North Royalton Historical Timeline

DATE
EVENT
1818Oct. 27th Became a Township Separated from Brecksville, First Doctor Henry Hudson ($2 house calls and $35 Baby Delivery)
1819First Church, May 1819, Baptist Reverand Henry Hudson
1820Stage Coach Line from Cleveland to Columbus Passed Through Royalton
1821First 4th of July Celebration
1824City Green/Triangle Bought from John Watkins (5-8 acres)
1825First Local Postmaster Appointed – Smith Ingalls
1827First Single Frame Dwelling – Jonathan Bunker First Store – 10 x 12 Log house – Royal Tyler
1828York Road Developed and First Baptist Church of Christ Organized with 11 members
1829First School Built and NR Christian Church Built
1830First Town Hall (log Cabin) Built in Center – Cost $78.50
1834First Saw Mill was Built
1836Free Will Baptist Church(Records Lost)/United Methodist Church Founded
1837Abraham Teachout, Sr Arrived in Royalton Built Steam Saw Mill with Son
1840Population 1,051
1845JW Edgerton Born (Grandfather of Lester Edgerton)
1847Clark Gibbs Bought Mill Privelege Ridge Rd South of Edgerton. John Shepard Died 1/3/47 at Age of 118 Years
1850First Free Will Baptist Stone Church Built, Rev. Hudson
1854St. Mary's Catholic Churh Organized
1855First Library in Ridge Road School – Thomas C. Coates First Librarian was Paid $11 Per year. Library Moved From School to School until 1945
1859Empire Lodge I.O.O.F. Instituted July. Methodist Church Built
1866James Wyatt Opened Cheese Factory. First Voted Levy – $1 mil for Cemetary Purposes
1870New Town Hall Built – 2 Story Brick Building – $2,985. J.W. Edgerton Opened Wagon Repair & Blacksmith Shop in Center of Royalton
1881Royalton Township Became North Royalton
1884First Annual Farmers Picnic eventually became Homecoming
1894Harvest Home Picnic Assoc. Formed/Milk Producing Started to Decline
1904City Hall used as High School 1904
1905First Paved Road – State Road – Bricks from Berea
1907First High School Built with Public Funds
1913Bandstand on City Green/Triangle Built
1919N.R. Included in Berea Telephone Exchange Service
19204-H Clubs Established
1923N.R. Received its Own Telephone Exchange Service. Football First Organized Sport in School System
1927NR Township Incorporated as a Village 4/4/1927 First Elected Mayor, E.C. McCombs Served 6 months
1928Harry Dixon Elected Mayor to Replace McCombs PTA Established
1929Baptist Church, grocery store and First Cemetary removed from City Green All but six graves were moved (Small Pox Victims). Progressive League of NR Formed
1930Lester Edgerton Elected Mayor
1931Clayton Akins Elected Marshal of NR
1932Basement of Town Hall Built – Wall Colapsed Requiring Replacement of Entire Structure
1937New Town Hall Built
1938First Dial Phones in Operation using Beacon 7 (237)
1940Populaton 2,549
1941Dr George Rosenbaum Started Newsletter for Chamber of Commerce The Beginning of the Royalton Recorder
1942Girl Scouts Formed. Retarded Children's Classes Organized
1943Council Voted to Pay Volunteer Fireman $1 per Fire. They Were Summoned by a Siren Mounted on Roof of Town Hall
19451st Library (Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library) Opened in City Hall Moved across street in 1950
1946Band Boosters Organized. Football Stadium Added to High School. VFW Post #7494 Est.
1947Buffalo Pumper Fire Truck Purchased/Official Incorporation of Chamber of Commerce April 16th
1948House Numbers Were Assigned & City Hall Added Fire Station
1949High School Graduated 40 Students
1950Water and Gas Lines Brought into Village
1951Telephone Booth at Royalton Ridge Rds Monthly Commission $2.90 Considered a Sound Investment. Kiwanis Club Formed
1952New High School Dedicated, Loder's Shake Shoppe Opened
1953Beaconhill Florist Opened (Closed 2018)/Mason's Fellow Craft Club Lodge No. 749 Est.
1954Purchased 16 Acres on Albion for $7,900 – Elementary School Opened in 1956
1955New Postage Zone 33 Given to Village Turnpike Was Constructed
1956Oct 1 Post Office Became First Class Brand of Cleveland Post Office
1957Royal Redeemer Church Formed (1/6/57) First Services in Town Hall/NR Blood Bank Established
1958Young Men Required to Register w/Selective Service or fined $1,000 and/or 5yrs in Prison/New Post Office Opened 7005 Ridge Road
1959NR HS had 2nd Largest Enrollment in County with 1500 Students & Royal Redeemer Church Opened & St Albert Founded/Jaycees Chartered
1960Cannon on City Green Dedication to Service Men/Women of NR (5/30) & High School Named E.E. Root
19611/14/1961 North Royalton Became a City – Population 9,290 with 2,761 homes/Athletic Boosters Formed/Friends of Library Formed
1962Board of Education Takes On Administration of Kindergarten- To Get State Funds/Camp Fire Girls Group Formed
1963New South Wing of City Hall under Construction
1964St Albert Opened on Wallings Rd (May) (Formerly met in H.S. Auditorium for Five Years)/Full Time Fire Department Created with Chief Dan Akins and 4 Firemen
1965Royal View Elementary School Opened Sept.
1966Art League Formed
1968Leonard J Hlavin Elected Mayor/Population 11,600/Sesquentennial Celebrated
1969Mayor Hlavin Receives First Telepone Book from Ohio Bell & Touch Tone Service Began. City Acquires Memorial Park From Chamber of Commerce
1970Royalton Car Wash Opens, Population 12,807
1971Harlem Diplomats Played Faculty & Harry Loder Becomes Mayor
1972President Richard Nixon Stopped at Royalton and Ridge Road for 20 minutes
1973Shopping Mall Planned for York & Sprague
1974First Safety Town for Preschoolers at Valley Vista
1975Turn Right on Red (July 1)/1st Animal Warden Appointed/Sm Plane Crashes – Pilot Killed
1976NR Historical Society Established (Jan. 14, 1976)/Rennovation of Band Stand on City Green/Dedication of New Addition to High School
1977NR Historical Society First Museum Tour & Post Office moves to State Road/NR High School Hall of Fame Est.-1st Members 1978
1978New Cuyahoga County Branch Library Dedicated on State Road/Building Band in Place for 180 Days to Study Storm Water & Drainage Issues
1979Lucile Heasley Becomes 1st Female Mayor
1980John Halak Becomes Mayor (Mayor Heasley passed away after 56 days in office) New Fire Station on Green Built
1981North Royalton High School Alumni Assoc. Formed. Cable T.V. Comes to NR.
1982Food Bank Established
1983Old NR Methodist Church Demolished
1984NR Animal Shelter is Opened
1985NR Tree City USA. Homestead Exemption Program Started
1986Gary Skorepa Elected Mayor
1987North Royalton Schools Enrollment 2,750 & NR Band Receives 1st Superior Rating at State Finals. Emergency 911 Service Began
1988NR HS Band Performs at Disney World
1989Memorial Trees Planted on City Green (Kromer, Brooks-Taylor, Fencl, Audeman, Harbeitner)/Ground Breaking for New Police Station
1990NR High School Champs on Academic Challenge
1991Sculptor Norbert Koehn – Life Size Mascot at High School & New Police Station Opens & First Holiday Lighting on the Green
1992 Curbside Recycling Begins & Full Service Jail Opens in Police Station & Mandatory Seat Belt Fees ($25 & $15)
1993Clean Indoor Air Act Passed-Smoking Prohibited in Public places
1994Fisher Big Wheel Out Drug Mart In & Ground Breaking for New Middle School North of High School
1995Gary Barna Elected Mayor, Population 26,365
1996
1997Senior Center on Ridge Road Dedicated 11/19/97. Area Code 440 Goes Into Effect 8/16/1997
1998New Mount Royal Villa Building Opened
1999Cathy Luks Becomes Mayor, CVS Opens on Corner Ridge and 82 & Royal View has Bear Carved by Mike Ulrich
2000Methodist Church on Ridge Demolished, Population 28,648
2001Dr. John Rosenbaum, Founder of Royalton Recorder Dies
2002Cell Phone Restriction, Meals on Wheels Begins
2003First Harvest Fest on City Green
2004Building on Corner Ridge/82 (Kaiser Gibson) purchased by City for Street Widening
2005Second Fire Station Opened York and Albion
2006Gazebo on City Green Demolished and Rebuilt
2007Robert Stefanik Elected Mayor & Royalton High School Celebrates 100 Years
2008City Purchases Land on Royalton Road West of Bennett $225,000 with $200,000 Grant from OH Dept of Natural Resources for Passive Recreation
2009Do Not Knock Registry & Cpl Jeffrey A Boskovitch Memorial Service – Died August 2, 2005 in Iraq War
2010 NRHS Class Graduated 370 Students/Royal View A National Blue Ribbon School & Law Prohibiting use of Cell Phones
2011New Athletic Stadium Opened
2012New YMCA Opened on Wallings Road
2013New Library Officially Opens on Wallings Road (8/3)
2014New City Hall Opens(11/10) on State Road (Old Library)
2015Metro Parks Purchased 80 Acres (Timberlane Farms on Boston Road) to be included in Mill Stream Run Reservation
2017City Hall on Green Demolished (7/11) – Too Costly to Renovate
2018North Royalton Historical Society Purchases Land (13759 Ridge Road-Current Museum Location) from Methodist Church Association. Bicentennial Celebration Ball 8/4/2018 Carrie Cerinos
October 27, 2018, NR Official 200th Birthday – Time Capsule Buried at the NR Historical Society
Note: Information in this timeline extracted from various sources deemed reliable but can not be guaranteed to be accurate. It is a work in progress that will be edited as new information is developed. Any questions or information to be considered for the timeline should be addressed to the North Royalton Historical Society.

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