245 Beall Ave, Wooster

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The house located at 245 Beall Ave.

Brief Narrative[edit | edit source]

245 Beall Ave (27 Beall Ave), In-lot Number 688

The Wayne County, OH Auditor’s webpage indicates this home was built in 1861. I am not sure who built the structure. It is believed that Anthony Wright and his family were the first residents of this home. On 1 March 1860, Wright purchases the property from Nancy C. Spink (Wayne County, OH Land Deeds, vol. 49 p. 725). There is another entry dated 28 December 1861 recorded on the land deeds vol. 54 pp. 45-46. Nancy Spink had inherited the property from her father, General Reasin Beall.

Upon the death of Anthony Wright in 1895, the home was inherited by his only surviving daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Wright, married to James Moffett Quinby. James Quinby dies in 1904. In 1908, Elizabeth (Wright) Quinby sells lot number 688 to William A. and Mary A. Fike. William and Mary Fike have a daughter Cree A. Fike who marries Oscar Jacob Lorson. Eventually, Oscar and Cree purchase the property, year is unknown. They have one daughter, Elisabeth M. Lorson, who inherits the property following the death of her parents (1987) (Cree A. Lorson dies 20 Feb 1983 and Oscar Jacob Lorson dies 7 Jan 1987.) In 2007, Elisabeth Lorson sells the property to the Donald & Alice Noble Foundation, Inc. About 5 months later, the Foundation gives the property to the Liberty Center Connections, Inc./Community Crossroads, Inc. In 2009, Elisabeth “Betty” M. Lorson succumbs to death. From 2010 until present, the house has served as a Pathway House, providing housing for individuals receiving treatment and recovering from alcoholism.

City Directories[edit | edit source]

1855 : Anthony Wright marries Elizabeth Walters 3 May 1855 [1]

1860/1861: Anthony Wright purchased part of the SW1/4 of Range 13, Township 15 (Wooster Twp) on 1 March 1860 and 28 December 1861. This was known as part of the Mrs. Nancy C. Spinks East Addition to the town of Wooster. The property was surveyed by John Brinkerhoff on 12 Sep 1860. [2]

1861: Wayne County, OH Auditor’s page gives 1861 as the year built

1870: Directory lists Anthony Wright residing on Beall Ave, Wooster

1870: US Census Anthony Wright, money broker, no street address given, residing in 2nd Ward of Wooster 13 September1870

1870: Renumbered lot recorded in volume 1 of the Record of Town Plats, page 232 [3]; Lot was listed as In-lot 688.

1873 Atlas: Anthony Wright, owns lot 688

1876: William A. Fike marries Mary A. Hoover 5 September 1876 [4]

1880: US Census lists Anthony Wright, broker, residing on East North St. 16 Jun 1880, 6 dwellings from Linn St.

1881: Sarah Elizabeth Wright marries James Moffett Quinby 18 April 1881 [5]

1881: Elizabeth (Walter) Wright dies 12 July 1881

27 Beall Ave, Wooster[edit | edit source]

1884: Anthony Wright

1894/1895: Anthony Wright, broker

1895: Anthony Wright dies 28 December 1895

1897 Atlas: Anthony Wright, owns lot 688

1900: US Census James M. Quinby and family residing at 27 Beall Ave 8 Jun 1900; census indicates he owns the house, free of mortgage

1900: J. M. (Elizabeth) Quinby George W. Quinby

1904: Mrs. James M. Quinby George W. Quinby

1904: James Moffett Quinby dies 3 Jun 1904

1908/1909: Elizabeth Quinby, wid James

1908: Elizabeth Quinby sells property to William A. and Mary A. Fike for $7650 on 6 April 1908 [6], lot 688

1909/1910: Wm A. Fike

1911: Sarah Elizabeth (Wright) Quinby dies 1 March 1911

245 Beall Ave, Wooster[edit | edit source]

1912/1913: Will Fike (Mary); Ada, Blanche, Cree, Will Jr.

1915: Wm. A. Fike (Mary A.), retired farmer Ada, Blanche, and Cree Fike, all dressmakers

1917: Cree A. A. Fike marries Oscar Jacob Lorson 14 June 1917 [7]

1919: Fike Sisters (Ada & Blanche), dressmakers; Wm A. (Mary A.), farmer

1921: Mary A. (Hoover) Fike dies 26 April 1921

1923: Wm A. Fike, retired (owns home); Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.), welder

1925: Wm A. Fike; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.) welder

1928: Wm A. Fike; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.), welder

1930: Wm. A. Fike; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.), welder

1932: Wm A. Fike; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson, welder Ohio Fuel Gas Co.

1934/1935: Wm A. Fike; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.), welder; Elizabeth M. Lorson, student

1937: Wm A. Fike; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.), welder; Elizth M. Lorson, student

1939: Wm A. Fike; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.), welder; Elizth M. Lorson, student

1940: Wm A. Fike; Oscar Lorsen (Cree F.), fcty wkr; M. Eliz. Lorson, student WHS

1943: Wm A. Fike; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker

1945: William Albert Fike dies 23 September 1945

1946: Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker ; Ada M. Fike, dressmaker

1948: Ada M. Fike, dressmaker; Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker; Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.)

1949: Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.), mntnce; Eliz M. Lorson, student

1952: Oscar J. Lorson (Cree A.), welder Gerstenslager Co.; Elizth M. Lorson

1953: Ada May Fike dies 17 August 1953

1954: Apartments
Alpha Fike, dressmaker; Oscar Lorson (Cree), mach Gerst.; Donald Baker, reporter Daily Record; Earl Anderson, emp Wooster Rubber Co

1957: Oscar O. Lorson (Cree), retired; John McSneery, retired; Earl Anderson, emp Wooster Rubber Co; Cora Ainsworth; Alpha Fike

1960: Earl Anderson, Rubbermaid; Cora M. Ainsworth; Oscar J. Lorson (Mrs. Cree A.); Alpha B. Fike, dressmaker

1962: Alpha B. Fike; Oscar J. Lorson (Mrs. Cree); Earl Anderson, emp Rubbermaid, Inc.; Fredrick Phaneuf

1965: Oscar J. Lorson (Mrs. Cree A.); Alpha Fike

1967: Alpha B. Fike, retired; Oscar J. Lorson, retired (Mrs. Cree A.)

1970: Alpha B. Fike, retired; Oscar J. Lorson, retired (Mrs. Cree)

1973: Alpha B. Fike dies 27 Oct 1973

1973: Oscar G. Lorson, retired; Mrs. Cree A.

1975: No information

1977: Oscar Larson, retired; Mrs. Krea

1979: No information

1981: No listed

1983: Oscar Lorson

1983: Cree A (Fike) Lorson dies 20 February 1983

1985: Oscar Lorson

1987: Oscar Jacob Lorson dies 7 January 1987

1988: Betty Lorson

1990: Oscar Lorson (Mrs. Betty)

1993: Oscar Lorson (Mrs. Betty)

1997: Oscar Lorson (Mrs. Betty)

1998: Elisabeth M. Lorson

1999: Oscar & Elisabeth Lorson

2003: Oscar Lorson

2004: Oscar Lorson

2005: Elizabeth M. Lorson; Oscar Lorson

2006: Elizabeth M. Lorson; Oscar Lorson

2007: No current listing

2008: No current listing

2009: Elisabeth “Betty” M. Lorson dies 3 June 2009

2009: No current listing

2010: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs

2011: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs

2012: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs

2013: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs

2014: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs

2015: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs.

2016: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs.

2017: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs.

2018: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs.

2019: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs.

2020: Pathway House, Alcoholism info/treatment ctrs.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • According to the Wayne County, Ohio auditor's page, the house located at 245 Beall Ave (old number 27 Beall Ave) was built in 1861. It was lot number 688 in Wooster, Ohio. This is recorded in volume 1 of Town Plats on page 232.
  • Anthony Wright was the first property owner. When he died, the property went to his only heir, Mrs. Elizabeth Quinby, wife of James Quinby.
  • On 30 December 1904, the eastern 83-1/2 feet of lot 688 was sold to Amanda Mowrey.[8]
  • On 6 April 1908, the remaining part of lot 688 was sold to William A. and Mary A. Fike.[9]
  • Cree A. Fike, daughter of William A. and Mary A. Fike, married Oscar Jacob Lorson. William A. Fike, his two dressmaker daughters, Alpha B. Fike and Ada M. Fike, continued to reside in the home when Oscar Jacob and Cree A. (Fike) Lorson moved in as early as 1923.
  • Oscar Jacob and Cree A. Lorson had one daughter, Elizabeth M. Lorson.
  • In December 2007, Elizabeth Lorson sold the house to the Donald & Alice Noble Foundation, Inc.
  • In May 2008, the Foundation sold the building to Liberty Center Connections, Inc. who in turn sold it to Community Crossroads, Inc.
  • In February 2021, the property is owned by Community Crossroads, Inc.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wayne County, OH Marriage Records vol. 4.5 p. 265
  2. Wayne County, OH Town Plats No. 1 p. 48
  3. Actual document is found in 1870 Renumbering City of Wooster, p. 23 located at the Wayne County Recorder's Office
  4. Wayne County, OH Marriage Records vol. 8 p. 549
  5. Wayne County, OH Marriage Records vol. 9 p. 470
  6. Wayne County, OH Land Deeds vol. 157 p. 461
  7. Wayne County, OH Marriage Records vol. 19, p. 435
  8. Wayne County, Ohio Land Deeds vol. 151 pages 87-88
  9. Wayne County, Ohio Land Deeds vol. 1557 pages 157-158