Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Historic marker's return a mystery


Reappearance leaves park officials baffled

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A missing 150-pound German heritage historic marker has reappeared inFairview Park in Fairview, but a mystery surrounds how it got there.

        Cincinnati Park Board officials were checking with their staff Monday to see if they could find out who brought back the marker, missing since Easter Sunday.

        “I don't know what hap pened,” said Steve Schuckman, superintendent of planning and administration for the park board.
       

On the overlook
               The marker had been mounted on a steel post on the southeast side of the park overlooking the city and Over-the-Rhine, a predominately German settlement in the early 1800s.

        Don Heinrich Tolzmann, president of the German American Citizens League, said nobody called him to tell him that the marker was back.

        Mr. Tolzmann had protested to park board officials about the missing marker and questioned whether someone was targeting German markers. He said German markers had been damaged in other parks.

        The marker in Fairview Park lists the Cincinnati streets with German names that were changed to American names on April 9, 1918.
       

"Still getting calls'
               The other side of the marker carries the message that once war was declared on Germany, hysteria was directed at Germans.

        “I am surprised that nobody called me when the marker was brought back,” Mr. Tolzmann said. “I am still getting calls from people asking about it.”

        Mr. Tolzmann said he learned about the marker being back in place a week ago after his daughter returned from a trip from Munich, Germany.

        “A conversation about the marker came up while they were at the University of Munich and another student from Cincinnati mentioned to my daughter that he had seen the marker back in place in Fairview Park,” he said.

        When Mr. Tolzmann went to investigate, he found the marker back on the steel post in the park, undamaged.

       



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