From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — Dominic Pitoni

Dominic Pitoni’s contribution to bookplate design might well be noted as “rags to riches”.

As an armorist (or heraldry expert) Pitoni was responsible for designing the mantling in heraldic bookplates. Although mantling can resemble leafy Baroque ornamentation, the original idea was to represent the drapery (also known as a lambrequin) covering a knight’s helmet and tattered from damage sustained in battle.

Although formal heraldic interpretations include specific colorations for mantling, today the mantling is often depicted as a standardized motif applicable to any blazon.

Pitoni’s mantling was used in two universal bookplate designs by Antioch Bookplate as well as several private heraldic bookplates.

Bookplate design F-432, later M-432

F-432, later M-432. This was another example of cooperative design. The mantling was provided by Dominic Pitoni, and the shield by Whitmore

Bookplate design M-7

M-7, popular for about 30 years, was another Pitoni/Whitmore collaboration. Pitoni again provided the mantling and scroll, Whitmore another version of the “Book Tree”.


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Yellow Springs Wellness History — The Water Cure

The Antioch College Fitness Center (due to open soon) is certainly not the first example of wellness as a pursuit in Yellow Springs. The very  name of the village is testimony to the water source thought by many early inhabitants to have special healing properties.

Illustration from the Springfield Weekly News of June 8, 1860

Illustration from the Springfield Weekly News of June 8, 1860

There was, however, another institution located just off Grinnell Road not too far from Antioch College which combined a concern for wellness with what has come to be another grand Yellow Springs tradition — controversy. The history of the Yellow Springs Water Cure (also called the Glen Forest Water Cure) has been described by Antiochiana archivist Scott Sanders here and here, and anyone curious to learn more about one of the figures associated with the Water Cure is urged to read Shameless: The Visionary Life of Mary Gove Nichols by Jean L. Silver-Isenstadt. A PowerPoint presentation to the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Ohio Academy of Medical History can be downloaded here.

Excerpt from 1855 map showing Water Cure location off of Grinnell Road

Excerpt from 1855 map showing Water Cure location off of Grinnell Road

The Water-cure Journal of 1851 included the following advertisement for the Yellow Springs Water Cure (and a transcribed newspaper report of a visit to the establishment can be seen here):

YELLOW SPRINGS WATER-CURE ESTABLISHMENT, GREEN COUNTY, OHIO — The Public are respectfully informed that the above establishment is now open for the reception of Patients and Visitors. It is located one mile south of the town of Yellow Springs, in a region of country well known for the purity of its atmosphere, healthiness, and for its beautiful and romantic scenery. The buildings were erected for their present purpose, are large and commodious, and capable of accommodating over one hundred Patients. The bath-rooms are large, and fitted up with every convenience for the application of water; having 109 acres of the most beautiful woodland attached, comprising every variety of hill and dale, with a clear limpid stream running through it. There is sufficient space for exercise within the enclosure. The Springs are inexhaustible, and of the purest water. There is also a bowling saloon 100 feet long, with other descriptions of amusements, where patients can engage in such healthful and diverting exercises as will be best calculated to restore their muscular strength. The great success which has attended our treatment in nearly every case of chronic disease, including those diseases peculiar to females, has been such as to warrant us in holding out inducements and encouragement to the afflicted to try the effects of the healing properties of nature’s great curative agent, “Water,” particularly in Rheumatism, Nervous affections, Spine diseases, Dyspepsia, Chronic Diarrhoea, Chills and Fevers, Diseases of the Lungs, and, indeed, in almost every form of chronic disease, the success of Hydropathy, or Water Cure, has been unparalleled. To remove wrong impressions, we would wish to remark that winter treatment is always more successful than summer, patients not being subject to the debilitating effects of the weather. The Medical Department is under the care of A. CHENEY, M.D., and G. W. BIGLER, M.D. TERMS.—For Board and treatment from the 1st of October to the 1st of April, from $5.00 to $8.00 per week, according to the room occupied and the length of time the patient may remain. Friends accompanying patients, $4.00 per week. Visitors, $5.00 per week; transient do., $1.00 per day. Patients are requested to bring two cotton sheets, and one linen sheet, three comforts, one blanket, and four towels. Patients not bringing the above ill be charged $0.50 per week extra. The Establishment can be by railroad from almost every direction. Persons will please notify the Conductor on the cars, who will leave them at the station expressly erected for their accommodation, immediately opposite, and a few rods from the house. Further information will be given on application, by letter or otherwise, to Dr. A. CHENEY and CO., at the premises, or to Dr. G. W. BIGLER, N.W. cor. Of 6th and College streets, or to Dr. EHRMANN, 7th street, between Vine and Walnut, Cincinnati, Ohio.


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Carr Nursery Catalog — Ivy Geraniums / Coleus

(Previous entries in the series — (23456789, 10 11, and 12) This page (transcript follows image as in previous posts) again shows the durability of the general plant, but the fragility of the individual varieties. Almost none of the particular varieties listed on this catalog page are available for today’s gardener, but for the curious, you can find typical contemporary offerings of ivy geraniums here and coleus here, and the anyone interested in horticultural history can find a wealth of fascinating detail here.


Our Splendid New IVY GERANIUMS

Ivy-GeraniumOne of our local florists who grows for the home market a house full of these new Ivy Geraniums says that he sells as many of them as all other Geraniums combined. This speaks volumes for their loveliness. Try them.

SPECIAL OFFER.—The set of six Ivy Leaves for 50 cents; any three for 30 cents.

New Double White Ivy Geranium, Joan of Arc.—The flowers are perfectly double, white as snow, and literally cover the plant when in full bloom. The foliage is extremely handsome, the leaves a dense, glossy-green. Price, 10 cents each.

New Double Ivy Geranium, Comptesse Horace de Choiseul.—A fit companion of Joan of Arc. The plant is vigorous. Color a bright, golden salmon. Price, 10 cents each.

New Double Ivy Geranium, Galilee.—Another grand sort. One of the most remarkable of recent introduction, and of a most charming shade of lovely rose-pink, varied with lilac. Price, 10 cents each.

New Double Ivy Geranium, Souvenir Charles Turner.—The color is a deep, bright pink, approaching scarlet in color, the upper petals feathered maroon. Quite double. Price, 15 cents each.

New Double Scarlet Ivy Geranium, Peter Crozy.—A grand hybrid between the Zonals and Ivies, having the foliage of the former, but very heavy in texture. The color is a soft, bright scarlet, with veinings of maroon. Habit of plant very dwarf and compact. Price, 10 cents each.

New Double Ivy Geranium, Bastian Le Page.—This is the most beautiful variety of the ivy-leaved class. The flowers are very double, the color a rich carmine and lake. Price, 10 cents each.


Price, 6 cents each; three for 15 cents; ten for 50 cents.


Queen.—Single red.

Dr. Glennet.—Brilliant scarlet.

Queen of the West.—Single, bright orange-scarlet.

Madonna.—Soft, pale pink.

Dell Ross.—Beautiful rose tint.

Lillian Smith.—Brightest dazzling scarlet.

Sam Sloan.—Velvety crimson.

Queen Olga.—Single bright pink.

Rev. H. Harris.—Flaming scarlet.

Winslow.—Beautiful pink.

Athlete.—Bright, clear scarlet.

Alfred Neuner.—Soft red.

Ralph.—Rich amaranthian purple.

Apple Blossom.—Blush, with white eye.

Mrs. Todd.—Pink and rose. Very fine.

R. G. Churchill.—Bright, soft shade of red.

White Perfection.—Pure white.


Madame Thebeau.—Double, rich rose.

William Scott.—Beautiful vinous rose.

Higgins.—Beautiful dark red. Very double.

Alfred Myers.—Semi-double, soft, rich red.

White Swan.—Beautiful pearly-white.

Enitle.—Colored rose. [likely typo]

James Vick.—Rich salmon.

General Grant.—Brightest red.

John Heron.—Beautiful tint of red.

Emerson.—Rich, darkest red.


Price, 5 cents each; any 10 for 50 cents, twenty distinct varieties for $1.00; by express, 30 for $1.00. We will send the below twenty choice named Coleus by mail, prepaid, for $1.00. These are all good bedders, standing the hot sun without losing their color.

ColeusAutumn Glow.—Has all the beautiful tints of Autumn leaves.

Bronze Queen.—A deep bronze, with fine yellow edge.

Black Bird.—Very dark, with reddish cast.

Butterfly.—A crimson-bronze, old gold and green.

Bizarre.—Crimson center, edged with green and gold.

Beauty.—A crimson-bronze, with three colors.

Chicago Bedder.—Green and gold. An excellent bedder.

Dora Clapp.—Crimson center, with bronze and green edge.

Empress of India.—Crimson, with golden edge.

Fire Brand.—A fine bedder. Dark crimson, shaded garnet.

Fire Crest.—The foliage is a bright carmine-crimson shade, the edge is slightly marked with golden-yellow.

Golden Bedder.—A deep golden-yellow. A fine bedder.

Golden Verschaffeltii.—This ranks first in yellow varieties.

Hero.—A deep, jet black.

Hiawatha.—Bronze and yellow spotted.

Progress.—A beautifully mottled red, green and bronze.

Retta Kirkpatrick.—Bright green, large, deep, yellow center.

Setting Sun.—Crimson, with brightest golden edge.

Verschaffeltii.—A rich, velvety-crimson. The best bedder.

Yeddo.—The color is a deep golden-yellow, splotched with a bright green.

Remember, the above twenty choice Coleus for only $1.00; any ten for 50 cents. You have never seen anything so grand in the Coleus line. Try them, and see what a beautiful bed you can have, and with but little care.

Any thirty others of the most elegant sorts; saved from ten thousand seedlings. Nothing to compare to them. If a selection is left to us we make no discrimination, because they are all new; but all go at the same price.

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Recreation in the Glen

We do think of Glen Helen as a recreation center, but for the most part, because of its mission to preserve the environment the recreation is limited to hiking and bird-watching within the boundaries of the Glen.

Illustration of Neff House from 1855 Cone Map

Neff House as shown on 1855 Cone Map

This restraint was not always the case, particularly since the Glen has existed as an entity only since 1929. Since Neff House as a resort hotel was located in the Glen, for a while the Glen was the location of livelier pursuits, including boating and ice-skating on the lake created by the dammed-up creek (an early description of a visit to Neff House can be found here).

Neff Park Lake

Neff Park Lake

Luring up to 4,000 participants at one time, the Antioch Chatauqua cultural festival was held in the Glen between 1906 and 1916 (a sample Chatauqua program from the Antiochiana collections can be seen here and a picture from the Qala Bist collection of a similar Chatauqua taking place in Clay Center, Kansas can be seen here — note the large tent typical of Chatauqua festivals).


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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — Raymond F. DaBoll

“Calligraphy; disciplined freedom is the essence of it, as of any other just form of government.” —Raymond F. DaBoll

Perhaps most popularly known for a calligraphy textbook for Speedball, Raymond F. DaBoll was sometimes known as the Dean of American Calligraphy, whose work also encompassed collectible items such as Oak Knoll Press’ book Hamlet to the Players by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

Although we can find but one bookplate designed by Raymond F. DaBoll for the Antioch Bookplate Company, it was probably the single most popular design ever introduced. M-764 was introduced in the mid-1960s and was also adapted for private bookplates, including one for DaBoll himself.

Antioch Bookplate design M-764


Private bookplate for Raymond F. DaBoll

DaBoll’s own bookplate

Private bookplate adaptation of M-764, removing open book and adding text at upper left

Private bookplate adaptation of M-764, removing open book and adding text at upper left

Private bookplate adaptation for Masonic library replacing owls with Masonic logo

Private bookplate adaptation for Masonic library replacing owls with Masonic logo

Private bookplate adaptation of M-764 replacing owls with drama masks

Private bookplate adaptation of M-764 replacing owls with drama masks










Found in file of correspondence between Antioch Bookplate and DaBoll was a description of another potential bookplate, but we have yet to find evidence that it was ever produced, either as a universal bookplate or a private one.

bookplate correspondence

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The Famous Civil War General at the Festival — Part 2

The previous post on the festival for the support of Civil War troops mentioned a report on Yellow Springs by one Bell Blue. What follows is a transcript of Bell Blue’s report on the same festival.

Yellow Springs House 1855

Yellow Springs House, from the 1855 map of Yellow Springs available at the Greene County Archives website, site of the Festival and located roughly where Bryan Community Center is now.

Yellow Springs, Nov. 24, ’63

Dear Journal:— For two weeks I have remained silent, hoping that some abler pen than mine would keep you posted as to the doings of the good people of this village; but no one having thus done, with your permission, I will pen another epistle which may not be uninteresting to a portion of your readers, and the perusal of which may lead others to follow the example of the Soldiers’ Aid Society of Yellow Springs.

On last Friday night a festival of the Soldier’s Aid Society was held at the Yellow Springs House. The house was decorated in a very beautiful manner, and the arrangements were all made in the most perfect order. By half past eight o’clock the house was well filled with ladies and gentlemen, who came together for the praiseworthy purpose of making provision for the dear absent ones who are in the hospitals and battle-fields of our beloved country, suffering privation and disease that we may enjoy pure and unsullied liberty. It was a social gathering, long to be remembered—unmarred by any little scenes that so often intrude upon social parties; all were happy; all were desirous to make his and her neighbor happy—and the consequence was, undisturbed harmony and good feeling prevailed universally.

Somewhere near three hundred persons were present, the majority of whom were ladies, who, without exception, so far as I could perceive, were careful to avoid the vain show of flashy dressing so often indulged in on such occasions: plainness, neatness and, consequently, elegance was the distinguished character of apparel worn. The cause they were laboring for, and the interests of the soldier were therefore not forgotten in any foolish desire to outshine each other.

The cakes, apples, and indeed almost all of the edibles, were furnished gratuitously by the ladies. I will be pardoned for not naming the generous donors, in as much as it would occupy a space in your columns too extensive for a letter.

The usual auxilliaries of fairs and festivals, such as postoffice, grab-bag, &c., &c., were well patronized, and I am happy to say that in all cases there was perfect fair dealing, change being correctly made, and no cheating, as is too often the case, was attempted. Our model managers had everything so systematically arranged that there was no confusion of difficulty. We were favored with the present of our country’s General—W. S. Rosecrans—who was called out and made a short but very happy address; but, as Mr. Neal, of the Journal was present, who doubtless took notes, I will rely upon him for a report of the remarks make by the General. Besides the speech of Gen. Rosecrans, a gentleman from Indiana favored us with some remarks, the character of which I did not like, for the reason that they were only a glorification of Indiana people and Governor Morton—all of which is well enough in its proper place. All honor, I say, to Indiana; her sons have done nobly in this great national struggle: but the same can be truthfully said of Ohio: and if officials of the latter State are not so active and prompt as Gov. Morton, they will always be found steadily and faithfully in the discharge of their duty as true loyal citizens of the Union.

The String Band under the leadership of our chief musician, Professor Fessenden, charmed us with very choice, harmonious, delightful music, which contributed much to the enjoyment of the evening.

Pardon me, dear Journal, for expressing the pleasure I enjoyed at hearing my real name enquired for with so much earnestness by some of my sisters, who doubted not that Mr. Neal could not resist their appeals, but they were foiled. May thanks for his secretive powers. I still enjoy the sweets of remaining incog[nito]. Here I will stop for the present, feeling that in as much as you will report the proceedings of the Festival at length, that a more extended letter from me would be imposing upon your good nature. Adios.

Bell Blue.

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Carr Nursery Catalog — Geraniums

(Previous entries in the series — (23456789, 10 and 11)

For all that geraniums are a familiar sight in window boxes today, they also demonstrate shifting patterns of popularity between 1898 and now. Almost all of the particular varieties shown on this page of the Carr Nurseries catalog are no longer available commercially, except for the “Sweet-Scented” varieties, now more familiarly known as “Scent-Leaf” (and curiously, more scent-leaf varieties are popular today than in 1898, whereas there seem to be far fewer varieties of geraniums grown for their flowers).

As before, a transcription is included below the catalog page image.

catalog page - geraniums


Price, 25 cents each; the entire set of thirteen, costing $1.95, for $1.25. No further discount on this offer.

geranium illustrationNew Geranium, Bruant.— The difference between this type and the ordinary Zonal Geranium is observed at a glance, when placed beside older varieties of the same family. The leafage is round and nicely zoned, having a greater texture and substance than even the most vigorous of the old type. The color of the flower is a light vermilion-red, of a most pleasing shade. The flowers are absolutely perfect in shape, contour and makeup, trusses exceptionally large, and borne in immense spherical balls, often measuring eight inches in diameter. It does finely in open ground, and is perfectly reliable as a bedding Geranium of the highest merit. It makes a compact, dense growth, and has all the qualities that go to make the perfect bedder that it is. Fine also in pots. The very finest scarlet bedder extant.

The Glorious New Geranium, John Doyle.—This remarkable new Geranium is a cross between Grand Chancellor and Bruant, and is destined to take the most prominent place in bedding or or pot Geraniums. It has been tested for three seasons and is found to be superior to any of the Bruant type. It is a strong, vigorous grower, throwing its truss up well above the foliage, of enormous size, and of the richest, brilliant vermilion-scarlet. It is a phenomenal bloomer, as it will produce more bloom than any Geranium we grow. Don’t fail to order at least one of these beautiful Geraniums.

Barbizet.—Color fresh and bright rose, maculated with white on the upper petals. Beautiful variety.

Beauty Poitevine.—Very large, semi-double flowers, borne on immense trusses. Free bloomer. It has no equal of the color, which is a brilliant salmon, very clear at the borders.

Blanche Moulas.—The flowers are large, salmon, beautifully bordred with white. A geranium of rare beauty.

Francois Arago.—Color a silver salmon, shaded with peach.

Leviathan.—Enormous sized flowers. Color a bright orange-red, reverse of petals silvery. Very fine.

Madame Alfred Mame.—A magnificent bedding variety of almost Pansy form; the color is a soft sub-scarlet, lower petals shading to salmon in the center,l which is deeply veined crimson. A variety that will probably never be equaled.

Mrs. E. G. Hill.—A most distinct and pleasing shade of salmon, with light shading at the center. The shading at the center is variable, however. A single variety.

M. Noury.—A most pleasing lavender-rose color; white at center of flower; so fre in bloom as to literally cover the plant.

Monsieur Poinsignon.—Color silvery-lilac, white shading, changing to silvery-pink. A splendid sort.

Protee.—Color silvery-lilac, white shading, changing to silvery-pink. A splendid sort.

Tour Eiffel.—Color bright orange-scarlet, somewhat in the way of the variety Bruant. Semi-double.


Prce, 8 cents each, except where noted.

The set of five Geraniums for 30 cents.

Apple-scented.—The old favorite. Price, 20 cents each.

Balm-scented.—Delicious balm fragrance.

Rose-scented.—Two kinds, broad leaf and cut leaf. This is the most popular of all scented Geraniums.

Oak-leaved.—Beautiful foliage resembling oak leaves, black center, with green bordered center.

Skeleton-leaved.—Leaves very finely cut, rose fragrance.


Price, 10 cents each. The set of four for 30 cents.

Madame Sallerol.—It makes a round, pretty plant, about one foot high and wide, foliage bright green, edged with pure white.

Mountain of Snow.—A fine, strong grower, center of leaf bright green, with a broad-silvery-whtie margin, flowers scarlet, well above the foliage. Good for bedding.

Snow Storm.—Dark green foliage, distinctly margined with white. A robust grower.

Happy Thought.—Light cream, almost white center, with a dark green band about the light zone, edge of leaf a bright green.


Price, 10 cents each. The set of six for 50 cents.

Bronze Bedder.—New. The brightest and best of all, holding its bright colors well. Simply grand.

Crystal Palace Gem.—Golden-yellow margin, center of disc green.

Distinction.—The leaves are encircled with deep black.

Exquisite.—Large chocolate zone, golden-yellow center.

Marshal McMahon.—Golden-yellow zone of dark chocolate.

Zulu.—A bright yellow leaf with almost black zone.


Price, 15 cents each; two for 25 cents.

Mrs. Pollock.—One of the most lovely of foliage plants. The color of the leaves is a bright bronzy-red, zone belted with crimson and edged with golden yellow. A lovely combination.


Standard List

Price, 10 cents each; six for 50 cents; fifteen for $1.00

Double Pink:—Emile de Girardin, Lee Contable [sic], Mrs. Charles Pease, Naomi.

Double Salmon:—Asa Gray, Dr. Jacoby, Empress, Juliette.

Double Red and Crimson:—Bruanti, Contraste, Grand Chancellor, General Millot, Heteranthe, S. A. Nutt.

White and Flesh Tints:—La Favorite, Jas. Y. Murkland.


Standard List.

Single Pink:—Barbizet, Queen Olga.

Single Salmon:—Blanche Moulas, Francis Arago, Mary H. Foote, Monsieur Poinsignon, Souvenir de Mirande.

Single Red and Crimson:—General Grant, Sam Sloan.

White and Flesh Tints:—Margaret de Layres.

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Summertime Business

Rising temperatures and high humidity have long been a feature of summer in this part of Ohio, and where there’s a need, there will be a business to deal with it. K.B.S. Sales and Service was located where Yoga Springs Studio and Design Sleep operate now in the red brick building at 108 Dayton Street.

Fans were a popular advertising specialty in the days when churches were yet to be centrally air-conditioned, and although the fan on a balsa stick was probably more common, K.B.S.’s version  was easier to collapse for pocket or purse.

Product Demonstrations

Product Demonstrations

ad specialty fan

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — Hamilton and Hubbell

There were artists who provided numerous designs for the Antioch Bookplate Company, but there were also many artists who are represented by only one or two designs.

Not much is know about Everett Hamilton, woodcut designer of F-698/M-93 and M-94 (sold briefly in 1950), except that in 1936 he produced a book of numbered print woodcuts on the seven deadly sins.

Antioch bookplate design F-698'/M-93


Antioch bookplate design M-94










Of F-698/M-93 Ernest Morgan says, “Life, symbolized by the hour glass, is entwined by sorrow and joy, represented by the dead thorn and the blossoms…”

Of M-94, Morgan’s description: “This clever woodcut, symbolizing knowledge and temptation, inadvertently suggest the medical emblem.”

Antioch bookplate design F-620/M-96


Bradford Hubbell provided a single design, F-620/M-96, which was introduced in 1950 and sold for about 20 years. Ernest Morgan provides one of his more amusing notes regarding this design:  “…an Antioch student artist, offered to draw a design for us about 1928, and asked what subject we would like. I told him anything but ships. He said sorry, he could only draw ships and prizefighters. So we got a ship, an authentic brig. It proved a best seller.”

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The Famous Civil War General at a Festival, part 1

How many know that a Civil War general who has a fort and several streets named after him in California was once a resident of Yellow Springs (or his family was while he was off to war)?

Although evidence indicates that William Rosecrans and family were renters rather than property-owners, one can find traces of their lives in Yellow Springs in the newspaper and letters, and in the glass of an attic window where the children scratched their name and initials.

What follows is a transcription of an article in the Greene County Journal reporting on a fundraiser festival during the Civil War given for the support of the troops, and at which General Rosecrans gave some remarks.

Besides what Rosecrans had to say, what is of particular interest is the kind of activities were typical for community festivals 150+ years ago. Given the greater difficulties of transportation, it is somewhat surprising that fresh oysters were popular so far from the ocean, and what would a “ring cake” have been, and why would there have been two of them?

Our Visit to Yellow Springs—The Festival—Remarks of Gen. Rosecrans, etc., etc.

On Friday last we concluded that we would visit the Yellow Springs, a place we had often heard of, but one which we had never seen. We felt a curiosity to realize all that our fair correspondent, “BELL BLUE” had said of that beautiful village, and its intelligent and hospitable inhabitants. It affords us much pleasure in saying that we found the statements of “BELL” perfectly true. We made the acquaintance of many of the citizens and found them warm-hearted and social. In the evening the Ladies’ Solders Aid Society gave a Festival which we had the privilege of attending, and which was, in truth, a magnificent affair. The gentlemanly proprietor of the Yellow Springs House, Mr. J. W. EDWARDS, generously permitted the Society to use his spacious mansion for the Festival, every nook and corner of which was thronged by joyous and happy citizens. The whole number present was upwards of three hundred, about two-thirds of whom were ladies.

We take pleasure in giving below the names of officers and Committees of the Society, as furnished to us by the Secretary, Miss JULIA HARLAN, to whose efficiency and good management the success of the Festival must be attributed:

Officers of the Soldiers Aid Society of Yellow Springs.–Mrs. COL. WILSON, President; Mrs. KELLOGG, Vice-President; Mrs. JAMES STEWART, Treasurer; Miss JULIA HARLAN, Secretary.



Oyster Committee.–Mrs. AARON HARLAN, Mrs. WESTON, Mrs. FESSENDEN, Mrs. LE FEVER, Mrs. WARD.

Coffee Committee.–Mrs. MCINTOSH, Mrs. LADLIE.


1st Ring Cake Committee.–Miss LOUISA HARLAN, Mr. PRUGH.

2nd Ring Cake Committee.– Mrs. IRWIN, Miss WARD, Miss LOUISA HARLAN, Mrs. GEN. T. K. SMITH.

Fancy Table Committee.–Mrs. IRWIN, Miss WARD, Miss LOUISA HARLAN, Mrs. GEN. T. K. SMITH.

Inner-Keepers[?].–Mr. VAN MATER, Mr. J. STEWART.

Collectors for Tables.–Dr. LE FEVER, Mr. ANDERSON, Col. WILSON.




The Yellow Springs House was decorated in a very appropriate manner, and was splendidly illuminated by magnificent chandeliers; the entire Hall wherein the Festival was held was lined with National Flags. The Supper furnished by the Society consisted of the choicest viands. The music discoursed by Prof. FESSENDEN’s String Band was delightful indeed. In short the Festival was a grand success.

Soon after supper General ROSECRANS being present was called upon for a speech. The General was introduced to the audience by Colonel WILSON. After the strain of applause with which he was greeted upon being presented to the company had subsided, the General spoke in substance as follows:

“Ladies and gentlemen: I have been requested to say a few words. I suppose I have a right to do so. I see a great many kind faces whose names are to me unknown: I shall have to trust to luck for an opportunity to become better acquainted at some future time. I do no think I should compliment the people of the Springs for their being here to-night. The cause which they have espoused has brought them together; they need no praise from me. Great as was the struggle that secured the Independence of this country—greatly as we revere our revolutionary mothers—the women of this age—the mothers, wives and sweet-hearts of the soldiers of this war are much greater. I have seen soldiers supplied with food and raiment by the women of the county, when it was not in the power of the Government to supply their wants. Let no man fancy that our county would be safe if our soldiers were removed from the front. Our safety depends on the utter overthrow of the rebels. The soldier is in continual danger. What is to console him for the privations he is suffering? The first thing that keeps him there, is that he may aid in preserving the Government; the second is that the soldiers’ liberties are preserved at home: his family provided for, he can look back to the place where his beloved ones are left and feel sure that during his absence they will be properly cared for and all their wants will be supplied.” [Great applause.] “Ladies and gentlemen, I bid you all good night.”

The receipts of the Festival, after all the collections were made, amounted to two hundred and seventeen dollars and seventy-six cents, a sum which will, under the direction of the Sanitary Commission, be the means of making glad many a sick soldier.

We are under many special obligatioins to Mr. GRAM, of the Neff House; Mr. EDWARDS, of the Yellow Springs House; Esq. HAMILTON, Col. WILSON, and Mr. JAMES STEWART, for the kind treatment we received.

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