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People Not From Coolville

Updated on September 8, 2012

Coolville: A great place to be from

Nestled gently in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Coolville, Ohio, provides an incorporated home to over 400 residents who are not all that famous. A quick stop at the Cool Spot Truck Stop (25780 Brimstone Rd) reveals no one you've ever heard of, but the coffee is hot and the lottery tickets are always ready to be scratched off.

Fortunately, many famous people not from Coolville inhabit nearby environs.

Celebrate with us the ever-growing list of cool cats about which you should know.

Adena engineers built the mound, ODNR added the stairs much later.
Adena engineers built the mound, ODNR added the stairs much later.

The Adena Culture

Also known as Mound Builders, the Adena people often receive credit for initially inhabiting Ohio before it was called Ohio and absorbed into the United States in 1803. Adena hunters and gatherers undoubtedly subsisted upon local fauna as they dwelt near the confluence of Fourmile Creek and the Hocking River, which would eventually come to be recognized as Coolville. They didn't build a library or a truck stop, but their burial mounds persist to the present day.

Charles F. Brush, inventor of the streetlight and not from Coolville, Ohio.
Charles F. Brush, inventor of the streetlight and not from Coolville, Ohio.

Charles Francis Brush

Lining the streets of Coolville, along with discarded lottery tickets, are streetlights. Credited with inventing street lighting technology is Charles Francis Brush, a Euclid, Ohio, native.

Mr. Brush devised exterior lighting technology before Thomas Edison got involved. He unfortunately attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, a handicap that may have doomed his career from an early age. Returning to Cleveland after earning his degree may have also set him back significantly. Had he settled in Coolville, history may remember him differently.

Granville Woods Business Center. It's not in Coolville, but it should be.
Granville Woods Business Center. It's not in Coolville, but it should be.

Granville Woods

If ever a guy was sufficiently impressive to be from Coolville, Granville Woods was that kind of cool guy. The dude earned over 50 patents throughout his prolific lifetime. The B&O Railroad ran through Coolville and Mr Woods invented an electrical device enabling trains to use telegraph lines. He called it the multiplex telegraph and even Thomas Edison thought it was awesome. Born in nearby Columbus, Ohio, he may have passed through Coolville on his way to somewhere and he undoubtedly left everywhere better than he found it.

No guns, just roses.
No guns, just roses.

Steven Adler / Mike Coletti

When the history of rock bands is written into a book, Guns and Roses will get a paragraph. People in Coolville will visit the public library and check out the book. They will read about drummer Steven Adler, born just a few miles to the north in Cleveland. They will not read about his time spent in Coolville because he didn't spend any. Had his mother moved the family to Coolville instead of Los Angeles, perhaps Guns and Roses would have earned their chops playing at the Coolville Lions Club or touring with the Coolville Hot Club and their unique brand of gypsy swing music. Long live rock.

Rose, but no baseball.
Rose, but no baseball. | Source

Dave Rose

The brother of a famous major league baseball player. Dave Rose was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and is not known to have visited Coolville at any time during his brother's illustrious and checkered career. Dave's younger sibling holds the major league record for most hits in a career but is currently banned from baseball for failing to reconfigure his life in a timely manner. The commissioner of baseball is not known to have considered opinions of Coolville residents in relation to Rose's lifetime penalty.


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      6 years ago from Canada

      Nicomp, your legacy will have been badly served if you do not get a mention in the Book of the World`s Best Something or Other. And in case such a tragedy indeed occurs, your heirs may find solace in the yet-to-be-established fact that you have been given a full paragraph in my yet-to-be-written tome, Book of Writers Who Gave Me Great Laughs.

      Your cheerful presence is greatly missed in the forums.

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      Melody Trent 

      6 years ago from United States

      Lol, very nice. Actually, you need to do some digging for me. Back when I lived in Coolville something strange always happened. I would mention I was from Coolvile and I would get this response, "Oh, Coolvile," Grin and a laugh "I remember it from the 60s, crazy...." But when I would ask people what that meant no one would tell me. I am dying to know!

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      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      I was born in northern Ohio. I've been in southern Ohio, but doubt I'll ever make it to Coolville. This was an interesting hub anyways.

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      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @drbj : You'll have to ask an SEO 'expert.' I can refer you to several. ;)

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      What a really cool hub about Coolville's non-residents who do not reside in Coolville but in other cool towns. (Nicomp - is that too much SEO for one comment?)


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