Monday, January 30, 2012

East Side of Columbus Avenue in the Early Twentieth Century

The picture above shows the east side of Columbus Avenue between Washington Row and Market Street in the first decade of the twentieth century. At the southeast corner of Columbus and Market is the Mayer Lebensburger Company, which sold men’s clothing and hats. The overcoat department was on the upper level of the store. John A. Giedeman’s shoe and boot store was next to Lebensburger's. Mr. Giedeman had a shoe store in Sandusky for several years, with a variety of locations and business partners. The bookseller S.T. Lemley took over the bookstore that was formerly owned by Mr. Huntington. S.T. Lemley sold books and stationery, and offered a picture framing service.  According to the 1908 Sandusky City Directory, Amelia Homegardner and Helen Zimmerman sold art and needlework supplies at the A. Zimmerman & Company. S.D. Arvanite was a manufacturer and jobber of confectionery and ice cream in the building just north of the Kingsbury Block. Oliver Marble, architect, had his office in the upper level a storefront on Columbus Avenue, and so did two dentists, J.E. Herman and H.S. Rogers. In the Kingsbury Block, Doctors D.D. Smith and J.K. Douglass also had busy dental offices. The Kingsbury Block was located at the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and Washington Row from 1894 until the early 1920s. We do not know positively what band is playing in the parade down Columbus Avenue. At the time this photograph was taken, the streetcar was a popular mode of transportation, but area residents still used the horse and buggy as well.
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Ed Daniel said...

Thanks for that wonderful photo of the east side of Columbus Ave in the very early 1900's. Before my parents were married (1924), my mother was the receptionist for Dr. William Herman whose dental office was in the bldg. shown in the photo. I know that Dr. Herman was still practicing dentistry in that building in 1950 (he must have been in his 60's then) because my mother took me up to his office in that bldg, to see about filling some of my cavities. Dr. Herman said my four upper front teeth were beyond saving and had to be pulled!! Since I was only 14 at the time, my mother took me to another dentist. Those four teeth are still in my mouth---62 years later. The band in the photo is followed by a fraternal group-fromn the plummed hats they look like the Knights of St. John, a Catholic fraternal group whose lodge was on East Adams St. I recall that my dad was a member in those years, and since he played drums in Ackley's Band, he was probably a member of St. John's band also, and so is probably in that photo!!!

Ed Daniel said...

On other internet sites, I have found that this photo was taken June 20, 1910, and that the band and marching unit was the Knights of St. John who were apparently having some type of gathering in town. Photos found at and as well as a postcard found on EBay, document this as a KSJ event. The 2nd reference shows a Kelley's Island KSJ contingent, at exactly the same location on Columbus Ave, and it seems to have the same horse-drwan wagon in the photo. The Wash. Park trees in the backgound of the photo on your site are in full-leaf, as they would be in mid June. Since this was June 1910, my dad would not have been in the photo, as I doubt he would have been a band member then--he was only 14 that year.