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1940's Cincinnati. A 1946 Cincinnati Union Terminal Clock Story and The Cincinnatian

In honor of 1940's Day at Lunken Airport this Saturday, August 11, 2018 we intend to spotlight The Greatest Generation. One man among many in Cincinnati, Joe Haworth, was a stalwart of That Bunch.

This video is from past years 1940's Day, such an awesome video we had to share. 1940's Day 2018 is this Saturday, August 11.

The 1940's Introduced the most luxurious train at the time, The Cincinnatian.

Cincinnati had our own train!

The first air-conditioned cars, The Cincinnatian went from Cincinnati to Washington D.C. in Only 12 hours in 1947.

Check Out The Cincinnatian Time Table On

So Get Your Ticket and Get On The Train. Visit Cincinnati Views for the images below and get more images of 1940's Cincinnati at Cincinnati Views.

Seriously if you are looking for what people wore in the 1940's you'll see how they dressed in pictures on this website loaded with great historical photos of Cincinnati in the 1940's and more.

The cars on The Cincinnatian were named after the vibrant neighborhoods in Cincinnati at 1948.

  • Hyde Park
  • Avondale
  • Peebles Corner
  • Norwood
  • Walnut Hills
  • College Hill

This video created by K&L shows off the names of the cars as The Cincinnatian pulls into it's destination, The Cincinnati Union Terminal. This video is an immaculate reconception of what The Cincinnatian would look like and sound like pulling into Union Terminal. We are blessed to share this video of The Cincinnatian train by K&L Warning: Loud Sound on Video.

Dining Car on The Cincinnatian 1948
The Cincinnatian Steam Train at Winton Road Station

1946 Cincinnati, Joe Haworth & The Union Terminal

Joe Haworth is the Grandpa to all Cincinnatian, a member of The Greatest Generation.

With paintings his sister painted of Joe Morgan & Johnny Bench in his air conditioned basement in St. Bernard. There he watched every Reds game ever played, even watched other teams play he was that kind of baseball man.

Our family loves that his name, Joe Haworth, is enscribed on a brick at Great American Ball Park butted up against the statue of his favorite player, Johnny Bench.

The Men Who Tended The Union Terminal

Joe Haworth first got on at the Union Terminal as a teenager on the rail crew pounding in steel nails laying and repairing tracks. His Father, "Timer" worked at The Union Terminal as a Master Upholster. 

Hanging off steel bridges 

Catching Fire Hot Rivets

It was at this time Joe was hanging from steel above the Ohio River building the bridges catching hot rivets and holding them in place while another worker hanging from the bridge drilled the rivet into the steel.

Joe & Pres Took Care Of the Union Terminal

When Joe Haworth and his co-worker "Press" (Real Name="Preston") "Got Back" from "The War", the old timers on skeleton crews told the young men now filling their ranks again, picking up their old jobs, or joining the crew fresh, of ongoing maintenance problems that have existed for several years. 

Returning From The War

Since almost all men and woman of working degree were used in the war effort in some manner there were not employees or funds to fix some of the worse problems occuring at the Union Terminal during WW2.

Joe & Press held The Union Terminal Together as a Maintenance Carpenters from 1939-1955.

An Interview with Joe Haworth

Listen below as Joe Haworth tells of how after the war upon returning to their jobs at The Union Terminal in the Spring of1946 he and a co-worker fixed the leaking roof of the Union Terminal Clock that had been going on at that point for two years.

I got inside the clock finally

The following interview of Joe Haworth was recorded around 1995 by the author's Sister, Melanie Stegman, Joe Haworth's Granddaughter, nearly 50 years since Joe and his co-worker fixed the Union Terminal Clock's Roof.

State of the Terminal upon returned from the war

Joe is recalling the state that the terminal was in when they returned from the war. Particularly, how the administers of the Union Terminal were looking at having to pay between $5,000 and $10,000 for scaffolding, in 1946 dollars, to fix the leak in the roof of the Union Terminal Clock.

Instead, two men from the Greatest Generation did the following to fix the leaking roof of the Cincinnati Union Terminal Clock in one and a half days with no additional cost to the Terminal, no need for scaffolding outside the building.

Hear his tale from 1946 of how he and his coworker, Press, made the decision, got materials, and built a scaffold on top of the catwalk behind the Union Terminal's East Facing Glass Windows and famous art deco clock in order to reglaze the roof above the clock. But "the windows were all rusted shut and had to be taken apart and oiled first."

Warning: Curse words, his color commentary gets quite vivid sometimes. It should be noted that during the interview the Cincinnati Bengals are playing on the TV, so more, many more curse words will be heard.

Classic Joe Haworth at 11:17. A man who gave everything to others, life, his Country & The Church, only after giving so much could one elicit classic Joe Haworth humor...

This interview is given to the Public and Cincinnati Union Terminal for historical purposes from the Kathy Haworth Stegman Family in Cincinnati.

Images of 1940's Cincinnati, Color Commentary Highlighting the Tale.

We learn from the interview that the Union Terminal was in bad shape in 1946. It was because the maintenance crew was diminished during WW2? We learn from long time Cincinnati Rail Club member Patrick Rose that The Terminal did go short staffed on maintenance during the war. There were spending priorities but Mr. Rose did say that the Union Terminal was afforded a new roof of aluminum to stop the leaks due to The Cincinnati Union Terminals immense role in The War effort.

As the story goes, when men from Cincinnati would tell where they are from everyone there would say "Oh yeah, I've been there. Lovely Place." when they had stopped in Cincinnati Union Terminal on the way East to the ports of Europe.

VE Day Cincinnati Fountain Square Cincinnati 1945

We learn that there were many several businesses taking up inside of the Terminal. We hear how Joe and his buddy Press, in order to reach the roof of the clock, barrow a sturdy beam from a maintenance janitor who works for a railroad, and not the Union Terminal. They had to make sure they did not share, or report sharing, resources between the different companies who work out of The Union Terminal's expansive hallways.

I am beyond proud of my Grandpa Joe Haworth and his Father Timer, whose wooden handsaws built and maintained the CUT. Listen to his story of fixing the leaking Union Terminal Clock which was leaking for more than two years between 1943-1946. His stories are so famous we had to record them, and we're so lucky we did!

We don't visit Joe Haworths' grave, we visit the brick inscribed with his name butted up against the Johnny Bench Statue at Great American Ball Park.

Gruen Pan American Watch from 1943.

Gruen Pan American Flight Watch Advertisement During War 1943?

Joe Haworth worked at the Union Terminal starting on the tracks gang in or around 1940 at the age of 17. There he would have pounded steel nails into train tresses, and there he would have hung from the Southern bridge catching the red hot rivets and holding them in place while a riveter drove them into the bridge while hanging over the Ohio River. A baseball catcher who grew up on a farm playing baseball, he was well suited.

Joe joined the Marines in 1941. Unable to be a bomber gunner due to his eyesight, he was a hydraulics mechanic on the ground in the Pacific throughout the entire war. He was brought home to prepare for the mainland invasion of Japan; the soldiers actually left on a boat to assemble when shortly after their departure they were turned around and brought home not told why. Only later to learn the war was over.

Joe Haworth once said that the best view of opening day at Crosley Field was from sitting atop the Cincinnati Union Terminal Clock.

The Work Ethic of The Greatest Generation

Joe and Press re-grouted the entire exterior of the Union Terminal, twice! It took them three weeks each time. He brags about how fast they were in doing so. One would move down the outside of the CUT cleaning out the loose concrete while the next would come right behind filling with concrete. They made their own caulking gun out of a bag filled with mortar; a novel un-patented invention at the time.

Joe Haworth once told a story that captured the attention of a car load of young kids, they both skipped a green light to listen to his tale. I was sitting shotgun watching out the window as he told these kids something I Could Not Understand at my age.

"Figure It" One of The Greatest Generations Great One's final words.

-The Cincinnati Union Terminal Watch is Dedicated To Joe Haworth (1923 - 1997), and his father (my daughter's great great grandfather) "Timer", and the men and women who made The Union Terminal what it is today.

We are forever grateful. Thank you!

Joe Haworth
Union Terminal Employee and our Grandpa Joe Haworth. A Great One of The Greatest Generation.

The Union Terminal Watch is inspired by 1940's design elements of the time. The flat bezel on the 316L Stainless Steel case especially.

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