Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink . Booth Tarkington.........A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. - James A. Garfield........Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose. - Garrison Keillor........We are teetering on the edge of Spring......rnt...............

April 30,  2016 -Maurer bottle cap and bathing at Cask Villa=


SHOPTALK: On my home desk this week is an unusual pic of swimmers just off the beach at the Cask Villa Tourist Park – “the city of casks” – just west of town. The waterfront has changes a good deal since this pic was taken (probably the 30s) and the cask cottages that folks once rented are now gone replaced by condominiums. But once upon a grand old time people had fun at this place.

On the shoptop this week is a pic of a Maurer-Wikel bottle cap (on a whipping cream bottle)from the museum. Remember them?

Back in those days the dairy delivered milk right to your door. And if the weather was right (or wrong) the cream in the milk would rise to the top and push the cap out of the bottle.

My brother, Al, worked for Maurer for probably 30 years – until Reiter-Harter bought the dairy and moved. They asked him to move and continue to work for them, but he decided to stay in Vermilion. After all those years with the dairy he became an exterminator. (Go figure.)

THE NEW GAS LINE: I anticipated the worse before the new gas line was installed at the museum. I found it surprising that it was installed so quickly and relatively neatly. The drive wasn’t dug up and the meter was not moved. While it is slightly muddy in places outside the building – it really isn’t too bad at all. The pipeline people were very courteous and efficient.

All my dreading about this matter was unnecessary.

FOUND A COOL APP: I’ve been writing stories for the local paper for at least 15 years using Macintosh computers. When I started I was using a Mac app called “Appleworks”. That app was eventually scrapped and I now used Microsoft Word (like everyone else on the planet). I really like MS Word, but it does not translate the old Appleworks (cwk) files. Consequently that became problematic for me.

I developed a number of workarounds that eliminates the problem. But the fact of the matter is that they are just “workarounds” so they are somewhat time-consuming, and often require relatively expensive additional software.

But after searching for a better way to handle the problem I stumbled across some freeware that handles the task as quickly and efficiently as the guys who installed our new gas line.

It is called Libre Office and I find it very useful in resurrecting some of my ancient newspaper columns. For me it’s an archeological software tool – and it works beautifully.

If, for some reason, you find yourself in a position similar to the one I was in – in need of a way to change your old Appleworks files into MS Word files – this (as late Vermilion pharmacist Jim Hart used to say) is “just the ticket.”

CIVIL WAR ARTIFACTS: This (above) is a pic of the Civil War Gun and artifacts show conducted at the museum last Saturday. It was a one-shot (pun intended) thing so if you missed it you really missed (not just a nice but) a GREAT exhibit.

NEW THINGS: Above is a pic of our new pressman working the old Stonemetz newspaper press at the museum. He works everyday without complaint.

Stop in and see him. He’d love to talk.

MAY ACTIVITY AT THE MUSEUM: Methinks the poster advertising our next museum activity speaks for itself. Watch as Mrs. Roscoe talks news and takes information from Mrs. Calvert about upcoming events at Crystal Beach Park c.1925.

Then there’s (Nancy) Alice at the Linotype putting the news together for print. Watch a video of the process and one demonstrating the art of typesetting by hand.

Upstairs (above the print shop) stop in and watch Mrs. Roscoe and her little girls as they play the living room and the radio entertains with music and comedy shows of the era. And try one of her cookies fresh from the oven in the kitchen.

Then take a break and a chair at the speakeasy (in the back yard). Have a little glass of beer (or root beer), a pretzel or some other little treat and enjoy the sound of Louis Armstrong while you visit with the bartenders.

Get your tickets at the door. And if you park at the Main Street lot just across the tracks to the north of the shop we’ll give you a parking token as part of your admission.

Come on in and step back into a Saturday in May in 1925.

Then, toward the end of October we will be having a special exhibition featuring artifacts and (hopefully) several members from two of Vermilion’s old time families.

At the moment I know that the Baumhart family will be one of those featured. I’ve been in contact with Brenda Baumhart Mezz (A.D. Sr.’s granddaughter) and she indicated that she would try to be there to discuss her family.

These exhibits will feature a hefty number of photographs and some other memorabilia in addition to the existing collections held by the museum.

Refreshments will be available for all these events. Admission – depending on the type of refreshments being made available – will differ. Parking will be available in the Division / Main Street lot in downtown Vermilion. Persons parking there will be given a token as part of the admission to the museum so it will be free.

I’ll have more specifics at a later time. But please keep these things in mind. If you’re interested in local history all of these events will be both informative and fun.

MUSEUM SCHEDULE: Beginning now the museum will be open six days a week from 11 AM to 3 PM. We will be closed on Sundays and Holidays. We are located at 727 Grand Street in Vermilion across the street from Vermilion's historic E&R Church. The museum is open Monday thru Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM. A small admission donation of $5 (for adults) is requested. Children under 14 accompanied with an adult will be admitted free. For Special Tours call: 440-967-4555.

We are closed on Sundays and holidays.

Private tours during those hours and during the evening can be arranged by calling the museum, or stopping in to see us.

FIVE-OH-ONE-CEE-THREE: The museum is a 501(c)(3) organization. Consequently, all donations and memberships for the museum are tax deductible. This is retroactive to November of 2011.

Memberships for the VERMILION NEWS PRINT SHOP MUSEUM are always available. Funds generated will go toward the aforementioned renovations and maintenance of the shop.

A single membership for an adult is $15 a year.
A couple membership is $25 a year.
A student membership is $5.
And a lifetime membership is $100.

ADMISSION - ADULTS $5.00 and young people under the age of 14 are FREE.

If you would like to become a member the VNPSM you can send a check or money order to:

Vermilion Print Shop Museum
727 Grand Street
Vermilion, Ohio 44089

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VHS CLASS REUNION: Will be held August 26 and 27, 2016, for the VHS Class of 66....they need addresses,email, etc. Folks can email Carolyn Hill or call her @ 440.967.2821.

THE VERMILION BOAT CLUB: Methinks the pic is worth the proverbial Thousand Words.

HOW HE GOT CARS OUT OF TOWN: “Ma, watch me push the car up the hill” said Mr. Hr. Harry S. Earl to his neighbor. Mrs. Hardy, “Wish I had your picture” replied Mrs. Hardy. “Alright” said Mr. Earl - “I’ll set the camera and you ‘shoot’ it. Mrs. Hardy doesn't’ know much about kodaks but she tried it and the above is what she got. Not a bit too early either, for a day or so,and the old yellow cars passed forever from Vermilion, so the last car Harry pushed up the hill was near the last to run over the Lake Shore Electric Road.

Mr. Earl started work with the L.S.E. in 1916 at Hicksville, later worked out of Bellevue and twenty-one years ago came to Vermilion, serving for a few years as sub-station supervisor, but the greater part of the time as local station agent, which position he now holds for the Lake Shore Coach Company.

“Ma” got his picture all right but Mr. Earl will doubtless be somewhat surprised to find that “he made the first page.”

From the Vermilion News - July 14, 1938

YESTERYEAR'S NEWS: The following clips were vocally transcribed from past issues of The Vermilion News. I think you will find them both interesting and fun...

Vol. XI, No. 47. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, April 30, 1908 - PHONE 19


Below we publish a letter from a former Vermilionite in regard to the visit of the fleet to the Pacific Coast, Mrs. Helen Parson Smith. She also sent us some California papers with accounts of the visit and with pictures. We thank her for them and would be pleased to publish the articles if space permitted:

Newport Beach Cal., April 22, 1908.
To the editor of the Vermilion News:

Thinking a full report of the arrival of the "fleet" may not reach you I sent the part of the Los Angeles Times pertaining to that event. And should you doubt at all that the disposition of the people of the Pacific coast to be lacking in (continued) of the coming of the fleet. I, for one, did not seem to be awake to the fact that it belonged to us also and thought of them as your Navy. But when the Admiral alluded to the vast crowds along the shorelines who had gathered to see their Navy I realize that it was ours. Will you kindly give this letter a place in your columns that my associates of bygone days who wore the colors and marched behind the "band wagon" with me may know that the fires of patriotism burns brightly get in my heart, and as I looked at this grand pageant with salt water on my face and it was not from the ocean.

The Army and Navy forever, Three Cheers For The Red White Blue.

Respectfully Yours,


The practice game between the Lorain Athletics and Vermilion Independents last Sunday was rather one-sided as the Lorain people were clearly out classed. The score was something like 1 to 17 in favor of the Vermilion Independents.

Rolland Faulhaber did well as catcher and is making a hard fight for that position. Ritter is also showing up good form for catcher and will try hard for the position. Young also made good for catcher. Haas, the pitcher hailing from Monroeville, is all right. In this game he struck out six men in 18 balls in two innings and then was taken out of the box in order to give the visitors a show. Donaldson captain of the team, is showing up in good form on first. Despite all saying is that he could not handle the stick, he lined up some hot ones. Smith of Cleveland, S.S. is in fine form.

About the only one who did not show up in good form was the second baseman who did not make good. A know second baseman will be here for the opening game.

The opening game will be played next Sunday with the Garfords of Elyria. Game called 2:30 PM. Dibolt will pitch.

Mrs. Faulhaber Dead

Mrs. Valentine Faulhaber, who was so terribly burned last week died Sunday morning. The remains were brought to Vermilion and services were held from St. Mary's church, Tuesday morning, and the remains taken to Elyria for burial.

$ And Costs – A Warning

Since the streets had been scraped a few have been removing the dirt scraped up and placing it on their lots. This is entirely out of order and the authorities inform us that anyone removing dirt from the street will be prosecuted. The property owner has no right to this dirt outside of his lot line. A few have used the excess dirt to grade between the lot line in the ditch that is a different matter, and of dirt is wanted for grading lots it must be procured elsewhere.

Rev. A.G. Lohmann Accepts

The members of the Reformed Church of this place have been busy the past week placing the parsonage in order for the coming of the "new pastor" Rev. Lohmann. Is it is expected that his family will arrive Friday and that he will begin his work here after next Sunday.

Rev. Lohmann has been the headmaster of the Boy's Farm at Hudson ever since its establishment some five years ago and Mrs. Lohmann has been Matron.

Mr. Lohmann is president of this diocese of the Reformed Church and was previous to his accepting the position at Hudson pastor of the Sixth Reformed Church at Cleveland.

Mr. Lohmann's resignation from the Hudson home was mainly through a reduction of Mrs. Lohmann’s salary as matronfrom $600-$300 as recommended by Sec. Vining.

Cleveland Plain Dealer says:

The allowance for matrons at the Boys farm is supposed to go to the salary of house help. It is claimed by Directory Cooley that the arrangement when Dr. Lohmann was engaged was that Mrs. Lohmann as matron was to receive $600, which was to be paid to the two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Lohmann for attending to the work at the main cottage. One of the two has since become married. It was proposed that Mrs. Lohmann be paid but $300.

"If I stay under these conditions it will be an admission that I have been taking a salary for many months that I was not entitled to," said Dr. Lohmann yesterday. "My daughter has been married nearly 2 years. Mr. Vining had it in for me.

"I love the work at the Boys farm. I love the boys. I attended to the work of establishing the institution. I recommended to Dr. Cooley that F.H. Ross, second schoolteacher, be given my position, but he did not promise to adopt my suggestion.”

Rev. Lohmann's resignation is effective May 1. We welcome him to his charge here extending him the privilege enjoyed by the pastors of other churches of our community that of the use of our columns for church announcements and other items of interest to his congregation.


Mr. Church of the Maud Elton Hotel entertained a party of 76 guests on Sunday the 26th. The party being members of the Cleveland Automobile Club and their friends from Cleveland. They experienced some slight showers enroute, but found the roads in a fine condition. This was the club's first run of the season and had the weather looked promising the number would have been 150, as several decided to return before reaching Vermilion. Mr. Church being a member of the club they will no doubt make the Maud-Elton a frequent stopping place. They reported an excellent dinner and left about 5 PM for home.



Clair Walker of Marblehead spent Monday with his parents here.

Otto full of Vermilion was the guest of the sister Miss Rose Saturday for a short time.

Miss Rose Full was the guest of her mother Mrs. McCarty at Vermilion Sunday.

Dr. Wiseman received a badly sprained back one day last week the result of trying to get his auto out of a mud hole.

Casper Dute’s henhouse was entered by thieves Thursday night and several of his registered game fowls were taken.

Mrs. William Baker, aged 80 died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bassett. Funeral was held Monday from the M.E. Church. She had been a lifelong resident of Amherst.
E.F. Steele is confined to his bed and H.N. Steele is nursing a sprained wrist, this week the result of an auto accident near Brownhelm Sunday. They drove over to Vermilion and joined the party from Cleveland and on their return collided with a buggy. The buggy was wrecked and the occupants of the auto thrown out. Joseph Gawn the owner Frank Steele escaped uninjured.


The remains of little Ruth Elizabeth Speaker of Lorain was brought here Sunday for burial. The child died Friday of diphtheria age 3 years. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Speaker.

Rev. C.H. Rundt who has been pastor of the Evangelical Church here for the last four years has been assigned a charge at Toledo. Rev. Schuster of Cleveland will take charge here.


Mr. William Bacon is badly crippled with the rheumatism.

Greens Orchestra of Elyria will give a concert dance at the Town Hall May 6. Everybody cordially invited.

Mr. stick was trimming apple trees the spring and a limb broke and Mr. stick fell 15 feet and injured his head severely but is now recovering slowly.

There were 11 couples attended the old folks dance at Brownhelm Station last Wednesday evening the music was furnished by Green’s Orchestra, Elyria.

Strong's Corners

Everybody is busy cleaning house.

Earl Leimbach has some choice duck eggs for sale.

The farmers were quite busy last week putting in their oats.

Mrs. Laddrich attended the funeral of her father at Birmingham last Sunday.

Clyde Huessner assisted Mr. Frank Miller in plowing his garden last week.

Mr. Frank Huessner of N. Amherst sprayed the trees on his farm in this vicinity last Thursday.

Miss Winnifred Wood of Brownhelm is again in our neighborhood teaching her class of music.

By [sic] Wellman Brownhelm and V. Leimbach done [sic] the sheep shearing for Edd [sic] Huessner last week.

This Katy Reinhardt is assisting Mrs. V Leimbach in housecleaning this year.

Mr. V. Leimbach done [sic] the broadcasting for the oats in the neighborhood this year.


Pears, Peaches cherries are promising a good crop for the season, by the looks and present a beautiful sight.

The funeral of Mr. Ladrach takes place from the Swiss Church this afternoon (Sunday). Mr. Ladrach's death was very sudden although he had been invalid for nearly 2 years.

Some people say we do not need sewers, electric lights, etc. in Vermilion; that we can’t afford them. We failed to see any need for a statement this kind. Vermilion needs sewers, electric lights and many other improvements and we will have them in due course of time. At present our need for sewers seem the most necessary. Financially we have not been very good condition, but are now on the gain and it is the policty of the present officials to do what work our finances will permit, and do it well. If this policy had been adopted years ago we would have been better for it. However, there are a few towns whose streets and walks are in better condition, and whose citizens take more pride in keeping their homes and business property than Vermilion. Still there is room for improvement.

While as a newspaper we are allied to no political party or faction we cannot help but remark upon the treatment of the President [Theodore Roosevelt] by a few so-called leaders. The President is endeavoring to secure legislation for the people or what he believes to be for the best interest of the people.

We believe the people will speak for themselves at the coming election and there will be a large addition to the HAS-BEENS. Some of the present members of Congress have been in office so long that they imagine they own the government, President cabinet and all, and when the President recommends anything contrary to their wills they lay aside the interests of the people and oppose, even insult the chief executive.

The promise for a red-hot political campaign this fall is bright. Foraker faction seems bound to win by means fair or foul. Meanwhile the Democrats are sawing wood.

Ex-President Cleveland's health is in a very precarious condition and his death may be expected at any moment. So it is announced.


Mrs. George Tapel of East Norwalk threw herself and her seven-year-old son into a well Friday night. The boy succeeded climbing out in arousing his father who was asleep in the house. The mother was dead when taken out of the well. Despondency brought on by ill health is said to caused this the act.

The following teachers have been assigned to schools in Vermilion Township for the next year: Misses Bessie Sherod, Nelly Klaar, Margaret Bogart, Georgia Burrows, Lydia Trinter, Emma Nuhn, – Reighley and Mrs. Louise Cook.

Born – to Mr. and Mrs. John Barry, a daughter, Monday, Apr, 20.

Mrs. Franc Parsons and son Burdette visited F.A. Risig and family at Lorain yesterday. Mr. Risig is recovering from the recent attack of pneumonia.

C.O. Bassett and family of Cleveland were here the first of the week preparing to take up their summer residence.

Street Commissioner Schmool has been out with the scraper during the past week or two scraping the street and putting it them in good condition. Owing to some friction over the running of the curb line the Council instructed him to scrape all the streets within a certain distance of the lot line. This has caused some complaint from those who have placed the lawn in front of their property in first-class condition. We believe however that if this line is now maintained and we all take an interest in keeping the space between the sidewalk and the ditch in good order it will be a great improvement.

Dr. Dewey Cleveland Dentist who purchased the Thornburg on the West River Road is at present established with his family at the hotel Maud Elton while extensive repairs and improvements are being made to his residence.

For laying new sidewalks or repairing the old call G.C. Driver Exchange street opposite Lake Shore Depot. He will be pleased to give you estimates and guarantee his work at reasonable prices.

Rev. Geo Goetz for the past few years Pastor of the Lorain Evangelical Church has been assigned a charge at Cleveland, Rev. Miller of Johnston Pennsylvania comes to Lorain.

There is some talk of Local Option for Vermilion. As usual in such cases those who favor the measure say the town will go dry. Those who are opposed are just as certain that it will not.

Died – at his home west of town Friday morning, April 24, ‘08 Cell Alheit age 69. Funeral was held from home on Monday, Rev. Hilgeman officiating. Mr. Alheit was well known throughout the section having lived here many years. The obituary will appear next week in the news.


150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE “BATTLE OF THE HUNDRED SLAIN”: 3 miles from Fort Phil Kearny near Story, Wyoming will be held this year. (See Wikipedia.)

Late Vermilion resident, Matilda Louis Grummond was the sister of 2nd Lt. George Washington Grummond. Grummond and 81 of his fellow soldiers were killed by an overwhelming force of Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in one of the worst military disasters suffered by the US Army on Great Plains.

If you are a descendant of Matilda please email John Horton or call him at 1.586.549.2471.

12 LADIES & AMEN: To folks with enough insight not only to take snapshots but to also inscribe the date of the photo and the names of the persons in them on the back I offer my humble and heartfelt thanks. And to those persons who discover those snapshots squirrelled away in a dresser drawer, an old trunk in the attic, or basement; who do not chuck them in the trash, or sell them by the shovel-full in an estate sale where they might eventually be dumped for the frames or scrapbooks in which they are contained; I offer my perdurable blessings. These are priceless historic artifacts.

Late Vermilionite, Bertha Leimbach (the fourth person from the left in the accompanying photo) kept such snapshots as described. Her son, Fred Wetzler, also kept them. They were contained in an envelope addressed to Mrs. Gus Leimbach at 5678 Columbus St. Vermilion, Ohio postmarked June 3, 1968. There are 5 snapshots of a group of Vermilion ladies that were taken between the years of 1952 and 1957. Most were taken at the home of Bessie Sherod.

Just for the sake of posterity the name Sherod is pronounced [share-id] not [share-rod]. This pronunciation is that which the family used and apparently preferred. The family gave us a very nice place for a park. The least we can do is get their name right.

This particular photo was taken in September of 1957. And although one of the lady’s in it is Bessie Sherod I don’t believe it is at her home. The home in the background is made of brick. Hers was not. [According to my cousin, David Lindsay it may have been taken at the home of his parents, Captain Ferl and Alice Lindsay on Martin Avenue in Vermilion.] Almost all the women in this photo also appear in the others I have seen. And I can only speculate as to the reason these women gathered. It may have possibly been a church related women’s group.

The ladies pictured from left to right are: Alberta Johnson, Laura Goetz, Adda Palmer, Bertha Leimbach, Harriet Ball, Flora Linsay, Lottie Lawless, Bessie Sherod, Nettie Jump, Maude Bennett, Ora Rumsey, and Rose Lang. (Please note that the names are given exactly as Mrs. Leimbach wrote them.)

Having only been 12 years old when these shadows were captured on film I recognize most of the names but few of the faces. The names are of families that had great historical impact on the development of our city. The Sherod and Ball families, for instance, go back to local pioneer times. But of all the women pictured it is Laura Goetz that I remember best.

Mrs. Goetz lived on the west side of Perry Street between Ohio and South Streets. It was about a block away from my childhood home near the railroad tracks on the same street. What makes my memory of her so vivid is the fact that she was a deaf mute. At that time folks like her were called “deaf and dumb”. I don’t believe that the label was intended to demean, but it surely didn’t help a 12 year old village boy understand her handicap. In brief, her unintelligible mutterings and arm-waving gyrations when she came to our house to see my mother, scared the heck out of me. I would usually avoid her like the plague.

What I wasn’t aware of at the time is her close connection, through her husband’s family, to Linwood Park. Her father-in-law, the Rev. George Goetz, was a well known figure around that association. Her husband, who shared her handicap, and his brother were prominent carpenters and boat builders in Vermilion Village.

I suppose what my meandering ruminations may indicate is that a simple snapshot of a yesteryear may generate memories that allow those who are interested to help connect the figurative dots that make up a complete picture of Vermilion’s history. So please don’t throw such things away. And that’s all I have to say about a snapshot of 12 ladies. Amen.

Ref: Vermilion Area Archival Society; Special Thanks to late Vermilionite Fred Wetzler, and David Lindsay; Written 08/07/2005 @ 11:14 am.


…his strength among the savages was attained through his entire freedom from deception, sham, avarice. Truth and singleness of mind were his characteristics. The Indians knew this and trusted him as fully as if he was of their own people.

Some of the Moravians accompanied the Shawnees at the time of their earliest immigration into Ohio, but the great body did not come until many years later, the time mentioned above. One branch or body of them made a settlement in Erie county on the Huron River about two miles from Milan, but afterward moved to Milan. The precise date of their coming is not known, but it is supposed to have been soon after the Revolutionary War; still some authorities place their coming at an earlier day.

Concerning these people in this county we extract the following sketch from the work of Mr. Henry Howe, the sketch having been contributed by Rev. E. Judson, of Milan: "On the spot where the town of Milan now stands, there was, at the time of the survey of the fire-lands in 1807, an Indian village, containing within it a Christian community, under the superintendence of Rev. Christian Frederick Dencke, a Moravian missionary. The Indian name of the town was Petquotting. The mission was established here in 1804. Mr. Dencke brought with him several families of Christian Indians from the vicinity of the Thames River in Upper Canada. They had a chapel and a mission-house, and were making good progress in the cultivation, of Christian principles, when the commencement of the white settlements induced them in 1809 to emigrate with their missionary to Canada. There was a Moravian mission attempted as early as 1787. A considerable party of Christian Indians had been driven from their settlement at Gnadenhutton on the Tuscarawas River, by the inhuman butchery of a large number of the inhabitants by the white settlers. After years of wandering, with Zeisberger for their spiritual guide, they at length formed a home on the banks of the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, which they named Pilgerruh, "Pilgrim's Rest". They were soon driven from this post, whence they came to the Huron, and commenced a settlement on its east bank, and near the north line of the township. To this village they gave the name of New Salem. Here the labors of their indefatigable missionary were crowned by very considerable success. They were soon compelled to leave, however, by the persecutions of the pagan Indians. It seems to have been a portion of these exiles who returned in 1841 to commence the new mission."

In 1775 the Revolution began. Its important events were enacted without the boundaries of what now constitutes the State of Ohio. Still, it is to that war that Erie county owes some of the most important events of its early history, for, by reason of the sufferings of residents of Connecticut at the hands of the British, the whole body of land now embraced by the county and more, was donated to them, and the historic "Firelands" were brought into existence, This subject will appear fully discussed in a later chapter of this work.

HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY OHIO – With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. – Edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich – Syracuse, N.Y. - D. Mason & Co., Publishes – 1889.

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IDISCOGRAPH – DARDANELLA – FOXTROT: Benjamin Bernard ("Ben") Selvin (March 5, 1898 – July 15, 1980), son of Russian immigrant, Jewish parents, was an American musician, bandleader, record producer and innovator in recorded music. He was known as “The Dean of Recorded Music”.

Selvin started his professional life at age 15 as a fiddle player in New York night clubs. A "husky" lad, he looked older than he was and as such was permitted into such establishments.

Six years later, as leader of his own band, the "Novelty Orchestra," Selvin released the biggest-selling popular song in the first quarter-century of recorded music. That single, Dardanella eventually went on to sell more than six million copies and an additional million pieces of sheet music He was Awarded a gold disc by the RIAA that was presented to him on his retirement in 1963.

According to The Guinness Book of World Records, Selvin recorded more musical sides on 78-rpm records than any other person. One reason for this prolific output is that he recorded for dozens of different labels during this high-growth time in the industry, using a different name (or slightly different name) for each label. His output has been estimated at 13,000 to 20,000 song titles.


The following is a quote from a director of sports information in the Navy, regarding the theft of some mascots from the Naval Academy by Army rivals:

"We knew Army cadets were involved because they cut through two fences to get to the goats, and 15 feet away there was an unlocked gate."

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: After giving it much thought this link has been "put-down". During the last year most of the folks who used to use this page as a bulletin board have acquired their own and, consequently, no longer need this forum from "Views". I have, however, kept links (in the links section) to Larry Hohler's "Hope Homes" in Kenya - and to Bette Lou Higgins' Eden Valley Enterprises sites. They are historically and socially relevant projects. I suggest that you visit these sites on a regular basis to see "what's shakin'".

Pay particular note to the "Hope Homes" page during the next few months / years. They are constantly improving the lives of their youngsters and those around them. This is an exciting project accomplished by exciting people.

Although this Vermilion High School Class of 1959 reunion is over classmates may want to stay connected with each other through organizerROGER BOUGHTON. Ye can connect by mailing him @ 2205 SW 10th Ave. Austin, MN. 55912 or you can just emailRoger.

Persons interested in the history of the Lake Shore Electric Railway (which was the subject of a recent past podcast series) - "the greatest electaric railway system on the planet" may want to go to and purchase a book called "Images of Rail - Lake Shore Electric Railway". It was put together by Thomas J. Patton with the help of my friends DENNIS LAMONT and ALBERT DOANE. It'd make a nice gift.

Another great book with Vermilion Roots is, "Grandma's Favorites: A Compilation of Recipes from MARGARET SANDERS BUELL by Amy O'Neal, ELIZABETH THOMPSON and MEG WALTER (May 2, 2012). This book very literally will provide one with the flavor of old Vermilion. And ye can also find it at Take a look.

MARY WAKEFIELD BUXTON'S LATEST BOOK "The Private War of William Styron" is available in paper back for $15.00 with tax and can be purchased locally at Buxton and Buxton Law Office in Urbanna, ordered from any book store, or Brandylane Publishing Company. A signed, hard back edition may be purchased from Mrs. Buxton directly for $30.00 by writing her at Box 488, Urbanna, VA 23175 and including $6.00 for tax, postage and packaging.

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If you're looking for my old links section (pictured) I've replaced it with a pull-down menu (visible in the small box next to the word "Go"). If you're looking for links to more Vermilion history check that menu.

How the old links menu looked

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Vol.14, Issue 8 - April 30, 2016

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