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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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Jul 02

Celebrating Independence Day in Greene County

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 2:14 PM by Elise Kelly

I would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!

You can't celebrate the 4th without seeing some colorful and electrifying  fireworks! Where can Greene County residents go to see fireworks this year?


  • Beavercreek 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
    - Parade at 6:00 PM on July 4th - Begins at Meadowbridge Drive and continues east on Dayton-Xenia Road to Beavercreek High School
    - Fireworks at Beavercreek Rotary Park at 10:00 PM
  • Fairborn 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
    - Parade at 10AM on July 4th
    - Fireworks at Fairborn Community Park at 10:00 PM

  •  Xenia - Kenny Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Shawnee Park
     Date: July 3, 2015 at 9:45 PM
     Rain Date: July 5, 2015 at 9:45 PM

What family traditions do you have to celebrate the 4th?

Some people sit/stand along a town's Main Street to catch the local parade.

Others venture out at night to catch a glimpse of a fireworks show.

Do you stay at home parked in front of the T.V. listening to the Boston Pops?

Photo courtesy of Wrightbrosfan via Flickr 

I wonder what folks did in Greene County years ago to celebrate the 4th? Let's take a look at Washington Galloway's (Greene County Surveyor) 4th of July entries from 1872 and 1877.
   Like today, businesses shut down and everyone enjoyed themselves!

During this time, several Greene County residents (particularly Xenia residents), traveled to Dayton and other places to celebrate.

Reported in an 1879 article in The Cincinnati Enquirer, a Xenia man was riding a train back home from Dayton the night of July 4th and shot another passenger! (A terrible way to end the day's celebrations).

On July 4th, 1895, the former Pupils of the Solders' and Sailors' Orphans' Home, commemorated their 15th Year Anniversary during that Independence Weekend. (What a joyous occasion.) 

                                          The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1895

Whatever you may do this weekend to celebrate our country's independence, I encourage you to keep in mind these words written by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library via Wikimedia Commons
Happy 4th of July!

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: Which city hosts the largest 4th of July fireworks display?
Last Week's Trivia Answer: Name a township in Greene County that had one of the oldest Society of Friends organizations? - Sugarcreek Township


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