Moreland Hills is Proud of Our HIDDEN GEMS


Bell, Edward F.
Lead Ohio Bell and Civic Groups 2012 Sep 21 News Obituary written by Grant Segall for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


Boyer, Allen M. (1891-1948)
Our second Mayor was born in Warrensville and came to Orange Township shortly after his marriage to Clara M. (Callie) Mapes.  Allen & Callie had two sons, (Charles & Allen Jr.) and lived on SOM Center Road.  Cleveland Necrology File.


Boynton, Amos
Became a resident in Orange Twp. in 1829 locating at the northwest corner of S.O.M. and Jackson Roads.  Amos was a trustee of Orange Twp. in 1832, 1833, and 1835 and 1853.   Amos Boynton was the half brother of Abram Garfield and Uncle of President James A. Garfield.  
Boynton Family history shared by Ken Blum


Burnett, Serenus
Our first settler arriving in Orange Township 1815.  His home was located at the intersection of Chagrin River Road and South Woodland.  The house was purchased in 1942 by the Cleveland Metro Parks and later renovated by the Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club in 1956.

2016 Dec 26 article by Kenneth Mays, Columnist for the Deseret News entitled: “Picturing history: Serenus Burnett home, Orange, Ohio History”


Croutcher, Alvin T.
Mayor (1980-1987) and (1996-1999).  Was instrumental in the President James A. Garfield replica cabin and Birthsite Park.   


DeGross, Charles M.
Mayor of Moreland Hills (2000-2007)


DePetro, Diana (Munz)           

Olympic medal winning Swimmer.  Profile by Debbie Hanson; “If a child wants to be “just like her” when they grow up, a parent can sit back and relax.  Their child has chosen a role model worthy of the title.”  Photo courtesy of Diana DePetro 2020.


Dodson, Jr. Osborn C.
Mayor (1988-1995)


Doerr, Mark & Carrie
Moreland Hills residents Mark & Carrie Doerr have been living in the village for 12 years.  Having moved here from Newbury.  Mark said they were pleasantly surprised to find out their neighborhood in Moreland Hills is actually much quieter than their seven acres “in the country.”


Fisher Family


Fritz, Daniel
Mayor of Moreland Hills (2020- )


Garfield Family


Griswold
One of the first families of Orange Township arriving in 1816.


Goldfarb, Dr. James
Leading infertility specialist, who grew up in South Euclid, inducted into Brush High School Alumni Association Wall of Achievement.


Hess, Karen
“Although many of us dream of a career path that allows us to do the kind of work we love while at the same time making a positive impact on people’s lives, most of us fall short on both.  Moreland Hills resident Karen Hess, however, has found the perfect fusion of profession and purpose.”


Keetler, George L.
7th Mayor of the Village of Moreland Hills (1976-1979)


Kimball, Jesse
One of our first families arriving in Orange Township 1817.


Leisenheimer, Herman A. (1894-1956)
Village Mayor (1936-1947).  Herman A. Leisenheimer married Mildred Yelinick in 1915 and in 1930 lived on Giles Road.   Cleveland Necrology Files.


Llewellyn, Samuel D. (1905-1972)
Fifth Mayor of the Village (1954-1971).  Cleveland Necrology Files.


Lynch, Frank J. (1897-1962)
First Mayor of Moreland Hills 1929-1931.  In 1929 the Village of Moreland Hills was incorporated and the first meeting was held at the home of Frank & Mary M. Lynch on River Road.  The estate of Frank J. Lynch, in consideration of $6,000.00, deeded the property to the Cleveland Metro Parks 23 June 1943.


Luse Family


Mapes Brothers
“The Mapes Brothers are among the well known and honorable and respected, founding families or Orange, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio.”  Read more on page 856 History of Cuyaahhoga County, Ohio…:With Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.

“In 1792, Seth Mapes, Rufus’ father “moved west” from Orange, New York and he surveyed much of the land in the Western Reserve.  He claimed his property on SOM Center Rd. between Jackson and Miles, now known as Moreland Hills.  It is believed he moved back to NY and returned to this area in 1820. This became the new “Mapes Homestead.”   Seth Mapes was one of the first settlers in Orange Township, which now consists of the modern communities of Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike, Hunting Valley, Woodmere, and part of Chagrin Falls.” Read more from Highland Hts. Archive Center ..

1879 History of Cuyahoga County, Ohio…: With Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, D.W. EnsignCleveland (Ohio)534 pages

1880 circa Mapes Family Identified

1881 March 10 – taken from The Chagrin Exponent “Orange Department. — On last Saturday the remains of several bodies were taken up from a little family burying ground and removed to cemetery in North Solon. The body of Seth Mapes had been buried about thirty-seven years, and as was expected nothing but the bones was left. But on examining the skull the brain was found to be in a perfect state of preservation, soft and natural, while in the skull of one who had been buried only nineteen years, the brain had entirely disappeared.  Credit: OhioMemory.org. 
“By 1903 a merger with the Mapes milk company created the new Belle Vernonn-Mapes Dairy Co., which supplied 25% of the milk sold in Cleveland.”  Read more about Telling Belle Vernon Company at Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, (Case.edu). 

1932 August 29 John P. Mapes Obituary

1985 August 6 – Edwin Mapes Obituary published by Cleveland Plain Dealer


Maxwell, Dorothy
Councilwoman who resigned April 26, 1977.


Mellen, Charles S
Councilman Village of Moreland Hills for 21 years from June 8, 1977 – August 1998.

1998 May 14 – “Mellen worthy of Tribute” written by Councilman Jon Salerno Carrol, published Chagrin Valley Times.


Munz, Diana – see “DePetro”


Park, Helyna
Finalist in National All American Miss Pageant.


Renda, Susan
Mayor of Moreland Hills (2008-2019).  Prior to being elected as mayor in 2007, she served on Village Council for six years, including three years as Council President. She worked on all six Council Committees but concentrated her time and attention on the Finance Committee. While on Council she also took a leadership role in initiating the Village Green Space Program and was instrumental in acquiring the land for the Village Park and Nature Preserve, Forest Ridge.

Mayor Renda’s Bio by Mayor’s Office Village of Moreland Hills, Ohio

2019 May 9 – Mayor Renda To Retire after 12 Years in Office by Julie Hullett, Chagrin Valley Times

2015 April 14 – Moreland Hills Mayor Susan Renda to seek third term by Brenda Cain, cleveland.com

2015 March 18 – Moreland Hills Mayor Susan Renda said residents opposed merger: What Mayors Make


Paris, Michelle
“An extraordinary sense of civic duty, dedication to public service and love for the law lead Moreland Hills resident, Michelle Paris, to seek election as Judge at the Bedford Municipal Court.”


Sancetta, Amy
Renowned AP Staff Photographer has always called Moreland Hills “Home”.  Resident Amy Sancetta won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography in 1992 and was named the Associated Press top sports photographer worldwide in 1993.


Sancetta, Connie
Scientist, Author, Historian, “Connie Sancetta has only lived in Moreland Hills for the last decade, but her family has roots in the Cleveland area dating back more than 100 years when her grandparents moved here from Sicily.”


Schach, Harvey E. (1901-1981)
Mayor of Moreland Hills (1972-1975).  Spouse Dorothy?


Swartwout, Denton K. (-1965
Mayor of Moreland Hills (1948-1953).  Cleveland Necrology Files.


Tesar, Kristine
“Meet Kristine Tesar, aka “Queen Evergreen” – Wife, Mother, Singer, Actress, Comedian, Artist.”


Truax, Bill and Sue
“Though heading for warmer weather, Bill and Sue Truax will always call Moreland Hills “home.”


Worztman, Bill
“Moreland Hills resident Bill Wortzman has lived in the Village for about 17 years, four and a half of which he served as a Councilman.”