Did you know that Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service has been a member of the Columbus community since 1855? That’s when we first opened our doors to help families in the Columbus area heal after losing their loved ones. Well, technically our history dates back a little further to when Philip Schoedinger immigrated to the U.S. from Germany and made his living as a cabinet maker. It was in 1855 that he used his woodworking skills to open a casket making business which has evolved six generations later into the Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service that exists today.
It’s incredible to think that so much time has gone by since we got our start, and we can’t help but wonder what all has changed since then. What did Columbus look like throughout it’s history? How far has our community come since it was incorporated? Take a look through Columbus’ history with us.
A Look Back in Time
1797: The first settlement in what is now Columbus was established on the west side of the Scioto river by Lucas Sullivant and others. They named the community Franklinton.
1812: The city of Columbus is first laid out and is designed to be the Buckeye State’s new capital. Chillicothe and Zanesville both served as the home of the state legislature for short periods, but the legislature liked the idea of having the capital in Columbus because of its central location.
1816: Columbus is incorporated and begins its function as the state capital.
1834: The population of the city reaches 4,000 people, officially granting it “city” status. Columbus’ first mayor, John Brooks, is elected this year as well.
1871: The Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College is founded. Just a few years later, in 1878, the college expanded its course offerings and changed its name to The Ohio State University.
1875: C.D. Firestone establishes the Columbus Buggy Company. Over the next several years, dozens of buggy factories would pop up in Columbus. The city would be dubbed “The Buggy Capital of the World” as a result.
1927: The Columbus Zoo opens, but it was then known as the Columbus Zoological Gardens.
1934: Columbus gets a U.S. Post Office and a courthouse.
1948: The Town and Country Shopping Center opens in Whitehall, and is now regarded as one of the first modern shopping centers in the country.
1964: Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock becomes the first woman to fly solo around the world, starting and ending her journey in Columbus. The trip took 29 days and covered 22,860 miles. Mock’s plane, a single-engine Cessna 180, was christened the “Spirit of Columbus.”
1977: QUBE television begins broadcasting from Columbus. The system is credited with developing concepts that became central to the future development of cable television features like pay-per-view programs, special-interest networks and interactive services.
2000: Michael B. Coleman is first elected to the Mayor’s office, serving as the 52nd mayor of the city until he retired in January 2016.
2002: Columbus was once known as the “Arch City” because of the many wooden and metal arches that hung over the streets. They were torn down in 1914, but saw a comeback in 2000 when the city restored metal reproductions of the arches in the Short North district.
2011: The Columbus Commons park opens, creating 9 acres of park and green space downtown. It’s since become a favorite spot for urban dwellers to enjoy concerts, food truck festivals and everything in between.
2015: On Jan. 1, the Ohio State Buckeyes become the first college football team to win the College Football Playoff National Championship.