Remembrances

WHAT COLONIAL HILLS MEANS TO ME

by Carolyn Davis

June 22, 1946, Russ and Carolyn Davis moved into their first and only home on Greenwich Street in Colonial Hills and Dales. The homes in this area included Selby Blvd. North, Selby Blvd. South, Kenbrook and cross streets from Foster to Indianola Avenues. These homes were built in 1942 as rentals for war workers at Curtis-Wright factory (which later became North American Aviation). They were the first partial pre-fab homes to be built in the area, and were brought in on the Big Four Railroad tracks up at Indianola. Originally, the entire area was a part of Augustine D. Selby's farm. In 1916 he signed a right of way agreement for $6.00 allowing the Central Union Telephone Company to erect 6 poles and lines ($1.00 per pole), to operate and maintain its lines of telegraph and telephone. In August, 1942, the Defense Homes Corporation, Overland Realty Company, and the Colonial Park Realty Company owned the entire area, and began building our community.

At the end of World War II the homes were to be sold only to their current residents or returned veterans. Russ had served three years in India in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, so as newlyweds we purchased our home for $6250.00, the stove and refrigerator were included. As our family grew (2 daughters - Sally and Ellen) we needed more room, and because we loved the area, we enlarged our home in 1951 and 1956 (never thought of moving out of the Hills).

Selby Park was the hub of our activities from day one. The first few summers our husbands had lively, competative baseball games at the park, and of course, the annual 4th of July celebrations. We all worked so hard (just as you do today). The women entered in a lot then because none of use were employed, we stayed home taking care of our children. Russ was always the Bingo caller because he had a deep voice that carried well, and it seemed like every summer we stored all the bingo and other prizes in our garage. It was exhaustive but fun. When our daughters were little Colonial Hills had not yet been taken in by the City of Worthington, we were a part of Sharon Township. Any activities at the park were paid for by 4th of July proceeds. Our shelter house was a little frame open air building. We had a few paid supervisors. They often had talent shows which the children would enter, and there were cartoon movies every Friday evening. My daughters have many fond memories of Selby Park. I could go on and on, but will close with saying I think the Colonial Hills Civic Association has done many wonderful things over all these years and I thank each and every one of you for all your efforts.