"Rocky River, Ohio: Where the River Ends": A Gift of Love

A new book, "Rocky River, Ohio: Where the River Ends", began as a dream project for Tom Harper in 1990. The passing of his eight-year-old daughter, Kristen, started Tom thinking about the importance of photography in preserving special memories. While the book is dedicated to the memory of Kristen, it is also a gift of love to the people and places of Rocky River.

A record of the past 25 years, Where the River Ends captures the spirit of Rocky River in an intimate, romantic and humorous way. Most of the 3,000 people who appear in the book fall into three categories: those who grew up, live in, or work in Rocky River. Tom says, “This project has been particularly rewarding because I became acquainted with so many of the interesting people who make Rocky River a great place to live.”

The book includes pictures of city workers, schools, churches…and there is even a spot for your own favorite picture! The cover of the book comes with a bit of distinction. Tom entered the photo in the Westfield Insurance Company’s calendar contest in 2004. Although Tom claims he was just testing the photo to see how good a picture it would be for the cover, it was selected out of thousands of entries to be the calendar’s May picture.

A project of this size and duration comes with many ups and downs. We hope that Tom will find the time to share these stories with the community one day.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Rocky River Historical Society. The book is available for $32.50 at select locations: Walgreens, Rocky River Senior Center, Heinen’s, Lake Road Market, Ford’s Clothier, Ace Hardware, Michael’s Restaurant, and Hilliard Road Cleaners. For more information, call 216-406-1583.




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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.01.2013