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The Mark Fishburn clothing store was located on the southwest corner of Gormley & Lima streets in Forest. It has also been a billiards palor and tanning salon. It is currently a church. The individual standing in the doorway with Mark may be Blanche A. Fishburn.
September 14, 2009
Forest-Area Historical Society
Hallie D. Mark Fishburn, b. 1889 in Ridgeway (Boke's Creek), OH, was the son of
Edwin-Douglas Fishburn and
Edwin and Ida, both born in IL, had four children - Mark, Hazel Roberts, Vesta (Vetty) Fridley, and Pearl Wenner. In the 1900 census they still lived in Ridgeway where Edwin made his living as a telegraph operator. By 1910 (per the census) the family had moved to Forest where Edwin owned a clothing store and Mark was the clerk. The girls did not work, even though Hazel was a year older. Edwin and Ida passed away in 1920 and 1933.
I believe the original family name was "Fischborn" of "Fishbein" and they came from the Dauphin County, PA area to Iroquois County, IL about 1860. It's a hard trail to follow but it looks like Edwin's mother may have died and his whole family moved back to PA except him by 1870. I believe he wound up living with a cousin (Josiah "Fisborn") in Boke's Creek, OH (now Ridgeway).
By the way, the woman in the picture is not my grandmother Hazel Fishburn. The most likely guess is that it is Blanche. My father's eyesight is poor and he can't see well enough to identify the woman. He did say that Blanche did work in the store and even has memories of being in the store in the 1920-30's.
I was only in Forest once in 1966. I still remember the 4th of July celebration at what must have been Gormley park - so classic. And their house, wow! Coming from the freshly built ranch-style housing tracts of the 1950's in Roseville, just northeast of Sacramento, their Queen Anne style home on those tree-lined streets looked like something out of a novel to me. I could have given up California then and there.2
The Gray-White Co. seen in most of this photograph, sold eggs, poultry, and cream. It was located on the northeast corner of Lima and Gormley streets and was a wooden two-story structure, the second floor having apartments for rent. Just west of the Gray-White Co. was William Pell Mapletoft's hardware. The water feeders seen in the background of the photograph were sold by Mapletoft's Hardware.
In 1940 the store was robbed. The sheriff, Lloyd Norman, was called, whereupon he was told that, "about 8 a.m. a man entered and ask to see a rifle which was displayed. Then the robber asked to see a revolver and after receiving it displayed a revolver from his pocket and demanded the contents of the cash drawer."
William Mapletoft was killed by a bull in a field at his farm on May 28, 1941. "The bull, according to coroner, J.A. Mooney, had no horns but butted the farm operator eventually trampling him to death. The victim was unable to use a pitchfork he had by his side." 4 The photograph above right is a partial front view of the Gray-White Co. building (indicated by the "star").
The Lois Shop was located on the south side of Lima street and owned and operated by Lois Cramer. The photogrpah to the right might be from inside the shop, but it is possible that it is a photograph of a Farmers Institute display taken at the Hardin County Fair. In the photograph are several ladies who worked in the shop. Lois (Johnson) Cramer is on the left, Celia Dunham in the middle, and Imogene (Johnson) Hagerman on the right. Lois and Imogene were half-sisters, having the same father.
The Hempy garage sold "
Sampson" tractors. They are being displayed in the photograph above. The date of the photograph is unknown. Also, no one has been identified.
JUDGEMENT UPHELDCOLUMBUS, O., Dec. 17'(UP)'The State Supreme court today denied review of a judgment [sic] of the Third District Appeals court against Ray O. Hempy in favor of the McCaskey Register Co. The court of appeals had reversed a Hardin-co common pleas court decision in favor of Hempy in a transaction involving exchange of business machinery, and granted a judgement of $136 to the register company.
5 Ray O. Hempy made a Real Estate transfer from Inland Rubber Corp. in 1959 for lot 9967 and part lot 9968.
The Forest Advertiser (Forest, OH) 1 Dec 1910, p.5, c.1-2.
'2email. Carolyn Montgomery, grand niece of Mark Fishburn to Bill Taylor, President, F-AHS, 14 Sep 2009.
Lima News (Lima, OH) 4 Dec 1940, p.11.
Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, OH) 29 May 1941, p.3.
Lima News (Lima, OH) 17 Dec 1941, p.4, c.3.
'6Ibid. 8 Dec 1959, p.15, c.8
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