The Marcum family is probably like a lot of Hamilton residents.

We can trace our roots to Kentucky, or if not there, Indiana. Further back, who knows. We are truly a good example of the American melting pot.

Glen F. Marcum, Joe’s father, was a pharmacist. He owned and operated several drug stores in Hamilton and Cincinnati. Joe often worked as a soda jerk prior to joining the Army in World War II. Glen served in World War I. Things could have been a lot different if either man had not survived his service unscathed.

Howard L. Sloneker was Sarah’s father. As an insurance agent, Howard saw the potential to start a new insurance company and he met a man who could finance the proposition. A young man originally from Camden, Ohio, had in 1918 begin the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company. At one time, Ohio Casualty was the 32nd largest property/casualty underwriters in the United States. It finally closed its doors in 2002.

The site of the park is the former campus of Mercy Hospital. Sarah Sloneker...

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