The History of the Ober Manufacturing Company

by Don Barriball An illustrated history about the largest manufacturing business in Chagrin Falls, which made Chagrin’s famous sad irons, lathes, iron banks, and wooden handles which were sold around the world.  George Ober designed and produced a duplicating lathe that was sold around the world. The Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum is located in the home originally built by George Ober in 1874. $20.00

Transient Camps in Chagrin

We purchased 4 very interesting pictures through Ebay showing a transient camp located at the Chagrin Falls Airport. Don Barriball has researched the origins and work of this camp and you can read his article below. During October of 1929 the US stock market collapsed. Financial panic and depression became worldwide. In May 1931 the Austrian Credit-Anstalt failed. The credit crunch caused international bankruptcies and unemployment around the planet. The 1930 population of the USA was 123,202,624 (U.S. Census Bureau). … Read More

Life with the Interurban Railway

(Editor’s Note: Grace Ambos, a longtime friend of Barbara Taggart, described her many trips on the Interurban in her diary, which came into Barbara Taggart’s possession after Grace’s death. Barbara loaned the diary to the Historical Society so that we might make a copy or transcription of it. Zo Sykora volunteered to make the transcription, and wrote this charming piece for our newsletter.) The Chagrin Interurban cars carried milk and other freight to Cleveland; they carried mail back and forth … Read More

Church’s Lion Returns Home

After 18 years at the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Lion and the Fatling return home to Evergreen Hill Cemetery. It was an emotional, awesome sight to see the carefully wrapped lion sculpture arrive on the back of a large flatbed truck. The sculpture was carefully removed from the flatbed truck by a skillful forklift driver hired by the Cleveland Museum of Art. It almost appeared that the lion was smiling and saying, “Hey everyone, I’m home!” This transpired on … Read More

The Snuff Takers

The Chagrin Falls Historical Society acquired a beautiful painting by Henry Church Jr. 1836-1908. Henry Church Jr. was a Chagrin Falls Blacksmith and self taught sculptor and artist. His work is exhibited in many museums throughout the United States including the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Va. Church also has been acclaimed for his carving of Squaw Rock and his Sculpture The Young Lion and the Fatling Together, which is now at the Cleveland Museum of Art. … Read More

History of the Chagrin Hardware Company

by Don Barriball Chagrin Hardware opened in 1867 and has been in the same location for 150 years. This book is an illustrated history of the many changes since the store opened and its many owners.  The book includes pages from of old catalogues and ads printed in local newspapers, and vintage photos from the Historical Society. collection.

Cleveland & Chagrin Falls Electric Railway Co. 1897-1925

by Don Barriball The history of the Interurban line in Chagrin Falls is full of pictures and stories that illustrate how this utility effected a small community.  Don combed through years of newspaper article to compile this book, complete with many photographs from the Historical Society collection and photographs of a wide range of artifacts associated with the Cleveland and Chagrin Falls line. 120 pages $22.00

Mill Town on the Chagrin River

by Don Barriball The history of early mills and foundries in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  The book documents the early industries of Chagrin and illustrates how some of the early machinery operated.  A map of the Chagrin River showing the 9 dams that existed along a one mile stretch of the river is included. The book also describes the many products that were made. $22.00

Did You Know – Chagrin Falls Trivia

  …there has been a school on Philomethian Street continuously since 1843? …more than 40 houses and buildings have been moved in Chagrin Falls? …there used to be a fountain in Triangle Park? …the ​Philomethian auditorium and gym are 75 years old? …a one-time resident of Chagrin Falls captured Jefferson Davis? …that there used to be a fish hatchery in town? …the Cuyahoga County Fair used to be in Chagrin Falls? …the man who invented Life Savers lived in Chagrin Falls? … Read More

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