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Odd Occupants: Neighbors and Tenants of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Chillicothe – Early and Mid-20th Century

See part 1: “Odd Chillicotheans: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Chillicothe, 1874+“ A spot search of my incomplete collection of Chillicothe city directories shows some of the occupants of the upper part of the Nipgen Block owned by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) at the top of the stairs at 63 … Continue reading Odd Occupants: Neighbors and Tenants of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Chillicothe – Early and Mid-20th Century

Odd Chillicotheans: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Chillicothe, 1874+

The “Nipgen” Block The towering Victorian 3-1/2 story building at the northeast corner of Paint and Second streets is known as the Nipgen Block. Though named after the original occupant and owner of the corner part, pharmacist John Nipgen, the 1874 building was originally three separate properties that shared the same designer. The famous Madeira … Continue reading Odd Chillicotheans: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Chillicothe, 1874+

A Hoggard Memoriam…Again

An update to / clarifications of my June 23rd, 2021 Hoggard post on Facebook…upon further obsessive research, and untangling of Ancestry.com results! • The “decorated graves of Ma and Pa Hoggard”…but only the first Ma, and only until about 1833. Temple Hoggard married Margaret Johnson in Virginia in 1822 when both were about 19. Margaret … Continue reading A Hoggard Memoriam…Again

Ill Repute, Hill Side, Crow Steps, Briol & Rosthstein, Corn Shocks & Court House

One historical goose chase deserves another…and another…and another… Yet another labyrinthian research project! So a few weeks ago I stumbled across an 1870 census listing of a “House of Ill Repute” in Chillicothe, and challenged anyone on Facebook to figure out where it was. The best evidence is that it was a two-storied brick house … Continue reading Ill Repute, Hill Side, Crow Steps, Briol & Rosthstein, Corn Shocks & Court House

Wending Through Walhalla – Exploring Clintonville’s Paradise Ravine (Walhalla Part 2)

Or, Walhalla Uncovered – As It Should Be…Unlike in Part 1. In part one, I showed how I happened across a grilled-over well-like shaft at the edge of High Street to see Walhalla’s stream flowing deep beneath. That took me downstream in a ravine devoid of the stream (tunnelized under West Tulane) until I reached … Continue reading Wending Through Walhalla – Exploring Clintonville’s Paradise Ravine (Walhalla Part 2)

Olentangy Village: Pleasant but Stale Colonial Re-Re-Re-Revival…and Getting Staler

Or, Getting Snarky About Increasingly Unconsciously Overly Pretentious Minimal Traditional Style (a.k.a Walhalla part 1.5) Well, it’s more charming than most newer apartment buildings and complexes. Being older it probably has a few cracks in the walls and slightly crooked elements – and those are called patina: they lend character! But even beyond that – … Continue reading Olentangy Village: Pleasant but Stale Colonial Re-Re-Re-Revival…and Getting Staler

A Well into Walhalla – Seeking the Rest of Clintonville’s Ravine (Walhalla part 1)

Or, How Grate It Is – and Are There Any Valkyries Down There? Walhalla Ravine: What happens to this urban micro-canyon… …when it hits the asphalt and concrete no-man’s-land of the High Street corridor? But first: HOW did it get that NAME?! Wikipedia notes that “the streets in the Walhalla Park Place section of Clintonville … Continue reading A Well into Walhalla – Seeking the Rest of Clintonville’s Ravine (Walhalla part 1)

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