The United States' declaration of war on Germany in April 1917
resulted in a tragic display of
hysteria directed against everything and anything
In Cincinnati, German teachers
dismissed from public schools, German professors
were censored, German collections and publications
were removed from circulation at the
Public Library, businesses with German names had their
and, by police order, only
English language public meetings
As a result of the anti-German hysteria during
World War I, name changing became the rage.
The Cincinnati City Council followed the trend
by changing German street names on April 9, 1918.
Among those changed were: German Street to
English Street, Bismarck Street to Montreal Street,
Berlin Street to Woodrow Street, Bremen Street to
Republic Street, Brunswick Street to Edgecliff Point,
Frankfort Street to Connecticut Avenue, Hamburg
Street to Stonewall Street, Hanover Street to Yukon
Street, Hapsburg Street to Merrimac Street,
Schumann Street to Meredith Street, Vienna Street
to Panama Street,
and Humboldt Street to Taft Road.