Pretty Girls & Birmingham School
SHOPTALK: This week the desktops feature the old school at Birmingham and a girls Sunday School Class at the First Congregational Church c.1915.
The Birmingham School (as some already know) was razed several years a back and the space is now used as a park. Vermilionite Larry Bettcher told me that the folks in Birmingham have the bell that once called the students to classes at the school. It will be installed at the entrance to the park. [I don’t get up that way too much so the bell may well have already been placed.]
I really like the pic of the Sunday School girls. It seems so fresh. One other thing about this particular photo is the public stable seen behind the youngsters. It was the muni-parking garage of those times. But methinks it was free parking (with oats).
PIX, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, & BELLS:This week I’ve been busing matting and framing photographs for the museum. I try to use the old (original) frames on as many of the original pix and prints when possible. Placing them is problematic. We do have a good deal of wall space. But hanging the pix certainly makes the museum feel nice.
I also had a fire extinguisher company come in to check the operational condition our existing apparatus. We only had to update one extinguisher and add one on the second floor. Again, having these things in working order is a comfort.
We also added a shopkeepers bell to the front door of the museum. It’s pretty cool – ring-a-ding-dinging – when the door opens and closes. Many times I’m here alone working in another part of the building so it will be of some help. I also have a mic(rophone) on in the office connected to our radio system so I can hear when someone enters wherever I might be.
Things are taking shape.
YEAR 12:This issue of “VV” is the final edition of year eleven for the page. [Time flies when yer havin’ fun.]
In the beginning (as some know) “VV” was simply an email sent to a few friends. The net was a tad different at the time. I started out with AOL – unlimited access – and promptly found it wanting. So I changed to CenturyTel (now CenturyLink) and put up with the confounded screeching involved in logging on for a few years before they came up with the instant connect of Broadband. Things have certainly changed rather quickly.
I don’t know how long “VV” will last because – as indicated – thing change real fast on the net. Smart phones and tablets are taking the place of most computers, and the social media is usurping the need for pages such as this. So I doubt that we’ll be around another eleven years. But until then, let the fun continue…
FIVE-OH-ONE-CEE-THREE: It’s now official. The museum is officially a 501(c)(3) organization. Consequently, all donations to the museum are tax deductible. This is retroactive to November of 2011. (Thank heaven. Now I can fret about something else for months on end.)
VISITING HOURS: We are located at 727 Grand Street in Vermilion across the street from Vermilion's historic E&R Church. The museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 1 to 4 PM. On Saturday the museum it is open from 11 AM to 2 PM. A small admission donation of $3 (for adults) is requested. Children under the age of 11 will be admitted for free. Phone For Special Tours: 440-967-4555. Keep an eye out here - because this may change.
We are not open on major holidays.
MEMBERSHIPS: Memberships to the VERMILION NEWS PRINT SHOP MUSEUM are now 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.
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Me & Billy @ the Print Shop
PRINT SHOP MEMORIES: I was born in November of 1944 toward the end of WW2, and my maternal grandparents, Pearl and Bessie Roscoe, both moved on into the next life in the early months of 1946. Consequently and regretfully, I have no memories of them. One of the first memories I own of my life at the print shop that I am able to give a date to is about a guy the townsfolk called “Smokey” who was hit and killed by a train on Thursday February 3rd in 1949. I was just a tad over four years old.
His real name, I later discovered, was Frank Miller. Mr. Miller, a Huron native was killed instantly when he walked into the side of a passing freight train at the New York Central crossing on Washington Street.
My assumption at the time [I don’t know why] was that he was under the influence of alcohol. But that isn’t something that I knew / know to be a fact. On the other hand, it helps explain the reason someone might walk into the side of a moving freight train – lest the intent was suicide. I don’t recall anyone mentioning suicide. But it could have been a possibility. Moreover, it could have been both.
Mr. Miller was 66 years old and had worked as a fisherman in the Vermilion and Huron areas almost all of his life. The train tossed him some 50 feet down the tracks. I do remember being at the shop behind the news desk in the office when someone rushed in late in the afternoon with the news. Even at that time in my life I found the entire incident shocking, dark, and dreadful. For it happened right outside our doors – both at home and at the shop. [The accident took place on the tracks between the print shop on Grand and our home on Perry Street.]
I have later learned that he was not married, and had no children. He did, however, have three brothers; Jacob of Sandusky, who worked as an Inspector for the Erie County Health Department; John of Lorain and Edward of Huron. A sister, Mrs. Anna Walborn, also lived in Huron. Vermilion minister Rev. Earl T. English officiated at the funeral. He is buried at McMillen Cemetery in Huron.
I was sincerely amazed when I discovered how young I was when this occurred. I have other memories that may be earlier, but I’ve no way to put a date with them except to say they predate my being able to read or write.
BILLY & MIKE: After my grandparents passed away in 1946 my parents rented the apartment above the print shop to Hazen and Vera T. In all the T’s had five children. But when they lived atop the shop I only recall three of the children still living with them: Charles, the oldest son; their youngest daughter, Maryann and their youngest son, Billy. Billy was only about a year older than myself, which meant that we often played together (pictured) when I was with my parents at the shop.
Another chum for Bill and I was Mike T. Mike lived with his family a few doors to the south of the shop – on the northeast corner of Grand and Ohio streets. At that time he only had two older brothers; John and Tim. Later his mother Betty and father (also) John gave him a younger brother they named Dan. Mike was about a year younger than myself, and two younger than Billy. But we got along famously. One day when sparks from a home project his dad was working on caught his clothing on fire Mike received very serious burns to his neck and chest. He recovered but was scarred for life. As the years passed and our circle of friends expanded we grew apart, but remained friends.
With the onset of puberty Billy was afflicted with some serious mental health problems. Eventually he received treatment at a hospital in Toledo. In time he did return, but from thereon he was medicated. Never really able to work he spent his days walking about the town and sitting on park benches. Then, one winter day they found his wizened and frozen body in the snow along the walk at South Shore Shopping Center. His heart had given out. Billy’s days of suffering were done.
Mike, on the other hand, was a brilliant person. He did well in school and went on to Ohio State University. He had, from my point-of-view a very promising future – and then one day he apparently took his own life. It was truly a sad conclusion for such an intelligent young person.
BUFFALO MEAT: I don’t know if it was because I’m just a very gullible person, or whether I just want to believe something so bad I make it real; but when my Pa told a five-year-old me that we were going home for lunch; and that we were going to have “buffalo meat”; I believed it – and still do. My Dad certainly wouldn’t lie to me.
My Dad always walked to work. We lived two blocks west of the shop on Perry Street. I liked going with him. Most times we ate at the shop. He’d heat up some chicken noodle soup on the hotplate in the basement, and I’d eat my lunch using one of the wooden metal-scrap boxes for a table. But this day was special: We were going home for “buffalo meat”.
I don’t know if you’ve ever had buffalo meat, but it tastes suspiciously like round steak. And I loved every bite so much that I still remember it, along with good times with my old buddies Billy and Mike, and that Thursday afternoon when Smokey Miller walked into the side of a locomotive.
LIBERTY & GRAND (LITERALLY REITERATED): Last week (VPJ 01/16/14) a photograph of this corner, seen here around 1930, was also featured in Yesteryear. [I should mention, by the way, that I mistook the identity of one of the horseman in the previous photo. The fellow I identified as Harry Troxel was actually another Vermilionite Name Tony Kudela.] Actually, this picture was taken only about 20 some years earlier than the previous one. And like that photo, this is a corner that changed so much during that brief time that many Vermilionites – both old and new – might have a difficult time recognizing it. It certainly bears no resemblance to the way it appears today (2014). None of the buildings pictured are still standing. To reiterate for those unfamiliar with last week’s column, the corner in the photo is the northwest corner of Liberty and Grand streets.
I am at a loss to give reason for the apparent truck convoy parked along the street. Perhaps they’re all Ford trucks (I don’t know), but there are various types. The truck on the right appears to be hauling some sort of equipment protected by a canvas cover. And one of the vehicles in front of the Ford dealership is a dump truck. But as said there appears to be quite a variety of work vehicles.
The building prominent in the photograph is the F.E. Baker Ford dealership. During the early decades of the 20th century the building housed a dry goods store operated by a fellow named Guy Davis. After Davis’s wife Minnie died in 1919 he sold the business and moved to Elyria. Several years after being discharged from serving in the Navy during WW1 Frank Baker started his Ford auto dealership.
Mr. Baker was born in Vermilion on 23 January 1898. He was the son of Ann Mary Bachman and Philip Baker. Incidentally, Ann’s father, Conrad (b. 1846), who had apprenticed as a carpenter in Germany, came to Vermilion at age 17 and was a master carpenter contractor here for the next five decades. The building local residents currently know as the Cargo Warehouse still stands as a fine showcase of his abilities. It may be that grandson Frank was not a master carpenter. But he was definitely a master at sales and business.
While early auto franchises didn’t cost anything manufacturers had to choose representatives who they thought would best represent their companies as well as their products. And though dealer contracts back then were “only two pages of legalese” there were a few other requirements made of prospective dealers. The most obvious in the accompanying photo were that (1) they have a facility from which to sell and service their products, and (2) that proper signage be exhibited to identify the building as being the home of an authorized dealer.
Mr. Baker was, to say the very least, successful. And by the spring of 1935 he was conducting business in a new building – just down the road – that was built specifically for the purpose of selling and repairing cars. That building is currently the site of the Vermilion Deli and Grocery store and John Rupert’s Edward Jones Investment firm. Baker’s start-up building was eventually taken over by a young guy from Norwalk, Ohio named Glenn Martin. Mr. Martin had the Pontiac dealership franchise.
Sometime around the year 1940 the building burned to the ground destroying the dealership as well as the Vermilion Village Mayor’s office upstairs. And the townscape changed. A new Kaiser dealership and Gulf service station building filled the corner – and time marched on. It continues to march. Who knows what this corner will look like thirty years from now? Not I.
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. IX – NO.43 – APR 5, 1906.
The latest report now current is that more money is being paid on options at Oak point and that a huge independent steel or tin ills will be located there.
It is also stated that contracts have been let for a railroad from Massillon to that point and 4000 acres of land secure for the mills. This about twice what is occupied by the Lorain mills. It is also stated that no property has as yet been secured for residence purposes but the workmen will live in the neighboring towns.
We hope these reports are true.
[VV Ed. Note: This stuff is just about as rabid as are rumors that currently fly around the Internet. Knowing what we know today we understand that none of this materialized. Newspapers were once what the net is today. Makes one wonder what things will be like a century from now.]
The age at which drunkenness is established was investigated by Dr. Chas L. Dana, and his conclusions, being based upon some thousands of cases are not only of great scientific value but have practical application as well. Briefly says American Medicine it might be said that inebriety usually begins before 20 years of age and if a man has not indulged to excess before his is 36 he is not likely to do so later. There are so few who begin excessive drinking between 30 and 40 years of age that one who has reached the age of 30 without excess is almost surely safe. Dana stated that no cases arise after 40 years of age. There is a popular idea no doubt that in [sic] numerous cases do arise after 40 but it is not at all unlikely that investigation into their early histories will bring to light a long series of occasional over indulgences with some symptoms dating back to childhood. Dana evidently refers to real inebriety of youth, and not to the lapses which so many young men wrongly assume to be a part of their education, nor does he assert that all youthful inebriates are incurable, but merely that old cases began at an early age. Wild oats must be reaped in sorrow and pain, but they do not necessarily choke the whole crop of good seed. These statistics are of such profound significance that it is quite remarkable they have elicited so little comment and have not been made the basis of practical measures for the prevention of drunkenness.
[VV Ed. Note: Dr. Charles Loomis Dana (1852-1935) was a highly resepected American lawyer, physician, and professor of nervous disease at Cornell Medical College.]
Chas Englebry who has conducted an undertaking establishment in Vermilion since the retirement of the father John A. Englebry this week sold his business to A.E. Beeckel our furniture man. Mr. Englebry will probably assist Mr. Beeckel for a time but his plans are not definitely known.
[VV Ed. Note: This odd-looking mirror (below) hanging above my computer in the bindery room at the museum came from Mr. Beeckel’s furniture store.]
The fish houses of Leidheiser Bros. and Driscoll and Kishman are scenes of activity at present, and later the day this activity is transferred the L.W. Na M.S. depot where numerous boxes and barrels of fish are loaded into the express cars. The fishermen are having unusually large catches some of the boats bringing in as many as 9,000 lbs. of fish. The ice has caused some trouble but very little damage has been experienced.
The tendency in Lorain now is to build modern structures and transform the appearance of that thriving city from that of a country town to make it what it really should be, city-like.
Near by the handsome block of Wickens and Ransom is another modern building called the “Duane Block” from the fact that it is at the terminus of Duane street. This block is owned and occupied by Lorain’s greatest clothiers the Metzger and Robinson Company, who now have the finest and largest stock in this section of the country. In order to be complete outfitters of men and boys that have ade3d shoes in large assortment so you can enter their store and come forth again fully clothed from head to foot.
Don’t’ fail to notice this handsome new structure also stop in and examine its contents.
Edwin Crum is vey sick at this writing.
Miss Myrtle Jump of Ogontz spent last week with her sister Mrs. John Crum as their little daughter Ruth has been sick with pneumonia.
Died- at her home at the forks Mrs. Elon Parker the 31st of March. Her funeral was held at the M.E. church in Birmingham the 2nd of April Rev. Smith of the Congregational Church officiating. The deceased was a woman of exceptional character having been a great sufferer for a number of years bearing her affliction with great patience and without a murmur.
The death of Mrs. Will Herman of Axtel was a very sad case six little children being left motherless.
Miss Mina Baumhardt is the guest of her sister Mrs. H. Ferber of Berlin Hts. this week.
The residence of Ralph Godfrey occupied by Ben Lindsley and family was quite badly damaged by fire Monday afternoon. Fire started form a flaw in the chimney.
Mrs. J. B. Baumhardt was the guest of relatives in Berlin Hts. Sunday and Monday.
The correspondent of the “News” who signed himself with asterisks was mistaken last week when he said the Oberlin church would get no help from Vermilion for Mrs. Bradley herself gave $150.00 and I know another who has put $100.00 into that church besides. Axtel helped some. Oberlin has needed such a church for along time and no one who understands the situation thoroughly will criticize. –J.W.H. Brown.
Ye editor gave us a pleasant surprise in publishing the cut [seen below] ordered for stationary purposes.
Next Sunday usual services, but the evening service will mark the passing of the coal oil lamps and reflector from our evening meetings. The new lighting system was not ready last Sunday, but the installation was completed Monday and tested that evening. Mr. Merrill will preach Sunday evening on “Light”. Miss Maud Fischer will conduct Christian Endeavor.
[VV Ed. Note: Herein do they refer to having had an electrical light system installed. Having read this I remember that somewhere I have a pic of the altar and organ in this church when the oil lamps and reflectors were still in use.
WANTER – Good strong girl at the Lakeside Inn.
Work is progressing on the Wakefield Brass Co.’s factory.
Fred Ball has purchased the old Washburn place near the cemetery.
The Nickel Plate road will be double tracted [sic] to Lorain this year.
It is reported that C.C. Baumhart will build several houses on the stove plant allotment this spring.
Chas. Jay has moved his household goods into the rooms over F.V. Pelton’s store.
[This refers to the building on South Street currently (2014) occupied by Bicycle Bill’s bicycle store. Jay’s father, Clark, would, in 1924 attempt to blow his house on Exchange street up with dynamite with his son and former wife inside. Thwarted in that attempt he fled to his room at the back of the E&R church where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot. Charles was later killed in an auto mishap near Beaver Park just west of Lorain.]
The deal has been closed whereby the Olympic Outing club becomes owner of ten acres of land on the Vermilion river purchased of Mr. Frank Moes. A clubhouse will be built which will cost between $5000 and $6,000.
Margie Goodsell, Ruth and Robert Goodsell from Marion, were visiting at Mrs. Wilber’s Wednesday.
Geo. L. Krapp and family spent Sunday at No. Amherst the guests of the former’s sister H. Holl.
A.D. Baumhart has purchased the property of Mrs. Jennie Harris Dean on the Lake Shore near the river. The purchase included the premises formerly owned by Mr. Joyce.
J.L. Zesiger has sold his interest in the Duplex Stamping Co. to Geo. Smith and moved to Cleveland Saturday. It is expected that the factory will be run shortly.
BUT IF…: The Erie Canal was the first reasonably easy transportation system between the east coast and the western interior (Great Lakes). It was intended to, and did, foster an increase in population and with it the fruition of the interior of the nation. Possibly eyeing the success of the canal in the growth and development of the northern counties of the state Ohio legislators responded by developing a plan of their own to foster similar development in the interior of the state – the lands to south of the Lake Erie and north of the Ohio River.
As a consequence, in 1822, an Ohio Canal Commission was created and they hired a civil engineer named James Geddes to survey and find the best route for such a project. Geddes had worked on the building of the Erie Canal. He proposed three routes. The first ran along the Miami and Maumee Rivers in western Ohio; the second included the Scioto and Sandusky Rivers in central Ohio; and the final route included the Muskingum and Cuyahoga Rivers in eastern Ohio.
According to late Sandusky historian, attorney and abolitionist F. D. Parish (1796 – 1886), Geddes final report to the commission was decidedly in favor of the central route, as being the most direct, the shortest, and the least expensive; the summit of which was also several hundred feet lower than those of the others. However, two members of the three-man commission - Alfred Kelly of Cleveland and Micajah T. Williams of Cincinnati – disagreed. Parish, albeit somewhat facetiously, wrote that while “It was well understood by these public officers, that as nature had arranged it, the northern termination of the route of the carrying trade between the lake and the river, was as sure of being at Sandusky, as the daily rising of the sun. The termination of the canal there, would be only following the lead of providence, and add to the already decided advantages then existing. Therefore, something most decisively efficient must be done to change the order of nature, by fixing the northern termination of the main canal at the mouth of Cuyahoga River, and there construct artificial works in place of a harbor.” And to that end they fired Geddes and hired another engineer, David Bates who, Parish wrote, “was engaged to aid in their scheme of fraud.
On July 4, 1825, at Licking Summit just south of Newark, Ohio Governor Jeremiah Morrow and New York Governor De Witt Clinton, one of those responsible for New York's Erie Canal, turned over the first shovels of dirt of what would become the Ohio and Erie Canal. On July 21, work began at Middletown on the western canal route. This canal became known as the Miami and Erie Canal. The Ohio and Erie Canal was completed by 1833. The Miami and Erie Canal would not be completed until around 1845.
While the canals remained in service until the latter part of the 19th century with the rise of rail transport throughout the state their value had been on a steady decline since the 1850s. Their construction had nearly bankrupted the state at a cost of 41 million dollars – 25 million of which was interest on loans. Nonetheless some Ohioans did prosper financially because of them from about 1830 to the Civil War. Thirty-three of Ohio's eighty-eight counties either had portions of canals running through them or had quarries to mine rock for their construction.
Now all of this is, of course, water under the proverbial bridge (pun intended). “But if” common sense had prevailed and corruption had not in that yesteryear; If sound decision-making logic had reigned and the Central Ohio Canal had been constructed from the Sandusky Bay to the Ohio River in that yesteryear; where might we find ourselves today? That Sandusky attorney F.D. Parish was probably right with his assessment of matters long past leads me to think of a phrase once coined by American football player / commentator Don Meredith: “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts everyday wouldn’t it be a Merry Christmas?” In this instance I’m not sure.
In the spring of 1834 my great-grandparents, Levi and Eliza Stockwell Roscoe, came west to Ohio from Essex County in New York State. They traveled on the Erie Canal to Buffalo, New York and then across Lake Erie by boat to Huron, eventually settling on a farm in North Milan. “But if” the Central Ohio Canal had existed I might now be living in Kentucky.
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.
… north ridge, as early as 1815 or 1816, and Benjamin Durand, a little farther west on the same ridge.
Almon Keeler and wife, Mahitabel, were from Newtown, Connecticut, and settled next east of Rufus Judson, about 1816 or 1817. He was killed by the fall of a tree about 1821 or 1822, leaving a wife and four children.
In the spring of 1817, Eli Winton moved into the house built by Wilcox. He was a miller. During the winter of 1817 or 1818 he moved to the blockhouse on lot number three. The children were seven in number. About this time John Miller, a sailor, from Connecticut, settled on La Chapelle creek, about a mile from the lake. He had two sons: John and Isaac, who were mighty hunters. A daughter, Ann, married Joseph Brooks.
In November, Mark Summers, also from Newtown, located in the township. His wife was Dinah Botsford. He was possessed of sufficient mechanical genius to make anything in wood and iron, from a nail to rifle, gun, lock, stock and barrel, and from a rake tooth to an old-fashioned bull plow. His wife died in 1842; he, in 1855, aged ninety years. Children: Sally; Benjamin, who succeeded Esquire Wells in the justiceship for six years, was, for a few years, associated judge of the district, before and at the time Erie was set off, and twice represented the Fire lands district in the lower house of assembly; Betsey and John [sic].
Philo Wells, Esq., was from Dutchess county, New York. His wife was Hannah Lewis, from Connecticut. Settled in the township in 1818. He is still living. His wife died in 1848, and he married for his second, Mrs. Smith, also from Connecticut. The children were: George, Lewis, Wheeler, Eliza and Emeline. Lewis is at present in the mercantile business at Vermillion village.
Joel Crane, Esq., first settled in Florence, near the south line of Vermillion, and subsequently in this township. His wife was Olive Mitchell. The children were: Simeon M., Ann, Edward and William H., who married Harriet Chandler. Joel Crane died in 1844, and his wife in 1857.
Captain Harris and his wife were aged when they located in Vermillion. The four children that came with him were: Amos, who became a physician, settled in Milan, married Miss Goodrich, reared a family, and died in 1843; Abagail, who married Rev. John Monteith, afterward connected with Elyria schools; Abraham, removed westward; and Delpha, who married Rev. Mr. Burbank.
Jesse Ball first settled on the lakeshore. He married Susan Gilbert. Eleven children were born to them; Horace, Orissa, Sally, Susan, Jesse, Jr., Eli, Julia, Ann, Harriet, Eliza and Emily.
Benjamin Munn and wife settled on the North ridge, near Sugar creek. He died a few years later, and his widow returned East.
Amason Washburn married Sallie Whitney, and located in Vermillion township in 1810. He united blacksmithing and farming, and by persevering industry and frugality obtained a competence. The children were: Wheeler, David L., who married Irena Beardsley; Charles, who married Sally Ball; Marietta, who married Benajah Butler; Benjamin S., who married Sarah Brobeck: Betsey, who married James Mordoff; Delpha, who married John Harrison; James, who married Webster, and Amason, Jr.
Capt. Josiah S. Pelton located in Vermillion in 1818. He was originally from near Hartford, Connecticut, but had removed to Euclid, Cuyahoga county (where his wife died), previous to finally settling in Vermillion. He had been in the West India trade as captain of a trading vessel. He was far advanced in life, and ill prepared to begin life in a new country, although he was possessed of fine talents, and quite extensively read. The oldest son, Josiah S., Jr., became the manager and main support of the family, and being a good financier, became comparatively wealthy. He married Miss Sophia Leonard, of Buffalo, New York. The remainder of the children are: Allen, who married Fanny Cuddeback; Sylvester A., who married Eunice Sturges; Austin, who married Sarah Sturges; Franklin, who married Eliza Davis: Phoebe, who married Anson Cooper; Charlotte, who married Levi Parsons; and Lucy, who became the wife of John Miller. Of later settlers, Moses Tod came from East Haven, Connecticut, to Vermillion, arriving May 28, 1835. He purchased the farm first owned by Enoch Smith, Mr. Todd died December 22, 1848, aged eighty-three. Mrs. Todd died in 1857, aged eighty-nine. The children are: Sarah, Woodward, Henry, Charlotte D., and Isaac and Kneeland (twins), who are all yet living.
The first white child bora in the township of Vermillion was John Sherrats, in 1809. He grew to manhood and removed to Van Buren county, Michigan.
The first couple married was Catherine Sherarts to Bud Martin, in the spring of 1814. Both are now dead.
The first death was that of a stranger — name not known — at the house of Barlow Sturges, in the winter of 1810-11. The following year the wife of Solomon Parsons died. This was the first death of an actual settler in Vermillion.
The first house in the township was erected in 1808, by William Hoddy. It was of logs, and stood on the lakeshore, near the mouth of the river, and the second by Captain William Austin, a short distance west.
Peter Cuddeback built the first frame house, in 1818. In 1821, Captain Austin built a stone house, the first in the township, and to Horatio Perry belongs the honor of having erected the first brick house in the township.
Through the efforts of Judge Ruggles, a post office was early established in Vermillion. Judge Ruggles, it is thought, was the first commissioned postmaster.
Excerpts from: The Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio; W.W. Williams - 1879 -
Press of Leader Printing Company, Cleveland, Ohio
HAYES SUNOCO: I don’t know how many people know that before Ernest J. Hayes’s “Bridge Sohio Station” was a Standard Oil Station it was a Sunoco Station – but so it was.
I received this pic during the week from a person I am only able to identify as “Mike Schmidt7994”. It is from a scan of an old promotional mailer from around 1934. (That’s the date on the auto license.) Although I credit the pic to the Schmidt family I believe it might actually be Schmidtz. (But I work with what I have.)
E.J. Hayes was born in Kansas, came to Wakeman, Ohio with his family when he was very young, and then moved to Michigan, finally settling in Vermilion where he lived for the remainder of his life.
I don’t remember Mr. Hayes. But I do remember his wife, Ella, and several of their children. I remember son, Harry, who took over operation of the service station when his father retired. And like numerous people I remember their effervescent daughter Evelyn “Nuggie” Cook. And I believe their daughter Maxine who still lives in Vermilion is easily a nonagenarian. My assumption is that “Mike Schmidt7994” is either a grand or great-grand son. There are many.
In any case, this pic is a wonderful contribution to the local historical archive. I’ll have more on it and Mr. Hayes in the future. And a larger framed copy of this photo has placed in a prominent space in the Vermilion News Print Shop history museum.
The following excerpts are actual answers given on history tests and in Sunday School quizzes by children between 5th and 6th grade ages in Ohio. They were collected by two teachers over a period of three years. Read carefully for grammar, misplaced modifiers, and, of course, spelling.
Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Since then no one ever found it.
Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandos. He died before he ever reached Canada but the commandos made it.
Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. He was a actual hysterical figure as well as being in the bible. It sounds Like he was sort of busy too.
The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young female moth.
Socrates was a famous old Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. He later died from an overdose of wedlock, which is apparently poisonous. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
In the first Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java.
Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out "Same to you, Brutus."
Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah!" and that was the end of the fighting for a long while.
It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood.
Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper which was very dangerous to all his men.
The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter.
Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by Rubbing two cats backward and also declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." He was a naturalist for sure. Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's Mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands... Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation.
On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.
Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.
The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steam-boat caused a network of rivers to spring up.
Charles Darwin was a naturalist. He wrote the Organ of the Species. It was very long. People got upset about it and had trials to see if it was really true.
Madman Curie discovered radio. She was the first woman to do what she did. Other women have become scientists since her but they didn't get to find radios because they were already taken.
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.
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Vol.11, Issue 52 - March 8, 2014
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