East Public Square #72-#93

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Roy Kimmel, age 23, behind the wheel of a Ford Model K automobile in 1909.

#72 South Broadway Street: The Sturgis Home-1873

#72 South Broadway Street: The Sturgis Home–1873

Luscious C. and Caroline Sturgis Residence, (1873-1898)

Dr. S. F. Jones, Physician Office and Residence (1898-1913)

1.     Dr. Jones hired Contractor George Gruninger to add office space to the Greek Revival Sturgis home and a wrap-around porch, fitting for the day.

Dr. H. P. H. Robinson, Physician Office and Residence, (1914–1944)

1.     Dr. H. P. H. Robinson attic was transformed into living rooms in 1917.   

2.     1919-Dr. Captain H. P. H. Robinson and family arrived home from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where the captain has been stationed for several months and where he had been in charge of the hospital for interned Germans.

3.      Dr. H. P. H. Robinson sold his old home in 1944 on Public Square to Glen E. Gensemer who plans to move his undertaking business there.

Gensemer Funeral Home, Glen E. Gensemer, Prop.  (1944–1965)

1.     Glen E. Gensemer residence 1945-1952. Glen E. and Felitha Gensemer Funeral Home in 1944.

Gensemer Funeral Home, Richard L. Gensemer, Prop. (1965–1971)

1.     Glenn Gensemer retired from the business and his son Richard assumed the management of the funeral home.

First Federal Savings and Loan Association, (1972–1997)

1.     The brick Italianate was restored by 1st Federal in 1986.

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Vacant and under- construction period, (1999–2009)

Medina County Support Enforcement Offices, (2010–2011)

Medina County Prosecutors Offices, Dean Holman, PA, (2011-2016)

Medina County Prosecutors Offices, Forrest Thompson, PA, (2017-Present)

 

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#73 South Broadway Street: The Sturgis Home–1873

Guardian Title and Guarantee Agency, (1976-1982)

Richard J. McMannis, Attorney, (1976-1995)

Robert G. Schultz Jr., Attorney, (1976-1981)

Arthur Sheldon, Attorney, (1976-1979)

Ohio Bar Title Insurance, (1976-1978)

Robert J Schreiner, Attorney, (1976-1977)

Donald J Shell, Attorney, (1976-1977) 

Favinger Investigation Inc, Robert Favinger, Prop. (1978-1979)

Eric D. Ritz, Attorney, (1980-1981)

Helms Realty Company, (1981-1989)

Medina Account Collections, (1985-1993)

Amy S. Kaspar, Attorney, (1988-1994)

Buckeye Reserve Title Company, (1988-1990)

Richard A. Myers Jr., Attorney, (1991-1997)

Jose Gonzalez, Attorney, (1992-1992)

Medina Business Services, (1992-1993)

Dunn and Hare Company, LPA, (1996-1999)

David B. Hare, Attorney and Kevin W. Dunn, Attorney

Catholic Commission, (1997-1997)

Stanley A. Shea, Attorney, (1997-1998)

Signal Bank, Medina Office,   (1998-1999)

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 #78 South Broadway Street: Seymour House–c.-1834

1Lathrop Seymour was a leading citizen in the early history of the county. Selected as Director of the County Lands in 1812, it was his responsibility to select the site for the County Seat of Justice and to plot the Village and prepare the lots for sale.

2In 1819, the Director of County Lands, Lathrop Seymour sold the entire land on the east side of Public Square to John Freese. This includes Lots 77, 78, 79, and 80.

3.  For his services as Director of the County Lands, Seymour received certain lots.  One of those lots was Lot 78, which was on the east side of Medina's Public Square

Sargent Family Residence, Stephen and Elizabeth Sargent, (1835–1858)

1.  Lathrop Seymour had the home built in 1834 Medina's Public Square for his daughter and son-in-law Stephen and Elizabeth Sargent. They moved in in 1835.

2.  On Lot 78 is where Seymour built this gracious Federal home with its pediment-gable and hand-carved fan, and this was the home that was to house attorneys, a funeral director and other leading Medina families such as the Ainsworths and Youngs in future years.

Young Family Residence, John B. Young, (1858–1912)

Ainsworth Family Residence, Danford. H. and Clara Ainsworth, (1912–1926)

1.  The J. B. Young home on the East Side of the Public Square is the home of Miss Frances Young and Mrs. D .H. Ainsworth in 1912.

Longacre Funeral Home, Leland Longacre, Prop., (1926–1937)

1.   Like so many early houses in the county, the Seymour House went through a number of changes over the years to accommodate the needs of the owners. An 1870's photograph, taken from the west side of the Square, shows a stately, symmetrical Federal house with its central two-story entrance flanked by two one-story wings. By the time it became Longacre Funeral Home in 1929, the south side of the home had a two-story wing and a wrap- around porch.

2.  The Longacre Funeral Home moved into their new home on West Liberty Street in 1937.

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Vacant Lot, New Princess Theatre was never built. (1938–1940)

1.   In 1937, The old Seymour/Ainsworth house after facing the public square for 104 years has been acquired by Robert Crofoot and the home was moved to the 500 block of North Broadway to made room for the new Princess Theatre on the east side of the Square.

2.  The theatre was never built and the lot remained vacant until 1940 when the Eagles Lodge acquired the lot and began construction of their new building.

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3.  The building now the property of Robert Crofoot was moved Monday and Tuesday, crews of linemen from the Ohio Edison Company and Northern Ohio Telephone Company preceding it removing and raising wires.

4.  The actual work of transportation was speedily and efficiently accomplished in a most modern manner. The house was mounted on wide-wheeled iron trucks and drawn by a motor truck equipped with a winch.

5.  Glen Crofoot, 18, brother of Robert Crofoot who purchased the Seymour/ Ainsworth home on the east-side of the public square and is having it partly dismantled preparatory to having it moved to North Broadway Street, sustained injuries to his back and hips when he fell from the second story of the house Monday morning. He was taken to the Lodi hospital where the severities of the injuries were to be determined by Dr. H.P. R. Robinson, who treated the injured man.

6. Once the Seymour House was on its new location, its appearance was stabilized and there were few exterior changes. With extensive experience in old-house restoration the present owners saved all the original interior elements, the front parlor woodwork with its reverse-cut rosette at the top of each doorway, the corner cupboards, and double-cross doors with their original hardware. They also have a wood carver working on a period newel post and balusters for the front stairs. The huge hand-hewn beams in the basement still hold up the house and indicate its original dimensions. It appears the only thing that is missing is the one-story south wing.

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Medina Fraternal Order of Eagles, (1942--1966)

1.  The organizational meeting of the Fraternal Order of Eagles was held May 3, 1936, with forty-eight members. The first president to be elected was X. L. Hess, with John Moxley as the first vice-president and Pete House as the first secretary. The motivation for founding an Eagle lodge in Medina came from Floyd Pelton after he had attended an Eagle meeting in Akron.

2.  The Medina club rented their first meeting rooms and later bought the W. B. Baldwin property at the corner of Friendship and Elmwood Streets, which now houses the Medina County Historical Society, John Smart House. They purchased the ground for their present site, which is located on the east side of the Public Square, in 1941.

3.  They started the construction of the building at once and dedicated it in March of 1942. The total cost of the building was about $80.000.

4.  Their building contains a commodious lodge room, large enough for dances and parties, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room, and a reading room stocked with current literature. The building is open at all times for the convenience of its members, with ample parking space in the rear.

5.  The Women’s Auxiliary of the Eagles was founded in April, 1945.

6.   In 1940, the Eagles leased vacant lot #78 on the east side Public Square to build the Eagles Aerie Club No.2224, a three story modernistic brick building, with no windows and glass block only and with air conditioning.  They will sell the current home, but retain use until theirs is built. Their new building will have an auditorium that will seat several hundred members.

7.  Eagles Lodge moved to a new building on Lafayette Road in 1966.

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Medina County Commissioners, New Court House Bldg.  (1966–2017)                                                 

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                                          1969 Medina County Probate Court House

 

#79 South Broadway Street: Whitmore House-circa 1851

In 1819 the Director of County Lands, namely Lathrop Seymour sold the entire land on the east side of Public Square to John Freese. This includes Lots 77, 78, 79, and 80.

Whitmore Family Residence, John and Sarah Whitmore, (1851-1870)

1.  Possibly the first family to occupy a house on Lot 79 when it was built in 1851?

Hays Family Residence, Joseph W. Hays, (1870–1899)

Wise Family Residence, Dr. W. D. Wise and Mildred Wise, (1899-1909)

Strong Family Residence, Dr. Roy and Lillian M. Strong, (1909–1966)

1.   Dr. Roy Strong bought Dr. W. D. Wise’s residence next to the Courthouse in 1909.

2.   Dr. Roy Strong died in 1934 and Mrs. Lillian Strong died in 1969.

3.   After the death of Dr. Roy Strong, his wife rented the north wing of the house to various physicians and other businesses.

Dr. R. G. Johnston, Physician Office, (1935–1938)

                 Whitmore House

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Vacant, (1939 -1940)

Boyd A. Davenport Insurance Agency, (1941–1945)

Dr. John L. Jones, Physician Office, (1946–1951)

Land Title Guarantee and Trust Co. (1952–1966)

1.   Land Title moved to #101 Princess Block, North Public Square in 1966.

Lillian M. Strong sold the property to the Medina County Commissioners in 1934, but occupied the home until 1966.

Vacant, under construction, (1967–1968)

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#93 South Broadway Street: New Court House Bldg.-1969

2017 Offices and Occupants

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, COURT ROOM I, Judge Christopher Collier

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, COURT ROOM II, Judge Joyce V. Kimbler

PROBATE COURT Judge Kevin Dunn

CLERK OF COURTS, David B. Wadsworth, Clerk of Courts

70 Judges of Common Pleas in 200 years

70 Judges of Common Pleas in 200 years