Remembering Wadsworth, Ohio : From Pioneers to Streetcars

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-30
  • Publisher: History Pr
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Battling wolves and wilderness, the settlers of 1814 were the first in a long line of daring and ingenious souls to call Wadsworth home. With a wry but gentle humor, former mayor Caesar A. Carrino regales his readers with tales of these colorful characters, including politically biased embalmers and a swindling tabloid entrepreneur whose ghost still haunts the streets of Wadsworth. Carrino spins a beguiling yarn as he chronicles the history of his city, from the sometimes tragic fate of early pioneers to the coming of a new century with rail, steam, coal and automobile.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgementsp. 11
Wadsworth Is Born
The First Settlers: Bewildered in the Wildernessp. 13
Pioneer Embalmers: The Party's Overp. 15
Sylvia Beach: Lost, Never Foundp. 17
John Brown's Origins: Why He Went by His Middle Namep. 19
Early Business Center: Not a Mall Hangoutp. 21
The Pardee Brothers: From Store to Morep. 24
Pardee Mansion on Watrusa: A "Nail-Biding" Timep. 26
The Early Blacksmiths: Red-Hot Craftsmenp. 28
Hotels for a Small Town: Adjoining Bath Outsidep. 30
The Sheepshed: Pioneer Answer to an Inside Mallp. 32
The Buggy Worksp. 34
Pioneer Mills: On the Cutting Edgep. 36
Erastus Loomis: Turned Black Coal Greenp. 38
Coming of the Railroad: Full Steam Ahead for Wadsworthp. 41
Coal Mining Town: Buried Treasure
The Silver Creek Minep. 45
Life of the Minerp. 48
The Great Coal Mine Strikep. 49
Wadsworth Churches: Faith, Bricks and Mortar
The Congregational Churchp. 51
Ephriam Hunsbergerp. 52
The Old Mennonite Churchp. 54
The Lutheran Churchp. 56
The Methodist Churchp. 58
The Disciple Churchp. 59
The Emanuel Church: The High Churchp. 60
Jerusalem Lutheran Churchp. 61
Sacred Heart Churchp. 61
First Baptist Churchp. 63
Education in Wadsworth: From Bleak to Greek
The Early Schoolsp. 65
The Union Schoolp. 67
The First School Busp. 69
The Wadsworth Academyp. 70
Higher Educationp. 72
The Mennonite Collegep. 72
The Dague Collegiate Institutep. 74
The Western Reserve Normal Collegep. 75
Burke Hinsdalep. 75
The Press
The Wadsworth Enterprise: All the News that Printp. 79
The Young Folks Gem: All that Litters Brings in Goldp. 81
The 1900s: Motoring into the Future
Andy Aublep. 85
The First Streetcar: The Sugar Billp. 87
The First Telephone: Number Pleasep. 89
City Government and a New Town Hallp. 92
The Opera House, Joe Bender and the First Picture Showp. 94
Early Medical Professionals: Corn Plasters and Country Doctors
The Physiciansp. 97
Early Dentistsp. 101
Early Veterinarians, Horse Doctors, Horse Thieves and Horse Insurancep. 102
The Horse Barn: Wadsworth's New Hospitalp. 103
The Beginning of Industry: Lighting the World on Fire
The Wadsworth Salt Companyp. 107
The Ohio Injector Companyp. 108
The Ohio Match Company: Its Birth and Death Made Wadsworth a "Matchless" Cityp. 110
The Ohio Boxboard Companyp. 113
The Wadsworth Brick and Tile Companyp. 113
The Excel Rubber Companyp. 115
Personalities that Grew Wadsworth
Tommy Lucas, the One-Man Showp. 117
Nellie Harterp. 119
Ella Everhardp. 122
Bibliographyp. 125
About the Authorp. 127
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