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General Information

No:  608
Street:   Lexington
Name:  null
Family:  Skillman
Historic Plaque:  null
Owner Info:  Y
Built:   1927/8
Sec  23
Sub  Sibley's 3rd BL 16
Lot:  45, 46, 49, 51
Architect:  null
Cont/Build:  Carl Schreiber (German)

Description:  
#Owners:  1F
Original Use:  Residential
Current Use:  Residential

CHANGES - As Built:  N
Add To:  Y
Sub From:  N
Replace:  N

Changes Description:   1967 - Florida room and first floor bath added (Permit for 10' x 10' addition to the rear of the building for a bath and hallway, July 1966. John Heisler, architect and contractor). 1977 - double garage built.


Owners:

Current Owner: William "Will" & Beth Skillman Date Fr: 2015 Date To: 
Original: Esther V.  (& Oscar C.) Martin Date Fr: 1927 Date To: 1964/77
1: Elizabeth Ann Martin Date Fr 1: 1964/77 Date To 1: 2015
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10:  Date Fr 10:  Date To 10:  1975


Stories

Story 1   Oscar C. Martin was born 5 December 1891 and died 19 November 1958, aged 66 years, W. Mack Johnson Funeral Home. Esther V. Martin was born 24 August 1893 and died 22 March 1976, aged 82 years, Craver Funeral Home. They are both buried in Section 4 of Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH. Elizabeth Liz Ann Martin was born 16 June 1931 and died 18 August 2010, aged 79 years, Craver-Riggs Funeral Home & Crematory.
Story 2   Shortly after the death of Liz Martin, Steve Early wrote an excellent article about her for Village Views (September 1010).


Directories:

When I was a kid, Terrace Park seemed to be full of really interesting and unique individuals and one of the best examples was Elizabeth Martin. You may have known her as Liz, or 'the poodle lady' or 'the lady on the bike with headphones' - I knew her as Libby and was saddened to hear that she died on August 18th at the age of 79. Almost everyone knew her, most people would stop and talk with her, some even knew what time it was just by seeing her come down the street on her bike, or on foot, or walking her standard poodle - she had many of them over the years. Liz lived in the same house on Lexington Avenue all of her life. According to the building survey, her parents bought the house in 1927 and Liz was born in 1931. At her funeral people remembered her as a child sitting high in an old tree in the yard reading poetry aloud to anyone who happened to pass by. She was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a life-long supporter of her alma mater. Although she never married or had children, it was made clear by old friends that she was not to be thought of as any kind of old maid or spinster. She was world traveled, sharp and knowledgeable about politics and sports, had many suitors and enjoyed a rich and full life as a strong, independent woman. She was a generous supporter of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Salvation Army and Cincinnati Public Radio. I first knew her as a friend of my grandparents. Many summer nights, we would eat on the porch at Home street, and she would always stop in on her evening walk for ice cream. Not long ago, my father had stopped to talk with her while she was walking her poodle. As they conversed, the dog gave him a little bite. 'Libby,' he said. 'your dog just bit me.' She quickly replied, 'Don't worry- it's not personal. He bites everyone.' It's arguable that nobody enjoyed the village more than she did. Hardly a day went by when she wasn't seen somewhere on these shady old streets that she had known all of her life. She was a great person and the village is better for having had her. 1939 Map: Martin

1942 Map: Martin

1951/3 Map: Oscar C. Martin

1959-60 Directories: Oscar & Esther Martin

1962-70 Directories: Mrs. Oscar (Esther) Martin

1971-76 Directories: '' & Miss Elizabeth A. Martin

1978-2012 Directories: Miss Elizabeth A. Martin (name still in book but died in 2010)

2015 Directory: Skillman, Will and Beth

2017 Directory: Skillman, Will and Beth