To the editor: Originally, the people in my old neighborhood were of French descent, except for a few Germans. Our neighborhood was called Birmingham because it had so much heavy industry, like Birmingham, England.
In 1890, they built the Maumee Malleable on Front Street next to the flour mill. The company brought 100 Hungarian families from Cleveland to work at the plant. As more Hungarians arrived, the French slowly moved out. There were a few Italians, Slovaks and Czechs in the neighborhood; the majority were of Hungarian descent.
Most parents, like mine, were foreign-born and came here as children with their parents. The men worked with and socialized with their own kind. English was a second language and many of them did not speak it very well.
The women, on the other hand, needed to speak English in their everyday lives and they spoke it very well. If you had walked through my neighborhood before 1940 and heard all the foreign languages spoken, you’d have through you were in Europe.
My wife’s grandfather, “the ole Frenchman,” built a house in the 400 block of Craig Street in 1900. My father-in-law grew up in that house. He bragged to me about how he had beat up on a boy who was a year or two older than him. He was 13 at the time. He told about seeing Hungarian weddings that lasted a week with dancing in the street. Then the wife’s grandfather moved the family.
A few years later – in 1918 – my parents got married and moved into the upstairs apartment in the house that the ole Frenchman had built. Was that just coincidence?
In 1948, my buddy was invited to his girlfriend’s home on Sunday afternoon to play cards and was asked to bring a friend. She lived on Vermont Street. We were two East Siders. We had such a good time, we did it again the following Sunday.
He married his girlfriend and I married the young lady that was there with her – the ole Frenchman’s granddaughter.
I don’t believe in coincidence.
Now is our time
To the editor: Northwood residents have the opportunity to change the direction of our city by voting yes for the upcoming school levy. This levy would allow us to build a new pre-K-12 school with the State of Ohio investing more than $11 million dollars into our community.
As members of the Citizens for Northwood Schools committee, we have listened to residents express their concerns regarding the conditions of the city. People are hesitant to invest money into the school when they think the focus should be on improving our community. Although we share the same concerns, we believe that investing in a new school would encourage future business and residential growth.
Northwood is unique in that we provide a small-community atmosphere along with the potential for revitalizing Woodville Road. We can attract families who are looking for a small school district and still want the convenience of shopping and eating in our city.
In order to do that, we need to invest in ourselves. Currently, businesses are closed or hanging on by a thread, and some go elsewhere as a place to start their business. Voting “yes” for the levy is a way to show that Northwood residents support their community. Why would new businesses think we would support them if we cannot do the same for ourselves?
The focus of passing this levy is not only about improving our city, but more importantly is about supporting the youngest members of our community. A 21st century building will give students the ability to meet the demands of today’s educational expectations. From computerized learning and testing, the need for heightened security measures and increased competition to attend universities, our students have expectations that are unlike those in the past.
This levy offers us the opportunity to take control of Northwood’s future. Let’s not pass up this chance to help ourselves. We can give our city new life by voting “yes.”
Erin O’Connor and Carrie Williams Via email
Grateful for police
To the editor: On Sunday morning, Oct. 6, my husband discovered our garage had been broken into sometime during the night, and the thieves had stolen our beloved golf cart.
As my husband went off following tire tracks, I called the police. I have to commend the Oregon Police Department, from the dispatcher all the way to the records department. Within six minutes, there were two police vehicles in our driveway.
The officers were so personable, polite and professional. After the initial report/walk through was complete, one officer left to follow the tire tracks and start searching the neighborhood, while the other officer stayed and took and very detailed report. After the complete report was done, my husband and I went in our truck to search the area and crossed paths with both officers, who were also searching. It felt as though they really cared.
On Tuesday, I called the Police Record Department to retrieve a copy of the report for our insurance company. Helen in records was so nice and helpful. I had a copy faxed to me in minutes.
Since you usually hear about how things aren’t handled right, or complaints and such, I felt compelled to let everyone know how wonderful and grateful we are to the Oregon Police Department. They rock!