Remarkable Ohio


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29-47 Tragedy at 5th Street and Middle Avenue

Side A: On Memorial Day in 1907, interurban car 123 crashed into the rear of interurban car 129 at the intersection of 5th Street and Middle Avenue. Eight passengers died including Homer Allen, son of Elyria businessman Edgar F. Allen. Inadequate hospital facilities are believed to have contributed to some of the deaths. After the accident, Allen dedicated himself to fundraising for better hospital facilities in Elyria. Allen’s efforts came to fruition with the opening of Elyria Memorial Hospital in 1908 and the Gates Hospital for Crippled Children in 1915. In 1919, the Elyria Rotary Club endorsed E.F. Allen’s plan to help crippled children. The plan helped to establish international “crippled children’s societies” and the Easter Seals organization.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Elyria Rotary Club, Lorain County Historical Society, Elyria City Schools, and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: 601 Middle Ave, 
Location: Elyria High School
Latitude: 41.3627153
Longitude: -82.1074122