Terrace Park, Ohio Building Survey

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No: 308  Street: Marietta Name: 
Family: Johnston Owner Info: N
Built: 1921-1926 (see below) Sec: 23 Sub: Sibley's 3rd BL 16 Lot: 1-6 Pt 12
Architect: Sears  Cont/Build: 
#Owners: 3F Original Use: Residential Current Use: Residential
CHANGES As Built: Y Add To: N Sub From: N Replace: Y
An earlier house at 308 Marietta was destroyed by fire in the early 1920s.  This 1921-1926 Sears house, "The Martha Washington", replaces that house.  Helen Barnett (215 Oxford) remembers being allowed to go watch the fire.   (Look in records of TP Fire Dept to find date of fire) 2002 - permit for Clark & Barbara Howland to build a new bath, sitting room and bedroom on the 1st floor (Keffer, contractor, Jane Yancey, architect).  "The Martha Washington" appears in Sears catalogues 1921, 1922 & 1926.  
Current Owner: Todd & Katerine Johnston Date Fr: 2016 Date To: 
Original Owner: Sommer (see deeds for earlier house) Date Fr:  Date To: 
Owner 1: Naomi J. & William L. Sommer Date Fr 1: 1950 Date To 1: 1981
Owner 2: John & Janet Campbell Date Fr 2: 1981 Date To 2: 1986
Owner 3: Clark P. & Barbara Howland Date Fr 3: 1986 Date To 3: 2015
Owner 4: Richard & Jennifer Hamilton Date Fr 4: 2015 Date To 4: 2016
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1975 Owner:  Naomi J. & William L. Sommer. Lots 1-6. pt lot 12
Description: A Sears house "The Martha Washington", similar plan as the original 724 Yale.  Model years 1921-26.  (page 325 in Houses by Mail)  2 stories, siding, gambrel roof with full dormer.  Description in 2011: "6 bedrooms, 4 baths, fabulous granite/cherry kitchen, 1st floor master suite, barn converted to garage, office, screened porch." 
Story 1: For many years Toni Sommer had a nursery school here attended by many local children.
Story 2: George W. Sommer was born 11 January 1870 and died 25 October 1951, Craver Funeral Home.  His wife, Rose L, died 10 September 1935, Monroe (Evans) Funeral Home.  Both are buried in Section 15 of Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH.  William Lewis Sommer died 8 July 1987, aged 88 years, buried St. Andrews, Milford OH. 
Story 3: This Sommer family for many years also owned a lot at the Wooster Pike end of Western Avenue (407).  When Chuck Rockel was Mayor of Terrace Park, Lillian S. Atchley, next door at 409 Western had quite a controversy with the Sommer family about whether this was a buildable lot.  She writes an entire letter concerning the history of the lot, which includes the fact that quite a bit of the original lot was removed when Wooster Pike was widened in 1939.   See letter on file at TP Historical Society. 
1939 Map: Sommer
1942 Map: George Sommer
1951/3 Map: George W. Sommer
1959 Directory: William "Bill" & Naomi Sommer
1960-78 Directories: William & Toni Sommer & Naomi Sommer (Bill's sister - never married)
1980 Directory: Naomi Sommer
198-84 Directories: John L. & Janet B. Campbell
1986 Directory: ---- (Sold 1986)
1988-2012 Directories: Clark & Barbara Howland
2015 Directory: Rich & Jennifer Hamilton