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Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Next meeting at McCullough House, Lindner Park, Cypress Way. Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
Our first official activity of 2015, was the January 10 meeting at McCullough House, Lindner Park. Members brought some old items for "Show & Tell" after the meeting.

On the following Saturday, a group of members went to the former Bethel Voice of America site, off Tylersville Road, where collections of historic broadcasting memorabilia, old home-built radios and V.O.A. equipment were displayed.

We are requesting any ideas for programs for 2015. If you have suggestions for field trips, speakers or other activites, please let us know at Thank you.

For St . Elizabeth alumni, keep the ball rolling at St. Elizabeth facebook page, set up and maintained by St. Elizabeth alumni Marci Metzner.
 February 8, 2015

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Check out the Subdivision Page as it is continually updated.
Next business meeting - February 14, 2015


February 1, 1915
At the city council meeting, the city engineer was requested to give an estimate of the cost of widening Sherman Avenue, between Allison Street and the N. & W. Railroad. The plan was to use the space between the curb and the sidewalk. However, a councilman said that the local residents wanted to take 10 feet off the south side and leave the north side alone.

February 5, 1915
A legal dispute between the City of Norwood and the Cincinnati and Suburban Telephone Company. The previous council had passed an ordinance granting a franchise to the company allowing it to lay its wires and conduits in all the Norwood streets. The new council repealed that ordinance. The company went to court to force the city to honor the original agreement. The Common Pleas Judge agreed with the telephone company, but the Court of Appeals disagreed. Mayor Engelhardt said that the city wanted to have some authority in where and how the lines are laid.

February 6, 1915
A confusion at the Dalton Adding Machine Company, caused problems in making payroll for the 350 employees. Because of a dispute between the common and preferred stockholders, two separate boards of directors were elected. This caused a bank in Norwood and two in Cincinnati to hold the money, so any payroll checks issued would not be honored.

On February 9, President Dalton persuaded a St. Louis bank to agree to cash all the checks held by the company and send the money by express to Norwood each week so that the payroll and other expense payments could be met.

The company had moved from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, last summer, to the Dana Manufacturing Company factory on Beech Street, Norwood.

February 8, 1915
A meeting to discuss the proposed changes in Norwood’s electric lighting system from 220-volt direct current to 110-volt alternating current was held at Sharpsburg School this evening. The first section to change over would be that part of Norwood south of Williams Avenue. It was said that the change would create a savings for the consumers in the use of electricity, but would require the replacement of vacuum cleaner motors and some other appliances. Meters would also have to be replaced, but the city would provide them free of charge. The five people, who had bought their own meters a few years previous for $25, would be given a $16 rebate each by the city.

The bond issue of $110,00 was enough for operating the new system in the area south of Williams Avenue, but additional funds would have to be approved for other areas.

Service Director Pierson said at a council meeting on the 15th, that Norwood was one of six cities in the U. S. that had not switched to 110 VAC.

February 15, 1915
At the regular council meeting on this date, several topics were handled. Improvement of Baker Avenue, bids for construction of a sewer between Carter and McNeill, and the extension of Franklin Avenue were issues approved or adopted. The Solicitor submitted papers relative to the negotiations with the B. & O. S. W. Railroad Company. The company had agreed to give an easement deed across their right of way for an underground crossing at Beech Street in exchange for the city vacating part of Marion Avenue.

February 18, 1915
Wood placed between a boiler and wall at the Harris Avenue waterworks building caught fire this morning. Patrolman Worth turned in the alarm and chemicals were used to quench the flames.

February 25, 1915
Norwood lost the honor of having the National Weather Forecaster as a resident. A new weather observatory had been built on Lafayette Avenue, Clifton. Since the $15,000 building (other improvements cost an additional $13,000) was also to be used as a residence, Weather Forecaster W. C. DeVereaux moved there from South Norwood on this Thursday.

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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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