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887 Yarger Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

30th anniversary of McCullough House, Cypress Way, Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
For St . Elizabeth alumni, keep the ball rolling at St. Elizabeth facebook page, set up and maintained by St. Elizabeth alumni Marci Metzner.

 August 9, 2015

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The South Norwood Welfare Association discussed requesting that the city establish a park and playgrounds at the corner of Cleneay Avenue and Montgomery Road. They said it would give a good impression to those entering the city from the south entrance. The idea grew stronger when a Mr. Cressler told them that the land on the west side of Montgomery Road, between Cleneay Avenue and the Schreiber plant was available to the city for $15,000. The only requirement was that the city must agree to convert it into a park and playground.

On August 16, the City Council met for the first time after the summer vacation adjournment on July 6. Since the new City Hall was still being built, they probably met at some other venue. One of the major discussions carried over from the last sessions was that of deciding on the location of a garbage crematory (incinerator). The plan was to place it at the western end of Sherman Avenue, but West Norwood residents and Cincinnati were against that. Another location considered was at the Water Works area. Many politicians were said to be okay if the issue was put aside until after the upcoming elections. One official said “juggling dynamite sticks would be child’s play in comparison with grappling with this ordinance, going to the floor with it and passing it.”

An ordinance to issue $4,500 in bonds to pay for the construction of a storm sewer in Lincoln Avenue was passed. The longstanding talk of extending Beech Avenue at the railroad tracks (to connect the two sections) was placed on hold until council members could talk with the city engineer.

A group of Norwood council members and residents proposed to the Hamilton County Commissioners a joint project to improve Montgomery Road. The city was willing to pay a part of the improvement if the county would pay the rest. The Commissioners replied that if the proposition were put into writing, they would consider it. However, they continued, nothing would probably be done until the next year because of the finances of the county road fund.

On the evening of August 21, rain and construction brought the fear in South Norwood of the potential for a partial building collapse. Workmen had been excavating for a foundation of a new plant for the Instantaneous Glue Converter Company adjacent to the National Enameling Company’s plant on Montgomery Road, between Lexington and Cleneay. Because of the rain, the workers were finding it impossible to make the wooden supports bracing the wall secure to the ground. The earth had slipped near the wall, but the president of the enameling company declared that the wall had not been damaged.

A “mask carnival” was held on August 30. The purpose was to persuade residents of nearby communities to come to the business district on Main Avenue (Montgomery Road) in Norwood. It was estimated that 10,000 people lined the parade route from Mills to Carthage Avenue. Traffic, except for decorated automobiles participating in the parade, was barred from that part of the road. At 8 p.m., a band followed by around 500 men, women and children dressed in all types of costumes left the market house grounds (later the safety lane and Victory Park) to Montgomery Road, then to Carthage Avenue and back to Sherman and Montgomery, where the judges awarded prizes for the most artistic, most original and most comical. At 9:30 p.m. all were required to unmask and reveal their identities. Because the event went so well, it was suggested that a larger version be given on Halloween.

Some facts from the 1915-16 directory:
Population: 22,000
4 wards, 17 precincts and 5,880 registered voters
5 intermediate and 1 high school
53 manufacturing companies
10 Protestant and 3 Catholic churches
2 theaters; 3 fire stations
4 street car lines, 2 interurban roads, 23 railroads
68 miles of concrete sidewalks

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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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