This house used to be the home of Charles Thomas, his wife, Mattie Kirk, and their five children: Helen, Thirza, Kirk, Aveline, and Mary Eva, all of whom resided in Baltimore from approximately 1897 through at least 1916. Currently, the building houses COAL Computer, a local, family-owned, computer repair service.
Charles A. Thomas was
born on April 10th, 1867 and died at the age of 94 in Cincinnati, Ohio
on August 27th, 1961. In 1893, he married Mattie Kirk, who was born
March 1st, 1867 and died April 11th, 1945 at the age of
78. Together, they had five children: Helen, Thirza, Kirk, Aveline, and Mary
There are records that
show that, in addition to living in Baltimore, Ohio, Charles lived in both
Columbus and Cincinnati. While in Baltimore, Charles owned The Twin City Bakery
and Lunch Room and was known as the “Twin City Baker.” There are bakery ads in
the local paper, The Twin City News
dating from 1897 through at least 1916, which suggest that Charles and Mattie
moved to Baltimore shortly after getting married to set up the bakery. They
then moved to Columbus anytime between 1916 and 1925, which is when the first
record of their residence in Columbus is recorded.
The Thomas family lived
in a large house across from what was then the Baltimore school, but is now the
Griley House at 209 E Market Street. The house itself is still standing and is
located at 220 E. Market Street. At some point, the Thomas family put an addition on
the back of the house and expanded the front porch to what it looks like today,
most likely to accommodate their growing family.
The windows on the Thomas house are 9 feet tall and are some of the
largest known windows in Fairfield County. A local story is that the Thomas’
five children would use the windows as doors to go in and out of the house
while playing outside.
Charles Thomas may have
left Baltimore almost a century ago, but his family home remains as a testament
to Baltimore’s rich local history. Hopefully it will continue standing for
generations to come.