Traffic Unit: The Corner Men, Part 6

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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William H. Moltz # 410 Appointed 11/23/1920 and resigned on 05/19/1922.

George H. Seitz Sr. # 376 Appointed 02/01/1917 and pensioned on 02/01/1946. End of Watch 12/30/1962.
Ernest G. Ebel # 602 Appointed 04/04/1913 and pensioned on 07/01/1943. End of Watch 01/14/1950.

Charles A. McCoy # 404 Appointed 05/08/1905 and pensioned as a Lieutenant on 07/01/1938. End of Watch 07/12/1956.

Herman F. Wurm # 535 Appointed 02/20/1907 and pensioned on 09/01/1932. End of Watch 08/12/1943.
Christ J. Voelker #628 Appointed 04/05/1913. End of Watch 02/28/2953.

Elmer J. Kanecki # 963 Appointed 11/16/1919 and pensioned on 07/01/1946. End of Watch 11/22/1958.
Ladis A. Lisy # 719 Appointed 05/01/1918 and pensioned as a Sergeant on 11/15/1966. End of Watch 07/18/1968.

Hiram E. Olderman # 287 Appointed 07/21/1903 and pensioned on 08/01/1935. End of Watch 05/05/1942.

Written by Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum volunteer Commander Robert Cermak, Ret.

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