Timeline

1822

The First Congregational Church

Like a boulder that stands in opposition to the flow of a rushing river, the First Congregational Church of Twinsburg has remained unmoved, in spite of time and transformation. A house of worship, it has stood through the ages, a…
1904

Rudd Farm Fire

The fire consumed everything, leaving William A. Rudd and James Miller with only a story to tell. In its wake, nearly four dozen horses and cows succumb to the flames, nearby farming equipment was destroyed, and the barn housing it…
1912

Suffragist Visit Twinsburg

It was 1912 and hundreds of spectators and participants gathered from far and near to watch the festivities. There was, however, more to the annual parade than the usual floats and figures. Two platoons of suffragists, numbering sixty-eight in total,…
1913

Motorcycle Collision

Two lives collided along the byways south of Twinsburg on an early morning in 1913. Two men unaware of one another, raced toward an arbitrary spot where their lives would end at 90mph. As they headed toward one another, William…
1917

Book of the Pageant

One of the highlights of Twinsburg’s Centennial was it’s pageant.  Billed as a history of a town, in dramatic form, for many it was the high point of the celebration.  The Independent, which was the newspaper of Northern Summit County…
1920

Old School

The source of countless lessons learned and friendships forged, the old brick school house located just off the town square, served the area’s children for nearly seventy-five years. Welcoming its first students in the fall of 1920, the two-story red…
1920

Twinsburg National Bank Robbery

How many bank robberies need to be committed by the same team to constitute a crime spree? Well, at least four, if you were going by Sheriff Pat Hutchison and his crack team of detectives. Over the course of several…
1921

Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce

No organization binds the three communities and their businesses together more so than the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce. Founded in 1921 with a mere dozen members, the organization has steadily grown and now boasts over 260, according to Abby Fechter,…
1932

Mount Olive Baptist Church

Mount Olive Baptist Missionary Church has enthusiastically been serving the spiritual needs of the Twinsburg Heights community for over 85 years. Within the three communities only the Twinsburg Congregational Church has a longer continuous history. Not long after the Heights…
1933

National Spelling Bee, 1933

Little Alma Roach, of Twinsburg, not only participated in the 1933 National Spelling Bee but won it. George Meltzer of Hoboken, New Jersey, failed to spell “propitiatory”. Alma corrected him and clinched the win by spelling “torsion”.…
1946

Ladies VFW Auxiliary

In 1946, the women of Twinsburg formed the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW 4929.  Since then they have had a long history of serving the community and supporting VFW 4929 in its many charitable activities.  Well run and efficient from it’s…
1950

Thanksgiving Blizzard of 1950

Forty mile per hour winds socked the region and a blanket of snow more than one foot deep blanketed the land. Areas farther east fared worse, with some Ohioans recording more than two feet. The culprit, an extra-tropical cyclone that…
1955

Reminderville, Early Years

Incorporated in 1955, Reminderville has a unique and interesting history. Years prior to officially gaining its moniker and becoming a village, it was already known to some as “Reminderville”, almost assuredly due to the great number of Reminders who resided…
1956

Glenwood Acres

Few things can spur growth and development within a small town like the construction of a company in need of thousands of local employees. Taxes are generated, jobs created, and area infrastructure receives much needed improvements. The construction of the…
1957

Chrysler Stamping Plant Opens, 1957

  Chrysler had long sought a spot in Northeast Ohio to build a stamping plant. Brooklyn, Copley, and Macedonia had been front-runners for the plant at one time or another, but Twinsburg was projected as the most profitable. The site…
1957

First Trial by Jury

The first trial by jury in the history of the village of Twinsburg occurred on August 6, 1957. Presiding, was Mayor Alexander J. Day. The Prosecutor was Jerome W. Moss, and the attorney for the defense was Gerald Sims. Marie…
1962

Twinsburg Banking Company

Twinsburg’s first bank opened on November 11, 1912. On that morning it’s first president arrived to find a leading citizen, A.J. Brown waiting for him so he could have the honor of opening the first account at the bank for…
1963

Twinsburg Historical Society, 1963

Preserving and promoting access to history is vital for every community. Twinsburg is no exception. Civic-minded residents decided to start the Twinsburg Historical Society (THS) in 1963 in order to preserve and promote local history. To be a member of…
1967

Sesquicentennial School Play

In 1967, to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Twinsburg, the schools put on a production to commemorate the region’s anniversary.  The production, coordinated by Richard T. Sunderland who was the Director of Music for Twinsburg Schools, featured children from virtually every…
1967

First Congregational History

In 1962 the First Congregational Church of Twinsburg authorized Miss Sarah Riley to search through 145 years of records concerning the church.  The outcome was what they referred to in 1967 as “an interesting and very readable history of our…
1968

Biker Gang Disturbance

The Twinsburg Village Police Department responded to a report of a disturbance at 9842 Chamberlin Road, about ten miles north of Akron, at 2:30 am on Sunday, June 18th, 1967. When the police arrived at the abandoned picnic spot they…
1969

UFO Sightings

Through its infancy and adolescence, mankind has experienced many strange things; at times, its limited understanding failed to find a parallel. In 1972, author and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek categorized and defined the many experiences people claimed to have…
1972

Reminderville Fire Dept. Unrest

William J. Delgado, Reminderville Fire Chief for 17 years, his assistant (Joseph W. Algeri Sr.), and another firefighter all quit the fire department in the same week in February 1972. They jointly alleged the burgeoning village had inadequate budget and…
1976

Thunder Chicken

In 1976, during the inaugural Twins Day Festival, a peculiar sight was observed: the only skydiving clown in the world, Thunder Chicken, hurled through the afternoon sky, safely landing on Twinsburg soil to the delight of all who were lucky…