South-side Public Square #35-#47

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#35 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block-1857 and 187

Blake and Chappell Western Cash Store, H. G. Blake and R. Chappell, Props. (1845-1847)

1.  Proprietors dissolved their partnership and H. G. Blake took over the business in 1847.

H. G. Blake Dry Goods and General Store in Phoenix Block, (1847–1854)

Colborn and Blake Phoenix General Store, T. Colborn and H. G. Blake, Props. (1854-1860)

1.  H. G. Blake has associated with him in business Mr.Colborn under the name of Colborn and Blake, where they will sell goods at prices to suit the hard times and will buy butter, eggs, hides and wood.

Blake, Booth, Tyler and Company, Dry Goods, Groceries and Hardware, H. G. Blake, C. B. Booth, G. W. Tyler, G. R. Munson, Props. (1860–1870)

The Phoenix Dry Goods and Grocery Store, Carlos J. Warner and Reuben Shepard, Props. (1871–1877)

1.  About 1871, Reuben Shepard engaged in the business in Medina, in partnership with C. J. Warner, the firm Warner and Shepard continuing about six years; he then withdrew, and, upon the completion of the Barnard Block, he occupied the corner room, where he has done business since

2.  In 1877, Warner and Shepard split. Warner stays in the Phoenix block and Shepard goes to the Empire Block.

The Phoenix Dry Goods and Grocery Store, Carlos J. Warner, Prop. (1877–1894)

1.  Mr. Warner’s two sons Willis L. and Carl E. Warner are employed as clerks.

2.  "C. J. Warner has purchased the McClure block on the west, side of the square, now occupied by Yoder Bros., as a shoe store. C.  J. Warner and  Son will move their dry goods store into this building, and it is rumored that a new dry goods store is to be started in the room vacated by them in the Phoenix block."

3.  In 1881, a new exterior stairway on the west side of the Phoenix block was required by an Ohio State Safety Officer.

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A Rope-walker traversed from the Gazette Building roof on South Court to a window in the Phoenix Block in 1882.

Hemmeter and Boult Dry Goods Store, William E. Hemmeter and George A. L. Boult, Props. (1894–1898)

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1.  Phoenix Dry Goods Store in 1894.  The Members of the clerking staff shown here are, R/L  The late Dr. Harrie Hard, the late Mary Canavan, sister of Ella Canavan, W. E. Hemmeter, proprietor who operates his store on West Liberty Street, with son Lawrence, and Mary Welton and Hattie Elder, dressmaker for the store.

The New Phoenix Dry Goods Store, George A. I. Boult, Prop. (1898–1904)

Ziegler Dry Goods Store, Edward C. Ziegler, Prop. (1904–1915)

1.   E. C. Ziegler moved his family to Medina in 1904, to take over the dry goods store in the Phoenix Block.

Ziegler Dry Goods Store, Edward C. Ziegler and Son, Harold Y. Ziegler, Props. (1915-1927)

1.   There was extensive repairs and remodeling to the Phoenix Hall. 1st power passenger elevator from basement to 3rd floor with electric push buttons has extend Zeigler dry goods store to 3rd floor now occupying all of what had been the Phoenix Hall, making it the largest store room in Medina and well-lit with many windows in 1915.

2.  E. C. Ziegler retired in 1927.

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Ziegler Dry Goods Store, Harold Y. Ziegler, Prop. (1927-1940)

1.   Harold Y. Ziegler moved his dry goods store from #36 south-side Public Square to #23 Union Block on the west-side of Public Square formerly occupied by Gensemer Millinery and Yards Goods Store since 1915.

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A huge airway beacon revolving 2 times per minute with 8 million candle powers can be seen 10 miles mounted on top of the Old Phoenix Bank in 1928.

This store at #35 Phoenix Block was occupied as a Dry Goods and Grocery Store for 91 consecutive years.

Bachtell Rexall Drug Store, Harry H. Bachtell, Prop. (1940–1968)

1.  Harry H. Bachtell moved his drug store one door to the west in the Phoenix Block to #35 South-side Public Square formerly the Ziegler Dry Goods Store since 1904.

2.  Harry H. Bachtell will expand the back of his store into Ziegler’s Display Store in 1940.


L/R George H. Helmund, Harry Bachtell, Ann, Unknown Gentleman

L/R George H. Helmund, Harry Bachtell, Ann, Unknown Gentleman

2.  Bachtell closed the soda lunch room and put in a poultry and animal Department in 1943.

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3.  Harry H. Bachtell died 1967, Store closed in 1968.

#35 Store front remodeled to be Old Phoenix National Bank (1968–1980)
The entire first floor of the Phoenix Block is now expanded for the lobby and offices of the Old Phoenix National Bank.  For continuing history of the Bank scroll to:
#38 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block–1848, 1857 and 1870

This Phoenix Block has served as a home for banking operations for 170 years.


#36 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block–1845, 1848 and 1870

McDowell Brothers Drug Store, R. M. and O. H., Props. (1851–1854)

Lyman and Armstrong Drug Store, Dr. C. N. Lyman and A. M. Armstrong, Props. (1854-1857)

1.  In 1854, Dr. C. N. Lyman opened an office here and also went into the drug and book business, formerly owned by U. K. Curtiss under the name of Lyman Armstrong.

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Milestone Saddle, Harness and Trunks, Peter M. Milestone, Prop. (1857–1860)

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Griesinger Shoe Store, (1859–1861)

1.  Founded in 1859 the store was located in a building where Old Phoenix Bank is now.

2.  Griesinger started with a shoemaker’s bench, a side of sole leather and a kip skin. 

A. M. Armstrong and Company, Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils and  Books, Dr. Andrew M. and Andrew M. Jr., Props. (1857–1866)

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McDowell Brothers Drug Store, Chester O., R. M. and O. H. McDowell, Props. (1866–1870)

1.  The new firm of McDowell and McDowell offers everything to be found in a drug store.

Phoenix Block–1870

1.  The second fire on the Medina Square in 1870 destroyed the bank, but not the safe within it. After this calamity, Blake rallied the citizens of Medina to begin rebuilding the structures damaged or destroyed by the fire. He put forth his bank as the first business to lead this movement, hence the name the Old Phoenix Bank, deriving from the mythical phoenix known for rising from the ashes. From this pivotal moment in Medina history the bank continued to grow and open other branches.

2.  The largest stone yet dug from Weymouth Quarry to be used for the foundation for the safe at the Old Phoenix Bank was 6 x 11 feet and 14” thick, thought to weigh 5 tons was too heavy for the Cook Road bridge and had to be cut in two slabs.

 3.  An old building stood where Sturgis livery is in 1885 and H. G. Blake moved his goods there after the fire, then in the summer of 1870 built the Phoenix Block with 250,000 bricks furnished by William Foot at $2.75 per 1000. A Berea flag walk was added in front of the Phoenix Block in 1871.

 4.  1870-1871-Construction of Phoenix Block was brick and iron with plate glass windows by McMullen and Company of Akron. Bowman Brothers will make 635,785 bricks. Ornamental title page on the face of the Phoenix Block was dressed in gilt.  Arched elaboration with an inscription at the top “1870”. The west wall of Phoenix Block put up by McMullen Brothers was about the finest specimen of brick work in 1870. Iron front, cornices and columns built by House of Silas Merchant in Cleveland. E. E. Clapp of Cuyahoga County is superintendent of the building, for a cost of $500.

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McDowell Dry Goods Store, Brothers, Chester O., R. M. and O. H. McDowell, Props. (1871–1900)

Wright Book Store and Print Shop, M. T. Wright, Prop. (1900–1919)

1.   A. I. Root Vegetable and Seed business sold to E.C. Green and Son. Seeds sold at Wright’s bookstore in 1904. E.C. Green sold trees for Granger Nursery in 1880. 

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Park Rexall Drug Shoppe, George Simmerman, Harry H. Bachtell, Props. (1919–1938)

1.  In 1919, a new drug store (the 3rd) in Phoenix Block, was McDowell Drug Store for 75 years. George S. Simmerman had been with W .J. Wall Drug Store and Harry Bachtell had been with J. Tuttle Drug Store.

2.  Simmerman and Bachtell put on the road a machine advertising their Rexall remedies which will make regular trips over the county, a new departure in 1927.

3.  Of course you know the identity of the one drug store in Medina which has two names. One of its names comes to it because of a certain line of remedies and sundries they carry and for which they have the exclusive sale in Medina. These remedies and sundries are put on the market by large manufacturing concern representing more than 12,000 stores in the United States and foreign countries. Messrs. G. S. Simmerman and Harry Bachtell are the friendly proprietors who have a financial interest in the parent house of Rexall. Rexall is a Latin word meaning "King of All." In every town of any size one finds The Rexall Drug an outstanding store in the community, and the shelves are always stocked with the best possible merchandise.

4.  Our Rexall store here is to be complimented upon its prescription department where a pharmacist is always, at any time of the day, in charge. The careful compounding of a prescription is quite as important as the choice of a doctor when you or one of your loved ones is ill.  The best efforts of your physician will come to naught if what he prescribes is not followed out to the last item. A place where we do not gamble and| where we may rest assured of accuracy is Simmerman & Bachtell Rexall store at Medina where the words "service" and "efficiency* means something.

5.  Simmerman and Bachtell represent Hess and Clark of Ashland who are so well known to our Medina county farmers for their stock tonics. Twice a year Simmerman and Bachtell would call on the local farm trade with the Hess and Clark detail man. Both men seem to strive, from every angle, to give their best of their knowledge to the community. The partnership of Simmerman and Bachtell had its inception in 1919.

Park Rexall Drug Shoppe, Harry H. Bachtell, Prop. (1938–1940)

1Co-owner, George Simmerman died in 1938.

2.  In 1940, Harry H. Bachtell moved his drug store one door to the west in the Phoenix Block to #35 South-side Public Square formerly the Ziegler Department Store since 1904.

Gensemer’s Millinery and Yards Goods Store, M. M. Gensemer, Prop., (1940–1951)

1.  Gensemer Store hours are 8:15-5:30, Sat 9-9 in 1940.

2.  O. .E. Meyers sold the building at 110 West Washington Street to M. M. Gensemer and he built a concrete office to the rear, installed a new store front and remodeled the 1400 square foot sales room in 1951, but Gensemer did not move his store, because he died during the renovation of the store.

3.  Gensemer Yard Goods Store was sold to Rittman Department Store and proprietors Clyde Ambrose and Homer Moore will sell the stock in 1951.

Rickard Insurance Agency, Stanley B. Richard, Prop. (1951–1963)

1.  Daughter and son-in-law, Harry Wilson were Agents.

2.  Richard moved Agency to 116 West Washington Street in 1963.

#36 store front remodeled into Old Phoenix National Bank. (1963)

1.  Phoenix Block remodeled with polished granite front, central door and large electrified sign in 1952.

2.  New marble front and canopy added to Old Phoenix Bank and Bachtell Drug Store fronts and Electric lines were laid under the walks to melt snow in 1963.

This Phoenix Block has served as a home for banking operations for 170 years.

The #36 first floor of the Phoenix Block is now expanded for the lobby and offices of the Old Phoenix National Bank.  For continuing history of the Bank scroll to:

#38 East Washington Street: South Public Square,  Phoenix Block–1848, 1857 and 1870


#37 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block–1845 and 1870, 2nd and 3rd Floors

Medina Insurance Agency, H. G. Blake, Prop. (1852-1872)

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1.  1876 - "Medina has suffered an irreparable loss in the death of an old and influential citizen. Honorable.  H.G. Blake. He was taken sick April 8, with congestion of the lungs which ran into pneumonia and continued to grow worse from day to day till April 16 when he died. The funeral was held on Wednesday. All places of business were closed during the time and the public buildings and business fronts were draped in mourning and on the balcony was displayed the motto, “People's Friend."

Drs. A. C. Smith and Lyman, Physicians, (1854-1857)

Whitmore and Hunt Daguerrian Rooms, J. Whitmore and P. Hunt, Props. (1854-1857)

1.  His pictures are guaranteed not to fade.

Sons of Temperance, Temperance Hall, (1860-1870)

Odd Fellows Hall, I.O.O.F., 3rd Floor, (1860-1878)

1.  Morning Star Lodge No. 26 meets every Monday evening at their Hall on the 3rd Floor.

2.  Officers elected Monday evening, December 31, 1877 were Joseph Andrew, N. H. Bostwick, W. W. Munger, G. W. Hobart, R. W. Clark; Trustees were A. Sanders, T. S. Shaw and W. W. Munger.

Canfield and Pardee, Attorneys, Henry Canfield and Don Pardee, (1860-1863)

Dr. L. S. McCulloch, Dentist, (1860–1870)

1.  Artificial teeth inserted in the most approved style and all dental operations in the best and most durable manner.  Especial attention paid to the preservation of natural teeth.

Charles Castle, Attorney, (1860-1870)

H. W. Floyd, Attorney, (1860-1870)

H. J. Walker, Attorney, (1860-1870)

C. T. Hills and Barney Prentiss, Attorneys, (1860–1863)

Blake and Woodward, Attorneys and Solicitors, H. G. Blake and S. B. Woodward, (1860–1865)

Medina County Gazette – April 1870

1.  At the time of the fire, A. Andrews who slept over Blake and Woodward’s office in Phoenix Block left a watch in his bedroom. The other day, this watch was found in the ruins in the cellar. The case was gone, but the enamel dial was there. Although melted, the hands were still sticking to it. It has stopped 23 minutes to 3 o'clock. A. Washburn on this village made the watch in 1856. He has put in a new main spring and it is now keeping good time.

2.  Another watch has been dug out of the ruins at Phoenix block. It is a lady's gold watch belonging to Mrs. G  A. L. Boult and was carried by Ben. The night of the fire he left it in his vest pocket on his bed in the second story, it went down with the inwards of the building and is in good shape to be preserved as a relic, but of not much use as a watch since it stopped at 3 o'clock."

N. H. Bostwick, Attorney, (1860–1867)

C. T. Hills and H. B. Tiffany, Attorneys, (1863–1867)

R. O. McDowell Insurance Agency, O. V. Neumeyer, Solicitor, (1866–1946)

1.  R. O. McDowell 80-yr-old Insurance Company sold to Stanley B. Rickard in 1946. Agency was in the Phoenix block for 50 years.

C. T. Hills, Attorney, (1867-1870)

Gary and Morris Cigar Factory, (1871–1872)

McDowell Brothers Circulating Library, (1872-1878)

1.  Library is over their drug store.  Any book 10 cents per week in 1872.

2.  Willie Dean sells ice cream in Phoenix Block above the McDowell Drug Store every Saturday evening in 1872.

Shuler Boots and Shoes, Henry Shuler, Prop. (1872-1875)

Leonard Furniture Store, J. F. Leonard, Prop. (1872-1875)

Phoenix Hall, (1878)

1.  Cook and Kroger fresco artists and scenic painters from Cleveland painting 8-10 sets of scenery for Phoenix Hall in 1874. The drop curtain for the Phoenix Hall stage painted in Cleveland with a scene of “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Archibald Willard for $100 in 1871.

2.  The walls painted and kalsomined with a handsome border and two splendid chandeliers with 12 lights each in the Hall in 1878.

S. B. Woodward and A. D. Licey, Attorneys, (1876-1880)

F. H. Durstine, Physician, 1877-1880)

Roller Skating rink at Phoenix Hall, (1881-1885)

1.  The O. H. McDowell Store purchased a good supply of roller skates in 1881 and opened a rink and rented skates for one dime.

Phoenix Hall, (1885)

1.  March 26, 1885, Abbey’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin will appear tomorrow night in Phoenix Hall with a brass band, plus Siberian bloodhounds, donkeys and jubilee singers will be on the program.

S. B. Woodward, Joseph Andrew and A. D. Lichey, Attorneys, (1880-1886)

Joseph Andrew, Attorney, (1886-1894)

1.   Joseph Andrew, lawyer, Medina; was born in Rochester, N. Y., October 4, 1840.  His parents moved to Ohio when he was but 1 year old, and settled on a farm in Sharon Township, Medina Co., where young Andrew grew up, he assisting on the farm and attending school.  In Sept., 1861, he enlisted in the 42d (Garfield's Regiment) O. V. I., he being a private in Company K, and served for two years.  He participated in the battles of Middle Creek, Cumberland Gap, Tazewell, Big Springs, Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg campaign and the other battles of the regiment up to Champion Hills, where he was wounded, from the effects of which he lost his arm.  In the fall of 1863, he returned home and attended school at the Baldwin University at Berea.  In the fall following, he was elected Treasurer of Medina Co., and was re-elected in the fall of 1866, serving all four years.  In 1865, he began reading law with Messrs. Blake and Woodward, of Medina, and was admitted to the bar in the fall of 1867.  In 1869, he was elected Clerk of the court, which position he held for six years, after which he associated in partnership with Mr. S. B. Woodward,

2.  Andrews was a Medina County Prosecuting Attorney.

Joseph and V. R. Andrew, Attorneys, (1894-1899)

Joseph Andrew and Frank W. Woods, Attorneys, (1899-1920)

Miss Opfer Millinery Store, (1900-1914)

Frank W. Sanford, Electrical Engineering and fixture work, (1914-1916)

Dr. W. A. Stanley, Physician, (1915-1916)

J. F. O’Donnell, Attorney, (1915-1916)

Ohio Gas and Electric, C.M. Egland, Manager, (1916-1919)

1.  A room in McDowell Block vacated by Post Office has been fitted up for the Ohio Gas and Electric Company with C.M. England, manager and Miss Gladys Hyde and Mrs. Margaret Forks employees in 1916.

Bishop Millinery Shop, Gertrude Bishop, Prop. (1919-1920)

Floyd E. Stine, James B. Palmquist and Frank W. Wood, Attorneys, (1920–1925)

Bertha Neumeyer, Public Stenography Office, (1920-1925)

1.  Neumeyer is located in McDowell’s Insurance office on 2nd floor over the Phoenix Bank. 

Frank W. Woods, Attorney, (1925–1927)

Blake Hendrickson Insurance Agency, sold to C. D. Rickard (1926)

Willard P. Ainsworth, Attorney, (1927-1943)

1.  Ainsworth leased rooms in Phoenix Block vacated by Frank W. Woods law office.

Edward H. Deibel and Ralph E. Snedden, Attorneys, (1934–1938)

Blue Room Beauty Salon, Sarah McKee, Prop. (1940–1942)

Blue Room Beauty Salon, Catherine Betz, Prop. (1942-1948)

Medina County Historical Society in room temporarily. (1942–1942)

Rickard Insurance Agency, Stanley B. Richard, Agent, (1946–1949)

Adjustapost, Lester Atkins, Manager, (1947–1948)

Lest Akins Realty, Lester Atkins, Prop. (1945–1948)

Mack Gilbert, Attorney, (1948-1952)

C .L.  Neuzil, Accountant, (1948-1952)

Irvin S. Strong, Attorney, (1948-1952)

William G. Batchelder Jr. Attorney, (1948-1952)

American Red Cross, (1948–1952)

K of P Hall, 3rd Floor, (1948–1952)

Medina Credit Bureau, Joe Witenhafer, Owner- Prop. (1949–1954)

YMCA, Young Men’s Christian Association, 3rd Floor, (1952-1958)

1.  Y. M. C. A. was formed in Medina in 1907.

Society for Handicapped Children, (1955-1956)

Roy Kruggel Realty, (1956-1957)

Wilson Realty, John J. Wilson, Broker, (1956–1959)

1.  A. L. Caylor, Harry Wilson and Roy Kruggel, Salesman.

Gibbs Insurance Agency, James Gibbs, Prop. (1958–1962)

Hunter Insurance Agency, Howard Hunter, Prop. (1963–1967)

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1.  Hunter moved to 702 N Court Street in 1967.

Kay’s Yarn Shoppe, (1966-1969)

Dannley and Griesinger, Dennis Dannley and Charles Griesinger, Attorneys, (1963–1971)

Griesinger and Jeandrevin, Charles Griesinger and John Jeandrevin, Attorneys, (1971-1980)

Theodore J. Lesiak, Attorney, (1999–2007)

Jennifer Hensel, Attorney, (1999–2009)

Oberholtzer, Filous and Lesiak, Attorneys, (1999–2018)

Michelle Slimak, Attorney, (2000–2006)

Phillip Henry, Attorney, (2000–2006)

Kimberly J. Timer, Attorney, (2004–2006)

Alicia M.  Hathcock, Attorney, (2007–2007)

Leadership Medina Offices, Colleen Rice, Prop. (2007–2018)

First Merit Private Client Services, (2007–2016)


#38 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block–1848, 1857 and 1870

Note: The Blake private banking offices began in 1857 in the H. G. Blake Dry Goods and General Store in the Phoenix Block at #35 East Washington Street, (1847–1857)

In 1873, after the village fire and the rebuilding of the Phoenix Block, the now chartered Phoenix National Bank moved the offices to #38 East Washington Street still in the Phoenix Block.

In 1963, the #36 first floor of the Phoenix Block is now expanded for the lobby and offices of the Old Phoenix National Bank. 

In 1968, the entire first floor of the Phoenix Block is now expanded for the lobby and offices of the Old Phoenix National Bank.

For continuity Beyond the Storefronts will have the history of the Old Phoenix National Bank and its successors listed on this location from 1848 to present.

Phoenix National Bank, H. G. Blake, Cashier, (1857–1872)

1.   An orphan, Harrison Grey Blake -- better known as H. G. Blake around the Medina community -- founded the old Phoenix Bank in Medina, Ohio in 1857 as a private banking institution.

2.  Blake initially bought a general store and added an iron cage, or safe, to the back room, thus creating a bank.

3.  The three story building had other businesses on the first floor, while the second floor was used for office space, and the third floor housed a social club and a 500-seat theater

Phoenix National Bank, James H. Albro, President, H.G. Blake, Cashier, (1873-1876)

1.   In 1873, Mr. Blake converted the bank into a regular stock organization charted as a National bank under the United States banking laws, under the name of the Phoenix National Bank.

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2.  The histories of the great financial institutions of the world, if written separately, were a large part of the earthly record, and so of a nation, a city or a village. Without sound financial institutions we should he like a ship without a rudder or a compass, wandering aimlessly about upon the great sea of business, the victim of the winds of bankruptcy and the waves of financial ruin.

3.  The Phoenix National Bank had its origin in the minds of some of the best and ablest business men in this section of the state. Men whom a wide range of business relations had fitted to manage successfully the institution they sought to establish. With such men as these to manage the affairs, its success was assured from the start.

4.  The charter which was issued by the United States on February 10, 1873 authorized a capital stock of S50, 000.00 which was increased to $75,000.00 a few years later.

5. The officers chosen were J. H. Albro, president, H. G. Blake, cashier. The boards of directors were J. H. Albro, H. G. Blake, John Rounds, S. G. Barnard, B. H. Wood, N. T. Burnham, R. M. McDowell, A. H. Hawley and C. J. Warner.

6.  The 1st installment of currency for the Phoenix National Bank is in circulation May 2, 1873.

7.  Blake added a platform just outside the pavement on the north side of his block to make it easier to hitch horses in 1874.

8.  In 1876, "Medina has suffered an irreparable loss in the death of an old and influential citizen Honorable H.G. Blake. He was taken sick April 8, with congestion of the lungs   which ran into pneumonia and continued to grow worse from day to day till April 16 when he died  The funeral was held Wednesday. All places of business were closed during   the time, and the public buildings and business fronts were draped in mourning, and on the balcony was displayed the motto, “People's Friend."

9.  The attendance at the funeral was large amounting to thousands, and was conducted without display or ostentation, the demonstration throughout; being a spontaneous   tribute of respect to the memory of the friend and neighbor who has passed away.

10.  Rev. A.T. Reed, pastor of the Congregational, Church, preached a brief and impressive   sermon. At the request of the friends addresses were also made by J.H. Qreene, Rev. B. J. Hoadley and Governor Edgerton of Akron. The pall bearers were: S. B.  Woodward, G. W. Lewis, W. G. Tilley, W. T. Burnham, C. J. Warner, Vim. R. Alden, G. A. L. Boult and S. G. Barnard. S. H. Bradley superintended."

Phoenix National Bank, James H. Albro, President Robert M. McDowell, Cashier, (1876-1893)

1.   After an honorable career of 20 years, during which the business and importance of the Bank steadily increased, the charter expired by limitation and in taking out a new charter the name was changed to the Old Phoenix National Bank.

Old Phoenix National Bank, President Robert M. McDowell, B. Hendrickson, Cashier, (1893-1897)

1.  This charter, which on the U. S. Treasury Department records was No. 209f, expired in 1895. Not wishing a new charter for the old organization, a change was made in the name and a new charter which is recorded as No. 4842 was issued to The Old Phoenix National Bank. This charter, issued in 1893, will expire in 1913.

2.  In the new organization nearly the same men are at the helm as in the old. They are all men of sterling integrity and good financial ability, and under this management the bank continues to flourish the same as under the former management. Under the present charter the officers and directors are as shown above.

3.  The capital stock is $75,000.00 and there is a surplus fund of $6,000.00, undivided profits of over $5,500.00, and deposits of over $5,000.00. This last named item shows the confidence the public has in the soundness and stability of this institution.

4.  Four per cent interest is paid on all deposits in the savings department. The public is always sure of considerate and courteous treatment when doing business with this, the oldest, the strongest and soundest financial institution in Medina county.

Old Phoenix National Bank, President, Baxter H. Wood, B. Hendrickson, Cashier, (1897-1898)

Old Phoenix National Bank, President, Joseph Andrew, B. Hendrickson, Cashier, (1898-1915)

1.  In January, 1898, the annual election of officers and directors was held and Joseph Andrew succeeded Baxter H. Wood as President, Okey H. McDowell was elected Vice President and B. Hendricks remained Cashier.

Old Phoenix National Bank, Blake Mc Dowell, President, (1916-1931)

1.  The Old Phoenix National Bank of Medina in Ohio printed $1,340,810 dollars’ worth of national currency. Over $1,000,000 face value is a lot of money. However, some types and denominations of currency from this bank could still be rare.

2.  That printing period is a fairly normal life span for a national bank during its life, The Old Phoenix National Bank of Medina issued 13 different types and denominations of national currency.

3The Old Phoenix National Bank of Medina was located in Medina County. It was assigned charter number 4842.

4.  The Old Phoenix National Bank of Medina also printed 232 sheets of Type1 1929 $20 national bank notes. That may sound like a very small number, and it is. However, when it comes to small size notes, that print range usually allows for a handful of survivors. Andrew Jackson is featured on the front of each 1929 $20 bill.

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Old Phoenix National Bank, Clyde E. Jones, President, (1931–1945)

1.  This national bank opened in 1893 and stopped printing money in 1935, which equals a 43 year printing period.

2.  That printing period is a fairly normal life span for a national bank during its life, The Old Phoenix National Bank of Medina issued 13 different types and denominations of national currency.

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Old Phoenix National Bank, Elbridge F. Gibbs, President, (1945-1955)

1.  In 1952, Phoenix Block remodeled with polished granite front, central door and large electrified sign.

2.  The first expansion was in 1951 with the purchase of the Seville State Bank

Old Phoenix National Bank, Paul M Jones, President, (1955-

1.   In 1957, the Old Phoenix National Bank celebrated their 100th anniversary since the founding of the bank in 1857 by Harrison G. Blake.

2.   New marble front and canopy added to Old Phoenix Bank and Bachtell Drug Store fronts and Electric lines were laid under the walks to melt snow in 1963.

3.  In 1965 the Sharon Banking Company was purchased and an Old Phoenix National Bank was established.

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Old Phoenix National Bank, Ted McDowell, President, (

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Old Phoenix National Bank, David B. Jones, President, (1976-1981)

1.   David B. Jones began his Old Phoenix National Bank career as a comptroller and was named President in 1976.

2.   As President, Mr. Jones oversaw growth of the bank to 14 branches, $350 million in assets and an equal amount under trust department management.

First Bancorporation of Ohio, David B. Jones, President, (1981–1994)

1.In 1981, First National Bank of Ohio and Old Phoenix National Bank of Medina merged into First Bancorporation of Ohio (First Ohio).

2.  The next year, First Bancorporation of Ohio purchased the Twinsburg Banking Company.

First Merit Bank Corporation, George Paidas, President, (1994-

1.  Following the 1995 purchase of CIVISTA Corporation in Canton, Ohio, parent of Citizens Savings. the holding company name changed from First Bancorporation of Ohio to First Merit Corporation.

First Merit Bank Corporation, (2009-2016)

1.  First Merit made two deals in 2009 with St. Louis-based First Bank and its affiliate for 24 Chicago-area branches with $1.2 billion in deposits and for the affiliates' asset-based loans.

2.  In 2010, the acquired First Banks are either closed or converted into First Merit branches. Expansion into Chicago continued that year with the acquisition of George Washington Savings Bank and Midwest Bank and Trust, both failed banks.

3.  In 2013, First Merit made its last big acquisition buying Citizens Republic Bancorp of Flint, Mich

4.  That increased First Merit's size from $15 billion to $24 billion in assets.

5.  First Merit has 4,000 employees, and $25 billion in assets and 367 branches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.

6.  First Merit Bank has 169 branches and 224 ATM machines serving mainly Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. 

7.  It continues to maintain a branch on Medina Square at the site of the first Old Phoenix Bank.

Huntington Bank. (2016–2018)

1.   In a monster deal between two of Ohio's largest banks, Huntington Bank of Columbus is catapulting to the national stage by buying First Merit Corp. of Akron for $3.4 billion.

2.  The 2016 merger will create a bank with nearly $100 billion in assets and about 1,000 branches in eight states, with a huge concentration in Ohio and Michigan.

Huntington Bank representatives (from left) Steve VanDette, Medina branch business manager; Ron Paydo, Medina branch community president; Carrie Russell, Medina branch community manager; Kevin Rych, Medina branch business banker, Ron Paydo, and Dan Miksch, client advisor, presented a number of historical photos and a painting from the Old Phoenix Bank collection to the Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum Oct. 18, 2017.  

Huntington Bank representatives (from left) Steve VanDette, Medina branch business manager; Ron Paydo, Medina branch community president; Carrie Russell, Medina branch community manager; Kevin Rych, Medina branch business banker, Ron Paydo, and Dan Miksch, client advisor, presented a number of historical photos and a painting from the Old Phoenix Bank collection to the Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum Oct. 18, 2017.


This Phoenix Block has served as a home for banking operations for 170 years.

#39-41 East Washington Street: Whitmore Block-c.-1848, Phoenix Block-1870

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Tolman and Curtis Drug, Grocery and General Merchandise, Dr. L. D. Tolman and George R. Curtis, Props. (1848-1851)

1.  Proprietors dissolved their partnership in 1851 and Curtis remained the business owner at the present location.

Curtis Drugs, Grocery and Book Store, George R. Curtis, Prop., (1851–1855)

1.  Curtis sold his business to Lyman and Armstrong in 1855.

Milestone Saddle and Harness Maker, Peter Milestone, Prop., (1856–1859)

Whitmore Jewelry and Watch Store, Joseph Whitmore, Prop., (1857–1916)

United States Post Office, Mrs. Hendrickson, Postmaster, (1870–1886)

1.  1875-Our Post Office is still flourishing under direction of our worthy post marm, Mrs., Hendrickson, who has her son, Blake, as a deputy is consumptive, but capable, emaciated but efficient.

2.  C. C. Williams Clothing Store rented front part of Post Office and moved in 1871.

Whiteside Paper and Stationary Store, A. R. Whiteside, Prop. (1872-1880)

1.  Whiteside rented the front part of the Post Office and has a general news agency with daily papers and magazines for sale.

2.  In 1916, Village needs a new Post Office and has outgrown the Phoenix Block location. McDowells own it and offer to add addition if they will stay. Post Office left 1916.

3.  W. E. Griesinger wants the Post Office in his lot on South Court north of the Methodist Church and will grade it for a building. Post Office goes to the Hobart block in 1916.

United States Post Office, Egbert Green, Postmaster, (1886-1916)

1.  The first mail carrier service was established in 1901, when five rural routes were created.

2.  Two city routes were started in 1907, since the population of Medina had then increased to 2,500 people.

3.  The 1st telegraph office was installed in Old Phoenix block on west side next to William Asire Furniture Store.

Tuttle’s Rexall Drug Store, J. W. Tuttle, Prop. (1916–1919)

1.  Tuttle moved from the H. J. Walker Block on South Court Street in 1916.

J. W. Tuttle and Harry H. Bachtell

J. W. Tuttle and Harry H. Bachtell

The #39-41 first floor of the Phoenix Block is now expanded for the lobby and offices of the Old Phoenix National Bank.  For continuing history of the Bank scroll to:

#38 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block–1848, 1857 and 1870


#43 East Washington Street, South Side Public Square, Chidester House Hotel-1857, Leach Block-1878

Kimball Livery Stables, George Kimball, Prop. (1854-1870)

Mansion House Hotel, W. R. and W. B. Chidester, Props. (1854-1860)

Chidester House Hotel, W. R. and W. B. Chidester, Props. (1860–1867)

John Berry Barbershop in Chidester House Hotel, (1860-1867)

1.  1867 Burglary; The Chidester House at Medina was entered on Thursday night of last week through a window and sliver ware to the amount of some $75.00 was taken from the pantry.  Suspicious resting upon R. F. Gibson, a pretended book agent and Edwin Dean, who was hunting for a lost Aunt in Medina County so, they were watched.

2.  They paid their bill in the morning before the theft and said they were going west; but were seen by several individuals in the evening about 9 or 10 o’clock in town.  But they could be no where be found in the morning by the Sheriff,

Park Hotel, Spaulding and Reese, Prop. (1867–1870)

1.  In 1867, Spaulding and Reese of Cleveland have made arrangements to open the Chidester House Hotel on a new plan.  It will be called the Park House Hotel, and will be opened May 21, 1867 in time for court.  Four loads of nice furniture arrived yesterday for the Park House Hotel.

Jackson Millinery and Fancy Goods Store, Mrs. O. M. Jackson, Prop. (1867-1870)

1.  Addie Jackson opened a new millinery store after the 1870 fire in the Commercial Block on the west-side of Public Square.

U. S. Post Office was in the old Chidester House or Park Hotel, (1857–1870)

Vacant Lots, (1870–1878) All frame buildings destroyed in the 1870 Village fire.

1.  In 1871 H. G. Blake bought the Chidester lots from A. Houck that extend from the Phoenix Block to the Canfield lot.

2.  A new stone sidewalk is needed just east of the post office.  That old brickbat foot-trap has been the cause of so much profanity that will take all the tears of all the angles to blot the record out!

O. N. Leach Clothier, O. N. Leach, Prop., (1878–1921)

1.  In 1872, Mr. Leach came to Medina, and opened business in the Empire Block, and later moved to the Dental Block, but, not having sufficient space to accommodate his trade, in the fall of 1878, built his present brick store, thus securing an elegant room, 24½x80 feet, in which he has placed a mammoth stock.

2.  Prominent among the many advantages he offers the trade, is his one-price cash system, which unites satisfaction and cheapness for the buyer. 

3.  Mr. Leach has also an admirably managed custom department that cannot fail to be appreciated by all who love a snug fit.

1.  In 1878, O. N. Leach is building a business block on the vacant lot east of Phoenix Block.

2.  This was the site of the Chidester House before the 1870 fire. The only gap left after the fire.

Leach and Gunkelman Clothcraft Store, O. N. Leach and Robert F.Gunkelman, Props. (1921-1923)

Gunkelman and Indoe Clothing, Robert F. Gunkelman and Albert E. Indoe, Props. (1923–1943)

Gunkelman Men and Boys Clothes, Robert F. Gunkelman, Prop., (1943–1972)

The store was occupied by Leach, Gunkelman and Indoe as a clothing store for 94 years.

The store was occupied by Leach, Gunkelman and Indoe as a clothing store for 94 years.

United States Army and Navy Recruiters Service, (1972-1976)

Vacant, (1977-1979)

Round Records, (1980–1981)

Vacant, (1982–2000)

Washington Properties, Michael Rose, President, (2001–2003)

Vacant, (2004–2006)

United States Army and Navy Recruiters Service, (2009-2016)


#43.5 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Chidester House Hotel-1857, Leach Block-c.1878, 2nd Floor Professional Offices

Dr. L. S. Smith, Dentist, (1872-1880)

Cohen Barbershop, Edward Cohen, Prop. (1877-1880)

1.  Mr. Ed Cohen wishes to inform the public at large that he is located one door east of the Post Office, and is prepared to do anything in his line.  Shaving, hair cutting and shampooing; also razors honed.  Dealer in cigars and tobacco.  Everything warranted.

Dr. J. L. Bean, Homoeopathist, (1880-1893)

Dr. Abner P. Nichols, Dentist, (1894-1895)

Dr. W. E. Kneale, Physician and Surgeon, (1905-?)

Acme Engraving Company, Arcade, (1911-?)

C. L. Ballinger, Osteopath in (1926-?)

Milton Rabine, Orthodontists, (1948-1963)

Dr. Samuel R Caplowe, Chiropodist, (1948-?)

Nathan .I Galin, Sanford F. Aron, Robert Rath Dentist’s, (1948–1963)

Vacant, (1963-1971)

Victor’s Records and Boutique, (1974-?)

Carstan’s Casuals, (1981–1982)

Headquarters to Re-elect Mayor Lamb, (1985-1985)

Color Consultant, (1985-1988)

De’s Country Effects, (1988–1992)

Glass Originals Gallery, (1993–1994),

Square Card Shoppe, (1995–1995)

Creations of the Past, (1996–1999)

Linda’s Clothes Closet, (1997–1988)

Jouster’s Pub, Arcade, (1998–2000)

Demarco Mortgage Associates, (2002–2003)

Vintage Frame Studio, Arcade, (2003–2004),

Mid-Americans ITS LLC, (2003-2006)

Comfort Keepers, (2003–2007)

Gatewood Design Works, (2006–2007)

Wind and Sea Ltd, (2000–2007)

Square Violins, (2005–2013)

Cleveland Violins, (2005-2011)

T. R. Trans Acquisition Inc., (2009–2014)

Manners Management Company, 2010–2013)

Proficio Mortgage Ventures, (2012-2013)


#44 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Arcade-1974, Marketplace-1996

Alene’s Beauty Salon, (1974-1976)

Wilma’s Card Shop, (1974-1977)

Wine Hobby USA, (1974-1976)

Woodshed of Medina, (1974-1977)

Mary-Mary of Medina, (1974–1979)

Bix’s Restaurant, Jim and Jeff Bixby, Prop. (1974–1991)

A favorite watering hole in the 70's and 80's.  Jim had a drink called the Mack Vault2 that was a chocolate concoction that tasted great on a hot day.

All American Driver Education, (1974–1976)

Felicitations, (1976-1978)

Beauty Parlor, (1976–1982)

Dean Steigerwald, Attorney, 2nd Floor, (1978–1981)

Arcade Frames and Prints, (1978–1981)

Gem Craft, Edward Rodamaker, Owner, (1982–2014)

Record Bin, (1982-1985)

Country Squire Tobacconist, (1982-1986)

Silver Tree, (1982-1985)

Granny’s Attic, (1988–1990)

Gary Moreland, Attorney, (1985-1988)

Ohio Bar Title Insurance Co. (1985-1988)

Uptown Racquets, (1986-1988)

K. L.  Mcartor, Attorney, (1982-1988)

CMC Gallery , (1991–1991)

Creative Marketing Consultants, (1990–1991)

Expressions Cards, (1990–1992)

Creations of the Past, (1990-1995)

Coffees Pub, (1992–1992)

H. O. Trerice Company. (1992–1992)

Crafters Boutique, (1992-1994)

Claims Management, (1993–1993)

Mike’s On the Square 2 Restaurant, (1993–2000)

Panther 2 Transportation, (1994–2004)

Cherry Blossoms Photograph, (1996–1996)

My Dolls, (1996–1996)

Downtown Tobacco, (1996-2001)

Town Square Travel, (1998-2014)

Sparrow Art Gallery and Studio, Aurelia Ford Martin, Artist/Owner (2014-2016)

Bella Sorrella’s Salon, (2010-2016)


#45 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Chidester House Hotel-1857, Munson Block–1878

1.  The Chidester House Hotel was a 2-story brick building where the Leach and Munson Blocks are now and was operated by William Chidester.

2.  The east side of the Chidester House Hotel was the United States Post Office with Charley Bostwick, Postmaster and Mark Ferrio, Assistant Postmaster

3.  In the west side of the Hotel was milliner and dressmaker parlors of Mrs. O. H.  Blackford and Mrs. David Briggs.

4.  After it was abandoned as a hotel, Mrs. Houck, an aged and thrifty German woman, ran it as a saloon for several years.

Hobart Tin, Hardware and Stoves Store, William H. Hobart, Prop., (1878-1899)

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1.  William H. Hobart was born in Medina in 1848 and moved his tin shop here in 1878 to 1898 when he sold it to Munson when he was elected Medina County Auditor.

Munson Hardware Store, Albert Munson, Prop., (1899–1911)

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1.  Munson store opened in 1885 in the Union Block by Judge Albert Munson who bought it from S. H. Bradley.

2.  Albert Munson repair and change barn at rear of store occupied by Ben Schlabach Livery to be 2 floors, 60’ x 35’ hardware storehouse and workshop in 1900.

3.  The alley behind A. Munson’s storewas concreted in 1911.

4.  Walter J. Fenton worked for the Munson’s for the entire 53-year existence of the store.

Employees Fenton, Kernan and Mrs. Sargent

Employees Fenton, Kernan and Mrs. Sargent

5.  Charles Kern came to work at Munson from Oatman Hardware in 1908.

Munson Hardware Store, Lyman Munson, Prop. (1911-1913)

1.  Albert passed away in 1911 and Lyman was proprietor until his death in 1913.

Munson and Son Hardware Store, Cora Munson Blakeslee, Props. (1913–1939)

1.  Albert Munson’s new advertisement of hardware, stoves, etc., announces the firm name of the business as A. Munson and Son. Lyman a young man of energy, industry, and honesty starts on his business career under favorable auspices.

2.  Cora Munson Blakeslee a proprietor since 1913 on the death of brother Lyman will retire in 1939.

The store was occupied by Hobart and Munson as a hardware store for 61 years.

Medina Furniture Company Store, Max Rogovy, Prop., (1940–1948)

1.  Medina Furniture Company in the Munson Block modernized the front and center door with plate glass display windows in 1940 and they double space by expanding into vacant 2nd floor.

2.  They asks owner Cora Blakeslee to tear down old tin shop at rear for a new furniture warehouse.

3.  Rogovy to raze large warehouse built in 1870 behind store, known as #45 Munson Court and replace it with a modern L-shaped fireproof concrete block warehouse.

4.  In 1945, Max Rogovy bought the Munson Block where he has Medina Furniture Store.

Medina Furniture Store, Jesse Greenberger, Prop. (1948–1968)

1.  Medina Furniture Store building sold to Attorney James B. Palmquist in 1964.

Hallmark Furniture, (1966–1969)

Vacant, (1969-1971)

Village Antique and Card Shoppe, (1972–1973)

Interior Design Studios, Mark Roberts, Prop.  (1974–1981)

1.  Interior Design Studios moved their business next door to #47 South Public Square in 1981.

Leslie Lee Jewelers, (1992-1997)

Town Square Travel, Cindy Cutlip, Prop. (1998-2009)

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The Tangerine Parlor, Janna Benson, Prop. (2009–2010)

OneLuckyDog Bakery, Stacey, Prop. (2011–2017)

1.  At our store we carry great natural solutions for stress, joint issues, and supplements for skin and coat issues.  I am certainly not a Veterinarian but I have researched dog health issues and I know from 20 years of experience what solutions work and those that are simply a waste of time and money.


#45.5 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Munson Block–1878, 2nd Floor Professional Offices

Dr. S. J. Smith, Surgeon Dentist and Physician, (1865-1870)

W. B. Croft, Physician and Surgeon, (1886-1895)

Dr. G. D. Billings, Dentist, (1894-1909)

1.  Consultations always free and all operations are first-class.

Dr. H. P. H. Robinson, Physician and Surgeon, (1909-1914)

1.  Dr. Robinson moved to office rooms over Munson Hardware vacated by Dr. G. C. Billings in 1909.

2.  Dr. Robinson moved his medical offices to his residence at #72 East Public Square in 1914.

Omar O. Van Deusen and F. M. Plank, Real Estate and Insurance, (1915-1918)

George M. Buchanan, Columbia Life Insurance Agency, (1920- 1930)

Unknown Proprietors, (1931-1943)

C. W. Reinhardt, Accountant, (1943-1951)

Otis Cronk, Accountant, (1948-1951)

A. N. Whitter, Manufacturers Agent, (1951–1952)

Cronk and Reinhardt, Otis Cronk and C. W. Reinhardt, Accountants, (1952–1957)

2nd Floor used for storage and sales rooms (1957-1971)

Henry Smith Agency, (1971-1974)

La Fontaine Management Services, (1971-1973)

Harry E. Van Horsten, Attorney, (1971–1993)

Minnesota Title Agency of Medina Inc., (1971–1974)

Urban Research and Planning Inc., (1973–1974)

Gordon Beach, Attorney, (1973-1974)

Bruce D. Parish, Attorney, (1974–1975)

1.  He moved from 53 Public Square in 1974.

City Title Company of Medina, (1974–1979)

Robert Schultz Jr., Attorney, (1974–1985)

National Land Title Company, (1976–1979)

U.S. Army Recruiting Station, (1976-1988)

Louisville Title Company, Inc., Thomas Wolfe, Manager, (1976–1989)

Thomas E. Wolfe Insurance Agency, (1976–1989)

All American Inc., Field Services and Havco Corporation, (1976–1978)

Medina County Democratic Headquarters, (1976–1981)

Dean R. Steigerwald, (1979-1981)

Ohio Bar Title Insurance Company, (1979–1981)

Arlene B. Huber, Attorney, (1979–1981)

Kenneth L. Mc Artor, Attorney, (1979–1981)

Medina Court Reporters, (1979–1981)

United Way of Medina, (1981-1982)) 

Eric D, Ritz, Attorney, (1982–1985)

Reginald S. Kramer, Attorney, (1982–1985)

Diana B. Menn, CS, (1982–1985)

Christopher J. Collier, Attorney, (1985–1988)

A. F. S. Design Consultants, (1982–1988)

Brad Gessner, Attorney, (1985-1988)

John J. Lohn, Attorney, (1985-1988)

Phoenix Title Agency, (1985–1988) 

Rus Vladimir Company, LPA, (1986–1988)

Russo Dorcas, Attorney, (1986–1988)

Edmond Bowers, Attorney, (1987–1989)

Real Estate Title Service Corporation, (1989–1991)

P. F. Maynard, (1990–1991)

James A. Bixby, (1992–1992)

Eugene W. Bixby, (1992–2000)

William Thorne, Attorney, (1992–1993)

Heiss and Associates, (1993–1993)

OH Reality Advisors, (2002-2003)

Physicians Insurance Specialists, (2003-2003) 

Securities America, Inc., (2003–2003)

TLC Home Care Agency, (2002–2003)

Investors Royal Alliance, (2004–2005)

Andrew M. Korduba, Attorney, (2005–2008)

Vestige Ltd., (2005-2011)

Terrence Leland Custom Furnishings, (2006–2008)

Christopher Freeman, Attorney, (2009–2011)

David V. Gedrock, Attorney, (2009–2016)

Wiles, Byle, Burkholder, and Bumgardner Company, (2012–2013)  

Blue Velvet, (2013–2014)

Isaac Wiles Burkholder and TTR, LLC, (2014-2015)    

Bonezzi, Switzer, Polito and Hupp Co., LPA, Brian Kerns, Prop. (2016-Present)

Brian Kerr, Attorney, (2016-Present)

David V. Gedrock, Attorney, (2016-Present)


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#47 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Reinhardt Block-1880

1.  1878 - "With the letting of the contract to build the Town Hall and Engine House, by the village council other buildings will also be put up on the only spot left vacant by the great fire of 1870.

2.  O. N. Leach will build a two story brick store adjoining the Phoenix block. Between that and the town hall there are two lots, one of which has been bought by A. D. Faust, who will build a two story, brick building.

3.  The other Lot will probably be sold to parties who will build on it, and thus the entire space will be closed up with a row of brick business houses."

Reinhardt Bakery and Candy Shop, George. W. Reinhardt, Prop. (1880–1930)

1.  A. D. Faust sold his new building adjoining Town Hall to G. W. Reinhardt the baker in 1880.

2.  A new stone walk installed in front of the Reinhardt block in 1880 and a new glass store front added on the Reinhardt’s store in 1893.

3.  The Odd Fellows had an oyster supper at Reinhardt’s bakery Monday night after going through their regular business and initiating a candidate in 1886.

4.  A generation ago most business blocks had balconies, but now the last in Medina Village on the Reinhardt Block is gone in 1926.

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Reinhardt Grocery Store, George W. Reinhardt, Prop. (1930–1936)

I.  In 1936 Reinhardt’s bakery closed. Business founded by George W. Reinhardt in 1873 in the Empire Block and now more than 60 years ago.

         The Store was occupied as a grocery, bakery and confectionary store for 56 years.

Abrams’s Men’s Clothing Store, Albert Abrams Prop. (1937–1969)

1.  Abrams moved into the bakery store from his previous store location at #11 West Public Square and remodel the store with a new glass front in 1937.

2.  Beginning Thursday December 1, 1968 and for the balance of the week the Abrarns Clothing and Shoe store is observing the formal opening of its newly enlarged, refurnished and redecorated quarters.

3.  By removing the shoe department of the store to a large room between the clothing and hat department and the alteration department has materially added to the floor space of the establishment.

4.   The addition of blond maple show cases and fixture together with chrome and red leather chairs and settees has greatly increased the eye appeal of the interior of the store.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, (1969–1971)

Robert’s Village Jewelers, (1971–1973)

Totero’s Jewelers, (1974–1980)

Interior Design Studios and JK Gifts, Mark Roberts, Prop. (1981–2007)

1.  Roberts moved the Studios to 205 South Court Street in 2007.

Contemporary Photography, (2008–2008)

Medina Oriental Rugs, (2009–2011)

Posh Peacock, (2011–2014)

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Something’s Popping, Lorene Hocevar, Prop. (2014–Present)