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On March 11, 1886, land was purchased from Silas Trumbo by the trustees of the Church of Brethren in Christ or River Brethren to build a church.  The trustees fro the River Brethren of Donnelsville wee Jacob Ulery, Peter J. Hause, and David Free.  The congregation did not last long and they sold the building in 1923 to Whitney and Ida B. Bundy.  Whitney was an operator of three commercial hatcheries located in Springfield, New Carlisle, and St. Paris.  He was considered an authority on chicken incubation.  He had an experimental laboratory at his home in Donnelsville where he devised and patented the basic elements of incubators.  Alfred and Esther Kuenzli moved into this home in 1949.  The Kuenzli’s opened up a nursery for children ages 2 to 5 for working parents or people wanting their children to have group play experience.    They called it Country Day Nursery.  Later Mrs. Kuenzli operated a diner located in Fultz Service Station just east of Donnelsville.  The residence on North Hampton Pike has been used as a private home since.

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