The Meaning of a Liberal Education; Woodrow Wilson, 1909.
The Public Schools of Middletown; N. D.O. Wilson, Superintendent, Middletown Public Schools, 1915
Critical Path, Chapter 3; Buckminster Fuller
History of Ohio, Victor Gilbreath; Charles Galbreath
Tribute to a Steelworker, a Knightwork Extra; Knight Goodman
Photographs of Sheet Mill Crews from 1915 to 1917
Armco Leadership in 1915
The Galbraith Myth lives on in 2013
I found your website very informative! Thank you for telling me about it. If I ever see you ride your bike past the house, I will be sure to wave!
Thanks, Martin. It was good meeting you. I’ll look for you on the porch on my way to the pool.
Great pictures, great info, great observations. I wonder if another prime consideration about the fate of communities is the current mode of transportation. The earliest settlements were along rivers, then animal paths that became roadways, canals, railroads, highways, and airports.
I have a 1921 Armco Men magazine, plus about a dozen early photos. Mine have no names on them, though! I’d be interested to know your source for all the great personnel photos.
Hi Pat – thank you for your comments.
Transportation had a significant impact on Middletown’s growth from a grain and hog port on Miami-Erie Canal to the nexus of 5 rail lines in 1950. Then came the interstate that Middletown leadership insisted be built 4 miles to the east of the city. Municipal leaders in Hamilton felt the same way. Downtown area of both cities died a slow death during age of automobile.
I was a member of the board of trustees for the Middletown Historical Society and an employee of Armco Research when I acquired the Armco Archives. It was August 1999, just days before AK Steel took over. This collection is maintained and available at the Middletown Historical Society.
I went online today to find information for my daughter to show her the 1913 flood in Middletown and surrounding areas. I was disappointed to find the historical society is just recently establishing a website, which currently has no historical info. Thank goodness for you, this info was very interesting and I enjoyed it. I am curious how much historical artifacts and information you have access to now! If possible and you have the time, if there is any additional historical info on our great city you could post that would be great. I would love to see pics of 1950’s Middletown when we were declared an All-American City. Or pics I haven’t seen since I was a little girl of the 1913 flood. I was trying to describe to my 7 year old daughter while driving down main street where the water rose to and how my old elementary school Jefferson Elementary looked like it was located on an island during that flood. She attends Middletown Prep and almost daily as we drive by Paul J. Sorg’s mansion she inquires to know things about it. Why the scary appearance, are their really tunnels below ground? She even wants to see what the Opera House looked like in it’s glory days. I love Middletown but think it’s sad its residents have not only let it go downhill but even worse that our new generations, the ones who will take over, have no exposure and at times even access to its history and therefore respect what Middletown once was. How can we ever expect them to preserve it when they don’t understand its importance? I sincerely thank you for what you are doing!
Hi Jennifer – thank you for your thoughts and desire to see more Middletown history.
Much of my intent is to help local students learn a little more about their community and present stories of interest to any student of history. I, too, am a native of Middletown and understand your feelings about the town. It’s certainly seen better days but there’s lessons for learning to adapt to change and come to terms with growth, decay and renewal.
I would like to recommend a visit to the Middletown Historical Society for you and your family. The society is moving to a new building and could use volunteers. There are also new owners of the Sorg Opera House who are working very hard to restore this magnificent building. They too are looking for volunteers. Good luck with teaching your daughter about your home town. It’s worth the effort.
More stories are coming. Be sure to stop back and check it out.
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