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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 […]

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 […]

James Farm

The James Farm was located on Route 534 in Harpersville Township near its border with Trumbull Township. Percy and Blanche James purchased the 25-acre farm in 1956. The Jameses hosted Black vacationers and picnickers, as reported occasionally in the Call & Post. Additional information coming soon.