THE PARK GANG PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
The Park Gang Photograph Collection was accessioned into the Piqua Public Library Archives and Special Collections on June 15, 2011 as a donation from Walda Reeves. The Park Gang was a group of males that formed in the 1930’s at Fountain Park for recreation and enjoyment. Fountain Park was their main recreation site. After World War II as adults they continued to meet annually and as they grew older they began to bring their sons and others into the group.
The collection consists of photographs of Park Gang reunions from 1964 to 1976. The rights to the photographs have been deeded over to Piqua Public Library and there are no known restrictions on the use of the materials.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Park Gang Photograph Collection is divided into the following two series:
SERIES I: Park Gang Reunion Photographs – Box 1 Files 1-16
SERIES II: Miscellaneous – Box 1 Files 17-18
SERIES I: Park Gang Reunion Photographs
1 August 15, 1964 group reunion photograph - 7 ½” high x 19 ½” long black and white photo – individuals are identified on a sheet taped to the back of the photo. The men in the photo are: Bud Malone; Duckfoot Arnold; Russ Beaver; Bow Houser; Jess Francis; Mack Thompson; Paul Manson; Bob McMaken, Jr.; Mr. Brown; Oilie Boyer; ?; Jack Garbig; Clete Francis; Bob “Mickey” McMaken; Leck Creager; Bob Johnson; Lee Creager; Jim Grissom; Charles Burke; Howard Lyman; Clarence Grissom; Lec Manson; Kenney Bell; Bob Manson; William Arnold, Jr.; Larry Manson; Bill Bolden; Fred Houser; Jersey Artist; Bob Houser; Bob Lyman; Jim Creager; ? ; Pat Francis;?; Tony Reeser; Ellsworth Supinger; Kenn Carter; Don Wheeler; Russ Trisler; Joe Houser; Miley; Bill Neumeier; Tom Francis; Boyd Garrett; Lynn Frock; Bill Calland; Don Fogt; Albert Mayo; Roy Calland; Bob Burns; Bob York.
2 1969 group reunion photo – 10 copies – 5 ½” high x 14” long black and white – individuals are identified on a sheet taped to the back of the photo. The men in the photo are: Carl McMaken; Lester Manson; Lynn Frock; Mac Thompson; Lawrence Mayo, Robert Houser; Boyd Garrett; Norman Davis; Tom Browne, Russ Beaver; Charles McMaken; Robert Manson, Robert McMaken, Jr.; Roy Reed; Carl Faehl, Jr.; Paul Cooper; Jack Garbig; Lowell Munk; Larry Houser; Chappie Frock; Tony Reeser; Kenny Bell; Omar Younce; Jim Beaver; Stece Mikolajewski; Harold Houser; Frank Mikolajewski; Leo Creager; Russ Trissler; Clark Gabriel; Joe Francis; Ellsworth Supinger; Jim Creager; Ray Reisenbeck; Don Wheeler; Carl Heneiser; Fred Houser; Bill Lyman; Earl MacKellar; Dick Burns; Bob Burns.
3 September 12, 1970 group reunion photo – 4 copies – 8” x 10” black and white – the individuals attending are not identified.
4 September 12, 1970 group reunion photo – 2 copies – 5” x 5” color – the individuals attending are not identified.
5 1970 – three 5”x5” color photos of small groups of men – none are identified – photos by Gard House Fine Photographs (Robert Gard).
6 1971 group reunion photograph – 8” x 10” black and white – the individuals attending and in the photo are not identified.
7 1971 group reunion photographs – 4 copies – 8” x 10” color – the individuals attending and in the photo are not identified.
8 1972 group reunion photographs – black and white – one 8”x10” and eight 5 ½” x 14” – the individuals attending and in the photo are not identified.
9 1972 group reunion photographs – color – three 8” x 10”; two 5” x 7”; one 2 ½” x 3 ½” - the individuals attending and in the photo are not identified.
10 1972 black and white photo of six men standing outside a white frame building in and around which the reunion was held
11 1972 – ten color snap shot photographs – 3 ½” x 5” of small groups of the men at the reunion – the individuals in the photos are not identified
12 1973 group reunion photographs – black and white – two 8” x 10”; four 5” x 7”; three 3 1/” x 5 ½” with the back printed as a post card – the individuals attending and in the photo are not identified.
13 1973 group reunion photographs – color – one 8” x 10”; three 5” x 7” (one in a cardboard frame); two 4” x 5” – the individuals attending and in the photo are not identified.
14 1973 black and white 8” x 10” photograph of two men at the reunion – neither man is identified,
15 1976 group reunion photographs – black and white 8” x 19 ½” rolled photographs – printed on the front of the photo is: “Park Gang 1976 by Gard House” and the names of most of the individuals in the photograph. The following names were listed: Frank White; Bob Johnson; Bob McMaken, Jr.; Ollie Boyer; Clete Francis; Bob Manson; Bob Burns; Howard Lyman; Jess Francis; Smokey Faehl, Jr.; ?; Lester Creager; Bud Malone; Lynn Frock; Bob McMaken; John Kloecker; “Duckfoot” Arnold; Hook Mikolajewski; Tom Francis; Ellery Swarts; Pat Francis; Jim Creager; Charles Burke; Lee Creager; Boyd Garrett; Russ Beaver; Mac Thompson; Bow Houser; Russ Trisler; Lec Manson; Bob York; Don Fogt; Bill Calland; Ken Carter; Mr. Brown; Bill Arnold, Jr.; Bill Foston; Joe Houser; Clarence Grissom; ?; Bill Neumeier; Sol Alexander; ?; Jim Hare; Doc Mikolajewski; Fred Houser; Jack Garbig; J. Grunkemyer; Jersey Artist; Don Wheeler; ?; Tom Brown; ?; Jim Frock; T. Berkemeier; Jim Creager, Jr.; Bob Houser; Tut Cron; John Lyman; Don Houser; Paul Orr; ?; Albert Mayo.
16 1976 photographs of smaller groups of men at the reunion – 18 color 5” x 7” photos mounted in an album and 1 color 5” x 7” loose photograph which is a duplicate of photo #12 in the album.The individuals in the photographs are not identified.
SERIES II: Miscellaneous
17 Two copies of names of individuals in photographs to be affixed to the backs of group photos for the years 1974 (photo is not part of the collection), 1975 (photo is not part of the collection) and 1976 (photo in file #15).
18 Two 8” x 10” black and white photos of small groups of men at one of the reunions. The year of the reunions and the identity of the men has not been determined.