Friday, November 16, 2001

Forest Park hits big 4-0

Old-timers gather; time capsule opened

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FOREST PARK — The city's old master plan, police patches and pictures of firetrucks looking more equipped to deliver mail than life-saving equipment were in a 1966 time capsule that's been opened as part of Forest Park's 40th anniversary.

[photo] Reminiscing at Forest Park's anniversary celebration are longtime residents (from left) Marguerite and Allyn Stillman and their friend Peggy Staber.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        Past and present mayors and council members, plus some of the city's first residents, looked upon the bits of Forest Park history and were moved by how the city of about 20,000 has grown. The capsule was opened Wednesday night.

        “These (properties) were farms in the late '50s, and people moved in and built a city. They're still here. It's very inspiring,” said Jim Lawler, president of the Forest Park Historical Society.

        Forest Park was established as a village in 1961. Wednesday, Mr. Lawler led the 40th anniversary celebration, which included songs sung by the Cameron Park Elementary School Chorus and special recognition of those who made Forest Park history possible.

        The latter included Allan and Mickie Beverage of Cascade Road.

        They are the city's oldest residents. They moved to their brick home in June 1956.

        “We never had a reason to leave, let's put it that way,” Mr. Beverage, 78, said.


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