Saturday, April 15, 2006

A visit to some old neighborhoods in East Cleveland

This post is a continuation of a previous post from last year. Please read that post and the comments so that you understand the background behind it.

Here are some homes and neighborhoods in East Cleveland that my friends and classmates lived in (you may click on any picture to enlarge). Enjoy!

Hastings and Terrace roads in East Cleveland, Ohio, April 2006.

Mark Drefs asked about his house. Here it is and it looks pretty good.

Another view of Mark Drefs house. We once had an all-out water balloon battle on the porch. We fought the Toohig's with balloons and hoses until Mark's dad came out and broke it up. Good thing he did 'cause I think the bigger, meaner Toohig brothers were going to start pounding us.

Another home on Rosemont Rd. About four homes on the street looked like this but the others seem to be in good shape. Was this the Toohig's house?

This is the Hastings house. I think they had about 12 kids in their family. They also had a mean dog named George who bit me in the stomach. I probably deserved it.

Donna and Bill Brucken's home on Wymore Ave. Looks very good.

Here's the backside of the Brucken's home off of Lee Road.

Colonel Brass' home on Rosemont Rd. He lived there until he recently passed on.

This is the backyard jungle at the old Brazitis home. Not much has changed here.

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At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the pictures of East Cleveland.went to Rozelle thru
to Shaw,
Recently visited and and was disturbed by condition of so
many homes.
Graduated from Shaw in 58'

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Donna Shouldis here. I lived on Hastings Ave. in the late 50's and moved to Bender Avenue. I attended Kirk JHS and Shaw HS. I graduated with the 1963 June class.

I have wonderful memories of East Cleveland. I felt safe walking anywhere I wanted to go. I rode the bus and transit on $1.25 a week pass.

We went to dances every Friday evening at the YMCA on Lee Road. There was always a dance after the basketball games. We ice skated and used the pool down on Shaw Ave.

Yes, I visited about 14 years ago and it was heartbreaking to see the destruction. I remember walking along Terrace Blvd. admiring the old beautiful homes. Now they are ruined.

But I will always be happy that I had the opportunity to live there. The schools were excellent and the opportunities were many.

Thanks for your excellent site.

Donna Shouldis, near Frederick MD

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, that is NOT the Toohig house in the photos. I am a Toohig but one of the girls not one of the mean boys. I love all the pictures. I recently visited my house on Rosemont. It is overrun but it still very sound. Well worth the price if someone could restor it.
I too have many great memories of East Cleveland. A perfect place to live at the time.
I have been looking for pictures of the store front from Mr. Donut to Superior & Euclid. I would appreciate any help anyone can give.
Also, I was the babysitter for David & Jimmy Fielding and there siblings. Still in touch on occasion.

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Jim Fisher said...


Thanks for the post. Sorry about misidentifying your house. That house was next to the Wild's house and I guess you lived a couple houses past it. I hope you have seen the main East Cleveland Web site. Here is the link:

JD Fisher

At 9:02 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Jim, I appreciate the web sit of East Cleveland but that is the web pag to your blog. I used to babysit for the Fieldings & I think a few times for your family. Did you have alot of cats in your home?
Please send me the web site for East Cleveland. I appreciate your help. Joanne

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who didn't love to play at the Hastings!!!! I am the youngest of the Bausone (six) children that lived on Beersford! Great post, fun blog, so many familiar names and places!

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a black guy who moved to Collinwood in 1967 on the East Cleveland Border. I remember going to Mary's Candy store before going to the Shaw-Hayden Show for $.35 and learned to swim at Shaw Outdoor Pool. My parents have lived in East Cleveland on Coit Ave. since 1976, and it is sobering to see the demise of that city year after year. I recall warm memories of EC and the interactions between black and white kids. We were little kids who walked to school together and played in the playgrounds together. I tell my wife stories that she found farfetched and hard to belived. These comments are proof that EC was once a great community to raise a family. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. BET, Fredericksburg, VA.

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the last poster stated, we (My mom and family) moved to East Cleveland in 1970. "White Flight" was in full force, but it was like 50% on the street we lived on. (Allandale Ave (1800 block). Went to Shaw High and graduated before joining the United States Navy. It was great. Made a lot of good friends. Had a great time and have some memories that will be with me the rest of my life.

After being away while in the Navy, my mom moved and so forth. Came back to the city and as someone else said, it really broke my heart to see the city in the shape it's in. I hear it's even worse now.

Jack's donuts, Angela Mia (still kicking, new owner from my understanding)and a whole bunch of great memories. Gone, but not forgotten!

At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary's Candy Store, Shaw Hayden Show, and the Shaw pool. I did it all 10 years before you. Great place, great memories.

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Keith B McGlothin said... I came across your blog, and enjoyed it immensely. I shared it within some of the communities on FB, specifically pertaining to, and about East Cleveland. In reading over your blogs, and enjoying your photos, YOUR memories, aren't much DIFFERENT than mine. I remember some of those same homes, yet friends of mine lived there.

What was most interesting to me, and those from your time in East Cleveland, is that most of you made it seem as though EVERYTHING bad happened, once blacks moved in, and that's far from truth, but maybe true for you. I grew up on East 143rd and Woodworth, the streets were always clean, people to great pride in their homes, and neighborhood.

East Cleveland for me, seems like a lifetime ago, and it breaks my heart every time I'm over here, and I still frequent there. My family had businesses there, Vipco Personalized Services, and later the Drive Thru Beverage, as well as the Hayden Hardware store, when in fact, it was STILL a Hardware Store. The influx of drugs and gangs, IMO had a lot to do with the demise of East Cleveland, as well as lack of leadership in elected officials.

I actually attended a few baseball games this year, I hadn't done so in about 3-4 years. I was disappointed beyond words. but that's a discussion for another time and place. Some former teammates and I are looking to change that, from the ground floor up, its an embarrassment. and unacceptable. Consider this an open invitation to join and participate in some of the discussion groups on FB, I have shared your blog, and I hope people take the time embrace and enjoy all that was shared, and possibly reach out to you as well.

Thanks again for the memories...

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sally Calogar here. Grew up on Carlyon Rd 50s-early 60s. Attended Superior Rd school. Interested in catching up with former classmates. EC was "innocent" then. Perhaps that's why it was so easily overrun.


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