Then and Now in Dover, Part 5.2
An addendum to part five in a series on the "real photo postcards" (RPPCs) of early 20th century Dover, now Westlake and Bay Village.
1890 Residence of George M. and Cerisa M. Winslow at 2840 Dover Center Road
[Note: the address was given incorrectly as 2940 in the last article about this house (“Part 5”).]
Cerisa Alexander was the granddaughter of Dover pioneers James and Hannah Alexander. Her parents, Silas and Harriett, were married in Cuyahoga County in 1834. Cerisa was the ninth of their 10 children. Alexander Road in North Olmsted is named for the family.
On Feb. 13, 1878, George M. Winslow married Cerisa M. Alexander. George’s mother, Ann, had died just weeks before. The 1880 U.S. Census has the widowed John (age 63) living with George (25), Cerisa (22) and their son John A. Winslow (1).
In 1883 John Winslow Sr. dies and wills 8 acres on the west side of Dover to George. In 1890 George builds the house that is the subject of this article on the land he inherited. He is elected a Dover trustee from 1899 to 1909.
The house was placed on the Ohio Historic Inventory in 1977. It is described as incorporating various forms of the Queen Anne style. “A two-story bay is topped by a projecting gable on the side elevation. It has a sunburst motif found also in the gable over the main entry. A broad veranda runs across the front façade. The sunburst is repeated in the panels of the door. The gables have bargeboards carved with diamonds.”
The 1900 U.S. Census records have George (45) and Cerisa (43) living with their sons John (21), Dermott (18) and Arnold G. (1). We could not find a record of George and Cerisa’s divorce but a deed dated March 5, 1902, lists them as “unmarried.”
On Oct. 29, 1902, George Winslow (47) marries nurse Jennie Cousins (47) of Lakewood. On the marriage certificate she is listed as having been born in Dover, Ohio, and as having been adopted and never previously married. When the picture for the RPPC (real photo postcard) is taken about 1910, the home is no longer that of George and Cerisa but actually the home of George and Jennie!
In a 1904 Cleveland directory Cerisa Winslow is listed as a widow of George and she is living on Clark Avenue in Cleveland. The stigma of divorce was real in 1904.
On March 16, 1907, the 28- year-old John Winslow married Edna French of North Olmsted. By the time of the 1910 U.S. Census they are living in Elyria. He is listed as a shipping clerk in a tube mill and they have one child, Beryl.
In 1910 Dermott is living in a house on the Winslow “farm” acreage near North Olmsted and working for his father, George, on this land which is identified as a truck farm, so called because fresh vegetables are “trucked” directly from it to the city.
Cerisa Winslow died Oct. 29, 1911, with a will that states that she lives in Cleveland and she leaves $1 to her “husband” George and $1 to each of her sons John and Dermott. To her youngest son, George Arnold Winslow (a 12-year-old who still lives in Dover), she leaves everything else. She makes “her husband” George the executor of her estate though the probate court said she died with no husband. What happened with this woman that she doesn’t even have custody of her youngest son?
George Winslow is elected to the new Dover Village Council 1911-1913 and 1916-1919. He died in 1920. He willed 2840 Dover Center to Jennie and she deeded it to John A. Winslow in 1922.
William R. Krause, AICP I am the Assistant Planning Director for the City of Westlake. I have worked for Westlake for 30 years. I served on the Bay Village Planning Commission for 5 years. I was a member of the Reuben Osborn Learning Center Steering Committee. I was a Board Member and Historian for the Westlake Historical Society and am a Trustee of the Western Reserve Architectural Historians. I have been married to Debra for 38 years and am the father of three grown children, grandfather of four and owner of a Shih Tzu.