Stuart J. Koblentz's roots in Upper Arlington date to 1922. He is president of the Marion County Historical Society and a resident of Columbus. Kate Erstein is a resident of Upper Arlington and executive director of the Upper Arlington Historical Society. Founded in 1976, the Upper Arlington Historical Society collects, preserves, and promotes awareness of the community's history.
Upper Arlington, Ohio (Images of America Series)by Stuart J. Koblentz, Kate Erstein, Upper Arlington Historical Society
Upper Arlington was founded by brothers King and Ben Thompson, who purchased farmland in 1913 from James T. Miller. Inspired by the garden city movement, the Thompsons envisioned an idealistic residential community. The brothers engaged William Pitkin Jr., a prominent landscape architect from Rochester, New York, to provide the most modern concepts of city
Upper Arlington was founded by brothers King and Ben Thompson, who purchased farmland in 1913 from James T. Miller. Inspired by the garden city movement, the Thompsons envisioned an idealistic residential community. The brothers engaged William Pitkin Jr., a prominent landscape architect from Rochester, New York, to provide the most modern concepts of city planning. Over the years, Upper Arlington annexed land to reach its current boundaries. Upper Arlington has had a Native American trail and a military training camp, and its historic district earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The community is still known for gracious living, celebrated schools, and the largest noncommercial Fourth of July parade around. Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, Ohio State University football coaches Woody Hayes, John Cooper, and Jim Tressel,
developer John Galbreath, Ohio governor James Rhodes, and United States senator John Bricker have all called Upper Arlington home.
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Arcadia Publishing does a great job with its local Images of America history books. This book is an outstanding example of the genre, and its the authors drive to represent the whole community of Upper Arlington as historic that makes this compelling and inclusive. UA can be a terribly bland place filled with stuffy people preoccupied with their own accomplishments, and this book could have stuck with laving love upon those pillars of the community, but it doesn't. Instead the authors stress that history is all inclusive, not just for the country club set. The writing is interesting, and the images are amazing. I enjoyed it and gave it at Christmas to others and they love talking about it.
This book contains some fantastic history of Upper Arlington dating way back to almost the turn of the century. I was very lucky to have my picture (my only claim to fame) on the front cover riding my bike in the July 4th parade when I was 10. Ahhhhh sweet memories. Thank you for writing this book for all of us that remember our child hood.