A historical profile of Cleveland by its Plain Dealer columnist Condon, who deals out plain and fancy here with a spate of special personalities. First came Moses Cleveland from Connecticut; the founding father predicted that the town would some day be as large as Old Windham, Conn. There were the real Cleveland Indians, Chief Seneca and John O'Mic. Alfred Kelley started Cleveland on its way to becoming a metropolis. Other names in association: Dickens and Artemus Ward, Rockefeller and Eaton, Time, Mark Hanna and Tom Johnson, Mayor Kohler, Eliot Ness, Robert Manry of the Tinkerbelle, Cassie Chadwick (who claimed she was Andrew Carnegie's daughter) and Laura Corrigan (called ""the Flagpole Kelly of the social climbers"" in Cleveland, who made it in Europe). Then there are the places: Euclid Avenue, Short Vincent, Shaker Heights (""the most famous and least known Cleveland suburb""). Not to mention the other Cleveland Indians and the Browns. The Cleveland image (""steel is an essential, integral part"") as ""the largest small town in America"" and ""the best location in the nation"" and face (renewal is being applied) are a part of the story. Hometown fun.