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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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — the Disney series

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries licensing entertainment properties has become quite common. A movie, television show or graphic novel no sooner becomes popular than its characters are licensed to all manner of merchandise categories (action figures, calendars, clothing, paper goods, etc.).

In 1948 entertainment licensing was a much rarer event, and it is somewhat surprising to see official Walt Disney Productions images among the bookplate designs of that year (and that year only, it appears).

Besides being an early example of licensed bookplates, the bookplates in the Disney series are also some of the very first examples of full-color printed bookplates.

Antioch Bookplate design X-71


Antioch Bookplate design X-73


Antioch bookplate X-74


Antioch bookplate X-75


Antioch bookplate X-76


Antioch bookplate X-77


Antioch bookplate X-78


Antioch bookplate X-80


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Programs Then and Yet to Come

The Yellow Springs Historical Society has a goal of presenting programs on aspects of the history of the Yellow Springs area about four times a year, and we are now planning the series for 2015. Although we do have some ideas, we welcome suggestions, of both subjects you like to see presented or individuals who might make for good presenters. If you have an idea for us, send us an e-mail ( or leave a post on our Facebook page.

A list of programs between 2003 and the present follows (details about the final program of 2014 on November 23 to follow shortly).

Yellow Springs Historical Society Presentations

2003 (Yellow Springs Bicentennial Year)
03-01 State Birthday Program (Mary E. Morgan)
03-30 William Mills (Jane Baker)
05-18 Greetings from the Best Town in the World—A Tour of Yellow Springs in 1910 by Postcard (Dave Neuhardt)
07-04/05 Bicentennial (Mary E. Morgan)
09-13 Costumes (Ann Armstrong, Debby Henderson, Skye Cone)
10-05 Antioch History (Scott Sanders)
10-11 Costume Ball at Whitehall

01-25 African-Americans in the Civil War (Paul a Rue, Bennnie J. McRae, Jr.)
05-02 Before Dick and Jane: Tales from an 1870’s One Room School (Jan Campbell-Robinette, Janine Montgomery, Phil Rothman)
05-16 Glen Forest Cemetery Tour Stroll (Costumed guides present a brief history of people whose graves are featured)
10-17 Grinnell Mill: Where Do We Go from Here?
11-07 Antioch: An Epidosic History (Scott Sanders, author)

02-20 Care of Fabrics: Ideas for Conserving Quilts, Historical Garments, Family Handwork and Treasured Fabrics (Virginia Weygandt)
04-10 Fun in the Cemetery: Amusing Epitaphs, Gravestone Rubbings, Photographs and More (Dotty Limbaugh)
06-08 The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism (Megan Marshall, author)
06-25 Glen Forest Cemetery Tour (repeat of 2004-05-16)
10-11 Beyond the River (Ann Hagedorn, author, and Aller Schwartz, guitar)
11-13 Goes Boom : Gunpowder-making in Goes Station (Dave Neuhardt)

03-26 Stories Your House Can Tell (Greg Schauer—D. Pennell house, Nancy Noonan—Dr. Taylor house, Steve Deal—Wheeling Gaunt house, Dave Neuhardt—Whitehall Farm)
04-22 Vanished Village Scavenger Hunt: Find YS History (Steve Deal and Cindy Mucher)
07-23 Treasures of the Greene County Archives (Gillian Hill)
09-17 A Historic Tour of Antioch Campus (Scott Sanders)

10-21 Costume Ball at Whitehall

03-10 Women of the Glen (Scott Sanders)
06-03 Water as Power: The Mills of Yellow Springs, Clifton and Vicinity (Dave Neuhardt)
09-23 William Mills, A Yellow Springs Man (Jane Baker, author)
11-18 Hugh Taylor Birch: His Larger-Than-Life Story (Scott Sanders)

03-16 Terrible Swift Sword: Yellow Springs and the Civil War (Dave Neuhardt)
05-18 The Mill Is Back: Open House at Grinnell Mill
09-07 An Antiochiana Celebration Honoring Nina Myatt and Scott Sanders
10-26 Fess Up: A Yellow Springs Political Dynasty (Scott Sanders)

03-29 Finding Our Place: Exploring Yellow Springs History in Maps (Dave Neuhardt)
05-03 The Art of Ownership: The Antioch Company (Scott Sanders)
07-19 Companies Have Attics, Too: Artwork and Other Treasures in the Antioch Bookplate Archives (Nancy Noonan, Rebecca Eschliman)
11-22 A History of Yellow Springs Churches, Part 1 (Central AME, Pleasant Grove, United Methodists, St. Paul’s Catholic, First Presbyterian)

07-18 The Crisis Is Upon Us, and There Is No Looking Back: Ohio’s Civil War 150th and You (Catherine Wilson)
09-19 Newly Published Photographs by Axel Bahsen (Paul Cooper)
11-07 Yellow Springs Inventors and Their Patents (Dave Neuhardt)

04-03 The Quaker Migration to Southwest Ohio (John Fitzgerald)
06-12 And So It Began…Yellow Springs and Ohio in the Early Days of the Civil War (Dave Neuhardt)
07-10 Carr-Hamilton Open House
09-11 Marching to a Different Drummer: Antioch College in the Civil War (Scott Sanders)
11-06 Pacifism during the Cicvil War: Truly a Trial Hour (Larry Gara)

01-29 Yellow Springs Heritage: What Do Yellow Springs Buildings Tell Us about the People That Played a Role in Building Our Town (Robin Heise)
04-22 Taking the Waters: The Resort Hotels of Yellow Springs (Dave Neuhardt)
09-23 Architecture by Era: The Development of Antioch College Campus (Scott Sanders)

02-24 Greetings from the Best Town in the World—A Tour of Yellow Springs in 1910 by Postcard (Dave Neuhardt)
04-21 Reds, Russians and Spies: Cases from the Antioch College Faculty (Scott Sanders)
07-05 Yellow Springs Homecoming (memorial event for Mary E. Morgan)
09-08 Historical Yellow Springs Art: A Reflection of Our Eclectic Community (Grinnell Mill Open House)
09-24 Extracting Fact from Fiction: The Search for Garret Buster (President of the Boyle County (Kentucky) Genealogical Association Mike Denis)
10-27 Glen Forest Cemetery: Unearthing Local History (Robin Heise)

06-01 Shawnees & Settlers: Fact v. Fiction (Dave Neuhardt)
10-05 Yellow Springs History Show & Tell


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Tree Respect

Walnut Street, north side of Xenia Avenue. Photo courtesy of Antiochiana

Walnut Street, north side of Xenia Avenue. Photo courtesy of Antiochiana

At this time of year in Yellow Springs “golden arches” bring to mind more the graceful branches of maple and gingko than fast food franchise. Trees (especially Glen Helen) are the fabric against which the history of Yellow Springs has developed, celebrated in street names (Walnut, Elm, and at one time, Locust) and passionately defended.

Over the decades certain species of trees have been wiped out, or nearly so, by either disease or insect infestatiion. There are no longer avenues lined with stately elms in many an American town, and ash trees are currently falling prey.

Although relatively recent in Yellow Springs history, the Yellow Springs Tree Committee contributes to that history by arranging for memorial trees and guiding selection so that public tree planting will be protected from wholesale disaster by species variety. Thanks to the Tree Committee members for their part in preserving and protecting this fragile part of Yellow Springs history.

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Carr Nursery Catalog — Miscellaneous Shrubs and Vines

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

There are but a few of the plants described on this page (transcript follows image as before) that are no longer readily available, and many can be seen in yards around town.

One curious fact-or-fiction note about ivy in Yellow Springs: there has been some suggestion that the ivy which covered Antioch College’s Main Building walls (and also possibly the exterior of the current Winds Café) was not the regular ivy as listed on this catalog page, but grown from clippings brought from Horace Walpole’s residence ‘Strawberry Hill’ in England by Horace and Mary Mann.

Carr Nurseries 1898 Catalog page 16SANSEVERIA ZEALANICA

Sanseveria illustratonA new decorative plant of great beauty and value

A beautiful plant, splendidly adapted for the decoration of sitting rooms, halls, etc., as it stand dust and neglect of watering with impunity. The leaves, as shown in the cut, grow to a length of two or three feet, and are beautifully striped cross-wise, with broad, white variegations on a dark green ground. It is a rare and beautiful plant which should be abundantly grown for positions out of the reach of sunlight, where other plants will not thrive. When you consider that it can be placed in any position in any room, and do well, its great usefulness is at once apparent. It has a singular beauty for decorative purposes which other plants do not possess, and is useful both Winter and Summer. The beautiful leaves and the handsome spike of flowers it produces make it one of the most desirable plants known. Price, nice plants, 10 cents each; large, strong plants, 20 cents each.

Hardy Shrubs and Vines


English Ivy.—A truly magnificent and wonderful dark-leaved variety. Can be trained so as to produce the most beautiful effects. There is no more desirable climbing plant for the house than this beautiful English Ivy. It produces a graceful effect in the bay window, can be trained on a trellis, trained over pictures, or grown on the mantel out of direct sunlight. The glossy-green leaves are in lavish profusion, and the plant itself such a wonderful climber, one can readily see that it makes a handsome background. Price, only 10 cents each.

German Ivy.—Possesses all the good qualities of the English Ivy, and is even a more vigorous and rapid grower. The leaves are a beautiful, waxy, light green, of perfect form. A grand variety for hanging baskets or vases. Price, 6 cents each. The two ivies for 15 cents.


These are beautiful shrubs of easy culture. Very desirable for shrubberies of the flower garden. Price, 10 cents each; large plants 35 cents each.

Ballardii.—Flowers in spikes of pink or rose color.

Prunifolia.—Flowers like double small white Daisies, known as Bridal Wreath.

Van Houtte.—A strong grower, flowers a pure white, in clusters. Fine. The Best.


A beautiful, distinct and large shrub. Much admired for its long, feathery flower stalks, which give the tree the appearance of being covered with a cloud of smoke. Price, 25 cents each.


Sometimes called “Boston Ivy” and “Japan Ivy.”

No picture can convey the beauty of this grand climbing plant. As an important aid to architectural beauty it is rapidly attaining prominence, being now a feature of the finest houses—notably the palatial resident corner of Fifty-seventh Street and Fifth Avenue, New York City. Another fine example of it is seen on Grace Church, New York, while on Commonwealth avenue, and throughout the fashionable “Back Bay” district in Boston, there are hundreds of the finest houses covered with it from foundation to roof. It is adapted to all situations, and transforms the humblest cottage. It is entirely hardy in the most exposed places, attaining a height of twenty to thirty feet in two or three years, clinging to stones, brick or wood-work with the greatest tenacity. It is a great protection to houses, as the leaves lapping over each other like slates on a roof effectually preventing rain from penetrating the walls. For covering dead trees, gate posts, boundary walls, verandas, etc., it has no equal, while its rapid growth and tenacious clinging qualities make it a most desirable plant for staying up terraces. In the Summer the foliage is a rich shade of green, but in the Fall it assumes the most gorgeous tints of scarlet, crimson and orange, so dazzling as to be seen at a great distance. Price, 15 cents each; two for 25 cents.

Hardy Shrubs and Vines


Flowers double and white. A grand hardy shrub. Price, 10 cents each.


This is the old-time favorite of everybody’s garden. Price, 25 cents each; large plants, 50 cents each.


A most desirable shrub. Beautiful and fragrant. Grows to a height of eight to ten feet. We have both the double and single flowered. Price, 15 cents each; large plants, 35 cents each.


One of the most beautiful hardy flowering shrubs. A splendid lawn plant. The bright scarlet flower produced before the foliage makes a gorgeous display. Price, 25 cents each.


These are the most beautiful shrubs we have in our collection. The flowers are of large size, very double and full, of various brilliant and striking colors. They bloom freely during August and September, when scarcely any other shrub is in bloom. Price, two kinds, Double White and Rose, 15 cents each; large plants, 50 cents each.


A new variety of Snowball from Japan, and one of the grandest shrubs in existence. Growth upright and compact. Foliage olive-green through the Summer, but toward all it turns much darker and remains on the plants for some time after the first frosts. Flowers four to six inches across. Price, 25 cents each; three for 60 cents.


Rosea.—A most charming shrub. It cannot be too highly recommended. Flowers large and rose-colored, borne in such a profusion that the whole plant appears a mass of lovely blooms. Price, 10 cents each.

Variegated-leaved.—Deep green leaves, broadly margined yellowish-white. Very striking and pretty. Flowers same as above, but of smaller growth. Price, 15 cents each.

Candida.—This is the very best of all the white-flowered Weigelias. A strong upright, erect grower; flowers pure white and produced in great profusion in June, and continues to bloom through the entire Summer. Price, 15 cents each.


Honeysuckle illlustrationAurea Reticulata.—(Golden-leaved.) A variety with beautiful variegated foliage, of yellow-white pink. Price, 10 cts. Each.

Chinese Evergreen.—Blooms nearly all the season, deliciously fragrant, flowers buff, yellow and white. Price, 10 cts. Each.

Hall’s Japan.—This is the most constant bloomer of the class, being literally covered all Summer with beautiful yellow and white flowers. Price, 10 cents each.

Belgian, or European Sweet-scented.—Sometimes called Monthly Fragrant or Dutch Honeysuckle, a fine hardy grower, flowers large and exceedingly sweet, color buff, yellow and red, a constant bloomer. The finest Honeysuckle, suitable for trellis or pillar. Price, 20 cents each.

Scarlet Trumpet, or Red Coral.—A rapid grower, bright red, with trumpet-shaped flowers. This is the old well-known variety. Price, 20 cents each.

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The Birch Watch

One of the items in the holdings of the Yellow Springs Historical Society on display at our recent “Show and Tell” program was the beautiflly detailed pocket watch and chain which once belonged to Hugh Taylor Birch, and which was shared with the Historical Society by the Birch family.

Close-up of pocket watchWe thank all of the participants who brought their own items and stories to “show and tell”.

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Ye Olde Trail Tavern Recognized

Dayton Business Journal recognizes the Tavern as the oldest in the state:

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — More “Trees”

Art Young‘s unusual bookplate series (part of which was shown in this earlier post) seem particularly appropriate to feature with Halloween coming.


Antioch bookplate design "Against the Moon"

“Against the Moon”

Antioch bookplate design "Cathedral" (F-723)

“Cathedral” (later F-723)

Antioch bookplate design "Goodbye Summer"

“Goodbye Summer”

Antioch bookplate design "The Horseman"

“The Horseman”

Antioch bookplate design "Miss Hawthorne Entertains"

“Miss Hawthorne Entertains’

Antioch Bookplate design "Penalty of Prominence"

“Penalty of Prominence”

Antioch bookplate design "Pyramids"


Antioch bookplate "Stubborn Cypress"

“Stubborn Cypress”

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Happy Anniversary Little Art!

Congratulations to the Little Art Theatre for one year in its new configuration.

Little Art in the early 1960s with hand-drawn posters. Photograph courtesy of Antiochiana.

Little Art in the early 1960s with hand-drawn posters. Photograph courtesy of Antiochiana.

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History Show and Tell Program October 5

At our programs frequently someone will mention an item they have in connection with the historical topic being discussed. Now we want to make sure these stories don’t get lost, so we are hosting a Yellow Springs History Show and Tell.

We will be sharing items from both the Historical Society’s holdings and personal collections. We encourage people to come and share their own connections to the history of the Yellow Springs area, We invite them to bring an object, an item of clothing, a photo, correspondence, or genealogical research, to name but a few possibilities.

We cannot do assessments of value. However it is possible those who share will find out a little more than was previously known, and will be adding a piece of story to the mosaic of Yellow Springs history.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


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