Sunshine and Security
SHOPTALK: On my home computer desktop this week is a pic of the old sundial in from of South Street School. Once upon a time this was the centerpiece of a quaint little sitting area. It even had benches. Who’s to know what will become of the dial base? The metal dial came of the base years ago – and custodian Larry Howell gave it to the Board Office. It has likely found it’s way into the trash since then. People new to the town and the schools probably didn’t recognize it origin.
The inset shoptop image is that of the closed circuit television views around the museum. I often use it to see who comes into the “shop” while I’m working on my computer in the bindery room. The system emails me photo alerts at home if it detects any great movement inside our outside the building, as it makes a video record. On occasion I’ve used it to communicate to persons at the museum from home. Pretty cool.
I placed a few pieces of furniture in the room just for the heck of it. My sister (Ginny) and brother-in-law (Dave Wilkes) donated the child’s desk. The chairs were in other rooms. The room is very attractive.
Although this is a bedroom initially it will be furnished like a sitting room / den until perhaps January.
The next project will be turning a small bedroom into a darkroom. That will be a real challenge.
MUSUEM 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 $3 (for adults) is requested. Children accompanied with an adult will be admitted free. For Special Tours call: 440-967-4555.
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.
If you would like to become a member the VNPSM you can send a check or money order to:
Vermilion Print Shop Museum727 Grand Street Vermilion, Ohio 44089440.967.4555.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK:Take the time to visit us on Facebook. Click on the badge below and stop in. We'll keep adding pix as we go along. If you're in the area come on in. I try to be there in the a.m. most everyday. If you see a Chevy Silverado in the drive with the plate "MRCOOKR" stop by and see what's cooking.
1935: This photo of part of the Junior class at VHS in 1935 is from the Vermilion High School annual “Hi-Times” from 1935. One of the reasons I used it here is because it shows the sundial in front of what was then a high school when the dial was still in working order, and when the benches still existed. [NOTE: I believe the stone benches simply degraded and, basically, crumbled. They just were victims of Ohio weather.]
I remember six of the nine faces in this pic. All were well known Vermilionites.
GOODY: I now have a good deal of information pertaining to the owners of Vermilion's popular soda
shop. Unfortunately I'm not prepared to use it right this moment. (Sorry.)
What is apparent here, however, is that the town some of use once knew is slowly, but surely, disappearing. Ain't that always the way of it?
WHEN THEY CALLED IT DIVISION STREET: This photograph has been published in numerous places over the years. Unfortunately, few of the published pictures really allow persons much of an opportunity to examine it in much detail. And there is a great deal to look at.
These circa 1899 shadows were likely captured from a second floor window of Vermilion's Masonic Building looking southeast over a parade on Main Street when they called it "Division" Street.
On the dusty course below the window Vermilion's Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Band appears to have halted and is, perhaps, performing for spectators. The occasion (if the sign above the street behind the band is an indicator) is a "Firemen's Convention". During the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries Vermilion Village was host to several conferences of this nature. Volunteer fire-fighters from surrounding towns regularly gathered to share their experience and knowledge in an effort to refine methods of controlling fire hazards in their respective communities. The sign over the wooden walk on the opposite side of the street blazing abroad the availability of "Milwaukee Beer" and a "Hot Lunch" indicates that fires of a more corporeal and immediate nature could be extinguished at Jim Nolan's Saloon.
Nolan's buvette, was sandwiched (pun intended) between the Schwensen Bakery to the south (right) and the outdoor dance floor and refreshment bar of the Lakehouse Hotel to the north (left). Currently (2009) it is an empty building housing the ghosts of the Strong Waters, Flashback, Brass Horn, Lemon Tree, and Eland's/Lefties saloons. It has a comprehensive (again, pun intended) oral history.
When this image was frozen a Vermilion man by the name of James F. Nolan and his wife Adel owned the place. James, born in Vermilion in February of 1860, was the oldest of six children born to Irish native William, and Canadian born Mary, Nolan. The elder Nolan was a sailor. And prior to purchasing the taproom, which took his name, the younger Nolan also spent some time on the lake.
The sign in the foreground (lower right in the photo) marks the location of ' George H. Englebry's shoe store. George was born in Vermilion in May 1869. He was the son of German immigrants Jacob and Margaret Englebry. About the time this picture was taken he married Bertha Naegele in Vermilion. Born in August of 1879 she was the daughter of Vermilion residents Charles Frederick Naegele and Emma Hull. George died in 1904 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. Bertha later (1913) married another Vermilion man named Hubert White.
A sign on the back of the buggy just beneath Englebry's sign is an advertisement for the J.B. Lewis Co. of Boston Massachusetts. The Lewis Company was once recognized throughout the United States as a quality manufacturer of leather boots and shoes. Englebry must have been a distributor.
Yet, setting all those things aside the people gathered along the parade route are as curious as the parade itself. Male spectators decked out in straw hats, fedoras, and navy-style and military ¬style chapeaux; some in coats and vests; others in their shirtsleeves; mustached; arms on hips, or in their pockets; loiter on the walkways to pay witness to the proceedings. The few ladies in the gathering dressed in ankle¬ length dresses, long-sleeve blouses, some with their hair tucked under close fitting hats - some without - seem to search for a familiar face among the marchers. And, finally, there is one little fellow, who looks as though he hadn't taken a bath for a month, standing barefoot on a sandstone curb - spellbound by all the hubbub along Division Street - in that yesteryear.
AGAIN - ANOTHER NEW (NOW OLD) THING: Initially I said that "This will not take the place of the "Macabre" stuff all the time - but will supplement whilst I search for more macabre stories to tell." But methinks that it's carved out a niche for itself and the "Macabre stuff" with have to find another.
So stay tuned...
Vol. X – NO.18 – October 11, 1906.
Four the prisoners recently indicted by the grand jury were arraigned before Judge Reed in the court of common pleas Monday.
Fred Portz pleaded guilty to a charge of staling valuables from a bathhouse at Cedar Point and was sentenced to the Reformatory at Mansfield.
Isaac Reynolds pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with horse stealing.
[VV. Ed. Note: Wow! Horse stealing? Rustling in 1906? And here I always thought that such activities only took place in the Wild West. How naïve of me; but it was on the eve of the automobile revolution so I suppose it isn’t really surprising.]
Orris Dawes jointly indicted with hiss brother, Roy, for burglary and larceny pleaded not guilty.
Jesse Shatto was given further time in which to plead to a charge of grand larceny.
A final hearing was had in the case of N.W. Otto vs. Fred and Sophia Hammer, in which a temporary injunction was granted in March enjoining the defendants form chaining up a gate or interfering with the egress of the plaintiff through the same. The injunction was make perpetual.
The suit of Homer N. Sturdevant vs. E.W. DeWitt, administrator of the estate of George Pawson, to recover $478 alleged to be due for services rendered as a nurse, was on trial in the court of common pleas on Friday afternoon. The principal witness on the stand was Fred B. Smith, a neighbor, of the deceased, who testified to seeing the plaintiff at the house performing services for him in his sickness. He said that Dawson, whom he describes “as an old reprobate” was a hard patient to take care of owing to the nature of his affliction. It developed during the testimony of the witness that Sturdevant had attended the Pawson’s wife, an old lady of 70 years, who was confined to her bed as the result of an accident. Mrs. Pawson was struck by the Twentieth Century Limited on the Lake Shore railroad and was thrown in the air and alighted several rods away with no other injuries than a general shaking up and a wound on her hand. The witness explained that Mrs. Pawson was a rugged old lady and ventured the opinion that it would take more than a Twentieth Century Limited to kill her. In fact, she was quite a “lively corpse’ when she arrived after the collision with the limited and protested against being subjected to medical treatment. “She died with her boots on,” Mr. Smith added. “I found her dead in bed. There was no doctor and no inquest. She just wore herself out I suppose. She was a rugged piece of humanity; her equal is hard to find. She was a good generous whole-souled woman.”
The case went over until Monday afternoon. –Reg.
After deliberating all day without arriving at an agreement the jury in the case of H.N. Sturdevent [sic] vs. E.W. DeWitt administrator of the estate of James Pawson was discharged by Judge Reed Tuesday evening. It was stted that the jury was evenly divided. Sturdevant claimed nearly $500 for services as a nurse to the deceased. It was said that Pawson who owned a small farm in Vermilion township has no heirs in this country and that his estate will go to relatives in England.
Sunday afternoon J.P. Best went into a field to get a choice melon. He saw three boys evidently after the same fruit and gave chase. He followed them until sure of their identity and then returned to the patch where he found a sack bearing the owners name. The boys had plugged a number of fine melons and finally selected one to carry away. The owner of the sack may have same by calling for it.
Don’t’ forget to attend the Saturday evening dances to be held at Firemen’s Hall during he entire winter. Given under the auspices of the Vermilion Volunteer Firemen. Good music and instructions will be present to teach beginners. Tickets 50c. Ladies Free.
The Williams family was well represented at the courthouse Monday. Mayor H.R. Williams of Vermilion and Prosecutor Williams were engaged on opposite sides of a lawsuit in the court of common pleas. During the afternoon a timid little fellow came and enquired for “Mr. Williams” and was directed to the courtroom. He waited while the two namesakes delivered themselves of a lot of oratory and when the jury trying the case had been sent to their room he got the ear of the prosecutor only to find that it was the wrong Williams. Nor was it the genial mayor of Vermilion that was the object of his quest. The particular Williams he came to see was the gentleman who is superintendent of schools and who has his headquarters in the high school building, whither the youngster was directed. He left the building in a hurry and made a beeline for the high school building. –Register.
The following message concerning his son Frank who is ill with typhoid fever, has been received by John Moes.
“Your son is doing nicely, having been free of fever for several day, so I hope to have him sitting up in a few days.” – T.W. Watts, A.A. Surgeon – U.S. Marine Hospital.
Wm. Pickett shot and killed a dog recently that was roaming the streets.
The merchants have decided to close their places of business at 8 o’clock.
B.E. Taylor of Sandusky has purchased the 20-acre farm of Mrs. Lizzie Wright on the Bogart Road and has had it laid out in town lots.
Fred Krock has sold his stock of liquors to C.A. Saunders.
Yesterday as Mr. Henry Grensenbach was crossing the bridge one of his horse hind legs crushed through the plank. It was thought it could not be released until it had broken its leg as the chopping away of the broken plank made it jump making the danger greater but when it was released it walked home all right.
The cold storms make one think abut empty coal bins that must be filled soon and that stove that has to be put up.
Apples nearly all picked themselves during the last wind.
L.D. and Eliza Nielson to Conrad Alheit, part of lot 23, Vermilion village. $3.50.
George and Martha Fey to Daniel E. Thompson, 1 acre of land in Vermilion township; $100.
W.F. and Francella A. Washburn to Daniel E. Thompson, lots in Vermilion township; $312.
L.U. Todd spent Tuesday at Cleveland.
Miss Berth Smith is still very ill at her home in Ogontz.
The new masonic temple at Elyria will be dedicated Oct. 18.
Capt. E.A. Hill was home a few days this week while his boat was in Huron.
[VV. Ed. Note: Captain Hill was lost sometime later in a great (I believe an early winter) storm on the Great Lakes.]
Mrs. Bessie Mitchell of Grand Rapids, Mich., is the guest of her sister Mrs. F.C. Morgan.
[VV. Ed. Note: I add this little notice because it may prove helpful to historians and genealogists. Vermilion’s late Dorothy Hart and Mary Bogart were stepchildren in the Morgan family. Both women have many children and grandchildren.]
And Edison Phonograph is a valuable acquisition to any home. A.D. Baumhart can supply you.
Mr. E.T. Bottomley of the NEWS is enjoying a vacation from office duties this week. He is spending the time at Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Chicago.
[VV. Ed. Note: Mr. Bottomley was my grandmother’s father. He was born in England and migrated to America with his family when he was about seven years old. After he married my great-grandmother they moved to Minnesota (where she’d been born). In the latter part of the 19th century they moved to Milan, Ohio where he went into the grocery business with his brother. Eventually he moved to Vermilion where my grandmother lived. For a few years he worked for THE NEWS as an advertising salesman.
WANTED – Man or woman to take care of sick or woman for general housework. Enquire of – MRS. OTTO BAUMHART – Cor. Huron and Washington sts.
FARM FOR SALE – The Henry Nuhn farm 2 miles west of Vermilion consisting of 46 acres, good 6-room house, fair barn, everything in good order. Good Bargain for someone. – Enquire – P.E. Jackson, R.F.D. No. 2.
Three inches of snow reported from Axtel this morning, Oct. 11.’06.
John Carr has sold his place to Rev. Chas. Balson and will move his family to Lorain next week. They will take with them the best wishes of many friends.
Miss Mae Volk is on the sick list this week.
Manager Giddings of the Vermilion Telephone co. has found his introduction into his new position rather strenuous, the high winds and storms having put quite a number of phones out of business. However, he was equal to the emergency and soon put them in running order again.
The case of the State of Ohio against Frank chimney and Mark Scribner has been dismissed in Justice Deitricks court at the cost of the complainant. The case was instated some time ago for alleged assault and battery and was set for hearing Thursday morning but he prosecuting witness failed to appear. All parties are from Vermilion.
As the old adage goes, "Out of sight, out of mind." Many long-time residents of our Vermilion have nearly forgotten the Riverside Inn. It was hardly a five-star eatery/saloon. So it's no big surprise that very few photos of it exist.
The Inn was located on the site presently occupied by Weld-Master (window) Manufacturing on the south side of Liberty Avenue just one door east of Exchange Street. A lady named Betty Kemmerer and her husband were then the proprietors. Betty· was the daughter of a well known Vermilionite named George Harris, Sr. (VPJ 1-10-08).
While I was not yet born these shadows were captured (c.1942) my recollections of the place from the early 1950's were vivid enough to allow me to recognize it when I processed the picture from some old Vermilion News photo negatives. The reason for the photo is evident by the structural damage apparent in the photo. But I have, currently, no details about the cause. Neither do I have any personal experience(s) to share with readers about the eatery. But through the years I have heard a few anecdotes relative to it.
Vermilion resident Larry Howell tells a story that took place during his youth when he and a group of his buddies were speeding on their bicycles past the Inn. When he approached the front of the place some old fellow opened the front door - which swung outward over the walk - knocking him - head over heels - off his bike. This story affords one some idea of just how close the building was to the front walk.
Another story concerns an old boatyard craftsman whose fondness for divine spirits of a corporeal nature ofttimes led him to divagate from his intended Port of Call. This gent was also a member of Vermilion's esteemed Volunteer Fire Department. One day when the "alarum" was sounded he left his workshop along the river and headed up the hill toward the fire station on Ohio Street. As his co-workers and friends watched him - openly expressing their admiration for his dedication to the greater good of the citizenry - he crossed Liberty Avenue and entered the Riverside Inn. Evidently the fire in his belly was more in need of immediate extinguishing than the one for which the village alarm had been sounded.
I don't recall precisely when the place closed. But methinks it sat empty for a time until the owner, Vermilion businessman Elton Fischer, sold it. The building was, of course, demolished and a new Vermilion Post Office was then built on the site.
If-you stick around Vermilion long enough you'll witness the comings and goings of many, many business establishments and the folks who frequented them. This is not, however, a preface for some grandiose socio-economic critique or theory about the nature of commerce nor the people of our community. It's just a homespun observation tendered by an equally "home-spun" person whose memory was "jogged" - just a tad - by an old, and very extraordinary, photograph from a yesteryear that, but for its existence, might very well have been consigned to oblivion.
THE FIRE-LANDS: I found the following information re: the early inhabitants of our area to be extremely informative. Methinks you will also.
I am getting better at transcribing these passages so there are fewer mistakes. But I like to read as I go - and sometimes I fill in the blanks. So tread carefully this trail through yesteryear.
The following series will take thee to the townships south of Vermilion. Methinks you'll find this history quite fascinating.
Township number five, in range twenty-three, is bounded on the north by Perkins township, on the south by Ridgefield, east by Milan and west by the township of Groton. The surface of the township is level, except along the course of the streams. The soil for the greater part is a black loam, which is rich and productive. In the east and northern portions a sandy soil predominates.
The only stream of importance touching this township is the Huron river. This flows through the southeast corner of the township from the west. Two other small streams are found in Oxford: Pipe creek, which flows through the northern and western part of the township, and Crab Apple creek. The course of this stream is through the southeast part of the township, emptying into Huron river.
The township was first colonized in the month of February, 1810, by six families from Conneaut, Erie county, Pennsylvania. They were: Jonathan Sprague Sr., a man far advanced in years, who had been a lieutenant in the army of the Revolution, and originally from the State of Vermont. He erected a cabin on the east bank of Pipe creek, about one fourth of a mile west of Bloomingville. A son, Jonathan, Jr., and three families of Dunham's, settled between Mr. Sprague’s and the present Bloomingville. Linas Ensign settled on the east bank of Pipe creek, about one mile southwest of Bloomingville, on the farm afterwards occupied by John Paxton.
In the mouth of July of the same year, Thomas James, from New London, Connecticut, and James Forsyth, from Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, moved into the township. James settled on a tract of land he had previously purchased, some half a mile northeast of Bloomingville. James Forsyth settled about one half mile southwest of Bloomingville, and one fourth of a mile west of Pipe creek. During the fall of the same year, Nathan, Standish and Ruel Wood located about half a mile east of Bloomingville. The next year Thomas Hamilton, Dr. Waitsell Hastings and John Dillingham settled at Bloomingville, and Samuel McGill about one mile southwest of them. During the summer and fall of this year, Jabez Wright and Almon Ruggles surveyed the township. Benjamin Drake was in the county at the time, and assisted as chain bearer, and, while so employed, purchased the farm now occupied by his son, F. D. Drake (lot fifteen, section four). There were large accessions to the colony this year, and many from Conneaut, Pennsylvania, located in Groton township.
The next year, the war with Great Britain checked emigration, and the cowardly surrender of the traitor, Hull, at Detroit, shortly afterward exposed the thinly scattered settlements of northwestern Ohio to the depredations of the Indians. The inhabitants were greatly alarmed, and many of them fled to the older settlements for safety. The larger number of those who fled from this section went to Mansfield, conveying their provisions and household goods on packhorses and in wagons, driving their stock. Benjamin Drake was with this company; the roads were bad and progress slow and tedious. The women and children suffered much, during this march, from exposure,…
A PLETHORA OF THINGS: I found all these little items inside a tin at the museum. Among them are coins from France, England and Japan - some are tokens (i.e. the “Bud” Tarrant thing). Two are dog tags from WW1. There’s a clock key, a few lapel pins, tie clips, a bullet (sans load) and a letter opener etc. The while knife-like thing (upper right) is a bone used for folding paper. If nothing else all these little things make an interesting portrait.
Nine year old Little Johnny, was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school.
"Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission, to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge so that the cops could not follow them, and all the Israelites were saved."
"Now, Johnny, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked, scornfully.
"Well, no, Mom. But if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it."
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'".
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, "Grandmas’ 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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Vol.12, Issue 25 - August 30, 2014
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