Terrace Park, Ohio Building Survey

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No: 608  Street: Lexington Name: 
Family: Skillman Owner Info: Y
Built: 1927/8 Sec: 23 Sub: Sibley's 3rd BL 16 Lot: 45, 46, 49, 51
Architect:  Cont/Build: Carl Schreiber (German)
#Owners: 1F Original Use: Residential Current Use: Residential
CHANGES As Built: N Add To: Y Sub From: N Replace: N
1967 - Florida room and first floor bath added (Permit for 10' x 10' addition to the rear of the building for a bath and hallway, July 1966.  John Heisler, architect and contractor).  1977 - double garage built.
Current Owner: William "Will" & Beth Skillman Date Fr: 2015 Date To: 
Original Owner: Esther V.  (& Oscar C.) Martin Date Fr: 1927 Date To: 1964/77
Owner 1: Elizabeth Ann Martin Date Fr 1: 1964/77 Date To 1: 2015
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1975 Owner:  Esther V. & Elizabeth Ann Martin
Description: 2 1/2 story, stucco, Flemish style, steep gable roof, white with brown trim.
Story1:      Oscar C. Martin was born 5 December 1891 and died 19 November 1958, aged 66 years, W. Mack Johnson Funeral Home. 
     Esther V. Martin was born 24 August 1893 and died 22 March 1976, aged 82 years, Craver Funeral Home.  They are both buried in Section 4 of Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH. 
     Elizabeth "Liz" Ann Martin was born 16 June 1931 and died 18 August 2010, aged 79 years, Craver-Riggs Funeral Home & Crematory. 
Story 2: Shortly after the death of Liz Martin, Steve Early wrote an excellent article about her for Village Views (September 1010). 
    
"When I was a kid, Terrace Park seemed to be full of really interesting and unique individuals and one of the best examples was Elizabeth Martin.  You may have known her as Liz, or 'the poodle lady' or 'the lady on the bike with headphones' - I knew her as Libby and was saddened to hear that she died on August 18th at the age of 79.  Almost everyone knew her, most people would stop and talk with her, some even knew what time it was just by seeing her come down the street on her bike, or on foot, or walking her standard poodle - she had many of them over the years. 
     Liz lived in the same house on Lexington Avenue all of her life.  According to the building survey, her parents bought the house in 1927 and Liz was born in 1931.  At her funeral people remembered her as a child sitting high in an old tree in the yard reading poetry aloud to anyone who happened to pass by.  She was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a life-long supporter of her alma mater.  Although she never married or had children, it was made clear by old friends that she was not to be thought of as any kind of old maid or spinster.  She was world traveled, sharp and knowledgeable about politics and sports, had many suitors and enjoyed a rich and full life as a strong, independent woman.  She was a generous supporter of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Salvation Army and Cincinnati Public Radio. 
     I first knew her as a friend of my grandparents.  Many summer nights, we would eat on the porch at Home street, and she would always stop in on her evening walk for ice cream.  Not long ago, my father had stopped to talk with her while she was walking her poodle.  As they conversed, the dog gave him a little bite.  'Libby,' he said. 'your dog just bit me.'  She quickly replied, 'Don't worry- it's not personal.  He bites everyone.'   It's arguable that nobody enjoyed the village  more than she did.  Hardly a day went by when she wasn't seen somewhere on these shady old streets that she had known all of her life.  She was a great person and the village is better for having had her." 
1939 Map: Martin
1942 Map: Martin
1951/3 Map: Oscar C. Martin
1959-60 Directories: Oscar & Esther Martin
1962-70 Directories: Mrs. Oscar (Esther) Martin
1971-76 Directories: ''       & Miss Elizabeth A. Martin
1978-2012 Directories: Miss Elizabeth A. Martin (name still in book but died in 2010)