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Fuller Farm & Whetstone Park

Friday, September 19th, 2008

E.A. Fuller was a prominent Clinton Township horse trader at the turn of the century. I found the Clinton Township records for the late 1800s and early 1900s, and his name was frequently mentioned as buying or selling horses. I assume that the so-called “Fuller Farm”—where Calvary Bible Church, Whetstone Park, Clintonville Women’s Club, and The Church of Christ, Scientist are today—once belonged to this man. (Photo courtesy of Calvary Bible Church)

The vacant farm has been put to many uses. During World War II, the land used for victory gardens. (There were also victory gardens near Riverside Hospital.) Children put the area to their own purposes, scrambling through the undergrowth and playing by the river. Many long-time residents recall a family that lived in the farm house—some have called it a log cabin, others say it was a chicken coop–of the old Fuller Farm. Some say the family was partly Native American; others say partly Romani; in any case, the family’s race added to their mystique and exoticism in the minds of the Clintonville children of the time. The family’s surname was Windsor; Mr. Windsor was a professor at OSU, and many of the people fondly recall daughter Zolithia [or Zelitha] (back row, 4th from left) and her brother Romanus (3rd rw, 2nd from right).

During or shortly after World War II, Rand Hollenback (founder of The Booster) lobbied for remaining land to be converted into a park, and the City of Columbus purchased the 161 acre farm. It became Whetstone Park. From early on the park has included a casting pond, softball diamond, tennis, picnic and playground, and archery field.

Chester Nicodemus’s Price List

Friday, September 12th, 2008

nicodemus-price-listChester Nicodemus is a favorite Clintonville person of mine, in part because he lived on my street. I was delighted when Joe Motil shared an old 1978 Nicodemus Pottery price list with me. The pottery was dear, even back then! (Document courtesy of Joe Motil)

D. H. Bradley, Veterinarian

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Jan Bradley Zenisek shared these two family pictures with me. Her father, Dr. D. H. Bradley, operated his veterinary clinic on the ground floor of the home originally built by Henry Cooke and shown in my book and here. The Bradley family lived upstairs.

The photo on the left shows Jan’s mother, Ellen May Bradley, with Jan in 1941.

The picture on the right shows Jan’s father (Dr. Bradley) holding Jan’s cousin Neal Cooper, and Jan’s grandfather George Cooper with Jan, outside the clinic/house in 1943. (Photos courtesy of Jan Bradley Zenisek.)

The house was later destroyed to make way for a car dealership. Jan salvaged the lovely arched windows and they now adorn her Riverlea home.

A.B. Graham (1868–1960)

Friday, September 12th, 2008


A. B. Graham (Albert Belmont Graham) was an educator from Springfield OH. He had an idea: to get young people together to learn about agriculture and develop skills for farm living. He formed an organization to enable such practical learning. He originally called it the Boys and Girls Experimental Club, and then, the Boys and Girls Agricultural Club. By 1905 there were over 2,000 young people in sixteen Ohio counties participating in Agricultural Clubs. Graham was named Superintendent of Extension of the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service and the clubs were expanded nationwide. In 1916 the Boys and Girls Clubs officially became the 4-H Clubs.

A.B. Graham eventually worked for the USDA in Washington DC. After his retirement in 1938 he moved back to Columbus. He lived in his home on Clinton Heights Avenue until his death at the age of 91 in January 14, 1960. These photos show him at his Clintonville home. Happily, today I live in that very same house.

What do the 4 H’s stand for? Well, originally, there were only 3 H’s and the insignia was a 3-leafed clover. The H’s stood for head, hearts, hands. Then a 4th H was added and the organization’s clover became 4-leafed. That last H stood for hustle. But “hustle” didn’t stand up to the test of time and was eventually replaced by a tamer “H,” that is, health.

Through Rose Colored Glasses

Friday, September 12th, 2008

In 1954 Nancy Blanchard, a 16-year-old student at Mifflin High School, became the first winner of Maiden of the Roses competition. The pageant, a yearly event held each June at the Park of Roses and sponsored by North Columbus Civitan, was held from 1954 until 1974. Thanks to Nancy and her cousin Joyce Schatz, we have Nancy’s clippings file from that era, and that newspaper articles are linked to the thumbnail images below as PDFs. [Clippings courtesy of Joyce Schatz.]



Chester Nicodemus

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Chester Nicodemus (1901-1990) was a potter, known for his small clay birds fashioned from variously colored, high-iron-content Ohio clays. Several Clintonville residents showed me some of his birds as well as commemorative plates made for the Clintonville Women’s Club. He made teapots and pitchers, robins, eagles, and other wildlife.

Nicodemus earned a degree from Cleveland Art School in 1923 and then taught art at Dayton Art Institute and Wittenberg College. In 1932 he became dean of Columbus Art School, now known as Columbus College of Art and Design. He later taught at Ohio State University and served as president of the Columbus Art League.

Nicodemus lived and had his studio (Nicodemus Ferro-Stone Ceramics) on Clinton Heights Avenue. There he produced more than 1,000 molds in his basement workshop. He had two home-made kilns in the garage, which also housed a showroom. Nicodemus pieces are known for their translucent glaze highlighting the clay’s red tint and producing russet brown undertones. Upon Nicodemus’ death and at his request, all the molds and glazes were destroyed. (Photo courtesy of Darrell Nicodemus)

Beechwold Hardware

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Forrest Smith began Beechwold Hardware in 1944 and 9 years later his son Jack joined him in the business. This photograph shows Forrest Smith and his son Jack around 1960. Jack’s son-in-law now owns the business, but Jack works at the store regularly when he’s not out playing golf. Beechwold Hardware may be the longest-running family-owned business in Clintonville. (Photo courtesy of Jack Smith)

Who Was Bishop Watterson?

Friday, September 12th, 2008

He was the second bishop of Columbus, occupying the episcopacy from 1880-1899. He was born in 1844 in Blairsville, PA and was ordained in 1868. He was president of Mt. St. Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland when he was selected to become Bishop of Columbus. His special interest was development of parochial schools. (Photo courtesy of Bishop Watterson High School)

In memorium: Nils Lindquist

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Nils I. “Lindy” Lindquist, the owner of Lindy Productions which was in the old Beechwold Tavern building (most recently Cord Camera, at 4784 North High Street), passed away in October. This is another sad loss for the community. Our condolances to his wife Donna and his family. Lindy’s obituary, from the Columbus Dispatch, follows.

LINDQUIST Nils I. “Lindy” Lindquist, age 87, of Columbus, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010. Lindy was born in Sweden and came to America at the age of six where he lived with his family in Carmel, NY. He was a graduate of Horace Mann School for boys in NYC where he earned his nickname “Lindy”. He joined the Navy and became a Seabee in 1943, the first year the Navel Construction Battalions were established. After WWII, the Navy sent him to Missouri University and Cornell for their NROTC Officers Training Program. He later received a BA from Bowling Green State University, attended the School of Modern Photography in NYC, and received a MA from The Ohio State University. He worked as a photographer for the Columbus Dispatch and worked in the PR department for Nationwide before starting Lindy Productions, Inc in 1966. He then operated three companies: Lindy Productions (a film production company), Ohio Newsfilm (a TV news reporting service) and Magnetic Studios (a sound recording company). Lindy was a writer, photographer, pilot, amateur radio operator, and a film producer; he worked in 34 countries and spoke three languages. He was an honorary lifetime member of the Golden Retriever Club of Columbus, Ohio. His detailed memoirs of the 87th Naval Construction Battalion are now a part of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. Lindy is survived by his wife of 61 years, Donna; daughter, Karen Lindquist Elliott; granddaughters, Colleen Ann McClung, Ph.D., her husband, John Francis Enwright III, Ph.D., and Megan Kathleen McClung, LEED AP; great grandchildren, Evan Michael and Annika Erin Enwright. In keeping with the wishes of the family there will be no visitation. Arrangements by RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High St., Worthington, OH 43085.

David Schreiner Dies

Friday, August 29th, 2008

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.”