1910s Cemetery Book — Pages 26 and 27

On a related note, the Dayton Daily News of May 23, 2017 contained the following notice:


Township to restore veterans’ headstones

Xenia Twp. has received a $5,000 matching grant for the restoration of 58 veteran grave stones and markers from as early as the revolutionary war in its Stevenson Cemetery on Jones Road.

The restoration project was made possible from Cedar Cliff Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and matching grant funds came from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Any interested person can register for a four-hour basic headstone restoration class if they agree to — under direct supervision — clean three other headstones in Stevenson Cemetery within a month of taking the class.

The class will be offered 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at the cemetery. The rain date for the event is Saturday, June 3. To RSVP, call Mary at 937-372-0859 by noon Thursday, June 1.


Pages 26 contains a somewhat ironic note – “could not understand writing on permit ” – since that same issue is the bane of anyone transcribing such records as this very Cemetery Book.

March 9, 1918 — Olivea [Freue?] Brewer — Malformation of heart — Yellow Springs, Ohio
March 18, 1918 — Ed-Wm Kinley Simms — Pul Tuberculosis — Dayton, Ohio
April 1, 1918 — Harriet R. Hardman — Val – Lesion of heart — Yellow Springs, Ohio
April 1, 1918 — Lillie M. Bailey — could not understand the writing on permit — Yellow Springs, Ohio
April 2, 1918 — Thelma [Freue?] Crist — Endocarditis — Near Yellow Springs, Ohio
April 16, 1918 — Wm. A. Layton — Cerebral hemorrhage — Near Yellow Springs, Ohio
May 3, 1918 — Howard J. Benning — Cholera Infantum — Near Yellow Springs, Ohio
May 6, 1918 — John L. Hopping — Arterio schlerosis — Springfield, ohio
May 7, 1918 — Jeannette Benning — Septic Endocarditis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
May 10, 1918 — Elmer B. Hopkins — Cerebral apoplexy — Yellow Springs, Ohio
May 18, 1918 — Infant male of Burgess & Lelia Crumrine — Premature birth — Yellow Springs, Ohio
May 30, 1918 — Johnson Weakley — Cerebral apoplexy — Yellow Springs, Ohio
June 20, 1918 — John T. Ramsey — Supperative gastritis — Yellow Springs, Ohio

July 8, 1918 — Homer Clark Middleton — Cancer of stomach — Yellow Springs, Ohio
July 17, 1918 — Margaret Gerhardt — Apoplexy — Near Yellow Springs, Ohio
July 20, 1918 — Wm. H. Brewer — Cerebral hemorrhage — Near Yellow Springs, Ohio
July 20, 1918 — Infant son of John and Dean Birch — Premature birth — in Yellow Springs, Ohio
July 23, 1918 — Robt. Hampton Tones [Torres?} — Mitral insufficiency — Near Yellow Springs, Ohio
August 13, 1918 — Julia May Holland — Intestinal tuberculosis — Springfield, Ohio
August 20, 1918 — Lydia Hopping — Heart – [dis?] – Paralysis — Xenia, Ohio
August 22, 1918 — D. T. Johnson — Acute gastric enteritis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
August 23, 1918 — [Achse?] Reese — Mitral insufficiency — Toledo – no place mentioned in certificate
August 24, 1918 — Sarah Rebecca Garrison — Acute gastro enteritis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 10, 1918 — Lucy Bell Fry — acute schlerosis — Near Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 16, 1918 — Joshua M. Holvesrstott — Arterio schlerosis — Xenia, Ohio
September 19,1918 — Infant Ricks — Stillborn — Near Hustead, Ohio

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Glen Forest Cannon and Memorial Day Observation

As part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 279 of Yellow Springs Memorial Day program at the G.A.R. cannon in Glen Forest Cemetery Historical Society president Dave Neuhardt will give a talk on the history of the cannon and the lodge’s project to restore and maintain the cannon as part of local history.

The program for lodge members, military families and the general community will be held at the cannon at noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 and will include the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and a performance of Taps.

Community members are also invited to assist Lodge 279 members in placing flags on the graves of late lodge and Rebekah members at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 26. Anyone wishing to help should meet at the cannon.

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More Resort Life

This rather evocative description of 19th-century hotel life is another newspaper clipping without attribution or date (although the “Daily News” may be the Dayton Daily News).

Daily News Staff Writer


YELLOW SPRINGS — It was not a medicine show, and barkers would have been out of place more than a century ago when the beautiful people came to this fashionable watering place with its fancy resort hotel.

Nevertheless they knew a bargain when they saw one. The pitch went like this:

“. . . The quality of the water is diuretic, bracing an’ invigorating to the whole system, particularly beneficial in all nervous debilitated affections, the most obstinate rtheumatisms have been completely removed by them, and wonderful cures of old and new sores have been performed. . .”\

Today, at the height of the summer season sunshine splinters through the heavy forest of the nature preserve, Glen Helen, to fall on rank weeds where the fashionable life once flourished. Except for the trailside markers nature would have its way and tear a page from history.

A GUIDE TO historical spots in the Glen was prepared this past winter by Dr. Clarence Leuba, psychology professor emeritus at Antioch. The guide, corresponding to trailside markers, is available at Trailside Museum on Corry St.

Of course, unless the visitor can interpret the whisperings of tree tops, he will not hear echoes of those generals and statesmen who were devotees of the spring. Henry Clay and Daniel Webster once debated at the top of a small Indian m ound several yards south of the hotel. Other sojourners were General Wingfield Scott and Martin van Buren.

Nor will today’s visitors sense the ghostly presence of the female devoteees of generals and statesmen — of which the most famous was Scandalous Kate Chase. She was said to have collected a few of them. Today she merely looks lynx-like from her tintype. But then, according to a biograher, “She preened herself on carriage drives at the Springs.”

Kate went on to bigger and better things, and rocked post-Civil War society in Washington, D.C., by divorcing her husband and taking another. Her mother, whom Kate accompanied to the Springs, did not do as well. The cure they sought for her only made the illness less unpleasant, until consumption took its toll and Mother Chase died.

IN ANY CASE, life was sumptuous, if an account of a guest at the Neff House Hotel is any indication. The original inn began as a log cabin expanded by the original settler in the area. But Lewis Davis was a restless pioneer who went west sometime around 1812 and sold his property to Elijah Mills. Elijah was reported, in 1814, to have “spared nothing which a refined taste and splended fortune can bestow.” A mansion house and several guest cottages were opened.

The elaborate establishment was purchased in 1842 by William Neff and operated until the Civil War when it burned down, or was torn down. Accounts are unclear.

Meanwhile business had boomed. The railroad skired Clifton, after considerable finagling, and came to Yellow Springs in 1845. With it came human cargo some 16 trainloads were reported on a peak Sunday.

Not all of them were bound for The Neff House. Those serious about their illnesses visited the Water Cure hotel on the other side of the Glen. A shallow depression in the ground is said to trace what remains of the bathing pool. Business flourished there, too, from 1848 to 1859. Then the buildings burned down.

AT ONE TIME three resident physicians saw to the welfare of guests. The female department was under the treatment of a Dr. Maria M. Gross who had “a very large experience in the treatment of diseases peculiar to her own sex,” according to an advertisement of the day.

The last proprietors of the Water Cure hotel were Dr. T. L. Nichols and his wife Mary Gove Nichols. They started “a school of physical and spiritual harmony and water cure therapy,’ and ran afoul of a stern Horace Mann. The first president of Antioch college accused the group of practicing free love. Townspeople asked them to leave.

The Nichols named their school the Memnonia institute after a goddess of the Nile river who laughed each morning at the sunrise. It was an appropriate name, as institute members had the last laugh. It seems most of them left to become priests or nuns.

Trade was still heavy on the opposite side of the glen. It was little wonder that Willie Neff’s son decided to rebuild the hotel in 1870. Even more grand than its predecessor, the hotel boasted 246 rooms, many of which were in suites; 11 private parlors, a main parlor with dimensions 75 by 45 feet, and a dining room measuring 156 by 45 feet.

A LAKE WAS added when the second Neff House was built. The four-acre body of water existed until the early 1950s when it finally succumbed to silt and sewage. The dam still stands, holding land elevated at least 10 feet higher than the ground behind it.

A cellar hole remains from the Neff House or one of its outbuildings. The hotel, built of green lumber, was dismantled in 1892. A barn which stands today west of the hotel site was a recreation annex to the hotel. Today it’s used as a warehouse.

He who dares cobwebs and creaking floor boards may still see a sign on the inside wall of the warehouse which reads “Billiard Room Upstairs.” A black hand, painted on the wall, points the direction. Six bowling lanes occupied space downstairs now taken by used school desks. Doors occasionally slam — in the wind, perhaps?

AND OF COURSE the spring still bubbles away, blithely indifferent to the history it has witnessed. The ground around it is bright orange from iron deposits. The water tastes like it comes from a rusty pipe.

But the spring still has its devotees. Some seek water unadulterated by chlorine. Others are attracted by the high iron content. Dave Rock, director of the Glen, says the iron is not of the type which the body can use as a nutrient. He estimates that several dozen people visit regularly for supplies of drinking water, fetching it in plastic bottles or in jars by the wagonload. About the only claim Dave makes for it that it has been tested as potable.

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Why They Came — Pages 34 – 37

(Previous entries here, here, herehere, herehere, here, and here.)

Of the businesses mentioned on these pages only Morris Bean remains in any significant capacity.

Page 34

Weekday mornings for many begin at the Yellow Springs Post Office, built in 1940, shown below left. Henry Grote is the postmaster.

The Miami Deposit Bank, below, with Russell Stewart, president, has for many years promoted sound growth in the community.

The Yellow Springs Clinic has an unusually competent group of physicians, and a technical staff with facilities which serve a wide area.

The Yellow Springs News comes out every Thursday under the able direction of its editor, Kieth Howard, shown at left

Page 35

The Yellow Springs Library, a branch of the Greene County Library System, is located directly across Walnut Street from the elementary school. It is an active and important asset to the town’s educational facilities.

For many years the “Pennsy” ran passenger trains through Yellow Springs. But the automobile changed all that and now there isw only an occasional freight. Levi Wysong preserves the tradition of Mr. Gaynor (right), who was for many years a familiar institution in the community. The photograph may help you recall the whistle of the morning train.

Page 36

To the southeast of town is the Morris Bean Co. plant, one of America’s best known foundries for making precision aluminum castings and a big percentage of all tire molds. Morris and Xarifa Bean (Below) began the foundry operation in 1936 as an outgrowth of the Mazzolini Art Foundry.

At top right are Sergius Vernet, president (right) and William Hoffman, sales manager (left) of Vernay Laboratories, Inc., manufacturer of high quality synthetic molded rubber parts. Plant is shown at right center.

At right is the DeWine and Hamma Seed Company, Yellow Springs’ largest business in gross sales. It processes hybrid seed corn.
Page 37

Seth Velsey is shown above with one of his large “surface plates” made of granite. His company furnishes some of the largest plates made in the world, in sizes up to 6 by 12 feet.

Ed Carr, above right, 87 year old propietor of Carr Nursery, still puts in an oversized day’s work.

A. E. Morgan, center, directs “Community Service, Inc.,” a service organiziation and publishing house primarily concerned with development of small communities.

Robert Metcalf, far right, is one of America’s best known artists creating stained glass windows.

Amos Mazzolini, famous Yellow Springs artist and bronze foundryman is shown completing a Paderewski head.


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Getting at the Truth

[The 365 Project is developing a Blacks in Yellow Springs Encyclopedia, and the Yellow Springs Historical Society encourages anyone with knowledge of the subject to contact them and contribute to the Encyclopedia.]

The following article was found in the collection of miscellaneous newspaper clippings collected by Mary E. Morgan. It has a date stamp of January 13, 1972, and although the source isn’t know, the type style indicates that it was not the Yellow Springs News, so perhaps it was the Xenia Gazette, Dayton Daily News or the Dayton Journal Herald.


YS rough on its early blacks

VIRGINIA slaveowners’ “second families,” Ku Klux Klan meetings and a century of race prejudice were among Yellow Springs’ dirty linen that Mrs. Ruth (Pat) Matthews hung out in public last night as she detailed local black history for the Yellow Springs Library Association.

She has been asking blacks to tell the truth about how it’s been and is taping their reminiscences.

Slaveowners usually had two families, she said, and often brought the black family north.

For 50 years after Mrs. J. T. Hornaday, whose husband was justice of the peace, joined St. Paul’s Catholic Church, some people wouldn’t speak to the family again. Carl Greene, who died last year, was the first black buried in St. Paul’s Cemetery, she said.

FIFTY YEARS ago, the Klan met regularly in the old Opera House and presented minstrel shows. Their “big meetings” in Xenia were reported as social items in the village weekly.

Schools were desegregated in 1887 — all but the outhouses.

In 1956, Mrs. Charles Hatcher was hired as a teacher, the first black on faculty since 1887. She was fired after a year, Mrs. Matthews said, adding that school officials might have felt differently about her if they’d known she was a West Indian, not a black American.

Mr.s Hatcher is now principal of Edison School in Dayton.

Virginia Hamilton Adoff, now making a name for herself as an author of children’s books, was the first black cheerleader, but when she was to be graduated in 1952 she refused to go along with the custom of separating seniors by race in the commencement procession.

MARGARET HORNADAY was refused admittance to Antioch College in 1922 when the college, then just reorganized and on a shaky financial footing, had a majority of southerners as trustees, Mrs. Matthews said. Next black admitted was Edith Scott, sister of Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.. who became a student a few years after Edith.

No record of a black church, Ebenezer Baptist, or of the black IOOF, which later used the building, appears in local histories, she said.

She recalled that Central Chapel AME Church was integrated peacefully, with several whites accepted, while her husband , the Rev. Wesley S. Matthews, was pastor there in 1941-2.

BY CONTRAST, she said that the First Presbyterian Church was “split right down the middle” when Walter Anderson, who was “good enough to play the organ,” joined the church.

A reporter with the Yellow Springs News in the ’40s, Mrs. Matthews was the first black hired downtown. Her desk was by the front window and people walking past “made faces” at her, she said.

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A Map, A Man, A House

What does this 1855 map (PDF available from the Greene County Archives) have to do with the Octagon House? The creator of the map, Julius Cone, was the person for whom the Octagon House was built. Find out more about Cone, octagon houses and more at the tour at 111 West Whiteman Street sponsored by the Yellow Springs Historical Society on Sunday, May 7,  between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. $5 donation appreciated.

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Miss Polly Retires

[Another undated newspaper article, but at least the source is indicated.

The post office and a drug store were undoubted good sources of local news.]


Youthful Miss Polly Cox Is Retiring To “Just Loaf”

By Melinda Hamilton

Gazette Staff Writer

Gazette photo by Dave Myers
MISS OLIVIA COX . . . reporter

YELLOW SPRINGS—There is a twinkle in her eye and a touch of mischief about her smile. She’s Miss Olivia Cox, who is retiring after more then 40 years as the Gazette’s “Gal Friday” in Yellow Springs.

Miss Cox, who is 89 and better known in Yellow Springs as “Polly,” has an unusually youthful manner when she speaks. Her sense of humor is lively and she has a keen interest in world affairs.

The habits of youth are one of the biggest changes she has noted since her days as a student at Antioch College, where she was enrolled for normal work

“Boyfriends were entertained in the parlor and we met regularly for religious services,” she said. Of course the girls dressed more formally than is prescribed today.

“I didn’t have the money to dress as nicely as the other college girls did,” she said. “ButI enjoyed every minute of college. It was something wonderful to be a part of.”

Miss Polly’s father was a blacksmith. Her grandfather, who was a wagon maker, was one of the original settlers of Yellow Springs.

During the years after she left college, she cared for her mother who was ill, worked in the post office for 22 years and spent 19 years as a drug store employe.

Television personality Art Linkletter, isa favorite of Miss Polly, who enjoys television. She also enjoys newscasts, because they keep her “up-to-date.”

Miss Polly and Mrs. Irene Hawes make their home together in a large shingle house at 111 Center College St. Mrs. Hawes, a former telephone company employe, has been affectionately nick-named “Mr. Bell” by Miss Polly.

“I spend most of my time loafing now and just having a good time. We enjoy going to Springfield and eating out,” Miss Polly said.

She has been a faithful reporter for the Gazette. Her news brought with it an interest in the people of Yellow Springs that was most clearly written between the lines.

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1910s Cemetery Book — Pages 24 and 25

[Other pages from the book are indexed on the “Blog Multi-Part Series” page.]

Late 1917 and early 1918 are marked by several accidental deaths (Goes powder mill explosion, railroad accident, falling tree) and sadly, the death of an infant who suffered anonymity as well as hemorrhage.

July 7, 1917 — Oliver T. Drake — Cerebral Hemorrhage — Country near Yellow Springs, Ohio
July 25, 1917 — Infant, male — Hemorrhage — Yellow Springs, Ohio
August 20, 1917 — Stephen Swanton — Cancer of recutm — Springfield, Ohio
August 21, 1917 — Ruth Ramsey — Mitral stenosis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
August 30, 1917 — Howard Hoek [Hock?] — Killed, explosion at power mill at Goes — Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 10, 1917 — Granville Mills — Entero colitis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 24, 1917 — Mrs. Mary R. De Hart — Diabetes — Springfield, Ohio
September 29, 1917 — Mrs. Eliza Tate — Tuberculosis Pulmo — Yellow Springs, Ohio
October 3, 1917 — Carl A. Jarrard — Killed by R. R. accident — Xenia, Ohio
October 29, 1917 — Mrs. L. Emily Dawson — Carcinoma uterine — Yellow Springs, Ohio
November 2, 1917 — Mrs. W. C. McAllester — Killed in accident, concussion of brain — Mason, Michigan
November 5, 1917 — Almarie[?] Thompson — Mitral insufficiency — Yellow Springs, Ohio
November 19, 1917 — L. M. Cooper — Cerebral Hemorrhage — Dayton, Ohio

December 7, 1917 — Jas. W. Ford — Mitral insufficiency — near Hustead, Ohio
December 12, 1917 — Rosanna Brewer — Cancer — Yellow Springs, Ohio
December 19, 1917 — Willis E. Williams — Accidental, killed by falling tree — Country near [?] in Clark Co.
December 27, 1917 — Olive M. Shaw — Influenza pneumonia — Springfield, Ohio
December 31, 1917 — Florella Maud Bickett — Diabetes melitis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
January 10, 1918 — Abraham Kizer — Bronchial pneumonia — Yellow Springs, Ohio
January 15, 1918 — Louis Edna Tibbs — Erisepsis — near Yellow Springs, Ohio
January 16, 1918 — Forest C. Ault — Pulmonary tuberculosis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
January 19, 1918 — Ernest Smedley — General septicemia — Detroit, Michigan
February 23, 1918 — Gertrude M. Tibbs — Result of operation – appendicitis — Dayton Hospital
February 23, 1918 — [Mear]anda S. Baker — Fatty degeneration of heart — Springfield, Ohio
February 25, 1918 — Mamie Allen — Cancer of Uterine — Urbana, Ohio
March 7, 1918 — Infant of [?] Howard – [Mowen?] — Still born — Yellow Springs, Ohio

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Carlisle Lumber Company

All those biking and hiking along the bike trail probably have no idea how different certain areas are now. The following picture is another unsourced newspaper clipping, although “1935” is handwritten in the caption area.

The name of Towne Carlisle has been encountered before in this blog, especially in a series of images taken from his 1896 promotional booklet (see Blog Multi-Part Series page, towards the bottom for an index to the pages of the booklet).

Caption (note the atypical spelling of the street names): “View of the old Towne Carlisle Lumber Co., which was located at Glenn and Cory sts., Yellow Springs. The late Towne Carlisle and his son, Edward, are seated on the lumber. Standing by the fence near the office is Newt Reed. The picture, taken in 1896, is owned by Edward Carlisle, Yellow Springs.”

Towne (or Townsley) Carlisle was also a township clerk and is buried in Glen Forest Cemetery.

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 1970s part 9

Bookplates in the later catalogs of the 1970s were primarily designed by staff artists with a few  exceptions:

B-122 – “Ural Owls” – was developed from a J. Keulemans lithograph discovered in an antique shop and remained popular for at least a decade.

B-125 – was a photo reproduction of needlepoint wall art designed and worked by Rebecca Eschliman for her mother Helen who loved colors in the turquoise-blue-purple range.

Antioch bookplate B-121


Antioch bookplate B-122


Antioch bookplate B-123


Antioch bookplate B-124


Antioch bookplate B-125


Antioch bookplate B-126


Antioch bookplate B-128


Antioch bookplate B-129



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