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Madeira, Ohio (Images of America Series)
     

Madeira, Ohio (Images of America Series)

by Stephan Johnson, Cheryl Bauer
 

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Revolutionary War veterans began buying land in the Madeira area in the 1790s. Family farms and orchards blossomed throughout the rural landscape for the first six decades. The coming of the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad and establishment of a freight station in 1866 precipitated the community’s creation and gave it the name Madeira, chosen for the

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Revolutionary War veterans began buying land in the Madeira area in the 1790s. Family farms and orchards blossomed throughout the rural landscape for the first six decades. The coming of the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad and establishment of a freight station in 1866 precipitated the community’s creation and gave it the name Madeira, chosen for the surname of the rail line’s treasurer. Public schools, churches, and small businesses developed to serve a flourishing new population. Madeira incorporated in 1910, and citizens began a century of hard work, service, and neighborliness that makes the official motto of “friendly town” especially apt. Images contributed by the Madeira Historical Society, community groups, and residents provide insights into the community’s rich history and enduring charm.

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Title: New book; vintage pictures

Author: Jeanne Houck

Publisher: Cincinnati Community Press

Date: 5/6/2010

In one picture, five members of the Madeira Police Department, having scored well in a 1963 pistol-marksmanship contest, stand in a line and point their guns high just to the left of the viewer.

In another, seated candidates for Miss Madeira 1960 balance armfuls of flowers on their petticoat-stiffened skirts.

And in a third, a milkman holds the reins of a horse pulling a wagon full of milk in 1926.

The photographs are on three of nearly 120 pages of pictures of the people and places of Madeira and predecessor communities in a new book called "Images of America - Madeira." The still shots capture scenes from the 1880s to 1970 and comes just in time for the city's centennial this year.

Authors Cheryl Bauer, 56, of Hamilton, and Stephan Johnson, 57, of Milford, compiled the pictures and accompanying historical information with the help of the Madeira Historical Society. The society and its Miller House museum are beneficiaries of all proceeds of the sale of the book, which costs $21.99.

"Madeira's history is full of fascinating people, ranging from a world-renowned marathon runner and the founder of Frisch's restaurants to the patriots who have served their country since the Civil War era and then returned home to build families and businesses," Bauer said.

"We wanted to celebrate their stories in these vintage photographs. Since 2010 marks the centennial of Madeira's incorporation, this seemed like the perfect time to do the book."

Johnson grew up in Madeira.

"You look at the faces in the book, and whether they're from 1866 or 1966, you see a common thread of love of family and love of community," he said.

"We hope the book encourages everyone to learn more about their past and to appreciate all the people who helped to build their community."

This is Johnson's first book and Bauer's seventh. She primarily writes about regional history and the history of the Shakers. Both score standardized school tests at Data Recognition Corp. in Sharonville.

Doug Oppenheimer, president of the Madeira Historical Society, welcomed the book.

"I am very pleased with the book and the fact that the society and especially that our curator Dona Brock was able to contribute so much to the success of the book," he said.

"Images of America - Madeira" will be sold Saturday, May 22, at two places: from noon to 3 p.m. at the Miller House museum on 7226 Miami Ave., and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kroger store at 6950 Miami Ave. Bauer and Johnson will sign books at Kroger.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738578163
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,314,134
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Stephan Johnson grew up in Madeira. He is a graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he majored in history. After serving in the U.S. Navy and working in industry, he now resides in the Cincinnati area. Cheryl Bauer is a journalist and author whose recent books include The Shakers of Union Village. She resides in Hamilton, Ohio, with her husband, writer Randy McNutt.

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