96-year-old grew up along Lincoln Highway

Carrie Kreiger, who has lived 96 years along the Lincoln Highway, recently shared her memories with Mike Hocker, executive director of Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway. Hocker collects stories of the highway as a way of preserving the its history. The story was retold in the Massillon Independent newspaper.

OH_Massillon 96 yr woman

“Eighty years ago, I sat and watched them (build the roadway).

“They took part of our front yard to widen it to four lanes. We would watch those poor guys lay bricks all summer long.”

As a recent graduate of Washington High School, Kreiger said she and her siblings would get up early every day and sit on the front porch and watch the men lay bricks that would make the dirt road into a “singing” street.

“That is when I graduated from high school in 1930,” she recalled.

*Thanks to long-time diner and highway friend Rudy Turkal for the lead.

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