Some Chattanooga Photos

Today I have some photos of the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. The first two photos were taken by Morrison Photography, Chattanooga. I have several Morrison photos in my collection and I would like to learn more about this photographer and his studio.

The first photo is of one of the turn-of-the-century oil wells in the Chatt area. I am not sure if they were constructing the well or tearing it down. It appears that a couple of the men liked to climb poles.

Chatt-area oil well photo by Morrison Photography, Chattanooga.

Chatt-area oil well photo by Morrison Photography, Chattanooga.

Below is the photo of an unknown child, also taken by Morrison Photography.

Morrison photo of unidentified child.

Morrison photo of unidentified child. (Photo courtesy of Andy Gappa.)

This Chatt School photo was taken during the 1928-29 school year. Catherine Leininger was 6 years old in this photo, but unfortunately the students’ names were not written on the photo.

Chatt School 1928-9.

Chatt School 1928-29. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Miller.)

Baseball was popular in the Chatt area and this was one of their ball teams. Hopefully someone can identify the members of this baseball team. Glen Miller was their coach.

Chatt baseball team. Unknown year.

Chatt 1957-58 baseball team. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Miller.)

The members of the 1957-58 baseball team in the above photo:

Front row, left to right: Larry Humbert, Wayne Fickert, Lorren Caffee.
Middle row: (?) Alspaugh, Mike Merinar, John Miller.
Back row: Jerry Schaadt, Dan (?) Cook, Ron Bollenbacher, Bob Vining.

Thank you Lorren and Sherry for providing names!



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    • Kenny on August 9, 2013 at 9:29 am
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    Could Ruth or Helen be in the 1928-29 photo?

    • Kenny on August 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm
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    Have since found out that Ruth & Helen attended Wildcat school not Chattanooga.

    1. I thought that the Millers attended Wildcat School. In fact, during the reunion weekend, Ruth talked about her first grade teacher at Wildcat School.

    • Waldo on August 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm
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    In the baseball photo, would that be Dick Fickert, son of Roma (Red) Fickert? Red has passed away several years ago, but Dick still lives in the area, I believe. There was an Alspaugh family right around the corner from the Fickerts (Red lived on Rockfordwest Rd. just past the Grauberger intersection). The Alspaughs lived at the corner of Manely and Wabash? (next road up from Grauberger), neighbors of the old Hoehammer place (meaning real close neighbor) though there home was much more recently constructed, I suspect.

    1. He has been identified as Wayne Fickert, who lived on the state line. The boy in the middle of the middle row is still unidentified, but may be a Merriman.

    • JERRY on August 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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    Dad kept the score books from 57-60 . I tried to find a game with all these players and could not find one. It appears there were two teams and players from each are in this photo. There is a Merriman but not in very many games. I didn’ t find a Cook I found a Kock in the book. The score book only has last names once in awhile a first initial. Other names that appear often Gibbons, 2 Weitz, 2 Wendels, Kimmel, Lautenhieser, August, Heffner, Woodruff, Hileman, Baker, Myers, Deitch, Perl ,Giese, Branstetter. Frahm, Sealschott, Rasawehr, Labrun.

    1. Thanks for the information, Jerry! Lot of familiar names. And thanks for the photo.

    • Travis Bates on October 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm
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    Was the Baker my uncle Bob? None of them really look like him but I could be wrong.

    1. I am not sure. Lorren Caffee identified most of the ball team. I was unable to do so.

    • Sherry August Eady on October 26, 2013 at 6:27 am
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    The boy in the middle row center is Mike Merinar, I’m not sure if I spelled his last name right or not?? He was Bob’s son and his Mom was a hairdresser I do believe.

    1. Thanks, Sherry! You bring up some names that I have not heard for a long time. I remember that Lois Merinar was a beautician. Where was her shop? Did Bob Merinar work for General Telephone? Joe worked with a Bob Merinar years ago. Bob might have been friends with Gene Vining, who also worked for General Telephone. Thanks for identifying Mike Merinar. BTW, that is the correct spelling of Merinar.

    • jessica on November 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm
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    Thoroughly enjoying all the great history you have here. We just moved to chatt. My grandmother and grandfather raised their family here many years ago. Were planning to do the same with our children! Now that grandma is gone, (she passed this past summer) I find myself wanting to dig deeper and ask more questions about this little town. Maybe you could help??

    1. Thank you! Keep reading and maybe some of the readers or myself have answers to your questions.

    • John Vining on February 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    Hi Karen!

    I can tie up a few of the loose ends on the 1957-’58 Chatt Baseball picture and subsequent comments. The boy in the middle is indeed Mike Merinar, son of Bob and Lois Merinar. He and Bob Vining (and me as well) are first cousins. (Mike now lives in the Cleveland area; Bob passed away in 2006.)

    Eugene Vining and Lois (Vining) Merinar were brother-and-sister. Lois was a beautician, and she had her shop in the house on the Merinar farm, on Wilson Road, the first place east of the Wilson Road/Wabash Road intersection.

    This made Bob Merinar and Gene Vining brothers-in-law, and they both worked at General Telephone at the same time, out of the Celina office location. Bob and Gene were both small farmers on the side, and we spent a lot of time helping him with his farm, as he did with us.

    1. Yes, my husband worked at GTE with both Eugene and Bob. I remember him talking about them and their family connection, now that you mention it. We all used to attend the GTE Christmas parties. I vaguely remember Lois and her beauty shop. This brings back memories!

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