And these same improyements which contribute so much to beauty are to a great extent the elements which make so much for health, and which give to our city the distinction of being the healthiest in the state. While all citizens of Bucyrus are happy to know the State Board of Health puts this city at the head of the list So far as health is concerned, there are many varying ideas of just what it is that makes the city so healthy.
Bucyrus is neither a small town with pinched means nor yet a big town with unlimited cash with which to indulge in health fads. It is a busy manufacturing, railway and agricultural community of ten thousand population.
Bucyrus’ distinction for good health has not been attained through a spasmodic crusade by health officers. No formaldehyde squad has patrolled the streets. No army- of scavengers has been employed. The whole population of the city is entitled to share the honors for the very happy condition existing.
“Bucyrus is the healthiest town in Ohio because we clean not only the streets, but the alleys, also,” says Mayor Songer. “We keep after dirt the year round.”
“We have many paved streets—more than any other city of our size in the country,” says Adam Ulmer, director of public service.
“This promotes health, because dirt does not soak into the ground and pollute the water we use.”
“It is really surprising,” said School Superintendent Beetham, “what a low rate of absence because of sickness there is among our 1,500 pupils. Good water, good air and cleanliness have much to do with it. Our five school buildings are large, roomy, well ventilated and surrounded by ample grounds.”
The doctors of Bucyrus are not complaining. They claim a share in reducing the death rate. Bucyrus has two hospitals: the Bucyrus Public Hospital and the Crawford County Hospital. The latter has not a Bucyrus patient in it, though there are many from outside the city who keep the institution almost constantly full.
The location of Bucyrus has much to do with its healthfulness. The city is on the highest ridge of the state. To the north the watershed runs toward Lake Erie, and to the south drains to the Ohio River. The drainage is therefore the best nature could give.
The altitude insures the best of air; there is no swampy dampness and the atmosphere is dry and delightful. The water supply makes for healthfulness; there are no springs to supply the city, but all city wafer used is filtered. Many homes are supplied with wells, twenty to sixty feet deep. The water supplying these comes from the limestone underlying the vicinity, and is clear and pure.
“I attribute Bucyrus’ distinction to good health to the booster spirit. maintained for several years,” says’ the secretary of the Bucyrus Industrial Association. “We all get together to make Bucyrus a bigger and better city. We have landed new industries, state armory, interurban line, public hospital, churches, Y. M. C. A. building, courthouse and other improvements. This spirit of boosting is catching. It prompts new hopes, ambitions, efforts and successes which promote good appetite, good digestion and insure good health.”
Bucyrus in making improvements realizes that no expenditure is worth while unless it be for permanent improvement. Underlying the well-paved streets therefore are ample, well-made sewers. Beautiful lawns are stimulated because of well-paved streets, but ood drainage is to a large extent, responsible for the good health.
Bucyrus people largely own their own homes; instead of paying rent, they pay to improve their own properties. The city has an unusually large number of modern homes owned by the people who live in them. Fine lawns, beautiful flowers, fresh paint and care and attention to details, adds to the beauty of the whole.
A score of miles of paved streets insures good fire protection the year round, making the insurance rate low and the satisfaction great. Hundreds of miles of piked roads radiate from Bucyrus, enabling people to get to the county seat easily even when roads in the ordinary county are impassable. That means that Bucyrus knows no dull seasons; stores are excellent and attract “trade” from miles around; factories are of the best and ship their products throughout the world. The people of Bucyrus are loyal to her institutions, to her manufacturers and to her merchants. They are interested in making the city better and bigger and there is a prevailing feeling that 1920 will find the city twice its present size.
- Bucyrus has a diversified lot of manufacturing interests. All are successful. Some are the largest factories of their class in the world. All are examples of what others can be. No industries without the elements of success are wanted. Those desiring to succeed and willing to do their part toward that end, are always welcomed and given cd-operation so far as possible. If man or company is in the hustle and get~there class, we extend a welcoming hand, and will listen to any reasonable needs. Here is a list of Bucyrus’ manufactories:
To those who are willing to consider a new home for business or family, Bucyrus offers advantages which are worth considering.
Situated on both the greatest railway systems of the world—The Pennsylvania and the New York Central—Bucyrus offers shipping facilities equalled by few cities. Three lines of steam road and two interurbans make access excellent. Five express companies add to the shipping advantages. Two telegraph companies and two telephone companies place Bucyrus in instant touch with the outside world.
Excellent public service companies furnish cheap, natural gas, electric current for power and light, good and ample supply of good, filtered water. There are many miles of well-paved streets, ample sewer system, excellent paid fire department, public hospitals, all denominations of churches, fine schools, both Protestant and Catholic, public library, fine Y. M. C. A. building, country roads piked, four sound banks with $2,000,000 on deposit, two loan associations, successful manufacturing institutions.
Bucyrus has a population of 10,000. Crawford County has a population of 40,000.
Bucyrus is situated on the ridge of the state and has ideal health conditions. There are no hills on which to waste energy in the daily walks of life. There are unlimited fine sites for homes and free factory sites on railways for the asking.
For home or business, Bucyrus can not be surpassed. All are invited to come and look over the city, or address the secretary of the Bucyrus Industrial Association.
Scanned and O.C.R'd by Larry Bogan - May 2006
From a booklet produced and distributed by the Bucyrus Industrial Association in 1911. Given to Leota Reber in grade seven (abt. 1932).