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Mills Lawn School parents, kids, teachers and staff, including Principal Matt Housh, grabbed shovels in September 2010 to spread a new layer of mulch on the playground, providing a soft landing for any students who might take a tumble. Shown above are, from left, parent Chris Wyatt with, on the hill from left, Tavien Clay with a shovel; Reese Spurgeon, sliding down; Bob and Morris Wyatt; and Max Banaszak-Moore. (YS News archive photo by Diane Chiddister)

News from the Past

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Compiled by Don Hollister

10 years ago: 2010

AACW Blues and Jazz Fest “Now in its 13th year, the festival was the conception of Faith Patterson and the late Bill Chappelle. … The festival now attracts from 3,000 to 5,000 attendees over the weekend.”

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Burning ban issued. The Greene County Fire Chief’s Council has issued a countywide ban on open burning due to the extreme dry conditions.” [This was lifted after two weeks.]

New college president. “Mark Roosevelt, great-grandson of Teddy, former Massachusetts politician and current superintendent of the Pittsburgh schools, will be the new leader of the revived Antioch College.”

25 years ago: 1995

Goldie L. Williams, who opened what became the first interracial restaurant in Yellow Springs, died. A native of Yellow Springs, she was born in 1913 to Elmer and Bessie (Johnson) Lawson. Famous for her fried chicken, she and her husband Hilliard (Com) opened Com’s restaurant in 1945.

Wildlife raising a stink in village. A mild winter, and even milder, wet spring created an ideal birthing climate for the skunk population, most of whom, apparently have moved into Yellow Springs.”

50 years ago: 1970

Dogs ran free. “A flood of calls from all sections of the Village this morning sent the Yellow Springs police and Greene County dog catchers on a drive to pick up the invading animals.” Dogs used to freely roam the village.

All quiet after near-riot against dog catchers Monday. Charges filed … after an emotion-packed clash with a ‘mob of 40 to 60’ on the Antioch College campus, have been dropped.”

City or Village? “Yellow Springs 1970 population is 4,604 according to figures released … by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The widely held conviction of the past half-decade that Yellow Springs would become a city (5,000 population) was apparently unfounded.” [YS population at the 2010 Census was down to 3,487.]

75 years ago: 1945

Weiss–Luttrell’s–Weaver’s–Tom’s Market. “Eddie Luttrell, Xenia, a salesman for the Eavey Wholesale Grocery Co., has bought an interest in the P.W. Weiss Food Market here.”

Shoe repair needs. “Yellow Springs now has no shoe repair man to take care of its needs. … Instead of waiting until some shoe repair man picks Yellow Springs as a place to settle, let’s get busy and locate a desirable man, and invite him to settle.”

100 years ago: 1920

Slot machines. “Five cent slot machines and punch boards have made their appearance in various business places in town. The gambling devices are not designed to promote good morals or high thinking. They do stimulate a recklessness with young men’s money and no one benefits except the fellow who owns the machine. It is hoped that the proper officials will take the matter in charge.”

Movies at the Opera House. “ A fine new machine has been installed. … For the present the house will be opened on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.”

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