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John Jonas Chester

John Jonas Chester was a prominent Columbus attorney.

Born in Newark in 1860, he was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and real-estate developer.

In 1892, he purchased more than 300 lots in what would become Grandview Heights in 1906.

His development was called Chester Heights and its boundaries were present-day Elmwood Avenue to the east, Lincoln Avenue to the west, First Avenue to the north and Goodale Boulevard to the south.

Also in 1892, Chester became a charter member of the Bit and Bridle riding club, whose members used the Urlin farmhouse, where Summit Chase is located today, as their clubhouse.

It was the first country club in central Ohio.

Chester's son, John Jr., also was an attorney and gained fame as the prosecuting attorney during the 1929 murder trial of Dr. James H. Snook, a prominent Ohio State University professor who was executed for murdering his mistress, a medical student.