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John G. Jennings was born in 1825 and died on December 16, 1896 at his residence at 194 Jennings Avenue.  He was buried at Riverside Cemetery.  He created the University Heights allotment in 1851.  Mr. Jennings taught Sunday school in 1859-1860.  The people of the area wanted their own church rather than traveling east of downtown and meetings were held at the home of John Jennings on Scranton Avenue.  On November 13, 1859, University Heights Congregational Church was founded.  When a new church building was added in 1869, this church was named Jennings Avenue Congregational Church after the street which was named after Mr. Jennings.  Mr. and Mrs. Jennings were generous to the church and he was a deacon of the church for more than 25 years.

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    there is talk of a few farmers coming to this area in the late 1800’s, but the area was “hilly” and slow to be developed; then talk of cleveland university but a short lived, failed venture. The area was first settled by Western Reserve families with means and money. Then, out of the blue, ethnic groups arrived to work in factories??? When exactly did the factories pop-up? When did Grace Hospital pop-up? Where did the connecticut yankees go?? They built churches that were simply taken over by immigrants??? Why so many taverns, why a population density of over 140 per sq mile, with much less in other parts of city? Was this simply a “company town” that became somewhat liveable when reds/socialists started clamoring for a liveable environment? Read about the early 1900’s socialist/worker movements in cleveland and connect the times to some of the community improvements made in Tremont. Overall there are large pieces missing to this history…wish you could have included more. The oral histories show people somewhat cut-off in their enclaves. Very little talk or awareness of politics.

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