Here’s a review of the questions:
- In 1788, the city of Cincinnati was renamed in honor of the Society of Cincinnati, an organization of officers from the Revolutionary War. What was the previous name of the settlement?
- Although Bobbie Sterne was the first woman elected mayor of Cincinnati, there was another woman who served as acting mayor for eight months in the 1950’s. What was her name?
- In 1982, a twin-engine Cessna crashed into a bookstore in Montgomery, killing four FBI agents and the man who had directed the agents to fly from Chicago to Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport. Who was the man and what did he tell the FBI was buried somewhere in Cincinnati?
And here are the answers:
- 1788 was the year that a group of settlers broke camp in what was then referred to as the Northwest Territory Frontier. This settlement soon became known as Losantville. The land was located along the Ohio River and across from the mouth of the Licking River. With Anglo-Saxon, Greek, and Latin origins, the town’s name literally meant “The Town Opposite the Mouth of the Licking.” The settlement kept this name for its first two years of existence. In 1790, the growing settlement took the name Cincinnati. Cincinnati got its name from the 5th-century BC Roman soldier and hero, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus. For many people, and especially Revolutionary War-era Patriots, Cincinnatus embodied self-sacrifice, patriotic loyalty, integrity, and civic virtue. His history represented for new Americans the promise of democracy and the possibility of overcoming tyranny.
- Dorothy Dolbey’s meteoric rise to power in Cincinnati politics is often overlooked when examining the history of pioneering women in politicians. Two years after being elected to the City Council (1953), she was elected vice mayor, and when Mayor Edward Waldvogel died in 1956, Dolbey served as acting mayor for eight months. Battling sceptics and citizenry the entire time, she bravely rode out her tenure until the city council elevated Carl Rich to the mayor’s position. Aside from the honor of being the city’s first female mayor, she also holds the distinction of being the first woman to throw out the first pitch in a major league baseball game (Reds’ opening day, 1954).
- As featured in the podcast “Ohio Mysteries,” the story of Carl Henry Johnson has captivated true crime aficionados and Cincinnatians for years. The story goes that Johnson had robbed a Chicago bank of over $600,000 and convinced the FBI that a large stash of money was hidden “somewhere in Cincinnati.” The details of the plane crash are sketchy and pretty terrifying (it remains the FBI’s largest single-day loss-of-life), and the money has never been found, so if you’re low on funds and feeling adventurous, it’s out there (allegedly)!
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