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1 From the Back of the House: Memories of a Steak House Clan
Gary L. Rockey
2009, 5x8, paper, 344 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
Located in Ohio's celebrated Cleveland Flats, Jim's Steak House was the place to go for people from Cleveland to London and beyond. Thousands of patrons from boat captains to school teachers to movers and shakers celebrated anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, graduations, special memories, and more at Jim's. While dining on their favorite choice cuts of beef and famous hash browns, they ogled the fabled Cuyahoga River, the Terminal Tower, and giant oar boats easing round Collision Point. Beginning with the restaurant's founding in 1930 by Greek emigrant, James Kerkles, the story recounts his marriage to much younger, and colorful, Hilda Hoffman. After Kerkles' untimely death, Hilda (later to be known as The Queen of the Flats) nurtured her two most cherished "babies": Jim's Steak House and her deceased sister's son, Raymond Rockey. Adopted into the Jim's family at the age of ten by life long restaurateur, Raymond Rockey, G. L. Rockey grew up living in the apartment above Jim's and witnessed, from the back, top, and front, what some call the "hospitality business." This is a personal recollection-"cynical, biting, opinionated, humorous, poignant, revealing"-of Jim's and the clan that were part of a major city's restaurant scene for sixty-plus years. "No small potatoes," noted Cleveland author Les Roberts' detective, Milan Jacovich, operates out of a fictional office next to Jim's. In real life, Roberts hung out in Jim's lounge and has written an introduction to this book. Inserted throughout are scrapbook photographs, newspaper reviews, magazine articles, and Jim's menus that verify and chronicle a colorful chunk of local history and culture.
Price: 30.50 USD

Our Ancestors of Cuyahoga County, Ohio: Vol. 1, Sherida K. Eddlemon and Patricia P. Nelson

2 Our Ancestors of Cuyahoga County, Ohio: Vol. 1
Sherida K. Eddlemon and Patricia P. Nelson
2005, 5x8, paper, alphabetical, 150 pp, Heritage Books
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, bordering the southern shores of Lake Erie, has a rich history left behind by our ancestors. These early settlers left many genealogical footprints, and this series is devoted to finding those past footprints. Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1796, was a center of commerce and industrial growth very early in Cuyahoga County history. It is one of the major ports in the Great Lakes area. Because of its location on the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie, and the close proximity to deposits of iron and coal ore, Cleveland became an important industrial center. This industrial and transportation hub attracted many immigrants and others looking for work. Hopefully, you will locate your ancestor within these pages. This volume is composed of entries, most from the 1800s, that are listed alphabetically by surname and include the given name in most cases. Individual entries are brief, but additional data such as occupation; date of birth, marriage, or death; place of birth, marriage, or death; christening date; naturalization date; parents; or residence may also be included. The information source, such as the 1861 Cleveland directory or the 1830 Census, is listed for each entry.
Price: 20.00 USD


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