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Images from the past of historic Oberlin, OH. These photos have been used with permission for this specific project and are not meant for reproduction. The photos, many of which are owned and generously shared by community members and institutions, were originally shared as the “Our Common Center” project.

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ID#: 0048 Date: 1933-1960s. Watson's Hardware, Minute Lunch at #24 South Main Street and BeViers Dry Goods at #20 South Main Street. Participant:Barbara MolyneauxHistorical Information:Additional Sources: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 Hardware Stores, New Paltz, Retail Stores, Dry Goods, Main Street, Packaging, Ads, Signs, Lingerie

ID#: 0048 Date: 1933-1960s. Watson's Hardware, Minute Lunch at #24 South Main Street and BeViers Dry Goods at #20 South Main Street. Participant:Barbara MolyneauxHistorical Information:Additional Sources: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#: 0041 Date: 1898-1910.Watson's hardware sometime between 1898 and 1910. Watson and Mr. Wilkinson purchased the business and  in 1898. Current owner is Charlie Palmer. Participant: Barbara Molyneau. Additional Sources: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 Hardware Stores, Ohio, The Past, Interview, Packaging, Ads, Signs, Business, Photos

ID#: 0041 Date: 1898-1910.Watson's hardware sometime between 1898 and 1910. Watson and Mr. Wilkinson purchased the business and in 1898. Current owner is Charlie Palmer. Participant: Barbara Molyneau. Additional Sources: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#:0059 Date:1953. Watson's Hardware, Smith's Furnishing and Floor Coverings, the southern storefront of this building, can be seen here. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 Hardware Stores, Store Fronts, Vintage Pictures, Will Smith, Ohio, Interview, Southern, Packaging, Floor

ID#:0059 Date:1953. Watson's Hardware, Smith's Furnishing and Floor Coverings, the southern storefront of this building, can be seen here. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#:0053 Date:late 1950s. The bike shop was in the two-story rear addition of Watson's Hardware during the ownership of "Jim" and his wife Barbara Molyneaux, from 1946 to 1988. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00 Second Story, Bicycling, Life Is Like, 1950s, Two By Two, The Past, Interview, Hardware, Bike

ID#:0053 Date:late 1950s. The bike shop was in the two-story rear addition of Watson's Hardware during the ownership of "Jim" and his wife Barbara Molyneaux, from 1946 to 1988. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00

ID#: 0472 Date: 1998. Goodrich Building; First Merit Bank, #5 S Main St; Campus Restaurant, #9; Aries Style Salon #11. After the fire of 1882, Mr. Goodrich, Mr. J.M. Gardner, Mr. Beckwith and John D. Carpenter rebuilt it with  post-fire Chicago design. It marked the end of frame construction downtown. This building remained the focal point of downtown activity. Participant: O.H.I.O. Historic Inventory. Additional Source: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Historic Preservation Commission survey… Carpenter, Aries, Ohio, The Past, Chicago, Street View, Construction, Community, Restaurant

ID#: 0472 Date: 1998. Goodrich Building; First Merit Bank, #5 S Main St; Campus Restaurant, #9; Aries Style Salon #11. After the fire of 1882, Mr. Goodrich, Mr. J.M. Gardner, Mr. Beckwith and John D. Carpenter rebuilt it with post-fire Chicago design. It marked the end of frame construction downtown. This building remained the focal point of downtown activity. Participant: O.H.I.O. Historic Inventory. Additional Source: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Historic Preservation Commission survey…

ID#:0061 Date:1950-1960s. Glenn Molyneaux and his son Glenn Molyneaux, Jr., "Jim" on the sidewalk outside Watson's Hardware. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 Jr, 1960s, The Outsiders, The Past, Interview, Sidewalk, Hardware, History, City

ID#:0061 Date:1950-1960s. Glenn Molyneaux and his son Glenn Molyneaux, Jr., "Jim" on the sidewalk outside Watson's Hardware. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID Daughters of the American Revolution, Westwood Cemetery. American Revolution, Vintage Photography, Cemetery, Daughters, The Past, Outdoor Decor, Image, Retro Photography, Vintage Typography

ID#:0057 Date:1911-1920. Daughters of the American Revolution, Westwood Cemetery. Participant: Barbara Molyneaux.

ID#:0049 Date:1980. Advertisement for Watson's Hardware on the its 95th anniversary in 1980. It is a photo of Glenn Molyneaux, Jr., "Jim" and his wife, Barbara. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources :O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 Jr, Ohio, The Past, Interview, Anniversary, Hardware, Community, City, Photos

ID#:0049 Date:1980. Advertisement for Watson's Hardware on the its 95th anniversary in 1980. It is a photo of Glenn Molyneaux, Jr., "Jim" and his wife, Barbara. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources :O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#: 0470 Date:1998. Bead Paradise, #29 W College St. In 1899 a fire destroyed this 1874 building. Mrs. A.G. Comings rebuilt it with one large storefront, and office and storage space on the second. The original building was the home of John D. Carpenter. In 1874 Mr. Royce built a shoe and boot business. In 1874 the first floor was partitioned to provide housing. Participant: O.H.I.O. Historic Inventory. Additional Source: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Historic Preservation Commission survey… Store Fronts, Royce, Carpenter, Storage Spaces, Past, Two By Two, Paradise, Bead, College

ID#: 0470 Date:1998. Bead Paradise, #29 W College St. In 1899 a fire destroyed this 1874 building. Mrs. A.G. Comings rebuilt it with one large storefront, and office and storage space on the second. The original building was the home of John D. Carpenter. In 1874 Mr. Royce built a shoe and boot business. In 1874 the first floor was partitioned to provide housing. Participant: O.H.I.O. Historic Inventory. Additional Source: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Historic Preservation Commission survey…

ID#:0067 Date:late 1800s. Interior photo of Miles J. Watson's business, Watson's Hardware. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 Interior Photo, Ohio, The Past, Interview, Hardware, Community, History, City, Business

ID#:0067 Date:late 1800s. Interior photo of Miles J. Watson's business, Watson's Hardware. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#:0066 Date:1983. Photograph of the 1983 sale of Watson's Hardware by Glenn "Jim" Molyneaux, Jr. and his wife Barbara to Warren Carter of Hudson, Ohio. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 Hudson Ohio, New Beginnings, Jr, The Past, Interview, Photograph, Hardware, City, Photography

ID#:0066 Date:1983. Photograph of the 1983 sale of Watson's Hardware by Glenn "Jim" Molyneaux, Jr. and his wife Barbara to Warren Carter of Hudson, Ohio. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources: O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#:0065 Date:1894-1902. Photograph of the cover of a Majestic Cookbook, Wilkinson & Watson are identified as the 'sole agents'. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 The Past, Interview, Photograph, City, Photography, Photographs, Cities, Fotografia, Fotografie

ID#:0065 Date:1894-1902. Photograph of the cover of a Majestic Cookbook, Wilkinson & Watson are identified as the 'sole agents'. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#:0064 Date:1950s. Jim Molyneaux, the owner of Watson's Hardware. It may be either high school or college graduation (1946) photo. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 College Graduation, Abraham Lincoln, 1950s, High School, The Past, Interview, Hardware, History, City

ID#:0064 Date:1950s. Jim Molyneaux, the owner of Watson's Hardware. It may be either high school or college graduation (1946) photo. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#:0063 Date:1960s. Interior of the Watson's Hardware with its large inventory during the ownership of Jim and Barbara Molyneaux. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 1960s Interior, Ohio, The Past, Interview, Hardware, Community, History, City, Image

ID#:0063 Date:1960s. Interior of the Watson's Hardware with its large inventory during the ownership of Jim and Barbara Molyneaux. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#:0062 Date:1950-1960s. Glenn Molyneaux and his son Glenn Molyneaux, Jr., "Jim" inside Watson's Hardware. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01 Jr, Ohio, 1960s, The Past, Interview, Hardware, History, City, Columbus Ohio

ID#:0062 Date:1950-1960s. Glenn Molyneaux and his son Glenn Molyneaux, Jr., "Jim" inside Watson's Hardware. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01

ID#:0060 Date:1900-1930. Exterior of Watson's Hardware. Mr. Molyneaux bought the business from his father-in-law, Miles J. Watson, in 1928. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01. Ohio, Law, Interview, Father, Hardware, Exterior, History, City, Business

ID#:0060 Date:1900-1930. Exterior of Watson's Hardware. Mr. Molyneaux bought the business from his father-in-law, Miles J. Watson, in 1928. Participant:Barbara Molyneaux. Additional Sources Used For History:O.H.I.O. Resource Center: Fred Maddock files., Historic Preservation Commission, Survey 1998, City Directories;Internet correspondence from Jim Molyneaux, 01/16/01. Interview with Jim and Barbara Molyneaux, 6/00. Interview with Glenn Molyneaux, 6/00; Interview with Pat Stetson, 01/01.