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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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Jun 07

Get Back...Get Back...Get Back to 1969

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 1:43 PM by Melissa Dalton

Where were you in 1969? This was the "year everything changed.” Richard Nixon became the 37th U.S. President; more than 400,000 young Americans flocked to a New York dairy farm to hear many talented music groups like the Grateful Dead; Astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon; and the first withdrawal of troops in Vietnam began.

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Fig. 1 Xenia Daily Gazette, January 20, 1969 (

Fig. 2 Woodstock Festival, aug 16 1969 - Flickr (PNG)
Fig. 2 Woodstock Music Festival, August 16, 1969 (

In Greene County, the current County Jail was erected in 1969 and a timecapsule was placed in the cornerstone. Now, fifty years later, we will be opening this relic on June 21st. To commemorate the "year everything changed," we have created a new exhibit here at the Greene County Records Center and Archives to showcase local and national events from 1969.

Fig. 3 Exhibit Case (JPG)
Fig. 3 Greene County Archives’ Exhibit Case

Fig. 4 1969 Timecapsule (JPG)
Fig. 4 Exhibit Board in the Greene County Archives

Fig. 5 Exhibit Board 2 edited (JPG)
Fig. 5 Additional Exhibit Board in the Greene County Archives

At Kennedy’s Market in Xenia, they were selling “moon soil” (swiss cheese) and at Xenia Chrysler-Plymouth one could purchase a Fury III 2-Door Hardtop for $3115!

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Fig. 6 Xenia Daily Gazette, July 21, 1969 (

The first African-American Mayor of Xenia, James T. Henry was elected; a tornado blasted through Beavercreek in May 1969; the salary budget for the Greene County Common Pleas Judges was $16,557; and a section of Arrowhead Acres in Xenia was approved for construction.

Fig. 7 Common Pleas Court Salaries (JPG)
Fig. 7 Greene County Common Pleas Court Budgets 1957-1970 (Greene County Archives)

Fig. 8 arrowhead acres (JPG)
Fig. 8 Board of Greene County Commissioners Plat Book 2 (Greene County Archives)

Furthermore, at least four servicemen from Greene County perished in Vietnam; a sit-in protest occurred at Xenia High School; the first anniversary for Lee’s Famous Recipe on North Allison Avenue in Xenia was being celebrated; and the Merv Griffin Show was airing on Channel 12.

Fig. 9 Thomas Landrum (JPG)
Fig. 9 Xenia Daily Gazette, November 20, 1969 (

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Fig. 10 Xenia Daily Gazette, February 27, 1969 (

1969 was certainly a year of peaks and valleys that will forever be remembered. What do you remember that happened in 1969? Let us know, we would be happy to hear from you!

Until Next Time!

Greene County Archives


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