|Five Jones Siblings|
We had always known that my father lived on Columbia Ave. at the time of his birth in 1920. The family rented space from my grandfather's Uncle Tom and Aunt Ella in a two-family home. My Dad used to talk about how horses hauled milk trucks past their home in those "old" days. They were forced to move to Eastern Ave. when the city decided to turn Columbia Ave. into Columbia Parkway -- a main east/west thoroughfare that followed the north bank of the Ohio River.
Instantly the picture took on more meaning, because to my knowledge, it is the only picture that any of us has that shows their initial home. A little research was in order. I looked at the 1920 Census where Tom, Ella, Fred, Norine, Edith, Charley and Bob were listed. My Dad would be born later that year. The address was 2269 Columbia Ave. The next trip was to the Main Library to check the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for 1904-1930. I was told by the librarian that as changes to the maps took place over the 26-year period, they would "cover up" the previous version. Here is the segment from the map. (I highlighted the area that had been their property and labeled it with the 2269 address). I then drove to Collins Ave. and the current Columbia Parkway to see if the property was accessible.
Next I contacted my partners-in-crime, my brother Tim and his wife, Dusty. Tim and Dusty kindly accommodated me (aka the "Crip") as we climbed through the honeysuckle, bamboo and other brush that has taken over the hillside. It was worth it.
|View of the Ohio River from Columbia Ave. location|
|Dusty and Tim|
|Tim on Collins Ave.|
It's hard to believe that starting with Alexander and Elizabeth Jones, four generations of our Jones family lived within a few blocks of the beautiful Ohio River. It really is true that a river runs through us.
Note: I followed up this post with a visit to the Cincinnati Historical Society to see if they had any newspaper articles or old photographs in their files. You can see what I was able to get from them by clicking on this link.