January 2016 newsletter, Merle discussed riding the train in Franklinville.
This continues with information about the area around the train
station. There was a small store across the street from the train
station. They had a small stock of groceries and penny candy. They
later owned and operated a diner in Astubula, Ohio where we stopped
to visit on one of our trips back to Springfield, Ohio where my
grandparents lived. That building is a dwelling today.
Most of the buildings of the canning factory were still standing,
but empty. They were still making maple syrup cans until 1934. Ralph
Holmes was still working in the office for several years after that.
The buildings gradually disappeared one by one over the years. Today
that area is a sad sight of junked cars, abandoned trucks and a
dead cat. A brick building did survive to become a cheese factory,
then an auction room and finally a car repair shop.
The cement block building that is now a dwelling was built by Maxwell
Case for a small manufacturing plant. Max attended R.I.T. then struck
out on his own. He obtained a contract making spigots for commercial
coffee makers. Neil Hunt worked there with him. He discontinued
this to work at Motorola in Arcade. He got promoted and transferred
to Chicago. We visited him and had to stay an extra day due to a
snowstorm. He was promoted again and moved to Austin, Texas and
There was a large wood loading dock just south of the station on
which farm machinery was unloaded. Someone erected livestock pens
in the 1940s. Livestock auctions were a part of this operation but
none of this lasted very long. Today there is not a trace of it
From Franklin Street down the railroad to Mill Street was a jumble
of buildings. William Goss had coal storage buildings along the
track for his thriving coal delivery business. There was a store
front building in this area. I believe farm supplies could be
Mr. Goss and his son Graydon operated a John Deere dealership
in a large building on the east side of the street. Hollis Metzger
soon took this over.
Between this barn like building and the Agway Farm Supply building
there was a building owned by Ed Watkins. He built custom made
truck bodies. They were made of wood in those days. They lived
on First Avenue but I would have to go down to the shop to collect
the 12 cent paper bill. This I did not mind because I would stay
there watching work take shape and smell the freshly worked wood.
There was a large last block factory at the end of the street.
I believe it finally burned down. The Agway Farm Supply building
was originally owned by Bill Goss. That area today is mostly vacant
land or piles of sand and highway department buildings and equipment.
I have written what I know about Franklinville in the 1930s and
40s. This is nothing so wonderful. Virginia Fries, Katherine Hawley
and Daphne Gena could have done it. I have only written what I
am familiar with. (Oh Merrill, I only wish I could let you know
how much of our history you have saved because you took the time
to write it down. I can only hope that you have inspired others
in our community to do the same. Added by Maggie Fredrickson)