As people stroll on a warm summer night through Medina Square enjoying the sounds of the summer music programs or cooling down with a yogurt, many are intrigued by the simple white wood building located at 56 Public Square. This building which sits…

"No single event in the war has brought the terrible realities of the struggle so closely to home to the people of Medina or stirred their feelings to such depth. The young man is spoken of everywhere as possessing an admirable character and his…

Thomas “Pete” Rademacher was a strong and intelligent teenager who spent a portion of his adolescent years at the Castle Heights Military School in Tennesee. During this time, Pete caught rheumatic fever which greatly weakened him. As a form of…

Julius Kerekes was one of eleven million drafted during the duration of World War two. Once drafted, he boarded a train to Cleveland along with many of his friends and neighbors. Although the concept of war is often seen as horrific and…

Buzzing with life and pride, the Medina Square symbolizes political history, captures social community, and contains a key location for business and bargain. The brick building we know today to be Lemonberry can be found in the 1920’s as a shoe…

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…

The original source of income for Medina County helped boost the economy of the county due to the Ohio & Erie Canal going through the county. Immigrants started to come to medina for economic opportunities on the canal, or land to live in and…

Many people look for hope in their darkest hour, First Baptist Church (FBC) has served as a light in the darkness for the people of Medina. It has given the people of the United States of America hope throughout all of its trials from the…

As a kid, John will always remember the memories of the fair. His grandparents loved telling him stories of the farmers grouping in the Town Square during the 1830s to share tips and compare their crops. They used to tell him how you could smell the…

The Gulf War began in 1990 in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, becoming a concern because they are a major oil supplier to the United States. The invasion also posed a threat of taking over the neighboring nation of Saudi Arabia, another…

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…

Martin Bates and his wife Anna, also known as the Seville Giants, moved to Seville, Ohio in 1873 around the time of the revolt of the common man. Mr. Bates was born a normal sized baby, but around the age of six or seven he was over six foot and 300…

As the economic hub for rural Medina, farmers bought and sold their tools of trade. In 1904, horsepower drove the farmer’s production; making the trip to the county center at the Farmer’s Exchange involve a day’s planning and a day’s travel.…

Peter Cherry was dedicated to recording historical events. His passion for writing and recording led him to publish books, magazines, and articles in an attempt to create an increased interest in history. Although most of his writing focused on…

Following the Civil War, Medina was called to help soldiers and their families who were in need of assistance. Times were hard for soldiers coming back from the war and it was their need that led to the establishment of county buildings in 14…

The land that makes up America today was once a very empty place, when the homes and other facilities did not exist. When Medina county was developed in 1818, the township was a clear example of this bareness. Prominent Medina resident Roscoe Ewing…

During the 1900s, Medina was a small farm town where the only town center and shopping place was the Medina square. Throughout this time Medina grew and became an industrialized town with railroads and cars. After World War II, Medina was booming…

The Medina square symbolizes a bustling small town that epitomizes americana. Strolling down the street in front of businesses are wives, mothers and women shopping for the week. Kids are running through the centrally located park and bells ring…

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…

In the midst of expansionism, many living in the East packed up and headed West. Crowded cities lacked jobs and even decent places to live. In search of land, many relocated to the rural West that was Ohio. In the early 1860s, Hiram Mace Worden and…

When the train reached Medina’s familiar public square in 1897, people young and old gathered with anticipation as it brought friends, family, goods, and the creamery car. The excitement buzzed in the air as everyone heard the friendly whistle as…

117 West Liberty Street, has progressively changed since the beginning of the 20th century when it was first built, currently it is an Irish pub called Sully’s. Sully’s is a well-known restaurant in Medina County and can be found in the midst of…

St. Francis Xavier Parish has been a staple to the ever growing Catholic community in the small town of Medina, Ohio. It was founded in 1860 with the Saint Francis Xavier Mission, named after the famous missionary. The first congregation was set up…

Within the walls of many buildings in Medina, there are stories of people, families, and businesses. Some harbor more than others but one thing's for sure, as the residents of Medina built from the ground up in the late 1700s, the history started to…

Howard E. Claggett had been born on November 27th, 1898, in Newton Ohio. He moved to Medina in 1928, ten years after his discharge from World War One. Mr. Claggett had been a math and science teacher and an assistant principal before his job as…

A young, 21 year old woman found dead, on a road, the day before her wedding. Four and a half months pregnant, and last seen entering a mysterious buggy after missing a train to her grandparents’ house . Ora Lee’s story, one of love and murder,…

Ever since its creation in 1883, the Spring Grove Cemetery has been a very important part of Medina County. It actually holds quite an interesting origin story. Cemeteries are burial grounds that provide a means to honor and respect people after…

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…

A warm summer day, there are festivities all along the Square, people are joyfully shouting to one another, children are playing and there is a nice breeze. A bandana flows lazily from a pole stuck in a beech tree stump-Medina's first American flag.…

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…

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 war between the Confederacy (the pro-slavery South), and the Union (the anti-slavery North) would decide the structure of our national government, and whether a nation built on liberty and equal rights could remain the largest slaveholding…

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…

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…