Did the feminists of 1970 really burn their bras to protest the Miss America pageant? They did not do it. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment (Women’s Suffrage) in 2020, Dr Susan Trollinger, Professor of English at the University of Dayton, will present a program on this historic landmark.

Her story of the women’s suffrage movement, “Rebels in Corsets,” is at 7pm on June 8, at the Clyde Museum, 124 W. Buckeye St. She will discuss myths and facts and how the movement’s rhetoric has changed over time and became more radical; how the women of Ohio fought for the cause; the arguments and appeals made by women and how women used their bodies and put them into play for the vote.

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She will tell how people, especially men, reacted to the increasingly radical rhetoric of this movement.

At the University of Dayton, Trollinger teaches rhetoric (especially visual rhetoric), writing, and vocation. She is the author of “Selling the Amish: The Rhetoric of Nostalgia” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) and lectures around the State on the Amish for the Ohio Humanities Council.

His presentation is the first of second Tuesday events scheduled at the Clyde Museum after Governor Mike DeWine’s COVIS-19 restrictions were lifted. Masks and social distancing are not required, but masks can be worn if one feels more comfortable doing so, said Gene Smith, museum curator.

The second Tuesday programs at the museum are scheduled during the summer and fall. Dates and programs may be subject to change without notice.

St. Paul plans an outside service

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has an outdoor Sunday service on the lawn of Forest Street, opposite the library. Visitors are welcome. Dress and service are informal. The musical leader is Brian Farrar.

People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, but chairs will be available. No mask required. In case of rain, the services will take place inside the sanctuary.

Alumni planning September event

The Clyde Alumni Association is planning the annual September 11 banquet / reunion at Clyde High School for those who attended or graduated from CHS 50 or more years ago. The plans are subject to any updates or restrictions related to COVID-19.

The 1971 class plans to hold their 5-year reunion in conjunction with the annual CHS alumni reunion on September 11. Class members can get more information by visiting the Clyde Fliers Class of ’71 Facebook page.

One-room school

Over 100 years ago, students across the country attended one-class schools, where all eight years were taught by a single teacher. Both my parents attended such schools. My father, Clarence Wott, his four brothers and sister walked from their brick house near the corner of County Roads 242 and 229 to Hildewin School on County Road 223. By the time they got to school in winter, their packed lunches were frozen.

This school was then converted into a family home. My mother, Florence Rife Wott, and her two sisters lived in block 5000 on Ohio 101 and only had to walk west towards Clyde and around the corner of Richards School on County Road 268, which was on a hill. It is demolished and the area is now cultivated.

In a mother’s keepsake box, I found her note cards and a 1914-15 keepsake booklet from their teacher, Blanch E. May, who taught 22 children, eight boys and 14 girls.

The mother’s first grade record showed that students were graded on behavior, study application, reading, spelling, writing, arithmetic, language, grammar, geography, history and civics, physiology, agriculture and literature. The rating system was as follows: E-Excellent, G-Good, M-Average, F-Passable, P-Poor (less than 65).

The back of the grade sheet indicated that after 1915, eighth graders were to be able to do the following: girls, cook a simple meal, bake bread, pies and cakes; churning and working the butter, canning or preserving the products; make jelly, dress a fowl, do simple sewing, wash and iron clothes, clean clean and keep household accounts.

Boys should be able to milk cows, perform household chores and farm work which include planting and tillage, provide an accurate account of the produce of a field or garden, or to count the year of any animal or animal on the farm, make a seed corn tester and test the seed corn.

Jeanette Liebold Ricker writes about Clyde and Green Springs. Contact her at 419-547-8177 or by email at

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