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887 Yarger Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Some snapshots of the tour of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (formerly Mt. St. Mary's Seminary)
September 13, 2014

Monthly meeting at Norwood Community Center (Carter & Courtland Avenues) on Saturday, October 11, at 2 pm.

Open house for 100th anniversary of dedication of St. Elizabeth School building, now the Norwood Community Center, Saturday, October 11, 1-4 p.m.
Former St. Elizabeth students and faculty
We need photos, papers, and other items for display. Bring them to the Society's Room at the Community Center Fridays in September at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. We can copy or photograph and return them while you wait. Or e-mail 300 d.p.i images to

Also, a special St. Elizabeth facebook page has been setup by St. Elizabeth alumni Marci Metzner.
 September 19, 2014

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Check out the Subdivision Page as it is continually updated.
Next business meeting - October 11, 2014


September 4, 1914
Curtis Kelsey, 68, 1856 Tilden Avenue, died at City Hospital after being hit by an automobile at Gilbert Avenue and Locust Street, Cincinnati. The Norwood resident was a Civil War veteran and one of the oldest letter carriers in the city. A Norwood man was the driver of the car.

September 7, 1914
Today started the final rounds of the Hamilton County Tennis Tournament, which had been played at the Norwood Tennis Club's grounds since August 27.

September 7, 1914
It was announced that the proposed traction line between Norwood and Middletown, Ohio, may be extended to Dayton. It was said that the proposed extension between Germantown and Dayton was being surveyed. Interestingly, the money for the surveying was rasied by West Chester and Monroe church women. Although $2,000,000 in stock had been sold, it was not know when the work for the line would start because of the financial situation due to the war.

September 8, 1914
The new high school on Sherman Avenue was put into active service. The courses of study included the usual high-school course and special courses in sewing, cooking, manual training and commercial work. The high school had previously been located in the north building at Allison and Courtland.

September 12, 1914
The third annual Norwood Automobile Club parade, led by F. D. Scherl, Club President, traveled through Norwood this evening. Participates included the Norwood Police and Fire Department, businesses and individuals.

September 28, 1914
The Norwood budget was approved by the Hamilton County Budget Commission as directed by the State Tax Commission. The county commission said that the Norwood budget was the most carefully prepared of the 100 budgets that had been examined. It took less than an hour to review the two Norwood budgets. The commission fixed the Norwood, Columbia Township, tax rate at $13.64 per $1,000 vaulation and Norwood, Millcreek Township, at $13.78. Although these were less than the previous year, the tax duplicate had increased, so Norwood would get more money—$226,059 from $176,334. The only increases in the budget were for fire, police and highways and to maintain the new City Hall. The Norwood schools tax income went from $167,806 to $174,950.

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"THE PIKE" in 1896
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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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