The house at 343 Falls Ave. was home to one of the Mahoning Valley’s most esteemed residents before it went up in flames Thursday morning.
Volney Rogers took the lead in writing legislation allowing for the creation of the Ohio’s first park district in 1891 called Youngstown Township Park District, now known as Mill Creek MetroParks.
In 1883, Rogers signed a contract for a builder, L.L. Beck, to construct a house at 343 Falls Ave. at a cost of $930.
The contract, which is in Mahoning Valley Historical Society archives, reads: “I will build your house according to plans. Excepting cellar and porch roof. To give it two coats of paint in and out two coats of plaster. All finish to bee [sic] put on before plastering for the sum of nine hundred and thirty dollars.”
In 1916, Rogers sold the house to Charles Leedy for a total price of $4,500, according to historical society records. Rogers died three years later in Canon City, Colo. at age 73.