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  School Gardens

This photograph is from the August, 1918 Norwester magazine. It depicts Grandview school children working in the school-sponsored gardens at the corner of Third Avenue and Arlington Avenue. During the first and second world wars, the government encouraged the development of personal and community gardens as a way of focusing on rationing and also building community togetherness. Grandview had a community Victory garden at Goodale and Grandview Avenue, and the school PTA sponsored student gardens in this location.  The eighty school kids each had a 10’x30’ plot that they were responsible for maintaining. They set up their lots as a “company” under the direction of the high school principal P.A. McCarty. The “officers” of the company were students Leroy Hendershott (Captain), Marian Hall (First Lieutenant), and Jean Marchi (Second Lieutenant). They planted and grew potatoes, lettuce, beans, onions, and cabbage. The harvest was donated to the community food kitchen kitchen  on First Avenue, where the vegetables from the community garden and the school garden were prepared into community meals.

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  Col. George Freeman House

Col. George D. Freeman (inset) was one of Grandview's esteemed turn-of-the-century residents, and was well known throughout Columbus as a businessman and decorated military officer. Born in 1842, he worked in dry-goods and furniture before starting the George Freeman Mantel Co. in 1890. In his military role, he commanded the 14th Regiment of the Ohio National Guard, which was called up by the governor in 1884 to quell a destructive riot in Cincinnati, during which the Hamilton County Courthouse was burned. This call-up resulted in two guardsmen being killed by rioters, and at least a half dozen rioters killed by the guard troops. He later served as the Quartermaster of the Ohio State Arsenal. Freeman’s home, shown here in a 1904 photo, remains on the northwest corner of Goodale Blvd. and Urlin Ave. and was called "Spring Oaks" by he and his wife Julia Ann. After his death, his daughter Julia (Tynan) lived in the house. His son Harry Freeman lived in a home just north of him at 1051 Urlin, which was on the 2004 Historical Society tour.

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