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Jo Hershey Selden

People Notable People Jo Hershey Selden, Philanthropist Bratenahl Place Jo Hershey Selden had a lifelong passion for philanthropic deeds in support of her community.  She founded The Hershey Foundation which provides Northeast Ohio children from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds with special opportunities for personal growth and development.  Her generosity to the Western Reserve Montessori…

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George G. Seldon

People Residents George G. Selden – Developer of Military Paints Bratenahl Place George G. Seldon George G. Seldon was a noted chemist and chemical company executive who developed paints for military use in all climates during World War II.  He invented and produced an anti-icing propeller coating used by the Army Air Corps in Alaska…

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Clara Childs Mackenzie

People Village Leaders Dr. Clara Childs Mackenzie – Village Leader and Activist 12211 Coit Road Clara Childs Mackenzie During the thirty years that Clara Mackenzie lived in Bratenahl, she was a dedicated community leader and activist.  She served the public on the Village Council and the Bratenahl Board of Education; she was a member of…

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Francis Kavanagh

People Residents Francis Kavanagh – Assistant United States Attorney 13605 Lake Shore Boulevard Francis B. Kavanagh Francis Kavanaugh was the first assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and also a member of the law form of Gentseh, Rawson, Smith, Kavanagh & Carpenter. Francis Bernard Kavanagh was born the oldest of seven…

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Joan Johnson Fewsmith

People Residents Joan Johnson & Phillips Fewsmith 13405 Lake Shore Boulevard Joan Johnson Fewsmith During World War II, Joan Johnson, daughter of George and Helen Johnson, was a staff assistant and later in charge of an Aero Club at the airbase near Cambridge, England. The Aero Clubs were one of the new developments of the…

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Howard Burgess

People Residents Howard Burgess – Newspaperman, Republican, and Businessman 13405 Lake Shore Boulevard Howard Burgess had a varied career in newspapers, Republican politics, and many years in various commercial enterprises. Howard Hobbs Burgess was born on September 10, 1858, to Oliver and Caroline Burgess in Knox County, Ohio. He began his career at the Cleveland…

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Alfonsas Mikulskis

People Residents Alfonsas Mikulskis – Composer & Conductor 10400 Brighton Road Alfonsas Mikulskis, a composer and the conductor of the Ciurlionis Ensemble, a choir he founded in 1940 in his native Vilnius, Lithuania. Alfonsas presented his group in the major music centers of Lithuania. Alfonsas was born on October 14, 1909, in Lithuania. He studied…

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Sheik Al Nahyan

History Memorable Events Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s Cleveland Visit Sheik Al Nahyan Sheik Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven sheikdoms in the UAE, checked into the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday, July 13, 2000. He was the leader of one of…

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Lakeland Freeway

History Memorable Events Lakeland Freeway Rush hour traffic through Bratenahl became horrendous. The intrusion of the workday world caused enormous disruption for Bratenahl. The endless flow of commuters on Lake Shore Boulevard prevented villagers from coming and going with ease. Crossing the boulevard could require at least a fifteen-minute wait. Regulations of traffic at cross…

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Martha Rothenberg

History Tragic Happenings Martha Rothenberg – Died in Car Accident 343 Bratenahl Road Mrs. Martha Rothenberg was instantly killed on May 23, 1936, when the car she was driving crashed into the side of a milk truck at South Woodland and Warrington Roads in Shaker Heights. Four other women in the car were slightly injured.…

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