Bellaire, Ohio: The House That Jack Built

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Bellaire, Ohio - The House That Jack Built

I grew up only a block from what we called "Jack's Mansion." Jake and his brother lived next door to us until they passed on. The mansion was used as apartments, I was told, in the 1940s. I used to deliver newspapers to it in the 1950s as a kid. People living in the area were disappointed when the mansion was sold to build a motel. It was really a beautiful place during the day, and scary at night.

[Robert (Bob) Warnock, 02/24/2013]

"Jack" was a donkey, "Jake" was his human owner. The House That Jack Built has been gone for more than 50 years, but its memory lives on in Bellaire's citizens.

All that remains of the House That Jack Built. Bellaire, Ohio - House that Jack the Donkey built

It was a house on the edge of town (now a motel) that Jack the donkey and his owner Jake built. Had a nursery rhyme made of it "The house that Jack built." Jake was the owner of a coal mine and very eccentric.... The only thing left of the house is a piece of wood that hung over the front door that had a picture of Jack carved into it!

[steve, 11/14/2000]

According to the folks at the Bellaire Public Library, Jake Heatherington was Jack's owner. "The 'House that Jack Built' was torn down in 1959 to make room for a motel addition (motel is still in use today). The photo is of the keystone (from the original house, above the front door) which now has a permanent home at the Bellaire Public Library."

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