Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This is all about Strong German Verbs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Windsor Terraces on Chester Avenue

Commuting into CSU via Chester each morning, I pass an odd little street called Windsor Terrace. It was fascinating, then, to discover that it is the remnants of the old Hotel del Prado, which was made from the former Gertrude S. Ely mansion, both fronting on Euclid on the 4200 block. Developer Walter McClure created the del Prado as an apartment hotel in 1917, boasting 88 rooms and, significantly here, 21 "terraces," they surviving as these Windsor Terrace units. Windsor Avenue, whence their name, was subsumed into Chester Avenue when the latter was cut through in the 1940s, which also lopped off a few units on the north end. The hotel side of the property is just a parking lot today.

A History of the NE Corner of Euclid Avenue and East 30th Street

CSU Archivist Bill Becker recently showed me a photo he'd found in his collection, of Fenn College students playing intermural football somewhere. We could faintly see Fenn Tower in the background and after some digging, discovered the identify of the old mansion in the foreground. So that meant this game was being played on the NE corner of Euclid Avenue and East 30th St. Well, I had other photos about that vacant lot, as my great-uncle had once had a driving range there, the "Hole In One." That parcel had once held "Andrews' Folly," the mansion of Rockefeller partner Samuel Andrews, which was reportedly too expensive to maintain. Now that corner is the home of WEWS TV. Here are photos of all four incarnation, as Millionaires' Row became today's Euclid Corridor.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Cleveland lost the aircraft industry

According to a Plain Dealer article in 1928, Glenn Martin announced that he was moving his Cleveland aircraft factory to Baltimore, to develop the salt water operations the Navy required after WWI. Some Cleveland men had taken a gamble on him during the war, which brought the factory here in the first place, but after the war a “prominent corporate lawyer” consulted by leading businessmen concluded that commercial air travel was impractical and that the Navy would never put money into military airplanes except during wars and wars were no longer possible. Let’s find that “expert,” dig him up from Lake View or wherever he’s buried and pack him off to Baltimore. Or the west coast, where this all ended up anyway. (Feb. 5th, front page)

Friday, August 30, 2013

I just learned of the death of Linda Cantara (Abbott), whom you may recall from the earliest days (2004) of the Greater Cleveland History Digital Library Consortium. It was her idea to apply for a grant to implement an OAI (Open Archives Initiative) metadata harvesting of our respective on-line local history collections and construction of a single point of access for them all. While we didn't get that grant, her idea lives on in the Ohio's Heritage Northeast project, a subset of her idea later enabled by OCLC's Multi-Site Server program for those of us running CONTENTdm. That's not wholly satisfactory -- ironically it omits Linda's employer at the time, CWRU, who doesn't use CONTENTdm -- and we're looking to see if the idea could be resurrected with a more inclusive OAI. Here's the information on Linda's passing. Her services are tomorrow (8/31/13) in Lexington, KY. http://surfky.com/index.php/obituaries/local/lexington/36582-lexington-ky-linda-cantara-abbott-60-lexington-wife-of-scot-abbott-passed-away-thursday-august-22-2013-at-her-residence-a-daughter-of-richard-and-dorothy-macalone-miller-she-was-a-member-of-christ-church-cathedral-and-a-metadata-librarian-at-

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bernstein's Elbow in Cleveland

Someone asked me about Bernstein's Elbow, which was apparently a street that took a little jog to avoid the tavern of an influential city councilman, Harry "Czar" Bernstein. I'd never heard of it, but a little research in the collections turned up a 1912 map and some photographs of a short segment of East 14th Street, between Woodland and Orange Avenues.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Early Settlers' Assn Recognizes Cleveland Memory

The Early Settlers' Association of the Western Reserve has recognized the Cleveland Memory Project with its annual Herrick Memorial Award, given to me as they only award it to individuals. At the ceremony on Public Square July 20th, celebrating the city's 216th birthday in front of the Moses Cleaveland statue, some of the people who make Cleveland Memory possible posed with two previous winners. On the left end is John Cimperman, President of the ESAWR and the winner in 1991, whereas on the right end is John Vacha, District Coordinator for History Day in Ohio's local district and the winner in 2002. Between them are Cleveland Memory folks from the Michael Schwartz Library at CSU. From left to right are Joanne Cornelius, Supervisor of the Digital Production Unit where many of the digital images originate; Carolyn Hufford, long-time volunteer who created and builds the "Feeding Cleveland: Urban Agriculture" site in Cleveland Memory; Library Director Dr. Glenda Thornton; Me; Lauren Felder, the Web Specialist who designs the pages in Cleveland Memory; and Lynn Bycko, the Special Collections Associate who oversees the collections whence much of the content for Cleveland Memory originates. More...


Thursday, June 07, 2012

Drawing Card: A New Baseball Novel of Cleveland

Information just received from the author on an interesting new novel:

"Drawing Card: A Baseball Novel, just published by McFarland, is a Cleveland-based book written by an ex-Clevelander who was once a student at Cleveland State and maintains connections there"

"In writing this book I was inspired by learning from research that in the early part of the 20th century at least two female ballplayers were hired by minor league clubs, bit after signing contracts, they had their contracts cancelled by Commissioner Landis specifically because of their gender. These two women reacted to their rejection politely, as women were supposed to, and pursued other athletic careers. In my novel, a woman whose baseball contract is cancelled by Landis vows revenge."

In setting my story in Cleveland, I was able to use the neighborhood in which I grew up and many Cleveland landmarks as background. Then, in order to show the main character's violent nature, I used violent events in Sicilian history, beginning with the Olympic era, when Sicily was a Greek colony. This enabled me to demonstrate that throughout history many women enjoyed athletics but had little opportunity to engage in them."

"Today 's women ballplayers face the same discriminatory attitudes that those in the past had to fight against. Just reading one book, like Pam Postema's autobiography (she was an umpire), demonstrates what women in baseball face right now."