The collection of newspaper clippings in the Historical Society archives contains a series of obituaries, a good source of discovering figures in Yellow Springs history. Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to give attention to women in Yellow Springs’ past who may have been forgotten by now.
Mrs. Ella Humphrey, 100, Dies in Xenia Friday
Mrs. Ella Humphrey, of 212 Elm St., Yellow Springs, who celebrated here 100th birthday last March 8, died Friday at 10:50 p.m. At Hospitality Home, Xenia, where she had resided for the last 15 months.
Born in Yellow Springs, the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Baker Little, she had spent all her life in the community and was the widow of Dr. William Humphrey, Yellow Springs physician, who died in 1918.
An active member of the Shakespeare Club in Yellow Springs, Mrs. Humprhey was preceded in death by two sisters and is survived only by cousins, including Mrs. R. W. MacGregor of Cedarville, Mr.s. J. Wolford and Jack Birch of Yellow Springs.
Services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. At the McColaugh Funeral Home in charge of Dr. Zion Robbins of Cedarville UP Church. Burial will be in Glenn Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs.
There will be no calling hours.
[Note: Although the clipping did not include the source or the date, records indicate that Mrs. Humphrey died on New Year’s Day of 1965.]
Yellow Springs News, Wed. July 3, 1974
Y. S. “Cookie Lady” Succumbs at 82
Mrs. Elsie Mae Riley, 329 N. High St., known through many years to college students and neighbors throughout the community as “The Cookie Lady,” died Thursday in Mercy Medical Center, Springfield.
Funeral, services were held Saturday at Jackson, Lytle and Coffman Funeral Home, with burial in Glen Forest Cemetery. Rev. David Rutherford, pastor of the Second Church of Christ in Christian Union, Springfield, where Mrs. Riley was a member, officiated. Her son, Frank, joined Mrs. Athel Workman, Jackson Road, in singing special numbers for the service.
Mrs. Riley, 82, was born Feb. 17, 1892, in Pike County, daughter of Byron and Sarah Anderson Shinkle. Her husband, Frank, died in 1968.
The cookie-making career that brought Mrs. Riley recognition as Antioch “campus queen” a decade ago began when she added baking to her hobbies of violin and piano playing. While employed at the Antioch College cafeteria for about 20 years beginning in 1936, she started making cookies for her student friends. Demand for them mounted up, until she quit to give full time to what became a 30-year career. She had privileged access to the college dormitories, the only “cookie vendor” ever accorded that status.
Her cookies, cakes and pies appeared over a long period at bake sales, and she often had a hand in refreshments for social events of the Yellow Springs Youth Club of the early 60s, of which her grandson Wesley Rouch was a founder. For some time Little Art Theatre patrons bought her cookies at a concession stand there.
Surviving her, besides her son and eldest grandson, are a daughter, Mrs. Rosalie Johnson, Mesa, Ariz.; two other grandchildren, Rosalie Cambell, Dayton St., and Michael Rouch, Dayton; and seven great-grandchildren.