I have been a musician for most of my life. I started playing piano, by ear, when I was about 11. Granted, at first, it was, well, terrible. My left and right hands didn’t want to work together. Fortunately, I had help from my uncle Gary “Tuff” Sutton. He kept me from sounding like someone had dumped a couple of wild cats on the keys whenever I started to play. Eventually, I got better. So much so that once upon a time, my music led me to a decision that could have changed my life forever.
Long before the early settlers moved into the area, the Shawnee lived in the village they called Old Chillicothe. This was their principal home. There were other Chillicothes in Ohio, but this was the oldest of the settlements, hence the “Old.” They liked the area with its gently rolling hills and the proximity to the river which provided water, food, and of course transportation.
Dr. Ream was an old-time country doctor who actively practiced medicine in Bowersville for more than 50 years. On the occasion of his 50th anniversary of practicing medicine, he stated that he had planned to retire, but there were not many doctors in the area in the 1940s so he decided to continue in active practice as long as he was able.
After the Civil War ended the “boys in blue” returned to their homes and businesses. Not all the men returned. Many had lost their lives during the battles and many more were unable to return to their previous positions because of serious injuries.
Yellow Springs has been a busy community for many years, but during the last years of the 19th century, three major fires threatened to put an end to the downtown section of the village.
In 1856, Henry Schmidt, born in Germany, came to Xenia to make a living. He had less than $100 to invest but was determined become a successful businessman.
Once again, it is almost time for the Greene County Fair. This is certainly one of the highlights of the summer season.
The village of Clifton has not grown appreciatively over the years, but in spite of its size, there is a great deal of history in that town.
Nearly every community had an opera house. Some were large, some not so large, but they were constructed adequately for the number of residents who lived in that area
“If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay. You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.” A quote by Jay Gatsby, from “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.