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Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.-Edgar Bergen........I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.-John Cage.........Just tell yourself, Duckie, you're really quite lucky!-Theodore Seuss Geisel.........This time we go back to the 60s with the Animals and Bring It On Home To Me....rnt............

September 27, 2014 -  November skis & An Autumn Day

Autumn Afternoons and November Skies

SHOPTALK: On the shoptop this week is a pic of a November sky (or thoughts of it). And, unfortunately, snow can’t be far behind.

On my hometop this week is a pic I took several years ago when I was taking pix for my first “then and now” book. This is the little schoolhouse near the top of Mill Hollow. It was an autumn pic – quiet and comfortable.

LITTLE THINGS & BIG THINGS: I’ve just been doing little things around the museum this past week; arranging and rearranging things.

We also acquired a very valuable reference asset / artifact. Actually it is two things: Volumes 1 and 2 of “A Standard History of Erie County” by Hewson L. Peeke. Vermilionite Robert Fritz donated the tomes to the museum. Mr. Fritz grew up in the Sandusky area.

I recently purchased a copy of Volume One. The copy was scanned from the original and has a number of errors cause by the scanning software. The original also has pictures that the copy does not. Nonetheless the info therein is invaluable. (I even found mention of my great-grandfather, Caselton Roscoe, as one of the charter members of the Masonic lodge in Milan, Ohio.)

This is really a nice (also an unexpected) addition to our library. It goes nicely with our 7-volume set of “Great Events of the Great War” (i.e. the history of WW1) and 5-volume history of the R.A.M. (Masons) – among other historic texts.

JUST A PEEK: One of the “little things” I’ve been doing about the museum this past week was putting together a little “veteran’s corner”. At the moment most of the obvious things to be seen is a mannequin that will in due time be dressed like a WW1 soldier from the famous Yankee Division.

I have never worked with a mannequin before – never played with dolls – so dressing this guy has been an experience. He doesn’t look too real in this pic, but up close he looks human. Every time I walk into the apartment (without thinking) I see this fella out of the corner of my eye and it startles me.

ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8TH: Between 7 and 9 p.m. the museum is sponsoring a wine tasting benefit to help support the museum. It will feature wines from around the world.

You can purchase tickets in advance for $25 by sending your check to:

727 Grand Street
Vermilion, Ohio 44089

Tickets will also be available at the door.

For additional information you can call Margaret Wakefield Worcester @ 440.967.2495 – or you can email me (Rich).

MUSUEM 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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VHS Class of 1949

Sweet Memories

VHS CLASS OF 1949: I have a copy of this photo hanging on a wall in what is currently he sitting room at the Print Shop museum along with 2 framed and enlarged copies of the VHS newspaper "The Compass" from that year. I came across the pic while searching for some faces to place aside the '49 newspapers. My original intention was to use their graduation pix. But I liked this so much I had to use it there (and here). And so they will always be "Young and Gay".

The News Desk


ONCE A BUSY PLACE:Pressed for time this week I thought of the days when Bessie Roscoe manned the news desk at The News. So I captured a "now" pic of the desk as it appears today.

I'm guessing that the "then" pic was taken around 1943 - or just a bit earlier. The old telephone is a clue to the date. I don't know what year the newer dial phones were installed at the shop - but it was probably shortly after her death in 1946. The phone in the "now" pic is real, but it's a prop (at least for now).

The furniture in both pix is the same. Out of necessity some shelving has been added - but most everything in the "then" pic is still there today. Even the contents in many of the drawers of the cabinet have gone untouched. The detail is amazing.

Vermilion Aerial 


AERIAL OF 1937 INITIATES MEMORIES: As I’ve mentioned several times in the past I am partial to old aerial photographs of Vermilion. I wish there were more. The photo accompanying this essay was probably taken around 1937. The Vermilion Lagoons sub-division is ready for new homes; the interurban / Lake Shore Electric railway bridge still spans the muddy river; Frank Baker’s Ford garage near the bridges is open for business; several fisheries still crowd the west bank of the stream; and the jetty built by the Wakefield boys, way back when, is very visible amid the white-capped waters off Main Street Beach.

There appear to be only two automobiles on Liberty – despite the fact that it was “the” major road along the northern lakeshore in Ohio at that time. The traffic on the river (if you want to call it that) was about equal to that on the highway. Given these observations, along with the fact that all the fish tugs appear to be in port, would lead one to assume that these shadows were probably caught on film on a Sunday. Believe it or not, there was a time when one could have very literally fired a cannon ball down Liberty Avenue on a Sunday and never hit a darn thing. And recreational power boating was only a specter of what it is today.

It’s almost impossible for some persons to believe that there was a time when there was only one home on Park Drive. It was at the very end of the street. Even by the mid-1950s there were very few homes on that street. During those years I delivered the Cleveland News and Press in town and I had but one customer on the street. Wouldn’t you know that customer lived in the middle of the block? Every time I rode down the empty street on my bike I’d get chased by someone’s German Shepard. To make things worse, one day a kid (whose name I won’t mention) shot me in the leg with his air rifle. He apologized (with smile on his face), but it still hurt like the blazes. I guess he wanted to try a moving target. Park Place in the game of Monopoly may be a treasure, but Park Drive in Vermilion, O. was not one of my treasured places.

One might note that there was a significant amount of vegetation on the beach just north of F.W. Wakefield’s Harborview home in 1937. It was still there in the early 1950s when my good friend (John Paul) Stuart White and I used to scour the area looking for “smokewood”. Smokewood is a small piece of driftwood about the size of a cigar that is so porous one can light it at one end and smoke it like a cigar. (We may have smoked this stuff. But we certainly did not inhale.)

When the water’s low the pier from Main Street Beach can still be seen closer to the shore. The part that extends further out into the lake is seldom visible. Just west of that jetty there used to be a rather extensive sandbar. When the water was low it formed a miniature peninsula that one could actually walk on without getting wet. It, like most of the beach at Main Street and elsewhere, is long gone.

To be sure I like these old aerial photographs of our town; to see what it used to be; to remember how it was; to know what it has become. Often do I now find myself complaining about what it has become. However – the fact that there was a time when, as I have said, one could fire “a cannon ball down Liberty Avenue on a Sunday and never hit a darn thing” – kindly note that it is hardly a recollection of a yesteryear that brings a tear to my eye. By and large the town has become what I wanted it to become. (Be careful what you wish for…)

Ref: VNPSM Photo Archive; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 09/04/14.

The Pelton wheel=

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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. X – NO.22 – November 8, 1906.


J.J. Fey, receiver of the Maudelton Hotel Company of Vermilion, has filed in the court of common pleas an inventory of the property amounts to $133.47 and thee is an account against the Lakes Shore Electric Railway co. of $100. No value is placed opposite the items o furniture and saloon supplies. The liabilities are for the most part made up of small sums due to merchants and supply men. The large item in the list of liabilities is a note of $2,000 made to the Erie County Banking company.

J.J. Fey, who was recently appointed receiver of the property of the Maudelton Hotel company, of Vermilion, has resigned and has been succeeded by Miller Wilber.

[VV. Ed. Note: Miller Wilber owned – or would soon own and operated – a hardware store on Division Street in Vermilion in the Englebry building. Having Mr. Wilber appointed receiver for the company is a very interesting development for a number of reasons. I hope we come to know exactly how this thing was settled. I don’t look ahead while transcribing these items so, like you, I’m also in the dark.]

Thomas Nolan, who resides in Florence township near the county lie, appeared before Judge Reed on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with assault and battery. He was represented by Attorney John Ray. Dolan was indicted on the complaint of A.F. Gamber a well-known sheep buyer, who charged that the defendant had struck him with a club and broke his arm. Gamer drove to the Denman farm, of which Dolan has charge and went into a pasture about dusk to look at some sheep, which he thought of buying. As he was returning from the pasture to his buggy he was met by Dolan who charged him with trying to steal sheep and assaulted him. Dolan’s claim was that he acted in self-defense as he thought the prosecuting witness was about to draw a gun on him. Under all the circumstances Judge Reed thought the justice of the case would be met in imposing the minimum penalty of a fine of $10 and costs. Dolan settled forthwith.

An Echo of the Wreck

The following is an extract from a letter recently received by Mrs. Boss from Mrs. Breese of Lima concerning her grandmother Mrs. Harred who was hurt in the L.S.E. wreck of Aug. 4.

“Grandma has been very low. The shock was about as much as she could stand. My Aunt wrote us, that two weeks ago was the first she was out to the table. It seems as though her arms were sort of numbed she cold not raise them herself and could not tell when they were raised by someone else.

As for myself I am all right now. My rib bothered me for about four or five weeks, but now I am as well as ever.”

[VV. Ed. Note: The wreck referred to here is that of the wreck of the Niles Car #152 that took place west of town near what we know today as the Adams Street rail crossing. The story of the wreck can be found in my first book “Yesteryear” or the online story <”A HREF=“http://www.vermilionohio.org/niles152.html”>In A Vermilion Rain>. This was probably one - if not the worst accident in the history of the L.S.E.]


The village council met in regular session Monday with all members present - also mayor and clerk. The greater part of the evening was taken up with discussions upon various subjects relating to the electric railway, sidewalks, crosswalks, etc. no definite action being taken excepting to order new walks on west side of Grand street in front of property owned by the Pelton estate and one on the west side of Main street along the Wagner property.

The Wakefield Brass Co. on behalf of their employees, asked for a walk to their factory. This matter was turned over to the sidewalk committee who will see what can be done this winter in making a temporary walk.

After ordering payment of bills council adjourned until Thursday evening when several matters of importance will be taken up.


Axtel has already felt the activity generally produced by Republican victories. Confidence is restored and business stimulated.

[VV. Ed. Note: It certainly is hard to imagine Axtel as being “stimulated” by anything. Today it’s a little crossroads in the country. It must have been a good deal bigger in 1906.]

Wednesday was a busy day. The Vermilion Telephone Co. being crowded so that to carry on the large business from this city they are replacing many of their lightweight poles with heavier ones. And with their large force at work helped to make things hum here today, the cider and saw mills started up again and everything is doing overtime. But all of a sudden work on the Telephone Co.’s line had to be stopped to check up lost tools. When all men and teams were busy at work on the line, a big Touring Auto made its appearance and before being noticed, had run over the Telephone Co. wrecking things in general. Then is what things began to move Galloping up and down the road on horseback, the managers succeeded in saving a good many of the scattered tools that had been strewn along the line by upturned wagons and excited and frightened horses. Our mayor swore by (Limburger and crackers) if that car ever came back this way again he will make it lively for them he seem quite exercised about this yet, just as he was calling up the volunteer fire department, the smoke had cleared away! And at this writing things are quite normal again. –signed B.B. keep clear.

[VV. Ed. Note: This was an interesting, but poorly written, news article. But I suppose The News had no choice but to take this news at face value. One can get the gist of the piece.]


Mr. Mark Clary’s baby was severely scalded about the head and arms by an overturned teapot a few days ago.

The telephone on the new line between here and Wakeman Stone Quarry are being installed.

Funeral Director Beeckel was called to Birmingham Monday to take charge of the remains of Mrs. Pierce, aged 85, mother of Gibson Pierce with whom she resided.


Born – To Mr. and Mrs. Bert Jones, Friday, Nov. 2, a daughter.

Mrs. C. Kniesel is on the sick list.


George and Vera Shadduck, et al to George Blanchat, 42 ½ acres in Vermilion Village, $14.000.

[VV. Ed. Note: This, of course, denotes the official transfer of the property that soon became Crystal Beach Amusement Park. It was a milestone in the affairs of Vermilion, Ohio.]

Additional Local

C.C. Baumhart and sister Miss Mame attended the funeral of Mrs. Gus Hagerman at Lorain yesterday.

Mrs. Rae has returned home after an absence of several weeks.

Capt. H. Walper spent Sunday and Monday with his family here.

Frank Thompson who is employed as fireman on the brown hoists at Lorain was laid up several days by a fall upon the docks. He came nearly going into the river and would have probably droned So close was he that his shovel went into the water.

Geo. P. Wahl has purchased the property on the corner of Perry and Liberty street formerly owned by F. Danezy.

Word comes from Mrs. A. G. Rupert that the operation which she underwent to a Cleveland hospital was successful and she is getting along nicely and hopes to go to her home in Greensprings in two or three weeks.


Fannie Maria Klady, was born in Wakeman, Huron co. O., Dec. 31, 1838 and died in Florence Erie Co., O. Oct. 28, 1906 aged 68 years, 9 months and 21 days. At the age of one year she, with her parents moved to Florence where she passed her girlhood. N May 13, 1856 she was married to Dr. W.B. Lattin. One child was born to them but it died in infancy. On Sept. 19, 1867 her husband died and on Oct. 23, 1869 she was married to Charles Summers and hey lived in Vermilion until his death.

In 1886 she moved to Medina, O. where she lived 11 years. On June 7, 1897 she was married to bolivar Babcock and moved to Brunswick, O. where she resided until the death of her husband, which occurred on August 13, 1905. Soon after her husband’s death she came to Florence to live with her sister, Mrs. G.P. Baker.

She was a member of the Cong’l Church of Florence, and always tried to follow in her master’s footsteps, and her death has cast a deep gloom over the entire community. She was a patient sufferer and always tried to be pleasant and cheerful and in her death the world has lost one whose place can never be filled. She was a woman of unusual ability and was a kind neighbor, a faithful wife and a true friend, and she will long beheld in loving remembrance by her many friends on account of her many noble traits of character and the sunshine her presence seemed to impart.

No sick or needy friend languished for want of her assistance or sought her aid in vain. She had been in poor health for some time but we did not think the end was so near, but she had finished her work on earth and God called her home to receive the crown that she had so nobly won.

But she left us an example of a noble Christian character whose luster time can never dim. And her life will always be a source of inspiration to all who knew her.

“Footprints on the sands of time”

Footprints that will linger ever
As in sorrow here we roam
We will follow them forever
Till they guide us safely home.

Safely home beyond the river
There to dwell forever more
She is waiting now to greet us
On the bright celestial shore

She leaves four sisters two brothers and a host of friends to mourn her loss.


There seems to be the impression that the Lakeside Inn is only a summer hotel. This is a mistaken idea as it is open and ready for business all the year.

The management of the Light and Hope orphanage have moved their printing plant from Cleveland to their orphanage. A paper is published and other matter relating to the work.

[VV. Ed. Note: This orphanage (for those who don’t recognize the name) later became known as the “Gore Orphanage”. The name reflects the location of the institution on Gore Road in Florence Township.]

A.L. Irey, who for several years has been principal of the Vermilion Public school will hand in his resignation at the next meeting of the board of education. He has been selected to fill the position of superintendent of the Berlin Heights schools in the place of Supt. Chas M. Davis, resigned. He expects to take charge of the schools the first of the year. Mr. and Mrs. Irey have made many friends here who are sorry to have them go but all wish them success.

[VV. Ed. Note: I don’t know yet if Mr. Irey actually took this position. What I do know is that he eventually became superintendent of the Vermilion system. He would later be forced to resign after the public caught wind of alleged inappropriate dealings with several female teachers. After his resignation he was found to be mentally ill and spent the remainder of his years institutionalized. It is a very sad story.]

Henry Baumhart of Cleveland was in town Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. L.U. Todd and O.K. Todd returned from the west last night.

Earl Miller who was at a Toledo hospital with Typhoid fever has so far recovered as to come home and be out on the street. However he had a severe attack of this dread disease.

A game of football was engaged in at Shadduck’s Park Sunday between Lorain and Elyria. The result being a tie, neither side scoring. Several of the players were put out of commission. The Lorain band came over town and paraded, playing several selections.


Dr. Edwin E. Beeman, who was born in Birmingham, Erie Co., died at his home in Cleveland Tuesday morning, aged sixty-seven. He was a son of Dr. Beeman of Birmingham. In 1870 he moved to Wakeman where he first commenced to make pepsin. He first gave it to his patients and later to sell it to other physicians. Later he moved to Cleveland where he manufactured it in larger quantities.

Finally he hit upon the scheme of making gum, which finally made him a millionaire. His wife and two sons survive him. One is owner of a hotel in Orlando, Fla., and the other is a deputy county recorder at Cleveland.

[VV. Ed. Note: I apologize for all these comments but… My research showed me that Dr. Beeman was actually born in LaGrange, Ohio and came of age in both Lorain and Erie counties. He married a Birmingham gal named Orilla Cob and lived and practiced medicine in Birmingham and Wakeman for a number of years. Additionally, the idea to use chewing gum as the agent for dispensing pepsin was suggested to him by a gal named Nellie Horton. (Nellie, by the way, also prospered greatly by the idea. Dr. Beeman made her a shareholder in his company.)]


Mr. Blanchat, the new proprietor of Shadduck’s Park is contemplating making many improvements at the park. The old pavilion will be town down and a modern hotel, as well as dance hall, takes its place; several amusements will be placed on he ground. The ball grounds will be moved to the east of the grove. Electric lights, sewer, and water system will be put in and the grounds will be laid out differently and beautified. Taking all the improvements, if made by next season will entirely change the appearance of the park.


Church girls

The portrait was taken on the lawn between the First Congregational Church (now the Millet Auction House)
and the Township Hall...

SUNDAY SCHOOL C.1916: This enchanting photograph of nineteen young ladies was captured by an unknown photograph on what appeared to be a fine day in the spring of 1916. Though the trees were in full leaf the air must still have had bite to it. The girls are wearing either heavy sweaters or light overcoats. The pooch, nestled in the grass aside several bonnets and a spray of freshly cut flowers, seems comfortably amused by all the goings on.

The portrait was taken on the lawn between the First Congregational Church (now the Millet Auction House) and the Township Hall at the very heart of Vermilion Village. Whether the occasion was that of Easter (it was celebrated late - April 23 - in 1916) or just a social gathering of some type or another is, like the identities of the youngsters, unknown.

Hair styles, clothing, and buildings in the background help establish the location and approximate the date of the photo. The brick building in the background (upper left) is the Town Hall. The building behind the group is the livery where visitors to the hall or the church could safely hitch their animals and park their wagons. (Note: It would be interesting to discover if guests were charged for use of the facility. Do you suppose either the Mayor or the Pastor validated their parking tickets?)

The fire escapes on the Town Hall were added in June of 1908. Thus, it is obvious that these shadows were captured after that date. A majority of the girls have very long hair that is either braided and / or tied back with large colored ribbons. Short hair did not become chic until the 1920's. The sailor-like tops (i.e. a white blouse adorned with a wide ribbon / tie) worn by several of the youngsters were popular among the teens from about 1914 to 1918. And the sleeves on the sweaters and jackets are rather narrow at the lower arms, and end with cuffs. This, along with the aforementioned long hair, was a prevalent style until the 1920's.

By the position of the shadows (i.e. the sun has not yet illuminated the interior of the stable behind them) it appears that the picture was probably taken between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. when the sun was overhead. This observation, along with that of the weather, seems to indicate that the photograph was taken on the weekend. Otherwise the girls would have been in school.

While it is hardly visible to most folks the young lady in the dark sweater (3rd from the right) is holding an open jack-knife. This fact, and the spray of freshly cut flowers lying in' the grass aside the dog would indicate that at least some of the girls were on a flower gathering mission. The hats laying on the ground beside the posies were not those that the girls would have worn to an informal gathering. Ergo; the photo was most likely taken on a Sunday, and the girls were most likely members of a Sunday School Class. Rover, on the other hand, was probably just a "wannabe."

As previously indicated the precise nature of this gathering in a yesteryear is unknown. However; indications strongly suggest that pictured in this enchanting photo is a Sunday School class of 19 unidentified young women with an equally unidentified dog just outside the First Congregational Church on Division Street in Vermilion, O. on a chilly day in April of 1916. Perhaps that's all we can know. But perhaps that's all we really needed to know.

Ref: Special thanks to the Vermilion Area Archival Society; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 05/07/09.

"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.


(by George Haskin)


The town of Huron, situated at the month of Huron river, fifty miles west of Cleveland, or the mouth of Cuyahoga river, and about ten miles east of the mouth of Sandusky bay, has probably been settled longer than any other town on the Fire-lands. The township is bounded on the north by Lake Erie, east by Berlin township (formerly called Eldridge); south by a part of Berlin and Milan townships; west by Perkins and Portland townships (now Sandusky), and northwest by Sandusky bay. Huron river runs through the eastern portion of the township, in a northwardly direction, till within about one mile of the mouth, when the channel takes a northeast direction, till it empties into Lake Erie.


Huron has been considered an important point on account of the shipping facilities, by lake navigation, which it affords to the surrounding farming country. Huron river is one of the best harbors on the south shore of Lake Erie. The ordinary depth of water in the channel is usually about fifteen feet, and frequently even greater, and when you get "inside," (as the sailors say), there is room for all the shipping on Lake Erie.


There are about fifteen hundred acres of marsh land within the boundaries of Huron township: three hundred in the Huron river valley, the remainder bordering on Sandusky bay, all of which is irreclaimable, from the fact that the land is all lower than the surface of the lake and consequently affected by the rise and fall of its waters.

The land east of Huron river at the time of the first settlement of the early pioneers, was covered with a dense forest, about half of which was what is termed second growth, the balance heavy timber; much of it being white oak, has been used for ship timber.

About two miles west of Huron river is Saw Mill creek, a stream of considerable magnitude, the outlet of prairie drainage, and which, at a time when the waters of the prairies were discharged more slowly, previous to' the extensive opening of prairie ditches, saw mills for the manufacture of lumber have been known to run the greater portion of the year. But since the advantage to farmland of a thorough system of drainage has been taken into consideration, most of the water falling upon the land within twenty miles of the lake is discharged therein in the course of a week. The southwest part of the township is mostly prairie. The northwestern part, except the marshes bordering on Sandusky bay, is timberland.


The precise date of the first occupation of Huron by white settlers is uncertain. It is known, however, that the French had a trading post at the mouth of Huron river about the year A.D. 1749, but it was abandoned previous to the Revolution.

Excerpts from: The Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio; W.W. Williams - 1879 -
Press of Leader Printing Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Yankee Division Things


JUST AFTER CHRISTMAS – 1931: I found most of this “stuff” in a letter written by my paternal grandfather to my mother just after Christmas in 1931. Although World War I had then been over for thirteen years it was obvious that the memory of it was still very vivid in the minds of those who lived during those years. And so it would always be.

Even so my father must not have talked much about his war - the “war to end all wars” they called it. I would later find in my own experience that such matters only get easier to talk about the further you distance yourself from them. And even then, some of the really bad things never get aired. Perhaps it’s best that way.

Pop enlisted in the Maine National Guard on the 5th day of July in 1917. Shortly afterward his company was called to Fort Williams and the federal government assumed control over the unit. On the 25th of August he left Fort Williams for Camp Curtis in Boxford, Massachusetts where he joined the 103rd Field Artillery, and started training for overseas deployment.

At the end of September the company was sent to Newport News, Virginia to collect horses and guns. Shortly thereafter they boarded the transport ship “Kansas” and set sail for the French seaport city of Brest, France. Whilst asea the transport ship encountered a bad storm. They were given up for lost. But 30 days later they finally reached port having only lost time and a few horses on the cruise.

From Brest Pop’s unit - that was by then known as the 103rd U.S. Field Artillery - left for Neufchateau where the regiment was preparing for combat. From there they went to Soissons to enter “the line” (i.e. actively participate in the war). The unit was part of the first full American Army Division to land in France in 1917 - the famed “26th Yankee Division”.

Altogether they spent 205 days on the front line; participating in the Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Hihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Defensive Sector battle campaigns. They advanced 23 miles, and lost 2,281 soldiers during the expedition. 11,383 were wounded.

Just six days before the Armistice (November 11, 1918) Pop fell victim to a mustard gas attack at Verdun and was hospitalized. Afterwards he was supposed to go to a “detention camp” but, instead, set off to find and rejoin his regiment. And on the Eve of Christmas 1918 he found them. In the process, however, his medical records were lost.

Pop was discharged from the service in April of 1919. He was 21 years old. A short time later he would leave the state of Maine on a young man’s quest to find his fortune in the west. On his way there he stopped to see his uncle, the Reverend H.C. Lynch, at the First Congregational Church in a place called Vermilion, Ohio. He never left.

For the most part he put the war behind him. But he never forgot those he left behind nor those whose war wounds were deeper than his own. As the years turned he (among other things) became a charter member and first commander of Vermilion’s American Legion Post. So long as he could he participated in Memorial and Armistice Day ceremonies. He fired the little cannon kept by the Legion at football games, etc. And he may have been the last person to fire one of the big naval cannons in Exchange Park.

As initially indicated Pop must not have talked a great deal about his war - “the war to end all wars”. Ergo; the aforementioned letter from Grandfather to my mother just after Christmas in 1931. In any case there was a New Year ahead and the world was at peace. There would be time enough to think of that yesteryear another day.

Ref: Personal Papers and photograph from the Roscoe-Tarrant Family Collection; Special Thanks to my family; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 01/07/10.

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(UPI) - The winners of the Ig Nobel Prize conducted real science, but their projects will still make you laugh.

The "24th First Annual" awarding of the spoof prize was celebrated Thursday night at Harvard University, where a study examining the physics of slipping on a banana peel took home the top award.

The prizes are meant to showcase "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think," where the science is serious in intention.

The banana peel study, conducted by Japanese researchers, measured the friction between a shoe and a banana skin, then the banana skin and the floor when stepped on.

Among the other awardees:

- The neuroscience prize went to scientists in China and Canada who attempted to understand what happens inside the brains of people who see the face of Jesus on toast;

- The psychology prize went to an American, Australian and British team that examined evidence that night owls tend to be more self-admiring, psychopathic and manipulative than early birds;

- The public health prize wine to Czech, Indian, Japanese and American researchers investigated the mental hazards of owning a cat;

- The biology prize went to a team of German, Zambian and Czech scientists who documented the phenomenon that dogs align themselves with Earth's magnetic field while defecating; and

- The economics prize went to the Italian National Institute of Statistics for improving the official economic picture by including revenue from prostitution, illegal drug sales, smuggling and more illegal financial transactions;

- The medicine prize was shared by India and the U.S. for treating "uncontrollable" nosebleeds using strips of cured pork;

- The Arctic science prize went to German and Norwegian researchers for dressing humans as polar bears and testing the reaction of reindeer; and

- The nutrition prize went to Spain for this study: "Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Infant Feces as Potential Probiotic Starter Cultures for Fermented Sausages."

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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.

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