A Scrap (or Scrip) of History

Are there any former students out there who can describe how this was used?

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Forgotten Senior Citizens Center History?

Hilda Livingston, featured in a recent post, was mentioned in the following article from the Dayton Daily News of Sunday, December 5, 1965,

The article features issues still of concern today – effective fundraising and healthful nutrition.

When and why was the program stopped, and what became of the mill?

Mill Flowers Into Thriving Business


You expect to find bingo and handicrafts in a senior citizens center. But a flour mill?

The Yellow Springs Senior Citizens center not only has the flour mill—it helps pay the rent on the center.

The mill is operated by the senior citizens, the director, and volunteers. Whole-wheat, stone-ground flour is delivered locally to Dayton and Springfield supermarkets and shipped to New York and Pennsylvania.

Last year, the mill contributed $1,400 to the $6,000 annual operating budget of the center. (The remainder of the budget is made up from $1,200 from the village of Yellow Springs, donations, and proceeds from the used-goods shop and various projects of the 100 members and volunteers.

The center entered the flour business shortly after it opened about seven years ago. Arthur Morgan, former president of Antioch college, was instrumental in establishing both the center and the mill. Hilda Livingston was center director at the time.

The electrically powered, metal-inclosed burrstone flour grinder and cleaning machine were loaned to the center by the Richard Eastman family. At one time, the mill was used in the village bakery.

The purpose of the flour project was twofold: to provide a source of revenue, and to encourage the senior citizens to take advantage of the nutritional benefits of whole-grain projects.

Programs were planned around guest speakers who explained the health benefits of whole grain. Originally, Thursday afternoon teas were held which featured hot, sliced homemade bread and butter.

Now the demand for flour exceeds the supply. “There is a market for the flour and we could sell more of it,’ explains the Rev. Wesley Matthews, current director of the center.

The mill is located in a small back room of the rambling, old dime store on Xenia Ave. that houses the center. Here, organically grown grain from Ohio, Texas, Montana and Minnesota is emptied into the cleaning machine, ground, sacked and prepared for delivery.

The first miller, Augustus King, now over 80 years old, is assisted by 72-year-old George Allen. Jerry Wilburn, a young volunteer from the village, helps lift the 60-pound sacks of grain and his wife Marilyn sacks the flour.

About 300 pounds of wheat are ground each week. It takes about five hours for 100 pounds to go through the grinders.

Matthews delivers the flour to local markets,. Smaller orders are filled at the center. Antioch college, the largest consumer, takes about 125 pounds a week for bread and rolls served in the student dining room and inn.

Mrs. Anna Struewing, center president, bakes bread for special orders.l At 35 cents a loaf, it’s snapped up so quickly it barely has a chance to cool.

Center offiicals express the hope that another mill can be added and the project moved into larger quarters in order to keep up with the demand.

However, the success of the flour mill isn’t measured in dollars and cents. Center officials say its greater value has been in improving the diets of elderly people.

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1870s Sketchbook — Part 14

Tree studies – perhaps from the Glen?

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A Most Energetic Yellow Springs Woman

Not mentioned in this entry in Women of Greene County is the fact that Hugh, one of her children, followed her lead of community service by becoming a Yellow Springs police officer.

Hilda Mayes Livingston (1904-1966)

Hilda Mayes Livingston was born near Lemont, PA, where she spent most of her early years. She was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Boston School of Physical Education. In 1927 she came to Antioch College as Director of Physical Education for Women.

Livingston introduced field hockey as a major sport to the women of Antioch. Thanks to Livingston’s efforts, this sport soon spread throughout Ohio schools and colleges, and intramural tournaments were held at Antioch.

During the Depression things changed and families grew closer. Livingston knew everyone in the Village of Yellow Springs, and visited all low income families—Black and White. She saw needs and gave assistance wherever she could. She was instrumental in developing a wide range of community health, welfare and recreational activities in Yellow Springs.

Because Black children were excluded from the nursery school and scouting Livingston formed her own groups. She found a Black teacher for the nursery school, a Black man for the Boy Scouts, and she herself managed the Girl Scouts.

Other projects identified with Livingston included the Goods Exchange where used clothes were available,.Community Day Camp, Well Baby Clinic, a large community garden that once supplied canned vegetables for the school lunch program, vocational training groups, and the Community Youth Council (precursor of the Community Council which was formed in 1942). All these efforts reflect Livingston’s creative efforts to alleviate and solve the problems of the Depression years.

In 1941, Livingston served as Miami Township Trustee. She pulled the largest vote of five candidates for the office. She was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs where her husband was an elder.

The Livingstons (including three children) left Yellow Springs in 1944. They first went to Savannah, GA, and then on to Selma, AL. Livingston taught hearing-impaired and mentally retarded children in Alabama.

After her husband’s death Livingston returned to Yellow Springs in 1958. She was a volunteer and director of the expanding Senior Citizens Program in 1958 and 1969. She worked closely with Arthur Morgan on the Senior Citizens Program, establishing the first headquarters in the Yellow Springs Opera House. Livingston continued to be active in the Senior Citizens Program where she functioned as social worker, member of Motor Meals, visitation, housing, and other committees.

Hilda Livingston left an indelible mark on many lives.

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives – 1990s Part 17

Most designs of this group are from licensed entertainment properties.

223-2 (box of 30) and 230-5 (sleeve of 12) — Looney Tunes

224-0 (box of 30) and 231-3 (sleeve of 12) — the Interstellar Alliance logo from the TV series Babylon 5

225-9 (box of 30) and 232-1 (sleeve of 12) — Arthur the aardvark, from the children’s book series by Marc Brown

233-X (sleeve of 12) — Wishbone, from the children’s TV series

234-8 (sleeve of 12) — Disney’s Classical Mickey Mouse

235-6 (box of 30) and 235-6 (sleeve of 12) — based on a Marsha McCarthy drawing on clay


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Life in the CCC Camp – January 1936

Curiously, there is no mention of horses in the article on the fox hunt – did they go on foot?


NEW PROJECTS [illegible]

The work in the camp has been slowed down considerable, due to the [inclement] weather. [Therefore] the projects which are now in movement are not progressing as they should.

We were only able to work fourteen days last month. Which will explain the slowness in the construction of our new shelter house in the lower picnic area, which happens to be a new project.

Another new project which has been approved is the construction of a park road. A tractor and a stone crusher has been transferred to this camp. So we will be able to surface the road with crushed stone.

At the same time we will crush stone for the Waterloo state Park, in Athens County, Ohio.

The stone will be crushed and then hauled to the railroad and put in cars, then shipped to Mineral, Ohio, where it will be taken care of by the other Camp.

Another project, which has been approved is a foot bridge, which will be constructed, so that the public will be able to visit the most beautiful sports in the park with the utmost ease.

A new foreman has been assigned to this camp. His name is Mr. Burley, from Crooksville, Ohio and we extend our best wishes to him and wish him the [best] of luck with his work in the future.


We arrived at Patterson Field at nine A.M., Sunday morning and were all assembled in one large building. Each Company group were given a place to put their luggage and were told to stay [there] until further orders. Finally lunch time came, but our box of lunches had dropped off the back of the truck and were run over by the following truck. Thanks to Colonel Stalnaker, we did get some sandwiches later on.

Finally Captain Halleron from Ft. Thomas started calling the names of the men and placing them in their new Company. All of our men were called except Skinner, Mondabaugh, Almasy and the three writers. We were informed that we were not going because some men from Ft. Hayes were scheduled to go to the same District and they were given the preference.

We had to wait until the train pulled from Osborne so we could then go to our NEW camp, which was and is Company 553, Yellow Springs, Ohio. We found many bright and [cheery] faces welcoming u back to our old home.

Who said California here I come?


Several of the boys of this company attended a fox hunt held recently at Husted, Ohio. We thought it would prove interesting to you if we wrote a detailed account of the hunt.

The rules of a fox hunt prohibits the use of fire arms. The general idea of the hunt is to form a huge circle which then closes in until it meets at a given location in one huge body. The foxes that are chased from the brush are thus kept in the circle ad are finally run down and caught. Below is a detailed account of the fox hunt held recently in Husted, Ohio.

Started at Husted, Ohio the lines formed a circle around Clifton, Ohio,. At ten o’clock A.M. The circle started moving. Walking was made difficult by the heavy snows, from the week [preceding] the hunt. About a half an hour after starting we chased up our first fox. Needless to say we never saw that fox again. As we neared the finish of the hunt we chased up another fox. We felt pretty sure of catching this one. After chasing him through deep snow drifts and corn fields our enthusiasm was dampened when we saw the fox escape through the east line of the circle.

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Good Luck All ‘Round in 2020!

The Yellow Springs Historical Society wishes all a most happy, healthy and prosperous New Year…

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Best Wishes for the Holiday Season

We hope you enjoy it however you celebrate it…

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December 1936 Life in the John Bryan CCC Camp

The cover of the camp’s newsletter for December is somewhat ironic, in that the occurrence of “spider meningitis” (likely spinal meningitis) would hardly be considered “glad tidings.”


By Vick Wise

During the last week, we had in our midst a very unfortunate and unwanted disease. As we are together this way in a camp this thing comes very close to us.

Of course, no one likes the quarantine that we have over us, but looking at it from another angle, we should be very glad to have had only the one case in our camp. We should do all we can to limit it to just the one case all the way through the quarantine.

This disease and most others are carried by means of dirt and particularly by carelessness. The worst and most dangerous way to pass the germs around is by actual contact, and this includes smoking a cigarette after one or two others. The picture on personal germs that we had in the recreation hall a week ago Tuesday was a very good illustration of the way and the speed with which, disease and germs will travel.

The prevention of disease is to a large extent up to the ones who do not want to catch or pass on anything that they would not want themselves.

In trying to prevent such things, we have to take care of ourselves by getting plenty of bodily requirements. This does not mean to overdo yourself on any one thing bu to see that you get a required amount of each, starting with work and play. The saying is that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This would make Jack just as dull if he played too much. The muscular system would be all played out. The right amount of exercise helps digestion and this helps the internal organs to work right so you will be clean on the inside. Plenty of water is the best medicine that Nature ever gave. Next is to keep yourself clean on the outside. This we should know, and most of us do, but are sometimes careless about it. We may put off brushing our teeth, or going down to wash before meals because it is too far to walk, but I ask you, do you feel as good when you are dirty as you do after you have just washed?

Often when you feel tired, it is just because a few of the organs need awakening.; Don’t you, after a game of basketball or some strenuous exercise, take a shower so you will feel alive and get your original pep once more?

By taking care of ourselves we help all of the others around us and help to get the quarantine over in only 21 days instead of helping to add more days to it. As you know, after each new case, if there are others to follow, the 21 days start all over again. But I know you will all say, “It will not start again on account of my carelessness, but only by the will of GOD, and as the closing saying is, “God helps those who help themselves.” We all know He will help too.

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J. Peery Miller Memoirs – part 16

An industrious farmer always found plenty of work to do at all seasons of the year, and his children were trained to be helpers in accordance with age and ability. But my youth was not overburdened with tasks. I found time for play and rest in the midst of a busy life. Our family relatives on both sides of the house were many, and they lived within visiting distances, mostly in Clark or adjoining counties. At intervals, when the farm work was not pressing, a visiting trip to the home of an uncle or an aunt which would require an absence of several days was not uncommon. These visits are bright spots in my memory for there were many cousins of my age, or nearly so, whose companionship I greatly enjoyed.

Location of Midway (Sedalia)

I recall a trip made with father, mother and my youngest brother, Clinton, to Midway (now Sedalia) Madison county, Ohio. It required an early start and a steady drive to cover this distance in a day. Lunch and horse feed must be prepared to be served at noon somewhere on the roadside. This trip is memorable because of an unseasonable frost that occurred at this time. The date of starting was Saturday, June 4, 1859. While the early morning was quite cool, we thought little of it. At Springfield we made a short stop at the home of my brother Samuel, who, at that time, lived in West Main street. Here we obtained extra lap-robes for additional comfort and then pursued our journey as speedily a our lumbering farm horse could be induced to travel. I remember that in spite of the extra wraps I got cold and got out of the buggy and warmed myself by running until I puffed like a race horse. We arrived at our destination, Dr. Milton Leman’s, late in the afternoon and were welcomed with a good, warm fire just as acceptable for our comfort in this June afternoon as the same would have been in the month of January. That night came the famous killing frost that history relates, and is still remembered by the very few old-timers now living in this vicinity. It is called the “Big frost of June 5, 1859”.

After an enjoyable Sunday visit and a second night’s rest we started homeward. It was pityful to witness the condition of the crops along the roadside! Wheat, which was now near the blooming stage in growth was lying flat on the ground as if it had been run over with a heavy two-horse roller. Corn, much of which before the frost, was knee high, lay flat on the ground. It is needless to say that the wheat crop for this year was entire failure throughout this section of the state; fruit also. Much of the corn was replanted and, though late, a fair crop was raised.

On our return home we thought to aid nature and encourage root growth by clipping off the wilted corn-blades with sheep-shears, but this did little good. In spite of the frost the up-ground corn on our farm was but little injured, being protected by the deep furrows in which it was planted and the nature of the soil. From one wheat field of twenty acres we cut two shocks, which when thrashed, should have produced one bushel, but the chickens took possession and saved us further trouble. Seed wheat for the next crop had to be purchased abroad. Also flour for home use unless the farmer was fortunate enough to have a supply of old wheat in the mill for that purpose.


Similar visiting trips were made to the homes of my mother’s brothers and sisters all of which gave pleasure to parents and children. To me the expectancy of going was cheering; the journey, thrilling, and the companionship of my cousins at their homes created a deep friendship among us, lasting from youth to old age. In this connection I would mention the families of my aunt Catherine Johnson, near Urbana, Champaign Co., O., Uncle Ira Smith, near Cable in the same county, and aunt Mary (Smith) McReynolds, whose home was at one time in Waynesville, Warren Co. and later in Miami county; also aunt Sarah (Smith) Leman in Madison county. These names and their descendants are all properly recorded in the “Smith Family Genealogy (1922.”

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