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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 06

The Charitable Acts of Greene County's Daughters of Veterans

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 10:14 AM by Elise Kelly

The American Civil War
During the years of 1861-1865, America was being torn apart. Families were losing loved ones on the battlefield while other families were being ripped apart because of the inhumane institution of slavery.
"Charleston, South Carolina in Ruins" via Wikimedia Commons
Cities and towns were being captured and destroyed by enemy forces.
"Scene showing deserted camp and wounded soldier" (NARA) via Wikimedia Commons
Recognized as the largest human catastrophe in American history, the Civil War forced a young nation to come to grips with death. One of four soldiers that went to war never returned home.

For the soldiers that did survive, the war caused permanent physical, emotional and psychological damage.

Just one year after the war ended, a fraternal organization was founded for Union veterans. The first post of the Grand Army of the Republic was founded in Decatur, Illinois. The G.A.R. helped to link men through their experience of war and served as an advocacy group in American politics. As these men grew older, their sons and daughters formed organizations to "keep green the memory" (Articles of Incorporation - Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War) of their loved ones.

Four women and one man gathered together in 1885 to establish the Daughters of Veterans in the northeastern Ohio town of Massillon. Twenty-five years later in 1910, the organization formed a "tent" for Greene County.

According to the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, "local groups, called Tents, are named for Army Nurses who served in the Civil War or any loyal woman of the Civil War era whose patriotic deeds during the years 1861 – 1865 were recorded."

Twenty daughters and granddaughters of Greene County veterans were to become charter members that year of the Mrs. Lucretia Garfield Tent. Lucretia Garfield was the wife of Union General and later U.S. President James Garfield.
Lucretia Garfield via Wikimedia Commons

The Greene County Archives has two of the tent's meeting minute books from 1910-1916 (See Below)
First page of the 1910 meeting minute book (1910-1913 Minutes of Daughters of Veterans Xenia, Ohio)

Reading them, one will learn about the wonderful charitable acts that the members performed for the Greene County community.

The members worked on marking the graves of deceased soldiers, made flower arrangements for funerals, offered lodging houses and held community picnics. (See Below).

"Mrs. T. Andrew and Miss Flagg each sent verbal messages of thanks for the flowers sent at the time of the deaths of Commander Bull and Flagg." (1913-1916 Minutes of Daughters of Veterans Xenia, Ohio)

"Sister Galloway then spoke of the fact that a number of soldiers' graves were unmarked. That if proper records of service could be furnished, markers for the graves would be furnished. A motion made by Sister Galloway." (1913-1916 Minutes of Daughters of Veterans Xenia, Ohio)

"Treas [Treasurer] report for July was read accepted & filed. Special Comm. appointed for picnic reported that the picnic was held at the Antioch Chatauqua at the Neff Park and a jolly time was had by those present. Comm. was discharged. Entertainment Comm. reported a surprise on Sister M. Eyler who was laid up with a sore foot."(1913-1916 Minutes of Daughters of Veterans Xenia, Ohio)

In addition, they planned anniversaries for important historical figures, provided flags for the schoolhouses in the county, and they held Christmas celebrations for the children who stayed at the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home (See Below).

"Sister Galloway reminded the Tent that Feb. 12th was Lincoln's Birthday anniversary. The manner of observing the date was left with the entertainment committee."
(1913-1916 Minutes of Daughters of Veterans Xenia, Ohio)

"A report from the presentation of the flag at Craig School was given by Sister Galloway, Sister Galloway also told of a flag presentation she attended in Cleveland." (1913-1916 Minutes of Daughters of Veterans Xenia, Ohio)

The chapter members of this organization provided wonderful, charitable services for our community. Perhaps some of your ancestors were members. We welcome you to stop by and page through the minute books that include many of the members names.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: Where was the Craig School located in Greene County?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: Who did Charles Kettering sell Delco to in 1918? Answer: General Motors


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