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John C. Jackson Farm

John C. Jackson of Chagrin Falls, a white guard at Chase Brass and Copper Co., was born in 1905 on a 96-acre farm in Moreland Hills village on the corner of S.O.M. Center Road and Jackson Road, the latter of which was named for his father, Charles W. Jackson. John C. Jackson acquired a number […]

Frank Handy Farm

The Frank Handy Farm was located on Holbrook Road off Franklin Street near Chagrin Falls Park. Handy, a native of New Iberia, Louisiana, moved to Cleveland in the early 1900s and earned money by gigging on the alto saxophone before opening a confectionery business at East 43rd and Cedar Avenue. Handy, who was a great […]

Williams Farm

Eugene “Hot Sauce” Williams owned a farm on Cochran Road in Solon where he raised cattle and hogs and grew spices for his barbecue restaurants in Cleveland. Additional information coming soon. See also Williams’ World’s Greatest Bar-B-Q Resources King, S. W. “Is He Smart, Is He Lucky, or Both?” Call & Post. September 29, 1945. […]

Wright Farm

Alonzo Wright, a Black businessman who operated several Sohio service stations and invested in a number of other ventures (including the Majestic Hotel) on Cleveland’s east side, purchased this farm in Chesterland in western Geauga County in 1947 as a place to live in the country and raise cattle. Wright, who had lived in the […]

Biles Farm

The farm of Mr. & Mrs. George Biles on Route 91 in Solon was described as a “thickly wooded section” and was variously noted as having 148 or 160 acres. The Biles family leased the farm as tenants from John C. Jackson, a white landowner in Chagrin Falls, in 1939. It was the location for […]