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308 Marietta Avenue

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General Information

No:   308  
Street:   Marietta  
Name:   Sears Martha Washington  
Family:   Johnston  
Historic Plaque:   null  
Owner Info:   N  
Built:   Y  
Sec:   23  
Subdivision:   Sibley  
Lot:   1-6 Pt 12  
Architect:   Sears  
Cont/build:   null  

Owners:   3F  
Original Use:   Residential  
Current Use:   Residential  

As Built:   Y  
Added To:   N  
Subtracted From:   N  
Replaced:   Y  

Description Of Changes:   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: Sommer (see deeds for earlier house) Date Fr:  Date To: 
1: Naomi J. & William L. Sommer Date Fr 1: 1950 Date To 1: 1981
2: John & Janet Campbell Date Fr 2: 1981 Date To 2: 1986
3: Clark P. & Barbara Howland Date Fr 3: 1986 Date To 3: 2015
4: Richard & Jennifer Hamilton Date Fr 4: 2015 Date To 4: 2016
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10:  Date Fr 10:  Date To 10:  1975


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.

Cindy Cattanzaro, Sears researcher, agrees that this is a perfect match to the Sears Martha Washington, but not documented.  


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

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

2017-2019 Directories: Johnston, Todd and Kate