||Charles Rockel was Mayor of Terrace Park 1981-83.
||Pat Fehl says Guy Startsman (brother of Dan Sr. at
305 Rugby) lived here at one time???. He was Terrace Park School Board
President for a long time.
||Dan Startsman thought a Ruxton lived here between
Ross and Becker. Did he rent?
||The Mills believe this house originally looked
similar to 303 Oxford (1 1/2 stories) with 4 rooms downstairs and pocket
doors into the 2 rooms on the left side with a center hallway. One
can still see in the cellar the foundation of the 2 fireplaces angled into
the 2 left hand rooms similar to what is still in 303 Oxford. One
can see a picture of this original house in the background of the first
picture of 303 Rugby. The 1912 picture of 300 Rugby shows the home expanded
both up and out (2 1/2 stories). There are now two foundations in
the cellar. Above that is a long living room on the
left, dining room and kitchen on the right. At one time there may have
been 3 rooms on the right. We can't explain the 1914 date in
the cement cellar floor. The Rockels moved what may have
been the original back wall of the house forward on the right to form
their kitchen and dining room. One interesting feature of the
present house is that the presumably center front door is actually off
center, probably caused when the house was expanded out to the right
side. (Information from Meghan Mills during rehab of
house, added to with discovery of 1912 photograph)
||According to the Auditor's site this house was built
in 1880. The 1896 date seems to make more sense
and it's not know where the auditor got the 1880 date (see deeds).
||Joan Becker Bissell lived at 300 Rugby while she
was growing up and attending the Terrace Park School (1944-1955). She "remembers that, in the 40s and 50s, there was a stone wall at precisely
the spot marked by the stone porch on the house later moved to 313 Oxford
(house moved before Joan lived there). It was just at the top of a slight
slope (as seen in the old photo) & had taken on a new form: four low
stone walls with two openings, surrounding a square, concrete floor - at
ground level, not elevated as in the porch photo. It was the perfect
place to "play house" with the older Lloyd children, Phoebe and
"Bro". We must have swept that square of concrete a
||From Joan Becker Bissell
who enjoyed living here from 1942-45
1942 there was no longer a fence around the flat part of the roof where
there had been a “widow’s walk” as shown in the 1912 photograph.
Sometimes Joan’s father let her climb the stepladder, push up and
over onto the roof the very heavy unattached lid and step out onto the
roof, “somewhere not far from the chimney.
My steps made a crinkly sound on the tin roof.
It scares me, now, to think of having stood up there at the edge of
the flat roof, without anything to hold onto!”
In the 1969 tornado the lid was sucked out and blown away, never to
be found again.
Joan used to
go up to that third floor to read. “It was my secret retreat, especially
enjoyable when it was raining, because I liked the distinctive sound of
the rain on the tin roof.”
“My parent’s idea of decorating was to make sure
everything was clean! My dad
spent HOURS scraping & sanding the first floor woodwork & painting
it white, so the soot from the coal-burning furnace could be washed down
each spring. Ditto the
basement. He smoothed with
cement & whitewash the basement walls for the sake of cleanliness.
The big, rounded river rocks that formed the foundation may have
had more character, but the cement kept out any moisture! Cleanliness also dictated the choice of wallpaper.
A light color was chosen so that, each spring, my mother could see
the tine grains of soot & clean then off with a big ball of doughy
wall paper cleaner, carefully rolling the ball over the entire surface (a
huge job!) to absorb the dirt. As kids, we used to lover playing with big globs of the
cleaner.” This is what
later became known as Play-Doh, invented in Cincinnati!
300 Rugby Avenue. Information sent by
Linda Cady Weikert
out from another former 300 Rugby resident, Joan Becker Bissell, that the
house would be on our September 21, 2008 House Tour
My parents, Nelson
and Harriet Cady, sold the house to Beckers in 1944.
We rented 300 Rugby in 1942 from Maude Ross.
She would not sell it ‘til 1944.
We loved the house, was great for my 3 sisters and me.
I was 10 yrs. old, my sister Dianne, 9 yrs.
We played “dress up” in the attic.
There was a maid’s room up there with a sink in a closet.
My Uncle became sick, had cancer and came there to live in the
attic ‘til he died at VA Hospital in Dayton.
long living room had already been divided and the fireplace in the middle
of the well between the pocket doors.
We used the pocket doors all the time, 2 sets, one down by front
door and other on the other side of fireplace.
I can even remember using the brass “openers” to pull the doors
shut. The Beckers must have
closed them off. We used the
north end for a living room and south end had piano and books.
We had lots of books. My
older sister Lou Ellen who was 18 or 19 then and is 84 now and lives in
Boston, asked if the Victorian bathroom had been kept.
It had the footed tub. Joan
Bissell said it was still there!! My
parents had bedroom with the bath and Dianne and I had the other front
bedroom. My 2 older sisters
had the other two. Lou Ellen
the middle room and Harriet the back room.
Those two rooms were connected by a door.
WW II was in full swing and Lou Ellen and Harriet both quit Miami
U. and went to work at Wright aeronautical, a huge war plant that made
plane engines. They
car-pooled with Mr. Sommer. He lived on corner of Yale and Marietta.
His son, Billy, was Dianne’s boyfriend.
Any way Mr. Sommer picked them up very early along with 2 other
Terrace Park boys and drove to work.
Lou Ellen said he never bought more than 25 cents of gas at a time
and she always thought they would run out of gas.
Lou Ellen was a messenger and wore a pretty blue uniform and walked
about 10 miles a day delivering mail and blue prints, made $15.00 a week.
Harriet worked in Blue Print office and had a year or 2 at Miami so
made $35.00 a week. Lou Ellen
sold War Bonds and stamps in her uniform too.
She quit went back to Miami, but quit to join the Marines, became a
sergeant stayed ‘til WW II ended.
house – there was no “powder room” downstairs, only a sink in hall,
tucked in the wall of closets. There
was an arbor leading to a big rose garden in front of garage.
Seems to me during War we tried to pen some chickens there in front
of garage. After all, Dan Startsman had his horse across the street.
The bus from
Fountain Square downtown stopped right at the corner of Rugby and Yale.
Wonder if it still does. Was
so easy to get downtown, hop on the bus and Fountain Square was so pretty.
Sorry it is gone. I remember all the buses lined up there.
We walked or rode bikes to school and we lived pretty far away.
I belong to a Writer’s Group that is connected to the North Shore
Genealogical group and I have written a story about Mrs. Susanna Foster,
our History teacher and Principal during the War.
Mrs. Foster is worth many stories, best teacher at Terrace Park. Think now I’ll write a story on Terrace Park.
I had so much fun there. Joan
Bissel reminded me of the Mina Bird, Frankie, we used to go see, so many
memories. I graduated in
1950, was in everything I could get in. Did all the plays and shows and sports. Was Captain of the “Red” Team in GAA. Still have all my “Letters”.
Keep in touch with Marian Vogt – Savage and Ginsel Barnett –
Haverstick and several of Newtown girls.
remember Halloween, we had 2 nights: the first was Damage Night and then
Beggars Night. During Wartime
no one threw eggs or food of any sort, was too scarce.
But we sure soaped windows; we did Startsman’s every year and
tipped garbage cans. A family up on Miami always grilled hot dogs all night for
everyone. Hugh and Dennis
McKee, Jack and Steve Jordan and Irwin Barber kept our one policeman busy;
they called themselves “The Black Cats”.
Us girls followed them when possible to see what mischief they were
into. But no one seemed to
I’ll enclose a picture of 300 Rugby from 1943.
Our 2 bikes are out front. If
you can tell they’re boys bikes. During
War couldn’t get any bikes so our Science teacher Mrs. Shakelford gave
us her two sons’ bikes they had out grown.
Never liked that they were boys, but was so glad to get a bike.
The picture of my sister Dianne and Marian Vogt is taken in side
yard out front of 300 Rugby. The
picture of 3 of us is in front of Miami dorm in Oxford, my sister’s
dorm. This is same age we all lived at 300 Rugby.
||This home was on the September 21, 2008 Terrace Park Historical
Society House Tour.
300 Rugby Avenue
(information from 2008 House Tour)
This is another home where it’s very difficult to determine when it
was built. The Auditor says
1880 and, in this case, we’re using that date for now.
1896 is another possible building date.
The present owners believe their house originally looked similar to
303 Oxford (1½ stories) with 4 rooms downstairs and pocket doors into the
two rooms on the left side with a center hallway.
One can still see in the cellar the foundation of the two
fireplaces angled into the two left hand rooms similar to what is still in
303 Oxford. One can see a
picture of this original house in the background of a picture of 303 Rugby
when it was being built. The
1912 picture of 300 Rugby shows the home expanded both up and our (2½
stories). There are now two
foundations in the cellar. Above
that is a long living room on the left, dining room and kitchen on the
right. We can’t explain the
1914 date in the cement cellar floor since it’s obviously after the home
was expanded. The Rockels
moved what may have been the original back wall of the house forward on
the right to form their kitchen and dining room.
One interesting feature of the present house is that the presumably
center front door is actually off center, probably caused when the house
was expanded out to the right side.
Looking at the
deeds of 303 Oxford and 300 Rugby just makes for more confusion.
There are many recognizable names and times when one might guess
something might have been built or changed but there’s nothing for sure.
Sanborn Fire Insurance maps do not seem to exist for this property
in the early days. What
conclusions can you reach?
300 Rugby Avenue –
points of interest
First floor used to be 2 rooms on the left – each with pocket doors and
service from a triangular fireplace.
On the right hand side of the entrance was a large parlor, with
most likely a kitchen immediately behind it.
2) In the
basement the triangle shaped fireplace foundation still stands.
3) In the basement
at the back of the current house, “A. F. Chapman 1912” and Albert
Schmid” are stamped into the concrete floor.
addition was made in around 1910 expanding the house on the Yale side
around 5 feet, extending the back of the house about 12 feet and making
the 1½ story home into a 3 story. In
the basement there are 2 foundation walls on the Yale side, each with its
own set of windows.
5) The 3rd
floor was unfinished, except for a servant’s room and attached powder
room, until the Mills’ remodel.
6) There was
a widow’s walk on the flat roof, and access to this was made by a narrow
iron ladder (on display on the 3rd floor).
large parlor on the right was turned into a dining room and small den in
the 1970s. Current house took
the “den” space and merged it into the kitchen.
8) Toilet in 1st
floor powder room is original to the house.
Trenton Pottery Works toilet, circa 1902-1910??
Current owner found a matching Trenton Pottery Works sink online
for the room.
9) Claw foot
tub from the same bathroom as original toilet was moved to the 3rd
10) Master bedroom
at one point consisted of two bedrooms (doorframe and room divider found
during remodel) most likely to match the two rooms across the hall.
windows installed to match original one, on 2nd and 3rd
Coal chute still remains in the basement.
cistern discovered under what is now the mudroom.
14) House has 2
septic exit lines – each from the 2 major construction times (1880[?]
15) The “hipped” foursquare roof is blue-green
Charles "Chuck" Stein Rockel was born 13 May 1930
and died 13 June 2008, aged 78 years, buried in St. Thomas Church
Columbarium, Section 6, Niche 186.