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Memories of Maria Cairns-Yuras

“Lincoln Park – Sundays people would gather on the grass and benches to chat with friends or play cards, checkers, dominos and chess on the picnic tables.  Some would bring picnic baskets from home while others stopped after church.  Children played soccer or played at the pond that was in the center of the park, they also had a carousel and swings, too.  Water fountains were at the corners of the park off Kenilworth/W11th and W14th & Starkweather.  There were bushes completely around the whole park and Post Lamps that lit up the park at night.  They had toilets, but Mom remembers them being dirty.  Mom seemed to think there were no sidewalks on the inside of the park in the early days, but brother Mike says there were always there.  I remember goldfish in the pond and Mike says they broke ground in 1957 to put the swimming pool in that still stands today.  Swimming was free from 7 years old and up, but you had to sign in your name and age before getting in.  They would check our toes and make us take a quick outside shower spray before getting through the bar gates.  Wednesday was Family night for swimming where parents could come.  Teenagers would climb the fence and skinny dip late nights, too.  There were Easter egg hunts and Band Concerts in the Park, also……

Our milk was delivered to our doorstep in glass bottles with cardboard caps.  My brother Mike delivered the Cleveland Press Newspaper and then later turned it over to brother Bill who turned it over to Roman and me.  We raised chickens, rabbits and pigeons in our backyard.  We never locked our doors, someone was always home and kids running in and out all the time……

My mom was a cleaning lady and raised 4 children.  She paid off her home and has lived in the same house in Tremont for 55 years so far.  She has seen many changes over the years from good to bad to good again.  There are still a few oldtimers like my parents that have hung on through thick and thin and still reside here in Tremont……”

 With Memories and Sincerity, Maria Cairns-Yuras (Dowhaniuk Family)

*Used with permission from Maria Cairns-Yuras.  These are only a few of the memories from Maria and are written as given to us.  We do not guarantee historical accuracy for this or our other oral/written histories/memories.  These are memories from the 1950’s/1960’s timeframe.

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