From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 1980s part 1

The 1980s bookplates saw an increasing interest in licensed artists/properties, such as Julie Shearer (B-139), Eleanor Wasmuth (B-140 and B-142) and Boris Vallejo (B-141 “Golden Wings”) with the same designs being extended to other products, like bookmarks.

Antioch bookplate B-138


Antioch bookplate B-139


Antioch bookplate B-140


Antioch bookplate B-141


Antioch bookplate B-142


Antioch bookplate M-797


Antioch bookplate M-798


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TOOTLE & BOOM! – Historical Society Program August 6, 2017

The Yellow Springs Historical Society will explore the connection between a collection of fife music (still in use today) to which the Union soldiers marched and the Glen Forest Cemetery cannon in TOOTLE & BOOM!, a program on Sunday, August 6, at 2:00 pm at the site of the cannon in Glen Forest Cemetery. The program will combine a talk by Dave Neuhardt on Civil War era resident and fife music collector A. F. Hopkins with performances from the Hopkins collection by Tom Kuhn of Camp Chase Fifes and Drums, and the story of the G.A.R. cannon, followed by a short tour of grave sites of Civil War veterans.

For your comfort you are encouraged to wear walking shoes and bring a lawn chair, and in the case of rain the program (minus grave site tour) will be held in the Whitehall Farm barn.

The program is free and open to the public.

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Developing the look of John Bryan State Park

John Bryan State Park and its facilities are a favorite destination during these summer months, and the shelters which host countless picnic events are the result of work by the Civilian Conservation Corps .

An unsourced newspaper clipping from 1936 lays out the scope of the work done by the CCC at John Bryan:


Leads Through Bryan Park; Work Done By CCC Boys

Through the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a long-abandoned section of the old Cincinnati-Pittsburgh stage coach route in Ohio has been restored, as a nature trail, near Yellow Springs, according to Robert Fechner, director of CCC activities.

Traffic over this trail, which winds through the picturesque Bryan State Park, is even slower now than it was in pre-railroad days when great horse-drawn vehicles lumbered over the post trail, but travelers today find it safer and more pleasant.

The trail and several wide paths lead recreationists through the rock-walled gorge of the Little Miami River, a rugged wilderness valley. The woodland growth is being left undisturbed as a safeguard for wild life. Automobiles will be excluded from the old coach road.

Restoration of a two-mile line of the historic route is a completed feature of a recreation-conservation program carried on at the 500-acre state-owned area by CCC enrollees, working under the joint supervision of the Forestry and the National Park Service. The forestry division is headed by Edmund Secrest. O. A. Alderman is in charge of the park work for Ohio.

Two picnic areas, two parking areas and a large stone-timber shelter building already have been completed by the CCC boys, and a caretaker’s dwelling and a second picnic shelter are in process of construction.

The conservation workers also have built a foot bridge 120 feet long over the Little Miami and have constructed four stone drinking fountains. A stone portal is being erected at the park entrance, near Antioch College. Native materials are being used in the construction of each of the structures.

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1910s Cemetery Book — Pages 30 and 31

The causes of death on these two pages seem to be consistently from illness (and the frequency of tuberculosis-related illness reminds us how far we’ve come), but “post influenza insanity” certainly invites curiosity.

March 29, 1919 — Jessie A. Haines — Ulcer of Stomach — Xenia, O Infirmary
March 30, 1919 — Ralph E. Howard — Bronchial Pneumonia — Country near Yellow Springs, Ohio
April 7, 1919 — Elizabeth B. Carr — Angina Pectoris — Yellow Springs, Ohio
April 29, 1919 — Lucile Ella Mowen — Tubercular Meningitis — Country N>W. Of Spgs, Ohio
April 29, 1919 — Norma Viviane Foulks — Capillary Bronchitis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
May 3, 1919 — Henry Mills — Diabetes — Yellow Springs, Ohio
May 24, 1919 — Hazel Dean Caldwell — Uraemic Convulsions — Yellow Springs, Ohio
May 26, 1919 — Glenna L. Sandford — Bronchial Pneumonia — Yellow Srpings, Ohio
May 26, 1919 — Ruth West — Senile Arteric Sclorosis[?] — Yellow Springs, Ohio
June 18, 1919 — Wm. H. Ault — Pul. Tuberculosis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
June 23, 1919 — Arthur Cramer — Tubercular Pneumonia — Xenia, Ohio
July 12, 1919 — Mary Johnson — Cardiac Asthma — Cleveland, Ohio
July 12, 1919 — David Loe — Dysantary[?] — Arkansas

July 17, 1919 — Neal Purdam — Post Influenza Insanity[?] — Dayton Asylum
July 21, 1919 — Daisy Lily Lane — Pul. Tuberculosis — Yellow Springs, Ohio
July 28, 1919 — Helen Irene Cordell — Broncho Pneumonia — Yellow Springs, Ohio
July 24, 1919 — Edna Mingo — Cardiac Insufficiency — Hamilton, Ohio
August 8, 1919 — Harriet Marilla Penfoney[?] — Chronic Gastro Enteritis — Near Yellow Springs, Ohio
August 25, 1919 — Hester Francis Brutus — Epilepsy — Yellow Springs, Ohio
August 25, 1919 — Martin Van Buren Musselman — Dystentery — Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 3, 1919 — Oliver Worden Powers — Cancer of Liver — Circleville, Ohio
September 16, 1919 — Jas. G. Bell — Asthenia — Cleveland, Ohio
September 24, 1919 — Walter D. Johnson — Carcinoma of Pancreas — Terre Haute, Indiana
November 17,.1919 — Simon Curtis — Cerebral Hemorrhage — Yellow Springs, Ohio
December 4, 1919 — Wm. H. Mercer — Cerebral Hemorrhage — Dayton, Ohio
December 9, 1919 — Dora May Lae — Paralysis — Springfield, Ohio

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In honor of the Antioch Reunion 2017

The following excerpt is taken from a 24-page booklet entitled Pioneering Days at Antioch by Lucy Griscom Morgan, printed in 1947 by the Antioch Press.

The back cover lists several other booklets/pamphlets concerning Antioch College published by the Antioch Press:

  • My World by Arthur E. Morgan, “A statement of Dr. Morgan’s philosophy of living.”
  • Finding His World by Lucy G. Morgan, “A biography of Arthur E. Morgan by his wife.”
  • A Compendium of Antioch Notes , “Dr. Morgan’s selections of the material of lasting worth from the first six years of Antioch Notes.”
  • Purpose and Circumstance, “Two Antioch College commencement addresses by Dr. Morgan.”
  • Design in Public Business by Arthur E. Morgan, “Three lectures: Public Power Policy, Economic Calculation in Public Business, and Regionalism in America.”\

Some of the issues will still be familiar to both college and town.

” In 1915 a Dayton friend took me on a long drive to Spring Valley and Springfield. On the way she pointed down what I later knew as Center College Street to “an old college named Antioch.” In 1919 Arthur came home one day saying, “Arthur Hauck said today that I had been made a trustee of Antioch College. I never heard of it, did thee?” Remembering that drive, I could tell him where it was. The following Sunday we drove over to look at it and his remark that we both remember was, “It looks dead enough to do anything I want with.” It was hinted to him later that he was put on the board at the request of the American Unitarian Association, which had a residential interest in the small endowment, to protect their interests in the final liquidation which then seemed imminent.

Arthur and I had been dreaming for years of an educational institution which would combine practical work and cultural studies. In 1919 jobs were plentiful and the discouraged old board of trustees had no hopeful plan at all, so it was comparatively easy to get them willing to let him try his own.

Arthur’s first idea had been to find some suitable person to be the new president (his own college training had lasted only a few weeks), and for a year he hunted for such a person, but in 1920 the trustees, partly the old board and partly new members, asked him to take the position. He agreed to do so, using the year of 1920-21 to prepare for the new regime. He needed younger trustees, largely a new faculty, new faculty houses, renovated college buildings, a new student body—and funds.

The old college buildings were sturdy but of the 1850 vintage. North andSouth Halls had sixteen chimneys each, two by three feet in cross-section, from the ground up—one chimney for every two rooms. Old-time students told of how “trustworthy boys” supplied the girls’ rooms with firewood. The old oak floors and the oak lath and timbers in the partitions were seared by many fires that had got started from the stoves. Only the fire resistance of oak timber had preserved the buildings.

Toilet facilities were very primitive. There was an outbhilding for South Hall, but for the girls’ hall the original builders had provided an original plan. On the middle of the south side there can still be seen one door on every floor, which now seem to open into space. When we took ovwer, they opened onto narrow passageways which led to a five-suided building—four besides the entrance, one side for each floor of the dormitory—a tremendous privy. The bricks from it were used as fill to make North College and President Streets passable. Before that, Xenia Avenue and Dayton Street were the only ones in town safe for an auto in wet weather.

The village had no water supply. Luckily, Arthur knew the Ohio Conservancy Act which he himself had helped write for the flood protection work at Dayton, and knew that an almost identical law had been re-enacted for water supply districts. Under this the Yellow Spring (along with the Glen) could be appropriated as a source of water for a water system. Those of us who lived there then will never forget the deposits of iron and lime left daily by Yellow Spring water in all our sinks and basins, but it was wonderful to have running water. Primarily it was even more important in preventing the Glen being sold as an amusement park, as we found had been planned.”

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Corner Stone Surprise

Earlier this month a news story came out about the discovery in New York of a time capsule initially thought to be a bomb.  A newspaper clipping with the handwritten date of  “July 1935” from those collected by Mary E. Morgan details another such time capsule discovery (albeit without the explosive disguise) found on the former estate of noted villager and erstwhile “King of Cranks” John Bryan (more information of whom can be found here, here and here).


YELLOW SPRINGS, O., July 27.—Wishes of John Bryan, who was the owner of a 500-acre estate east of here, now known as the Bryan State Park, were not fulfilled, it was revealed here this week when CCC camp workers dismantled the corner stone of the “Lodge and Gate of Welcome to Bryan Manor.”

The CCC workers, members of Company 553, directed by Supt. J. L. Mounts, when dismantling the lodge and gate, discovered a rusty and damp tin can containing a number of old newspaper clippings, a book and several letters. In one of the letters, written by Mr. Bryan, he expressed the hope that the corner stone would not be opened for 1,000 years.

Mr. Bryan’s letter reads as follows:


“National Conservation Congress, Washington, D.C.

“To the persons who open this corner stone of the Lodge and Gate of Welcome to Bryan Manor, a landed estate of 500 acres owned today by John Bryan:

“I hope this corner stone has not been opened before 1,000 years after I close it today. I have been a long time dead, but compared with eternity, it is a short time.

“I was born in this State called Ohio which is a republic of one of the Union of Republics called the United States of America. As you read this Ohio may no longer exist. I tried to be a good citizen. I believe in no religion.. Religions are the greatest impediments to civilization. I agree with Lord Macauley that the greatest organization of Wisdom and Statesmanship ever invented by man for the oppression and degradation of mankind is the Roman Catholic Church.

“Respectfully yours,

[part of article appears to be missing here]

. . .of The Cincinnati Enquire.

And a poem entitled “Mating Day,” termed “John Bryan’s Valentine—Said to be the most beautiful thing ever said by a man to a woman.” It reads as follows:

“Tis Mating Day, sweet Nell, and from the skies
The sunbeams woo the willing earth;
And on the maiden’s cheek and the youth’s lorn eyes
The love-gleam says: ‘”Tis Mating-Day.’
The soft sea shimmers in a transing mood;
The buds are bursting to give the blossoms birth;
From ev’ry hill and dale and cliff and wood
Sings promise of the May: Mating-Day.’

“’Tis Mating-Day, sweet Nell,
And in thine eyes,
And on thy cheek and on thy lips I see
Fairer than every blossom of every tree;
Sweeter than every rose of every clime;
Brighter than ever glow of sunset time.
The love my sould would live to hear thee speak.”

Tearing down of the corner stone was made necessary as a result of numerous improvements being made at the park by the CCC workers.


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Why They Came — Pages 42 – 45

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

This group of pages gives a brief look at local architecture and schools.

Pages 42

Yellow Springs includes a complete range of residential architecture, from classic to contemporary. Mills House, as it is today, is shown at the upper right, at the center of the tract given by Antioch College to the Board of Education in 1947.

Just above is the Radin home which has received wide recognition for good contemporary architecture.

At the right is the Birch home, corner of Walnut and Dayton Streets, showing the classic design for brick houses in the early part of the last century. It was built in 1842, and is the oldest residential structure in town.

Page 43

At the right, the famous Yellow Springs octagon house, built in 1856.

Below is shown a portion of Westgate, a progressive residential building development.

Above, the Gafvert residence, a good example of modern design, and at the right, the Oster home, just off Xenia Avenue at Whiteman Street, familiar to many people who drive through Yellow Springs.

Page 44

One of Yellow Springs’ most important assets is its educational system, directed by the school superintendent and local Board of Education. The Board members, below right, are: Elizabeth Betcher, William Perry, Bruce McFaden, Faye Fluke, secretary, William Marshall, J. D. Dawson, Superintendent R. E. Augsburger at right.

Before the most recent school bond issue, which was passed in 1953, the school children themselves participated in the drive.

Bryan High School serves as a junior-senior high, and in 1955-56, had an enrollment of about 200. The Elementary School (bottom) serves more than 500 pupils.

You’ll be surprised to learn the date of this item in the Yellow Springs Review: “Next Monday is the day when the Yellow Springs public schools will open their doors for a new session, and Young America and his sister are looking up their school books and wishing the vacation was just one week longer. . . . The striking of the work ‘black’ from the Ohio statutes has removed the obstacle that prevented Colored children attending the white schools. . . .” The issue is dated September 9, 1887.

Page 45

Part of Antioch’s educational program includes the Antioch Nursery School, a demonstration school with a program for children from 2-1/2 through 5, and the Antioch School, shown at the right above, which enrolls about 70 children from the ages of 6 through 11.

In addition, a Community Nursery School, which was started in 1945 by a small group of parents, now meets at the Vernay Foundation Building, at right, center, located on Corry Street. A representative selection of children in the Community Nursery School is shown below.

No school system would be really complete without a school band, and Yellow Springs has a good one.

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Antioch College Fire in 1953

Here we are between an Antioch College graduation and an Antioch College reunion, and the following clipped newspaper article with a handwritten date of 1953  is a reminder of the college’s resilience. It may be encouraging in times of continued challenge to consider North Hall, still standing proud and useful.

[Dayton?] Daily News Staff Writer

YELLOW SPRINGS, Feb. 23 [1953].—Fire gutted North hall on Antioch campus Sunday night, causing damage estimated at a half-million dollars to the property. Major part of the personal effects of 99 women students also was destroyed.

Discovered at 6:35 p.m. By a student on his way to pick up a date, the blaze gained headway rapidly and before a half hour elapsed the entire attic of the long structure was in flames.

Rufus Read, a student from Natick, Mass., stated he drove to North hall shortly before 7 p.m. And noticed smoke pouring from the east end of the building. He turned in the alarm and then joined several hundred other students in carrying out personal effects and equipment from the blazing building.

The 100-YEAR-OLD, four-story structure, in addition to being a women’s dormitorty, housed an audio-visual aids department, a reading room, college office and radio station WABS, the college station. All the audio-visual aid equipment and the broadcasting equipment was saved.

The spread of the flames was so rapid that personal effects on the fourth floor were a total loss. No one was permitted to enter those rooms. On the third floor, students were quickly driven out by the heat and smoke. Most of the portable belongs of students on the second and first floors were carried to safety.

[Section torn] explosion of undetermined origin ripped a large hole in the west wall of the building about 9 p.m. Firemen speculated that either gas from the utilities line or heat pressure caused the blast. Bricks and glass were hurled on firemen and several sustained minor cuts and bruises which were treated on the scene.

All fire fighting equipment from Greene county and from Springfield turned out to battle the flames. Hundreds of spectators crowded the scene and it was necessary to rope off the area in the immediate vicinity of the blaze as a precaution against injury. Box 27 Associates from Springfield and the first aid trailer from Fairborn were at the scene.

Students from the dormitory were housed Sunday night in the gymnasium and infirmary. About 100 citizens of the village turned out to offer rooms and food for the routed students.

* * *

DOUGLAS McGREGOR, president of Antioch, said the building was insured for $188,000 but would cost approximately $500,000 to replace. The personal belongings of the students were not insured.

The blaze burned through the roof and then dropped into the fourth floor of the 100-year-old structure. About two hours after the fire was discovered, windows on the second floor in the rear section of the building were reddened by the glare of [section torn]

ONE FIREMAN was overcome with smoke. Robert Porter of 414 Winter st., was treated at the Fairborn first aid trailer and later returned to his post. Several firemen suffered cuts and bruises in the explosion and from flying glass from windows as the heat burst the panes. None was serious enough for hospitalization but all were given first aid on the spot.

Firemen stayed all night at the scene and long after midnight were still battling against losing odds. The brick and frame structure offered little resistance to the flames, which found a supply of burnable material almost inexhaustable. The sturdy walls of the building remained upright and reduced the danger of injury and complete loss. But the interior of the building was a total loss.

A campaign to raise funds for modernization of North and South halls has been underway. Plans included installation of a sprinkler system.

McGregor stated plans would be made immediately to replace the destroyed dormitory and that classes would be held as usual. “The fire will not interfere with class work. It will entail some rearranging on housing and we anticipate no difficulty in this area,” he said.

Several students approched the president with the question, “if my notes are destroyed and I don’t pass the examination, will I fail the course?” McGregor was seen to chuckle and answer, “We’ll arbitrate the matter.”

A note of paradox was injected when the words of a partly finished letter in a typewriter were read. The letter began: “Dear Mom, things are pretty dull around here.”

The building was one of three of the college’s original structures. Ground was broken 100 years ago this year..

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 1970s part 10

This last group of bookplate designs introduced in the 1970s demonstrates several trends that would continue.

Appeal to special interests is demonstrated by B-132 for children, B-133 and B-134 for fantasy aficionados, B-135 and B-136 for Christians

The years to come would also find more use of licensed artists like illustrator Steve Hickman (B-133 “Battle before the Gate” from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings), illustrator Eleanor Wasmuth (B-136) and photographer Thomas Cushman Hayes (B-137).

Antioch bookplate B-130


Antioch bookplate B-131


Antioch bookplate B-132


Antioch bookplate B-133


Antioch bookplate B-134


Antioch bookplate B-135


Antioch bookplate B-136


Antioch bookplate B-137


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What Made Yellow Springs Historic (1937)

What follows is an unsourced newspaper article with “1/30/1937” handwritten on it.

Helped to Make “Springs” Historic

Here are just a few of the outstanding events that make Yellow Springs historical: Horace Mann, one of America’s greatest educators, spent seven years there as president of Antioch college. Gen. Rosecrans once lived in the town, in the home now occupied by the Cox family, southeast corner Elm and Walnut sts. Gen. Lew Wallace, author of “Ben Hur,” often visited the Rosecrans home, and Gen. Andrew Jackson, hero of New Orleans, was entertained there. Nathanial Hawthorne, the poet, sojourned in Yellow Springs, being entertained along with his wife, the former Sophia Peabody, at the home of Horace Mann. In this house, corner of Walnut and Short sts., now occupied by Editor Wolford of the Yellow Springs News, one is shown the room where Hawthorne’s lovely wife, who portrayed “Hilda” in the “Marble Faun,” slept while visiting the Manns.

In this same home now occupied by the [Wolfords], and who in memory of its once distinguished guest, refer to one of the sleeping chambers as “Hilda’s apartment,” Horace Mann entertained Josia Quinicy, mayor of Boston; William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist; Edward Everett Hale, author and eminent divine, and in the day of the old Neff tavern, Daniel Webster and Henry Clay were often observed in the “Glen” earnestly talking over the affairs of state.

The posts from the trellis of historic Neff house of the glen form the pillars of the porch of a home in Xenia av. in the village, and in those selfsame pillars are bullet holes made by Henry Clay while shooting at a mark when he sojourned at the famous old hostelry. And here is a hint to the curious—the home is not open to the public.

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