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Book Notes

Book Notes



Lakewood: The First Hundred Years. By Jim and Susan Borchert. (Norfolk: The

Donning Company, 1989.    192p.; illustrations, maps, bibliography, index.)

This thoroughly researched and well-written centennial history chronicles the

dramatic changes, both physical and cultural, which transformed East Rockport

from vineyards and orchards to suburb and eventually Cleveland satellite city.

Abundantly illustrated, Borchert's book is neatly organized into fourteen chapters

that alternate between general chronological narratives and what the authors refer

to as vignettes, which are largely reminiscences of local residents. Included

within each chapter are "focus" sections which provide the reader with a more

personal and sometimes anecdotal view of individuals, ethnic groups, and

institutions. Both authors' professional training has led them to a balanced menu

of unpublished papers, diaries, public records, and secondary materials. The over

300 illustrations are accompanied by extremely informative captions drawn from

maps, drawings, advertisements, cartoons, and photos. Handsomely presented in

a glossy hardbound format, Lakewood: The First Hundred Years should prove a

useful reference to any individual or organization planning a local history



Ohio Historical Society                                     Steve Gordon



Women Remember the War 1941-1945. By Michael E. Stevens. (Madison,

Wisconsin:   State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1993.   x + 157p.;

illustrations, index.) The second in the Voices of the Wisconsin Past series,

which features accounts of the state's history by those who actually lived it, this

is solid reading for those interested in World War II's homefront, but especially

for those old enough to remember it. It is taken from samplings of an oral history

project by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and includes such themes as

women at work as part of the war effort, women who served in the military, what it

was like to raise children whose father was absent, and the anxiety of not knowing

whether said father would return from the war. Included among the lighter side of

the ladies' accounts are Judy Davenport's laying down the law to Eleanor

Roosevelt in a chow line and Margaret Kelk's refusal to serve as Admiral Nimitz's

escort at a Red Cross Party.


Ohio Historical Society                               Robert L. Daugherty



Here Comes the Showboat! By Betty Bryant. (Lexington: The University of

Kentucky Press, 1994. xiii + 202p.; illustrations, chronology of showboats,

index.)  Humanities councils along the Ohio Valley and the Smithsonian

Institution have prepared exhibits to recognize the unique role showboats played

in the folklore and entertainment history of the valley since the first flatboat

stage was created in Pittsburgh in 1831. This volume is a popular treatment of the

topic, written by a former child star of a showboat stage. She tells the story of her

life and that of her grandparents and parents as they plied the Ohio Valley between

1922 and 1942 in Billy Bryant's Showboat bringing song, dance, and theatrical