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Mills House, Whitehall, the Neff Hotel — all these grand locations would have had long sweeping driveways, along which horse-drawn conveyances would arrive, including dashing contraptions like the one shown in this photograph from Antiochiana’s collection of unidentified subjects.
What a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery and spring breezes!
1981 and 1982 provided two years of well-rounded seasons — classics, originals, and the continuing exploration of Gilbert & Sullivan.
February 6-8, 12-15, 1981 — an original work written and directed by Tony Dallas.
April 10-12, 16-19, 1981 — by Arthur Miller, directed by Meredith Dallas.
July 31, August 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 1981 — by Gilbert & Sullivan, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by William Jones.
April 16-18, 22-25, 1982 — by Tennessee Williams, directed by Grant Haworth.
June 4-6, 10-13, 1982 — original work written and directed by Jerry Boswell.
July 30,31, August 1, 5-8, 12-15, 1982 — by Gilbert & Sullivan, revival directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Ruth Bent.
December 3-5, 9-12, 1982 — by Agatha Christie, directed by Cheryl Welch.
The newly-born English princess was introduced yesterday in a modern removable car seat, but a photograph of an unknown infant in Antiochiana’s photo collection shows a much more ornamental conveyance (even if its occupant seems dubious).
Although this particular configuration had a very brief life as a bookplate, the American Type Foundry bookshelf printer’s ornament would be used in both universal and custom bookplates, and the quote would become part of one of the best selling bookplates in the company’s history (B-48).
M-3: Design credited to Lebert Prether. Ernest Morgan said of this design: ” This is a ‘third generation”’design. It first appeared in the line of Alfred Stenzel, in New York, about 1928, with a white cat sitting on the books and the wording “Concilia et Labore” in the scroll. After we took over the Stenzel line another publisher lifted the design, improving the style a little and substituting an owl for the cat. We lifted it back again, with improvements, substituting the hourglass and putting in new wording written by me.”
Ernest Morgan notes of M-6: “The original M-6 ‘The Poetry of Earth Is Never Dead’ was drawn by Kenneth Walters, who lived in Clifton back in the early 30’s. It was based on a design published by the Little Company of Lost Angeles. It was the Little Company who pushed us into selling bookplates without names.”
Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the steamship Sultana, for which there’s a small Yellow Springs connection, previously blogged here.
This article notes one final mystery about the incident, as well as detailing some of the current works of research.
The “You Know You Are from Yellow Springs When…” Facebook group is a wonderful source of shared local history, particularly fond memories of growing up in Yellow Springs.
Melanie Deaton-Kitchen recently shared this photo of her father with the nail bins in his hardware shop (and we thank her for giving us permission to share it here). Although the modern practice of nail-selling in blister packages or boxes is undoubtedly easier for the business owner to manage and inventory, it can’t compare with the charm and entertainment value of the spinning nail-bins.
Special Note: Don’t forget Yellow Springs Historical Society president Dave Neuhardt’s free program on John Bryan the man next Sunday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.
Bryan High School and Community Center
In 1916, perhaps in part as a result of the notoriety the tract gained as a result of the murder, John Bryan presented the 14 acres to the Village of Yellow Springs and Miami Township for school purposes. At the time, it was noted that the lake no longer existed, but that a spring on the site was considered one of the best in the area. In recognition of the gift, the school board determined to name the new school to be built on the site after the donor. Bryan inserted three conditions in his deed: (i) no one was to be barred from attending the school on account of color, (ii) no basement was to be built under the building, and (iii) no religion was to be taught. It would be 12 years, however (1928), before the present building was constructed on the site as a school for the village.
In 1935, the Yellow Springs School Board aggressively sought a grant from the federal government for the improvement of the school grounds, and in late September of that year was awarded $14,487 from the first Congressional appropriation for Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects. The grant covered the cost of labor for the construction of a cinder track on Cemetery Street, tennis courts, 1,800 feet of flagstone walk, a stone bridge, landscaping and an open-air theatre on the site, while the school board was required to contribute $2,481 for materials. The tennis courts (or their modern descendants) and the amphitheater exist today on the tract.
The school served the community well for many years, although in 1963, the high school moved to a new building on a campus on the west side of the village. Following completion of the Morgan building on the same site in 1970 for the intermediate (junior high) school, the village administration relocated to the former school building. The building was later renovated to also include a community center.
To the continuing presentations of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and traditional dramas (both classical and modern), Center Stage in 1979 and 1980 introduced visiting performances (The Great American Mime Experiment and the first theatrical presentation based on Midwestern folk oral tradition written by Jeffrey Hooper).
February 9-10, 1979 — a collection of dramatic excerpts by various village talents.
April 20-22 and 27-29, 1979 by Paul Zindel, directed by James J. Cain.
July 20-22, 26-29 and August 2-5, 1979 by Gilbert & Sullivan, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Chuck Riesz
November 30 and December 1-2, 6-9, 1979 by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Beverly Logan
February 29 and March 1-2, 6-9, 1980 by Jeffrey Hooper
May 9-11, 16-18, 1980 by David Storey, directed by Jean Hooper
June 26-29 and July 3-6, 1980 by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, George Abbott and Richard Bissell; directed by Jerry Boswell with musical direction by Suzanne Grote
August 15-17, 21-24 and 28-31, 1980 by Gilbert and Sullivan, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Ruth Bent
December 5-7, 11-14 and 18-21, 1980 by Frank Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Chris DiSimio
Yellow Springs Historical Society program
John Bryan High School, the Bryan Community Center, John Bryan State Park, Bryan Park Road — the name of the man who may well have been Yellow Springs’ most original eccentric is still with us nearly 100 years after his death.
Poet, fabulist, industrialist, inventor, farmer, political theorist, philanthropist, self-promoter, atheist, eligible bachelor and millionaire, wealthy John Bryan took Yellow Springs by storm when he moved here in the 1890’s. For over 20 years, stories about his latest ideas and exploits filled local, regional and even national newspapers. When the press didn’t cover him, he was known to buy advertising space on the front page of prominent newspapers to have a soapbox for his views, and he was still creating controversy among Ohio’s elected officials, even years after his death.
Dave Neuhardt, President of the Yellow Springs Historical Society, will tell the story of John Bryan, the man, at 2:00 on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 pm in the Great Room of the Senior Citizens Center. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.