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The CHS Memorial Walkway Project was conceived as a way to honor Coleraine Historical Society Members who have passed; but who, during their lifetime, worked to preserve Township History for future generations.
Inscribed memorial bricks will be placed in a pathway from the Toll House to the Dunlap Station Outline in Heritage Park. After all, Dunlap Station is where our story began.
Currently, the Society will purchase a Brick to remember a CHS member who passes while active in the Society. But many before have made significant contributions since the Society was founded in 1964, to preserving Township History.
If you would like to purchase a brick or contribute so that we may honor those who have passed, please:
mail check to CHS at P.O. Box 53726; Cincinnati, OH 45253
OR email for PayPal invoice email@example.com
New Bricks to be added to Walkway each May
The Memorial Brick Walkway had the first 50 Bricks installed
on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
THANKS to the labor provided by Larry Shad, Raj Rajagopal,
Gary Henson and Chris Henson.
And a SPECIAL THANKS to Betty Sandoz for Water, Chick-fil-A lunch and Cookies.
Memorial Walkway Dedication
Dedication held October 29, 2020
Founded in 1964, the Coleraine Historical Society’s mission is to help people connect with Colerain Township's past in order to understand the present and create a better future.
Over the past 54 years, Society members have worked tirelessly to acquire and preserve historical knowledge, materials and artifacts of Colerain Township, OH. They have helped people research family history, preserved Township cemeteries, rescued abandoned historic buildings, and restored objects of historic interest such as the Giles-Richards Watering Trough.
The Memorial Walkway Project was conceived as a way to honor Coleraine Historical Society Members who have passed; but who, during their lifetime, worked to preserve Township History for future generations.
Inscribed memorial bricks will be placed in a pathway from the Toll House to the Dunlap Station Outline in Heritage Park. After all, Dunlap Station is where our story began.
Current plans are for the Society to purchase a Brick to honor a Society member who passes while active in the Society. But many more CHS members, who are no longer with us, have served the community and made significant contributions to preserving Colerain Township History. Through future fundraising efforts and donations, we hope to honor their memory.
Installation of first 50 Bricks was completed Saturday, October 17. Today, October 29, 2020, we are officially dedicating the Memorial Brick Walkway at Heritage Park.
2004 RUTH WELLS
Passed away March 2, 2004 at the age of 96. There just is not enough time at this Dedication to list her accomplishments or the impact she had on Colerain Township and College Hill History preservation.
Ruth Wells was Founder and first President of The Coleraine Historical Society.
For Colerain Townships Bicentennial in 1986 she wrote “Colerain Township Revisited 1774-1794”
2011 JULIA ROSE HIRSCH
Passed away in 2011. She was a member for many years of CHS. Julia’s son Denny is a current member of CHS.
2012 RON BURGESS
Passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the age of 83. 2 of the many positions held by Ron were: Trustee 2006-2009 and Recording Secretary 2010-2012
Ron generously donated $10,000 to CHS which helped to create and sustain our Museum.
2013 RALPH SANDOZ
Passed away November 29, 2013 at the age of 93.
Ralph was a Colerain Township Trustee 1990 to 1994.
He was an active member of CHS for many years. Ralph’s wife Betty continues his legacy of preserving history and actively supporting CHS.
2019 JOSEPH MINGES
Passed away on August 8, 2019 age 87
2019 IZOLA WHITE
Passed away in 2019. While she wasn’t a member for long, her impact still remains. Izola taught the CHS members PowerPoint…meetings and programs look very different thanks to Izola White.
2020 MARIAN COATS
Passed away July 7, 2020 at the age of 67, one day shy of her 68th birthday.
Marian loved local history and worked tirelessly for many years with CHS as both an officer and committee member. Highlighting just a positions include:
President 1996-1999 Recording Secretary 2002-2004
Trustee 2004-2006 Corresponding Secretary 2009-2013
2020 EARL CORSON
Passed away on August 27, 2020 at the age of 83. Earl was a walking encyclopedia of history. He served for many years as President of Crosby Township Historical Society. And in 2018 Earl and Larry Shad had an adventure driving the 557 mile Ohio John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail.
2020 DAVID SHEA
Passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at the age of 83. A quiet presence and great smile. David was one of those people happy supporting others. No task was too small. David was one of the first people at any meeting or event and was always one of the last to leave.
Today, May 22, 2021
we are placing 24 new
bricks in the pathway.
First, we recognize
7 of the 10 Founders:
1980 MARTIN FREY
One of the Founders of CHS, MARTIN FREY passed away in 1980 at the age of 79. A lifelong resident of Groesbeck, FREY was owner and operator of Martin Frey Contractors.
1988 GEORGE COON
One of the Founders of CHS, Passed away in 1988. He was a member for many years of CHS.
1993 RUTH MOORE-WEDIG
One of the Founders of CHS, Passed away in 1993 at the age of 84. Ruth was married Edward Wedig after her first husband, CHS Member WILLARD F. MOORE passed in 1979. In addition to CHS, Ruth was a member of Daughters of American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, Daughters of American Colonies, and Colonial Dames and Huguenots Society.
1995 EVERETT WELCH
One of the Founders of CHS, Passed away in 1995 at the age of 93.
2001 LLOYD BECKER
One of the Founders of CHS, Passed away in 2001 at the age of 85.
2004 PETER KRAUSHAR
One of the Founders of CHS, JOSEPH PETER KRAUSHAR passed away in 2004 in Tucson, AZ at the age of 88. Born in Cincinnati in 1915, he served in the Army during WWII. Less than a year after founding CHS, Peter and his wife moved to the Arizona desert due to Peter’s lung condition. One of Peter’s claims of fame, was that he had visited every continent except Antarctica.
2007 KATHRYN WURTZ
One of the Founders of CHS, passed away in 2007 at the age of 84.
14 Other Members, we are recognizing today are:
1979 WILLARD FOX MOORE
Passed away in 1979 at the age of 82. He was a retired engineer from Powell Valve Company. He served in Marine Corps during WWI. In addition to being a member of CHS and the Cincinnati Historical Society Moore was a member of the Sons of American Revolution, Sons of the Union Veterans of Civil War, Hugenot Society of Ohio and American Legion. Moore left behind, 1 son CHS Member Willard Austin Moore and 4 daughters; 20 grandchildren (including 2021 Pageant Editor Tere Moore) and 8 great-grandchildren.
1995 WILLARD AUSTIN MOORE
Passed away in 1995. Father of 2021 Pageant Editor Tere Moore
1993 ROSELLA HERRMANN
Passed away in 1993 at the age
2008 BAILEY ROGERS
Passed away in 2008 at the age of 61. An avid genealogist, Bailey could trace his family tree back to Charlemagne. With fellow CHS Member Linda Ebersole,
2009 MICHAEL MOHR
Passed away in 2009 at the age of 79. After retiring from Cincinnati Water Works, Mike became a Practical Nurse. He was an Air Force veteran of Korea and served as a Red Cross volunteer for over 20 years. From 1992 to 2008, he was President of CHS.
2011 JOAN HUGHES
JOAN (POPPE) HUGHES passed away in 2011 at the age of 88. Mother of 4, grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 34.
2013 MARIAN TRADER
Passed away in 2013 at the age of 89. Marian was a Life Member of the Girl Scouts, and member of the Eastern Star. A devoted Reds fan, Marian also enjoyed square dancing with the Hayloft Barn-Grand Squares Club. Marian’s daughter JoAnn (Trader) Bertram currently serves as CHS Vice President (2021).
2013 CLARE WEINSHENKER
ELODIE CLARE WEINSHENKER passed away in 2013 at the age of 83. Born in Hamilton, Bermuda, Clare graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She led a life of service to her family, friends and community and worked at many volunteer organizations.
2013 ROBERT MUEHLENHARD
Passed away in 2013 at the age of 97. Norm and his wife Louise were married for 72 years. He retired from Procter and Gamble. Bob was brother to CHS Members Norman Muehlenhard and Florence Goetz.
2014 MARK WILLOUGHBY
DONALD MARK WILLOUGHBY passed away in 2014 at the age of 54. Mark served as CHS Fundraising Trustee for 2 years 2013-2014. Mark was a CHS Member for a short time but left a great void. He created the CHS Facebook page with the popular “What’s It Wednesday” picture contest. With his brother-in-law Rob Sizemore, Mark fulfilled a lifelong quest to find the remains of the sunken Civil War ship, The Sultana. His find lead to a PBS special, which aired shortly before his death.
2015 NORMAN MUEHLENHARD
Passed away in 2015 at the age of 96. Norm and his wife Eileen were married for 70 years. He was a WWII veteran who served in the US Army. He retired from Procter and Gamble. A lifelong resident of Colerain Township, Norm was active in politics and served as a Township Trustee from 1959 through 1977. Norm was brother to CHS Members Robert Muehlenhard and Florence Goetz.
2021 JOHN EBERSOLE
A casualty of the COVID pandemic, John passed away on January 19, 2021 at the age of 70. He enjoyed activities such as square dancing, carpentry and was a jack of all trades. John and Linda were married for 47 years.
2021 LINDA EBERSOLE
On March 25, 2021 LINDA RUEDENAUER EBERSOLE passed just 65 days after she lost her husband John to COVID-19. She and John were married for 47 years.
She loved genealogy, square dancing, clogging, crocheting, playing cards and reading.
And just recently, we lost our eldest member,
2021 FLORENCE MUEHLENHARD GOETZ
Florence Muehlenhard Goetz passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at the age of 97. Florence had been a member of the Coleraine Historical Society since she and her husband Herbert joined in 1985. Herbert Goetz passed away in 2003.
Florence was born in Colerain Township and lived here until recently. Her parents were William and Ida Zoellner Muehlenhard. She lived with her sister, Esther, and brothers Herbert, Robert, Norman and William on the family farm. Three generations of the Muehlenhard family lived on and worked the farm from 1885 till 1954 when the property on Pippin Road was sold and became the subdivision Northbrook.
The land was part of the Symmes Purchase. In 1792, the land was purchased by John Symmes from the U.S. Government. In 1862, the farm was purchased by Joseph Stout, Jr. The Stout family name is familiar in Colerain Township history. Herman Muehlenhard bought the property from the Stout family in 1885, and from 1910-1922 leased it to his son, William H. Muehlenhard. William bought it in 1922 and sold it in 1954.
Florence and her family have a wonderful history from their ancestors to pass on. Along with Florence and Herbert, two of her brothers, Robert, William and Norman, were also members of the Coleraine Historical Society. Herb served as Secretary from 1988-1995. Both Herb and Florence volunteered for many committees and worked on society activities as well. In addition, Florence participated on the 1994 Bicentennial Committee.
Florence was a stay-at-home mom to her daughters, Connie, Debbie, Cindy and Beverly.
She was a dedicated volunteer over the years. She served as a room mother and was active in PTA, along with Herb. She was a Camp Fire Girl leader and taught Sunday School when her children were small. Herb and Florence also directed Church family camps. Florence was a volunteer at Providence Hospital and just recently retired from her volunteer work at the YMCA. She worked on a project for Matthew 25 by cutting plastic bags that are made into sleeping mats for people in depressed areas of the world.
And, of course, her volunteer spirit was much appreciated by the Coleraine Historical Society.
She had a quiet manner about her; but she could be depended upon to show up and roll up her sleeves. We will miss that smile…
May 7, 2022
Placed 14 new
bricks in the pathway.
2021 LES BURDETT
Passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the age of 74. Resident of Dunlap.
Beloved husband of CHS Life Member Mary (nee Maner) Burdett for 54 years.
Devoted father of Michelle L. Burdett and CHS Member Thomas E. Burdett.
Les was active in and a member of Friendship Baptist Church for 54 years, Mt. Healthy Chapter Izaak Walton League of America for 49 years, lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Boy Scouts for 41 years, Troop and Crew 644, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, Coleraine Historical Society, Colerain Twp. and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was employed at Emery Industries for over 30 years, a Colerain High School graduate of 1965 and also a Navy Veteran serving on the USS Kittyhawk during the Vietnam War.
2012-2014 CHS Trustee - Publicity
2021 DON BERNHARDT
Don passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021. Age 92. He was married to Garnet M. Hoberg. Don was father to 4 daughters: Jenni Bernhardt Moody, Gayla Bernhardt Epure, Denise Bernhardt Davis and Darla Bernhardt. At time of his death he was Grandfather of 5 and great grandfather of 8.
2014 ROBERT FINLEY
Robert J. Finley passed away on November 5, 2014 at the age of 84. He was married to Mary Heidel and had 5 children: Bill Finley, Debbie Finley Zeisler, Patty Finley Brownfield, Connie Finley Burns and Peggy Finley Boudreaux. At time of his death he was Grandfather of 12 and great grandfather of 9
2013 HARRY HARWOOD GARRISON
Harry Harwood Garrison passed away on September 19, 2013 at the age of 77. Harry was father of Marshall Harwood Garrison and son of the late James Harwood Garrison and Dahlia B. (nee Johnson) Garrison.
Excerpt from his obituary reads: Harry was the sole proprietor of the Player Piano Shop, enthusiast & restorer of all variety of
automated musical instruments, life-time entertainer performing magic acts & smoke-ring blowing, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Featured in local television &
national media, selected one of Cincy Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2010.
Raconteur, gourmand, fine-arts supporter & lover of music, particularly traditional & Dixieland jazz, boogie-woogie piano, blues, bluegrass, & opera. Historian of Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Westwood, & Colerain Township; craftsman, traveler, latter-day renaissance man, noted by many friends & colleagues for having a remarkable memory & his ability to recall detail. An unforgettable character, he will be sorely missed.
2013 PEGGY LOHSTROH
Margaret A. Roettger Lohstroh “Peggy” passed away on June 2, 2013 at the age of 76. She had been married to her husband Ed for 55 years. Mother to 4 children: Michael Lohstroh, Karen Lohstroh Stevens, Steven Lohstroh and Melissa Lohstroh Swingle. At time of her death, she was Grandmother to 9 and great grandmother of 1.
2007-2009 Refreshment Chair
2008 CAROL HASKAMP
Carol Schrantz Haskamp passed away January 15, 2008 at the age of 54. She was married to CHS Member Dennis Haskamp for 36 years.
Mother to 5 children: Denise Haskamp Chavarria, Patricia Haskamp Haller, Timothy Haskamp, Julie Haskamp McCane, and Kristi Haskamp Ruehl. At the time of her death, Carol was grandmother to 13.Carol was a descendant of one of the first families to settle Hamilton County, a Daughter of the American Revolution, and Girl Scout Leader.
2003-2006 CHS Trustee – Documents & Pageant
2007 GREG SNYDER
Gregory L. Snyder passed away on August 3, 2007 at the age of 56. He was married to Linda Gebing and had 4 children: Jeffrey Snyder, Douglas Ruhe, Nicole Simpson and Andrew Ruhe. He was son of the late Colerain Fire Chief Corky Snyder and wife Lillian.
CHS President 1990-1993
If you walk on the Heritage Park walking path you have probably seen the Memorial dedicated to Greg Snyder:
Throughout Greg Snyder's long career with Colerain Township, he has taken great pride in preserving our history and serving our great community. From his days as a firefighter through his tenure as Director of Parks & Services and Special Events Coordinator, he has been a man who brings compassion, laughter, and fun to our residents and to those he knows and loves. His dream of a community where people can play, relax, gather, and learn has become a reality. With heartfelt thanks for his service to Colerain Township, we dedicate this site to Greg Snyder.
Greg's Connection to the “Abner Hunt Tree”
It has been said over the years that Abner Hunt was buried in the Dunlap's Station Cemetery. A tree stood in Dunlap Station Cemetery for over 200 years before it was struck by lightning in 1997.
Since Abner Hunt had no permanent marker, could this have been the spot where Abner Hunt was buried?
In 1997, Greg Snyder, then Colerain Township Parks Director, saved a limb from the tree and gave it to Fred Gaviglia. Fred gave the limb to I.H. Bolinger a master wood carver. Mr. Bolinger made a gavel out of the limb by hand. He carved it, polished it and varnished it. Then presented it to the Coleraine Historical Society.
2006 ANNE SPRINGER
Anna Marie Beach Springer passed away on August 1, 2006 at the age of 74. In 1951, she married Charles Louis Springer. Anne & Charles had 3 children: Craig A. Springer, Louis E. Springer, and Joyce A. Springer Bush. At the time of her death, she had 7 grandchildren. They lived on Royal Glen Drive.
CHS President 1994-1996
2005 JOHN O’NEIL
John Thomas O’Neil passed away on October 6, 2005 at the age of 88. At time of his death, his obituary listed 9 nieces & nephews, 4 great nieces, 1 great nephew and 4 great-great nephews. A lifelong resident of College Hill, his home (located at 1502 Astor Place) was put on National Historic Registry as part of the Underground Railroad.
John retired from the Cincinnati Police Force and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Queen City Lodge #69. He was a member of Montgomery Masonic Lodge #94, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, Acacia Chapter #195 and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.
CHS President 1985-1989 CHS Vice President 2003-2004
2004 EDWARD GRAD
Dr. Edward A. Grad Jr. passed away on May 17, 2004 at the age of 72. He was married to Page Grad. He had 2 daughters: Denise Grad Tecchio and Michele Grad. At time of his death, he had 2 grandchildren: Nicolai and Anastasia Tecchio.
2003- 2005 CHS Trustee
2003 HERB GOETZ
Herbert W. Goetz passed away on February 14, 2003 at the age of 76. He was married to Florence (Muehlenhard) Goetz who passed away in 2021 at the age of 97. Herb and his wife Florence joined the Coleraine Historical Society in 1985. He was a father of 4: Connie Goetz Miller, Debbie Goetz Poynter, Cindy Goetz Helton, and Beverly Goetz Marts. At time of his death, he had 2 grandchildren.
Retired from Cincinnati Incorporated and received the National Safety Council Distinguished Service to Safety Award. Former member of Northwest Local School Board.
1986 ANN WEIGEL
Anna S. Weigel passed away on January 7, 1986 at the age of 89.
Ann never married. Her parents were George and Minnie Weigel. She had 4 siblings: Dorothy, Carl, Edwin and Robert.
Ann Weigel taught in the Northwest district for 45 years, before retiring in 1960. Ann began her teaching career in the 2 room Round Top School located on Round Top Road and Colerain Ave. (in 2022, the current location of Colerain Bowl) She later transferred to Barnesburg School; then in 1924 started a 35 year tenure at Colerain Elementary School. In 1959-1960, the last year before retiring, Ann taught at Struble Elementary. After she retired, she continued as a substitute teacher.
Ann Weigel Elementary School was built in 1965 and was named in honor of Ann Weigel, a teacher who taught in the district for 46 years. Her family was a friend of the property owners that the school sits upon. The property owner was Philip Seibert. After selling the property to the district, Mr. Seibert lived on a small patch of land. He watched the school being built and looked forward to the students’ arrival that first year. Unfortunately, Mr. Seibert fell ill and died the day before school was to begin.
1978 CLARENCE RITTENHOUSE CHS President 1972-1974
Clarence John Rittenhouse passed away in 1978 at the age of 75.
He was born July 19, 1902 to parents William Clark Rittenhouse (born in Nov 1865) and Katherine “Kate” Rittenhouse (born in Feb 1865). Clarence had 3 siblings: Clifford Richard Rittenhouse and 2 others. In 1930 at age 28 he married Violet Clarice Decker (1900-1981).
1973 JAMES HARWOOD GARRISON
James Harwood Garrison, called “Harwood” passed away on December 28, 1973 at the age of 76. His parents were Harry Harwood Garrison (1866-1935) and Ellen Hardin Poole (1865-1953). In 1934, he married Dahlia Berlyne Johnson (1906-1993) and had 3 children: Harry Harwood Garrison, Nancy Garrison Manolis and Lois Garrison Young.
He graduated from Hughes High School, received an Engineering Degree from the University of Cincinnati, and then went on to the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Harwood retired from Procter and Gamble after 27 years. For 25 years, he was a member of the Board of the Methodist Home for the Aged and served as Board President. For 25 years he served on the Board of Christ Hospital and from 1937-1945 he was Treasurer of the Hospital.
The Garrison Family roots stretch back to 1818. Harwood’s grandfather,
Isaac Garrison was one of the original settlers of Cheviot.
In 1842, the family voluntarily changed their home site and donated property for the erection of Westwood Methodist Church.