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1st National Bank

irst National Bank.

The First National bank building (left & above) was located on Lima Street several doors west of the Kroger grocery. The photograph (left) was taken of the bank as it looked in 1942. The photograph which was scanned from a postcard of the First National bank was taken at an earlier date. From Aerial View of Forest (below) the bank would be in the right-most building of the four black roofed buildings near the bottom-right side of the photograph.

1st National Bank (c1940s)
Gray-White Co.

ray-White Company.

The Gray-White Co. sold poultry, eggs, and cream. It was located in a two story wooden structure which also had upstairs appartments for rent. Robert Burdett once lived there with his wife. The building has since been torn down and replaced with Martin's Meat Mart. This photograph was taken in 1942. The photograph was taken looking west on Lima street and showing the Gray & White Building on the extreme right. It was located at the northeast corner of Lima and Gormley streets.

Aerial View

erial Shots.

The photographs Aerial View and Mad River R.R. are aerial views of Forest that were taken by Don Rabberman on April 4, 1964. The plane was traveling in a south-westerly direction at the time of the photograph. The business fronts of those businesses on the south side of Lima street are visible at the bottom of the Aerial View photograph. The Shell station near the bottom left of the Aerial View photograph provided gasoline service the people of Forest. The station looks to be surrounded with traffic so the repair business of the station must have been good. The original station burned on January 6, 1945. This is the station built to replace the one that burned.

Mad River R.R.

ad River Rail Road.

At the right is Forest showing the trackage of the New York Central (NYC) railroad or Mad River railroad through Forest. North is actually at the bottom of the Mad River R.R. photograph. The trackage ran from Wharton in the northeast (bottom right) to Patterson, Grant, and Kenton at the top of the photograph (southwest).

Mad River street sits east of and parallels the original Mad River track. The track no longer exists. Patterson street is just east of Mad River street. Patterson street meeets Lima street near the lower right hand corner of the Mad River R.R. photograph. From that corner extend your sight along Patterson for one block (the thin road just behind the businnesses is an alley) to the Masonic Temple.

asonic temple.

The Masonic Temple sat on the southeast corner of Dixon & Patterson streets. It was sold to a church group in 2006. Some time after that date it was re-sold to as a private residence.

ethodist & Episcopal Churches.

From the Temple extend your sight to the east for one block to the Methodist Episcopal church which sits on the southwest corner of Gormley & Dixon streets. One block further east is the Episcopal church. It sits on the southwest corner of Warner & Dixon streets and is still operating.

Originally:Mick & Cline Grocery
Then:New Star theater
Currently:B&B Dairy

erlin Howard Elevator.

The first building east of the Mad River track was Merlin Howard's elevator, State Route 53 (Mad River paralleled the Mad River RR trackage), and the New Star theater. The elevator has operated off & on since the 1930s.

tar and "New Star" Theaters.

The theater operated years earlier as the Star on the north side of Lima street next to a barber shop. When it was moved from the north side to the south side of Lima street, it moved into the old Mick & Cline grocery (arrow in above right aerial) which had been converted into a theater by Leo T. Jones.).

The original location of the Mick & Cline building in the photogrpah to the right was the location of the New Star theater. You have to look closely at the photograph as at a quick glance it seems to be an optical illusion. The original building was razed many years ago and replaced with a much smaller single story building. But, close examination of this photograph shows it was taken during the time the building was used as the movie theater; a movie marquis is attached to the front of the building.

illage Inn.

Aerial View of Forest (color)

Continuing east across Patterson street was the Village Inn restaurant now torn down and currently serving as the parking lot for the Tree Town Inn restaurant which is located in the old Pfeiffer mens clothing store. Next to Pfeiffer's is Shotts Style Shop, then Wayne Bell's barber shop, and the Odd Fellows building. After the Odd Fellows building there is an alley, then a building which houses Boyds drug store on its east side & the Forest Library on its west side, then the Keiper funeral home which operated in the 1930s, then the Moats hardware store, and then Gormley street.

orner Market.

East from Gormley street is John Rabberman's I.G.A. grocery (originally P.D. Lehman's Corner Market), then the Lois Shop of ladies clothing, then Gier's T.V. & Appliance store, then Basinger's Jewelry & Photography store, then Bob Spencer's International Harvester & Machinery Co., and finally, the Shell station. This is the second Shell station. The original burned in 1946. The date when the station stopped serving customers in Forest is unknown. It currently Forest customers with pizza delivery.

The photograph above shows an aerial view of Forest taken by Don Rabberman on April 4, 1964. The plane in which Rabberman was riding was traveling west so South is at the top of the photograph. The south-side "fronts" of the businesses on Lima Street are visible as are the "rears" of the north-side businesses.

.E. Church & Masonic Temple.

The Methodist Episcopal church can just be seen at the top middle of the photograph. The old Masonic Temple is at the next corner west of the church.

Starting from the left side of the photograph on the north side of Lima street was Bob Spencer's International Harvester dealership. It is currently a doctor's office & parking lot. Then the Gulf station. It is currently Martin's Meat Mart & filling station. Then Gormley street followed by the Mapletoft Hardware store. It is currently the Paul D. Walter's & Todd D. Evans's print shop. The building in the rear of the Print Shop has been torn down as have the two buildings next to it. Next was Crum's restaurant. It is currently the Gridiron Bar & Grill. Currently, next to the bar & grill is __'s Beauty shop, then several empty buildings, then the Forest Community Bank, an alley, __'s Beauty shop, several more empty buildings, then the Post Office, then Victoria's restaurant (now closed), __'s Insurance Agency. The building in the lower right of the photograph has been torn down and the entire area is now a parking lot. The building at the bottom middle of the photograph have been replaced with a storage facility.

Gormley Park pond

ormley Park & Pond.

In 1881, the heirs of John Gormley, one of the founders of the village of Forest, donated 5 acres of land that the village used to create a park. Two of the earliest features of Gormley Park were historical in nature. In 1906, two canons from the Civil War were placed in the park. In 1908, a log cabin was built, which the Forest Historical Society has continued to preserve. In 1960, a community pool was added and many updates have been made over the years. Currently, the park has basketball courts, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, playground equipment, pavillions, walking paths and much more.

Several of Forest's homes can be seen from the Gormley Park pond in this photograph. The home on the right still exists though its porch has been removed.

McDaniel Fire

Also, a summer diving platform, now removed, can be seen near the center of the photograph. There were also steps, since removed, which allowed swimmers to enter the water during the summer months or onto the ice during the winter months.

No individuals in the photogaph have been identified. The date is probably 1930s or 1940s.

cDaniel Auto Service.

The McDaniel Auto Service fire occurred __, 1946. It seems that several individuals in this photograph were helping to save cabinets from inside the store. No individuals have been identified, but the individual standing in the front of the building may be the owner, Everett McDaniel. After World War II, Norman Wright purchased the business from McDaniel and opened it as Wright's East End Service.

Hempy Hardware

empy Hardware.

Ray O. Hempy operated a hardware store in Forest for many years. The hardware store was on the north side of Lima street, two doors west of the William Mapletoft Hardaware store. Len Crum's restaurant & Bakery was located between the two hardwares.

The store sold auto parts and farm equipment. Ray's father was instrumental in getting the original supply of electricity to Forest, the ulterior motive being to sell washing machines to the local citizens and others of the surrounding communities.

Ed & Blanche? Fishburn

ishburn's Clothing.

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.

Mark Fishburn Clothing

September 14, 2009

Forest-Area Historical Society
Forest, Ohio


Hallie D. Mark Fishburn, b. 1889 in Ridgeway (Boke's Creek), OH, was the son of Edwin-Douglas Fishburn and Ida Cattrell-Allyn.


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" or "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.


Gray-White Co.

apletoft Hardware.

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." The photograph above right is a partial front view of the Gray-White Co. building (indicated by the "star").

Gray-White Co.

ray-White Co.

The building no longer exists. The location is currently where Mr. Dwane Martin and family sell gasoline services and operates a meat & grocery market. Across Gormley street (left background) to the west was Mapletofts Hardware.

It was the center of a robbery on December 4, 1940 when a customer asking to see some guns pulled one of his own and took $2 from Virgil Parker, the store clerk. Supposedly the money drawer had only two dollars in change whereupon the robber took the revolver he had asked to see and fled.William Mapletoft was not present during the robbery. There were three other robberies in Hardin Co. around that time.

ois Shop.

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.

Lois Shop

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.

empy Garage.

The Hempy garage sold Sampson tractors. They are being displayed in the photograph on the right. The date of the photograph is unknown and no one has been identified.

Hempy Garage

COLUMBUS, 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. Ray O. Hempy made a Real Estate transfer from Inland Rubber Corp. in 1959 for lot 9967 and part lot 9968.