Traffic Unit: The Corner Men, Part 4

In 1921 the Cleveland Plain Dealer introduced to their readers the Cleveland Police Officers assigned the difficult task of directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the city each day.  They featured a photograph and brief personal information of 76 Officers who were referred to as “Corner Men,” working in the rain, snow and sunshine to keep people safe. 

The Cleveland Public Library Photograph Collection staff researched their archives and were able to locate 35 of the original photographs from this series.  We present a few of those Officers:

“The Plain Dealer, through the medium of the Picture Page, is going to introduce its readers to members of Cleveland’ traffic force.  The have real jobs.  Swinging the semaphore, of course, isn’t so hard.  But that is a small part of the job.  Answering questions is the task.  A semaphore sentinel has to be a human city directory.”

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Edward Niggle # 958 Appointed 04/02/1913. End of Watch 10/13/1936.

John A. Ryser # 211 Appointed 10/22/1917 and pensioned on 11/01/1951. End of Watch 10/07/1969.

Joseph W. Finding # 488 Appointed 10/05/1906 and pensioned on 04/01/1932. End of Watch 12/26/1942.
Arthur C. Weiss #776 776 Appointed 05/16/1917and pensioned on 05/21/1945. End of Watch 01/27/1969.
William C. Stark # 653 Appointed 05/01/1914 and pensioned on 09/08/1941. End of Watch 12/19/1947.

John F. Hoffman # 437 Appointed 08/07/1905 and pensioned on 09/01/1930. End of Watch 04/15/1959.

Andrew L. Bessick # 231 Appointed 12/15/1917 and pensioned on 10/22/1942. End of Watch 12/24/1971.
George D. Dolch Sr. # 453 Appointed 09/07/1906 and pensioned on 12/01/1938. End of Watch 01/09/1953.

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