Test your knowledge of West Chester Township history by taking the fun 10-question quiz below. Feel free to use every resource at your disposal to answer every question correctly. When you see the phrase “answer in previous article”, if you still have last year’s (2019) Beckett Ridge Neighbors Magazine at your disposal, you can find the answers there, or you can look at the referenced articles here on this website.

If you get 9 – 10 answers right you’re definitely a “Historian” and should join the West Chester Historical Society and teach a class!

If you get 7 – 8 answers right you’re still a “Historian” and you should still join the West Chester Historical Society and help with a class!

If you get 5 – 6 answers right you’re a “Historian-Lite” and you should still join the West Chester Historical Society and take a class!

If you get less than 5 answers right, you’re just like me and we’ll probably be sitting in the same class at the West Chester Historical Society!

Last point, the answers are at the bottom of the article, but DON’T CHEAT! References above to the West Chester Historical Society is a HUGE CLUE where you can find the answers.

1. What was the nationality that represented the largest group of early pioneers that settled in West Chester?
A. English
B. Irish
C. German
D. Spanish

2. What was the name of the earliest settler to come to West Chester (Union Township)?
A. John Sites Gano
B. Lawrence Burks
C. Joseph McMaken
D. Timothy Essex

Union Township 1836

3. Originally, back in the day, the “way back day” how did Cincinnati-Dayton and Route 42 get their start?
A. Caveman foot paths
B. Buffalo trails
C. John Deere pathways
D. Military foot soldier routes

4. Which is the most accurate statement?
A. In 1805 Union Township (West Chester) was a part of Liberty Township
B. In 1805 Liberty Township was a part of Union Township (West Chester)
C. Liberty and Union Townships were never associated with one another

5. What year was Union Township organized into a township in Butler County?
A. 1492
B. 1812
C. 1823
D. 1956

6. What was the nickname of Olde West Chester back in 1812?
A. New West Chester
B. Hogtown
C. Mechanichsburgh
D. Little Cincinnati

7. In more recent history, what year was Union Township name changed to West Chester Township (answer in previous article)?
A. 1956
B. 1979
C. 1990
D. 2000

8. Ohio has over 1300 townships. How many are named West Chester Township and how many are named Union Township (answer in previous article)?
A. 1 and 27
B. 6 and 14
C. 16 and 22
D. 28 and 4

9. What year did West Chester (Union) Township organize our very own Police Department (answer in previous article)?
A. 1922
B. 1935
C. 1948
D. 1967

Union Township Schools

10. Prior to our school district being named Lakota Local Schools, it was named Liberty-Union School District. In what year did the name change occur?
A. 1950
B. 1960
C. 1970
D. 1980

When I was going through “A History of Union Township Butler County” looking for interesting historical facts, I was struck by how hard life was particularly in the early days of settlement. From the book, Virginia Shewalter writes “Cincinnati in 1795 was just a village of 500 people living in ten frame houses and ninety-four cabins close to Fort Washington. … To move twenty miles north of Cincinnati was like leaving civilization. There were no public buildings, no post office, no hospitals, no schools, no homes, no roads, no cultivation, no gardens and hardly any people. The census indicated there were three to four people per square mile. There were hills and prairies, dense forests and swamps. The Indians no longer roamed the area, but deer, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, wolf, fox, black bear, panther and buffalo were plentiful.”

I think we’re very blessed to be living when and where we are now!

1) C; 2) C; 3) B; 4) A; 5) C; 6) B; 7) D; 8) A; 9) D; 10) C