|Credit: A. Hartman|
Sam Caldwell took ownership of the building in 1945. As can be seen in the photo above, Sam was a painter and decorator. He is most known for painting the outfield signs at Crosley Field. This sign was actually painted by his employee, Charles Keiger, who attended the Cincinnati Art Academy. Sam Caldwell passed away in 1965 and the building was sold in 1970 to a relative of the present owner.
But let's dig a little further back...
|1887 Sanborn Insurance Map - Source|
I started searching through the city directories and census records to find more information.
|1870 US Census - Ancestry.com|
|1880 US Census - Ancestry.com|
After the deaths of Morris and Mary, the building was used as an office for veterinarian Louis P. Cook, who was also an inspector for the U.S. Bureau of Animal Industry.
|1910 US Census - Ancestry.com|
|The Cincinnati Enquirer; May 9, 1912; p. 16|
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|The Cincinnati Enquirer; Sep 9, 1917; pg. 21|
|1904-1930 Sanborn Insurance Map - Source|
|The Cincinnati Enquirer; Apr 28, 1918; p. A14|
|The Cincinnati Enquirer; Dec 4, 1921; p. A12|
By 1925, welding returned to 118 East 9th Street with Benz-Welsh Welding Company. Also listed in the directory was Fred Gage, storage batteries, and Vass Electric Company. Few changes occurred over the next 15 years, with 1940 bringing a live bait shop to the building in addition to welding and electric.
We have come full circle, with Sam Caldwell who purchased the building in 1945 for his painting business. Presently, it has been owned by the same family since 1970, however, I am unsure of its current use. But Sam Caldwell's paint sign remains on the front of the building.