Whatever Happened to the "Paper Rex" Man? and Other Stories of Cleveland's New West Side

Overview

Do you remember the “broken cookie store?” Free dish night at the Marval Theater? Saturdays at the Rollercade? Crusin’ on Lorain Avenue? Riding the interurban? The smell of fresh bread coming from the neighborhood bakery?

If so, this is the book for you. Inside are 72 stories about life on Cleveland’s Near West Side in the first half of the 20th Century, including . . . Summer afternoons at Perkins Beach . . . Playing “cops and robbers” in the alley . . . Hanging out at Heck’s ....

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Overview

Do you remember the “broken cookie store?” Free dish night at the Marval Theater? Saturdays at the Rollercade? Crusin’ on Lorain Avenue? Riding the interurban? The smell of fresh bread coming from the neighborhood bakery?

If so, this is the book for you. Inside are 72 stories about life on Cleveland’s Near West Side in the first half of the 20th Century, including . . . Summer afternoons at Perkins Beach . . . Playing “cops and robbers” in the alley . . . Hanging out at Heck’s . . . Visits from the “umbrella man” . . . penny candy at the corner store . . . and lots more!

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Editorial Reviews

Sun News
This book is a ‘must read’ for anyone who enjoys taking a walk down memory lane. The delightful little vignettes put a human face on many area institutions and shed a new light on many parts of our city we overlook or take for granted.
The Plain Dealer
The authors have poured a lot of themselves, and Cleveland’s rich neighborhood history, into these delightful vignettes about the Near West Side. Where else can you browse through one book and discover the paaaaper-rex man, the tinker, Perkins Beach or the Fairyland Theater? You won’t find John D. Rockefeller or Marcus Hanna in these pages. But you might recognize a long-lost neighbor from 1950.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963076014
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 1,444,697
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

The May Dugan Center is a not-for-profit social services agency serving Cleveland’s near west side.

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Table of Contents

Really—Where is The Near West Side?

Bakeries

Whiskey Island: The Island That Isn’t There

A Potpourri of Memories

Cleveland Sandlot Baseball

What We Did For Fun

Early 1900s

The Gordon Neighborhood

Winter Fun

Rollercade

Early Nineteenth Century Immigrants’ Contribution to Cleveland

A Man to Remember

The “Paper Rex” Man

West Side Memories

James Ford Rhodes

West Side Community House

Day Care Baby

Pizza, Potato Chips, Ice Cream—Back When

The Corner Store

Rubbish Pickin’

Abbey Market

Penny Candy

John Patrick “Johnny” Kilbane

Rail Transportation

Alleys

Street Scenes

Bridges

Stockyards

Drugstores

Breweries

Some West Side “Good Old Days” Reflections

Out to Eat

To Market, To Market

Joseph & Feiss Company

The Heisman House(s)

The Teachout House

Lost in the ’50s

Gone Fishin’

Orchard School

Door Service

Second Empire Italianate

William L. Halloran

The West Side Hungarian Lutheran Church

Pops

A Former St. Ignatius H.S. Student Remembers

Harry O

I Could Have Danced All Night

1950s Music

1956

Cudell

Memories of Greenwood

Neighborhoods Mid-Century

Old Movie Theaters

Summer in the City

Housing Along the Lake

Coming of Age

It Wasn’t Club Med

Looking Back

Shopping

Some Hard Ways

Broken Cookie Store

Churches—A Legacy of Cultures

“Solid as a Rock”

Memories of Youth

My Life on The Near West Side

St. Stephen School Days

St. Patrick’s Bridge

St. Colman

St. Mary’s On-The-Flats

Miles of Walking

The Old Neighborhood

A Special Club—A Special Place and Time

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