ID#0505 Date: 1976. This image shows the city council being sworn into office, January 1976. From left to right: Dewey Ganzel, John Baumann, David Sonner, Kinser Habecker (chairman) Geraldine Donaldson, Don McIlroy, Dick Lothrop. Participants: Carol and Dewey Ganzel.
ID#0414 Date: 1941. This advertisement appeared in the Hi-O-Hi, Oberlin College yearbook, 1941. The advertisement is an interior photo of the store; it displays of a large stock of inventory. Ben Franklin has been at this address since 1942, continuously operated by the Cochrane family. Source: HI-O-HI, the Oberlin College yearbook.
ID#0437 Date: 1941.The advertisement is an interior photo of the business's large stock of food items. The Gibson Brothers opened this new store on December 12, 1905 and it has been in the family since then. In 1910 the Gibsons showed Oberlin's first silent films on the second floor. College students played music during the movie and in intermission. Today the family operates a grocery, bakery and confectionary from this building. Source: HI-O-HI, the Oberlin College yearbook.
ID#0197 Date: Unknown. This is a postcard of Oberlin's 1933 Post Office on South Main Street. It was the community's first federal construction project and marked the beginning of full mail service. Prior to 1896, the Post Office was located in a building chosen by the current Postmaster (generally a building he owned or worked in). Participant: Charles Bailey. Additional Sources: Oberlin News-Tribune, March 29,1935.
ID#0355 Date: 1911-1920. This image is a photo of the business block of West College Street. Unique to this image is the popcorn stand on the sidewalk at the east end of the block. The Gibson Brothers had a stand here earlier, but they closed their business after they completed their new building at #23 in 1907. In 1911 Dan McGinty opened a popcorn stand here. Participant: Oberlin College Archives. Additional Sources: Pictorial Memories of Oberlin, The Rotary Club of Oberlin, 1976 and 1989.
ID#0075 Date: 1963. This 1963 photo looks south toward the east side of South Main Street . Starting from the left the visible businesses are: Pen and Pencil Restaurant, Lawson's, Peerless Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Oberlin Hardware Co., Koneval's Shoes and Hess Pharmacy. Participant: Marianne Cochrane.
ID#0326 Date: 1928. This image is a framed commemoration of Oberlin College graduate Charles Martin Hall for his accomplishments and contributions to the college and Oberlin. On the top right is a photo of Hall's home at #64 East College Street. In the woodshed behind the house Hall discovered the electrolytic process for producing aluminum. Participant: Oberlin College Archives. Additional Sources: Oberlin Heritage Center: Historic Preservation Commission survey, 1999.
ID#:0049 Date:1980. Advertisement for Watson's Hardware on the its 95th anniversary in 1980. It is a photo of Glenn Molyneaux, Jr., "Jim" and his wife, Barbara. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources :O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01
ID#0100 Date: Unknown. This image shows people skating at Gayter's rink. The cost of skating was remembered to be 10 cents for an entire day. Across Lorain Street was a grocery store (the current site of a laundromat) where skaters could buy snacks. Participant Pat Stetson remembers going to Gayter's with 20 cents; half for admission and the remainder for treats. Participant: John P. Gorske. Additional Sources: Interview with Pat Stetson, 7/00; Interview with Jack Harley 8/00.
ID#0433 Date: 1939 This image is the construction site, viewed from the street, of the new building at # 19 South Main Street. The workers are removing the streetcar tracks for metal needed in the war effort. This new building was built for George Bailey as Standard Drug, Oberlin's first chain drugstore. The Standard Company defined the exact characteristics of the building's interior design. Participant: Pat Stetson. Additional Sources: Pat Stetson interview 6/00.
ID#: 0472 Date: 1998. Goodrich Building; First Merit Bank, #5 S Main St; Campus Restaurant, #9; Aries Style Salon #11. After the fire of 1882, Mr. Goodrich, Mr. J.M. Gardner, Mr. Beckwith and John D. Carpenter rebuilt it with post-fire Chicago design. It marked the end of frame construction downtown. This building remained the focal point of downtown activity. Participant: O.H.I.O. Historic Inventory. Additional Source: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Historic Preservation Commission survey…
ID#0378 Date: Unknown. This image was taken in the front yard of Union School at #39 S. Main Street, today's New Union Center for the Arts. This school was built in 1874, condemned by the state Fire Marshall in 1918, and had its last graduating class in 1923. The college acquired the property in 1926. Participant: H. Scott Broadwell. Additional Sources: Oberlin Heritage Center: Lermond, Martha, Westervelt Hall: Its First Century. Press of the Times, 12/12/82; Fred Maddock files.
In 1900 a group of thirteen missionaries, most of whom were Oberlin graduates, and five of their children were killed during a war in China named the Boxer Rebellion. The Memorial Arch on Tappan Square, dedicated in 1903, was built to honor the missionaries and their families that died. Many Oberlin students in recent years felt that the arch should be a memorial for everyone who died in the Boxer Rebellion and a plaque was added in 1994 for the Chinese killed there.
ID#0136 Date: Unknown. This image shows firemen on a horse-drawn fire wagon in front of the old North Main Street. The horses were carefully trained to take their places in front of the wagon as soon as the fire bell rang and their stable doors opened. Participant: Chief Dennis. Additional Sources: Oberlin Heritage Center: City Directories. The Rotary Club of Oberlin, Pictorial Memories of Oberlin, 1976 and 1989.