Ramlow Hall built 1881 by Catherine (Sager/Seeger) Volk Ramlow 1826-1918, a drygoods and grocer merchant from the 1870’s. Located at the SW corner of Dodridge & North High Sts, Clinton Twp.. Catherine also founded Northern Savings Bank at Ramlow Alley & N. High Sts.. Eventually bought out by Huntintgon Banks it is now closed.
Catherine was from Gnaderheim, Reichenbach bei Bensheim, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany and was the last of my family to come to America in the 1850’s. She was first married to John Fedal Volk of Bavaria and I descend from that marriage through their son Peter Volk Ramlow. They were married by Rev. Conrad Mees at the Lutheran Church near German Village where she and John Volk lived and worked in the American House Hotel on State St.. Catherine was a ‘salad cook’ and John was a butcher and night watchman. After John Volk’s death Catherine moved to North Columbus.
She owned a big house on Neil Avenue, north of the campus.
Another son John Fedal Volk, Jr., died young without marrying. Catherine married second William Ramlow, a Civil War vetreran – and a musician. Catherine changed the boys names from Volk to Ramlow for business purposes. William and Catherine were married only a short while before he died without him ever seeing their daughter, Amelia Ramlow who married Milton Strait, who was eventually manager of Catherine’s bank.
For a number of years Peter Ramlow had a shoe store in the street level of Ramlow Hall.
Catherine and her son Peter had an interest in Bowers Grocery, across the street on N. High.
I have compiled an extensive genealogy on the Ramlow-Volk family in this country. Cousin Esther (Strait) Bobb hired a researcher in Germany to trace the family through parish church records. I also have a book ‘Familien in Brandau Odenwald 1635-1910’ by Kirscnick that names the Sager/Seeger family. All research I have shows the line documented back to Johannes Sager/Seeger ca 1576 born Gross Bieberau, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany who married Margretha Krieck.
Pic taken by John Gray 1980.