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Name John Stanton Fish
Born 26 March 1830
Brooklyn Village, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Died 20 September 1903
Resting Place Dennison Cemetery
Occupation Ice company; property developer
Spouse(s) Chloe Clark (1851-1881)
Martha Jane Turner (1883-1937)
Children Clara Fish, Mary Stanton Fish, Karl Turner Fish
Parents Ebenezer Fish and Joanna Stanton

John Stanton Fish, born on March 26, 1830 in the Village of Brooklyn, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, was the last child and only son born to early Brooklyn Centre settler, Ebenezer Fish, Jr. and his wife Joanna Stanton Fish.

John Stanton Fish was born, lived, and died on what is now Forestdale Avenue.


His Early Years

When he was a young man of twenty, he worked as a soap maker [1] and by 1860 he was a store keeper.[2] Although it isn't known for sure what soap factory he might have worked at, a good possibility is the Cuyahoga Soap Company which at that time was located just across West 25th St. from Forestdale. The owner of the soap company was Ludwig Stadler whose son, August continued using the company name after his father died.

Business Interests

John was proprietor of the Willow Spring Pond Ice Company. The ice was harvested from the deep ravine that lay south of the Fish residence on Forestdale Avenue. He also operated a grocery store on Pearl Street (as mentioned in the funeral notice which appears below) and was proprietor of the Brooklyn Opera House[3]

Along with his father, Ebenezer, John was also involved in the development of the Brooklyn Centre area. As the area grew, the original property that was settled by his father was divided and sold. Brooklyn was growing and many homes were being built.[4].

John's reputation within the community, as the son of one of the original settlers of the area and as a developer, found him further involved in the political scene by the late 1860’s.


In 1867 the Village of Brooklyn was incorporated. John Fish served in various capacities as a village official. The first year he was one of the trustees. From 1869 through 1871, John Stanton Fish served as the treasurer. After a brief hiatus from the political scene, John Stanton Fish ran for the office of Mayor. He served in this capacity for two years, 1878 and 1879.[5]

John also worked as an architect during this time. In 1869 he was the architect of the Mallo-Donahue House. This structure still stands today and is listed as one of Cleveland’s Landmarks under the Cleveland Landmark Commission. It is located at 3731 W. 25th Street.[6]

Personal Life

Marriage license for John Stanton Fish and Chloe Clark

John was married at the age of 21 to Chloe Clark. John and Chloe were married sometime in late 1851 (marriage license was applied for on October 20, 1851). By 1854, John and Chloe were the parents of a daughter named Clara. Sadly, they lost their only child in 1856. In 1881, Chloe passed on, leaving John a widower at the age of 51.[7]

John Stanton Fish - Business card for the Willow Spring Pond Ice Company
Mary Stanton Fish - approx. 1915Daughter of John Stanton Fish and Martha Jane Turner
Mary Stanton Fish - approx. 1915
Daughter of John Stanton Fish and Martha Jane Turner

In May 16th, 1883 John Stanton Fish married once again. His bride was a young school teacher named Martha Jane Turner. To her family and friends she was always known as Jennie. On July 22, 1896, after thirteen years of marriage, Jennie gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Mary Stanton Fish. Two years later, on February 10, 1898 Jennie presented John Fish with a son, Karl Turner Fish.

1903 Funeral notice for John Stanton Fish
1903 Funeral notice for John Stanton Fish

Unfortunately, John Stanton Fish was unable to see his children grow to adulthood. On September 20, 1903 John Stanton Fish passed away.[8] He was 73 years old at the time of his death. John Stanton Fish is buried in Denison Cemetery with his first wife, Chloe and daughter Clara. His wife Jennie remained a widow and lived in their home until her death on January 4, 1937. Jennie Fish is buried with her Turner family in Riverside Cemetery in Cleveland, OH.


  1. 1850 United States Federal Census Brooklyn, Cuyahoga Co., OH; pg. 58
  2. 1860 United States Federal Census Brooklyn, Cuyahoga Co., OH pg 89
  3. "Brooklyn Opera House", Cleveland City Directory, 1885.
  4. Much of John's father's land west of West 25th St. had been sold to Betts and Bibbins. One of the partners in the Betts and Bibbins enterprise was Ebenezer's son-in-law, Jerome Bibbins; second husband of Ebenezer's daughter Mary Matilda
  5. History of Cuyahoga County in Three Parts; History of Cuyahoga County Part III, Townships pg. 422; Author: Crisfield Johnson; Publisher: D.W. Ensign & Co. Philadelphia1882
  6. Cleveland Landmark Commission, http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/landmark/listDetail.php?identity=144
  7. Cuyahoga County Deaths: 1867 - 1890 Fish Chloe 9/1/1881 50 yr Volume:2 Page:128 http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcuyah2/deaths/coarch/part1/pg058.html
  8. Cemetery record; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #025.

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