YELLOW SPRINGS — Judge William Mills encouraged settlement in Yellow Springs, donating property and funds to admirable causes, but because of his generosity, he was forced into bankruptcy in 1857. He enlisted in the 74th OVI, then located in Nashville where he became the city recorder, and later director of the state penitentiary. In 1870 he moved to Kansas, but again lost his money in 1873. He tried the real estate business in Chicago, but that too failed, so he returned in 1876 to Yellow Springs. He died in 1879.
Joan Baxter is a local resident and weekly historical columnist.