|Norwood Streetcar, From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County|
The Norwood streetcar above may be the same one Marie Warwick and Eldora McKinley attempted to board in Walnut Hills in 1923. By 1923, automobile ownership had exploded creating traffic congestion and putting pedestrians at risk. Marie Warwick was hit by a passing motorist while Eldora was more fortunate and jumped safely to the curb. But Marie's tragic end was not entirely in vain.
The news of the death of a young woman, only 21 and soon to be married, made the front page of the paper and rekindled a long running debate about road safety. Marie was one of two women killed by motorists on the same day. The total for the year in Hamilton Co., Ohio was 135 with 80 pedestrians dying after being hit by automobiles. For perspective, traffic fatalities in Hamilton County for 2009 were only 43.
|Police Officer, 1900|
From the Collection of The Public
Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
In an effort to control their own traffic problems, officials in Caracas, Venezuela have recently brought a circus of their own to town. Mimes now assist police with traffic direction - making fun of would-be traffic violators by pouting, glaring and grimacing. Photographs of the brightly-garbed mimes are available at Mimes Direct Traffic in Venezuela. I suspect being accosted by a mime would be more embarrassing than receiving a citation!
So, as you go about your business this weekend, please follow the traffic laws. You may save a life. Besides, if things get too out of hand, they might just send in the clowns!
In memoriam: Pearl Marie 'Marie' Warwick (1902-1923) was the daughter of William Morehouse and Pearl (McDonough) Warwick. William was my great-grand uncle. Pearl Marie was his only surviving child at the time of her death.
Who Were We was kind enough to comment about videos of the San Francisco earth quake that show just how chaotic the streets were in the early days of the automobile. Here is one of many available on YouTube: San Francisco 1905-1906 (short film). Thanks!
A special thank-you to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County not only for participating in the Greater Cincinnati Memory Project but also for indexing so many of the local newspapers on Newsdex.
"500 'Jay-Walk' Way to Court as Drive Begins." Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 28 August 1925, page 1, col. 1; page 2, col. 5-6.
"Cincinnati History Slide Collection." Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries. Greater Cincinnati Memory Project. http://www.cincinnatimemory.org/ : accessed 28 October 2011. Digital slide image. "Police Officer, 1900." Identifier: ocp002909pccnb. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Reproduced with permission of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
"Clyde N. Bowden Postcard Collection." Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries. Greater Cincinnati Memory Project. http://www.cincinnatimemory.org/ : accessed 28 October 2011. Digital postcard image. [Norwood Streetcar]. Identifier: ocp002909pccnb. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Reproduced with permission of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
"Corners are Timed for Heaviest Traffic Hour." Cincinnati Times-Star. 4 November 1925, page 14, col. 1.
"Creation of Citizens' Commission to Solve City's Traffic Problems to be Recommended to Council." Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 11 December 1924, page 12, col. 5.
"Crusade on Jay-Walkers Speeds Traffic." Cincinnati Times-Star. 28 August 1925, page 1, col. 1; page 28, col. 3.
"Hamilton County ranks fifth in Ohio for reducing number of traffic fatalities." Press Release. Hamilton County Public Health. http://www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org/files/files/Press%20Releases/Traffic%20Fatalities.pdf : accessed 28 October 2011.
"Pedestrian is Chief Victim." Cincinnati Post. 29 December 1923, page 2, col. 3.
"Stop Signs to Mark More Streets." The Enquirer (Cincinnati). 29 August 1925, page 8, col. 1-4.
"Two Women are Killed by Autos." Cincinnati Enquirer. 7 September 1923, page 1, col. 2; page 5, col. 1.