"Euclid Beach Park is closed for the season"
In 1977, Lee O. Bush, Edward C. Chukayne, Russell Allon Hehr, and Richard F. Hershey researched, collaborated, authored, and published a comprehensive history of Euclid Beach Park and the Humphrey Family.
Copyright 1977 Amusement Park Books, Inc. Published by Dillon/Liederbach Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
A second book followed in 1979, "Euclid Beach Park - A Second Look", authored by the same four gentlemen. Copyright is by Amusement Park Books, Inc. and published by Amusement Park Books, Inc.
THE HUMPHREY FAMILY AND EUCLID BEACH PARK
Both books are out of print. Occasionally they can be found on E-bay. Local libraries in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area may have copies on their shelves. Copies may also turn up at used book stores.
The following is taken from a "Souvenir Folder of Euclid Beach Park Cleveland, Ohio."
EUCLID BEACH PARK is a nationally known amusement park covering ninety acres of lakefront property on the northeast side of Cleveland, Ohio. It has been owned by managed by the Humphrey family since 1901.
This family was composed of three brothers, a sister and the wife and children of one of the brothers. They were originally from Connecticut and had been previously engaged in the lumber business and farming in a small town near Cleveland. A series of reverses lost the farm for them and they came to Cleveland penniless. After trying many other ways of earning a living, they finally hit upon the pop-corn business and had a stand for several years in the park before purchasing the Humphrey property. From their background they brought into the park business, their strict New England virtues and great respect for natural beauty.
So, Euclid Beach Park was established on the foundation of fair dealing, clean entertainment, and pleasant surroundings. They permitted no alcoholic drinks in the park, no questionable shows, no gambling of any sort and no ballyhoo. In order to maintain their policies uniformly throughout the grounds, they operated everything in the park, renting out no concessions.
At the time when these policies were instituted, no one believed that the Humphrey's would be able to run the park successfully without the financial support derived from the sale of liquor, but the immediate popularity of Euclid Beach under its management proved their ideas to be sound.
The same features characterize Euclid Beach Park today. The grounds are clean and shaded by magnificent trees, the amusement devices are carefully chosen and well kept. There are camp grounds and a trailer camp that houses visitors by the season or for short stays.
Euclid Beach Park has everything to offer both young and old.
It entertains Clevelanders and visitors from many other places throughout each season in an atmosphere of gaiety and respectability.