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THE VILLAGE OF POWELL

DELAWARE COUNTY

OHIO


June 13, 1997

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for joining us for Powell's Golden Days. Over the

last 50 years, Powell has changed from a quiet country crossroads

town to one of Central Ohio's fastest-growing and most popular

bedroom communitities. Powell is special to those of us who live

here. While it offers its increasing number of residents easy access

to all of the amenities of a major metropolitan area, it retains a

little bit of that small-town atmosphere that caused us to move

here. We invite you to enjoy both sides of Powell this weekend,

and to return frequently to watch us finish building our commu-

nity.

Sincerely,

Bill Nolan [signature]

Bill Nolan

Mayor

P.O. Box 1028

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To The Powell Community


On Memorial Day just a year ago, I came to the

Village of Powell as the new Police Chief. From the

first day, it was obvious to me that the landscape here

changes daily. Construction workers comprise one of

the largest groups of those working in town. Many of

our residents are successful business owners and cor-

porate leaders from elsewhere in the Columbus met-

tropolitan area. Beautiful large upscale residential de-

velopments create a pleasant environment even for the

passerby. The flashing four-way stop at the center of

town gave little forewarning of the traffic that flows

through each day. Our antique stores and restaurants

draw visitors from afar. When I wonder about life in

the early California mining towns during the gold rush,

I compare life today in Powell. Our rapid development

creates a similar atmosphere of excitement.

A 1947 photograph of the first village mayor and

council sparked my interest for a Powell Golden Days

celebration. In Clayton, Ohio, where I was police chief

before coming to Powell, the mayor organized a com-

munity picnic held in the park every August. The

Mayor and council members cooked on the barbecue

grills and the churches sold baked goods. The county

elected officials came out to meet the community. We

had live entertainment and pony rides for the kids.

The police cars and fire trucks were on display. Three-

legged sack races and children's games were part of

this five hour event. I thought a picnic in the park

would be a great way to celebrate Powell's fiftieth year

of incorporation.

Powell's mayor, Bill Nolan, and the council gave

the approving nod and the planning began. Still rela-

tively new to town, I made a few calls and wrote a few

letters to expand the interest. The village staff brought

forth many names and suggestions of how to get

started. During our first meeting of ten or twelve vol-

unteers, I offered up the Clayton picnic type event, or

maybe something bigger. The group chose bigger! Af-

ter much discussion and planning, we settled on a three

day event spreading from Murphy's Party Barn through

town to the North Park. Resources for the event came

from cash contributions from business and personal

sponsorships, volunteer labor and services, and staff

support from your local government.

From day one, this event has been committee

driven. We never elected officers and the subcommit-

tee leaders and members were drafted for the most

part. Our members represent civic groups, business,

government, and indi-

vidual volunteers with a

united commitment to

this special event. We have

looked back at Powell's

history long before the in-

corporation, to our

present, and toward our

future. This milestone rec-

ognition has given us the

great opportunity to hear

first-hand accounts from

those living in Powell fifty

years ago. The Powell

Commemorative Booklet is

a self-portrait of our com-

munity: those who live here, work here, or have per-

sonal ties. This celebration reflects our community

extending beyond the corporation lines.

I am personally grateful to the very talented and

resourceful members of the Powell Golds Days Com-

mittee. A special thanks to the elected and appointed

government officials of the Village of Powell, Liberty

Township, and Delaware County. Remembering that

this is a community event, I would like to thank the

Powell community for its contribution in resources and

fellowship.


Gary Vest [signature]

Gary Vest, Chair

Powell 50! Celebration Committee

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Festival Activities June 13-15, 1997

Activities locations: The stage sponsors:

Powell North Park, the downtown business Meijer The Powell Business Association

district and Murphy's Party Barn Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers/

Tim Horton's

The presenting sponsors:

The Bank

The Delaware County Bank & Trust Kroger WNCI 97.9

Member FDIC Not too hard...not too lite.

MUSIC

The Van-Dells Rock & Roll Revue, sponsored by Byron Johnson's Music of the Night, sponsored

Fireside Forest Industries, Inc., Krieger Jeep/ by the Delaware County Bank and Trust.

Eagle, Lintek, Inc., and National City Bank.

Noteorius, 7 member top 50/variety band,

Arnette Howard & The Creole Funk Bank, sponsored by The Powell Sertoma Club.

sponsored by Dick Ruhl Ford Sales, Inc.

The Cardinal Quartet, sponsored by Hill, Hill &

Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra performs Allison and Mount Carmel Health and Wellness

pops and light classics, sponsored by Premier Center at Wedgewood.

Bank and Trust and Your Financial

Community, Inc. Olentangy Mens' Chorus, sponsored by The

Keebler Company.

Strand 3, a jazz/pops guitar duo, sponsored by

Kay Hopper, DDS and National City Bank. The Worthington Chorus performing tunes

from Broadway to movies themes, sponsored by

Haverford Quartet, a string quartet performing United Magazine.

classica and show tunes, sponsored by

Murphy's Party Barn.


SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

Powell Summer Arts Festival, artists compete Center of Science and Industry, sponsored by

for best of show, sponsored by The Greater Wedgewood Medical Office Building.

Powell area Chamber of Commerce.

Crowning of the King & Queen, Prince &

Chester Cheetah, sponsored by Frito-Lay, Inc. Princess, sponsored by Powell Pediatricians of

West Central Pedistrics.

Children's Face Painting, spoonsored by Powell

Grace Brethen Church.



Childrens's Play area, sponsored by Mowry

Chiropractic Health Services and Nabisco

Brands, Inc.

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Downtown Merchants' Sidewalk Sale, Lady Luck Show Truck, sponsored by
sponsored by The Powell Business Association. Anheuser Busch, Inc.

Fathers' Day Chicken Dinner, sponsored by Outdoor Movie under the stars, sponsored by Olentangy Rotary Club. sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.


Free Chiropractic screening, sponsored by Oreo Cookie Stacking Contest,
Mowry Chiropractic Health Services. sponsored by Nabisco Brands, Inc.


Martin-Perry Historic Homestead Tours,
sponsored by Powell-Liberty Historical Society. Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by Powell-Liberty Historical Society.


Hot Air Balloon Launch, sponsored by Larry
Coolidge Realtors and Teddy B. Griffin -Re/ Peddlers Day downtown craft show,
Max Winners. sponsored by The Powell Business
Association.


Third Annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Various caricature artists, balloon
Powell-Liberty Historical Society. sculptors, face painting and clowns,
sponsored by Frito-Lay, Inc. and The
Whitehouse Bistro.


Karate Demonstration, sponsored by the World's Biggest Radio, sponsored by
Wellness Company. WNCI 97.9.


Kroger Antique Truck and Hot Air Balloon, Zoo Animals, sponsored by The
sponsored by The Kroger Company. Columbus Zoo.




King and Queen

Pat Chambers Haywood and her husband,

Marvin, were both born in 1947 and have been

chosed to be the queen and king of this Golden Days

celebration. Though born in Columbus, Marvin

came to Powell in seventh grade and completed his

education at the Powell School. Both he and Pat

graduated from Olentangy High School. You could

call them "high school sweethearts".

Pat was born and raised in the village. She recalls

that their class was the last eighth grade at the

"Monument on the Hill". Pat went on to Capital

University and later returned to Powell as a substi-

tute teacher for a short time, with her second grade

teacher having become principal! "It was fun,! Pat

says.

Marvin's home here in Powell was quite unique.

His family lived in the downstairs of the 1882 school

building on S. Liberty Street, and he remembers the

blackboards still being on the wall on the second

floor! That space had not

been converted into

family living quarters, but

he and his siblings

enjoyed playing there.

Pat and Marvin have

three children and now

live in the Clintonville

area of Columbus. We are

pleased they returned to

their hometown to serve

as queen and king.

A princess and prince

were also chosen. Born in

1997 to parents living in

Powell, they are

Mackenzie Baumgartner

and Jacob Fisher.

[photo: Pat and Marvin Chambers]

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Contents


1997 Festival Activities .................................4

Chapter I, Circa 1947 ....................................7

Chapter II, Glimpses of the Past ........................12

Chapter III, The Early Years ............................21

Chapter IV, Today and into the Future ...................36

The Celebration's Sponsors ..............................41

The Celebration's Committee .............................43


[photo : The lodge building as it is today; note the original "I.O.O.F."

lettering which has been preserved. Downstairs is angelica's

Delicatessen & Cafe. The former lodge hall upstairs has been

remodeled into a large banquet and meeting room, where

many business and civic groups meets, including the Powell

Village Council.]


ON THE COVER: The Independent Order of

Odd Fellows Building, circa 1900, courtesy of

Herman Mason, who has family members present in

the photograph.

The Powell I.O.O.F. Lodge #465 was chartered

September 29, 1870, and originally met in a building

which stood on the northwest corner of Liberty and

Olentangy Streets (it was later destroyed by fire). In

1880. a lot was purchased on the southwest corner

of the intersection a 2 story building was

constructed for $1,600. The upstairs was used for

lodge meetings and other community events. The

downstairs served as the community grocery.

The ladies' branch of the lodge was chartered

May 18, 1888, and was known as the Liberty

Rebekah Lodge #247. Both lodges were very active

and had many members for a number of years. As

the members aged, died, moved or dropped out,

membership dwindled. Younger people were not

attracted to lodge work. In 1995, the building was

sold and the few remaining Odd Fellows consoli-

dated with Delaware's Olentangy Lodge #53. The

Rebekahs, having no place to meet, consolidated

with the Delaware Rebekah Lodge #198 on March

17, 1996.

Copyright ? 1997 by the Powell-Liberty Historical Society, 103 E.

Olentangy St., Powell OH 43065, (614) 848-6210 - all rights

reserved. The society, founded in 1986, has made considerable effort

to be as accurate as possible. The Commemorative Booklet

Committee of The Powell 50! Golden Days Celebration has

endeavored to document, record and distribute the information contained

herein. Your comments and donations of memorabilia are encouraged and can be

directed to the Society.


Published for the Powell 50! Golden Days Celebration by Three Fifty

Six, Inc., 30 W. Olentangy St., P.O. Box 937, Powell, Ohio 43065-

0937, (614) 848-5038

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CHAPTER 1 - CIRCA 1947

The Powell Speedway

The coming of racing to the area caught the

attentiion of surrounding residents in the 1940s.

(See related "Glimpses of the Past," page 18 and The

Columbus Dispatch article on the next page.)

Races began at the Powell Speedway in 1947

with motorcycles, Offenhausers, and midget race

cars. There were also daredevil shows. The grand-

stand, which remained from the property's previous

use as The Delaware County Fairgrounds, was

removed around 1950.


[photo: Motorcycle races at Powell Speedway, late 1940s.]


Virginia Hess, who lived with her husband

just east of the track, recalls a humorous story:

"The dust created by the racing cars was very

thick-like the dust bowls out west. We had a cow

who ate the dusty grass that made her milk a tan

color instead of white. Even after straining the

milk, it still was not white. This is a true story-

believe it or not!"

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POWELL'S CONTROVERSIES LEAD

By LES EALEY

The dove of peace--carrying

corporation signs instead of olive

branches--has settled at Powell.

Come Monday night the

Powell Community Booster Club

will celebrate the ending of the

"battle of neighbors" and launch

a new golden era which promises

to bring street lights, fire de-

partment equipment and flourish-

ing business to the Delaware

County village of about 350 resi-

dents.

Which is just an around about

way of saying Powell is preparing

to become an incorporated village

Feb. 17. Behind the fact is a

story of turmoil ending in peace,

of dissension bringing progress.

The "battle" started last spring

over the Powell Speedway's plans

to open an auto race track at the

site of the old Powell Fair-

grounds.

Nearby residents, recalling

clouds of dust raised in bygone

years at the same site, started

circulating petitions opposing the

establishment of the new track.

Other residents, including many

businessmen, viewed the proposed

track as a potential source of

revenue for the village. They re-

fused to sign the petitions.

Petition circulators then con-

ceived a new idea of attack. They

decided to incorporate the vil-

lage, thinking the track could be

barred if the village were incor-

porated.

In a counter move, those favor-

ing the track organized the

Booster Community Club to op-

pose incorporation of the village.

Then a startling thing hap-

pened. Or rather two startling

things:

1. Leaders of those opposing

the track did an about face.

They learned the track would

be operated as a "big time"

track. They dropped their op-

position to the track.

2. The Booster Club also did

an about face. It decided the

village should incorporate for

its own good.

J. H. Plummer, grocer and fin-

nancial secretary of the club, and

W. F. Bayles, retired telegrapher

and chairman of the club's ad-

visory board, Saturday, told about

the "on again off again Finnigan"

moves and the reasons behind the

ultimate actions.

"We got to rubbing elbows

with each other, exchanging

ideas. We decided to incorporate

for a number of reasons. For one

thing, we'll get more return from

the taxes we pay. We'll be in a

better position to promote the

growth of the village. We'll be

better able to co-operate with

those who may want to build

homes here or locate new busi-

nesses here."

The Booster Club got behind

the circulation of petitions for

the incorporation of the village.

Another group started petitions

opposing incorporation. When the

smoke cleared, those for incor-

poration numbered 134, those op-

posing 30.

The Booster Club raised $400

to finance the campaign and meet

expenses of incorporating. On

Oct. 19, three agents of the club--

Eugene Hess, Harry Weinstock

and H. O. Kline--presented the

petitions and plat of the village

to the Delaware County commis-

sioners, asking that a charter be

granted.

On Dec. 19 the commission is-

sued the charter which becomes

effective Feb. 17.

The successful incorporation

campaign came on the heels of

an earlier and even more bitter

controversy which found Powell

in the thick of a fight over con-

solidation of schools in several

townships including Liberty in

which Powell, Hyatts and Lewis

Center are located.

Some favored the consolidation.

Others opposed it. Eggs of some

vintage were splattered over

some farm homes. There were

other acts of maliciousness. The

fight ended last spring when the

consolidation was ordered.

Don Mack, an insurance man

who lives near Powell, recalled

the bitterness of the fight.


[photo: POWELL CORPORATION LIMIT]


Newly elected officers of the

Powell Community Booster Club

who will be installed Monday

night are pictured here along

with corporation limit signs

which will be erected after the

village's incorporation becomes

effective Feb. 17. The signs

were painted personally by W.

F Bayles, 71-year-old retired

telegrapher and chairman of the

club's advisory board, second

from the right in the picture.

Officers pictured, left to right,

are: Dr. Kenneth O. Stark,

dentist, re-elected president;

Col. O. H. Gibson, World War

II veteran and superintendent

of Powell schools, vice president;

Eugene Hess, merchant, re-

elected recording secretary;

Harold Plummer, grocer, finan-

cial secretary; Fred Reeves,

grocer, treasurer; Mr. Bayles,

chairman of the advisory board,

and Harry Weinstock, garage-

man, advisory board member.


INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET FOR

FISCAL YEAR ENDING 12/31/48:

$50 street repair

$900 street lighting

$150 garbage removal


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B U S D I S P A T C H Sunday, February 9, 1947

TO INCORPORATION OF VILLAGE

"In some instances disinter-

ested residents found themselves

smack in the middle of the con-

troversy with a neighbor on one

side of him insisting he go one

way and a neighbor on the other

side insisting he go the other.

"If one side learned that the

other side had got a man to sign,

the other side would then send a

woman to the home of the man

to try and get her signature and

offset the signature of the hus-

band."

Mr. Mack will preside as mas-

ter of ceremonies at the Monday

night celebration of the Booster

Club which will be held at the

Methodist Church in the form of

a banquet and installation of new

officers for the year.

Club members are enthusiastic

about the future prospects of

Powell as an incorporated village.

Agents of the club who pre-

sented the petition for incorpora-

tion will determine whether

not a special election will be held

to elect village officials--a mayor,

council, treasurer and other of-

ficers.

Efforts will be made to induce

industry and new business to lo-

cate in the village and commu-

nity, club members said. Aid will

be given persons seeking home

sites in the village. The village,

laid out in 1876 and still without

street lights, will get street lights

and other modern facilities.

Thus, out of turmoil and dis-

sension, a new Powell is to arise.

The club behind the new Powell

vouches for this. It has a slogan:

"Let's go, Powell."


Notice of

Petition for

Incorporation

of Village

Notice is hereby given that on the 14th day of

October, 1946 there was presented to the Board of

County Commissioners of the County of Delaware,

State of Ohio, a petition signed by 134 electors

residing within the following described territory in

the County of Delaware, State of Ohio, to-wit:

(An extensive legal description of the village

followed.)

And representing that said territory has been

laid off into village lots, plats of which territory so

laid off have been acknowledged and recorded as is

provided with respect to deeds, or have been sur-

veyed and platted by an engineer or surveyor who

has certified thereon under oath to the correctness

of the same and which are recorded as is provided

with respect to deeds and that said territory within

said proposed corporation embraces also adjacent

territory not laid off into lots.

That this territory above described does not

embrace within its limits the grounds or improve-

ments of any county or city infirmary; that the

number of inhabitants now residing in said territory

is 306; and praying therein that the said territory

may be organized into a village to be named "Village

of Powell", which petition is now on file in the office

of the Auditory of Delaware County; and designating

the undersigned to act as agents of the petitioners, as

required by law.

Said Board of Commissioners has fixed Decem-

ber 19, 1946 at 2:00 o'clock P.M. as the time for

hearing said petition at the office of the Board of

County Commissioners in Delaware, Ohio.

Petition signatures were: E. Eugene Hess, H.O. Kline,

and H. Weinstock.


Incorporation

Formerly the Powell Businessmen's Association,

the Powell Community Booster Club was the

impetus for Powell's incorporation on February 17,

1947.

The Worthington News, dated December 26,

1946, reported: "Delaware County Commissioners

voted unanimously for the incorporation of Powell,

following the hearing and consideration of a petition

from residents... The petition was signed by 134

citizens of the proposed area who favored the

incorporation, while a remonstrance against the

proposal was signed by 34." It continued: "The

practice of being conservative, impartial and dealing

justice at all times, should result in creating and

preserving the harmony among the citizens which is

necessary for the future success of the village."


[photo: First Officers of Powell Corporation, July 8, 1947, Bottom

row, left to right: H. Weinstock, council; H.A. Bishop, clerk;

W.F. Bayles, mayor; A.P. Askins, council; Ethel Crist, council.

Top row: F.M. Reeves, treasurer; J.H. Plummer, council; Wm.

M. Muladore, marshal; D.C. Canfield, council; E.E. Hess,

council.]


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[photo: July 17, 1948, Street Lighting Ceremony: Gov. Thomas J. Herbert

lauded residents for recent advancements at the "switch-throwing"

ceremony when Powell received its first street lights.]


Street

Lighting

Johnny Jones, long-time writer for The

Columbus Dispatch, wrote in July 1948:

"The latest town to acquire street lighting

is the village of Powell which is fast

becoming known as a very wide awake

community. It is located in the pretty

dividing heights between the Olentangy

and Scioto valleys." He continued: "It's

strange how people like to go down a street

and say: 'I remember when they turned on

the lights.'" There are those today who still

remember.


Donna Lawrence,

who served for many

years on the village

council recalls: "The

governor came. I can

still see his shock of

white hair, and we

closed off the streets and

had a street dance with

speeches and a big

party. When they

turned on the light,

little Powell wasn't dark

anymore. it had light

like a big city."


[photo: With the old Powell Methodist Church in the background, a

crown estimated at 5000 gathered for the festivities.]

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Page Six THE WORTHINGTON NEWS -- WORTHINGTON, OHIO Thursday, July 15, 1948


THIS IS YOUR INVITATION

-- TO ATTEND --

THE STREET LIGHTING CELEBRATION

AT POWELL, OHIO, SATURDAY NIGHT, JULY 17

Speeches, Band Music, Fireworks, Dancing, Movies, Refreshments-Bring The Family-

Come On Over-Join In The Fun and Helps Us Celebrate

[columns 1 and 2]


Compliments Bells

Powell Speedway Groceries Meats

FAST - CLEAN Confectionery

RACING


Compliments

By

Fire Proof Construction Co. Best Wishes

QUALITY CONCRETE BLOCK Flos's Beauty Shoppe

800 West Third Ave. Powell, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

UN. 1126 UN 1127


Compliments of Congratulations

"Electroweight" Sharp - Canfield

Trademark Reg. U.S. Pat. Off Hardware

Scales Also From

Powell's Only Mfg. Perry and McMannus

E. EUGENE HESS NEW OWNERS


Congratulations Compliments

Gabels Milk Co. from

COMPLETE DAIRY PRODUCTS The Newest Addition To Powell

We Serve Your Works Pool Room

RED & WHITE STORE Open Evenings

7 P.M. - 12 P.M.

W. WEINSTOCK, PROP.


QUAKER STATE OIL

AUTO REPAIRS Ralph Kirkham

Weinstock Motor Sales FARM FENCING

Powell INSTALLATION


Compliments

C. C. Robinson Co. F. W. Sloter Co.

ELECTRICAL READY MIXED

APPLIANCES CONCRETE

Columbus, Ohio GA. 6444 GA. 6464


Mt. Air Swimming Pool

25? and this ad good for one swim by children

under 10 with suits on ready to go in.

Friday, July 16 to Tuesday, July 20 Powell Community

Good from Noon till 7:00 P.M. Boosters Club

Picnic Grounds, 3 Mi. N. of Worthington WE

on Olentangy River BOOST POWELL

Courtesy Aubern Shroyer Funeral Home,

4221 N. High St.


Compliments

The

Westwater Supply Co. S. M. Flickinger Co.

150 N. Third St. We Serve

Columbus, Ohio Your

RHEEM HOT WATER HEATERS RED & WHITE STORE

We Serve YOur

POWELL COAL CO.


Compliments SHERWIN-WILLIAMS PAINTS

The Your Local Paint Service Center

Ohio Public Services Co. Powell Coal Company

YOUR POWER and LIGHTS


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COMMUNITY SERVICE

"Bishops" Congratulations

RADIO REPAIR SERVICE Powell Farmers Exchange

SMALL MOTORS AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES A Complete Line For The Farmer

PHONE FR. 2-5517 - POWELL, OHIO WE NOW STOCK LUMBER

CHARGES REASONABLE


Compliments Congratulations

of Jacks Print Shop

Plummers PRINTING and

Confectionery MAGAZINES


BE SURE WITH PURE Congratulations

OIL and GAS Wil-Sta Homestead

Weinstock Motor Sales Wm. WILCOX

- Powell -


Compliments

Delaware Milk Co. Rarick Poultry Farm

MILK SMOKY ROW RD.

and FR. 2-5805

ICE CREAM


Compliments

Frank M. Johnson Congratulations

LANDSCAPING - SERVICES - From -

Shade & Fruit Tree Care Holly Bros.

Member Columbus Landscape Ass'n. A New Business In Powell

Fr. 2-5669


Compliments

DiNovo Bros. Compliments

WHOLESALE FRUITS C. D. Kenny Co.

We Serve Your We Serve Your

RED & WHITE STORE STORES


Compliments

The

Palmer - Donavin

Manufacturing Co. Liberty Township Sportsman

Columbus, Ohio Club

NORGE OIL FURNACES HELP CONSERVATION

Through

THE POWELL COAL CO.


Best Wishes

To Compliments

POWELL of

Your F. O. Schoedinger Co.

RED & WHITE STORE COLUMBUS,

OHIO


Evans Bros.

Candy Co.

Delaware, Ohio

We Serve Your Powell Stores

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CHAPTER II - GLIMPSES OF THE PAST

The following chapter is devoted to recollections of member of The Powell-Liberty

Historical Society with a focus on

life 50 years ago. They appeared in the Olentangy Valley News and are

reproduced with its permission for the

unifying quality they offer this commemorative booklet.


Canfield Hardware Store was

place to be in spring by Jean Kirkham


Hey, Don, my truck's parked at the 'mill'. Throw in a

100 pounds of calf meal and 50 of chick feed. I'm going to

Pernal's for a haircut."

"Don, I need two

pounds of six-penny

nails."

"Lucile, I'm here to

pay my light bill."

"What can I give my

kids for Christmas? I see

you have Ingersol

watches, harmonicas,

pocket knives, sleds and

wagons. Oh, yes, there's

a doll my little girl

would love."

So it was on a typical

day in the Sharp and

Canfield Hardware

Store, 50 years ago.

In spring, there were

hand plows, manual

cultivators, seeders,

hoes, spades and shovels

on the covered porch.

Inside were 30 gallon

crocks of seed corn,

several varieties of

beans, peas and other

large seeds.

Stacks of seed

potatoes and onion sets

were nearby. Each was

weighted out to fulfill the

customer's needs. Small

seeds, such as lettuce,

tomato, carrots, spinach

and beets, were weighted

in one-eighth or one-

quarter ounce units. At

that time, almost every

home had a garden which supplied the

family's vegetables for the entire year.


[photo: Canfield's Hardware eventually

was sold so the Canfields could

open a Sohio station, which was

located where the gazebo now

can be found.]


In 1921 Julian E. sharp and son-in-law, Donald

Canfield, bought the Scott Brothers Hardware and

established a business which served the Powell community

and much of southwestern Delaware County.

After Mr. Sharp's death in 1943, Lucile Sharp Canfield

(Don's wife) began working full-time in the store. Full-

time meant opening at 7:30 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m.

Serving the public meant long hours and also keeping a

great variety of wares available. Don spent one day each

week going from wholesale house to wholesale house in

Columbus to keep the store well-stocked.

The hardware building is now occupied by Powell

Village Antiques on the northeast corner of Olentangy

and Liberty streets.

The mill referred to in the first sentence is now Powell

Day Care Center. It was built by H.E. Sharp as a flour mill.

Canfield converted it to a warehouse for all kinds of

Tuxedo animal feeds.

He delivered several hundred pounds of the products

each week to the surrounding farms. Some of the feeds

were bagged in cotton prints which were used to make

aprons, towels and even dresses.

The barbershop, known as Pernal's, was owned and

operated by Pernal Askins for many years. He was a

brother of Craig Askins, a lifelong resident of this area.

In 1948, the hardware was sold so that the Canfields

could establish a new business. They built a Standard Oil

station on the opposite corner (where the gazebo and park

are now.)

Again Lucile worked every day with Don, except

Sunday when she served as church organist in the Powell

United Methodist church, a position she filled for more

than 40 years.

In 1955, because of their poor health, the Canfields

leased the station to Melvin and Luthella (Poodle)

Morgan. The Morgans continued in the business until

1968.

Jean Kirkham is a lifelong resident of Powell and has been a

piano and vocal teacher in the community for 50 years. She is

the daughter of Lucile and Don Canfield.

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Penny Candy was popular at

Plummer's Confectionery

by Evalyn Plummer Anderson


In the village of Powell 50 years ago there were three

grocery stores to serve the area.

The nearest town to shop was 10-12 miles to

Worthington, Delaware or 20 miles to Columbus.

Graceland was the first shopping center to come to the

area, but in 1947 Graceland was still farm land. The three

grocery stores to serve Powell and the surrounding area

were Clara Bell's Reeves Red & White and Plummer's

Confectionery.

The owner usually lived in rooms behind the store and

the family was expected to help.

The typical store had a pot-bellied stove for heat and

hang down type of incandescent lights.

Rest rooms were non-existent. Running water came

from a well or cistern. Windows were high to let in

light and hot air out. Screen doors in front and back let

fresh air in to circulate with help of fans. In mid-summer,

hanging sticky ribbons with flies were not uncommon.

There was usually a big ball of string up high hanging

down to tie packages of meat, etc. You told the grocer what

you wanted and he got it down off the shelf for you. Those

who lived in the village walked to the store daily or sent

the children. The children might have a few pennies

change to choose candy from the penny candy case.

Farmers in the country drove into town. Many times

the men brought the list and while the grocer filled the

order the men visited, gossiped or solved the problems of

the world.

The stores were stocked with canned goods, but only

one brand of an item, fresh meats, (lunch meat sliced by

hand), produce in season, cereals, milk, ice cream, and

soaps like Fels-Naptha, Lifebuoy, Camay, Ivory and penny

candy!

Also available was gloves, caps, socks, yellow tablets,

pencils, crayons, sewing thread. Patent medicines like

aspirin, Ex-Lax, Hadacol, Elixir, cough syrup, Vapor rub,

iodine, bandages, adhesive tape (not Band-Aids).

At Plummer's you could get Shell gas and oil as well as

ice for the ice box. Ice Cream cones were two dips for a

nickel. They had two tables so you could sit and eat a

chocolate sundae while your order was being filled. Soda

pop came in 6-oz. bottles such a coca-cola, 7-up, orange,

grape and root beer.

In 1947 stores had not changed much for many years

due to the great Depression and then World War II. But in

the next 10 years things changed rapidly. Stores started to

remodel and put in central heating and air-conditioning

and open shelving so customers could serve themselves.

Reeves and Plummer's remodeled in 1950. Gone were

the gas pumps and ice house. Added was magazines,

greeting cards, costume jewelry, watches, home perma-

nents, band-aids, baby gifts, pot pies and frozen vegetables,

warm nuts by the pound, pop by the carton, packaged ice

cream, 45 RPM records, more school supplies, toys and

games.

Later they added work pants, shirts, underwear, flannel

shirts, blue jeans, straw hats, yard goods, sewing notions,

paint, license plate

agency and they still

had Penny Candy!

By the mid-'50s

super markets were

being built rapidly

and people were

beginning to get

second cars and the

family general store

was finding it hard

to compete. People

liked having a

choice of brands to

choose from and

serving themselves.

The Mom and Pop

type general stores

as I knew them

were the forerunner

of the big super

markets of today.

But there is no

such thing as Penny

Candy!


[photo: Harold Plummer and Melvin Morgan sit

at Plummer's Confectionery in 1941.]


ADDITIONAL

NOTES:


Walter and Eliza

Weaver ran the

grocery "on the

corner" for many

years. Ben and

Clara Bell bought it in 1946. They had two sons, Donald

and Victor. Ben died in 1948. Clara continued to run the

store and later married Lanny Landstrum. Clara stayed in

the store until 1985.

These owners did not live in the back of the store.

Fred and Rhe Reeves and son Mac came to town in

1937 and opened the Red and White store. The Reeves did

live behind the store for awhile, and remodeled it at least

once before closing in 1973.

Harold and Elsie Plummer came to town in 1941 and

opened Plummer's Confectionery. They had two daughters

Evalyn and Carol and they all lived in the back rooms of

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the store until 1946, when they moved into a new house

next door.

The store was remodeled in 1950. Harold died in 1955

and Elsie continued running the store with daughter

Evalyn and her husband Andy Anderson. The store closed

in 1973.

Evalyn Plummer Anderson moved to Powell with her parents

when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Powell High

School, married her high school sweetheart and raised four

children in the small community atmosphere.

She and Andy remained an active part of the community

until they moved near Delaware in 1990.


Powell's first police chief was

good will ambassador by Donna Lawrence


The village of Powell was incorporated in 1947 and the

mayor was appointed along with the Village Council.

Then came the big decision as to who would be

appointed Village Marshal. The council chose my father,

William (Bill) Muladore for the job. He held this office

until his death in 1962.

Prior to the incorporation of the village, Guy Butcher

was the constable of all of Liberty Township including

Powell. at that time, the village had no street lights, no fire

department, no Del-Co Water and very few bathrooms --

mostly just the

little out-house at

the end of the

path.

In 1948 the

council appointed

Gene Hess as

Deputy Marshal.

It should be

remembered that

at this time no

training was

required -- in

other words, you

trained on the

job.

I think my

father was chosen

because he was

tall, strong and

had many friends

in the town.

(This always

helps!) He also

had a terrific

personality and

sense of humor.

He never

backed off from

those he couldn't

charm into

behaving, so his

reputation of


[photo: Bill Muladore was Powell's first

Village Marshal.]


being fair but tough helped.

He was known as the "ambassador of good will of

Powell." He knew every adult, child, dog and cat among

the 350 residents of the town.

His duties consisted of directing traffic at the four

corners, watching at the bottom of the hill where the

school was located (the site of Powell Center today) to

make sure no child went into the street, cooling the

tempers of an occasional domestic battle and keeping quiet

about the participants.

On Saturday nights, the Powell Race Track was open

and the town buzzed with traffic.

With the whine of the race cars warming up and the

voice of the announcer, my father, along with the county

sheriff's department, kept law and order.

Dad, with his uniform pressed, his badge on his chest,

white shirt starched and ironed by Mama, stepped high. I

was so proud of him.

In later years, a co-worker of my son, learning that he

was from Powell, wanted to know if "that gray-haired old

so and so" was still Marshal there. My son told him he

was referring to his grandfather who had died several

years earlier. The man proceeded to tell my son of an

incident in the late 1950s.

This man and a friend had gotten drunk one night and

decided it would be fun to drive to Powell and ring the bell

in the Methodist Church. This was at 2 a.m. on a summer

night and naturally woke up a lot of people.

The two men thought this was so much fun, they

decided to do it again an hour later.

As the story goes, the co-worker opened the church

door just enough to reach in and pull the bell rope. When

he pulled, he pulled on the "gray-haired so and so's

sleeve."

The co-worker reported, "That old man turned me

every way but loose."

When I started to write this history, I didn't think it

would be a sort of eulogy to my father.

He's been gone for 35 years, and I still have people say

to me, "Remember when old Bill did this or said that?"

Pretty good for a small-town cop!

Donna Lawrence, a former village councilwoman, has lived

in Powell most of her entire life.

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Farming has changed greatly

as Powell area developed

by Craig Askins


I started farming in the late 1920s with dairy cattle

being my first interest. I also sold Golden Guernsey milk.

Later, when consumers demanded less butterfat in

their milk, we changed from Guernsey cows to Holsteins

which produced less butterfat and considerably more

pounds of milk per cow. We were paid per 100 pounds of

milk, and when the butterfat was taken out, we lost

money.

We took our dairy cows across the Powell Road to

pasture and back each day. This would be impossible now.

In the '30s and '40s every farm had a flock of chickens. In

fact, in those days our chickens gave us more income than

the dairy.

It was in the mid-1940s that I changed my 1894

barn from loose housing to a stanchions barn. In

the early '40s, I changed from horse power to

tractor power.

Horses have always been a part of my life, so it

was a sad day when I sold my last team of horses to

Jim Brown. Jim was well known and well loved

around Powell for many years. After graduating

from Powell High School in 1912, he drove the

horse-drawn school wagon and later the first

motorized school bus in the state in 1917.

Farming was a four-year rotation of crops: corn,

wheat and two years of hay. Over the years, grain

was hauled to Lewis Center and Kile for sale. We

quit cutting wheat and oats with the grain binder in

the early 1940s and used a combine. After years of

farming, as a hobby I enjoyed using an 1888 steam

engine to run a stationary thresher to harvest

wheat.

In our home we used the wood and cook stove

with the warming closet above. The Round Oak

heater was used in the living room. This was the

"Cadillac" of heaters.

Our community was made up mostly of farmers,

so 4'H clubs were important. All of our four

children were 4-H members. My wife, Marguerite,

and I were advisers.

The church was important in our lives as well.

The old building still stands in the center of Old Powell.

Congregations then would number 40 to 50 people. We

knew everyone.

Today, the Powell Methodist Church serves 400 to 500

people each Sunday morning. In those days, we always

addressed our minister as "Reverend". I am sorry that

today (I'm included), it is just Lou.

Our school building stood in old Powell with 40 to 50

students in high school and 120 in the first eight grades.

H.O. Gibson was our superintendent. His widow is my

neighbor.

One day as I took off in my '38 chevy for Bill Stack's

blacksmith shop, I decided to count the dairy farms

between my farm and Powell. In 1-1/2 miles, there were

six farms: Joe Brown, Earl Clemons, Jack Tuller, the Zinn

farm, Pearl Drumheller and mine. Today, there are just

two dairy farms between Powell and Delaware.

Arriving at the four corners, there was no light, no stop

signs and no traffic. My old friend, Bill, the town marshal,

was standing there.

So I stopped to say hello. When I started to turn left to

continue on my way, Bill said, "Craig, hold out your hand

so people will know which way you are going". Then came

that characteristic laugh.

[photo: Craig Askins rides on an old McCormick Grain Binder,

drawn by his Belgian horses.]

This is the way it was for me 50 years ago. I believe

farmers have stayed in business because they work 12 to

16 hours a day, plus holidays, when the work needs to be

done and the weather requires it.

Craig Askins came as a boy from Oklahoma in 1918. He

lived in the home of his parents until his recent death. The

barn he used has framework from a barn built for the 1894

World's Fair in Chicago. In the 1970s, he bought a team of

registered Belgian mares and raised and sold their offspring

at the Eastern States Draft Horse Show for many years.

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Idea of incorporation meant

changes for Powell by Virginia Hess


[photo: Gene Hess helped create

the first "police car" for

the then new village of

Powell.]


I was asked to contribute

an article for "Glimpses of the

Past' that included my late

husband, Eugene "Gene"

Hess, and myself.

First, just a little personal

note for those who did not

know us 50 years ago. Gene

and I both came to Powell in

the spring of 1932. He came from Columbus and I moved

with my folks from Dublin.

We met in 1933. I gradu-

ated from the old Powell

school in 1934. We were

married in 1935 and lived in

Powell until his death in 1985.

I now live in Delaware.

As the old town of Powell

began to "come alive" after

World War II, the Powell

Business Men's Association

was formed and the idea of

incorporation was discussed.

Gene led the movement for

the incorporation and he and

two other men, Harry

Weinstock and H.O. Kline,

were in favor of this and the

incorporation became a reality

in February 1947.

It was not necessary to

have a governing body

consisting of a mayor, council

members, clerk, treasurer and

a marshal. Frank Bayles was the first mayor, and Bill

Muladore was appointed at the first marshal.

In December 1948, council appointed Gene as deputy

marshal. He served in this role while he owned and

operated a small plant where he made scale equipment.

Some kind of a police car was needed so Gene, being

handy with tools and machinery, made "Powell Police"

signs and fastened them on the side of his "sedan

delivery" car. The signs could be easily taken off or put on

as needed by the use of snaps. He had red flashing light

and I believe a siren, as he was also a volunteer fireman.

The "sedan delivery" car he used was similar in size to

the small minivans of today. Gene served as deputy

marshal for 14-1/2 years until the pressure of his business

forced him to resign in Apri 1962. He remained on the

Planning and Zoning Commission.

In the November election of 1958, I ran for clerk-

treasurer of the village, was elected, and held that office

for 10 years. John Kirkham was mayor during this time,

and we had a village solicitor from Columbus, Fred

Campbell, who kept us doing things legal.

The council met in the north room of the low brick

building at the northwest corner of Liberty and Olentangy

streets. During the years when I served as clerk-treasurer,

many changes took place. Powell had grown a little, but

nothing compared to the last few years.

I would never have imagined that the small quiet town

of Powell, the crossroads of liberty and Olentangy streets,

and between two beautiful rivers, would now be near city

status.

My congratulations to Powell on the 50th anniversary

of the incorporation. I am very glad Gene and I had a part

in the beginning.

Virginia Hess is longtime member of Powell United Method-

ist Church.


Life was much different for

Powell teens 50 years ao

by Don Bell

Fifty years ago Powell was not a suburb of Columbus; it

was a tiny country village. The nearest town of any size

was Worthington; Columbus was 15 miles away. This

created problems for teen-agers. The main mode of

transportation was the bicycle, but a couple of the gang

had old clunkers to ferry the rest of us around for special

occasions. There were not many two-car families so

borrowing the family car was not something done on a

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regular basis. A passenger train did stop at the depot about

1:00 pm on weekdays and you could ride to Columbus by

rail. However, there was no scheduled train to bring you

back, so other arrangements had to be made. Hitchhiking

was one method. It was safe then.

The focal point of the teen-ager was the school and its

activities. Sports, music, plays and moneymaking projects

to finance the yearly educations trip kept us very busy.

Dating was mostly to attend school functions. After school

and on weekends we would hang out at the corner store,

playing the jukebox, at six plays for a quarter, or trying to

win free games on the pinball machine. We would also

plan some devious entertainment such as our

hub cap game. A group of us would sit at the

corner and when a car would pull away form the

stop sign, we would throw an old hub cap along

side the car and yell that hub cap had fallen

from the wheel. One of us would pick it up and

just when the driver, who had stopped, was

reaching for it, the designated returnee would

take off running at top speed. Needless to say,

there were some great reactions from the drivers.

In the summer most of the young people

would work on the area farms baling hay, etc., or

at some local business. Of course, there were

always jobs at the Powell Speedway on weekends.

In our spare time we played baseball and softball

usually in a league in Delaware. We won the

championship in softball in 1948. In addition, we

also collected scrap metal and newspapers in

order to buy football uniforms. Since Powell High

School was too small for football, we formed our

own team, well equipped, and played teams from

other areas. We did not do well, but we looked

good. Our jerseys had the names of local mer-

chants on them. In the fall most of the guys

hunted on the large farms of the surrounding

area. These areas no longer exist as they are

covered with houses. In the winter we went

sledding at Devil's Back Bone (now Liberty

Parkway) or ice skating at Cox's Pond which is

now Old Pond Lane in Deer Run development.

Sometimes we would pile into a car and head for

Worthington for spaghetti at Ann-Ton's or a hamburger

and shake at The Dales, which was owned by two

practical-joking brothers. At that time a club sandwich at

Ann-Ton's was 65 cents. There were not McDonalds or

Burger Kings and we never heard of pizza. The only fast-

food restaurant was White Castle and the nearest one was

located at Arcadia and High in the north end of Colum-

bus. Notice -- there is no mention of television or

computers. There weren't any!

Dating then, as now, was a big part of a teen-agers' life.

Girls talked about boys and boys talked about girls! Most

dating was to attend school functions like dances, hay

rides or basketball games. Away basketball games were

good because you could ride the bus with your girl and did

not need a car! A big date would mean a movie in

downtown Columbus at one of the first run theaters and a

stop to eat on the way home. Of course, there were the

drive-in theaters on Riverside Drive and Kingman Hill

south of Delaware. Money to finance dates was just as

hard to come by then as today. Things like movies and

food did not cost as much, but you didn't make much

either. There were a lot of double dates due to transporta--

tion problems. Those who did not have cars available did

not date much.

Halloween was a great time in Powell. We usually

started our activities in August. I'll not talk of the things

we did, since I'm not sure of the statute of limitations in

these cases. Trick or treat did not mean candy bars and

bubble gum, but apples and homemade cookies. The

Businessmen's Association started a big Halloween Party


[photo: Powell High School Cheerleaders and Basketball Team, 1945-

46. Don Bell is pictured third from left in middle row.]


held at the school in an attempt to keep down the mis-

chief. It provided an outlet, but also brought more teen-

agers into town. One ruse we liked to pull was when we

saw the town constable, we would run as if we had been

up to something just to see if he would chase us. I'm not

sure if he was playing our game or we were playing his

game! But it kept all of us busy.

Being a teen-ager in the late '40s, especially in a small

village, was quite different than being a teen'ager today.

There were no drugs, no vandalism as we know it today,

no robberies, and no TV. We really never did much, but it

was a wonderful time.

The Bell family moved to the Powell area in 1936. Don Bell

graduated from Powell High School in 1949. His mother,

Clara, now deceased, ran the store on the corner from 1946

until 1985. Don now lives in Reynoldsburg with his wife Mary.

They have two grown children. Don is retired from the

Whitehall School System where he "taught teen-agers" for 33

years.

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Murphy's was THE place to

be on Saturday Night

by Willmoe Murphy

My husband, Charles (Chuck) Murphy loved auto and

motorcycle racing, when he returned from World War II

service. he talked his father Herman (Shy) Murphy into

looking for ground on which to build a raceway. They

finally settled on the Delaware County Fair Grounds,

where the horse race track was still visible and the

grandstands stood facing south along state Route 750.


[photo: Daredevil races once were the rage at the Powell Speedway.]


Land abstracts document the 100-plus acres of ground

purchased by the Murphy family was part of 4,000 acres

deeded by President John Adams to James Parker, with the

deed executed April 24, 1800.

It took several months to grub out the under brush,

remove the old building leaving only the large exhibition

barn. This building approaching 100 years old is still

standing and currently operates as Murphy's Party Barn

and Catering.

Shy and Chuck Murphy along with several Columbus

businessmen formed the American Racing Association

Inc. in 1946. It aligned with the American Automobile

Association and the American Motorcycle Association, at

that time the two top governing bodies of the motor racing

world, and joined the NASCAR Racing circuit.

This type of auto racing was something new in this

area, especially on a half-mile dirt tract. It was distinctive

from the paved 2-1/2-mile Speedway at Indianapolis. Their

desire was to have a first-class operation. After the racing

was under way, one sports writer from the Star newspaper

wrote "Powell Speedway is the only place to be on

Saturday night, arrive early and picnic.

Sports editor Robert Hooey wrote, "Your first glimpse

of this new venture will tell you that here's a perfect

raceway from a spectator's viewpoint. It's almost a saucer,

with short straightaways and long sweeping curves

which have a width of 90 fee. From the standpoint

of the racer, this track is a honey, no laying off on

those curves, just wind-er-up all the way around."

My husband insisted on a severely banked track,

making it unnecessary to cut down on the speed of

the straightaways. Jim Lamb of AAA, the fellow

who ran the show in Indianapolis each Memorial

Day, was quoted as saying, "after viewing the Powell

Speedway, it's my frank opinion a new world's

record for a half-time dirt track will be set here this

summer."

The opening race on June 29, 1946, featured

some of the famous Indianapolis drivers: Joey

Chitwood, Walt Ader, Spider Webb, Bill Holland, Lee

Wallard and Elbert Booker. Wilbur Shaw, manager

of the Indianapolis Speedway, was on hand to cut

the ribbon.

They raced for a estimated crown of 25,000. Cars

were parked all over the acreage. General admission

(standing) was $1.25; bleacher seats $2 and reserved

seats $2.50.

Newspaper clippings from our family scrapbooks

feature daredevil and thrill shows held at Powell

Speedway. Joey Chitwood and his 20 "hell drivers"

performed auto and mtorcycle stunts. Eddie

"Lucky" Zalucki, the most fearless daredevil-

speedster of the "new crop" of drivers (Post World War II"

also performed. We even had a rodeo contest, the circle

"M" rodeo featuring movie actor Art Mix.

Eventually the track was paved and featured stock car

racing. The track has not been abandoned. Today, area

sports car clubs can be found using the track for this

gymkhana races. The old Powell Speedway has even

hosted the 105-mile Ohio State Championship Bicycle

Race. It has been a test track and used for numerous TV

commercials and advertisements.

As use of the race track began to diminish, we concen-

trated on picnics and catering. Powell Pancake Day is one

of our favorites as so many of the area people join in to do

a good job, have fun and raise money for the Powell-

Liberty Historical Society. We hear many interesting

stories from the older locals. One gentleman, reminiscing,

said when he was a boy he raced his horse on the dirt

track and boasted of coming in second, but then added,

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"there were only two horses in the event." Another area

man pointed out the location in the barn where he

received first prize in a second-grade art exhibit.

Over the years we have had many memorable events.

During one birthday celebration, Grand Ol Opry's

"Minnie Pearl" and Troupe entertained. An international

company, entertaining a group of businessmen from

Japan, requested a farm family meal. The old barn has

hosted numerous celebrity theme parties and several

honoring the late Ohio State University Coach Woody

Hayes. We even had a helicopter land in our yard during a

storn with none other than Joel Douglas, son of Kirk

Douglas, on board who was in Ohio searching for movie

sites. One company hosted visitors from more than 80

countries. There have been church services, Easter egg

hunts, wedding receptions, dog shows and auctions (plus

our valued regulars who visit every year). Murphy's Party

Barn is still owned and operated by members of the

Murphy family.

Willmoe Murphy is owner and operator of Murphy's Part

Barn and Picnic Grounds.


The way it was: 1947 by Louise Cornish


Powell was a peaceful, quiet village when it was

incorporated in 1947. Frank Bayles became our first

mayor. There were unpaved streets, no street lights and

very little traffic. The population was around 350, the

number you needed to incorporate. The houses on

Olentangy Street, mostly now businesses and antique

shops, were family homes with many children playing on

the sidewalks and in the streets. Children and teen-agers

enjoyed swimming at the Shawnee Hills Swimming Pool,

skating on the Scioto River and even on South Liberty

Street. Sledding on Powell Road was popular, too, but not

down the big hill! The young people attended school right

here in the village and walked East Olentangy Street,

crossed the clapboard bridge, and climbed the hill to the

brick school building. The school building was later torn

down and Powell Center located there.

March 11, 1947, voters of the new Union School

District--comprised of Hyatts, Powell and Orange

districts--voted upon a special $268,000 bond issue for

construction of a centralized high school. The present

schools would remain as elementary schools. On May 15

the union school bond issue failed by 29 votes. The vote

carried in all areas except Powell. The Powell Village vote

was 42 for, 137 against.

The Union Board resubmitted the levy Nov. 8, 1947,

and it again failed by a great margin in Powell. It seems

the Powell voters did not want to loose their local school.

Eventually it passed, but not in 1947.

Concern in Powell, and elsewhere, was for lack of

housing for the returning World War II veterans. Several

new homes were built in Powell, including houses ordered

from the Sears catalog to build yourself. According to the

Delaware Gazette (July 30, 1947), the average five-room

house cost $7,000 to $7,900.

Another concern was the shortage of many food items.

Rationing of food, gasoline, tires and shoes had just ended

but shortages remained. President Truman started a drive

Oct. 2, 1947, to get people to use less wheat, meat, poultry

and dairy products in order to free more grain for Europe.

President Truman said, "People can either support

conservation or resign themselves to a further spread of

communism in Europe." Truman stated that American

must not fail to help feed starving Europe, which had been

devastated by the war (Delaware Gazette, Oct. 2, 1947).

The Powell Methodist Church held a special Memorial

Day program. The "Memorial Flag Rites" honored

veterans. All servicemen and their families were invited to

attend this service including interested community

members. The program included vocal numbers and

instrumental music. The

Rev. Eldridge Holland, a

veteran of ETO in World

War II, and Lt. Col. H.H.

Gibson, veteran of the

Pacific area and the

occupational forces in

Japan, were speakers.

The Girl Scouts con-

ducted the flag ceremony

and the Boy Scouts

participated as well. The

Memorial address was

delivered by the Rev.

Russell E. Bayliff.

Even though World

War II was over and the

veterans finally home

again, the community still

had their victory gardens

and shortages. As there

was not TV, people

listened to their radios.

Once in a while they

went to the movies to see

Marilyn Monroe, Judy

Garland, Bob Hope, Bind

Crosby and Red Skelton.

But most of all, they just

enjoyed each other.


[photo: Skating on S. Liberty Street:

Velma Lou and Louis Andrews.]


Louise Cornish, a lifelong Powell resident, taught school for

35 years. She was a founding member of the Powell-Liberty

Historical Society, is its historian, and serves as a member of

the Commemorative Book Committee for Powell's Golden

Days celebration. She also serves on the Village Historic

Commission.

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Fond memories of home

by Sherry Carmichael


Dorothy closed her eyes, clicked her ruby heels and

fervently chanted, "There's no place like home!" As a

product of that very good year 1946, and a sixth genera-

tion to live in Powell and Liberty Township, I have read

with interest and nostalgia the "Glimpses of the Past"

articles. I will forever be grateful that the small town

environment of Powell afforded me a wonderful, healthy,

free and secure childhood.

Buried beneath present day Powell Center are the

remains of Powell School, once known as "the Monu-

ment on the Hill." This institution opened its doors for

the 1911-12 school year and graduated six pupils, my

grandmother, Florence Gardner, being one of them. At

that time, it was purported as one of only three schools in


[photo: Powell Cemetery, circa 1910.]


the state of Ohio, which included 12 grades under one

roof. The consolidation of Powell, Hyatts, Orange and

Berlin schools to form Olentangy High School in 1953

allowed me eight years at Powell School before graduating

to high school at Olentangy. My daughter's attendance at

Powell School rounded our four generations there before it

was razed in 1976. Living only four houses from the

school, it was not only central to my education buy my

year-round playground as well.

I remember how freely we rode our bikes or walked the

roads and streets to town, often accompanied by a tail

wagging dog, sans pooper-scooper or leash. There were

daily trips to the post office, for mail and local news

(gossip, if you will!) Clarence Dulin, postmaster when I

was a teen-ager, often teasingly held an anticipated letter

until all other mail had been sorted, occasionally making

me late for a singing lessons at Jean Kirkham's. We might

need some bread from Clara's or fresh meat from Reeves

Red & White. And oh, the penny candy at Plummer's

Trading post! We kids spent a life time deciding what to

buy with our nickel or dime!

There was no need for security systems or even locked

doors during my childhood. Neighbors looked out for one

another. When we took vacations, neighbors Ginny and

Gene Hess would keep an eye on the house. With no lack

of respect intended, town marshal Bill Muladore was

affectionately known to me as "Mikey," in whose home I

spent many over-nights with his granddaughters.

If our moms couldn't find us at the school playground,

they would simply cup their hands to their mouths and

yell toward the woods. The woods was owned by someone

in far off Columbus, but it "belonged" to us! We

were the ones who used and roamed it. We often

had the poison ivy to prove it! The woods is now home

to Olentangy Ridge development. It sports a lovely

little "lake" with a spouting fountain in the middle.

That "lake" was a farm pond that watered my great

grandfather's dairy herd and afforded many happy

house of fishing and skating. In those days, it

spouted nothing more than cattails where turtles and

snakes hid from poking sticks and bare feet.

At the turn of the century, the old Powell

Methodist Church building was moved from South

Liberty Street to its present location on the north

side of West Olentangy Street. At that time, it

received an addition, stained glass windows, and its

unique steeple decoration of a hand with finger

pointing to Heaven. Within its walls, the deepest

emotions of a town were witnessed from birth, to

rebirth, to death. I really miss hearing its bell, calling

the town to remember the Lord's day, or ringing out

the happiness of a wedding or tolling for a dearly

departed one.

I remember Memorial Day parades ending in the

graveyard. The days were warm with the promise of

summer and life, a contradiction of sorts. We Girl Scouts

and 4-H'ers held bouquets of peonies to place at a

veteran's grave, and the grass was soft and spongy. It

seemed a little creepy to be standing on top of someone.

But now I love to visit that beautiful old graveyard, to

peruse its stones, and I wish there was still room for me to

be buried among my ancestors.

But not yet! Fifty years is not such a long time. Powell

and I have a lot more living to do and a celebration to

attend as well! Congratulations, Powell. There IS no place

like home!


Sherry Carmichael is a sixth-generation resident of the

Powell area. She is actively involved in the Powell-Liberty

Historical Society, also giving walking tours of Powell and

leading children's programs. She will be a guest speaker at

Powell's Golden Days opening ceremony.

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CHAPTER III -- THE EARLY YEARS


[map: 1875 map of southern half

of Liberty Township.]


Early Powell


The first settlement in what is now the

Powell area was in 1813. It was called

Middlebury, named for some of the settlers

who hailed from Middlebury, Connecticut. In

the 1830s people called the area Hall Corners

for Thomas Hall who operated a store at the

"four corners". It was 1856 when the area

became Powell. Residents wanted to honor

the man, Judge Thomas Powell from Dela-

ware, who helped to secure a post office for

the town. In 1876, Asa Gordon Hall surveyed

and platted the town.


The Powell

Depot


"With the building of the Columbus and

Toledo Railroad, Powell made some preten-

sion toward becoming a town." (from History

of Delaware County and Ohio, 1880.) Service

began in 1876. the Depot was located on the


[photo: The Powell Depot, circa 1910.]

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[photo: Olentangy Ave. Looking East Powell O.

THEN: The "blue Goose," located

just east of the tracks.]


west side of the tracks, near present-day Nancy's

Fabrics (140 W. Olentangy Street). Passenger

service was discontinued almost 50 years ago, but

in the early days, there were places for travelers

coming for business or pleasure to eat and spend

the night. The "Blue Goose" served food. It stood

at the entrance drive of Powell Structural Sys-

tems, just east of the railroad tracks. "The Kibbey

House," currently The Delaware County Bank,

was a boarding house and livery. The Bank

restored the building to its 1890s style.


[photo: NOW: Looking east of the

tracks today toward the

"four corners".]


[photo: THEN: The Kibbey House.]


[photo: NOW: The Delaware

County Bank, 22 S.

Liberty Street.]

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Early Powell Homes

[photo: THEN: Laney/Stark home.]


From the History of Delaware County

and Ohio, 1880: "the Village of Powell for

a new place and a railroad village, too,

contains some very handsome residences."


[photo: NOW: Lane Interiors,

84 W. Olentangy Street.]


[photo: Case Ave. Looking West Powell O.

Case Avenue looking west.

These homes still stand with

undeveloped land still remaining.]

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[photo: THEN: Sharp/Canfield home.]


[photo: NOW: Private residence, 80 E. Olentangy Street]


[photo: THEN: Martin-Perry

House, 103 E. Olentangy

Street, Pictured are Mary

Martin and daughters,

1890s.]


[photo]


The 1889 farm house was "saved" in

1986 from razing because caring citizens

felt it was important to save a piece of

Powell's early history. The Martin-Perry

House (named for the only two families

who lived in the house) is home to the

Powell-Liberty Historical Society.

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The Post Office


[photo: Claude Gardner served as Post Master in the

early 1920s. Note the magazines available at

his confectionery and print shop.]


[photo: Built as a bank

in the late

1800s, the

building

became a post

office in 1925.

(Note: the

famous old

safe from the

bank is stored,

waiting for a

new home.)


Years ago, a post office was frequently part of

another business. Powell Post Office, established in 1857,

was often found in a grocery or hardware store. For over

a century, 16 W. Olentangy Street has been home to a

variety of businesses. It is easily recognizable from early

photos and is a location fondly remembered by many

who enjoyed seeing the tree next to it lighted at Christ-

mas. The post office at 15 S. Liberty Street served the

community from 1973 until the new post office on Grace

Drive was built in 1989.


[photo: View of the interior of an early post office.]


[photo: NOW: The current post office at 40 Grace Drive is planning an

expansion in 1997.]

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The Schools


[photo: "Public School," 1882, photographed

in 1909, now is used as an office building.]


One-room school houses preceded

the first multiple grade school build-

ing, still standing at 77 S. Liberty

Street. It was built in 1882, used later

as a home, and now as an office

building. Those attending the new

school, the "Monument on the Hill,

built in 1911 and used until 1973,

traveled to school in a horse-drawn

school bus and later in the state's first

motorized school bus. That school was

located where Powell Center now

stands on E. Olentangy Street. it was

torn down in 1977.


[photo: "New School building," 1911,

often called "Powell School."]


The schools in southern Delaware

County consolidated and formed the

Olentangy Local School system in

1953. Currently, the Village Academy

operates a private school in the village.

The closest public school presently

serving the community is Wyandot

Run Elementary School, which opened

in 1993, and is located just north of

the village.

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[photo: Liberty Township School

transportation: horse-

drawn (1911) and

motorized (1917). Seen

here is Anna Taylor.]


Louise Cornish: "I remember that the

teachers here gave you the best start in life

that anyone could have. They certainly

were dedicated." Her brother, Willard

Andrews, an accomplished inventor, who

traveled all over the world for a large

company, always took the opportunity to

proudly tell people he was from Powell,

Ohio, and spoke highly of his education at

Powell School. He also always carried

buckeyes to share with the world.


[photo: Powell High School classroom,

early 1900s.]

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Churches

[photo: A Seventh Day Adventist Church, built

shortly after 1900, was located in the

village. It is currently Great Expectations

Travel, 55. E. Olentangy Street.]


The Methodist church has played a

significant role in the Powell area for many

years. The 1859 building, presently standing

at 50 W. Olentangy Street, was moved to its

present location from S. Liberty Street in

1902. Church membership has paralleled the

growth of the community having gone from

approximately 100 in 1880 to nearly 700 in

1997. Today, there are approximately ten

churches serving the Powell area.


[photo: the "old" Powell

Methodist church,

Standing at 50 W.

Olentangy Street since

1902.]


[photo: The "new" Powell United Methodist

Church, completed in 1990. The

congregation celebrated its 175th

anniversary in 1996. It is located at

825 E. Olentangy Street.

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Dr. Talley


[photo: Dr. Talley's home still sits at 35-37 W. Olentangy Street.]


[photo: Dr. Charles F. Talley]


Dr. Charles F. Talley opened an office in his

home in Powell in 1896, having practiced medicine

in Hyatts for 10 years previously. He served on the

boards of Jane Case Hospital (now Grady Memorial)

and Grant Hospital. He also served in the state

legislature. Well known as a diagnostician and

consultant, he served the Liberty Township commu-

nity for nearly 50 years.


Charley Lawrence, a life-long township

resident, remembers: "Dr. Talley delivered the

four oldest children in our family (there were

seven). They were all delivered at home, no

charge." Donna

Lawrence remembers

her mother-in-law,

Anna, telling the story

of Lucy Talley, "Uncle

Doc's wife," canceling

medical bills if she knew

a family couldn't pay.

Dr. Talley, noticing this

one day, said: "My golly,

Mommy, we can't bring

them all into the world

free."


The Delaware County

Fairgrounds (in Powell)

Dr. J.c. Campbell leased 12 acres of fields

(including a half mile track) and 10 acres of woods

just west of his home for use as the Delaware

County Fairgrounds from

1909 through 1937. The arts and crafts building


[image: From a 1909 Fair program:

What About Powell:

It is 14 miles north of Columbus

on the H. V. Ry.

Has a population of 300.

Built four new houses this year.

Build a large mill.

Has two grocery stores, one hard-

ware store and a bank.

Livery and feed stable.

Has excellent telephone

connections.]

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remains today as Murphy's Party Barn. The

Campbell home was separated into two homes

many years ago.


[photo: THEN: Dr.

Campbell's

home on W.

Olentangy

Street, now

two

businesses.]


[photo: NOW: Milano's Florist, 173 W.

Olentangy Street]


[photo: NOW: The

Manor at

Catalpa

Grove, 147 W.

Olentangy Street.]


The Fire Department


[photo: Liberty Township's first

ambulance,

approximately

1955. FIRST

ROW, left to right:

Donald Tuller,

Dick Kirkham,

Andy Anderson,

SECOND ROW:

Bill Muladore,

Chief Fred Reeves,

Gene Hess.]


[photo: Township fleet, late 1960s, in front of first fire station, 44

N. Liberty Street.]

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The passage of a

bond issued in 1948

provided moneys for the

first outfitted truck,

coats, boots, helmets, and

also the purchase and

remodeling of a building.

George Sharp's Pure Oil

filling station pumps

were torn down, and his

garage was remodeled,

with oil furnace, toilet,

shower and stalls for two

trucks added. Now The

Grove Produce and Fine

Foods, it served the fire department until the new

station was built in Liberty Township in 1990. The

department has grown from 13 volunteers to 21 full-

time and 19 part-time firefighters. John Bernans is the

current Fire Chief. Powell was and continues to be

served by The Liberty Township Fire Department


[photo: New fire station, 7761 Liberty Road.]


Police Department

Prior to the incorporation, law and order in

Powell was handled by a constable who covered all of

Liberty Township. The first village marshal was

named in 1947, followed by a deputy marshal the next

years. (See "Glimpses of the Past", page 14 and 16.)


[photo: FIRST ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Officer Kareem Kashmiry,

Lt. Steve Hrytzik, Chief Gary Vest, Officer Ken Hiltz, Officer

Ron Clark. SECOND ROW: Sgt. Randy Wilson, Officer

Eric Mueller, Officer Lonnie Campbell, Officer Steve Pate,

Officer Chris Morgan, Officer Chris Diehl.]


John Pendleton, still a village resident, served

ten years as marshal, from 1963-73.

At that time, Village Council eliminated the

desgintion of marshal. Since then, there has

been a Police chief with deputy police. Cur-

rently, there are 13 full-time and three part-time

officers, including one lieutenant and two

sergeants, serving under Chief Gary Vest. The

Department has five cars.


[photo: Powell Police Officer Lonnie Campbell]

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[photo: THEN: Sharp and Canfield Hardware served the

community from 1921 to 1948. Pictured are Don

Canfield, Jean Canfield Kirkham (as a child),

and Julian "Peck" Sharp.


[photo: NOW: Powell Village Antiques, 8 N. Liberty Street.]


[photo: THEN: Violet's Confectionery, 1937 to 1941, and Plummer's

Confectionery, 1941 to 1973. Note the Violets' home-made tractor

and the visible bowl, gravity-feed gas pumps.]


[photo: NOW: Powell Antique Mart, 26 W. Olentangy Street.]


[photo: WEINSTOCK MOTOR SALES

POWELL - OHIO

"You'll be AHEAD with a CHEVROLET!"

CHEVROLET MASTER DELUXE TOWN SEDAN

Weinstock Motor Sales, in business from 1929 to 1951.

(Picture reproduced from 1938 ink blotter.) The building

today is not part of Powell Liberty Mall, 22 N. Liberty Street.]


Louise Cornish: "anytime you bought a

new car, you took it down the Powell Hill.

[Powell Hill is E. Olentangy Street or Rt. 750

as it approaches the Olentangy River and Rt.

315.] If it would go up the hill with no

trouble, you bought." The grade of the hill

was much steeper then. Louise also recalls

that there were once about five gas stations in

Powell. Today there are none within the

village limits, the last one discontinuing

gasoline sales in 1996.

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Businesses

Businesses have changed with the time and con-

tinue to do so. The business community today is repre-

sented by The Powell Business Association and the

Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce.


[photo: Powell Flour Mill, operated by Henry E. Sharp,

is now the Powell Day Care Center, 36 N. Liberty Street.]


[photo: This log cabin was the dwelling of a former slave, George

Washington Berry, who lived to be approximately 100 years

old. The cabin was moved from the Stanbery farm on W.

Powell Road to 71 W. Olentangy Street, now on property

owned by Early Days Antiques. It was used as a two-car

garage by Leonard Kirkpatrick.]


[photo: THEN: The Red and White Grocery Store operated

from 1937 until 1970. Meetings were held about the

store for the Knights of Pythius, the Powell Community

Booster Club and the Powell Sportsmen's Club.]


[photo: 1947 May/June calendar]


[photo: NOW: Recipe Express, 21 W. Olentangy

Street. the upstairs is vacant now.]

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"Work and Play"


[photo: Powell Walking Society, 1912, photographed on what is

thought to be the Orange Road Bridge.]


[photo: Jacob Peter Sellers, shoeing a horse, circa 1906.]


[photo: Powell Baseball Club, 1909.]


[photo: Powell young people ready for trip to

the Shawnee Hills Swimming Pool,

mid-1930s. ROW 1, left to right:

Louise Andrews, Don Holly, Ivah

Perry;

ROW 2: Alice Perry, Leonna Holly,

Velma Lou Andrews, Jean Perry.]


Outdoor movies were shown on the north side

of the hardware store at the "four corners" by local

merchants in the 1930s. Names of sponsors flashed

by before the movies began. Mostly westerns were

shown, but films like"Jane Eyre" ran yearly. Stores

sold pop, ice cream and candy, while people brought

chairs and blankets to view the free event. It discon-

tinued with World War II and gas rationing.

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[photo: High School Girls Basketball Team, 1920-21.]


[photo: Bill Slack, village blacksmith, from

approximately 1920-1940.]


The O'Shaughnessy Dam


The O'Shaughnessy Dam was completed about 1928.

The dam flooded 800 acres of land. Homes, the Oller Church,

and a portion of Scioto Village were moved, and an eight-mile

reservoir was established. The Portland Cement used to make

the concrete for the dam was shipped to Powell by rail and

hauled to the dam site, some by horse and wagon. Stone came

from the Stansbury Quarry on the Scioto River, near the

current site of the Columbus Zoo.

I 1988, an Olentangy Valley News reporter wrote: "The

dam is a central Ohio landmark. Its classic style and cascad-

ing waters have been the subject of photog-

raphers' and artists' renderings. Its form

allows sailing upstream and fishing down-

stream." The bridge over the dam was

widened with some restoration undertaken

and re-opened in 1992.


[photo: Before the reservoir flooded the site, this bridge

crossed the Scioto River at Powell Road. It

connected with Powell Road in Shawnee Hills.]


[photo: Construction of the O'Shaughnessy Dam, about 1924.]




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CHAPTER IV --

TODAY AND INTO THE FUTURE


[map: POWELL CORPORATION LIMITS

1947 to 1997

The current village population is 4500 in

an area of approximately three square

miles. The village is projected to reach a

population of 5,00 in 2000, thus

obtaining the designation of city.]


Administrative

Staff -- village of

Powell, 1997


[photo: FIRST ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Cheryl

Bucy, Finance Director; Stephen Lutz,

Village Manager; David Betz, Planning

& Development Director.

SECOND ROW; Robert Schutz, Public

Service Director; Doug Wenzel, Building

Commissioner; and Gary Vest, Police

Chief.]


[photo: 1997 Powell Village council

FRONT ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Ronald Hoover, Richard Cline, Jack

Laming. BACK ROW: Mayor William Nolan, Mark Klein, David

Chambers and George Kaitsa.]

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Powell at the Crossroads

by David Betz, Village Development Director


Planning for the Village of Powell has consis-

tently provided themes which the community has

developed and repeatedly adopted after much

community debate. Master plans were created in

1974, 1988 and 1995. All three master plans in-

volved creating a community centered around

enhancing the original village core, allowing growth

to occur in a managed program of development

while preserving the natural features of the area for

future residents to enjoy. During this time, Powell

has certainly been at the crossroads.

Figuratively, the crossroads have experienced

tremendous pressure as the whole central Ohio

region exploded in new growth. A challenge has

been to preserve the natural environment which is a

major reason Powell is so popular. Delaware County

has especially been hit hard because of its location in

an area offering good access to downtown. Addition-

ally, the natural features people look for when

seeking a new place to live are found on this upland

plateau. Situated between the two major rivers off

central Ohio, the Scioto River to the west and the

State Scenic Olentangy River to the east, Powell has

been ripe for the suburban growth that has occurred.

Tributaries to the Olentangy River which flow

through the village create a sense of naturalness and

open spaces, a recurring theme in planning the area.

Dedicated open space and natural scenic preserves

have been retained through the development pro-

cess. Although development has occurred in the

village, it has been done in a managed way. Pres-

sures from those who live and work in the village

have created the community Powell is today. The


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balancing act of managing growth

is continuing.

In reality, the crossroads of

Powell exist at the center of the

village known as the "four cor-

ners". Historically, this part of

town was the gathering place for

community events for the village

of 350 people before the growth

trend started in the late 1970s.

Even the original master plan of

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1974 indicated the need to improve the streets,

sidewalks and other public facilities in the four

corners area. The 1995 master plan includes a close

examination of the old village area and recommen-

dations from that VillageScape plan will begin

implementation in July of 1997. Rebuilt streets,

paver sidewalks, historic style street lighting and

street furniture will revitalize the crossroads and

provide a community character reflecting the flavor

of an historic village. Private investment into

properties is encouraged and recommendations for

these improvements are provided within the

VillageScape Plan. A combines public/private

partnership is needed and being encouraged for

implementation of this plan.

Another major recommendation of the Compre-

hensive Plan is the creation of a Village Green at or

near the "four corners" to provide for public facili-

ties such as a village hall, open space, parking, a

pavilion for outdoor events and a possible commuter

rail station. A positive vote of the community

realized the purchase of a 12 acre site in the center

of town on which to create this Village Green.

Planning for all of the public uses on this property

has begun, with implementation to begin in 1998.

A community vision statement was created with

the 1995 Powell Comprehensive Plan. This statement

reflects the community's feeling about the present

day village and what it should be like in the future:

"The Village of Powell is a small, rural, Greenbelt

town, located off the beaten path, along the west bank

of the scenic Olentangy River valley, in southern Dela-

ware County.

. Residential neighborhoods spread along the valley

wall, north and south of Powell Road. Other neigh-

borhoods are clustered close to the original village,

thereby saving valuable farmland and protecting

natural resources as a "green" edge.


. Natural vegetation is preserved in Powell, and tree-

lined parkways and pedestrian scaled village streets

punctuate the natural landscape.


. Civic design is important in this community. Stone

and white rail fence lines recall the agricultural

heritage of the village, along with barns and farm-

steads which have been preserved through the

village's land trust. Monuments and markers,

commemorating locally significant personages and

historic places, are located throughout the commu-

nity, and the town's public art program has enriched

the public places where community events are held.


. The Village's open space system consists of reserved

natural areas, community entrance gateways which

shape primary roadways and slow through-traffic,

neighborhood parks, a community recreation center

and park, a non-traditional town center green and

historic cemetery.


. Bikeways and walkways provide access and connec-

tions from residential areas to the open space system

and the town center, and other nearby destinations.


. The historic town center, with its mix of uses, has

been renovated and provides many enjoyable social,

shopping activities and business offices along tree-

lined village streets and new walkways. Its underly-

ing scale -- pedestrian scale, narrow streets, ver-

nacular architecture -- has been extended to new

town center housing nearby. Public parking is

provided in the town center where municipal offices

are located along with the town's commuter rail

transit station.


. Powell provides an excellent setting in which to live

and work. The community truly is a protected

respite from the outside region, and many residents

conduct professional businesses from their homes,

using tele-commuting technology."


Powell Comprehensive Plan

Adopted December 20, 1995


It can be said that this vision statement has

been a consistent theme of all three master plans.

The 1974 Plan indicated much more growth within

the area than that which has occurred, undoubt-

edly because of changing sentiment about the

effects that type of growth would have on the

community. The 1988 Plan indicated that same

planning boundary and laid the groundwork for a

community much larger in size than that of the

present village. The 1995 Plan, however, is a more

visionary document which provides a framework

for decision making based upon the six component

recommendations within the plan: achieve the

identity of a rural greenbelt town; redevelop the

town center; institute an access management

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program; achieve a balance of land use mix; shape

a small town economic development program; and

limit village services.

The Village of Powell is certainly at a cross-

roads. Implementing public improvements through

the VillageScape and Village Green

will continue to preserve and

enhance the four corners and old

village area. Preserving green open

spaces as development occurs by

keeping density low and preserv-

ing tree stands and fence rows will

continue the community character

people look for when seeking a

new place to live. Enhancing the

system of parks and pathways,

providing the basic services for the

community, and promoting com-

munity events will continue to

increase the sense of community

the residents and businesses work

so hard to preserve. The crossroads

point in all directions. The Village

of Powell is heading in the right

direction by balancing the new

growth with continued improvement of the heri-

tage of what continues to be the nicest community

in Central Ohio.


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[drawing: VILLAGE GREEN

DEVELOPMENT PLAN

HISTORIC DISTRICT

SOUTHWEST QUADRANT]

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Business Sponsors

Airtouch Cellular

American Electric Power

Amy's Designs

Angelica Delicatessen

Auto Assets, Inc

Barrett Mortgage Services, Inc.

Blackburn and Associates Marketing

B.O.O.K.E.M. Entertainment/Promotions/Productions

Building Systems Integration, Inc.

Byron Johnson's Music of the Night

Cards For You...And Gifts Too

Century 21 Roger C. Perry, Ltd. -- Jaon Perez, Realton

W.R. Cochran Industrial Electric Co.

Colonial Fireplaces, Inc.

Columbus Zoo

Larry Coolidge, Realtors

Countryside Construction

The Delaware County Bank and Trust

Delaware County Sheriff's Office -- Sheriff, Al Myers

Delco Water

F. DelGreco Cement Contractor, Inc.

DHI Cooperative, Inc.

D & L Services, Inc.

Early Day'sAntiques --Crol Wallace and Vince

Primavera

Edsall and Associates

Fifth Third Bank

Fireside Forest Industries, Inc.

Frito-Lay, Inc.

The General Insurance Agency, Inc.

Carl Gioffre Concrete Construction, Inc.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Robert Green Insurance Agency

Green Meadows BP -- John Quinn, owner

Teddy B. Griffin -- RE/MAX Winners

Hickory House Restaurant

Hill, Hill and Allison Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Christopher B. Houts, M.D.

David Ison Law Office

Keebler Company

Kimberly's 14K

Krieger Jeep/Eagle

Kevin Knight and Company

The Kroger Company

Tamara M. Kuhlmann, O.d. Powell Eye Care

Lane Interiors

Lapcraft, Inc.

Learning Unlimited

Liberty Child Care, Inc.

Liberty Hills Property Owners Association

Liberty Township Fire Department

Lintek, Inc.

The Map Store

Deborah Martin, County Commissioner

McGowan Building -- 83 E. Olentangy


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Meijer

Milano Florist of Powell

Kenneth J. Molnar, Attorney at Law

Mowry Chiropractic

Mount Carmel Health & Wellness Center

Murphy's Party Barn

Nabisco Brands, Inc.

Nancy's Fabrics

National City Bank

National Realty

Nissan North

Olde Village Grill

Olentangy Rotary Club

Olentangy Swim Association, Inc.

O.S.U. Family Practice of Powell

Paragon Management Associates, Inc.

Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Roger Plummer, D.D.S.

Powell Area Chamber of Commerce

The Powell Business Association

Powell Family Medicine -- Dr. Peter Hucek and Dr.

Robert Dawkins

Powell Grace Brethern Church

The Powell Pediatricians of West Central Pediatrics

Powell Road Self Storage

Powell Sertoma Club

Powell Structural Systems

Powell Subway

Powell Veterinary Clinic

Premier Bank and Trust

Recipe Express Catering

Ralph Renninger -- HER Realtors

Dick Ruhl Ford Sales, Inc.

Rutherford Funeral Home

Saturday's Sports Club/Don Antonios Pizza

WR Shepherd Inc.

Southern Delaware County Realtors Association

Speedy Sign-A-Rama, USA

Target Stores

Teale Fine Homes -- Lew Teale and Jerry Keyser

Three Fifty Six, Inc.

Torchia Sales and Marketing

Trucco Concrete Co., Inc.

Trustworthy Hardware

United Dairy Farmers

United Magazine

Belinda Waite -- State Farm Insurance

Wedgewood Golf and Country Club

Wegewood Medical Office Building

Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers/Tim Horton's

The White House Bistro

Wiliams and Associates Realty, Inc. -- Jeff Dunahue

Wyandot Lake Amusement and Water Park

Jeffrey R. Yocca Builder, Inc.

Your Financial Community, Inc.

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Individual & Family Contributors


Andy and Evelyn Anderson, Elsie Plummer

Soni, Ernie, Taz and Nat Avey

Michael Bean

Marjorie Bennett

Jim and Ruth Berger

David Betz and Buddy

The Richard Brahm Family

Earl Burke

Buck, Karen and Amelia Caldwell

Robert and Barbara Cape

Stanley and Sharon Carmichael

Kim, Karen, Nick and Joe Cellar

David, Jamie, Megan and Brooke Chambers

Richard, Nora, Caitlin and Patrick Cline

The Thomas W. Coffey Family

Louise Cornish

Judy Cruse and Family

Joanna and Aaron Docie

Michael, Ann, Michael and Lauren Egan

Daniel and Lisa Ellis

Chuck and Chryssa Gartner

Ron Gerwig and Jo Cornish-Gerwig

The Bill and Linda Hanby Family

Lou, Judy, Ally and Samantha Hassel

Roger and Eleanor Hawk

Virginia Hess

Robert Hewitt

Dave and Wilma Hiss

Ronald and Danielle Hoover

Dan and Joan Hoy and Family

George and Sharyl Kaitsa

Richard A. King

Jean C. Kirkham

Mark, Mary, Kelly, Kara and Laura Klein

Tom and Debbie Kleven

Jack, Beth and Kyle Laming

John, Mary and Karen Lane

Charles and Donna Lawrence

Jean and David Luckhaupt


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Steve Lutz

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Luzio and Family

Janet, Bruce, Christopher and Ian Macnichol

The Doug Maehl Family

A. Herman Mason

The Mattinson Family -- John, Judy, Jason and

Jenni

Adam and Susan Montemarano and Family

Jim, Teri, Scott and Jeff Morgan; Luthella Morgan in

memory of chief Melvin Morgan

Larry, Phyllis, Andy and Katy Nentwich

Bill and Alicia Nolan

David Noll

Mike, Diana, Eric and Kelly O'Brien

Shayne and Debbie Pendleton

Frank and Darla Poston

Scott and Paula Raymond

Ralph, Kim, Charlotte, Chelsea Renninger

Dave, Patti and Daniel Robinson

Peter and Catherine Rogers

Mark, Karen and Kelsi Ross

Jim and Debbie Scartz

David, Wendy, and Candice Schlaegel

Bob, Val and Krischelle Schutz

corey, Holly and Jackie Skinner

Mr. and Mrs. David Starner

Andrea and Amy Sweazy

Bob and Betty Tierney

Rose Tyler

Larry and Wendy Tyree

Larry and Jane VanFossen

Gary, Pamela and Luke Vest

The Vickers -- John, Erin, John and Will

Bill and Marty Watson

John and Sharon Werner

Dan and Terry Wiencek

Bob, Carole and Amy Wilhelm

John Wright and Family

Marya and James Young

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Powell's Golden Days

Committee


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Soni Avey Village of Powell

Amy Baker Powell Chamber of Commerce

John Bernans Liberty Township Fire Dept.

David Betz* Village of Powell

Cheryl Bucy Village of Powell

Earl Burke* Volunteer

Caroline Clabaugh Olentangy Valley News

Larry Coolidge* The Powell Business Association

Louise Cornish* Powell-Liberty Historical Society

Aaron Docie* Murphy's party Barn

Jean Drascentis Hickory House

Ross Fleming* Powell Antique Mart

Lou Hassel* Life Pulse Communications

Virginia Hess* Powell-Liberty Historical Society

Joan Hoy* Angelica Delicatessen

Stephen Hrytzik Village of Powell

Patty Kendzic Volunteer

Jerry Keyser* The Powell Business Association

Charles F. Lawrence* Powell-Liberty Historical Society

Donna Lawrence* Powell-Liberty Historical Society

Stephen Lutz* Village of Powell


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Leanne Marks Powell This Week

Debbie Martin County Commissioner

Adam Montemarano* The Kroger Company

Phyllis Nentwich Wedgewood Medical Building

Nancy Newkirk Village of Powell

David Noll Delaware County Bank

Mike O'Brien Powell Sertoma

Vince Prosnik Powell Rotary

Michael Raia Profiles of Central Ohio/M.D.R.

& Assoc.

Ralph Renninger HER Real Estate

Cathy Rogers Volunteer

Robert Schutz Village of Powell

Susan Sutherland Delaware County Health Depart-

ment

Steve Underwood Village of Powell

Gary Vest* Village of Powell

Carole Wilhelm* Powell-Liberty Historical Society

Gary Winand Powell Chamber of Commerce

Marya Young* Premiere Bank


*Denotes presence in photograph, above.

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Dublin Core

Title

Powell's Golden Days 1997

Subject

Celebrations--Village of Powell--Ohio
History--Liberty Township--Delaware County--Ohio
Jubilees--Village of Powell--1947-1957
Village of Powell--Liberty Township--Delaware County--Ohio

Description

Booklet commemorating the Village of Powell's Golden Celebration Days 1947-1997.

Creator

Powell-Liberty Historical Society

Publisher

Three-Fifty-Six, Inc.; Powell, OH

Date

1997

Contributor

Gary Vest, Celebration Committee Chair

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/

Format

Booklet

Language

English

Type

Still Image
Text

Identifier

30210312423485

Collection

Citation

Powell-Liberty Historical Society, “Powell's Golden Days 1997,” Delaware County Memory, accessed February 29, 2024, http://delawarecountymemory.org/items/show/127.

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