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Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

If the gods had intended us to vote, they would have given us candidates. - Howard Zinn.......Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. - Peter De Vries......It is the job never started that takes longest to finish. - J.R.R. Tolkien.............Sounds of a Vermilion Morning...........rnt...............

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SHOPTALK: On the museum desk this week is a simple pic GLIMPSE OUT THE BACKDOOR of the shop. It’s nice to be able to open the door and let the breezes wander through the shop.

There’s really nothing too special about the pic on my home desktop this week; Just something different. It’s actually a photograph I took of an old graphic that appeared in the NEWS back in 1907.

The paper printed fictional stories they’d purchased (from some unknown news franchise) for filler. The stories were similar to (but not as good as) those Charles Dickens wrote for newspapers back in the 19th century.

I note that the graphic was accomplished by an artist named “Parker” – but I was unable find any information about that persons.

I took the pic 1.) to see if I could do it, and 2.) because I liked the graphic. In time I may come across the plate and / or matte with this particular story and graphic on it.

There are numerous plates and mattes stored at the museum that I’ve yet to look at. I don’t know if I’ll even get to them in my lifetime.

NEW PROJECT: Last week I wrote a little about the illustrated prospectus for VERMILLION of 1901. It really is one gem of a document.

One of the things I plan to do with it is reproduce it. While I can certainly put parts of it on display at the museum, I believe that some folks would like to be able to look through the entire document at their leisure. Again – it really is a gem.

Some of the graphics / photographs of Vermilion scenes in the document will probably be familiar to some folks because they, or some facsimile of them, have appeared in other places. But the thing that caught my eye are the photographs of local personalities. While I know their names I’ve never before seen a portrait of them. One that took me by surprise is that of long time Vermilion Mayor H.R. Williams. It was taken when he was quite young – probably in his 30s.

I was also happy to see a pic of local poet Helen Kelsey Fox. I have always found her to be a mysterious personality of sorts. Somehow it helps to know how she looked.

[VV. Ed. Note: Helen / Hellen, born in 1850, was divorced from Theodore Fox and had two children; a son named Joel E.; and a daughter, Marry / Mary E., who married Vermilion undertaker John H. Englebry.

Mrs. Fox’s Uncle, Private John Riblet, was one of Vermilion’s Civil War casualties. He enlisted in the Union Army on 5 August 1862 at the age of 26. Some records list him as being a Fife Major – (mil.) a noncommissioned officer who superintends fifers in a regiment. He was killed at Utoy Creek, Georgia on 4 August 1864. Utoy Creek came at the start of Sherman’s “March to Atlanta” Campaign.

Helen died April 25, 1921 and is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery just south of town and near her home.]

FILM NEGATIVES: Stalled while developing glass I’ve been developing some film negatives – but, thus far, they’re less exciting than the glass.

In any case, I came across this pix of Charles W. Baumhart and friends breaking ground for the South Shore Shopping Center from the mid-50s.

I’d seen these pix before, and may have used them in VV. But this times (as you can see) I wanted to emphasize the stuff in the background.

Before anyone forgets there (in the pic) is the wooden “Thriller” rollercoaster looming above Blanchet’s beautiful home. Heaven knows why someone thought it a good idea to tear the house down. But they did. It was really and truly a beautiful place.

Then, in the other pic of the same groundbreaking is the soft ice cream stand that once graced the entrance to the park. Beside it the “Crystal Beach” sign.

I spent many an hour at the park during the summer during my early teen years. I guess that even during those years the park was on a decline. But the dancehall / skating arena remained the best.

Even then Cedar Point was not much better. It was larger. But that’s all. I don’t suppose that Crystal really had any way to expand. But if it did Cedar Point may not be the park it is today.


JIM WALL: Jim Wall, a Vermilion artifact collector, stopped by the museum on Wednesday and let me copy a number of things he’s collected over the years. Jim and another friend of mine, Bill Hlavin, actually have better collections of Vermilion artifacts than the museum. Fortunately, they’re both kind enough to share.

This week you’ll notice several things Jim let me scan. Some go back quite a few years. He also gave me a keepsake book from a lady who attended VHS when it was in State Street School. Included in that book is a list of VHS graduates, as well as some instructors, from 1889 to 1920. This book will be on display when we have our Alumni Exhibit on August 15th.

Sometimes weeks go by and I don’t see anyone or find anything of historic note. This last week has proven not to be one of them.

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MUSEUM 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.

A single membership for an adult is $15 a year.
A couple membership is $25 a year.
A student membership is $5.
And a lifetime membership is $100.

If you would like to become a member the VNPSM you can send a check or money order to:

Vermilion Print Shop Museum
727 Grand Street
Vermilion, Ohio 44089

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PUZZLING: This is a postcard pic Jim Wall let me copy of a meeting of Erie County Postal Carriers. It is postmarked as Nov. 20, 1912 – but that may not be the photo was taken.

One of the fella pictured. The ink mark under the guy on the right is (according to the card) the Postmaster of Gibsonville, Ohio.

I don’t know if Vermilion’s Postmaster is in the pic, but I’d guess that he is. I think that was a gentleman named Edgar Kane. It might be the guy next to (just left of) the Gibsonville P.M.

I also don’t know where the Vermilion Post Office was back then (yet). After looking over the pic I’m guessing that the office was next to Blattner’s Hardware Store on Liberty street. Currently (2015) I’m thinking that this is part of the Old Prague Czech Restaurant. When I was a kid Tony Mroski had a shoe store in the building.

But please note (again) that I’m guessing about the location.

VHS CLASS OF ’60 SEEKS “LOST” MEMBERS: The 1960 class of Vermilion High School is planning their 55th year reunion and there are several classmates whose addresses are unknown. The reunion is planned for Sunday, September 13, 2015, beginning at 2 P.M at the Vermilion Boat Club. There will also be other meet and greet opportunities in the two days before. We want to make every effort to contact all class members and we need the help of the public to make this possible. Please look at the following list of “lost” class members and, if you know their whereabouts, please contact SANDRA YEAMANS NEIDING AT 967-4190.

Missing are: Penny Clague, Judy Eagan, James Hill, Robert Holtcamp, Billy Kay, Judy Lowery, Ray Luna, Wayne Rohrbaugh and Marjorie Sipos. – Correspondent Sandy Neiding

"He hired local mover Dick Parsons to move it to several lots he owned on Howard Drive"

OTTO’S HOUSE: Rarely do I meet persons as overtly enthusiastic about local historic matters as I can be (sometimes). But it does happen. Last week Vermilionite Joyce Nickley “bubbled” into our town’s museum holding an envelope with information in it that she knew I’d appreciate. She was right.

Once upon a time Joyce’s paternal grandfather, Otto Martin Zelinski owned and operated a little grocery store on Lake (Shore) Road in Vermilion-on-the-Lake. Otto was born in Germany in 1878. Exactly when the family migrated to the U.S. is not know (by this writer), but his father, Wilhelm, had become a naturalized citizen before Otto reached his “majority” (i.e. 18 or 21). Consequently, Otto became a citizen at that time as well.

In 1904 Otto married a lady name Clara I. Burkhardt. In the early years of the 20th century the family lived on the east side of Cleveland where Otto worked as foreman / superintendent for the Cleveland Foundry Co. But by April 1930 Otto, Clara and their three sons, August, Ernie, and Otto Jr., were living and thriving in their little store in (V.O.L) Vermilion-on-the-Lake, Ohio. That store was on the south side of Lake Road just east of what was then a newly constructed railroad bridge. Currently (2015) the Pit Restaurant occupies the approximate site of the store.

In those years a store such as the one operated by the Zelinski family was very literally a vital part of the little village that some folks now call “V.O.L.”. His granddaughter told me that aside from the neighborhood grocery store there was also an ice cream stand and an icehouse on the land. She said her father Augie “was known as the ‘ice man’ as he delivered ice and groceries to residents of V.O.L.” It is very clear that, Zelinski’s was truly a “convenient” store. And as such Mr. Zelinski quickly became a very popular person. In fact he was held in such high esteem in the community that he was elected as the first Mayor of that village. Around the year 1948 Otto sold the business to Walter and Margaret Jantz. He passed into the great beyond in 1950.

Mr. Jantz died unexpectedly in 1956 at the age of 51. To my knowledge his wife, Margaret, who was a Vermilion schoolteacher kept the business for a few years. But by the spring of 1964 the business had folded and the building (1 & 2) was given to Vermilionite Tom Jeavons on one condition: if the building was removed Tom had to pay to fill the space left behind with dirt – which he did.

At the time Jeavons and his wife Dixie owned and operated the boat yard / marina on the east side of the Vermilion River just off Vermilion Road. (Currently (2015) the Bulan Boat Yard.) In any case, Jeavons acquired the building with the intention of moving it to another location and using it as rental property. He hired local mover Dick Parsons to move it to several lots he owned on Howard Drive (above the boatyard) for $1000. In photo 2 one of the beams that would be placed under the building after it was lifted from the foundation is visible in the foreground. And the moving of Otto’s house was put into motion.

The distance between the store building and Howard Drive that is just off Vermilion Road was perhaps a mile. That is if one used Highbridge Road (when there was still a bridge over the railroad). But as some folks may remember the (High) bridge was a wooden bridge and was neither big enough nor strong enough to support such a load. Consequently, it was necessary to move east on Liberty to Sunnyside, south to Brownhelm Station, west to Vermilion, and north to the Howard Drive site. The move was accomplished after midnight when there was very little traffic with a police escort. Two fellas stood on the roof of the building with poles to raise utility wires as they passed. And several mailboxes along the route had to be removed and replaced as they wound their way to Howard Drive. It was the distance of about five miles and took all of six hours.

Jeavons had measured and poured the footer for the building at the new site. Parsons set it in place and Tom went to work. The side of the store – with the round Cotton Club sign – (1 & 3) became the front of the house. A triple window replaced the sign (4), and a second story was added (3 &4). With the help of some well-known Vermilion guys named Dick West and Jimmy Dean, Jeavons successfully installed all the plumbing and wiring. And when it was finished his wife Dixie in writing to a friend said, “It was such a great job that the house deserved owners not renters. So WE moved in.”

ETC: Meanwhile near the original site of the store – on the southwest corner of Liberty Avenue and Highbridge roads there are two empty lots. Years ago Joyce’s grandfather, Otto, had leased those lots to the State of Ohio to be used as a park for 99 years. It was one of many pretty little roadside oases that used to dot the highways and bi-ways of our state in a yesteryear. When Vermilion gained city status by annexing VOL (about the same time the store was moved) it had to agree to maintain the park to keep it – and the offer was refused. As a result the lease was deemed null and void and the land was returned to and remains with the Zelinski family. And that’s the truth.

Ref: Special Thanks To: Gene and Joyce Nickley and Dixie Jeavons. Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 07/02/2015.

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. XI, No. 13. – VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, September 5, 1907


Result of Labor Day began off Vermilion

The Labor Day races of the Lakewood Yacht Club off Vermilion Monday morning was a very successful affair, 10 yachts competing. The harbor was filled with small craft both sail and gas and presented a gay appearance. Among the yachtsman present were many familiar faces.

The Free-For-All race was started at exactly 9 AM was over a triangular course of 1 mile for each leg, the yachts to make three rounds. The breeze was quite brisk from the West.

The 18 footers were the center of interest from the first and those wonderful little craft certainly did some fine work.

As the racers neared the Home stake on the second time around it was seen that four of the six were closely contesting. They rounded the state but a few seconds apart, Yankee leading. They kept this close order the third and last time over the course and three of the boats finished within 31 seconds of each other elapsed time. The 16 footers did not finish and there was some talk of having them race again in the afternoon but it was finally decided to divide honors each taking half the prize.

In the cruiser class the Vinco won, the Dreamer having fouled the stakes vote on the second time around thus being out of the race. A collision with another yacht was narrowly averted at the time.

The eighteen footer Fannette failed to find a third stake-boat it having drifted to some distance from the original place and ran beyond thus losing time and finally withdrawing from the race.

[VV. Ed. Note: this article was dictated to the computer. But even if I were just typing it I would have a hard time understanding what the heck they were talking about.]


108 of the Descendents of Elliott's Baumhart met at Linwood Park Saturday and had a Most Delightful Time.

It is a grand thing when the descendents of one of the pioneer pioneers meeting reunion and get it acquainted with one another. Ofttimes such a meeting calls those from a distant state brings relatives together who have not met years perhaps they have never met before.

Such was the case when 108 descendents the pioneer, Elias Baumhart gathered Saturday at the beautiful, shady Linwood. There are 114 in all so that only six were absent. This alone is remarkable. This is the first reunion. It is to be hoped that there will be many more. The entire party was photographed.

The assembly formed an organization elected the following officers: Elias Baumhart, Pres., C.B. Parsons, vice Pres., C.C. Baumhart, Secy., A D. Baumhart, Treas. Each one was presented with a badge of pink ribbon bearing the inscription, Baumhart Reunion Linwood Park August 31, 1907," as a souvenir of the happy occasion.

The families represented were Mrs. Catherine Brooks, the oldest member of the family; Mr. and Mrs. Parsons, Mrs. Lutz and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Wagnerine; GEORGE Hahn and family of Oberlin; Mr. and Mrs. Davis; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ferber and family of Berlin Hts., Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Brooks of Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Baumhart, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Baumhart, and family, Mr. J.H. Baumhart and family, Miss Carey Boss, Mr. Ed Sherod, Mr. Parsons, Mrs. Lawless, Miss Mayme Baumhart, Mrs. Otto Baumhart, Mrs. Risdon and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Pelton and daughter, Miss Bertha Hart of Vermilion, Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Hahn and family of Ceylon, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schaible of Elyria, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hahn and two daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Elias Baumhart and family of Lorain, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Bailey Baumhart family, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Werner and family of Amherst, Mr. Mrs. Henry Clouse and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank North time and family, Ms. Kate Clouse, Mr. and Mrs. SS Garrett and Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Baumhart of Brownhelm.

[VV. Ed. Note: that's a lot a names. And I'm sure that in some cases the names are some misspelled. But I left them the way I found him.]


Mrs. C.C. Humphreys and daughter of Vermilion were thrown from a spring wagon on W. Erie Ave. near the Leavitt Rd., Saturday and Mrs. Humphrey was seriously injured. Mrs. Humphrey and her daughter had driven to Lorain early Saturday morning and started for home a short time before noon. When near the Leavitt Road and while driving close to the interurban track a car passed frightening the horse, the animal turned suddenly and upsetting the wagon throwing Mrs. Humphrey and her daughter to the ground with much force.

The elder alighted squarely upon her head and was rendered unconscious. Her cheek was cut to the bone and several ugly gashes cut her head. Fortunately the daughter escaped without injury.

Mrs. Humphrey was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Wicken’s ambulance -Lorain NEWS

Mrs. Humphrey is still at the hospital and has not fully regain consciousness you as of yet. The chances for recovery are slight although hopes for the best is entertained.


S.W. Simons our Grand Street grocer was severely bruised by being thrown from his buggy Sunday. He did not notice an automobile, which was coming towards him until it was nearly opposite when he attempted to make a short turn. He was thrown out and the right side of his head and face badly scratched and bruised. He does not however blame the Autoist in the least [who] was driving his auto very moderately at the time of the accident. Mr. Simons is not laid up by the accident but looked as though he had been a severe "free-for-all," the day after the accident.


About noon Labor Day Dakota Bob the champion long-distance walker called at the NEWS for the signature of the editor and a clipping from the head of the paper.

He carries a memorandum book that is a curiosity. It bears the stamp of railway offices, Mayor Seals, and various other mementos of towns he has visited and people he has seen. He is now bound from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Me. He is a healthy individual, his hair slightly streaked with gray and we dare say will never see his 50th birthday again.

He is an expert in tearing paper into ornaments left a pattern for a pillow cover as a souvenir. He informed us that he has made several trips through Vermilion, and that about 10 years ago he took a marked penny from H. S. Miller and carried it to a trip with him returning it when he again passed through here.


Berlin Heights

Mrs. Fred Jenkins has been quite ill for the past week.

Streetlamps may be placed in the village soon.


Joseph James Elson was born in Carroll County, Maryland, May 8, 1832, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fanny Page, Oberlin, Oh., August 24, 1907. He was one of the family of 15 children, 12 of whom lived to manhood and womanhood. Two brothers and three sisters survive. He was married to Sarah Margaret Sprowl, of Huron Ohio, December 25, 1856. Of that union three children were born, Nelly, Thomas, and Fanny. T. M. Elson of Berlin Heights and Fanny Page, of Oberlin, O. survive him.

He was a good, kind and loving husband and father.


Henry F. Wiggins was born at Greenport, Long Island, N. Y. On July 12, 1838, and died at his home in Berlin Heights, Ohio, August 26, 1907

When he was 16 years of age he, with his parents moved to Berlin Heights. He was united in marriage to Miss Jenny E. Luce, October 4, 1869, at Chebanse, Ill., and has since lived at the home where he quietly passed away. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn their loss. Born of this union work were Mrs. Eugene Kellog [sic], Elma Rosalia, who died in infancy, Mrs. Lenny Hasenflu, Ann Lewis Henry Wiggins all of Berlin Heights. It also leaves two brothers, Franklin J period of Sandusky, Frederick F. Masons corners.

In 1870 he united with the Congregational Church of Berlin Heights remained a member until the time of his death. Reared in the school of exacting labor, he never spared himself when there were things to do, and continued his efforts to the last, with all his strength. He was obliging as a neighbor, kind dutiful to his family as a husband and father, and will be checked greatly missed.


Mrs. Alvisa Alger Brundage died at the home of her son, J. C. Brundage, Friday, August 30, at 11:30 PM aged nearly 90 years. Her death was due to the diseases incident to old age. She retained her faculties until the last. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 o'clock at the family homestead.


The youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. John Keble died last Thursday and was buried on Saturday afternoon. The child was sick only a few days.


The remains of the infant daughter of B. L. Shaw of Norwalk were brought to Berlin Heights for burial Thursday.


John Sotl was called the Cleveland this week on account of the depth of his daughter, Mrs. Cora Donnavan, which occurred in the Cleveland hospital the result of an operation. The body was placed in a receiving vault for future burial.


George a Baillie, one of the leading businessman and citizens of Erie County, died at his country house near Berlin Heights Saturday night. August 31. He been ill but a few days in it was not supposed to seriously so. Heart failure suddenly developed and the messenger came unexpectedly. He was born near Québec Canada, February 16, 1836. His parents came from Edinburgh Scotland, the year previous to his birth. His father was a soldier being a member of the noted Regiment the 42nd Highlanders, I was in the battle of Waterloo in the Crimean war. His mother was the daughter of an Episcopal clergyman. His father, after three years service in the British Army, retired, with many metals for bravery, to the new country near Québec, where George a Baillie was born and his childhood and young manhood were passsed and where he acquired a fair education in the schools and Academy of his native town. He was always a reader of the best in literature.

Mr. Bailey came to Berlin in 1856 and soon after was married to Mrs. Sarah Phillips, who died in 1892, leaving two sons. In the year 1865 Mr. Baillie, with one man and shovel began work on the stone quarry which proved to be one of the greatest and most profitable industries of northern Ohio, it's product going to nearly every state in the union and not only given to its owners of competency but proving to be a boon to hundreds of working men and their families and to the businessman of Berlin Heights as well. Some of the men who began work with Mr. Baillie 40 years ago in the stone quarry as young men without means are still in the employ of the Baillie Stone Company and are men of means with good homes and among our best citizens. No citizen of Berlin has done more for the community and getting work to men and in the distributing money made here then George A. Baillie. About three years ago he was one of the founders and vice president of the Berlin Heights bank, from which he retired about four years ago. In March 1904, he was one of several to start the citizens banking company of that village, of which he was president and which is one of the flourishing institutions of the town. Mr. Baillie was engaged in removing his name home to the village, and his plans for beautifying improvements would have been a credit to any place had he been permitted to carry them out

Mr. Bailey was again married in 1893 to Miss Maggie King, of Lansing Michigan who with his two sons Mr. A. M. Baillie of Berlin Heights, and Mr. U. G. Baillie of New York, a sister, Mrs. John Logan of Detroit, and other relatives are mourning his loss.


Albert Brill has been doing some carpenter work for B. N. Goodsell.

Mrs. A. Brill this entertaining company this week. Mrs. John Lee is on the sick list at this writing.

Clarence Sarr of Smoking Road was in Joppa one day last week.

G. L. Jump is about the same at this writing. Goodsell is on the sick list.

Did you ever stop to think that it is poor economy for people who are in the habit of mailing this paper to relatives and friends absent from home, after they have finished reading it? While it is your privilege and absolutely none of our business it appears to us as taking to yourself useless trouble, as you can enter their names on our books for what it cost you to mail it. If you buy a stamped wrapper it costs you two cents, which in one year amounts to $1.04, four cents more than the price of the paper. If you furnish the wrapper the postage is but one sent, but if you count your time and bother it is cheaper to let us send the paper direct from the office. It is labor for nothing and if you hope to get rich in that manner you will end in dismal failure. If the paper is worth sending to your friends, let us do the sending.


Miss Mary Elizabeth Crozier passed out of the earthly estate Monday evening, September 2, 1907, at the age of 48 years in 18 days. Matie Crozier as she was familiarly known, was BORN- in the village July 1, 1859. In 1865 the family moved to the present homestead just west of town.

Twice before the heavenly angel has conducted to the eternal spiritual home members of this large family, the father, P. F. Crozier, being taken in 1894 and a sister in 1880. There remain the aged mother, four brothers and three sisters.

Two brothers and three sisters have remained at home and a peculiarly beautiful home circle is broken into it this time.

Miss Crozier has never been physically robust, but her ambitious spirit has made her a most industrious worker. She has been a sufferer especially during the last sickness.

A gentle, faithful, Christian spirit has arrived at the homeland of the soul. A loving sympathy of a large circle of relatives and friends is with the bereaved ones. Services conducted by Rev. Geo E. Merrill at 1 o'clock today. Thursday.


BORN - Thursday, August 29, 1907, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Soyez.

Munson Shirley a 16-year-old boy disappeared from here on Saturday. It was spared at first that he had been drowned; as the last seen of him was near Ceylon Junction where he and some companions went out in the lake in a boat owned by Henry meeting. The boat was returned however but all trace of the boy was lost.

John counter has returned to Vermillion. He is on parole from the reformatory at Lancaster.

[VV. Ed. Note: Counter, some may remember, was sent up the river for burglarizing (I think it was) Krapps saloon with a couple other fellas. I believe they were let go. He came to Vermilion some years previous on a houseboat along with Sandy Silverwood. Both Counter and Silverwood are real characters. Thus far, Silverwood had escaped the pen. But who knows? There's still time.]

A. J. Giddings has resigned the position of manager of the Vermilion Telephone Co., and was succeeded on the first, by R. M. Soyez, of Elyria. Mr. Soyez is an experienced telephone man and comes highly recommended.

George Pelton is reported very ill.

Mrs. George Rathbun spent yesterday at Sandusky.

Capt. F. H. Rae visited home Tuesday night.

Several of our fishermen went to Ashtabula and theory this week to begin fall fishing.

Double discount checks on all cash purchases except sugar, Saturday, September 7 at W. A. Christians.

C. O. Bassett has purchased the Maxfield property on here in Street and Mr. Maxfield has purchased the Carolyn Miller property of 9 1/2 acres.

We are glad to report that Mrs. H. L. Minium, who was taken to the hospital in Elyria a few weeks ago is so much improved and health that she expects to return home next week.

Frank Hatch is again able to be about although not fully recovered.

Guy S. Davis and family expect to move to Cleveland in the near future.

Mrs. Jacob Abell and Mrs. George Rathbun spent Friday at Cleveland.

L. U. Todd, C. Rumsey, W. F. Washburn, A. H. Leimbach, H. Small, George Shattuck and their wives and Frank show Merck attended the funeral of George A. Bailey at Berlin Wednesday.

MARRIED-August 31 07 at the bride's home in Detroit, Earl Miller son of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Miller of this place and missed Estella's Stoller.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller a guest of the groom's relatives here at Lorain this week. They expect to return to Detroit Saturday where they will make their home

Earle Childs spent Sunday with friends in Toledo.


Married, August 28 Robert Steniski and Edith Netski.

Married, Sunday, August 25 Fred Jones of Grafton and Winnifred Coffman of Berlin Heights.

Rev. Harding has accepted the call of the Cong’l church here and the family arrived this week.

The funeral of Harmon Zimmer man was held at the home Sunday.

Dr. Turner and wife were thrown from their buggy one dark evening last week while returning home from Brownhelm. Fortunately neither was seriously injured.

A frightful accident at No. 6 quarry last Wednesday came near costing Paul Schisler of Brownhelm and B. Shink their lives. A load of channeling machine bars was being hoisted and struck against the side of the pit. The chain parted letting the bars fall to the ledge below where the men were working.


Mr. L. Washburn and Mrs. Jeanette Humphrey visited Miss Humphrey’s mother at St. Joseph's Hospital on Tuesday

Mrs. Delah Blair is in Lorain at St. Joseph's Hospital staying with her sister Mrs. C. C. Humphrey who was so seriously injured on last Saturday.

C. Sperry received the sad news of the death of Howard Beardsley a former resident of this place. Mr. Beardsley died on 22 August at the home of his brother Isadore Beardsley in Vine, Kansas and was buried on August 24 in that place.

While driving home from Vermillion on last Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. C. D. Palmer's horse became frightened at an automobile. The carriage was overturned throwing Mrs. Palmer out. She escaped, fortunately, with only a few bruises. The horse was hurt quite badly and the carriage somewhat demolished.

The last reunion of the Bauman family was held at the Ladrach home on Labor Day. Fred Bauman of Cleveland and Mr. and Mrs. W. Bauman and family of Florence were present. After all were assembled. a picture was taken by Mr. W. Echen of Cleveland, of the Bauman families. This is the last reunion before the Howard's return West.


The fans at Crystal Beach Labor Day were treated to a game that had to go 11 innings to decide a winner, and in addition to this the Independents had on the rubber a girl wonder, Miss Weiss, who showed the wake and aggregation that they were up against it for the first five innings that she officiated as the slab artist, as they were only able to secure for measly hits in one tally for their share of the game.

Reynolds, Vermilion southpaw, relieved Miss Weiss at the beginning of this sixth and held the heavy hitters to three hits and struck out seven of the Wakemans.

On Sunday the Vermilion's will stack up against the Norwalk team at Crystal Beach, and Miss Weiss is slated to twirl for the Independents. A large crowd will be on deck to watch this girl wonder in action.

The score was Vermilion 4 to Wakeman’s 3.

[ [VV. Ed. Note: this is the very first mention of Alta Weiss on the Vermillion team unless I missed it before. Miss Weiss of course was a tremendous professional baseball player.]


"You can guard against disappointment by letting us take the responsibility..."

SCRAPBOOK NOTES FROM THE NEWS:: While an abundance of big and great historic stories about Vermilion and its citizens exists there is a veritable treasure trove of small stories cut/articles on the same subject. These are things that give true color and definition to the larger view. More importantly, they're fun to read. Here, and no specific order, are but a few taken from the archives of The Vermilion News. They are reprinted here exactly as they appeared.

January, 1929: John Beursken was among the 11 to receive final papers Monday at Sandusky and became a full-fledged citizen of the United States. He is a Hollander my birth. He received his instructions and citizenship at the office of H.R. Williams.

February, 1906: The State Street Pedro club were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose (on) Monday evening. The first prize was awarded Mrs. George Walper, and a consolation to Mrs. Halloran. The next meeting will be on at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Walper.

October, 1909: For about two minutes at about 7 o'clock Tuesday evening. It rained fish at the L. S. & M. S. Depot (behind the Catholic Church) and vicinity. Fish of various sizes and kinds were picked up. It is stated up on good authority that there was about three tons in all. Some ice and a quantity of grapes, etc., also fell. The result being given, and a phenomenon of this kind, because it is sought. In this case is easily found.

The evening eastbound express train was being loaded at the station, when a heavy westbound freight came down and crashed into the three trucks loaded with fish and other express. The result was the demolishing of the trucks and the above-mentioned shower. The fish were shipments from the fish companies here to their various customers. Loss will be considerable. It is needless to say that there were many fish dinners and Vermillion Wednesday.

June, 1908: The Brunk Machine and Forge Co., of Lorain have the contract for putting fire escapes in the town hall. The escapes consist of iron stairs on each side of the building from the last windows of the auditorium. These windows will be cut down so as to render it possible to get to the stairways with ease thus, making two more exits for the hall.

This company has also the contract for placing fire escapes on the school building [State Street school], the contract being awarded Tuesday evening.

October, 1923: The boys who five years ago were tramping over the rain soaked fields of France are waiting to get over there [WWI] have scheduled a Grand Masquerade Ball at fireman's hall for the evening of November 12 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the signing of Armistice which meant so much to all. The Harmony Four from Sandusky will furnish the music. Reward for the best costume; also the most comical will be given. A cordial welcome extended to all Monday evening, November 12.

April, 1925: Help Wanted – Young men and women, cashiers, waitresses, clerks, also boys to clean up Park Saturdays. Enquire G. H. Blanchet, Crystal Beach Park.

For Sale – Blacksmith Shop and tools. Enquire of Capt. Henry Leidheiser. Wanted – General Farmhands, H. J. Hahn, Rumsey Park.

February, 1926: P. J. Miller, Sexton at Maple Grove Cemetery is reported ill suffering from erysipelas. His sons Harry has a touch of La Grippe also this week.

And finally an advertisement posted on the front page of the January 12, 1922 edition of The News: Is your baking always successful? You can guard against disappointment by letting us take the responsibility. Bread, biscuits, rolls, cookies, cakes, etc. Our specialty. Schwenson's Bakery – Vermilion, Ohio.

REF: Published 11/27/2003 in the Vermilion Photojournal.

"The township was named after the principle river
emptying into the lake through its territory..."

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.



…buying of the Indians their furs, maple sugar and peltry, and furnishing them in exchange such articles as they needed or fancied, as blankets, trinkets, and doubtless also whisky, in those days considered a staple article in the stock of an Indian trader. This Cunningham came to the island about the year 1808, as nearly as can now be ascertained. He made a small clearing, and built a cabin, or trading shanty, near the southwest corner of the present Estes farm; remained here until the year 1812, about the time of the declaration of war with Great Britain, which was on the 18th of June of the year when he left. There is a legend that he became involved in an affray with the Indians in which he was badly wounded but escaped to the peninsula where he soon after died of his wounds. But this was not sustained (according to Mr. Ellithorpe) by the accounts of Poschile and Bebo, who, it will hereafter be seen, came to the island some two years after Cunningham, and who claimed that he left the island at the same time they did, upon the breaking out of the war of 1812, and that he was killed in some one of the skirmishes with British and Indians on the peninsula.

From this man Cunningham the island took its name, not because he held any claim of ownership, but merely to distinguish it from the other islands in the vicinity. It, however, retained the name, "Cunningham's Island," was known by no other, was so put down on the maps of the State and of the United States, until it was erected into a township of Erie county, and its name changed to the one it now bears, by act of the legislature, passed January 21, 1810, as in the course of this history will hereafter appear.


In the year 181O, two other Frenchmen (heretofore referred to), Poschile and Bebo, settled upon the island. Bebo cleared a piece of land, and built a cabin on the southwest point of the island, a little to the north of what is now known as Carpenter's maple grove. Poschile also made a clearing, which extended from the ravine near the residence of W.S. Webb, to a point near the present site of N. Kelley & Co.’s upper wharf.

The road running along the south shore of the island is north of the site of his cabin, which has long since been washed away by the waters of the lake. Bebo and Poschile both left the island in 1812. The former was taken prisoner by the Indians, during the war, but made his escape, or was released, and returned to the peninsula. Both of these persons died some years since. At the time of the war, and while in command of the "Army of the Northwest," General Harrison kept a guard stationed on the west point of the island, for the purpose of observing the movements of the British and Indians on the lake. The camp occupied by this guard was situated upon the clearing made by Bebo, and in 1828 the cedar tent stakes were yet standing, marking the site of the encampment.

It was in the harbor, on the south side of the island, making preparations for the anticipated conflict, which followed on the 10th day of September, 1814, that Perry lay with his fleet for a time previous to that event. Here he received on board the Thirty-six Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky volunteers from General Harrison's army; and here he was visited by General Harrison, who was accompanied by his aids, Cass and McArthur, for the purpose of holding an interview in relation to the expected naval engagement, ever afterwards known as the "Battle of Lake Erie," which resulted so gloriously to the American flag, and which, being followed by the victory of Harrison, on the Thames, over the British and Indians, under Proctor and Tecumseh, virtually closed the war.


It is not known that there were any persons residing on the island permanently from the time Cunningham, Poschile and Bebo left, in 1812, until the year 1818, when a man, named Killam, came to the island with his family and one or two men. The houses which had been built on the island, by the settlers who preceded him, having been burned during the war, Killam built a cabin on the Poschile clearing, a short distance northeast from the site of the Poschile cabin. The foundation of the chimney, of the Killam house, is still visible.

The steamboat "Walk-in-the-Water," the first ever built upon the lakes, was built, or "came out" this year (1818), and Killam was employed in furnishing her with fuel, which had to be "boated out" to the steamer; the timber was all red cedar, and was cut, the most of it, from the west half of lot six. the present county road, known as "Division street," bounding the eastern edge of the "slash," or clearing made in cutting the wood. About the time that Killam moved to the island (in 1818), a Captain Coit also came, with a sail boat, and found partial employment in ferrying passengers to and from Sandusky and the island for the steamboat, as the latter did not go into Sandusky every trip, but sent and received her Sandusky and Venice passengers in this way, —the latter, it is said, having, at that time, been as important a point as the former.

The "Walk-in-the- Water" was wrecked on the 19th of October, 1820, having gone ashore at Point Albino, and the trade in cedar wood was destroyed, as was also the passenger business, at least so far as the foreign travel by the steamboat was concerned, and it is not probable that the local trade in that line was very heavy or remunerative at that early day.

Killam and his family left the island in the year 1820, after the loss of "The Steamboat," as, being the first and only one, she was distinctively called, as did also Captain Coit, and it is not known that there were any permanent residents here until the year 1896.

Excerpts from: The Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio; W.W. Williams - 1879 -
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SOME FOLKS HAD A BALL: Another curious thing. While I am familiar with some of the names (i.e. Lavoo, Irish and Tilden) I don’t know (yet) where the Northern Hotel was located. I do, however, recall reading about these dances in past issues of the NEWS. They lasted all night.

At one time Vermilion had several hotels beyond those most of us might recognize – the Lake House and Hotel Wagner. I think that at least one was located on the west side of Division / Main Street and was consumed by fire. It may have been the one in this advertisement.

By the way $2.25 would be about $55.00 today. This was not a cheap affair.


Upon arriving home in eager anticipation of a leisurely evening, the husband was met at the door by his sobbing wife. Tearfully she explained, "It's the Pharmacist, he insulted me terribly this morning on the telephone."

Immediately the husband drove downtown to the pharmacy to demand an apology. Before he could say more than a word or two, the pharmacist told him, "Now, just a minute - listen to my side of it." "This morning the alarm failed to go off, so I was late getting up. I hurried out to the car, but I'll be damned if I didn't lock the house with both house and car keys inside. I had to break a window to get my keys.

Driving a little too fast, I got a speeding ticket. Then, about three blocks from the store I had a flat tire. When I finally got to the store there was a bunch of people waiting in line. One little old lady thought I was trying to get ahead of her in the line and smashed my glasses with her umbrella.

I finally got the store opened and started waiting on these people, and all the time the darn phone was ringing its head off. Then I had to break a roll of nickels against the cash register drawer to make change, and they spilled all over the floor. I got down on my hands and knees to pick up the nickels, the phone is still ringing - when I came up I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with a bunch of perfume bottles on it, and half of them hit the floor and broke. The phone is still ringing with no let up, and so, while I was sitting on the floor in a puddle of perfume and broken glass, I answered it.

It was your wife - she wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer. Well, Mister, I TOLD HER!"

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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 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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