Barney Kroger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1860. As a young man, he embarked on a career in grocery sales, establishing the Great Western Tea Company in 1883. This business eventually became the first of many stores that operated under the Kroger name. Kroger renamed his stores after himself in 1902, when he formally established the Kroger Grocery and Baking Company.
The Odd Fellows Hall was constructed by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1856. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the historic structure was nearly destroyed by fire in 2001. Newly restored, it still serves as an iconic landmark of Covington, Kentucky's early civic and political life.
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1937 flood, from the collection of the Cincinnati Bell Historical Archives: Cleaning up at South Exchange. From left to right: Sam Litly, Kelly Pryor, Dick Rinehart, Bryon Roland and William Meier.