My maternal grandpa was Thomas Cliff born in 1891 in Kentucky and died in 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His mother was Minnie Coop born in 1874 Allen, Kentucky and died in 1924 in Cincinnati. I found a newspaper article that said Thomas lived at an orphanage called the Cincinnati House of Refuge because his parents divorced. Minnie remarried to a man named Joseph Bech.
Thomas was 35 years older than his wife, my grandma Betty. I know Thomas was a bootlegger, what I can’t figure out is his father. A marriage certificate lists his dad as William Cliff but I don’t know which William Cliff. I’d like information on him.
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Mr. Tony Panella and Mrs. Clara Pizzano fell in love. Unfortunately for them, they were married to other people. Doubly unfortunately for them, one of those other people strenuously objected to being part of a love quadrangle.
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My great great grandfather, Wilbur L-, lived in Newport. He supposedly committed suicide (I think by exhaust fumes) I have also heard he was a bookie of the mob. I have always wondered what his involvement in the mob truly was (if any) and whether it related to his death.
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On August 26th, 1906, five shots rang out in the
early evening on a dark Chillicothe, Ohio street. The crowd that gathered found
a “man cold in death and his woman companion writhing unconscious with a bullet
wound in the breast” (Chillicothe Gazette, 27 Aug 1906). The shooter ran away
into the darkness, knocking into several pedestrians in the process before
disappearing. The victims were identified as Mrs. Flora H- and Mr. John B-. John
died at the scene. There was an attempt to save Flora, but she died in the ambulance
as she reached City Hospital.
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Richard Linde was born on December 20, 1940 to Elmer Linde and Geraldine Pittillo. Richard had three siblings Pearl, Barbara, and Gary. The family lived in Miamitown, Ohio. Richard attended Miamitown High School until 1956 and then worked as an auto mechanic and truck driver until joining the military in January of 1966. A member of his family reached out to learn more about his life, and with their permission, this is what I was able to find.
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In late September 1879, at nearly one in the morning, a young woman died suddenly on Price’s Hill (now the Cincinnati neighborhood of Price Hill).
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On September 26, 1879 Mrs. Olive B- and Mrs. Mollie W- were driving down Findlay Street when their horse’s harness broke. The break spooked the horse, which took off running. If you’re unfamiliar, harnesses are fairly instrumental in convincing giant animals to do what you want.
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