| November 2005

I thank Tina Bamert, library assistant at the Cincinnati Historical Society; Judy Bolton, head of public services, Special Collections of the Louisiana State University Libraries; Diane Mallstrom, librarian in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County; Anne B. Shepherd, reference librarian at the Cincinnati Historical Society; and John H. White Jr., formerly chairman of industries and historian at the Smithsonian, who provided information on W.W. Hamer and the Blymyer fire. The assistance of these dedicated professionals made my article possible.