Virginia Schuette Dodd, of Liberty Township, recently presented the Powell Liberty Historical Society with information on her family.

Virginia Schuette Dodd, of Liberty Township, recently presented the Powell Liberty Historical Society with information on her family.

She included a family tree, 1880 land plats, and a history she prepared titled "Folks on Turkey Pen Road with some Background Happenings."

I've mentioned before that Turkey Pen Road is now Rutherford Road, but I did not know that the western section of that road between state Route 257 (Riverside Drive) and Steitz Road was referred to as Never Seen Road.

It makes sense, since Seldom Seen Road is the next road south and particularly because Virginia said, "There were absolutely no houses on Never Seen Road, even in the late 1940s when I last rode the school bus."

Virginia's history begins with the immigration of her great-great grandparents, Frank and Mary Hultz Grumley, both born in 1812 in Baden-Baden, Germany.

They settled in Franklin County, farming on land which is now part of The Ohio State University. Who would have known that their farmhouse would sit on a bluff overlooking land which later would become so much a part of university life -- Mirror Lake?

The Grumleys later operated a grocery and saloon business and became "prosperous members of St. Mary's Catholic Church."

For a fee, they were able to obtain a reserved pew which was just behind that of Delaware's mayor.

Joseph, one of the Grumleys' sons, served in the Civil War and participated in Sherman's March to the Sea. Joseph and his brother, Sebastian, married sisters, Lianthia and Harriet Dominy. They both farmed on land, divided by their father, which was near the C&O Railroad tracks on Turkey Pen Road I understand turkeys were raised by another family who lived on the road close to Liberty Road. Today, the old one-room brick Turkey Pen schoolhouse still stands on the south side of present-day Rutherford Road. It is privately owned.

Another family known to most Powell residents in the 1900s were the Butchers. They purchased the Sebastian Grumley farm and became very good friends, as the Grumleys returned often for visits.

Sebastian, his wife, Harriet, and their youngest daughter, Esther, had moved to 92 West Lane Ave. in the university district. I guess the area just called to the Grumleys.

The Grumleys opened a rooming house where students were charged $10 per month. Imagine eight to 10 students sharing a bathroom. I found it interesting that it was the custom then for the roomers to eat at restaurants, but Virginia points out they were simply small family-run places.

On occasion, Harriet Grumley invited Harold Butcher and William Wilcox of Powell to the house for fried chicken dinners and homemade pie.

Ruby and Garnet Maddox, Harriet's granddaughters from Powell, also were students at Ohio State and boarders at the Grumley rooming house.

Virginia mentioned the Steitz family, who farmed and operated a lumber business near Rutherford and Steitz roads in the days when they were called Turkey Pen and Chickahominy roads.

The Clements family lived on the east end of Turkey Pen Road, with a daughter and twin sons.

If you have more information to share about these roads or some of their early residents, please contact me at (614) 889-1182.

The Powell Liberty Historical Society maintains family history files, and we appreciate adding to them.

Carole Wilhelm is a member of the Powell Liberty Historical Society.