West Smith Road/South Elmwood Street

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#111 West Smith Road: Neumeyer Bldg.-1903, Basement

Connor and Newton Auto and Sign Painting Shop, M. A. Connor and Herb Newton, Props. (1914-1915)

1.  M. A. Connor and Herbert Newton opened a carriage, auto and sign painting shop in the basement of the Neumeyer Block when the bowling alley was removed in 1914.

R. A. Loehr Automobile Office and Store Room, (1915-1921)

A small factory opened in the Neumeyer Block making sanitary folding mattresses out of feather beds. (1921-1928)

Lilly Hull Sewing School, (1929-1931)

Wright Books Office Supplies and Burpee Seeds, M. T. Wright, Prop. (1931–1933)

1.  M.T. Wright left the business in 1931.  Robert Searles took over Wright’s Book Store in 1933.

Wright Book Store, Robert Searles, Prop. (1933-1936)

George D. Laurenz Carburetor Repair, (1936–1943)

1.  Laurenz moved his business to 136-140 South Elmwood in 1943.

Stanley E. Mersing Auto Carburetor and Ignition Service, (1943-1958)

Blaine Photo Studio, (1943–1945)

North Photo Studio, John North, Prop. (1945–1948)

Lawrence Abbott Photo Studio, (1948–1951)

Stanley E. Mersing Tractor Sales, (1959-1965)

Vacant, (1966-1967) 

Medina City Schools Work Study Program, George Hambley, (1968-1970)

Seventh Day Adventist Community Service Center, (1971-1982)

Vacant, (1982-1987)

Cornerstone Chapel, (1988-1993)

Vacant, (1994-2000)

Truth Baptist Church, (2001-2001)

Vacant, (2002-2016)

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#113 West Smith Road: Gill and Dreher Bldg.-1925

Shaw Machine Shop, F. E. Shaw, Prop. (1895-1900)

1.  F. E. Shaw sold machine shop to Medina Mfg. Company in 1900.

Medina Manufacturing Company, (1900-1923)

1.  Company will make the windmill formerly made by C. O. Weidman.

2.  Medina Manufacturing Company stock was sold to various parties and mostly to A. I. Root who got $1,000 in  stock in 1904.

3.  A partnership of R .B. Hart, C. E. Hoover, James G. Gray, O. H. McDowell, Blake McDowell, J. D. Dannley, C. O. Weidman, S. S. Oatman and Dr. G. J. Damon

4.  The Company was making 50 electric flat irons and mangles a day. They were a prize winner at the Cleveland Electric Show in 1922.

.5.  Medina Manufacturing Company sold for $51,000 in 1923.

Gill and Dreher Machine Shop, John Gill and Romey Dreher, Props. (1925–1946)

1.  E. C. Miner Brunswick blacksmith business sold the business making OK swabbing and baling tractors to Gill and Dreher, Miner has made 225 tractors from 1925 to 1930.

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2.  The building was built in a few short days in 1925, and became a machine shop. John Gill and Romey Dreher were the original owners of the building, but in 1946, they passed the machine shop on to Henry Arnold "Bovie" Overholt. The business was best known for its swab rigs.

Medina Auto Parts, Edwin Morse, Prop. (1928–1930)

1.  Gill rented a small room for Edwin Morse’s use as an auto parts store.

Medina Machine Shop, Bovie Overholt, Prop. (1946–1970)

1.  Bovie Overholt build up the business, and it continued expanding and changing. The business focused on improving the swabbing rigs, and by 1970, it became so successful it had to move to a larger location three miles south on Rt. 3, where they continued the evolution of the swabbing rig.

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Tri-County Lift Truck Service, (1971-1974)

All Season Sports Center, Inc. (1974-1976)

Machine and Tool Accessories Company, (1976-1977)

Ohio Fuel Gas Company, (1978-1981)

Vit-Com Electric Construction Company, (1981-1987)

Tri County Electric Inc, (1988-2003)

Vacant, (2004-2008)

Cana Wine and Martini Bar, Tom Virosteck, Prop. (2009-2011)

1.  After extensive remodeling, including adding a staircase and an entire floor, Cana Wine and Martini bar opened in the building.

Vacant, (2012-2012)

Thyme 2 Restaurant, John Kolar., Prop. (2013-2017)

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1.  After Cana closed down, Thyme 2 moved into the building and it became a hit dual-concept restaurant.

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#119 West Smith Road: Huffman Bldg.-1913

Eggleston Blacksmith Shop, W. F. Eggleston, Prop. (1875-1882)

1.  Eggleston shop 2nd building west of South Court Street opposite Hickox factory in 1882.

Eggleston Blacksmith Shop, Charles Eggleston, Prop. (1882-1897

Huffman Brothers Blacksmith Shop, Elmer and John Huffman, Props. (1898-1905)

Huffman Blacksmith Shop, John Huffman, Prop. (1905- 1913)

1.  John takes over the blacksmith shop do to illness of Elmer Huffman in 1905.

2.  John Huffman former blacksmith for F. J. Tibbitts built a concrete block blacksmith shop between Medina Carpet works and Roy Oatman’s machine shop in 1913.

3.  John Huffman sold lots #363 and #365 to William H. Overholt in 1915.

F. J. Tibbitts Blacksmith Shop, (1913-1917)

1..  Charles F. Davis purchased Tibbitt’s blacksmith shop in 1917.

2.  Davis Blacksmith Shop, Charles F. Davis, Prop. (1917-1923)

Wilt Radio Shop, Loran Wilt, Prop. (1924-1925)

1.  Loren Wilt opened a radio shop in the blacksmith shop on West Smith Road in 1924 and will be remodeled in 1925.

Earl Machine Shop and Plumbing and Heating Supplies, Carl T. Earl, Prop. (1926-1930)

1.  Carl Earl moved his machine shop here from West Liberty Street in 1926.

Medina Tractor Sales Inc., (1931-1945)

1.  Medina Tractor Sales Company moved their business to #144 North Court Street in 1945.

Swain Motor Company, Seth Swain, Prop. (1945-1948)

1.  Swain moved his business to this location from #144 North Court Street in 1945.

Medina Truck Rental, (1948-1952)

Krueger Brothers Tractor Sales, (1952-1955)

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J&S Tractor Sales, R. G. Noland, Prop. (1956–1973)

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1.  The J&S Tractor Sales building suffered extensive damage estimated at $30,000 in a pre-dawn fire Memorial Day morning.

Vacant, (1974-1977)

Medina Transmission Company, (1978-2017)

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#119.5 West Smith Road: 2nd Floor

State Bureau of Motor Vehicles, (1956-1959)          

Kingdom Hall, (1960-1966)

Church of God, Rev. Mark Kincaid, Pastor, (1966-1977)

1.  The Church of God quarters suffered extensive damage, including loss of all pews, furnishings, piano and fixtures. None of the latter was covered by insurance.

No Occupants, (1978-2017)

 

#121 West Smith Road:

Medina Electric Light and Power Generating Plant, Albert G. Oatman and Ozro Sanders, Props.   (1897-1905)

1.  Albert G. Oatman and Ozro Sanders under the company title of the Medina Electric Light and Power Company have erected substantial brick structure equipped with necessary machinery, power, and dynamos for supplying the town with arc and incandescent lights and power.

2.  The plant was put into operation on September 15, 1897 and already there are 800 incandescent lights supplied to stores, offices, residences and shops in the village.

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3.  The rates in effect are reasonable and range from one to five lightsfurnishedfor 60 cents each, per month; from five to fifteen at 50 cents and from fifteen to twenty-five lights at 40 cents each, per month.

4.  The Company is equipped for furnishing arc lights for streets, but as for now no contract has been made with the village.  In a few places lights have been provided on a private subscription basis

5.  The plant is equipped with one K. W. generator, one 125 horsepower engine and one 150 horse power boiler, the largest in the town.

6.  Simon S. Oatman bought out A. G. Oatman’s interest in 1905.

Phillips Electric Generating Plant, Judge F. O. Phillips, Prop. (1905-1915)

1.  S. S. Oatman sold Medina Electric Light and Power on Lot 16 to F. O. Phillips for $14,000 in 1905.

Pennsylvania Power Co., Cleveland Southwestern Power Co., Western Reserve Light andPower Co. (1915-1931)

1.  Judge F. O. Phillips sold Phillips Electric to Charles A. Moore of Chicago in 1915.

 

      #123-127 West Smith Road: Oatman Bldg-1909

Kraver and Sons Machine Shop, S. K. Kraver and H. K. Kraver, Props. (1899-1909)

Oatman and Sanford Machine Shop, Orlin Oatman and Mr, Sanford, Props. (1910-1912)

1.  Orlin Oatman purchased the machine shop owned by S. K. Kraver and Sons. The purchase included the machinery and tools belonging to the former owners.  The business will be continued at the place by Oatman and Sanford.

Oatman and Sanford Stoves and Plumbing Supplies, Orlin Oatman and Mr. Sanford, Props. (1910-1912)

Oatman Plumbing and Heating Supplies, Roy Oatman, Prop. (1912-1916)

1.  Oatman and Sanford dissolved their partnership in 1912

2.  Orlin’s son Roy Oatman joins the business and sharpens lawn mowers in 1913

Oatman Plumbing and Machine Shop, Roy B. Oatman, Prop. (1916-1924)

1.  Roy Oatman bought the stove business from his Uncle, S. S. Oatman in 1916.

 

#123-127 West Smith Road: Lawrence Bldg.-1927

Medina Granite and Marble Works, Charles W. Lawrence Sr., (1927–1955)

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When the final call comes to a loved one, a memorial is wanted which will pay fitting tribute and love to the dearly departed.  Medina County belongs to Charles W. Lawrence who’s Medina Granite and Marble Works, on West Smith road, had its Inception about twenty-two years ago. Success in any line of endeavor is gratifying to a man.

The success of Mr. Lawrence during the many years he has, followed his trade and profession of carver of memorials is made evident by the volume of local friends and patrons which he enjoys.  Mr., Lawrence is in a position to deliver, for you, direct from the manufacturer to your cemetery lot, any desired memorial, either a simple marker or a more pretentious monument. And much of the workmanship thereon is his handiwork.

Mr. Lawrence learned his art in Plymouth, England, his birthplace, and, following his same work, he came to the United States, at the age of 19. He was associated for a number of years with Stanford White, America's outstanding architect. He was located for some time in Vermont too, where he studied and worked further in his art of monumental carving has been the entire life's work of Mr. Lawrence, and, during the almost quarter of a century he has lived in Medina, he has endeared himself to the entire community by the excellent and conscientious work he has done.

Beautiful memorials are permanent reminders of reverence and love which we evidence for our dead.   And nothing is more fitting than that we consult Mr. Lawrence for our needs. And no time of the year seems more fitting than now with winter just around the corner.  Memorials seem like friendly roads between our loved ones who are gone and family that survive.

Lawrence Memorials, Charles W. Lawrence Jr. (1955–1972)

Kotecki Family Memorials, (1973-2017)

       #131-#137 West Smith Road:

Medina Carpet and Rug Works, George E. Clark and Medora E. Clark, Props. (1880-1904)

1.  George E. Clark cleans carpets, weaves carpets, rags, druggists and portieres in 1901.

2.  William G. Ritter sold his business to George E. Clark in 1901 for $700.

3.  Medina Manufacturing Company sold the building to George B. Clark and E. P. Johnson in 1904. 

Medina Carpet and Rug Works, E. P. Johnson and John Huffman, Props. (1904-1912)

1.  Medina Carpet and Rug Works enlarged their 2 buildings and raised 2½’ with a substantial concrete foundation with one roof over the two buildings, creating a space 40’ x 50’ in 1912,

Medina Carpet and Rug Works, William Overholt and Mr. Howard, Props. (1912-1924)

1.  Company has new rugs made out of old ingrain and Brussels carpets in 1916.

Ohio Fuel Gas Company Field Office, (1925-1947)

1.  Ohio Fuel Gas Co. sold building to Macy O. Hallock in 1948. 

Modern Rug and Carpet Cleaning and Launderette, John A. Nardy and Everett P. Jacobs, Props. (1948-1949)

1..  Macy O. Hallock leased the building to John A. Nardy for a laundry business in 1948.

2.  Launderette had 12 auto Bendix washers, 2 driers and 1 ironer in 1948.

Medina Automatic Laundry, John A. Nardy, Prop. (1949-1954)

1.  John A. Nardy sold the business and 17 domestic and 2 commercial units to Lloyd Bagley in 1954.

Medina Laundry Company, Lloyd D. Bagley, Prop. (1954–1981)

Medina Laundry Company, (1981-2017)

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#141 West Smith Road:

Medina License Bureau, (1960-1963)

Kay’s Yarn Shop, (1963-1966)

Vacant, (1966-1971)

Murray’s Bicycle Shop, (1971-2016)

 

South Elmwood Street:

West Liberty Street south to West Washington Street

#136 South Elmwood Street: Free Oil Bldg.-1920

Free Oil Company purchased the property in 1920 and sold it to George D. Laurenz in 1952.

Sam and Fred Auto Repair, Tires and Batteries, Sam Uren and Fred Grenfell, Prop. (1925-1928)

1.  Sam Uren and Fred Grenfell leased from Paul Rollins the big FX garage 100 ‘x 32’ and rented front sales room to Motor Sales Company for a Hudson and Essex Automobile dealership in 1925 and rented the south end to C. W. Sommers for a Nash Automobile dealership in 1927.

Sam and Fred Nash Dealership and Auto Repair, Tires and Batteries, Sam Uren and Fred Grenfell, Prop. (1928-1943)

1.  Sam Uren and Fred Grenfell took over the Nash dealership from C. W. Sommer when he moved his business to Lodi, Ohio in 1928.

2.  In 1932, Independent Super-Service Station owned by Frank Vance sold his battery business too Sam and Fred.

3.  Serving the motorists of Medina and vicinity for the past 16 years, Sam and Fred's garage at 136 South Elmwood Street has built an enviable reputation for efficient and thorough workmanship.

4.  In addition to handling the Nash automobile dealership, 24-hour towing and wrecking service is maintained.

5.  The two modern trucks with the two proprietors are ready at an instant's notice to respond to your calls for need when auto trouble arises.

George D. Laurenz Carburetor Repair, (1943-1945)

1.  Probably one of the biggest little war factories in the country is the plant of "George Laurenz, the Carburetor Man," which recently moved from the basement of the Neumeyer building to the building formerly occupied by the Sam and Fred garage which Mr. Laurenz purchased from the Free Oil Company.

2.  Not only do Laurenz and his force of three men continue the carburetor and magneto work for which the shop has "built" up a wide reputation in this part of the country, but they also turn out thousands of precision made tools for the manufacture of armament and ammunition and also for the building of aircraft.

3.  Laurenz states that because of the shortage of skilled labor competent to handle this type of work
which allows a deviation of only from 1 1,000th to l/10,000th of an inch, he and his force are volun-
tarily working a shift and a half each day in order to keep their war production contract on schedule

and at the same time keep essential transportation and farm equipment running.

4.  Laurenz has remodeled the interior of his new quarters to give him more than twice the floor space
which he formerly had and is expecting the addition of new tools and equipment to speed up produc-
tion and increase the efficiency of his plant.

Ohio Engineering Company, George D. Laurenz and A. B. Reusing, Props. (1945-1948)

George D. Laurenz sold his property to the Moose Lodge in 1948

Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 647, (1948-2017) 

 

#140 South Elmwood Street:

This building address was #143 West Washington Street until 1979

Benjamin Durham Residence (1839-1845)

1.  Occupied by H.G. Blake who owned a grocery with Benjamin Durham of Shenandoah, Iowa in 1843.

 Delia Wilcox Residence, (1845-1913)

1.  Occupied by Delia Wilcox, a tayloress and fine buttonhole maker at the corner of West Washington and South Elmwood Streets.  Della came to Westfield Township in 1832 in covered wagon, then to Medina in1845 with her sister and lived with H. G. Blake. This was her home for 68 years supporting herself with her needle then with the purchase price of her home.

2.  In 1862, Della’s Sister Mrs. Roxana G. White, widow of Spaulding White made her home at this residence.

3.   J. G. Hesser a station agent rented a boarding room from Delia Wilcox in 1901. 

Dora White Residence, (1913-1943)

1.   Dora White and H. Wilcox, niece and nephew of Della Wilcox purchased the property from the estate in 1913 and rented rooms for income.

2.  Herbert Lester ‘Bert’ Wilcox was a pharmacist at J. W. Tuttle Drug Store in 1917.

3. W.F. Peters, renter in 1916. 

4.  Ella Templeton a realtor and niece of Della rent rooms in 1916. 

5.  Art Young, renter, (1922-1926) 

6.  Carrie Allen, renter, (1942-1943)  

7.  Dora White estate sale listed a1000 eye celery holder on April 9, 1943. 

8.  Listed for Sale; Suitable for 3 apartments, asking $6300 in 1943.

Rose and Clare Vittel Family Residence, (1944-1952)

1.  In 1950, a fire destroyed an upper bedroom, roomer smoking part of the north side, but did not harm the Medina County Historical Society display area.

Medina County Historical Society, (1948-1954)

1Rented two rooms from Vittel for historical displays; open Saturdays 2-5 and 7-9 PM

Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 647, (1950-2017) 

Clare Rose Vittel Estate sold the property (Lot 323) to the Moose Lodge No. 647 in 1979..

Bill Rapenchuk sold north side of Lot 10 to the Moose Lodge No. 647 in 1992.

Moose Lodge No. 647 sold the North side of Lot 10 to the City of Medina in 2013 for a Public Parking Lot

South Elmwood Street:

West Washington Street south to West Smith Road

#226 South Elmwood Street: Hobart House,-1848

William H. Hobart Residence, (1848-1902)

1.  William was born here in 1848; first wife was Alice P.; second wife was Frances “Fannie” N, Hobart.

2.  William was a thinner and owner of a hardware store at 45 Public Square until 1898, when he sold it to Albert Munson to be Medina County Auditor for 8 years,

3.  William founded Medina Foundry Company, later Henry Furnace Company; was secretary until 1916.

4.  His automobile caught fire returning from Cleveland and he died of a stroke at the sight in 1925.

Edwin T. and Clara Pierce Residence, 1902-1913) 

1.  W. H. Hobart sold the property to Clara and Edwin T Pierce for $1500 in 1902.

2.  Edwin T. Pierce was a farmer, livery, livestock dealer, insurance agent, sold cream separators and sold automobiles at 111 West Washington Street from 1913-1922.

Charles J. Wass Residence, (1913-1943)  

1.   Wass bought the Pierce or old Hobart homestead in 1913 for $1,500.

2.   Painter James G ‘Duff’ Sprankle, renter, (1934-1937)

3.   Clark Oberholtzer, renter, (1943-1943)

Automotive Parts Service Company, Donald E. Wass, Prop. (1943-1949)

1.  Residence and business office in 1943.

2 For sale: 8 rooms and barn in business zone for $6000 in 1949. 

Automotive Parts Service Company, George Helmund, Prop. (1949-1985)

1.  Gwendoline E. and George H. Helmund Jr bought the Hobart-Pierce-Wass home at 226 S. Elmwood Street and will operate the Automotive Parts Service there in 1949. 

NAPA Auto Parts Company, (1986-2017)

1Gwendoline E. and George H. Helmund Jr sold the building to Martin and Linda Marcellus in 1996.

 

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South Elmwood at West Smith Road looking north