Friday, March 1, 2013

More on that 1910 Oberlin Avenue Farmhouse

The view a few weeks ago
I was hoping that someone would have some information about that 1910 farmhouse on Oberlin Avenue (next to the Croatian Club) that I wrote about (here) in late January. I had no idea that the someone would be Bob Kovach, who has contributed many an interesting comment on this blog over the years.

It turns out that Bob's father grew up in that house in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

As Bob wrote in an email, "My father remembers the property had a large barn and many small sheds for housing all types of animals such as pigs, chickens, goats and rabbits. He also remembers the house was divided in two, and that a Mrs. Barry lived in the other side."

That makes sense, since the listing of the house in the 1954 Lorain County Farm & Rural Directory showed two tenants: Mrs. Anna Retay (who would continue to live there until the late 1980s) and G.D. Varney.

Bob noted that his father and his brother would ride the bus to Clearview School from there. He also added, "One other bit of information was that the property went all the way back into the Seven Pines area."

Thanks very much to Bob and his father for revealing some of this interesting house's history.

1 comment:

Bob Kovach said...

My Dad is going to get a real kick out of this! I just hope I can get him to sit in front of my computer for a minute. Thanks Dan!