Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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SHOPTALK: On the desktops this week are pix of two elementary school classes – 20 years apart. The one on my home desktop is (as it says) a 2nd Grade Class in September of 1934. The other is Mrs. Langfitt’s 4th Grade Class from about 1954. The 1934 pic was taken at the State Street School and the 1954 pic is at South Street.

Somewhere I have several of the names of the children in the older photo. But at the moment I only know one person; Betty Lindsley LoPresti (one of Vermilionite Warren Mehnert’s half-sisters. She passed away in 2012 in the state of Oregon.) A note on the pic says the teacher was “Hazel Sazar” but I believe her last name was Sahr.

I know all the children in the ’54 pic, but I don’t know if I can recall all the names. I know all the kids because I am one of them.

For those who don’t know any of the children you might be surprised to know that the studious little guy in the front row with dark glasses is Vermilionite Frank Homitz.

In this pic I wasn’t wearing glasses yet. But not too long after this pic I was. [Today I’m near blind in one eye and having trouble with the other.]

I do know what has happened to all of these people. Billy Baker (my childhood friend) died when we were in 7th grade; a victim of the Asian Flu. Pretty Jan Gorbach-Lashinski, Mike Walker, Stu White and (Dr.)Jackie Jacque Jeffery-Harold have also moved on to their next adventures.

I see my good friend Frank Homitz frequently. I know that Carol Schmidt (I don’t know her married name) and Karen Carlson-Prindle live in Vermilion.

Once in a while I wonder what happened to the girl sitting next to me in this pic. Her name was Marilyn Graven. I don’t know if I’m remembering right but she may have been a daughter to missionaries and had once lived in “Siam”. We know it as Vietnam. I always thought that was “cool”.

Fourth Grade was a good grade for me and I liked Mrs. Langfitt. I can even remember exactly where our classroom was situated…

LOST IN VIDEO-LAND While I am playing / working with some video programs, I am also learning how to use them and placing some of them on a Facebook page helps me see how they appear and play outside my own theatre of thought.

I am working on a video to enter in a competition for a visual communications award from the Ohio Museum Association.

I have done video things for a number of years, but nothing like I want to do for the OHA. I want, of course, to showcase the Vermilion History Museum, but I want it to be done as professionally as possible.

It’s a challenge. But a good one to have.

OPEN & CLOSED: We opened the museum on October 1st and several persons took the tour. And then the number of Covid cases in Ohio increased to numbers not seen since July (over 2000 per day new cases). Ergo, I’ve closed again.

To be candid, Covid, is slowly killing the museum. As some persons may understand, a museum does not depend on visitor traffic alone to survive. Other activities, such as our “Wine Tasting” and “Clambake” events provide a great deal of financial support. Unfortunately, Covid has made them (at least for now) difficult to impossible.

Ergo, if “VV” should suddenly fail to appear on your desktop some Saturday morning and the sign on the door at the museum says “Closed”, we ain’t on vacation (or worse – dead). The electricity was probably shut off. If, perchance, you would like to help support the cause of the museum we are a 501(c)3 / tax deductible organization. Just made your contribution payable to the "VHM". We are located at 727 Grand St. - Vermilion, OH. 44089. (And thanks a bunch to those who have already contributed and those who will) Please visit us after the virus is defeated.


MY SISTER: This is a pic of my sister Zella “Butchie” Tarrant-Bolyard. I believe it was taken at a VHS Prom. I’ve no idea who took it or who she attended the dance with. Zella was born in December of 1942 and died in 1976 shortly before her 34th birthday.

She was a musician and an athlete. I’ve always felt she got “short-changed” in life by cancer. She had a good deal of potential as a person, but was robbed of the chance to develop that potential.

I have very few pix of her or of any of my other siblings. Maybe it’s that way for every family. But this old snapshot is very much the sister I remember. [The only thing missing is a cigar.]

AT THE THEATRE: There are over 30 videos / audios available at the theatre. I'm adding to the collection as the months pass. During the Covid (or anytime) - it's a good place to visit. I will be adding more this week. During this virus thing I've been learning a good deal about video productions.

I continue to add videos - they keep on coming. Keep watching.


JUST PASSIN’ THROUGH: One of my older sisters, Nancy Alice, phoned me from a local nursing facility recently where she was recovering from surgery. She asked me if I knew that “Sis” Hull-Clark had died. This “Covid” environment that we’re all trying to navigate through has disrupted my daily routine so much that I’ve not paid much attention to the local news, so I missed it - at first. I liked Lucile (that’s Lucile with one “L”). She, in my rapidly diminishing circle of friends and acquaintances, was part of what I now refer to as the “old guard” of the Vermilion in which I came of age. The little girl on her bicycle in the attached photograph is Lucile in the midst of our town in a yesteryear. Things were, beyond the shadow of any doubt, different then.

Lucile was a member of an old Vermilion family – the Gegenheimers. Her mother, Edna (aka. Diddy), was one of five girls and two boys born to Lake Captain Charles and Minnie Gegenheimer. In 1922 Edna married Lucile’s father, a Birmingham guy named Floyd Hull. Shortly thereafter the couple partnered with John N. Englebry (VPJ 09/02/2012) a Vermilion Coal dealer creating the Englebry-Hull Builder’s Supply Co. After Mr. Englebry died in 1928 Mr. Hull ran the business. It prospered.

After Floyd died (rather young) in 1951 at the age of 52 his wife Edna took charge of the company. I must pause here to say that Edna Hull never missed a step when it came to what many might have considered to essentially be a “man’s” job. It always reminded me of what was, in those years, a popular radio soap opera called “Ma Perkins”. I used to listen to it at my dad’s print shop on summer mornings when the presses were quiet. It was a story about the life of one Ma Perkins who owned and operated a lumber yard in the fictional town of Rushville Center (pop. 4000). The plot centered around Ma’s interactions with the local townsfolk and the ongoing dilemmas of her children. Both Ma Perkins and Edna Hull were strong personalities with tough jobs. But, by golly, both got them done - handsomely.

Lucile, it always seemed to me, was a good deal like her mom. She had a strong, take charge character. But more than that – she was both kind and smart. Looking at it now, from a distance, it was apparently a Gegenheimer trait. Lucile and her husband Bill both seemed to share those assets of character. Anyway, these folks; Lucile and Edna and Bill were certainly active members of the previously mentioned “old guard” of Vermilion. And their passings are, undoubtedly, a straightforward indication that I, too, am getting older and everything is changing.

Once upon a grand old time I studied and came to love the works of William Shakespeare. In Act I, Scene 2, of the play Hamlet, Hamlet’s mother Queen Gertrude says to him regarding the death of his father the King: “Do not for ever with thy vailed lids / Seek for thy noble father in the dust; / Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die, / Passing through nature to eternity.

To be sure, Lucile a star member of Vermilion’s “old guard”, seen here riding her bicycle on Division / Main Street, has indeed moved on. And so, I take note: that like it or not her path is our path as well. For as Bill Shakespeare so elegantly however elegiacally put it, and the multi-talented Leonard Cohen later wrote and sang, albeit a bit more philosophically, we are all just “passin’ through”. “Fer sure”.

Ref: RNT; Sunday, August 30, 2020
; Rev. Sunday, October 18, 2020.

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

Vol. XVI, No 21 - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, October 24, 1912

Board Engages a Medical Inspector for Public Schools

Dr. P. H. Leinbach Will Give All His Time to New Duties – Will Assume Position on Monday – General Inspection to be Conducted in all Buildings of The City – New Inspector Self-Made Man – Once Night Dock Master Here.

The Board of Education in an adjourned meeting Tuesday evening voted to inaugurate general medical inspection of the city schools, and as inspector appointed Dr. P. H. Leimbach, at present employed as house physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. Leimbach to take up his duties as medical inspector on Monday. He is instructed to devote his entire time to the work and will receive a salary of $125 per month.

Medical inspection of the schools has been a matter under the advisement of the school board for more than two years. It has been the topic of much discussion in meetings of the board. On one former occasion agreement was reached to inaugurate inspection, but a disagreement came on the question naming an inspector and the project was dropped for the time being.

With the recent outbreak of diphtheria, declared by health officer E. V. Hug to be due to the opening of the schools in the absence of medical inspection, the proposal was again revived.

Dr. Leimbach the new inspector, is a graduate of the Starling Ohio medical College, Columbus. For a year before taking his medical course he was night dock master of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad here. Since July 1 he has been house physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital. – Lorain Times Herald.

Dr. Leimbach is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Leimbach of Exchange Street and was raised in Vermilion. The NEWS joins his many friends here in congratulations.

F. C. Wilmore Dead

Frank C. Wilmore, proprietor of one of our city drayage and express transfers, passed away. He was genial, good-natured and happy and his many friends little thought in less than two weeks after he was unfortunate enough step on a nail with his left foot while engaged in cleaning out a barn to make ready for a lot of feed purchased for his horses, it would be the means of his death.

It was supposed the wound was getting along all right until Sunday when signs of “Lockjaw” put in an appearance, and although attended by local physicians, and others called in, and everything known to modern medical science done to relieve his condition, including the administration of antitoxin, he died Tuesday evening at 10:30 after terrible suffering.

He was 29 years of age. Mr. Wilmore was married to Miss Dorothy Parsons, a daughter of C. B. Parsons, some six years ago, and some two years ago, he engaged in the drayage business here, succeeding B. F. Pelton.

He leaves to mourn, a wife, father and mother, brother and sister. His parents reside in Cleveland.

Funeral services will be held at the residence at 1 P. M. Friday, Rev. Williams of the Congregational church, officiating.

Sewage Map on Display

The map for the sanitary sewer system for Vermilion, prepared by capable engineers, is on display in a window of the vacant room in the Fischer building, just south of Becker Bros. billiard parlors.

Every citizen should study it carefully and if he does not understand it, ask someone of the Council or the Mayor. We suggest that the estimated cost and some such details be also placed in the window.

Operated on for Appendicitis

Miss Ethel Brooks was operated on for appendicitis Friday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lorain. She is recovering nicely and expects to be moved to the home of a relative in the city the latter part of the week.


Misses Reita E. Funk and Jennie M. Carter took an auto ride to Berlin Heights last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gerber and children have been spending a few days with the former’s mother, Mrs. Dan Gerber.

The young people of Birmingham are planning on a Halloween social which will be held at the Town Hall next Wednesday.

The Children’s Training Home will give an entertainment Sunday evening, October 27, 1912 at the M. E. Church in place of Epworth league. [This refers to what was one the “Hope & Light Orphanage” – aka. The “Gore Orhanage”.] 777.


Apple pickers are at work in Mr. S. Bacon’s and Mr. Geo. Horn’s orchards after finishing there, we’ll go into those of William Hasenpflug and C. Leimbach’s.

Mr. and Mrs. V. Zilch and son Robert accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Waugh and daughter Beatrix in the latter’s auto Sunday to N. Eaton when they called on Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Fullmer.

The Bible class of the Congregational church will give a Crazy Social at the church parlors Friday evening, October 25. There will be tableaus ndt shadow pictures. All are cordially invited to attend.

James Beal, 56, died of heart disease at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 6:30 o’clock Sunday evening. Beal was formerly of Vermilion. He had no relatives here but has a son in Rocky River. The funeral will probably be held at Fey’s Chapel, but arrangements are not complete. -Lorain News.


BORN – to Dr. and Mrs. Turner, a daughter, Friday, Oct. 18, ‘12.

Mrs. William Schmauch who has been ill for some time is able to be out again.

Mrs. Andrew Hess, 32, [obviously an error – she was 72] a respected resident of this section, died Saturday following a stroke of paralysis. She had lived on her farm continuously for 52 years and for two or three years prior to that lived in Lorain.

The deceased is survived by a husband and four children, three daughters, Mrs. Samuel Sanders, Mrs. C. B. Schibley, Mrs. A. F. Mauer and one son, William Hess, all of this section, besides 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the late home at 11:00 o’clock. Tuesday morning and at 12:30 St. Peters church of which the deceased was a member. Rev. S. A. Lindenmeyer officiated.


Mr. J. J. Loucks buried his father last Thursday. He died at the Soldiers Home in Sandusky.

George Frailey and wife and a friend of his wife took a joyride in an auto and ate dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Frailey.


A measuring device for x-rays has been invented.

More than 40 varieties of rice are cultivated in Siam.

Eighteen thousand bricks can be manufactured by steam in 10 hours.

In 15 years the cost of living has advanced 25%.

King Alfonso of Spain is a whistler and can fill in in between acts. Also, he dances.

[NOTE: Now this item leaves me smiling. I can just see this idiot whistling and tap dancing in between acts in Othello.]


A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. Cook of Oberlin, October 15.

This Lydia Whitefield and Mrs. Vernon Thompson were in Amherst visitors Tuesday afternoon.

The ticket office of the L. S. & M. S. Oberlin was burglarized on Monday evening. Nothing but a revolver was secured.

Work comes from Burton that the quarantine has been lifted from the home of Rev. Mrs. George E. Merrill, Mrs. Merrill having fully recovered from an attack of diphtheria.

Edwin Cuddeback of Cleveland visited his father Levi Cuddeback at the Soldier’s Home in Sandusky, last week. He also visited relatives here reported the condition of Mr. Cuddeback, Sr., much improved. He had been spending a few days with his daughter at Fremont.

F. A. Stranahan of Lakewood enjoyed a couple days of fishing here last week. He was a guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rathburn.

Mrs. John R. Ries of Lorain is spending the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E. Whitmore Grand St. She is improving somewhat in health.

Messrs. T. J. And G. L. Basil recalled to Cleveland last week on account of the death of their sister, Miss Thelma. A number of her Vermilion friends were shocked to learn of her death. Funeral services were held Saturday.

The home of Henry Grisel was slightly damaged by fire Friday.


Mrs. Etta Benham has been on the sick list since Sunday.

W. H. Lippus is been on the sick list the past week and unable to be at his place of business.

Several from Berlin attended the reopening exercises of the Ceylon church Sunday evening.

F. E. Cooper Conor, Sr., suffered a stroke of paralysis Sunday morning and has been lying unconscious since that time. He is cared for at the home of his son, F. E. Conor, Jr.

Mrs. Elzy’s brother of Camden, N. Y. who had come here several weeks ago for a visit is very ill at the home of his sister but little hope of recovery.

Miss Lily Derby Florence who was injured in a runaway last week had several callers from here last Sunday. The accident happened at the home of Clarence Klady. Miss Derby had gotten into the buggy before Mr. Green was able to get in, the horse started and threw her out, her face striking the ground, breaking her nose in bruising and cutting her considerable.

Henry Loucks, son of John and Betsy Loucks was born March 19, 1832 and Renselear Co. N. Y., and died Monday, October 14, 1912, at the age of 80 years 6 months 25 days. He was a veteran in the Civil War for one year and seven months or to the close of the rebellion. He came with his parents to Ohio in 1834. He was united in marriage to Miss Julian Miller in 1851. To this union nine children were born. Three boys and six girls all of whom are living, Oscar, Flint, Mich., John of Berlin, Ohio, Chester of Allen Co., Indiana. Mrs. Mary Bell Shoop, Johnson City, Mo., Mrs. Elnora Donem, this is Jenett Chester, Mrs. Mina Dimler, Mrs. Sarah Dimler, Allen Co., Ind.; Ms. Cora Nuttles, Flint, Mich. He also leaves one brother, Mr. Jerry Loucks of Florence, and one sister, Mrs. Phoebe Rice and 28 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Loucks died at the Soldiers Home at Sandusky. Undertaker Judson of Berlin Heights took charge of the burial. The funeral was held from the Joppa church Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. Rupert. Mrs. Conor Mrs. Judson furnished the music which was very appropriate for the occasion. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.


A KEEPER:This article is historically relevant to, at least, Vermilion's Congregational church. It is Vermilion historical trivia. Some readers might want to remember it.



The Mozart Quartette Club was organized by Ph. Ruppcrt The Great Western Band, organized by Charles Baetz many years ago, has, under his leadership, gained an almost national reputation. Bauman, Hauser, Bergmoser, Bock and others are experts on their separate instruments.

The last one, in a long list of musical societies in Sandusky, is the Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Professor F. Puehringer, a noted musician and composer. The members of this society are, with the exception of six, of German parentage. The first meeting was held at Fischer's Hall, March 12, 1888. The names of the members are given: J. C. Hauser, Geo. E. Anderson, F. A. Hubbard, C. Schnaitter, John Traub, John I. Esch, Al. J. Peters, George C. West, J. C. Leser, L. J. Taubert, A. Haecker, Willie Peters, Joseph Lebensburger, C. F Schrenck, J. H. Dempsey, Lane Lockwood, Walter Scott, Louis Scherz, jr., John Bauer, Fred. Bauer, Al. Bauer, John Schaub, Ed. Rossfelder, George Knopf, John Trieschman, Eugene Baetz.

The first German Protestant church in Sandusky was organized in 1845; it was situated on the public grounds between Grace Church and the old courthouse, and became the mother of six prosperous offsprings. The names of the charter members of the Emanuels Church are given: John Schuck, Paul Klauer, John Hauer, Jacob Hertel, Peter Gilcher, Fred. Reinheimer, John Klauss, John Platz, Georg Magle, Fred. Booss, and John Bauer. John Schuck is the only survivor.

The German Reformed Church was formed by seceders of the Emanuel's Church and organized into a body August 12, 1853, by the late Rev. Peter Briecker. The house of worship is situated on the corner of Hancock and Jefferson streets.

The Salems Church, "evangelical association," was built of stone in 1854. Size forty by sixty. The society was organized in 1840 by John Hull and M. Stroh, Charles Zollinger, Henry Kreiner, Jacob Brost and Leonhard Scheuerman were the first trustees.

The Lutheran Zion's Church on the southeast corner of the public grounds was organized in June, 1852. The names of the first officers are John H. Buck, Wilhelm Schade, August Klotz, George Hartman, Henry Wenck and George Klein.

German Methodist Protestant Church, organized about 1845. German Protestant. St Stephen's Church, on the corner of Jefferson and Poplar streets, organized by old members of the Emanuel Church in January 1882. The first officers were Heinrich Rudolph, president; Jacob Stein, secretary, Adam Oehm, treasurer; trustees, Charles Krueger, Jacob Dick, jr., Adam Nagel; elders, Jacob Dick, sr.; John Quehl, Jacob Hartman. Dr. von Schulenburg, pastor.

The German Catholics did not own a place of worship, for years attending Father Mastbeafs church in Western Liberties. At this day they are in pos…

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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CASS’S FIRST WIFE: My maternal great-grandfather was married twice. This certificate is from his first marriage in 1860 – before he went to war.

No mention of her was made in his war-time diaries, so I guess the marriage was brief. I do know that following the war he divorced (he had his father go to Sandusky to pick-up the final papers). And I also know that there was a child – a boy who evidently went to California when he came of age. (The son was mentioned in the civil war diaries.) His father, my great-grandfather, went our west after him. But I don’t know if they met or just became officially estranged. In any case, he was never mentioned again.

The first wife was mentioned in some of g-grandfather’s letters. I believe he referred to her as “that whore”. I guess the divorce was less than amicable.


"Doc," said the young man lying down on the couch, "You've got to help me! Every night I have the same horrible dream. I'm lying in bed when all of the sudden five women rush in and start tearing off my clothes."

The psychiatrist nodded, "And what do you do?"

"I push them away."

"I see. What do you want me to do?"

The patient implored. "Break my arms."

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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.

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