Ormandy's Train & Toy

MEDINA COUNTY has attracted thousands of people since its founding in 1818. Yet, many of them have yet to discover its rich history, a history that centralizes on a location passed by many people every day, the Public Square. Although the square has caught fire twice since the 19th century, it has steadily risen to model its rural beginnings. Public Square would touch its roots again in the 1960s, through a restoration process that preserved and uncovered quaint Victorian buildings. By the late 1980s Medina's population was booming, and its economy was excelling like never before. Even though the face has remained the same, the culture of the city has greatly changed. The Public Square may have been central to the city, but much of the business traveled north to many new shopping center complexes and fast growing food chains. The Public Square has remained stagnant since then, home to specialty stores and providing products that are not easily found in chain businesses. However, beyond these stores, the Square still serves as "the symbolic heart of the community."

One of these such buildings stands as a reflection of the decades from the 1940s to the present. From Medina's time as a small farm town to its present population of more than 150,000, the addresses of 7,8, and 10 Public Square are comprised into one store front that's history is as dynamic as the county it stands in. The building is defined into three distinct stages that accurately reflect the changing culture of Medina County:

Image Courtesy of: Medina Historical Society

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Miller Jones Company

Miller Jones Company

The first well-known store of the 7-10 location was the Miller Jones Company, which sold a common necessity of the time; shoes. Such an item was not near the mass production of today's standards, especially in a rural county such as Medina. An item from a store such as Miller Jones prided itself on quality and a quantity able to satisfy such a small population. By 1948 Fisher Lloyd Grocery moved into the location as well the Mummaw Clinic. Each business was vital. Not only providing food, the upper level of the building held a renowned drugless therapy doctor, Glenn H. Mummaw. Fisher Lloyd grocery, though, was soon to be replaced by Rodger's Market, and Mummaw is speculated to have entered retirement, as by 1956 Ellsworth and Millie Hartman would use the upper portion of the building (address 7 or 8 ') as an apartment. Although Rodger's Market left fairly quickly, by 1960, Canfield's Food Center would illustrate the importance of a corner-store grocer. Image Courtesy of Main Street Medina View File Details Page

Vaughn L. Hartman: 8 '� Public Square

Vaughn L. Hartman: 8 ' Public Square

DR. VAUGHN LIONEL HARTMAN was born in Medina County on January 24th 1902, where he lived with his parent Ellsworth P. Hartman and Mildred "Mille" M. Orton. In 1936 he was appointed the County Commissioner of Health and by 1952 his parents lived in the apartment above 8-10 Public Square. One of the most prominent figures to reside at 7-10 Public Square, Hartman moved in after his parents and stayed for 20 years. The Hartman family owned the complex, and his time there was documented by the Medina County Gazette. Hartman raised a family and lived in Medina for the rest of his life, until dying in 1991 at age the age of 89. His dedication to the fabric of the building, and his aid to his fellow citizens was vital to preserving a history of 7-10 Public Square. Image from Medina County Gazette 1965-03-26 View File Details Page

Canfield's Food Center

Canfield's Food Center

OUTSIDE of Public Square Medina County, there were few branches of homes and stores. The hustle of cars portrayed in the city in the 40s to 60s didn't go far, as almost all of the county was still left to farmers. It displayed a friendly image, and explains why some referred to Medina as "pleasantville," a small hometown with home values. At this time, there were several grocers on the square, and each held a few special items, but the community was tight-knit. A store owner such as Fisher would know his customer's names, and they would in turn have the same gratitude. This image particularly applies to Canfield's, which stood as the longest running grocer on 7-10 Public Square. The largest competition to these corner store grocers of the square were the quickly developing supermarkets. People crowded to such locations, which held a myriad of items, and in greater quantities. One such supermarket reaching Medina in 1965 and expanding further in 1968 was Buehler's food market. In 1969, it comes as no surprise, that Canfield's would close, and soon after other grocers would too. From Cannon to Revco, stores that had family histories, closed down or moved North with the rising economy. Image Courtesy of Medina County Gazette 1965-03-26 View File Details Page

Martin's

Martin's

The culture of these stores seen today, generated from the installation of a store like Alberts, geared towards pleasing the average Medinian. As the owner of Alberts, Martin Dirk said, "I think we will carry the conservative look." By appealing to the Medina culture of a clean-cut traditional family, Martin Dirk, having ownership of the building would last the longest during this time frame and eventually change his store to Martin's. AFTER Martin's closed, however, no businesses succeeded or sustained for roughly a decade. For 30 years both bottom addresses (8 and 10) had contained one store, yet through 1983 to the 2000s, no shop owner expanded or afforded to rent both sides of the building. A number of these stores included Dunscore Gallery, Country Junction, and House Ranch Western Wear. After Dunscore Gallery at address 8, though, that portion of the building would stay vacant for 5 years. The competition proved too harsh for so many specialty stores, but Medina continued to grow and so did the shops at the North Court plazas. Image Courtesy of unknown View File Details Page

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Alex Raz, Kristen Caccavale, Christa Rose & Jake Ulmer
, “Ormandy's Train & Toy,” Discover Medina, accessed April 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/6.

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