Barb Anderson has lived in Mariemont since she was two years old. The year was 1941 – the same year the village was incorporated. “My mother wanted to live out here and they bought a house on Petoskey, which wasn’t in the original Mariemont but she was happy. Many years later, my husband and I bought the property from my mother for a very reasonable price, which doesn’t happen around here anymore.”
Many things have changes between 1941 and now, but some things stay the same. Barb is just as involved in the community as she’s ever been. She is on the leadership board for the Village Church of Mariemont; she volunteers with the MariElders as well as with Deupree House; and she is actively involved in Kiwanis. In the past, Barb has served as president of the preschool mother’s club, PTA board member, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother, Kiwanis lieutenant governor and director of the MariElders (for 32 years!).
Barb attended school in the Mariemont City School District from kindergarten through her senior year, graduating in the class of 1957. Her three kids also attended school in the district for grades K-12, but when Barb attended school in the district, the elementary school was the old Dale Park building and grades 7-12 attended school in what is now Mariemont Elementary.
“I have memories in this building that hit me every time I’m in here,” said Barb, referring to the current Mariemont Elementary building. “We never had snow days when I was here. Most of us walked to school. We didn’t have buses until 1958 when Terrace Park become part of the school district.”
Barb’s oldest grandson is a graduate of Mariemont High School, and Barb’s daughter Becky lives in the school district community now and her grandson attends Mariemont High School. The tradition continues.
Barb met her husband, Bob, working at a summer camp. She was a camp counselor and he was the program director. She attended Hanover College and double majored in biological science and physical education. She and Bob married in a chapel in Hanover in 1961 before graduation and her sorority sisters hosted the reception. “I received my teaching degree and taught at Princeton High School for a year and then I got pregnant. I stayed at home after that because I wanted to raise my children.”
And Mariemont is a great place to raise children, she said. “You can walk wherever you want to go, whenever you want to. There is a lot to do but it’s up to you to seek out what you’d like to do. It’s such a pleasant community, even though so much has changed and it’s been developed so much. I remember being able to stand at the movie theatre and look out toward the bluff and see all the way to the concourse.”
Barb joined the Warrior Club because “I thought it was a good thing. We used to go to the games and now I can support the schools and the community.”