NEW PHILADELPHIA Dover, Oh

Dennison, Ohio (WTUZ) – Children and adults are invited to learn about the remarkable story of Private Bing, a bulldog who inadvertently saved lives during World War I. The Dennison Railroad Depot is celebrating the bulldog’s 100th birthday on Friday, June 22nd. Museum Brand Relations and Consumer Engagement Manager Jacob Master explains that Bing was taken oversees from a group of soldiers from the Twin City area after they found he had stowed away. “He was stationed in France to smell mustard gas in the fox holes since chemical warfare was typical at that time. He would go in first [and if] he would smell it he would run back out and they knew that it wasn’t safe.” Bing was wounded twice in the line of duty and eventually retired in the Dennison area with the Gray brothers. He is buried at Union Cemetery in Uhrichsville. The birthday party will be at the museum from 10am to noon where participants can meeting Bing, get their face painted, and celebrate with cake. Crafts at the Claymont Library Dennison Branch will take place from 1pm to 2pm. She adds that this is a special time to remember who Bing was and the history importance for the Twin City area. - Mary Alice Reporting


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