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GL. 1-4383
From Test Tubes To Jack Handles
ancient days lured all within call, so in the early
days of this twentieth century the gentle purring of
a Model engine enchanted a Cleveland School of
Pharmacy student. He traded his mortar and pestle
and a life behind a prescription counter for a few
used screw drivers, a wrench
or two and a hammer for a
life among automobile engines.
Cash in hand was $35.
Today, after 50 years, Al
Busch of the Busch Garage,
1753 Doan ave., admits to no
career regrets.
He was one of the few men
in an industry which now num
bers its members in the thou
sands, to begin his business in
a barn. Al Busch set up shop
in the corner of a barn within
the shadow of old League Park.
By day it was shop. By night
it was classes at Cleveland
Trade School. The two added
experience’and skill to the new
venture. Business grew. The
little shop was moved to a
larger barn on Euclid ave.
where Quad Hall now stands.
The next address was 7912
Carnegie ave. Still expanding,
Mr. Busch came to the former
Pocohontas Oil Co. block in
East Cleveland and finally, in
1930, crossed the street to his
present quarters.
AL BUSCH of the Busch Garage is working'on his job
and hobby, cart.
Richard A. Gottron, 15157
Brewster rd., became president
of the Board of Education when
druggist Cecil S. Stonebraker
resigned after serving on the
Board for 10 years. Mr. Got
ten who received his own edu
cation in the system is vice
president and business mana
ger of the Cleveland Clinic
Mrs. Jane Powell of 1501
East 204th st., celebrated her
90th birthday with an open
house. She was a long time
resident of East Cleveland be
fore moving to Euclid.
William H. Gillie, 1894 Rox
bury rd., administered the oath
of office as his son, William T.,
became judge of Municipal
Court in Columbus.
Dr. H- L. Nichols was named
superintendent of EC schools
succeeding Dr. O. J. Korb who
was retiring after 20 years.
Dr. Nichols came here from
Akron where he served as First
Assistant to the Superintend
ent. Residents were anxious
to meet the new school head
and hear his intentions. When
Dr. Nichols took office in Aug
ust we were glad to see that
he is a man of action. Since
being installed, Dr. Nichols has
studied the East Cleveland
school system to become better
acquainted with it as well as to
plan any revisions in the quick
ly changing temp of teaching.
Commissioners Ralph H. Bar
ton was elected Commission
president, and Frank H. Fel
lows, vice president.
The January graduation tal
lies showed these figures: Kirk
Junior High 103 and Shaw
High School 97.
Louise McGrew, 1853 Gras
mere st., ranked first on the
Dean’s list for scholarship at
Volume No. 18—No. 53
Motor Melody Enticed Student
To Career Spanning Fifty Years
As the haunting melody of the mythical Lorelei
Among the hundreds of Busch
customers are listed three fam
ilies who have been numbered
among his clientele for three
generations. One of these is
his next door neighbors, the
Heils of Windermere Storage
also a 50-year business.
Of all the jotys that have come
to Al Busch, the servicing in
1958 of a 1955 automobile for
a 6,000 mile trek into Alaska
has been the most challenging.
In addition to the usual precise
going-over, oil pan, all hy
draulic lines, gas tank, etc. had
to be insulated against the sub
zero temperatures of this most
northerly of states. Added to
the usual camping equipment,
necessary for an Alaska High
way traveler were such extra
supplies as tires, fuel pumps,
spark plugs and distributor
The now defunct Nela Park
lighting display attracted rec
ord crowds nightly. A blazing
array of Christmas lights may
be permanently relegated to
Mrs. Carl J. Allen was
named president of the Terrace
Garden Club.
Another new president was
Miss Minnie Sabins, 1839 Col
onade, who headed the Golden
Age Sunny Monday Club this
January PTA talks makes
one wonder what state the
youngsters were in. “Sibling
Rivalry,” “Tenage Values” and
“Does All Work and no Play
make Jack a Dull Boy?” were
some of the topics the parents
heard discussed.
Joseph Eckel was installed
as president of the EC Busi
ness Association.
Morris S. Berke, 1603 Ed
dington rd., was named chair
man of the United Appeal’s
Commerce and industry divi
The School Board was laud
ed for a publication of graded
course of study on the city’s
elementary schools.
The Betty
maker Shaw
by Elisabeth
Oakhill rd.
Crocker Home
contest was won
Slater of
Knowles st.) indicated the thor
oughness of the job. And the
insulation paid off as the wel
fare workers covered their new
“Through the years,” Mr.
Busch reminds, “engines have
become more and more compli
cated, more and more difficult
to work on. Every new model
requires its own special tools.
This makes for a constant keep
ing up with progress and ac
counts for the dog-eared trade
journals and auto manufactur
ers’ information material to be
found in today’s garage.”
Working along with their
boss are George Byers, me
chanic, and Sol Marrota, body
and fender repair man. Both
are specially trained for their
particular jobs with years of
Al’s longest absence from
business during all these 50
years was spent with Uncle
Sam as a member of Ohio’s
83rd Division which saw over
seas duty. He keeps in touch
with veteran affairs through
East Cleveland Post 163 Amer
ican Legion. He is one of the
The report sent back by Miss few members of the East
of Cleveland Business Association
to boast a 50-year service rec
Gladys Wood (formerly
Of The
July 1959 brought a new ex
perience to Mr. Busch. During
a heavy rain storm, the garage
roof caved in. “It was a bless
ing,” he says, shaking his head,
“that it happened on a Sunday.
No one was in the garage.”
A story about Al Busch would
be incomplete without mention
of his stamp books. Hours are
spent collecting, arranging and
mounting the postage stamps
from far and near until the
several volumes have come to
be widely known
Sporting police blue were
four men appointed new to the
force, Bernard McAlea, Leland
A. Nagy, Ray C. Olsen and
Donald D. Williams,
East Cleveland, Ohio
among col-
Busch have
large house
Mr. and Mrs.
moved from their
to a compact, cheery apartment,
giving more leisure time. Some
of this time is spent on the
road and rest assured that
the sound of their perfectly
operating auto is still music to
the pharmacy student turned
Fifty years. Congratulations,
That Happened To You In 1959
Mrs. Roy Neikard, a teacher
of sight saving classes at
Prospect for 25 years retired
at the end of the month.
visory Committee of
Planning Board.
Land Owners
Hear History
Jim Austin of 15507
ster rd., threw a New
eve party that drew
away as Long
from as
Hospital School
of Nursing celebrated its 75th
birthday the 7th.
Walter K. Bailey, Shaw grad
uate and president of Warner
and Swasey Co., gave the Na
tional Honor Society Induction
Celebrating birthdays were
girl scout troop 402, its fifth,
and Kiwanis International, its
Miss Alice A. Kent, supervis
or of classes for the deaf and
hard of hearing in the EC pub
lic schools was listed in the
initial edition of the “Who’s
Who in American Women.”
Herbert J. Alexander won
the two highest awards Shaw
had to offer—the Bausch &
Lomb award for science and
the Rennselaer Honorary sci
ence and math award. This was
the first time in Shaw history
that his has happened.
Arthur Pink of 1766
wood was elected president of
the Cuyahoga County joint vet
erans Commission.
Mrs. Harry Willert of 15701
Oakhill rd., was appointed to
her second three-year term as
a member the Citizens’ Ad
The Euclid-Taylor Property
Owners Civic Association will
meet at Prospect School, 1832
Shaw ave., at 8 p. m., Jan. 6th,
to hear Dr. and Mrs. J. Waide
Price give a talk with pictures
on “The Early History of East
Refreshments will be served.
The public is welcome.
Rink Business
On Thin Ice
A record-breaking crowd on
opening day and then what?
That’s what’s puzzling city of
ficials about the new ice skating
rink. The rink was opened ear
lier this year and crowds of
skaters made use of it for
awhile. Statistics show that the
rink is drawing about 300 peo
ple a day and compared with
the 900 a day it drew last year
it’s a perplexing situation.
The weather hasn’t been as
severe this year. But this may
be the factor which is discour
aging to the hardy out-of-doors
Last year the city broke even
on the operation of the rink.
If business stays as slow
year the city may take a
on it.
Past presidents returned to
PTA meetings for founders
Time and service rendered to
Boy Scout Troop 26 merited
Vai Vallier the Scouters Award.
The Congregational Church
changed its constitution.
His thoughts on “Liberty vs.
Responsibility in a Free So
ciety,” brought Robert Brownlee,
1229 Rozelle ave., the distinction
of having the best Shaw entry
in the American Legion essay
The oldest singer in the
Singers Club, retired hanker
William H. West, was honored
at a birthday party. Still sing
ing at 90 in the club, he joined
in 1912. Mr. West gave up
his banking career when he
was only 81.
The East Cleveland Library
Board approved a new salary
schedule for employees. Raises
in various departments ranged
from a low of $3,000 to a high
of $6,620 annually. It was hoped
that this increase would en
courage more people to seek
library training for that pro
Who was the most courteous
CTS driver? Jerome Rybar,
1817 Lakeview rd., won that dis
tinction by popular Vote. He
received 31 ballots extolling
his virtues.
Dr. J. J. Lo Russo was
stalled as Exchange prexi.
Charter Kiwanians, Dr. Wil
liam H. Harrison and Judge
Stanton Addams
by that group.
were honored
Elected president of the Fra
ternal Order of Police were Dale
Schmeling of Lodge No. 39 and
Harold Brazie of Associate
Lodge No. 41.
(Continued on page 2)
East Cleveland Leader
Published In Conjunction with The SCOOP in Northeast Cleveland and The News-Journal in Euclid
Ardenall Man
Named As Press
Director For RR
Louis E. Corsi, 13914
denall ave., has been appointed
director of public
the Brotherhood
Trainmen by W.
president of the organization.
relations for
of Railroad
P. Kennedy.
The BRT is the largest of
the operating railroad Brother
hoods, with headquarters in
Cleveland, and many members in
the Cleveland-East Cleveland
A native of Pennsylvania, Mr.
Corsi came to Cleveland in 1935,
and was educated at East High
School and Western Resei-ve
University, where he received
his B. A. Degree in journalism
in 1954. He also studied at the
Cleveland Institute of Art.
Mr. Corsi lives with his wife
Alice, and two sons, Jerry, 13,
and Tom, 10.
Year Tells All
the Eclwhen the EC club was founded
37 years ago.
now so
A new face in the
Department, which is
familiar, Miss Bernice Malek,
who was appointed assistant
director of that department,
replacing Miss Mary Loomis.
Nela Women’s Duplicate
Bridge Club was 25 years, soon
will be 26.
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the Christmas holidays is
shown in these scenes
taken around East Cleve
land. Top a large card
board display on the porch
at 1606 East 133rd st.,
shows an organ and choir
boys. Middle—a silhouette
of the Holy City on the
lawn at 15609 Glynn rd.
Life-size nativity scene at
1718 Elderwood. Bottom
Santa, his sleigh and rein
deer were snapped while
they were making ascent
to the rooftop at 1038
Need Mental
Hospital Help
Mrs. William Hoff. Prospect
PTA’s Mental Health Chairman,
has found a desperate need for
volunteers at the Cleveland
State Hospital. Help is needed
there in all areas not only in
working with the mental
patients directly, but in helping
an overburdened staff with a
variety of clerical work. Mrs.
Hoff would like to organize a
team of Prospect mothers to
serve at the hospital one day
a week. Anyone who can givel
time to help fill this urgent
need may call her at GL. 1-0361.
Dance Tonight
The Windermere Youth Can
teen will have a special New
Year’s Dance on Jan. 1st from
8 until 11 p. m. The dance will
be for all the junior high
school students of East Cleve
The dance committee has re
quested that this be a “dress-up”
or “semi-formal” affair. Punch
and cookies will be served during
the evening.
The Canteen is held at
the Windermere Presbyterian
Church at the corner of Winder
mere and Euclid.
Lost Children"
.utheran Talk
The United Lutheran Church
Women of St. James Lutheran
Church will hold its January
meeting Jan. 5th, at the church,
1424 Hayden ave.
Dick Atkenson from Republic
14,100 Circulation Guaranteed Thursday, December 31, 1959
Fve Services
New Year’s Eve Watch-Night
Service will be held at the East
Cleveland Baptist Church, to
night at 11:30 p. m. A service
of song, prayer, meditation and
silent communion will be fol
lowed by light refreshment. All
are cordially invited to begin
the New Year in this significant
On The Go
Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Groodt,
1334 ElWood rd., are spending
their Christmas and New Year’s
holidays at their daughter’s
home, 9251 Highland rd., Brecks
Mrs. Thelma Cook and her
three children flew to Edge
water, Fla., for the holidays.
The oldest son, Roger, will re
turn to Ohio Wesleyan Uni
versity after the vacation. He’s
in his third year there.
Back To College
Steel will be e guest speaker, sity, Milwaukee, Wise., will be
His topic is.
Legion Plans
Beef Dinner
East Cleveland American
Legion Post and Auxiliary No.
163, will have a joint dinner
meeting at the Post Home,
15544 Euclid ave., Jan. 7th, 6:30
p. m. A roast beef dinner wil]
be served by reservations only.
Mrs. Grover Snyder, legisla
tive chairman, is taking reser
vations, call YE. 2-4387, or Mrs.
Elmer Schmitz, co-chairman,
EV. 2-1554.
Kenneth J. Rankin, 13th Dis
trict Commander, will be the
guest speaker and he will pre
sent the Legion’s legislative
program for 1960.
Cubs Exchange
Christmas Gifts
Thomas E. Harbaugh!
Burnette ave., an engineering
student at Marquette Univer-
We’re Losing Our continuing his studies after the
„[by the scouts.
vacation period.
The cubs and their parents
sang songs and brought gifts.
Retiring cubmaster Rommel
Lisse was given a special gift
The street lights on Terrace
rd. and Forest Hills blvd. will
be replaced. The present street
lights are 25 years old. The
new ones will be the same type
and give the same illumination.
The bid for the job was ex
pected to be granted at last
night’s meeting. Bond money
will be used to finance the pro
ject. In all 2,000 feet of street
will be reilluminated.
Finance Director G. T. Ap
thorp said the city was satis
fied with the present lighting
ind that is why it is not in
vesting in the relatively new
mercury lights such as those
in downtown Cleveland. He ex
plains that the initial cost is
considerably more for the mer
cury lights and that if the
present pattern of lights broken
in traffic accidents continued
the cost would go too far above
that of replacing regular street
lights yearly.
Also on the agenda is the
authorization to sell three se
dans used by the police depart
ment and to
new sedans
take bids on three
and one station
of the year busi-
Usual end
ness was anticipated. $50,000
may be taken out of the general
fund and $40,000 of it given to
the street maintenance and re
pair fund and $10,000 to the
relief fund. An additional
$20,000 was expected to go into
the general fund from money
already appropriated.
A hearing was scheduled for
last meeting on the proposed
ordinance on the City Manager’s
estimate for 1960.
Scouts Had
Singing Party
Cub Scout Pack 216 held its
annual Christmas Party in the
gayly decorated meeting hall
of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
last week, complete with a real
live Santa Claus.
As the boys sang carols to
the piano accompaniment of
Mrs. Ray Lann and directed by
Mrs. Fred Troll, each den was
called up to decorate the tree
with ornaments they had made
at previous den meetings.
Then Santa Claus (Alden
Lossing) gave presents to all
the scouts and their sisters and
A buffet of cookies and punch
was served by Mrs. Alden Loss
ing’s refreshment committee.
Scoutmaster Ray Lann gave
out awards and took four new
members into the Pack. They
are Mack Harris, Harry Tosti,
James Northrup, and William
A huge Christmas card was
signed by all the Cub Scouts
to be given along with a little
gift and a box of Christmas
cookies to Scott Gray, a mem
ber, who is at home for a little
while from a long hospital stay.
The annual cub scout
336 Christmas party was held
in the gym of Chambers school
Dec. 15th under the direction
of cubmaster Jim Stark and
assistant cubmaster, Fred
Guests of honor were the
Ray Warner family, who have
done ao much for so many years
for the Pack.
As the meeting was adjourned
the hall rang with wishes for
a Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year for alL
Commission OK s
Street Lighting?
The City Commission went into session after The
LEADER went to press. The meeting which is ordi
narily held on Tuesday was held on Wednesday this
week in order to get a quorum.
These items were on the agenda.
The rate increase for the East Ohio Gas Company
went on first reading at
last Commission meeting
scheduled to be passed.
An ordinance to appropriate
the city’s pro rata share for the
utilities expert who studied the
gas rate increase when proposed
by East Ohio will be in order.
Our share of the expense is
$239.53. This figure was based
on the East Cleveland popula
tion statistics for 1958. Cleve
land hired the consultant, and
the suburbs agreed to share the
Authorization to bid for re
construction and repair work on
Stanwood Creek may be grant
ed the City Manager. Part of
the creek is already culverted
and that section is in need of
repairs. This authorization will
make it possible for the city
to do the needed repairs sepa
rately or to lump them togeth
er with the new construction
work tc be done later. Which
ever method proves the most
satisfactory is the one which
will be used.
814 East 152nd St
Cleveland 10
Hayden Area
Did Top UA
The first comprehensive an
nouncements of how local resi
dents responded to the needs of
less fortunate citizens during
the recent United Appeal added
to the holiday spirit.
the East
led per
UA Metropolitan
solicitation totals for
Cleveland area, were
centage-wise by an
115.6 per cent achieved by the
Hayden volunteers under Chair
man Mrs. James McKie, and
dollar-wise by Shaw’s soliciting
teams chaired by Mrs. Budd
Andrews with $9,387.57 raised.
In the Superior section, chair
man Mrs. Ross Sharp reported
$4,271.32 for 100.5 per cent of
Thanking volunteer leaders,
team captains and solicitors,
UA Metropolitan Division Chair
man Robert A. Schenkelberg
lauded team efforts and “the
spirit of cooperation” between
volunteers and givers on behalf
of those less able to act for
As a result, he pointed out,
Greater Clevelanders celebrated
the first successful United Ap
peal, last October, when
$11,874,682 was raised for 182
Red Feather agencies of the
Community Chest and the vital
services of the Greater Cleve
land Chapter, American Red
“This amount—100.3 per eent
of goal—has added national ac
claim to the area recognized as
the birthplace of combined
drives by virtue of the com
munities support of less for
tunate citizens.
Family Speaker
To Address
Prospect PTA
Next week Prospect parents
will hear the first of three
lectures on sex education for
children. The lectures will be
given on three successive
Thursdays by Mrs. Jeanne
Butts, whose stimulating lec
tures on family life topics have
given her an excellent reputa
tion as a speaker in this field.
Mrs. Butts is Family Health
Association instructor in the
field of Family Life Education.
Her professional training is en
hanced by having raised three
boys of her own.
At the coming meetings she
will discuss the problem of ex
plaining to children the sexual
development of children, adoles
cents, and adults, and will
answer questions.
The first lecture will serve as
the program for the January
PTA meeting, and will be held
next Thursday at 1:30 p. m.
Child care will be available for
pre-schoolers, as usual.
This most promising series
of lectures has been arranged
by Mrs. F. L. Holzheimer,
Parent Education Ch lirman for
Prospect PTA.
McKee In Atlantic
Navy Lt. Samuel T. McKee,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R.
McKee of 14149 Euclid ave.,
is serving with Attack Squadron
83 aboard the USS
operating with the
slated to
This squadron is
depart the U. S. early next
year aboard the Forrestal for
a tour of duty with the U. S.
Sixth Fleet in the Mediter
Old West Lives
Some of the color of the “Old
West” will come alive for mem
bers of the TERRACE GAR
DEN CLUB during a talk which
will be given at the home of
Mrs. Glendon H. Juergens,
15389 Glynn rd. on Jan. Sth at
1:15 p. m. by J. W. Waters of
the General Electric

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