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.

Feb 17

The Trubee Poisoning Affair

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 10:08 AM by Elise Kelly

One of the benefits of volunteering at the Greene County Archives is that one has more opportunities to do genealogy research.

One of our volunteers, Kathy Haller, often does her genealogy research here at the Archives after she finishes her volunteer work for the day.
Kathy Haller

A couple of weeks ago, we found a Xenia Daily Gazette article that reported on a tragic incident that involved some of Haller's ancestors. Emmanuel Trubee, a farmer born and raised in Greene County (Beavercreek Township), lost three of his sons within a month's time in 1893.
                                          Xenia Daily Gazette, July 7, 1893

The boys, Frank (age 11); Charles (age 13) and John (age 15) all became violently ill during the month of June 1893. Frank was the first to pass away. The morning Frank died, his brother Charles awoke feeling extremely nauseous. For two weeks, Charles laid in bed suffering from vomiting fits. While Charles was bedridden, his older brother John died.

Surprisingly, Charles recovered and for a few days was feeling better. Soon after, his health took a turn for the worse and Charles passed away the evening of Friday, June 30th, 1893.

Cause of Death
The County Coroner, M.A. Broadstone, investigated all three of the deaths. Broadstone wondered if the family was drinking contaminated well water. He interviewed Emmanuel Trubee and Trubee informed him that the well did emit a foul-smelling odor and they stopped drinking it a while ago. 
                                         Coroner's Report July 1893

The Coroner then asked Mr. Trubee if he had been ill. Trubee stated his stomach hurt for a short while, but he thought it was from working in the hot sun or being among the sick in the family. He was advised to take some pills from a Dr. Moist. After that, Trubee reported that he had felt better ever since.

The Trubee family had a milking cow but, when the boys became ill, no one in the family had the time to tend to it.

The coroner wanted to perform an autopsy on all three boys. Mr. Trubee permitted him to exhume the bodies and perform the autopsy. This was reported in the Xenia Daily Gazette.

                                   Xenia Daily Gazette, July 7, 1893

According to the Coroner's autopsy, the boys' stomachs all had very diffused appearances and their livers were hard and had dark patches on them. The milking cow that the family formerly owned was also examined. It turned out, that the cow had "milk sickness." This can be very hard to detect (See Below).
                                           Coroner's Report July 1893
The coroner determined that the children died from milk sickness and not from poison of any other nature. Milk sickness is very rare today however, it was prevalent during the nineteenth century in the Midwest.

When families migrated to the Midwest, they let their cattle graze in frontier areas where white snakeroot grew. White snakeroot is a poisonous perennial herb.The migrants were unaware of this plant and its properties. Those drinking the milk from the infected cows suffered extreme stomach pains. The cow would sometimes tremble after having eaten the white snakeroot.

What an incredibly distressful and heartbreaking experience Emmanuel Trubee faced with the loss of his three boys. Unfortunately, several other parents during this time, had to go through similar experiences.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: What book did M.A. Broadstone write?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: What is the name of the housing development that is at the intersection of New Germany-Trebein and Trebein Roads? - Answer: Wolf Ridge

Feb 10

The Hairpin Turn in Greene County

Posted on February 10, 2017 at 11:20 AM by Elise Kelly

This week's blog was written by our intern, Erix Infante.
  For many drivers, the scenic route is not just a road to take during the fall or the beginning of spring, but is the road used every day to get back and forth from work.
Waynesville Road - south of Bellbrook
Greene County Map circa 1980s
Millennials of Greene County, may not remember a particular country road that had a hairpin turn in Beavercreek Township. Today this road has changed and part of it no longer exists. The older generations of Greene County may remember the hairpin turn at what is now the intersection of New Germany-Trebein and Trebein Roads.

This intersection is located near the border of Bath Township and Beavercreek Township. Its 90 degree turn had caused a fair amount of accidents. It could have been a dangerous curve during inclement weather.
                                        1940 Greene County Atlas

In order to resolve this issue, the road needed to be re-directed. In March 1994, the Xenia Daily Gazette posted the first Public Notice for the reconstruction, “Bid for Trebein Road at New Germany-Trebein Road Improvement.” All of the plans and specifications for the redirection were submitted by local construction companies to the Greene County Engineer. 

A local company was chosen to construct the new route. Trebein was shifted over and became a straight road. The former curve became a cul-de-sac which is now Howards Circle.
                                    Present-Day Greene County Map

Construction on Trebein Road was completed September 21, 1994.
                           Letter from the Greene County Engineer's Office

With this new road improvement, Greene County was presented with a safer, more effective intersection.
                New Germany-Trebein and Trebein Road Intersection

           Howards Circle - can you see how Trebein Road runs parallel to it?

                                Howards Circle ends with a cul-de-sac

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: What is the name of the housing development that is at the intersection of New Germany-Trebein and Trebein Roads?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: Who was Marcus Shoup of Greene County, Ohio? - Answer: There were two Marcus Shoups in Greene County. The first Marcus Shoup was Greene County's Prosecuting Attorney from 1894-1900. He later served as the County's Probate Judge from 1902-1908. His son Marcus Wayne Shoup served as the Greene County's Prosecuting Attorney from 1937-1948.

Feb 03

Shoup's Station in Beavercreek

Posted on February 3, 2017 at 12:01 PM by Elise Kelly

One of the oldest and most historical townships in Greene County is Beavercreek Township. It was in Beavercreek that the early pioneers met in a log cabin to establish the county in 1803. fgyhfgh
1874 Greene County Atlas
All throughout the township, there were several schools, mills, churches and railroad stations.

Shoup’s station was located near the Shoup Family Farm and John Shantz’s mills just south of Zimmermanville or Zimmerman. (Zimmermanville was a closely settled neighborhood two miles northwest of Alpha). The station sat along the Dayton Xenia Railroad line.
                                             1874 Greene County Atlas

Today, the station would have been located along the Creekside Bike Trail near North Fairfield Road and the Little Beaver Creek. Below are some photographs of when the bike trail was being laid out.

       Laying out the Creekside Trail - Greene County Parks & Trails Collection

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                  Creekside Trail - Greene County Parks & Trails Collection

When the station was erected during the latter part of the nineteenth century, two railroad lines stopped at the station.
                           Levi Riddell's Records Vol. 1 Page 12

Having combed through several newspaper articles concerning the station, we found that in 1894, a railroad section hand was run down and injured by a D. & X. passenger train near Shoup’s station. The injured party was taken to Dayton on a train but died in the depot while the ambulance was en route.

In 1909, the Shoup family’s driving horse was stolen at Shoup’s station. The horse was recovered near Xenia the following day and was found wandering along the railroad tracks near Wilberforce Crossing.

                                Xenia Daily Gazette, Sept. 25, 1909

Shoup’s station later became a small community. However, over time, Shoup’s along with Zimmermanville and Trebeins Station have changed and are no longer around. Although these communities have vanished, we can still remember their rich history.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: Who was Marcus Shoup of Greene County, Ohio?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: What U.S. state has some of the most spectacular archaeological sites and artifacts in North America? Answer: Ohio!