North Olmsted in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Springvale Ballroom is located on part of the one hundred and forty acre tract that English immigrant John Biddulph bought in 1840. Fred Biddulph, John Biddulph's grandson, was born near this site in 1887. Fred and his wife, Clara, built the five thousand square foot Springvale Ballroom. On May 19, 1923, they paid fifteen dollars for the right to open the dancing pavilion. The first dance at Springvale Ballroom was held on May 23rd. A five hole golf course was added to the property in 1928. Later changes to Springvale included renovation of the ballroom, the addition of a golf office, and an upgrade to a full eighteen hole course.
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Ballrooms reached a highpoint of popularity during the 1930s and 1940s, serving as places for social gatherings. During World War II, servicemen on leave paid a nickel a dance at Springvale. The daughter of Fred and Clara Biddulph, Rose, and her husband Bill Scheeff took over the management of Springvale when her brother, George, retired in 1984. Both served as President of the National Ballroom and Entertainers Association, with Bill heading the organization from 1983 to 1985 and Rose presiding from 1992 to 2001. Couples danced in the ballroom to the music of Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians along
Erected 2007 by Landmarks Commission of North Olmsted, Olmsted Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 85-18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 24.288′ N, 81° 54.712′ W. Marker is in North Olmsted, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Canterbury Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted OH 44070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butternut Ridge Cemetery 1835 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Oxcart Library (approx. 0.9 miles away); North Olmsted Veterans Plaza (approx. 1.2 miles away); John J. Donnelly (approx. 1½ miles away); Coe Ridge Parker Ranch (approx. 1.8 miles away); North Olmsted (approx. 1.9 miles away); Joseph Peake's Farm (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Olmsted.
Also see . . .
1. Springvale Golf Course and Ballroom. (Submitted on June 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Springvale Ballroom and Country Club. (Submitted on June 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 769 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.