Greek and Romania

Greek and Romania

Romanians followed the trend of Austria-Hungary in emigrating to Lorain. However, many Romanians came to the midwest areas to find jobs in the iron and steel industry as well as in the car manufacturing industry. Romanians were specifically attracted to the Cleveland area for employment at the car body plant and the shipbuilding. Some Romanians, once they obtained enough money, they bought land and farming tools and settled in rural areas outside of Cleveland. Nevertheless, Lorain established their own Romanian community. The Romanian communityin Lorain was strong enough to form a local chapter of Romanian Beneficial & Cultural Society in 1907 and a Romanian Greek Catholic Church in 1914. 

Greek

A relatively small population of Greeks came to the Cleveland area in the late 19th and early 20th century. Many left Greece to look for a better economic situation, but most planned on returning to Greece. However, the majority stayed in the U.S. and soon the families of these people immigrated too. 

Most Greeks came to Lorain following World War I.Their community grew very quickly and by 1919 they established their own Greek Orthodox parish.