The definition of what constitutes Clintonville used to be much broader than it is today.

The definition of what constitutes Clintonville used to be much broader than it is today.

Although still a major sector of the city, the fictional boundaries of Clintonville before it was annexed into Columbus used to extend well west of the Olentangy River, as far as what is today Kenny Road, according to Clintonville Historical Society President Mary Rodgers.

This more inclusive view of the neighborhood will be the focus of the society's next regular meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 14 in the North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 E. North Broadway.

"I think this will be another fascinating program in that many of those who settled to the east of the river also owned land to the west," Rodgers wrote in the most recent newsletter of the historical society.

In an interview, Rodgers said she would lead a discussion of such historical figures as Balser Hess, who owned a farm that included what is now Union Cemetery, and Denman Coe, whose family had land on both sides of the river and into what is now North Linden.

"There was a lot of interfamily activity in the early 1800s," Rodgers said.

She said she also will touch upon the Shattuck brothers, Adam and Alexander, who ran a small town they called Shattuckville on the west banks of the Olentangy.

"My notes are going to focus a lot on the arrival of people to this area," Rodgers said.

She added that people who grew up in central Ohio in the 1940s and lived just across the river from what's now thought of as Clintonville also felt they resided in the same neighborhood.

"They considered themselves to be part of Clintonville," Rodgers said. "Really, this whole definition of what's considered Clintonville has evolved since the '70s.

"We'll see how much we can cover in the hour to the hour and a half that we'll be together."

In other historical society developments, Rodgers said work is progressing on the East North Broadway mural at the railroad underpass that connects Clintonville and the Linden area. During the Aug. 14 meeting, Rodgers will provide an update on the project by artist Gregory K. Ackers of Delaware.

In addition, plans are being made for another historical mural, this one on the concrete embankment of state Route 315 at Olentangy River Road and West North Broadway. A steering committee is being formed to help guide that project, which Rodgers hopes to have arranged by fall with the actual painting to take place next summer.

"We will need to engage in some additional fundraising, but hopefully it will go quickly," she said.