VIPs of Greene County

Starting in 2021, we will be highlighting some of the VIPs of Greene County. Greene County has a rich history, and it is due to the work of many early citizens! These individuals contributed to the county in a number of ways - be it early settlers/pioneers, elected officials, educators, inventors, or those that provided invaluable resources or services to the community. 

As part of this project, the estate file of each individual will be scanned and posted below. In addition to the estate files, we will post a blog on the life and achievements of the selected VIP.

VIPs of Greene County

James Galloway, Sr. (1750 - 1838)
Estate File
Blog

James Galloway, Sr. was early pioneer of Greene County. He was born in Pennsylvania and served in the Revolutionary War. In 1797, Galloway moved his family from Kentucky to Ohio, settling in Old Town (near what is now Goes Station in Xenia Township). Galloway, Sr. became the first County Treasurer and his log house is now a fixture at the Greene County Historical Society.
James Galloway Sr (JPG)(Image courtesy of the Greene County Ohio Historical Society)
Hallie Q. Brown (1845 - 1949)
Estate File
Blog

Hallie Q. Brown graduated from Wilberforce University in 1873, and began teaching all over the United States. Brown was a magnificent elocutionist, who frequently lectured on the equal rights for African Americans. In 1937, she chronicled the lives of Wilberforce's pioneers in her book Pen Pictures of Pioneers of Wilberforce.
Hallie Q. Brown (JPG)(Image courtesy of the Library of Congress)
John Bryan (1853 - 1918)
Estate File
Blog

John Bryan was a well-known inventor, entrepreneur, poet, author, and philanthropist. Bryan moved to Miami Township in 1896, and bought hundreds of acres of land along Clifton Gorge and the Little Miami River, naming it Riverside Farm. Upon his death, he bequeathed his beloved Riverside Farm to the state of Ohio, which is now known as John Bryan State Park.
John Bryan State Park: Little Miami River through Clifton Gorge (JPG)(Image courtesy of Wikipedia, part of Creative Commons)
Helen Hooven Santmyer (1895 - 1986)
Estate File
Blog

Helen Hooven Santmyer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but her family relocated to Xenia when she was a young child. Santmyer attended Oxford University in England, and was one of the earliest female Rhodes Scholars. When she returned to the area after graduation, she taught at Cedarville College. Santmyer was an influential writer, a New York Times best-selling author, and women's rights activist. She was best known for her novel ...And Ladies of the Club, which was later adapted into a TV miniseries.
Fig 1. Helen Hooven Santmyer, courtesy GoodReads (JPG)(Image courtesy of Goodreads)