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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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Oct 01

Bringing Closure to a Local Government Saga

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 10:02 AM by Elise Kelly

Last week we explored an interweaving tale of how Wrightview Heights, a defense community near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, would become an incorporated village or not.

This week, let's touch on a couple of additional measures that were taken for and against the proposal. Then we will reveal the DECISION.

Map of the Proposed Territory

When the summer election concluded and the majority voted against the incorporation, a Syndicate Association with the help of Dr. Gordon Savage (Head of the Greene County Health Department), contacted the federal authorities in Washington. Dr. Gordon believed that this area was facing a vital health issue considering it did not have proper water supply and sewage.

The association appeared before the House Banking & Currency Committee to have the Public Law 139 extended for one year - which grants aid to defense affected communities. They were granted the extension of the bill from June 30, 1953 - June 30, 1954. The Association asked the Agency to allot a certain amount of the grant money to fund the incorporation project. (See hearing report below).

                           1953 Hearing on Wrightview Heights

Before the hearing in front of the Greene County Commissioners took place, one of the Commissioners received in the mail a letter from Clarence Brown, 7th District of Ohio Representative. Take a look at what Rep. Brown had to say about appropriating funds. (See letter below)

     September 28th, 1953 Congress of the United States House of
                                   Representatives Letter


Some people believed that if the area did not become incorporated, then the community would never receive the grant. See below the reasoning why some members of the community believed it was improbable that they would receive proper water and sewage.

                              1953 Hearing on Wrightview Heights

One Wrightview resident believed that the Association should have asked for more money from the Federal Government (See Hearing Report Below).

                          1953 Hearing on Wrightview Heights

Collecting Signatures
After the petition was rejected by vote, signatures were collected for or against the incorporation.The majority of signatures gathered were against the petition. The majority of people rejected it for a second time.
Signatures Collected Against the Petition to Incorporate


Finally, there was a hearing before the Greene County Commissioners and several residents had a chance to voice their opinion. After hearing everyone speak and looking over all of the documentation, the Commissioners convened and found that..... (see below)

              Greene County Commissioners Record, No. 38 Pg. 458

Residents of the area exercised their rights and the majority did not want Wrightview Heights to become an incorporated village. It would be a fascinating project to interview some of the residents who grew up or lived around this area  when this proposal was introduced. How has this area evolved and changed since the 1950s? What were your experiences like growing up in this area? These are some of the questions I would like to find answers to.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: When was the city of Fairborn established?


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