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June 15,  2019> OOC Winter & Summer

TORNADO(S)

SHOPTALK: On the desktops this week are some pix of the aftermath of several bad storms that tore through our town and region with tornados in years past.

On the shoptop is a pic of what was left of the DeMuth Family home on Stanley Road after the twister passed through the area late Monday afternoon on June 8, 1953.

The DeMuth’s were just sitting down to dinner when the storm hit. Mr. DeMuth (Martin), his wife Magdelina and his brother George were injured – but not seriously. The house (as you can see) was a goner.

The tornado skipped and hopped over to Route #60 and Trinter road and ruined the homes of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Clawson and the Lea Mayfield families.

At Ceylon little Patty Wallace, 5, was killed and the rest of her family received some difficult injuries. In all, at least 24 persons were injured. Property damage was extensive.

I remember this day – although I was only around ten years old. I was sitting with my mother and sisters on the front porch of our home on Perry Street while the storm raged around us. We weren’t thinking tornado, but were enjoying the storm – the aftermath of a hot summer day. At one point the sky to west turned a yellowish color, and sometime later heard about the tornado.

I also recall driving by the DeMuth farm and the one on Trinter Road. Both were totaled. Both were rebuilt.

AUGUST 1943: When I first had the pleasure of seeing my grandfather's (Pearl Roscoe's) rare, color slides of the Vermilion area I happened across a few that I found rather puzzling. They depicted what obviously looked like terrific storm damage in a cemetery. Because the slides were not marked, I had no idea as to their specific location other than what I have just written. And then I carne across an 8"x10" black and white glossy Rudy Moe photograph that made my grandfather's slides identifiable. The cemetery (as pictured) was our Maple Grove Cemetery on the morning of August 14, 1943.

The night before a tornado had come out of the southwest. It cut across the Risdon Farm on Risden Road [Note: the names are correct although spelled differently] headed northeast toward the lake where it destroyed the Sherod home just east of Coen Road, and then bounced across West Lake Road to the home of Charlie and Katie Krapp at Stop 130. It leveled their home, their barn along with 200 chickens, and caused the tragic death of Mrs. Krapp's cousin, Josephine Lowe, who was there on a visit from her home in Cleveland. Mrs. Krapp, who was, trapped in the wreckage of the home for 45 minutes, suffered only minor injuries. All that remained at Stop 130 when the storm passed was the garage. It is still standing.

The home of Fred Krapp (Charlie's brother) just to the east was untouched. The floor of Charlie's barn rested against the house. The storm had lifted it, trans¬ ported it 1000 feet, and softly set it down by the kitchen door without disturbing shingle nor nail of his house or outbuildings.

Tuning southeast the storm jumped the NYC railroad tracks and tapped the Backus home on Adams Street. Mrs. Lydia Backus was critically injured when a wall collapsed on her. Her husband somehow escaped without harm. At -least five additional homesteads were swatted by the mid-August storm. On State Street the H. Rossman home was twisted off its foundation. On Douglas Street the Cecil Rossman and Edward Troxel homes were also damaged. And on Mason Road the Krebs home was grazed, and Carl Washburn's barn doors, part of a haystack, as well as an entire apple

In 1866 the Village of Vermilion had purchased 3 acres of land along Mason Road from one Amason Washburn to use as a permanent cemetery, The property adjoined a one-half acre plot of land that pioneer settler, John Beardsley, had earlier in the century deeded to School District No. 6 and their successors to be used as a burial ground. The additional land was then cleared, graded, and a good number of young maple trees were planted. Thus was it named "Maple Grove" (cemetery).

During ensuing years more acreage was added. By August Of 1943 the memorial park was comprised of more than 7 acres of land, and the young maples that had been planted nearly a century earlier now towered over the grounds and monuments.

And as these terrible storms have no respect for life - human or otherwise - they also have no mercy for the dead. On August 13, 1943 the same storm that had stolen the life of Josephine Lowe, arbitrarily dismantled many of the monuments in Maple Grove, as well as uprooting and splintering almost all the old maples that once stood guard over them.

The accompanying Rudy Moc photograph shows the damage done to the cemetery on that day. The other shows, the area as it looks today. Were it not for my discovery of the Moc photo, I would not have known any of this ever happened, and I would have been puzzling over my grandfather's color slides for the remainder of my life.

Ref: Vermilion Area Archival Society archives: The Lorain Times-Herald, 8-14-43; The Vermilion News: 6-28-38; Special Thanks to Ruth Bauman Tanner and the Glen Risdon Family; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 09/01/2005.

HISTORY REQUIRES REPEATING (ALWAYS): This does not mean that events in history should be repeated, but quite the opposite. Perhaps cause and effect would be better words to use. Having attended several discussion meetings re: the 4th of July Flood of 1969 I am convinced that while many persons remember what happened to them, personally, they don’t really know what made it happen.

Several weeks back I did a short piece on the storm that caused the flood and it is apparent to me that few persons paid any attention to it. So…

So I repeat myself with a purpose.

Historically,

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: This is a pic of one of sisters, Nancy Alice Tarrant-Emery standing the street near our old family home on Perry Street. I was captured (probably around) 1943-44. While it looks like she is wearing rabbit ears - the ears are actually the railroad signals behind her. That crossing, by the way, is now closed. Three crossing were closed when some folks demanded that Vermilion become "a quiet zone" (i.e. the trains don't sound whistles or horns while passing through town. Also the remaining crossings have 4 gates now).

The details that captured my attention were a water-tower in the as well as the large home behind her. I blocked out the water-tower that once sat in Hanover Square when I added the enlarged pic of my sister. I enlarged the pic to better illustrate that she was not wearing mouse ears. And I point out the house because it no longer exists. It was torn down several years ago. The house once belonged to the Leidheiser / Wendell families. It was, at one time, a very nice place.

I'm glad someone snapped this pic because many of the details in the background are obviously gone. But they are not forgotten. Sister Nance still comes to visit the museum at least once a week. She looks much the same (only a little older - like the rest of us).

SO I REPEAT MYSELF

WHERE WERE YOU?: Friday July 4th 1969 was a perfect July day in Vermilion. It was warm; 82 degrees and humid; about 87 percent, as families happily gathered in their backyards, parks and boats along Lake Erie’s shore to celebrate the holiday. Out on the lake storms had been moving west to east all day. Occasionally some showers and thunderstorms drifted inland. But no problem, by 5 p.m. the storms had moved on, except in the extreme northeastern part of the state; the skies cleared, and then:

At 7 p.m. Cleveland radar showed a nearly solid east-west line of thunderstorms just off Lake Erie shore, which presented a definite threat to northern Ohio. In fact, a ship captain on Lake Erie about 10 miles north of Lorain reported 110-mph winds heading toward shore. Around 7:30 p.m. local forecasters first received an alert about the possibility of a bad storm headed toward shore, and at 7:45 p.m. the National Weather Service informed the Emergency Broadcast System – the network in charge of alerting the broadcast media in cases of danger – to stand by because weather conditions soon would be upgraded to severe. But for reasons that will forever remain unknown, no warning was ever issued.

Around 8 p.m. severe thunderstorms, accompanied by lightning, heavy rains, and wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour, smashed onto the Erie shore moving east-southeast at a speed of about 50 miles per hour. For the next 12 hours severe thunderstorms pounded the region, which was approximately 30 miles either side of a line from Toledo to Dennison in Tuscarawas County. Over the next 24 hours, in the Vermilion River watershed alone, an estimated 6.7 to 11 inches of rain fell resulting in the worst flooding ever experienced along the stream – ever.

At the McGarvey Nautical Restaurant located on the river just below the Vermilion River Bridge diners and drinkers peered through the windows at the raging storm and the rushing, rising water of the river without much alarm. It was as though they were being treated to dinner and an exciting movie. [As one can see by the accompanying photo it is fortunate, they didn’t stay for breakfast.]

The flood stage of the Vermilion River listed by the USGS is 9 feet. By 4 p.m. on Sunday July 6, 1969 the water had risen to 13 feet above that flood stage. This was 2 feet higher than the stage of the highest flood that had occurred during the “Great Flood” of March 1913, and was 5 feet higher than the flood experienced in January 1959. And though some thought that a dam somewhere to the south of town had been breached adding to the deluge and devastation along the stream as it wound its way to the lake, it was actually the exceptional amount of rain that had fallen that did the real damage.

For instance, in the Village of Wakeman twelve miles south of Vermilion, the storm dropped nearly 11 inches of rain turning what was normally a rather placid part of the river into a roaring torrent. Previous to the storm the highest the river had ever been in Wakeman had been recorded during the aforementioned 1913 flood. In fact when they later installed their water treatment facility, they set their pumps 12 feet above the high-water mark reached during that flood. In 1969 the river rose an estimated 30 feet. So dam or no dam when that water arrived in Vermilion it was carrying boats, parts of bridges, cottages, campers, picnic tables with picnics still on them, and anything and everything that happened to be in its way.

Along the river most all of the cottages at the Olympic Outing Club were submerged; several were moved from their foundations; a few were swept away altogether. Campers along the river, not to mention, those who made their homes along Riverside Drive on the east side of the river, shared a similar experience. The flooding stunned even the families living toward the river’s mouth in beautiful Cape Cod homes at the Vermilion Lagoons. And though the wind damage in Vermilion was not nearly as severe as that experienced at Cleveland’s Edgewater Park, along Clifton Blvd. in Lakewood or that at Beech Park in Avon Lake, folks living at west end of Huron Street and several other places around town were shook up when the wind took some of their trees down. Moreover, all the beaches all along the lakefront had been gifted with all sorts of debris – including a few fair-sized boats.

As waters began to recede the scene became rather bizarre in places. At some of the marinas along the stream it looked as though cabin cruisers had been purposely docked atop automobiles – and vice-versa. News agencies reported that elsewhere in the region 42 northeast Ohio residents had lost their lives due to the storm, some 250,000 homes lost power, hundreds of vacationers on the Lake Erie islands had been stranded, and more than 100 boats were missing. Two months later, the National Weather Service in Washington, D.C., reprimanded their Detroit office for failing to alert the Cleveland National Weather Service about the storms. The saving grace, if there be any, for all who lived and vacationed in the Vermilion area was that no one lost their life or was severely injured. Material things could be replaced. Lives could not.

For many it was a traumatic experience. And when all was said and done it was also a muddy mess. But oddly enough there was and is an upside to the event. People who didn’t know, much less care, about one another before the flood met and life-long friendships were forged. That is so much so that now, a full half a century later, folks will soon gather and ask one another, “Where were you during the Fourth of July Flood in 1969?” Their stories are legion, and their empathies for those victimized by severe weather wherever and whenever it occurs are extremely sincere.

Ref: Dave Feldkamp flood photo collection provided by Marlene Calvert-Feldkamp; 05.26.2019.

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. XV, No 2 - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, June 15, 1911

Arrested For Assault

A man by the name of Winnie, who has been mowing lawns in the northern part of town and who is what is known as a “bo” was arrested Tuesday evening charged with attempted criminal assault upon the person of two little girls, Mary Crosier 11, daughter of B. B. Crosier, and Dorothy Backus, 9, daughter of Fred Backus. His hearing was held immediately and he was bound over under $2000 bail and taken to the county jail.
Despite the scare heads and the statements made in one of the county papers about angry citizens and intimations of mob violence, we do not believe twenty-five citizens knew of the affair until the next morning, and we believe that Erie County is in very little danger of being “disgraced” by the citizens of Vermilion. The less said about such cases, the better. The officials performed their duty promptly as should be done in every community.

Taken to Hospital

Mrs. George H. Blattner was removed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lorain this morning where she will undergo an operation for appendicitis as soon as considered strong enough. Mrs. Blattner has been ailing all spring and for the past few weeks has been very ill. Her many friends hope for a speedy recovery.

Fishing Again

Trial setting of nets resulted in encouraging results Wednesday. A lift of 1000 resulting in one case. Today all boats set nets. It is to be hoped that good catches will be the result.

An Improvement

The Schwensen Bakery is installing a dough mixing machine today. It is operated by an electric motor and will be a great saving time and labor for the baker.

Two Fire Alarms

Wednesday was marked by two fire alarms. One from the home of Postmaster, E. M. Kane, about 9:30 in the morning about which all kinds of rumors were afloat. The truth is Miss Alice Kane had washed some ribbon in gasoline in the open air. She brought the ribbon into the house and placed it near a gasoline stove but apparently far enough to avoid danger. Her brother, Warren Kane, came in and lighted the torch and generated the gas for the stove. When he took the torch from the stove and that at that the gasoline vapor in the room ignited. Miss Alice’s clothes caught fire and her brother smothered the flames with rugs etc. He was burned slightly but is at work as usual and shows no signs of the fire. Miss Alice was also burned, but not seriously.
In all probability the gas from the gasoline in the ribbon had spread out and mixed with the air and a slight draft had driven it into the flame of the torch.
The second alarm was turned in from the home of Mrs. Christina Lutz on State Street, shortly after noon. It was discovered in the roof near the chimney, by one of the members of Geo. Harris family and the boys with a garden hose and ladder extinguished it before the department had the water turned on. $10 or $15 will probably cover the damage to the roof.

COURTHOUSE NEWS

Philip Baker was taken to Sandusky yesterday on a charge of contempt of court, by failure to pay alimony, as ordered. He will probably be given a hearing today.

Mrs. Osa Steele, began action for damages in the sum of $5050 against Clara and Emma Ray. She alleges that at the solicitation of the Rays she visited them one afternoon recently and was bitten by their bulldog and as a result has been disfigured for life. – Reg.

The Lake Shore Wood Working Co., and the Vermilion Lumber And Manufacturing Company, of Vermilion, are defendants in a foreclosure suit in the Common Pleas court brought by the State Bank of Savannah, Missouri.
It is claimed that there is $3000 due on a promissory note, dated October 15, 1906. In its answer the Lake Shore Wood Company alleges that the Vermilion Lumber And Manufacturing Company owes it the sum of $2304 on four notes.

County commissioners Monday afternoon, in the case of the Vermilion State Road, inaugurated the system of letting the contract as a whole, a policy which was urged by county and state examiners in the recent reports. It is the first contract job let by the commissioners and the lowest bidder, who was awarded the job for $1800, was Frank Lyles, of Groton Township. He will buy the material, hire the men and have entire charge of improvement, and the matter will not be in the hands of the commissioners, as formerly.
The improvement will be of carbo via answers 1700 feet in length. The highway, when approved, will be an extension of the carbo via road completed last summer under the old methods. Commissioners figure from this that there will be an interesting opportunity for comparison of results under the two ways of letting out the job.

COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE

AMHERST

The Village schools close Friday for the year.

BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. William Schact, a son, Saturday, June 10.

Funeral services of Mrs. Fuldine Schriner, age 23, were held from M. E. Church on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30. Rev. Waters had officiated and interment was made in the Crown Hill Cemetery.

The funeral services of Mrs. Anna Reusser were held from the M. E. Church in Henrietta and the remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining the church.

WEST VERMILION

A number of people from Cleveland were callers at the Park Sunday.

A.R. Spent five days last week at his country home, came from the city in this new, fast auto Henry 40.

[NOTE: The Henry was an auto built in Michigan by the Henry Motor Car Company from 1910-12. The first model built was a five-seater with a 35hp engine which sold for $1,750. Both 20hp and 40hp engines were made available in 1911, and these were available in five body styles. The 1911 two-seater roadster had running-board mounted toolboxes. Rumsey obviously had a 40hp model.]

A. R. Has purchased two beautiful bronze figures to be placed on the marble mantle above the big fireplace, to be by wired electric lights.

BROWNHELM

Mr. Raymond Fairchild was badly cut in the hand Tuesday when a can of fruit, the cover of which he was tightening, broke. All the means employed to stop the flow of blood were only partially successful and he was quickly taken to a doctor. Some time passed before the cut artery was found and closed. At present he is very weak from loss of blood but his condition is not thought serious.

BIRMINGHAM

The State Bee Inspectors are going over this part of the bee section.

Mrs. Ray Edgar is serving her apprenticeship for dressmaking at Mrs. Arthur Thompson’s at Berlin Heights.

The Base Ball Club and the high school girls will serve ice cream and cake on the Town Hall lawn Saturday evening. Everybody cordially invited to attend.

777.

Prof. Frederick F. Reefy, of Elyria, publisher of the Elyria Democrat and, and one of the pioneer residents of the county seat, died Saturday shortly before noon. He was 78 years old.

The new concrete bridge at Rocky River has been completed and Lake Shore Electric cars commenced using it Sunday morning. It is the largest concrete bridge in the world.

[NOTE: That’s an interesting comment. I wonder if it was really true?]

Evangelist Biederwolf who has been holding forth at Lorain for the past several weeks, has accepted the challenge of the editor of the Lorain Times Herald to edit that paper for a day.

[NOTE: I’ll bet that was a real circus.]

Mrs. Carrie Nation famous saloon smasher, died Saturday at Leavenworth, Kans., hospital, age 65.

OBITUARY

The funeral of Mr. Everett M. Rose was held from the residence of the son H. E. Rose on Ohio St., Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock in charge of Dr. Raymond C. Swisher. Mr. Rose died at the Soldiers Home Sandusky, O., June 7, 1911, and was born 74 years ago. He leaves a wife, and two children, H. E. Rose of this place, Mrs. V. I. Ross of Wellington, O.
The funeral was largely attended. Mr. Rose was a member of the 128 Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He had been a resident of Vermilion all his life with the exception of a brief stay in Cleveland, Talmage and Sandusky. Interment was made in Maple Grove Cemetery.

LOCALSAND PERSONALS

Will the person that bought the opal ring Sunday, return it to say further trouble as the party is known, or put it in P. O. Box 165 and get money back.

[NOTE: This is curious ad. Does this mean the ring was stolen and sold to someone?]

BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Alheit, a daughter, Saturday, June 10, 1911.

Mabel Driver the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Driver of Exchange Street is reported suffering from typhoid fever.

The Vermilion picture show known as Crystal Theatre will open on Saturday night under new management.

The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bungart had one of its fingers crushed in a ringer Monday morning.

Mr. T. A. Post had the misfortune to sprain his arm severely Tuesday while at work on his boat. He will be unable to use it for several weeks.

Dr. Biederwolf will deliver his great “Booze” address next Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at Lorain to Men only.

[NOTE: What, there were no women boozers?]

Two Clevelanders were jailed Sunday for disorderly conduct. They deposited the usual sum.

Mrs. John Barry who has been very ill with typhoid fever for the past several weeks is reported better.

Don’t forget the band concert Friday evening.

The L. S. & M. S. Ry., workmen are placing the girders for the second track today.

The main streets of Vermilion are practically dustless now that they have been treated to a coat of oil.

The summer people are beginning to arrive. A week ago last Sunday 70 were served at dinner at the Lakeside in and some 30 turned away. Last Sunday a party of 28 enjoyed the midday meal, and several engaged room and board for later in the season.
Hotels Maude Elton and Wagner are enjoying equally increased patronage.
Several cottages at the park are already occupied and Vermilion is preparing for an extra-large summer business.

BRIEF AND BREEZY

Chicago is as proud because of its newest railroad station as a kid, in his first pair of breaches.

When the man who has bought $5000 car for $75 is taking it home he begins to understand why the former owner was so generous.

Frog skins are grafted on the leg of a 5-year-old boy in St. Louis to cover a burn. That lad should have no trouble making things jump when he gets big.

BERLIN HEIGHTS

L. H. Smith, Fire Marshal of Sandusky was in town Tuesday.

The Rural Mail Deliverers held their annual convention in this village last Sunday at the home of Chas. Hoag. This includes all of the rural mail carriers in Erie Co. A fine dinner was served.

OBITUARY

Frederick G. Bohrer was born in Erie Co., Ohio, August 7, 1874 and died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Henry on, June 10, 1911 at the age of 36 years, 10 months, 3 days. While Mr. Bohrer had not been feeling quite well as usual for some time, yet he retired on Friday evening without any noticeable change. On Saturday morning his sister went to his chamber about five o’clock and finding him resting and sleeping comfortably did not call him thinking to let him rest a while longer. However on going to his room an hour later they found him dead. The physician was summoned and pronounced it heart failure and all efforts to bring him to life were ineffective. He was always a kind and generous brother, always thoughtful and interested in others. His untimely death was a great shock to all who knew him. The deceased is survived by six sisters and three brothers who deeply mourn his loss.

Funeral services were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry on Monday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. A. G. Rupert, Mrs. F. Connor and daughters Hazel and Mildred sang three appropriate selections. Burial at Riverside.

AXTEL

Miss Lillian Boone of Berlin Heights spent a few days last week with her parents.

Axtel was one of the places visited by the violent hailstorm last Sunday afternoon. Nearly 30 windows were broken.

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G. M. Dailey of Vermilion, accepts the challenge of the “Buster” Brown, the local boy champion swimmer, for a match to take place next week for any distance, any place, for any side bet from $25 to $100. Daily states that he would rather swim the best to out of three. – Lorain News.

Hmmmmmm....

LOOKING AHEAD This, of course, was not something really related to our town - but...

If this is how absurd the future looked to persons in 1954 just think how we'll come off to future generations with our predictions of the future. As old hippies used to say, "Far Out."

HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY

CHAPTER XV.

BENCH AND BAR.

THE OLD ERIE COUNTY BAR.

…In 1850 Judge Lane received the degree of Doctor of Laws from Harvard University. In 1856 he was elected a member of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, also he was a member of the New York Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Society and the Chicago Historical Society.

Another of the pioneers of the legal profession in Erie county was Philip B. Hopkins, of Milan. He was, at the time of the county's organization, fully up to, if not past the middle age of life. His practice was by no means confined to Milan, as he was frequently at Huron, and also in the counties adjoining.

Counselor Hopkins was a clear-minded, shrewd and practical lawyer, and possessed, moreover, an almost inexhaustible fund of natural humor. His witticisms were never forced, but seemed to spring from his lips involuntarily, and none seemed more surprised at their sound and effect than he. An amusing anecdote will clearly show what manner of man he was. One day at the dinner-table in the Mansion House at Sandusky, were gathered a number of legal lights, and among them the irrepressible Hopkins. Some allusion was made to a certain lawyer from a distant county not at all remarkable for his legal learning, and Joseph M. Root, another prominent lawyer of this county, asked Major Hopkins if he knew how this man came to be a lawyer?“ No," said Hopkins, “I don't." “Well," says Root, “he was a sort of peddler in a one-horse wagon, and carried around with him Swan's Treatise, and so caught the law just as a person would catch the itch or measles." "Well," answered the Major, “it never broke out on him much, and they say it is worse when it strikes in."

One day Hopkins and Mr. Andrews were trying a case before Judge Sadler, Hopkins for the plaintiff, and Andrews on the defense. In presenting the testimony Hopkins constantly asked leading questions, which Andrews objected to; but as the former did not seem to get along very well without, he was allowed to proceed; but when Andrews called his first witness he very properly asked him a leading question, directing his attention to the subject matter in controversy, to which Hopkins objected. What is your objection? It is leading. The court remarked to him pleasantly, that he thought he was the last man to object to leading questions. He replied, “I am the last man, I just did it."

Joseph M. Root is also remembered as one of the early lawyers of Erie county. He came from New York State and read with William H. Hunter, and then opened an office for practice. Afterward he located at Norwalk, and from there was elected to Congress, first in 1845, and was twice thereafter reelected, the last time while residing in this county, to which he had returned. This was in 1849. He practiced here a number of years after his term of office expired but is now dead.

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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VERMILION ARTIFACT #301

SIXTY-NINE: Last Monday persons who were living on Riverside Drive on the east side of the Vermilion River during the July 4th flood of 1969 shared their experiences at the local library. They also shared a number of great photos taken around that time.

This one shows what happens when what was likely a very good car at one time, gets caught in flood waters. And if this is the car - think about the homes. Folks are still finding mud from the deluge inside the walls of their homes when they are about doing some renovations.

Perhaps some of that mud should be place in vials and sold as souvenirs next month.

A DREAM COME TRUE

This guy says to his buddy, "You'll never believe what happened last night."

His buddy says, "Well then, tell me what happened."

The guy says, "Last night the doorbell rang, and when I opened the door, there was my ex-mother-in-law on the front porch, asking me, "Can I stay here for a few days?"

I said, "Of course, you can," and shut the door.";

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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.

Rich; it is our 60th reunion and will be very informal. It looks like this at the present time; Tuesday, JULY 9, 2019.

-4pm Boat ride Vermilion River and Lagoons (Parsons)

-5:30pm Drinks and music on the Patio-Vermilion Boat Club

-6:30pm Dinner - order off the menu Vermilion Boat Club

Replys can be sent to;

Roger Boughton
2205 1th Ave. SW Ausitn, MN. 55912

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, "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 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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