Terrace Park, Ohio Building Survey

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No: 811  Street: Lexington       This is evidently the 2nd house built here - see Girton information in Stories 1 & 2 below and on 1930 & 1940 Census Name: 
Family: Anderson Owner Info: N
Built: 1959 Sec: 22 Sub: Sibley's 2nd BL 10 Lot: 17-19, pt 16 & 20
Architect:  Cont/Build: 
#Owners: 7 Original Use: Residential Current Use: Residential
CHANGES As Built: Y Add To: N Sub From: N Replace: Y
Current Owner: Gregory A. Anderson Date Fr: 2012 Date To: 
Original Owner: Ethel S. Werner Date Fr: 1958 Date To: 1960
Owner 1: Robert W. & Marjorie M. Gilmore Date Fr 1: 1960 Date To 1: 1962
Owner 2: Catherine "Tookie" & Tom Anderson  Date Fr 2: 1962 Date To 2: 1978
Owner 3: Phernam T. & Nancy P. Millard Smith Date Fr 3: 1978 Date To 3: 1983
Owner 4: Bolton S. Drackett (& Lucille in 1985) Date Fr 4: 1983 Date To 4: 1987
Owner 5: Duff & Margaret Zimmerman Date Fr 5: 1987 Date To 5: 1891
Owner 6:  Laurie Jo Lanz Heffner Date Fr 6: 1891 Date To 6: 2012
Owner 7:  Date Fr 7:  Date To 7: 
Owner 8:  Date Fr 8:  Date To 8: 
Owner 9:  Date Fr 9:  Date To 9: 
Owner 10:  Date Fr 10:  Date To 10: 
Owner: land - John Williams & Jesse C. Girton Date Fr 11: 1927 Date To 11: 
1975 Owner:  Catherine A. Anderson.
Description: 2 story brick & siding, gable roof. 
Story 1: Marie Stoecklin remembers the Jessie C. Girton family living in a house here in the 1940s and 50s.  It was an old house with dirt floors and no plumbing.  They had 4 children.  They planned to build a new house and excavated for it, leaving a pile of dirt there but never built the house.  The Stoecklin's lots on Miami Avenue backed up to some of the Girton's land on Lexington.  The Stoecklins didn't move to Terrace Park until 1941, when their house was built.  See Story 2 for the early part of the story. 
Story 2: Here's a slightly different story from Dick Werner in June 2010 about the Girtons on Lexington Avenue.  Dick lived across the street at 808 Lexington and must have heard his parents tell this story before he was old enough to make his own observations.  Evidently in the late 1920s the Girtons wanted to build a home in Terrace Park and bought land to do so in 1927.  They must have been a well to do family because they started out building a 3 car garage with an upstairs and digging a large foundation for the house.  They had lived downtown in Cincinnati (although I can't find them there in the 1920 Census) and had evidently already sold that home. Then the stock market crashed and they must have lost enough money that they couldn't continue building the house so they moved into the garage and never built the house.  They grew a garden and lived "fairly crudely".  Mr. Girton had a couple Model Ts and an old Chevrolet (perhaps the reason for the 3 car garage, which was very unusual at that time).  Mr. Girton worked in town (the 1930 Census says he was a Lumber Estimator) and oftentimes during the winter time he couldn't get his battery started to start the car.  So he'd stand out in the middle of Lexington Avenue and wait for the milkman to come by with his truck to push him.   This happened with great frequency and the milkman couldn't get by because Mr. Girton would just stand right out there in the middle.  The Girtons finally sold the land to Harry Werner in 1958.  He built 811 Lexington in 1959, which sold to Robert W. & Marjorie M. Gilmore in 1960. 
Story 3: Parents of Bob Gilmore lived here: great uncle & aunt (Bob & Marjorie) of the Manly, Cutler and Gilmore girls.  
Story 4: Tom Anderson died on Father's Day, 21 June 2015, of a stroke.  The family had been living for many years in Birmingham, Alabama. 
Story 5: Laurie Heffner's father, William Bennett Heffner, Sr., was born in 1922 in Columbus OH and died 28 May, 2015 in Cincinnati OH.  (More information at the TP Historical Society.) 
1939 Map: Girton
1942 Map: J. C. Girton
1951/3 Map: J. C. Girton
1959-60 Directories:  
1962-74 Directories: Thomas & Tookie Anderson (moved from 209 Stanton)
1975-76 Direct: "      (moved away during)
1978 Directory: P. T. Smith (ex Nancy Millard)
1980 Directory: P. T. Smith & Millard children
1982 Directory: P. T. Smith (Nancy) & Millard children (Sold 1983)
1984 Directory: Bolton S. Jr. & Gerry Drackett
1986 Directory: ''      (Sold 1987)
1988 Directory: Duff Zimmerman
1990-91 Direct: ''      (Sold 1991)
1992-2009 Directories: William & Lori Heffner
2011-12 Directories: William & Laurie Heffner