The earliest information we have about the Corner Market was when G.W. McCleary's Grocery was purchased in 1904 by Paris Dupler Lehman. He opened it as the Corner Market and operated there from 1904 until his death in 1933. After his death it continued as the Corner Market with Dave Lehman and John Rabberman and several others.
The I.G.A. Grocery, the old Corner Market, was captured on 8mm film by Steve Rabberman in 1962.
Steve's father, John Rabberman, had owned and operated the store many years before this photograph was taken. The bay window above the store was an apartment that was occupied for several years by Steve's grandmother, Mabel Rabberman.
Mabel was the wife of Dr. W.H. Rabberman, an early Forest physician, who died in 1932. Mabel died in 1963. The photograph was converted from an 8mm movie by Steve Rabberman that he originally shot in July, 1962. No. 1 is an image of the newspaper clipping which ran in the Forest Review telling of P.D. Lehman's purchase of the old G.W. McCleary grocery.
roger Grocery & Baking Co.
The Kroger Co. started its business in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Kroger grocery's complete operation in Forest is unknown. Leonard C. Harman was the manager in 1927 and Paul Anspach in 1949. Anspach also served on the Forest-Jackson school board. Later, Ralph Balmer was the Kroger manager and in 1949, a music teacher for the Forest-Jackson school system.
The photograph to the left is of someone who worked in the Kroger grocery in the 1930s. It is not Leonard Harman, the Kroger grocery manager, but it was taken at the same time that Harman was manager and Floyd Simpson was the manager of the Red & White grocery next door. Simpson was in the original photograph standing beside this individual. This individual's name and the date of the photograph is not known.
Outside the grocery there was always a place for people to sit and relax. Was this a marketing ploy used by Kroger? And did this make for a more confortable atmosphere inside?
This is the "inside of Kroger's." The shelves were always fully stocked. In the photograph are two individuals. The date and the individuals are unknown. The individual (background center) may be L.C. Harman.
On July 27, 1927 Harman was hurt by flying bricks while helping to put out the Dickelman Mfg. Co. fire. He was the Kroger grocery manager in 1933. The Kroger grocery store was located on the north side of Lima street where the old Forest-Jackson Community Library was before it moved into the Freight House.
.N. Mick Grocery.
The Mick Grocery was located just east of the First National Bank. In the photograph to the right, standing in front of the grocery is A.N. Mick. The woman standing near him in the doorway is unknown, but it may have been his wife. Another photograph of this building can be found here. The three individuals who are standing in front of the bank have never been identified.
The light pole in the right front of the photograph is across the street from the bank and has "Fishburn", et. al. written on its glass. Mark Fishburn's clothing store was located very near where this light pole stood. Above the bank was Dr. J.M. Wynn's office and just east of his office was Charles M. Reigle, Attorney At Law.
odney Burk Letter to the Forest-Area Historical Society.
The following material on this page and on subsequent pages are letters sent to the Forest-Area Historical Society from Rodney Burk. The letters cover a multitude of things about Forest.
July 13, 2000
To the Forest-Area Historical Society,
The Red & White store was operated by Floyd Simpson in the room adjacent to the First National Bank. It featured a new way of displaying and vending canned foods. Cans were added at the top of a inclined "raceway" and rolled down to the customer's level. As the cans were removed, others rolled down to keep the "raceway" filled. Floyd Simpson was a member of the Clayton S. Simpson family included brothers; Jean Simpson, Carl Simpson, Paul Simpson, and Ronald Simpson. Ruth (Simpson) Lotz and Hazel (Simpson) Evans were their sisters.1
Stevenson's grocery was located on the south side of Lima street in or near the old post office location. It was operated by Earl Stevenson assisted by sons Foster and Clayton. The store room was long and narrow with the entrance at the front. Gypsies once visited this store. They kept Earl busy at the back of the store while other gypsies pilfered at the front.
Nye's meat market was located just west ofSnider's restaurant on Lima street. It was owned by Chick Nye whose family consisted of; Margery, Helen, and Horace.
Lehman's meat market was a short distance west from Nye's. W.J. (Bill) Lehman had a son, David Lehman, who helped him in the store; also Tom Young.
Both of these markets butchered, rendered lard, and operated walk-in ice refrigerators. In the cold days of winter, large cuts of fresh meat were hung from large hooks along the wall of the store. For the price-conscience customer the markets offered low-priced sweet bread and brains, ham bones for soup, and crackling. Kidneys for your cat was free!
Bert Jaquith upon the death of William Jesse Lehman in 1950, wrote the following for the Forest‐Review:
The sudden death of Wm. J. Bill Lehman, a veteran grocer of Forest, recalls to the mind of the writer four generations of Lehmans who have been in either the meat or grocery business in Forest for the past 60 years or more. During all these years, their honesy in business and congenial personality has brought the Lehmans success in business.
First was Sam Lehman, Bill's grandfather, who conducted a meat market in Forest many years ago in a frame building on the corner of E. Lima and Gormley streets. He was assisted by his sons, Horace, Paris and Harry. In those days they butchered stock bought from the farmers and stored the meat in large refrigerators, cooled by huge cakes of ice, put up in the winter in saw dust in ice houses. They also made their sausage, smoked in their hams, shoulders and bacon.
Friends of the Lehman boys quite frequently congregated in the back room of the butcher shop to loaf and enjoy a little fun. Forest had no waterworks at that time, but there was always a jug of fresh water in the Lehman shop to quench the thirst. But there was a catch to this. A stranger tipping this water jug to his lips might also feel a fine stream of water running down his neck, being unaware of the fine hole drilled in the neck of the jug.
There was also a chair in the back room for a stranger. He would not tarry long, however, for a needle would mysteriously rise up throuth the chair seat.
It was in this shop where the writer in his earlier years became acquainted with "liver." For in this shop, after butchering, there would be a huge liver on a meat block which would be sliced, wrapped up and given to customers free of charge.
Paris "Bill" Lehman, "Bill's" father, in later years conducted a grocery store on the same corner, Bill in his teens being placed behind the counter. "Bill," as he was known to his friends, enjoyed the company of his friends, placed chairs around the stove in the store for them, and daily sessions were held there by a group termed the "Sanhedrin." In this group were Dan Dubbs, George Alter, John A McCleary, Sam Lutz and a few other grand old gentlemen, whose names we cannot recall, who have passed on. This venerable group discussed the topics of the day, and solved all national problems. When the arguments would sort of die down, Bill would walk past the stove and say a few words that would start up another argument.
At the death of his father, Bill Lehman took over the store, modernized same and enlarged the stock, but conducted the store on the same "live and let live" principles as the previous Lehmans. Bill was a great friend of the boys and girls. He saw that the candy department was well stocked with a wide variety of choice morsels for the kiddies, whose pennies drew the same courteous treatment from Bill as the adults' dollars.
Bill Lehman, continued in the grocery and meat business until a year or two ago, when his son David took over the business and later started the present Drive-In Market on Mad River street. Bill assisted his son in this new and modern market until the time of his death.
Bill Lehman, like his father and grandfather before him, was a man who had a legion of friends. He was unassuming, honest in business, devoted his life to his family, and tried to be a friend to everyone.
We deem it a great honor to have been a friend to the Lehman family for four generations.2
William Jesse Lehman was born at Forest, Ohio, on August 5, 1891. William was a member of the United Methodist church church at Forest, Ohio. His nickname was Billie. On June 13, 1900 the Lucy and Paris D. Lehman household in Forest, Jackson Twp., Ohio, listed Jessie Lehman. He was also a member of Senate Lodge No. 378, F. & A.M, the Knights of Pythias, and the Village Council at Forest, Ohio between 1910 and 1950.
Again, on April 27, 1910, the Perris D. Lehman household in Forest, Jackson Twp., Ohio, listed J. William Lehman working as a clerk in the Lehman grocery. In 1912 he married Gladys E. Dumm, daughter of Robert R. Dumm and Celia Alberta Wentz. By January, 1920 he was grocery salesman and appeared on the U.S. Census of January 30, 1920. He later appreared on the U.S. Census of April 12, 1930 for Forest Village, Ohio where he and his family lived on Mary street.
Around 1950 Bill was a councilman on the Village Council of Forest, Ohio. He was a grocer at the Lehman grocery until his death by a heart attack. He was buried in Hueston cemetery at the corner of CR20 & CR183, Forest.
1Sentence modified by the addition of the second sister, Hazel Simpson, and their married names.
2Forest Review courtesy of Carole (Lehman) Waller, daughter of William Lehman.