Arcade Hotel (Creston, Ohio)

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  • Arcade Hotel (Creston, Ohio)
Accommodation and Food Services
  • Accommodation
Trading names
  • Arcade Hotel
  • 1889
  • Date unknown
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  • New Address (same location)
    • 120 N. Main St., Creston, Ohio
  • Old Address (same location just renumbering)
    • 215 N. Main St., Creston, Ohio

The Arcade Hotel was built in 1899 by Allen W. Harris. It was sold in 1907 to Mr. Levi "Lee" Henry Rebman. Mr. Rebman managed the hotel until 1913. In 1914, Allen Harris repurchased the hotel. After Mr. Harris' passing, the hotel was passed down to his children: Joe, Hattie and Minnie.

In the 1940s, the James Marcum family owned the building and converted it into apartments. On 26 October 1978, the building was destroyed by fire. It was torn down and in 1989, a duplex apartment was built on the same location. The duplex apartment building was owned by Terry Eagle. Also, on the property is a beauty shop owned by Barbara Eagle, the wife of Terry. The beauty shop was called "The Hair Works." [1]



1899 to 1907 - Allen W. Harris Owned Hotel

  • 1899 - Arcade Hotel was built by Allen W. Harris

1907 to 1913 - Levi "Lee" Henry Rebman Owned Hotel

  • 1907 - March 21, Found on Main street in front of the Arcade Hotel a few loads of gravel by digging down below the mud. Landlord Harris says he knows the sand was hauled there before the town was incorporated as he doesn't remember seeing any being put on the street since. [2]
  • 1907-1913 - On April 1, 1907, Allen W. Harris sold hotel to Levi "Lee" Henry Rebman
  • 1907 - April 4, Last week Lee Rebman of Seville rented the Arcade Hotel from Landlord Al Harris and took possession the first of this month. Mr. Harris and family will move into the south part of his house vacated by Chas. Boley. [3]
  • 1907 - April 11, Lee Rebman, the new proprietor of the Arcade, is an old hotel man and its res reputation for first class accommodations will not suffer under his management. [4]
  • 1907 - April 18, Lee Rebman, one of the best known hotel men of this section of Ohio, has taken charge of the Arcade Hotel, Creston. Old friends will be glad to know that Mr. Rebman and his estimable wife are in the business again so near their old home, Seville. -- Wooster Republican. [5]
  • 1908 - July 2, Met in Creston. A meeting of the Central Valley Light and Power Co., was held at the Arcade Hotel, in Creston. Monday evening. J. W. Turner of this place is president of the company and will locate in Zanesville, the headquarters of the company, in about ten days. The purpose of the company is to supply light and power for cities, towns, factories, coal mines, electric railways, etc., contracts amounting to over three hundred thousand dollars having already been secured. The office of president carries with it a handsome yearly salary, and we congratulate our townsnian, Mr. Turner, on being able to secure it, and are confident he will fit the responsible position to the satisfaction of the stockholders. Mr. Turner's son, Merton, has been engaged as electrician for the company and has entered upon his ______. [6]
  • 1909 - March 21, To have the Johnston's Expert Opticians examine your eyes, and diagnose your case. They are conscientious and will tell you the truth. At the Arcade Hotel, Creston, Tuesday, March 30th. [7]
  • 1909 - March 31, Mrs. W. H. Holzhauer and Mrs. C. H. Rogers, of Seville, called on Mrs. Holzhauer's sister, Mrs. Lee Rebman, at the Arcade Hotel, Friday afternoon. They also graced the Journal's sanctum with their presence before leaving town. [8]
  • 1911 - April 5, Arcade Hotel Has New Landlord - The first of April Nelson King took possession as landlord of the Arcade Hotel in Creston, Lee Rebman retiring. Mr. King has had many years experience in the hotel business and no doubt will maintain the high standing this popular hotel has attained under the management of his predecessor. Mr. and Mrs. Rebman will occupy the south half of A. W. Harris' property until Mrs. Rebman's health improves, when they will again engage in the hotel business in some town. [9]
  • 1911 - April 5, Wanted Dining room girl, at once. Inquire at Arcade Hotel, Creston.[10]
  • 1911 - September 6, Arcade Hotel Changes Landlord - After a rest of about six months, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Rebman again took hold of the reins at the Arcade Hotel Tuesday afternoon. On the same day Mr. and Mrs. Nelson King and daughter Clara, who had charge of the hotel during Mr. and Mrs. Rebman's absence, returned to Canton to again make that city their home. We understand Mr. Rebman has leased the hotel for a team of years. [11]
  • 1914 - February 4, Sheriff M. M. VanNest was in town Monday for the appraising of the Arcade Hotel. The hotel was appraised at $7,000 by A. S. Tuttle, Willis Bechtel and A. L. Ober. [12]
  • 1914 - March 4, DON'T forget the Arcade Hotel sale next Saturday at 1 o'clock p.m. at Wooster court house. All the time you want on $2,600.00 of purchase price at 5 per cent annually. Don't forget the date March 7. No better built building in the county. [13]

1914 to _____ - Allen W. Harris Repurchased Hotel

    • After Mr. Harris' passing, the hotel was passed down to his children: Joe, Hattie and Minnie
  • 1914 - August 26, ...They also robbed the refrigerator on the back porch of the Arcade Hotel of some butter, bacon, bologna, veal and beef steak, and entered the basement but did not disturb the canned fruit or any of the contents of the basement. It is thought from appearances that both of the jobs Wednesday night were the work of local talent and although no charges have been made, a close watch is being kept. [14]
  • 1914 - December 30, Mrs. W. P. Stebbins, Thomas Ewing Jr. and wife and Claud McGuff took Christmas dinner at the Arcade Hotel.

Zelmo Lautzenschleger, who is employed at the Arcade Hotel, is spending a few days at her home in Homerville. [15]

  • 1915 - February 24, James Lee and wife have moved from Sterling into part of the Harris house next to the Arcade Hotel. [16]
  • 1915 - March 3, The members of "The Girl and the Tramp" company, who played at the town hall last Monday evening, spent the week-end at the Arcade Hotel. [17]
  • 1916 - April 3, D. M. Keeney and wife Kenneth Cheaney, wife and children, motored from their home in Cleveland, and spent Sunday at the Arcade Hotel, and called on friends in Creston. About ten years ago Mr. Keeney and his sister, Mrs. Cheaney were residents of Creston, but at that time Mr. Keeney went to Cleveland where he has made good, at present being employed by the contracting firm of Wadsworth, Adleson, Branning Co., as manager of the fire place, mantle and fixture department. The Journal is pleased to report the success of Mr. Keeney and hopes he will continue to prosper. [18]
  • 1916 - June 14, P. J. Staudt, wife and children, of Elkhart, Ind., motored here to attend the Fetzer reunion, and are staying at the Arcade Hotel. [19]
  • 1916 - November 8, A. D. Metz, Russel Gann, Mrs. Anna Gann, Misses Mary Metz, Adda Rhodes, Kate Fishborn of Wooster, Durbin Myers, Wm. Davidson and Mrs. Clara M. Myers, Akropn, enjoyed a chicken dinner at the Arcade Hotel Sunday. [20]
  • 1917 - January 3, Miss Ella Smith pf Catawha Island, who has been visiting the Harris family and other friends at the Arcade Hotel, returned home Wednesday. [21]
  • 1917 - July 18, Thos. Guthrie, wife and two sons of Columbus, took dinner with Mrs. J. J. Keeney at the Arcade Hotel Tuesday.[22]
  • 1917 - February 14, While passing through Creston on a train two weeks ago Miss Glada Leiby, youngest daught of Mel Leiby and wife of near Albion, was taken suddenly ill. She was taken from the train to the Arcade Hotel where she and her parents remained for a week with a trained nurse in attendance. Last Tuesday at the patient's earnest request she was removed to her home, but died about a half an hour after reaching her home. [23]
  • 1917 - September 26, About twenty ladies from Creston and Seville surprised Mrs. William Davidson with a miscellaneous shower at her home at the Arcade Hotel last Saturday evening. After Mrs. Davidson recovered from the surprise the many pretty gifts were displayed. Mr. and Mrs. Davidson as well as A. W. Harris and family, were equal to the occasion, although they were surprised, and served a dainty lunch to their guests before they returned to their homes, leaving a great many good wishes for Mr. and Mrs. Davidson. [24]
  • 1918 - July 17, Albert Bonewell and wife, and Miss Julia Bonewell of Toledo, are visiting at the Arcade Hotel and with other Creston friends.[25]
  • 1918 - August 7, Geo. Shumaker and wife have moved from the Harris House next to the Arcade Hotel to the Weimer House next to the Creston Bakery.[26]
  • 1918 - September 11, Mrs. Nelson Owens has been helping care for Mrs. Harris at the Arcade Hotel.[27]
  • 1918 - September 25, Mrs. L. Steele of Lodi, is at the Arcade Hotel caring for Mrs. A. W. Harris.[28]
  • 1918 - November 20, Mrs. Katherine Smith has moved frm the Hostetler House n Russell Avenue, to part of the Harris House next to the Arcade Hotel.[29]
  • 1919 - January 1, J. F. Danahue and wife of Cleveland spent Xmas at the Arcade Hotel. [30]
  • 1920 - May 26, Harry Tanner and wife took dinner with the Harris family at the Arcade Sunday. Mrs. Cella Sexton, who has been at the Arcade Hotel since last February caring for Mrs. A. W. Harris left for her home in Philadelphia, Pa. today.
  • 1922 - October 6, Allen W. Harris, 74, proprietor of the Arcade Hotel. Creston, and well-known in Medina County, especially in the southern part, died Sunday after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held Wednesday with interment at Seville, where he formerly lived. [31]

1940s - The James Marcum family Owned Building Converting it To Accommodation

  • 1940s - The James Marcum family owned the building and converted it into apartments

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Obituary - Mrs. Deborah Harris

  • Obituary: Mrs. Deborah Harris

Deborah Harris, only daughter of Charles and Ann Porter, was born in Weltshire, England, Dec. 1, 1845.

At the age of four years she came with her parents to Seville Station, later called Creston where she recided with her parents until April 9, 1868, when she was united in marriage to Allen W. Harris at Seville, Ohio., by Rev. Noyes, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. They went at once to Catawba Island making their home there for eleven years, then going to Cleveland for a while, later returning to Creston and in 1889 erected the Arcade Hotel, which has been their home every since.

To this union four children were born, one dying in infancy. Those who survive their mother are Mrs. J. F. Donahue of Cleveland, Mrs. Wm. Davidson of Akron and Joe Harris at home.

She departed this life at Creston, June 6, 1922 aged 76 years, 6 months and 5 days.

Mrs. Harris was one of the pioneers at Creston, and a life long member of the Presbyterian Church which she attended until failing health prevents.

Her genial disposition and kindly acts gave her a large place in the hearts of many. Her hospitality was enjoyed by the children a well as the adults, this testimony is borne of her, 'She truly was the children's friend.'

As landlady of the Arcade Hotel she acquired a large circle of constant friends.

She was a kind appreciative affectionate devoted wife and mother and this was reciprocated as was evidenced in the ministry of love during the years of failing health, every wish of wife and mother was granted as far as possible. She was a long though patient sufferer.

She leaves to mourn their loss a devoted, patient and loving husband and children besides a host of friends.

The funeral services were held from her late home. Rev. H. G. Southern officiating and burial was made in the Seville cemetery.

All things are changing here. The smiles of love we gaze on. The friends we hold so dear. [32]

Mrs. Rebman's Sudden Death

  • Mrs. Rebman's Sudden Death: Was a Shock to Her Many Creston Friends

Mrs. Lee Rebman, for many years connected with the Arcade Hotel, died at her home in Cleveland, Saturday morning of heart trouble. [33]

Mrs. Rebman was feeling better than usual when she retired Friday night, about 5 o'clock Saturday morning Mr. Rebman awoke and noticed that she was breathing hard. He got up to turn on the light and before he could get to her she was dead.

Mrs. Rebman leaves many friends in Wayne and Medina counties who will be sorry to learn of her death.

The funeral was held at Seville, on Tuesday, Rev. Knatt officiating. Interment was made in Mound Hill Cemetery.


  1. Slater, Kathleen (Kate) Murray. Creston Past Almost Forgotten. Creston: The Creston Historical Society, 1991. Page 20
  2. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1907 March 21, p. 4.
  3. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1907 April 4, p. 5.
  4. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 19078 April 11, p. 5.
  5. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1907 April 18, p. 4.
  6. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1908 July 2, p. 1.
  7. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1909 March 24, p. 1.
  8. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1909 March 31, p. 7.
  9. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1911 April 5, p. 1.
  10. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1911 April 5, p. 4.
  11. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1911 September 6, p. 1.
  12. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1914 February 4, p. 8.
  13. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1914 March 4, p. 4.
  14. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1914 August 26, p. 1..
  15. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1914 December 30, p. 4.
  16. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1915 February 24, p. 5.
  17. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1915 March 3, p. 5.
  18. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1916 April 3, p. 5.
  19. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1916 June 14, p. 4.
  20. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1916 November 8, p. 5.
  21. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1917 January 3, p. 6.
  22. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1917 July 18, p. 5.
  23. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1917 February 14, p. 5.
  24. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1917 September 26, p. 4.
  25. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1918 July 17, p. 5.
  26. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1918 August 7, p. 5.
  27. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1918 September 11, p. 5.
  28. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1918 September 25, p. 5.
  29. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1920 May 26, p. 5.
  30. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1919 January 1, p. 6.
  31. Medina County Gazette, Medina, Ohio. 1922 October 6, p. 1.
  32. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1922 June 14, p. 4.
  33. Creston Journal, Creston, Ohio. 1914 March 4, p. 1.
  34. Creston Journal. Creston, Ohio. 1911 Apr 5, p. 1.

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