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In 1796, when Gen. Moses Cleaveland founded the settlement on Lake Erie’s shores that would become the city of Cleveland, he opened the way for many dynamic, visionary, and diverse individuals who would not only help Cleveland prosper as one of the greatest cities in the Midwest, but also give the city its unique character. Mobster Danny Greene’s fate was sealed by a car bomb and his life was later immortalized in film. Vernon Stouffer helped revolutionize the frozen food industry and the way Americans eat. Almeda Adams refused to let her disability keep her from making contributions in education and music. And Zelma Watson George found success in theater and, later, politics as a goodwill ambassador and a delegate to the United Nations. Legendary Locals of Cleveland chronicles the fascinating stories of citizens who have impacted the city in political, social, philanthropic, business, educational, scientific/medical, entertainment, and even criminal areas.
About the Author
Thea Gallo Becker, a native Clevelander and local historian, has authored three books for Arcadia’s Images of America series: Cleveland: 1796–1929; Cleveland: 1930–2000; and Lakewood, her current residence. Many of the book’s vintage photographs come from the Special Collections area at the Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Movers and Shakers of Cleveland 9
Chapter 2 Legal, Political, and Criminal Legends 39
Chapter 3 Scientists, Physicians, and Inventors 63
Chapter 4 Sports Heroes and Villains 81
Chapter 5 Musicians, Artists, and Creative Folk 91
Chapter 6 The Newsies 113