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887 Yarger Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Next meeting at McCullough House, Cypress Way, Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
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 June 20, 2015

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June 7
At the Council meeting this night:
  • Council received a petition signed by Norwood firemen asking for an increase in salaries. The firemen were getting $80 a month.
  • An ordinance to accept the dedication of property to extend Beech Street was passed.
  • An ordinance was passed authorizing Safety Service Director Pierson to receive bids for the construction of a storm water sewer on Forest Avenue from Harris Avenue to Norwood Avenue
  • A proposal to change the names of two streets south of Williams Avenue was referred to City Solicitor Hendley. The proposed street name changes were Cavagna to South Madison and Elvin to South Jefferson. At the June 21 meeting, Solicitor Headley said he believed the names could not be changed without petitions for the citizens.

June 18
There was concern that the high school swimming pool classes would have to be canceled for the summer. The Norwood water was so cold, even in the middle of summer, that the boilers would have to be kept in operation just as there were in the winter.

The Moose Lodge’s Carnival’s was called off today because of heavy rain, but good weather the next day allowed it to go on. The location was the Henderson grounds, which today would be located in front of Kroger in Surrey Square. The downpour also caused cellar flooding in East Norwood.

June 19
Train cars on the Norfolk & Western R.R. tracks hit an automobile at the Sherman Avenue crossing. The auto was turned around and pushed down an embankment. Interestingly, it suffered little damage and the driver was not hurt.

June 20
“Kid” Colby, “the boy dare-devil,” performed a balloon ascension at Norwood Ball Park and then made a triple parachute jump, landing in a yard on Courtland Avenue. The balloon continue to the west and disappeared.

June 21
At the Council meeting this night:
  • A resolution to appropriate property for a park bounded by Lincoln, Franklin, Courtland and Ivanhoe Avenues, was referred to the Public Safety Committee.
  • Some new positions and/or salaries were approved, including an Acting detective position at $100 a month, City Auditor’s stenographer at $50/month, assistant civil engineer at $90/month and an inspector at $3/day.

June 24
  • An auction of lots in Norwood Heights on Montgomery Road (appraised as low as $9/ft.), Moeller Avenue ($5/ft.) and Fenwick Avenue ($3/ft.) was held today.Later in the day, a 29 ¼-acre tract on Quatman Avenue was also put up for sale at two-thirds the appraised value of $22,500.
  • The Service Director was receiving good reports concerning the recent change of the electric changes from 220 VDC to 110 VAC in the area south of Williams Avenue. If a decision was made to extend the change north of Williams Avenue, it would be done a street at a time. The reason for the Elsmere subdivision area getting the change first, was because the loss of power at the longer distance from the Harris Avenue power plant was greater for direct current than alternating current.

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"THE PIKE" in 1896
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The Norwood Historical Society was established on May 2, 1978 to promote the study and preservation of the history of Norwood, Ohio.
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The current mission statement is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, publish and educate about the history of Norwood, Ohio.
This web site is part of that effort.

According to the United States Geological Survey, Norwood has the following geographical location: Latitude 39.1556149, Longitude -84.4596641.

The sections on this site are:

  • HOME - go to top of this page
  • SOCIETY - information directly related to the Norwood Historical Society, e.g., Society events and news, an event calendar and a link to Curators' Corner and Society Archives, both devoted to the Society's collections
  • PEOPLE - short bios and facts of some of Norwood's people referenced on this site and links to other Norwood people pages
  • COMPANIES - lists and histories of some of the many companies (and churches, clubs and other organizations) that have made Norwood their home
  • BUILDINGS — photographs and descriptions of some of Norwood's historic buildings and links to pages about other Norwood buildings, including homes
  • STREETS - a list and history of Norwood's streets
  • TRANSPORTATION - information on the omnibuses, street cars, buses, railroads, etc. that are a part of Norwood's history and development
  • BOOKS - The complete text of the 1894 book "Norwood, Her Homes and Her People", the 1896 Norwood Directory, excerpts from other books and a list of resource documents.
  • CLIPPINGS - "clippings," related to Norwood, from newspapers, books and other documents.
  • DATES - historical dates
  • GOVERNMENT - historic facts about Norwood's government
  • SCHOOLS - links and information about the history of Norwood schools
  • ODDS & ENDS - miscellaneous information about Norwood — mainly links to various Norwood related pages on and off this site

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