George Schneider- A property Legacy- WHAT NOW?????

September 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm 14 comments

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George Schneider , a relatively young man, passed away in his home, one of the hundreds he owned in Lorain and Elyria.

He was , according to Kent Sutton during a recent discussion with me

“really nice guy”

. Friends have extolled his virtues and contributions to the German culture .

I never personally met George . I only know George from my neighborhood through his properties, which leave a lot to be desired. I have written about George extensively over the years – Go to the search box in the right hand corner of this page and type in George Schneider.

George has left Lorain a legacy, a legacy of properties that are for the most part in poor shape.

George’s unexpected passing reminds us of the death of Lewis Strnad .

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I did have occasion to meet with Lew Strnad
when I was the volunteer Mainstreet Lorain Director, on occasion. He too, seemed like a nice guy. However, he was also a multi property owner and we are STILL dealing with his legacy. He is STILL listed on the Lorain County Auditors Site as the owner of over 30 properties 4 YEARS after his death.


One property 138 Washington , a historical property , being Mayor King’s House – I have written about the frustration of getting the garbage picked up etc of this house – which is due to now be demolished –

Finally, after weeks of emails etc.and contact with the city just to remove the trash bags from the outside.

Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:46 PM
Subject: Re: Permission Washington Avenue
On behalf of the estate you have permission to access the property described below for the purposes described below without any liability upon the estate for anything whatsoever.
Shia N. Shapiro
Attorney for the estate of Lewis Strnad.

The issue to me now becomes WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE NOW THE OWNER IS DECEASED. To even get permission for volunteers to go on the property to take away the trash away from 138, Washington , owned by Mr. Strnad’s estate took letters,lawyers and weeks. And still the issues continue.

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This house, situated on lot #76 of the original Charleston Village Plat, may date to the decade of the 1860’s ( possibly earlier) It appears on an 1874 map of Charleston Village by R.H. Penfield. The middle section of lot #76 ( on which this house stands) was sold in 1858 and again in 1861 to Julia Porter ( Grantor Julia D Root)

In 1874, Porter sold the property to Henry J. King, a salt water sailor and farmer who immigrated from England at the age of 25. This property remained in the King Family (ED NOTE- Not the King family of Admiral Ernest J King renown) with out-side ownership 1876-1882.

FRANK JOSEPH KING, son of Henry King lived in this house possibly as early as 1876 ( documented from 1891) and remained there until ca 1915.
F.J. KING was elected mayor of Lorain in 1902 and was one of only two Lorain mayors ( ED Note at the time of the survey in 1993) to suceed himself in office. He did so twice and served until 1912

Now Mr. Strnad’s properties were a fraction of the hundreds that George owns and some ,in my opinion, deployable condition. WHAT NOW ?????
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GEORGE HAS LEFT LORAIN A LEGACY and I have a feeling a myriad of legal problems as to who will step in the take accountability for these properties. Maybe his business partners
or Lake Erie Landlords Association will step in. Somehow I think George’s Legacy to Lorain is going to be ongoing and frustrating, just as Lew Strnad’s continues to be.

NOTE this research was as of : May 27th 2014 – and can be found in the post


GEORGE SCHNEIDER = (Under his own name) = 164
G AND S PROPERTIES = (INCLUDING Jay Metals 1965 E 28th) 3

Also a
GEORGE (misspelled ) SCHNEIDER= 6
Also affiliated with

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FGSK PROPERTIES (inc Gustav AND Anna Krause) = 19

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark Teleha  |  September 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    That was pretty f**ked up that they included your criticism of him in his “obit”. There’s going to be a LOT of decrepit properties that will be in limbo for a long time, allowing them to become even more rundown. Way to go, City of Lorain.

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  September 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Typical Morning Journal. surprised they didn’t put my address in – I guess I must help sell papers 🙂 Oh well it is true he has been a target of my thoughts and words. Interesting now he is dead he really is Oh poor George such a nice fella comments…… geesh wonder when I die if the morning journal will say nice things about me —ya

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  September 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Oh on second thoughts the possibility the obit might be the Morning Journals unless I hurry up and pop off………

  • 4. Mary  |  September 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    He was the biggest slum landlord around as far as I’m concerned!

  • 5. thatwoman  |  September 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    His properties and those dumped by various banks in this old neighborhood in my opinion caused those of us who try to keep up our homes and are owner occupied a great loss both in quality of life and in dollars and cents…… but hey he sang in the choir and one of the banks proclaim themselves the neighborhood bank……yeah well this neighborhood could well do with out them……

    and now the games begin with the legalities and legislation.. trouble is IS anything ever going to be enforced??????we had laws on the books re building dept for years but the “way around them” it easy enough…..

  • 6. aka/mozart  |  September 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Loraine…..laws on the books? Ordinances?.cant even enforce the grass cuttings in the street..or the parking on the grass..or the thumping boom cars..dogs barking…walking in the streets….not to mention the slum housing..which mr George had played more than a huge role…we had a mess..and going to be left with a worse mess now…sorry if I am not feeling the compassion…

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  September 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    The Chronicle has a much more ” realistic” article

    as opposed to the fluffy feel good and oh lets add the bitch in the middle MJ- but I am going to miss having a two newspaper community –

  • 8. Lisa  |  September 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I hope this means Joshe gets another chance to have his Place and all that is rightfully his. I’ll bet that old Y building on 28th would make a good homeless shelter, too.

  • 9. thatwoman  |  September 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Josh lost that place before George acquired it …. and it has really deteriorated.. at least he boarded up the open window upstairs bat guano galore. All his “friends” should be ashamed of themselves for not “helping out this guy- he obviously had more properties than he could take care of – as I said before in my opinion he was a property hoarder and those that are singing his praises should be ashamed they didn’t help him with his problems and issues ……. just my 2 cents…..

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