Mansfield Ohio State Reformatory - Hans Hansen who married a Brandt, began working here to teach men about furniture building in 1911. Here are some of the evocative 1914 - 22 images that inspired me to visit Mansfield, where Hans was a reformer of young men!
1917 Ring throw game, Paul H Weaver next to board, with unidentified boy ready to throw on chair.
Noah Elwood Weaver photo. Large Black 1912-20's Album
It appears that Noah Elwood and his son Paul Henry visited the Mansfield Reformatory again in 1922. On a page with 4 images, Paul Henry is feeding ducks at the pond in front where on the same page a walk way to a gazebo is featured. The imposing building is captured in 1922 from the front and side to see how much of the structure has been preserved for the 21st Century.
1922 Page with "Uncle Hans" talking with Edna Eicher Weaver, and "Phenie" Josephine Brandt Hansen below on the steps to the Office of the Reformatory. Henry Eicher is standing with the straw hat with 11 year old Paul Henry Weaver on the right.
Connection of Hans Hansen, who married Josephine, "Phenie", Brandt, to the Ohio Reformatory in Mansfield - current history of this iconic building, made famous in the film Schawshenk Redemption, released in 1994.
I met with Paul Smith, the current executive director of the site yesterday, April 14, 2015 and he related that this building was ready for the wrecking ball, at the time a crew came to film the Schawshenk Redemption, released in 1994. For more info.