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887 Yarger Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

30th anniversary of McCullough House, Cypress Way, Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
For St . Elizabeth alumni, keep the ball rolling at St. Elizabeth facebook page, set up and maintained by St. Elizabeth alumni Marci Metzner.

 September 12, 2015

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Check out the Subdivision Page as it is continually updated.


The month of September 1915 had the Dalton Adding Machine Company close the plant after some workers requested a change from a 50-hour workweek to an 8-hour workday/48-hour schedule for the same pay. This was probably the beginning of the struggle of the workers and company that would eventually cause violence and the permanent closing of the plant.

Another ongoing problem was the determination of a location for a garbage crematory, or incinerator, in Norwood. For quite awhile the city and West Norwood residents disagreed on putting it on West Sherman Avenue. Even the Cincinnati Park Board’s President Ault was against it, as it would harm the planned park and boulevard (Victory Parkway). By the time the first week of September was over, the proposed location had been moved to a site northeast of the B. & O. S. W. railroad crossing at Ross Avenue.

A third topic for the month was the gas franchise with the Union Gas and Electric Company. The original 25-year agreement was renegotiable after the tenth year. That contract had been with the Ohio Fuel and Supply Company for 25 cents per 1,000 cubic feet of gas. When the U. G. & E. Co. took over the franchise, they raised the rate to the maximum allowed in the contract–35cents. The city wanted the price to return to 25 cents (which is about 20 times less than today’s prices, excluding delivery and other charges).

On this September 29th evening, Detective Greene and Officer Mahoney, in a police car, followed four stray horses up and down Norwood streets until the animals were exhausted, at which time they were rounded up.

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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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