Terrace Park, Ohio Building Survey

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No: 607  Street: Wooster Name: McMullen House 
Family: Plaque: 2008 Owner Info: Y
Built: 1900 Sec: 23 Sub: Camden City Lot: Irreg 67-70, pt 66
Architect:  Cont/Build: 
#Owners: 7F Original Use: Residential Current Use: Residential
CHANGES As Built: N Add To: Y Sub From: N Replace: N
The front porch was added by Mrs. McMullen for more dining space.
Current Owner: Date Fr: 2016 Date To: 
Original Owner: Jacob Traber Date Fr: 1865 Date To: 1904
Owner 1: Mary C. Peebles (1st resident?) Date Fr 1: 1904 Date To 1: 1908
Owner 2: Anna McMullen (& David) (moved from 321 Rugby. When? See Story 4 at 321 Rugby) Date Fr 2: 1908 Date To 2: 1934
Owner 3: Lenora Schrimpler (later McGee) (McMullen's daughter) Date Fr 3: 1934 Date To 3: 1950
Owner 4: Ruth G. & Harry L. Rubenkoenig Date Fr 4: 1951 Date To 4: 1956
Owner 5: George F. & Norma J. Ebert Date Fr 5: 1956 Date To 5: 1962
Owner 6: Mr. & Mrs. William (Billy R. & Adelaide) Horstman Date Fr 6: 1962 Date To 6: 1969
Owner 7: Sec of Hud - George Romney Date Fr 7: 1969 Date To 7: 1970
Owner 8: Mary Childress (Chile) Rodgers Date Fr 8: 1970 Date To 8: 2016
Owner 9:  Date Fr 9:  Date To 9: 
Owner 10:  Date Fr 10:  Date To 10: 
1975 Owner:  Mary Childress Rogers Camden City ir 66-70 pts 66-389
Description: 2 1/2 story Victorian, siding, gable & hip roofs. 
Story 1: Information from Childress Rodgers.  "In April of 1970 I moved to 607 Wooster Pike in Terrace Park.  My next door neighbors were Edith and Matt Cook.  Mr. & Mrs. Cook were born in this area in the late 1800s and lived here most of their lives.  They were a great source of information about the history of Terrace Park.  These are a few facts that they told me.
  Mr. and Mrs. McMullen owned this house and land across the street where they had a barn and pasture for their horses and cows.  The Cooks believed that the house was built in the late 1800s. When Mr. McMullen (David) died, Mrs. McMullen supported herself by serving chicken dinners and homemade ice cream on weekends.  People came from Cincinnati on the Swing Line Railroad which ran through Red Bird Hollow to Terrace Park.
  So many people were coming that she added a front porch to the house for an extra dining room.  (Evelyn Iuen says the addition must have been put on between 1912 and 1923 because when she waited tables there in 1923 and 1924 the addition was already there.)  Sometimes Mrs. Cook and her Iuen  sisters, Evelyn and Helen, waited tables for Mrs. McMullen.  She was known for having the first fresh garden vegetables of the year and made her own bread, hot rolls and was famous for her ice cream.  Mrs. Virginia Marquett of 800 Indian Hill Road still has some of Mrs. McMullen's recipes for ice cream and hot rolls."
  The meal served was fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh vegetables, homemade potato rolls, with angel food cake or ice cream for dessert.  Chicken hearts evidently were not needed for the dinners so they were sent over to the Cook home next door.  Groups of ladies made reservations to come for lunch and then play cards, mainly bridge, afterwards.  Anna McMullen died November 7, 1933 (info from deeds).  
Story 2: McGee on 1939 & 1942 maps.  The McMullen daughter, Leonora, married John Schrimper who had a sister, Mable who married Frank McGee.  After John Schrimper and his sister both died, Leonora married Frank McGee.  Frank S. McGee was born 30 March 1885 and died 25 December 1972, aged 87 years, buried in Section 17 of Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH, Craver Funeral Home. 

John L. Shrimpler was born in 1897 and died 12 April 1934, buried in Section 17 of Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH, C. T. Johnson Funeral Home. 

Story 3: Edwin C. Peebles was in TP (not necessarily at this address) in 1893 & 1895 but not 1887.   He was in Walnut Hills in 1887.  Same for Carl Floto, 1st Mayor of TP.  These 2 men need further research starting in City Directories.  
Story 4: John D. McMullen was born 7 October 1869 and died 18 January 1929, aged 59 years.  Who is he? Anna McMullen was born  26 July 1869 and died 7 November 1933.  Both are buried in Section 16 of Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH, C. T. Johnson Funeral Home.  (There must be some mistake with David's dates?)
Story 5: The Rubenkoenigs moved to 607 Wooster Pike in 1951 from Greenhills, OH  Their son, Harry, repoted in an e-mail in June 2011 that it was his "job to fill the coal stocker every morning and take the clinkers out of the furnace in that house."  They moved to 221 Miami Avenue in 1956.  He graduated from TP High School in 1957. 
Story 6: Chile Rodgers was born 1 February 1925 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  She was a nationally known horsewoman.  She died 20 May 2016, Gwen Mooney Funeral Home.  A Memorial Service was held 3 June, 2016  at the Indian Hill Episcopal/Prebyterian Church.  (More information in the People File at TPHS.)
1939 Map: McGee (moved here from Rugby Ave.)
1942 Map: McGee
1951/3 Map: Rubenkoenig
1959 Directory: George & Norma Ebert (moved to Columbus OH)
1960-63 Directories: ''   & Mrs. Hazel Gerrons
1963-70 Directories: William & Addie Horstman
1971-2015 Direct: Miss Childress "Chile" Rodgers (1970 from Indian Hill)