This was the location of the stately Victorian home of Roderick Barney and family. Mr. Barney served as mayor of Wyoming from 1886- 1896. During his tenure, h was instrumental in establishing Wyoming’s water works department and the citywide tree planting program. For his own yard, he bought and planted a number of tree species, both native and exotic. Although he passed away in 1912, many of these trees continue to flourish.
Mayor Barney’s daughter, Clara Barney, married James Fisk in 1923, and they made this house their home. Clara loved and cared for cats. By the time of her death in 1965, there were nearly 100 cats in her house. Due to the condition of the structure, it was destroyed by the Wyoming Fire Department as a training exercise.
Evans Foster Steans, Sr. neighbor and friend,
bought the property in 1959, then upon the death of
his son, Edwin Russell Stearns III in 1999, it was donated
to the City of Wyoming. Their generous gift is
known today as Stearns Woods.
Erected 2017 by in honor of Katie and Henry Bond. (Marker Number 2017-02.)
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of "Wyoming" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Reily (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spreen’s Corner (approx. 0.4 miles away); Linden Drive (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stearns and Foster Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Milestone (approx. 0.4 miles away); Doughboy (approx. half a mile away); Wyoming Avenue Business District (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wyoming.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 10, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.