Monday, March 07, 2011

S.J. Kelly and Nathan Ambler

A researcher just reminded me that S.J. Kelly did a large number of columns on early Cleveland history for the Plain Dealer about 80 years ago. George Condon has given me a quite a few of them he'd collected, to promote the memory of a fellow PD columnist whose work he respected, and I've thought about mounting them to the web. Meanwhile, here's a sample of one by Kelly, about dentist Nathan Ambler, whose home was a landmark on the promontory near what's now the Baldwin Filtration Plant, and whose name now graces Ambler Park. The home was surrounded by his artificial "ruins" and is pictured above, from the 1874 Cleveland atlas by Titus.

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At 11:09 AM, Anonymous katie said...

where can i find more s.j. kelly columns?

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Bill Barrow said...

Actually, you're in luck. John Stark Bellamy II is publishing a book about S.J. Kelley and I'll post something here in a few months when I know more about its availability. Otherwise you can go to the on-line edition of the Plain Dealer and search for his columns (see the Cleveland Digital Library for details), or come here to Special Collections where I have a collection of the columns.

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous katie said...

thanks, I've been lucky enough to talk to john starks bellamy but i didnt realize he was moving forward with the book. really excited.


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