Public Records Curiosities — Youth Enumeration

Included among the laws of Ohio in the 19th century was the requirement to take a census of “youth” up to the age of 21, presumably for the purposes of tracking education requirements.

Questions come up about such a simple tally that could be used by the curious as inspiration for either a research topic or an exercise in fiction-writing — why did the law change so that the division of races was not recorded after 1888? How did the various families live, and what became of them and their descendants?

Further, who will be able to read such records if and when this kind of handwriting ceases to be taught?


1884 Cover


Close-up of cover label


Inside cover label for 1888 indicating changes in law


1884, Pages 2 and 3


1884, Pages 4 and 5


1884, pages 6 and 7


1884, pages 8 and 9


1884, Title page


1884, Pages 18-19 (Summary)


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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 1930s/1940s part 8

Antioch bookplate F-610


Antioch bookplate A-611 or F-611

F-611 or A-611

Antioch Bookplate F-621


Antioch Bookplate F-622

F-622 by Gustav Uhlmann

Antioch Bookplate M-9


Antioch Bookplate M-11

M-11 from an old Swiss woodcut

Antioch Bookplate M-14

M-14, possibly by Sara Rebecca Andrews

Antioch Bookplate F-649 or M-15

F-649 or M-15, possilbly by Francis Dawson

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Getting Around in Style

Mills House, Whitehall, the Neff Hotel — all these grand locations would have had long sweeping driveways, along which horse-drawn conveyances would arrive, including dashing contraptions like the one shown in this photograph from Antiochiana’s collection of unidentified subjects.

What a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery and spring breezes!


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Looking Back at Center Stage — 1981-1982

YSCSLogo-CollageImages below taken from original program covers (a full set of programs can be found at the Antiochiana archives).

1981 and 1982 provided two years of well-rounded seasons — classics, originals, and the continuing exploration of Gilbert & Sullivan.

You Bet Your Life!

You Bet Your Life!

February 6-8, 12-15, 1981 — an original work written and directed by Tony Dallas.

A View from the Bridge

A View from the Bridge


April 10-12, 16-19, 1981 — by Arthur Miller, directed by Meredith Dallas.



The Yeomen of the Guard

The Yeomen of the Guard

July 31, August 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 1981 — by Gilbert & Sullivan, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by William Jones.




Tonight at 8:30

Tonight at 8:30

Tonight830_02October 9-11, 15-18, 1981 — by Noel Coward, directed by Jerry Boswell.





Le Malade Imaginaire

Le Malade Imaginaire

Invalid_03February 12-14,  18-21, 1982 — by Molière, directed by George Talbott


The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

April 16-18, 22-25, 1982 — by Tennessee Williams, directed by Grant Haworth.




Mostly Mae

Mostly Mae


June 4-6, 10-13, 1982 — original work written and directed by Jerry Boswell.



The Mikado

The Mikado

July 30,31, August 1, 5-8, 12-15, 1982 — by Gilbert & Sullivan, revival directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Ruth Bent.



The Devil's Disciple

The Devil’s Disciple

DevDisc_01September 24-26, 30, October 1-3, 1982 — by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Meredith Dallas.


The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

December 3-5, 9-12, 1982 — by Agatha Christie, directed by Cheryl Welch.


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Transporting the Baby

The newly-born English princess was introduced yesterday in a modern removable car seat, but a photograph of an unknown infant in Antiochiana’s photo collection shows a much more ornamental conveyance (even if its occupant seems dubious).


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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 1930s/1940s part 7


Antioch Bookplate design F-431


Although this particular configuration had a very brief life as a bookplate, the American Type Foundry bookshelf printer’s ornament would be used in both universal and custom bookplates, and the quote would become part of one of the best selling bookplates in the company’s history (B-48).

Antioch  Bookplate M-3


Stenzel bookplate design 57

Stenzel 57








M-3: Design credited to Lebert Prether. Ernest Morgan said of this design: ” This is a ‘third generation”’design. It first appeared in the line of Alfred Stenzel, in New York, about 1928, with a white cat sitting on the books and the wording “Concilia et Labore” in the scroll. After we took over the Stenzel line another publisher lifted the design, improving the style a little and substituting an owl for the cat. We lifted it back again, with improvements, substituting the hourglass and putting in new wording written by me.”


Antioch Bookplate design M-5 (alternate)

M-5 (alternate, credited to Lebert Prether)

Antioch Bookplate design M-6


Ernest Morgan notes of M-6: “The original M-6 ‘The Poetry of Earth Is Never Dead’ was drawn by Kenneth Walters, who lived in Clifton back in the early 30’s. It was based on a design published by the Little Company of Lost Angeles. It was the Little Company who pushed us into selling bookplates without names.”

Antioch Bookplate design F-652/M-7 (alternate)

F-652 or M-7 (alternate)

Antioch Bookplate design M-8

M-8 (by Gustav Uhlmann)

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Famous Disaster Sesquicentennial Anniversary

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the steamship Sultana, for which there’s a small Yellow Springs connection, previously blogged here.

This article notes one final mystery about the incident, as well as detailing some of the current works of research.


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Deaton’s Hardware Nail Bins

The “You Know You Are from Yellow Springs When…” Facebook group is a wonderful source of shared local history, particularly fond memories of growing up in Yellow Springs.

Melanie Deaton-Kitchen recently shared this photo of her father with the nail bins in his hardware shop (and we thank her for giving us permission to share it here). Although the modern practice of nail-selling in blister packages or boxes is undoubtedly easier for the business owner to manage and inventory, it can’t compare with the charm and entertainment value of the spinning nail-bins.

Nail bins

Nail Bins at Deaton’s Hardware

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A Brief History of the Bryan Center Tract — Final Part

Special Note: Don’t forget Yellow Springs Historical Society president Dave Neuhardt’s free program on John Bryan the man next Sunday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Bryan High School and Community Center

In 1916, perhaps in part as a result of the notoriety the tract gained as a result of the murder, John Bryan presented the 14 acres to the Village of Yellow Springs and Miami Township for school purposes. At the time, it was noted that the lake no longer existed, but that a spring on the site was considered one of the best in the area. In recognition of the gift, the school board determined to name the new school to be built on the site after the donor. Bryan inserted three conditions in his deed: (i) no one was to be barred from attending the school on account of color, (ii) no basement was to be built under the building, and (iii) no religion was to be taught. It would be 12 years, however (1928), before the present building was constructed on the site as a school for the village.

WPA-funded amphitheater 1935/1936

WPA-funded amphitheater 1935/1936

In 1935, the Yellow Springs School Board aggressively sought a grant from the federal government for the improvement of the school grounds, and in late September of that year was awarded $14,487 from the first Congressional appropriation for Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects. The grant covered the cost of labor for the construction of a cinder track on Cemetery Street, tennis courts, 1,800 feet of flagstone walk, a stone bridge, landscaping and an open-air theatre on the site, while the school board was required to contribute $2,481 for materials. The tennis courts (or their modern descendants) and the amphitheater exist today on the tract.

The school served the community well for many years, although in 1963, the high school moved to a new building on a campus on the west side of the village. Following completion of the Morgan building on the same site in 1970 for the intermediate (junior high) school, the village administration relocated to the former school building. The building was later renovated to also include a community center.

1896 map showing the tract

1896 map showing the tract

For Part 1 of this series see here, and for Part 2 see here.

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Looking Back at Center Stage — 1979-1980

YSCSLogo-CollageImages below taken from original program covers (a full set of programs can be found at the Antiochiana archives).

To the continuing presentations of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and traditional dramas (both classical and modern), Center Stage in 1979 and 1980 introduced visiting performances (The Great American Mime Experiment and the first theatrical presentation based on Midwestern folk oral tradition written by Jeffrey Hooper).


Village Showcase…An Evening of Shakespeare/The Boor/Solstice/Voices from the Town

February 9-10, 1979 — a collection of dramatic excerpts by various village talents.

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

April 20-22 and 27-29, 1979 by Paul Zindel, directed by James J. Cain.


The Great American Mime Experiment/You Don’t Say





July 20-22, 26-29 and August 2-5, 1979 by Gilbert & Sullivan, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Chuck Riesz


Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Gentlemen of Verona

September 21-23 and 27-30, 1979 by William Shakespeare, direct by James J. CainTwoGents_03



The Hot L Baltimore

The Hot L Baltimore

October 26-28 and November 1-4, 1979 by Lanford Wilson, directed by Jerry BoswellHotLBalt



Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

November 30 and December 1-2, 6-9, 1979 by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Beverly Logan


Whistlestop (Little Miami Theater Works)

February 29 and March 1-2, 6-9, 1980 by Jeffrey Hooper



May 9-11, 16-18, 1980 by David Storey, directed by Jean Hooper

The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game

June 26-29 and July 3-6, 1980 by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, George Abbott and Richard Bissell; directed by Jerry Boswell with musical direction by Suzanne Grote



August 15-17, 21-24 and 28-31, 1980 by Gilbert and Sullivan, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Ruth Bent

The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia

The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia

Magnolia_01October 10-12, 17-19, 1980 by Preston Jones, directed by Jean Hooper


The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

DarkStairs_02November 7-9, 13-16, 1980 by William Inge, directed by James J. Cain

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

December 5-7, 11-14 and 18-21, 1980 by Frank Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, directed by Jean Hooper with musical direction by Chris DiSimio


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