Interviews

The Bexley Historical Society has interviewed numerous people, recording their stories.

Interview subjects include former residents who have made their mark on the world and treasure their time growing up in Bexley, as well as long time residents whose families have been in Bexley for generations.

Their stories are used to enhance our understanding of the history of Bexley and are incorporated into our displays in the Cottage Museum.

If you have a story you would like to share, please contact us.

Former Miss America Laurel Lea Schaefer and Michael Bozoukoff after her interview.

She said of her childhood in Bexley: “The community one is raised in becomes more than a memory – it becomes your legacy; it becomes a part of who you are. My experience in Bexley was profound.”

See the full article at Interviews: Bexley’s Own Miss America.











William “Billy” Cohen, former WOSU Ohio State House reporter, said that he has “…fond memories of growing up in Bexley, where I remember receiving a wonderful education in a safe, secure environment with no feelings of prejudice or discrimination.”




Tom and Mary Jane (Dawes) Bolon after their interview.

They look upon Bexley as an exceptional, eclectic community – one they are happy to call ‘Home’.




Bernie Yenkin sharing family history from the Jacob and Musa Yenkin Family booklet.

We learned that…

… Bernie Yenkin’s grandparents were born in the Vitebsk province, Belarus and immigrated to America in 1906 with their two sons, three year old Abe, Bernie and six week old Ben. Their journey from Belarus began in a covered wagon, then a train, a small ship across the Baltic Sea to Hull, England, and on to Liverpool where they boarded an ocean liner – the SS Majestic – (steerage class) to America.

…that Frey-Yenkin Pain company was formed in 1923 and in 1954 it became the Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation.

…that Bernie did the second semester of his high school sophomore year in Miami, Florida. Over the winter break, Bernie went to Florida to visit his grandparents. This was 1945, WWII had ended and trains were filled to capacity with returning military. School was starting and Bernie could not get a ticket home, so a family decision was made – attend classes in Miami for the remainder of the school year.

Originally published in Historical Herald, Summer 2014

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Donald Gene Davis

…that Donald Gene Davis was a Bexley policeman from 1961-1990.

…that his maternal grandmother was Dollie McCoy Allen and that she was a member of the feuding McCoys – although, NOT a participant!

…that the media gave the name ‘Booze Burglar’ to the individual who broke into North Bexley homes for alcoholic beverages.

…that during Don’s years on the police force, he assembled an outstanding memory book related to Bexley and the policy department. The custom-made book has the same dimensions as one page of the not so long ago Columbus Dispatch. This was done so that if a full newspaper page was put into the book, there would be no creases.

Originally published in Historical Herald, Summer 2014

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Russ and Peggy Williams

…that Russ and Peggy Williams have a long association with Bexley.

…that Russ left high school to enlist in the Navy, then returned to Bexley High after his military service and graduated with the Class of 1947.

…that Peggy was seen for many years in the 4th of July Parade in the Bexley Cancer Thrift Shop floats – and that these same floats took many 1st place awards.

…that Russ’s father, in 1927, leased the Pure Oil Service Station, which was located just east of Wentz Pharmacy (now Graeter’s). And that during WWII, he went to a Shell Station at Euclaire and Main – as there were not enough men available to work at the large Pure Oil Station.

Originally published in Historical Herald, Summer 2014

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