SHOPTALK: On the shop desk this week is a pic of late Vermilionites Tom and Billy Thompson. The dog’s name was Nigger (Don’t ask me. I didn’t name him.)
This pic (I think) was taken when the Thompson family lived in the apartment over The Vermilion News print shop on Grand Street. However, the site of this pic (again, I think) was behind the house next door (north) of the shop. The structure in the background appears to be the back of the duplex that sits back from Main Street near the railroad tracks. While the garage to the duplex eroded the last time I looked one could see that something was attached to that building.
In those days a drive from Ohio Street behind the Town Hall and the Congregational Church allowed folks access to the duplex. Later the drive was blocked when an addition to the back of the church was built. Now, access to the place is from Grand Street near the railroad track.
On my home desk this week is an interesting pic of the Vermilion Boy Scout Troup #2 at camp. The Rev. Mr. W.K. Williams started the troop. You can just (barely) see him in the middle of the boys with a baby in his hands.
I circled the boy at the front of the group because when I first looked at the pic it appeared that he was hold another boy’s head in his arms. Actually the boy in front is holding his arms in front of his head. I don’t know if he was just horsing around or camera shy.
This is a terrific and very interesting photograph.
VERMILION HISTORY MUSEUM: Please note that we are now the Vermilion History Museum (not the News Print Shop Museum).
The reason for the change was two-fold: First the old name was somewhat awkward. Although it was correct, very specific, describing what the museum was about when it started, it was also a little difficult for some folks to remember and / or write. Secondly, as it expanded to the upper floor apartment more items were added to the exhibits that had more to do with the community of Vermilion, Ohio than that of the printing / newspaper business. Thus we are the Vermilion History Museum containing an old print shop.
The facility was interesting before the 2nd floor displays were added. Now it’s twice as interesting. And we look forward to adding to our collections and perhaps expanding our reach in the future. For there’s a good deal of history surrounding the museum.
I ALMOST MISSED IT: Talking with Vermilionite Marlene Calvert-Feldkamp (her family owned and operated Vermilion’s Crystal Beach Amusement Park) during the week we shared our dismay with the demise of Vermilion’s barbershop (as well as the barber pole on the outside of the shop). I commented on the fact that the shop was probably the very last of the old shops (at least those I remember) in town.
And then Marlene pointed out the News print shop is now the only remaining shop in town that is, basically, in original condition. Built in 1904 to be exactly what it is (i.e. the print shop downstairs and living quarters for the owners upstairs) I believe she is right.
I almost missed it.
You know, I’ve always bemoaned the fact that my family shuttered the business in 1964. I really thought we might have done quite well had we continued. But now I’m grateful; because if things had worked out differently it is very likely that the shop would not now exist.
PURE TORTURE: John Kenneth Galbraith said ”Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.” I am definitely not a meeting person. If there be a way to waste time have a meeting.
I know that there are people around me who would disagree – but I am deadly serious. Because once there is a meeting than there comes the committee. About this Robert Copeland said of them, “To get something done a committee should consist of no more than three people, two of whom are absent.
Speaking for myself, I’d rather spend my time at the dentist getting a root canal than spend time in a committee meeting.
Vol. XIII, No.9. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, August 12, 1909
The public will be greatly surprised to learn that superintendent J. C. Seemann resigned at the regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday.
During vacation time Mr. Seemann made an agreement with the Waterbury–Waterman Co., for selling heaters in Huron, Lorain and Erie County for two months.
He has been so successful in his work that the company has made him an excellent offer as state agent for Ohio. They have also written to the board asking for his release in explaining the situation. Mr. Seemann resigned and his resignation was duly excepted.
Mr. Seemann after a short address presented the board with a bookcase, which was accepted with thanks.
Mr. Seemann has taught school for 24 years and it has been a question with him whether to continue or seek other employment after this year. This flattering offer has hastened his decision.
He has been very successful in his educational work. His record is 24 years as superintendent and teacher – 19 of which he has been superintendent. He is also been an instructor in summer schools and was examiner for Erie County for several years.
For ten years he has had charge of the Vermilion schools and during this time the school has increased greatly not only in educational facilities and standing among the schools but in number of pupils.
Ten years ago the high school numbered twenty-seven – and there were was in enrollment of 215. The past year the high school had sixty-eight with a total of 292 in as the monthly enrollment.
At that time there were five teachers including the superintendent. This next year that will be nine and a music teacher.
And the school now stands a school of the first grade.
Mr. Seemann has proved his ability as an educator has been backed by the an efficient Board of Education.
He has also taken active part in Sunday school affairs, also in the Lecture Association and has been the means of securing a library in the public schools by his untiring energy. Every community has a number of willing workers but needs a leader; Mr. Seemann has been such a leader in the work above mentioned.
Superintendent Seemann’s many friends are sorry to lose him, not only as the head of our schools but also as a citizen. He will move to Oberlin in a short time. We wish him success in his new work.
VERMILION COMPANY THERE
Brought Some Prizes Home – Wellington Withdraws From Association Others May Follow
Wednesday morning 32 firemen and the Vermilion G.A.R. band twenty-six pieces went to Chagrin Falls. There was some delay from Cleveland to the Falls on account of lack of power but arrived in due time. Everything went along pleasantly although the program was greatly delayed. The convention was held in the Town Hall, was opened by the president making a few remarks after which Mayor Harris of Chagrin Falls was introduced and in a neat speech presented the association with the key of the town a huge affair with some 3 feet long gifted nicely a very pretty affair. After reply by president in short speeches by Mayor Williams and several others the following officers were elected.
President – E.F. Resig of Lorain, Sec. Otto Martin, Elyria, Treas. C.F. Decker, Vermilion.
The chiefs of the next several departments were chosen vice president.
Wellington was decided upon as the place of holding the next convention.
And now it becomes our duty, although unpleasant, to chronicle disagreements. When it came time to form a parade a business agent stepped up to the Union Bands and informed them that the Cleveland Veterans had employed a nonunion band so all Union Musicians in the procession withdrew. The other bands were not concerned in this but it caused much unpleasantness. The Lorain, Elyria, and Chagrin Falls bands were those affected. The Oberlin, Kipton and Vermilion bands being composed of amateurs and having no competitors were not affected.
Another feature which cause much unpleasantness was the hawkishness of certain firemen who were, poor losers in the contests and did considerable kicking. The band prize was divided equally between four bands the Elyria and Lorain bands being barred on account of the trouble in the parade. Dissatisfaction arose in the matter also as the judges must have decided on the awards BEFORE the parade and the barred band were to have the award. After stating that the Vermilion band stood next in line and then the backing out of the judges let the matter drop and skipped out leaving the committee to make the best of it. So and equal division was made.
Thus the spirit of unfairness seemed to prevail. Had the judges done their duty they would have picked upon one of the four bands, which were in the parade. This would've given satisfaction.
It has been reported that Wellington has withdrawn from the Association and refuse to have the convention next year. Vermilion don't [sic] want it and has plainly expressed sentiment that unless there is fair play they will follow in the footsteps of Wellington and Amherst.
In the contests, Vermilion took second prize in the reel race. They made the run in 29 seconds but the sticking of the coupling caused delay which was fatal.
In the fat man's race John Kuehlman of the G.A.R. Band won with Phil Englebry second.
A number of the wives and friends of the firemen and band made the trip in the second car. The return trip was made in good time and was one of the most enjoyable features of the affair.
Chagrin Falls seems a very pleasant place of probably 2500 habitants with paved streets in the business part of town. It’s some hilly though. The Chagrin Falls department did all in their power to entertain the crowd.
The effects of auto speeding ordinance is commencing to be felt and there is no objections to let the work go on, only remember that in case anyone is caught it must be through complaint of someone who must appear before the mayor and make affidavit as the Marshal cannot be our duty both night and day.
The Carey boys and a friend drew $25 in cost each for racing through town, one day this week.
THE FARMERS PICNIC
The Farmers Picnic at Crystal Beach last Saturday was a decided success. The largest crowd of the season being on the grounds. All had a good time. Gov. Harrison arrived about 10 o'clock and took dinner at the park after which he gave an address. In his speech he spoke of the losses sustained by the farmers in the late storms, congratulated them upon their thrift, etc.
He then left for Cleveland.
The funeral of the infant child of Henry Hintz of East Quarries was held Sunday.
Allison Nicholl attended a marshmallow bake Linwood Park Friday.
The macadamizing of the road between East quarry line is about completed.
The funeral of the late Alva Davis was held Friday. Interment at Cleveland street, Cemetery.
J.R. Armstrong and Charles Holtshauer both of Amherst were arrested as principles and inhumane handling of a horse they were driving about the city of Tuesday evening.
Constable Bakorf [sic] of South Amherst is reported quite ill.
Mrs. L.S. Hanchett is reported quite ill.
Albert Fasey was brought home this week the hospital at Lorain.
A Baker has been reappointed as postmaster at Amherst and the name of the post office has been changed to Amherst.
Herman Park former employee of the American Dynamite Works, has purchased the grocery store in Rattle Run, Mich., and will move there soon.
Frank the son of Mrs. Eva Walker who resides south of town was operated on for appendicitis at the Elyria Hospital Monday evening.
Remains of the four-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hollister of Toledo was brought here for burial first of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Andress, Miss Maud Andress and Leo Myers of Elyria came over in their auto and spent Sunday with F.S. Fowler and family.
Linwood Park was the scene of a most happy reunion of the seven sons and one daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Parsons, on Saturday, August 7. Besides these there were seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and the wives of six sons. Mr. Fred Lawless was also present making in all, twenty-three who gathered around the festive board. After dinner they attended the Farmer’s picnic at Crystal Beach.
Burton Parsons was born in Roxbury, Mass. In 1803; he lived in Vermilion Township; is married to Alvina Clock in 1832 and John Parsons aged 76 last July, and James Parsons aged 75 in November are the fruits of this marriage.
Father was married to mother in later years (the mother of John and James having passed away) and 13 children were born to them eight of whom are living now: Helen M., Dennis H. Corrington B., Alva B., Almon R., and Burton Parsons. Our elder sister Sarah Stone left us in 1891 and the others in the early childhood. Martha Sherod Parsons wife of Corrington Parsons passed away in later years. Sarah's daughters, Mary Honecker of Lorain was present and May Lawless daughter Martha was also present.
The grandchildren were John's Helen, Almond’s [sic] Helen (so designated by the writer Helen Parson Smith), Mary Stone Honecker and Fay, Ruth and Worth, children of Burton and Ada Parsons, the great-grandchildren were Donald Lawless and Robert Trinter. John Parsons the elder brother and the writer were the guests and held the honored places according to age and distance of miles.
The reunion is a happy one for all was arranged especially for John and myself, and if there are misfits and disconnected sentences and any left out (of course they were many absent ones) in mention or order, please bear with the writer who is just recovering from a seven-month illness and a long journey. This is written with difficulty midst falling tears and the pleasant memories have alternated with the sad ones and the feelings which were suppressed that day have given way during the writing of these lines. We wish to extend a vote of thanks to any and all who helped us to make this the grand letter of day of the writer.
HELEN PARSON SMITH
“Grave on thy heart each past red letter day. Forget the sunshine not at all the way in which thy Lord hath led thee."
A party of Sandusky people are camping at the Squires cottage, Linwood Park.
News from Stanley Christian who is suffering from typhoid fever at his home in Berea, was received today stated that he was much worse. His many friends hope for a more favorable report soon.
Mrs. W.G. Pelton and Flora were in Sandusky Saturday.
BORN – to Mr. Mrs. F.H. Croniger, August 8, a son.
Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Bottomley and daughter Ethel spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Mr. Mrs. E.L. Bottomley of Cleveland.
BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Reifert, August 6, a son.
A troop of U.S. Cavalry passed through Vermilion Saturday morning.
Trinter and Unser are having a storage room built at the rear of their store. This and Geo. W Fisher's fine new house were omitted from our list last week.
Al Mattison received word first of the week of the death of his old comrade and army chum, E. Edward Cooley at Republic. They served nearly four years for Uncle Sam and company I, 9th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.
MARRRIED – At the home of the bride's mother in Vermilion, Saturday evening. August 7, 1909, Miss Margie Goodsell to Wm. Hauff. Rev. Lohmann officiating. They will reside upon the old Goodsell farm.
Best wishes of their friends are extended.
Mrs. Fred Morgan Miss Lucy Morgan and Miss Amaretta Cuddeback are the guests of Mrs. Page in Berlin Heights today.
The Geo. A Clark Co., Lorain jewelers, has moved the stock of goods into temporary quarters in the Baumhardt block opposite Honnecker's drugstore and is prepared to fill the wants of his customers with usual promptness. The storeroom will be rebuilt and up-to-date glass front placed in. The store is to be one of the finest in the section of the state.
Miss May Hales is quite sick.
Farmers and gardeners are wishing for a good rain.
The threshing machine whistle is now heard.
The orchards are doing their last spraying and thinning out the inferior fruit.
Clarence Fillshaw is sick with typhoid fever.
A good many people have been having little ailments making trouble for the doctor.
A GOOD RECORD
A List Of Houses Built Vermilion Since 1890.
Mrs. H.S. Miller has made note of the houses built in Vermilion since 1890, and has kindly loaned this list to us. There've been several erected during the past two years which have not been placed upon the record, so if any have been omitted we will esteem it a favor to have our attention called to it so as to make the list is complete as possible. The number after the name indicates the number of houses.
Henry Baldwin 2.
John Ritter N.A. Foster 3
Mrs. Lewis Wells, 2
Capt. W. Blattner
C. C. Barnhart, 7
Mrs. Franc Parsons
Capt. Ed Pelton
S. J. Nieding
C.W. Jay, 2
Henry Nieding, 2
E. M. Chase
D. L. Nielsen
W. H. Moody, 2
Mrs. Kate Sullivan
Mrs. Kate Hahn
L. J. Decker
Mrs. Gust Black, 2
Mrs. Will Banning
Mrs. Kate Hancock
Mrs. Kate Weeks
H. E. Rose
C. Alheit, 2
Mrs. H.J. Buster
Mrs. Louise Thompson. 2
Otto Paahlhorn [sic]
Guy S Davis, Store and Residence
B.F. Pelton, 3
F.V. Pelton, 2
N. Sennhenn, 2
Tischer and Driscoll
Capt. F. Hasenflue
Mrs. Emma Naegele
Robert Kane, 2
Mrs. Mary Quigley
Miss Matilda Wagner
Mrs. Lucy Krapp
W.F. Washburn, 2
A number of other buildings have been erected. The later ones being the Englebry block, Rebuilding of the Lake House now the Maudelton, Rebuilding of the Wagner House, Bank of Vermilion, New bank building, Electric Power House, Water Works pumping station, addition to the M.E. Church, Rebuilding of J.J. Fey’s house, John Carr's house, Mrs. Helen Edson's house, building of the storeroom for W.A. Tischer and Son, Crystal Theatre, S.J. Nieding’s Market.
HERE AND THERE
Ohio now has 6,875 saloons as is shown by the July settlements. The revenue aggregated $3,367,026.05.
Miss Mattie Ash, 27, of Lorain committed suicide by the carbolic acid route Sunday.
The telephone girls at the Napoleon exchange went on strike Tuesday. Their places are being filled.
Mrs. John Linder died at her home in Norwalk Tuesday night after having undergone in operation.
The Ohio Sash and Door Plant at Cleveland was destroyed by fire Sunday night. $75,000 loss. Seventeen firemen were injured, Lieut. F. English the fatally.
In operating upon Mrs. Lulu Curtis of Brazil, Ind., the surgeons discovered that she possessed two appendixes and that both were diseased.
A trestle being used in the construction of a concrete bridge on the Lake Shore at Brownhelm, three miles west of Elyria collapsed Friday morning, injuring eight laborers, who fell 25 feet into the rocky gully. The victims of the accident were rushed to the Elyria Memorial Hospital. They will recover.
Mrs. Emma A. Pelton has brought suit for divorce from David S. Pelton charging that her husband had urged her to suicide and also had threatened to place her in the insane asylum. The parties reside at Norwalk.
130 pieces of skin were taken from the arms of Miss Nora Vernon of Norwalk and Mary May Vernon of Cleveland and grafted onto the body of their sister, Mrs. John Gorham Friday. Mrs. Gorham was seriously burned several weeks ago and it is thought that the operation will save her life.
A farmer named Fast died at his home near Nova Ohio last week. He was sort of a miser and his son supposed he had money in the case. In old nail keg hidden under the porch was found containing $9000 in currency. The old man has dumped in quarters, half dollars, dollars, Eagles and paper money.
As a result of the launch accident in Maumee BAy Sunday, 500 feet from the Cassius summer theater, Harry Dill, Frank Lehaney and Mrs. Mabel Hudson all of Toledo were drowned. Seven men were rescued.
Sadie Gibson has filed suit for divorce from Leon C. Gibson charging that he poured castor oil down her throat and committed other acts of cruelty. The parties reside at Oberlin.
All of the following is contained a booklet pertaining to the Roscoe Family (part of my family) at the Vermilion History Museum. Nonetheless I thought that VV Readers might like to read at least this one part: Caselton Roscoe’s Civil War Diary
Caselton (my great-grandfather) as you will discover over the ensuing weeks was a musician / fifer in the Union Army during the American Civil War in Company K, 67th Regiment of the OVI. As you will also discover everyone (and I mean everyone) had it tough during that war.
One of the things I found exceptionally interesting while reading his diary is his humanness view of the experience. He was neither a hero nor an enemy of the Republic. But the range of his emotions – his views of the conflict – may be an eye-opener for persons who’ve never had the unfortunate experience of war.
Anyway, in his words…
THE ARMY LIFE OF CASELTON ROSCOE: Something of the Army, life of Caselton Roscoe, taken from letters he had written home to his father and mother:
Dec. 29, 1861. When I first went into the War of 1861, I was in Toledo but did not like life in that camp. We were sent on to Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio. All the Milan boys were in one mess together, and it seems much pleasanter, but we expect to move soon, as we are all drilled, but I can tell you right now, it isn't so funny to be a soldier as some may think.
Jan. 12. Still in Camp Chase, but expect to move on to Kentucky in a few days, as: this is an awful muddy place, and oh, so lousy, they are as big as camels, and as thick as grasshoppers all over the floors and walls.
We have all got our blue coats and brass buttons, which makes men and boys so anxious to be soldiers.
I am one of the fifers in the 67th Regiment, Com¬pany K.
Feb. 12. We are at Pau Pau Tunnel. They are having hard fighting here. When we got into Camp we laid down on the snow and mud knee deep at night, and next day moved to higher grounds and built brush tents, and found we were about twenty-five miles east of Cumberland, and not a great ways from Winchester. It began to look war-like when they called 15,000 troops and thirty pieces of cannon.
Mar. 2, 1862. I am having a very bad cold that has settled on my lungs, and I feel very sick, but of seventy-¬five men only twenty-five are able for duty, the rest have been, or are at the hospital. I will stay in my tent until they move on, then I'll ride on baggage wagon, so I shall follow the regiment, as I can.
April 6, 1862. Edinburg, five miles beyond Wood¬stock.
I have not been very well, having had the dysentery, and it has been two or three days before I could get any help. I drew some checks and bought some cheese and toasted it, and ate it, which seemed to help: me. Then…
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