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)
I received a request for additional photos of Beechwold Pharmacy, before the building became a flower shop. Beechwold Pharmacy was located at 4622 North High Street, owned by Arden and Pat Englebach, and had the last soda fountain in Columbus.
Okay, who here remembers the Sunbubble–and is willing to admit it? In 1986 it was located at 4495 North High Street, cost $6 an hour, and offered “a private chance to slip into a hot tub, watch some M-TV or a movie, listen to your favorite radio station or cassette tape and have a good time.” Sunbubble was eventually demolished to make way for the Unitarian Church’s expansion and the overhaul of that section of High Street. And note: this photo shows two models in a promotional photo for the hot-tub facility.
David H. Schreiner, age 92, died Thursday Feb 19, 2010. From the Columbus Dispatch Obituary:
“Founder and owner of Schreiner Plumbing And Hardware Co. in 1946. Veteran, U.S. Army Air Corps, WW II. Member of North High School Alumni and OSU Alumni, where he was the first “Script Ohio” snare drummer for the OSU Marching Band; member, Aladdin Shrine, Drum & Bugle Corp, Royal Order of Jesters Court 8; El Hajj; Kachina Club; Ambassadors Club; Last Man’s Club; Scioto Boat Club. Member, Northwest United Methodist Church.
“Survived by devoted wife of 61 years, Ruth; children, John “Jack” (Gloria) Schreiner, Daniel “Dan” (Glenda) Schreiner of AZ, and Nancy Schreiner; grandchildren, Debi (Jim) Lewis, Cathi (Jeff) Hill, Ben (Lara) Schreiner of GA, Tyson (Laura) Schreiner of WI, Andrew (Britta) Schreiner of NJ; great-grandchildren, Noah and Ethan Schreiner of GA and Ian Schreiner of WI; nieces and nephews.”
This 9 foot by 15 foot Columbus Skyline Mural is all that’s left of the Savings of America National Savings and Loan that was located from 1987 to 1992 at Graceland Shopping Center. The mural was created for the bank by renowned tile artist Marlo Bartels in the mid-1980s. The Casto Corporation donated it to Clinton Elementary School; it adorned the Gail Paris Discovery Garden for awhile and was moved into the cafeteria after the school’s 2011-2012 renovation. (Photo courtesy of Terry Miller)
An aerial photo of North High Street. On the top center of the photograph is North End Wrench before that business moved to Indianola. (Photo courtesy of David M. Wenger)
Until I worked on this book project, I didn’t know what the Charity Newsies–those guys wearing white jumpsuits asking for donations on street corners in December –did and why they did it. But after becoming acquainted with the organization I am so impressed with the group’s charitable accomplishments. Just in case you are as ignorant as I was about the group, here’s what they do: each year they equip needy schoolchildren—about 14,000 of them– with a wardrobe of new clothes for the school year. Every child in the program receives individual attention from a Charity Newsie member. The organization is totally independent and does not receive government money for their effort; they spend the year collecting money for the endeavor. And, they’ve been doing this for 100 years. This photo shows the Newsies when they first moved their headquarters from South High Street to Indianola Avenue (1995). (Photo courtesy of Charity Newsies)
Clintonville Federal Savings was located just north of the Northmoor Fire Station until the bank was demolished to make way for the fire station’s expansion. Note the Northmoor addition pillars marking the entry into that housing development, which was opened in 1921. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Goodrich)