Happy 100th Birthday Deer Park! We are direct descendents of
Samuel Pierson and Rebecca DeMint. We just wanted to let you know
her name is Rebecca DeMint Pierson not Rachel Dumont Pierson.
Brothers Samuel and Matthias Pierson originally purchased the 640
acres from John Cleves Symmes for 640 Continental dollars. The
two brothers fought with distinction in the Revolutionary War.
They traveled from New Jersey and flat boated down the Ohio River.
Samuel and Matthias married sisters Rebecca and Catherine DeMint.
Samuel and Rebecca are buried in the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian
Church Cemetery. We noticed Chamberlain Park and Schenk street.
Is there a street or anything named for the first settler Samuel
It is wonderful to see the history of these little known places
like Deer Park come alive on the web. Cheers, Trace & Leslie
The ball fields were there when the creek ran through the park.
Sometime I will meet you there and show you where it ran. They tore
down Jack Tracy's family home to build Howard School, and I think
that is when the creek was put underground in a pipe.
My grandfather Henry Howard Schueler built your family home on
Orchard Lane in 1917. They moved back to Norwood in 1922. Dad had
many happy memories there. He said that the ground west of the fire
house was a ball field then. My Grandma Schueler and I visited your
folks once and Grandma showed them where she raised chickens in the
upstairs bathroom. There was no running water in 1917. Your
parents were fascinated by all she told them. We lived at 4220
Matson. My parents rented there from 1941-1960, then bought the
house. My mother sold it in the 1990s to move to Amber Park.
I knew Don and Mary Winkelman, but not Lou.
I had a strange dream about a month ago about your parents. In the
dream your dad outlived your mom. I went to visit him and we were
talking, and your mom appeared suddenly. It was very odd, but it
was good to see them, even in a dream. I really liked them a lot.
Seems like they were young when they died, but when I look in the
mirror and realize I am really 65, I guess not.
Did you ever go to Devil's Dungeon, the big pipe under East
Galbraith in Kenwood? We used to scare kids by taking them through
I've got a zillion more stories. We need to get together. My son
and I are planning to move back closer to home soon, so maybe then.
Maybe we can update and correct the old history book. I would love
to collaborate on such a project. There must be thousands of photos
out there in private hands that we could borrow.
Did you ever get one of Squeak Healy's glares? I did. I was
chairman of the History Committee for the 75th Anniversary of the
City in 1988 (I later gave it up because of business). Back then
everything was being named "Blue Chip" this and "Blue Chip" that.
Squeak asked if anyone had any suggestions for a city motto to
replace "The right town for a bright future". I raised my hand and
said, "How about the Cow Chip City?" There were a few chuckles, but
Squeak just glared!
Keep in touch.
Any information on the old Woodmont dairy? I remember as a kid walking
to the dairy in the summertime and they would give us ice to munch on.
Does anyone know what ever happened to the DIVCO milk trucks that they
had? I can remember standing at the huge front window on Galbraith
Road and watching the milk bottle filling line operate.
I grew up on Pine Road off of Kugler Mill, went to St. Savior grade
school, my grandmother lived on Sibley Ave, I used to go to the
Saturday matinee at the Deer Park Theater, shopped at Arlans discount
department store, went to Dr Scroggins dentist office, my dad went to
St. John's grade school, saved my money from my paper route at Deer
Park Savings and Loan.
I loved Golden Cream Donuts, my grandmother worked there, my mom and
dad used to shop at Bucks' White Villa market (the building that
became Golden Cream Donuts after they outgrew their original store
further down the street next to Naefac's Pharmacy, which was on the
corner of Blue Ash and Sibley Avenues.)
I collect antique autos and trucks and have been looking for a
DIVCO milk truck for a long time and just wondered if anyone would
know where any of the old Woodmont trucks are. Vonderhaar dairy used
to serve my street and they had quite a few of the trucks, but I can't
find any of them. Thanks for your time.
For your history thing. Born and raised there in 1947. Walked or
rode bike from 3805 St. Johns Terrace to the catholic school.
Remember business such as Jacksons pharmacy (used to be able to find
"dirty books" there) and that old man used to sell them to
us! Some donut shop which was across the street and 2 doors up from
a deli where we used to have an excuse to miss the first few
minutes of classroom after communion. Also remember there was some
old guy had a gun business across that kindergarden I went to on
Gailbraith rd. near blue ash road where I was able to buy my 1st
handgun either early in high school or late in grade school!!!!!
This is the dirty side of Deer Park! Also remember dances at park
and festivals there and toilets being blown up by m-80's and cherry
bombs. You have a nice history page but you should tie it all
Tom Wakim (McNicholas) still lives in your area as does Dennis
Heenan also same street. Those guys can probably fill in stuff. Get
them to remember the stuff.
Barry Hartmann - Remember stuff
I grew up on Orchard Lane and I went to Howard then Amity and
recall walking in and getting ice from Woodmont Dairy on my way
home after school. Though my family bought our milk from Valley
Dairy. Golden Cream was the best and so was growing up in Deer
Park in the 50-60 and 70s. Growing up on Orchard lane and all my
close friends went to St. Johns. Webber's grocery store on the
corner of Webster and Blue Ash road right across from Deer Park
Building and Loan was next to Golden Cream and I can recall
playing baseball where the A&P was built.
There was Gabby's for candy and pop right across from the park.
There was also a restaurant next to Gabby's that is now a hair
salon, I can not recall the name. The car barn had changed the
Crumley Jones & Crumley on the corner of Hegner and Blue Ash road.
Just down the street from Deer park Inn where the men in town
often got their gallon glass jugs filled with beer for the night.
Every one use to walk or ride bikes back then. The park was the
place to be in the summers. Swimming at the toe wash where Smitty
watched over the kids. Playing on Old Betsy Fire Engine, or
basketball or tennis. The play ground mother's use to have ice
cream socials at the old shelter house. The volunteer fire
department always had a summer festival which was one of the
things we always looked forward to. They use to empty the
firehouse and set up booths and have rides on the street next to
the old firehouse.
My Dad was the safety service director when we first moved to
Deer Park back in the 1950s. Mom was always involved with either
the PTA or the Play Ground Mothers Club or volunteering to head up
the American Cancer society fund drives. The ladies always planted
new flowers around the city donated by Mr. ward from Ward's
The city was very busy and crowded back in those days
with all the baby boomers being born. There seemed to be kids
every where and families use to sit on the front porches in the
summer back them since the houses we hot. Few people had A/C back
then. Orchard Lane was a tree covered with large Silver Maples as
were most of the streets in Deer Park back then. Most have died
and been cut down. It made for fun playing in the streets since
there was very little car traffic back then. Milk was still
delivered to homes back then and the scrap iron truck use to drive
up and down streets calling for old iron rags etc.
So many old businesses, Bader Hardware, Mike's 5 Barbers, Deer
Park Theater, Strikes & Spares. There was Tom's Club 35, The Four
Gables and Williams Pharmacy. Deer Park Deli is still there.
Deer Park was and is a great place to grown up and raise a
family, back then and now.
Famous Deer Park people: NFL Hall of Fame member amd St. John's
Eagles QB Roger Staubach
Help! Name of pharmacy close to Dipsy Doodle and UDF at
intersection of Plainfield and Galbraith.....Ritter, Riterers????
Great site for all former and future residents. Did not know the
Camp's; when and where did they live?
I am a former St. John Terrace kid & 1955 St. John grad; married
to Barb Muntel for 50 years and she is also a '55 grad.
My mother's family is from deer park. my grandparents were
Margaret and Harry Kuper. they lived on Deer park ave and S.
Berkeley cr. My mother was Roberta Marie Kuper. She was a 1949
graduate of Deer Park H.S.. She passed away in 1982. my uncle was
Richard H. Kuper. he was a world war II vet and worked for the IRS
in Cincinnati he passed away in 1994. He was very active in his
church (St. Johns). I am 48 years old and was only 20 years old when
my mom died. if any of her classmates would like to contact me, i
would appreciate it. It would be nice to correspond with someone who
knew my mom. I don't have much family left (my dad Jerry Santel
from Covington KY passed away in 2007). I only have my two sisters
Suzanne and Peggy, and an aunt (my father's sister). my phone
number is 248-884-1649. please only genuine people!
Great site. Noticed the reference to the 1969 Tornado and
remembered that my dad filmed the aftermath of the same storm with
his 8mm camera.
Part of the film was shot near our home on Lansdowne Avenue in
Deer Park, jumped down to the corner of Lansdowne and Sagamore in
Amberley Village, then on to Gardner Avenue in Silverton.
Hi, just looking at your website and read the
following entry ""Glenn's Barbershop". It was right next to the
"Deer Park Del" in the same building. My Great Grandmother lived
upstairs in that same building which was owned by her and her
husband, Eliga "Pop" Connelly, who was also involved in Deer Park
Government. " These are actually my relatives so I'd like to know
who wrote this because I don't think I'm related to the Camps! Thank
you! Melody (Dawson) Wilson
You have done a fantastic job on the site! I like that the site
was dedicated to Mr and Mrs Camp. They are truly missed as they
were long time customers at my shop in Silverton.
I do have a question about Deer Park. Do you happen to know the
history of the building that stands at the corner of Blue Ash and
Matson? Its the building that stands with Car Rock Cafe. Over the
top of the building, emgraved in the concrete reads, "The Matson"
I have always wondered what the history of the building was. I
assumed it was a hotel many years ago.
Thanks and keep up the good work!!
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