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General Information

No:  635
Street:   Valley View
Name:  null
Family:  Gatch
Historic Plaque:  null
Owner Info:  Y
Built:   1955
Sec  22
Sub  null
Lot:  null
Architect:  null
Cont/Build:  null

#Owners:  2F
Original Use:  Residential
Current Use:  Residential

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

Changes Description:   1992 - added a sun room.


Current Owner: Ann Gatch Date Fr: 1986 Date To: 
Original: Mary Dietrich (Larry Dietrich) Date Fr: 1954 Date To: 1886
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Story 1   Larry Dietrick died May 16, 1976
Story 2   From Village Views December 1998: Terrace Park's resident musicologist Ann Gatch has been teaching local children how to play the piano for 32 years, sometimes instructing the children of former pupils. ... Ann, the oldest of seven children, grew up on her great-grandfather's farm on Garfield Avenue in Milford. Her father grew up in Terrace Park and attended high school here. She went to Milford High School until her sophomore year before transferring to Hillsdale (now part of The Seven Hills School) for two years. Ann graduated from Smith College with degrees in Music and English; she went on to acquire a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati. She taught for one year at a girls' private school in New Hampshire, before entering WWII as a WAVE in 1942. She completed 'boot-camp' at Hunter College in New York and training in Atlanta to become a Link Trainer Operator. She was assigned to Pensacola, teaching Naval Air cadets instrument navigation. She remained in that position for three years before returning to school on the GI Bill at the University of Michigan, where she received her masters in Musicology. Moving back to Cincinnati, Ann became the first music teacher at Cincinnati Country Day School in 1950. She instructed students in piano and singing for 35 years. After living for a time in Mariemont, in 1958 she moved to Terrace Park, where she has lived ever since. With two grand pianos, an organ and a harpsichord, Ann gave lessons before and after school. Still busy teaching, Ann also enjoys performing with the Music Lover's Club (an amateur ladies music group) and the Keyboard Club, a Cincinnati institution which she joined as a charter member in 1937. An avid traveler, Ann made frequent visits to her brother in the Foreign Service. A favorite trip was an African safari with the Cincinnati Nature Center. She has worked as a librarian at the Pattison library in downtown Milford, only cutting back after eye surgery a year ago. Although somewhat sidelined, with careful planning and the help of family and friends, Ann will continue to enjoy her music and activities for years to come.
Story 3   Orpha Ann Gatch was born in 1919 and died 9 Jan 2015 aged 95 years, buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH. From her obituary in the Cincinnati Enquirer: 13,14,15, January 2015: Ann...died peacefully at her home in Terrace Park on the morning of January 9, 2015, while her sister Diana read to her. Ann was born in Cincinnati, the eldest of seven children of John Newton Gatch and Orpha Gerrans Gatch, who met and married in France during World War I. Ann was a lifelong member of Milford First United Methodist Church and the church organist for 45 years. She taught music at Cincinnati Country Day School for 35 years. She gave private piano lessons to students of all ages during her teaching career and after retirement. Ann graduated from Hillsdale School, Smith College, the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science and the University of Michigan with a Masters Degree in Music. Her love for music provided her livelihood and her pleasure in life. She was a charter member of the Keyboard Club at the age of 16, a member of the Music Lovers Club, a member of Woman's Clef Music Club. Ann attended both Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Opera for which she sponsored performances in recent years. She was a co-host of 'Sharps and Flats' a musical quiz radio program for children on WKRC in the 1950s. Ann is survived by her sister, Diana Avril (Tom), her brother, Lewis Gatch (Noralee), and twelve devoted nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John, and her sisters Mary, Dorothy, and Margarat Gatch Griess (Bill). The United States Navy honorably discharged Specialist First .Class Orpha Ann Gatch on November 11, 1945, following her service to our country as a WAVE, an instructor at the Pensacola Naval Airbase. She operated a Link Trainer to teach returning pilots the latest techniques of instrument flying at night and under adverse weather conditions. During World War II a two-star flag hung in the Gatch homestead window for Ann and John (an Air Force navigator). After her mother's death in 1991, Ann became the matriarch of the Gatch family. Her love and respect for her siblings, their spouses, and her nieces and nephews maintained and strengthened family traditions. Ann's unique ability to connect with young people made her a beloved friend to family and students, their children, and in some cases their grandchildren. She taught piano to three generations of a number of families.
Story 4   There is a book about this part of the Gatch family in the Terrace Park Historical Society archives.
Story 5   Ann Gatch is aunt to John Gatch next door.


1959-60 Directories: L. A. & Mary Dietrich

1962-84 Directories: Larry & Eloise Dietrich

1986-2012 Directories: Ann Gatch (moved from 602 Miami)

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