I grew up in a unique neighborhood called Ordonia. Ordonia was a cluster of 50 or 60 houses across the street from the fertilizer plant where my dad worked. The houses were all company-owned, rented cheap to employees and their families. For child-raising, it was perfect.
We grew up with plenty of playmates, few restrictions on our movements, great (and nearly empty) streets for biking and running and games. When it was too hot or cold or rainy, I played cards at the Eippers, dress-up at the Gordons, or hosted a Cat Club meeting in our garage.
Ordonia was dismantled shortly after I left for college. Houses were either torn down for scrap or moved whole to new locations.
I’m currently looking for former residents of Ordonia. Someone at the Dyno-Nobel plant, across from where Ordonia used to be, is researching the history of the neighborhood. We’re especially looking for current contact information of former residents and photos from the neighborhood.
I know that searches for “Ordonia” find my blog, so please leave a comment or send me an email if you come across this post today or in the future. I’m looking forward to hearing from people I knew or people who lived in Ordonia before I did.
Edited to add: I found enough folks to make a group on Facebook. Join us here: Friends of Ordonia.