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Carving out a Niche

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I wish I could have included these pictures of Jerry Devine’s chainsaw sculptures at Como Mower in my book because they are so Clintonville. Unfortunately I had too many pictures and too little space and so I used date (1970s) as a cut-off criteria. Weiland’s has a sculpture as does someone who lives in the vicinity of Northmoor. Note also, in the photograph, the old Darts USA store, which no longer exists. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Devine)

William Gillie

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Another prominent Clintonville resident was William and Catherine Gillie. He was a Franklin County Court of Common Please judge for 25 years; by hobby a whittler and ice hockey player, and a contributor to Park of Roses and to many of the area’s senior centers. She was a major force in formation of Columbus’ LifeCare Alliance.

Fred Shannon

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Among the many accomplished people of Clintonville is Fred Shannon (1921-2007), a renowned photographer who worked for The Columbus Dispatch. In this picture he is wearing a Mickey Mouse strap given to him by his son. The story goes that Fred was taking pictures of the original Mickey Mouse creators and they were so tickled by the strap he was wearing, they made him cartoon which the Shannon family still has.

Notable people

Friday, August 1st, 2008

I had originally planned to include a chapter in my book about notable Clintonville residents. Oddly, I was unable to acquire a balanced set of information about Clintonville’s notables. But here are the names of some of those who were nominated, either renowned for their contribution to Clintonville or because they were renown in their chosen field:

  • Armbruster, Mathias (lived at 3100 North High Street where Southwick-Good & Fortkamp Funeral Chapel now stands)
  • Barker, Skip, d. 2008
  • Breunig, Sarah—civic leader (Glenmont Ave.)
  • Dawson, Harold
  • Dodge, Mel (201 Girard Ave)
  • Dupre, Dallas–landscape architect (whose office was at 3073 North High) who is credited with founding the nation’s system of roadside parks
  • Gessaman, Myron–Columbus mayor (he lived at 4206 Fairoaks Avenue and also at 147 Rustic Bridge Road)
  • Gillie, William and Catherine
  • Gowdy, Harry “Hank” (address listed as 384 Fallis Road)
  • Graham, A.B.–founder of 4-H Clubs (lived at 159 Clinton Heights Avenue)
  • Herbert, Paul M. (307 Olentangy Blvd.)
  • Hollenback, Rand & his son Donal
  • Hutchins, Edward F., 1925-2005, Dispatch writer, park director from 1971 – 1990s (5301 North High Street Apt. C)
  • Jeffrey, Joseph A.
  • Koblentz, Morris
  • Koch, Freda Postle–journalist, writer and civic leader (Oakland Park Avenue)
  • Marshall, George Sidney, 1869-1956–Columbus mayor
  • Martin, James Boyd—architect (East North Broadway)
  • Moose, Bill–last of the area’s local Wyandot Indians
  • Morrill, Paul–artist
  • Murnan, Patrick–owned a horse farm where Graceland Shopping Center now stands
  • Nicodemus, Chester–artist (Clinton Heights Avenue)
  • Reinhardt, Dana–Columbus mayor
  • Rhodes, Jim–Ohio Governor
  • Rogers, Carl–psychologist (lived at 4857 Rustic Bridge while a professor at OSU)
  • Scott, William H.– president of OSU
  • Sensenbrenner, Jack, 1902 – 1991–Columbus mayor
  • Shannon, Fred–photographer
  • Thomas, Edward Sinclair–naturalist
  • Tyack, George E. (69 Croswell Road, in 1960)

There are of course many others and I welcome input on this list

Art and Artists in Clintonville

Friday, August 1st, 2008

In addition to compiling a list of Clintonville’s “notable people,” I have often wanted to see a list of Clintonville art and artists. My list might include:

Jodi Kushins, artist of Smith’s Deli external mural
Smith’s Deli’s indoor murals as well
Chad Bender (children books)
Jerry Devine (chain saw art, out of Como Mower Service & Sales on Indianola)
Harlow Ballard (digital art)
Tim George (Etch-a-Sketch artist)
Chester Nicodemus (ceramics)
Mac O. Shaffer (photographer)
Fred Shannon (photographer)
Mathias Armbruster
Art in Clintonville churches
Marlo Bartels’ Skyline mural formerly at Clinton Elementary School

Please add to my list in the Comments below!