EDITOR’S NOTE–This is another article on Findlay-area history adapted from a series written from 1959 to 1974 by the late R.L. Heminger, publisher and editor of The Courier.
By R.L. HEMINGER
The residential areas of West Sandusky Street in the general vicinity of South Cory Street hold quite an historical interest when one takes a look back some years.
West Sandusky Street generally has always been a residential area of much prominence through the years, many well-known families having their homes there. Today we will recall some of the occupants of homes in the first couple blocks, centering around Cory Street.
A building that was located at the southeast corner was once the home of Col. J.M. Neibling, who commanded the 21st Ohio Volunteer Regiment which was recruited in Findlay and Hancock County in 1861 for the Civil War. Col. Neibling had seen service in the Mexican War. He lost a limb in the conflict and was presented by his men with a sword in recognition of his leadership. He served as sheriff of Hancock County and also was Findlay’s postmaster at one time.
Diagonally across the street was the home which Jule Magnee, a prominent Findlay restaurant man, occupied in the early days. It subsequently became the home of R.J. Altschul, of the wholesale fruit and vegetable firm of that name. Later Charles E. Hay occupied the home. Mrs. Hay conducted her “Red Robin” tea room there.
Next door was the home of the Clark family, long in the funeral business in the community. Three generations, J.R. Clark, Walter Clark and Frank Clark, were in the business through the years.
On down the street a little at 220 W. Sandusky St. was the home of Theophlis Carnahan, who was one of the partners in the well-known Carnahan dry goods store on South Main Street for many years. His brother was W.R. Carnahan, who lived on South Main just a couple homes beyond Baldwin Avenue.
The Carnahan store stood where the Fifth-Third Bank is located, at South Main and East Crawford streets. It was burned out in a disastrous fire around the turn of the century and never opened again. There was a long legal controversy in the courts involving insurance claims for some years.
One of the young women of the Carnahan family became the bride of one of the Seiberlings, of rubber manufacture fame, in Akron.
Directly west of the former Carnahan dwelling stood a home which was moved to this location around the turn of the century from West Main Cross Street at Cory Street, to provide a site for the new Findlay high school building which went up at that time. The home at the time belonged to E.G. DeWolfe, former Findlay postmaster, and once a Findlay newspaper owner. Living there later were the L.C. Glessners, the Dr. J.C. Martins and subsequently it became the home of the W.E. Houcks for a long time.
The fact that the home, make of brick, was able to be successfully moved was regarded as something of a feat, in view of the brick construction.
Across the street at the corner of South West Street was the home occupied for many years by P.S. Shoupe, former Findlay mayor and shoe merchant. Next door on the east in a large brick dwelling lived David Hosler, a former Hancock County treasurer. Here a tea room was later established by Mrs. Elizabeth Foresman and subsequently the property became occupied as an office building for medical men.
Amos Kimmons, a Findlay hardware dealer, occupied the large home at 205 West Sandusky St. for a number of years. At one time, this was the home of the late Dr. and Mrs. C.C. Peale, parents of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the noted New York clergyman. Dr. Peale, the father, was at that time a district superintendent of the Methodist Church, after having been pastor of the First Methodist Church here.
A brother of Amos Kimmons, Benjamin F. Kimmons, occupied a large home at 813 S. Main St., just beyond Lima Street.
One dwelling in this general locality which no longer stands was a home which was located on land adjoining the First Methodist Church on the west. It was occupied by W.F. Leslie, church custodian for many years, until it was razed. On the West Crawford Street end of the local church stood a storage barn which belonged to the old Buckeye Hardware Co.