Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.- Dennis Roth......Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.. - Charles Dickens......I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there..Heb Caen.....Madness constantly and publicly applied is a very dangerous psychological virus. -.rnt...............

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SHOPTALK: The desktops this week show good days and bad days at the “Red Clay on the Water” restaurant (now Quaker Steak and Lube eatery).

I always like the way the place looked – both inside and out, though I never thought the interior design was very practical. As some persons know it’s a large open dining area. In this respect it’s more like a cafeteria or a mess hall. It’s very loud with a good deal of echoing. Nonetheless it’s attractive (to me). When my wife and I eat there we usually opt for a table on the deck overlooking the river.

When it was being constructed, I went in with a camera and took some pix. I don’t know where I have them anymore (darn). But one of the things that I was really taken with was the kitchen. At the time I thought it was probably one of the best equipped kitchens in Vermilion. That might still be true. But the new kitchen at the Congregational church is also a beauty.

When the restaurant was designed and built whoever was responsible knew that sooner or later the water would rise. As a result, and as is obvious, the place was built above a potential high flood stage. I suppose it is possible that the water might get higher than seen in the pic on my shop desk. But if it ever does that will be the least of anyone’s problems.

It’s a nice place.

DAVE’S NEW BOOK: Views readers might remember Dave Schwensen’s humor column, “Something To Laugh About” that ran in the Vermilion Photojournal, Sandusky Register and others. Dave has chosen 144 of the columns that he still thinks “are funny” and compiled them into his new book of the same name. It’s available through and other online sellers in paperback and eBook. If you’re interested in a signed copy click on Dave’s email @ DAVE.

To purchase the book on Amazon click here: SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT

OH-NO! Last night I had my first Covid Dream and I hope it’s the last. I dreamed I was standing in line at the doctor’s office and I was the only person wearing a protective mask. Yikes!

I may take up smoking again.

OPEN & STILL 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 7000 per day new cases). Ergo, we remain closed.

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.


GROUNDBREAKING: Now here's a ral blash from the past. How many of these folks do you remember? I know almost all of them.

This is a pic taken at the groundbreaking for the new First Congregational Church (now the UCC Congregational) on State Street c.1956. You can see what is now the "old high school in the background". My uncle Capt. Ferl Lindsay is the fellow on the right with glasses. His son, Dave, recently told me that he had painted the shovel gold for this ceremony.

This was a 'big deal" at the time. The church was one of the nicest public buildings in town - and remains so to this day.

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 - and they do keep on coming. Keep watching.


THE CRYSTAL THEATRE: It was called "The Crystal Theater”. It was built by A.D. Baumhart (VPJ 12/13/03) at the beginning of the 20th century and was located just south of the M. (Miller) Wilbur Hardware Store on the west side of what was · then known as Division Street (now Main) in the old ' business quarter of Vermilion. While the theater was long ago razed, the concrete foundation remains and, in later years, has been fashioned into a pulchritudinous outdoor sitting area adjoining a flower shop (2020) and the Main Street Parking Lot. Those were the days when the great silent "flickers " of Charlie Chaplin, Clara Bow, Fatty Arbuckle, Lillian Gish, and Tom Mix visited this tiny village of some 1200 souls stealing both hearts and minds, if only for a brief time, from the humdrum of everyday life.

Outside the theater a huge gramophone called one and all to the box office with a song made popular in 1909 called "Oh Pony Boy” a ditty written by Bobby Heath and Charley O’Donnell. While the verse was nothing short of tongue twisting (i.e., "Way out west, in a nest from the rest, dwelt the bestest little Bronco Boy..."/ Don’t say no. Here we go off across the plains..."(Note: those familiar with the tune will easily understand its appeal as a veritable fanfare for the theater. It is similar to the ditties used by mobile ice cream vendors.)

Mr. Baumhart had leased the concession to one William (Bill) Leimbach. Warren (Red) Brooks was his projectionist, and Leimbach's young (12/ 13) daughter, Florence, accompanied the silent movie stories as pianist. Her mother would pay her with pennies she collected from movie patrons each night.

When the transformer on the side of the building could not draw enough electricity from the Lake Shore Electric line that provided power, it was up to Florence and/or other local talents to provide the entertainment.

The picture show cost a nickel and was only open on weekends. Mr. Leimbach worked as an agent for the New York Central railroad during the week. In the photograph the Watchman's tower for the NYC railway is visible at the upper left. The old Congregational Church (now the Millett Auction House) can also be seen in the background.

Also worthy of note in this photo is the sign for the doctor's office over the door of the stairwell leading to the second floor of the hardware store. Although it's not legible in the picture, it was the office of Dr. Frank Englebry. He was killed in January of 1910 at about midnight while crossing the NYC tracks at Grand Street on his way to deliver a baby.

It may also be of interest to observe something about the fellow who then owned the hardware store, Miller Wilbur. Wilbur and his wife, Henrietta, were the children of Nicholas Wilbur who achieved some notoriety in local circles for owning the Swift Mansion, Rosedale, along Gore-Orphanage Road in Swift's Hollow. It was the younger Miller's four children who perished in a diphtheria epidemic when it passed through the village in 1893, and silly rumors surrounding the tragedy persist to this day (VPJ 1/23/03).

But back to the theater: In the end, Mr. Leimbach died prematurely of a heart attack in his early 40s, and the theater was sold and eventually replaced by the Vincent Furniture Store. Florence Leimbach Fowler lived a long and productive life as a prominent Vermilion citizen and musician. And life went on in the place we call Vermilion.

REF: Vermilion Bugle: Remember The Old Crystal Theater; Florence Fowler; Sesquicentennial Vermilion, Ohio 1837- 1987; The Way It Was; Betty Trinter, Book II; 1966; National Institute of Health Department of Health and Human Services; Kid's Pages on the Web.

- rnt 11/16/2020

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 24 - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, November 14, 1912

[NOTE: I goofed last week and jumped ahead. Let it suffice for me to say that I was distracted. I'm sorry about that. I would have just goine ahead, but much of this info I thought important. So I went back. Next time I'll be in sync again.]

Holds the First Meeting

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce has been having a vacation since last spring. Pursuant to a call some members met Wednesday evening at the Hall and arrangements were made to renew the meetings.

It was found that the committees were badly crippled so these will have to be rearranged.

The most important matter brought up was the sewer question. After some discussion it was decided to have an open meeting on Thursday evening. November 21, in the lower room of the Town Hall to which all citizens are invited to come. Mr. Chapin the engineer who had charge of our waterworks system will be present and explain the plans. Mr. Chapin did a most remarkable thing for us in constructing the waterworks. That of bringing the cost under that given in the estimate. This sewer problem is one of vital importance and the Council is about to take action on the matter. Don’t forget to come.

The meeting then adjourned


H. P. Mason of Florence who recently “swapped” his farm with Gus Leimbach for his Vermilion property is moving to Vermilion. He expects to put up a barn on the property soon.


The recital at the Congregational church Saturday evening, given by the pupils of Mrs. Margie Goodsell Hauff, was well attended and a very enjoyable affair. Vermilion has some good talent and Mrs. Hoff is well-qualified to develop it. The work of the pupils is a credit to themselves and their teacher.

Darning Needle in Foot

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Hare of South Street had the misfortune to run a darning needle through his foot Monday. A physician was called and dressed the wound.


In the matter of the guardianship of Florence C. Cassidy, an order for the sale of the property in Vermilion was made in the probate court, Tuesday.

Selects Depository

The Vermilion Village Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday evening with all members present. The only important transaction was the selecting of a depository of the funds. The Erie County, Banking Company, was the only bidder, the rate of interest offered on all funds was 2 ½%. The bid was accepted in the bond placed at $4,000.

It will be noted that the rate paid by the Erie County Banking Company on these funds is higher than that paid on the County funds by any of the banks.

After providing for payment of bills the meeting adjourned.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hornig were in Huron the first of the week to attend the funeral of the latter’s sister, Mrs. Edith Bartlett Jenkins.


The funeral of Mrs. Mrs. Maria Lesher was held on Friday afternoon and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery.

Several from here attended the funeral of Mrs. J. F. Allen at Cleveland Saturday. She was a former resident of Amherst.

The funeral of William Flowers was held Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The remains were interred in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The funeral of Mrs. Roe was held on Sunday afternoon. A Methodist minister from Elyria officiated at the service. The remains were interred in the Evergreen Cemetery.


Dr. A. H. Martin of Norwalk died while driving his auto from Sandusky to Norwalk Sunday evening. His wife and Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Tabor, neighbors were with him. The auto struck a telephone pole and was stopped without injury to the rest of the party. Dr. Martin had been ailing for some time.

Gov. Harmon has refused to interfere in the case of the Kelly’s island murderers sentenced to die in the electric chair. Klawetch goes to the chair soon after midnight Friday morning and Selvaggio the following week.

Mrs. Emmeline Clock, mother of the editor of the Erie County Reporter of Huron, died very suddenly from heart trouble at her home in that village Saturday. She was also mother of the editor of the Amherst Reporter.

Many LaValley, the Clarksville girl who was the victim of a “tarring” on the evening of August 30th told the jury in Huron County Court Tuesday the story of the outrage.
Six men, Reginald Thomas, town Constable; Joseph and Carl Sly, Harlow and Ernest Welsh and Joseph Cummings are on trial this week charged with the tarring. Much interest is being manifested in the case.

The following from last week’s Huron Reporter is of interest here:

Todd Meeker, who lives about 3 miles south of this place, has recently bought a traction engine with which he expects to almost wholly dispense with the use of horses in operating his farm of 310 acres. The plowing, dragging, cultivating and teaming will be done by the engine, and he expects to affect a great saving thereby. This is the conclusion he has arrived at after having kept an accurate account of the cost of farming with horses as the motive power.

[NOTE: Make note of this. The day of the power of horses is beginning to be replaced by the day of “horsepowered” engines / tractors.]

Former Vermilion Member Lorain Health Board

John R. Reis, a grocery man, located at 22223 Broadway, was appointed by Mayor T. W. Pape this morning as a member of the board of health to fill the vacancy caused by the expiration of the term of E. P. Reedy.

The appointment is for a period of five years, but it carries with it no renumeration. Mr. Reis is a well-known in Lorain and should be make a valuable member of the board. – Lorain News.

[NOTE: John was married to Vermilionite Hattie Whitmore. The couple later came back to Vermilion and lived in a house on Grand Street.]

Sanitary sewers, yes?

Sanitary Sewers. Yes?

If you are interested in sanitary sewer for Vermilion, come to the meeting next Thursday evening November 21. Mr. Chapin the engineer will be there and explain the cost and the system. This is important, come!

Hunting season for quail and rabbits opens tomorrow, November 15th and closes December 4. No doubt hunters will be plentiful in this section.


Edith Bartlett Jenkins, born Feb. 4, 1883, married Feb. 14, 1905, to Mr. Gerald Jenkins. Died Nov. 19, 1912 age 29 years, 9 months and 6 days.
She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, two little daughters, ages seven and five, mother and three sisters.
Mrs. Jenkins was born and most of her life is been spent in Huron where she leaves many near and dear friends.
She has gone to her rest, “For her ‘tis well, but for the loved ones left, she sleeps too soon and too long.”


Will Parsons of the Stmr. Byers visited home Sunday.

BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schuster, a son, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1912.

We should have sanitary sewers before the state compels us to. Come to the meeting next Thursday evening at the Town Hall and learn how it can be done.

Mrs. Fred Aufderhyde received the sad news Tuesday of the death of her father who was killed on the railroad at Oak Harbor. She left for home yesterday morning.


BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Russell ReId, a son, Tuesday, Nove. 5, 12.

Rev. and Mrs. Eddy of the Cong’l church will spend a few days at Fitchville, remaining over Sunday.


Harry Monroe Carly, son of James and Nancy Carly was born in St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., Nov. 26, 1836. In 1844 he came with his parents to Peru, Huron Co., Ohio, where they lived for one year, after which they moved to Clarksfield, Huron Co., he living with his parents until the time of his marriage. In 1857 he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Simmons. To this union six children were born, five sons and one daughter. Four children have passed into the eternal world, as also had, Mrs. Carly, who died in 1890.
In 1903 he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Amerett Starr of Milan, where they resided for five years afterwards, moving to Florence, his old home. He enlisted in the war of the rebellion in 1863 and served until the close of the war. He was made a Master Mason in 1897 and soon became a Past Grand Master. Later he was made a Royal Arch Mason, being a charter member of the Wakeman chapter. He was Justice of the Peace of Florence Township for several years. On March 26, 1889, he was received into the Methodist Episcopal Church at Florence of which he was a member at the time of his death. He was president of the Board of Trustees for the past two years or until failing health caused his resignation. He was anxious for the completion of the new church.

He leaves a wife, one daughter and one son, besides other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral was held from the home Thursday afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Rev. A. G. Rupert.


Ulysses G. Chapham was born in Waterford London Co., Va., Nov. 29, 1876. He was the son of French and Charlotte Chapham. Mr. Chapham had spent several years of his young manhood in this locality. His present home was in Camden, N.J. He had come here to visit his sister, Mrs. Elzey and friends. Two weeks ago, he became very ill, the sickness growing worse until the end which came Friday morning. He was a splendid young man was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church of Phila. Pa., having begun the Christian life and united with the church several months ago. He was buried from the M. E. Church of this village Sunday afternoon. The services were in charge of Rev. A. G. Rupert. The male quartet of the church furnished the appropriate music. Burial in the old Baptist Cemetery. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Elzey of this village, and two brothers, Arthur Chapham of Camden N.J., and Edward Chapham of Phila. Pa.

Along The River

George W Fischer is improving his property greatly. A concrete wall has been built along the portion of the river front and a fine garage of building blocks is being put up.

The fishing is still quite poor, and it is quiet along the river. A run of fishes looked for at any time and it cannot come any too soon for the owners and fishermen.

Nearly all the pleasure boats have been laid up for the winter and the fish boats are all that are moving on the river.

The Kishman Fish Company have leased the Ranney Fish House to be used as a twine storage house, also in order to have more room for the tugs along the riverfront.

The Driscoll Fish Co. is having a coal dock and tramway built. The dock is located close to the street and the railway will be equipped with cars to transfer the coal direct to the boats instead of having the coal piled along the river on the wharf.

[NOTE: This is of some interest (at least to me). The idea of a set of tram tracks from the railroad above the fishery that would run down and cross Liberty to deliver coal in 1912.]

Football News

Coach Williams of the High School football squad reports excellent progress on the part of his men. There are two games to be played this season yet.

On Saturday, November 23 at 2 P.M. Amherst high will play at Vermilion and all on Thanksgiving day, Vermilion will play Huron High at Huron.


Fred Wilford was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital Thursday.

Mrs. H Kingsley is on the sick list.


BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Grant a son, November 6th, 1912.

Carl Hauff had a very sick horse last week, but it is better at this writing. Dr. Turner of Amherst had the care of it.

WICKENS FURNITURE: I came across this image in the NEWS while going throught the microfilm this week and thought it interesting. This is 1912. The dawingof the auto age in America. This was a giant leap from hauling things with a wagon pulled by a team of horses.




…Milan and Columbus road was never built nor are we possessed of any information showing the performance of any substantial act other than the incorporation thereof.

Then, again, although the creation of a later period, in reviewing these facts a mention must be made of that mythical and mysterious thoroughfare of travel known as the " Underground Railway," having its invisible, though well patronized route between the city of Sandusky, O., and Maiden, in Canada. This was the usually traveled route taken by escaping slaves who sought a refuge beyond the reach of the owner's power and the driver's lash.

There lives in Sandusky to-day, probably not to exceed fifty persons who recall the partial construction of the road of the Ohio Railroad Company, which was chartered at the session of the Legislature of 1835-6. The route of this road was entirely practicable, but its enterprising projectors had not the means sufficient to complete the work, and it was abandoned after a vast amount of money had been expended. The route of this road, as defined by its charter, was as follows:" Beginning at the westwardly line of the State of Pennsylvania and extending westwardly to the Maumee River in the State of Ohio," a distance of one hundred and seventy-seven miles. The line of this road, had it been completed, would have crossed Washington Square, in Sandusky. And many of the people of the county will remember the old Sandusky & Louisville Railroad Company, to the construction of which they liberally contributed, but the road was never built


This road is, indeed, of comparatively recent creation. But the line now in part operated by the receiver of the above company, has a history more varied and more interesting than that of any road now in operation in the State of Ohio; and for an intelligent and clear, as well as an accurate narration of the facts of that history we must look back to the early years of the present century and note the efforts that were made to establish the first railroad in this State, or in the west, and recall the events of the early life of a road famed in history as the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad.

When the people of Sandusky were by fraud, deceit and corruption defeated in their efforts to establish communication between this point and the Ohio River by canal, the most enterprising and energetic of her residents said, "Let us build a railroad." This was prior to the year 1825. During the period of the greatest agitation of this question a public meeting was held in Sandusky which was attended by all the leading men of the place, prominent among whom can be recalled the names of David Caswell, who was made chairman; Dr. George Anderson, Colonel John N. Sloane, Elentheros Cooke, Cyrus W. Marsh, Hector Kibourne, Moors Farwell, Colonel Abner Root, David Campbell, Aaron C. Corbett, William Townsend and others, possibly, whose names cannot, at this late day, be remembered. This was in 1826.

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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JUST FOUND: It took some time. But finally we discovered the reason / meaning of the Blattner token in the collection. While I did come across an earlier article about the formation of the academy this week was the first time an advertisement for the organization appeared in the local newspaper. I wonder what types of classes they were offering; tap?; ballroom? Maybe there will some more info in later editions.

Neither Wind, Rain Or Broken Leg

A lady was browsing through everything at a yard sale and said to the hostess, "My husband is going to be so upset when he finds out I stopped at a yard sale."

"I'm sure he'll understand when you tell him about all the bargains you found," the hostess replied.

"Normally, yes," the lady said. "But he just broke his leg, and he's waiting for me to take him to the hospital to have it set."

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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.

MARY WAKEFIELD BUXTON'S LATEST BOOK “Tripping: A Writer’s Journeys.” Signed copies of her new book can be purchased for $15.00 at the Southside Sentinel office or by mail by writing Rappahannock Press, Box 546, Urbanna, VA and adding $6.00 to cover mailing costs and tax.

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