Goat Hill History

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Join Giovanni Andreazzi and John Gross as they present a lively program on the history of Goat Hill. Sponsored by the Alliance Historical Society, the program will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Library’s Main Auditorium. Goat Hill is an area in the eastern part of Alliance that was famous for its athletes and sports teams. The story is told that because there were so many Welsh immigrants in the area, and their Welsh ancestors were goat herders, it came to be called Goat Hill. All forms of sports were played at Goat Hill in an open field at the corner of Garwood Street and Morgan Avenue, but football was the most prevalent.

Presenters Andreazzi and Gross are both Alliance residents. Andreazzi is the author of five novels and one children's book. He was born and raised in Alliance and after six years in submarine service attended Ohio University and Texas A&M where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. His work with the federal government allowed him to travel to many parts of the globe and after many years he returned to Alliance. Gross is a member of the Alliance Historical Society Board and most recently served as Director of Public Safety and Service for the City of Alliance from 2012-2014. He has served as a Trooper for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a Special Agent for the FBI, and a Private Labor Relations Practitioner. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, East Central Ohio Pilots Association and currently serves on the Alliance Community Hospital Board. In his spare time he likes to research Alliance history and offer talks about his findings.

The information to be presented was gleaned from interviews with the late Virgil Red Artino and from research at the library, primarily articles in the early Alliance Review newspaper. Anyone with an interest in Goat Hill or stories to share is encouraged to attend and add to the program. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 101.

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