Businesses That Fade Away – Now Found

Last Sunday ther Plain Dealer printed a wonderful article entitled “Signs of Lost Times” by Marcia Pledger (one of my favs at the PD). I had the honor as author of “Lost Cleveland” of offering a little quote. Pretty cool. The article details the hundreds upon hundreds of signs that pay homage to Cleveland companies that no longer exist. I really enjoyed the read. A lot of my favorite signs were included in the photos section. To see the fabulous photos by Plain Dealer photographer – Thomas Ondrey click HERE.

One of the great outcomes of the article was an email I received from John TePas, the patriarch and genealogist of the TePas family, whose great grandfather came to Cleveland from Holland to found the Cleveland Co-Operative Stove Company. The Company just happened to be included in one of the many photos by Thomas Ondrey.

John’s email is below:

This one gave me goose bumps. Today’s Plain Dealer feature story in the Business Section has a story about businesses that have faded away, but the buildings and the identifying signs are still visible.  On the front page,  is the CLEVELAND CO-OPERATIVE STOVE CO.  where he made his living. I have searched fruitlessly for years trying to get a lock on this site and here it is

Now quoting directly from his obit in a 1903 Plain Dealer ” Deceased was a native of Holland and came to Cleveland in 1848.  He was one of the incorporators of the Cleveland Co-Operative Stove Company and for years was on its board of directors”. This helps explain his 1893 (??)  will wherein he left two houses and three lots to his sons John, Theodore, and Albert.

The sites listed below get you on the article and then further into it and lastly to the building.

For even m0re fun, go onto one of the satellite map sites, or  and enter the address 2323 East 67, Cleveland, OH.  If you know your way around the Google site, you can see photos of the bldg from front and north side as well as close ups.It’s on the SE corner of Central & E 67with the Pennsylvania RR line on the rear.  I’m sure when Dad traveled to Washington as he did many times he took the Penn rr from the E 55 station and went right by his grandfather’s business, hopefully knowingly.  


Thanks John for sharing your excitement and joy. I really appreciate it. The story, and John’s email, reminds me that Cleveland has so many stories to tell about its past and many mysteries to offer and for us to solve. Enjoy the links, Cleveland.


Great Little Review from Plain Dealer

Laura DeMarco of the Plain Dealer wrote the following little review on Lost Cleveland, my first book on Cleveland History published by History Press (, “Give your loved ones the next best thing to a time-machine ride into Cleveland’s glorious past with this meticulously researched look at what used to be. ‘Lost Cleveland’ author Michael DeAloia delves into our town’s rich past in this book which features seven architectural gems. Only one is still standing: Severance Hall. A fascinating, at times sad, but thoroughly intriguing read.”


Forty-five years ago this June one of the most amazing feats of human endeavor centered on a middle-aged copy editor and a 13.5 foot sailboat that sailed the ocean blue. On June 1st, 1965 – Robert Manry, a copy editor for the Plain Dealer left Falmouth, Mass for Falmouth, England on the smallest craft to ever sail across the Atlantic Ocean (at the time) in a 13.5 foot wish and a prayer called Tinkerbelle. Talk about daunting odds. Talk about an herculean tale of man versus nature.

This photo provided courtesy of Cleveland Press Archives.

Manry was a most interesting fellow. He was born in Landour, India as the son of Presbyterian missionaries. After World War II he became a reporter for a series of newspapers and in 1953 was hired by the Plain Dealer as a copy editor. His love of sailing began on the Jumna River in India during his youth. Manry purchased the tiny Tinkerbelle in 1958 and sailed it all over Lake Erie. He eventually modified the boat significantly for longer water voyages. By 1965, he firmly believed he could take the tiny craft across the Atlantic Ocean – which has made victim of many a larger craft. As noted in a Time magazine article, “Having told no one except his wife and a few friends what he planned to do, 47 year old Robert Manry took his 13.5 foot sloop Tinkerbelle out of Falmouth, Mass, on a Sunday June morning and sailed right across the ocean to England. His splendid feat kindled admiration in men everywhere and secured for Tinkerbelle a place in the bravest annals of the sea.”

Photo provided courtesy of the Cleveland Press Archives.

The Falmouth, Mass to Falmouth, England journey was over 3,200 miles. The voyage took 78 days to complete. The Tinkerbelle was knocked over six times during the trip and at one particularly critical juncture in the trip Manry had to repair a broken rudder at sea. The trip was covered by many press services and the Plain Dealer. But when Manry entered the Port of Falmouth in England – euphoria!

Photo provided courtesy of the Cleveland Press Archives.

Manry was received in England as the hero he was. An amazing journey the few men have attempted much less successfully completed. How jealous I am of that journey, how proud I am of the same. Upon this return to Cleveland, Manry was hailed as a modern day hero and the Cleveland crowds came out in abundance.

Photo provided courtesy of the Cleveland Press Archives.

Look at the crowds! Amazing. This is a wonderful photo of Manry and his wife Virginia waving to the crowds in front of Tower City and Higbee’s Department Store. Tinkerbelle is in tow. Upon his return, Robert wrote a book about his experiences and donated the Tinkerbelle to the Western Reserve Historical Society – where it remains on display today. It is stunning how small this strong craft really is when seen live. Manry lived a global life, a rich life a heroes life. He passed away too early in February 1971 and was buried in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.