End of an Era....
These pages contain
the demolition pictures from start to finish. I am sure that
there will be some people seeing the destruction of rooms that have
a lot of meaningful memories.
I have included the
pictures as "thumbnail" pictures for you to click on to see more
detail of each picture. This way the page will load faster and
you can see the larger version of each picture.
The first picture is where
my husband and I arrived there. The demolition crew had
already started on the West end of the third floor.
AGAIN........ The BEGINNING of the END of a
building that housed many stories that were a part of this century
building. One woman said her mother was born in this building
while another man, Mr. Bill Tucker, said his grandmother passed away
in her bedroom on the second floor. His family owned the
building from 1945 to 1974 when it was sold to Wilford Snyder and is
wife. It was later sold to a Mr. Harris who was incarcerated
shortly after and had no interest in keeping up the building at any
means. It quickly deteriorated due to weather and lack of heat
in the cold weather.
As the building was named the Harrington Block - 1901.
It was 109 years old at the time of demolition.
In the older days, at the Western end of the 1st floor
was Ashtabula Auto Parts. In the middle section was the Frozen
Food Locker where people could store their meat in lockers when they
had animals butchered and there was too much to put in their own
freezers at home. In the Eastern end was Star Beverage which
was also Star Laundry. The laundry wasn't actually done there,
it was taken to a place in Erie, Pennsylvania to be cleaned and then
brought back to Conneaut. I remember Will's wife, Joyce having
an antique shop in the lower eastern store where she refinished many
Next door in the vacant lot was Miltner's Bakery which
was later Marge's Bakery. Next to that the small building was
ran by one of the Miltner boys and he sold kits for the boats that
were in the hydro-planing races down in Conneaut Harbor.
In the beginning, this was a splendid building with
wonderful built in cupboards and woodwork including the old
fashioned 'pocket' doors.
The mid-section of the front of the building was
covered in ornate metal and to my amazement the lettering for
"HARRINGTON BLOCK 1901" were made of wood. Amazingly there
appeared to be no damage to them from age. Most of it will be
housed at the Conneaut Area Historical Museum. It was carried
away by Bert Drennen who anxiously watched as it was pulled from the
building, he, being afraid that it would not survive the wrecking
And all that is left at THE END.....
The remaining pieces of the Harrington Block are
being carried away by
Bert Drennen for preservation by the
Conneaut Area Historical Society.
NOTE: Please excuse any grammatical errors on this page as I
am not much at writing stories.
I figure that as long as I get my point across, that is what really
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