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Next meeting at Norwood Community Center, Courtland & Carter Avenues, Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
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April 5, 1915
On Monday, April 5, Council considered several motions. An ordinance was passed changing the name of Foraker Terrace to Norwood Avenue. Confusion was caused since there were two streets in Norwood named for the former Governor of Ohio and United States Senator. Foraker Avenue was, and is, south of the railroad tracks and Foraker Terrace was to the north of the tracks. When he lived in Sharpsburg (1871-1880), Joseph Benson Foraker, lived on the dirt road, then called Baker Avenue in the J. W. & W. C. Baker's Addition to Sharpsburg subdivision, which was platted in 1868. It was renamed in his honor as Foraker Terrace. Today, the site of the street would be along the Norwood Lateral and previous to that was the part of Norwood Avenue west of Montgomery Road.
The City Engineer reported that the cost of extending Smith Road from Duckcreek to Edmondson Road would be $7,297.53. This extension, which would be of the macadam type, was needed for connections to the streets in the then new Mary A. Dacey Subdivision. In 1922, the Fred J. Lodder Subdivision was platted between Dacey's subdivision and Edmondson Road. These are now the locations of Cornerstone (part of Dacey's) and Rook-wood Exchange (part Dacey, mostly Lodder). That old part of Edmondson Road from the new connection with Smith Road to Duckcreek Road would be abandoned.
At that same meeting, Council gave permission for farmers and truck gardeners to sell their produce at the Market House at Walters and Mills Avenues on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of each week with no charge for stands..
April 5, 1915
On the 5th, Norwood residents became upset when they heard of a plan by Representative Patrick Shank, of Medina County, to introduce a bill that would allow the annexation of any municipality that is surrounded 75% by another city. The disturbing part of this ordinance to the Norwood people was that no vote would be necessary. The terms of the bill were that when the 75% condition was met, Cincinnati would have the fact certified by the Hamilton County Commissioners, who would notify the Mayor of Norwood within 30 days and give a hearing on the truth of the certification only. Then the Commissioners could order the annexation. The citizens of Norwood would have no say in the matter.

April 11, 1915
Sunday, April 11, was opening day for manager Charley Magness' Norwood team. They won against Sid Berte's Wiedemanns at the Norwood Ball Park (later, the site of the General Motors plants and, currently, Central Parke). All of Norwood's officials, including Mayor Engelhardt, were there, as well as invited guest Covington Mayor Pat Phillips. Two weeks later the Norwood amateur base ball team again hosted a game at Norwood Park. They beat the city champion Shamrocks, 6 to 3.

April 14, 1915
On Wednesday afternoon, April 14, the Cincinnati Reds played their opener with the Pittsburg Pirates at Redland Field. Charley Gould, the 1869 Reds' first baseman, who was currently living in Norwood, was the special guest of Cincinnati Mayor Spiegel. It was said that he was one of the few remaining members of that original Reds team.
April 20, 1915
A special train with four coaches provided by the B. & O. Railroad left Norwood at 12:45 p.m., taking a larger delegation of around 200 protestors against the annexation bill to Columbus. The bill was declared dead on the 26th.

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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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