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887 Yarger Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Next meeting at Norwood Branch Library, Montgomery @ Weyer, Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
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May 3
At the Council meeting this night some of the items discussed were:
  • The threat of forcing the streetcar company to remove the double-track that had been laid between Mound and the northern corporation limit was a topic. It appeared that a franchise had not been given. If better streetcar service would be provided, the issue would be dropped.
  • An ordinance to accept the dedication of property to extend Beech Street was passed.
  • An ordinance was referred to the Safety Committee to dedicate property bounded by Ivanhoe, Lincoln, Franklin and Courtland for park purposes. Some Councilmen thought the money would be better spent on improving the existing parks, while others though the property could be acquired at the best price now.
  • A petition requesting fast action to extend Crown Avenue to Montgomery Road was referred to the Streets and Grades Committee.
  • A resolution to place a sanitary sewer in Lexington Avenue was passed.

May 6
A seventy-two-year old Norwood resident was killed, when he was struck by the southbound Interurban Car No. 66 at Montgomery and Highland Avenue. The car had to be jacked up so the body could be removed.

May 11
The Board of Control awarded to contractor George Murdock the contracts for constructing curbs and gutters on Madison Avenue, from Lafayette to Forest, and for paving with bituminous macadam and installing a sanitary sewer on Baker Avenue, from Sherman to the northern end.

May 14
A water main on Montgomery Road, near the bridge, burst this afternoon. Rumors spread that the bridge had been damaged, but city workers discovered that the water had not flowed to the bridge and the street damage was minor and quickly repaired.

May 17
A stir arose at the Council meeting this evening, when an ordinance was introduced to allow the Service Director to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the erection of a garbage crematory on Sherman Avenue, near the entrance to the proposed boulevard connecting Norwood with Cincinnati. The Councilman for the Third Ward said his constituents would fight the placing of a incinerator there. It would be better placed in the East Norwood park where the city stables and Waterworks wells were located.

Some ordinances passed:
  • Improve Hannaford Avenue from Carthage to Fenwick
  • Improve Buxton from Marion to Montgomery
  • Include Wesley and Steward Park in the general improvement plan for that part of Norwood.

May 23
It was reported that within the next 30 days residents south of Williams Avenue would have the new alternating current light system installed in their homes. The new streetlights had already been connected there.

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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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