Look Up a Tile

As the Women’s Park has grown, locating a particular tile among the hundreds installed can be a challenge. To the rescue comes Alisa Isaac, building on the database started by Susan Stiles and photographs taken by Grace LeftHand Jennings, with an online locator map document. Each entry gives the name, the tile caption, and the location of the pod and section.

The Historical Society congratulates Alisa for her achievement and is pleased to share the link to the Locator Map (the link with also be listed under the “Village Variety” tab).

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Mysterious “Then”

Another photograph from the Howard Kahoe glass plate negative collection with the caption of “House.” This one is made more difficult to guess its identity due to the trees covering almost any recognizable detail of the house’s architecture. Although one can perceive a few people on the porch, they are too far away to determine facial features. And there are no streets or sidewalks visible, so was this taken from the back yard?

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We Hope You All Get Your Thanksgiving Wish…

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Yellow Springs Women of Political Force

Although we have come to the end of articles covering individual Yellow Springs women in Women of Greene County, there are still articles covering Yellow Springs women’s groups to explore. It seems appropriate, given the current national obsession, that the first of these articles should cover The League of Women Voters, but the reader may be surprised to discover just what impact the Yellow Springs LWV had on village life beyond election activities.

The League of Women Voters of Yellow Springs

The League of Women Voters was organized nationally in 1920 by suffragists. Their purpose was to develop politically knowledgeable voters. Early in the 1930s several women, most of them wives of Antioch College faculty, formed a local unit of the national and state League of Women Voters (LWV). These women were eager to promote good government, to encourage women to take an active part in civic affairs, to inform themselves on national, state, and local issues, and to vote wisely. As in other towns and cities, the LWV was open to all women citizens of voting age, regardless of race, creed, or political affiliation.

For some years the Yellow Springs LWV was a very small group of women who met in each others’ living rooms. Early leaders included Adeline Bassett, Ann Henderson, Frances Leuba, Lucy Morgan, Edith Owen, and Bessie Totten. They struggled and often failed to write the letters of support and protest to government officials as requested by the Ohio State and National LWV, and they didn’t meet the modest dues requirement. They planned to resign but were persuaded by Ohio LWV board members to carry on as a small town group which would do what it could in the wider sphere, but was most interested in working to improve village government, schools, and other local issues.

The Yellow Springs LWV did attract new members and grew stronger with each success. In the early 1940s members studied types of small-town government. They decided that Yellow Springs would benefit by changing to a home-rule charter form which would employ a village manager. At first the citizens voted against this, but in 1950, charter government, as drawn up by an elected charter commission of men and women, did pass.

School needs were always a concern of the Yellow Springs LWV.; Levies for school financing were studied, recommended and explained to the public by this group of concerned citizens. The levies passed. In the autumn Village parade LWV members carried banners for the school levy. Citizens cheered;.

Sanitary garbage disposal was a problem brought to the League by Beverly Viemeister, who lived near the dump. As citizens were made aware of the problem, they pressed the Village Council for a solution. In 1952 an ordinance was passed and a landfill site for garbage and trash disposal was secured outside of town. The old village dump was covered over. (A few years later, that same area, on land willed much earlier to the Village by former slave, Wheeling Gaunt, became the Village swimming pool.) Active members at the time included: Cleo Eulau, Viemeister, Jane Gafvert, Ruth Van Lehn, Chrisabel Rohmann, Jean Hooper, Marie Treuer, Marj Russell, Kay Hollister, Virginia Crandall, and Suzanne Vernet.;

The local LWV’s study of fluoridation to improve dental health led to fluoridation of the Village water supply beginning in 1955. Other League winners came from the study of sewage disposal and pressing for improved sewage treatment, as well as for keeping waste water out of Glen Helen.

The League sponsors candidates’ meetings before fall elections and invites all local candidates to speak. The pros and cons of ballot issues are presented, as is the League’s opinion. The LWV published a widely-distributed candidates’ bulletin for many years. It gave basic information about each candidate, their responses to a specific question from the LWV, and published information on the issues to be voted upon. The voters relied on it.

Joining the League of Women Voters was the responsible, popular thing to do during the 1960s and 1970s for both Black and White women. For several years the Yellow Springs membership was approximately 100. Members took an active part in state and national LWV meetings as well as local study and action groups. Some of the members included Ruth Keeton, Jewel Graham, Donna Denman, Harriet Smith, Gerry Garner, Julie Overton, Ann Taylor, Ruth Bent, and Karen Warren.

Leagues of Women Voters were formed and active in both Xenia and Fairborn. But as more and more women joined the paid work force and formed their own special interest groups, the local League memberships shrank. Those in our county banded together as a Greene County LWV and finally merged with the large, well organized LWV of Greater Dayton. For many of the women of Greene County (too many to list), working in the League of Women Voters was a training ground which led to self assurance, job opportunities, further study, and leadership in local, state and national public affairs.

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How to Behave at Antioch (in 1855-56)

Taken from an Antioch College student guide shared on Facebook.

LAWS AND REGULATIONS

ADMISSION

  1. Each applicant for admission, whether to the Collegiate or Preparatory Department, will be expected to bring a certificate of good moral character.’
  2. All candidates for admission into the Preparatory School must be at least twelve years of age. They will be examined, and must prove themselves able to write a legible hand; to spell with correctness English words in common use; to read plain English prose with ease and intelligibleness; to give grammatical names to the different parts of speech and to conjugate verbs; to work the four fundamental rules of arithmetic, with despatch, and to repeat from memory the Tables of Weights and Measures.
  3. All applicants who wish to enter the Preparatory School, are required to present themselves for examination on Wednesday, the first day of the Term, at 10 o’clock. A.M. this regulation is peremptory.
  4. Undergraduates, coming from other Institutions of learning, are required to bring letters of honorable dismission.
  5. After being examined and received, and before being admitted to a recitation, each student will procure a ticket from the Treasurer, showing that his term-bills are paid.
  6. Students will not be considered in full membership in the institution until they have passed a probation of six months, in a manner satisfactory to the Faculty.
  7. At the expiration of two terms from admission, students may call on the President for the purpose of obtaining a certificate of full membership.
  8. Students who have frequently fallen under the censure of the Faculty during their term of probation will be required to leave at the end of that term, unless by giving assurance of amendment, their probation shall be extended.
  9. Whenever the further connection of any student with the Institution shall be deemed undesirable, on account of particular misdemeanor, or of general neglect of duty and disregard of regulation, each student may be privately dismissed,—in which case the reasons for such dismission shall be given in writing

STUDIES AND RECITATIONS

  1. Students will pursue the studies of the classes to which they are assigned, unless exempted for special reasons.
  2. No student will take a study to which he has not been assigned, nor discontinue a study, without permission, obtained from the Faculty.
  3. Permission to be absent from a recitation must, if practicahle, be obtained of the Teacher beforehand; if not thus obtained, excuse must be rendered as soon after as possible.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

  1. The duties of each day during term-time will commence with religious services in the Chapel, which all are required to attend, unless, for conscientious reasons, they are excused.
  2. All students will be required to attend public religious services twice every Sabbath, provided there are churches in the vicinity, where they can conscientiously worship.
  3. There will be public religious services in the College Chapel every Sabbath, which all will attend who do not obtain permission to attend elsewhere.
  4. At all Chapel exercises students are expected to be in their seats when the bell stops tolling.
  5. Permission to be absent from the chapel exercise must, if practicahle, be obtained from the President beforehand; if not thus obtained, excuse must be rendered as soon afterwards as possible. The names of those who have not obtained an excuse will be read in the Chapel.
  6. Students who are tardy at morning prayers will remain in their seats after the others have retired, and render their excuses.

GENERAL CONDUCT

  1. Students who have occasion to be absent from their rooms, during study hours, or to sleep out of their room, or to leave Town, will obtain permission to do so.
  2. Students are forbidden to permit ANY PERSON of the other sex to enter their rooms; they are also forbidden to visit students of the other sex at theirs, without permission from the Faculty.
  3. Any violation of the above rule will subject the offender to immediate and unconditional expulsion.
  4. A room in the Ladies’ Hall will be appropriated to the Young Ladies for a parlor, where they may receive their friends, by permission of the Matron. Young Gentlemen belonging to the Institution will obtain permission of the Matron before making calls in the Ladies’ Parlor.
  5. Young Gentlemen and Ladies are not allowed to take walks or rides together without permission.
  6. Students are not allowed to make or receive calls during study-hours.
  7. Students will air and make their beds, sweep and put their rooms in order, before 8 o’clock in the morning. N.B. All lamps must be trimmed and filled by daylight.
  8. Students are forbidden to receive at their rooms, or on the College premises, or to keep company with, persons who have been expelled, dismissed, or temporarily suspended from the Institution.
  9. In order to give the respective sexes equal opportunities of visiting the Glen, and enjoying its shades and its waters, they will have the privilege to do so (of course with the permission of the owner,) on alternate days,—that is, on Wednesday, the first day of each term, the young gentlemen may visit it; on Thursday the young ladies, and so on, alternating from day to day, through the Term. Neither sex, without special permission, will be allowed to encroach upon the day allotted to the other.
  10. Any student, entering into the marriage relation, will by that act dissolve his or her connection with the Institution.
  11. No student is allowed, under any circumstances, to have in the College Buildings, or to use on the College grounds, fire-arms, gun-powder, or fire-works of any description, without permission obtained of the Faculty.
  12. Students who shall be convicted of having in the College Buildings, or of using, except by order of a physician, intoxicating liquors, shall forfeit their membership in the Institution.
  13. Car playing, in all forms is forbidden.
  14. It will be considered a misdemeanor for any student, after having made application for any exemption or privilege to one officer, and been refused, to prefer the same request to any other officer, without giving information of the previous refusal.
  15. Public meetings will not be held by students without permission of the Faculty.
  16. If any personh belonging to the village of Yellow Springs, shall give notice to the Faculty that any student has incurred any indebtedness to him, during said student’s connection with the Institution, the Faculty will inquire into the case; and for sufficient reason, will withhold said student’s certificate of dismission, or Diploma, until such debt is paid.
  17. No person, not under the jurisdiction of the Faculty or Trustees, shall, without permission, reside on the College premises.

BOARDING

  1. Without permission of the Faculty, students will not be allowed to board with families in the village, who take boarders of the other sex….
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J. Peery Miller Memoirs – Part 26

Continuing Civil War adventures…

I herein give a copy of a letter which I wrote to my sister Charity describing my experience with a scouting party which encountered Confederate General Imboden July 5, 1854. This engagement is historically mentioned as the battle of Hammack’s Mills, on North river, W. Va.

General John Imboden

Detachments of fifteen or twenty men from each of Companies A, C, H and F composed this scouting party of seventy men under the command of our Lieut. Colonel Leeds. Confederate General Imboden was in command of a brigade of possibly 1500 or 2000 men. This engagement, almost a perfect surprise to our officers, was too one-sided to last long.

‘My letter written home soon after the battle gives reliable information from a much interested participant. (Copy of letter filed between pages 54 and 55) All that saved me from being captured and becoming an inmate of Anderson rebel prison down in Georgia was the fact that Lieut. Hanes [illegible] from Co. F was ordered to the front as a skirmish line. This position, though dangerous at first, gave opportunity for freedom of action when our real situation was discovered. Under the wise direction of Lieut. Hanes we fell back, after the first attack, toward our main line, the proper thing to do when the real force of the enemy was discovered. But in doing this he put the river between us and the enemy, the mountain side across the stream being unguarded by the rebels.

Out of our little force of seventy men engaged thirty-six were taken prisoners. Of this number sixteen died in prison or lost their lives in trying to escape. (See Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Vol. IX. Official Report).

A day later (July 4th) this same rebel force under Genl. Imboden attacked Co. E of the 153rd Regt. at South Branch with the intention of destroying the B.&O. railroad bridge at that place. In this endeavor they were unsuccessful. Capt. J. L. McKinney, occupying an advantageous position in a blockhouse manned skilled riflemen, defended his position so well that the rebels desisted from making the charge that would enable them to capture and burn the bridge. The Clark county boys composing Co. E were highly elated over this victory.

Life at camp Kelley after that battle at Hammack’s Mills soon became normal. Scouting parties were again ordered to dash here and there, bent on annoying the enemy and inflicting as much damage as possible. I seldom missed being detailed for this duty.

On one of these expeditions we made night marches in the region of Winchester, Va., then occupied by the confederates. The location of one of their picket posts was so well defined by our Govt. guide that its capture was a possibility worth attempting. We marched rapidly but cautiously, but on arrival at the proper location, we found that the place had been evacuated and the pickets removed. We were disappointed, of course, but war is full of disappointments.

The march and excitement connected with this undertaking was all a seventeen-year old boy needed to produce sound sleep just as soon as an opportunity was given. I remember we were marched to a secluded spot off the main road where we haulted for the night. I cannot forget how quickly I dropped to the ground the instant we haulted and fell asleep instantly. I did not need to select a soft spot for comfort. Any place on the solid ground was good enough. I even forgot to unwrap my puncho (rubber blanket we called it) which was rolled the long way, the two ends tied together and hung over my shoulder. The night was cold, the woods damp, and, when I awoke the next morning, I was so chilled that my teeth chattered like one afflicted with ague. This could have been avoided to some extent if I had used my rubber blanket to keep out the damp.

“Puncho”
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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 2000s Part 6

Several more designs for Christian bookstores and more exploration of styles intended to appeal to gift shops.

3577-7 – by staff artist Joan Corbitt with Proverbs 2:10

3578-5 – by freelance artist Kristin Dam – Isaiah 15:11

3579-3 – by freeoance artist Chris Paschke

3581-5 – by illustrator/artist Elizabeth King Brownd (previoius designs for Antioch here and here)

3582-3 – by freelance artist Gretchen Shannon

3581-1 – by freelance artist Sharon Pierce McCullough

3577-7
3578-5
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3581-5
3582-1
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Then and Now (But Probably Not)

Among the group of photographs with the very generic title “House” from the Kahoe glass plate negative collection is one that, at first glance, looks quite familiar for those driving down Limestone Street. But if one compares the photo from the Greene County Auditor, doubt creeps in.

It is possible that in the 100+ years since the original photo was taken the bottom floor of the screened in porch was walled in, but the changes in the windows of the upper story, with one reduced in size and the middle one disappearing altogether are less easy to account for.

Was there another house in Yellow Springs that had the same design that might match the earlier photo better, or was the photo taken somewhere else altogether (not unlikely, since the photographer was based in Springfield)?

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Life in the CCC Camp – more October 1937

The focus of these excerpts is camp enertainment.

How would you feel if on Pay Day you received TWO crisp $5.00 bills instead of one? Don’t say it. We know the answer.

Enrollees of Camp Bryan have this chance in December. Yes, sir! Of course, they won’t get paid twice (our lieutenants are too experienced to let that happen): but they will have the opportunity of WINNING an extra 5 bucks in time to make Christmas a little cheerier.

HERE’S HOW:

1 – Write an essay on the subject: “WHAT THE CCC MEANS TO ME”

2 – Write this essay in ink using one side of the paper.

3 – Remember that papers will be rated according to spelling, grammar, simplicity of language and clearness of ideas.

4 – Have your essay in the hands of the Sector Commander by December 1, 1937

1 – First Prize – $5.00

2 – Second Prize – $2.00

3 – Third Prize – $1.00

Plenty of paper, pen and ink are available at the Schoolhouse. LET’S HAVE A LOT OF ENTRIES FROM CAMP BRYAN AND SHOW LIEUTENANT LEEVER, SECTOR COMMANDER, THAT WE APPRECIATE HIS EFFORTS.

Mr. Clifton has promised to help all entrants. Remember, the contest is open to all, regardless of education. ROOKIES HAVE JUST AS GOOD A CHANCE AS THE OLDER MEN.

LET’S GET STARTED! SIMPLY SEE MR. CLIFTON FOR MATERIALS AND ASSISTANCE.

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Wildred “Ky” Moore has his honey bees; Jack Benny threatens to play “The Bee”; NOW CAMP BRYAN WILL ENTER A SECTOR SPELLING BEE—according to arrangements made by Lieutenant Leever.

“To Bee or not to Bee” will be the burning question from now until November 17 when 10 spellers from Yellow Springs will meet Vandalia on a field of battle that McGuffy made famous.

HERE’S THE DOPE: the ten best spellers of each camp in the Sector will be selected by contests held in each camp. There will then be contests between camps. Winners will meet winners until the finals. The King Bee and runners-up will receive prizes to be announced at a later date.

Camp Bryan, of course, will have its own little contest. Here’s the way it will be conducted:

1 – EACH BARRACKS WILL SELECT ITS 10 BEST SPELLERS.

2 – BARRACKS TEAMS WILL THEN COMPETE, 10 SURVIVORS BEING SELECTED IN EACH BRACKET UP THROUGH THE FINALS.

3 – THE TEN SURVIVING ELMINATION PLASY WILL REPRESENT THE CAMP IN THE SECTOR CONTEST.

4 – THAT BARRACKS HAVING THE MOST REPRESENTATIVES AMONG THE 10 SURVIVORS WILL BE CHAMPION OF CAMP BRYAN. A PRIZE TO BE DETERMINED WILL BE PRESENTED.

NEW INTER-BARRACKS LEAGUE

INDOOR & OUTDOOR SPORTS INCLUDED

Starting Tuesday, November 2, a new Inter-Barracks League will get under way. Each barracks will compete in three outdoor and three indoor sports, giving every man in the barracks an opportunity to do his stuff.

Outdoor sports will include touch-football, volleyball and horseshoes.; Touch-football will be played on an 80-yard field, using a nine-men team: five on the line and four in the backfield. Volleyball and horsehoe matches will be decided on a two-out-of-three basis. Each barracks will meet other barracks once in the First Round and duplicate their play in the Second Round. Winners of each round will meet in the finals to determine camp championships.

Indoor sports will feature pool (straight 25-ball spot), ping pong and checkers. Pool games will be doubles and will be decided by games. Three representatives from each barracks will compete in ping pong, two games out of three deciding each match. The barracks winning the most games (after playing other barracks twice in each Round) will be the winner. The same arrangement will decide checker play.

Suitable awards will be given the winners in each sport, with a Grand Prize going to the Barracks winning the most individual sports. In case of tie the barracks with the greatest winning average will be declared winner.

Other sports will be added from time to time, according to Lt. Arnall, Camp Welfare Officer.

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Tricks and Treats through the Years in Yellow Springs

From time to time Halloween in Yellow Springs was a major celebration.

Dayton Daily News – 28 Oct 1917

About $100 for war relief work in France and Belgium was realized by Mrs. Guy Humphrey and her talented young daughters, Yvonne and Simonne from the entertainment given in Yellow Springs opera house, Wednesday evening. They were assisted in the entertainment by Yellow Springs people. Miss Yvonne Humphrey is a violinist of unusual merit, and her sister is a fluent reader in French. An exceedingly pretty part of the program was a tableaux representing the various nations. Miss Jean Carr represented France in 1914; and other nations and characters were taken as follows: Belgium, Simonne Humphrey; Russia, Aline Blazer; Serbia, Virginia Drake; England, Dorothy Drake; Japan, Mildred Stewart; Italy, Eleanor Littleton; Rumania, Mary Taylor; Portugal, Charlotte Dawson; France of today, Mary Matthews; United States of America, Mary Gertrude Carr; Cuba, Louise Richison; Panama, George Brown; Uncle Sam, Burl Blazer; Army, Lewis Hackett; Navy, Walter Hughes; Liberty, Helen Murray; Washington, Burns Weston; Lafayette, Russell Stewart; Red Cross Nurse, Yvonne Humphrey. The entertainment was given under the auspices of the Washington-Lafayette Union of Yellow Springs, which was organized in 1914 by Miss Yvonne Humphrey, who with her parents and little sister, left their home in Paris at the beginning of the war and spent some time in Yellow Springs with Dr. Humphrey’s father, Dr. W. H. Humphrey. The club is composed of Yellow Springs children and the object was to do what they could for the Red Cross and other relief work.

Dayton Daily News — 31 Oct 1931

STUDENTS TREK 300,000 MILES

YELLOW SPRINGS, Oct. 31.—Antioch college students, passing each other in the night, travelled more than 300,000 miles this past weekend.

This represents the distance about 350 Antioch students on jobs in 30 states travelled as they swapped places with their 350 alter egos who have been studying on the campus during the past eight weeks.

‘Mileage mounted rapidly as students returned to campus from jobs in west and east coast states. The total distance travelled is greater than that form the earth to the moon.

Dayton Daily News — 31 Oct 1931

Yellow Springs Police ‘Treat’ Sick Kids

YELLOW SPRINGS—Over in Yellow Springs they did Halloween differently. Instead of waiting for teen agers to to their “trick or treat,” the police department decided to beat them at their own game and do their own trick or treat.’

Chief Bradley, Officer Boggs and Officer Cordell got together and thought it would be a good idea to furnish bags of goodies consisting of bubble gum, candy bars, apples, suckers and what have you to the children who would be out Halloweening.

Homes were reached where they knew of a sick boy or girl who could not go out or trick or treating

Xenia Daily Gazette — 27 Oct 1938

LIBRARY AT YELLOW SPRINGS GETS $275 NET FROM CARNIVAL

Annual Hallowe’en Affair Enjoyed by 600 Persons

Approximately $275 was realized by the Yellow Springs Library Association from its annual Hallowe’en carnival and dance at Bryan High School Wednesday night.

Proceeds will be used by the association for any necessary repairs to the library building and improvements of the grounds

Six hundred persons participated in the carnival which was preceded by a dinner at the Presbyterian Church. Costume parades for children and adults were staged on the athletic field in the rear of the school and prized for various types of costumes were awarded.

Following the parades a puppet show was staged by the Antioch School in the Bryan High Auditorium and two skits were presented by the freshman class of Antioch College in addition to a specialty dance by Jack Fancher, Antioch student. Later a public dance was held in the Yellow Springs Youth Council pavilion, across the street from the high school.

Exhibits of handicraft, farm produce and food were on display during the evening and were sold at a public auction at the conclusion of the program.

Dayton Daily News — 17 Sept 1948

Festival Replaces Halloween Carnival

Special to The Dayton Daily News

YELLOW SPRINGS, Sept. 17.—A Fall Festival, now scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9, will take the place of the traditional halloween carnival as the principal moneymaking event of the Home and School association, officials of that organization announced today.

The earlier function has been planned in the hope that better weather may be expected than at the later date.

Meeting with other Home and School association officials this week to lay plans for the event were Mrs. Valdemar Carlson, who was chosen general chairman of the festival; Mrs. Barbara Reynolds, president of the association; Mrs. Roy Adams, Mrs. Toy Federighi and Mrs. Gladys Corwin who were delegated to plan the serving of a dinner at the festival; Moto Asakawa and Ernest Morgan, who were assigned the job of securing tickets and handbills; Eugene Birch, president of the Board of Education, who was placed in charge of arranging for carnival concessions; Louis Katz and William Schaub, assigned to arrange for construction of needed booths; Thurl Hickman, who will secure prizes; and Robert Whitmore.

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A COSTUME PARADE, feature of past halloweeen carnivals, will open the evening’s festivities according to present plans, and dinner will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. Carnival concessions will furnish fun and entertainment throughout the evening and a dance is planned on the Bryan gym floor to wind up the evening.

Last year’s halloween carnival was attended by an estimated 1500 persons and more than $600 profit realized by the association. Among the uses to which the money was put was the purchase of new curtains for the Bryan high school auditorium, a new movie projector for the grade school and a wire recorder for Bryan high school.

Dayton Daily News – 3 Nov 1953

Yellow Springs Cuts Halloween Hazards

by Amber Livingston

Daily News Correspondent

YELLOW SPRINGS, Nov. 3—Window-waxing and overturned garbage pails were pared to a minimum this past weekend . . . the result of an extensive program of activities executed by the Youth council of the Yellow Springs Community council.

The fun began on Friday afternoon with a window-painting contest for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade pupils. Using watercolor paints and brushes provided by the council, the youngsters went to work decorating store windows of downtown merchants. Witches on broomsticks, black cats, scarecrows, grinning jack-o-lanterns and spooky hobgoblins peered at unsuspecting passersby when the children had finished . . . and prizes were given to all the artists for their holiday efforts.

Under the joint auspices of the American Friends Service committee and the Antioch school, a clothing drive was instituted on Friday night . . . the third successive year that Halloweeners have participated in this collection. Relinquishing their traditional rallying cry of ‘tricks or treats,” the children made house-to-house requests for useful items for the benefit of overseas relief. Following the collection, refreshments were served to the young workers.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON saw the youngest fry of Yellow Springs partying in Curl hall, Antioch college gymnasium, under the supervision of Robert Pieh and Stanley Wise, Antioch physical education instructors, elementary school children took part in a “Witch’s Carnival” from 4:30 until 8:30. Old clothes, but no costumes, kept everyone comfortable, including the parents. Game booths, skits and a movie kept the boys and girls squealing with glee before and after supper; at 6 the fourth, fifth and sixth graders sat down to enjoy the box lunches which they had brought with them from home.

‘In the west gym of Curl hall, junior high school students gathered together at 7 for a succession of games, square and round dancing. Cider, doughnuts and apples were served before the festivities concluded at 10. Decorations for this “Hallween Hop” were made by volunteers from the seventh and eighth grades . . . everything from mobile bats and tombstones to a realistic dummy to lend the proper atmosphere.

Down at Bryan high school, still another party . . . this for the upperclass boys and girls . . . got underway at 8:30 under the direction of Bryan Instructor Robert E. Gower. Dividing into couples, the young people began the evening with a scavenger hunt . . .came back carrying such spoils as old calendars, valentines, used 2-cent stamps, even Sept. 30 issues of the DDN (a real toughie). Following the hunt, apple-bobbing, eating marshmallows on strings and other traditional games were played, with dancing and refreshments to complete the fun.

‘Who says Halloween is hazardous?

Dayton Daily News — 17 Oct, 1954

Just to show how the festival spirit blossoms in the fall—take Yellow Springs. Its applebutter event? Well, that was its second festival this month. A week ago the PTA held a fall festival on the school grounds, served 600 meals, and about 200 children gave a sneak preview of Halloweeen by coming in costume.

Dayton Daily News — 22 Oct 1957

VILLAGE OFFICIALS reported that one of the worst waves of vandalism in years has struck Yellow Springs within the past few days. They said most of the persons involved are boys between 12 and 16 years of age. Last week 28 street lights were shot out by air rifles and .22 caliber guns, with damage estimated at more than $200.

Gasoline thefts and window breaking have also been reported. Council wanred that if parents do nothing to control the children, authorities will be forced to take action.

DDN — 17 Oct 1965

HALLOWEEN NEARS

Pumpkin Artist Back at Work

By Bob Burns, The Daily News Greene County Bureau, 62-1/2 E. Main St., Xenia

YELLOW SPRINGS, Oct. 16—The Pumpkin Lady is back

With Halloween approaching, Mrs. Kenneth Gordon is painting a variety of faces on pumpkins, to the delight of many small fry in the area.

‘Mrs. Gordon, who lives in Beatty, a Clark county community on U. S. Route 68 north of here, emphasizes three advantages of her artistic products,:“A PUMPKIN with a funny face printed on it conveys the Halloween spirit, without the fire hazard of the usual jack-o-lantern.

“But if the kids insist on a jack-o-lantern, they can scoop out the pumpkin and cut a face on the other side. Then they’ve got a day and night Halloween pumpkin.

“But if they’re satisfied with the painted face — and most of my little friends seem delighted, mother can convert it into pumpkin pies after Halloween.”

THIS IS MRS. Gordon’s third season as a Halloween artist.

She’ll be painting pumpkins the next two weekends at the Young Jersey dairy farm store on U.S. 68, a mile north of Yellow Sp-rings.

“Oddly,” she said, “Dog faces are the children’s favorites. Witches, ghosts and cats, usually associated with Halloween,k aren’t too popular.”

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