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Memories of Maria Cairns-Yuras

August 30th, 2008

“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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  • 3. Judy Feddy Boysko  |  July 27th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I lived across the street from Lincoln Park at 2459 W. 11th St. from birth 1941 until we left in 1955.
    My recollections of Lincoln Park where that, yes, there were tall shrubs surrounding the park until the early 50’s when there were many gang fights in the park. Then the shrubs were taken down.
    I don’t think there were ever goldfish in the pond because as a little girl we went in it often. There was a spray in the center to fill the pool.
    The large swimming pool went in around 1953 not 1957.
    Many men would sit on the benches/tables playing cards. As a kid, it was a great way to make money selling kool aid or lemon aid.

  • 4. Jim  |  June 18th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    When I was younger we used to ride our bikes around Tremont, there was a place they called the whitewash it was a big hole in the ground and we would ride our bikes down into it and up the other side, I think it had limestone in it, has anyone ever heard of this place? Was it part of republic steel?

  • 5. Maria yuras  |  January 10th, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Judy you are right. I stand to be corrected, the swimming pool was built in 1953 and opened in 1954. In the late 50’s on Sunday’s when we were coming home from church, I do remember sticking my hand In the pond and trying to catch goldfish. I was around 5-6 years old then. @Jim the only whitewash I heard of was off Brevier Ave and Wiley Ave off Scranton. Seemed it was at the very end of the streets. You may find more info on a Facebook Page called Memories of Tremont-Cleveland’s Southside. You need to join, there are so many pictures and stories there. Wonderful memory site.

  • 6. Nancy Kearsey-Ward  |  April 28th, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I found this article because of a booklet I found at my home. It was called “A brief history of Tremont. I was born in 1940 and lived in Valley View projects until I was 18 years old. I have so many memories of my childhood there, and of Tremont Elementary, St. John Cantius and Lincoln High School where I graduated from. Thank you for posting these stories.


    Nancy Kearsey-Ward

  • 7. Karen Grobelny Mekesa  |  September 19th, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I remember many of Maria’s memories as well….the toe check at the pool, goldfish in center pond, as well as canteen dances at the bath house (now condos) & going to the park to collect leaves in the Fall for school art projects at St. Augustine’s. My favorite leaf was from the ginkgo tree in the park. Elementary school years were on Starkweather until highway came thru & then we moved to West 14th & Castle area & I went to Lincoln HS & now celebrating my 50year reunion.

    I now have a ginkgo tree planted in my own yard now because of that art project.
    Thank you for sharing.

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