It looks like the Wikipedia page for famous blues singer Mamie Smith needs to be updated.
Who murdered Billy Fee on the night of August 25, 1890? And, why? No one ever confessed. No one was ever convicted. The guilty parties got away. Maybe that’s why Billy’s restless ghost haunted the Ohio River down near Lawrenceburg.
As early as 1882, Cincinnati candy makers banded together in a Confectioners Union to agree on reasonable standards of purity in the production of candy, but it was only the intervention of city, state and federal inspections after 1920 that allowed a level of confidence in the safety of the Halloween haul.
Anyone marking a 100th birthday was truly unusual and multiple newspapers celebrated centenarians—almost always women—in Cincinnati.
“Among the many low, disreputable dives with which this city is infested there are none that enjoy a more unsavory reputation than that kept by a blonde female of uncertain years known as Hester Clark, alias Hattie Black.”
Either you have vivid memories of Xavier University’s Schmidt Field House, or you’ve never heard of it.
A quick scan of the listing photos show tons of authentic remnants from the home’s past: brick interior walls (all original bricks were kiln-fired onsite, says listing agent Ellie Reiser); five working fireplaces; and several accessories and pieces of furniture that date back nearly 200 years.
It is unlikely that anyone will ever install an historic marker on the tiny remnant of George Street that survives in downtown Cincinnati. If such a marker ever materialized, however, it would have many tales to tell—but not in polite company.
One hundred years ago, more than 2,200 Cincinnatians died from a disease known then as “Spanish Flu.”
Washington Platform revives the city’s coldest case.