The History of the Blott Farm Market in Niles, Ohio

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Timeline of Blott Farm

Route 422 was called Route #R.D.1, farm was 21 acres
Prior to 1856: Phoebe Hustan and Robert R. Hustan
April 4, 1856: Edward Keck bought farm for $1140.00
Prior to 1898: Isaac and Susan E. Miller
October 10, 1898: Carmine and Fortuna Colucci and Guisseppe Carris bought farm for $1650.00
June 30, 1906: Simeone Blott bought farm for $1500.00
June 30, 1938: William A. and Carrie Anna Klingensmith Blott bought farm for $750.00 (Phyllis Blott Bako's grandparents)
June 28, 1947: Charles E. and Anne Marie Blott (parents)bought farm for $2700.00 and in 1956 paid $8133.34 to remaining family members
Blott’s Farm Market and Garden Center: 1953 to 1987


Aerial view, looking east and south, of the intersection of State Route 422 and Niles-Vienna Road taken in 1973.

"So the four corners were The Carlisle Family, Hakes Diner, the Gas station(I think it was run by the Jarome Family) and the Blott Farm House', Phyllis Bako, 2013.

Aerial view, looking east and south, of the intersection of State Route 422 and Niles-Vienna Road taken in 1973. Blotts Farm Market, family house and fields are centered in the photograph. The Blott farm first was a dairy and chicken farm, then raised white-faced beef cattle, pigs and chickens, exotic animals-pheasants, and eventually became a truck farm.

The Carlisle Home is on the opposite side of Route 422 across from the Blott home on the west corner of Niles-Vienna Road.

Crawford’s Home is the white house farther down 422 on the same side as the Carlisle home.

There is a small gas station on the north-east side of the intersect and a restaurant, Hake's, on the north-west corner.


(L)Grandfather’s house originally built 1938.

(L)Grandfather’s house originally built 1938.
Phyllis Blott Bako's father was born and raised here with his 3 sisters.

(R)William Blott and Carrie Anna Klingensmith Blott on front porch, 1930s.

 

(R)William Blott and Carrie Anna Klingensmith Blott on front porch, 1930s.


Phyllis’ grandmother, Carrie Anna Klingensmith Blott was a seamstress.

(L)Phyllis’ grandmother, Carrie Anna Klingensmith Blott was a seamstress.

Behind the house is the original barn which burned dowm around 1938.

(R)Charles Blott and William Blott, Phyllis’ grandfather and father.

Charles Blott and William Blott, Phyllis’ grandfather and father.

1941 Dodge coupe, unknown person in driver's seat.

(L)1941 Dodge coupe, unknown person in driver's seat.

(Rtop) Bill of sale for the Dodge from Sanzenbacher Motors.

(Rbottom) Charles Blott's WWII Ration card for 1941 Dodge.

Bill of sale for the Dodge from Sanzenbacher Motors.

Charles Blott's WWII Ration card for 1941 Dodge.


Sign in front of market advertised the produce that was in season and available. The order and arrangement of the sign boards could be changed as each board had hooks from which to hang.

(L)Sign in front of market advertised the produce that was in season and available. The order and arrangement of the sign boards could be changed as each board had hooks from which to hang.

(R)The market was a combination open-air market with many items such as flower baskets sitting on the ground, inside a variety of fruits and vegetables were displayed on tables. Photo September 1957.

The market was a combination open-air market with many items such as flower baskets sitting on the ground, inside a variety of fruits and vegetables were displayed on tables. Photo September 1957.

L-R Carol Ann DeMarsh, Phyllis half-sister; Charles Blott; Anne Marie Blott; and Phyllis Blott.

(L) L-R Carol Ann DeMarsh, Phyllis half-sister; Charles Blott; Anne Marie Blott; and Phyllis Blott.
Photo August 1960.

(R) The Blott farmhouse and farm market.
Photo May 1962.

The Blott farmhouse and farm market.

Phyllis Blott Bako in front of flower baskets and statuary for sale at Blott's Farm Market.

(L) Phyllis Blott Bako in front of flower baskets and statuary for sale at Blott's Farm Market.
Photo July 1958.

(R) View of shaded area where plants for sale were protected from summer sun.
Photo September 1957.

) View of shaded area where plants for sale were protected from summer sun.

During the off-season, Phyllis' Dad would purchase Christmas trees to be sold. Photo developed March 1957, so this picture would have been taken during the Christmas season of 1957.

(L) During the off-season, Phyllis' Dad would purchase Christmas trees to be sold. Photo developed March 1957, so this picture would have been taken during the Christmas season of 1957.

(R) View of market in early spring showing statuary and lawn decorations for sale. Produce is still available for sale inside closed part of Blott's Farm Market.
Photo March 1958.

View of market in early spring showing statuary and lawn decorations for sale. Produce is still available for sale inside closed part of Blott's Farm Market.

Unidentified child sitting in her wagon in driveway looking across Niles-Vienna Rd. toward the Blott family home and barn in background.

(L) Unidentified child sitting in her wagon in driveway looking across Niles-Vienna Rd. toward the Blott family home and barn in background.

(R) Phyllis' dad cleaning his boots after working in the barn. In the background is the Blott apple orchard which provided fruit for sale at the market. The car beside him is a 1941 Plymouth and older cars behind him are not identified.

Phyllis' dad cleaning his boots after working in the barn. In the background is the Blott apple orchard which provided fruit for sale at the market. The car beside him is a 1941 Plymouth and older cars behind him are not identified.

The original farm tractor used on the Blott farm since 1938.

(L) The original farm tractor used on the Blott farm since 1938.

(R) Phyllis' dad on the same tractor with his dog, Shep.

Phyllis said, "He called every dog he had by that same name".

Phyllis' dad on the same tractor with his dog, Shep.

Color photo of Blott farm house.

Blott's Farm Market

(Ltop) Color photo of Blott farm house.

(Lbottom) Color photo of Blott's Farm Market and farmhouse. A Pizza Hut Restaurant is now located on the former site of the Market and farmhouse on the corner of State Route 422 and Niles-Vienna Road.

A local family purchased and moved the Blott homestead to another farm in Vienna Township where it can now be seen from Old State Route 82.

(R) Parade of conestoga wagons on the move in front of the Carlisle home and the restaurant eatery across Niles-Vienna Road.

Parade of conestoga wagons on the move in front of the Carlisle home and the restaurant eatery across Niles-Vienna Road.

Phyllis' dad on tractor, 'Big Blue', after retirement from the farm market.

(L) Phyllis' dad on tractor, 'Big Blue', after retirement from the farm market.

(R) Phyllis' dad standing in seasonal pumpkin patch with the Autumn Hills retirement home across Niles-Vienna Road in the background.
Photo 1986.

Phyllis' dad standing in seasonal pumpkin patch with the Autumn Hills retirement home across Niles-Vienna Road in the background.

 
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