeks of Training as a VISTA Volunteer, and then assigned to the Adams-Morgan Community Council in NorthWest, Washington, DC. for a 1- year Volunteer Service commitment. Today it is called AmeriCorps - VISTA.

It was during that year in DC and away from Dayton for the first time that I really began to appreciate what a Person's 'HomeTown' can really mean to that Person. What that word, 'HomeTown'. . . and, what the City of Dayton being my 'HomeTown' had meant to me.

I moved back to Dayton after VISTA , and began working for Winters Bank in their 'new' downtown Headqurters. And then, from 1972 until the late 1980's I was with the Montgomery County Childrens Services Board.

In 1989, I moved from Dayton to Cranford, New Jersey.

And, in 2007, I decided to put my belongings into storage, sell my car, hop on a train, and move from Cranford to the Gulf of Mexico coastal Town of Bay Saint Louis, MS. for six months to help rebuild that small Town on the coast of Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina. I stayed for 2 1/2 years until 2010.

And then,after 21 years, in September, I came back to Dayton for my 50th High School (Chaminade / Julienne / St. Joseph) Reunion. While here for the Reunion, I decided to take a half a day and drive around and give a good look at Dayton, again, after so many years away. I didn't know what to expect, but I really did like what I saw. The Downtown was very much as I remembered it. It was new looking, clean and well kept, and very inviting. And, I think the most profound impression I got from driving around Dayton that day was that I really did feel like I was 'home' - my HomeTown !

And so, mostly because of that drive around Dayton, 4 months later, by January, 2011, I had moved myself back to my HomeTown of Dayton. Throughout those years away, the City of Dayton always remained my Hometown.

And now, in 2016, having been back 'home' for these past 5 years, I've again, had the opportunity to re-establish my on-going connection with both, the City of Dayton, aa well as, with the University of Dayton 'Communities'.


It was during those times in Cranford, NJ, and Bay Saint Louis, MS that I developed, as mentioned on the 'Introductory Page' , each of the 'trial' "HomeTown Tributes" for these two Towns. Both of these 'trial' "HomeTown Tributes" can be found on the Web-Site.

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Dayton's "HomeTown Tribute"

In the early 1990's Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and others were introducing the 'computer' to the world. And that, in time, would then create an Internet full of web-sites that would become more and more accessable to everyone with their own personal 'internet machine'. Also, called a personal 'computer'.

And with that, it seemed that I could design a Web-Site that would be able to Feature America's HomeTowns through the many Photographs that could be collected of a Town, and of that Town's People from throughout the Decades. Everyone would be able to go to just one Web-Site ( and, that would be this Web-Site called "HomeTownMemories. ORG" ), and, easily Click on the Name of a Town, and then easily browse through the 10 separate, and distinctive 'Feature Sections' that are each Town's "HomeTown Tribute" and that Pay Tribute to that Town.

And, because The City of Dayton is my HomeTown, I wanted to officially launch my Web-Site with The City of Dayton receiving the recognition of being America's very FIRST HomeTown to have their own "HomeTown Tribute".

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I found that while developing the 10'Feature Sections' for the City of Dayton that all of the information, and most importantly, all of the Photographs that now appear in each of their 10 'Feature Sections' were easily available from the various City of Dayton Government Offices.

One of the 10 'Feature Sections' is Titled - "Dayton's Current and Former Mayors . It Features with the Name and the Photograph of every one of Dayton's Mayors. Not counting this Web-Site, the only other place You can see the Photo of every Dayton Mayor is Downtown Dayton on East Third St. in City Hall.

I went to City Hall with my digital camera and snapped a shot of each individual picture of each Mayor mounted in identical wooden frames hanging in 2 very long rows, one above the other on the wall, in the second-floor hallway.

And now, with this one 'Feature Section' - "Dayton's Current and Former Mayors and Committee Members", with just a Click, each of us for the first time, has the opportunity to browse through the only one-of-its-kind Photographic Retrospective that Pays Tribute to each one of Dayton's former Mayors going back to Dayton's very beginning with Mayor D. Reid in 1805 ( Dayton's First ).

Beginning with the Name and Photograph of Dayton's current Mayor Jan Whaley and the Names of Dayton's current Committee Members, and then, through the Decades, you'll scroll back year-by-year, browsing through the Names and Photographs of each of Dayton's Former Mayors and Former Committee Members.

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On the Introductory Page, I referred to this Web-Site with its "HomeTown Tributes" for each HomeTown as being America's HomeTown ( Family ) Photo Album. And in a 'unique' way, this Web-Site will be America's HomeTown Photo Album in a very real way with each Town's own "HomeTown Tribute".

As mentioned earlier, there are ten 10 distinctive 'Feature Sections'. One of these 'Feature Sections' is Titled - "Dayton's Current and Former Mayors".

Another One of the 10 'Feature Sections' is a Town's 'Logging-On Ceremony' . It memorializes the Date with a photo Press Event when the Mayor officially logs their Town's "HomeTown Tribute" onto the Web-Site. The Page features a group photo of current Town Officials, and an individual photo of the current Mayor. The photo of the current Mayor who has said 'Yes' for their Town to have its own "HomeTown Tribute" will permanently remain on their Town's "Logging-On Ceremony" Page.

With the completion of Dayton's own "HomeTown Tribute" , and now that everyone can visit the Web-Site, I'm looking forward to speaking with Mayor Jan Whaley and her staff to hopefully plan Dayton's official 'Logging-On Ceremony' to occur at a City Commission Meetings, hopefully, in October, 2016.

With the City of Dayton's 'Logging-On Ceremony' Mayor Nan Whaley will be permanently recogonizd on the 'Logging-On Ceremony', Page as the Dayton Mayor in 2016 when Dayton became America's FIRST Town to have their own "HomeTown Tribute".

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Each Town, whose Mayor has said 'YES' for their Town will have their own 'HomeTown Tribute' . And 'the 'Feature Section' entitled "The Photographic Memories of My Own HomeTown" allows the Current and Former Residents of that Town to actually participate in the success of their Town's own "HomeTown Tribute". Each Resident will have the opportunity to scan and up-load their own photos from their own Photo Albums of their Town, and of the People. Photos from the Town's own Historical Photographic Archive can also be up-loaded.

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I would like to hear Your Feedback

At the bottom of each of the 'Feature Sections' , in addition to being able to Click back and forth to visit the various other 'Sections' , you can also, Click to the 'Comments and Suggestions' Page.

After brousing through the 10 'Feature Sections', I hope that you will then Click on this very Important 'Comments and Suggestions' Page.

I would very much appreciate and the Web-Site could very well benefit from any feedback that you can provide that may help the success of this Web-Site.

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And to that end, I am launching and Introducing . . .

A 3 - Month 'Check out the Web Site', and

'Let me know what You Think' Phase

Beginning on October 1, 2016, and running through the end of the Year, the Web-Site will conduct a 3-Month 'Feedback' Phase to hear from each of You visiting the Site. To find out what You think of it, and what You think would make it better.

Over these next 3 Months, after each of You have had the opportunity to Brouse through the 10 'Feature Sections' of Dayton's "HomeTown Tribute", I look forward to hearing from each of You with your seggestions on how to improve this Web-Site.

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With the completion of the 'HomeTown Tribute' for The City of Dayton, and planning for Dayton's Official 'Logging-On Ceremony' to occur soon, I am now, preparing to introduce the Web-Site and it's 'HomeTown Tributes' to a National audience, to the HomeTowns, and to their Residents in each of America's 50 States.



You'll notice how easy it is getting from one Page to another Page ( Clicking ) and getting around the Web-Site, in general. The "Our HomeTown . . . Today" Introductory Page is the Page you will be Clicking to from the yellow box, just below. Each of the other 9 'Feature Sections' has a red-boardered yellow box at both the top of the Page and at the bottom. The links listed in each box will take you to the other 'Feature Sections' , and to anywhere, else, in the Site.

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There is a 'Comments and Suggestions' Page that you can Click to from the bottom of each of the 10 'Feature Section' Pages. I would appreciate hearing from each of You with any Ideas and Comments that you may have to help make it the "Wow . . . what a Great Idea" Web-Site that it can become.

Thank You, again, for taking these additional few minutes to read a little more about this unique Web-Site.

When you Click onto Dayton's "HomeTown Tribute" , you'll be taken to Dayton's 'Introductory Tribute' Page entitled - "Our HomeTown . . . Today". You'll see Dayton as the 'Gem City' of . . . Today. It's the first of the 'Feature Sections' that make up Dayton's "HomeTown Tribute"

And, let me hear from You about what You think of it.

Stephen Van Hecke


And now, Browse and Enjoy !