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    Cleveland airport in 1958
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    Cleveland airport 1958
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    No Airport in Oberlin

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 27, 2012

    Oberlin is a bit hard to get to. Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport which is the closest airport is 25 minutes from the college. Public transportation is available from the airport to campus by bus (Lorain county route 33) or what they call low cost limo. At vacation time, you could buy tickets on a charter bus to the major east coast cities. You can also get the train to Cleveland and then take a cab to Oberlin. And you can drive.

    I do not know anything about the pictured bus (photo 5) which appears to belong to the college. It is in front of Talcott which is at 2 South Professor Street (on the corner opposite the old Conservatory building)

    Talcott Hall dates from 1886 and it was named in honor of Mr. James Talcott, of New York City, who gave $20,000 for its construction. The rest of the money came from the insurance received after the second Ladies Hall burned down. It was constructed on the same site as the building that burned down of Ohio sandstone, and the total cost including furniture, was $65,000. Weary and Kramer, of Akron, were the architects.

    When I was there, Talcott Hall was a dormitory for 70 women who ate in the dining hall with seventy or eighty men. Common living areas and a dining hall were on the first floor, while student rooms were on the upper floors.

    Talcott is now the home to 78 co-ed students from all four class years and it was one of the dorms used for the reunion.

    Buses loading for vacation Center square 2004 - no railroad tracks Cleveland airport in 1958 Loading buses for vacation Oberlin bus in front of Talcott c 1958
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    Bikes

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 25, 2012

    Women were not allowed to own a motor vehicle when I was at Oberlin. We walked or we rode bikes. Men could have motor scooters or motor cycles.

    I rode my mom's old bike from the 30s most of the time when there wasn't snow and ice on the roads. It was a thin tire bike but with a coaster brake instead of hand brakes, and it didn't have any gears. Most bikes of that era were either balloon tires with coaster brakes or thin tires with hand brakes.

    It also had an oogh horn that one of the guys took and put on his motorcycle, and I never got it back. I am still mad about that.

    Sidewalk sign in town and bike rack People riding bikes around Tappen square One of the boys teaching his girl friend to drive Getting the WOBC mail - from Grey Gables Bikes in front of Grey Gables
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    Freshman Come and Seniors Leave by Car

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 4, 2004

    Given the lack of air or rail transport to Oberlin, 45 years ago our parents usually drove us to school when we came as freshman and picked up all our stuff when we graduated. My mom gave me her old steamer trunk to take all my stuff to college in. It was packed and stored in the Grey Gables attic during the summers.

    Bob didn't/doesn't like to have his picture taken, and he's making a face at me.

    Bob and my father putting steamer trunk into car Cleveland airport in 1958 Cars in the parking lot 1958 Cleveland airport 1958 Someone enplaning late in Cleveland
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    Snow and Ice

    by grandmaR Written Jun 11, 2004

    There's very little parking to be had in Oberlin, and everything is very close together so there's very little use for a car. You'd have to park farther away than you started.

    If it is good weather you can ride a bike, but in weather like this - you walk.

    1958 Looking down College Street from Grey Gables Truck coming ftom B&G parking lot Grey Gables side porch in the snow Looking the other direction Dascomb and the street from Gables side yard
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