Coulter

The Coulters lived in Wayne County, Ohio, from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. They moved to the Cleveland area of Cuyahoga County in the 1900s. They opened a restaurant and drug store known as Coulters Corner in Lakewood.

Samuel Coulter

Samuel Coulter

Maude Coulter

Maude Coulter

James Coulter gravestone. Taken at Lakewood Cemetety, Rocky River, Ohio, 11/11/09

James Coulter gravestone

Gravestone of Edward Coulter (1883-1918). Photograph taken at Lakewood Cemetery, Rocky River, Ohio.

Gravestone of Edward Coulter (1883-1918)

Gravestone of Maude Coulter (1885-1968). Photo taken at Lakewood Cemetery, Rocky River, Ohio

Gravestone of Maude Coulter (1885-1968)

Gravestone of Samuel Coulter (1883-1936). Photo taken at Lakewood Cemetery, Rocky River, Ohio.

Gravestone of Samuel Coulter (1893-1936)

Gravestone of Walter Coulter (1888-1936). Photo talken at Lakewood Cemetery, Rocky River, Ohio.

Gravestone of Walter Coulter (1888-1936)

Maude Coulter, Carl Coulter, Walter Coulter. Photo date unknown.

Maude Coulter, Carl Coulter, Walter Coulter

Maude Coulter, Carl Coulter, Walter Coulter, Edward Coulter. Photo date unknown.

Maude Coulter, Carl Coulter, Walter Coulter, Edward Coulter

Carl Coulter as a boy

Carl Coulter (young)

Carl Coulter as a boy

Carl Coulter (young)

Carl Coulter as adult

Carl Coulter (adult)

James Coulter (photocopy - poor quality)

James Coulter

Edward Coulter as a baby

Edward Coulter (baby)

Edward Coulter death certficate

Edward Coulter death certficate

James Coulter death certificate April 1930

James Coulter death certificate

Walter Coulter's Gone There is a traffic signal light in the center of the little plaza which marks the point where Detoit Ave., Sloan Ave. and the Rocky River bridge join. That traffic light should be draped in black today, for the little plaza has lost its most familiar and best-liked citizen. Walter Coulter is dead. To those whose only impression of those Rocky River corners is that there is a traffic jam there every Sunday night, the passing of Walter Coulter will mean little. But those who really knew the corners know they can never be just the same. To the old motormen and conductors of the Detroit-Clifton line, a friend has gone. To those who have seen the growth of these corners, a man who seemed part of them has gone. Walter Coulter was out there with his little lunch counter when Scenic Park was down along the river and horses were hitched to the railings along the roadway. Coming from his boyhood home in Wooster, he started out with a little lunchroom at the corner. Walter was cook, waiter and everything. He never changed. A car crew dropping in for a midnight sandwich might find him on the job, or the first crew in the morning might find him making fresh coffee. The corners changed. Walter Coulter's business expanded. The restaurant kept getting bigger. He added a drug store. He added a fountain. The one-story, semicircle building was always changing and getting too crowded, but Walter Coulter was there. Everybody knew Walter, and while he didn't know all the customers, he never forgot those faces he did know. Walter Coulter was a simple and unassuming man, but if the little plaza ever needs a statue to ornament the meeting of highways, Walter Coulter should be standing there - maybe in a white apron.

Tribute to Walter Coulter from Cleveland Ohio newspaper

W.D. Coulter Dies; Lakewood Druggist Walter D. Coulter, 48, president of the W.D. Coulter Co., druggist and restaurant operator, died yesterday at his home, 1311 Edanola Avenue, Lakewood [Ohio], after a short illness. Mr. Coulter was a native of Wooster, O. He had operated the drug and restuarant company at Detroit and Sloane Avenues for the last 30 years. He was a Mason and formerly a member of the Lakewood Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Laura M.; a son, Walter D., jr.; a brother, Carl M., and a sister Maude Coulter. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the residence, with burial in Lakewood Park Cemetery.

Obituary for Walter Coulter

COULTER RITES ON SATURDAY Widely Known Lakewood [Ohio] Business Man Dies After Operation for Appendicitis Tentative arrangements for the funeral of Walter D. Coulter, president of the drug and restaurant firm bearing his name, are for services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the residence, 1311 Edanola Avenue, Lakewood. Burial will be in Lakewood Park Cemetery. Born 48 years ago at Wooster, O., Mr. Coulter came here as a boy. Thirty years ago he began operating a restaurant at Detroit and Sloane avenues and 15 years later added a pharmacy section. His place became a landmark at the east end of Rocky River Bridge. Mr. Coulter was a member of Lakewood and Rocky River Masonic lodges, Cunningham Chapter and Forest City Commandery. He died yesterday at Lakewood Hospital after and operation for appendicitis. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Laura Coulter; a son, Walter Coulter Jr.; a brother, Carl M. Coulter, and a sister, Miss Maude Coulter.

Obituary for Walter Coulter from the Cleveland Press

clipping from Cleveland News, Monday, June 15, 1959: Site of Lakewood Canteen Here is the old Coulter Restaurant at Detroit and Sloane Avenues, Lakewood, opposite the Rocky River bridge, which is to house Richard Adler's Lakewood Teen Canteen. The landmark has been vacant for more than a year. Alder is the Lakewood patrolman whose plans for a teen canteen in Cleveland were defeated by the city administration.

Coulters corner article from Cleveland News, June 15, 1959

Inside Coulters Restaurant. Helen Kennedy Coulter is seated at the counter.

Coulters corner

Photo taken December 1974

Photo of Children and nephew taken after funeral

Handwritten on back: Our 40th anniv 10-26-74

Carl Coulter and Esther Brown Coulter

Cover of Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures page 2

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures page 3

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures page 6

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures page 7 of 8

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures page 8 of 8

Kensington Elementary School (Rocky River, Ohio) Class of 1967 signatures

Walter Coulters Toad in the Hole 1378 Sloane Lakewood, Ohio

Menu cover for Walter Coulters Toad in the Hole

THE NOISY BRIDGE
The present high level concrete span across Rocky River replaced in 1909 a rickety old iron bridge built at about the same spot and level.
Walter D. Coulter, whose drug store and restuarant at the east approach of the present bridge is one of the oldest and best known in Lakewood, recalls the racket made by farmers driving their wagons over the planks of the old structure - especially at night. The heavy farm wagons with their iron-rimmed wheels could be heard for blocks around.
Mr. Coulter and his brother, Edward, had established a confecionery and lunch near the entrance to the old bridge in 1907. When the present one was built two years later they were forced to move across the street to make way for it. Incidentally, the abuttments of the old span were not removed until the spring of 1936 when the PWA (Public Works Administration) got busy.
On March 2, 1936, the Coulters'' business was interrupted for a second time by an explosion. Gas, seeping into the basement from a leaky main, was touched off by sparks from an electric motor, it was thought. The place was remodeled and opened about the time this book was published (May 1936).

Excerpt from Story of Lakewood (Ohio) describing Coulters' Corner