Terrace Park, Ohio Building Survey

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No: 105  Street: Red Bird Name: 
Family: Hughes Owner Info: Y
Built: 1956-7c Sec: 29 Sub: Baysore Meadows Lot: 9
Architect:  Cont/Build: Rieger & White
#Owners: 5 Original Use: Residential Current Use: Residential
CHANGES As Built: N Add To: Y Sub From: N Replace: N
Only minor internal changes.  2004 permit to modernize kitchen & add to rear (Hughes, The Ol' Renovator.  B. L. Architecture Design).  
Current Owner: Charles E. & Holly Hughes Date Fr: 2004 Date To: 
Original Owner: Walter B. Reiger & Fletcher C. White Date Fr: 1958 Date To: 1959
Owner 1: Virginia K. Tuchy Date Fr 1: 1959 Date To 1: 1962
Owner 2: Arthur Harris Hussey Date Fr 2: 1962 Date To 2: 1967
Owner 3: Joseph J. & Evelyn B. Mottern (deeded to son) Date Fr 3: 1967 Date To 3: 1992
Owner 4: William B. Mottern Date Fr 4: 1992 Date To 4: 2004
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1975 Owner:  Joseph J. & Evelyn Mottern
Description: 1 story brick & siding Ranch, gable roof.  Built on farm land known as Baysore Meadows sub-division.
Story 1: Evelyn Mottern was for many years the Welcome Wagon representative and called on newcomers.
Story 2: Stan Miller lists 105 Red Bird as where J. Ross Baker died July 12, 1968.
Story 3: Tribute to Joseph Mottern - written by Carol Cobb 3 Oct 1987.  Saved & contributed by Ruth Rugh 2011.
      Our Friend - Joe Mottern.  He was a very special person - easy to love, quietly mischievous, boyishly charming to the last minutes of his life. 
     We will hold him in our memory and in our hearts like a cheery little glow, constant in his kind warmth.  A provider of generous, visible love to his wife of fifty-seven years.  "Whatever 'Ubi' wants, that's what I'll do" was a phrase he would say with his infectious grin.  And that made him happy --- just doing what 'Ubi' wanted.  'Ubi' was his pet name for Evelyn and it was leftover from childhood., and she would always say, "Joe Mottern, call me Evelyn".  "She's real fussy about herself" he would tell me.  "I like a woman to be fussy about herself.  She always looked nice and I like that too". 
     At his eighty-fourth birthday dinner a few weeks ago, he enjoyed his food, savored his birthday cake and complimented our house as he looked it over.  At the table he teased about the china and picked it up and turned it over as to inspect the quality.  We laughed together at his antics because we all knew he was doing his dear little mischief so Evelyn could say "Joe Mottern you have to behave!"  It was a lovely natural moment, in a difficult time, and a gift to the rest of us. 
     On Tuesday of last week, in the back of the ambulance, I told little jokes and he smiled through the discomforts, and squeezed my hand.  "I'll give that one to Paul Tropf" he told me.  In the emergency room, after answering all the same questions for four different doctors and weary from doing it all, he told the doctor to just ask me.  She's heard it so many times now, she can tell it better than I can".  and he managed a little wink.  Hours later in the hall outside the door to his room, I sat and waited for word on him.  Each person who dealt with Joe came out to say "He is such a dear", or I can see why you think he is so special, or some appreciative word for his strength of mind while his physical self waned. 
     On Thursday I watched him say good-bye to Bill (his son).  Joe's face was so patiently loving while Bill told him of his day.  After a while Joe looked at me and smiled a little smile that said "I love him and thank you for bringing him in."  And then he watched Bill with the eyes of a loving father and the tenderest of expressions. 
     Joe's last words to me were "I want to go home now" and I knew how dearly he loved his home.  He mouthed the words very gently and I told him I knew he did and that I knew he would.  There was clear understanding that home was with that Lord that he loved and had served so willingly and so well. 
     He was loved and cherished by his family and a wealth of friends.  His gentle loving ways nourished others through his life and warm glow will lighten our hearts as we hold him dear in our memories. 
     I thank the Lord for the circumstances that brought our lives to cross as do we all. 
Joe Mottern died in 1987.  Evelyn Mottern died in August 2002.
1960 Directory: J. J. & Virginia Tuchy
1962-66 Directories: Arthur H. & Vera Hussey
1967-68 Direct: Arthur H. Hussey
1969-2001 Directories: Joseph & Evelyn Mottern   (moved from Rowan Hills Drive in Mariemont)
2002-03 Direct: Mrs. Joseph (Evelyn) Mottern
2004-05 Direct: -----   (Sold 2004)
2006-12 Directories: Charley & Holly Hughes