Title: Book chronicles Colerain's changes
Author: Jennie Key
Publisher: Community Press Cincinnati
Colerain Township steps into the spotlight as the newest subject of the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing.
"Images of America, Colerain Township," traces the development of the township in photos, showing old homesteads, former public servants, churches, schools and businesses as they have changed through the years.
The first settlement of the township was in 1790, when John Dunlap and a small group of settlers built a fort on the Great Miami River. The township was a rural farming area until the 1950s, when subdivisions began creeping out to the suburbs.
Businesses and shopping centers followed the new homes. From 1950 to 1960, the population quadrupled, and the township changed from its early rural roots.
This Images of America volume shows the changes, and walks the reader back to a time when Colerain Avenue was a two-lane road with parallel parking and Northgate Mall was an airport.
Colerain Township resident Frank Scholle teamed up with fellow resident Don Linz to compile the book. The men, both members of the La Salle Council 5621 Knights of Columbus, worked together at the start of the annual Taste of Colerain food fest on the grounds of the old Council meeting house, which is now the Groesbeck branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Scholle is the history buff, and Linz is an amateur photographer, a good team to set up a photo history of the community.
Linz said he is pleased with how the book turned out and says it shows how the township has changed over the years. He's lived in the township since 1942, and has seen those changes for himself.
Scholle, who is a 51-year resident of the township, said he borrowed photos from the Coleraine Historical Society and anyone who had them to get the book completed.
"This took about a year," he said. "Mel Blust was a big help with the Colerain Avenue photos."
The K of C and the historical society will split the proceeds from the book.
Scholle initiated the popular Colerain historic calendars back in 1998, collecting old photos to illustrate the pages. He says he loves history, and the book is just a natural outgrowth.
He says he started with 240 photos, of which Arcadia Publishing rejected 62 and that's when Scholle began soliciting residents and members for their old pictures.
"I think we got some good ones," he said.