Growing Up in Working Class Youngstown — The Top Ten of 2018

Salt springs

Salt Springs, from a painting by Joseph N. Higley, from a photograph taken in 1903, just prior to the springs being covered by railroad fill.

I always find it interesting what other people find interesting. For those who follow my Youngstown posts, three of the top four posts in terms of views were about places and place names around Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Two were about catastrophic weather events in Youngstown history and three about people. While I thought a number of you would be interested in some of these posts, the top post, in terms of number of views was a total surprise to me. Rather than keep you in suspense, the top ten Youngstown posts of this year were:

  1. Salt Springs. Most of us think of the road running from the West side up to just south of Warren. But these are real springs that played an important part in the early history of the area.
  2. Brownlee Woods. I trace the history of this neighborhood, where my wife grew up and the farmer and livestock owner after whom it is named.
  3. Great Flood of 1913. Four days of rain left much of downtown and the mills flooded. I describe the damage, and the changes to which this led.
  4. Brier Hill. Before it was a pizza, it was a place, rich in steel-making and ethnic history.
  5. Sandra Lee Scheuer. I remember the young woman from Boardman who was walking to class at Kent State when a National Guardsman’s bullet ended a promising life.
  6. Boots Bell. The iconic voice of rock ‘n roll in the Mahoning Valley died twenty-five years ago but his memory lives on. This was posted just a week ago and probably would have placed higher were it earlier in the year.
  7. Forty Years Ago. You joined my wife and me in celebrating our fortieth anniversary this past June.
  8. N. H. Chaney. My high school bears his name. He was the superintendent of Youngstown schools during booming enrollments and laid the plans for the expansion of the city’s school system.
  9. Where We Came From. This was another “personal” post in which I shared some of the things our family has been learning about how we ended up in Youngstown.
  10. The Great Thanksgiving Snowstorm of 1950. We’re talking about 29 inches of snow! Learn about the storm, and the impact it had in Youngstown and all over the region.

It’s hard to believe we have been having this conversation for over four years and approximately 225 posts on nearly every aspect of Youngstown life. While these were the top ten posts written in the past year, a number of the top posts in terms of views on the blog were actually Youngstown posts from prior years (by the way, the all time top post was an early one on “Cookie Tables“–no surprise!). Thanks for stopping by each week, and adding your own memories and insights. I have loved learning not only through my own research, but through all you share.

9 thoughts on “Growing Up in Working Class Youngstown — The Top Ten of 2018

  1. And thanks to you for your creative and informative writing that prompts so many memories for many to reflect upon. I really enjoy all you produce. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Seattle!

  2. Merry Christmas Bob! Oh how I love your articles…you have enlightened me on so many aspects that as a kid I didn’t know…please keep these great posts coming! God bless you…May your Christmas and New Year’s be filled with any many blessings.

    Sincerely, M. Nocera

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. I remember the Great Thanksgiving Snowstorm as a four-foot snowfall (I grew up in Hubbard, E of Youngstown, so I wonder how high the snow really was) and a week off school. Mom wouldn’t allow us outside, fearing we’d fall under the surface & suffocate.
    My mom quit smoking because she couldn’t get out for cigarettes.

    Thanks for all the memories you bring back about Youngstown!

  4. I just found your “Growing Up in Working Class Youngstown” series – I love it! I stayed up nearly all night to read the entire series. I moved away from Youngstown at the early age of five years old, but I love talking with my parents and extended family about growing up there. My Mom and Dad have been away from Youngstown for almost 50 years, but they still miss it.

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