Wheeling Gaunt’s Gift

Wheeling Gaunt’s legacy continues to this day…

Village gives widows, widowers flower, sugar

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The Peripatetic Presidency of Antioch College

One imagines that, much in the way a governor has an official state residence, a college or university president has an official institutional residence. Although that may be true in many cases, the complicated past of Antioch College is reflected in the literally wide-ranging residences used by its presidents.

Thanks to Scott Sanders of Antiochiana for providing the known connections. (Be sure to catch Scott’s program for the Yellow Springs Historical Society on the facts and fiction of Antioch College.)

Special thanks to Paul Abendroth for providing a basic map of Yellow Springs.

Horace Mann HouseA. Horace Mann house (burned down, now the site of Weston Hall on the Antioch College campus)

Horace Mann and likely Thomas Hill

Day House

B.. Day House (126 E. North College St., torn down, now a vacant lot)

Edward Orton 1872-73)

Weston-Fess HouseC. Weston-Fess House (Xenia Ave. between W. South College and W. Center College, now used for offices)

Simeon Davidson Fess, 1906-1917

Arthur Morgan HouseD. Arthur Morgan House (120 W. Limestone St., now a Bed & Breakfast)

Arthur Ernest Morgan, 1920-1936 (Arthur Morgan House, now a B&B)

Folkmanis HouseE. Folkmanis House (corner of President & Limestone Sts., now college offices)

Douglas McGregor, 1948-1954

James Crowfoot

Joan Straumanis

Birch HouseF. Hugh Taylor Birch House (720 Jacoby Rd., now a rental for events)

James Payson Dixon, 1959-1975

Vernet houseG. 1050 E. Herman St. (once the home of the Vernet family, now a private residence)

William M. Birenbaum

Kahoe House

H. Hyde Road (once the home of the Kahoe family

Mark Roosevelt (current president)

presmapIf anyone knows of other stops on the Antioch Presidential Residence Circuit, please don’t hesitate to share.

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Yellow Springs Heritage Finds Obituary of Jazz Johnson

…written by Ernest Morgan

James “Jazz” A. Johnson—obituary

Photo courtesy of Antiochiana

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Results of Historic Home Auction

The auction which was the topic of a previous post has taken place, and the results are a positive for historic preservation:

Historic homestead sold at auction


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Map Mystery (and a Lesson)

In March of 2009 Historical Society president Dave Neuhardt gave a program on  “Yellow Springs History in Maps,” at which a large map was displayed (but not by Neuhardt) from which the following excerpts were taken.

Because these excerpts were photographs taken at the program without any kind of notation, there is no identification as to the ownership (Village property?) or the date.

It is interesting to note that a small strip alongside Gaunt Park is labeled “Gravel Pit,” and that in the other map portion the Shawnee Drive area has been developed before Spillan Road.

The lesson for amateur historians (or family historians) is to remember to record as much information as possible as soon as possible to avoid having the people and places of interest be obscured over time.

South College Street

South College Street


Corner of Allen Street/Xenia Avenue

Corner of Allen Street/Xenia Avenue


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History being auctioned off

From the Springfield Sun-Times:


The house on the property being auctioned was associated with one of the stories (“The Senator Walks at Midnight”)in the book published by the Yellow Springs Historical Society, Haunted Houses: Spooky Tales of Yellow Springs as told by Harold Igo (available from Lulu.com)

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Sanders to Present Historical Society Program


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Carr Nursery Catalog — Cannas

(Previous entries in the series — (2345678910 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)

Although most of the varieties of Cannas shown on this page (transcript below image with links to URLS with a photo of the variety where appropriate) are currently available, their popularity as a whole appears to be greater outside of the United States (where Cannas may be grown mostly in public settings where their almost aggressive colorfulness and size scale well to their surroundings).

Catalog page of Cannas

Catalog page of Cannas



These are the best varieties in cultivation. Always in bloom. They are not like the old varieties of Cannas that seldom flower, but are always covered with their large, handsome trusses of bloom. Be sure and give them a trial.

CULTURE.—The soil can hardly be too rich and porous. Equal parts manure, loam and sand, with a little peat, form the best mixture. Plants must be kept in a growing temperature of sixty degrees. Liberal supplies of manure-water are of great benefit. Always when growing keep well watered.

Canna Madame Crozy  Florence Vaughn.—Conceded by all who have seen it to be the finest yellow spotted Canna. Flowers very large, of the most perfect form, with broad, overlapping petals, nicely rounded at the ends. Color a brilliant yellow, spotted with bright red. A strong, robust grower, and flowers very freely.

Egandale.—Without the least hesitation we pronounce this the best of all dark- leaved Cannas for bedding that has yet come under our notice. Flowers are of good size, and borne in compact heads, and in such profusion that a bed of them is a perfect mass of color unequaled by any other sort. The color is a deep currant-red, of a peculiar and pleasing shade; different from any other.

Charles Henderson.—Glowing crimson color, but of dwarf habit, growing about three feet in height, and bearing its immense, compact heads of bloom erect and well above the foliage. The form of the flowers is very fine indeed, well opened and of good substance, standing the sun well.

Paul Marquard.—The individual flowers are large, and the flower spikes very large, each flower standing out separately by itself. The flower is as fine as the finest orchid. The color is a bright salmon, with a carmine tint.

Alphonse Bouvier.—This is the grandest of all Cannas for outdoor bedding. It is a ver luxuriant grower in good ground. It begins to bloom very early, and is one continuous mass of crimson the entire season. The tips of the shoots are surmounted by immense clusters of bright crimson flowers of the very largest size, and nothing can excel their brilliance.

Flamingo.—Flowers four inches in diameter, with almost flat face, forming a spike of glowing crimson color. Once seen not soon to be forgotten. Very free, a plant often bearing three or four trusses at a time, and may almost be termed everblooming from the beginning to the end of the season.

Madame Crozy.—The color is a brilliant vermilion-scarlet, bordered with deep golden-yellow. The flowers are borne in great clusters, and in such profusion that they crown the plant with a blaze of glowing color.

J. D. Cabos.—A strong grower, leaves lanceolate, green, strongly shaded with purple, flowers stalks numerous, flowers large and round, color a rich apricot, with deeper shadings. Very striking.



Italia.—The gigantic flowering Canna. This kind produces the largest flowers which have been obtained as yet in the way of Cannas. The plant grows about four and a half to six feet high. Numerous musa-like, glaucous leaves. Above the perfect foliage, which alone would be sufficient to render the plant beautiful, emerge numerous elegant, gigantic and wonderful spikes of flowers. The latter area enormous. The outer petals are scarlet, with a very broad, golden-yellow border. The inside of the blooms is scarlet and dark red. Exceedingly beautiful. Price, 25 cents each.

Queen Charlotte.—The sensation of the year in new plants. This is indeed a queen among Cannas, and the finest novelty of the season. Entirely distinct from any other variety offered. Flowers are very large, with broad, rounded petals, slightly recurved. They are borne in immense heads, well above the foliage, and are most striking in color. A bright orange-scarlet, deeply edged with bright canary-yellow. The plant is of dwarf habit, a sturdy, compact grower, with deep-green musa-like foliage. Price, 25 cents each.

Austria.—The new Orchid-flowered Canna. At last we have not only a clear, beautiful yellow-flowered Canna, but also a flower magnificent in size, fully twice as large as Madame Crozy and similar kinds. The flowers are truly gigantic in size, the three upper petals spreading fully seven inches, and the form is really semi-double. Toward the inner part the petals show fine crimson spots. All the rest of the flower is of a most beautiful, rich canary-yellow. A very strong grower, five to six feet high, with leaves with a texture like rubber. As a specimen, decorative, as well as a flowering plant for the greenhouse or private conservatory, it is the finest novelty in recent years. Price, 25 cents each.

Papa Canna.—Monsieur M. Crozy claims this variety as his finest variety to date, and it is certainly a grand addition to the already gorgeous array of reds. It is not quite three feet high. It bears immense spikes of flowers, the florets being f the grandest size and finest form. Color pure red. Very graceful in habit. Foliage light green. Produces a mass of blooms. Price, 25 cents each.



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Igo Book in Fairborn Daily Herald article

One of the stories in the book published by the Yellow Springs Historical Society, Haunted Houses: Spooky Tales of Yellow Springs as told by Harold Igo (available from Lulu.com) was the subject of an article in the Fairborn Daily Herald (as well as one in the Xenia Daily Gazette) making the distinction between story and factual confirmation based on an interview with Robin Heise of Yellow Springs Heritage.

County records clarify ghost story details (Fairborn) and a similar article here (Xenia)

Haunted Houses: Spooky Tales of Yellow Springs

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Past Political Passion

Election Day is closing in, and Issue 13 has proponents and opponents alike expressing their positions in ways both time-honored (yard signs, letters to the editor) and “new tech” (social media).

Political passion is certainly nothing new in Yellow Springs, and one of the most inflammatory issues was temperance in the late 19th century.

The following newspaper article from the 1874 Yellow Springs Ledger recounts different tactics of persuasion used in pursuit of the goal of achieving the defeat of alcoholic use. Although singing, praying and marching are not surprising methods, asking saloon-keepers to sign a pledge against alcohol was somewhat startling. (A pamphlet appealing to “Yellow Springs Manhood” can be found here, and another look at the issue shows up in Harold Igo’s ghost stories.)

The article contains numerous spelling and grammar errors (perhaps due to the zeal of the author for the cause?) which have not been corrected.


The Campaign At Yellow Springs

Organizing for the CHARGE;

The Campaign at Mylon’s, He holds out still:

100 Women in line move on FROGTOWN:

The womans temperance movement which was inaugurated here on the evening of the 23d ult. incrases in interest. Since then meetings have been held by the women every afternoon and with the exception of one or two evenings for mutual consideration and prayer have been held alternately in the different churches of the place. The feeling is very deep and earnest. The force of women now at work is somewhat less than one hundred, and we feel assured that if necessary this force can be materially increased. No woman takes it to heart that the charge of cowardice has been made against the League; they well know [damage] past history that public sentiment frequently [damage] matters before the season of full fraction They have not been idle. They have been and are still at work as faithfully as they know how.

On the day of organization a committee was appointed to prepare four different pledges one for the signature of the druggist, one for the physicians, one for the saloon keepers and one for the citizens.

The next day these pledges were accepted by the mesting and a committee of three waited on the druggist and obtained their signatures. Another committee obtained the signatures of all the physicians. The sloon-keepers refused to sign their pledge. The town was divided into seven districts and two laidies appointed to canvass each district with the citizens pledge and obtain all the signature possible, their success has been gratifying.

It was not until yesterday that the women felt they were ready for thei work on the street. They were not waiting to ascertain the sentiments of their friends outside before they started forth but each one wanted to feel satisfied for herself that she had the requisite amount of faith for the work. They have put their hands to the plow and will not look back.

They go forth in faith believing that there is one higher than man to aid them and in that faith will never surrender until success crowns their efforts. The first effor was at the liquor-shop of Wm. Moylan. The door was kept shut and the usual observances of prayer and singing were gone torough with. At the saloon of Larry Cohoe in Frogtown, the reception was more cordial, the ladies were invited in and prayed and sang until almost dark.

In the evening another mass Meeting was held in the M. E. Church at which the expence ho the ladies, engaged in the work with the saloon keepers was reported. Rev, Cvrum,l Gaddis, Rodgers, Weston and others gave short addresses. It was resolved by the meeting to sustain the women, by every means needful to the successful completion of the work.

1896 map

Excerpt from Riddell’s 1896 atlas showing location of property owned by Moylan, presumably a relative of William. No property for “Larry Cohoe” has been noted.

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