Ms. Esther Kosier
This history was recorded March 28, 1984. Mrs. Kosier was born in 1920 at East 221st and Euclid Avenue. The land from their property all the way to the tracks was grape vineyards. Her father worked for Twist Drill in Cleveland and took the Interurban train to get there. Euclid Avenue was a one lane brick road and the Interurban train ran along the south side of the road. East 221st was a dirt road with a creek passing the road about half way down. She remembers when her family moved to the street and that the moving van broke through the planks covering the creek dumping all their furniture in the water.
When her father was laid off from his job in 1921, he became Euclid's first police officer. Stop 10, at the corner of Euclid and Chardon, was the center of Euclid. City Hall and the police and fire departments were located there. In 1929 when city hall burned down, they relocated to the old hotel on Euclid Avenue where she remembered the big front porch and the rockers people enjoyed. Her dad worked for $125 per month and had to buy his own uniform and motorcycle. She recalled that during the Great Depression that many local boys "rode the rails" looking for work. They'd hop on and off the trains at about East 219. She could see the fires in their shacks where they'd cook and keep warm. Her father told her that one of the jobs of police was to take a basket and pick up body parts along the tracks in Euclid from the boys who missed the train they had hoped to catch.