Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it. - Dr. Lawrence J. Peter.....A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are for. - Anon.....Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. - Mac McCleary......Don't let your life experiences get in the way of new ones. -.rnt...............

August 8, 2020 Hart's Corner height=


SHOPTALK: On my desktops this week are photographs of what is likely Vermilion’s most recognizable corner. When the pix were taken most folks referred to it as “Hart’s Corner” (due to Hart’s Drugstore being the main anchor on the corner). I, along with many others still call it that – even though Hart’s has been gone for a long time now.

The color pic on my shop desk is the newer of the two. It was (I guestimate) taken around 1952 or ’53. It is as I remember it as a boy.

The “big deal” then was Mr. Furgason’s popcorn wagon in Exchange Park. Next to it was the old drinking fountain (later replaced by a refrigerated one), and the Police Department booth behind the popcorn wagon.

The wagon was also once located on the south side of Liberty, near Grand Street in the side yard of the old Furgason home.

I was a cool thing to have in Vermilion. To my knowledge a fella who lived on State Street eventually bought it and while renovating it was accidentally killed. So I don’t know whether it was sold or destroyed.

The pix on my home desk is the older of the two. It was likely taken some ten years earlier (c.1942-’43). On of the more noticeable things in this pic is the way the exterior of the “News Stand” west / next to Hart’s store appears. It still has its original façade. I suppose that hails back to the day it was a bank. It was actually the home of the very first Erie County Bank.

Also note the traffic signal. Apparently, there were only red and green lights in those days. (I wonder how long it took them to change with not caution light?)

I also like the signage on the side of the drug store. While I like the mural Dan Roth painted on the side of the building in later years – I prefer the advertising signage.

The postcard signs now appearing around town remind me of the one seen in this photograph. I actually wish they were advertising something like “Coke” or “Pepsi” or “Mail Pouch”. (Burma-Shave!)

STUDIO RICH: And here is the real me sans hat. To be very clear, I normally wear a hat because it keeps the light / reflection(s) from my eyes. My sight is growing worse because I am among the, some 11 million, Americans with a form of age-related macular degeneration.

While I am nearly blind in one eye, oddly enough, I can now see some things better at a distance than I did when I was younger – and I see better when using a computer without my glasses. I have been wearing glasses since I was 8 or 9. It’s not something I fret about. I have lived with poor eyesight so long the prospect of becoming blind only means that I’ll not be able to read as much as I like in some future year.

This is among the reasons I am becoming accustomed to software that allows me to dictate what I write and now – am becoming familiar with audio recording. The video and stills are just gravy to me. I will use them until I can’t.

So, this is me in my make-shift studio at the museum learning how to do things – and having fun doing it. You may note the absence of hair on the top of my head. I don’t know where it went. But if you find it let me know.


MARKING SOME OLD TIMES: Pictured are some nice bookmarkers knitted by a Huron woman named Eileen M. Wikel-Darby. Eileen gave them to me at the museum to give to either my family members or to sell to help the museum.

Eileen is also pictured (arrow) amid News Office workers from back in the early to mid 1950s. The only persons I didn’t identify were my father (Wm. Basil) and my brother (Wm. Roscoe).

Eileen, born in 1927, grew up in Vermilion and married a Wikel in Huron. Sometime after his death she remarried a Vermilion guy named Willis Darby.

She left these in my mailbox and later phoned me to say that she would knit more markers if I wanted them. Why not?

AT THE THEATRE: There are over 30 videos / audios available at the theatre. I'm adding to the collection as the months pass. During the Covid (or anytime) - it's a good place to visit. I will be adding more this week. During this virus thing I've been learning a good deal about video productions.


CRANE’S SCHOOL: HAPPINESS & JUVENESCENCE: In 1920 the year these shadows were forever captured on photographic film, the 18th amendment to the Constitution of these United States of America had just become law and the era commonly known as “The Roaring 20s” was underway. Later that year the 19th amendment to the Constitution also passed - providing (would you believe?) women the right to vote. It was also that same year that a thing known as an “electric typewriter” came into use; that the Boston Red Sox sold a player named George Herman Ruth Jr. (A. K. A. “Babe”) to the New York Yankees; and a Potawatomi Indian named Wa-Tho-Huk, (translated to “Bright Path”) became the very first president of the American Professional Football Association (now the National Football League). A few years earlier he had won two gold medals at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Most folks knew him as Jim Thorpe.

It is impossible to say if any eyes gazing into the lens of the camera on what appears to have been a warm afternoon in the late spring of that year, were aware of much of that aforementioned “stuff”. Quite frankly there were other things to attend to. And following the directive of their teacher, Miss Stirgere, to stand quietly and still for this picture, likely occupied all their attentions at least for that moment. This, friends, was the entire student population of Crane school in Berlin District #6 in 1920. This one room clapboard school (behind them) until (relatively) recently occupied the northeast corner of Mason and Cherry Roads.

At that time Vermilion’s education system consisted of 10 districts. The districts were mapped out “so that no child need walk more than 1 1/2 miles to school...” At Crane School the sole teacher, Miss Stirgere (standing at the back by the door), supervised the education of nine girls and seven boys in grades three through eight.

Pictured left to right along with their respective grade levels were:

Front Row L-R: Daniel Boone, Art Hite, Melvin Rothgary, Calvin Rothgary, Josephine Kamps, Helen Greenhoe, Irene Greenhoe, Mildred Strickrath (Clipson) and Herman Greenhoe.

Middle Row L-R: Lawrence Kamps, John Justin, Alva Boone and Howard Hite.

Back Row L-R: Nan Kamps, Helen Hite, Regina Kamps (Whitt), Irma Rothgary and Nina Summers.

Of the 16 children pictured I knew only five personally, and only two (Dan and Alva Boone) in much detail. While I could tell you their stories as I know them, I’m not entirely sure that that is really necessary at this time. Let it suffice for me to say that 100 years ago, on a lovely spring afternoon, none had the advantage of knowing what was in store for them. All they knew was that the sun was shining, the air was warm and sweet, and that in a distance their futures – bright or dark – were on the horizon.

American poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “In this short Life that only lasts an hour / How much - how little - is within our power.” And so, it seems all the more important that all the children at Crane School in following the directive of their teacher stood quiet and still for their portrait on that warm spring afternoon in 1920. Happiness and juvenescence, if only fleeting, is a good thing not only to see, but also to remember.

-Ref: Brownhelm Historical Society; Special Thanks to Ed and Marilyn Brill, and the Vermillion Area Archival Society; VPJ 05/11/2006; Rev. 08/02/20.

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

Vol. XVI, No 10 - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, August 8, 1912

Council Holds Regular Meeting

Regular meeting of the Village Council was held Monday evening. After reading and approval of the minutes of the last meeting the regular business of the evening was taken up.

A petition signed by the residents of the Stove Plant addition was read, asking for a light L. S. & M. S. Ry. and the Electric Ry., on Adams Street. It was referred to the Lighting committee.

The street committee, reported that several stones in crossings should be replaced, also recommended to purchase of several stone of Frank Schoemer. The report was also made that the lifeboat hand could now be taken away or destroyed.

At this time it was thought that citizens present should be given an opportunity to make their wants known. Geo. Wagner complained that the Lake Shore Ry Co., contractors had so cut down the bank in front of his premises that he could not get on to them with a wagon. He was told that it was up to the railroad company to provide means of entrance and the matter was referred the proper committee.

In connection, authority was given the clerk to write officials of the railroad to have Mr. Handy come and go over the ground to look up the uncompleted work. Council finds it very hard work to get anything but promises. The gate question was settled only by threats from a speed ordinance.

Mr. Geo. Fischer was at present to enquire what was expected of him in regard to the sidewalk on Sandusky Street, south of the mill. He was told that he was asked to level the walk and shove it back into line, he was also asked about the hole on his property which has undoubtably caused a portion of the trouble.

The Street committee reported a number of telephone, telegraph and light poles which needed paint, also of the “decoration” of said poles with posters, etc. a motion was made and carried authorizing the notice to be given to each company to paint poles.

Notification of Lake Shore Ry. Co. to clean ditch along their property on West River road. Condition of hitching rails in front of W. A. Christians store and at Guy S. Davis store on Grand Street. The suggestion was that the rails be placed further from sidewalk, say about 2 feet in from the curb line. The matter was referred to the street committee to care for.

It was reported that the L. S. Electric tracks on liberty or Water Street east of the station was in bad condition and it needed filling in. The clerk was instructed to send the required notice.

The connection between Toledo Street sewer and the Lake Shore ry. sewer was brought up and will probably be taken care of by the Board of Health.

Complaint about trees south of Nickel Plate track on West River Rd. obstructing the view of approaching trains was brought up and referred to the street commissioner.

Public grounds committee reported that caretaker of park and public comfort station was somewhat negligent. The matter will be looked after. The bandstand also needed some repairs.

Sidewalk committee reported that James Nolan had moved stones from his sidewalk without authority. He is to be notified to replace them. He is reported as having shoved them out in the street.

The Fire committee reported that the firemen had given up for the present the rebuilding of the fire hall as the cost was much greater than the estimate. The fixing of the floor was recommended and the committee authorized to get final figures on what was deemed necessary.

The matter of a steel door for the outside door of the jail was brought up and referred to public buildings and grounds committee for action.

Finance committee had no report. The clerk was read a letter from a lady concerning a certain coupon on Water-works bonds which had been clipped improperly and a portion lost. The matter was referred to the finance committee and Mr. Coen. It seems that the matter had been up once before but nothing could be done. It was thought that some arrangement might be made whereby the lady in question could give security against the recovery of coupon later, thereby making certain the village was would sustain loss which should be presented for payment later.

The committee on outages of incandescent lights was not ready to report in full, but had been assured that when a new machine now being installed was ready, the outage would be greatly reduced. After ordering payment of bills, council adjourned.

School Teachers Hired

At a special meeting of the Village School Board, the following teachers were selected: Assistant Principal, Ms. Helen Works Hiram, O., Mises. Bessie Sherod and Bernice Jump of Vermilion and Miss Emma Louise Greenwold of Toledo. The latter will be assigned to the first grade.

Miss Works is a graduate of Hiram College, and well recommended.

With the selection of these teachers the corps of instructors for our public schools is complete.

The regular meeting of the board will be held next Monday evening.


Macaroni is cured in from three to six days.

The women of Paris outnumber the men by 200,000.

Wine is said to stimulate the lay capacity of hens.

There is a tower in the canal zone from which two oceans may be seen.

A motorcycle driven by a petroleum engine was patented as far back as 1885.

In a Hungarian theater the patrons are seated according to size, shorter ones being placed in the front row.


Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Holl are spending the week with Mrs. Wagner of the Hotel Wagoner at Vermilion.
Joe Garskey who had his foot crushed at the Ohio quarry Friday was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital Lorain for treatment.

The funeral services of Louis Peters who died in Denver, Colo., was held from St. Peter’s Evangelical church on Sunday afternoon.

A large crowd from here attended the Sunday school picnic at Linwood Park, Thursday, and a most enjoyable day was spent.


Mr. A. C. Ward has approved the appearance of his house with a new slate roof.

Mr. S. M. Reynolds and Mr. Arthur Broughton were Kipton callers, at which place the latter purchased a fine road horse.

Henry Leimbach, Sr., while at Vermilion one day last week was taken with a fainting spell. He is now at his daughters, Mrs. G. H. Blattner, where he will remain until he is able to be brought home.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Zunt had the misfortune of being kicked by a horse one day last week. He is in a very serious condition at this writing. The family have our sympathy.


Clerk Blattner says that the bills for oiling the streets will soon be presented, so be sure to have your money ready. Rate will be the same as last year.

Mrs. F. V. Pelton and daughter Frances Mae went to Cleveland this morning where Miss Frances entered a hospital for examination and probably an operation. Miss Pelton has been suffering from a growth in her cheek for some time past and several weeks ago was operated on at Elyria.

Work is begun on a new residence for Mr. and Mrs. John Vedder, corner of Huron and Perry streets.

The new home for Herman Black on Douglas Street, is nearing completion.

Geo. E. Whitmore is improving his house by the building of an addition on the north side.

Mrs. Backus is reported quite ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Lawrence.

A gas well is being sunk on that H. A. Neiding property on Exchange Street.

Mrs. Chas. Heidloff who for the past twelve weeks has been very ill suffering from a severe attack of typhoid fever was removed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lorain on Monday, where she was operated on and eighteen gall stones were removed. She rallied from the effects of the anesthetic and at this time recovery is expected.

Henry Linebaugh of Rugby is taken suddenly ill while on a visit to town Saturday. He was removed to the home of his daughter. Mrs. George Blackner grand Street reported considerably better.

Nelson Sutton, a about 70, a well-known farmer living near Birmingham, was stricken with heart failure at about noon Tuesday and died before help could be summoned. Funeral services will be held Friday at the W. R. C. And G. A. R. from this place - expect to attend.

Telephone your ice cream orders to Hart’s Drug Store. Prompt delivery assured.

Miss Frances Ruggles died Friday at her home at Ruggles Beach. Miss Ruggles had been ill for several weeks but was apparently better. The funeral was held Tuesday burial made at Berlin Heights. She was a sister of C. S. Ruggles, proprietor of Ruggles Beach.

[NOTE: I don’t think she was “better”.]

Mrs. Walter Shupe was thrown forward in the buggy yesterday and suffered a severe shock and a sprained back. Mrs. S. Has been receiving treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lorain, for the past several weeks and was returning to her home with her husband when the accident occurred. They were crossing the track near the home of T. G. Breyley east of town when the horse was frightened and jumped, with the above result. Mrs. Shupe was taken into the Breyley home and cared for until late in the afternoon when she was removed to her home.

Mayors Court

The liquor cases assigned for this week have all been continued until next week to accommodate the attorneys for the defense.

Arrested at Crystal Beach

Two young men from Cleveland were brought before the mayor the other day and discharged after a lecture. According to their story they came down with the Brewery men’s picnic and in the races won a bottle of liquor. They absorbed this and were in such condition that the park policeman arrested them. He used his club on one cutting his ear in such a manner as to necessitate several stitches being taken in by a doctor. In dismissing the case the mayor assessed the cost against the complainant saying that the young men were given the liquor and did not voluntarily purchase it (they were underage.) He also gave the Park Policeman a lecture on his frequent alleged use of the club and told him that many complaints of this treatment of prisoners had been made.

In the costs however the Mayor and Marshal remitted their fees and the only cost remaining were for doctor’s services, N. Mahler, who assisted in the arrest, etc.

Stolen Neckties

Ward Joyce, one of the young men came to Crystal Beach with the East End businessmen’s picnic, got gay when he came over town and purloined number of neckties from L. Englebry’s clothing store yesterday. He succeeded in getting outside of the door when Lewis Trinter nabbed him. He was jailed and in the evening was given $10 and costs by the Mayor. $14 plus is rather expensive for a little smartness.

JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS:It says "almost all the 21,360 bottles" were smashed. I wonder how many were empty when that happened???




To reorganize the fire department.
10. To elect for local offices only men of unquestionable character, without considering political creed or religion.
11. To denounce the rulings of Judge Taylor as being biased and nativistic in the extreme.

The following members were elected as a standing committee to guard the interest of the German element, viz.: C. Parson, Jacob Hertel, Ph. Dauch, Adam Bauer, W. F. Meyers, and H. Ruess.

Between 1840 and 1850 German societies were organized in nearly every town in Ohio, and Sandusky had its share. The following societies flourished in those days: Jaeger Company, organized by Captain Louis Traub; Artillerie Company, organized by Dr. Silva, and F. Bollinger; Harmonie Band; Hacken & Leiter Company; Cossuth Garde, J. Bauer, commander; Freie deutsche Harmonie, Sandusky Gesangverein, Freimaenner Verein, Turn Verein, Druids, Odd Fellows, Workingmen's Society, and others.

Sandusky could also boast of two German theaters, the Volks Theater and the Concordia Theater. Some of our most prominent citizens of to-day took an active part. A well preserved programme reads:

December 26, 1853.
REPERTOIRE-Menschenhass und Reue, by KOTZEBUE.

Another one:

March 3, 1857.
REPERTO1RE—The White Slave.

In an editorial in the Baystadt Democrat of May 1, 1857, Hertel argues that any allusion to religion and politics “should be excluded." Undoubtedly these societies had their ups and downs. The resolutions passed at a meeting that was called for the purpose of expelling four of the unruly members of the Volks Theater, April 20, 1853, is in my possession. The signatures of the following members of this society are attached: Jacob Engels, president: Dr. Silva, secretary; Jacob Bentz, F. G. Willi, Carl Gaa, Gregory Haegy, Georg Von Hausen, Ernst Boeth, Carl Bretz, A. Miller, Georg Bergmoser, Joseph Keller, G. Nusly, Cornel. Schnaitter, Andr. Riesterer, Philip Kunz, Georg Baer, Jacob Steitz, Carl Wagner, M. Malzky, Jacob Alder, L. Baumann, Ph. Lanz, Jacob Baubach, Joh. Walter, Georg Graul, Jacob Schaub, John Bricht, Dr. Lange, N. Auer, Georg Geiss.

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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A GREAT JOB: My wife and daughter Shannon did an extremely nice job restoring this old chair that someone had tossed into the trash. Not only did they do a good job - they have great eyes for bringing the past to life (with just the right materials).

As our daughter might say, "Cool beans".


James was just coming out of anesthesia after a series of tests in the hospital, and Wendy, his wife, was sitting at his bedside. His eyes fluttered open, and he murmured, "You're beautiful."

Flattered, Wendy continued her vigil while he drifted back to sleep. Later, James woke up and said, "You're cute."

"What happened to 'beautiful?'" Wendy asked.

"The drugs are wearing off," James replied.

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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 “Tripping: A Writer’s Journeys.” Signed copies of her new book can be purchased for $15.00 at the Southside Sentinel office or by mail by writing Rappahannock Press, Box 546, Urbanna, VA and adding $6.00 to cover mailing costs and tax.

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