Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens. - J.R.R. Tolkien....Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors. - Rudyard Kipling......Experience is a good school. But the fees are high. Heinrich Heine- Thoreau......I heard the crows this morning. They were arguing with the geese about who knows what. They seemed happy........rnt...............

March 25,  2017 - Inside the museum and along the lakefront=


SHOPTALK: On the shop desk this week is a terrible, but very cool, pic high over the Vermilion Lagoons sub division before many of the houses that are currently there existed. I’m guesstimating that it was taken in the early 1940s. As is obvious there are zero houses built along the first (bottom) lagoon area.

Looking at this pic I’m surprised that the land along the beachfront wasn’t snapped up first. Most of it (i.e. the lakefront property) had been developed by the time I was peddling newspapers there in the mid to late 1950s.

It’s always been a pretty place. But I’ve never wanted to live there. Today I couldn’t afford to live there, so I guess my preference is irrelevant. (It’s still pretty.)

On my home desk this week is a relatively recent pic taken in the upstairs apartment at the print shop museum. I used it on my desk because it just happened to be handy. On the other hand it’s an interesting place that I wish all the folks who no longer live in town get to visit someday. There’s a good deal of local memorabilia in this part of the museum.

What you see in this pic is, however, subject to change. The back wall (for instance) will change some in the near future. There’ll be a fireplace along that wall instead of the cedar chest. And there may be other changes as well.

A museum is like a child: It grows and changes every day.

ANTIQUE MAN:When I mentioned that I was experiencing some arthritis in my hip a few weeks ago I received some advice and sympathies from several readers – and I appreciate both. Last Tuesday (03/21/17) the doc told me that I had a choice between a new hip, or a shot.

I opted to be shot first. But holy-moly I think my hip began to hurt worse after I saw the x-ray. Sometimes it hurts to sit.

I’m not skittish about having a new hip installed; I just want to hang on to my original parts as long as possible. An antique isn’t an authentic antique unless all the parts are original.


FACKLER - 1960: Several weeks ago I received an email regarding a Vermilion Band called the Rthym Kings:

My name is Chuck Thieroff. I am from Pittsburgh, PA. A friend of mine who is a record dealer / collector from Northern Michigan recently came across a couple of discs that were recorded by Bob Flacker & the Rhythm Kings. He found them in the Cadillac, MI area and I was able ascertain the Bob Flacker lives or lived there.

I was wondering if you can provide any info of him & the band. I found you through google and also on FaceBook. Any info would be appreciated.

Thank you,

I did reply, but I've not yet sent him a pic of Fackler or the record. But I will. Here's the rest of our communications:

Hey C. I have the same recording. I got it from the wife of a friend who was one the musicians. His name was Jim Fischer. Jimmy passed just a few years ago. I knew Fackler (that's the right spelling) and some of the other guys. They were all small town Vermilion kids looking to make the big time. I don't know where Fackler is today - but if I see one of his classmates (actually I just got an email from one of them on another subject) I'll see if they might know and let you know. Fackler was a handsome kid who looked like a rock & roll star. But to my knowledge they only did the one recording. I've used it on my webpage at least one time.

They were kids with high hopes and a little talent. Making it in the big time was a crap shoot - like winning the lottery. But they had to try.


Hi Rich,

Thank you for getting back to me and for the info. I will forward it to my friend in MI. He & I (him more than me these days) have both collected records for years. When we come across we try to find out about the history of the recording & the artists kind of like being record detectives. It's been a great hobby and we have found some amazing local stuff. My friend BOB in MI was a dj @ a local radio station up in the UP years ago.

Was the record ever released commercially? The one Bob has up in MI is on an Audio-Disc which is the equivalent of a home record lathe. More like an acetate rather than a commercial release.

If you have a photo of the record and if you would be kind enough to forward it to me I would be grateful.

That was the dream of just about every kid from our generation.

One of my favorite movies is "The Thing That You Do' with Tom Hanks. It's a fictional story about a bunch of kids from Erie who make a hit record.

Thank you again for your help.


I've been running around with a fog in my head lately. But I will get back to him this p.m. In any case, I thought this was interesting. I'll bet none of the guys in this little rock and roll band from Vermilion ever thought that years later they would be of some interest to persons outside our town. In a round about way they did make it.

AL TARANT’S DARKROOM: For some who don’t know, Al Tarrant was one of my three big brothers. A good many persons about town may remember him as Al the “Bug-man.” He had worked as an exterminator (boy that sounds ominous) for 30 years. Before that he was Al the “Milkman” when he worked for the Maurer-Wikel dairy for 30 years. But when he wasn’t killing bugs or delivering milk he had a bunch of hobbies; raising tropical fish, growing orchids hydroponically, beekeeper, clock maker etc. He liked to keep busy and became fairly proficient at all these hobbies. And then some years ago when he came across about six hundred of our grandfather’s glass negatives in the attic of his apartment he became Al the “Historical Picture-maker”.

When Al died at the tender age of 77 I inherited his darkroom and its contents. While I am familiar with conventional photo processing, because of the chemicals involved, I didn’t want to keep it active. Used fixer for instance, which contains dissolved silver requires special attention. Moreover, for home-based darkrooms, there are specific limits on the amount of dissolved silver allowed in the sewage and I did not want to get into that. However, I did want to continue developing the hundreds of glass and film negatives left me. So flying entirely by the seat of my baggy jeans I repurposed Al Tarrant’s Darkroom. It is now Al Tarrant’s Digital Darkroom.

Aside from the absence of chemicals one of the most notable differences between a digital darkroom and a conventional one is that a digital room does not require total darkness. Indirect lighting is perfectly acceptable. And while some of the tools / hardware used in the process are similar in both processes they have different (i.e. repurposed) applications. The hardware for the digital method requires a digital camera, a light table, a computer and an inkjet or laser printer. With the exception of the light table many people probably have all, or most, of those items in their homes. In place of the chemicals it requires an Internet connection and photo processing software. It is hardly a complicated process.

To acquire a photo from a negative the film or glass plate is first lightly cleaned using a cotton swab and distilled water. After it is dry it is placed on the light table (shiny side up); a picture of the negative is acquired by the camera; the camera is connected to the internet and sends the photo to the “cloud” / storage; it is retrieved on the computer; processed by the computer using photo software; and sent to the printer.

Some persons have told me that these negatives can be simply scanned thereby avoiding what might seem to be a rather intensive procedure. However, I’ve found thus far that the quality of photographs produced that way suffer no matter how good one’s software may be. The photographs that accompany this essay exemplify the method used in Al’s Digital Darkroom.

The upper photo is how the glass negative appears on the light table. The inset picture shows the same negative on the light table with the camera mounted above it. The lower photo is the resulting photograph after it has been processed with the computer software. As one can see the resulting product is, or at least can be, impressive.

After the photo has been developed and printed the negative is placed in a text buffered 4-flap negative enclosure / envelope; numbered and / or otherwise identified before being placed (vertically) in a tan board glass negative storage box. The box is stored in a fire and waterproof safe. Now, just a few thoughts about the photograph:

In this case it is a beautiful landscape portrait of “The Valley at Milan, Ohio” through the lens of my grandpa’s camera. Born (1869) and raised in Milan he obviously knew where to take a good picture of his hometown. This is a busy picture of pastoral Ohio with boxcars waiting on a siding of the steam railroad, barnyards, tidy farms and fields. Aside from horse and buggy traffic the interurban is there to enhance travel between communities. The electric car also helps date the photo. These shadows are probably from about 1910. Again, it is a very, very idyllic scene. And were it not for Al Tarrant’s Darkroom these scenes of a yesteryear would still lie hidden in an old dust laden box in an attic on Grand Street.

Ref: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 03/09/17.

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

Vol. XII, No.42. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, March 25, 1909

Had A Narrow Escape

Will it work hauling hard heads to a cart Kishman Siding, on the Nickel Plate Ry Friday, Homer Cuddeback of this place met with an accident which came very nearly causing his death. He was standing on the wagon with one foot on a rock and the other on a board used as a seat trying to bring his wagon as close to the car as possible when the stone rolled, throwing him suddenly to the ground with great force. He struck on his head and was rendered unconscious for a brief time. When he came to he arose and found his head twisted to one side. With great effort he straightened his head up. By this time Jas. Cuddeback and M. Lee who were a short distance away came to his assistance. He had to lay down again and the men made him as comfortable as possible until he could be brought home on the electric. The doctor said he came near having his neck broken. He is at present getting along as nicely as can be expected. The shock of the fall has made him very lame.


The fishing has started out the season with heavy catches as high as 7000 lbs. being reported from one boat. Package Packers are working early and late preparing the fish for shipment.

Vermilion now has three large well-equipped fish companies, all recently incorporated and nowhere on Lake Erie can be found a better fleet of boats mostly new. Besides these companies there are number of individual fishermen with small outfits and gasoline boats who are doing well in the business, selling their fish to the large concerns.

Into New Quarters

George Beecroft has lease the building formerly occupied by the noon Brothers Café and is being refitted and prepared for the market fixtures. When he is located in the building Mr. Cropp will have as fine a business places can be desired. The crop market has been in the in its present quarters for about 10 years.

Mr. Cropp is all that genial disposition which makes him popular with his customers and always serves them with the best he can obtain.


The Lakeshore Railway Co. has been temporarily enjoined from raising its tracks inside the corporation of Vermilion Village in accordance with the decision made Tuesday by John Judge Kincaid and Wildman of the circuit court. The case was up for hearing in the Common Pleas Court last week but Judge Reed refused to grant an injunction giving time for the case to be appealed to the circuit court. The temporary injunction will hold good until the further hearing of the case, which is set for April 6. The court giving the decisions made a ruling which will be of interest, requiring that cases which are heard upon appeal in this county, be heard on a transcript of evidence, an agreed statement of facts or upon depositions. No more oral evidence will be accepted in appeal cases before the circuit court in Erie County.

It is reported that Judge Sloan of the probate court is reported to be slowly regaining his health at the sanitarium in Dansville, N. Y.

Will Submit It To A Vote

At a recent meeting of the Board of Education a resolution was passed calling for a bond issue. The resolution and call for elections is published elsewhere in these columns. The board must make provisions for the better accommodations of the pupils and we believe have adopted the less expensive way.



The Maple Sugar Social given by the ladies of the M. E. Church was well attended on Saturday evening.

The funeral service of E.E. Walker were held at the home on Friday afternoon. A large concourse of friends assembled together. The services were conducted by Rev. Black. Rev. Harding assisting. The remains were interred in the family lot that Kendeigh corners.

The Cleveland Stone Company sent out a call to all its old employees to start work Monday. Several new men will also be given work. The machinery, which has been long looked for has arrived and everything was put into readiness for the men to start work Monday.

Quite a number of the children of Foster Park school are confined to their home on account of Whooping Cough.

Mrs. Lewis Mobias was taken to Lorain hospital last week and operated upon Thursday morning. She has been in ill health for some time.

BORN – To Mr. and Mrs. George Nieding March 18th, a daughter.

BORN - To Mr. and Mrs. Foldine Schriner of South Amherst, March 17th, a son.

The funeral of Mrs. Kohlmeyer was held Wednesday afternoon at her home.

Mrs. Edward Steele has purchased a meat market on Oberlin Avenue in Lorain and has hired Frank Lassen to run it for her.

Strong's Corners

BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. M. Bob a daughter, March 20, ‘09.

Mr. J. Reinhard butchered hogs for market Monday

Mrs. J. Zurcher is seriously ill at this writing.

Frank Miller has purchased him a new drag.

The children at the N. Amherst German School will be confirmed Sunday, March 28 09.


Elizabeth (Schaub) Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Schaub of Vermilion Township, was born September 1847, and died March 8, 1909, aged 51 years, six months, eight days. She was married to Bergley Davis; they lived in Joppa until the death of Mr. Davis in October 1899. After his death his widowed wife moved to Vermilion where she lived for nearly 3 years having moved to Birmingham in 1905. She had been an invalid and a very great sufferer most of her life. Her last hard sickness lasted two weeks during which time she suffered intensely. She was a faithful Christian woman and a kind and loving neighbor to all who knew her.

The funeral services were held from Birmingham church on Wednesday morning conducted by Rev. A. G. Rupert, interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery. – Berlin Ht’s Budget.

Judge S.S. Bacon, 75, died Friday at his home in Ottawa.

Rev. Fr. Theodore Litterst, 30 years pastor of St. Sebastian's church at Bismarck, Huron County, died Wednesday of dropsy. He has been ill since November burial Saturday.

Toledo’s Third Annual Auto show began in that city Monday and will close Saturday night. Visitors will be shown how steel is worked into cars.

Clarence Binkley of Fremont failed in an attempt to kill his wife Friday and turned the revolver on himself. He received a wound in the head, which will probably not prove fatal.

Run Trains To Right

The Lakeshore railroad on May 1 will begin running trains on right hand tracks for the first time in the history of the road.

Many years ago when trains were started on the road the system of running to the left instead of the right of approaching trains was put into effect. The Lake Shore is one of the last to change, there being but one of the road of any considerable size running on left-hand tracks. That is the Chicago Northwestern.

The change is due to the installation of the new block system.

The kidnapping of the Whittla boy has been the principal topic here as elsewhere for the past few days and some of our county's contemporaries have made much of rumors that the boy had been seen at Ceylon and various places nearby. The return of the boy and the arrest of a man and woman in Cleveland with nearly $10,000 done up similar to the ransom money brings the affair to a sudden close. The bills were all marked so as to be easily identified and without doubt will lead to an early conviction of the kidnappers. The penalty in Pennsylvania according to the dispatches is imprisonment for life or any term of years at the discretion of the court. Any person assisting and kidnapping may be punished by a fine of $5,000 and imprisoned for not more than 25 years at the discretion of the court.

At 9:30 on the morning of March 18, 1909, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, eight-year-old Billy Whitla walked toward the chalkboard in his classroom. His teacher had asked him to write the daily class motto on the board. Suddenly, the school janitor opened the door and stated that Billy’s father had sent someone to take him out of school for the day. The teacher helped Billy put on his coat and cap.

Billy walked outside and saw a man sitting in a buggy. The stranger helped Billy into the seat and told the child to call him "Jonesy." A few blocks away, they stopped at a mailbox and he ordered Billy to drop a letter into the slot. Jonesy said the letter would tell his mother where he was going. (It was actually a ransom note.)

Eventually taken to Cleveland and kept in an apartment, the ransom was paid and Billy was released on a dark street. He got on a streetcar and was immediately recognized by a couple of teenagers who took him to his father at the Hollenden Hotel.

The next day, Cleveland police arrested James and Helen Boyle. They were in a saloon “sotted to the gills” and spending money like there was no tomorrow. When arrested, Mrs. Boyle had $ 9,790 sewn inside her skirt. The bank wrappers were still on the bills and the serial numbers matched those of the ransom money.

James Boyle was tried and sentenced to life in prison. He died while in confinement. Helen Boyle was given 25 years but was paroled after 10. She quickly descended into obscurity.

Theodore Roosevelt said Wednesday for Africa.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Willis of Vermilion have moved into it into a suite of rooms in the F. B. Roscoe house north and east of town (i.e. Milan, Ohio). Mr. Willis will work on the farm for Mr. Roscoe. – Norwalk reflector

Mrs. John Prechtel of Lorain is helping to care for her mother who's very at the home of her daughter Mrs. Driver.

Burr Poyer returned home from a trip to Texas this morning accompanied by his son Claude who has been and still is very ill.

At an early hour Wednesday morning fire alarm was sounded, a fire having been discovered in Black's Fish House. It was extinguished however with the aid of the department.

Wm. Toner had the misfortune to meet with an accident last Friday at the stamping works which resulted in the loss of the first and second fingers of his right hand. The young man is recovering nicely from his injuries.

Ray Connors, convicted of the murder of a Chinese laundryman at Lorain last summer, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Judge Washburn Friday.

Mrs. Clara Buzzard, a Toledo teacher died this week, from accidentally swallowing several pieces of glass, which had fallen in some canned fruit.

P.O. Folk for 18 years college carpenter of Oberlin fell down the elevator shaft in Peter's Hall on Friday his death resulted Tuesday.

Bills Signed By Harmon

Among the bills signed by Gov. Harman when he took his pen in hand Tuesday evening, were the following:

To establish memorial building on the side of Collinwood school.

Medals for Wright brothers of Dayton, to cost $200.

For the transportation of police and firemen on duty by traction companies.


Mrs. Rose Todd will soon have her house begun.

Mrs. Webster has been on the sick list during the last week.

Sugaring hangs on well but the price of syrup and sugar hangs on too.

Houses are in demand here. People moving into town buying and, makes it hard for those who rent to secure a home.

If we were to judge by appearances we would say that it was spring. Then again we wouldn't if we saw the frost like snow lying in the shadow of buildings at 10 o'clock.


Miss Edna Trinter is still on the sick list.


SOMEWHERE IN VERMILLION: Someday I'll figure out where all these shops were. But until then the advertisements will have to suffice.

One Woman’s Opinion…


Mary Wakefield Buxton

I should have known there would be trouble adjusting to life with the Virginian. That’s the problem with the universal condition known as “falling in love.” Once this happens to some poor soul, all rational thought is forever removed from the human brain.

Still, looking back, I received lots of red flags. A major one came from my dear small town church, the First Congregational Church in Vermilion, Ohio. When I went over to line up the date of my wedding with my minister, Reverend Bertoni, I learned the Virginian and I needed to have “pre-marital counseling.”

“What’s that?” I asked, not liking the sound of it. I wasn’t the sort to be counseled but rather preferred to learn life’s many tough lessons the hard way.

It helps couples orientate to each other, he explained. It signals possible areas of trouble ahead. It’s better to know what problems might come up in the future then to blindly charge ahead.

Of course, the good man knew very well that I was amongst the group he called the blind chargers. Also, Chip was on his Naval ship and out to sea and quite unable to come to Vermilion for pre- marital counseling sessions. My minster was not terribly concerned. He suggested that we would each take the pre-marriage tests separately; I would simply email Chip’s test to him on his ship. He would take the test and return it and the minister would sit down with me with both our tests in hand and compare the answers. In that way I, at least, would be alerted to possible areas of conflict.

It sounded like a good idea so I promptly took my test and mailed Chip his copy.

A week later I talked to Chip on the phone. “Did you take your marriage test, dear?” I asked.

“No,” he responded curtly. “I didn’t like the questions, much too personal! I should never answer such questions! My life is not the business of your church!”

What? What? “But, dearest, We have to take the test and be counseled as to find out if we are truly compatible.”

“Sorry. I made an airplane out of the test and shot it off the fantail of my ship,” was his answer. Now, if that wasn’t a gigantic red flag, I would like to know what was. Even a blind charger could figure that out.

The worst part of all this was I had to go back to Reverend Bertoni and explain to him that the test I had sent to Chip had somehow been “lost in the mail.” The fact is, we were running out of time and there was not enough time to mail another test. So I did the pre- marital counseling by myself with the good minister. A lot of help that did to prepare me for my forthcoming marriage to a mule. A southern mule, perhaps, but, if truth be told, I think I may have qualified very nicely as a northern mule. I can only imagine God was up there laughing at all the comic pre-wedding human antics on earth.

Well, pre- marital counseling or not, my church tried its best to prevent the kinds of shocks that came about on our honeymoon. I will get to that part of the story shortly. In the meantime the marriage ceremony was completed, the reception a great success, and so Chip and I bid our mutual families and friends goodbye and departed Vermilion for our first night together as man and wife.

Surely a happier newly wedded couple, a more enthusiastic pair ready to take on life however it would be dished up, or a more love- struck duo had never taken off from their wedding day before. We headed to a swanky hotel in Cleveland for our first night as man and wife. After that we would proceed to San Diego enjoying a three week trip across country to Chip’s new ship.

I looked back at my family and friends bidding me good bye. Tears crested in the corners of my eyes. All six of the Wakefield brothers, A.F. William, Fred, my father, George, Ted and Ernest and sister, Ruth, and their families were in town for my wedding, as a clan, and they were scheduled to celebrate the 100th birthday of their father, F.W. Wakefield, in the old home place the very next day. I remembered well it was F.W. that had changed the lives of our family, once poor but proud Englishmen immigrating to America in 1862 and experienced the American dream come true. It was hard to say goodbye to both beloved family and hometown and all the people I loved.

I can’t pretend, even now, at age 75 and looking back at this time in my life that it was easy for me to leave. I looked at the Virginian that I had married who was now my husband and would be the guiding light in my new family. O, farewell, dear Vermilion! California, (and God knows what else,) here we come! (Pure Bliss to be continued next week) C 2017 861



…Upon the glacial surface are found unconsolidated materials, the lowest of which is blue clays, stratified in thin layers containing no fossils, but coniferous wood and leaves; after the clay, sand, gravel and boulders in large quantities were transported from the region north of the lakes and spread over a large area south of them; these were floated to their places by ice bergs.

Following the water period ensued an era of continental elevation, which progressed until the present level was reached and the drift deposits raised several hundred feet above the ocean level. This took place slowly and was marked by periods of repose. In these intervals of rest our terraces and lake ridges were formed. These ridges mark old shorelines—such is now being formed at Cedar Point. The "ridge roads" are well known and mark the lines of the principal ridges. No boulders are found on the ridges, so that they are of more recent date than the action that deposited the boulders. In some of the ridges in this county is found a yellow sand, light and loamy, and largely used as a moulding sand.

The drift deposits have been removed from a great part of Erie county. In the southern part of the county the boulder clay is found covering the rock surface. This is blue, or where exposed and its iron oxidized, reddish yellow unstratified clay, thickly set with angular fragments of shale taken from the lake basin. With these are small boulders usually ground and striated, derived from the old rocks north of the lakes.

In this part of the county are also found beds of sand and the lake ridges, which rest on the boulder clay. These ridges are the effect of shore waves and are old beaches formed when the lake stood much higher than it does now and in the same manner that Cedar Point sand ridge is now forming, and which will ultimately dike out the lake. The part of the county north of the last lake shore, which is the ridge at Castalia, and thence east imperfectly parallel with the present shore, from which the drift has been removed, is covered by a fine sediment mixed with vegetable remains, making a remarkably rich soil, having the characteristics of the prairie soils of the West.

The formation of the lake ridges was the last in the sequence of events which make the history of our surface geology, and brings us down to the present time, which seems a period of rest; but everyday sees something taken from the barrier of Niagara and at no distant day, geologically speaking, Lake Erie will have shared the fate of all lakes and have been drained to its bottom.

The solid earth under our feet has a history as well as the people who have lived on its surface. We learn that once a great part of this country was buried under ice like Greenland- Earlier still it had jungles of palms and other tropical plants; yet further back it lay beneath a wide ocean; and beyond that time can be traced many still more remote periods, when it was forest-covered land or wide marshy plains, or again buried under the great…

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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LOOKING BACK: This view of Vermilion is unusual, but the picture postcard isn’t. This has been sitting on my desk at home for several weeks. I just like looking at it. Evidently some enterprising person thought it would be a novel idea to take a pic from the lighthouse looking (south) down the west breakwall instead of the usual; looking at the light from the breakwall. And it is unusual.

But the postcard, and many like it, has been in circulation for years. The first time I saw it I copied it and put it on a t-shirt. I’m not sure of its age (i.e. the scene). It’s very early 20th century; maybe 1905 or 06.

I used it this week because I left the one I had ready for this slot on the page at the shop. I’ll use it next time


After a hardy Arkansas rainstorm filled all the potholes in the back alley, a young mother watched her two little boys playing in a water puddle through her kitchen window. The older of the two, a five year old lad, grabbed his sibling by the back of the head and shoved his face into the water hole.

As the younger boy recovered and stood laughing and dripping, the mother ran to the back yard in a panic. "Why on Earth did you do that to your little brother?" she screamed as she shook the older boy in anger.

"We were just playing 'church,' Mommy" He said. "I was baptizing him like the preacher did in church last Sunday. I said, "I now baptize you in the name of the father, the son, and in-da-hole-he-goes!"

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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 "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, 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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