Monthly Archives: July 2018

Guest Blogger Series: Words From Our Intern, Lauren – Post 2

Every so often, I will have moments where I come across something that makes me pause and appreciate reading documents from the past. Sometimes, it is a signature of a historically famous person, such as William Henry Harrison or someone else that was prominent to Warren County, but lately it is random stories that I have come across while skimming through the Western Star.

I mentioned in the last blog that I am looking through the microfilm reels of the Western Star to find information about Foster, Ohio and the Warren County Board of Elections. When thinking about the past, I typically picture proper people who have a no-nonsense demeanor. That perception still has not changed. However, some of the writers, with their stiff upper lip, gave whacky titles to some stories over the years that continually catch my eye; usually leaving me asking “Whaaaaat?” Unfortunately, I did not get dates for most of the stories that I will mention below but hopefully you will enjoy seeing pictures of some of the articles that I came across.

First, I will start with articles that I do not have pictures of but were on the same page. These were ones that I came across about a month ago and I apologize that I do not remember all the details and that I did not think to take pictures, but I do remember the gist of the articles. One was titled along the lines of a young boy that was drowned by his cat. Apparently, the child was playing with his cat near shallow water and somehow he fell in the water, face down, and the cat just stood of him. Not sure what prevented the kid from pushing the cat off but, sadly, he died. This article was followed up by an article titled “Man Strangled by False Teeth.” The story went exactly how you think: this gentleman swallowed some of his fake teeth and choked to death. I could not make those stories up if I tried.

Next, I came across an article with this picture –

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I found what year May 18th fell on a Thursday in the 1890s and it was the year 1899, but really, what was the Boogum?  I have tried finding out what this strange creature was but with little luck. I did find another article from the Los Angeles Herald, pretty much stating the same thing but with a more detailed picture (here is the link Los Angeles Herald). Far from cute, the Boogum had to have been a very peculiar attraction that I would have definitely passed on seeing.

The next article I want to bring up was evidence of very slow news on that particular day.

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When I found this article, I remember telling my coworkers that it was in 1912. I have seen odd-shaped food before, but a potato that was shaped like a dog? I wish there was a picture of that.

Lastly, this is something I found that took place in Foster.

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This article came from July 24, 1902. The reason I find this hysterical is that this guy just ran around, in the nude, in the Foster area for several weeks and there were over fifty people, with dogs, trying to find this guy. I never found a follow up article saying whether or not they found the guy, which makes it all the more hilarious.

*Guest blogger: Archival Intern, Lauren Lyon

Guest Blogger Series: Words From Our Intern, Lauren – Post 1

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Since starting my internship at the Warren County Records Center and Archives early May, I have already been involved in a few projects. I have alphabetically organized over seventy boxes from Child’s Services with the other intern, Autumn; cleaned documents and placed them into folders; read through various ledgers and documents from the early 1800s and mid-1900s; indexed information from the ledgers (one of which is the Black and Mulatto Record Book that is now online); also researching and looking through microfilm reels of the Western Star while preparing for two upcoming exhibits. Yet, I know this is just the beginning of what it means to work in an archive.

This internship is not my first experience in an archive. I have also worked at Wright State University’s Special Collection and Archives, back in 2016. Having completed my first year in the Public History program at Wright State, I already had an idea of what skills I would need to be an effective archival intern. Getting to apply those skills at the Warren County Records Center and Archives has been a completely amazing experience! It is a very humbling experience to work with such important documents, such as the Black and Mulatto Records Book. This is because I am learning about people who lived in a very different world than what we live in today.

Also, we are currently researching the Board of Elections and Foster, Ohio for upcoming display cases. I have lived in Greene County all my life and have never heard of Foster, Ohio. Learning about the history of that town from its beginning as Foster’s Crossing in the 1800s to what it is today, even actually taking a field trip there, is incredible. Foster is not a place that, with a simple Google search, people can learn everything about. Therefore, after looking through old newspapers, like the Western Star, and finding something fascinating about Foster’s history is a very rewarding feeling and I am so excited for this exhibit!

I am very thrilled to have my internship here and I cannot wait to see what else I will be able to work on and where this experience takes me in the future!

*Guest blogger: Archival Intern, Lauren Lyon