Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ownership history for our house

This is the ownership history of our house (and lot, before the house was built), to the extent that I have been able to research it. I'm still trying to determine when the Van Sweringen Co. purchased the lot, as well as the ownership history before that date. All dates listed are the dates that the documents were filed with the county recorder.

I'm posting this now that we've closed on the house and are just waiting for the current owner to sign the documents and for them to be filed. Then, at some time tomorrow, we'll get the keys!

I expect for this to be an ongoing research effort, which I will update as I am able. I hope to be able to post more on some of the individuals involved, as well as the architect and builder.

Names noted in bold were residents. Notation is for first use in this document only.

3 September 1925
Sold by the Van Sweringen Co. to Florence Cicelia Garbison (29 January 1887, Cleveland, Ohio - 30 August 1962, Overbrook, PA) (Florence Cicelia Roether) and John Clyde Garbison (21 September 1880 (or 1883 or 1885), Mt. Gilead, OH - 17 December 1946).

The house was designed by architect William A. Bingham (14 July 1896 - 22 April 1979) and built by Richard U. Collier (30 May 1889 - 2 June 1966), in 1926, for $25,000. I will address what little I've been able to learn about the architect and builder at a later date.

John Garbison is listed as a resident at this address in the 1926 Cleveland City Directory.

Virginia (Ginny) Garbison (6 October 1913 - 26 January 2002)
Alice Jane (A.J.) Garbison (4 November 1916, Cleveland, Ohio - 6 May 2001, Maryland)
Nancy Ellen Garbison

John C. Garbison and Florence C. Roether married on January 28, 1909. Before moving to this house, the family lived at 8907 Empire Avenue, Cleveland, OH. They moved out of this house into the house that was previously owned by the next residents, 3816 Montevista Drive, Cleveland Heights, OH. Their next address appears to have been 400 Roslyn Avenue, Akron, Ohio, according to John C. Garbison's WWII draft card.

The Cleveland Necrology File, date 17 December 1946, provides this obituary:
Garbison: John Clyde, of 400 Roslyn Ave., Akron, O., formerly of Cleveland, passed away Dec. 17; survived by widow, Florence C., and daughter Mrs. Elsworth Morse jr., Mrs. Byron Mann and Mrs. Mark Fisher. Services Friday, 10 a. m., at the McCafferty. MeCormick Funeral Home, Akron. Interment at Cardington, O.

Cardington, Ohio, is a couple miles southeast of Mt. Gilead, John C. Garbison's birthplace, so it seems likely that the burial is in a family plot there. This is most likely in Glendale Union Cemetery, which occupies a significant portion of the land in that town.

November 12, 1931
Sold to Harold V. Hahn (H. V. Hahn) (9 August 1895 - 29 June 1954) and Ina (Ida?) M. Hahn. Their four children, listed below, were likely residents, at least until the end of 1935, and probably from 1941-1942 as well.

Harold M. Hahn (born March 1920 in California)
Barbara Ann Nenonen (born March 1927 in Ohio)
Daniel Frederick Hahn (born 1929 in Ohio)
Lois J. Mickey (16 July 1931 - 21 October 1998)

The transfer between the Garbisons and Hahns is curious - it seems that they traded houses, the Garbison's receiving the Hahn's residence at 3816 Montevista Drive, in Cleveland Heights. It is unclear what additional financial considerations were involved. Further, on 23 February 1934, the Hahns bought (or otherwise had conveyed) the house back to them by the Garbisons. The Hahns sold 3816 Montevista again on 15 November 1940.

Harold Vinton Hahn was born in Bourbon, Indiana on 9 August 1895. His father was a German immigrant, and his mother was from Indiana. As of 1910 (U.S. Census), he was attending a boarding school (XXXXX XXXX Training School - I can't read the full name) in Noble, Wabash County, Indiana. As of 1917 (WWI Draft Card), he was employed as an electrician by the Gen'l Chemical Co. of Bay Point, California. By this time, he was married with a dependent wife, and is described as being white, of medium height, slender build, with blue eyes and blonde hair. The California Voter Registrations for Alameda County, 1918 lists one Harold Vinton Hahn, an electrician and registered Democrat, residing at 1411 Castro Street, Oakland.

The 1920 Census gives us a bit more background, and a new address: 357 51st St., Oakland, CA. Harold V. was employed at the time as an electrician in a repair shop. This is the first mention that we have of him with Ina Hahn (Maxwell) . Ina (May 1897 - 30 July 1971) was born in Neihart, Montana the third child of Fred Maxwell and Annie Maxwell. Fred Maxwell (May 1862 - ?), a miner, immigrated from Denmark in 1878. Annie (Anna) G. Maxwell (May 1863 - ?) immigrated from Finland in 1891. Their address was 243 Spring Street, Neihart, Montana - the road does not appear on recent maps.

By 1930 (U.S. Census), the Hahn family had moved to 3816 Montevista Road, in Cleveland Heights, OH, which was then valued at $12,000. Harold was employed manufacturing automobile parts. Ina had had three children: Harold, born c. 1920 in California; Barbara Ann, born c. 1927 in Ohio; and Daniel Frederick, born c. 1930 in Ohio. Ina's sister, Anna Maxwell (September 1895 - ?) resided with them at the time.

The Cleveland Necrology File provides this obituary for Harold V. Hahn, dated 29 June 1954.
Hahn, Harold V., husband of Dorothy; father of Harold M., Barbara Nenonen, Daniel F. Hahn and Lois J. Mickey; son of Idella S. Hahn, brother of Donald S. Hahn; grandfather of 6; June 25. Friends may call at the Fairhill Home of the Millard Son & Raper Co., Fairhill at East Blvd., where services will be held Tuesday, June 29, at 3 p. m.

This obituary for Ida M. Hahn was published in the Cleveland Press on 30 July 1971:
Hahn, Ida M. Hahn (nee Maxwell), wife of the late Harold V., mother of Harold M. of Lyndhurst, Barbara Nenonen (Mrs. Tolvo) of Garfield Hts., Daniel F. of Wayne, Pa. and Lois Mickey (Mrs. John) of Olmsted Falls, grandmother of 13. Private family services will be held Saturday, Brown-Forward service.

Biographical information on Harold M. Hahn is contained in Who Was Who in American Art, Edited by Peter Hastings Falk. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1985 and Who Was Who in American Art. 400 years of artists in America. Second edition. Three volumes. Edited by Peter Hastings Falk. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.

An obituary for Lois Mickey was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 24 October, 1998 (section B, page 6).

Householders, as listed in the Cleveland City Directory:
1936 - Isadore B. Silber
1937 - Carl H. Brown
1939 - Carl H. Brown
1940 - Vacant
1941 - Harold V. Hahn
1942 - Harold V. Hahn
1943 - Paul Mears
1944 - Paul Mears

Isadore Bert Silber (5 November 1895, Cleveland, OH - 14 October 1964, Cleveland, OH) and Dorothy W. Silber (22 April 1906, Cleveland, OH - 5 July 1987, Cleveland, OH) lived in the house 1936, as per the Cleveland City Directory for that year. Given the ages of their children, Avery Silber and Nancy Pickus, it seems virtually certain they lived in the house at that time, too.

As of 1920, Isadore B. Silber was a physician, with his address listed as 1800 E. 105th Street. Dorothy, daughter of Mary Haas and Samuel Weitz, married Isadore B. Silber on 26 November 1924 in a wedding officiated by one A. Nowak, according to US, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Jewish Marriage Record Extracts, 1837-1934 Biographical information regarding Isadore Silber may be found in Biography Index, Volume 8: September, 1967-August, 1970. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1971. and The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 51. New York: James T. White & Co., 1969.

The 1930 Census lists the address for the Silbers as 2915 Ludlow Road, Cleveland, Ohio. They were renting the residence for $128 a month. At the time, they had one child, Avery Silber, who was ten months old (born 4 June 1929). They employed a servant, Anna Stuber, who was 20 years old. Dr. Silber was listed as being a physician. His parents were born in Czechoslovokia, her father in Russia, her mother, Hungary.

Avery Silber (born 4 June 1929)
Nancy Pickus (born September 1934)

Isadore and Dorothy Silber are both listed on a New York passenger manifest for the French M/S "Lafayette" dated 25 February 1936. Their address is listed as 3205 South Moreland Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio.

This obituary was published for Dr. Isadore B. Silber in the Cleveland Plain Dealer of 16 October 1964.
Dr. Isadore B. Silber, residence, 13900 Shaker Blvd., beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Weitz), father of Avery, of New York City, and Mrs. Nancy Pickus, grandfather of three, brother of Joseph S. Silber, Mrs. Fannie Phillipson, of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Yetta Andalman, of Chicago. Services at The Temple, E. 105 and Silver Park. Friday, Oct. 16, at 1 p. m. Interment Mayfield, Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dr. I. B. Silber Library Fund of Mt. Sinai Hospital, or the Temple. Arrangements by Cleveland Temple Memorial.

Obituaries were published for Dorothy Silber in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 7 July 1987 and in the Cleveland Jewish News on 7 October 1987. Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2002 tells us that Ms. Silber died at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio. It lists her industry as "Real estate, including real estate -insurance-law offices" and her occupation as "Real estate sales occupations". Finally, it states the she lived in Census Tract 1835.

Carl H. Brown (10 April 1880 - 4 June 1959) and Frances T. Brown (25 September 1892 (Sharon, PA) - ) lived in the house from 1937-1939, as per the Cleveland City Directory, cited above for those years. It seems unlikely, given the ages of their children, listed below, that they too were residents during those years, however, I do not yet have any evidence to support or deny this possibility.

Carl H. Brown, Jr. (c. 1907- 1 October 1959)
Frances Hoerble (c. 1903-)
William Pierce (c. 1917)

The Cleveland Press printed this obituary for Carl H. Brown on 6 June 1959:
Brown, Carl H., husband of Frances T., father of Carl H. Jr., Mrs. Frances Hoerble of Philadelphia, Pa., and William T. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., grandfather and great-grandfather, late residence, Garklisville, O. Friends may call at the Shaker home of Brown-Forward, 17022 Kinsman, 3-5 And 7-9 P. M. Saturday And Sunday. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday, June 8, at Wade Chapel, Lake View Cemetery.

An obituary for Carl H. Brown, Jr., in the Cleveland Plain Dealer of 2 October 1959:
Carl H. Brown Jr., an expert of real estate and corporation law and for the last seven years ?n associate of Harold E. Clark, attorney here, died in Hanna House of University Hospitals yesterday after a long illness, He was 53. His chief business interest, side from the law, was as a director and secretary of the Cleveland Quarries Co. Mr. Brown was born in East Cleveland. He was the son of Carl H. Brown, formerly of Garrettsville, and the former ?lay Clements of Cleveland Heights. His primary education was in the East Cleveland Schools; he attended University School from 1921 to 1925. Surviving him are his wife, the former Mae Patrick, and a sister. The family home is at 3232 Ormond Road, Cleveland Heights. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Friends may call at the Brown-Forward funeral home, 17022 Kinsman Road, Shaker Heights, this evening. His family would appreciate memorial contributions to the General Fund of University School.

Paul Mears and (possibly) Edith Mears lived in the house from 1943-1944. I have not yet been able to locate enough information about Paul Mears to be certain of these relations.

Children (possibly):
Robert Mears
Richard Paul Mears (c. January 1946)

The Cleveland Necrology File records this undated obituary:
Mears, Paul, suddenly at New York, N. Y.; beloved husband of Edith; father of Robert and Richard; brother of Alvin Emerson. Friends received at the De Vand Funeral Home, 11130 Euclid Ave. Services Monday at 3 p. m. Burial private.

February 7, 1945
Sold to Israel W. Kohn and Idele M. Kohn. It seems unlikely given their ages, though certainly not impossible, that their children resided in the house.

Irma K. Blum (27 June 1904 - 13 December 1992)
Robert I. Kohn (c.1913 - 22 October 1981)
Marvin G. Alexander (29 April 1921 - 4 April 2003)

Israel W. Kohn is listed as the householder in the 1947 Cleveland City Directory.

Previous address: 2929 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH

Israel W. Kohn (26 June 1877 - 1953) was born in Ohio to Czechoslovakian parents.
Idele (Alexander) (Miller) (c. 1894 - c. 25 November 1979) was born in Cleveland to Esther Cohn and Marks Miller. Idele, a widow, married Israel on 22 July 1924 in a ceremony officiated by Walter G. Peiser. They had three children: Robert (born c. 1914); Marvin (born c. 1922); and Irma. As of 1930 (U.S. Census), Israel was a secretary in a furniture store. Their house at the time, on Washington Blvd was worth $30,000. As of 1942, Israel was employed at S. Kohn & Sons, St. Clair and E. 105, Cleveland, OH.

The WWII draft card describes Israel as being white, of light complexion, 5'6", 170 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair.

A 1953 obituary in the Cleveland Press reads as follows:
Kohn, I. W. (Israel), residence, 13800 Fairhill Rd., beloved husband of Idele, father of Robert I., Mrs. Irma K. Blum and Marvin G. Alexander, brother of William and the late Joseph and David Kohn and Mary Corday, and grandfather. Services at Cleveland Temple Memorial, Euclid at E. 90 St. Sunday, Apr. 26 at 1 p. m. Interment Mayfield Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

An obituary was published for Idele M. Kohn ("Wife of late Israel W.") in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 25 November 1979, section AA, page 6.

Robert I. Kohn enlisted in the Army on 21 January 1943. He had four years of college. He listed his civilian occupation as "Purchasing agents and buyers, n.e.c." The Cleveland Jewish News published an obituary for Robert I. Kohn on 30 October 1981. He had remained in Shaker Heights.

Marvin G. Alexander enlisted in the Army in Cleveland on 29 June 1943. Two obituaries for Marvin G. Alexander were published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, one on 6 April 2003 (section B, page 8) and one on 27 April 2003 (section B, page 6).

The Cleveland Jewish News published an obituary for Irma K. Blum on 18 December 1992. Blum was still a resident of Shaker Heights at the time.

May 27, 1948
Sold to Richard C. (Campen?) Friedman (31 July 1921 - 29 April 2009) and Charlotte W. Friedman (20 December 1922 - 5 September 1989).

Previous address: 3569 Ingleside Rd, Shaker Heights, OH
Next address: 20020 Marchmont, Shaker Heights, OH

James R. Friedman (26 Sepember 1947 - 13 September 2007)
Donna Wasserstrom (born May 1942 (or perhaps December 1944))

An obituary was published for Charlotte Friedman [Charlotte Weiner] in the Cleveland Jewish News on 9 August 1989. One was also published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 10 September 1989, section B, page 15. The Social Security Death Index lists her last residence as Saint Petersburg, FL.

An obituary was published for James R. Friedman in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 14 September 2007, section B, page 6.

An obituary for Richard C. Friedman was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 11 May 2009. It reads:
Richard C. Friedman, 87, known as "R.C.", passed away April 29, at his home, in St. Petersburg, FL. Mr. Friedman was from Shaker Heights, OH. He and his brother, Jack, owned Comsumers Plumbing and Heating Supply Co., which was started by their father. Mr. Friedman was predeceased by his parents, Nathan and Lee Osteryoung Friedman; his brother, Jack; his devoted wife, of 48 years, Charlotte Weiner and his son James. He is survived by his daughter, Donna and Rodney Wasserstrom of Columbus, OH, his grandchildren, Bradley and Julie Wasserstrom of Columbus, OH, and Kelli and Jeffrey Gellis, of Cleveland, OH. Mr. Friedman has three great granddaughters and a sister, Eunice Rich Schiffman, of CA. He will aso be missed by his special friend, Betty Synenberg of St. Petersburg, FL. A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 5th, at Woodlawn Memory Gardens, St. Petersburg. Contributions may be made either to to the James Cancer Hospital, at the Ohio State University, 300 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH, 43210, or the Richard Ross Heart Hospital, at the Ohio State University, 452 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH, 43210. Friends and family will be recieved at the home of Donna and Rodney Wasserton in Columbus, on Tuesday evening, may 12th, after 6:30 p.m. Online Guestbook at

David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg, FL. (727) 381-4911.

October 14, 1958
Sold to Harold P. Roth (2 August 1915 - 14 November 2000, Baltimore, MD) and Kelly C. Roth

Anita (Barry) Bercovitz (Anita A. Roth)(born January, 1958)
Edward Roth of Los Angeles, CA.; (need more information)

The U.S. Public Records Index lists one Kelly C. Roth in Rockville, MD, with a birthdate of either August 1915 or March 1925. The 1925 birthdate is more believable, though only slightly so, if the birtdate for Anita is correct.

Next address: 81 Manning Drive, Berea, OH

This obituary for Harold P. Roth was published in the Plain Dealer on 16 November 2000:
Dr. Harold P. Roth on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Loving husband of Kelly Roth; lovin father of Anita (Barry) Bercovitz of Baltimore, MD. and Edward Roth of Los Angeles, CA.; devoted brother of Benjamin and David Roth, Patricia Howard and Shirley Bernon; adored granfather of Genia and Rachel Bercovitz. Funeral services and internment will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in Baltimore, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Sol Levinson & Bros, Inc. (800-338-1701)

One was also published in the Cleveland Jewish News on 12 January 2000. (2001?)

See also bios in:
Biographical Directory of the American College of Physicians. 1979 edition. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1979.

Who's Who in America. 42nd - 52nd editions, 1982-1997. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who.

American Men & Women of Science. A biographical directory of today's leaders in physical, biological, and related sciences. 12th - 21st editions. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1971-2003.

Who Was Who in America. With world notables. Volume 14, 2000-2002. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 2002.

Who's Who in the East. 23rd edition, 1991-1992. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1990.

December 1, 1959
Sold to Thelma B. Goldstein and Leo Goldstein (28 August 1905, Hungary - 26 April 1968, Shaker Heights, OH)

Michael S. Goldstein
Kenneth A. Goldstein

Leo Goldstein is listed as the householder in the 1965 and 1967 Cleveland City Directory. He died at his home (our home!) on 26 April 1968. According to the Cleveland Jewish News, 5 October 1968, he is buried in Zion Memorial Cemetery. However, according to the obituary from the Plain Dealer, below, he was buried at Park Synagogue Cemetery.

This obituary for Leo Goldstein was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 28 April 1968:
Goldstein. Leo Goldstein, beloved husband of Thelma, devoted father of Michael S. and Kenneth A., dear brother of Bernard, John, Emery, Ernest, Esther and Betty, all of New York. Services at Berkowitz-Kumin Inc. Memorial Chapel, 1985 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights, Monday, April 29. Call funeral home for time. Interment Park Synagogue Cemetery. Family at the residence, 3205 Van Aken Blvd. Family suggests contributions to the Heart Fund.

Thelma Goldstein's obituary was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 30 March 1988, section C, page 11. I am reasonably certain that this is the correct Thelma Goldstein.

The 1968 Cleveland City Directory lists the house as vacant.

April 23, 1968
Sold to Anne F. Miller and Luke P. Miller

Luke Miller is listed as the householder in the 1969-70, 1971, 1972, and 1976 Cleveland City Directory.

Previous address: 3326 Stockholm Road, Shaker Heights, OH

Anne F. Miller (2 December 1903 - 23 October 1992).

October 27, 1978
Sold to Jerold C. Heiken (1933 -) and Nadine M. Heiken for $72,000.

Robert G. Kennedy is listed as the householder in the 1978-1979 Cleveland City Directory. He was born 2 April 1922 in Pennsylvania. He died 14 December 1995 at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. Obituaries were published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 16 and 17 December, 1995, section B, page 8. Kennedy had served in the Navy. His industry was listed as "Hospitals", his occupation, "Managers, medicine and health". At the time of his death, he was living in Beachwood, Ohio.

See bios (for Heiken) in:
Who's Who in the East. 16th - 18th editions, 1977-1982. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who.

February 26, 1980
Sold to Arnold Byron Swertloff (29 September 1939, Pennsylvania - 30 May 1993, Cleveland, OH) and Esther R. Swertloff (born November 1943).

Anthony (or Abraham) R. Swertloff (b. April 1974)
Brett J. Swertloff (b. December 1976 - 16 August 2003)
Rebecca Swertloff

Arnold B. (A. B.) Swertloff was a psychologist. His publications include:
MA Thesis, 1967: Some personality correlates of group risk taking
PhD Thesis, 1974: The composition of staff teams in a juvenile correctional institution and its relationship to delinquent's behaviors and attitudes

Work Shift, Occupational Status, and the Perception of Job Prestige
(with Ronald Bohr) (both were affiliated with Philadelphia State Hospital)
in the Journal of Applied Psychology; June 1969 Part 1, Vol. 53 Issue 3, p 227-229

Obituaries for Arnold were published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on 1 June 1993, section E, p. 2, and 2 June 1993, section C, p. 6, The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent (no date given) and in the Cleveland Jewish News. The date of publication in the Cleveland Jewish News is listed as 6 April 1993, which is clearly wrong.

According to The Cleveland Jewish News Obituary Index, 1964-2007, Brett Jay Swertloff was born c. 1977 in Langley Park, MD. He died 16 August 2003. He is buried in Bet Olam Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Cleveland Jewish News on 9 May 2003. One was also published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 18 August 2003, section B, page 5.

November 20, 2008
Sold to Audrey Busta-Peck and Christopher Busta-Peck


Nora said...

Interesting!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!

artemis said...

Wow---I'm jealous! I've been tracing our house's history too, but there's nowhere near this level of detail in our county records. (Which, incidentally, is Alameda County in California---those Oakland addresses are right down the street from me!) Nice work.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...


While the ownership data is derived from county records, and the building information from city records, the rest of it is from from the database Ancestry Library Edition, which I have access to through my local public library.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood with a digital camera, I'd love to see pictures of those addresses.

Researching these things isn't that hard, especially if your owners have a less than common name. It can, of course, be quite time consuming. I'll try to do a blog entry soon on learning the history of ones house.

Jenny Kerr said...

Congratulations you guys! I am the keeper of the family Geneaolgy in our family but I am pretty sure with Lawrence County being so bad at keeping track of everything there isn't much info to be had about our house. Since the PO had pics of the house from right after it was built I am assuming that when realtor said it had been in her husband's family he meant from the begining. Too bad no one knows much about it.

LaurelO said...

Congrats! I see you know your genealogy research ... I am a gen researcher as well. The Cleveland Necrology records have been a great help to me! Best wishes in your new home!

Ranty said...

Yay! I like the last entry best!!!

artemis said...

Hmm, I'll have to check to see if our library has a subscription to Ancestry---something to explore!

On the house front, sadly the 51st Street house is now gone---in the 1960s they slammed the interstate system through the center of Oakland, and the city tore down most of the bungalows on one side of 51st Street so that they could widen the street to accommodate the added traffic coming on and off the highway. (If you Google the address, you can see the spot where the missing houses should be in the satellite view.) It would likely have been a "starter" Arts & Crafts bungalow built 1912-ish, though. There's a great organization dedicated to the history of that neighborhood (it's called Temescal, and considered one of Oakland's new "trendy" places for young families, so a lot of the homes have been restored in recent years):

The other address is in downtown Oakland, which has been razed and rebuilt a number of times over the decades, so I imagine it may be gone as well---but next time I'm downtown, I'll take a peek.

Jason said...

The "necrology records" sound so morbid - like some sort of ancient book of the undead, bound in human skin, which none but the chosen shall open. I'm not surprised the Cleveland Public Library has one of those.

I'm looking forward to a post on tracing a house's history. I confess my utter and complete ignorance about everyone who owned our house 14 years or more ago (and I only know the previous owners' names from all the paperwork).

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Jenny - I bet, given enough time, a fair amount of the history of your house could be learned. It'll probably involve a fair amount of time spent at the county courthouse, but it can be done.

Laurel - I'm not that big on genealogy, actually. I'm just a librarian who is, um, persistent in his quest for information.

Ranty - Yes, me too. Funny how there isn't really any information about those people. I guess we'll have to see what we can learn from the photographs and other blog postings.

Artemis - That's too bad. I'll add that bit of information to the entry, somehow. I plan to photograph all the previous residences in the area, when I get a chance.

Jason - Just hope that your previous owners have distinctive names.

artemis said...

I should probably add, lest I sound like a total house-stalker, that 397 51st was one of our "also-rans," which is why I have so much dirt on that stretch of 51st Street...I'm only a partial house-stalker. :) And congrats on the closing---just noticed the date!

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Artemis - that house has no yard! Also, um, you're talking to me about being a house stalker? Look at the information I've dug up already!

artemis said...

Yep, one of the many reasons we don't live there! (It also had the dubious distinction of having a sailboat mural painted on its Arts & Crafts fireplace (??)---and then there's the whole wide street/missing neighbors thing.) But it was a sweet little house, and is a few blocks away from some of the best food this side of the Mississippi....we ended up twenty blocks south of there, but still spend a lot of time in that neighborhood!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris...
I have lots of data on Richard Urmston Collier, mason/builder of your house and many others in Shaker Hts. He's my paternal grandfather. He built many of the public brick/stone buildings in Lake and Geauga counties too...not to mention some gorgeous homes there...including his own.
Please contact me at:

Rachel M said...

Hi Chris,

I was just trying to find info on the funeral for my husband's uncle when I found your blog. He was Robert Mears and is on your list of residents. I haven't taken time to read through all the details. I do know that my father in law, Richard Mears, lived with their parents in a larger Shaker House until his father, Paul Mears, was killed in a commercial plane crash on a business trip when my father in law was only an infant. They both moved to the Lomond neighborhood with their mother and bought houses of their own in that neighborhood and have lived there since. We live in Fernway, but have never thought to track our house's history.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...


Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I've been doing some more research and I hope to have another post about the house and its residents in the near future.

Dan Hahn said...

chris, I wonder where you are with the work of restoring that house on South Moreland.
I'm a resident dating from the 30's and 40's
My name is Daniel Frederick Hahn.and for the time we lived in the house, I thought we'd be there for ever.
I remember sitting in the dining room complete with button under the rug to call the servant, and hearing the news on the radio about Pearl Harbor. If I can help fill in answers to questions you still have, please reach me at I'll be more than happy to chat with you.

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