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Jaite in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Jaite - More Than a Company Town

 
 
Jaite - More Than a Company Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 5, 2011
1. Jaite - More Than a Company Town Marker
Inscription.

...the biggest thing I remember...was the houses. All in a row and all the same color. And I remember that was strange to me...I understood it was good business to provide places for your employees because after all it was rural.
Hazel Broughton (Married into Jaite Community, mid 20th century)

The National Park Service Headquarters before you was once a thriving community built by the Jaite Paper Company. The duplexes on Riverview Road were built in 1906 to house workers. The single family bungalows on Vaughn Road were added 11 years later.

Unlike other company towns, Jaite had no company script as money and had no enforced codes of conduct or curfews for workers. Picture a community, complete with children playing, adults tilling small gardens, and orchards growing behind the homes. Jaite had its own post office, train stop, and general store.

Most residents were Polish immigrants recruited from Cleveland neighborhoods or through relatives who also worked at the mill. In the 1950s the era of the company town ended as first the mill and then the housing were sold. The National Park Service converted the buildings to their current use in 1986.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 17.322′ 
Jaite - More Than a Company Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 5, 2011
2. Jaite - More Than a Company Town Marker
N, 81° 34.394′ W. Marker is in Jaite, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is at the intersection of Vaughn Road and Riverview Road, on the right when traveling west on Vaughn Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville OH 44141, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Industry Shapes the Valley (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Development of Valley Industry (approx. 1.9 miles away); Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (approx. 1.9 miles away); Boston (approx. 1.9 miles away); Boston Mills Road Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Boston Store (approx. 1.9 miles away); A New Champion for an Old Canal (approx. 1.9 miles away); Linking the Wilderness to the World (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Jaite Mill. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Bungalow Photo on Jaite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Bungalow Photo on Jaite Marker
Jaite Mill Company Bungalow image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 5, 2011
4. Jaite Mill Company Bungalow
Photo on Jaite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Akron Beacon Journal, circa 1960s
5. Photo on Jaite Marker
[Caption reads] Company Homes
Jaite Duplexes, on Riverview Road, shortly after the company sold them as private residences. Three of the middle duplexes were lost to fire.
Map on Jaite Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
6. Map on Jaite Marker
[Caption reads] Map Showing Jaite Community and Mill
Once located nearby on the east side of the Cuyahoga River, the mill was at one time the 11th largest producer of multi-wall cement bags in the country and employed up to 250 people.
Jaite Train Depot image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 5, 2011
7. Jaite Train Depot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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