Postcard of the Lardner family home on Bond Street
Built in the mid-19th century by local banker Rodney Paine, the Gothic Revival home was later purchased by the Henry Lardner family. This is the home where Henry Lardner and his wife, Lena Bogardus (Phillips) Lardner, raised their six children: William, Henry III, Lena, Reginald (Rex), Anna and Ringgold(Ring) .
The house featured a large veranda and 14 rooms, including a large living room with a pipe organ. The grounds featured a carriage house, tennis courts and a toboggan slide. The home stayed in the Lardner family until the 1930s.
Henry and Lena's youngest son, Ringgold "Ring" Lardner, became an internationally known sports journalist and writer of short stories, novels, songs and plays. One of his best known works, “You Know Me Al,” was first published as a series of short stories in the Saturday Evening Post.
Ring Lardner (1885-1933) was born in Niles . Over time he became an internationally known sports reporter and author.