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Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time......If I stand here, I can see the Little Red Haired girl when she comes out of her house... Of course, if she sees me peeking around this tree, she'll think I'm the dumbest person in the world... But if I don't peek around the tree, I'll never see her... Which means I probably AM the dumbest person in the world... which explains why I'm standing in a batch of poison oak..........It always looks darkest just before it gets totally black - all from Charlie Brown........This week the Inkspots sing If I didn't Care.....rnt............

August 23, 2014 -  Sketches & Green Line electric

Places, Faces, and Other Things

SHOPTALK: On the shoptop this week is an old pic of the “Green Line” electric crossing the Vermilion River Valley at Birmingham, Ohio. I’ve not been to the site of the bridge (yet) – but I am under the impression that the abutments still exist. What a great sight this must have been for the photographer. I still wish I’d been around when the electrics crossed the landscape in Northern Ohio. Maybe someday our friend Dennis Lamont will have one running in Lorain.

On the home-top is a closer pic of the cover of my newest book “Sketches”. The cover is great. But it would have been greater if I hadn’t made a spelling error with it when I was wrestling with getting the format right for the publisher. Nonetheless it is interesting. I really like photo designing.

AT WORK THIS WEEK: My friend and fellow museum board member finished the trim on our little storage shed this week. It looks very nice.

My wife (Georgi) began papering the master bedroom. When it’s finished (in a week or so) the room will really be a nice addition to the museum.

For the first few months we’re not going to treat it as a bedroom. On November 8th we’re holding a Wine Tasting function at the museum and methinks the room would serve very well as a one of the wine tasting stations. It’s hard (sometimes) to plan functions like this where the space is mostly taken up with museum items.

Another board member (Mark Slocum) began moving some things out of the room that will be renovated when the bedroom is finished. This room will not really be open to the public however. It will serve as a darkroom.

We have, very literally, several thousand glass and film negatives that we’d like to develop. While some of these can be scanned and printed digitally – regular photo processing can’t really be beat. It’s the difference between standard and automatic transmissions in an automobile. Automatic (digital) is nice, but standard (regular photo processing) allows one more control over a vehicle.

The darkroom probably won’t be finished until December or January.

MUSUEM 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 $3 (for adults) is requested. Children 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.

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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Bill Bond

The Soldier

INSIDE HISTORY: As the head custodian of a new museum I am beginning to wonder if getting inside history / historical moments is really legal – or maybe I mean appropriate. But one thing for sure, it certainly can be uncomfortable.

During the week I’ve been reading through letters written mostly by Vermilionite Bill Bond (1924-1944) in 1943 and ’44. Some of the letters written to him by his mother and sister were never opened. He was killed in action in France on November 27th 1944 and never received them. His niece, Katy Baker Reutener donated them, along with many other items, to the museum.

There was nothing really earth-shattering about any of the things I read. They were just letters written by a young man, with young man’s dreams in a war zone – writing home to his mother and sister. There was no sense of danger in his words. Discomfort – yes – but nothing ominous:

”Nov. 12, 1944 – Dear Mom & Pop – Seeing today was Sunday I thought I would drop you a few lines. I was going to church this morning, but I never got around to it. They got us living in an underground fortress that the Germans once had for a radio school. They said it was built in 1756, but I don’t know for sure. The only thing we have for heat is [a] bon fire that don’t keep the place very warm. It’s been pretty bad weather here for the last couple days and its pretty muddy here. When I finish with your letter I’m going to write to the girl in Springfield. I wish you would [send] her a picture of me. She wants picture of me so bad. Here’s here address.[Not added here.]… Well, must close and go to dinner. – Your Loving Son – Bill

”Nov. 23, 1944- Dear Mom & Pop – I just thought I would drop you a few lines to let you know I am ok. It’s been raining quite hard for the past couple of days and it’s quite muddy. I got a new pair of shoes the others and I got blisters on my heels from walking. Tell Mr. Horning that a (can’t make out the word) crane made in Lorain, Ohio was sitting right next door to us. I guess they sent all over the world. Well, it’s almost time for dinner and we are going to have Roast Turkey, so you can say that the boys on the front lines are getting the best. Well, must close for now – and don’t worry. – Your Loving Son – Bill

As best as I can determine (thus far) the November 23rd letter was the last Bill wrote home to his family. And four days later he was gone: “The boys on the front lines are getting the best.”

In some of Bill’s other letters home he mentioned his Hudson car several times. It must have been his pride and joy. He also wrote about Jim Snell getting married to Virginia “Ginny” Barnes. Snell was in his class at school - VHS 1944. Bill had left school before graduation. [Jim would join the Navy and serve in the Pacific.] He also mentioned Vermilion’s football team, and even The Vermilion News – wanted his parents to tell them of his change in address.

Among the letters was a communiqué from, a then, 19-year old Pvt. Milton Karchin who was serving in the Army at an Army Ordinance Depot in Atlanta, Georgia. Milt was one of Bill’s Vermilion pals. [Incidentally, Karchin’s brother, Jake, became a belated casualty of the war. Suffering from serious wounds received in France he committed suicide in 1947.] But hearing of his friends death he wrote to Mr. and Mrs. Bond:

Friday Dec. 29, 1944 - Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bond, - I just received news about Bill. Although I know there is nothing I can say that could console you in your great loss I just had to write a few lines to you. I couldn’t help thinking of the good times Chuck [Thompson], Billy & me used to have together. I just can’t seem to realize that we’ll never again ride with Bill in the Hudson. I remember clearly the day, it was New Years Day 1943, that Bill & me were down at the Post-Office sorting mail when Bill spied a little yellow card telling him to report to Dr. Hennig [Heinig] for a draft board physical. Then Jim Hart came in the Post-Office & Bill told him about the card & Jim asked Bill if he was glad to go to the Army. What a question to ask!! Bill said he wasn’t really gay about it but he’d go allright [sic]. I never dreamed what a fateful day that was to be! The last time I saw Bill was on his first furlough in July, 1943. I never saw him since, nor have I seen Charles the day he went off to the Army. I can’t understand why it had to [be] Bill & Charles who had to suffer. [Charles Thompson was wounded several times and was also, for a time, a prisoner of war.] Maybe before this is over with Charles or me could possibly avenge his death by taking a few Nazis’ lives. Well, I can’t think of anything more to say about it except that I lay awake last nite [sic] thinking of Bill, seeing his face before me as clear as anything. – Yours, Milton Karchin

While it is certainly fun as well as a learning experience to pass along “memory lane” with all the pictures, letters and other materials available it can also be a melancholy activity. Perhaps such things would be better if lost and forgotten. Perhaps…

Special thanks to Katy Ruetener and a very special thanks to Private William Bond.

Vermilion Shell Station


DO I WAKE OR SLEEP: When talking with Vermilion expatriate Earl Tischer he told me that he used to work for George Roberts at this Shell Service Station. During the conversation he talked about the day some workmen were tearing down the canopy over the tanks.

George's brother-in-law, Alfred Smith, was watching the men work and became fascinated by the prying tool they were using to facilitate the process. He asked the men where they got it, and they told him they used the implements at the steel plant in Lorain. He asked one of the fellas if they might get him one (and he'd pay them for it). I guess they did. Alfred was, as politely as I can put it, a man of great economy. Ergo, he did not pay top dollar for the tool.

While I don't remember the overhang at the station I remember the station quite vividly - as I remember George Roberts. I was a regular at his outdoor pop cooler where you put in a dime and had to move the bottle through a maze-like gizmo to lift it out of the icy water. On hot summer days it was the best.

Katy Baker Ruetener

"Most folks probably know her better as the lady
who works behind the counter at the Lake Erie Lanes bowling alley."

VISITORS AND VISIONS (OF YESTERYEAR): “There are a many interesting things in museums. But the most interesting – I have found – are the people who visit.” – Rich Tarrant 2014.

Vermilion expatriate Earl Lee Tischer stopped in at the News Museum last Friday for a spell. I’d not seen him for several years. After he retired from Ford in Sandusky he and his wife Margorie Jean moved to Crystal River, Florida. [Marge passed away in 2012.] Some Vermilionites may recall that Earl served as a member of Vermilion’s council for several years. Older residents will, of course, have no trouble remembering Earl or his family.

Earl’s grandfather was William Adam “Dad” Tischer (1860-1945) and his grandmother was Hilda “Alice” Moulton Tischer (1863-1941). Dad Tischer was a volunteer fireman in Vermilion for 54 years. As chief of the department he brought it into the 20th century when he advised town council to purchase a motorized fire truck back in the early years of that century. He was by trade a building contractor. Among his many works was Vermilion’s first brick library built during the Great Depression years. Earl indicated that he wanted to send me additional information about his family. And I hope he does.

Walking through the museum looking at equipment and pictures the elder Vermilion statesman began to reminisce about some of the people he knew growing up in town. He talked a bit about photographer Rudy Moc – going out to Mocs’ house on Darrow Road on Monday nights with my brother Phil to watch professional wrestling on Moc’s big screen television. [“Big” being a relative term. Instead of it being a 12-inch screen it was probably a 14 incher.] Not many families had televisions back in the late 1940s.

He also spun a few anecdotes about George Roberts, Alfred Smith, and Hank Reis [who only did interior painting, and never painted when it rained – even though he never did exterior work]: All good stories. And then he spoke of late Vermilion school superintendent C.K. DeWitt.

Mr. DeWitt was a very meticulous person. He and his wife owned the Lustron / all steel home on Jefferson Street. He was said to have trimmed his lawn with a comb and a pair of scissors. Earl said that Mr. DeWitt was very particular about his dress as well – especially his shoes. They were always highly shined. They so inspired Earl and a friend that the boys took brush and polish to their shoes and put a real gloss on them.

One day Earl was in a classroom at school and Mr. DeWitt came in for some reason or another – probably to talk with the teacher. He noticed Earl’s shoes and sidled up to him and told him under his breath that he really admired the shine on his shoes. Before leaving Earl told me that he probably would not be coming back to town again. And methinks we’re all the poorer for that.

The following day Vermilionite Katy Baker Reutener stopped into the museum with her granddaughter Sara. Katie still lives in town. Most folks probably know her better as the lady who works behind the counter at the Lake Erie Lanes bowling alley. I’ve known her most of my life. In fact, after graduating from Vermilion High she worked at the print shop for nine years (1954 to about 1963-64) until her oldest child was born. Katy was a linotype (VPJ 05/30/12) operator. A photo accompanying this essay is that of Kate by her machine taken during those years.

Her great-grandfather, Dr. Benjamin F. Bond (b.1840), practiced medicine in the Vermilion area from about 1872 until his death in 1926. Kate has one of his account books wherein he recorded his horse and buggy appointments about the region. She said he charged more for the birth of boys than girls – and was sometimes paid with a “pound of butter” etc. He apparently was a very sage physician as well. A family member told her that he used to take mud and roll it into little pill-like things. Miraculously, the earth born medications seemed to cure all sorts of ailments.

Kate’s grandfather, Frank “Bunny” Bond ran a café. I guess that’s a nice way of saying he ran a beer joint that also served food – and I don’t mean that to be a derogatory observation. The place still exists today (2014), but with a new name. It’s called Rudy’s Bar and Grill. Frank’s only son and Katy’s uncle, Bill (VPJ 05/09/13), lost his life in France during WWII.

Looking around the shop Kate remembered how working with the lead “pigs” / ingots and lifting the magazines (both items used for the linotype machines) made her stronger. She also recalled my father (she always called him “Mister Tarrant”). “He was the most intelligent person I ever knew.” Because of that she seldom asked him a question. She said, “If I asked him a about something he’d go back to the Stone Age (i.e. the beginning of things) to answer. He read encyclopedias in his spare time.” And turning to her granddaughter she said, “You learned how to read upside down working here.” That was because it is the way the words / letters for letterpress printing are set – upside down and backwards.

In the past I’ve been asked how I think of things to write for this column. Well, It’s not really all that hard. Not with all the pictures and other things surrounding me at the museum. But what really makes it easy are all the wonderful people like Earl and Kate who take a few minutes to visit – leaving me with a wealth of visions of their lives in Vermilion, O. of a yesteryear. Who could ask for more?

Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 08/14/14; Special thanks to Earl and Kate. I am fortunate to have so many good friends.

The Pelton wheel=

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AGAIN - ANOTHER NEW (NOW OLD) THING: Initially I said that "This will not take the place of the "Macabre" stuff all the time - but will supplement whilst I search for more macabre stories to tell." But methinks that it's carved out a niche for itself and the "Macabre stuff" with have to find another.

So stay tuned...

Vol. X – NO.17 – October 4, 1906.


Suit for divorce was commenced on Wednesday by Martha E. Graham, who married to Hugh Graham in August 1903.

Emma e. funk, guardian of Amelia Burk an imbecile, has filed a petition in probate court for permission to sell real estate belonging to her ward. A hearing will be had on the application on October 1st.

Judge Reed on Friday heard a motion filed by the village of Vermilion to set aside the temporary injunction granted on the petition of George Fischer restraining the village from entering on land claimed by Fischer. The plaintiff claimed that the village had encroached on his land for the purpose of laying sidewalks. On the part of the village it was claimed that the land which, had been occupied by the plaintiff, was part of the street and that he had encroached thereon. The land was platted and a map made and filed in 18347 but the dedication of the streets was not legally completed by the acknowledgement of the dedication. Plaintiff having purchased his property as village lots, the village claimed that he was bound by the plat, but Fischer contended that the plat was not such and instrument as bound him and that in any event he had acquired title b a diverse possession. It developed during the hearing that with respect to a portion of the premises Mr. Fischer has only an undivided interest, the Sandberne heirs owning the other half interest. The case was passed to permit of the other owners being made parties. In the meantime the temporary injunction was modified to permit the village to proceed with the work of laying the sidewalk without prejudice to the fights of the plaintiff. It was stated on behalf of the village that it will have the disputed property in any event, and if the present suit is decided against it proceedings will be taken for condemning the property to public use. Judge Kind and J.F. McCrystel [sic] represented the plaintiff and Mayor Williams and Henry Hart the Village of Vermilion.


The Village Council held its regular meeting Monday evening and went through the regular routine of business.

Two petitions were read, one from some of those who recently were annexed to the township ask that a certain piece of land in the southern part of town be detached from the corporation. The petition was ordered referred back to the petitioners with the request that a properly signed petition with plat of the land be furnished before actions could be taken on same. This plat of land is what is known as the Kneisel road and the object of the detachment is to annex it to the township so the road can be opened. At the same time the matter was brought before the council the first tie the parties interested were in the corporation and as the detachment proceeding were than in court, the Council let the matter rest, although if the detachment had not occurred, would probably have opened the street. Since the detachment an attempt has been made to force the town to build the street but without success. Now it is proposed to have it detached so the township trustees can go on and finish the road.

Another communication was from the Board of Public Affairs, stating the several water extensions were asked for, on State St., and one on the Lake Shore road west. They also said that a proposition had been made to the Linwood Park company to furnish water to the park. The matter was laid on the table for further consideration as both council and board are short of funds at present.

The matter of the Lake Shore railway tower from which the Grand street gate and the next street west were to be operated has been decided in favor of the plan of having the gates operated from the ground instead of the tower.

[VV. Ed. Note: This interests me because I would think that visibility for the crossing guards would be better from the tower than the ground. There’s probably something I don’t understand about how the gates were raised and lowered.]

After discussing the various work in progress about town an adjournment was taken until Thursday evening.


Sarah Gilson Kane was born in Dexter, Jefferson county N.Y., January 8, 1817, and died September 25, 1906, making her ninety years old on her next birthday. She is the last of a very large family. She was married in 1846 to William H. Kane, to which union there were four children. She came to Amherst in 1849, and made her home in this village for 57 years. She leaves one son, E.M. Kane, postmaster at Vermilion, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Charles Miller, conducted Rev. Englist and Rev. Black. Internment was in Cleveland street cemetery. – Amherst Reporter

Sheriff Hoffman who was injured last week by being thrown from a rig is not gaining as fast as his friends would wish. It will be some time before he is able to get around.


HAMAN – Died at her home near Axtel, Erie co., O. Sept. 24,1906, little Alice Marie Haman, aged 6 months and 7 days. Little Alice lived just long enough to endear herself to all who knew her. It was hard for the father to give up his baby so soon after the death of the mother. May God abundantly bless him, the sorrowing sister, the brothers and all friends and relatives, and give them glad reunion in the World o come. We laid her to rest beside the mother to await the Trumpet call.

Words of comfort by the writer, Mrs. Lizzie Fleming


Mrs. Curtis is building a new house south of the store, the work to be done by John Werner of Amherst.

Sheadrom Bros. are drilling a gas well for Mile McQueen.


The rainstorm of Saturday night put off the Social until some future day.

No Frost to amount to any damage done yet.

Farmers around are busy putting in wheat, cutting corn, and will soon be picking winter apples. Mr. Haise began to pick his apples this week.

Miss Melia Berk has sold her house and lot to Mr. Bryant, who will soon take possession.

Teacher meeting every month.

Mrs. Anna Henry has gone to Sandusky to take a treatment for her nerves. She went home with her sister who came to see her when she was sick.

Mr. M. Denman, planned quite a party for last Saturday evening at hi Club House on his farm. They had invited about seventy guest and about fifty came.


BORN – To Mr. And Mrs. T. Hammond, Saturday Sept. 29, a son.

Mrs. Fannie Everett, humane officer, ordered the team owned by Mr. Gearty off the works on the Huron improvements Tuesday, as they were in an unfit condition for work.

Rev. and Mrs. Reeder, of Milan who it was feared had perished in the earthquake in Chile, have been heard from.

The barge Donaldson which was towed into ort Monday in a damage condition, left for the upper lakes Tuesday night.

For the purpose of connecting their tracks in the south yards with the dock trackage system, the Wheeling railroad have undertaken the work of four additional tracks under the Lake Shore tracks through the tunnel at Huron. To accomplish this it will be necessary to do a great amount of excavating on either side of the tunnel, and the span of the Lake Shore bridge across the tunnel will have to be increased 90 feet The entire work will be done at the expense of the Wheeling company. According to present plans the track system in the south yards will contain fifty-seven tracks, the average length of which will be nearly two-thirds of a mile. It is planned that these tracks shall be laid in readiness for the opening of navigation next spring.

John DeFell, 50 years old, residing at Chagrin Falls, was caught between a clamshell and a wall in the course of construction at Huron Saturday, and so badly injured that he died an hour later at the Aicher House. The body was turned over to Undertaker Krock who prepared it for burial. Mr. DeFell was 50 years old and had been in the employ of Hunken Bros. & Co. the contractors who are doing the Huron work, 35 years. He leaves a daughter. His wife died some time ago. The body was forwarded to Chagrin falls for interment Sunday.

Hugh McQuillon, of Huron died at his home here Monday after a long illness. He was born in Ireland but came to this country when he was 10 years old. He leaves a wife and two sons.


DIED – at his home in Oberlin Saturday, G.N. Carruthers.

Capt. E.A. Hill was home from the lakes for a short time during the past week.

Frank P. Moss is very sick with typhoid fever at the Marine Hospital in Cleveland.

A.J. Giddings returned Tuesday afternoon from Toledo where he had been employed for several months in telephone work. He has assumed his new position here with The Vermilion Telephone Co., as manager succeeding A.F. Quigley, Jr., who has resigned to go away to school.

The scattered remnants of the great southern storm finally reached us Saturday night and Sunday in the form of a severe northeast gale, which stirred up quite a heavy sea.

A number of Vermilionites were in Sandusky Friday, some on the Fischer injunction case before Judge Reed and others at the creditors meeting of the Erie Wood-working Co.

Born – To Mr. and Mrs. Schoepard [sic] Monday, Oct 1, 1906 twin babies a boy and girl.

A meeting of the creditors of the Erie Wood-working Company was held in the office of Referee Stevens at Sandusky Friday and a 50 per cent payment made on allowed claims. Another meeting will be held in October and it is possible that a full settlement may soon be made.


Herman Ely Jr.


FREEMASONRY IN VERMILION: Freemasonry, most simply defined, is a brotherhood commonly called Masons that sponsor social and charitable activities within their respective communities, while maintaining a focus on belief in God and brotherhood. More often than not their charitable work within a community is without the knowledge of the general public. Its origins go back to the local fraternities of stonemasons of the fourteenth century. Among their number are men from all walks of life. There are over 2 million Masons in North America and nearly 5 million worldwide.

On November 7, 1868 a dispensation was granted to a group of men to form a Masonic Order / a lodge in Vermilion, Ohio that would be known as Ely Lodge. The lodge was named in honor of Herman Ely Jr. (1830-1894), the son of the founder of the city of Elyria, Ohio. Herman Jr. had been an outstanding Mason in northern Ohio during, and some years following, the American Civil War. Professionally, he was a successful banker and realtor. In 1852 he helped promote the building of the Junction railroad across northern Ohio. It was later known as the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad. The same rails still pass through the town.

In the year 1869 a record of the work of the lodge was examined by a committee on Charters and Dispensation in a session of the Grand Lodge at Springfield, Ohio, and a charter was granted to the Ely Lodge on October 20th assigning it the number 424. The lodge was therefore “officially founded” on November 1, 1869 in a room in the Gaylord and Merrill building on the northwest corner of Liberty and Main streets.

That December Vermilion Dr. F.C. McConnelly was elected Master at their first regular election. He is mentioned here because he held the post of Worthy Master for 18 of the next 21 years – until his death in 1890. Moreover, they were, according to some historians “without a doubt, the most trying of its [the lodge’s] existence.” Among those trials was a September 7, 1870 fire that destroyed the building in which the Lodge was located, along with all its records, furniture, and other valuables.

Following the fire members of the Lodge were afforded a meeting room provided by fellow Mason, “Bro.” L. Body over his hardware store. [Location unknown.] In March of 1871 a room was secured atop the new Gaylord and Merrill building that had been built on the site of the original. That building is currently (2014) the home of the Main Street Soda Grill – formerly Hart’s Corner Drug Store. But in 1876 they left that location and moved to rooms provided by their "Bro.” N. Wagner on the corner of Ohio and Division (now Main) streets. [Note: Whether this refers to the house on the southwest corner of Ohio and Main streets or a building no longer in existence is unknown.] But no matter; four years later the Lodge returned to it’s former place in Gaylord and Merrill building leasing a room from B.S. Horton for $50 at a savings of $30 per month.

In 1892 a new block was to be constructed on the southwest side of Division (Main) and Liberty streets by Captain Edison. Thereupon the lodge offered to rent the second floor of the new building for a decade with an annual rent of $100, with an option to extend the lease for another 10 years thereafter. Captain Edison accepted their offer and “Bro.” F.H. Rae was given the task of planning the arrangement of the lodge rooms. The Lodge opened on January 1, 1893.

For a time the Lodge membership considered building a new Masonic Temple. When the federal government – in 1923 – was selling the Light Keepers home on the southwest corner of Grand and Liberty streets, members formed a company and purchased the property for that purpose. But in 1926 when they were presented with an opportunity to purchase the block where they were located they jumped at the prospect. Now in possession of the entire second floor of the building they remodeled and enlarged the old temple banquet and clubrooms – and there, with of course various physical alterations, it remains to this day. And though faces change, as do the dates on the calendar the mission of serving God and community persist.

Ref: Ely Lodge, 424 – F. & A.M. – Vermilion, Ohio, C.A. Schroeder, W.H. Gebhart, K.S. Lindsley, and P.B. Morgan – The Vermilion News Press, 1937; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 08/07/14.

"The township was named after the principle river
emptying into the lake through its territory..."

THE FIRE-LANDS: I found the following information re: the early inhabitants of our area to be extremely informative. Methinks you will also.

I am getting better at transcribing these passages so there are fewer mistakes. But I like to read as I go - and sometimes I fill in the blanks. So tread carefully this trail through yesteryear.

The following series will take thee to the townships south of Vermilion. Methinks you'll find this history quite fascinating.



465…fruit of this union, viz: Sarah (Mrs. Merrill), now in Milan; Mary (Mrs. Jacob Stevens), also in Milan; Julia (Mrs. Ruggles), died October 11, 1874; Martin, in Iowa; Samuel, in Milan; Lucy (Mrs. J. B. Pier), in Texas; Elizabeth, in Milan; Ebenezer, auditor of Erie county, and Charlotte, who died, August 1, 1835.

Mr. Merry died in 1846, at the age of seventy-three years. Clark Waggoner, of the Toledo Commercial, speaking of him in the article which appeared in February, 1879, in regard to his widow's death, said incidentally: "It is due to Mr. Merry, to say that his remarkable capacity as a business man, was always pervaded and directed by a clear conscientiousness and recognition of the rights and interests of others, fully justifying Rev. Everton Judson, pastor of the Presbyterian church, in the choice of his text, for a funeral discourse, to wit: Proverbs xxii. 1: "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver or gold.' His repeated elections to a seat in the Ohio legislature and two elections as associate judge (which latter he declined), indicate his standing with his fellow citizens."

Mrs. Charlotte Merry attained the great age of ninety-eight years, five months and twenty-two days. She died on the morning of February 8, 1879, and her funeral took place upon the 11th. The sermon was preached, on this occasion, by the Rev. J. H. Walter, and from the same text which, thirty-three years before, had formed the subject for the funeral discourse over her husband.

Hosmer Merry, a younger brother of Ebenezer, though not so widely known and not taking as active a part in public affairs, was a man of sterling worth of character. He was born at Kinderhook, New York, in 1793. He came, as heretofore stated, to Mentor with his brother. He was then seventeen years of age. He returned to Genesee county when twenty-one, and there married Miss Sarah Frost, who was born in Watertown, Connecticut, October 28, 1787. He came to Milan in 1810, and removed his family there in the following year. He located upon a farm one and a half miles below the village, and here remained most of the time during the war, and was engaged, among others of the township, in the army, for a considerable time, most commonly acting as teamster and transporting goods. He was one of the first to visit the American vessels after Commodore Perry's victory. He used to relate that, on arriving near the fleet, and being uncertain whether the battle had terminated favorably to the American or British vessels, they ceased rowing, and upon being assured that Commodore Perry had won the fight, an old revolutionary hero, by the name of Harvey, sprang to his feet and, swinging his hat, shouted. "Row, boys, for God's sake row."

Mr. Merry moved to Oxford township in 1833. His first wife died in August, 1825, leaving six children, viz: Ebenezer 0., now in Bellevue; Henry F., now deceased; Fanny, in Indiana; George, in Michigan; William, in Indiana, and Betsey, now deceased.

Mr. Merry married, in 1826, Sarah Reed, who, upon his death, married Hon. F. W. Fowler, of Milan. By her he had two children: Mary Ann, now in Findley, and Stephen, deceased.

Mr. Merry died in Oxford, August 23, 1835, at the age of fifty-two years. He was a man well liked, and one who did much for the settlement and improvement of the localities in which he lived. He was justice of the peace in Oxford township at the time of his death. His son, E.0. Merry, is at present justice of the peace for Lyme township.

Excerpts from: The Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio; W.W. Williams - 1879 -
Press of Leader Printing Company, Cleveland, Ohio



FEW OF MANY: Among the many things collected by Vermilionites Frank and Mary Lynn Homitz are pens. Those pictured here are 2 of many.

When these pens were distributed who among us would have thought that the Patio Tavern would outlive the Elberta Inn?

While these items are probably not of great monetary value yet, their sentimental value is terrific. And as such they are a treasure.

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The "BUT FIRST" Syndrome.
From Rosie

We all have it.

You decide to do the laundry. So you start down the stairs with the laundry, but then you see the newspapers on the table. OK, you'll do the laundry.........

BUT FIRST you decide to put the newspapers away. On your way to put the newspapers away, you notice the mail on the table. OK, you'll put the newspapers away........

BUT FIRST you'll pay that bill that needs to be paid. You look for the checkbook. Oops... there's the baby's bottle from yesterday on the floor. OK, you'll pay the bill........

BUT FIRST you need to put the bottle in the sink. You head for the kitchen. There's the remote for the TV. What's it doing in here? OK, you'll put the bottle in the sink.....

BUT FIRST you need to put the remote away. Head for the TV room. Aaagh!!! stepped on the cat! Cat needs to be fed. OK, you'll put the remote away........

BUT FIRST you need to feed the cat. At the end of the day......

The laundry is not done; newspapers are still on the floor; baby's bottle is on the table; bills are still unpaid; checkbook is still lost; cat ate the remote control.......

And when you stop to figure out how come nothing got done all day, you are baffled because......you know you were busy ALL DAY!!

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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 years Vermilion High School Class of 1959 reunion is over classmates may want to stay connected with each other through organizer Roger 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 Amazon.com 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, "Grandmas’ 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 Amazon.com. 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, Amazon.com 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.

THE BEAT GOES ON: This page is generated by a dreaded Macintosh Computer and is written and designed by (me) Rich Tarrant. It will change weekly ~ usually on Saturday. Bookmark the URL (Universal Resource Locater) and come back at your own leisure. Send the page to your friends (and enemies if you wish). If you have something to share with those who visit this page, pass it on. And if you see something that is in need of correction do the same. My sister, Nancy, is a great help in that respect. It only takes me a week to get things right. And follow the links. You might find something you like. If you experience a problem with them let me know. Also, if you want to see past editions of this eZine check the new archives links below.

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