Monthly Archives: June 2014

Explore the Amazing Individuals Who Lived at 525 N. Wittenberg from 1882-1960

Students from HIST 305 completed their biographies of some of the homeowners associated with Lot #3776, located at 525 N. Wittenberg, formerly 217 Ferncliff Avenue.  Please explore the results of their research. They used primary sources used by many historians of “nearby history:” university archives, alumni records from a college, census data, internment records, and county archives. We would like to thank Wittenberg University Thomas Library (Suzanne Smailes); Bayley Alumni House (Arianna Hamilton); Ferncliff Cemetery; Clark County Heritage Center (Natalie Fritz & Mel Glover ); and the Clark County Recorder’s Office.

Click on the links below to see the profiles.

1882 Board of Directors of Wittenberg College (by Samuel Troyer)

1882 Anna T. and John Chorpenning  (by Kaitlin Murray & Jake Kelly ’15 )

28 May 1889 Nora U. Graham and David F. Graham (by Cassie Wright ’15)

29 Sept 1894 John M. Knote & Lillie M. Knote  (by Carolyn Rockwell & Whitney Yarborough ’15).

  • The Knotes had three children (Anne Rosetta, John M. and Theodore W. Knote. All three were Wittenberg graduates. 
  • John M. Knote Jr. (by Travis Rodgers ’16)
  • Theodore W. Knote (by Tyler Strong ’14)

1904 William Wildman and Bertha M. W. Hickman (by Erick Collins ’15) 

28 August 1911 Nelly T. Clarke (by Heather Toops, SCE)

19 April 1928 Oliver Thomson Clarke Oliver was Nelly’s son and inherited the house upon his mother’s death. (by Tom Gariti & Becca Downs ’15)

21 October 1938 Blanche Gardner Clarke Blanche inherited the house after the death of her husband, Oliver, and she was a Wittenberg graduate.

10 November 1953 Caro Gray Bayley  (by Victoria Lester ’16)

  • Caro’s daugther, Caro Bayley Bosco, was a famous pilot and participate in Wittenberg’s aeronautical program in the 1940’s. Her profile is by Bob Johnson, SCE.

June 1978 Melinda McLenden Clement

27 May 1997 Board of Directors, Wittenberg College The house now functions as housing for undergraduates at Wittenberg University.


1882 Board of Directors Make History as Former Board Member Resides in this Home


Brick house built for the Chorpennings . John Chorpenning was the Treasurer for the Board of Directors for Wittenberg between 1859-1869. His wife, Anne, was granted the property by the Board of Directors for $1000 in 1882.. Shortly thereafter, they built this house on the property. 

Building a Nearby History of this House and Its Links to Wittenberg

Over the next week, students in HIST 305 Archaeological Field Methods will present biographical profiles of various homeowners of this brick residence spanning a period from 1882 until 2007. The biographies are just one part of a larger effort to build a social history of how Wittenberg’s campus changed during the late 19th century as lots on the Wittenberg Plat were sold to raise money for the college and to encourage Springfielders to live in the College Hill area. Faculty member Benjamin Prince was responsible for the selling of the lots, on behalf of the Board of Directors. The first purchaser for the lot (50 x 150) was John Chorpenning, a retired Board of Director member. Please explore the fascinating stories of the famous individuals who resided in this house. Behind this house is the 20 x 30 foot garage built at the turn of the century and the subject of our physical investigations into the history of this property.