Gretchen Larson interview, 25 March 2014


Gretchen Larson, Cleveland Native, discusses living in the Eastside suburbs of Cleveland. Born in East Cleveland, it was not long before her father took advantage of the Great Depression and moved them to a bigger, better house in Shaker Heights. She relates many memories about her time growing up on Southington Boulevard. These include how groceries were delivered directly to the house, how she once saw a runaway horse running down the street, and how people would pick the dandelions to make wine. After her time in Shaker Heights, she spent a brief interlude in Boston before getting married and moving back to Cleveland Heights. In Cleveland Heights she saw Martin Luther King, Jr. speak at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and she witnessed the integration of the city.