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10/28/17 02:01 PM #716    


Patricia (Paige) Fields (Hoebel)

Cleveland is most beautiful in May and October.  Why not take advantage of our home town when it is at it's best?  That's my two cents worth.


11/22/17 08:21 PM #717    


Betsy Dennis (Frank)

Saw this on FB. auction of Shaker street signs.

11/30/17 09:20 AM #718    

Joseph G Blake

IN re Street Auction and Lucille Burkett RIP

1. The Shaker Schools Foundation is auctioning old street signs. If you want to buy your old street name you can go to the web site here.

Its relativley easy. The site wil take you to the auction. You can find your street name and will probably find that there several signs available for each street. Longer streets with more interesections will have more signs.

You can buy yours now for $125 plus shipping if you do not live in Cleveland. You place a bid (minimum $35) and see what happens. Like an ebay auction it also allows you to place a mimimum bid and max bid. 

You can now afford to buy South Park. Or whatever street you thought was your ambition to have.

2. On another note, Lucille Burkett, former Girls Physical Ed instructor at the high school circa 1964 has died. I seem to recall she wore an engagement ring for her former finacee who was killed in WW2 and she therefore never married.

Here is the obituary link:!/Obituary

12/01/17 01:41 PM #719    


Alaina Weisman (Zachary)


Joseph Blake, to the best of my memory, she was engaged to a soldier who died in the Korean War, not WW2.  She wasn't that old!

Health and happy holidays to each and all.  I had my annual hit n run to Cleveland for Thanksgiving and part of the pilgrimage is to Chagrin Falls which never fails to please!


12/02/17 12:15 PM #720    


Dana Shepard (Treister)

' 64 Gristmill - p. 47 - Miss Burkett  looks exactly the same as the person in the obit photo - same smile; same hair style.  Just "a litttle" older.  Looking at that yearbook  page, I mostly remember Mrs. Eichenbaum, our dance teacher ...

12/02/17 01:17 PM #721    

Joseph G Blake

Chagrin Falls really reminds me of a movie set for a Hallmark Movie Channel. I suppose in some ways its the way Shaker was in 1955. 


03/09/18 02:26 PM #722    


Evie Fertman (Braman)

We are planning our 55th Shaker Class Reunion for the weekend of August 2 (Friday) and August 3 (Saturday), 2019.  We're adding a brunch at a hotel on Sunday from 8:30-11:30!  Come for coffee, come for brunch, the choice is yours and so it the bill as the meeting on Sunday is not in the ticket price!  Please keep this added event in mind when you plan your trip home.

The Committee is getting enthusiastic - the Reunion isn't so far in the future anymore!!  Save the dates and join us for another great time!!!






03/10/18 12:11 PM #723    

Joseph G Blake

Evil, if you think there is enough interest I will be happy to do the Vans and Shaker presentation when and where you think  fit.

Dates in my calendar.

All the best





03/10/18 12:34 PM #724    

Judi Bachman (Holtze)




Am curious why you pick dates when airbfares, both international and domestic, are at their highest. It is still the peak of the tourist season.  Also cooler in september/ october....grandkids back in school.... since this is still 17 months away might be worth thinking about.

Like joe’ s idea.  Wasnt able to make his last presentation. 


03/10/18 04:00 PM #725    


Betsy Dennis (Frank)

I would love to see Joe's presentation.  August is best month for me.  Betsy

03/11/18 12:04 AM #726    


Evie Fertman (Braman)

Hi, Judi and everyone else!!   I had done some research before the date was chosen for the 50th Reunion and found that early August was the most popular time of the year in the survey of 50th Reunion classmates from all over the United States.  There are a lot of people who still work (or are working again!) or are doing serious volunteer work and they find that early August is the easiest time to get away.  The scheduled Reunion activities are all inside and most of the places that classmates would visit during their free hours are also inside so heat shouldn't be a problem.  


03/11/18 08:33 PM #727    


Phyllis Hammer (Gubanc)

I'd love to see Joe's presentation, too! And that time sounds great! 55 years, huh.....One question. The August 2 is on Thursday. Did you mean August 3 and 4? Friday and Saturday?

03/12/18 12:09 AM #728    


Ruth Ann Shehan (Rinto)

Hi Evie,

Count on Dave Gilliss and me to help with the reunion.  The first weekend in August in 2019 works for us.  Should give everyone time to save the date and find cheap flights!

03/13/18 10:03 PM #729    


Evie Fertman (Braman)

Thanks, Ruth Ann and Dave!  I've appreciated your input!  And for those of you who don't believe that the Reunion is definitely August 2 and August 3, Friday and Saturday, check out 2019!!!  


03/13/18 10:12 PM #730    


Evie Fertman (Braman)

Joe, that's great that you want to give your talk again the weekend of the Reunion.  My suggestion is that you contact Ware at the Shaker Historical Society and see if you can't do it there again.  It would be fun for our classmates to see the building and you could also upen it up to the community.  I would be happy to put it on our list of possible things to do on Saturday afternoon which will be made available to all of our classmates. If that doesn't work out for us you could try the Shaker Library.  Most out of towners haven't seen the "new" library which is the old Moreland Elementary School.   Bertram Woods, the library across from the Middle School (known to us a Byron) might be another possibility.  Please let me know what arrangements you make.


03/14/18 09:01 AM #731    


Phyllis Hammer (Gubanc)

August 2 and 3, 2019! Looking forward to it. And if there's any way I can help ... even if from "Cowlumbus," please let me know.

03/14/18 10:07 AM #732    


Dana Shepard (Treister)


I for one am so appreciative of the ADVANCE notice you have given us - I think you began sharing this date about 2 yrs ahead August 2019.  And - at this moment at least - that weekend looks clear to me.  So much fun reconnecting with my Lomond School classmates at our 50th -- a full 60+ years after we all met as kindergartners; in addition to renewing bonds with high school teen buddies.  Thanks, Evie, for taking this leadership, so we won't have to wait a decade to do it all again.  And - as we have discussed - happy to assist however I can from Chicago.


03/14/18 01:21 PM #733    

Joseph G Blake


I am happy to do the talk again. I would recommend some place bigger than the SHS. The space is limited and parking is also limited. Last year we could easily have had more than 60 people and some came on the day and could not stay for lack of seating. 

The library is an interesting suggestion and I presume they mght have space for a larger group. Would you let me know the locations of events on August 2 and 3 next year when it is decoded? Then we know the schedule and the logistics issues and can plan accordingly. I do not live there but I have had several conversations with interested parties. The Shaker Country Club is also possible location.They have hosted events like a talk previously and we had our reunion dinner there. 

It should be a location without space limtiations and that can be accessible to our classmates and other interested attendess. And of course in Shaker Heights.


Joe Blake

07/12/18 08:08 AM #734    

Joseph G Blake

We heard recenty of the passing of a three classmates.

Many of you away from Cleveland will not know that a major fire at Fernway School will close it for the upcoming year.

See links below. MY older brother recalled that Miss Blue in the 40s still drove a Model A Ford.

The school was built in 1927 and like most of the schools built prior to 1930. Charles Schneider was the architect and also architect for City Hall. 

07/13/18 05:26 PM #735    


Arthur Charles Scott

It was tough watching the videos of the Fernway fire.  Like Joe Blake, I lived on Dorchester, the street bordering Fernway School on the east.  I came to Shaker at Jr. High Schol age, so didn't attend Fernway, but I went past the school hundreds of times walking or biking to Byron or Shaker High.  Sometimes I'd walk up to Fernway and shoot baskets on the playground.  If they wind up having to rebuild on the site, I hope they retain the period architecture - that school was comfortably & unobtrusively nested in its neighborhood as few schools are these days - or those days, for that matter.



07/14/18 12:37 PM #736    

Amy Kopperman (Wertheim)

Thank you for posting this. I went to Fernway and have nice memories of it.



07/24/18 12:26 PM #737    

Joseph G Blake



Thanks for your reply I have been awaya few days and could not add afew comments.

Your comment about how Fermway fit into the community can be said of most of the Shaker schools. The Vans and ther staff developed space for nine elementary schools of which 8 were built before WW2. Mercer like Byron are post war baby boom necessity. 

Likewise the Vans set aside space for three private schools north of Shaker Boulevard namely HB, Laurel and US. The net result was to add crtical anchors to their intended customers among the affluent. The same can be said of the deals done to attract Plymouth Church where their sisters were members and First Baptist Church on Fairmount. The provate schools were actively recruited and given favorable terms. Both chruch were given very favorable terms as well. 

It would be hard for any developer today to control the development to the extent they did. One could argue the city administration was really their employees despite not being on the payroll. But it also represented a commitment and cost to them to make their vision hapen. Again the economics and regulation of development today would not let this happen.

If you think of the elementary schools plus Woodbury and the high school they are on very generous plots of land. Parking may be somewhat limited today but compared to the era or schools in Cleveland Heights, the land provided is generous. 

I hope Fernway can be restored and its style maintianed. An interestign question will be what changes may be needed to the other schools to prevent this happening to them when roof repairs are done. The interior roof area of Fernway was open and let the fire spread quickly. That is beyond my pay grade for sure but its hard not to ask given that most of  the schools are pre WW2 or even pre 1930. One shold always recall that the median age of house in Shaker is around 90 years..


07/25/18 01:21 PM #738    


Betsy Dennis (Frank)

On another note, I read in the Cleveland Jewish News that Carolyn Aaron (Ross) passed away.  Betsy



07/26/18 12:01 AM #739    


Dana Shepard (Treister)


Fascinating about even the private schools being planned for from the very beginning!  I just took the liberty of sharing this info with my husband and brother - both University School grads~

Thanks for sharing your research with us~


07/26/18 02:15 PM #740    

Joseph G Blake

but Thanks Dana

From the beginning days circa 1913 planning was continuous.

That year you could take a street car out Euclid Ave up Cedar Hill to Fairmount Blvd to Coventry Rd hence to Shaker Blvd to Courtland. Time more than an hour. By 1920 the basic rapid service was in place and around 25 to 30 minutes.

But all of this was to sell lots. As the 1920s progressed plans became more elaborate and the schools both public and private get more attention.

The Vans would even renovate what they had built. The Shaker Country Club and their 1915 house on South Park we’re substantially altered. Shaker Square was added to the plan and the private schools are convinced to move.

The Old HB was off Chester around 95th St. It remained there in commercial use until it was torn down in 2010.

An old family friend lived in Bratenahl and was driven everyday to the HB Shaker campus after 1930. Of course the traffic was probably less congested. 

One can se the changes made in this period when you see the brochures and how they change by the mid 1920s. In 1927 we have the peak number of building permits issued. But key to this was the rapid and the amenities of the promised lifestyle for the wealthy, the affluent and the rising middle class. It reflects the prosperity of the time. Electrification grew rapidly. Millions bought radios, refrigerators and autos for the first time. And would you believe electric utilities were growth companies because of the significant demand for electricity.



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