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887 Yarger Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Our first official activity of 2015, was the January 10 meeting at McCullough House, Lindner Park. Members brought some old items for "Show & Tell" after the meeting.

On the following Saturday, a group of members went to the former Bethel Voice of America site, off Tylersville Road, where collections of historic broadcasting memorabilia, old home-built radios and V.O.A. equipment were displayed.

We are requesting any ideas for programs for 2015. If you have suggestions for field trips, speakers or other activites, please let us know at Thank you.

For St . Elizabeth alumni, keep the ball rolling at St. Elizabeth facebook page, set up and maintained by St. Elizabeth alumni Marci Metzner.
 January 21, 2015

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Check out the Subdivision Page as it is continually updated.
Next business meeting - February 14, 2015


January 1, 1915
It was reported that after several years of interest, four plans for a rapid transit system (a.k.a. “The Cincinnati Subway”) were given to Cincinnati Mayor Spiegel. An estimate of approximately 12 million dollars would be needed to complete the system, with an additional 2.5 million dollars to equip it. The part of the system through Norwood was the same for all four proposals. Here is the description in the newspaper article.

“Between St. Bernard and Norwood, the railway is on private property located enough south of the B. and O. S. W. Railroad to avoid obstructing possible industrial developments along the steam road, and also to permit future streets to be laid out, passing, with easy grades, either over or under the B. and O. S. W. Railroad. At Section avenue the line crosses under the B. and O. S. W. Railroad, and continues easterly mostly as a subway along the railroad right of way, Harris avenue and other private property, to near Beech street in the open, except at street crossings, to Duckcreek road. Crossing over Duckcreek road it turns southwest, passes in a subway under Edmondson road, and continues in the open on the east side of Duckcreek, crossing under the N. and W. Railroad and over Vista avenue to a ravine a short distance south of Vista avenue.”

January 2, 1915
The Norwood Police Department's Surgeon, Dr. E. M. Craig, was severly injured when his automobile was struck by a northbound passenger train at the Cincinnati, Lebanon and Northern Rairoad crossing at Washington and Lafayette Avenues (at the Lafayette entrance across from Washington to today's Surrey Square). Although he was able to walk, after being removed to his home at 4255 Ashland Avenue, he fell unconscious. Three local doctors examined him and found two broken ribs and possibly more serious injuries.

January 10, 1915
A newspaper's condensed version of the Norwood Police Chief's report for 1914 was published. The numbers were:
  • Arrests: 863
  • Accidents: 83
  • Lost & found children: 68
  • Suicides: 4
  • Sudden deaths: 3
  • Patrol runs: 781
  • Property lost or stolen: $21,085
  • Property recovered: $18,263

January 15, 1915
At a meeting of the Norwood manufacturers and Mayor Engelhardt and Service Director Pierson, it was agreed that the factories would continue to use the 220-volt direct current and residential homes would use the soon-to-be-installed 110-volt alternating current. This meant the companies would not have to replace their current electrically powered equipment. (The initial conversion for residents would be for those homes south of Williams Avenue.)

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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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