Grove City Record

Jividen home auction to offer historic trove

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This weekend, a local auction will give people the chance to take home a piece of Grove City history.

On Saturday, June 28, an auction will be held to dispose of remaining personal property at the home of the late Ruth Sawyer Jividen, 4126 Haughn Road.

Sawyer, the last descendent of Hugh Grant, Grove City's original settler, died April 14 at the age of 98.

Her house, the A.G. Grant Homestead, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1998 and is believed to have been built around 1840.

It is considered the oldest house in the community, and the city purchased it in March with plans to eventually convert it into a walk-in, living museum.

"There is a lot of history here," said auctioneer Rob Gibbs of Gibbs Auction Service, who will conduct the event. "We've got a lot of digging yet to do."

So far, items that will be up for bid include a buggy, antique cast-iron tools and cookware, furniture, a 1958 Chevrolet pickup truck with 88,000 miles, outdoor and indoor figurines, concrete yard statues and much more.

The auction also will feature a musket reportedly once owned by Hugh Grant, silver coins and jewelry.

"She hid money everywhere," Gibbs said of Jividen, adding that a 1928 $1,000 bill and 11 old $500 bills have been found.

Another item up for bid is a lift elevator removed from a Columbus building on North High Street in 1939. Jividen kept it in her backyard for a different purpose.

"She used to keep her peacocks in it," Gibbs said.

Also for sale will be a Krome Dome, a metallic dome that was the trademark of the Krome Dome hamburger chain. The one Jividen owned also one stood on North High Street.

"I don't know know if that'll sell or not," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said planning for this auction has been a "dream."

"This is definitely the pinnacle auction of my career," Gibbs said. "It's basically a time capsule. ... People will want to go home with a piece of Grove City history."

The auction begins at 10 a.m. and will continue all day, but Gibbs said attendees should plan to arrive early. Parking will be available at Park Street Intermediate School as well as neighboring streets -- but not on the site itself.

Purchases will need to be paid for the day of the auction. Cash, credit cards and Ohio checks will be accepted. Attendees should bring their driver's licenses.

For more information about the auction, visit gibbsauctionservice.net and click on "Upcoming Auctions."

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