OLD NEWS IS FUN (NOT FAKE) NEWS: It’s time to take a break. Lately the news has been filled with news about drug problems, hurricanes, and wacky politicians. So, let us forget about all that for a few moments and take a brief look at what was “shaking” in and around our little village back in August of 1909.
In mid-August it was reported that the effects of an auto speeding ordinance were commencing to be felt. However, residents were cautioned to remember that in case anyone is caught it must be through complaint of a person who must appear before the mayor and make affidavit. This was because the Village Marshal could not be expected to be on duty both night and day to enforce the law. As a result it was reported that the Carey boys and a friend had drawn a fine of $25 and costs each for “racing through town” one day that week.
It was also reported that Ohio Governor Harris had given a speech before the “largest crowd of the season” at Crystal Beach Amusement Park. He congratulated them “upon their thrift” and consoled them for losses sustained by storms that season. He then left for Cleveland. [Some things never change.]
Vermilion’s Parsons family – the seven sons and one daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Parsons – held a reunion at Linwood Park. After dinner they attended the aforementioned Farmer’s Picnic at Crystal Beach.
The News listed the names of those who had built homes in town since 1890. There were over 115. Also listed were improvements made to the Lake House (by then the Maudelton) Hotel, the Bank of Vermillion, the Water Works pumping station, the Crystal Theatre and the S. J. Nieding market.
In 1909 Ohio had 6,875 saloons with revenues of $3,367,026,05. That seems like a good deal of money. But it breaks down to about $500 per saloon.
And then there was the following bit of medical news from Norwalk: “130 pieces of skin were taken from the arms of Miss Nora Vernon of Norwalk and Mary May Vernon of Cleveland and grafted onto the body of their sister, Mrs. John Gorham Friday. Mrs. Gorham was seriously burned several weeks ago and it is thought that the operation will save her life.” Given the era this is almost astounding news. But then there was this note about a lady named Mrs. Lulu Curtis of Brazil, Indiana. During an operation for appendicitis surgeons discovered she had two of them. And both were diseased.
Another short article told about a farmer named Fast who died in his home near Nova, Ohio. He was considered to be a miser and his son who supposed he had money hidden away found an old nail keg hidden under the porch containing $9000 in currency. The aged farmer had filled it with quarters, half dollars, dollars, Eagles and paper money.
Later in the month the News reported the swift capture of a “nervy horse thief” who stole some horses from the farms of two Birmingham men. A posse on the Lake Shore later overtook him, only a few miles from the scene of his alleged crime. Lorain officers took him to that city where he gave the name of John Best and was bound over in the sum of $1000 for a hearing Tuesday.
One thing that made some perceive the thief a bold man is the fact that he secured the assistance of a 14-year-old boy, in catching the horses stolen from one of the farms. He told the boy that he had bought the horses, and had him help catch and halter them.
When the boy returned home and told his father, what he had done, his father’s suspicions were aroused and he followed Best compelling him to return the two horses, but making no attempt to capture the man or secure possession of the horse he was riding.
A posse consisting of one Tom and Will Gordon, Sam Bacon, Ray Fairchild, Seymour Greening, Henry Wallace and George Beers formed as soon as they heard the news of the triple theft. After following some false clues they encountered Best in a cornfield on the Fairchild farm a short distance east of Brownhelm Center. The actual credit of the capture was given to the boy and his dad, although Chief Williams of Lorain arrived in an automobile shortly after.
And lastly, it was reported that Dr. R .P. Pelton had been arrested for speeding in his auto under complaint of one Mr. Carey. The claim was made that he was going at a rate of 11 miles an hour. The case came up for a hearing but as the lawyer for the prosecution did not arrive, the hearing was postponed and finally the charge was withdrawn.
Aside from the idea that speeding at 11 miles an hour seems laughable – at least today – one can’t help but notice that the complainant had the same last name of the those who had been fined for “racing through town” a few weeks earlier. A coincidence? Methinks not. But it’s certainly something to smile about.
Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 09/14/17.
Vol. XIII, No.19. - VERMILION,OHIO,THURSDAY, October 14, 1909
It has become quite a common thing for Cleveland parties to start out to visit town towns like Vermilion, Amherst, or Huron and bill a show claiming nearly everything by the way of attraction.
Usually about half of their so-called "talent" fails to appear and the "show" usually gives is of the rankest kind.
These shows usually so discust people that when a really good troop appears the attendance is light.
It is also quite difficult to distinguish between them by their advertising the fake from the real unless the troop is known and makes the town its regular tours.
Several "fake" shows have visited Vermilion during the past year and met with varied success, several times to "actors" have barely escaped rough usage.
The show Friday evening was apparently of the "fake" class, at any rate it was so poor that the audience consisting mostly of young people became so disgusted as to cause such a disturbance that the "show" broke up.
What would've happened to the "actors" no one can tell but the Mayor put in an apparent appearance and escorted the four players to the car. As it was about to 100 boys and girls gathered about the hall and guarded every exit. Tomatoes, eggs other handy articles were gathered and had the "show" appeared there would've been "something doing" immediately.
As it was the "magicians and singers" departed with a few tomatoes and etc., adorning their wearing apparel. They had gained their point, however, for they carried a number of 25c pieces, which they had gathered in from about 100 who attended.
We don't know whether the next gang of fakers will fare as well or not.
No Contract Made
For the present, the sewer question is at a standstill. The mayor took advantage of his power and would not allow the contract with Mr. Chapin to be made.
It is to be deplored that, after spending nearly $600 in securing plans that cannot be used, that Mr. Chapin cannot be secured to complete plans, which would have been of use at a later date even if the question of bonds did not carry this time. The citizens have repeatedly asked the council to take action upon this question in order to vote intelligently it must have all plans and specifications, assessment and apportionment, etc., furnished. If it should come to vote now with the understanding that the plant should cost of stated sum, with no definite plans made, now could anyone consciously vote for it? A good illustration is the case of the school board. Estimates were made by various architects but after the plans had been fully made it was found the cost was more. Fortunately, in this case the board had a building fund and reserve. One case of the kind should be enough. Quite a number do not feel the need of sewers but they realize that the time is near at hand when they may be shut off the use of the present so-called sewer by the State Board of Health, and then there are those who need sewers and have no drainage at all. If the citizens of Vermilion want sewers now is the time to act.
Ortney Purcell, a one armed man, was found guilty of assault by jury in the Court of Common Pleas Tuesday was remanded to the county jail to await sentence.
Purcell, who says his people live in California and that he has been "hoboing" in the East for some time, was at Crystal Beach Park, near Vermilion, on the 18th of last July. Here he got into an argument with one Michael Hopfinger, a special officer, who, after it was thought all differences had been adjusted, he attacked with a razor. The weapon was knocked from Purcell's hand. But for this fact Hopfinger would no doubt have been seriously hurt if not fatally wounded.
Good Way To Move
A curious site on our streets one day last week was moving of a building by the aid of a traction engine. The building was the "store" on the Eastside of State Street just south of the N. P. Tracks, built by John Knott, Jr., and recently purchased by N. A. Foster. Mr. Foster had the building placed on his lot on the river at Ferry Street and will convert it into a dwelling by putting on an addition. W. A. Tischer has the contract. The moving was accomplished by putting skids under the building and hitching the engine in front.
Freda Lang has accepted a position at J. C. Hendricks’s bakery.
Henry Plato, who left here a few weeks ago to be a musician in the Army, has a good position in a band at the Hudson–Fulton Exposition in New York City.
News reach Amherst last of the week that the Schott Construction Company, had accepted the waterworks franchise and had already ordered a survey of levels and distances from Townhall to the lake.
A unique accident occurred at 11 PM Sunday evening when the valuable horse of Charles Cheeseman of South Amherst ran into a rural mailbox and cut a gash in the horse’s head that caused it to bleed to death before the occupants of the buggy could render aid.
Some young man at Axtel must have quite a magnet draw him west, especially when you see him go on a night like last Sunday.
Mrs. E. J. Aubill is reported improving nicely and expects to return home for her stay at Tuscarawas in a short time.
Mr. John Myers who lived about 2 miles west of Axtel died Monday, October 11, interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Wednesday, October 13. He leaves both parents, besides brothers and sisters and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
Our sympathy goes out to them who are left to mourn his loss.
The new heating plant installed at the Axtel schoolhouse has given good satisfaction so far and appears to be just what a schoolhouse needs as there are no cold corners and all received just about the same temperature of heat.
HERE AND THERE
Several cases of diphtheria have been reported at Lorain.
Clyde Buzzard, 36, Chicago Jt. fainted at the baseball park at Pittsburgh Thursday and was trampled on in the rush. He was taken to a hospital
It is reported that the basement of the North Olmsted Congregational churches been used as a rendezvous for tramps for the past several weeks.
While taking out his shotgun to shoot pigeons, Henry Flory, a farmer living in Archbold near Wauseon, accidentally killed his wife, the mother of seven children.
While returning home from his first day study at Toledo University, Charles Truax, 19 of Genoa, Ohio, was instantly killed on Cherry St. Bridge, Toledo when he attempted to board a Lake Shore Electric interurban car.
Edward Harris of Springfield the biggest convict in the Ohio penitentiary, died from blood poisoning. The amputation of his leg failed to save his life. Harris weighed nearly 400 pounds. No cell in the prison was big enough to hold them.
Dr. James F Siddall, a retired dentist of Oberlin, aged 77, was found floating in a cistern at his home early Tuesday morning. It is supposed that he was looking down and lost his balance and fell in. A wife and five sons survived.
Roy Hines of Oberlin shot and fatally wounded Miss Clara Elliott age 20, at Wellington Tuesday morning because she refused to marry him, then fired two shots at himself. The girl died a few hours later at the Elyria Hospital.
Miss Elliott was the daughter of a well-known Pittsfield family and was employed at the home of Thomas Crabtree at Wellington. Hines is in the Elyria Hospital.
The police discovered at Cleveland, that Lillian Meirs, a pretty light haired blue-eyed girl of 20 years had been successfully posing as a boy for year three years had worked in a delivery stable, at the carpenter trade and in a grocery without her sex being unmasked. She even kept company with a girl on the west side.
A severe hurricane swept southern Florida Monday. Damage at Key West was estimated at $2,000,000.
Jacob Harris, 65, of Sandusky was struck by a car at the corner of Washington and McDonough Monday and received injuries from which he died a half hour later. Harry Putman and Joseph Keller were in charge of the car.
The question whether the ordinary insurance policy insures a man against death by legal hanging is raised in the case of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company against J. William McCue and others, which was presented Monday to the Supreme Court of the United States. McCue is one of the children of the late Mayor J. Samuel McCue, Charlottesville, Virginia, who was hanged for wife murder.
About a year previous and the company refused to pay the money on the ground that the death of the deceased by hanging annulled the contract.
Mrs. Anna Rosella Wiggam was born in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio, April 4, 1836, and departed this life at Vermilion, O. October 8, 1909 age 73 years and six months.
She was united in marriage with Mr. Michael Wiggam, March 10, 1857. In which relation she lived happily until his death nine years ago.
During their married life they resided in several different cities, prominent among these being St. Louis, Missouri, Cleveland, Ohio, and Bayonne, New York.
Since Mr. Wickham's death she has made her home with her sisters Mesdames Myers and Edson in Vermilion Ohio.
Mrs. Wiggam was of decided religious convictions and early identified herself with the church. By reason of her frequent changes of residency was connected with different denominations, but always consistently devotedly serve the same lord and master.
While living in St. Louis, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, in Cleveland of the Old Stone Church, and in Bayonne of the Dutch Reformed Church in which communion she served 30 years. Coming to Vermilion she brought her letter and came into the Fellowship of the First Congregational Church, November 17, 1905. In this relation she has been a valued member and every sense of that term. She never entertained any doubts of or uncertainties regarding the spiritual life, and was always happy and earnest in her religious experience. The pastor and membership feel very keenly, that in her death they have lost a noble example of Christian living, and a warming consecrated counselor in their work. But cherished in the abiding memory of a wide circle of friends she will continue to live.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon 2:30 o'clock in the late home on Ohio Street, in charge of the pastor the Congregational church, with address by Rev. George G Merrill, of Burton, Ohio. Tuesday morning the remains were taken to Dayton, Ohio, and interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, of that city.
Mr. John W. Meyer was born in the little village of Vermilion, September 13, 1857. Passed from this life October 11, 1909, age 52 years and 27 days. He leaves an aged father and mother, two brothers, and three sisters to mourn for him. Two brothers and one sister have having preceded him into the Great Beyond. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the home of his parents, Rev. A. G. Lohmann officiating. Burial at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Hard Knock shoes for boys at Davis store.
The Driscoll Fish Company is up to date in every respect. Being in need of a new power equipment the company has installed a 3 1/2 horse power electric motor and is now grinding ice for them at a very satisfactory manner.
Mrs. John Wendt, a cousin of Mrs. James Cuddeback died at her home in Cleveland Sunday. She leaves two daughters, one 12 and the other 6 months. Mr. and Mrs. Humm attended the funeral Tuesday.
Thomas Folger ex-Mayor of Elyria died Wednesday.
BORN – to Mr. Mrs. E. J. Kingsley, Lorain, a son, Saturday, October 9. Mrs. Kingsley was formerly Mrs. Nellie Baumhart.
The state inspectors have been investigating the Light And Hope Orphanage the past week and it is reported recommended a number of alterations. Fire escapes were ordered and the old bathtubs will be replaced by more modern equipment. The matter of schooling will receive attention also.
An officer came from Toledo Saturday night and took Howard Cuddeback back with him. Mr. Cuddeback is charged with contempt of court wherein it is alleged he failed to carry out an order of court to provide for the support of the minor child. He was allowed to return home later his hearing was set for a later date.
The steamer George Stone was wrecked off Pelee Island in the severe storm of Tuesday night and six lives were lost. The steamer left Ashtabula Monday with a load of coal for Superior ports. All day Tuesday she was beaten by the storm and at night went aground. Wednesday morning the wreck caught fire. 10 men were rescued. The watchman, a deck hand, names unknown – Lucas Cook of Cleveland, Peter Daly and Capt. Paul Howell of Erie were drowned by the capsizing of a boat in which they attempted to go ashore for help. The boat was owned by M. A. Bradley of Cleveland.
HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY
…William Hutchinson, wounded at battle of Cross Lanes, Va., August 26, 1863; discharged March —, 1863, on surgeon's certificate of disability.
John Hann captured at battle of Cross Lanes, Va., August 26, 1861; paroled May 27, 1862; transferred to the Fifth United States Cavalry by order of war department.
Thomas C. Ingles mustered out with company July 6, 1864.
Charles Jay transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps February 15, 1864, by order of war department.
James W. Kelley mustered out with company July 6, 1864.
Henry Kizer captured at battle of Cross Lanes, Va., August 26, 1861; died December 28, 1861, at Tuscaloosa, Ala., while a prisoner.
Peter Kizer died at Cumberland, Md., February 22, 1862
Joseph Kearney transferred to company B, Fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, October 31, 1864, by order of war department.
Edward Kennedy captured at battle of Cross Lanes, Va., August 26, 1861; returned March 13, 1863; wounded at battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May2, 1863; transferred to Invalid Corps January 14, 1864, by order of war department.
William T. Lowry wounded at battle of Ringgold, Ga., November 27, 1863; mustered out with company July 6, 1864.
David Lee discharged at Fairfax, Va., August 5, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.
Nahum Mears mustered out with company July 6, 1864.
John Melville mustered out with company July 6, 1864.
Charles Masters killed at battle of Cedar Mountain, Va., August 9, 1862.
Richard Mansell discharged at Warrenton, Va., July 30, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.
John Mulleman, wounded at battle of Winchester, Va., March 23, 1862; discharged July 11, 1862, by order of war department.
Andrew McMillen mustered out with company July 6, 1864.
Edward McDermott discharged June 27, 1863, by order of war department.
Henry Neighboring transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, September l, 1863, by order of war department.
Richard O'Brien, no record found.
Henry Pixley wounded at battle of Ringgold, Ga., November 27, 1863; mustered out with company July 6, 1864.
Spafford A. Penny killed in battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.
John Randolph, died at Weston, Va., July, 1861.
Frederick W. Roscoe, discharged at Gauley Bridge, Va., October 14, 1861, on surgeon's certificate of disability.
Albert L. Raymond, wounded at battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May 3,…
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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