Town with a Future – Mulzer’s Garage

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.)

Town with a Future – Mulzer’s Garage

This is the Ford agency, handling Ford and Lincoln cars and Fordson tractors. In the three years of business 850 cars have been delivered. It is the largest and most complete service station in central Ohio. Leslie G. Mulzer is President and general manager.

Town with a Future – Grossman Hardware Co.

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.)

Town with a Future – Grossman Hardware Co.

Mr. H.G. Grossman is the proprietor of the above-named business which is located in the business center of Grove City. It was established by Elias A. White, father-in-law of the proprietor, in the 90s, and is the oldest hardware store in the community. Seven years ago the business was taken over by William C. and H.G. Grossman, and since last February has been owned and controlled by the present proprietor. A full line is carried of general hardware, farm implements, builders’ hardware, stoves, ranges, furnaces, pains, oils, glass, coal, lime and cement. The coal yard is equipped with its own spur, giving excellent facilities for the handling of building materials and coal. The business has been built on quality merchandise and courteous treatment to customers. Mr. Grossman has lived in the community practically all of his life.

Town with a Future – Johnston and Grant

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.)

Johnston and Grant

Mr. S.E. Johnston started in the coal business about 1890 and is the oldest established business here. The coal yard is located on the B. and O. Between Park Street and Grove City Pike. He was formerly a school teacher and taught in Grove City and vicinity for five years. Seeing the opportunity for a business of his own he started as above noted. The business grew and a few years later A.G. Grant, now deceased, entered into partnership with him and the grain business was added. This business was conducted successfully until recent years. After the death of Mr. Grant, a son, Jesse R. Grant, took over his father’s interest and is still active in the business. Later were added the lines of lumber, building material and supplies, builders hardware, etc.

Town with a Future – Witteman and Miller, Coal and Feed

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.)

Witteman and Miller, Coal and Feed

This firm is composed of Ollie Witteman and Otto Miller, and has been in existence about seven years. Their yard and feed Store are located on West Grant Street at the B. and O. tracks. They occupy a brick building 40 by 8 feet in size for the storage of feed and building supplies, and the yard extends with a 140 feet Frontage on Grant Street and has a side track accommodation for eight cars. All of this property is owned by the partnership. In the yards are stored the coal and building supplies such as sewer pipe, lining and brick. The business was started in a small way and it’s grown with the development of the town. Mr. Witteman was born and raised in Grove City and Mr. Miller came from a farm nearby.

Town with a Future – C. Willert, Dry Goods and Footwear

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.

C. Willert, Dry Goods and Footwear

On August 1, 1892, Mr. Willert started as a clerk in the grocery store of Frank L. Wilson in the premises now owned and occupied by him on Broadway in the south end of town. Consequently he worked for a grocery by the name of A. L. Nichols in the north end of town. 6 months later, and on August 1, 1894, Mr. Willert bought the Frank L. Wilson store and continued in the grocery line.  Dry goods were gradually introduced into the stock and in 12 years later he closed out groceries entirely and engaged in dry goods and footwear exclusively. Today he carries an exceptionally fine line of footwear, gents’ furnishings, dry goods and ladies’ furnishings from the inner to the outer garments. In fact, the store is stocked with everything from hats to shoes. The large storeroom, 40 by 50 feet in size, is more than completely stocked for a town the size of Grove City and this is justified and made possible by the fact that trade comes from miles around. Close prices, courteous treatment, good service and having the goods that the trade demands are the features that have spelled success.

Town with a Future – Dr. C. H. Lose, Dentist

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.)

Dr. C. H. Lose, Dentist

Dr. Lose is a graduate of the Dental College of Starling Ohio Medical College, Class of ‘10. He practiced four years in Laurelville, Ohio, removing to Grove City in 1921, and opened offices above Kroger’s grocery, on Broadway. He is strictly ethical in his professional work and with training and experience he is capable of rendering as efficient service as one is apt to secure in a larger city.

Town With a Future – Dr. J.C. Sommer

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.)

Dr. J.C. Sommer

Dr. Summer is a graduate of Starling Ohio Medical College, Columbus, class of 1913. After one year’s hospital training he began the practice of medicine in Somerset, Perry County, where he resided nine years. On the 21st of August last he removed to Grove City and occupies the residence and office adjoining of the late Dr. H.W. Geissinger, which is on West Park street at the B. and O. depot. Prior to his medical training he took the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts at Valparaiso University, and post-graduate courses in New York City and Chicago. Dr. Summer is a member of various medical societies, including the Columbus Academy of Medicine, the General Practitioners’ Medical Society, and the Ohio State Medical Association. He is a member of the M.E. Church and also affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, the Odd Fellows and the Elks.

Town With a Future – Mayer Hardware Company

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.)

Mayer Hardware Company

This business is owned by G.J. Mayer and has been established for about five years. The store is in a brick building on Broadway. Mr. Mayer was formally engaged in farming in this section and game to Grove City in 1916 and his first venture in business was as a grocer. Two years later he engaged in the hardware line in which business he has been ever since. The stock is complete in general hardware and automobile accessories. He has the Oliver line of farm implements and the agency for the Florence automatic oil stove.

Town With a Future – Rolla W. White, Dry Goods

(The following was written by Lewis Garrison, and is reprinted from 1927’s “Grove City – The Town with a Future”,  available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. Any opinions made in the article are from the author.)

Rolla W. White, Dry Goods

Mr. White has been engaged in the dry goods business in Grove City for the past 10 years. That he is an experienced man in the line is testified to from the fact that for 13 years he was a salesman on the road for the wholesale house of Green, Joyce and Company, Columbus. At the inception of the retail business he was joined by T.J. Boyd, which partnership lasted until 4 years ago when Mr. White took over the entire business. The stock carried is large and comprehensive, consisting of general dry goods, shoes, rugs, linoleums, bed springs and mattresses. Men’s furnishings are also stocked. Mr. White is the local fire chief and has the honor of being one of the charter members of the recently established Masonic Lodge.

The Chimes of St. John’s

(The following is a poem by Alan N. Bodle, and is reprinted from “Reflections II”, a collection of local stories available at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum.)


I stepped from the car in the old hometown
O a Christmas eve of the long ago
Soft through the air the snow came down,
And the street was bright with the Christmas glow.

The lights burned green and blue and red,
Like figments of a fairy dream,
The soft snow yielded to the tread,
And the Christmas spirit reigned supreme.

Sudden along a tranced air
Came stealing a wondrous melody;
Like angel voices calling to prayer
In softest, sweetest harmony.

The clear notes fell in a golden shower,
Like falling stars on a snowy sea,
As the bells of St John’s from their belfry tower
Pealed forth for the nativity.

The lights were flashing all about;
The tinsel sparked through the snow.
And the soft, sweet voice of the chimes rang out
Like the angel chorus of long ago.

Many a grave has been made since then,
And dampened by showers of bitter tears;
And an endless procession of things and men
Have drifted by on the tide of the years.

But still when the Christmas candles glow,
And the earth her snowy mantle dons;
My thoughts drift back to the long ago,
And memory rings with the Chimes of St John’s.