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Holiday Party at McCullough House, Lindner Park, on Saturday, December 13, 4 -7 pm.
For St . Elizabeth alumni, keep the ball rolling at St. Elizabeth facebook page, set up and maintained by St. Elizabeth alumni Marci Metzner.
 November 13, 2014

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Holiday / Open House Party @ McCullough House - December 13
Next business meeting - January 10, 2014


November 3, 1914
Today the citizens voted on the proposed bond issue to widen Sherman Avenue. It had been met with differences of opinion on the costs. One side said the $125,00 would be enough if approved now instead of later, while the opposition said it would cost much more as they believe the total amount would be used for condemnation, without any left for the actual street improvement, which was for the 2,200-foot section between Allison Avenue and the Belt Line railroad tracks. If the widening needed to be extended 1,250 feet from the tracks to Reading Road, an additional bond would be required in the future. Also, they said, the widening would require the telephone poles and trolley poles be moved tot the middle of the sidewalk. Those proposing the bond issue claimed that Sherman Avenue was one of the most heavily traveled streets in Norwood. It connected Avondale, Bond Hill, St. Bernard with Hyde Park, Madisonville and Oakley.

November 5, 1914
At a meeting of the Hamilton County Liquor Licensing Board, it was reported that the 1914 population of Norwood was estimated at 20,716, thereby allowing two more additional saloons. Interestingly, there were 16 licenses already available but not used in Norwood. One saloon was allowed for every 500 inhabitants, so, by the arithmetic, this means there were 23 saloons in Norwood in 1914.

November 9, 1914
The contents of the St. Denis Hotel and Café at 4902-4904 Montgomery Road (at northwest corner with Norwood Avenue) were auctioned. The items auctioned were “a modern and fully equipped hotel and cafe, 17 bedroom suites, a complete dining room, a complete poolroom, a complete kitchen and a complete barroom; one electric piano, electric fans, National cash registers, cigars, liquors; ALSO, SALOON LICENSE (1915).” Sometime that month, Jerry Kern, after returning from several months in Florida, took over management of the St. Denis Hotel. He changed the name of Norwood oldest hostelry to the Norwood Hotel.

November 16, 1914
City Council was invited to the dedicatory exercises at the Sherman Avenue High School the next Saturday afternoon and the dedication of the new St. Elizabeth School on Thanksgiving. Motions to attend both invitations were accepted by Council.

November 21, 1914
The new Norwood High School at Sherman Avenue was dedicated.

November 26, 1914
St. Elizabeth Parochial School in West Norwood was dedicated.

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"THE PIKE" in 1896
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NORWOOD book - 1894

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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