Wednesday, May 28, 2014

1884 New Vienna Business Notes -May 21

The editor of The Wilmington Journal visits New Vienna and Blanchester to survey the scene and probably drum up some advertising business and new subscriptions.  The 1880s were a boom time for New Vienna, with many of the downtown buildings erected during that decade.  New Vienna is referenced as "the capital of Green Township"

New Vienna has had two hometown newspapers – New Vienna Record (1878-1880) and New Vienna Reporter (1880-1950), the average person may not have advertised in or subscribed to the Wilmington paper.    Transcription follows.  The Blanchester part has not been transcribed or scanned, however the whole page of this article can be found at this link:

 1884 New Vienna Notes -May21 Clipping from the Wilmington Journal


Gathered up While in New Vienna and Blanchester

Last Thursday the editor of the JOURNAL made a visit to New Vienna and Blanchester.  In the seven years which we have lived in the county we had never before been in New Vienna to remain any length of time.

Arriving at the capital of Green Township at about half-past 8 o'clock in the morning, one of the very first men we met was L.A. Henry [Lewis A. Henry 1849-1926, moved to Kansas sometime between 1884 and 1905], with whom we had been associated as a student in the Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio.  After Mr. Henry left college he began teaching, and did not change his vocation until a year or two ago, when he went into the boot and shoe business.  About a year ago he visited Kansas and bought a farm, on which he has been offered a net profit of $2,000 over and above the cost price, but refused to sell.  He is doing a thriving business in New Vienna.

Going on up street we ran across A.S. Amberg [Abraham Amberg, born 1815 in Bavaria, died 1894 in New Vienna], who enjoys the happy destruction of being Mayor of the town.  He is also Justice of the Peace, and a better Chief Magistrate New Vienna has not had in a score of years.

Dropping into the bank we met E. Arthur [Edwin Arthur 1822-1894], the cashier and his son [John Larkin Arthur, 1844-1913].

Seeing a sign which read "A.W. Mohlenpage" [August Mohlenpage, sometimes spelled Moehlenpage 1854-1894], over the door of a house across the street, we struck out in that direction.  George Morey, formerly a clerk for W.H. Rannells, of Wilmington, was glad to welcome us.  Mr. Mohlenpage was busy waiting on customers.  He has a very large store and does an immense business.  [The 1880 census lists him as a "dry goods merchant."]  Only a few weeks ago he tried to buy out the remnant of Haynes & Glass' stock, but failed to make satisfactory arrangements for the room, and consequently did not locate here.  It was a great misfortune that Wilmington did not secure the addition of this live young man to her already large list of enterprising business firms.  Mr. Mohlenpage has opened a branch house in Greenfield, where he is doing a thriving business.  

The next man we wanted to see was Sam De La [1838-1886 was editor (owner?) of the New Vienna Record in 1880].  Sam used to be a newspaper man and knows how to sympathize with a printer.  We soon found him, and after hitching on, visited nearly every business in our neighboring town.  In order to prevent a murder, every time we entered the door of a business house our escort would politely and gently inform the proprietor that the animal he had in tow was not a drummer [traveling salesman]; then we felt safe in advancing without running the risk of meeting a stuffed club or a base ball bat.

After "doing" the town somebody said they were going to have a good dinner at the Miller House.  If there is anything to eat in the neighborhood a newspaper man is generally on the hunt of it, and especially is this so because such an institution is always hungry.  Sometimes there is wedding cake, and bride's cake, and ginger cake, and every other kind of cake, sent to his sanctum, and he has to learn to eat in large quantities and at all hours in the day.  The consequence is that the capacity for storing away an unusual supply of good things is increased to an illimitable extent.  Fortunately the Miller House was equal to the emergency, and we got a good, square meal at one of the best hotels in the county.

Two o'clock soon rolled around, and we wended our way toward the depot.  On the depot platform we met the members of the enterprising firm of Routh [John C Routh 1834-1894] & Levisey [William B Livezey 1843-1909].  They are the grain buyers of New Vienna, and deal in farming implements and machinery.  

Although our stay in New Vienna was brief, we met a great many persons whom we had never seen before, and many became subscribers to the JOURNAL, and others will follow.  That we may rest assured of, for this paper always finds its way into the homes of enterprising people, and that is the kind of folks they keep in our neighboring village.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April News from "4" Years

A busy month in New Vienna from a burglary in 1884, a proposed new road 1904, the beginning of Doc Noble's Drug store 1924, Graduating class of 1944, and a wide assortment of "news" and personals from Mabel Davis in 1954 and 1964.  Stay tuned to find out what happens in the month of May.
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1884 Apr 2 Daring Burglary in New Vienna - A.B. Beard's grocery and hardware store business was broken into during the night.  The safe door was blown up and $40 was taken.  The thieves then stole Dr. Trimble's horse and buggy and left town.  They were traced as far as New Antioch.  Officers still hope to capture the guilty parties. --Wilmington Journal 2Apr1884p3

1904 Petition for new county road
1904 Apr 6 New Vienna news includes mention of following names: Elma Brewer, Mattie Lupton, Rodney Lloyd, Louie (Louise?) Brewer, Addie Johnson, Mary Hoskins, I.W. Matthews. --Wilmington Journal 6Apr1904p6
1904 Apr 6 G.E. Priest sells New Vienna Reporter to D.W. Callahan. --Wilmington Journal 6Apr1904p5
1904 Apr 6 Albert Van Pelt & Tasso Terrell petition for new county road. --Wilmington Journal 6Apr1904p6
1904 Apr 27 Fred Arthur (NVHS'03) accepts position as security guard at the St. Louis World's Fair, Edward Thornburg dies, pioneer resident of New Vienna. --Wilmington Journal 27Apr1904p1

1924 Apr 4 Cyril Noble will soon locate in New Vienna as the leading druggist in the village. --Hamilton Journal News 4Apr1924p10

1934 Apr 24 Bank robber fatally shoots banker, H.M. Saylor in SOUTH Vienna (Clark County), but the news originally reported the robbery occurring in New Vienna.  This was one of seven bank robberies in Ohio in 13 days. --East Liverpool Evening Review 5May1953p1 & Manitowac (Wisconsin) Herald-Times 20Apr1934p1

1944 New Vienna News Masthead
1944 Apr 5 Mrs. Carl Deck, Correspondent; Francis Wade, Carrier & Circulation Agent --Wilmington News-Journal 5Apr1944p6
1944 Apr 27 NVHS Graduation will be May 23 with Thurman "Dusty" Miller as speaker.  The 20 graduates include: Christine Caplinger, Marjorie Hackathorn, Georgiana Lacy, Betty Jeanne Roush, Joan Rulon, Elizabeth Ann Sayre, Jane Selph, Frances Joanne Smith, Jennie Carol Swingley, Clarence William Chesnut, Neil G. Felheim, Charles Sargent, Eugene F. Jones, Robert E. Sonner, William T. Lamar, Franklin Smith, Philip J. Levo, Calvin C. Smith, Wilbur Morris, Jr, and Harold L. Prickett, Jr. --Wilmington News-Journal 27Apr1944p10

1954 Apr 1 Mabel Davis Correspondent, Philip Baker, Carrier. Lots of visiting.  --Wilmington News-Journal 1Apr1954p17
1954 Apr 2 WSCS, Sunshine Stitchers, Glenn McElwee, & more. --Wilmington News-Journal 2Apr1954
1954 Apr 3 25 years ago (1929) new automatic telephone service goes into operation. --Wilmington News-Journal 3Apr1954p4
1954 Apr 5 Farm Bureau, George Shaffer & NVHS science class give program at Grange, etc. --Wilmington News-Journal 5Apr1954p9
1954 Apr 6 Home Builders (Church of Christ), Methodist Youth Fellowship, etc. --Wilmington News-Journal 6Apr1954p3
1954 Apr 7 Leland Huffman, Etta Selph & Linda Eltzroth (Compton) have birthday parties & more personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 7Apr1954p14
1954 Ad for Avon Theater
New Vienna, Ohio 
Wilmington News-Journal 
•Wednesday, Apr.7, 1954
1954 Apr 8 Guest list for Mrs. Alfred Purtee's Stork Shower; Mrs. Franklin Sayre's broken leg visitors; Mrs. Joe Ryan and Beverly Bernard celebrate birthdays. --Wilmington News-Journal 8Apr1954p14
1954 Apr 9 Always Faithful Class and Personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 9Apr1954p9
1954 Apr 9 Fire Destroys Residence: Carlos Achor residence in Clark township destroyed by fire.  New Vienna fire department pumper broke down. --Wilmington News-Journal 9Apr1954p1
1954 Apr 12 Auburn WSCS, Grange, Penn Township Council and personals --Wilmington News-Journal 12Apr1954p13
1954 Apr 13 Carey Streber home from Air Force; H.L. Carey's have dinner party; Cub Scouts and more. --Wilmington News-Journal 13Apr1954p5
1954 Apr 15 Baptist Mission Society and personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 15Apr1954p17
1954 Apr 16 Tarry-A-While club, U&I Class (Mt.Olive), and personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 16Apr1954p10
1954 Apr 19 OES (Eastern Star), Grange, Masters family hosts dinner, & more. --Wilmington News-Journal 19Apr1954p4
1954 Apr 21 Mary Fleming family dinner, Tim Stackhouse released from hospital. --Wilmington News-Journal 21Apr1954p4
1954 Apr 22 Farm Bureau, Grange, Eastern Star, Personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 22Apr1954p7
1954 Apr 23 Henry Waits & friends enjoy checkers, personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 23Apr1954p7
1954 Apr 24 8th Graders present history program, Girls Ensemble performs participants were Marjery Johnson, Joyce Hildebrant, Carol Tolle, Jane Fenwick, Betty Lou Cochran, Dianne Parr, Janet Terrell & Betty Achor, accompanied by Virginia Hildebrant. --Wilmington News-Journal 23Apr1954p5
1954 Apr 26 Woman's Club, Home Demonstrators, Stork Shower for Mrs. Ernest Sullivan. --Wilmington News-Journal 26Apr1954p4
1954 Apr 28 Kathryn [sic] and Roberta Uible were dinner guests of their grandparents, M/M CJ Uible and more of the like. --Wilmington News-Journal 28Apr1954p10
1954 Apr 29 John McKibbens celebrate 17th wedding anniversary, & more. --Wilmington News-Journal 29Apr1954p6
1954 Apr 30 Fairview Women, Grange, Redeemers, Snow Hill Garden Club & more meetings. --Wilmington News-Journal Apr19

1964 April New Vienna News masthead
1964 Apr 1 Family dinners and who visited who on Easter, March 29.  --Wilmington News-Journal 1Apr1964p11
1964 Apr 2 More Easter visits --Wilmington News-Journal 2Apr1964p13
1964 Apr 3 Even more Easter guests and Church Of Christ Boosters Class. --Wilmington News-Journal 3Apr1964p9
1964 Apr 4 Always Faithful Class of Church of Christ and personal news. --Wilmington News-Journal 4Apr1964p7
1964 Apr 8 Farm Bureau Advisory Council & personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 8Apr1964p12
1964 Apr 9 Church of Christ Homebuilder Class & personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 9Apr1964p9
1964 Apr 11 Tarry-A-While Sewing Club & personals.  --Wilmington News-Journal 11Apr1964p7
1964 Apr 14 Birthday parties for Ernest Cochran and Herbert McKenzie, church and personal news. --Wilmington News-Journal 14Apr1964p9
1964 Apr 15 Baptist Missionary Society, and personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 15Apr1964p10
1964 Apr 17 Pam West's music recital; college students visit home & more. --Wilmington News-Journal 17Apr1964p7
1964 Apr 18 Methodist & Church of Christ news; personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 18Apr1964p8
1964 Apr 21 Scheduled events & personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 21Apr1964p8
1964 Apr 23 Enright Circle & personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 23Apr1964p9
1964 Apr 25 Church, Farm Bureau & personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 25Apr1964p8
1964 Apr 28 Cancer Fund drive, Boosters Class, SOS Class & personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 28Apr1964p5
1964 Apr 29 Grange, IOOF Lodge, Rudisill's new home, Lewis Thornburg's birthday & personals. --Wilmington News-Journal 29Apr1964p9

1974 April New Vienna News masthead
1974 Apr 3 - New Physicians: Two physicians, a man and his wife, Dr. Rudy & Dr. Vicky Ceballos, from the Philippines have agreed to establish  medical practice in New Vienna.  [This news was most likely released too soon, as it did not happen.] --Press-Gazette 3Apr1974p9

1974 Apr 6 - Meadows Subdivison on south side of New Vienna, adjoining the Highland-Clinton County boundary is reviewed for drainage and storm water disposal. --Wilmington News-Journal 6Apr1974p6
1974 Apr 11 - News Round-up: Mrs. Frank W. Davis, Correspondent; John Uible, Vincent Pratt, & Greg Dodd, Carriers. --Wilmington News-Journal 11Apr1974p9
1974 Apr 16  Teacher turnover at NV Elementary: Retiring are Mary Smith, Mary (Etta) Penn, Maru Anne Moore, and William Shipley, custodian.  Scott Custis will be the new custodian. --Wilmington News-Journal 16Apr1974p16

Friday, April 18, 2014

Duchemin House

Duchemin House c1910 New Vienna Ohio, now demolished, twin (w/improvements) to house on corner of College & 2nd Streets.  School Barn in background on left.  
Image Courtesy of Hayward Crone via Mike Whited.

New Vienna Building, Once Used for High School, Being Torn Down; Interesting History
By Maynard Ross
Clipping from unknown newspaper c1952  
courtesy of Margaret Rachford Dean (NVHS'53)

The former Duchemin residence, which once served as the high school building, is being torn down to make way for the new gymnasium.  The razing of the building has been under way for over a month.

Built around 1876 by Abraham Duchemin, the brick structure was the residence of the superintendant [this word is spelled incorrectly throughout the article – should be superintendent] of school for a number of years.

Although there are no facts to substantiate it, the story goes that Mr. Duchemin came to New Vienna from Cincinnati and began a brick kiln.  The kiln and his home were both located north of the present building and near the county line.  The large home that now goes by the name of the Fred Deck apartments was built by Frank Woodmansee some time very shortly before Duchemin began his house.  Apparently envious of the brick structure on the corner, he decided to outdo it and build himself a regular mansion.  His wife knowing his plans, had been saving carpets by laying one atop of the other in their small house.  Mr. Duchemin made the brick in his kiln and with the help of his family built the structure.  

The building was completed and the family moved in.  They finished it as best they could and for a number of years there were no doors, but lumber nailed together served the purpose.

What happened to the family I was unable to find out, other than the information in an obituary in the hands of Mrs. Geneva Phillips.  It states that Mrs. Abraham Duchemin passed away in 1887 and left five children, two sons and three daughters.  A few incidents of the family were related to me by Mrs. Phillips.  She recalled that one of the girls was very fond of riding and on one occasion was thrown in front of her house.  She remembered that this girl was apparently well-liked by the other youth of her age and that she wore a much-admired riding habit.  Mrs. Phillips said that she believed one of the daughters was still living and now resided in Arizona.

The building was a private residence until the fall of 1911 or 1912, when it became the high school.  The other building was being torn down for the construction of the present high school building.  

Charles Blackburn attended school in the building and he told me a few things about it.  There were no desks as are to be seen in school today, but rather straight chairs with a writing board on one arm.  The building was steam heated, but was never warm during the winter, Mr. Blackburn said, unless the boys built fires in the open grates.  Then the teacher and pupils would crowd around the fire and school would be in session.   The four upper grades attended school in this building; those that lived in the country were brought to school in horse-drawn school buses and the horses were quartered in the present VO-AG building.  The superintendant of the school at this time was Horace E. Cromer[1] and I understand he was a favorite teacher.

Another man who taught during this period but not at this time, was James Cadwaller[2], who was highly respected as a teacher.  The building again became a residence in 1919 and the school was moved into the new building.  The superintendant of the school used it as a residence until a short time ago.[3]

The razing crew under the direction of Wilbur Hodson have found that the structure was well-built and had to blast some of it.

I watched one afternoon as they tried to pull over a wall with a chain and cable hooked to a truck.  It was not successful as the cable broke each time the wall began to weave at the top.

To some of the people in town the razing of the building will be a loss, but to others it will be another step in progress to a better school system for the education of their children.

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[1] Horace Cromer was Supt. of Schools 1916-1919.  --New Vienna High School Memory Book 1881-1963 p7.
[2] J.L. (James) Cadwallader, Supt. 1909-1916.  Cadwallader became the first county Superintendent in August 1914. --NVHS Memory Book 1881-1963 p7.
[3] Among later Superintendents and families that lived in the Duchemin House were Forest Martin, Supt. 1928-33 & 1935-1940, grandfather of Larry Martin; Russell Fenwick, Supt. 1941-1963, father of Jane Allemang.

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And one other Duchemin related photo
Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Duchemin 1868 - ?
Graduated NVHS 1886
Youngest Daughter of Abraham & Mary Elizabeth Woodmansee Duchemin
Married Edwin Dun[n] in 1893[4] 

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[4] Hillsboro News-Herald 28 Dec 1893 p5

Friday, April 4, 2014

1953 New Vienna School Addition

c1953 New Vienna School Addition Progressing - clipping from unknown paper, unknown date

With the exterior apparently finished, work is well underway on the interior of the addition to the New Vienna school, which is shown above.

The supports for the subfloor of the gymnasium are being prepared and on top of this will be placed a regular wooden floor and then a hardwood floor.  These supports, about 2x2 inch pieces, are fastened to the concrete floor with metal pieces.  They are being treated to resist dampness and insects and then tar is to be poured beneath and between them to serve as a cushion.

Practically all of the work in the farm shop and two classrooms in the addition is finished and several workmen are working on the stage.

The gymnasium will be one of the largest in the county when it is ready for use by next fall.  Thomas Rudisill, the New Vienna coach, said it will seat about 1,200 and with additional bleachers could seat 1,500.  It is understood that Highland county already is eyeing the New Vienna gymnasium for its 1954 cage tournament, which was held this year at Wilmington high school gymnasium, because none in Highland county is large enough.  New Vienna is on the edge of Highland county.

Friday, March 28, 2014

March News from "4" Years

March news from the "4" years 1864-1974 includes fires (1864), floods (1964), new roads (1874, 1904) plus town, organization, business and personal news.

1864 Mar 25 - Saw mill in New Vienna burned last week.  One of the largest in county. --Clinton Democrat 25Mar1864p52 of Clinton County Newspaper Abstracts 1835-1885.

1874 March 12 - Ad for A.F. Hixson & C.C. Bowers, Attorneys at Law, New Vienna, with office over Post Office [then in downtown building]. --Wilmington Journal 12Mar1874p1

1874 March 12 - Petition presented to the Clinton County Road Commissioners for a Free Turnpike, commencing from the State Road (now SR-350), leading from Cuba via Morrisville, to New Vienna. --Wilmington Journal 12Mar1874p2

1874 March 19 - Sixteen new members added to New Vienna Baptist Church according to Rev. H.R. Witter.  Methodists also having meetings.  New saloon may open in April, temperance folks prepare for another battle. --Wilmington Journal 19Mar1874p3

1884 March 16 - Charles Heller [age about 23], of New Vienna, has entered a pool tournament in Cincinnati.  [He later owned a restaurant in Wilmington.] --Cincinnati Enquirer 16Mar1884p10

1884 March 26 - Hugh Derivan, NV's oldest resident dies at age 95; M.E. [Methodist] Church is to be finished; former resident Thomas Shockley, has bought a printing office in Oskaloosa, Iowa. --Wilmington Journal 26Mar1874p3

1894 March 1 - James Morris & Fred Hussey building tile works in New Vienna. --Clinton Republican 1Mar1894p172 of Clinton County Newspaper Abstracts 1889-1894

1904 March 20 - New Vienna dry goods business for sale, established 1869.  W. A. Brown retiring due to age and infirmities.  Available for small investment. --Cincinnati Enquirer 20Mar1904p19

1904 March 30 - Road Notice - Petition for road beginning at point of New Lexington (Highland)  Reesville Pike [Road Improvement No.11], corner of Mahon and Morris land in SW direction through land owned by Van Pelts, to corner of land owned by Tasso Terrell on the NV and Centerville (Lees Creek) Pike.  --Wilmington Journal 30Mar1904p4

1944 March 11 - George Neffner on ballot - New Vienna man seeks second term as Ohio Secretary of State.  --Times Recorder (Zanesville) 11Mar1944p2

1954 March 2 - New Vienna Fire Dept. plans to purchase a tank truck to augment the dwindling water supply in New Vienna,  This would add to or replace the current pumper truck with booster tank. --Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 2Mar1954p8

1954 March 23 - New Vienna Lions Club has undertaken a project to purchase new equipment for the local fire department. --Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 23Mar1954p6

1954 March 26 - Rev. G. Hassell Justice, pastor of the New Vienna Church of Christ, has been elected president of the NV Home and School League.  --Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 26Mar1954p14

1964 March 5 - Flooding in New Vienna – 14 inches of standing water in some spots.  Hardest hit were the Farmers Elevator, Daye's Hardware and the parsonage of the Fairview Friends Church near Lees Creek.  [The March 10, 1964 WNJ reports that the Ed Davis home on Bernard Rd. was also damaged.  6" of rain was reported.] --Wilmington News-Journal 5Mar1964p2

1964 March 5 - Linda Hughes tells exciting story of being lost in African Plains daughter of John & Laura Hughes, serving in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, relates hair-raising story of her group being lost and alone; showing their stamina and ingenuity in the way they handle the situation. --Wilmington News-Journal 5Mar1964p16

1964 March 6 - New Vienna News column by Mabel Davis, Ricky Corzatt carrier.  --Wilmington News-Journal 6Mar1964p13 
1964 March 7 - New Vienna News column --Wilmington News-Journal 7Mar1964p7  

1964 March 9 - Father-Son [or daughter] Dinner Given by NV Lions.  Some brought grandchildren.  Names mentioned include: John Cooper & Tom; Robert Germann & Beth Ann; Arnold Baker, Ernest Cochran, James Allen & Victor; Arthur Bernard & Marilyn, Bill; Thomas Brumley & Debra, Denise; Floyd Carey & Randy McKamey; Dr. Custis & David, Danny, John; Eugene Drake & Lora Ballinger; Bill Flint & Charles; Russell Fenwick, Orville Harner & John; Dr. Hause & Jane Ann; Vaughn Huffman & Penny; John Joy & John; John Hughes & Timmy; Paul Eltzroth & Linda, Larry; Thomas McMillan & Susan; R.W.Mongold & James, Tina; Everett Penn, Thomas Rudisill & Tommy, Harold Uible & Roberta; Jerome Walker & Catholyn, Jerome Dane; Homer Williams, Carl West & Pamela, Teddy; Gayle Zimmerman & Kevin, Matthew; A.W. Kettlewell & Cindy; Donald Bernard & Shirley, Barbara; Joe Eaton & Eddy. --Wilmington News-Journal 9Mar1964p16

1964 March 10 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 10Mar1964p11
1964 March 13 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 13Mar1964p11
1964 March 14 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 14Mar1964p4
1964 March 16 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 16Mar1964p10
1964 March 18 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 18Mar1964p8
1964 March 20 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 10Mar1964p9
1964 March 24 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 23Mar1964p11
1964 March 27 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 27Mar1964p5
1964 March 28 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 28Mar1964p4
1964 March 30 - New Vienna News --Wilmington News-Journal 30Mar1964p3

1974 March 5 - W.H. Robinson retired from presidency of Buckeye Molding Co., replaced by Miles H. Nolton [1924-2009].  Herschel Bolton has been elected vice president.  The company moved to New Vienna [formerly located in Miamisburg] in 1961. [The Co. leased the former Randall Co. plant at 49 N Second St. and later became part of Huhtamaki and moved outside of NV to 5566 New Vienna Road in Highland County.]   --Wilmington News-Journal 5Mar1974p14

1974 March 28 - General Telephone Co. of Ohio, announced a major cable addition to the New Vienna phone exchange which serves 969 telephones in a 60.8 square-mile area of Clinton and Highland County. --Wilmington News-Journal 28Mar1974p16

Friday, February 28, 2014

February News from "4" Years

1874 Feb - Was the height of the southern Ohio Temperance Movement of which a significant amount of news came from New Vienna.  A separate post about the New Vienna Whiskey War can be found at this link:  New Vienna Whiskey War

1894 Feb 1 - An epidemic of diphtheria is prevailing at New Vienna and the schools have been closed. --(Hillsboro) News-Herald 01Feb1894p5

1894 Feb 22 - The scourge of diphtheria in New Vienna is abating with no new cases reported for the past week. --(Hillsboro) News-Herald 22Feb1894p5

1964 Feb 18 - Union Grange celebrated their 65th Anniversary since reorganization in 1899 [the original charter from 1874 was lost, and was reissued in 1899] and Ralph Carey and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Bernard received 50-year-membership pins, which made 14 members who have received such an honor, six of whom are still living. --Wilmington News-Journal 18Feb1964p10

1964 Feb 20 - Pauline Gibson, owner of Polly's Restaurant in Lynchburg, has announced the opening of another restaurant in New Vienna.  She purchased the fixtures and equipment of Hook's Restaurant at the corner of Main St. and SR-28.  --Wilmington News-Journal 20Feb1964p13

Links to February 1964 New Vienna news in the Wilmington (Ohio) News-Journal.
[Last month I included scans of all January 1964 New Vienna news.  This month it was almost impossible for me to keep up with the sheer volume of "news" that Mabel Davis produced.  Therefore, this month only included are the names mentioned with links to the clippings if you want to read further.  In future, will probably not even do that much, but only provide the highlights.  Let me know if you are looking for anything or anyone particular.]
  • 5 Feb 1964 in two parts: p.14 Names mentioned include: Durham, Bohl, Allen, Ridgeway, Kuntzman, Wright, Ames, McCoy, Matthews, Thornburg, Long, Barre, Parry, Calendine, Young, Garrison, Mongold, Carey, Roads, Blackburn, Roehm, Woods, Thompson, Cook, Saunders, McCoppin, Tolliver, Edwards, Seaman, Deininger, Jones, Mee, Sunders, Morton, Scott, Penn, Fawley, McKenzie, Canter, Mossbarger, Curtis, Rulon, Wiget, Hughes, Painter, Hutchens, Wilson, Croghan, and Swisher.
  • 5 Feb 1964 p.15 Names mentioned include: Croghan, Edwards, West, Brownlee, Faris, Cochran, Johnson, Tolliver, Compton, Ames, Hunt, Mongold, Brown, Roehm, Bennett, Saunders, Glancy, Mee, Miller, Babb, Wilson, Lytle, McDonald, Eaton, Hildebrant, Castle, and Penn.
  • 8 Feb 1964: Names mentioned include: Johnson, Uible, Bryner, Smallridge, Sheffield, Simkins, Cornelius, Davis, Long, Bernard, Carey, Clark, Cooper, Pence, Schultz, Moore, Swindler, Fleming, McKenzie, Storer, Foreman, Thornburg, Pierson, Selph, Whitmer, Akers, Stepp, Cluxton, Babb, Hutchens, Rice, Smith, Kibler, Terrell, Okey, Dunlap, Fleming, Campbell, Sullivan, Thomas, McKibben, Knauff, Puderbaugh, Edwards, Everhart, Barry, Weaver, Manuel, Miller, Boatman, Roberts and Penquite.
  • 10 Feb 1964: Names mentioned include: Uible, Bryner, Smallridge, Sheffield, Schwartz, Cornelius, Davis, Long, Bernard, Carey, Nischwitz, Irwin, Achor, Marsh, Clark, McCoy, Fisher, Fawley, Henderson, Ledford, McKenzie, Roush, Settlemyre, Preston, Hunter, Stratton, Rayburn, Bennett, Garman, Phillips, Packard, Roberson, Bohl, Pugsley, Hause, Davis, and Holmes
  • 12 Feb 1964: Names mentioned include: Cook, Ross, Carey, Michael, Anderson, Grimsley, Fels, McKenzie, Woodmansee, McKamey, Stanfield, Simkins, Davis, Whitmer, Sears, Mahanes, Walls, Roush, Stratton, Fisher, Mohr (or Mohn?), Baker, Albrechtson, Deafner, Miller, Kinzer, and Pendell.
  • 13 Feb 1964: Names mentioned include: Roberts, Ferguson, Minzler, McKamey, Smalley, Farringer, Garen, Cluxton, Regan, Linkhart, Germann, Precht, Moore, Eckler, Huffman, Evjen, Achor, Curtis, Matthews, Croghan, West, Newbrey, Parshall, Kier, Wylie, Anderson, Collier, Garman, Hutchens, Hempstead, King, Shoemaker, Blackburn.
  • 14 Feb 1964: Names mentioned include: Uible, Smallridge, Bryner, Burton, Drake, Streber, Croghan, Kuntzman, Bohl, Simkins, Chestnut, Fisher, Fawley, Woods, Powell, Penn, Waits, Thornburg, West, Rudisill, Davis, Flint, Hibberd, McKamey, Walls, and Brite.
  • 18 Feb 1964: Names mentioned include:Davis, Corzatt, Uible, Smallridge, Bryner, Burton, Drake, Streber, Croghan, Kuntzman, Bohl, Simkins, Chestnut, Fisher, Fawley, Woods, Powell, Penn, Waits, Thornburg, West, Rudisill, Flint, Hibberd, McKamey, Walls, and Brite.
  • 18 Feb 1964 - Kindergarten classes go on field trip to the Post Office. Mrs. McKamey’s Kindergartens tour Post Office - makes the newspaper as part of the Feb. 18 New Vienna news. Bill Flint, postmaster and his assistants Mrs. Glenn Fisher and Glenn Purtee explained the mail system to the students.  [Later in the month the students toured Minzler Market.]
          The morning group consisted of Judy Ames, Jerri Baker, Lora Ballinger, Jimmy Bernard, Kevin Croghan, Jana Curtis, Ricky Davis, Charles Flint, Elbert Fox, Eric Keltner, Brian Knisley, Karol Kuntzman, Brett Laymon, Kimberly Long, Betty Ann Lovell, Luitina Mahanes, Cindy Murphy, Larry Penn, Cindy Jo Stoops, Randy Thompson, Rhonda Turner. Mrs. Mckamey, Mrs. Ronald Ballinger and Mrs. Wendell Mahanes furnished transportation.
          The afternoon group consisted of: Bill Allen, Judy Caplinger, Jimmy Custis, Cathy Daye, Phillip Dean, Debbie Ferguson, Stevie Johnson, Bryan Linkhart, Connie Lucas, Tina Mongold, Kimberly Murphy, Sammy Terrell, Cindy Tolle, John Uible, Nickie Wallen, Doug Woodmansee, Debbie Young and Doug Young. Transportation was furnished by Mrs. McKamey and Mrs. Estel Daye Jr.
  • 19 Feb 1964 - Farmers Road News.  Names mentioned include: Reunion of 1926 classmates from a one room school, Mt. Vernon (Greasy Hill) NE of Blanchester on Reeder Rd., north of Second Creek Road, met together. Their teacher at that time was HOMER WILLIAMS of New Vienna. Other names mentioned include: Butts, Lister, Quigley, Reveal, Speaight, Scott, Worrell, Moon, Mooney, Dale, Custis, Carey, Behymer, Hagemeyer, King, Holt.
  • 19 Feb 1964 - New Vienna Village Annual Report for 1963 Includes line-item expenses and receipts. Total tax valuation of $1,548,682. Indicates 1960 Census of 858 residents within village limits. John P. Joy, Village Clerk.
  • 19 Feb 1964 - Names mentioned include: Kuntzman, Streber, Salisbury, Hughes, Perry, Fawley, Croghan, Allen, Bryner, Chestnut, Larrick, Holmes.
  • 20 Feb 1964 -  Names mentioned include: Michael, Drake, Terrell, Minzler, Little, Cochran, Daye, Smalley, Ferguson, Shaw, Achor, Irwin, Sheffield, Curtis, Saunders, Farringer, Allen, Osborn, Clevenger, McKibben, Roberts, Smith, Simbro, Briggs, Davis, Grabill, Gordley, Armstrong, McCune, King, Cline, Hunt, Trenary, Quigley, Woods, Barrett, Fisher, Thornburg, Walker, Gordon, Stegman, Anderson, Urtel, Hughes, Foster, Kester, Haynie, Pendel, Decelle, Dodd, Wright, Stratton, Rayburn, Waits, Thornburg, Creed, Myers, Gordley, Salisbury. On same page: Simon Kenton Junior Class play, starring Gary Curtis and Monty Rankin.
  • 22 Feb 1964 - Names mentioned include: Davis, Blackburn, Roehm, Ames, Hunt, Bohl, Manuel, Miller, Roads, McVey, Waddell, Morton, Caplinger, Anderson, Jury, Hull, Hutchens, Conklin, Larrick, Bond, Garman, Sweringen, Croghan, Bortocci, Dove, Flint, Allen, Penn, Tolle, Knauff, Ramsey, South, Hause, Huffman, Kuntzman, Hughes, Eaton, Michael, Custis, Drake, Terrell, Greene, Gammell, Gibson, Mongold, Roush, Smith, Porter, Pennington, Harris, McDonald, Linkhart, Gordon, Walker, Rollins, Gillam, Wilson, Simbro, Kelley, Clevenger, Vance, Fender, Johnson, Kendall.
  • 25 Feb 1964 - Names mentioned include:  Farringer, Kuntzman, Hause, South, Outcalt, Penn, Matthews, Thompson, Nash, Brodfield, Southerland, Johnson, Holmes, Berry, Manuel, Grimsley, West, Parshall, Newbrey, Smalley, Dunlap, O’Briant, Hetzler, Ingersoll, Miller, Shoemaker, Davies, Demas, Bryner.
  • 26 Feb 1964 - Boy Scout Hike to Fallsville. Names mentioned include: Larry Akers, Gary Akers, Donnie Achors, Ricky Orebaugh, David Myers, Vic Bernard, Mike Williams, Gene Williams, Gary Orebaugh, Vic Bernard, Doug Hutchins, Larry Priest, Mark Allen, Mickey Wilkinson, Larry West, Garry Edison, Lloyd Tolle, Harold Wallen, Billy Akers, Greg Prickett, Jery Shiffer, and Mrs. Roy Myers.
  • 27 Feb 1964 - Names mentioned include: Salisbury, Achor, Young, McKenzie, Ledford, Mongold, Garrison, Hildebrant, Behling, Curtis, Wolfe, Thompson, Simkins, Long, Davis, Huffman, Drake, Custis, Cook, Streber, Carey, Fisher, Deck, Bohl, Smalley, Robinson, Thornburg, Waits, Hause, Preston, Saunders, Nischwitz, Joy, Achor, Roush, Crothers, Edgington, Lindenmouth, Johnson, Martin, McCune, Martin, Roads, McVey, Woodmansee, Henderson, McCoy, Bernard, Wright.
  • 29 Feb 1964 - Names mentioned include: [half the phone book practically] Kuntzman, Moon, Outcalt, Cooper, Bohl, Simkins, Curtis, Robinson, Bernard, Wolfe, Hildebrant, Hughes, Eaton, Hause, Farringer, Briggs, Cochran, Brown, Saunders, McKamey, Leach, Shaw, Barker, Hieronymus, Bernard, Harner, Carey, Fels, Anderson, McKibben, Smith, Selph, Custis, Fawley, Henderson, Polk, Smallridge, Davis, Minzler, Croghan, Thomas, Hess, Williams, Wise, Caplinger, Thornburg, McDonald, Jones, Stroup, Borchers, Wilder, Drake, Saunders, Mee, Glancy, Haines, Bashore, McVey, McKenzie, Linkhart, Ross, Mason, Beair, Musser, Greene, Demas, Miller, Woods, Harris, Wilson, Smalley, Davies, Musser, Caplinger, Miller, Wright, Swingley, Williams, McCune, Fleming, Ludwick, Ray, Kibler, Hurst, Dolphin, Achor, Roush, Pohlman, Brewer, Nischwitz, Tolle, Merkle, Vance, Fisher, Curtis, Ruble, Wilson, Creig, Faris, VanPelt, Dunlap, Hamilton, Langley, Malone, Pope, Hewitt, Roush, Woodmansee, Nicely, Taylor, Hatcher, Bryan, McVey, Roads, Hixson, Seaman, Butts, Donohoo, Frump, Purtee, Ridgeway, West, Yates, Myers, Palmer, Waits, Keever, Sturgeon, Murphy & Knisley.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

1874 New Vienna Whiskey War

February of 1874 was the culmination of temperance battles in New Vienna.  The "Wickedest Man" in New Vienna and the Women's Temperance made national and international news in newspapers in at least 18 states and Great Britain carrying the story. Pennsylvania and Illinois seemed the most interested.  Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and London were among the cities whose readers were "entertained" by the stories originating in New Vienna.

Below are two more recent articles about New Vienna's Whiskey War, though neither is dated or sourced the second one appears to be from late 1988 or 1989.  More information on sources and links to newspaper clippings from February 1874 are included at the end of this post.

(1874) When New Vienna 'Went Dry' by Helen M. White
Unknown Source, unknown date

A wise old man once said, "Beware of women banded together in determination.  They can accomplish any goal and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them."

This statement certainly applies in the case of poor John Calvin Van Pelt of New Vienna in Clinton county, who at one time proudly wore the title, the wickedest man in Ohio."  He wore it, that is, until the good ladies of the community took matters in charge during the winter of 1873-74.

Van Pelt was a large, square man noted for his bulldog pluck.  He kept the Dead Fall Saloon when that strange phenomenon in the temperance cause known as "The Women's Crusade" broke out and ran like a fever over Southern Ohio.  Fierce and exciting while it lasted, the movement ws short-lived and passed into history in a few months.  But in New Vienna the battle of the crusaders and Van Pelt was fought to a finish.

Following the pattern set, the women assembled outside the Dead Fall Saloon and, kneeling in the muddy snow, started singing hymns and praying.  Whereupon Van Pelt, brandishing a club, drove them off and threatened "to hang, draw and quarter them if they returned."

Undaunted, about 50 of the ladies returned the next day.  This time they serenely entered the saloon, knelt in their voluminous skirts on the dirty, sawdust covered floor and again begain their pious efforts.

Driven by the frenzy of frustration, Van Pelt seized buckets of beer slops and soundly soaked the unresisting and determined group.  On finishing their devotions, they calmly arose and departed to find outside nearly 200 men, their brothers, fathers, and son, bent on avenging them and hanging the raging saloon keeper.

Van Pelt was taken to the local lockup to cool him off and keep him safe, but upon his release he swore fearful and public vengeance to the undoers of his once-peaceful domain.

Unimpressed, the ladies in bands entered as they wished, prayed, sang and departed.  Van Pelt jumped with rage at each excursion upon his property, losing both face and customers at every encounter.

In desperation he finally offered to sell out, lock, stock and barrel, for the rediculously low price of $95 – but he had no takers.

About a week after his offer to sell, he rolled the barrels into the street, broke them open and sloshed his merchandise into the gutters.

Perhaps the rugged, bullying Van Pelt had heard the saying, "If you can't whip them, join them, for he then announced that he wished to join the cause he had fought so bitterly.

A chastened John Calvin Pan Pelt wholeheartedly entered the field as a temperance lecturer.
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 1874 New Vienna's Wickedest Man accompanying illustration
Captioned: This picture is from a tin-type taken at the time by a traveling artist.  The women of the village of New Vienna, Ohio are laying seige [sic] to the saloon of Van Pelt, the wickedest man in Ohio.
 Article Titled: The Women's Temperance Crusade Meets the Wickedest Man in Ohio
Unknown magazine, c1989

In the winter of 1873-74 (there) arose in Southern Ohio that strange phenomenon in the temperance (movement) cause known as the 'Women's Crusade.'

It began in Hillsboro (Ohio) on the last of December, and in the course of a few months extended into adjoining States.  In the large cities it was not anywhere successful, but in the small villages, the results were often surprising, the Crusaders in some cases closing every saloon and for the time entirely suppressing the liquor traffic.  The manner of conducting their operations was in this form; the women daily assembled and marched in solemn procession two by two, sometimes to the number of 50 or 100.  On coming to a saloon they halted in front and sent in word for permission to enter and hold religious exercises within.  If this was denied they held them outside.  They opened with singing two or three hymns, and then all kneeled on the pavement regardless of the condition of the weather and the streets; sometimes kneeling in the mud or snow.  In every case the ladies pled [sic] with the saloon keeper to induce him to sing [sign?] the pledge, and in this way every saloon was visited.  In the larger places the ladies organized in separate bands so as to simultaneously visit different saloons.

The excitement soon died away, and at the end of  few months the crusade had passed into history.  While it was in progress the public prints were filled with anecdotes of the experience of the Crusaders with the saloon keepers.  Those of the New Vienna, (Ohio) ladies in Clinton county were particularly interesting with John Calvin Van Pelt, reputed to be the "wickedest man in Ohio."  He kept a saloon near the depot, known as the "Dead Fall."  He was a tall, solidly built man, with a red nose and the head of a prize fighter, and noted for his bull-dog pluck.

The ladies assembled and proceeded to Van Pelt's "Dead Fall," when he threatened to hang, draw and quarter them if they came to his saloon again, and the next day he decorated one of the windows of his saloon with flasks of whiskey.  Across the other was an axe, covered with blood; over the door empty flasks were suspended, and near them a large jug branded "Brady's Family Biters."  Over all wave a black flag, while within Van Pelt was seen brandishing a club, threatening and defying the temperance band to enter at the risk of their lives.  This had no effect, however, as about fifty ladies entered and, kneeling, one of them began praying, when he seized a buck of dirty water and threw the contents against the ceiling, from which it came pouring down upon the kneeling supplicants; at the same time he hurled the vilest invectives at them, but they heroically stood to their posts until thoroughly drenched with dirty slops and beer, when they retreated to the outside.  Without were about 200 men, husbands, fathers, and brothers of the ladies, and it was only through the earnest entreaties of the women that they were prevents from mobbing Van Pelt.  He was, however, arrested and languished in ail several days before getting bail.  In the meanwhile his brother officiated at the saloon, permitting the ladies to enter and carry on their devotional exercises.

Upon Van Pelt's release, he became more bitter and determined.  He boldly attended the meetings of the ladies at the Friends' Meeting House, and publically argued the question with them, and being a man of quick wit provided a formidable disputant.

But at length he gave evidence of weakening by offering to sell our for five hundred dollars and eventually dropping to ninety-five dollars (the amount of his legal expenses), and agreeing to quit the town on the payment of this sum.  Many were in favor of accepting this proposition, particularly the ladies, one of who said that she had forgiven the insults heaped on her and, although refusing to acknowledge any indebtedness, was willing to make him a present of the amount to compromise with Van Pelt on any basis, and held that "he might be thankful to get off with his life."

A few days later he proved indisputably his title of the "Wickedest Man in Ohio."  When the ladies called at his saloon he told them they might come in and pray if he were allowed to make every other prayer, which condition was accepted, and after the opening prayer by them he commence a long and blasphemous harangue in the form of a prayer.  He classed women as brutes and asked the Lord to be merciful to them and teach them wisdom and understanding.  Women, he said, first caused sin and were in great need of prayer.  The Lord operated the first distillery, or at least made the fist wine, and he was following the Lord's example, etc.

Before the services ended three prayers of this description had been made.  The women were amazed at such depravity, and disheartened at any prospect of his reformation, but a week later he surrendered, took up the cause he had fought so desperately, and became one of its most ardent disciples.

About noon of the day on the surrender it got noised about that it was about to take place, bells were rung, boys rushed through the streets with handbills, crying, "Everybody meet at Van Pelt's at two o'clock and hear his decision."  After singing and prayer by the ladies, Van Pelt appeared and made a complete surrender of stock and fixtures.  He said he yielded not to law or force, but to the labor of love of the women.  One barrel of whiskey, another of cider and a keg of beer were then rolled out, and seizing an axe he said, This is the same weapon with which I used to terrify the ladies; I now use it to sacrifice that which I fear had ruined many souls!"  Whereupon he drove in the heads of the barrels, and the liquor ran into the gutters.  Prayer was then offered, a hymn sung, and he made a few more remarks saying: "Ladies, I now promise you never to sell or drink another drop of whiskey as long as I live, and also promise to work with you in the cause with as much zeal as I have worked against you."

There was great rejoicing throughout the town, and in the evening a thanksgiving meeting was held at the Christian Church, at which Van Pelt spoke.  He was a changed man, with his eyes fully opened to the evil of liquor traffic, very repentant and humble, and zealous in this efforts to induce others to quit the business, and a week later he entered the field as a Temperance lecturer."

(The above was seen in Vol. 1 of "Historical Collections of Ohio" which was published in 1888.  Jim Teal collection.)

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Newspaper Articles:

"Obdurate Van Pelt." Chicago Daily Tribute 5 Feb. 1874: 1. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <>.Temperance Battle continues in New Vienna. Incorrectly identifies New Vienna as being in Clark County.
"Some Time Ago . . ." Decatur Weekly Republican 29 Jan. 1874: 3. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <>.Women's Temperance 1874 --New Vienna news starts to spread. Van Pelt Temperance article about New Vienna.
"Temperance Crusade." Vermont Phoenix [Brattleboro VT] 30 Jan. 1874: 1. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <>.
"Temperance Whirlwind in the West." Harrisburg Telegraph 5 Feb. 1874: 1. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <>.Van Pelt, incorrigible and combative, saloon keeper, continues the battle against temperance. Incorrectly identifies New Vienna as being in Clark County.
"Thursday, February 5, 1874." Bucks County Gazette [Bristol, PA] 5 Feb. 1874: 2. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <>.New Vienna's Signal Victory in Temperance Campaign
"Whisky [sic] War in the United States." The Times [London, England] 25 Feb. 1874: 6. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. <>.New Vienna's Whiskey War makes London news
"Women's Praying Anti-Liquor Association." Los Angeles Herald 7 Feb. 1874: 3. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <>.New Vienna Women's Praying softens heart of wickedest man.

Other Sources:
"Arthur's Illustrated Home Magazine, Volume 42." Arthur's Illustrated Home Magazine 42 (1874): 278-80. Google Books. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.
"Crusade Meets The Wickedest Man in Ohio." Unknown 1989: 22-24. Print.
Durant, Pliny A. "The Women's Temperance Crusade." The History of Clinton County, Ohio, Containing a History of the County; Its Townships, Cities, Towns, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Clinton County; Constitution of the United States, Etc. Chicago: W.H. Beers, 1882. 428-29. Print.
Teal, Jim. Historical Collections of Ohio. Vol. 1. 1888. Print.
White, Helen M. "When New Vienna 'Went Dry'" Unknown (n.d.): n. pag. Print.
Wittenmyer, Annie, and Frances Elizabeth Willard. "New Vienna, Ohio." History of the Woman's Temperance Crusade. A Complete Official History of the Wonderful Uprising of the Christian Women of the United States against the Liquor Traffic, Which Culminated in the Gospel Temperance Movement .. Boston: J.H. Earle, 1882. 79-83. Print.

Monday, February 17, 2014

1964 Linda Hughes Peace Corps Ethiopia -Feb15

A 1964 aerogramme letter from Linda Hughes, serving in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, has a space removed where the stamp would have been.  Lines of the letter in which these missing words have been written are marked by [...]

Additional information about Linda Hughes Wilson (NVHS'59) and an October 1963 letter was published in the New Vienna Memories Blog on Oct. 26, 2013 and can be found at this link:  Transcription follows.

1964 Linda Hughes Peace Corps letter from Ethiopia -Feb15

February 15, 1964
Dear Uibles,
Thank you for the Christmas greetings, and now it's almost Easter.  Here in Keren it is definitely like Easter with afternoon temperatures up to 100ยบ and the hot season isn't here, yet.  I'm sorry that I haven't been able to find out the name of the author or publisher of the history book.  Rather hard to track it down that way, isn't it?

I wish all of you could have gone visiting with my roommate & I yesterday.   We went to the homes of several of our students and celebrated their Moslem holiday of "Ed-El-Fatar" – the breaking of their 30 day yearly fast.  All the girls & women were dressed in vivid colored nylon dresses, their black hair was shinny [sic] with oil, their pierced ears held gold dangly earrings and I couldn't help but noticed the air of pride which they carried as we walked through the dirt alleys to their houses.  The father was out visiting his friends, the mother always eat in the back room, and we were entertained by the school girls.  Always they brought in the baby of the house usually [...] 6,7, or 8, and we begged to hold it.  The babies under [...] were the best for us, because if they were older they [...]ry at the strange white face staring at them.  Even the  [...]t babies had on eye make-up; that is a black line [...]g the entire shape of the eye.  It's purpose – beauty.  The same as the circles of gold hanging from their mother's ears & nose.  For the same reason the redish [sic] brown tatoo-like markings on the women's hands, feet, neck's & throats.  And those 3 lines on the side of their faces made by cutting the cheek with thorns when they were very small children, these are partly as a tribal marking, but also beauty.  We were served hot spiced tea, peanuts, dried dates, cookies, and hard candies wrapped in cellophane.  As we left each home the girls took a bottle of strong smelling perfume and poured it into our cupped hands.  You can imagine how we smelled after 3 houses & 3 different perfumes!

They are always so kind & gracious; usually the set the things on the table then sit back and watch us eat.  "Eat, Miss Linda.  You must have another sweet – More tea – Please take more!"  So I came home last evening at 7 P.M. much too ful to eat any supper.  I enjoy doing these simple things just as much as last year and perhaps more, because now they aren't strange customs.  There is a reason & purpose for all ways I once found so strange and backward.

Goodness, how will I recognize your grown children?  Maybe I'll be teaching one of them, as I'm hoping for a position in the New Vienna School next year.

Until September....

Sincerely, Linda

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

1972 Wells Mfg WNJ Clipping -Jan31

Wells Mfg. Clipping
Wilmington News-Journal - January 31, 1972

Pictures Captioned:
  • Top: MANAGER – Harold Uible, manager of Wells Manufacturing, explains the production of plastic jump rope as tour of factory begins
  • Middle Left: COMPLETE OPERATION – Mrs. Richard (Arlene) Curtis, Mrs. Donald (Geneva) Osborn and Mrs. Floyd (Mina) Crabtree are busily making pinwheels.  They handle the entire operation.
  • Bottom Left: JUMP ROPE MADE – Mrs. Norman (Donna) Brown, foreman of the braiding room, is looking over the different colored spools of thread which eventually become jump rope.  In the far right, you can see the rope unwinding off the big wheel.  Mrs. Brown has been with the factory since it's opening 25 years ago.
  • Middle Right: WORKING RUBBER – David Trenary is working with synthetic rubber, making it more flexible and ready for the transformation into rubber balls.
  • Bottom Right: SHAPING RUBBER – Mrs. Clarice Reed is feeding the treated rubber into a machine which turns it into a cylindric shape; then is cut into sections.

New Vienna's Wells Plant is
Unique Toy Factory
by Mike Graham (News-Journal Staff Writer)
Wells Manufacturing in New Vienna is not just another factory.  Sure, there are machines with assembly lines, and all the smells and sounds that we find in a factory.  But imagine thousands upon thousands of rubber balls, jump ropes, and pinwheels.  That's their finished product.  Toys!

New Vienna's toy factory has been making these toys and many more for 25 years.  Today they manufacture over 100 different small toys that sell all over the United States and some regions of the world.  They even have a customer in Truth or Consequences, N.M.!  It's certainly a big operation and unique from the standpoint that there aren't many factories of its kind in southern Ohio.  Harold Uible, a practicing lawyer and manager of the plan, gave this reporter a first-hand look at their toy-making process.

ONCE BEHIND the office doors, we looked in on the making on pinwheels.  A pinwheel is a hand-made plastic wheel that spins on the end of a wooden stick when held in the wind.  It operates on the same theory as a windmill.  There were no machines in this section and just four women handled the whole operation.  Uible mentioned that the tree women busily cutting and putting together the wheels were from New Vienna; in fact all of the factory's 75 employes are from the New Vienna area.

The first machine seen was in a packaging section.  It was cutting and shaping plastic to be used as packaging for the jack sets.  All the labeling and packaging is done right there in the factory, in fact as Uible pointed out, the entire product is manufactured in the plant and made ready for distribution.

One of the most interesting rooms in the building was the braiding room.  Yard after yard of multicolored jump rope flowed from the dozen or more weaving machines.  To merely glance at the process, it would appear simple.  But to stop and study one machine in action changes your mind, for they are delicate, complex instruments.

We had almost forgotten that there was another large brick building across the street and a walk through it proved to be just as interesting.  There were many more machines making jacks, rubber balls, kickback paddles, and plastic jump rope.  Probably the most intriguing operation was the making of rubber balls, the factory's best-selling product.  Three people and three machines can turn huge chunks of synthetic rubber into 50,000 balls a day.  At full production 20,000 of these rubber balls can be painted in an eight-hour work shift.

We noticed as we continued through the plant that, just as in the other part of the factory, there were many women employes, and in each section there was usually one or two working.  The machines do most of the work but many of the toys, such as the pinwheels and jump ropes, require the feminine touch.

The really remarkable thing about the factory is that it doesn't take many workers to handle the massive production job.

The toy factory stays open year 'round for there is a constant demand for its particular type of toys.  Uible said that business is best the first four months of the year and feels that can be attributed to more people getting outside with the coming of warmer weather.  Like other manufacturers, Wells Manufacturing is not limited to the number and kind of toys it can produce.  Imagination is essential in the toy business.

In recent years, there has been much talk about the safety of many toys.  Uible commented that competition probably has much to do with marketing of unsafe toys.  For example the item which looks prettier, sells better.  One of the safety precautions which Wells is most concerned with is the use of non-leaded materials.

When George Wells of Dayton started the manufacturing why did he choose New Vienna for its location.  Why not the city?  Maybe he wanted to move away from the crowded city and the hundreds of industrial complexes sitting on top of each other.  Labor recruitment would be no problem for there weren't any big businesses in New Vienna.  And instead of drawing workers from all over who-knows-where, he was assured of dependable local help.

It worked for Wells as it as for so many other plants that establish themselves in small towns.  The atmosphere is right.  As Uible said, "I try to know the first names of all my employees."  The people look like they enjoy their work and it shows by the thousands of quality toys the factory turns out each day.

Friday, January 31, 2014

January News from "4" Years

The addition of the 1964 Wilmington News-Journal on adds a major amount of bulk to the 1964 news.  The 1964 clippings of New Vienna News written by Mabel O. Davis are reproduced below and can also be found at this link.

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1874 Jan 21 - Wanted-To Purchase - Second-hand Circulating Library.  Send terms and catalogue of books to Alvin SMITH, New Vienna, O. --Cincinnati Enquirer 21Jan1874

1874 Jan 22 - The Women's Temperance Movement, first started in our town [Hillsboro] has spread all over the state . . . including similar movment in New Vienna, Greenfield, Gallipolis and Lebanon.  [More on the temperance movement in New Vienna will be included in another post.]  --Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro) 22Jan1874p3

1884 Jan 30 - Charles ABBOTT has bought Hunt Bros. blacksmiths, at New Vienna and will move there from Leesburg before long.  --Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro) 30Jan1884p1

1894 Jan 27 - Prominent Merchant Dead - A.W. MOEHLENPAGE, aged 40, died of meningitis.  He had been for 16 years a leading dry good merchant of New Vienna.  --Piqua Daily Call (Piqua, Ohio) 27Jan1894

1904 Jan 25 - Flour Mill For Sale - A roller flour mill, 50 barrel capacity, reel system; a good location in New Vienna, Ohio.  Contact: Charles HOLADAY. --Cincinnati Enquirer 25Jan1904

1904 Jan 28 - Accidental Killing - A sad accident occurred on the Tasso TERRELL farm in New Vienna when 12-year-old Grafton MONTGOMERY was shot and killed by his 17-year-old brother.  The boys' grandfather is the Rev. W.D. MOORE.

1904 Jan 29 - Baseball news: Ball clubs are thinking of the season's April start.  Former star of the Toledo team, catcher Stanley ARTHUR [1873-1949] from New Vienna, may get away from the Fort Wayne team to join the Columbia (SC) team in the South Atlantic League.  [In 1900 at age 27, the census records show his career as Baseball Catcher, at age 37, in 1910 he still lives in New Vienna but lists his occupation as House Painter.] --Cincinnati Enquirer 29Jan1904

1924 Jan 26 - Several passengers hurt in B&O train wreck at 9:15 p.m. tonight when passenger train No. 47 enroute from Cincinnati to Parkersburg, WV, struck a defective switch at New Vienna.  No one was killed. --Reading (PA) Times 26Jan1924 This news was also reported in several other Pennsylvania and Missouri Newspapers.

1954 Jan 5 - Fire damages barn/warehouse, property of Harry CURTIS, being used by the New Vienna Lumber Company located on a New Vienna alley.  Because of a low water supply in New Vienna, aid was summoned from the Hillsboro Fire Dept., which sent a pumper truck and a water tanker to the scene.  New Vienna officials reported their pumper could only draw 40 gallons a minute.  They also reported that drilling would start on a new well to amplify the water supply. --The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 5Jan1954

1954 Jan 15 - A 15 or 16-year-old Highland boy is a suspect in the recent New Vienna warehouse fire.  The boy is currently being held in connection with a series of fires in the Leesburg-Highland area.  His age has yet to be determined as the board of health lists his birthday as 1937 but other papers list his birth as 1938.  --The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 15Jan1954

1954 Jan 15 - In a review of 1953 news, is listed the September 1953 closure of a vice hangout near New Vienna, and the arrest of two prostitutes. --The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 15Jan1954

1954 Jan 19 - Harold H. UIBLE, attorney and secretary and vice president of the Wells Mfg. Co. has been elected a director of the New Vienna Bank to fill the vacancy created by the death of Dr. W.T. MATTHEWS.  [Dr. Matthews born in 1871, died November 1953]  --The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 19Jan1954

1954 Jan 22 - A new White Shrine Drum and Bugle Corps held its second meting and announced the members which includes Henry PENN of New Vienna who plays the cymbals. --The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 22Jan1954

1964 Jan 2 - Fire gutted the house of Roy FRUMP in New Vienna's Fairview Addition; the family lost everything.  --Wilmington News-Journal 2Jan1964

1964 Jan 3 - Ask Road Improvement - Spearheaded by the New Vienna Lions Club, local residents have asked the Ohio Dept. of Highways to rebuild State Rt. 28 between New Vienna and Martinsville, pointing out that it is unsafe because of its 16-foot width, limited road visibility, narrow berms and bridge abutments. --The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 22Jan1954

1964 New Vienna News from the Wilmington (Ohio) News-Journal 2Jan1964.  Correspondent, Mabel O. Davis, Carrier Ricky Corzatt.  Names mentioned include: Linkhart, McKenzie, Holmes, Woodmansee, McKibben, Swingley, Streber, Puderbaugh,  Pegan, Terrell, Chandler, Willer, Pidgeon, Cooper, Tolliver, West, Baker, Woods, Daye, Ferguson and Irwin.

1964 Jan 3 - Ask Road Improvement - Spearheaded by the New Vienna Lions Club, local residents have asked the Ohio Dept. of Highways to rebuild State Rt. 28 between New Vienna and Martinsville, pointing out that it is unsafe because of its 16-foot width, limited road visibility, narrow berms and bridge abutments. --The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro) 22Jan1954
1964 New Vienna News from the Wilmington (Ohio) News-Journal 8Jan1964.  Names include: Carter, Fels, Perry, Cook, Carey, Ross, McKamey, McKenzie, Woodmansee, Ferguson, Farringer, Roberts, Daye, Smalley, Davidson, West, Hughes, Fawley, Achor, Donohoo, Johnson, Harris, Blair, Drake, Pierson, Harris, Trenary, Simkins, Thomas, Powell, Flint, Wiget, Kelley, Osborn, Garman, Hutchens, Stratton, Pulse, Briggs, Weaver, Webb, Runk, Kerr, Purtee, Wical, Brewer, Crouse, Davis, Smith, Miller, Baker, Mohr, Atley, Custis, Willison and Cochran.
1964 Jan 9 - Candidates File Expense Reports - Expense figures for the election last November were released today by the Clinton County board of elections.  New Vienna candidates, none of whom had expenses to report were:  Mayor, Harold Baker; Clerk, John P. Joy; Council, Charles Knauff, and Cecil Puckett; Board of public affairs, Homer Williams and Damon L. Hughes. --Wilmington News-Journal 9Jan1964
1964 New Vienna January News from the Wilmington News-Journal 9Jan1964 Names include: Uible, Horton, Walker, Georges, Steele, Allen, Brooks, Sheffield, Kuntzman, Lytle, Waits, Thornburg, Matthews, Johnson, Hunt, Streber, Snow, Briggs, Davies, Demas, White, Wilson, Robinson, Elliott and Pittser.
1964 New Vienna News from the Wilmington News-Journal 11Jan1964  Names include: Achor, Davis, Simkins, Davis, Carter, Farringer, Fenwick, Hildebrant, Smallridge, Salisbury, Burton, Carey, Walker, Ames, Fisher, Cooper, Kettlewell, Bernard, Hause, Osborn, Rice, Lamar, Bashore, Foster, Roush, Selph, Rice, Sears, Deck, Stricker, Ames, Sullivan, Lewis, McConnaughey, Eaton, Trisler, Mitchell, Vance, Dauer, Woods, Kelley, Anderson, Rogers, Larkin, Smith, Kester, Drake, and Wilder.
1964 New Vienna News from the Wilmington News-Journal -Jan 14  Names include: Fenwick, Hildebrant, Smallridge, Achor, Davis, Simkins, Carter, Salisbury, Ames, Chandler, Uible, Hughes, Farringer, Cluxton, Selph, Pierson, Gammell, Mongold, Chandler, Donohoo, Seaman, McKibben, Frump, Manuel, Pausch, Wilkinson, Cochran, McKenzie, and Arnold.
1964 New Vienna News from Wilmington News-Journal 18Jan1964.  Part of 3rd column, about Baptist Missionary Society not clipped.  Names include: Drake, Kuntzman, Salisbury, Hughes, Bohl, Woods, Wiget, Young, Gibson, Shaw, Rice, Michael, Irwin, Faris, McKamey,  Garrison, Walker, Fisher, Williams, Carey, Burton, Hause, Rudisill, Fawley, Roberts, Simkins, Woodmansee, Sears, Walls, Roush, Stratton, Deck, Carter, Ledford, Allen, Clark, Greene, Baker, Swartz, Penn, Fulkerson, Duncan, McDonald, & Dennis.

1964 New Vienna News from Wilmington News-Journal 23Jan1964p9.  Names include: Fenwick, Hildebrant, Lloyd, Smallridge, Croghan, Curtis, Hughes, Kuntzman, Martin, Rudisill, Uible, Penn, McGinnis, McKibben, Puderbaugh, Williams, Fields, Peelle, Davis, Armstrong, Wiget, Kidd, Woods, Gammell,  Clark, Johnson, Brake, Ames, Anderson, Harner, Holmes, Dunlap, West, Nibert, Dollinger, Allen, Woodmansee, Davis, Achor, Simkins, Deck, Eaton, Inwood, Roads, and Greene.

1964 New Vienna News from Wilmington News-Journal -Jan25.  Names mentioned: Chandler, Uible, Hughes, Wilkinson, Kersey, Rericho, Kuntzman, Bickel, Steele, Hale, Allen, Young, Germann, Mathews, Bohl, Davis, Blackburn, Ames, McVey, Davis, Waddell, Roehm, Manuel, Miller, McVey, Roads, Linkhart, West, Carey, Frump, Smallridge, Thornburg, Matthews, Woods, Hunt, Jordan, Bashore, Drake, Peele, Streber, Joy, Grim, Runk, McCune, Weaver, Curtis, & Webb.

1964 New Vienna News -Jan29p12. Names include: Durian, Koerner, Mason, King, Cheadle, Hughes, Walker, Kuntzman, Salisbury, Mayo, Custis, Johnson, Knott, West, South, Terrell, Custis, Boyd, Smith, McKibben, Matson, McDaniel, Curtis, Reynolds, Roberts, Summers, Davis, Eaton, Hildebrant, Jenkins, McElwee, Grove, Roush, Pennington, Garman, Hutchens, Hutchins, Bond, Carey, Young, Fawley, Misick, McKamey, Blair,  Holmes.

1964 New Vienna News from the Wilmington News-Journal -Jan31 p3.  Names include: Johnson, Thornburg, Powell, Hildebrant, King, Woodmansee, Whitmer, Burton, Robinson, Allen, Williams, Gibson, Henderson, Davis, Wilkinson, Blackburn, Irwin, Young, Little, Waits, Minzler, Fenner, Nischwitz, Smith, Achor, Cooper, Carey, Perry, Marsh, Barr, Waddell, Jones, Curtis, Ledford, Troth, Dollinger, Williams, Bohl, Roberts, Deckard, Weiss, Dyke, Webb, West, Parshall, Watts, Grimsley, Kier, Puderbaugh, Greene, Moon, Shipley, Matthews, & Croghan.