SHOPTALK: On the shop desk this week is an old pic of the building that was once the home of Pat Wisegarver’s antique store. It was also the birthplace of the Vermilion News back in the very late 19th century before my grandparents built their new home and shop just across the tracks to the south of this building in November of 1904.
When Pat had her store here I used to stop now and then just to sit and talk with her. She had some of the greatest stories to tell that I’d ever heard.
At one time she’d been a nurse at Lorain’s St. Joseph Hospital. While there she got involved in the use of narcotics and soon lost her job. Later on she actually bummed her way on boxcars to the Wild West. She was married 5 times. One of the guys she was married to was a gangster. He was later hung for some crime – probably murder.
I don’t know if she had any children. But it is likely. I just never met any of them. Her husband, Bill Wisegarver, was somewhat older than she. Both were extremely likeable people. He was quiet. Pat was outspoken and capable of swearing like a seasoned sailor. She was a fun person.
On my home desk this week is a pic of part of the 1937 Centennial parade participants. The pic was taken on Liberty Avenue between Decatur and Perry Streets.
I like this photo because it different from most parade pix I’ve seen. I find the buckboard pulled by the ox and the covered wagon behind it to be very unique. I can’t help but wonder what happened to these vehicles. And does anyone around town own oxen anymore?
I don’t know the fellas on the buckboard – but one looks like he should be someone I should know. (Perhaps a 2nd cousin?)
FISHY BUSINESS FESTIVAL AT THE MUSEUM: My good wife Georgi set up her own little booth outside the museum on Saturday during the Fish Festival. She was very underwhelmed with business (as was the museum).
Actually I didn’t expect visitors at the museum during the festivities. I’ve found that people who go to festivals are not inclined to visit museums. They prefer interactions on the midway.
Originally the festival was designed to attract visitors to the town and showcase businesses therein. But those days are gone.
VALLEYVIEW SCHOOL SONG: Someone has asked if I might print the words to the Vermilion Valleyview School song in “VV”. I certainly would, but I don’t know them. Moreover, I was unaware of the fact that the school had a song.
I became very well acquainted with Warren Mangus, a former Principal of that school, before he passed and he never mentioned that there was such a song.
In any case, if there is someone, somewhere, who knows that song I’d appreciate seeing them and publishing them.
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.
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
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 440.967.4555. Cell:440.522.8397
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see what's cooking.
NT- LIBERTY @ DIVISION (NOW MAIN) STREET: Among the lessons learned as we quietly move into our golden years is that the only thing that remains constant in life is change. At least this is what I thought when I was comparing these pix of Liberty and Main street – from the 1930s to 2016. It is both a frightening and comforting epiphany.
I don’t especially care for this part of town anymore. There’s not much there – practically speaking: no grocery; no hardware; no bank. There are some reasonably nice restaurants. But that’s about it.
Back in the early years of the 20th century my grandfather (NEWS editor Pearl Roscoe) publically opposed mail order shopping and promoted Vermilion retail businesses. He obviously had a vested interest in such matters. And though I will admit that I do a good deal of shopping via the internet I do so because the items I want and / or need are not available in town. And by the time I drive to another town to acquire those things (if they are available when I get there) I’ve already spent more than it cost to order them on-line.
I do shop locally when I can. I know that some things at our single supermarket are cheaper outside of town. But those businesses don’t pay taxes in Vermilion. Take away the taxes and pay for the gas and wear and tear on your transportation and what have ya’ got (?): A town without revenue.
My grandfather was right. Nonetheless, things have changed since his time; and they will continue to change during mine - whether I want them to or not.
WHEN THE 20S ROARED: Preparing for an upcoming function at the museum I temporarily suspended my weekly trek through the year 1907 via the old newspaper files of The Vermilion News and moved into a future history. This was made possible by using a microfilm reader as both a literal and a figurative time machine. And with it I zipped from May 1907 into life in Vermilion as it was in May of 1925.
Our little village in 1925 appears to have been growing in both size and sophistication. Although it was not yet part of the village, the development of Vermilion-on-the-Lake was moving along. In addition to that the board of education was seriously contemplating the construction of a new High School along South Street – in fact the architectural drawings had already been done. Newspaper editor Roscoe made special note of the fact that all over the countryside people were quickly becoming aware of the idea that the days of the one-room schoolhouse were numbered. And so too, were the days of the horse-and-buggy.
Another editorial in the May 20th edition of the paper subtly called for the demolition of “The Old Shed” behind the Town Hall noting that the “day(s) of “Old Dobbin” on the road is practically a thing of the past but the old shed still stands – a monument to the humanity and thrift of the horse and pony days – but a monument of wood amounts to little…unless kept in good repair…” And almost as a footnote to the changes in modes of transportation a little article in that same edition of the paper asks, “What Are The Stop Signs At Certain Street Intersections?” They were something new to our town.
Earlier in the month the Cleveland Automobile Club came to town and met with council bringing with them a sketch of the streets and a Boulevard Stop ordinance prepared by the club. They told council that as soon as an ordinance was passed the club would place the necessary signs. The intent of the club was to simplify and institute uniform traffic regulations in the state.
It should probably go without saying, but driving around town without traffic regulations / signs must have been rather precarious business. A little article appearing in the paper prior to those signs being placed illustrates just how necessary they were: “The boulevard stop signs have not as yet arrived, but several danger signs have been placed. One at the bridge so that if one pays attention they will not attempt to cross on the Lake Shore Electric (interurban) bridge instead of the road bridge.” (Wow!)
Meanwhile, along the river the boardwalk leading to the lighthouse which, was built around 1905 when the pier was repaired, was torn down. There are numerous photographs of the walk that show it as having been both an entertaining and romantic rendezvous for scores of villagers and tourists. Consequently, this was quite a loss for some folks. But fortunately Mr. Hart’s Corner Drug Store had a great soda fountain and was selling phonographs and phonograph records for the young crowd. There were also some great silent films being played at the Liberty Theatre. And then…
This headline appeared at the bottom of the Thursday, May 28th paper: “Just Went Calling With Their Grips”. It seems that two “belles” from Cleveland were arrested just that Tuesday afternoon west of the old Diagonal crossing [currently (2016) that would be on Liberty Avenue where the V.O.L bridge crossing the railroad tracks] carrying heavy grips. After some investigation it was discovered that the “grips” were filled with bottles of “real stuff” / booze. The article went on to note; “both were well dressed and one of them evidently had adopted the latest of rolled stockings, thus displaying a beautiful pair of dimpled knees.”
Well, it was during the “Great Experiment” aka “Prohibition” so that should surprise no one. The newly built dance hall called Crystal Gardens at the Crystal Beach Amusement Park was in full operation. On the first night it was said to have opened to a crowd of 4,000 people. And so when the 1920s roared in our nation the roar was most certainly heard, understood and felt throughout the world – as well as in our little old Vermilion Ohio.
Ref: Special Thanks to: Bill Cutcher for the base photograph; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 05/15/2016.
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...
The most satisfactory form of entertainment that can be offered to the public, and one consisting largely of music, and the residents of Vermilion are to be favored in that respect in a short time. About 30 the members of the choir of the First M. E. Church of Oberlin, will spend a few days at Linwood Park and have arranged to provide music in two of the local churches during their stay. On Sunday evening, June 28th, the choirs consisting of 30 voices, will sing in the Congregational church at the Union meeting. Prof. W. J. Horner will sing a solo, and a male quartet will give a selection in addition to the anthem by the choir. On Monday evening, at 7:30, they will give a musical in the Methodist Church. The program will consist of soprano, baritone and alto solos: baritone and contralto duets; soprano and tenor duet; male quartet; piano and violin solos and in addition, Miss Putnam, an elocutionist of considerable note, will give that "Chariot Race" from Ben Hur.
A charge of 15 cents will be made for the entertainment Monday evening and it is hoped that the same will be liberally patronized.
Tickets will be on sale at C.H. Nuhn’s. Drug Store and by solicitors.
Good News For The Band Boys
The village of Vermilion certainly ought to feel proud of the G. A. R. Band Boys they are coming along finely in their musical education and bid fair to be one of the crack bands of the county. Considering the time they have had for practice and obstacles that have overcome, by the perseverance and energy of purpose they will certainly make good. That's the kind. Boys keep right on and in the future we will give some of our competitors something to do to beat us.
Don't miss the Wednesday evening concerts.
Ludwig Krapp Shot By Playmate While Visiting In Amherst
Ludwig Krapp aged 11 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. L. Krapp of this place was shot by his cousin, Harold Holl, age 7 at the latter’s home in Amherst, Sunday afternoon.
Ludwig was at the home of his cousin with his parents to spend the day. There are several stories of the shooting. One is that the boy had a toy pistol, which his mother hid from him and in rummaging through a bureau drawer in search for it the boys came across Mr. Hall's revolver. Harold Holl thinking it was the toy pistol grabbed it up and pointed it at the Krapp boy pulling the trigger. The revolver was discharged the ball striking the Krapp boy near the heart. The shot and the cries of the boys brought the parents to them and as soon as possible medical aid was summoned. An automobile was secured and the wounded boy taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was given every attention possible. When it was found that recovery was doubtful the little fella bravely told what he wished in regard to his funeral where he wanted it held, etc.
As we go to press it is reported that Ludwig is still alive but with very slight hopes of recovery.
The parents have the sympathy of the whole community.
SAMUEL GARRETT OF BROWNHELM MEETS INSTANT DEATH FROM FALLEN BARN
Samuel Garrett a well-known farmer of the Baumhart farm on the shore in Brownhelm Township, was instantly killed by falling from the hay mow of his barn and breaking his neck, about 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Garrett was hauling the last load for the day when the ropes on the hayfork became twisted and he climbed to the roof to untangle them and get the fork in working order again. He was standing on a frail board laid across the collar beams when the board broke with his weight throwing him backwards to the floor below. The fall was not more than 12 feet, but in lighting he struck upon his head breaking the spinal column at the neck and causing instant death.
The deceased was 45 years of age and is survived by his wife, formally Ms. Armina Baumhart. Mrs. Garrett at one time owned the Baumhardt building on Broadway, at Lorain, used for the Y. W. C. A. purposes.
For County Treasurer
C. H. Nuhn is in the field for the nomination for County Treasurer on the Democratic ticket with prospects very favorable for his nomination. It's about time that this end of the county was given a representative in some of the more important offices of the County. Mr. Nuhn has served in various offices of the corporation and is painstaking and confident in his work and we believe would make a good man for the office.
Times look much brighter for the Independent and Wright quarries. General manager Adams of Amherst Stone company was here Thursday making arrangements to reopen the quarries about July 6 and thinks it will be operated the rest of the year.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grugel Saturday morning.
While cutting Clover Saturday afternoon Al Barkley cut his little finger severely with the sickle.
Mary Eggert cut her foot severely Tuesday morning while splitting wood.
The Saturday evening band concert was called off owing to the illness of Prof. J. C. Merthe, director of the band.
The plant of the Amherst Supply Company is about completed and promises to fill the long felt want of the Amherst people.
Dr. Turner has met with several accidents lately the result of being bumped by automobiles. Both Sunday and Monday got mixed up with the autos and is now nursing several bruises.
Wm Hauff has purchased a fine colt.
Joe Schilling runs the Beam and Schuster wagon through this viciniy.
Strawberry picking will soon be over.
GET YOUR RUBBISH READY FOR THE COLLECTOR – JULY 1 IS THE DATE.
Trimmed hats at reduced rates at Miss Matilda Wagner's.
14 foot double-oared Muskegon boat for sale cheap at Fosters Boathouse.
Benj. A. Bacons house in Brownhelm was struck by lightning Monday night and things torn up in general. Fortunately no one was injured.
Rev. A. G. Lohmann of the Reformed Church was called away this afternoon by the death of the very dear friend, in Cleveland.
Fred Berger had the misfortune to tear one of his fingers very badly one day this week necessitating a short vacation.
At a recent meeting of the directors of the Erie County Banking Co. the regular semiannual dividend was declared payable July 1st.
WANTED – 15 GIRLS – at Crystal Beach Park nest next Tuesday morning. Apply at Park office at once.
George H Blanchet, Prop.
Miss Zenobia Whitmore of this place was on the program for a piano solo at the graduation exercises of nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital at Lorain.
At a recent meeting of the Erie County Medical Society the muzzling of all dogs during the hot weather was recommended.
Our enterprising butcher Geo. B. Krapp has purchased a car load of fine beef cattle for the home market. That's right George we like the best.
Six members of the student's Snellygoster [sic] club spent a very pleasant afternoon on Monday fishing on the banks of the Vermilion River. The anniversary of the birthday of one of its members was celebrated. A very fine lunch was served which was enjoyed by all. A 10-pound catfish was their reward.
Subscribers of the Vermillion Telephone Company may obtain their daily forecast and special warnings of the weather Bureau of the United States Department of Agriculture from the exchange after 11 AM. These forecasts usually cover the 36 hour period ending at 8 PM of the following day.
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.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURE(S): I really, really, wish I could tell everyone all the stories surrounding all of the photographs used in this weekly discourse. Often the stories behind the way the photographs were acquired are as interesting as the photos themselves. Due to the fact that it is impossible to explain how each and every photo appearing in this forum was obtained I thought it might be seemly to afford readers the tale of how but one of them came to me:
During the last decade my interest in local history led me develop several web pages on that subject. Aside from my secretly wanting to play with the technology (like a little kid with a new bike) I envisioned the fostering of some interactivity with persons of similar interests.
To simply say, “It worked”, would be an understatement. To Shout “IT WORKED!” would not.
One matter (among many) that forever puzzled me concerned the fact that nobody about town seemed to own any photographs of the Nicholas Fischer family. This was the family that ran the import / export Fischer Lumber Company on the banks of the Vermilion river. It was also the family that purchased and moved the Maud-Elton Hotel to its current location; and the one responsible for the construction of the Fischer Building on the southeast corner of Liberty and Division / Main Streets. The significance of this particular family as it pertains to the positive development of Vermilion, Ohio during both the 19th and 20th centuries is undeniable. But there were no pictures of the family to be found.
So imagine what went through my mind when on 12-03-05 I received the following communiqué:
“First a big "thank you" for all the hours of pleasure you have given me with your weekly column and all of the many other articles you have written, especially the Vermilion Historic Pix. I guess I should introduce myself...I am Bobbi Neller (aka Roberta) Riley and am the granddaughter of Ruth (Goodsell) and Elton Fischer and great granddaughter of Elizabeth and George Fischer. My mom, Virginia, grew up in Vermilion, graduating in 1938...”
I was, in two words; wonderfully flabbergasted. By the end of the year 2005 I had nearly 30 photographs of the Fischer Family of Vermilion, O. And that was just for starters. During ensuing months and years I also received a wealth of genealogical information as well. (Who says dreams don’t come true?)
While I have never met her face-to-face Bobbi spent her younger years in Vermilion. She attended (the stupendous) South Street School. And though I don’t, as previously indicated, recall her we share memories of the school, many of the teachers, and several of the students who once skipped happily along those hallowed halls 50 years ago:
“...I lived in Vermilion for several years and am wondering if you and I didn't bump into each other in the past as according to your articles we must be very close in age. I graduated in 1962, not in Vermilion but in California, but attended school in Vermilion for K - 3 and also in 7th grade. I spent every summer at my grandparent's home after moving to California. After all these years I still get homesick as Vermilion will always be in my heart...”
Fortunately, Bobbi's mother, Virginia E. Fischer Ohler (1920-2006), kept some very fine photo albums. Therein did she find a number of pictures of her Vermilion family and their concerns, and was kind enough to pass them along to me and, through me, to the Vermilion Area Archival Society.
The fabulous photograph of the family patriarch, Nicholas Fischer, that accompanies this essay was among the many she has passed along. It is one of the only - if not “the” only photos of Mr. Fischer ever published.
The “real story” behind this photograph and more than a few that I have been privileged enough to acquire - electronic or on paper - is best expressed by Ms. Riley when she wrote that “...Vermilion will always be in my heart...” It has that effect on people; those who live here today as well as those who lived here in a yesteryear.
Ref: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 02/16/08.
HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY
The Soil and Civil Jurisdiction of Ohio — The Connecticut Lands — The Western Reserve —Connecticut Sufferers' or Firelands — Detailed Record of Their Organization — Laws—Acts and Explanations — Surveys — Dissolution of the Firelands Company — Records Transferred to Huron County.
THERE is unquestionably no subject of greater interest to the average resident of Erie county than the history of the soil and civil jurisdiction of that locality already named. And inasmuch as this county is embraced within the limits of what has been variously termed the "Connecticut Lands,” the "Western Reserve," the "Connecticut Sufferers' Lands" or "Firelands," the subject becomes doubly important to those whose ancestors may have been identified with the events that led to the donation of these lands for the purposes of compensating losses suffered at the hands of British soldiery.
And it is believed, too, there is no theme that has been more thoroughly discussed in pioneer assemblages, no subject upon which more has been written, and yet one that is as little understood as that — the leading subject of this chapter.
In order to make a clear and intelligent explanation of this important and interesting subject, there must be laid a proper foundation, which necessitates reference to the events of years much earlier than those in which the losses were suffered that gave rise to the names by which this region is designated.
In the following pages liberal quotations are made from such standard authorities as are extant upon the subject, and as much of the history bearing upon it as is a matter of established law, those laws will be copied fully and freely whenever necessary, whether specially referred to at the time or not.
The first claimant to the soil of Ohio, and not only that but of America, as well, was the kingdom of France. This was a claim by right of discovery and exploration made by the adventurous M. de La Salle, who traversed the country far and wide, taking possession of each region in the name of his king.
England set up a like claim and finally the two became involved in the French and English War, and by it France was deprived of all title and thereafter our country was under absolute British rule for something over twenty years.
The result of the Revolutionary War overthrew and ended the rule of Great Britain and vested in the United States, as conqueror, this vast domain.
But during the rule of the aforementioned sovereign powers, charters, grants and patents of immense tracts were made, either as a reward of fealty or for consideration; and after the United States had become the acknowledged owner conflicting claims of title in many localities arose, but happily most of them…
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.
VERMILION ARTIFACT #209
DISCOGRAPHY- SOUNDS OF STEAM LOCOMOTIVES: A few days ago Joel Vormelker came by the museum with a copy of the record album (pictured) made by late Vermilionite Harold S. Ludlow. It is now the property of the Smithsonian’s Folkway Records. I purchased a digital copy of the recording (and so can you) from them for about $9.
Mr. Ludlow was born in Cleveland in 1886. He retired after working 40 years for the telephone company – and came to Vermilion with his wife to live with his son Paul and his family. He died in 1959 just a few days after celebrating 50 years of marriage.
Among his hobbies were these recordings of trains passing through Vermilion. He also photographed and made some motion pictures of them. His knowledge of the railroads and his audio and film productions relating to them have been widely used commercially (in films, etc.) and are of great historic value.
I have herein included just a small example of his work. It is wonderful.
Several women were visiting an elderly friend who was ill. After awhile, they rose to leave and told her; "We will keep you in our prayers."
"Just wash the dishes in the kitchen," the ailing woman said, "I can do my own praying.
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 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, "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 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.
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How the old links menu looked
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