1896 Advertising Giveaway

The Yellow Springs Historical Society has previously shared information on several advertising giveaways here and here, but we recently found in a box of miscellaneous material donated by the family of Mary E. Morgan a much earlier special example.

The little booklet — “Compliments of Towne Carlisle” — (approximately 5-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ printed on card stock) was small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, but contained an amazing amount of information, both strictly utilitarian and of general interest, like a miniature almanac.

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Back Cover

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Front Cover

The inside front and back covers contained a directory to the businesses of Yellow Springs in 1896 (and those who wish can find earlier business profiles here and here).


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Attorneys: S. W. Dakin, C. E. Adams.
Bank: The Citizens Bank Co.; S. S. Puckett, Cashier.
Bakers: L. C. Adsit, Charles Hafner.
Buggy Works: Wilson Bachert.
Blacksmiths: Murray & Confer, Ed Hackett.
Building and Loan: Mutual Savings Association; S. S. Puckett, Secretary.
Boarding Houses: J. R. Johnson, Chas. H. Winter.
Barbers: H. V. Cottrell, Sandy Pettiford, J. T. Hornady, Isaac Harris, Jas. White.
Contractors and Builders: J. H. Funderberg, E. T. Pennock, Downey Bros., Jocob Stutsman, Wm. Drake, Johnson Bros., Thos. Fitzgerald, J. W. Cruzen, Chas. Gerhardt, Thos. Downey.
Coal Yards: S. S. Johnson, Oster & Shaw, Hafner & Dickman.
Clothier: John Hughes.
Druggists: W. H. Humphrey, Charles Ridgeway.
Dentist: W. M. Haffner.
Dray Lines: C. H. Winter, M. M. Newsom.
Furniture: Littleton & Co.
Farm Implements: Dickman Brothers.
Grain Elevator: J. H. Harshman.
Grocers: H. Routzong.
General Stores: George H. Drake, John Van Mater, A. V. Sizer, J. M. Birch, G. W. Durham.
Harness: Ed. Rich, E. P. Thornton.
Hardware: Dickman Brothers.
Hotel: E. E. Clark.
Ice Cream: Cha[Partially torn away] Hamilton, E. Hunster.
Jewelers: Charles Hamilton, Jones Bros.
Lime Kiln: Ervin & Co.
Live Stock Dealers: J. H. Mellinger, Little & Stutsman.
Lumber: Towne Carlisle.
Livery Stables: G. F. Littleton, L. Green.
Millinery: Miss E. Reed, Johnson & Long.
Meat Markets: J. A. Young, Charles E. Hughes.
Milk Wagons: Jerry Hopping, Frank Hughes.
Machine Shop: D. G. Vent.
Nurseries: M. L. Carr & Sons, E. Peterson & Co., Isaac Schauer.
Oil Wagon: Sandy Pettiford.
Printers: Ellis & Marshall, Proprietors of Yellow Springs Review, E. H. Williamson, Job Printer.
Physicians: J. M. Harris, H. F. Baker, W. H. Humphrey, P. C. Marquart, I. W. Baldwin, J. E. Dale, A. Thompson, V. S.
Painters: Wm. Baker, W. R. Hammar, R. B. Garvin, Richard Brock, Joseph Botts.
Plasterer: Johnson Weakley
Restaurants: E. R. Hunster, L. C. Adsit.
Shoemakers: John Cordingly, Ed Rich.
Saw Mill: Littleton & Drake.
Stone Masons: Andrew Quinn, M. Donley, Albert Thompson.
Undertakers: Littleton & Co., Samuel McCollock.
Well Drilling: D. Hughes, Ben McDonald

Other pages (which will be shared in future posts) contained such topics as “Green County”, “Interesting Events in the Early History of the County”, “Interesting Events in the Early History of Miami Township”, Yellow Springs (Officers, Churches, Ministers, Organizations), Governors of Ohio, Postmaster/Taxable Property, Tables of Weights and Measures, Mayors of Yellow Springs/Township Officers, “Best Records”, Distances and Fares. Every other page has been left blank, but in this instance has been filled in with handwritten names and cash amounts, indicating perhaps a ledger of money owed?

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1910s Cemetery Record — Pages 10 and 11

Some familiar names (Hamilton, Benning…) and no non-disease causes of death, but one question arises from the entry for “Infant of Edwin Huff” — since the cause of death was acute indigestion, the child had already been born, but how old did a child have to be at the time to have its name registered? Since the ages of the entries is rarely given (mostly to note unusual length of life), how many of the entries in this record book were children?

The index to all pages can be found here.

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September 24, 1912 — Chas. W. Hamilton — Cerebral softening — Yellow Spgs., Ohio
October 2, 1912 — Erna H. B. Fry — Inanition, typhoid fever — near Yellow Spgs, Ohio
October 2, 1912 — Sanford Strodes[?] — Senile dementia — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
October 31, 1912 — Lois Fry —Bronchial pneumonia — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
November 4, 1912 — Infant of Edwin Huff — Acute Indigestion — Springfield, Ohio
November 28, 1912 — Mary M. Bell — Heart failure — Yellow Spgs., Ohio
December 2, 1912 — Dorothea Shaw — Acute endocarditis — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
November 29, 1912 — Rebecca E. Shaw — Congenital spinal bifida — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
December 9, 1912 — Orville S. Ramsey — Bronchial pneumonia — Yellow Spgs., Ohio
December 24, 1912 — Andrew Benning — Dilation of heart — Yellow Spgs., Ohio
December 26, 1912 — Robt. H. Adams — Tuberculosis — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
December 28, 1912 — Owen Kenneth Jacobs — Diabetes melitis — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio

Page 11
January 13, 1913 — Wm. Wallace Smith — Heart disease — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
January 16, 1913 — Sarah Redmond — Acute endocarditis — Dayton, Ohio
January 31, 1913 — Geo. L. Kedzie — Myo. Cardiac Insuf. — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
February 12, 1913 — Eliza S. Woodford — Pul. Tuberculosis — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
February 12, 1913 — Minerva Hoffman — Cerebral softening — Yellow Spgs., Ohio
February 13, 1913 — Edna B. Jenkins — Lobular pneumonia — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
March 7, 1913 — Daniel W. Cooper — Cerebral hemorrhage — Dayton, Ohio
March 30, 1913 — Francis V. Clay — Brights disease — Wilberforce, Greene Co., Ohio
April 4, 1913 — Isabella Basey — Mitral Regurtation — Springfield, Ohio
March 29, 1913 — Matilda C. Hamma — Cardiac asthma — near Yellow Spgs., Ohio
April 9, 1913 — Elizabeth Reed — Senility — Yellow Spgs., Ohio
April 14, 1913 — Angie H. Tufts — Cerebral Hemorrhage — Yellow Spgs., Ohio
April 16, 1913 — Ruth Ann Coster[?] — Articular Rheumatism — Springfield, Ohio

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More on the Mills Lawn School Adventure

To aid people identifying the kids in the  original picture, new sections have been generated with a letter code, so you can avoid the confusion of “3rd person from the left” in such a jumbled crowd.

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In addition, Dave Neuhardt has provided a picture of what he is convinced is the firetruck. This is what how he described it:

“Here is what I know about the photo and truck. I am by no means an expert on International trucks, but it appears to be a heavy duty truck from the early 1920’s, and looks to be brand new in the photo, so I suspect that the photo was taken in that era (the clothes seem to be consistent with that period). “Y. S. F. D.” is lettered on the hood of the truck, and although it doesn’t show up in the scan, with a glass I can make out “Yellow Springs Fire . . .” lettered on the back of the truck on the original (I purchased it on ebay, loosely stuck in a cardboard frame from a town in Florida—but there is no Yellow Springs in Florida).

I’m almost certain the photo was taken in the “back lane” of Whitehall Farm, looking east, and I think the gravel lane you can see coming in from the right is probably the short lane to the house now used by Tecumseh Land Trust as their offices. In addition to the terrain fitting exactly, the location also seems to make logical sense, because George Drake (who had a lumberyard in town, and he died in 1928) was Yellow Spring’s Fire Department’s first (and long-serving) fire chief, while his brother Elmer Drake worked as farm manager at Whitehall from 1904-1912 and from 1921 until his death in 1937—and likely served on the fire department as well. The house now occupied by TLT was known to many (including the Kelly family) as the “Drake House” because it was where Elmer Drake, the farm manager, lived. So, perhaps, two of the nicely dressed men on the truck were the Drake brothers?

In the past, I’ve asked some members of Miami Township Fire-Rescue whether they had any history on the truck, but at least those I have asked do not. There is a short historical timeline on their website, but it does not mention an International truck. It does, however, mention that the department’s first self-propelled fire truck was a Lambert friction drive truck purchased in 1915, and that two Model T’s were purchased in 1923-25, with the Lambert being scrapped in 1924. This is a pure guess, but particularly given how light Model T trucks were, I believe that the heavy duty International was probably purchased new in 1924, which is what allowed the department to scrap the heavy duty Lambert that year—and that year would seem to fit the truck in the photo precisely. In any event, since it apparently survived into the 1950’s to appear in the Otte photo of the kids on Mills Lawn, there must be many people around who would remember the truck. I wonder what happened to it . . . ”


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Mills Lawn School Adventure

Among the photographs taken by John Ott recently acquired by the Historical Society is this one of a group of children posing with what may be an antique fire truck at Mills Lawn School.

There is no documentation as to the identity of the children or the particular year in which it was taken, but it had to have been sometime between 1953 when the Mills Lawn School (visible in the right background) opened  and 1966 when Mills House (visible in the left background) was torn down.

The full picture is followed by selected portions slightly enlarged to make it easier to identify the participants.

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — Rudy Vallee’s Bookplate

Private bookplate for Rudy Vallee Among the samples of custom bookplates in the Antioch Bookplate archives is one with the signature of “Rudy Vallée” with the illustration of a Doberman Pinscher. Before definitively declaring that the bookplate was indeed printed for the well-known actor and bandleader, caution dictated that some confirming information be found (the correspondence with Antioch Bookplate to the create the bookplate had long been destroyed).

An Internet search did reveal that the actor was ineed mad about dogs, and at one time owned four, including two Dobermans. Historian of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America Marj Brooks noted: “Rudy owns two genuine Doberman Pinschers: Himmel…and Kaiser, a half-brother to Himmel. They are his constant companions and protectors… Kaiser takes keen interest in his master’s Variety Hour. If he doesn’t happen to like Rudy’s tones he places his paw over his nose simulating a gesture used by human beings… But if you should invite Rudy to dinner, there too would go Dobermans Himmel and Kaiser.”

Himmel was also noted for his association with famed dog psychiatrist Clarence Ellis Harbison as profiled in “The Dog’s Freud: He treats phobias and complexes of the canine world” by Herbert Brean in LIFE, January 2, 1950.

“Rudy Vallee’s doberman pinscher was easy to cure, although he presented a puzzle at first. The dog appeared healthy and sound, but the singer complained that he (the doberman) suffered fits of running wild through the house, scratching at doors, leaping at windows.

After having the dog in his bedroom one night, Harbison discovered the core of the trouble. It did not involve the psycho. The dog just needed to see a tree about a trunk every so often.” (Milwaukee Journal, August 16, 1949)

One of the Dobermans owned by Vallée was noted in another context, since Vallée joined a few other actors contributing their animals to the war effort in the “Dogs for Defense” program.

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Why They Came — Front Cover – Page 3

Why They Came was a trade paperback published by the Yellow Springs Bicentennial Committee (Honorary Chairman Mayor Leo Hughes, Chairman Henry Federighi, W. B. Alexander, Mrs. John Birch, Howard Kahoe, Stephen Nehez, Stanley Wise) and sponsored by Community Council.

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Copyright 1956, Yellow Springs Community Council, Yellow Springs, Ohio




“What made you settle in Yellow Springs? People so often ask. What is it about the town that makes so many stay or return after years away? Why did people come here in the beginning?

These are good questions. The Yellow Springs Bicentennial seems a good time to try to answer them, and to present highlights of town history.

This book has another purpose: to present a picture of Yellow Springs today, as realistically as can be done by people who love the town, and who would like to see it keep its essential qualities of neighborliness, eagerness for new ideas, and simplicity of life in a busy world.

If you measure the mound of yellow deposits laid up by the Yellow Spring, you might read its age in millions of years. The mound builders, on such a time scale, are recent; they left only bones to tell their history. More recently, the Shawnee Indians left a more legible chapter. Their great chief Tecumseh, lived down here on the Xenia Pike at Old Town, then called Chillicothe. His tribe knew the springs as a good place to stop on the trail to the north, way back before Ohio was born, even before the Northwest Territory had a name.

We should start this Centennial story one hundred years ago when Yellow Springs was officially incorporated. But let’s go back to May 13, 1788 , when George Washington was given 1,235 acres located on the Little Miami River in the area now occupied by Miami township.

A strange twist of events was to deprive the father of his country of these and many other western lands. For the new Congress later required all claimants to acquire Federal land patents by 1795.

Washington does not seem to have realized that his holdings would be affected, and took no action until 1798. On July 30, from Mount Vernon, he wrote Colonel Anderson, the surveyor, concerning the lands, “not perceiving how this could happen fairly and not supposing that it (the land) would be taken from me otherwised without allowing me a hearing.” The time limit had meantime been extended to 1800, but Washington died before he perfected the title to these and any other lands.

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“The Road to Yellow Springs”

Among some documents donated by Barbara Heckart to the Historical Society were a few pages from a program (unfortunately, not including the pages indicating the event for which the program was printed) with a  poem with the topic of Yellow Springs. Although the expression is both simple and archaic, many will probably recognize the overall atmosphere.

There are at least two words which mark a difference between the era of the poem and today: 1) “gypsies” — there are still some people alive today who remember when gypsies would camp in Yellow Springs; 2) “elm” — sadly, elms were killed off by disease.

The illustrations shown were included in the program, and the reproduction quality is poor from being a copies of copies. Again, the source information is missing, but the forested road image bears the signature “John Davidson ’08.”

UPDATE (August 16, 2016):

Historical Society president Dave Neuhardt recognized the likely source of the poem: the book Out of the Wilderness, which was published in 1953 for the Greene County sesquicentennial, an odd conglomeration of a lot of different things (history, poems, photos, drawings, short reminiscences, etc.)

A summer song
by Frances Ekin Allison
(Circa 1890)

Oh do you know
The way we go
Who take the road to Yellow Springs?
Joy owns the day
And leads the way
And lends the happy hours its wings.

With merry heart,
And many a start,
The morning hour is filled with glee;
And swift the beat
Of horses’ feet
Out on the broad road clear and free.

The town’s behind!
And here we find
The great oaks by the castle guard;
And see! To-day
Beside the way
Are gypsies camping on the sward.,

Oh, swift we go!
The great hedgerow
Here stretches out its level line;
Among the trees
The fragrant breeze
Tells of the tangled wild grape vine.

OLDTOWN FLOUR MILLS (Oldtown in 1874.)

(Oldtown in 1874.)

There Oldtown sleeps;
The great mill keeps
Its watch down by the riverside.
‘Neath sunny skies
Its mill-pond lies
Asleep in rushy borders wide.

Beyond compare
The road is fair.
For now its curve through woodland lies.
With songs of birds
And joyous words
Its wayside’s decked with butterflies.

Against the stream
Whose waters gleam
Between the giant sycamores,
The shadows deep
In the old bridge sleep
And sunshine dances on the shores.

The road’s slow rise
Where sunshine lies,—
Old fences with wild roses bound;
Beside the way
Wild flowers stray;
Sweet alders’ snowflakes strew the ground.


The powder mills,
The quiet hills!
The great lone elm where roots unlock
The spring that goes
Where no one knows,—
And lo, the spires of Antioch!

And Heaven sends
The glen that ends
The happy drive to Yellow Springs,
Where shady walks
And lovers’ talks
To this bright day its evening brings.

O summer night!
O soft moonlight,
That o’er the road its radiance flings!
There’s naught amiss
With earthly bliss
When we return from Yellow Springs!

O love, to-day
Our heads are gray;
But when dear June her sunshine brings,
Though love is old,
It ne’er grows cold;
Come! Let us drive to Yellow Springs.

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1910s Cemetery Record — page 9

A page of contrasts: an anonymous stillborn babe and names well known in Yellow Springs.

The index to all pages can be found here.


Page 9
July 14, 1912 — Albert Thompson — Uraemia & heart disease — Paris, Ky.
July 29, 1912 — Martha C. Middleton — Tumor in intestines — Yellow Spgs, Ohio
July 30, 1912 — Cassie Cline — Tubercular meningitis — Xenia, Ohio
August 12, 1912 — Still born babe — — Yellow Springs, Ohio
August 13, 1912 — Albert H. Dutton — Cerebral hemorrhage — Springfield, Ohio
August 19, 1912 — Harry Coleman — Lobar pneumonia — Dayton, Ohio
August 20, 1912 — Sarah D. Carr — Senility — Springfield, Ohio\
August 25, 1912 — Margaret Weakley — Valvular disease of heart — Cincinnati, Ohio
August 28, 1912 — J. B. Weston — Bronchial pneumonia — Defiance, Ohio
August 29, 1912 — Coleman M. Grooms — Cholera [?] — Near Goes, Ohio
August 31, 1912 — Martha E. Morris — Cerebral hemorrhage — Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 2, 1912 — Joseph S. Kershner — Aortic stenosis — Enon, Ohio
September 19, 1912 — Donald B[?] Dawson — Hypertrophia, cirrhosis of the liver — near Yellow Springs, Ohio

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The Enigmatic Mural Explained

Learn the meaning of the images of the three parts of Gilbert Wilson’s mural triptych  in the East Gym of the Antioch College Wellness Center in addition to information about the artist and his times on Sunday, July 31, at 2:00 pm in the Senior Center Great Room.

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The 1942 School Year

Quick reminder: the next event in the Historical Society’s calendar is the Scott Sanders program this coming Sunday, July 31.

Another page from the facsimile 1942 Bryan High School annual donated by Phyllis Jackson to the Yellow Springs Historical Society.

Handwritten personal events were added (“met Holten”, “was in accident”, “first date with Holtio”).

School opened and all the Bryanites tripped merrily to school…..the Fall Carnival was a great success.

The Seniors gave their super dance, “Goblins Night Out”…..Our teachers attended the Central Ohio Teachers’ Meeting, and we enjoyed a short vacation.

The basketball season opened with a bang!…..we beat St. Brigid…..the teachers had another meeting, this time at Beaver…..the Juniors entertained with the “Fall Festival Swing”…..the stork carried Anne to the Fristoe abode….Thanksgiving vacation for two whole days.

Decorating their room in lively Christmas colors was the result of a Senior party…..Santa arrived at the Christmas party…..Eureka! we’re off for a swell vacation…..Mr. Turner left us to enter defense work.

We all come back to school…..no more New Year’s resolutions to break…..one day without a science teacher…..hello, Mr. Bailey…..need we say anything about semester exams…..we hated to see Mr. Fristoe go to New York.

Mr. Altenbernd came to join our happy throng…..”Toni” A. arrived in Cleveland…..hearts were flyin’ at the Valentine Dance by the Freshmen…..we wound up the basketball season as Champs at the County Tournament and the proud owner of 3 trophies…..floroscoping is fun, isn’t it?

To play in the district tournament made us mighty proud…..the S. S. Sophomore sailed in honor of St. Patrick…..3 lonely Seniors trooped to the scholarship test in Xenia.

The bus left for the scholarship tests in Jamestown and returned with 1 first and 2 seconds…..a rest and Spring vacation…..the daughters brought their mothers to a banquet…..the Eighth grade spent their morning on tests…..County spelling tests came next…..the Juniors were displaying their rings, Seniors passing out cards.

The grade school represented Yellow Springs at the County Music Festival…..the Seniors gave “One Mad Night”…..the one night in the year, Junior-Senior Prom……baccalaureate and commencement are our last fairwells…..but not before final exams…..goodbye to all our high school days…..


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