Category: Suburbs

ALGER, HENRY (30 Oct. 1789-2 April 1862) and his family were the first permanent settlers in the part of Rockport Township which became LAKEWOOD and were the earliest settlers to travel over the Indian path that became Detroit Avenue.

BAY VILLAGE, incorporated as the Village of Bay on 1 May 1903 and as a city in 1950, lies along Lake Erie at the western edge of Cuyahoga County. Occupying 4.5 sq. mi., it borders ROCKY RIVER on the east, WESTLAKE on the south, and Avon Lake (Lorain County) on the west. The name Bay Village was decided by ballot in a 1951 election.

BEACHWOOD, incorporated as Beachwood Village on 26 June 1915 and as a city in 1960, is 10 miles east of Cleveland and bounded by SOUTH EUCLID and LYNDHURST on the north, SHAKER HTS. and UNIV.

BEDFORD, incorporated as a town in 1837 and as a city in 1930, is about 12 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland, bounded by MAPLE HTS. on the northwest, the Bedford Reservation of the CLEVELAND METROPARKS SYSTEM on the southwest, OAKWOOD on the south, and

BEDFORD HEIGHTS formed as a village in 1951, when it withdrew from Bedford Twp., and incorporated as a city on 4 January 1961. It is a 7-sq.-mi. residential-industrial community approx.

BENEDICT, DANIEL (20 Mar. 1776-16 Nov. 1840) was a pioneer settler and the first permanent resident of BEDFORD. At the time the Township was organized in 1823, it was Benedict who proposed the name Bedford in honor of his home town.

BENTLEY, REVEREND ADAMSON (4 July 1785-2 Nov. 1864) was a minister of the DISCIPLES OF CHRIST, a banker and merchant, and the first settler in BENTLEYVILLE which he founded in 1831.

BENTLEYVILLE, originally part of CHAGRIN FALLS TWP., is a 2.75 sq. mi. village approx. 20 miles southeast of Cleveland. Incorporated as a village in 1929, it is bounded on the north and east by Chagrin Falls, on the north and west by MORELAND HILLS, and on the south by SOLON.

BEREA, originally part of MIDDLEBURG TWP., incorporated as a village in 1850 and as a city in 1930. It is a 4.88-sq.-mi. residential suburb approx.

BRATENAHL, incorporated as a village in 1903, is a residential community on Lake Erie about 6 miles east of downtown Cleveland. Approx. 4 mi. long and less than 1/ 2 mi. wide, it occupies 552 acres (less than 1 sq. mi.), surrounded by the city of Cleveland. It was originally part of GLENVILLE and COLLINWOOD.

BRECKSVILLE, 14 miles south of Cleveland on the southern border of Cuyahoga County, borders INDEPENDENCE on the north and BROADVIEW HTS. on the west. Brecksville Twp. was incorporated as the Village of Brecksville in 1922 and achieved city status on 16 Dec. 1960. It operates under the mayor-council form of government.

The west side municipality of BROOKLYN, distinguished from the BROOKLYN (Old Brooklyn) portion of the city of Cleveland and located 6 miles southwest of downtown, lies contiguous to Cleveland on its east, north, and west borders, and to the city of PARMA on its southern boundary.

BROOKLYN, a portion of Cleveland bounded by BROOKSIDE PARK on the north, the CUYAHOGA RIVER on the east, Brookpark Rd. on the south, and Ridge Rd., W. 66th, and W. 61st on the west, was originally settled in 1814 as the hamlet of Brighton, situated at what is now the intersection of Broadview and Pearl roads.

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, incorporated as a village in Feb. 1903, is a 1.73 sq. mi.

BURROWS GEORGE HOWARD (25 Aug. 1893-11 Aug. 1970) was an architect who designed nearly 1,000 homes in SHAKER HEIGHTS, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, and other eastern suburbs in various sizes and styles, and also designed numerous commercial structures.

CAHOON, JOSEPH (28 Aug. 1762-16 Mar. 1839), the first settler of Dover Twp. (BAY VILLAGE), was the son of Reynolds and Rebecca Cahoon. He was born in Rhode Island and settled in Vergennes, Vt. before emigrating to the Western Reserve.

CAIN, FRANK C. (6 May 1877-7 Nov. 1967) placed his stamp upon the suburb of CLEVELAND HTS. during a record 32-year tenure as mayor. Born in Springfield, O., he came to Cleveland in 1895 and went into business as a grain broker. He moved to Cleveland Hts. on 1 Aug. 1900, the day of his marriage to Alma Lambert.

CELESTE, FRANK PALM (24 March 1907-9 Nov. 1988) was a real estate developer, housing expert and mayor of Lakewood from 1956-1964.

CHAGRIN FALLS TOWNSHIP was created by the Board of Commissioners of Cuyahoga County in March 1845, a year after CHAGRIN FALLS VILLAGE was incorporated, on receipt of a petition from the inhabitants of the area. It is not one of the original townships of the WESTERN RESERVE.

CHAGRIN FALLS VILLAGE, incorporated 12 Mar. 1844, is a residential community located in Cuyahoga County at the "High Falls" of the Chagrin River; it occupies approx. 2.2 sq. mi., of which 57.5 acres are taken up by the river. The river drew people who, for the most part, came from England and New England.

CHAMBERLAIN, SELAH (4 May 1812-27 Dec. 1890), a railroad developer involved in the iron industry and banking, was born in Brattleboro, Vt., to Selah and Abigail (Burnett) Chamberlain. He moved to Boston at 21 where he obtained business training as an apprentice in a grocery store.

CHURCH, HENRY JR. (20 May 1836-17 April 1908), a CHAGRIN FALLS VILLAGE blacksmith, achieved a posthumous reputation as an American primitive for his avocation of painting and sculpting. He learned the blacksmithing trade from his father, one of the founders of Chagrin Falls. The younger Church was born in Chagrin Falls and educated largely by his mother.

CITY PLANNING. Like most American cities, Cleveland began as a speculative venture in real estate. Conceived as the capital of New Connecticut, the city was laid out in 1796 by surveyors with the original Moses Cleaveland expedition. The plat, a faithful reproduction of a New England town, with its characteristic commons, failed to treat either river or lakefront as a public amenity.