Monthly Archives: February 2017

Moldy #TBT

Today’s #TBT goes back to last Friday. Archivists Jen Haney and Jenifer Baker took a peek at the moldy materials that were pulled out of Warren County’s 1916 Infirmary Time Capsule in September.
These materials have been sitting in the Records Center’s climate controlled storage room for the past 4 months in hopes that they would dry out enough to salvage. Unfortunately upon inspection our archivists found that the photographs had not improved at all and had in fact grown more mold.
Our archivists were able to digitize each item front and back so that we have a recorded copy of each item extracted from the historic time capsule. While we were able to digitize these photographs it was with heavy hearts and much deliberation, in order to avoid the cross contamination of the County records, and due to the fact that the mold had eaten away at the once valuable images the decision was made to dispose of the moldy materials. Fortunately we were able to preserve the letter that we received from Leah Jones, who lived at the Infirmary with her parents at the time of the fire. We have included some of the documented images below. Please feel free to contact the Records Center and Archives direct to see the complete selection of documented images. 

Progressive Prohibition

Warren County went through many phases when it came to the prohibition of alcohol. In today’s exhibit preview we highlight the progressive view that Warren County had on outlawing alcohol. During the election season of 1908, the “Drys” launched a fierce campaign against the “Wets” of numerous Ohio counties. Headlines such as “Warren County Must Go Dry,” adorned the local newspapers and claims “To campaign against Warren County Saloons is glorious”. 
In looking at the article that was published shortly after the victory of 1908, against the “Wets” the Western Star tallied the votes for and against Prohibition within the county by Township. It appears even though the language used to describe the outcome of the election, the results were very close with the “Drys” winning by only 130 votes out of a total of 6,386 cast.
One of the most interesting items included in this portion of the exhibit is a very early court case, The State of Ohio vs. Ben Wallace. Mr. Wallace was “Indicted For Drinking Whiskey on a Car Propelled by Electricity” on April 7, 1913. If you look closely it claims that he was drinking said whiskey in a car that was not in a dining, cafe, or other car with buffet or cafe attachment. In our next installment of Prohibition: Gambling, Bootlegging, and Propaganda in Warren County, we will find that the victory of the “Drys” vs. “Wets” was short lived.