DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Writer Erma Bombeck is a shining star in the Miami Valley.
The humorist is well known for her columns and books on family and motherhood. She started her career and raised a family in a modest 1959 ranch home in Centerville.
With the approval of current owners, the home was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
A participant in the annual Erma Bombeck’s Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton asked for Bombeck’s children’s permission to submit the home last year.
“It was one of my pipe dreams,” said Martha Boice, Landmarks Foundation of Centerville-Washington Township. “Few communities can claim so cherished a person.”
The home was officially listed earlier this month.
“It’s a nice honor for my mom,” said Matt Bombeck, Erma’s son. “It was a great place to grow up and we really have fond memories of our neighbors and the neighborhood. The nice thing about the neighborhood is that it really hasn’t changed that much since we were there except the trees are bigger.”
The Bombecks built the home at 162 Cushwa Drive. They lived there until 1968 when Erma’s career started to take off. Iconic talk show host Phil Donahue lived across the street.
The house will remain a private residence.