Shields Harness Shop.
These are members of the working crew of the Joseph L. Shields' Harness Shop which was located where the First National Bank stood in 1954. Identified in the photograph are: Charles Phillips, Nick Hafer, Clarence Campion, Sidney M. Briggs (14 Oct 1861-25 Nov 1914), and J.L. Shields. The date of the photograph is unknown. Sid's parents were John & Margrett (Elder) Briggs.

hields Harness Shop.

Members of the working crew of the Joseph L. Shields "Harness Shop." Identified in the photograph are Charles Phillips, Nick Hafer, Clarence Campion, Sidney M. "Sid" Briggs, and Joseph L. Shields.

Sid Briggs was born October 14, 1816, the son of John and Margaret (Elder) Briggs. He died in Forest on November 23, 1914 from a pulmonary embolism. He was buried in Hueston cemetery on December 6, 1914.

Charles E. Phillips was a harness maker and dealer in Forest. He was born about 1851 in Ohio. His parents were from Pennsylvania.

Born in Tiffin, Ohio about 1864, Nicholas "Nick" Hafer was 75 when he died March 30,1939 at Columbus State Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was listed as a laborer living in Forest at the time of his death from a five year chronic myocarditis condition. He was also single at the time of his death. His parents, John and Maggie Haffer, were both from Germany. He is also buried in Hueston cemetery.

Clarence Eugene Campion was a harness shop merchant born August 31, 1867. His parents, James C. and Mary (Pemberton) Campion were both from England. Clarence died in Forest on November 18, 1942 from carcinoma of the pyloric end of the stomach. He was buried in Patterson cemetery, Patterson, Ohio on November 20, 1942.


Jerry Evans is the name of the best barber Forest ever had.

E.J. Frederick & Sons.
We believe this E.J. Frederick & Sons photograph was taken in Forest or Wharton. The tall structure behind the building on the extreme right is an elevator indicated by the pipe going into the upper portion of the structure. The structures no longer exist and E.J. Frederick can not be located on any census of communities surrounding Forest. The only E.J. Frederick found was an individual living in Tacoma, Washington in 1920 who was a blacksmith, born in Ohio. Maybe he learned his trade here? No E.J.s have been found living in Ohio.

J. Frederick & Sons.

The signs in the front of the store read: " E.J. Frederick & Sons., Weber Wagons, DeLaval Cream Separators," and "International Harvester Mogus Farm Tractors Burn Kerosene or Distillate."

octor De Lavel.



Many years ago Dr. De Laval, who invented the first continuous discharge centrifugal cream separator, which has done more than any other factor to develop the dairy industry to its present magnitude, recognized the need for a mechanical milker if the dairy industry were to grow.

DeLaval Separator

Dr. De Laval brought his great inventive genius, which was responsible for the invention of the steam turbine engine as well as the cream separator and many other scientific contributions of great importance, to bear upon the problem. He was granted his first patents upon a milker in 1894.

This first De Laval Milker had mechanically operated members to imitate the pressure of human hands. It milked cows successfully but was not commercially practical.

From that time until the present the De Laval Company has conducted almost continuous research, experiments and tests in order to perfect a mechanical milker. It is doubtful if any organization ever made a more thorough, prolonged and conscientious effort in order to perfect a machine.

DeLaval Separator

In 1896 patents were applied for and issued in 1898 to Klein and Wright, employees of the De Laval Company, on a mechanical milker which operated under constant vacuum. It was not commercially practical.

In 1902, Hulbert and Park applied for patents, which were issued in 1904, on a milker which operated by means of compressed air cushions and vacuum. Experiments on this milker were continued by the De Laval Company and various types were made, upon which patents were issued in 1912, 1913 and 1914; and while machines of these types were developed which did fairly good work, they were not deemed sufficiently good.

altermires, 1880.

Here is a list of some of the Waltermires living in the Forest area at the time of the 1880 census.

A. W. Waltermire (b. abt 1838, OH)
Allice R. Waltermire (b. abt 1869, MO)
Alphusan Waltermire (b. abt 1876, OH)
Amanda A. Waltermire (b. _)
Andrew Waltermire (b. abt 1860, OH)
Anna R. Waltermire (b. abt 1872, OH)
Ardellas Waltermire (b. abt 1862 Ohio
Arminta Waltermire (b. abt 1851, OH)
Beecher W. Waltermire (b. abt 1858, MO)
About 1886 he purchased the Humphrey
property in the western part of town.
Birda M. Waltermire (b. abt 1875, OH)
Catha Waltermire (b. abt 1811, PA)
Catharine E. Waltermire (b. abt 1851, OH)
Charles W. Waltermire (b. abt 1861, OH)
Charly C. Waltermire (b. 1872, OH)
Curtis W. Waltermire (b. abt 1863, OH)
Douglas M. Waltermire (b. abt 1861, OH)
Eli Waltermire (b. abt 1842, OH)
Elisabeth Waltermire (b. abt 1839, OH)
Elizabeth Waltermire (b. abt 1820, OH)
Emma A. Waltermire (b. abt 1877, OH)
Emma J. Waltermire (b. abt 1874, OH)
Frank Waltermire (b. abt 1835, OH)
G. W. Waltermire (b. abt 1841, OH)
Geo. Waltermire (b. abt 1806, PA)
George A. Waltermire (b. abt 1856, OH)
George M. Waltermire (b. abt 1864, OH)
H.V. Waltermire (b. abt 1857 MI)
He was a notary and a collection
agent who sold insurance and who's
office was located over Taft's shoe store.

Harvy F. Waltermire (b. 1877, OH)
Homer W. Waltermire (b. abt 1874, OH)
James E. Waltermire (b. abt 1860, OH)
John A. Waltermire (b. abt 1854, OH)
John H. Waltermire (b. abt 1874, OH)
John S. Waltermire (b. 1866, OH)
John Waltermire (b. abt 1824, OH)
Joseph W. Waltermire (b. abt 1872, OH)
L. M. Waltermire (b. abt 1857, OH)
Laura J. Waltermire (b. abt 1877, OH)
Laura S. Waltermire (b. 1851, OH)
Lillie B. Waltermire (b. abt 1872, OH)
Lilly M. Waltermire (b. abt 1872, OH)
M. F. Waltermire (b. abt 1849, OH)
Mandy E. Waltermire (b. abt 1880, OH)
Mary C. Waltermire (b. abt 1857, OH)
Mary C. Waltermire (b. abt 1876, OH)
Mary C. Waltermire (b. abt 1879, OH)
Mary J. Waltermire (b. abt 1860, OH)
Mary L. Waltermire (b. abt 1867, OH)
Mary M. Waltermire (b. abt 1871, OH)
Merta J. Waltermire (b. 1874, OH)
Michael T. Waltermire (b. abt 1873, OH)
Milton S. Waltermire (b. abt 1879, OH)
Minnie R. Waltermire (b. abt 1875, OH)
Mollie Waltermire (b. abt 1850, OH)
Mollie Waltermire (b. abt 1878, OH)
Murly B. Waltermire (b. abt 1878, OH)
Nellie W. Waltermire (b. _)
Nicholas L. Waltermire (b. 1879, OH)
Ollive B. Waltermire (b. abt 1873, OH)
Polly Waltermire (b. abt 1810, OH)
Rosalpha A. Waltermire (b. abt 1842, PA)
S. W. Waltermire (b. abt 1845, OH)
Sarah A. Waltermire (b. abt 1835, OH)
Sarah R. Waltermire (b. abt 1875, OH)
Sarah Waltermire (b. abt 1838, OH)
T. A. Waltermire (b. 1839, OH)
Thomas M. Waltermire (b. _)
Thomas Waltermire (b. abt 1820, OH)
Washington E. Waltermire (b. abt 1862, OH)
Wes Waltermire (b. 1845, PA)
William F. Waltermire (b. 1870, OH)
William S. Waltermire (b. abt 1866, OH)
William Waltermire (b. abt 1848, OH)
Wm. G. Waltermire (b. 1839, PA)
Wm. G. Waltermire (b. abt 1867, OH)and
Wm. Waltermire (b. abt 1813, OH).
Waltermire Merchantile.
The individual on the right is Samuel Waltermire. It is pure speculation that the individual on the left above is Beecher Waltermire of Missouri, but he was in Forest at the time of the 1880 federal census. There is nothing to indicate he worked in the shop.
Waltermire Home (X)
This picture was taken at the time of the March 23, 1913 flood which occurred on Easter Sunday. It is possible that the two individuals in the photograph are Earl Hempy (left) and Emmett Glenn Lehman (center).

altermire Merchantile.

The Waltermire home was located on the east side of Forest near Lima street. Samuel Wesley Waltermire was the proprietor of the Waltermire merchantile. He is shown in the merchantile in this photograph with a shop helper (far left). Sam was the great-great-grandfather of Virginia Motter. The individual with Waltermire is assumed to be working for the store since he was behind the counter. He may have be Samuel's nephew, Beecher W. Waltermire, of Missouri. Beecher was born in 1845 and was in Forest at one time.

Tom Jones' hardware store about 1900. Tom is standing behind the counter.

ones' Hardware.

Tom Jones was the proprietor of Jones Hardware on Lima street. This photograph depicts how the inside of the store looked around 1900. He had quite an extensive antique gun collection which he bequeathed to the Forest-Area Historical Society, Forest, Hardin Co., Ohio in 1998. The collection is on display at the Hardin County Museum, Kenton, Ohio.

Tom Jones
Paving Lima Street

A road crew working in front of Mapletoft's, possibly paving Lima street, as part of the road is smooth. It's dirt so the date of the photograph is pre-1895 presumably. The individuals in the photograph have not been identified. The building at the far right was later the Grey-White building and currently Martin's filling station and market.

This Pfeiffer & Sutton letterhead shows that there definitely were some grandiose ideas floating around the community early in the century. This is most likely is a view of the Ford Motor Co. plant in Detroit, Michigan.

feiffer Mfg.

There must have been some pretty grandiose ideas floating around Forest once. John Pfeiffer's garage was located in a shed built between two buildings on the south side of Lima street. His Ford ' automobile manufacturing company was at the west end of Lima street. Besides manufacturing automobiles he sold Indian' motorcycles. There are several models of the motorcycle in the photograph at the lower left. Located on the walls in the photograph are placards promoting Miller' tires.

Inside Pfeiffer's garage which was located in a shed built between two buildings on the south side of Lima street.

John Pfeiffer was in the automobile business with a Mr. Sutton. To the right is an image of the letterhead which Pfeiffer & Sutton used to advertise their business. The period that they were in business is unknown. Nothing resembling the structure in the letterhead was ever built in Forest. The plant depicted is probably the Ford ' plant in Detroit, Michigan. The enhanced close-up below right shows several of the unidentified workers inside the Pfeiffer establishment. The date is unknown, but it for surely, c1912. The photograph could be either the Pfeiffer or Pfeiffer & Sutton garage.

Emmett Glenn Lehman is seen sitting beside the driver, John Pfeiffer in 1912. The individual driving the vehicle on the right is unknown. Emmett died accidentally while hunting near Forest in November, 1922. The reflection in the window under the Pfeiffer sign indicates Wright Tires operated in Forest at the time. It's probably not a coincidence that next to the Pfeiffer garage was a tin shop. Didn't they call the Model-T the "tin lizzie?"

An ad from a 1910 Forest-Advertiser supplement indicated that the Ford' automobile was a winner in the Munsey and the New York to Seattle races. It also indicated a race from Philadelphia to Seattle which passed thru Forest. John Pfeiffer ran the advertisement in December, 1910. ?John Pfeiffer and Emmett Lehman (left) are seen driving a car similar to the one advertised. They drove around Forest advertising Pfeiffer's cars. The other individual in the photograph is unknown.

apletoft Hardware.

Lima St., Forest, O. Seen in this photograph is the Jaquith Variety store, The Star movie house, the Gray-White building, etc. on the left and Snyder restaurant and the City Drug store on the right. A Mr. Harry Johnson lived above the Jaquith Variety store in the 1940-1950s. Lois Cramer had the Lois Shop there at one point. She opened in 1933 and stayed in that location for several years before moving to the south side of Lima street just east of Lehman's Corner Market at the southeast corner of Gormley at Lima street.

On September 27, 1915 J.H. Hendricks sent a this colored postcard to his wife complaining about a Springfield, Ohio ticket agent who routed him wrong. He also discusses where he is working. Mr. Hendricks may have been an early salesman of automobiles or parts, either working for the Pfeiffer Co., or possibly the Ford Co. In the far left of the postcard, the building with the "x" (looks like a cross) was Pfeiffer's Forest Car Manufacturing Co. John Pfeiffer manufactured Ford automobiles in the building.

Mapletoft Hardware

The colored postcard is a good image of the Mapletoft hardware store which was located at the corner of Gormley & Lima streets. West of Mapletoft's was Len Crum's restaurant. The photograph on the left is a cut-out of another postcard from the same period, but postmarked October 10, 1910. On the right was Mapletoft hardware. Next to it was Crum's restaurant & bakery. There are two balconies visible at the left end of the photograph. The viewer might notice that in the colored postcard there was a third balcony attached to the building housing the Mapletoft hardware store at about the center of the photograph. It is not present in this photograph. That balcony may have been attached sometime after 1910.

Pfeiffer's location

This photograph is an image of Lima Street in 1912. Mapletoft's Hardware was located where the two cars are parked (background center) in the photograph below. The north side of Lima street is at the left. Starting from the north side (far left) there was; Jaquith's Variety Store, __ Store, The Star Theatre, __ Store, Whitey Hafer's Barber Shop, Clinger & Meeks Cream Station, and an alley.

Then the First National bank, the Red & White grocery store, the Kroger grocery store, Dale Shields drug store, Ray Hempy hardware store, Len Crum's restaurant & bakery, and William Mapletoft's hardware. Then followed Gormley street and the Gray-White Poultry Co. On the south side (from the middle to the right of the photograph) was eventually Roy Snider's restaurant, but the name in 1912 is unknown, and Hallie Forest Shields' drug store. Hallie was the brother of Hallie Dale Shields who operated a drug store on the other side of the street during the same period. That store is not visible.