Happy 100th Birthday Deer Park! We are direct
descendents of Samuel Pierson and Rebecca DeMint. We just
wanted to let you know her name is Rebecca DeMint Pierson not
Rachel Dumont Pierson. Brothers Samuel and Matthias
Pierson originally purchased the 640 acres from John Cleves
Symmes for 640 Continental dollars. The two brothers
fought with distinction in the Revolutionary War.
They traveled from New Jersey and flat boated down the Ohio
River. Samuel and Matthias married sisters Rebecca and Catherine
DeMint. Samuel and Rebecca are buried in the Pleasant Ridge
Presbyterian Church Cemetery. We noticed Chamberlain Park
and Schenk street. Is there a street or anything named for
the first settler Samuel Pierson?
It is wonderful to see the history of these little
known places like Deer Park come alive on the web. Cheers,
Trace & Leslie Pierson
The ball fields were there when the creek ran through
the park. Sometime I will meet you there and show you where it
ran. They tore down Jack Tracy's family home to build Howard
School, and I think that is when the creek was put underground in a
My grandfather Henry Howard Schueler built your
family home on Orchard Lane in 1917. They moved back to
Norwood in 1922. Dad had many happy memories there. He
said that the ground west of the fire house was a ball field then.
My Grandma Schueler and I visited your folks once and Grandma showed
them where she raised chickens in the upstairs bathroom. There
was no running water in 1917. Your parents were fascinated by
all she told them. We lived at 4220 Matson. My parents
rented there from 1941-1960, then bought the house. My mother
sold it in the 1990s to move to Amber Park.
I knew Don and Mary Winkelman, but not Lou.
I had a strange dream about a month ago about your
parents. In the dream your dad outlived your mom. I went
to visit him and we were talking, and your mom appeared suddenly.
It was very odd, but it was good to see them, even in a dream.
I really liked them a lot. Seems like they were young when
they died, but when I look in the mirror and realize I am really 65,
I guess not.
Did you ever go to Devil's Dungeon, the big pipe
under East Galbraith in Kenwood? We used to scare kids by
taking them through there.
I've got a zillion more stories. We need to get
together. My son and I are planning to move back closer to
home soon, so maybe then. Maybe we can update and correct the
old history book. I would love to collaborate on such a
project. There must be thousands of photos out there in
private hands that we could borrow.
Did you ever get one of Squeak Healy's glares?
I did. I was chairman of the History Committee for the 75th
Anniversary of the City in 1988 (I later gave it up because of
business). Back then everything was being named "Blue Chip"
this and "Blue Chip" that. Squeak asked if anyone had any
suggestions for a city motto to replace "The right town for a bright
future". I raised my hand and said, "How about the Cow Chip
City?" There were a few chuckles, but Squeak just glared!
Keep in touch.
Any information on the old Woodmont dairy? I
remember as a kid walking to the dairy in the summertime and they
would give us ice to munch on. Does anyone know what ever happened
to the DIVCO milk trucks that they had? I can remember standing at
the huge front window on Galbraith Road and watching the milk bottle
filling line operate.
I grew up on Pine Road off of Kugler Mill, went to St. Savior grade
school, my grandmother lived on Sibley Ave, I used to go to the
Saturday matinee at the Deer Park Theater, shopped at Arlans
discount department store, went to Dr Scroggins dentist office, my
dad went to St. John's grade school, saved my money from my paper
route at Deer Park Savings and Loan.
I loved Golden Cream Donuts, my grandmother worked there, my mom and
dad used to shop at Bucks' White Villa market (the building that
became Golden Cream Donuts after they outgrew their original store
further down the street next to Naefac's Pharmacy, which was on the
corner of Blue Ash and Sibley Avenues.)
I collect antique autos and trucks and have been
looking for a DIVCO milk truck for a long time and just wondered if
anyone would know where any of the old Woodmont trucks are.
Vonderhaar dairy used to serve my street and they had quite a few of
the trucks, but I can't find any of them. Thanks for your time.
For your history thing. Born and raised there in
1947. Walked or rode bike from 3805 St. Johns Terrace to the
catholic school. Remember business such as Jacksons pharmacy (used
to be able to find "dirty books" there) and that old man used to
sell them to us! Some donut shop which was across the street and 2
doors up from a deli where we used to have an excuse to miss
the first few minutes of classroom after communion. Also remember
there was some old guy had a gun business across that kindergarden I
went to on Gailbraith rd. near blue ash road where I was able to buy
my 1st handgun either early in high school or late in grade
school!!!!! This is the dirty side of Deer Park! Also remember
dances at park and festivals there and toilets being blown up by
m-80's and cherry bombs. You have a nice history page but you should
tie it all together. Tom Wakim (McNicholas) still lives in
your area as does Dennis Heenan also same street. Those guys can
probably fill in stuff. Get them to remember the stuff.
Barry Hartmann - Remember stuff
I grew up on Orchard Lane and I went to Howard then
Amity and recall walking in and getting ice from Woodmont Dairy
on my way home after school. Though my family bought our milk
from Valley Dairy. Golden Cream was the best and so was growing
up in Deer Park in the 50-60 and 70s. Growing up on Orchard lane
and all my close friends went to St. Johns. Webber's grocery
store on the corner of Webster and Blue Ash road right across
from Deer Park Building and Loan was next to Golden Cream and I
can recall playing baseball where the A&P was built.
There was Gabby's for candy and pop right across from the park.
There was also a restaurant next to Gabby's that is now a hair
salon, I can not recall the name. The car barn had changed the
Crumley Jones & Crumley on the corner of Hegner and Blue Ash
road. Just down the street from Deer park Inn where the men in
town often got their gallon glass jugs filled with beer for the
Every one use to walk or ride bikes back then. The
park was the place to be in the summers. Swimming at the toe
wash where Smitty watched over the kids. Playing on Old Betsy
Fire Engine, or basketball or tennis. The play ground mother's
use to have ice cream socials at the old shelter house. The
volunteer fire department always had a summer festival
which was one of the things we always looked forward to. They
use to empty the firehouse and set up booths and have rides on
the street next to the old firehouse.
My Dad was the safety service director when we
first moved to Deer Park back in the 1950s. Mom was always
involved with either the PTA or the Play Ground Mothers Club or
volunteering to head up the American Cancer society fund drives.
The ladies always planted new flowers around the city donated by
Mr. ward from Ward's Florist.
The city was very busy and crowded back in
those days with all the baby boomers being born. There seemed to
be kids every where and families use to sit on the front porches
in the summer back them since the houses we hot. Few people had
A/C back then. Orchard Lane was a tree covered with large Silver
Maples as were most of the streets in Deer Park back then. Most
have died and been cut down. It made for fun playing in the
streets since there was very little car traffic back then. Milk
was still delivered to homes back then and the scrap iron truck
use to drive up and down streets calling for old iron rags etc.
So many old businesses, Bader Hardware, Mike's 5
Barbers, Deer Park Theater, Strikes & Spares. There was Tom's
Club 35, The Four Gables and Williams Pharmacy. Deer Park Deli
is still there.
Deer Park was and is a great place to grown up
and raise a family, back then and now.
Famous Deer Park people: NFL Hall of Fame
member amd St. John's Eagles QB Roger Staubach
Help! Name of pharmacy close to Dipsy Doodle
and UDF at intersection of Plainfield and Galbraith.....Ritter,
Great site for all former and future residents.
Did not know the Camp's; when and where did they live?
I am a former St. John Terrace kid & 1955 St. John
grad; married to Barb Muntel for 50 years and she is also a '55
My mother's family is from deer park. my
grandparents were Margaret and Harry Kuper. they lived on Deer
park ave and S. Berkeley cr. My mother was Roberta Marie
Kuper. She was a 1949 graduate of Deer Park H.S.. She
passed away in 1982. my uncle was Richard H. Kuper. he
was a world war II vet and worked for the IRS in Cincinnati he
passed away in 1994. He was very active in his church (St.
Johns). I am 48 years old and was only 20 years old when my mom
died. if any of her classmates would like to contact me, i
would appreciate it. It would be nice to correspond with someone who
knew my mom. I don't have much family left (my dad Jerry
Santel from Covington KY passed away in 2007). I only have my
two sisters Suzanne and Peggy, and an aunt (my father's sister).
my phone number is 248-884-1649. please only genuine people!
Great site. Noticed the reference to the 1969
Tornado and remembered that my dad filmed the aftermath of the
same storm with his 8mm camera.
Part of the film was shot near our home on Lansdowne Avenue in
Deer Park, jumped down to the corner of Lansdowne and Sagamore
in Amberley Village, then on to Gardner Avenue in Silverton.
Hi, just looking at your website and
read the following entry ""Glenn's Barbershop". It was right next to
the "Deer Park Del" in the same building. My Great Grandmother lived
upstairs in that same building which was owned by her and her
husband, Eliga "Pop" Connelly, who was also involved in Deer Park
Government. " These are actually my relatives so I'd like to know
who wrote this because I don't think I'm related to the Camps! Thank
you! Melody (Dawson) Wilson
You have done a fantastic job on the site! I like
that the site was dedicated to Mr and Mrs Camp. They are truly
missed as they were long time customers at my shop in Silverton.
I do have a question about Deer Park. Do you happen to know the
history of the building that stands at the corner of Blue Ash
and Matson? Its the building that stands with Car Rock Cafe.
Over the top of the building, emgraved in the concrete reads,
I have always wondered what the history of the building was. I
assumed it was a hotel many years ago.
Thanks and keep up the good work!!
Auto Works Towing, Inc.