Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Meet the Lindler's, Euclid's Newest Family!

It's 1943, and the Lindler family has just moved to suburban Euclid. They buy bonds, and they buy Heinz products, too!

Peter Lindler works 6 days a week and bowls on Tuesday nights. He works at a war plant in Cleveland and also enjoys photography and enlarging photos. Mrs. Lindler, who is never given a first name, also enjoys sharing in enlarging photos with Peter. She likes to cook and sew as well, having made all the curtains in her new Euclid home.

Sprinkled throughout the day is how the Lindlers - even baby Elaine - enjoy Heinz products.

You probably guessed by now - this is a WWII Heinz ad. Good on ya!

So, what do you think... Are the Lindlers a real family? Did they really eat potted meat for supper? I can't answer the second part but I can take care of the first... Yes, the Lindlers were a real family and yes, they really lived in Euclid...ish.

On a deed from Stanley and Elizabeth Ivinson to Peter and Mrs. (Theresa!!) Lindler dated July 27, 1942, the Lindlers purchased a home at 19311 Pawnee Avenue. I think this is technically Cleveland you know... by a few feet. But close enough for government work.

I hope Theresa Lindler didn't spend too much time or suffer too many pokes from making her curtains, because in 1946, 4 years after they moved in, and 3 years after their Heinz ad, they up and moved to North Royalton.

So long, Lindlers, we hardly knew ye.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Euclid Township Hall and Euclid City Hall

On the afternoon of April 12, 1929, Euclid's city hall on North Street was ablaze and would soon burn to the ground. Fire Chief Ernest Earick blamed the fire on faulty wiring, specifically a short circuit that sparked tarred hemp used by the water department to pack pipe joints. Chief Earick was on the first floor of the two story building, built in 1894, and had the misfortune of falling through the burning floor into the basement. He was rescued, revived and remained on scene.

Talk about hardcore.
Having no city hall, everybody (even the police) moved over to the "old hotel" (The Euclid Inn) on Chardon road, near Euclid ave. The depression made rebuilding a slow process, and the temporary city hall ended up being a 9 year solution.

Plans were completed in 1934 and construction of the new "old" Euclid city hall began in 1937. There was a bit of back-and-forth about the location, though.

Here's a photo of the newly constructed hall in 1938. It was completed by WPA workers and cost $100,000.

City Hall still stands today, but was outgrown in the mid 1980's. The basement of this building was actually the police department until 1950.

It currently sits right next to the current (municipal center) city hall, completed in 1989.

Bonus: Showing off a 4 year old city hall in the 1942 Euclid city directory.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Euclid Ohio Sesquicentennial Commemorative Plate!

There may be nothing worse than plates and other bric-a-brac. It collects dust, you're not really supposed to touch them, and most knick knacks are just hideous.

But a commemorative plate with a whole list of notable historical moments that happened in (and what would become) Euclid? Get out the wall anchors because this piece of Grandma's collection is going up on this blogs wall!

The city of Euclid Sesquicentennial was held in 1959, and celebrated 150 years of existing. This seems like an excuse to have a little festival and mint some coins and fire some plates. But what a plate it is! Green print, roughly 10.25" features a nice pictorial of Euclid's yesteryear.

Old Stop 10 - corner of Euclid Ave. and Chardon Rd.

Euclid Town Hall - erected 1894, burned down 1929.

Euclid High School c. 1900. I wonder if they were warm, safe, and dry?

Euclid Ohio Band c. 1908
The back of the plate features a long list of remarkable Euclid events.

With the epic title "Saga of an Industrial Empire", the timeline starts many years before Moses Cleaveland even ventured over this way.

I've typed out what I could. Read along below!

  • 1662: Northwest Territory given by King Charles II to Connecticut through Governor John Winthrop which united all the English settlements under one government.
  • 1701 to 1728: Initial treaties with Indian tribes headed by the Iroquois, of all lands east of the Cuyahoga River to the whites. 
  • 1785: Treaty with separate tribe - Chippewa, Delaware, Erie, Ottawa, and Wyandot to relinquish all lands east of Cuyahoga River.
  • 1795:Treaty finalized with Iroquois Nation.
  • 1796:General Moses Cleaveland and 66 surveyors set out for the Western Reserve Territory.
  • (a) Mutiny at Conneaut Creek where camp was established.
  • (b) Township 5 miles square laid out and sold at $1.00 per acre.
  • (c) Township christened "Euclid" in honor of surveyors patron saint.
  • 1797: First permanent settlers built homes (11 in number).
  • 1798: 18 others to build homes and sew wheat as previously agreed.
  • 1799: Last 12 families build and settle.
  • 1803: First mail route, Cleveland to Warren, passing through Euclid.l
  • 1809: Euclid Township incorporated and officers duly elected.
  • 1815: Euclid had 42 qualified ?? voters and was larger than Cleveland.
  • 1820: Organization of Baptist Church.
  • 1840: Lake county organizes - Willoughby transferred from Cuyahoga to Lake county, Euclid lost its best harbor possibility.
  • 1845: German Lutheran Church organized.
  • 1852: Opening of Cleveland, Painesville, and Ashtabula Railroad - now a part of the New York Central System.
  • 1861: Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad purchased and operated the C. P. and A. mentioned above.
  • 1861: St. Paul's Catholic Church organized.
  • 1868: First High School opened - enrollment 5 pupils.
  • 1878 - First references to taxes for ??, roads, sidewalks.
  • 1883: December 15th - warmest day on record temperature 69 F.
  • 1896: High School chartered.
  • 1897: Graduating class of 6 from Euclid High School.
  • 1903: Euclid incorporated as a village.
  • 1904: Discontinued use of toll gate on Euclid Avenue.
  • 1908: Speed law passed - 8 miles per hour.
  • 1914: Beginning of industrial growth.
  • 1929: Old Town Hall on North Street burned to ground destroying many old records.
  • 1930: Euclid incorporated as a city.
  • 1932: Addressograph-Multigraph moved from Chicago to Euclid.
  • 1938: Kenneth J. Sims assumes mayor's responsibilities.
  • 1941: Thompson Products built multi-million dollar manufacturing plant.
  • 1943: Opening of present Euclid Senior High School.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Euclid Square Mall Santa Christmas Castle

Did you visit Santa at Euclid Square Mall? If so, send me your photos and I'll publish them here!

A few days ago, the Euclid Historical society featured a post of mine from 9 years ago, showing the Euclid Square Mall "Santa" Christmas castle for sale.

They wondered if it was still for sale. The listing has been long removed. The asking price was $20,000, and the mall actually set the castle, and other decorations up in Christmas 2005.

Castle set up in Euclid Square Mall in 2005

Christmas decorating at Euclid Square Mall, 2005
Well I pulled some strings (sent an email) and found out what exactly happened to Euclid Square Mall's Santa Christmas castle.

We still own the castle.  I bought it back in 2005 and stored it there until 2013 when I pulled it from storage, fixed it up and have leased it out the past two holiday seasons.  It is currently leased to a mall in Toronto Canada for this season. 

It looks as good as it did when it was used at the mall for so many years.

If you are interested in leasing it let me know and I will be happy to send you information on how to obtain this very unique piece for next year's holiday season.

So there you have it! One of the Euclid Beach Boys fixed it up, and it's currently in use at a mall in Toronto! I think it should have its own Instagram account or something. Follow it around the world.

 And also my heart is the warms with holiday cheer because Joe says, "It looks as good as it did when it was used at the mall for so many years." I can truly appreciate folks who restore things and keep history, even something like a holiday mall castle, alive and well.

Here's the picture Joe was kind enough to send me:

The Santa Castle and throne in Toronto, Canada, Christmas 2016.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us: 10 Years Later

I have got to hand it to whomever designed the original brown roof, rainbow-striped building, because it looks as good now as it did 10 years ago.

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us (1264 East 260th) in 2006.

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us (1264 East 260th) in 2016.
Even the paint on the "wooden" planks hasn't aged that badly. Toys R Us in Euclid opened in September 1988, and closed in 2002.

September 15, 1988 "Now Open" Euclid Toys R Us ad. Nintendo AND California dream Barbie!

Toys R Us owned the property from 1988 until 2006. They sold it to MCM Don Fisher Manor Apartments, LTD in 2006 for $600,000.

In September 2014, it was sheriff deeded to Lakeview Holding (OH) llc., then sold to SNS Properties llc. in February 2015 for $125,000.

I think it would be nifty to own an old Toys R Us but I don't know if it'd be $125k nifty...

At any rate I know the place was used for overflow (furniture) storage in the last decade. In 2012, Euclid schools held an auction there. The pictures suck hard, but I snagged one where you can truly appreciate that inside, it still looks like a Toys R Us, too.

Euclid Toys R Us boarded-up store front
Many, many feels.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving in Euclid, 1941

In 1941, not only were houses popping up all over Euclid, including those in my very own subdivision built by Benton Lefton, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

You've either got all your ducks, err, turkeys in a row, or you've yet to go shopping. No judgement.

Here's what the week of Thanksgiving ad for Fisher's Master Market looked like in 1941, approximately 75 years ago.

  • Turkey 33¢/lb.
  • Cranberry sauce 13¢ a can
  • Canned pumpkin in a big can - 8¢
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 2 for 19¢
  • 34¢ for a gallon of apple cider
  • A shiny dime for a loaf of bread
  • Coffee... 19¢ a pound...
  • 6¢ a pound for apples and...
  • $1.45 for a carton of cigarettes
Celery was cheap too, but who cares about celery.

Before turkey talk and ads for Christmas presents, those folks getting their copy of the Euclid News Journal were greeted by a few paragraphs of things they had to be thankful for. 

The paper hit doorsteps November 21st, and Thanksgiving in 1941 was the 26th. 11 days later, the United States would officially enter World War II.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Tribute to Kenneth J. Sims: 1971 Euclid Jaycee Directory

Here's a page out of the 1971 Jaycee Euclid Directory that pays a nice tribute to former Euclid mayor Kenneth J. Sims.

I came across this recently and was struck particularly by a paragraph about how Euclid built new schools, pools, sewage plants, and improved public transportation. All while having the lowest taxes of any area suburb.

This is timely as the Euclid city schools are pushing hard for a bond (Issue 111) to pass that will ask residents to pay more in property taxes, to the tune of over $96 million dollars.

How is it that Euclid used to be on the extreme low end of the tax collection, yet have a school system so successful that people bought houses so their children could be enrolled in Euclid schools?

Perhaps continually raising the taxes didn't help, and chased industry outwards in all directions. If so, and I think that's a valid argument, will adding on more taxes help or hurt the city? You decide.

Click me.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Spotted in 2016: A Euclid Red Lobster Billboard!

Faithful readers of the blog or long time area residents know that Euclid Square Mall's Red Lobster restaurant opened in 1983, and was briefly The Hunt Club Sports Bar & Grille. I don't think there has been anything at this location in this century.

We were out and about today and all the way out in Painesville, we spotted a billboard that has been covered by trees and brush since before 1994. The forest is being cut away for something and it has revealed a hulking billboard advertising 2 Red Lobster locations: Mentor and Euclid.

Holy crap.

1994 - can you see the billboard?

How about in 2004?

2010, you can see the billboard buried in the brush.

As early as late 2015, the billboard is visible.
 Ready ready ready?!