A Touch of Cleveland History: Stories from the First 200 Years

A Touch of Cleveland History: Stories from the First 200 Years

by Bob Rich


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A Touch of Cleveland History: Stories from the First 200 Years by Bob Rich

These 57 short stories are an entertaining introduction to the history of Cleveland, Ohio, for natives and newcomers alike. They hit the highlights—colorful people and remarkable moments from log cabin days to an era of industrial might—and cover subjects from sports to fashion to crime. They first appeared as a weekly newspaper and radio series celebrating the city’s bicentennial in 1996.

Bob Rich’s storytelling ability made him one of the most popular adult education teachers at Cuyahoga Community College. His enthusiasm for local history shines through on the page, too, as he touches on such topics as . . .

• “Ballroom” dancing in the log cabin of settler Lorenzo Carter

• The origin of east side/west side rivalry: a feud over a bridge

• Anti-slavery activity on Public Square and at Oberlin College

• Feisty, gloves-off, partisan journalism in the mid-19th century

• The 41st Ohio Infantry regiment’s valiant Civil War service

• A pro baseball game that ended with a score of 132-1, and bicycle races along Millionaire’s Row

• Perfectionist conductor George Szell, who relentlessly drove the Cleveland Orchestra toward world renown

. . . and the enduring pride of Cleveland’s citizens

Any Clevelander who wants to know a little more about the old hometown will be delighted by these fact-filled stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938441332
Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 1,238,866
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Indian Clashes Preceded Cleaveland Expedition
Moses Finds the Promised Land
Log Cabin Hero
Frontier Era Ends as East, West Sides Start to Grow
Life Could Be Rough During Pioneer Days
O’Mic Hanging Reinforced American Indians’ Fears
Perry Drives British from Lake Erie
Early Cleveland Schools Set Up in Log Cabins
Ushering In the Erie Canal
How a City is Forged
Practicing Medicine in the Western Reserve
When Cleveland Almost Went a Bridge Too Far
Herald of the News
Wild West on Erie
Fire Engine Ruckus
Rails’ Uphill Road
Monied Class Sparked Growth in the Arts
Oberlin-Wellington Rescue Struck Blow against Slavery
Journalists Not Shy in Early Newspaper Days
Religious Commune Gave Shaker Heights Its Birth
J.D. Rockefeller’s Influence Extensive
Abe Lincoln Visits Cleveland
41st Ohio’s Heroic Civil War Role
Cleveland Grays, Born to Parade, Lived, Died In War
Loose-Lipped Lincoln Haters Mobbed
Humorist Ward Started With PD
And Now Pitching ... A Fan
Prosperity Brought Flow of Immigrants
Industrial Age Both Boon, Bane to City
Civil War Liberated Women, Too
Euclid Ave. Once Home to Rich, Famous
Bankrolling Higher Learning
The Sporting Life: How Golf, Football Started in Cleveland
Churches Bore Load of Charity, Schooling
Big-Wheel Bikes Introduced Cleveland to Sport It Loved
City’s Centennial Brought Much to Celebrate
Tom Johnson Rode Streetcars into Mayor’s Office
Hanna Was at the Forefront of U.S., City Politics
Tom Johnson, Hero for Common Citizen
Johnson’s Peak Years Were Rife with Politics
Boss Hanna Was Cartoonists’ Favorite Target
Rockefeller, the Mastermind of Monopoly
Rockefeller’s Trust Travails
A Strong Will Gave Birth to Cleveland Orchestra
Szell Was Musical Turning Point for City
How Millionaires Helped Start the Art Museum
World War I Brings Many Changes: Patriotic Excitement, Racial Hostility
Brothers Plant Seed for Modern Cleveland
Depression Derailed Van Sweringen Express
Depression, Recovery in Hard-Hit Cleveland
Ness, a Mr. Clean Cleveland Desperately Needed
Even Ness Can’t Catch Vicious ‘Torso Murderer’
WWII Brought Myriad Changes to Cleveland
Baseball Wisdom
City Meets Challenges Right from Its Beginning
Cleveland On the Ebb
City with Pride
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