|(Color inset photos courtesy of the Lorain County Auditor's website)|
Here's part of the 1924 aerial view of Oberlin Avenue that I've been using for my research on the Neuman dairy farm. At the top of the map you can see what is now W. 24th Street between the row of trees, and of course at the bottom is the Neuman farm property at Meister Road.
As you can see, all the farms are on the west side of the road. By comparing the 1924 aerial with some current ones from Bing Maps, as well as checking records on the Lorain County Auditor's website, I was able to identify all three of the houses. (Click on the photo for an enlarged view.)
I'm sure a few of them look pretty familiar to you if you're from Lorain. It's strange thinking of those three houses being the only thing out that way in the 1920s.
At the top of the photo is the brick house directly across from where George Daniel Field is now. Because of that landmark location, it's probably very recognizable to many Lorain Countians. It's also one of the oldest in the city, having been built in 1868.
I spent a lot of time in that house in the 1970s and 80s. That's because for many years, it was the home of the well-known Horner family: Edward and Betty, and their sons Doug and Bruce. Doug and I met as trombone players in the Admiral King Marching Band in 1974, and became good friends. For years after that, many happy times were spent at that house hanging out and visiting with the Horners.
I even sketched the Horners' house for Art class.
Much later, Betty and Ed moved and ended up in Cleveland, where Doug is Pastor of St. Paul's Community Church. Sadly, Army Sergeant Bruce E. Horner lost his life in Iraq while serving his country, and Edward Horner recently passed away.
Here is the current view of the former Horner residence.