Mansfield, Ohio: Through The Years
Go back in time with pictures from our local history collection, in collaboration with The Cleveland Memory Project.
Police officer or firefighter astride a large horse on South Park Street while he holds the reins of another horse. The photo, circa 1895, shows the row of businesses along the street, west to east. The old Presbyterian Church, easily one of the city's tallest buildings, sits at the end of the street. A grocery, probably Angle's, sits in the right foreground, its striped awning advertising "Sanborn's Coffee."
This is a close-up scan of the artwork on an invoice issued by the Sturges and Wood, Dry Goods, Groceries, etc. The store was located at the corner of North Main and North Park Street. The building, which also held the Whissemore photographic studio, later became the H. L. Reed Company and, after that, Ed Pickens' Cafe on Main.
The Rissler and Stoodt Building stood at 63 1/2 North Main, at the corner of West Dickson and N. Main. This photo shows the building, (which was built in 1880) and its occupants, Dr. Roby DDS, Lucas Drugs and Leech Brothers Furnishings. The Charles Ritter Company occupies the next building to the north. The photo was taken from the east side of N. Main, looking west on W. Dickson. A man walks past Lucas Drugs, later Samilsons. The drugstore awning advertises "drugs and sodas."
Eight uniformed Mansfield Firefighters surround MFD Auto truck number 1, which is parked in front of the City Hall/Main Fire Station on Park Avenue West at South Walnut in 1915. Two non-uniformed men stand near the engine of the truck, one holding a stoogie between his fingers. Visible to the left of the photo is the conveniently located bakery run by Henry Boebel at 11 Park Avenue West.
Photo taken in summer of 1957 looking east along a row of cars parked next to Central Park. In the background is the S.N. Ford Building, housing, at that time, Hotpoint appliances, Consolidated Insurance, Shrigley's Shoes and a number of apartments. To the left, the edge of S.N. Ford's grand downtown home--to the right of the Ford Flats, the International Order of Odd Fellows Hall.
North Park Street - Ford Flats - I.O.O.F. Hall :: Mansfield
A view looking west across the grounds of Luna Park in 1910. The roller coaster and several other buildings occupy the top of a small hill. The corner of a lake can be seen in the lower left foreground. A considerable crowd has gathered around the lake and on the steps leading up to the roller coaster.
Photo looking south on North Main Street from Temple Court in 1910. The Masonic Lodge/Post Office are off to the left. Louis Sam's Laundry is to the right, on the west side of the street. Streetlight arches arc over the street and three streetcars pass one another just south of the North Main - Fourth Street intersection. Wall posters advertise "the Drummer Boy of Shiloh."
In 1911, a large crowd gathers on the lawn at St. Peters to watch laying of the cornerstone at the church. The cornerstone is visible resting on a row of large stone blocks. A group of men and boys in liturgical clothing stand next to the cornerstone. Overhead, the beginnings of the structure are taking shape.
Laying the Cornerstone at St. Peter's Church :: Mansfield
A man, hands in pockets, stands under a large sign marking the location of an automotive garage after the great November 1913 blizzard. Twenty feet down the the sidewalk, two men in winter hats and coats stand in ankle-deep snow. Snow drifts five or six feet deep form a barrier between the sidewalk and the street.