The Glendale College
Glendale Glimpses
Lake Hannigan
Historic Correspondence
Seven Angels Windows by Tiffany
1870 Chapter on Glendale
1894 History
Brackers Tavern
Some Old Glendale Info
Florien Giauque
Thomas Cartwright Hall
Schatzman Hardware
Glendale Office Building
Johnny Appleseed
Glendale Streetcars
The Story of Gunny Hill
Harry Whiting Brown
1869 Titus Map of Glendale
Walton Craig - National Flag Co.
Our Very Historic Lamp Posts
When you have finished here,
Visit the Historical Photos Gallery
Matthew Addy Green & the Petrified Log
Short History of Glendale Fire Department

The Original Glendale Depot

The Suburbs of Cincinnati:
Sketches Historical and Descriptive
by Sidney D. Maxwell


© 2008-2010

And this from:
"Sketches and Statistics of Cincinnati in 1851"
by Charles Cist


This is a village, and once a series of fine farms, amounting in the aggregate to five hundred and sixty-five acres. It is situated on the line of the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton railroad, and twelve miles from our own city. The property has been purchased by a joint-stock company of thirty persons, who propose, after selecting their own lots out of the premises, to lay off the residue into building lots of various sizes, confining their sales to actual residents, at least for the summer season, and of a description of persons who will be desirable neighbors to each other. A series of improvements are in progress, which will make Glendale a delightful residence. An artificial lake of four acres surface, and seventeen feet depth, has been created, by running a dam three hundred feet long just below four or five permanent and abundant springs ; which will secure inexhaustible supplies of water for washing and bathing.

Glendale will be a station for wooding and watering, and passengers and freight for the Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton railroad.

An arrangement will be made to establish regular morning and evening trains to and from Cincinnati, in addition to the through trains. This will afford unrivaled facilities to accommodate the dwellers at Glendale.

There will be three hundred lots or more, laid out, for future purchasers.

© 2008-2010





The Glendale Monitor for May, 1892, contained a historical sketch of the village by Charles Probasco, from which the following facts are derived: "In 1807 Mr. Hamilton. a very wealthy gentleman of New Orleans, built the house now owned and occupied by Mr. Igler, just west of Glendale, on the Hamilton pike, for a summer residence. About fifty-five years ago it was kept by Thomas Drake as a tavern. and was after that owned by Maj. Joseph Harris, who at one time owned a large Tract of land west of the pike, including the farm of Mrs. French. The first tavern was kept by Andrew Van Dyke in 1812. It stood just west of the toll-gate. [ For photos and a little history on the tollgate, visit The Tollgate Park page of this web site. ] Mrs. Hefner some time afterwards built a brick tavern, where Mrs. Samuel Allen's place now is.

S.B. Allen House

"The founders of Glendale were several gentlemen wishing to build themselves summer residences. They determined to select a place somewhere between Hamilton and Cincinnati, on the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton railroad, which was just being built, and they finally decided on the property where Glendale stands. The following gentlemen were interested in the movement, and became, under the name of the Glendale Association, the proprietors of the village: George Carlisle. S. S. L'Hommedieu, Fenton Lawson, Anthony Harkness, Samuel Fosdick, Henry Clark, Robert Crawford, William Burnett,, Edmund R. Glenn, and Lewis Worthington, as well as a few others. In 1851 this association was organized, and was incorporated as a village under the laws of Ohio March 13, 1855, The association bought of E. R. Glenn, John Riddle, J. Watson and others, about six hundred acres of land, which was subdivided into lots and laid out into streets and parks by R. C. Phillips, a civil engineer of Cincinnati. The subdivision is known as Crawford's and Clark's Subdivision of Glendale, so called because the trustees of the association were Crawford and Clark. There were only four residences on the property when it was laid out, one of which was that of E. R. Glenn, and one that of James Glenn, which stood where the residence of Mrs. B. D. Bartlett is, and which, owing to its being so fine, many years ago was called Castle Warwick. The first lot, the one where A. G. Clark lives, was sold to Henry Clark at a premium of $500, which seems very dear, when we think that. John Cleves Symmes bought the land, including Glendale, September. 1794, for sixty-six and two-third cents per acre. The lot where the schoolhouse stands is lot No. 57 of the above subdivision."

The design of the promoters (o)f the village has been abundantly realized. It is certainly one f the most beautiful suburbs of Cincinnati. The plat was made to conform to the configuration of the lands, with no attempt at geometrical regularity. Sharon avenue, it is true. passes through the plat in a direct east and west course, intersected at right angles by Congress avenue, while there are subdivisions adjacent to the original plat which conform to the conventional type, but the avenues of the Crawford & Clark subdivision present almost every variety of curve known to the mathematician. To the uninitiated this is somewhat confusing, but to the residents it presents no difficulties, and is inure than compensated by the added beauty and the park-like aspect which it renders possible. An artificial lake with an area of several acres and several small parks are also among the attractions of the place.

The Meandering Streets of Glendale

The Glendale Lyceum is an outgrowth of the Circulating Book Club (organized in 1880), and of the Library Association of Glendale, which secured quarters, at first over Mr. Bruce's store and subsequently in the Town hall. The Lyceum was incorporated October 8, 1883, The constitution was adopted October 18, 1883, and amended November 7, 1885; membership is limited to residents of Glendale and its vicinity within a radius of three miles, The Lyceum building is a handsome brick structure, of which the corner stone was laid July 4, 1891. It was erected under the supervision of a building committee composed of Samuel Bailey, Jr., chairman; Joseph H. Feemster, secretary; Robert Clarke, treasurer; William A. Procter, and Charles W. Withenbury. The architect was H. Neill Wilson, of Pittsfield, Mass., and the contractor was Isaac Graveson. The main hall is 40 x 50, with a large stage and appropriate dressing rooms. The library, according to the report for January, 1893, consisted of 2800 volumes, while the museum presents a rich and interesting collection of mineralogical, archaeological, and other specimens and curios. The Lyceum was formally opened February 22, 1892, when Judge Joseph Cox delivered the dedicatory address. Judge Samuel F. Hunt was the orator at the laying of the corner stone.

The Lyceum, an excellent venue for entertaining, events, wedding receptions, etc.

Glendale was incorporated as a village May 22, 1855. The first election occurred on the 13th of August following, when George Crawford was chosen mayor, Samuel J. Thompson, recorder, and Samuel Fosdick, Ezra Elliott, C. Deitrick, B. Roberts, and Stanley Matthews, trustees. The number of voters was fifty-six. Benjamin Sterrett was the first village treasurer. The succession of mayors has been as follows: George Crawford, 1855-56; Anthony Harkness, 1857; Warner M. Bateman, 1858; William B. Moores, 1859: Cyrus Knowlton, 1861 ; I. D. W. Jennings, 1862; Clinton Kirby, 1862; Warner M. Bateman, 1862; Samuel J. Thompson, 1864; Stanley Matthews, 1866: Samuel T. Crawford, 1868; R. M. Shoemaker, 1869; Samuel T. Crawford, 1869; T. J. Haldeman, 1874; R. W. Keys, 1874; Samuel A. McCune, 1876; Florien Giauque, 1882; Thomas Spooner, 1884; Henry B. McClure, 1888. The village building was erected in 1871, and the town hall in 1875.

The Glendale water supply is derived from artesian wells. The work of laying mains was begun September 26, 1892, but water was not supplied to private consumers until June, 1893. Analysis of the water shows almost entire freedom from deleterious elements.

The first postmaster was John C. Wolfe, appointed October 7, 1852. The postal designation at that time was Fosdick, which was changed to Glendale November 28, 1854.


The First Presbyterian Church of Glendale was organized November 29, 1855, in the chapel of Glendale Female College, with seventeen members. Services were held in the college chapel until 1860, when the present chapel of this church was built. The church edifice was dedicated in April. 1874. Revs. Thomas Spencer, J. G. Monfort, D. D.. L. D. Potter, D. D,, S. S. Potter, and Frank Robbins served as stated supplies until 1861, since which date the pastors have been Revs. Hiram A Tracy, William H. Babbitt, S. H, McMullin and David A. Heron. The following is a list of elders: Jacob J. Packer, John F. Keys, William B. Moores, Stanley Matthews, William B. Probasco, Samuel J. Thompson, Samuel Robbins, Robert K. Brown, Thomas J. Duncan, Hugh W. Hughes, Thomas J. Biggs, Harry W. Hughes, Harry L. Keys, and W. H. Hutton.

St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Glendale, was organized by Rev. J. C. Albrink, by whom a small brick church that constitutes the rear part of the present edifice was erected in 1859. Mass had previously been celebrated in a small frame house at the junction of the Springfield and Princeton pikes by priests from Cincinnati. Ten acres of ground, fronting on Sharon and Washington avenues and Church street, were donated to the priests by Gross & Dietrich. The pastoral residence was completed in 1863 by Rev. James M. Carey. Rev. James O'Donnell enlarged the church edifice to its present proportions; he also built the school and Sister's house. The succession of resident pastors has been as follows: Revs. Gerald C. Grace, P. A. Quinn, James Henry, James M. Carey, P. A. Quinn, and Nicholas J. Kelly, who assumed charge in 1880.

The Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian), Glendale, was instituted December 25, 1860, and organized January 16, 1861, with C. H. Allen, William B. Pierce. Jacob Purington, and Dr. George F. Foote, councilmen. C. H. Allen donated the church site and money sufficient for the building, " so far as to inclose the same and secure it from damage by paint." The corner stone was laid April 28, 1861, and the dedication occurred October 6, 1861, when Rev. J. P- Stuart officiated and Rev. Chauncey Giles preached. The pastors have been Revs. J. P. Stuart, 1861-62; Frank Sowall, 1863-72; J. H. Einhaus, 1872; J. E. Warren, 1872-73; Edwin Gould, 1873-76; H. H. Grant, 1890-91. In recent years the church has been principally supplied with preaching by the students and professors of Urbana University.

Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, Glendale. Rev. John B. Pradt held the first Episcopal services at Glendale, July 9, 1865. The parish was organized oil the 6th of August following, when John D. Jones was elected senior warden, N. C. McLean, junior warden, and R. H. Shoemaker, Henry Holroyd, George W. Jones, John Titus and Robert B. Moores, vestrymen. Public services were held in the chapel of Glendale College for several months, and then at private houses until 1867, when a small frame chapel was erected on Mr. Fosdick's lot for temporary occuancy. The present stone church was built in 1870 at a cost of $18,000. and consecrated in .July, 1872. by Bishop Bedell. The rectory was built in 1875. and the parish house was added to the church in 1891. The succession of rectors has been as follows: Revs. John B. Pradt, August 6, 1865, to September 30, 1867; Samuel H. Boyer, November 20, 1867, to November 1, 1869; Charles H. Young, April, 1870, to October, 1874; David Pise, D. D., since April, 1875. Rev. Cleveland K. Benedict became assistant rector in June, 1892.

The Glendale Methodist Episcopal Church originated in a series of meetings held in the Town Hall by Rev. It. K. Deem. The first board of trustees consisted of J. H. Moore, N. W. Hickox, William E. Mears, and A. F. Bernhart. The church site, consisting of two lots, valued at $1,000, was donated by Clinton Kirby. who also contributed $500 in cash. The work of building was begun in November, 1886, under the supervision of N. W. Hickox, and the completed edifice was dedicated May 29, 1887. Rev. R, K. Deem, the pastor at that time, has been succeeded by Revs Andrew Hamilton, Charles L. Chapman and Calvin Horn.

Click Here for Glendale Biographies from this 1894 History (pdf)

Glendale 1860

While most towns near Cincinnati had begun as autonomous villages and became suburbs only as the city expanded, Glengale was planned as a community in a rural setting whose residents would work in Cincinnati. In 1851, 30 people formed the Glendale Association and purchased 600 acres, once the farms of John Riddle and Edmund R. Glenn (from whom the village name was obtained), along the line of the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad. Robert C. Phillips planned the town, lots were sold and by 1852 the first house was built.


When the Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton (C.H. &D.) Railroad was under Construction in the 1840’s a labor camp was set up along the right-of-way. In 1851 a group of people purchased the 600-acre plot of farmland, with the Intentions of creating pleasant living away from the city. Construction started on the lots in 1852 resulting in charming 19th Century architectural styles. In May of 1885 this area was incorporated as the Village of Glendale. The Glendale Historic District was placed on the National Register in 1976, as the First historic National Landmark in Ohio.

Glendale’s Village Square, which contains a number of shops and the train Depot, were built in 1880 to replace earlier structures destroyed by fire. Additional shops, police station, and city offices clustered around the depot became the center of Glendale’s activities

This handsome, square, two-story brick building was built possibly as early as 1853, and before 1856. In 1856 it was known as Bracker Tavern. Before the Prohibition law of 1918, it was known as a typical saloon. With the advent of Prohibition it became more of a restaurant serving full meals in the front, with slot machines and liquor in the back room. Overnight guests in the village lockup were served breakfast by the tavern. This became so well known and desirable by the local hobos that it was noted if they were recent guests of the village, they were not locked up. In the early 1920’s a daughter of the Brackers married Mr. Robert Heine and they became the owners. They Installed a soda fountain and sold French Bauer Ice Cream. Up front they sold Penny candy just like the old Ben Franklin Stores. At lunch hot soup and sandwiches were served.

In 1958 this establishment was put into Lillian H. Heine’s name and in 1962 she sold the establishment to William McConnell, along with a group of three other men who changed the name to the Iron Horse Inn, which takes its name from the 1856 steam engine. This establishment still kept with serving food and drink to its patrons. In 1971 ownership changed hands to Mr. Robert Maloney and Vera M. Maloney. In 1984 ownership again changed hands to Mr. Dewy Huff and his wife Betty. They brought the restaurant to a new culinary height. Serving everything made from scratch. Specialties of the house were roasted duckling with orange sauce, chicken breast with Chicken Mousse and Julienne Vegetables, Veal Medallions with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Artichoke Bottoms. Lunch was a lighter affair with sandwiches and hearty salads. At any meal, desserts were outstanding, one of which was Bavarian Mud Pie. It became a memorable eating experience with anyone who dined there.

On June 11, 1994 Dewey & Elizabeth Huff sold the establishment to a long standing Glendale family. The Sawyers remodeled the restaurant and in keeping with tradition, the Iron Horse remained an upscale eating establishment. In 2008 the Iron Horse was once again sold to another Glendale Resident and was redecorated to embrace the old and welcome the new.

In 2012, Ashley and Jay Silbermann, along with Tom Rosenbaum and John Christian, bought the Iron Horse Inn. Their intention is to create a more casual, accessible restaurant, so people come more often than just for special occasions.

Henry Bishoprick was a Glendale resident whose ad (below)
appeared in the 1856 Williams Cincinnati Business Directory:

Birth: May 2, 1812
Yorkshire, England

Death: July 10, 1892
Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA

Business Executive, Union Civil War Veteran. Born in Yorkshire at Richmond in England, he emigrated to the America and settled in (Glendale) Cincinnati, Ohio. Bishoprick entered into business and eventually started the Bishoprick and Company, manufacturers of infallible baking powder in Cincinnati. He was a partner of Thomas M. Redhead and was married to his sister, Elizabeth Redhead. When the Civil War began, he supported the Union Army and offered the service of his business. After the threat of a Confederate invasion of Cincinnati in 1862, he volunteered to help to defend the city and enrolled with the 11th Ohio Volunteer Militia. He enlisted for thirty days' service and was mustered into Company H as a Private. After the war, he moved to Brooklyn, New York where his wife died in 1866. Bishoprick passed away in 1892 at his residence in Brooklyn when he was 80 years old.

Biography above by Kevin Guy

Life could be hard in the mid-1800's, even for prominent men like Henry Bishoprick. Henry's son, Charles Edward was born in August of 1850 in Buffalo, New York, and passed away from "gangrene of the cheek" in Glendale on February 22, 1853, at just two and a half years old.

Despite the loss of their son Charles, according to the US Census, Henry and Elizabeth had quite the full house in 1860, although it appears as though he had moved from Glendale to Cincinnati by then; perhaps to be closer to work. Their children's names and ages were Amelia 20, Alice 15, and Ellen 13, all Canadian born, and Nicholas 8, and Mary 5, both born in Glendale. The Bishopricks also had a 22 year old English servant named Elizabeth Nichol in residence.

Sadly, their daughter Mary, born in Glendale in May of 1855, passed away from "scarlet fever" on December 10, 1864 at just nine years of age. In 1866, after the war, Henry moved to Brooklyn, New York, where his wife died on January 27, 1866 of "nervous fever" (typhoid). Several of Henry's family, including who appears to be his father, Mark, are buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

With the help of Joanne Goode, I have been trying to determine where in Glendale Henry Bishoprick lived. What makes this difficult is that he was apparently involved in multiple land deals whereby he purchased lots and then subdivided and sold them. The two primary tracts he was involved in were lots 110 & 111 of block 14:

and lots 173 & 174 on the east side of Troy Avenue:

Whether or not he ever lived in one of these two areas is yet unknown. Anyone interested in looking at Henry's deals may click here to review a pdf file of deeds. Keep in mind that Henry's wife is Elizabeth and his brother-in-law and business partner is Thomas M. Redhead. You'll see those names too. To view, Click here

From the Cincinnati Society Blue Book of 1879

Another business owned by Glendale residents (1856 listing):

Same business owned by Glendale residents (1862 listing):

My grandmother was born at 2 Forest Place [see Davis House] . It was built by her grandfather, Charles Davis as a summer house and eventually became her parents permanent home (father Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Davis took the train into Cincinnati every day to the pork packing business his father founded with help of John H. Porter [see Porter House 40 West Fountain] and another early Glendale resident, Nathaniel Goldsmith) [see Goldsmith House 95 East Fountain]. Sadly, her father died when she was a child, 1906, and her mother moved the family away from Glendale between 1910 & 1914. But my grandmother loved Glendale always. I visit there every summer, if only to drive through. It is so beautiful.

The Charles Davis' house on Forest Place is mentioned as being a summer place specifically, which only later became Frank Davis' family's home. At that time his fulltime residence was in downtown Cincinnati, at 57 West 9th Street. The Porters appear to have built their home to live in fulltime. John & Lydia lost several unnamed babies (buried at Spring Grove) before they had their two sons, Herbert Kent and Bonsall. I would imagine they wanted to rear them in a country setting.

I was named Mary Abigail for MaryAnn Abigail Porter, who was the wife of Charles Davis and the (half) sister of John Porter, Which would explain my love of Glendale, Cincinnati and this branch of my genealogy.

Abby Pettiss Kuehn

Historic Lamp Posts

October 5, 2015

Rachel Schmid has been stripping and painting Glendale's historic lamp posts along Greenville Avenue. She was both delighted and amazed to see molded letters pop out from beneath the layers of old paint she was removing. They can be seen easily in the photo above, but here is what they say:

AP&S Co Cin O 1894

When I saw this I had to know more. Diving into the 1894 Cincinnati Williams Directory I found this listing:

But there's more:

Located approximately 10 miles west of downtown Cincinnati on the Ohio River, Addyston is a friendly community of about 1,000 residents, founded in 1891 by Matthew Addy. Addyston Village Council first met on Wednesday, September 2, 1891. The first meeting of council dealt with organization laws that had to be passed in order for Addyston to become a legal village and control the growing population.

That lamp post ties into a lot of history, including a Supreme Court case, Addyston Pipe & Steel Co. v. United States.

Lamp post located at the top of Van Cleve or "Little" Park

From 1896 Williams Directory

Historic Correspondence

    Mayor Matthews & Mayor Carruthers
December 14, 1981 Q&A

Florien Giauque

Walton Craig

Walton Craig, Sr., born in Northern Kentucky in 1841, was the cofounder and secretary of the Spencer & Craig Printing Works. They established the company in Cincinnati in 1869 and in 1894 they became The National Flag Company. It was in 1900 that Walton Craig moved from Covington to Glendale, taking up residence on Fountain Avenue. He resided in Glendale until 1907 when he moved again to 422 Springfield Pike in Wyoming, where he resided until his death in 1936. He and his family are interred in Spring Grove Cemetery.

July 20, 1930 Enquirer

Young Walton Craig

In 1869, Walton Craig, Sr. and Englishman Frederick Spencer started Spencer & Craig Printing Works. Initially specializing in printing, they only employed two seamstresses who made flags to order.

By 1894 flags became their primary product and on May 1, 1894, they changed the name of their business to The National Flag Company.

They continued to be known for producing all types of flags and patriotic decorations. In 1909, The National Flag Company manufactured the unofficial largest U.S. flag ever made to date. It was 80 x 160 feet, completely made of wool and weighed 750 pounds. It was purchased by the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Thirty years later, in 1940, The National Flag Company had survived The Great Depression and also managed to keep their heads above water during the disastrous flooding of the Ohio River in 1937. The water reached the first two floors of the building located at 1012 Flint Street in the Queensgate area of Cincinnati. The company today is still going strong at their new location at 1819 Freeman Avenue.

Thomas Cartwright Hall

T. Cartwright Hall, who passed away in December of 2008, was the designer (1980's) of the Village Logo (above) still in use today.

Schatzman Hardware

For many decades, Schatzman Hardware served the residents of Glendale at 16 Village Square. Everyone in Glendale knew the proprietor, Ray Schatzman, who always had the solutions to their hardware related problems. It was also known that Ray had no interest in selling to children, and was often heard to say to those kids who entered his store, "Sorry, you should have been here five minutes earlier, I just sold the last one." He simply didn't want to bother with children.

Ray had a brother, Walter, who was the village plumber. Now Walter, who lived just up the street at 970 Willow, and his shop was where the Blue Bird Bakery is now (29 Village Square), was famous for knowing the whereabouts of every pipe in town (having installed them all). Walter had a passion for feeding the squirrels of Glendale. He would buy 50 lb. bags of raw peanuts and every day at 5:00pm he would sit in the back yard of 970 Willow, much to the delight of children who would visit every day. Walter would allow the squirrels to crawl all over him looking for their peanuts... it was said that dozens of them would be on him at any given time, so many so that at times it was hard to see old Walter for his furry visitors.

Below, is an old advertisement from Schatzman Hardware, circa 1932:

Johnny Appleseed - Did you Know?

In 1844, John Henry Cook and John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed 1774-1845) traveled north from Cincinnati to the last camp meeting of the Pentecost in the Back Woods. Inside the small structure that served as a church for the early settlers, John Cook sat at one end of one of the pews, and Johnny Appleseed sat at the other end of the same pew. After this last meeting, the building was closed up for good. Over the years that followed the pews were moved to one corner and the old structure was used by the local settlers for the storage of hay.

Some years later, after Glendale had come into being, Mr. Henry Allen purchased the land surrounding the old church and built his home and estate. Later, Mr. Allen donated the wooded land on which the old church stood to become the site of the Church of New Jerusalem. He also contributed funds for the construction of the new church building.

C.H. Allen House

When the funding of the new church construction fell short, additional funds for the completion of the new church were contributed by Henry Allen's father, Marsten Allen.

Marsten Allen House

The new church building was designed to be a reproduction of a small Catholic church in the Black Forest of Bavaria. The plans were drawn up from memory by John Henry Cook and the Reverend James Park Stuart, both of whom had seen and admired the beautiful little Bavarian church building. In 1861, upon the completion of the new church, the old church building of the Pentecost in the Back Woods, resting in the shadow of the new church's steeple, was finally torn down. However, before it was demolished, John Henry Cook ventured inside one last time and salvaged the very pew upon which he and Johnny Appleseed had sat in attendance at the last meeting of the Pentecost in the Back Woods. He took the old pew home, restored it, and used it as a garden bench. Although it changed hands several times, the Johnny Appleseed pew remained in the possession of his family and friends until 1975, when it was returned to the church. Today, it is proudly displayed in the foyer of the Church of New Jerusalem on Congress Avenue.

This brief history was derived from THE STORY OF THE JOHNNY APPLESEED PEW as written by Bill Cook. The full story can be read on the Church of New Jerusalem Website.

An Interesting Tidbit

An article from the
Cincinnati Commercial Tribune
November 4, 1901


Glendale Boys Play Trick on the Street Railway Men

    Hollowe’en jokes were running overtime in Glendale Saturday night. Hollowe’en night a statue had been removed from the Vaness residence and used to stop Millcreek Valley street cars with it. The cars would come to a halt and the conductor would invite the supposed passenger to “Step on, please.”

    Saturday a moveable arm was fixed to the statue, manipulated by a string, and as the cars approached the arm waved frantically to the motormen. The boys succeeded in delaying cars for some time before the street railway people were “on.”

(Copied with the different spelling of Halloween and Van Ness.)
Submitted by: Herb Wengler

I found the above article food for thought about the streetcars that once passed through Glendale. So, here's the scoop. Streetcar service to Glendale began in 1901 and ended in 1931. The Glendale Route was #76 and it ran north on Congress to west on Sharon to the end-of-line at the Sharon Loop on the northeast corner of Sharon Road and Springfield Pike (Rt.4). The "loop" is where the #76 turned around and headed back to Cincinnati. It was immediately around the corner (turning north off Sharon) on the right side of Springfield Pike. There is evidence that after 1928 the Sharon Road & Congress Avenue wye (Y shaped turn-around) became the end-of-line.

Route #75, which went only as far as through Wyoming, and turned around at Bonham Road (NW corner, where bank building is) continued to run until 1932.

Route #77, which ran beyond Glendale to Springdale was in service from 1928 to 1930.

Cincinnati & Hamilton (Mill Creek Valley Line)

    Hartwell - Hamilton

    Broad Gauge

        Line Constructed By the Cincinnati & Hamilton Traction Co., 1901
        Leased to the Cincinnati Interurban Co., 1902
        Reorganized as the Ohio Traction Co., 1905
        Purchased by CSR, Service Cut Back to Springdale, 1926
        Streetcar Service Suspended, 1932

Below, you will see a photo of the Sharon Loop location, some diagrams of the Sharon Loop and the Congress & Sharon Road wye (a Y shaped turn-around), and you will find a link to Jeffrey Jakucyk's website, who contributed all of this information:

Here is a blueprint of the loop on Springfield Pike at Sharon:

Here is the Congress Avenue & Sharon Road wye. Northbound trollies not going on to Springdale would turn left from Congress onto Sharon, and then back up the short spur of track on Congress north of Sharon and then proceed south again on the return trip to downtown Cincinnati:

Although not in Glendale, this Hartwell power house, on DeCamp Avenue, was the source of the power that drove the Millcreek Valley Line to Glendale. For those interested in seeing it, it is still there on the north side of DeCamp, just off Vine Street in Hartwell. The smokestack is gone, but its round foundation can still be seen on the roof, and the three portals (round holes) on the side of the building are where the power cables exited the plant.

Cincinnati Streetcars, Interurbans, and Railroads

For those of you too young to remember, the streetcar referenced in the Halloween Prank article, might have looked like this 1895 coach:

Later coaches might have looked like this 1928 coach, the Lockland #78, and yes, the bus route is still #78, as you might have just realized:

Coach photos taken from Dave's Electric Railroads

Harry Whiting Brown
To read the history of the Harry Whiting Brown Community Center (HWB), click the button below to visit their website's history section.

Harry Whiting Brown's History

A Little Fire Department History

Glendale College

In this section you will find photographs from 1908 contributed by Catherine Anne Custer, granddaughter of Helen Scott Custer, who was a student at the Glendale College, but later on a teacher there as well. These photos are from her personal album. For the most part, the photos are unidentified, as to exact location and identity of the people contained therein. They are, also for the most part, taken around the vicinity of the Glendale College, which was located on the northwest corner of West Sharon Road and Laurel Avenue in Glendale.

Although we cannot identify all the photos, as to location, or the names of people depicted, we do get a sense of what the girls and their friends were like back in 1908 Glendale.

Catherine Anne Custer

Glendale College        

Glendale College 1908

Glendale College 1908

On the right, Helen Scott Custer, Student and Teacher at Glendale College

Lake Hannigan (Now Lake Park)

This is the home that currently occupies the former Glendale College campus

Glendale Glimpses
A Junior College for Young Women
with Preparatory School for Girls

In this section you will find photographs and descriptions from the publication Glendale Glimpses contributed by Catherine Anne Custer, granddaughter of Helen Scott Custer, who was a student at the Glendale College, but later on, a teacher there as well. The booklet was a production of The Glendale College, Inc. The photos were taken around the vicinity of the Glendale College, which was located on the northwest corner of West Sharon Road and Laurel Avenue in Glendale, Ohio.

"The School," with Recitation Room and Assebbly Hall

"The Cottage," with Laboratories and Studios




History Behind the Village Office Building

Every resident of Glendale is familiar with the Village Office Building in historic Village Square. Every visitor to Village Square notices the unique architecture of the office building, but what neither resident, nor visitor might realize is that the Village Office Building was once a stable.

From 1992 to 1998 the village restored the old stable, on the same spot, using original brick. Several of the original walls are still intact.

The building is 1870's era, was purchased by Glendale in July of 1927 with estate taxes from the Burchenal family and then used as a fire house and service department. Years later the building became the Village Offices, and in 1988 when Walter Cordes became Village Administrator, he and Council worked toward providing a more suitable office. From 1992 to 1998 the idea evolved into a finished project and the building was restored to its original appearance and with a new purpose. The old "livery" is now used exclusively as a municipal building with gratis offices for GYS and the Chamber of Commerce.


"Village Office" in 1870 (Meagher's Stable)

Stable as it was after it was purchased by the village in the late 1920's

Village Office, 1990, Before Remodel

Village Office Today

Click on any of the photos above to see a larger photo slide show of the stable as it was in 1870 when it was owned by A.J. Meagher and a larger version the stable as it was after it was purchased by the village in the late 1920's.

NOTE: The home seen behind and to the left of the office, in both the 1870 photo and the 2006 photo, is the Bartlett House, built in 1865. Note the circular attic window is still present and unchanged over 136 years.

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