Kroger has had a long presence in Clintonville. In addition to the “drive-in” store described in my book, Kroger built a store at 3559 High Street. From there they moved near Arcadia and High (above). Then, in 1984, Kroger demolished a former Bob Daniels Buick dealership on the northwest corner of North Broadway and High, changed the configuration of Wall Alley, Hennipen Avenue, and Kenworth, and built a Kroger Super Store. (Photo courtesy of Kroger)
About a year ago, Joe Motil sent me some information about a fire on East North Broadway:
There was a large 3 story barn located behind the property across from Immaculate Conception Church. Attached to this barn was also a residence….The barn burnt down sometime in the early 80′s or late 70′s I believe…
I happened to have some friends who had also grown up in that area so I asked them for some additional information. That barn behind the house on E.N. Broadway was indeed located behind the house they lived in, 379 East North Broadway. It burned approximately October 1976. A young doctor’s family lived there. They had photos! which I’m sharing with you here. (Photos courtesy of Kristin Farrell-Logsdon and Mark Logsdon)
Joe Motil then countered with some information and images of his own. In the first photo below, the top of the barn (Cantlon and Farrell families) can be seen. This picture is looking north from the backyard of Joe’s home at 360 Clinton Heights Avenue, and was taken on his dad’s 50th birthday August 12, 1974. The elevation of the property in which the barn sat was higher than that of Joe’s backyard. The snow covered yard and garage picture of Joe’s backyard was taken on March 13, 1958. (Photos courtesy of Joe Motil)
Huntington was a 105 year-old company when it opened its Clintonville office at 3350 Indianola Avenue in 1971. To clear the site for construction of the new building, Huntington demolished 1-2 buildings (shown above). There were “balloons for the kiddies, shopping bags for mother and cigars for the men” at the grand opening on March 18, 1971. (Photo courtesy of Huntington Bank)
Another picture that I was unable to acquire for my book was one of Bliss College, which moved to 3770 North High Street Clintonville in September 1973 from 131 N. E. State Street. Today the building is occupied by COVA. Since Bliss College folded, I have been unable to fix on a source for photos of the school while it was in Clintonville. Are any graduates out there?
The Henderson Bridge was first known as Whip’s Bridge, then Weisheimer Bridge. The present bridge was built circa 1976. (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Engineers)
The Kirkpatrick Insurance Company began in 1855 in Adams County, Ohio, moved to downtown Columbus in 1920, and moved to Clintonville in 1954. They remodeled this brick duplex residence at 3215 High Street. In 1973 they demolished the duplex to the north, and expanded the first building. Eventually the name was changed to reflect ownership by Zeke Palmer, his son Daniel, Steven Miller, and Ronald Nelson. It’s one of the oldest independent insurance agencies in Ohio. (Photo courtesy of Palmer Miller Nelson Insurance Company)
The Columbus Marathon began in 1980 and participants ran through Clintonville during its first three years. Runners ran north on Kenny to Henderson, over to the bicycle path then south to Piedmont, east on Piedmont to Calumet, then south toward campus. This picture shows Robert Koch at mile 21 near Arcadia Avenue and Calumet Street. (Photo courtesy of Robert Koch Family)
Clintonville Pharmacy at the corner of Dunedin and High was co-owned by pharmacists Charles McCarthy and Gordon Knight, who each also owned McCarthy and Knight’s Pharmacies, respectively. In keeping with the post-World War trend, none of these three pharmacies contained soda fountains, though they had them in an earlier era (when the drugstores were known as Rank’s, at Oakland Park and High, which later became McCarthy’s; as Hooper’s, at the corner of Dunedin and High; and as Cole’s, at Sheffield and High). The co-owned Clintonville Pharmacy closed in the 1980s. (Photo courtesy of Kroger)
The Whetstone branch of the Columbus Public Library was originally planned to be between the Recreation Center and the Clintonville Women’s Club. The library would rent the land from the park for $1.00 a year. The plans to build the library were controversial at the time. I did not find records describing why they changed the location, and don’t know what the library pays today. The new library at 3909 North High Street was dedicated in 1985.
I wonder how long school children have been parading in their costumes on Halloween day. Certainly they were doing so early on at Glenmont Elementary School. In the early days, neighbors probably turned out to watch the parade; nowadays they are more likely to watch from inside their houses. (Photo courtesy of Indian Springs Elementary School)