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West-side Public Square #2-#11

West Public Square Landmark


#2 West-side Public Square: Old Court House Bldg.-1826, Humphreyville Block-1841, H. A. Paull Block-1897, Hobart Bldg.-1911, Finch Block-1953, and Eastwood Block-1961, Palmquist Block-1976

Medina County Court House Building, (1826-1840)

1.  Austin Badger says that on 4 July 1819 “a long pole was cut and stuck in a shallow beech stump where the old courthouse now stands, and on its top streamed a gloriously and unrivaled in the air a bandanna handkerchief, being the best facsimile of the nation’s flag that could be found and used so the courthouse was not built yet.

2.  Old Court House was built by Kidder of Akron. John Freese and Timothy Doane completed it in 1826.

3.  When Rev. Barnes became the first regular pastor of the Congregational Church in 1827, the group of parishioners began meeting consistently at the Court House on the Medina Square. Oviatt and Bronson built a 2-story, 4-room addition in the Old Court House Bldg. in 1830 for $690.

4.  In 1841 the Old Court House Gable and fancy cupola was removed to fit surrounding buildings. The builder of new court house got the cupola as partial payment. In 1841 the building was purchased by Judge Samuel Humphreyville when the courthouse was moved.

Judge Samuel Humphreyville, owner of the Old Court House Block, (1841-1881)

History of Judge Humphreville:

1.  Samuel Humphreville was born Feb. 7, 1808, in Lonesboro, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. About 1840, he came to Medina and entered into the practice of law. At the age of 43 he represented Medina County in the constitutional convention of 1850.

2.  Next, he was elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for this district, going on the bench in February. 1852, and serving a term of five years, he being the first judge elected in the district after the adoption of the constitution of 1850, which was the second convention of the state of the constitution of 1850, which was the second convention of the state. The code practice of law dates from this convention.

3.  Prior to about the year 1850, Judge Humphreville was a Democrat, and was elected to the above-mentioned offices by his Democrat constituents, among whom, he was a leader. But when the rebellion of the slave states became inevitable, he joined the Re-publican party and as a member of that party represented this senatorial district in the general assembly of Ohio for the period of three years, beginning 1862. He was next elected a member of the third constitutional convention, which met in May, 1873.

4.  Judge Humphreville was married to Eliza Sargent, who was the first white child born in Medina Township. Hedied on Feb. 4, 1881, at the age of 73.

.Shakespeare Clothing Store, William Shakespeare, Prop. (1857-1866)


Hayslip and Ferris Tin and Stove Shop, Samuel Hayslip and Rufus B. Harris, Props. (1860-1867)

Leon Clothing and Gents Furnishings, Lovis Leon, Prop. (1867-1870)

1.  Having sold out to Carlos J. Warner all my stock except ready-made clothing and having to vacate the store Monday next, I offer my whole stock of ready-made clothing at almost your own prices regardless of cost.

2.  P. C. Parker is putting six new stone hitching posts, a platform and chains in front of the courthouse.

3.  Awnings mar the new buildings on the square, but are useful. Blue is very popular for window shades. Berea flagstone all along west side of Public Square and replaces old brick walks, (1871)

Pomroy Grocery Store, Louis S. and John O. Pomroy, Prop. (1871-1872)

Hubbard and Curtis, Groceries and Provisions Store, (1872-1877)

Bachtell Grocery and Provisions Store, David H. Bachtell, Prop. (1877-1894)

1.  D. H. Bachtell purchased the grocery stock of Hubbard and Curtis in 1877.

2.  Arthur VanEpp purchased the groceries and fixtures of the D. H. Bachtell Store in the Pauli Block and moved into the Wood Building in 1894.

Hobart and Blackford Tin and Stove Store, W. H. Hobart and A. J. Blackford, Props. (1881-1885)

1.  1881–"W. H. Hobart and A. J. Blackford have gone into partnership in the tin and stove business and have bought a business home of their own."

CSW&C Electric Depot, John H. Root, Station Agent, (1886-1913)

The train car shown here, and many other cars like this one, was able to transport an abundance of people like the group shown in the picture

The train car shown here, and many other cars like this one, was able to transport an abundance of people like the group shown in the picture

1.  The CLEVELAND, SOUTHWESTERN and COLUMBUS RAILWAY, the 2nd-largest interurban in the state at one time, connected Cleveland with Columbus to the south and Norwalk to the west. It originally was chartered in 1876 as a horse car line.

2.  The Interurban Electric Line carried a lot of passengers through Medina. Since it connected to an extension of a line from Cleveland, so many cultural aspects from around Northeast Ohio funneled through Medina because of the easy accessibility of the Interurban.

The interior of a Medina Interurban street car. The coach seating can be seen in the rear

The interior of a Medina Interurban street car. The coach seating can be seen in the rear

3.  In Ohio’s cold, unpredictable winters, the Interurban Electric Line obviously had some trouble transporting people and goods through the snow. With no easy way to plow the Medina roads to get down to the frozen tracks, the train cars had a much tougher time traveling around Northeast Ohio. Income for train stations along the Interurban Electric Line took a drastic drop during harsher winters, like the one shown in the photograph, which would lead to a lot less travelers taking the train. Also, the trains running along the line would be way off their normal running schedule, leaving the limited number of traveling passengers unsatisfied, and very late to their expected destinations

1909 Record Snow Storm

1909 Record Snow Storm

4.  In 1911, Thomas S. Brennan conducted a restaurant in the CSW&C station when the electric railroad occupied the corner room of the Hobart Block.

Hobart Tin and Stove Store, W. H. Hobart, Prop. (1886-1916)

1.  W. H. Hobart is giving his Stove and Tin Store a thorough overhauling and renovating, by papering and painting it. When completed it will present a very fine appearance. It is one of the finest stores in town and is filled with a large and varied assortment of stoves. and other supplies in 1886.

1881-Samuel Humphreyville died and left the building to three daughters; Mrs. H. H. Brainard, Mrs. S. F. Jones and Mrs. D. E. Welch.

1.  In 1897, the Old Courthouse called the Humphreyville Block was built up to two stories and extended 8’ to the rear.

2.  In 1897, a new large plate glass window and a vestibule doorway was added to the Humphreyville Block.

Henry Paull Grocery and Provisions Store, (1886-1888)

Wotring and Damon Grocery and Provision Store, (1888-1896)

1.  In 1888, Henry Paull sold his Grocery and Provisions Store to Wotring and Damon who will move their candy stock into the Old Court House Block and continue the grocery and provision trade.

2.  The Humphreville Block (#2 and #4) on the west-side of the Public Square has been sold to H. A. Paull of Middletown, Ct. to whom possession will be given in a few days in 1897.

 3.  Two Separate Store Fronts; North Store (#2) and South Store (#4) comprised the Humphreyville Block. All 2nd Floor Stores and Business Offices are in (#3 and #5)

Jackson Millinery Emporium, Mrs. O. M. Jackson, Prop. (1897-1911)

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1.  Mrs. Jackson has been in the millinery business for over 43 years and has won a high reputation among Ladies of this town as a leader of the fashions.


Brennen Restaurant, Thomas S. Brennan, Prop. (1911-1913)

1.  Jennie Paull sheathed the Paull Building in tin in 1912.

W. H. Hobart bought H. A. Paull Bldg. (#2-4 Public Square) in 1913.

Building vacated for fear of collapse in 1913.

Mengeray Restaurant, Frank Mengeray, Prop. (1914-1916)

1.  Short orders only, no dinners served.

United States Post Office, Mrs. Mary K. Long, Postmaster, (1916-1926)

1.  Mrs. Mary K. Long and her late husband, James, moved to Medina in 1892 when they purchased the Medina Sentinel Newspaper. James passed away in 1913.

2.  Mrs. Long was appointed Postmaster by President Wilson and served from January, 1915 until September, 1922.  She was succeeded by Allen Young

3.  The post office will move into its new quarters In the Hobart block corner of Court street and West Liberty Saturday evening. The work of moving will commence at 7 o'clock, the hour for abutting up shop and it is expected that the labors will all be completed by 10 o’clock. In fact there is not much to move, only the books, records, mail and equipment. The only furniture to go to the now quarters is the safe, which went on ahead, and a few pieces of rural free delivery stuff which is owned by Uncle Sam and which will be stored In the base- ment. All the other furniture is own by the McDowell’s, proprietors of the block in which the post office has been located for so many years.

4.  All of the furniture in the new office is brand-new put in by the owner of the Hobart block, W.H. Hobart. The new office is one of the best equipped offices in the smaller cities of the country and is a model for beauty and convenience. It is .expected that the office will open Monday morning in complete running order with no probabilities of any hitches anywhere.

United States Post Office, Allen E. Young, Postmaster, (1922-1926)

1.  Mr. Young served in the 8th United States Army for eight years being discharged at the end of the Spanish-American War.

2.  He worked in the Medina Bending Works after leaving the Army until 1910, when he was elected sheriff of Medina County and was re-nominated without opposition in 1912 and re-elected.

3.  After leaving the Sheriff’s Office, he again entered the employ of the Medina Bending Works until appointed Deputy United States Marshal in 1921.

4.  Allen E. Young became Postmaster of the Medina village on September 1, 1922 on the removal of Mary K. Long for cause, who had held the office during Democratic administrations for seven and one-half years.

5.  His nomination was sent to the Senate by President Warren G. Harding and his commission for first term was dated December 22, 1922. Mr. Young was re-appointed by President Coolidge in January, 1927. Allen E. Young passed away in February, 1929 and was succeeded by Acting-Postmaster William E. Gates.

6.  The lighting plant in the dry goods store where the Post Office is in 1922 exploded and blew out the plate glass windows.

7.  The Post Office had been painted green when it was moved here in 1916, but and now it is painted yellow in 1922.


Tintsman Electric Supply, E. H. Tintsman, Prop. (1927-1933)

1.  E. H. Tintsman relocated his electric supply business to #228-236 South Court Street in 1933.

Hatch Dairy Store, Claude Hatch, Prop. (1928-1930)

1.  Mr. Hatch moved his dairy store to #111 West Liberty Street in 1930.

Maytag Medina Company, M. N. Guthrie, Prop. (1929-1931)

Five and Ten Emporium, R. F. Kropfil and M. P. Welsh, Props. (1931-1933)

Hayes Five and Dime Store, Milton Hayes, Prop. (1933-1946)

1.  In 1943, the building front was burned by a thrown cigarette and the plate glass window cracked. The fire also caused damage to Tubbs Insurance Agency upstairs.

Finch Five and Dime Store, Lillian and Grady Finch, Prop. (1946-1957)

1.  Grady Finch leased the Hobart Block from the estate of Frances ‘Fannie’ (Mrs. W. H.) Hobart. Finch is operating a five-cent to $1 store. Mildred and Milton J. Hayes “Five and Dime Store" sold to Lillian and Grady Finch and it became "Finch Five and Dime”.

2.  Grady Finch will add new store front in 1946.

3.   In 1961, Grady Finch sold the building to investors, Erwin and Nedra Ziegler Eastwood.

Whitey’s Army and Navy Store, Harold and Jim Thwait, Props. (1958-2014)

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1.  Harold “Whitey” Thwait opened the Medina store in 1949 two doors down from here and moved to #2 Public Square in 1958. Son Jim began to work there at age 13 and in 1973 took bus from Strongsville and opened store on Saturdays. Store front added awnings in 1953.

2.  1963 - Whitey’s will remain as tenant of #2 Public Square. Tin facing removed and bricks sandblasted, trim painted and bricks repointed. Building built as courthouse in “1826”; this renovation will not destroy its Early American appearance.

3.  For 67 years, Whitey’s Army Navy store has been a fixture in Medina’s Historic Town Square, but Friday, June 26, owner Jim Thwaite announced that he is closing the store.

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Court House Pizzeria, Jeffrey and Melissa Miller, Prop. (2015-2018)

Founded in Medina Ohio and locally owned and operated by Jeff and Melissa Miller, Courthouse Pizzeria has a core mission of always being a strong community supporter.  We focus our philanthropic efforts towards our schools and the special needs of our families and friends. We all need help at some point, and our best days are those that we are able to help make someone’s day a little better. 

#4 West-side Public Square: Old Court House Bldg.-1826, Humphreyville Block-1841, H. A. Paull Block-1897, Hobart Bldg.-1911, Finch Block-1953, Eastwood Block-1961, Palmquist Block-1976

Medina County Court House Building, (1826-1840)

1.  When Reverend. Barnes became the first regular pastor of the Congregational Church in 1827, the group of parishioners began meeting consistently at the Courthouse on the Medina Square.

Two Separate Store Fronts; North Store (#2) and South Store (#4) comprised the Humphreyville Block. All 2nd Floor Stores and Business Offices are in (#3 and #5)

Blackford Boot and Shoe Manufacturing, Thomas A. Blackford, Prop. (1848-1893)

1.  He had shops and stores in the old Empire Block and all along the business street at various times, but is listed in the Old Court House building for simplicity and where he maintained his store after being burned out in 1870.

 2.  Blackford employs two hands making boots and shoes for annual sales of $8,000 and sales of other rubber products for $1,600 in 1872.

 Hobart Groceries and Provisions Store, J. F. Hobart, Prop. (1858-1877)

 1.  His son, Jeb A. Hobart worked in the business as a clerk.

Edwards Dry Goods Store, F. E. Edwards, Prop. (1894-1900)

The Humphreville Block in the west-side of the Public Square has been sold to H. A. Paull of Middletown, Ct. to whom possession will be given in a few days. (1897).

 Eberly Dry Goods Store, T. A. Eberly, Prop. (1900-1905)  

1.  Mrs. Eberly also had a Millinery Shop in the Store.

Brainard Jewelry, Samuel Brainard, Prop.  (1910-1936)

 1.  Samuel took over the jewelry business on the death of his father Herbert H. Brainard in 1910.                                                                            

 2.  In 1931, Brainard’s jewelry accepts wheat receipts at 50 cents per bushel. Brainard’s sells Buckbee-Brehn silhouettes and matting pictures.

 3.  The First radio receiver installed in Medina was in this store in 1936.

 4.  Brainard Jewelry Store closed after 65 years in 1936.

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Isaly’s Dairy Store, Joanne and William Terrell, Managers, (1936-1950)

Isaly’s Dairy Store, Frank Clymer, Manager, (1950-1957)

1.  This well-known ice cream store was remodeled in 1949.

Studio Music Store, (1963-1964)

Gorfido Real Estate, James Gorfido, Prop. (1964-1968)

Lance and Company Real Estate, Sidney Lance, Owner, (1968-1975)

Hammond Organ Studios, Marty Zimmerman, Prop. (1976-1978)

Household Finance, (1979-1988)

Continental Title Agency, (1989-1990)

Strictly Bears, Julie Palmquist, Prop.  (1991-2007)

First Federal of Lakewood, (2007-2007)

Lyle’s Jewelry and Coin Store, Lyle Morse, Prop. (2007-2018)

1.  We carry a large inventory of gold, silver and estate jewelry, coin supplies and we appraise.


#3 and #5 West-side Public Square: Old Court House Bldg.-1826, Humphreyville Block-1841, H. A. Paull Block-1897, Hobart Block-1911, Finch Block-1953 and Eastwood Block-1961, Palmquist Block-1976, 2nd Floor

The Humphreville Block in the west-side of the Public Square has been sold to H. A. Paull of Middletown, Ct. to whom possession will be given in a few days. (1841-1897)           

Two Separate Store Fronts; North Store (#2) and South Store (#4) comprise the Humphreyville Block. All 2nd Floor Stores and Business Offices are in (#3 and #5) Hobart Block and Sanders Block, 2nd Floor #6.5)

Hiram W. Floyd, Attorney, (1834-?)

Judson D. Benedict, Attorney, (1835-1841)

Samuel Humphreyville and E. L. Warner, Attorneys (1841-1865)                                           

J. Whitworth, Dentist, (1852-?)

Dr. L. D. Tolman, (1851-1952)

1.   Dr. Tolman has disposed of all the stock in-trade and will hold himself in ready at all hours for professional calls.

Chester T. Hills and Mr. McEIhinny, Attorneys, (1852-1857)

Judge Samuel W. McClure’s Office, (1852-?)

Sipher Boot and Shoe Shop, William F. Sipher, Prop. (1857-1861)

Dr. S. J. Smith, Dentist, (1857-1867)

1.  Dr. Smith moved his practice to the Smith Dental Block at #28 Court Street in 1867.

J.  B. Young, Attorney, (1857-?)

Henry Canfield, Attorney, (1857-?)

Dr. C. W.  Babcock, Homeopath Doctor, (1860-?)

S. B. Woodward, Attorney, (1863-?)

Oscar S. Codding, Notary Public, (1863-?)

Henry J. Venoms Barbershop, (1870-1887)

H. G. Blake, S. B. Woodward and C. G. Codding, Attorneys, (1871-?)

Dr. G. D. Billings, Dentist, (1872-1886)

Dr. L. S. Murray, Physician, (1872-1873)

Dr. A. Beatty, Physician, (1873-1877)

Caverly Dress-making Shop, Susie and Carrie Caverly, Props. (1877-1878)

Phelps and Chapin Millinery and Fancy Goods Store, Miss Phelps and Miss Chapin, Props. (1878-?)

H. J. Van Moss, Barber and Hair Dresser, (1886-?)

Frank Spellman and C. C. Codding Law Offices, (1896-1901)

Fred M. Branch, Funeral Director, (1897-1904)                 

Belle Washburn Millinery Store, (1897-1899)

Dr. J. L.  Bean, Physician, (1900-1901)

Nathan Hobbs McClure, Attorney, (1900-1936)

F. O. Phillips, Attorney, (1900-?)

Vacated by F. E.  Edward’s Dry Goods Store in 1900.

T. A. Eberly Dry Goods Store, Josephine Eberly and A. Milliner, Props. (1900-1905)

Frank Heath and Nathan McClure, Attorneys, (1900-1901)

Frank Heath, Attorney, (1901-1910)

F. L. Harding, Renting Boarding Rooms, (1901-1909)

D. B. Goodsell Dry Goods Store, (1901-1904)

J. Attavesa Confectionary Store, (1904-1905)

E. S. Nichols, Optician, (1905-1908)

C. S. Litchfield, renting boarding rooms vacated by Harding, (1909-1914)

Dr. George Harlow Smith, Physician, (1910-1915)

Dr. W. D. Wise, Physician and Surgeon, (1905-1914)

American Coal Products, Gail Abbott, Agent, (1914-1915)

J. Donaldson Real Estate Company, (1915-1920)

Lewis H. Randall, New York Life Insurance Agency, (1915-1937)

Francis Quinn Investment Securities, Charles McMillen, Manager, (1920-1923)

Clayton Randall, Insurance Agent, (1923-1925)

Tubbs Insurance Agency, Harold A. Tubbs, sons,Dwight and Donald Tubbs, Props. (1925-1953)

1.  Tubbs Insurance Agency remodeled and doubled the size of 2nd floor offices in 1931.

Al Sedgwick Billiard Parlor, (1927-1930)

Frank Spellman, (1930-1933)

Barnes Beauty Shop, (1933-1935)

Ray L. Gardner, rents boarding rooms, (1939-1943)

Medina Chamber of Commerce, (1945-1948)

John A. Weber, Attorney, (?-1948?)

Harold L. Williams, Attorney, (?-1948?)

Carole B. McClure, Attorney, (1948-1956)

Otis V. Cronk, Accountant, (1963-?)

John T. Jendrevin, Attorney (#5), (?-1966)

Vacant Bldg. (#5), (?-1969)

Andrew F. Klimko (#5), (1971-1973)

Northern Ohio Title Company, Inc. (#5), (?-1981)

Palmquist and Palmquist LPA, James B. Palmquist and James B. Palmquist III, C. P. Courtney, Attorney, (1952-2009)

1.  James B. Palmquist purchased the building from the estate of Erwin Eastwood in 1976.

James R. Leaver, Attorney, (1993-1995) 

Mary Peterka, (1996-2009)

Robert E. Horvitz, Attorney, (1988-1991)

Kenneth T. Huth, Attorney, (1998-1999)

James R. Leaver Company, (1999-2008)

Main Street Medina Offices, (2010-2016)



#6 West-side Public Square: Sanders Block-1855, Canavan Block-1884, Wood Block-1888, National Bank Block-1900, and Hartman Block-1927

Poe Clothing Store, Andrew, Poe, Prop. (1848-1854)

1.  We find that on April 1, 1854, Aaron Sanders brought out the entire stock of clothing of A. Poe, and advertise a large and splendid assortment of clothing “made expressly for this market."

Medina Clothing House, Aaron Sanders, Prop. (1854-1865)

1.  Aaron Sanders came to Medina in 1836 with his father who was a Cooper.

2.  Aaron Sanders trained as a tailor and by 1840 at age 16 was a merchant for an English trading company in Medina.

3.  Aaron Sanders visited the Rocky Mountains in 1844 and also Mexico and was a 49’er by horseback and mule from 1849 to 1851.

D. A. Wells in Aaron Sanders store selling jewelry, cutlery and watches, (1866-1870)

Sanders and Foskett, Merchant Tailors, Aaron Sanders and Porter Foskett, Props. (1865-1870)

1.  Aaron Sanders purchased the Commercial Block in 1869.

The Sanders building was destroyed in the village fire in 1870 and was rebuilt and reopened in 1873.

Sanders Clothing Store, Aaron Sanders, Prop. (1873-1880)

1.  A new plank sidewalk was installed in front of the Sander’s store in 1877. 

2.  Aaron celebrated 61 years in the IOOF with a bell solo and whistling solo; to get him out of the room they asked him to raise a window, he did so with a window stick, says Gazette in 1910.

3.  John Steeb tailors had a room over Sanders Clothing Store, with an entrance from an outside stairway in 1880.

The New York Racket Store, C. Stevick, Prop.(1881-1887)

1.  The Racket Store features Ladies wear and Gent’s furnishings and Children’s shoes.

Anthony Canavan purchased the Sanders Block from Aaron Sanders April 1884

B. H. Wood and Company, (1888)

1.  1888 - The Canavan Block on the Square has been purchased by B. H. Wood and Company, who will thoroughly remodel it, putting in a French plate glass front and otherwise improving it.

2.  “In 1888, a new sidewalk of four large stone slabs has been laid in front of B. H. Wood and Co. new block, and the old walk in front of O. C. Shepard’s store has been replaced by a slab of the same size. It would be a great improvement if the walk along to whole square would be made over the same way.” Gazette Editorial.

Watring Restaurant, J. W. Watring, Prop. (1888-1894)

1.  J. W. Watring of Kent, formerly of Lafayette Township, has opened a restaurant in the Anthony Canavan building.

VanEpp Grocery Store, Arthur VanEpp Prop. (1894-1895)

1.  Arthur VanEpp purchased the groceries and fixtures of the D. H. Bachtell Store in the Pauli Block and moved into the Wood Building in 1894.

Allan Fancy Grocery Store, A. R. Allan, Prop. (1895-1895)

1.  Allan is successor to VanEpp Grocery Store in 1895.

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Wideman Fresh Grocery Store, H. B. Wideman, Prop. (1896-1898)

1.  H. B. Wideman purchased the stock and fixtures of the Allan store in 1896.

Medina County National Bank, B. H. Wood, President, (1899-1927)

1.  Medina County National Bank purchased the building from B. H. Wood and Company for $5,500 in December, 1900.

2.  Two new nitrogen-filled elect lights installed on Medina County National Bank Block, each with 1000 candle power in 1914.

3.  Medina County National Bank sold the building to the K. of P. Lodge for $15,000 for 1st floor business rental and 2nd floor meeting rooms, but they backed out of the sale in 1927 because they wanted to extend the building to the rear, but it would have blocked the rear windows of Hobart Block adjoining on the north,

4.  Medina County National Bank sold the building to E. P. Hartman in 1927.

5.  E. P. Hartman sold the building to his son, Stanley Hartman in 1951.

Allen Brothers Shoe Store, J. C. Burns, Manager, (1927-1931)

1.  E. P. Hartman leased 1st floor to David Allen and Brothers of Lorain, Ohio, a shoe store chain in 1927 and remodeled the building with a new store front in 1927.

Vacant or Unknown Proprietors (1932-1937)

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Libby Shoppe, Ladies Clothes,  Louise Arick, Prop. (1938-1947)

1.  Libby Shoppe remodeled in 1945, and 1947.

Robert’s Women’s’ Apparel, M. Levine, Prop. (1947-1948)

1.  Robert’s has a complete apparel line.

2.  M. Levine proprietor, has a buying office in New York and will sell national advertised brands.

3.  Levine had a ladies’ shop in Pittsburgh for 18 years.

4.  Louise Arick former owner of Libby Shoppe will be associated with the M. Levine store

Whitey’s Surplus Store, (1949-1958)

Magic Carpet Store, Johanna Hahn, Prop. (1959-1983)

Vacant, (1984-1985)

Midland Title Security, Inc. (1986-1994)        

Sherrod Brown, (1995-1995)

Thunder Bay Trading, (1996-1997)

Evelyn M. Lisco, (Mary Peterka,), (1997-1998)

Gazette Gift Shop, (1999-2000)

Avenues of Counseling and Mediation, (2000-2003)

Vacant, (2004-2007)

James R. Leaver Company, (2008-2014)

James B. Palmquist III, LPA Offices, (2014-2018)

The Store was occupied as a Clothing and Dry Goods store for a consecutive 40 years.




#7.5-#8.5 West-side Public Square: Hobart Bldg.-1858, Commercial Block-c.-1871,  2nd Floor

Dr. E. G. Hard, Physician, (1866-1872)

1.  Having just retired from the Army, I offer my medical services to the citizens of Medina and vicinity.

Dr. G. D. Billings, Dentist, (1872-1878)

G. H. Mummaw (Eyesight Specialist 1916), Chiropractor, 2nd Floor, (1916 -1956)

Elsworth Hartman, Apartment, (1949-1957)

Vaughn L. Hartman, Dr. Retired, Apartment, (1957-1977)

#8-5 Public Square – The Hartman Family Residence,

1.   DR. VAUGHN LIONEL HARTMAN was born in Medina County on January 24th, 1902, where he lived with his parents Ellsworth P. Hartman and Mildred "Mille" M. Orton. In 1936 he was appointed the County Commissioner of Health and by 1952 his parents lived in the apartment above 7-10 Public Square. One of the most prominent figures to reside at 7-10 Public Square, Hartman moved in after his parents moved and stayed for 20 years. The Hartman family owned the complex and his time there was documented by the Medina County Gazette. Hartman raised a family and lived in Medina for the rest of his life until dying in 1991 at age the age of 89. His dedication to the fabric of the building, and his aid to his fellow citizens were vital to preserving a history of 7-10 Public Square.

Carroll B. McClure, Attorney, (1960-1962)

Vacant, (1963-1970)

Magic Carpet, (1971-1972)

Vacant (#8.5), (1977-1978)

Darla Dirk and Scott Gilbert, (1979-1980)

Richard A. Stafford and Associates, (1981-1982)

Robert E. Deken, CPA, (1982-1986)

Jill Heck, Attorney, (1989-1995)

Mark J. McGregor, CPA, (1989-1992)

Vacant, (1993-1996)

Tony Lunguaro, (1996-1999)

Vacant, (1999-2002)

Ormandy’s Train Museum, (2002-2018)


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#8-#10 West-side Public Square: Hobart Bldg.-1858, Commercial Block–c.1871

Due to a fire in the 1920’s, the building was rebuilt reflecting the architectural style at the time. The Commercial Building was designed by E. E. Clapp, a Cleveland Architect.

Hobart Grocery and Provisions, George W. Hobart, Prop. (1858-1870)

1.  Hobart lost the building and all his stock in the village fire in 1870, but rebuilt in 1871.

Hobart Grocery and Provisions, George W. Hobart, Prop. (1871-1876)

1.  George W. Hobart moved his grocery business to the Smith Dental Block in June 1876.

Smith Jewelry Store, E. T. Smith, 2nd Floor, (1875-1876)

1.  Miss A. M. Nichols Millinery Shop was in part of Smith’s Jewelry Store. (1875-1876)

Root Jewelry, Marshall Samuel Root, Prop. (1877-1880)

1.  M. S. Root (A. I. Root's brother) moved here from Michigan and bought out E. T. Smith jewelry in 1877.

2.  Then there was the story of M. S. Root, A. I.'s brother. After losing his home and business in the Michigan fires, he came back to Medina to start anew. He built a foundry on the west side of town at a cost of $6,000. He worked overtime to get it all up and running, ready for the spring work of fashioning and repairing farm implements. It all went up in smoke on April 27, 1874, before he could even get started. It marked the third! time in three years he was wiped out by fire. M.S. Root must have been an advocate of an effective fire department and a proponent of fire insurance, even if no one else was paying attention. In 1875, Medina Village Council defeated a motion to buy two-dozen buckets; they were still reluctant to tax the people for fire protection. In 1877, it happened again; Medina's lovely Empire Block went up in smoke and fire and was totally destroyed

Jackson Millinery and Fancy Goods Store, Mrs. O. M. Jackson, Prop. (1870-1876)

1.  One of the oldest millinery stores that served ladies of the village from several Public Square store fronts.

Kilpatrick Millinery Store, Mrs. R. W. Kilpatrick, Prop. (1876-1880)

1.  Mrs. Kilpatrick purchased the millinery business of Mrs. O. M. Jackson in 1876.

2.  Mr. and Mrs. Kilpatrick arrived in Medina in 1875, a very handsome and cultured couple. No one wanted to accuse them when store caught fire twice, but the 3rd time it was found stuffed with oil-soaked rags. Mr. Kilpatrick was arrested and sent to jail.

Hobart Grocery and Florist Store, Charles Hobart, Prop. (1880-1887)

1.  Hobart Brothers, Charles and Jed, have bought the heating furnace of Osborn Esgate's greenhouse and are building a nice greenhouse of their own on their premises in the rear of their residences on West Street (Elmwood Street) in 1887.

Hobart and Sons Grocery and Florist Store, Charles and Jeb Hobart, Props. (1887-1906)

Foote and Gable Grocery Store, Fayette Foote and William Gable, Props. (1907-1909)

Foote and Richard Grocery Store, Fayette Foote and Charles Richard, Props. (1909-1910)

1.  Charles Richard bought the half-interest of William Gable in the Foote and Gable Grocery Store in 1909.       

Foote and Yoder Grocery Store, Fayette Foote and Peter N. Yoder, Props. (1911-1914)

1.  Peter N. Yoder bought the half-interest of Charles Richard in Foote and Richard Store in 1911.

Foote and Hartman Grocery, Fayette Foote and Ellsworth P. Hartman Props. (1915-1916)

1.  P. N. Yoder sold his interest in the Foote and Yoder Store to E. P. Hartman in 1915.

2.  The Foote and Hartman partnership was dissolved in 1916.

Foote and Gunsolus Grocery, F. D. Foote and Andrew Gunsolus, Props. (1917-1917)

1.  F. D. Foote retired in 1917 and Hobart Edwards bought his interest and the store will now be the Edwards Grocery Store.

Edwards Grocery Store, Hobart Edwards, Prop. (1917-1919)

1.  Hobart Edwards moved his grocery business from the Barnard Block in 1917.

Hartman’s Grocery Store, Ellsworth. P. Hartman and son, Stanley Hartman, Props. (#8, NS) (1919-1945)

1.  Ellsworth P. Hartman re-entered the grocery business by acquiring the Edwards Grocery Store in 1919.

2.  Byron Hobart sold the building to E. P. Hartman in 1919.

3.  Ellsworth P. Hartman sold the building to his son, Stanley in 1949.

Fisher Grocery Store, Wanda and Lloyd E. Fisher, Props. (#8, NS) (1945-1949)

1.  Stanley Hartman sold the grocery business to Lloyd Fisher and bought the Cannon Store Block at #221 South Court Street from the Sipher Estate in 1945.

2.  A store owner such as Lloyd Fisher would know his customer's names, and they would in turn have the same gratitude.

Miller-Jones Company Shoes, Bob Collins, Prop. (#10, South Side) (1931-1948)

Miller-Jones Company Shoes, R. R. Ruble, Prop. (#10, South Side) (1948-1959)

Rogers Food Market, Harold E. Rogers, Prop. (#8, North Side) (1949-1960)

Canfield’s Food Center, Wayne Canfield, Prop (#8-10 Total Store) (1960-1969)


1.  One such supermarket reaching Medina in 1965 and expanding further in 1968 was Buehler's food market. In 1969, it comes as no surprise that Canfield's store would close, and soon after other grocers would too.

Albert’s Limited Clothing , Martin Dirk, Prop, (#8-10 Total Store) (1969-1974)

1.  By appealing to the Medina culture of a clean-cut traditional family, Martin Dirk, having ownership of the building would last the longest during this time frame and eventually change his store to Martin's.

Martin’s Store for Men, Martin Dirk, Prop. (#8-10 Total Store) (1974-1982)

1.  After Martin's closed no businesses succeeded or sustained for roughly a decade. For 30 years both bottom addresses (8 and 10) had contained one store, yet for the next 26 years (1983 to the 2008), no shop owner expanded or could afforded to rent both sides of the building.

Republican Headquarters, (#10, South Side) (1982-1983)

Dunscore Gallery/Play It Again Sam, (#8, North Side) (1982-1984)

Ranch House Western Wear, (#10, South Side) (1983-1993)

Vacant, (#8, North Side) (1985-1986)

Country Junction, (#10, South Side) (1991-1993)                                                                                                              

Village Framers, (#8, North Side) (1986-2008)

Ormandy’s Trains and Toys, John Ormandy, Prop. (#10, South Side) (1993-2008)

1.  Ormandy’s on Public Square carries a huge number of toy trains in every size and make.

Ormandy’s Trains and Toys, John Ormandy, Prop. (#8-10 Total Store) (2008-2018)

1.  John Ormandy and one of his colleagues were able to expand the shop and convert the upstairs apartment into the present Toy and Train Museum in 2008.

2.  Ormandy’s Trains and Toys attract regular customers as well as children for over 23 years in this location.

This Store was occupied by Grocery Stores for a consecutive 90 years.

#11 West-side Public Square: Blanot House,-1857             

Blanot Boot and Shoe Manufacturers, James Blanot, Prop. (1857-1870)

Blanot’s frame house where business was located was totally destroyed by the village fire in 1870.

Blanot Boot and Shoe Manufacturers, James Blanot, Prop. (1872-1879)

1.  A two story brick building was built in 1872 and reoccupied by the Blanot Boot and Shoe business.

2.  In 1872, J. W. Blanot, boots and shoes sales for the past year was $1,000.

Andrews Jewelry Store, Meroa Andrews, Prop. (1880-1899)

1.  Andrews Jewelry establishment went into Studley then Lillibridge rooms. Besides carrying on her business, she stored the books and acted as librarian at a salary of $20.00 a year.

Lowe Wall Paper and Paint Store, Edmund D. Lowe, Prop. (1899-1901)

1.  Gray and Hastings bought the retail stock of Edmund D. Lowe in 1901.

2.  The 1910 census has Edmund Lowe painter and decorator for residences in Medina village. It no longer calls him a merchant, so he likely works from his home.  Edmund D. Lowe decorator, hardwood finisher, papering and painter,1874-1919, died in 1926.

Levet Kandy Kitchen and Bakery, J. E. Levet, Prop. (1901-1902)

1.   J. E.  Levet Kandy Kitchen bakery, cigars, and laundry moved to Shaw block vacated by E. D. Lowe wallpaper store in 1901.

Gray and Hastings Wall Paper and Paint Store, J. S. Gray and Terry S. Hastings, (son-in-law) Props. (1902-1906)

1.  J. G. Gray and Terry S. Hastings who have occupied the Munson’s old stand on the west side for one year bought the block occupied by J. E. Levet and  the U.S. Express Company a few doors north and will remodel and will build an addition in 1902.

2.  Thomas Shaw sold lot 2 to J. G. Gray and T. S. Hastings for $3,200 in 1902.

Gray Wall Paper and Paint Store, J. G. Gray, Prop, (1906-1914)

1.  T. S. Hastings sold to J. G. Gray village lot 2 in 1906. Hastings sold out to Gray after 5 years in business in 1906.

Medina Village record snowfall on November 13, 1909

Abrams Men’s Clothing and Shoe Store, Louie Abraham, Prop. (1915-1937)

1.  Louie Abraham moved his clothing store from #201 South Court Street in 1915.

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Tony’s Candy Kitchen, Anton Horvath, Prop. (1938-1978)

1.  Anton Horvath bought the Abrams store on the west side of square in 1938 and remodeled it for Medina Candy Kitchen with a new modernistic front. In 1937 the name changed to Tony’s and candy is now made by machines. All the Anton Horvath family were active in Tony’s Candy Kitchen for forty years.

Happy Days Fountain and Sweet Shop, (1978-1985)

1.  Happy Days assumed the candy and fountain business of Tony’s Candy Kitchen in 1978 after serving customers for 40 years at #11 Public Square.

Vacant, (1986-1989)

Ranch House Western Wear, (1990-1994)

Vacant, (1995-1997)

Geiger’s Pendelton Shoppe, (1998-2004)

Vacant, (2005-2005)

Diamond Insurance Agency, Rick Corp, (2006-2014)

Chill Ice Cream, Craig Jaworski, Prop. (2015-2018)

1.  Welcome to Chill Artisan Ice Cream Company! We are three Northeast Ohio brothers that have a passion for gourmet ice cream. Opening in early 2015 in the Historic Square of Medina, our goal is to take Ohio by storm, one legendary flavor at a time. We have set the bar high to offer only the finest ice cream to satisfy the palates of adults as well as children alike. We use local fresh ingredients from many fantastic farms in Ohio to achieve the highest quality fruits, nuts, cheese and dairy for our ice cream.


#11.5 West-side Public Square: Blanot House,-1857

Humphreyville and Curtiss, Attorneys, (1866-1870)

G. W. Lewis, Attorney, (1876-1870)

Harter and Dillman Real Estate, I. N. Harter and P. H. Dillman, Props. (1902-1905)

Proprietors or Occupants Unknown, (1905-1946) 

J. A. Rumph, (1947-1948)

Vacant, (1949-1955)

Everett O. England, (1956-1979)

Vacant, (1980-1981)

James Navratil Real Estate Company, (1982-1985)

Medina Court Reporters, (1982-1985)

K. Melech, (1985-1988)

Beverly Snanigan, (1989-1993)

E. M. Patton, (1994-1996)

Cherry Blossom Studio, (1997-1999)

Vacant, (2000-2000)

Jeffrey A. Huth Company, LPA, (2001-2003)

Vacant, (2004-2018)