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Articles About Elder Stories

  • Jane Baker: a life of books

    Born in the Netherlands, Jane Baker has lived in Yellow Springs since the 1960s. She has worked as a freelance editor and book designer for many years, including doing copyediting and layout for the Antioch Review since 1975. (Photo by Holly Hudson)

    Jane Baker was born in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1934 to an English mother and Dutch father. As Baker tells it, her parents meeting was quite romantic: her mother, from Wembley, in northwest London, met her father on a transatlantic voyage in the early 1930s.

  • Always coming home to the village

    Jim and Betty Felder came to Yellow Springs when Jim was a young Air Force officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Betty a teacher in the Mad River Township schools. They raised their two sons, Greg and Kevin, in the Omar Circle home where they still live. (Photo by Holly Hudson)

    Betty and Jim Felder, both in their 80s, have been recounting their time in Yellow Springs, how they met and when they came here, by each telling their stories which circle back, intertwine and pick up where the other left off.

  • Fifty years in the same house

    Carl Johnson was Yellow Springs’ local pharmacist for nearly 30 years. His wife, Sue, helped him run the pharmacy, Erbaugh and Johnson’s, where Town Drug now operates. The Johnsons raised two sons in Yellow Springs, and have lived in the same handsome brick home on Dayton Street since 1967. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    Fifty years ago this summer, Carl and Sue Johnson moved into a handsome brick home on Dayton Street with their school-aged sons, John and Jim.

  • Harold Wright— A bridger of words, and worlds

    Poet, poetry translator and retired Antioch College professor of Japanese language and literature, Harold Wright has lived in Yellow Springs since 1973. He’s made many dozens of trips to Japan over the years. Here, he’s pictured with his wife, Jonatha, on the porch of their North Winter Street home. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    It’s been a dozen years since Harold Wright’s last trip to Japan, the longest time he’s been away from the country he fell in love with as a young man. But this fall, he and his wife, Jonatha, will be flying to Tokyo as the honored guests of Emperor Meiji.

  • Arnold Adoff: A shared life and love of literature

    Author and poet Arnold Adoff moved to Yellow Springs in 1969, putting down roots in the hometown of his wife, celebrated children’s book author Virginia Hamilton, who passed away in 2002. Now nearing 82, Adoff is still writing and receiving strong reviews for his work, as well as enjoying life in Yellow Springs near his son, granddaughter and Hamilton’s extended family. (Submitted photo)

    Author and poet Arnold Adoff suggests that a more apt descriptor for the Yellow Springs News’ elders series might be “survivors series.”

  • Joan Horn: life as a doer, teacher and friend

    Villager Joan Horn has lived in Yellow Springs for more than 60 years, contributing to the community as a volunteer, teacher, civic-minded citizen and friend. Her Spillan Avenue home, filled with books and art, is always open to friends from Yellow Springs and around the world. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    Joan Horn, 83, has lived in Yellow Springs for over 60 years, first coming to the village as a student at Antioch College in the early 1950s. Her contributions to the community are legion.

  • Jim Agna: Showing up and taking a stand

    Jim Agna, longtime local physician and Wright State faculty member, is shown here at his Meadow Lane home with a photo of his family. Agna will celebrate his 91st birthday on Feb. 12. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    Jim Agna is a low-key and modest guy, so he probably won’t tell you that at many points in his career as a physcian, he’s been at the forefront of social change.

  • Phyllis Lawson Jackson: Deep roots, and a historian’s eye

    Phyllis Lawson Jackson is the fifth generation of the Lawson family to live in Yellow Springs. Jackson, known as a local historian, is shown beside her grandmother’s lamp and table in her Stafford Street home. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    You’d be hard pressed to find someone with deeper Yellow Springs roots than Phylllis Lawson Jackson, the fifth generation of the Lawson family to live in the village.

  • Paul Graham: a soft-spoken force for equality

    Longtime villager Paul Graham is shown in the kitchen of his Corry Street home surrounded by photos of family, including his late wife, Jewell, at right. Graham played a major role in integrating downtown businesses in the early 1960s. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    A soft-spoken and gentle man, Paul Graham doesn’t seem like a troublemaker. Yet in Yellow Springs a half century ago, Graham made considerable trouble for those who stood in the path of equal rights for all.

  • Carl Hyde: A habit of caring, and aging well

    Carl Hyde, who moved into the Friends Assisted Living Center a year ago, first came to Yellow Springs as an Antioch College freshman more than 70 years ago. After more than four decades as a town physician, he’s known to many as “Dr. Hyde.” He rides his bike regularly in good weather. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    Though he retired more than 15 years ago, Carl Hyde’s habit of caring for people remains.