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 July 27, 2015

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July 4
A report written by Norwood School Superintendent Cadman stated that there were two parts of Norwood that were thinly settled now, but would increase in population in the future. While the land was available, he wrote, the school district should consider acquiring property to built schools for those areas in the future. One district was along Carthage Avenue and another was between Duck Creek and Edwards Road. Eventually, Norwood View School was built for the Carthage Avenue area, but the other area (mainly at today's Rookwood developments) was never constructed.

July 4
Tragedy struck two Norwood families as two residents drowned in separate accidents on the Ohio River. One, an eighteen-year-old female resident of Elm Street, dropped into a "hole" 20 feet from the shore near Dayton, Kentucky. She had waded out with a companion for a swim. The other, a 40-year-old foreman at the Dalton Adding Machine Company on Beech Street and an Ida Street resident, fell into the water when his boat capsized near Covington.

July 10
Republican Councilman Henry Smith recommended that the Norwood Market House at Mills and Walters be converted to a manual training school. Since the building never met expectations as a place for gardeners and meat dealers to sell their goods, several suggestions had been made for a new use. Today, many long-time residents remember its use a a automobile safety testing lane and license bureau.

July 10
A 21-year-old Wayland Avenue resident got off a northbound Montgomery road streetcar at Ivanhoe and was struck by a southbound automobile traveling at high speed. The car did not stop even as the victim fell to the ground with a broken ankle. He was carried into the nearby Fire House No. 2, where he was treated for his injury.

July 11
A look back at prices for apartments and houses:
  • On Globe Avenue, a four-room apartment could be rented for $12.50.
  • Three-room apartments on Hunter, with bath and toilet, were offered for $12/month. A similarly sized and equipped apartment on Ivanhoe was 50 cents more.
  • Four-room apartments at The Parkview on Smith Road, near Lafayette, were being rented for $20 and $22. Shades, screens, porches, heat and janitor services were included.
  • In South Norwood, a six-room house with 27 fruit trees on a 62˝ x 145-foot lot was offered for the sale price of $3,250, a new 5-room brick Queen Anne for $3,500 and an 8-room brick house with hardwood floors for $5,300.

July 23
A tragic accident occurred on the hill near the water tower in Norwood Heights this afternoon.

A 5-year-old boy, his 7-year-old brother and a 6-year-old neighbor – all residents of Harper Avenue – built a fire using some paper they had found. As the youngsters played tag, the five-year-old fell headfirst into the fire. In panic, he ran 300 feet to Highland and Forest Avenues, where he fell to the sidewalk. His overalls and shirt had completely burned off his body by this time. He was taken to Bethesda Hospital were he died.

July 29
It was reported that rumors were circulating that the R. K. LeBlond Machine Tool Company was planning to move from Linwood and built the largest plant in Hamilton County on the Norfolk and Western Railroad in Hyde Park. It had already been reported that the company had bought 27 acres at the intersection of the railroad and Edwards Road.

It was said at the time that the plant would be built on the most westerly part of the property and the rest, which was mostly in Norwood, would be developed as subdivisions.

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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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