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Well known watercolor artist, Mr. Franklin C. Graff, plays a large role in the history of Medina. Graff has painted multiple paintings of Medina’s beauty that it holds, including landmarks like the town’s Gazebo. His paintings are known for…

Ever since the beginning Medina Square has been a beautiful upcoming attraction, full of new stores and new faces. JP Miller, an experienced merchant for over 45 years had been the oldest known merchant in the community. His store, JP Miller Dry…

Imagine a small-town agricultural village transforming into an economically independent city, such was Medina in the 1900s. So how did Medina become the city it is today? By 1890, Medina County communities were well served by a network of 5 steam…

On a typical day in Medina, Ohio in 1812, a plethora of town sheep graze along the gently sloped hills. The people of Medina take their daily strolls through Medina square to purchase yarn, dry goods and share the town’s gossip. Conversation…

Subjects: Expansionism

In 1959, Ella Canavan Elementary had been erected and named after the first kindergarten teacher of Medina County, and had been built with the hopes of new opportunities for the small town. According to the Census Bureau, in 1960 Medina had a huge…

During the late 1700's our first president of the United States, George Washington was serving his final terms. Also at this time, George signed the Treaty of Greenville, this ended the Northwest Indian War in the Ohio Country and limited strategic…

It is the late 1700s, and Native American tribes are still very much present in the midwest. The British are also still unhappy with America’s status as an independant nation and in the War of 1812 they will challenge that status once again. And…

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Subjects: Expansionism

In the early 1800's Medina looked vastly different than it does today. One glaring difference is the square. Today, 210 South Broadway Street is home to Medina's beautiful public library. But in the 1800's, it was home to something very different. A…

Beginning in the mid nineteenth century, William L. Terrill became the proprietor of the American House not to be confused with the American Hotel, another admirable hotel in Medina. This later became an apartment for much of the twentieth century…

In the time period of the 1880's, the United States was beginning to take off to greater heights. Immigrants, whose home countries state of government were gaining more power for themselves, began to travel into the United States in order to chase…

Subjects: Expansionism

Reagan Parkway was originally bought by the city of Medina as an expansion of the landfill, but Bill Dunn, head of Parks and Recreation, saw the land's potential. After buying the land from Dr.Reagan for $500 per acre, Dunn began to administer…

Fred Greenwood Park is a city park south of Medina. The land in South Point Meadows, former farmland, was purchased for utilization as park land. The park was built in 1985 named after Fred Greenwood in recognition of his many contributions to the…

The Cuyahoga River fire in 1969 sent a wake-up call to the population around Cleveland to start looking out for their environment. Medina's mayor at the time, Bill Lamb (1982-1990), advocated a bill which would beautify Medina over the next decade.…

During the 1990's decade, Medina County was one of the top 5 fastest growing counties in the state of Ohio. The charming city of Medina, located right in the center of the county, was attracting people for its excellent schools, historical character,…

Why do we name parks after the people who inspire us? So we never forget the legacy they led. This particular park is named after Sam Masi, a football coach in Medina who also served as the first Medina City Recreation Commission Chairman. The bill…

The late 1900s, released children from the work world with labor reforms and social reforms in the United States and around the world . Richard Clevidence being one of these children, experienced these days of early school years similar to many…

Subjects: Enrichment

Sherry Gifford Martin, a graduate from Medina High School in 1983, after Title IX was passed, was always at the top as an athlete of the Bees. With the passage of Title IX she had opportunities in sports which others before her did not have. She…

For Norman Birbeck of Brunswick High School, the strike on Pearl Harbor in 1941 put him into a state of Patriotism to fight for the land he loves, and help those who couldn’t help themselves. However, enlisting right away did not seem very…

Subjects: World War II

December 7 1941, the American naval fleet was attacked by Japanese air bombers and that would begin the United States involvement in the Second World War. The Nation started to mobilize for war at a time when the economy needed it. Ralph E. Waite of…

Subjects: WWII

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