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Middlefield residents are lined up in the 1940’s during World War 2 to purchase what limited items were available through rationing at the local Kroger’s grocery store. Kroger’s was located on East Elm Street on the south side of the street, almost directly across the street from the current Karl’s Jewelry store. Many things were in short supply in the United States and had to be rationed. Foodstuffs like bananas were scarce and many things including sugar, meat, butter, cheese, eggs, milk, tea, chocolate, cooking oil and many other things were rationed. This happened because the German’s were sinking ships importing these foods and materials. Residents were issued ration booklets and could only buy a limited amount.
This picture shows South Main Street, now South State Street looking north. The building on the right is the car barn for the Cleveland & Chagrin Falls interurban line that ended in Middlefield. The tracks ran diagonally across some of the property in the Woodsong development down to Lake Street, across Mineral Lake Park and down Sperry Lane. The car barn was located on the opposite side of the street from Sperry Lane. This line operated only a few years.
This picture shows South Main Street, now South State Street looking north. The building on the right is the car barn for the Cleveland & Chagrin Falls interurban line that ended in Middlefield. The tracks ran diagonally across some of the property in the Woodsong development down to Lake Street, across Mineral Lake Park and down Sperry Lane. The car barn was located on the opposite side of the street from Sperry Lane. This line operated only a few years.

By Rick Seyer

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