Sylvania Then & Now – 5762 Summit Street

This house was built in 1915 while owned by William Irwin. He sold it in 1916 to Raymond J. Comstock. In the 1920 census Comstock was living on Monroe Street in one of the old Comstock homes, and he was renting this home on Summit Street to Arza and Mildred Smalley and their children: Mabel, Charles and Franklin. Smalley was employed as a traveling salesman for commercial tractors.

Clarence and Helena Donley purchased the home in 1921 and only owned it for four years, selling it in 1925. While the Donleys owned the home they obtained a building permit to build a two-car garage in April, 1925. Francis A. Cosgrove then purchased this home. He was a school teacher and only owned the home for one year before purchasing a home in Toledo.

Emilie J. Rutherford purchased the home in 1926 and owned it for the next 39 years. James and Emilie (Cribb) Rutherford were living in Rochester, New York when James died in 1924. In 1925 she was living with her parents in Rochester and by 1926 she was living in this home on Summit Street. Her brother, Clifford Cribb, lived in Sylvania, which is why she moved here.

When the 1930 census was taken Emilie was 54 years old and living with her was her brother, Clifford Cribb – 44 years old, employed as an advertising manager in the automobile industry, and his wife Josephine – 45 years old, and their children: Elizabeth – 17 years; Winifred – 16 years; and Clifford’s father Francis R. Cribb – 84 years old.

According to family records Clifford brought his family here to work at Willys Overland. They first lived on a farm on Yankee Road, then moved to Summit Street when his only sister, Emilie, moved here. Clifford then worked for Tillotson Manufacturing Co. until 1939. It was also noted that three of the four Cribb sisters married into the Beveridge family.

In the 1940 census, Emilie Rutherford was still living here and listed as 56 years old (she didn’t seem to age), widowed and employed as a librarian at Burnham High School. Living with her were her brother and sister-in-law, who are listed as owning the home, which was valued at $4,800. However, real estate records show that Emilie still owned the home at this time. Clifford Cribb, 54 years old, and his wife Josephine 55 years old, were listed as employed as the proprietors of a restaurant. Their business was called Jo-Cliff Restaurant and was located in the basement of today’s J & G Pizza/UPside Brewing building. Apparently Josephine’s pies became famous throughout the area.

In 1942 Cliff Cribb completed his World War II registration card and listed his address as 5762 Summit St. He was 56 years old and a self-employed owner of a restaurant.

Emilie Rutherford continued to own and live in this home with her brother and sister-in-law until she passed away in August, 1964. She left the home to her two nieces, Elizabeth Cribb-Beveridge and Dorothy Cribb-Beveridge, subject to the life estate of her brother. Cliff and Josephine Cribb continued to live in this home until he died in 1966 in the Montrie Nursing Home. After Cribb was moved to the nursing home they rented the home to James Guyton, according to directories, and Josephine Cribb moved to Alabama to live with her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Beveridge. The home was sold in 1967 to John D. and Marilyn E. Engelhardt who owned it until 1972.

In 1972 James C. and Kathleen R. Suttie purchased the home, and in 1987 it transferred into just Kathleen’s name through 2005.

Aurelio Rosario purchased the home in 2005 and owned it for 14 years, selling it in 2019 to the current owner, Jami B. Clark.

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