Clarence Chapman shortly after he arrived in Forest went to work for Dull & Chase. Just when he came to Forest is unknown. By December, 1891 he was no longer working for them. He had move away from Forest. L.E. Dull was a Forest councilman in 1892 so he was probably voten in in the November, 1891 election. In March he was nominated for the school board. After the election in April he was on the school board by a vote of 1. W.H. Bachus ran against him and lost 171 to 170.
L.E. Dull may have been the "Dull" in Dull & Chase. And L.E. may be for L. Elmer Dull. L.E. Dull was a Coumcilman for Forest in 1892. And he was the Local Trustee for the I.O.O.F. Mutual Aid and Accident Association the same year. The "Chase" in Dull & Chase may have been William Chase. _ Chase of Dull & Chase could sing. In May, 1891 he sang a solo and chorus at the M.P. Church. In August they were selling hammocks and "Wee Wa" chairs. They were appointed as agents for school books in September. Bertha McMullen may have worked for them. Dull & Chase was located just west of the I.O.O.F building on the south side of Lima street. For many years there was a house located at the spot of the Dull & Chase location so the building holding Dull & Chase was probably torn down before 1900. That house was razed before 2010.
Halbert Dale Shields, better known as H. Dale Shields, was the proprietor of the
Hallie Forest Shields, brother of Hallie, also was a druggist in Forest. The store was in the I.O.O.F. building at the southwest corner of Gormley & Lima streets.
The small white area near the center of the photograph
Len D. Crum was the proprietor of the
One story relating to Crum's Restaurant was when a small child, while sitting on the bench in front of the restaurant, caught his foot in an opening between an upright post and the building where it was securely fastened. Being a prisoner and trying as he could he was caught. With distress plainly pictured on his face, he had the nerves of a gladiator and never whimpered. Ladies walking along the sidewalk noticed and told him that he should not be sitting in the snow on the bench. Without uttering a word he remained sitting. Later a man discovered his plight and helped to release him. His name was never known. Another was "Spot" the restaurant watch dog. Spot had been the Crum's dog for thirteen years and was a faithful pal of Betty Lou and Susan Crum. At night he stood guard at the restaurant and was known by many of its patrons. In March, 1941 Spot was killed when he was struck by an automobile.
The restaruant was sold to Mrs. John Dysert after the death of L.Foster Crum in 1951. For years the restaurant had been run by Len Crum and his son, Foster. Foster had continued to operate the restaurant after the death of Len. After taking over the business Goldie Spencer, Rubby McVitty and Ida Packer assisted in the day-to-day operations with Tom Hammond continuing as bus boy.The drug store's motto was "Where you get What you Want."
Joseph F. Studer was Forest's foremost merchant tailor and one of the best known and skillful men of his profession in Hardin and several adjoing counties. A native of Ohio he first entered the tailoring business in New Lexington with his three brothers. After coming to Forest he was employed by G. Burkey, who at the time was lcoated where Brown & Liles were in 1904. After a year in Forest he went to Findlay, returning in 1896 and opening his store over the Blue & Shields drug store. In 1903 he moved from the Blue & Shields location into the Dickelman-Swimley block. He employed 5-6 people in his new location which caused such trade that he had to travel to Wharton, Mt. Blanchard, and Findlay to handle customers. Each summer he spent time at the tailors' cutting school at Cincinate.
There was a Crum Bros Bakery in 1904. Harry Schoenberger worked for the City Drug store as a drug clerk and was promoted to assistant pharmacist shortly before he left their employment in March, 1904 moving to West Mansfield.
On November 7, 1905 Blue & Shields disolved their partnership. In 1901 the firm bought out the business of Edw. Gasson, who moved to Kenton, engaging in the same line there. They had been in business for four years. Blue had been critically sick in November, 1904 with rheumatism which probably led him to retire. Hallie continued as the owner and operator of The City Drug Store for many, many years. After retiring, W.W. Blue purchased a 150 acre farm at Lockwood, MO. He returned to Forest at least once and was instrumental in Marshal Cessna selling two of his bloodhounds to neighbors of his in Missouri. Blue died c1916.
B.F. Miller gashed his thumb when getting out the fire appratus on August 23, 1907. His injury prevented him from continuing work. E. Hubbs Brown was a pharmacist with The City Drug Store in 1907. He had been working for about six months. He resigned to move to Kenton to work with Edw. Gasson. Dr. Ernest Graham, a dentist, opened in the room above The City Drug Store in October. The two drug stores in Forest were known as the City Drug Store and the H.F. Shields Pharmacy. Atty C.M. Riegle was the secretary of the county temperance organization for Hardin county.
Brown & Liles advertised as The Big Funiture Store in 1909. In September Brown moved his undertaking rooms into the quarters previously vacated by A.E. Mann in the rear room of the First National Bank block.
Jewelryman Charles H. Coble, known locally as C.H. or "Bunter," originally of Loudenville, operated a jewelry and optician business in the S.M. Brown undertaking room in 1908. He also played first base for the Forest base ball team with a batting average of 157. In 1909 he furnished gold and silver medals for a 60 member fishing club contest. By 1913 he was operating out of the City Drug store. In 1917 fifty friends joined in tendering him a farewell banquet at L.D. Crum's restaurant. He was sent away with three loud cheers for success in his new location and one toast-voiced sentiment that should he ever make another change in location it would be to return to Forest. He moved to Tippecanoe City, Ohio (later known as Tipp City). Dr. Campbell operated his office out of the City Drug store in 1914.
On March 22, 1921 the A.N. Mick grocery was
Kroger Grocery and Baking Company started its business in 1883 in Cincinnati. The history of the grocery's operations in Forest is fragmented. One store manager was Mary Naus who managed in the 1930s. Leonard C. Harman was the
Len Crum's Restaurant & Bake Shop sat on the north side of Lima street between Ray Hempy's hardware on the west and William Mapletoft's hardware on the east.
To the left of Boyd's drugs was Zimmerman's
H. Dale Shields redecorated the Drug Store in November, 1936.On Tuesday, March 3, 1936 H. Dale Shields celebrated 34 years in business a The City Drug Store. He claimed the distinction of being in business continuously for the longest period of any businessman in Forest. H.C. Nye, L.D. Crum, and Harry Lehman had been in business in Forest for some time, but not continuously.
The date when the
The photograph of
Adam Newton "Newt" Mick is seen on the left with William B. Price, in the front of the Mick grocery on the north side of Lima street in Forest.
"Whitey" Hafer is seen in these photographs while painting the outside of his barber shop. The shop was located on the north side of west Lima street where the current post office is now located. Whitey sold his business later to George Buxton who ran the shop for many years. George was considered to be one of the best barbers around.
At one time, Lolo (Witzer) Jaquith ran a millinery shop at this location. Lolo was the wife of R. "Bert" Jaquith, the editor of the Forest Review. Whitey must have closed his barber shop during the time of this photograph because the sign written on the window indicates that the shop is closed and has moved to the other side of Lima street.Hal Shields was in business with this father H. Dale Shields in 1952 at The City Drug Store by opening up Hal's Snack Bar in the Drug Store on July 27, 1952.
Earl & Ethel Schott owned the Schott's Dress Shop seen in these photographs. The shop was in the same location as the Dull & Chase store. The Pfeiffer Clothing and Shoe store is to the far left in the
H. Dale Shields quit the drug business when he sold The City Drug Store to Richard O. Boyd in November, 1954. Shields had been in businss for 53 years. The name of the store changed to Boyd's Pharmacy. He continued the soda fountain, but not the snack bar.
Jean & Everett Hankins were the proprietors of the Village Inn. The Village Inn restaurant was located on the southeast corner of Lima and Patterson streets. It sat at the location that is now the Tree Town Inn restaurant parking lot. A fire destroyed the Village Inn restaurant in __. The photograph
Twenty-three members and five guests of the Hardin County Bankers Association dined in the new Village Inn in August, 1957. After dining they toured the United Aircraft Products, Inc. plant in Forest. Also in August a bridal party of twenty-seven ate a buffet lunch. In October sixteen members of the Progress Club dined. Also in October the Searchlight Club opened their year's program.
Orlan Hankins was in the 1945 graduating class. The
Included in the Village Inn completion were the
There was a November Senior class smorgasbord for students and public alike where half the proceeds went to the Senior Class. And for Christmas, 60 members of the school staff and their guests were invited for a turkey dinner. Two other clubs also had parties at the Inn in December; the Progress Club and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
In January of 1958 the Mothers Club had a dinner for the husbands. And in May the former classmates of Dr. Thoburn Brumbaugh honored him at a dinner in the Village Inn. He was the graduation speaker for the 1958 class. The Forest Lions generally met at the Village Inn. November brought a ground breaking for a new building to house the
The American Loan and Finance Company met at a dinner meeting in the Village Inn on January 22, 1959. Simpson Insurance honored the Hardin Co. Bowling League Champs to a dinner at the Village Inn in May, 1959. The honorees were Bob Exline, Bo Edgington, Frank Blackburn, Herb Ickes, Billy Hensel, Carl Simpson, and Harold Waller. Also in May, the Child Guidance Club met and installed new officers. Hardin county realtors dined at the Village Inn in June. Dave Grafmiller celebrated his 80th birthday at the Village Inn. In December Bud Dyer, manager of Save-Mor Food Market, entertained employees at a dinner given at the Village Inn. And fifty people associated with the Forest school system had an annual Christmas party at the Village Inn. And, in December, Barbara Moore met with twenty-eight members of the Searchlight Club to view pictures taken of the Holy Land.