No Crime, Therefore No Punishment

A report from the January 10, 1891 issue of the Xenia Daily Gazette details a rather confused justice proceeding, of which a very lengthy article, “How Gossip Brought About a Murder Charge,” by Howard Burba appeared in the December 15, 1935 issue of the Dayton Daily News:

THEY ARE DISCHARGED

REV. CLARK AND WIFE GO FREE

No Evidence Beng Found to Justify Holding Them, Prosecutor Trader Asks Their Release

The mayor’s office was fairly jammed by ten o’clock this morning, the hour set for the preliminary hearing of Rev. C. J. M. Clark and wife, who were charged by Dr. J. L. Steinberger, of Yellow Springs, with complicity in the supposed poisoning of a former Mrs. Clark. Some people have the erroneous idea that Coroner Broadstone had Clark and his wife arrested, whereas the coroner distinctly refused to do so, as that case had nothing to do with the death of Effie Taylor.

When the hour of trial arrived the Mayor was in his chair while the audience was all expectancy, not knowing what was within the knowledge of a few, that is, that there were no evidence against the accused which could be admitted in the court, and that the prosecuting attorney only awaited for the hour to arrive to have the accused persons released.

Even Dr. Steinberger, who had made the affidavit on which Clark and his wife were arrested, did not put in an appearance, which looks bad for him. There was, however, present a vast throng of sympathizing friends of the preacher and his wife, as many a two car-loads of people coming over from Dayton, to see their pastor through with his troubles.

When the moment arrived the prisoners walked out from the mayor’s private office, accompanied by their attorneys, Mssrs. Maxwell of this city, and Vanskeik, of Dayton. After silence was obtained Prosecutor Trader arose and stated that he had made a fruitless effort to find any competent testimony against the accused and having failed to do so, he therefore desired to have the Rev. gentleman and wife released. This speech was received with a whirlwind of cheers from the assembled multitude. The Mayor then discharged the prisoners, saying that it gave him great pleasure to give them an honorable discharge. At this Rev. Clark arose with great feeling and thanked the officers for their kindness and courtesy under the fiery ordeal had gone through and asked permission to call God’s blessing upon them. This was granted and he proceeded in a very eloquent manner to pray for Divine blessing to fall upon the officers, while many of the women folks present wept. It was quite an impressive scene.

While this winds up the case against Clark and his wife the question of Effie Taylor’s death is still unsettled. Coroner Broadstone’s verdict in the case is, “That Effie Taylor came to her death by poison.” No one is accused of having given it to her, so far as the coroner is concerned.

Prosecutor Trader and Officer Ed. Smith went to Yellow Springs yesterday in search of testimony in the matter of Rev. J. M. C. Clark and wife who were charged on the affidavit of one Dr. J. Clark’s former wife. After diligent inquiry Prosecutor Trader was unable to find anyone whose testimony would be received in court, what they knew being of an entirely hearsay nature. They did find, however, that Miss Effie Taylor, who is supposed to have suicided by taking strychnine, purchased the strychnine herself of Dr. Humphries, a druggist of Yellow Springs, on the pretext that she was going to poison dogs. This happened about Dec. 6th. This circumstance goes to carry out the theory that the unfortunate young lady did commit suicide, though the apparent calmness of her death, as evidence by the composed way in which she was found in bed is not the way in which that poisin general effects persons.

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J. Peery Miller Memoirs — Part 28

Continuing Civil War adventures…

On July 26, 1864, our company, commanded by Capt. H. C. Cross, was ordered to leave Camp Kelley and march to South Branch Bridge, twelve miles west. As this was the place where Co. E (Capt. McKinney’s company) was stationed, we were much elated at the prospect of joining our home comrades from Clark county.

South Branch Bridge

We packed our knapsacks to be conveyed in an army wagon, and, in light marching order, crossed the Potomac river to the Maryland side and then followed the [tow]-path of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal to our destination, arriving late in the afternoon of that day. Being on the Maryland side, we recrossed the river on a shallow flat boat which made several trips back and forth to complete the transfer.

\The object of this move may have been known to Capt. Cross, but the rank and file knew nothing. Some supposed that we were being given an opportunity to visit our friends before the expiration of our time of service which was drawing near. Of this their minds were soon disabused; for after enjoying the hospitality of Co. E in common camp life for three days, the order came (Aug. 1st) from Col. Stough for both Company E and Company F to proceed by train west to Green Springs together with that portion of our regiment that had been stationed at other points along the B. &. O. R.R. to the east of Camp Kelley.

Green Springs, West Virginia

Green Springs station, W. Virginia, is opposite Old Town, Md. The Potomac river flows between them, and in times of low water, is usually forded at this point. Brigadier General John [McCausland], the famous or infamous Confederate general, according to the view point of his friends or enemies, had succeeded in invading Pennsylvania, burning the city of Chambersburg and marching west as far as Cumberland, Maryland. He was now (Aug. 1st) at the latter place demanding the surrender of the city, the headquarters of our corps commander Genl. Kelley. Genl. Kielley was sufficiently strong in men and fortifications to defend Cumberland, but he desired to cut off [McCausland’s] retreating forces when he would be compelled to recross the Potomac at Old Town, Md. in order to get back into W. Va.

General John McCausland

Col. Stough was ordered to place as many companies of the 153rd Regt. at the ford as were available in order to intercept McCausland at this point. Reinforcement from Genl. Kelley with troops from Cumberland was promised, but for some reason or other none arrived.

Our forces all told could not have exceeded 450 men. During the night of August 1st we lay on our arms on the Maryland side of the river to the north-east side of the village of Old Town. In the early morning of Aug. 2d the regiment was ordered to a position along the high ridge immediately south of the village. Here in battle line we waited the enemy’s approach. From this position the advance of the enemy was checked by several successive volleys fired by our troops. So sudden and unexpected was this firing that the rebel advance troops were thrown into great confusion. But Genl. McCausland had under his command two or three brigades and a battery of [nevaral[?][ guns. So it was only a question of time, if reinforcements did not arrive, until we would be swept aside, as our left flank was seriously exposed. However, we held our position for several hours under constant firing from the enemy’s sharpshooters advantageously placed in and about the village. One two-story brick house immediately in my front seemed to be a rendezvous for a firing squad of this class. I took occasion to put a ball or two from my rifle in one of the windows from which smoke from a gun was seen. (This house was still standing on 1924, showing many bullet scars as the result of this battle, which the present occupants point out to tourists as relics of the Civil War. I passed that way in the summer once of that year (1924) and confessed to the people then living there that I was the culprits that, 60 years ago, helped to do the marring.

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Means Family Drama

The Means family were the next to own Mills House

This blog has previously shared newspaper articles devoted to Pearl Means (here, here and here), especially in her professional capacity, but other members of her family provided lively drama offstage as well, as shown in the following articles from the Xenia Daily Gazette.

Did the possible litigation ever take place? What was Mrs. Means’ issue with her brother-in-law? What was the medical condition for which Miss Patti required surgery far from home?

January 7, 1890

MISS PATTI MEANS
Sick at the Residence of Her Grandfather—Her Mother Refused Admittance

ASHLAND, KY.,m Jan.’ 6.— Mrs. Wm. Means arrived in Ashland late to-day from Cincinnati, in answer to a telegram sent in reference to the condition of her youngest daughter, Miss Patti who is at the residence oif her grandfather, Thomas Means, in this city. The child is in need of surgical attention, and was sent to her grandfather’s for that purpose. On Mrs., Means’ arrival she was refused admission, being met at the gate by officers. Mrs. Means says her husband is now at Yellow Springs and is as well as anybody, but that her family is broken up. She was very much excited over the affair at this place, and desired that the same be truly and plainly stated. Word has been telegraphed her husband, and some important affairs will no doubt transpire in Ashland’s share of the noted bank case. Mrs. Means says her daughter arrived here on Saturday night, and, in an invalid condition, walked from the depot to her grandfather’s residence.

January 9, 1890

THE MEANS SCANDAL
MRS. MEANS STIIL AT ASHLAND

Miss Patti Removed From Her Grandfather’s to the Hotel Where an Operation is to be Performed

ASHLAND, Ky., Jan. 8.—The differences in the Means family circle excite an undercurrent of interest that is unmistakable, even to a casual observer. Mr. Wm. Means sent his daughter Patti here last Saturday, in company with her eldest sister, Miss Gertrude, with a petition to his sisters that they give her the medical attention needed. On their arrival the invalid’s condition was so much worse and their reception so cool that the mother was telegraphed for. She arrived on Monday evening, as stated in a former dispatch.

MRS. MEANS PROTESTED

Against her children coming here, acting under the advice of her lawyer, but the acute suffering of the child, and the father’s instructions to do so, caused their coming, as the following dispatch will show:

“YELLOW SPRINGS, Jan. 6, 1890.
DR. J. J. McCLELLAN, Columbusd, O.: Meet Mrs. Means at Columbus depot at noon and go to Ashland.
WM. MEANS.”

Dr. McClellan arrived Tuesday at noon. He is a specialist fro Columbus, Ohio, and is Mr. Means’ old physician. He it was who operated so successfully upon Mr. Means where other doctors had given up in despair.

Dr. McClellan was met by an officer at Thomas Means’ residence, and was admitted only under promise that no surgery should take place in the Means house. Miss Gertrude accompanied him and remained with her sister until removed to the Hotel Aldine, where the mother is and has been since her arrival. Under no circumstances will she be admitted to the Means residence.

THE OPERATION THIS AFTERNOON

Was performed successfully on Miss Patti by Dr. J. J. McClellan, and she is resting comfortably. She was borne from the Means residence to a cab and to the hotel by him personally at the advice of lawyers of the other side.

Mr. William Means arrived from Yellow Springs at 4:30 p.m., and is with his family at the hotel.

The cause of the trouble between the families dates from last September when an Enquirer reported interviewed Mrs. Means at Yellow Springs, and on which occasion she spoke very harshly of Mr. Means’ brother, Mr. John Means. This was the first public expression Mrs. Means ever made of her feeling toward her husband’s brother, and caused abrupt estrangement, and bitterness which has now enveloped into an open scandal.

January 11, 1890

THE MEANS TROUBLE
STILL THE SENSATION AT ASHLAND

Mr. Means Left For His Home, While Mrs. Means Still Remains With Her Daughter, Miss Patti.

ASHLAND, KY., Jan. 10—The sensational visit of Mrs. Means and her daughter has greatly stirred up this section on both sides of the river. Little else is talked of in Ashland or Ironton.

Mr. William Means, who came here on receipt of a telegram from his wife, returned to Yellow Springs yesterday. He was accompanied by Dr. McClellan, who goes to Columbus. J. J. Glidden, of Cincinnati, the lawyer engaged by Mrs. Means, also left on the noon train. When seen at the hotel yesterday Mrs. Means declined to make any statement about the trouble, explaining that she was acting under legal advice. The intimation, however, was abroad that there would be

LITIGATION AT AN EARLY DATE
This is also borne out of the fact that the other side has engaged Colonel Moore, of Catlettsburg, and Attorney Hager, of this place. Regarding her daughter’s condition Mrs. Means said that she had shown marked improvement at the noon hour, and if the favorable conditions continued she would be taken by her mother and sister to Ironton in the morning, and then to Columbus for for further medical treatment;. At the house of John Means it was stated that they had no reply to make to Mrs. William Means. The matter was in the hands of their lawyers. However, they had sent out the following telegram in answer to inquiries from friends: “Patti is in condition to and can see her mother elsewhere. Mrs. Means came here, as we believe, with ulterior motives, directed against the permanent peace of the home, and was therefore denied admittance.

THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF REPORTS

Emanating from friends of each side. It is also stated that William Means is absolutely penniless, and that his home is virtually broken up. Something may be realized out of his wrecked fortune, but it will be a pittance. His Ashland relatives have shown a disposition to help him, but at the same time considerable bitterness\ is manifested toward his wife. Public sympathy here is divided.

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 2000s Part 8

This group of bookplates introduced in the 2005 catalog might actually be known as “1930s/1940s – The Rerun” as they are all either direct reprints or adaptations of designs from the earlier years. Of course the current versions are all printed using four colors on the offset press on standard pressure-sensitive stock rather than black on vellum glue-backed stock.

3591-2 — Originally F-638 and M-44

3592-0 — Originally 719/F-719

3593-9 — Originally M-1 by Cobb Shinn

3594-7 — Originally M-613

3596-5 — Adapted from G-525, one of a series of three narrow format bookplates printed on a leather-look stock designed by someone with a name something like “Eulphie,” offered briefly sometime in the 1930s:

G-524
G-525
G-526

3596-3 — Originally F-644/M95 by Rodolphe La Riviere

3597-1 — Originally F-649/M14 by Francis Dawson

3598-XM-80 by Owen Wise

3591-2
3592-0
3593-9
3594-7
3595-5
3596-3
3597-1
3598-X
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Another Mysterious “Then”

Do the columns and window arrangements offer any clues? Or the gentleman in the wheelchair (which apparently provided the inspiration for the caption of this photo from the Kahoe glass plate negative collection, “Invalid”)?

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CCC Camp Life December 1937

Excerpts from The Hooey reporting on the Christmas Party, recent projects and “Resolutions for 1938 That Will Be Broken”…

Front Cover
Inside Front Cover

MONK HOSTINCK’S HULA-HULA WINS PRIZE FOR BARRACKS

A weird combination of Gypsy Rose Lee, an eel and an octopus, shaking as though bothered with an epidemic of hungry ants, won the Grand Prize for Barracks Five at the annual Camp Bryan Christmas Party, December 20.

This strange creature goes by the name of “Monk” or “Pug-ugly” Hostinck, and in its normal habitat frequents pool halls, boxing arenas and jitney dance halls. Its exterior, above the neck is marked with cold cuts of swinging leather; its nose has been flattened many times; its ears resemble a cauliflower.

Underneath this outward facsimile of Bull Montana there throbs a heart of gold, a genial, happy-go-lucky personality which keeps his barracks cheerful.

It was this same Monk that gyrated so vigorously that the company could not bestow a First Prize upon One’s super truckers, Wright and Michalowsky. As a result, each and every member of 5 smoked nice, shiny Garcia Grandes, a whole box having been the first prize.

In charge of leader Bob Carlisle, who worked like a Trojan, the Christmas Party was a great success.

A three-piece orchestra kept the gang pepped up. Roy “Putty Puss” McAllister was good for once in his life as Master of Ceremonies; the cooks had a nice lunch prepared; there was enough beer for all, and punch for those who don’t beer.

One hundred and ten gifts were distributed by Santa,. These ranged from such useful items as eyebrow pencils to baby dolls and dresses.

Autenrieb spoke a piece; Wright and Michalowsky trucked; Breeze clucked, Tex Tungate ate fire; George Blush warbled; Tkachuk juggled, Slater wowed ’em with his harmonica; Geis and Hagemann leahterpusheed for three rounds, as Witt and Ferris wrestled, drunkenly; Maue recited; Shearer and Lawson jigged.

All in all, thanks to Lt.Arnall, it was a party to be remembered—sober and all in good, clean fun.

REVIEWING THE PROJECT
By Joe Felder
(Pinch-hitter for Brantley)

In the following article I shall discuss the various work projects and the men who are detailed on them.

One of the biggest and best projects is the arboretum,. It is supervised by Mr. Meferd., Landscape Architect, and Mr. Baker, Senior Foreman, with Junior Assistant Mr. Moore, also directing activities. Leaders and Assistant Leaders include Carlisle, Blush, Whitmer and Bloom.

I can say with pride that these man are doing a great piece of work. And I am proud, too, that I have worked on it. Why am I proud? Because it is the only arboretum of its kind in the entire u.S. In fact, it is only the second of its kind in the world.

An important project, recently completed, is the park incinerator. Mr. Turner, with Junior Assistants Quedeweit and Rotrock, built this impressive piece of stonework. It is a pity that its location will prevent more people from enjoying it. Built solidly and durably, it will last for many, many years.

Another important project, under Mr. Stockwell, is the construction of roads and parking areas. Junior Assisant Felder, Leader Green and Assistant Leader Hathorn aid Mr Stockwell. Without roads and parking areas few persons could enjoy the natural beauties of the park.

Mr. Davik, assisted b y Mr. Moore, is supervising construction of trails. The largest project has to do with the trail extending from the park to Clifton.

A new quarry is being opened by Mr. Turner, Assistant Bowman and Assistant Leader Denny. Raw limestone, necessary for roads and building stone, is here harvested. This is most important.

In conclusion, we must not forget the man behind the scenes, directing the entire project, Mr. Mounts. As superintendent he is doing a remarkable job. A modest and likeable person from whom there is never a harsh word or a boast, Mr. Mounts keeps at the daily grind of turning out a beautiful recreational center in John Bryan Park.

RESOLUTIONS FOR 1938 THAT WILL BE BROKEN

BE IT RESOLVED, for the year 1938, beginning NEW YEAR’S DAY at Noon, THAT

“We shall say no more about the state of Idaho.” — Klem and VanLieu, wits-1/2

“I shall never mention the name of the certain Cincy gal who is usually called ‘Olivia.’” — Bernard Maue.

“I shall cease being the unusual genius that I am.” — John Michalowsky

“We shall not use Wright as a punching bag.” — Brute Bob Calisle, (K) Hostinck

“’Once In A While’ will not be sung or whistled by me in the Recreation Hall,” — Rudolpho Valentino Schiffelino

“Other fellows’ girl friends will mean nothing to me; in fact, I shall not pen letters to any of them.” — G. Roberts.

“Never again shall I pick on poor, defenseless rookies at night while I am supposed to be putting out lights and banking fires.” — A certain N.G. (Night Guard)

“Beans will not appear on the menu for the coming year.”: — Earl Osborn, Mess Sergeant

“We shall not even smell the cork out of a bottle.” — L.B. And W. M.

”I shall wash and bathe at least once each month.” — Glenn Wardlor

“We’ll all be more serious.” — HOOEY staff

And some miscellaneous items…

From all reports that alleged fight between a couple of ex-Pineville lads was pretty good—until they began pulling each other’s hair.

Charlie:— If you can’t stop cheating in the card game, my advice to you is play somewhere else.Anybody that would cheat in a match game isn’t worth playing with. If you don’t mend your ways you and your partner in crime will be exposed.

We understand Tully didn’t want his girl to read last month’s HOOEY. We wonder—mm, mm.

We hear that this same gent, Tully is holding a certain letter over Maue’s head. When and if I get that letter I’ll publish it, so let’s have it, old man, let’s have it.

There was only one guy at the Christmas party: someone wouldn’t cooperate with Harry Williams and play a guitar duet with him. We call it poor stuff, as we have heard Williams play the old geetar—and we say he’s good.

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Politics, Culture and Hot Gossip – Life around New Year’s before 1890

A healthy and prosperous New Year from the Yellow Springs Historical Society

More excerpts from the Xenia Daily Gazette, in which it can be somewhat startling to see a wild departure from “just the facts.”

December 20, 1882

Will Not Have It.

The Ohmers’, of Dayton who are the proprietors of all the fine restaurants on the Little Miami road, have leased the Neff House at Yellow Springs, for a term of years and will refit and refurnish it in fine style. It is said that Superintendent Peters has interested himself in the matter and induced the Ohmers’ to take it. Perhaps Yellow Springs will be a profitable Summer resort after all — XENIA GAZETTE

The above does not at all correspond with the statement Mr. Ohmer made in our presence a few days since. He came here, looked at the property and said distinctly that he would not take the place, but if he changed his mind and concluded to open the house, we are glad, exceedingly glad, to know it. — Yellow Springs Review

December 26, 1882

The sheriff, on Saturday, sold several pieces of property at public sale. The McClure homestead, on E. Main street, Xenia, on partition, was sold to Mr. Jeff McClure for $3,015. Mr. McClure previously owned four of the six shares. A house and lot in Fairfield, known as the Payton property, was sold to John Leuck for $278.50. In the case of Mills vs Bradley, a lot near Yellow Springs was sold by the main party in interest for a small figure, purchaser to pay the costs.

December 29, 1882

A Citizen of Yellow Springs in an Ugly Scrape.

Late last night, James Redding of Yellow Springs, was arrested at Springfield with a white woman, wife of a colored man named Thompson, at the Springs. Mrs. T. ran off several weeks ago taking $400 of her liege lord’s money, and he has been hunting her ever since. He took possession of the woman, and Redding was marched to the station-house. Her maiden name is Hennessy, and she has relatives in Xenia. Only last week Redding obtained a divorce in the Common Pleas Court from Jeannetta Redding, and at the time it was rumored that he was the cause of Mrs. Thompson leaving her husband. It has been over a month since Mrs. Thompson left her husband, and nothng could be learned of her whereabouts until yesterday. Mr. Redding was in Xenia on Wednesday, and a GAZETTE reporter who had heard the rumor of his connection with the flight of Mrs. Thompson, approached him on the subject, but he denied it in the most positive terms.

It now transpires that Redding was in town for the purpose of meeting the charge which had been preferred against him in the I.O.O.F. Society in regard to this matter. Redding holds the office of District Deputy, and the charge has created quite a stir in the organization, and will be thoroughly investigated by that order.

It is also stated that Redding is not the only male at Yellow Springs who is responsible for Mrs. Thompson’s desertion of her husband and when the matter reaches a legal investigation other hearts will ache.

December 30, 1882

The Thompson-Redding matter, of which we made mention yesterday, has been compromised, and Mr. Redding released from custody at Springfield. Mrs. Thompson has returned to her husband at Yellow Springs.

January 4, 1883

The public school opened again, Tuesday. The streets now look lonesome.

D.S. Funderburgh has been appointed Deputy Sheriff for this township, under Sheriff Johnson.

Mrs. M. E. McNair, postmistress, has been somewhat indisposed for the past few days, but is now convalescent

Mrs. Mary Mac. Ridgway, of Ripley, O. has been chosen music teacher of Antioch College. The faculty have made a wise choice.

An elegant “surprise” was tendered Billy Hawkins last Tuesday evening, by his young lady and gentlemen friends, on his return from the west.

The winter term of Antioch College begins Wednesday, under very flattering auspices. Most all of the old students are back again and a goodly number of new ones.

Phil. Thompson ought to have credit for his persistency in apprehending his wife, and her paramour, James Redding. Phil. with a little more practice would make a good detective.

January 6, 1883

In the delinquent tax list the names of the trustees of the Catholic church of Yellow Springs appeared as being in arrears. This was a mistake and the taxes on the church property are paid in full.

January 9, 1883

Rev. T. DeWitt Peake, who used to be stationed at Yellow Springs, has gained considerable notoriety by preaching a sermon, in which he denounces the idea of prohibition as impracticable.

December 30, 1884

A delegaton of music loving citizens of Yellow Springs, will attend the Opera of Fra Diavolo, at the Xenia Opera House, New Year’s night, Jan. 1st.;

January 6, 1885

The Cleveland Press instead of publishing the names of those who would receive calls on New Years’ Day, presents the names of about four hundred persons out of employment, who would be pleased to receive calls—for work. The Press asks a strong plea for the destitute and suggest how the well-to-do may aid them by giving a day or two’s work to one or more. [Note: not in reference to Yellow Springs, but a sign of the times.]

February 26, 1885

The Yellow Springs Democratic Company will present the delightful and laughable comedy “Rip Van Winkle” at the School Hall next Thursday evening for the benefit of the poor of the town. There are a great many who are suffering for the necessaries of life and this entertainment should be well patronized. Now, you that are able to go, and do all you can to relieve the suffering poor.

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Yellow Springs Women Doing Good in the Background

In this entry describing one of the women’s groups recorded in Women of Greene County, we are introduced to an organization whose members managed to accomplish quite a lot, despite being few in number and dedicated to avoiding publicity.

VI Silhouettes
Yellow Springs

On November 26, 1961, six working women decided to join a league at the new Yellow Springs bowling alley. After about an hour spent trying to bowl and a lot of laughs, it was too soon over. We knew we were not expected home so soon. The husbands probably were in the process of bathing and putting the children to bed, so why interfere? One of the singles in the group said, “Come on to my house,” and we went. Before the evening was over we had decided to have this unique club named “VI Silhouettes.”

Our aim was to fill a special need in the community—to help where help was needed and to remain very, very low key, with no publicity. Out motto is—Having is giving and giving is living—E. E. Cummings. The red carnation is our flower.

We would remain at a maximum membership of six. Everyone held an office or special position. The charter members were: Pauline Jones-President, Margetta Benning-Secretary, Louise Porter-Treasurer, Oteria O’Rear-Publicity, Ruth E. Wright-Travel and Transporation.

It soon became evident that dues would not allow us to accomplish our goals. We had to make some money somehow. One of the first projects was to hold a style show at Mills Lawn School. The purpose was to teach young girls poise and grace through modeling. We gave part of the proceeds from the show to the high school to establish a scholarship fund. We continued without style shows for many years with each becoming bigger and better until we had enough collateral for scholarships and to have professional models teach the girls.

Our next endeavor was to sponsor dances using local talent and musicians. During the mid sixties we entertained Senior Citizens with monthly birthday parties. With a budget of $5 per party we sometimes had money left over. Cakes were $1.00 to $1.50 and ice cream a bit more. Prizes for games and gifts for birthdays were donated from Silhouettes members. Usable items such as toilet paper, face soap, and napkins were much appreciated.

The mid 1960s also was the time of Southern voter registration turmoil. We joined the Mississippi Summer Project of Antioch College One hundred dollars would sponsor a student for ten weeks to work for voter registration. We contacted twenty-two organizations throughout the area to sponsor students. Through this effort, one hundred twenty students were sent to Mississippi. VI Silhouettes sponsored an Antioch student, Lois Revich, over and above the registration fee of $100-$75 paid by VI Silhouettes and $25 paid by SNCC (Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee). The club also furnished money for her room and board and personal needs. At one point she needed a typewriter—we collected from each member, purchased, and sent to her. Peridocially she would send us progress letters and tell of the needs of the people. With the help of friends we collected enough clothing to fill two commercial trucks. Vernay Laboratory paid for the transportation to Mississippi. We also asked for donations of money from local churches and sent it.

We sold cases of candy and condiments, and prepared and delivered lunches to local businesses to make money. We also donated to the local teen center, the Don Perry fund for kidney replacement, the high school science program, sickle cell anemia, Senior Citizens, Easter egg hunt, Heart Association, Hospice, and Negro College fund.

Some of our members are deceased. We have two charter members left. The energy is lower but still presesnt—new membes generate added energy with their youthfulness. The laughter, fun, friendship, sisterhood and closeness are still very much present after all these thirty-three-plus years.

Present members are: Lottie Adams, Margetta Benning, Elsie Richardson, Shirley Turner, Ester Smith, and Ruth E. Wright. Past Members: Ernestine Benning, Betty A,. Blackman, Bette Davis, Myrtle Hawkins, Oteria O’Rear, and Lee Williams. Deceased members: Freida Caesar, Jeanette “Tudi” Duerson, Molly Evans, Pauline Jones, and Louise C. Porter.

Margetta Benning
Ernestine Benning
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Life at Christmas time before 1900

The Yellow Springs Historical Society wishes you whatever celebrations can be managed in this peculiar year.

Excerpts from issues of the Xenia Daily Gazette. Reports of whom townsfolk visited and who visited them have been omitted.

December 8, 1882

The cold weather is having its effect on the telephone wires, causing them to snap off very easy. Last night connection between here and Cincinnati and Yellow Springs was cut off in this way. Wednesday night Manager Whiteman helped to repair a break in the New Burlington line, and as a consequence sports a frozen ear.

December 11, 1882

John Creden, a well known saloon-keeper here, was arrested yesterday on four different charges, sworn out by Mrs. Sullivan, who lives two miles north of here. The charges alleged against him are one for robbery and three for selling liquor. The defendant was arraigned before Esquire Hamilton yesterday, and upon pleas of not guilty a preliminary trial was had on all the charges, which lasted until this afternoon, and resulted in the defendant being required to give bail for his appearance at Court in the following sums: $200 on the charge of robbery and $100 each in the three liquor cases.

December 15, 1882

The merchant are preparing for a booming holiday trade.

The merchants are complaining of the dullness of the holiday trade.’

The colored people are fixing for a grand oyster supper Christmas night.

\The saloon men here have wisely concluded not to contest the seven o’clock ordinance.

‘There are at present five Doctors in this place, with another one coming. Are we going to have a famine?

]It is said that the publisher of the Review will soon wed one of our handsome and accomplished young ladies.

December 20, 1882

D. B. Low is still very low with inflamatory rheumatism.

Chas. Shaw is clerking now for Cox & Co., the firm he sold out to.

John D. Winters has opened a fresh meat store in the McCann building.

A great many students have gone home to spend the holidays, most of them will return next term.

“Doc” Phillips and Miss Sophia Lambert, both of “Frogtown”were married in Xenia by Mayor Marshall one day last week.

Several parties have been busy putting up ice for the last few days. It looks as though we would have a good supply next year.

The council last Thursday night, by an unanimous vote, appointed W. L. Hazen Deputy Marshall with a salary of $20 a month and all he can make.

The billiard ordinance that has received so much attention failed to pass. An ordinance to punish disorderly conduct on the streets and other public places, passed under a suspension of rules.

The intelligent and reading people of Yellow springs and vicinity, should not forget that the GAZETTE leads all other county papers, and should give it a liberal patronage next year.

The undivided one-third interest of the property out on the Fairfield pike, owned by Harrison Bradley, will be sold, Saturday, the 23rd at Sheriff’s sale in Xenia. This is a good chance for some one to get a good bargain as the property must be sold.

Geo. Fitz Gibbons was arrested last Monday o a warrant sworn out by Rev. Josiah Knight, charging him with entering his stable and stealing several articles of value. He was held in the sum of $300 for his appearance at court. In default, he was sent to Xenia to jail.

The Review has been making some unjust attacks on our council here of late. The side walks would have been laid if the brick could have been obtained anywhere. The council has been doing well under the circumstances, and ought to be praised instead of condemned.

December 23, 1882

The Yellow Springs Review says: — Wm. Russell still makes frequent trips to New Carlisle. This begins to look suspicious..

December 15, 1884

The Teacher’s Association at Yellow Springs was a happy success. It is not often that the teachers of this county are favored with so much, real, valuable work, as was concentrated in last Saturday’s programme. Any one of the four papers read was enough to pay for the trouble of going from the remotest corner of the county – to say nothing of Mr. Bilkie’s fine lecture on Physical Culture, which no teacher in the county could afford to miss. The next meeting will be held in Xenia, on the second Saturday in February.

December 23, 1897

The cisterns are all complete and a good job has been done.

Nearly all the churches will have a Christmas tree this year.

The public schools will have only one week holiday vacation.

Geo. Funderburgh is getting along nicely and will soon be out again.

Daniel Sutton, one of the best=known farmers of this township, has been very sick with rheumatism of the heart, but his many friends will be glad to know he is considerably better.

Mrs. Packett, assistant cashier of the Citizen'[s bank, has been quite sick for a few days.

Chas. Mounteville Flowers lectured at the college Thursday evening before a large audience.

Thomas B. Jobe will succeed Wilson Barkert in the carriage business, he having purchased his stock

Work of roofing the college and otherwise improving the same is progressing as rapidly as possible.

The temperance people held a union meeting in the opera house on Sunday evening. Several of the friends of temperance responded at the meeting.

President Long has won his suit in the Supreme Court against active members of the Christian Education society. The judgment and interest amounts to about $2200 and costs about $1000. This judgment was for money advanced by the president to run the college and is a just verdict. Had it not been for the generosity of the President at that time the college would have been in bad straits. The President is receiving the congratulations of his host of friends upon his final success.

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Another Mystery “Then”

The trees in winter at least don’t hide any of the architectural details, but is there anything familiar about this photo from the Howard Kahoe glass plate negative collection again labelled “House”?

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