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 (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)
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)
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)
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 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.”
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)
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.
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.
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