• The Cox house

    The Cox house

  • Wolford House
  • Glen Forest Cemetery
Circa 1890. Clark Grocery was located on Xenia Avenue, near the present day Earth Rose shop.

Circa 1890. Clark Grocery was located on Xenia Avenue, near the present day Earth Rose shop. Photograph courtesy of Antiochiana, Antioch College.

Happy Memorial Day!

Did you know that Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day?  Decoration Day was established in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic as a way to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers.

Today’s post is a glimpse into local Decoration Day events from 120 years ago. While the activities documented in this newspaper article occurred in Clifton, it appears to have been a joint service with the Yellow Springs Burkholder post of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic).  As published in the Yellow Springs Torch in May 1895: Read Full Article →

William Mills MonumentToday’s post is the obituary of William Mills, the father of Yellow Springs.  I’ve always been fascinated by this man who spent large sums of his own money to build our wonderful village out of the dense wilderness that he found when he arrived here.  William Mills started out a very wealthy man and nearly sixty-six years later he had nothing that he could call his own.

As published in the Xenia Torchlight on November 12, 1879:

Death of Judge William Mills.

The many friends of Judge William Mills will be sad, and some of them shocked, to learn that he is dead.  He died at his residence in Yellow Springs, Monday night, Nov. 3d, about 12 o’clock. Read Full Article →