Building a Social History of Wittenberg’s Campus: May 2014 – 217 Ferncliff Ave/525 N. Wittenberg Ave.
Students will author biographies of the various individuals below as we begin a multi-year digital humanities project to write a social history of the homes around our beautiful campus.
1882 Board of Directors of Wittenberg College (Sam Troyer is investigating who served on the Board of Directors and what role the men played in making the decision to sell plats to Springfield individuals.)
1882 Anna T. Chorpenning ($1000) (Jake Kelly will trace why Anna Chorpenning purchased the land and what led her and husband, John, to sell seven years later and move elsewhere in Springfield.)
28 May 1889 Nora U. Graham and David F. Graham ($1,850) (Cassie Wright is following the creative genius of David Graham, an inventor and draughtsman, who left Ohio to find his fortunes on the East Coast. Why did he and his wife sell their house after only five years?)
29 Sept 1894 John M. Knote & Lillie M. Knote ($7,500) (The Knotes were an important family in Springfield and their children went to Wittenberg and had exceptional careers. Whitney Yarbrough is looking at how John and Lillie Knote established the Globe Clothing Company in downtown Springfield and why they moved to another part of Springfield. Tyler Strong will explore Wittenberg alum Theodore Knote, who was a successful professor, decorated veteran, and a world-traveler. Travis Rodgers is investigating John Knote, Jr., who also graduated from Wittenberg and moved to New Jersey.)
10 June 1904 Springfield Building and Loan Association of Springfield, Ohio ($7,000)
1904 William Wildman and Bertha M. W. Hickman (Erick Collins is investigating why William Wildman and his daughter Bertha M. W. Hickman. Both were widowed and purchased the property together. Why did they select Springfield and this house?)
10 May 1911 Hamill Realty
- James K. Hamill, President; Fred S. Mosteller, Secretary
28 August 1911 Nelly T. Clarke
19 April 1928 Oliver Thomson Clarke (Becca Downs will document Oliver’s employment as a draughtsman. He worked for numerous companies in Springfield and took ownership of the house after his mother, Nelly, died.)
21 October 1938 Blanche Gardner Clarke
- Upon her husband’s death 4 July 1938, the filed will and testament went to the Probate Court and she was identified as the executrix of the estate on 12 July 1938.
- Blanche, Oliver Clarke’s widow, received the property after becoming executor for his estate. She would sell the property, while living nearby at 221 West College Avenue.
10 November 1953 Caro Gray Bayley (Bob Johnson is studying the life of this remarkable woman who was a pilot and was known by many members of the Wittenberg community in the 1950-70s).
- She was living at 221 West College Avenue at the time of the sale of property from Blanche Gardner Clarke.
- Widow at time of sale of the house to Melinda McLenden Clement.
June 1978 Melinda McLenden Clement
27 May 1997 Board of Directors, Wittenberg College