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Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Next meeting at McCullough House, Lindner Park, Cypress Way. Saturday, March 14, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
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March 8, 1915
Judge Fred L. Hoffman granted the petition of H. H. Hoffman to detach his two farms from the city of Norwood, thereby placing them back into Columbia Township. Hoffman said their was no benefit to him to be in Norwood and none for the city, except for property taxes.
March 8, 1915
World famous swimmer, vaudeville headliner and film actress, Annette Kellermann, gave a talk on health and exercise to about 500 women and girls at the Norwood High School auditorium. The twenty-eight-year old Australian celebrity told the audience, "When you don't know what else to do, don't get a soda or eat something simply to pass the time." She took off her dress, revealing her trademark black, one-piece "Annette Kellermann" tights, and demonstrated balancing exercises. Then she took the crowd, divided into two sections, to the school's swimming pool to show various strokes and dives.
Miss Kellermann was performing in the musical comedy "The Model Girl" at the Grand theater in Cincinnati at the time.

March 19, 1915
Three men in a wagon took a large number of items including brass mounted harness and bridles from a freight car in a siding near the United States Printing Company. The items were from the Kit Carson Buffalo Ranch Wild West Show. Norwood Lieutenant Brothers, Detective Jenike and Officer Mahoney took chase after being notified a few minutes later. Traveling through Norwood, Evanston and Walnut Hills, the policemen finally captured the men at Woodburn and Myrtle Avenues.
About two weeks before, U. S. District Judge Hollister had ordered the sale at auction of all the show's property in the possession of the U. S. Printing and Lithograph Company. The day after the theft, the properties were auctioned at the Oakley Race track. The stolen items were purchased "sight unseen" for $25. All the items were claimed by U. S. Printing, so a legal fight was expected in the U. S. District Court to determine the distribution of the auction funds.

March 23, 1915
Housewives were concerned when the noticed a change in the color of the water coming from their taps. The city had started the semi-annual flushing of the water mains at Lexington Avenue. Service Director Pierson said all the mains would be flushed and the brick-dust colored water was safe. It was just iron sediment being stirred up, he said..
March 23, 1915
The city announced that the new alternating electric current was soon to be operating in the area south of Williams Avenue. The poles were in position and generators were purchased. The installation of the overhead wires was all that needed to be done.
March 31, 1915
It was reported that the Ideal Amusement Company had received construction estimates for a swimming pool on the south side of Washington Avenue west of the Cincinnati, Lebanon and Northern Railroad and across from Judge Street. The dimensions of the pool were to be 50 by 100 feet with the deepest part being nine feet. The plans also included a roller rink and bowling alley to be built later. The three quarters of an acre land was being leased at $500 a year. The property was probably part of the remaining estate of the Smith family. The location would be at the north end of today’s Surrey Square.

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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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