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Oakwood couple runs Great Wall Marathon

Susan Harris and Kenneth Seidl joined about 1,600 runners from 49 countries in the 2008 “Great Wall Marathon” in the Tianjin Province of China. Ken ran the full marathon, known as one of the most challenging marathon courses in the world, while Susan ran the half marathon. The course included running over thousands of steps, varying in length and size, dirt and gravel roads, and broken, paved streets in rural villages. Ken finished the race in five hours and six minutes, placing 168th out of 578 overall full marathoners. Susan finished her half marathon in three hours and 47 minutes.

Blumensheid receives Citizen Service Award

Members of FOP Lodge 107 present their annual Citizen Service Award to Roger Blumensheid. Pictured at center, Roger was honored for his dedication and hard work while serving on Oakwood City Council.

Blazer earns medical doctorate from Ohio State University

Karen Blazer is extremely proud to announce her daughter Dr. Kimberly Blazer’s graduation from Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on June 8, 2008.

Kimberly will perform her residency in Cleveland, Ohio at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, in affiliation with Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Blazer earned a bachelor of science in microbiology from Ohio State University in 2002 and is a 1998 graduate of Oakwood High School.


‘Small Steps, Big Strides’

Mother Nature sure cooperated as 17 Oakwood City employees laced up their walking shoes and joined in the 4th Annual Healthy Ohioans Walk, Wednesday, May 21, 2008.  The Healthy Ohioans Walk is a state-wide event aimed at getting people up and moving by walking one mile at noon on May 21st.  Healthy Ohio, managed by the Ohio Department of Health, has three overriding goals: health promotion, disease prevention and health equity among all Ohioans. The office’s tagline is ‘’Small Steps, Big Strides,’’ promoting the idea that achieving a healthier lifestyle is within everyone’s reach through a series of small steps.
Last year over 25,000 Ohioans participated in the walk.

Oakwood children perform at World A’Fair

Five Oakwood children from Smith School performed with the South Slavic Children’s Group at the recent World A’Fair. All of the children are members of the South Slavic Club and are in their fourth year of dancing with the Junior Zivio Group. Front Row (L-R): Lyuba, Ben and Caroline, Back Row (L-R): Radka, Maggie and Bette Kelley, director of the children’s dance group.

That Day in May 5 K and 10 K results

Below are the overall winners for the 5K and 10K runs
held during That Day in May on May 17, 2008:

Overall Male Winners

5 K

1st place Jordan Reed, age 14, Fairborn, Ohio, 15:41

2nd place Tom Collier, age 33, Fairborn, Ohio 17:37

3rd place Brandon Townsend, age 13, Springfield, Ohio, 18:39

10 K   

1st place Jacob Enke, age 19, city unknown, 34:07

2nd place Jeff Kuzma, age 36, Beavercreek, Ohio, 34:56

3rd place Jason Newport, age 37, Eaton, Ohio, 35:54

Overall Female Winners

5 K   

1st place Nickie Luse, age 28, Dayton, Ohio, 19:20

2nd place Ashley Cattran, age 19, city unknown, 20:13

3rd Emily Untener, age 19, Kettering, Ohio, 20:58

10 K

1st place Mindy Leisure, age 32, Kettering, Ohio, 39:12

2nd place Kister Erin, age 27, Centerville, Ohio, 40:24

3rd place Carrie Doerr, age 38. Moreland Hills, Ohio, 42:50


See photo gallery for
That Day in May


Essays from the
Oakwood Historical Society

Parrott family key to north Oakwood development

The influence of the Parrott family has to be recognized as very important to the development of some of the most beautiful and hard to describe areas of Oakwood. Two members of the family were pioneer owners of property in west Oakwood. Edward A. Parrott purchased Maysfield, a 24-acre parcel and home in 1867 from Col. James F. Harrison before the country club area was developed, and later sold it to Henry Hatcher who created the plat of Maysfield.

Picture a large “L” as shown on the accompanying drawing. It was acquired by Capt. Henry E. Parrott in two parcels, one from Henry Long  (38.65 acres) in 1883, and one from Michael Garst (39.5 acres) in 1866. The 38. 65 ac. parcel in runs east/west from Far Hills at Park Rd. and encompasses Forrer Rd., to the Hills and Dales border of Oakwood. The 39.5 ac. runs from the intersection of Forrer Rd. and Oakwood Ave. in a northerly direction encompassing Oakwood Ave. to Katherine St. It also includes 5.69 ac. off lot 93 of the original Oakwood Plat. These purchases permitted the creation of Oakwood Ave., which was originally named Forrer Rd. all the way from Park Ave. to Far Hills.

The rambling area through the end moraine with the brick road, has many different styles of houses with beautiful trees, streams, wild flowers, and privacy. Most of the area is described by metes and bounds, meaning that it is not platted into nice neat rows of streets. Many of the original lots were subdivided for additional houses.

The Parrotts created Briar Hill and their personal residence, which was divided for their family, ultimately resulting in the private road we know as Briar Hill Rd. This was created in the will of Henrietta Pierce Parrott in 1922. It includes an 18 foot roadway and provides restrictions and the requirements that the owners of adjacent lots bear 1/5 of the cost of the road. The house burned to the ground in 1969 and houses have been built on the former grounds with an entrance driveway from Oakwood Ave. marked with a distinctive stone post.

At the north end of the strip, there was enough land to establish H. E. Parrott’s Subdivsion in 1897, consisting of 6.68 acres divided into 12 lots, later replatted into 16 lots between Oakwood Ave. and Runnymede Rd. and between Katherine St. and Walnut Lane. This created one block of West Dixon Ave. and later altered it to make the arc towards the end at Runnymede Playhouse.

Walnut Lane, part of the Parrott tract, is one of Oakwood’s private roads, created in 1919 and 1923 by George S. Blanchard in agreement with the owners of five small lots. He included a sketch of his proposed plat which was never recorded and which included access rights to Oakwood Ave, and use of a roadway within the area. He also created restrictions providing that one sixth of the expense of maintaining the common road would be borne by the owners. The Oakwood Ave. frontage was to become the Carlton Smith house and gardens.

The land on both sides of Forrer Rd. and Oakwood Ave. was dedicated to the city and created Houk Stream Park in 1912 by the joint dedication by Elizabeth E.P.T. Houk, John H. Patterson and Henrietta E. Parrott. The families joined in a deed donating 12.43 ac., later added to by Patterson with 1.34 ac at the corner of Ridgeway Rd. The 2.98 ac. part at the corner of Forrer Rd. and Ridgeway Rd. donated by Mrs. Parrott was named Elizabeth Gardens in honor of her mother Elizabeth Forrer. (This park was renamed Friendship Park in honor of Oakwood’s sister cities).

A plat recorded in 1914 renamed Houk Rd. to Runnymede Rd. and Forrer Rd. from the corner of Park Ave. to the intersection of Ridgeway Rd., to Oakwood Ave. It also continued Forrer Rd. from the intersection of Ridgeway Rd. to Far Hills including the condition “that at no time in the future will there be any damage to or interference with the trees then located on the property dedicated, and on the condition that no sidewalk be made at the grade of the present top of the bank, and further that the grade of the bank be in no way changed.”

Adding to the beauty of this area is Loy Gardens Park created in 1929 in the will of Katherine Loy. It is 1.58 ac. extending from Park Rd. to Forrer Rd. and virtually connects to Friendship Park. It is next to the home of Henry and Katherine Loy and is dedicated to his memory.

Ridgeway Rd. wasn’t extended from the Forrer Rd. intersection up the hill to Harman Ave. until 1925 and 1930 when Harry I. Schenck developed the Woodvale Plat. It was made possible by his acquisition of part of lots 92 & 93 of the original plat of Oakwood. He designed the house at 999 Harman Ave. and those on both corners of Ridgeway and Harman Ave. and platted 11 lots along the west side of Ridgeway to south of the Raleigh Rd. intersection.

Ten acres from the east-west tract purchased from Henry Long was later sold to Harry P. Clegg to add to the development of Elizabeth Gardens plat which we know as the Raleigh Rd., Devereux Dr. and Woodstock Dr. area.

H.E. Parrott is remembered as the second Mayor of the Village of Oakwood from 1910 – 1913, and an original signer of the petition for creating the village. His daughter Mary Edward, married Nelson Clunet. The Clunets’ daughter, Henrietta, married Robert Light; their daughter Mary Edward, married E. Rossiter Sawtelle; their daughter, Aimee, married L. Keith Wilson; and their daughter Natalie, married Roy G. Fitzgerald, Jr. These marriages produced graduates of Oakwood High School of the 40’s & 50’s who may be remembered by some of us.

City Notes...

Oakwood Safety Dept. to enforce seat belt laws

The Oakwood Public Safety Department will be participating in the 2008 “CLICK IT OR TICKET” campaign. Officers will be looking for seat belt violations and other traffic offenses during the enforcement period which began May 19th and runs through the June 1st.

The primary emphasis this year will be along Shroyer Road. The department has seen an increase in accidents and moving violations along Shroyer in 2008.

In 2007, more than 870 police agencies from across the state contributed to one of the largest seat belt enforcement efforts in Ohio’s history. The campaign and awareness resulted in a statewide seat belt usage rate of 82 percent, the highest rate ever achieved in Ohio. The goal for 2008 is 85 percent compliance.

Seat belts have been proven time and again to save lives and prevent injuries when properly worn by motorists. Please join the Oakwood Public Safety Department and other Ohio law enforcement agencies and Buckle Up!

Captain Randy Baldridge
Public Information Officer
Office 296-5141
Cell 608-1596

Meeting on dog park May 27

There will be an informational meeting regarding the consideration of constructing a dog park at Creager Field.  This informal discussion will be held at the Oakwood Community Center on Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the lower level Teen Center.  In reviewing potential sites for a dog park, city officials identified Creager Field as the most appropriate location.  

The city has completed a preliminary analysis of the area and is eager to further explore opportunities and to obtain citizen comments and opinions.  All citizens are invited and encouraged to attend Tuesday’s meeting.  If you are unable to attend but wish to comment, please contact Leisure Services Director, Carol Collins at 298-0775 or collins@oakwood.

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