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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 and Joe Haworth was a stalwart of That Bunch. Our generation is only alive because the 1940's generation survived war and returned, worked hard and had kids. Lots of them!

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 to be air conditioned, The Cincinnatian went from Cincinnati to Washington D.C. in Only 12 hours in 1947. Check Out The Cincinnatian Time Table On AmericanRails.com

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 parts of town of Cincinnati in 1948.

This video created by K&L Trainz.com shows off the names of the cars as The Cincinnatian pulls into it's destination, The Cincinnati Union Terminal. Warning: Loud Sound on Video.



The Cincinnatian Steam Train at Winton Road Station


1946 Cincinnati, Joe Haworth & The Union Terminal

When Joe Haworth and "Press" (Real Name="Preston") "Got Back" as they simply said, 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 newly 18 year olds, of ongoing maintenance problems that have existed for several years.

Joe & Press held The Union Terminal Together as a Maintenance Carpenters from 1939-1955. Joe did not know why the position was called Carpenter,"the Terminal is steel, concrete, mainly, never get a chance to work with wood".

An Interview with Joe Haworth

Retelling how after the war in 1946 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.

The following interview of Joe Haworth was recorded around 1995 by Melanie Stegman, Joe Haworth's Granddaughter.

Joe is recalling the state that the terminal was in when they returned from the war. Particularly, Joe tells the story about how the administers of the Union Terminal were looking at having to pay between $5 and $10,000 worth of 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.

Hear his tale from 1946 of how he and his coworker, Press, made the decision, got materials, and built a scaffold on the catwalk behind the Union Terminal's East Face Glass Windows and famous art deco clock 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 Bengals are playing on the TV, so more many more curse words.

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. Was it because the maintenance crew was diminished due to 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.

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 to Europe.

VE Day Cincinnati Fountain Square Cincinnati 1945

We learn that there were many disparate busniesses taking up inside of the Terminal. We here 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.

We don't visit his grave, we visit his brick butting up against the Johnny Bench Statue at Great American Ball Park. Fitting that his brick butts up on the statue of his favorite baseball player, Johnny Bench.


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 here 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 over the Ohio River. A catcher who grew up on a farm playing baseball he was well suited.

He joined the Marines in 1941 and was in the Pacific Theater, unable to be a bomber gunner he was a hydraulics mechanic on the ground throughout the entire war. He was brought home to prepare for the mainland invasion of Japan, they actually left on a boat to go when shortly after their departure they were turned around and brought home not told why. 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.

Joe and Press regrouted the entire exterior of the Union Terminal twice, took them three weeks each time. He brags about how fast they are in doing so. One would move down the outside of the CUT cleaning out the loose concrete while the next one coming right behind and filling with concrete. They made their own caulking gun "bag likely?".

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 Even Understand!

"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 the men and woman who made The Union Terminal what it is today. Thank you.



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



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