Due to a dispute between two factions in Marble Cliff in 1902-03, the southern faction used a new state law to detach itself from the village.

Discussions with Columbus began that might have resulted in the annexation of the detached region by Columbus. However, because of water and electricity availability issues, the residents voted in 1906 to become a separate municipality: the village of Grandview Heights.

In 1921, the residents rejected for a second time an attempt by Columbus to annex the village.

The following year, the city of Columbus, which had been providing fire service to Grandview and Marble Cliff, began charging Grandview for service, and in 1923 completely canceled the agreement.

This action solidified the desire of Grandview to remain independent, but Columbus tried a third time to aggressively pursue the village in 1931.

This was the same year Grandview grew large enough to be recognized as a city. Residents again fought the attempt, and it failed.

This cartoon from The Columbus Dispatch that year derisively depicts Grandview's decision, actually the third "refusal" by Grandview.