From 1892 Akron & Summit County of Ohio Histories...
"Cliff House," C.E. [Charles E.] Kidney, Proprietor, Stow Corners. One of the most beautiful resorts for pleasure parties and private individuals, is situated near the famous glens and caves on the Cuyahoga River, in Stow Township.During the fall of 1880, Mr. Kidney purchased the "Cliff House" of Gen.Gross, and since that time has been remodelling and changing the appearance of the property, until it is now recognized as one of the leading resorts for pleasure seekers.This property consists of 10 acres, through which a beautiful gorge extends, and within the gorge are glens, caves, and grottoes, while a half mile distant is the beautiful Silver Lake.Cuyahoga Falls is near the "Cliff House," but yet far enough distant to relieve the pleasure-seeker of the continual turmoil and bustle of the city.Around the hotel, Mr. K. is laying out walks, drives, croquet grounds, swings, dancing halls, and in fact has everything beautiful that will make the "Cliff House" a continuation of what it has been since coming into Mr. Kidney's hands - a grand success.Mr. Kidney was formerly a resident of Akron.He is a painter by trade, but owing to ill health he has retired from that business and engaged in his present occupation."
My great great grandmother Lizzie & her then husband Charles W. Veon purchased the Cliff House from Mr. & Mrs. Kidney in 1898.
Reported on Sept. 7, 1899 in the Akron Beacon Journal: "Hotel Burned.An Old Landmark at Stow Corners Gone.The Stow Corners hotel, which was a landmark at that place and which for many years did a big business, but in late years fell into ill repute, burned at 2 o'clock, Friday morning.It was better known as "Kidney's".The fire is thought to be of an incendiary origin.The loss will be around $2,000."
I visited Stow recently and the gorge, grottoes, and glens are still very much in existance.It is a natural wonder well hidden, unless you know where to look.
Would enjoy corresponding with anyone who knows about the history of this place or if any photos might exist, as my own family's historical records & photos must have been lost in this fire, as well.
Related surnames:Veon, Lape, Rogers, Hennan, Shannon, DeWitt, Larzelere, Shetler, France, Huff, Barrett.