For 120 years, the Geneva Foundry on Jackson Street spewed smoke and soot containing lead and arsenic into the air. Particles of those hazardous items settled into the lawns and soil of a wide area of the neighborhood.
Children played in the dirt. People planted gardens and flowers. Sheds, patios, garages and additions were built. None of the 60 or so homeowners going to Our Lady of Peace Parish Center Tuesday were happy about lead and arsenic in, or possibly being in, their soil.