Consider my book for your holiday shopping…

December 1st, 2011

Do you have a parent or friend who lived or lives in Clintonville? Of course you do! My book Clintonville and Beechwold makes a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. You can buy it from this web site or at Colonial Candy Shoppe (3519 N High St) or Walgreen’s (4890 N High St), or at most bookstores. If you buy it from this web site, I will be happy to inscribe it to the person you are giving it to.

Clintonville Looking West at Pacemont and North High

December 1st, 2014

Looking west from Pacemont and North High in 1904, in the direction where Riverside Hospital is now located. The dairy shown in my book is to the left of this camera angle. [Photo by Clinton Hollenback]

Mathias Armbruster

November 1st, 2014

Two articles are often mentioned as sources for information about Mathias Armbruster. I thought I’d archive them here.

Leeann Faust wrote this wonderful article about her great grandfather Mathias Armbruster. It was originally published in the Polar Bear ROARS Alumni Association (=North High School) newsletter.

Karl Pauly wrote this column way-back-when, about Walhalla ravine–which Armbruster was instrumental in designing, or at the very least, naming. (First article of Leeann Faust; second article courtesy of the Clintonville Historical Society)

Little Rand

October 1st, 2014

Rand Hollenback in 1904, at age 4, at the Hollenback’s 3134 North High Street address. Rand grew up to found the Clintonville Booster, and to become a major force in the community. Note the street car lines in the background.

Looking East from 3124 North High St, ca 1904

September 1st, 2014

3134-n-highThis is what the Hollenback homsestead at 3134 North High Street looked like, looking east/southeast.

Can You Canoe?

August 1st, 2014

canoe-clubThe Olentangy Park Canoe Club, ca. 1906. I’m told that at one time, Clintonville had at least 4 canoe clubs.

Beechwold Theatre

July 1st, 2014

This is an ad that just happens to show the signage of the old Beechwold Theatre at 4250 N. High (aka Camelot North and Drexel North, and currently an athletic club).

The theatre was built by the F & Y Building Service (aka F & Y Construction Company). Mark Fontana informs me that the “Y” in this name is Yassenoff, and the first manager of the Beechwold Theatre was Milton Yassenoff, adopted son of Leo Yassenoff.

If anyone out there is aware of the whereabouts of blueprints, construction photos and high-res b/w photos of the finished theater, please let us know! The ad was shared with me by Mark Fontana, former manager of the Drexel North (aka Camelot North and Beechwold Theater) Mark is a collector. In another place on this web site I link to his web site.

Somebody Please Say “Cheese!”

June 1st, 2014

1st-gradeFirst graders at the Clinton Township School on Clinton Heights Avenue (also called the “1904 Building”). Presumably Rand Hollenback is somewhere in this photograph. As of this web posting, the building is still there, though its fate is uncertain.

Donald Ross, and the Elks / Wyandot Golf Course

May 1st, 2014

Bill Case has done a wonderful job of researching and writing the history of Donald Ross’ design of the Elks/Wyandot County Club. Check out his web site here. It’s a work in progress so check Bill’s site frequently.

The first picture (to the left) is, of course, Donald Ross. In the left-hand image below, Harold J. Kaufman, John W. Kaufman, Arthur Shannon, Donald Ross, and J.V. Taylor peruse a topo map. The right-hand image below is the 5th hole–308 yards–par 4. See Bill’s web site for the history and for more image gems.

(Images courtesy of Bill Case and Betty Huber)

Baseball at the Zoo

December 26th, 2013

The zoo in Beechwold may have been one of the earliest sites of the Columbus Clippers!

According to Joe Santry, Historian at The Columbus Clippers, “In 1895 the Columbus Statesmen opened the season playing at The Zoo Baseball Grounds. The grounds were owned by the Zoological Garden company. Could this be the old zoo grounds in Clintonville? …The team played at the Zoo Grounds for a couple of months before moving to Recreation Park in German Village…

“In 1895, according to the local papers, Columbus played at ‘the Zoo Grounds’ (May 21), ‘Zoo Baseball Park’ (May 4), ‘Zoo Park’ (May 5). There are stories about temporary grandstands, then a ‘new grandstand’ (May 12).

“By June 1, however, the OSJ reports that the club now ‘holds the lease on the Schiller street grounds’ and the club ‘will play the last game on the Zoo grounds this afternoon and the work of removing the grandstand, bleachers, and fences to Recreation Park’ will follow.

“The problem is how inconsistently the papers reported the games that season. The more I research this the more I think the Zoo Grounds park was in or near some type of amphitheatre on the zoo grounds. The park had other smaller attractions prior to 1905.”

Scott Caputo, librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, found this article in the 8-8-1904 Ohio State Journal. It mentions a drill field and a ball game used by several masonic groups at the Zoo. This, shortly before it closed down.

Also linked here is a image/map of the old zoo, courtesy of Mary Rodgers of the Clintonville Historical Society.

New Posts December 2013

December 26th, 2013

Until today, I’ve arranged material on this web site roughly in chronological order; information about earlier events at the top, and more recent history has been put at the end of this web site. For your ease in locating newly posted material, I’ve listed fresh content and any changed entries in the “Recent Postings” category. Arranging the listings this was is quite a bit of labor, though, so as of this month, I’m throwing in the towel. From now on, new postings will be put on the front page, willynilly, regardless of their era.

This month I’m adding quite a lot of material! Some new maps and information about the sewer pipe factory on Arcadia, great new photos of the Armbruster family and residence, a new old picture of Weisheimer Miller and Olentangy Park, and some new information about the Columbus Clippers.

Note: the New Posts link often contains more than one screenful of entries–so be sure to click “older entries” at the bottom of that page to see more new posts! And please be aware that because I interlace new postings in their historical order–because I fudge the dates on entries–RSS feeds don’t work with this site. (They will only pick up entries with a current date.)

Changed posts–If and when I revise or add to a posting, you can find it here.

Events Page–Consider coming to a presentation, buying a copy of Clintonville & Beechwold, and getting it signed by the author! I also include events of the Clintonville Historical Society

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