Clock Tower

Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Aug 18

Xenia's "Great Escape" POW Survivor

Posted on August 18, 2017 at 9:21 AM by Robin Heise

nia’s “Great Escape” POW Survivor
By Derek Pridemore – Archives Intern

Albert R. Vance, born in Xenia, Ohio in 1920 was a Corporal in the Army during World War II. When Albert was two years old, his father was tragically electrocuted in a mining accident in West Virginia. In 1930, Albert and his mother moved to Omaha, Nebraska. They struggled to make ends meet, moving as much as three times in one year. His mother wrote to Greene County, Ohio, asking after her late husband’s compensation checks which were sometimes months late and usually sent to the wrong address.