When I was a child my father's side business was repairing watches and clocks. A few months ago I was searching the newspapers most local to Mineral Ridge, Ohio, and was pleased and surprised to see that he had advertized during the time his children were young. There are probably more ads I haven't found yet.
I know my dad hoped the business would grow to become full-time employment but it never generated enough income to enable him to give us his regular employment. As a part-time, second job he spent many hours working on clocks and watches that people brought to our home for repair.
In this ad from 1948 is interesting because of the phone number. Within a decade Ohio Bell changed the numbering system and our number became OLympic 2-7979.
The Mineral Ridge Volunteer Fire Department held an annual festival that was the highlight of every summer. The school's lawn was given over to rides, booths, games, and food. The Ridge was canvassed for supporters who paid a sum to have their names included as sponsors of the Festival. The ad below could almost be a directory of businesses in the Ridge in 1954.
Until I was 10 or 12 my father had a sign on the side of our front porch and one at the top of our street, indicating the way toward our house.
Dad was probably in his mid- to late-50s when he took up woodworking and began building clocks. They were not only time-consuming but required much care and attention to detail. He preferred making the grandmother clocks, probably because they were more substantial. His favorite wood was cherry but he also used walnut. He was an excellent craftsmen and they were beautiful.
The grandmother clocks stood about 6 feet tall. The granddaughters were a foot or more shorter. I once asked him if he would make a small clock for my husband and me. We envisioned a clock that was small enough to lift and carry in two hands. He envisioned a granddaughter clock and promptly told us they weren't worth his time to build. When we explained further he agreed to make us a clock. Of course we still have it -- and I need to take some photos of it.
I don't know how many grandmother/granddaughter clocks he made but he sold all but two of them. He kept one for my mother and him to enjoy and gave one to my brother (I think).
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