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March 20, 1980

PIX #1 - No. 1

PIX #2 - No. 2

PIX #3 - No. 3

PIX #4 - No. 4:Smith's Livery Barn

PIX #5 - No. 5

Changes in Fostoria have taken place gradually, and photographing those
changes hasn't always been faithfully practiced.  Sometimes I get frustrated
in trying to find a picture to help readers visualize my explanation of the
changes of past years, but I am thankful for those which have been preserved
and made available.  Ray Dell, Jim Rowles and the library have been helpful.


Today's article. still pertaining to the north side of East Tiffin Street,
starts at the first alley east of Main.  Photo No. 1 shows that area as it is
today.  There once was a frame building, demolished in 1962, where Bob's
Barber Shop is now.  It was owned by the Cadwallader Co.  Photo No. 2 shows
that old building in the latter part of the 19th century.  The building re-
ferred to is in the right portion of the photo.  The sign on the building,
shown in the photo, read:  William Baum.  He and John T. Fritcher had a sa-
loon there at the time.  Baum also ran the American House Hotel across the
street, where the Masonic Temple is now.  In the left portion of the photo is
shown the location of the office of A. Ebersole, Veterinarian Surgeon.  That
would be "122A" now vacant.


The delivery wagon in the photo belonged to Weaver Dry Goods Store, one of
Fostoria's prominent stores.

The old building in the right of Photo No. 2 had many tenants through the
latter part of the last century and early part of this one, some of which are
in the list at the end of today's story.  Not mentioned is the bakery that
was there before the building was demolished.  Calmer Wade had a bakery in
about 1920, and later Sherlie Ann.

Photo No. 1 shows other buildings which have been in existence since the
latterpart of the 19th century.  The one on the left is the location where
Dillon Auto Parts recently closed its store.


Don Dillon, deceased, started an auto parts store there many years ago. 
After quitting that business in about 1941 he leased the building to Dwight
Hazeltine for Buckeye Auto Parts, as the accompanying Photo No. 3 indicates.
Buckeye acquired its present location on West South Street in the early
1950s.  When Buckeye left Tiffin Street, Dillon reactivated his business
there, later selling the business, but it continued under his name.

Before the turn of the century, the building was used as livery stable by
several others.  Photo No. 4 shows it when it was known as R.E. Smith's
Livery Barn.  Smith came to Fostoria in 1879 and established a hack line.
A hack was a horse-drawn carriage that resembled a stagecoach, with the
driver sitting up front in an elevated seat.  According to historical
accounts, Smith started with one hack and finally had seven; and he had a
fine livery business with horse and buggies for hire.  He boasted the only
tallyho (pleasure coach) in the county.  Smith at one time lived at 230 E.


Back in those days a horse and buggy was rented to take the family to a ride
around town or in the countryside on Sundays and holidays.  It was also a
popular way for young men to court sweethearts.

In my boyhood I remember how the hacks met all of the passenger trains,
taking traveling men from the train station to their hotel, and from the ho-
tels to the places where they made calls.

In later years the Smith Livery Barn was owned by F.J. Miller, who then sold
it to Frank Kelley Jr., father of Dick and Frank Jr., both deceased.  As far
as I know the last livery stable in that building was owned by Duffy Bros.,
Eli "Squire", and Tom, and was so listed in the 1915 directory.


Thelast building in Photo No. 1 shows the location of the High School's Auto
Mechanics School.  In the days when this town had three electric interurban
lines, generally called "streetcar," that building was the car-barn for the
TTFE (Tiffin, Fostoria and Eastern) and TF&F (Toledo, Fostoria, and Findlay).
 A limited number of cars could be stored overnight in the building, and it
 also served as a freight station...lots of freight being handled by the elec-
 tric lines then.  As yet I have not found a picture of the old car-barn, but
 older Fostorians remember it.

 The large, white frame house, shown in Photo No. 5 has served as a residence
 and place of business through the years.  It must be nearing 75 to 100 years
 old, still in fine shape.

 For many years it wa Dr. N.C. Miller's office and his residence.  When both
 Dr. and Mrs. Miller had died, their daughter, Ada, lived in the upstairs and
 Kinn & Theobald occupied the first floor.  Since Kinn & Theobald have moved
 into their new location on North Main Street, the building is occupied on the
 first floor by Jody's Pincushion and the second floor by Mr. and Mrs. Ray
 Peter.  The property is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Margraf, living at 150,
 next door.


 YEAR 1915

 126--Dr. W.O. Longfellow (veterinarian)
 128--Duffy Bros. Livery Stable
 144--Dr. N.C. Miller (office and residence)

 YEAR 1930

 126--Dr. W.O. Longfellow & Whilhelm (vets)
 136--Brown & Minor Car Wash
 140--Herbert Shook Co.
 Oakland and Pontiac Sales
 142--Sterling Motor sales
 Studebaker and Erskine
 144--Dr. N.C. Miller (office and residence)

 YEAR 1950

 138-140--Buckeye Auto Parts
 142--No listing
 144--M.H. Karmasin, dentist
 146--W.F. Yarris, physician
 (Continued next week)

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