The URL for this free site index is http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/ohfiles.htm
Click here if you are stuck in a frame or want to go to the index page.



USGW Archives Project Logo
Medina County
Table of Contents
OHGenWeb Archives Logo

This page was last updated Sunday, 27-Mar-2011 01:40:32 EDT

Menu

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census Records

Deeds

History
Brunswick
- Our Hometown
04 | 07 | 10 | 12
15 | 18 | 24 | 26
- Early Families
30 | 34 | 39 | 43
46 | 48 | 53 | 56
58 | 60 | 69 | 70
75 | 78 | 80

Military Records

Newspaper Articles

Obituaries

Photos

Vital Records

Wills


Submission Forms


Brunswick: Our Hometown
A history of the community
And its families

As published in the Brunswick Times
and Brunswick Sun Times

Transcribed by Gerri Gornik)

Page 04 | Page 07 | Page 10 | Page 12 | Page 15 |
Page 18 | Page 24 | Page 26 | Page 30 | Page 34 |
Page 39 | Page 43 | Page 46 | Page 48 | Page 53 |
Page 56 | Page 58 | Page 60 | Page 69 | Page 70 |
Page 75 | Page 78 | Page 80 | Index |

A Story from Myrtle Ruf

Myrtle Ruf is a local resident, especially well-known for her work with the Brunswick Garden Club and with the Senior Citizens. She reminisced about the days she spent in school in Brunswick after seeing a picture of her former roommates published in the Brunswick Times.

The teacher, she remembers, was the first one to come out from Cleveland on the new bus line. A single lady, of course, and school for her was at the center in what is now the Family Pizza building.

Myrtle's grandparents traveled west from the east coast in a covered wagon and settled in Huntington Township near Wellington. Sometime after that, they re-settled in Brunswick. They had a daughter, Elsie Newton. When she was eight years old, the family moved to a home on Substation Road at Stop 66. Later they moved to the site where the Inner Circle office building is now located. Elsie married Teho Chapman, who carried the mail in Brunswick along with Carl Usher and Louis Peck. During their early married years, they purchased a farm from Charlie Gibbs. It ran along Carpenter Road almost to the corner where St. Mark's Lutheran Church is located and eastward to where the high school is now situated.

For many years the family lived at the Inner Circle home of Mrs. Chapman's parents and rented the farm. They had two children, Myrtle and Howard. Howard later bought the farm and then sold it in parcels. Some of it went to the school and four acres were donated to the First Christian Church.

Howard now lives in Strongsville where he is one of the most prominent citizens and active in forming its historical society. The Chapman home is the site of the Strongsville Historical Society and the Baldwin House, built in 1823 where it has been fully restored and furnished. The property also includes the former Miss Gilbert's Academy, a private school established in 1842 moved from its home on Westwood Drive. A log cabin from Hale Farm also graces the property. Howard and his wife Velda, who was the daughter of E. N. Drake (who taught here for several years and was superintendent of Brunswick Schools), have willed their property to the Historical Society. If the names sound familiar, you might recognize two schools in Strongsville named for the couple. Chapman school for him, Drake for her father who returned there after his stint in Brunswick.

Mrs. Ruf graduated in 1922, missing the ceremonies at the new high school because of scarlet fever. She was married in 1923 to Harry Ruf. Ruf would pick up milk in his wagon to take back to Cleveland and along the way he would give rides to the local youngsters going to school. That's how the couple met. They moved to Cleveland and then returned to Brunswick in 1940 taking up residence on the portion of the farm remaining along Carpenter Road. They had four children for whom they built homes along Carpenter Road. Mrs. Ruf now lives in one of those small homes, vacated by the larger families of her children. In 1975 she was the grandmother of 16 and the great-grandmother of five. Her sons followed their father in the milk business and helped farm a little - which was nearly impossible, Mrs. Ruf recalls. The property was filled with rocks.

Mrs. Ruf is shy when asked to talk about herself, but she is an avid CB radio listener and creates many lovely handworked items.

Some of her fellow classmates were Herbert Ridiker, Steve Kling, Clyde Freese, Morris Case, Maude Judson, Ida Chidsey, Marian Brant, John Osterhouse, Paul Rollyee, Fred Gall, Calla Chidsey, Willia and Freda Johnson, Gertrude Hunt, Mildren Kling, Eula Lee Stephenson and Nellie Brant.

Page 04 | Page 07 | Page 10 | Page 12 | Page 15 |
Page 18 | Page 24 | Page 26 | Page 30 | Page 34 |
Page 39 | Page 43 | Page 46 | Page 48 | Page 53 |
Page 56 | Page 58 | Page 60 | Page 69 | Page 70 |
Page 75 | Page 78 | Page 80 | Index |


The OHGenWeb Archives website is found FREE at
http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/ohfiles.htm

Ohio Addition/Correction Report

Links to the county OHGenWeb pages for additional information
on the county, including queries, lookup volunteers, mailing lists,
and other research assistance are located on the following page.
http://www.ohgenweb.org/counties.php

You may search the OHGenWeb Archives by any keyword (Surname, etc.) at the the Ohio Archives Search Engine.

Submissions Wanted! There is a mailing list to share your original Ohio source material... wills, deeds, bible records, tax lists, cemetery files, pension applications, obituaries, old letters, marriage lists, etc... with other Ohio researchers. It's easy... see Here!

SUBMISSION FORMS: These forms at http://www.genrecords.org/ohfiles/ allow you to type your record and submit it. This will create a file in a format acceptable for OHArchives and ready for posting. These forms are not mandatory and if you have data already typed please send it in text format to the Archives File Manager. Copies of the information will be sent to either OH-FOOTSTEPS-L list.

If you have files to submit, please go to one of the following: Ohio submissions page, the OH-FOOTSTEPS mailing list page or submit them to Maggie Stewart.

The surname specific files are named using soundex codes. To look up the soundex code for your family name(s), please visit the Soundex Conversion Program Page.


The Archives are growing rapidly!
Please visit again!


Go to OHGenWeb Archives Table of Contents
Go to the OHGenWeb State Page
Go to the USGenWeb Index Page
Go to the USGenWeb Archives Index Page
Background & Archives Logo created by and
Table of Contents maintained by:
Maggie Stewart, OHGenWeb Archives File Manager.