New Collection: Garard-Getter Family Collection

The Garard-Getter Family Collection consists primarily of the personal photographs of a Dayton, Ohio, family in the early 20th century: Jesse and Catharine (Getter) Garard and their two daughters Wilma and Mae (nicknamed “Major”).

Pauline, Eugene, Mother (Catherine), Daddy (Jesse), Wilma, and Mae, 1922 (cropped from larger photo)
Pauline, Eugene, Mother (Catherine), Daddy (Jesse), Wilma, and Mae, 1922
(cropped from larger photo)

A few items date to as early as about 1890 and as late as 1955, but the bulk of the materials date from about 1920 to 1935. Subjects include leisure activities, travel, and family reunions.

Leisure activities depicted include hunting, boating, camping, swimming, sports, and playing music. Sports team photos include the St. Paul M. E. Church basketball team (circa 1910s?) and the Moraine City Bowling Team (1937-1938). The theme of music appears many times, including photos of “Daddy” and other relatives playing instruments at a reunion; Mae playing saxophone in both the Harmony Flyers band (1928) and in Louise Henning’s All-Girl Orchestra (1936); and photos of the St. Paul’s orchestra (presumably also St. Paul M. E. Church). A few other items of interest include a group photo of the “Fyr-Fyter Gang,” presumably employees of Dayton’s Fyr-Fyter Co. (manufacturers of fire extinguishers), where Mae worked in 1930; a group photo of what appears to be an 8th grade graduation class from Huffman School (undated).

Documentation of the family’s travels around Ohio and beyond include photos of sights and activities at Coney Island (Cincinnati) and its “Princess” steamer boat; Washington, D.C. (including the Capitol building), 1932; Akron, Ohio (including Goodyear hangar), 1938; Mansfield, Ohio (including Boys’ Reformatory), 1938; Ft. Loramie, Ohio; and Zane Caverns in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Campgrounds at an unidentified location (or locations) are also present. Other locations mentioned but not necessarily pictured include Lima, Ohio; Indian Lake, Ohio; Asbury Park, New Jersey; Muncie, Indiana; McCabe Park (Dayton); and the Dayton Soldiers’ Home. Automobiles appear frequently in the photographs as well.

Washington, DC, 1932
Washington, DC, 1932

The last three locations hosted Garard family reunions, which appear to have been held fairly regularly every year or two from at least 1918 to 1928, in both Indiana and Ohio. The reunion was held more than once at the Dayton Soldiers’ Home or at nearby McCabe Park.

For more information about this collection, please review the MS-668: Garard-Getter Family Collection finding aid or contact Special Collections and Archives.

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New Collection: 1937 Flood Scrapbook

In January and February 1937, record rainfall caused significant, record-breaking flooding in Ohio, as well as Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, especially along the Ohio River. Overall, the flood left a million people homeless, causing $500 million in property damage. In Cincinnati, the flood displaced a hundred thousand people and killed two.

River Hits 77.72 feet at Cincinnati, 1937 (from MS-663)
River Hits 77.72 feet at Cincinnati, 1937 (from MS-663)

The collection contains a scrapbook featuring various newspaper clippings covering the 1937 Ohio River flood. Clippings include photographs, brief articles and photo captions, advertisements, and local cartoons showing the flood’s impact on daily life, flood prediction, damage, and relief efforts. Material covers the flood’s impact on Cincinnati as well as some locations in Kentucky (e.g., Newport, Louisville, Dayton) and Indiana. Additionally, it contains a newspaper, published by the Cincinnati Times-Star as a pictorial history of the flood.This newspaper includes some of the photos that appear in the scrapbook.

This collection was processed in September 2019 by WSU College of Liberal Arts intern Megan O’Connor. For more information about this collection, please review the MS-663: 1937 Flood Scrapbook finding aid or contact Special Collections and Archives.

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New Collection: Ivan R. Gates Collection

Ivan R. Gates was an Early Bird of Aviation, receiving his pilot’s license in 1911, and is credited with starting the first flying school on the west coast in California. The collection documents Gates’ aviation business enterprises, including the Gates Flying Circus, Gates Flying Service, and the New York-based Gates Aircraft Corporation, which manufactured the Gates Belgian RSV convertible monoplane/biplane. Gates’ wife Hazel was also a pilot. The majority of the collection is contained within 4 scrapbooks (3 of photographs and 1 of newspaper clippings), along with some loose photographs and documents.

For more information about this collection, please review the MS-646: Ivan R. Gates Collection finding aid or contact Special Collections and Archives.

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