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|No: 429||Street: Elm||Name:|
|Family: Gross||Owner Info: Y|
|Built: 1859/60||Sec: 23||Sub: Camden City||Lot: pt or all 671-685|
|#Owners: 11+||Original Use: Residential (2 family at times)||Current Use: Residential|
|CHANGES||As Built: N||Add To: Y||Sub From: Y||Replace: N|
|1989 - demolished garage and built garden shed. 1990 - added deck outside kitchen. 1993 - permit for the Lewis family to turn 6 rooms into 4 larger ones (Stock Keffer, contractor). 2000 - changes made outdoors. 2001 - added French doors & 2nd story balcony to rear of house for David Lewis (Mike Kohus, architect, Epic Construction). 2005 permit for Lewis workshop for vehicle restoration - hobby. Stock Keffer, contractor. 2006 Lewis permit for a greenhouse (hobby).|
|Current Owner: Jeffrey H. Gross||Date Fr: 2014||Date To:|
|Original Owner: ???||Date Fr:||Date To:|
|Owner 1: Margaret Brown (Eliza & then Sallie?)||Date Fr 1: by 1900||Date To 1: 1920|
|Owner 2: Paul P. & Minna M. Rover (are these the elderly world travelers? estate?)||Date Fr 2: 1920||Date To 2:1925|
|Owner 3: John B. & Ella McGoren (probably didn't live here but still at 600 Stanton Avenue)||Date Fr 3: 1925||Date To 3: 1925|
|Owner 4: James Barton & John R. Castor||Date Fr 4: 1925||Date To 4: 1929|
|Owner 5: Charles W. Cornish||Date Fr 5: 1929||Date To 5: 1945|
|Owner 6: Imogene E. & Frank L. Tingley (1971-4 Kris Circle)||Date Fr 6: 1945||Date To 6: 1948|
|Owner 7: Anna M. Thomas & Josephine C. & Raymond E. Welch||Date Fr 7: 1948||Date To 7: 1956|
|Owner 8: Anna Mae Thomas 3/4; Ellis Thomas 1/4||Date Fr 8: 1956||Date To 8: 1960|
|Owner 9: Berend D. "Dave" & Constance A. Pannkuk||Date Fr 9: 1960||Date To 9: 1985|
|Owner 10: David E. & Sarah J. Lewis Tr||Date Fr 10: 1985||Date To 10: 2014|
|Owner 11:||Date Fr 11:||Date To 11:|
|Owner 12:||Date Fr 12:||Date To 12:|
|Description:||2 story Victorian, siding, hip roof - originally a 3 story home with a turret.|
|Story 1:||This is the Brown family (see Census) with the 4 sisters (Annie, Maggie, Sallie and Mary) who figure so prominently in the early years of the precursor to the Terrace Park Woman's Club. In fact, it was Annie who started the whole thing. Annie and Maggie were club members but the other two were not. However, they were prominent in serving refreshments when the club met at their home. They were Irish in origin and came from Belfast.|
|Story 2:||In 1915 Margaret Brown sold 435 Elm (or perhaps land to build it) to Anna Louise Closterman.|
|Story 2:||Information from Hazel Roush. "This is a copy of the picture of the house on Elm St. in Terrace Park that my uncle, James Barton Castor, owned. I am not sure when he bought that house, but I know he moved from Florida back to Ohio in 1924, and was living in this house in the summer of 1925 when we visited him. That is when this picture was taken. He left there in 1929 and went to Arizona. In 1925, Uncle Barton, his wife and three children were living downstairs. His parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Castor, and his single brother, Rilen Castor, were living, upstairs. It is my understanding that some elderly people, who were world travelers, had owned it and died leaving no close relatives. He may have bought it from their estate. I know the attic was full of antiques, and he said the yard had a tree or shrub from every continent in the world. the only one I remember is a tree from Australia that had fan-shaped leaves. Thanks for giving me the picture tonight."|
The Thomas Family of 429 Elm
|Story 4:||Information from Dave Pannkuk:
"We moved there in September of 1960 with five children and our 'nanny', Gwen Hennon. In December 1961, we were blessed with twin daughters.
From the records available, we determined the house had been built in 1859. Later I found a map of the Terrace Park (Camden or Columbia Twp.) area dated 1860. There were 6 or 7 house locations noted, one being 429 Elm. This was before the railroad came through and St. Thomas Church was built so the land owned by 429 Elm extended east to the Little Miami River [RR had come through so perhaps doubtful] and north towards Wooster (Chillicothe) Pike [???]. When Terrace Park was platted for development, the property became smaller. At one point, Bill Petitt, our neighbor who did title searches tried to look up the exact date. Unfortunately, the Hamilton County courthouse fire of 1879 destroyed all the records of that time.
Between the time the house was built and we moved in, there were several owners. One owner built the Petit house for their daughter's wedding present. (Check with Peggy Petit) When the railroad came through, the piece of property next to the railroad bridge was built up and over time became a teahouse.
Sometime in the 1920's there was a fire at 429 Elm. The house was three stories and according to Red Eveland, son of Harry Eveland, who watched the fire, the third story was burned off. I don't know who reconstructed the house then but Charley Cornish, who lived on Wooster Pike, did the remodeling of the house into a two family duplex. Charley said that during the construction he found a hole on the back of the kitchen which he claimed was caused by an errant shell which exploded from a munitions train during a trip from downtown Cincinnati to Camp Dennison. (Harry Eveland dismissed that as a myth.)
We purchased the house in its duplex format from the Thomas's. The structure was sound enough that rooms could be changed to suit personal preferences. Before we moved into the house, we had to have a door framed in from the first to second floor in order to avoid having to go outside. That gave the house two front doors. We did the usual remodeling including stripping all the doors to their old pine. We remodeled a 1920's kitchen in the 1960's and added a bathroom on the 2nd floor. Two bathrooms for nine people just didn't cut it. We didn't touch the stone foundation even though it had a small leak.
When we moved in, the back yard and field over to the tracks were in flower and vegetable gardens. We converted the back field into grass. I managed to kill the flower gardens in short order through benign neglect. The yard itself with a patio constructed of river rock was easy to maintain if you didn't get excited about being perfect. We lost a magnificent maple in the middle of the patio in the '70s due to a lightning strike but not before we had any number of elegant parties there - even when it rained.
429 Elm was a comfortable house in which to raise a large family. The 25 years Connie and I and our children lived there were delightful."
|Story 5:||Said to have been a hotel at one time (???) and had a fire on the third floor. Evidence of fire was found when the Lewis family did renovations. Also the present roof line is lower than others of that period (note a higher roof in the 1925 photo and also some differences towards the back of the south side). Another source says the house was at one time a one story farmhouse (probably wrong). Both the hotel and the 1 story house ideas may be wrong as there's been no information found to prove it right.|
|Story 6:||Jayne Herrmann's (615 Myrtle) maiden name was Lloyd and they lived here at least as shown on the 1939 map - see her article in Village Views October 1980.|
|Story 7:||Mike Grace (probably no relation to the Grace family who lived here in the late 1930s), who grew up next door at 415 Elm Avenue, tells a lot about this home and about "Mom" and "Pop" Thomas living here. Mike tells especially about their wonderful gardens (those that Dave Pannkuk also mentions in Story 4). An oral history of Mike done by Susan Frank is available at TPHS (some quoted above). In answer to a question about rental families at 429 Elm, it seems that in fact Mike's Grace family also lived upstairs before they moved next door to 415 Elm.|
|Story 8:||The owner in 1930 was Charles Cornish. He was a builder. There was a fire in this house but we don't know exactly when - probably in the late 1920s. Charley may have bought this house after the fire to rebuild and remodel it into a 2 family home (see story 3). He then rented downstairs and upstairs.|
|Story 9:||John Lawrence and Virginia Grace rented the upstairs of this house when their 1st daughter, Eileen, was born in 1937. They were married in 1936. John Lawrence Grace is the son of John F. & Julia (Moran) Grace (see 214 & 202 Harvard).|
|Story 10:||This home was on the September 21, 2008 Terrace Park Historical Society House Tour.|
429 Elm Avenue (information from 2008 House Tour)
3) “Before” and “After” photos. This house was divided into two dwellings in the 1930s Depression. It had two front and back doors, two cellars, two staircases, two kitchens and two garages. It was reconfigured into a one family home in the late 1980s by the current owners.
4) Drawing. During renovation of a bathroom in 2006, the owners discovered behind a wall closet, an original hand-rendered technical drawing of the profile of the casement window woodwork, that seems to match the profile of the original downstairs window casing. Exquisitely rendered in pencil, it shows the plan for window trim assembly by a local carpenter.
|Story 12:||It looks as if Edwin W. & Ophelia Leaf must have rented this house from the Rovers since they seem to have been in the house in the 1920 census.|
|1939 Map:||Grace & Lloyd ( renters)|
|1942 Map:||Grace & Clauder (renters)|
|1951/3 Map:||Raymond E. Welsh (429) & Thomas, Ellis (431)|
|1960 Directory:||Thomas & Ann Ellis 429|
|1962-84 Directories:||Dave & Connie Pannkuk|
|1986-2012 Directories:||David & Sarah Lewis|