SHOPTALK: The demise and disappearance of the electric interurban system in Ohio was one of those “hindsight is 20:20” things.
On both desktops this week are pix of a very active Lake Shore Electric station on Liberty and Exchange Streets in Vermilion. Whether it was the local Scouts heading for camp or a group of locals heading for a convention somewhere the electric took them there and returned them safely and easily.
The steam rail lines were also busy means of transport. But for local traffic the interurban filled the bill and did it cheaply and expeditiously.
Can you imagine the thrill of riding across northern Ohio in an electric car sometimes hitting speeds of 60 MPH? This was a time when most local transport systems were composed of horse-and-buggy, bicycle or shoe leather. While automobiles did exist – and they could move at a good clip – road conditions made consistent speedy travel precarious.
The pic of the Scouts on the shoptop this week shows the beautiful George Fischer home that once occupied the riverfront across from the electric depot. That home was one of my favorites. But like every other old structure in the town it was allowed to go to seed and then torn down to make way for nothing.
The pic on my home desk was taken from the porch of the Maud-Elton Hotel. It has a nice view of the Fischer Lumber Yard across the street that was adjacent to the Fischer home.
The lumberyard disappeared in a spectacular early morning fire in 1938. The company did manage to stay in business for some time following the blaze, but it eventually disappeared. The long building beside the street remained there well into the 1950s. I assume it was used for storage of some kind.
AN EDITORIAL COMMENTARY: I wanted to have this commentary published in local newspapers but ironically one daily rejected it because it’s too long. You will understand the reasons I call the decision ironic when you read it.
Anyway, here it is:
Sounding The Death Knell For Newspapers & Objective Journalism In America
Recently a number of U.S. Senators and House members stood before their peers and testified that a preliminary tariff on uncoated groundwood paper regularly used as newsprint has raised prices up to 30 percent, and could bring about the death of small community newspapers and cutbacks at larger daily papers.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. told his fellow representatives “The threat of losing the newspaper in this country is a tremendous threat to the First Amendment.” And in addition to the paper tariff a ten percent tariff on imported aluminum will also have an extremely negative impact on the inked press.
This is a serious business folks.
To be certain the rise of the Internet has impacted the way in which people now receive the news. This is just a fact of life. But it is a source of information that can, as we have experienced, be unreliable. In short, foreign interference in the 2016 election was not at the ballot box. It was in all the outrageous information that very subtly infiltrated American homes via social media before and during the election process - and it continues.
While there is little doubt that newspapers make some attempt to influence our decision making in many areas of our lives there is one big difference; we know who is doing it. Editorial commentary and most news articles contain by-lines. It may be that we do not agree with what is written, but we know who wrote it and why.
Small town newspapers – weeklies and dailies - are essentially the last bastions of freedom in our society. Maybe some of the information therein is hokey – not up to someone’s standards, or as sophisticated as someone might wish. Maybe there are mistakes. But one thing for sure, the mistakes are honest mistakes made by honest journalists who know and understand that criticism, good or bad, is part of the job. They willingly take and accept their responsibilities seriously.
Tariffs that seriously undermine the very First Amendment of the Constitution of our nation are just unacceptable. So too are disparaging electronic insults and misinformation that have led us to this precipice.
Vol. XIV, No.11. - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, August 11, 1910
Will Meet In Vermillion, 1911
The Buckeye Band Association Tournament Secured For Next Year.
The Vermillion G. A. R. Band chartered a car and attended the convention and tournament of the Buckeye Band Association at Crestline Wednesday. They left Tuesday afternoon and arrived home at a very early hour Thursday morning. The band was provided with plenty of ammunition to bring down the convention for next year and succeeded admirably, the vote being anonymous. The bad had twenty-nine members in line and took three prizes as follows:
1st – Band traveling longest distance, most direct route.
2nd – Best appearance.
1st – Largest membership.
The most valuable prizes are to be given today, Thursday, but Band could not stay.
The band arrived at Crestline at 8 P.M. and gave a concert the same evening.
Some of the Vermilionites originated a "yell" which started the Vermilion 1911 ball to rolling. It is as follows: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven; Vermilion Ohio, 1911.
This cry was taken up with great enthusiasm.
The following bands were in the parade:
Gibsonberg, Attica, Woodville, New Riegel, Lexington, Mansfield, Mannafield, Belleville, Tiro, Nevada, Vermilion, North Robinson, Chatfield, Lucas, Utica, Steam Corners, Shelby, Castalia, Crestline.
Besides the band the following went along:
Mr. Mrs. Walter Brummel, Mrs. V. Thompson and son Vernon, Mrs. Charles Krapp, Mrs. J Baumhart, Misses Adeline Kishman, Alma Blattner, Lucy Ferber, Florence Rathbun, Carrie Boss, Messrs. Lewis Englebry, J. W. Leidheiser, O. O. Paulhorn, Elmer Wagner, John Becker, Myron Walper, Charles Decker, Charles Heidloff, George Lang, C. Simons.
Eugene B. Ackley went with the band Tuesday but was compelled to return at an early hour Wednesday to fill an engagement at the Milan Home coming.
Large Crowd At Milan
The First Annual Homecoming A Very Pleasant Affair
Milan is having a homecoming and up to about 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon fully a thousand visitors had registered. Wednesday's reunion of former Normal and public school pupils was held on the old Normal grounds. This was well attended.
In the evening reception was held at the town hall in a program of music and sketches rendered. The hall was filled to overflowing.
The town was most beautifully decorated with streamers of bunting and pennants and in the evening the display of electric lights was fine.
The public square was one blaze of lights. Japanese lanterns hung all around and incandescent lights in rows formed a dome over the center lighting up the entire business portion of the town. A crown of incandescent lights were at the top of the liberty library pole in the tower of the hall.
The largest crowd was expected today, Norwalk business places will be closed and all Norwalk will turn out to help celebrate.
The citizens are much pleased with the success of the affair but it is to be regretted that Thomas a Edison could not be present at this time. He will visit at a later date.
A number of Vermillion people, former Myla nights or more normal lights help to swell the crowd. Among those who were there Wednesday were Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Cole and son Harold, T. H. And E. L. Bottomley, C. Roscoe, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Roscoe and daughter, Mrs. George B McConnell he and Frank see Ray.
CAMP MEETING AT PARK
The annual Camp meeting at Linwood Park will be held for the week from Monday, August 29 to Sunday, September 4, inclusive.
Evangelist G. W. Willis and Mrs. Willis will have charge of the services.
Evening services, 7:30.
Sunday services 10 AM, 3 PM, and 7:30 PM.
Everybody cordially invited. Regular admission to the park only.
Sam Lower was injured Saturday by the capsizing of a temporary bridge. He was taking a load of “liquid refreshments" and provisions to a camp up the river and was obliged to cross a bridge consisting of two stringers, located near the Jones place. In making the crossing the wheels of the wagon passed to the outside of the stringers and the planking being weak, collapsed overturning the load. Lower was buried beneath. He was taken out and Beeckel’s ambulance took him to the residence of the sister where Drs. Buell and Tidd reduced a fractured knee and administered to sundry bruises. He is getting along as well as can be expected. The team was uninjured.
News Of Nearby Towns
Work on the new school building at South Amherst began Monday.
A daughter arrived at the house home of Mr. and Mrs. Hartman Holzhauser one day last week.
A little daughter arrived at the house home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Guild one day last week.
Mrs. Andrew Stang died Saturday evening very suddenly. She stooped to pick something from the floor and busted a blood vessel dying a few hours later.
The funeral of Frederick Albrecht was held from the home at Kendigh Corners Friday, Rev. Lindenmeyer officiating. Burial in Cleveland St., Cemetery.
James McCann of Sandusky superintendent of the construction gang on the L. S. and M. S. was killed in an accident here Monday afternoon. The train on which he was riding ran into an open switch and collided with a string of cars. Mr. McCann jumped and was caught between the cars. He was 48 years old a wife and six children survive.
Dr. W. H. Turner is again able to be out.
Mrs. H. A. Williams left for Detroit Monday to attend the funeral of her brother who was drowned.
John Gatz of Clough Quarry died Monday age 56 years. A wife and seven children survive.
Miss Edna Bacon is very ill at her home in Brownhelm. Dr. Wiseman has the case.
Dr. and Mrs. Wiseman and Mr. and Mrs. Gawn have returned from an auto trip through Ohio and Indiana.
Fred Schacht of South Amherst died Saturday from injuries received in a runaway nearly a year ago. A wife and four children are left to mourn their loss.
A number of our people are in attendance at the homecoming at Milan this week.
The Aicher house is again closed and Mr. Miller will engage in the coal business.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Pearl of Indian Annapolis Indiana visited their parents Capt. and Mrs. A. H. Pearl a few days last week.
James Whitcomb Riley the Hoosier poet, who suffered up slight paralytic stroke a few weeks ago is slowly improving at his home in Indianapolis.
Why not have a Vermilion “Home Coming” next year?
We extend our thanks to Charles Heidloff for telegram announcing Band Tournament for Vermilion in 1911.
Nine were injured in a head-on collision between two trolley cars on the gorge route, Niagara Falls Monday evening.
John Ebner, 9, Charles and Elmes Hemnerel, 13 and 11, were drowned Monday at Schoepfle’s quarry Sandusky.
Rioting in Columbus Sunday night resulted in six wounded and one killed. A mob of 5,000 held up the cars and the crews were beaten.
Michael met McNamara of the Garford auto works, Elyria drowned in Black River Sunday while attempting to swim the stream.
The body of Claud Sherwood was recovered about 5:10 by N. A. Foster. He with his folks was camping at Linwood. He was about 22 years old. Notice of the drowning on Local page.
LOCALS AND PERSONALS
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Dett Parsons was home from the lakes one day last week.
Capt. Fred Bailey was home from the lakes one day this week.
The latest report from James J. Cuddeback who underwent an operation Saturday is that he is getting along splendidly.
Mrs. Geo. Rathbun is spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. George Otto at Ceylon.
Mr. Philip Minch of Cleveland visited friends here yesterday.
Capt. Peter Full was home from the lakes one day this week.
The Stmr. James H. Schrigley arrived in Port Saturday with a load of lumber consigned to the George Fisher Lumber Co. The cargo was unloaded and the boat cleared Monday night.
Mr. James Cuddeback was to St. Joseph's Hospital Friday evening and Saturday underwent an operation for apps for abscess in his side. The operation was entirely successful in his many friends hope for a speedy return to health.
Just as we go to press news comes of another drowning in the Vermilion River. The victim is Claude Sherwood of Kipton, O. He dove from a boat and being unable to swim went down. The accident occurred on the east side of the river between the Lake Shore and Nickel Plate bridges. At 5 o'clock the body had not been recovered.
Frank Clary of Cuba is visiting relatives here for a few weeks.
James Sturtyvant had his foot quite badly injured last week by a horse getting on it. He is unable to attend to work for a few days.
Ted Wilber twisted his knee quite badly last Monday while at work for the G. H. Holden. It will stop him working for a number of days.
Lloyd Davidson and a lady friend Lela Ewell had a rather serious accident Sunday afternoon while out driving the horse became frightened and ran away throwing them out and tearing the buggy to pieces and shaking them up quite badly.[sic]
The hum of the thresher is heard in our midst, our neighborhood all report a good yield of grain.
C. Kishman is shipping large squat quantities of apples to Cleveland markets.
At last reports from Lorain Hospital Jas. Cuddeback is doing fine finally.
A. Rumsey lost his valuable Trotter, Helene, Thursday, cause of death reported as foundering.
F. A. Ketchum has a dog and a Plymouth Rock rooster that are certainly curiosities. Every time they see one another they fight. It is nip and tuck with both.
Catherine Reinhart who has been employed at the Wegner hotel his home now.
The Leimbach brothers sold a valuable cow Monday.
Seymour Leimbach and Clyde Huessner are busy working on the place where a new school house is to be built at S. Amherst.
We are having fine weather but we need a good rain.
HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY
CHAPER XI.THE SIXTY-FIFTH INFANTRY.
…Brewer Smith, adjutant; appointed sergeant-major from corporal company G; promoted to second lieutenant January i, 1863, and acting adjutant March 1, 1863; to first lieutenant and adjutant March 23, 1863; to captain company K, August 29, 1864.
John C. Zollinger, regimental quartermaster; appointed from first lieutenant company K, February 13, 1865; mustered out November 30, 1865 ; veteran.
Roster Company G.—Erie County Men.
Clark S. Gregg, first lieutenant; appointed November 26, 1861; died May 11, 1862, at St Louis, Mo., of disease.
Dolsen Van Kirk, second lieutenant; promoted from first sergeant August 12, 1862; killed December 31, 1862, in battle of Stone River, Tenn.
Patrick R. Nohilly, first sergeant; appointed corporal June 12, 1862; sergeant, November i, 1863 ; first sergeant, July 31, 1864; killed November 29, 1864, in battle of Spring Hill, Tenn.; veteran.
John C. Zollinger, sergeant; promoted to quartermaster-sergeant July 13, 1864; veteran.
William Clark, sergeant; mustered as private; appointed sergeant; mustered out December 14, 1864, at Nashville, Tenn., on expiration of term of service.
August Keimlin, sergeant; appointed from corporal; transferred to company F, seventh regiment Veteran Reserve Corps.
Adam Apple, sergeant; appointed corporal November 1, 1864; wounded November 29, 1864, in battle of Spring Hill, Tenn.; appointed sergeant May 1, 1865; mustered out November 30, 1865 ; veteran.
John V. Nicholai, sergeant; mustered as private; appointed sergeant; transferred to company B, Seventh Veteran Reserve Corps, September i, 1863.
Brewer Smith, corporal; appointed corporal November 11, 1861 ; promoted to sergeant-major June 1, 1862.
H. C. Jennings, corporal; discharged January 26, 1863, at Murfreesboro, Tenn., on surgeon's certificate of disability.
John Boyd, transferred to forty-third company second battalion Veteran Reserve Corps, August 31, 1863.
John Brown, veteran; no other record found.
Christian F. E. Blaich, discharged May 20, 1863, at Murfreesboro, Tenn., on surgeon's certificate of disability.
Martin Casey, died October 22, 1862, at Nashville, Tenn.
John C. Ernst, discharged August 18, 1864, at Camp Dennison, O., on surgeon's certificate of disability.
John Geideman, mustered out December 14, 1864, at Nashville, Tenn., on expiration of term of service.
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 #267
VERMILION RACE TRACK: Some may recall this activity. It was very popular back in the mid to late 1950s. It was a good outlet for local guys - mechanically inclined guys - who were interested in racing.
I'm assuming it was less expensive than stock car racing. Ergo groups would put together a go-cart, tune it up and race it at a track behind the local Veterans of Foreign Wars track southwest of town.
The races were so popular that the local paper printed the results.
I don't know why they were discontinued, but they were very popular.
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE (I THINK)
So one day, Gramma sent her grandson Johnny down to the
water hole to get some water for cooking dinner. As he was
dipping the bucket in, he saw two big eyes looking back at
him. He dropped the bucket and hightailed it for Gramma's
"Well now, where's my bucket and where's my water?"
Gramma asked him.
"I can't get any water from that water hole, Gramma"
exclaimed Johnny. "There's a BIG ole' alligator down
"Now don't you mind that ole' alligator, Johnny. He's been
there for many years now, and he's never hurt no one.
Why, he's probably as scared of you as you are of him!"
"Well, Gramma," replied Johnny, "if he's as scared of me
as I am of him, then that water ain't fit to drink!"
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