Leadership

Peruse a wide variety of people who participated in the rich history of Medina.

Harrison Gray Blake

Many communities have had someone who was influential. Harrison Gray Blake was one of those influential figures who help shape the growing town of Medina. After surviving a terrible blizzard as a baby, he became the voice of Medina through his…

Cora Munson House

Cora Munson lived a life characterized by will power, charm, and a little mystery. Her family history started with Lyman Munson Sr., Cora's grand father, and his decision to make the 700 mile trek to Ohio. He came with only 25 cents in his…

Albert Munson House

When you're walking around the neighborhood west of the square, it is easy to imagine how the houses used to look a long time ago. They are older homes, but the yards and sidewalks are well-kept. Among the unique houses in the area, one in…

A.I. Root's Origins

During a warm spring day in Medina a swarm of bees covered the county. A man walked into a jewelry store on the Medina Public Square and was bet by the young owner of the business a dollar that he couldn't catch the bees. The man took the bet…

Dave Weber

In the light of President Nixon's decision to send American troops to Cambodia in 1970, Kent State ignited student- led protests that lasted for days. What started as a peaceful rally in the commons eventually turned into a violent protest with…

Freda Snyder

Freda Snyder was born in the late 1800’s when Medina was still a town for farming. Freda lived on the family farm in Lodi. Freda, along with her husband, Fred, ran the farmers exchange in Medina together. Freda was responsible for gathering people…

Ella Canavan

On October 9th, 1960, the citizens of Medina gathered in celebration of the beloved Miss Ella Canavan, and the brand new school building that was about to be named after her. She already received a congratulatory letter from President Eisenhower in…

Lathrop Cooley Fountain

The drinking fountain on the town square in Medina, Ohio is more than just a momento to a bygone era, but a long lasting reminder of an everlasting movement. It bears the name of one Reverend Lathrop Cooley, preacher in Cleveland and summer resident…

Letha House

Born in Ontario, Canada, abandoned by her parents, and somehow managing to arrive in Medina, Ohio, Letha E. Brewster was a philanthropic woman of mystery. She was adopted by George and Fannie Morse, and assumed their last name at a young age. She…

Mrs. Herman Canfield

The Civil War was the war that truly tarnished the glamour and desire to go to war. For a little more than four years, the United States of America was wrapped up in a brutal fight for slavery and state's rights. Even though the war ended in…

Lorenzo Vanderhouf - Civil War Hero

The Civil War, the most vicious war fought on American soil, devastated our country, and brought new freedoms that united the nation stronger than ever. Many people all over the states were drafted and fought for the Union. Lorenzo Vanderhoef…