SHOPTALK: On the shop desk this week is a pic of some Civil War relics my brother-in-law Terry Diener placed on display at the museum a year or so ago.
Terry had this exciting collection of memorabilia that included numerous rifles and pistols on display for one day only. If you missed it – and I know that many folks did – you’ll never get another chance to see it.
Terry’s father started the collection many years ago and when he died Terry picked it up and added (substantially) to it. It really was magnificent. Since then, most of the collection has been sold at auction.
I’m glad I have numerous pix of it.
CAN’T SEE THE FOREST…: This is an interesting pic of Vermilion’s Victory Park taken from (probably) Ohio Street looking north and west. I can’t exact a year for it because it’s difficult to see beyond the trees.
I wonder just how long the old bandstand lasted. I remember the one that replaced it. It was made of brick. I’ve no idea when that one disappeared either (at least not yet).
The park has gone through some changes over the years – some good, some not so good. I’ve never really been able to see the value in a rose garden unless someone really takes care of it. The fountain is another negligible addition. It’s pretty, but meaningless.
I guess I just can’t see the forest…
NEXT WEEK: Starting next week I believe I’ll begin using related pix on the desktops. They’ll not be so much now and then photographs – but will rather be once upon a time and later pix.
It should be a challenge.
REALITY SETS IN: For several months the cable people were after me to acquire their services. (I mentioned this last week.) So I acquiesced. They missed the first installation appointment. They called and emailed me an apology (twice) – and set a new appointment date and time.
When the installer finally arrived he was there approximately ten minutes; and then came to me to say that no one had done a site study. They need to string a new line from behind the building. It was something he couldn’t do so he said they’d have to re-schedule.
The re-schedule date is set for about a month from now. I may very well wait for a day or two, call them, and tell them to call me back in six months – or never.
THE UNABRIDGED LIFE OF A LEGEND: When I came across the snap accompanying this week’s column I could not help but reflect some about the vessel pictured not to mention the guy who owned it. For most folks this less-than-picturesque tug has no significance. But for me it’s the most famous one to ever navigate the waters of Lake Erie. It is the Grandon. The vessel was the property of a legendary Lake Erie sailor some just called “Big Ed” – his last name was Lampe. Over the years I have written about Captain Lampe and his tug Grandon, for some perhaps, ad nauseam (VPJ 10/07 and 06/10/2004, etc.). On the other hand legends would not be legends if they were forgotten. And while it is certainly entertaining to recount the feats of such a legend – some very real and some a bit dodgy – the reality is that when all is said and done, “Big Ed” was just as mortal as all of us. He was just a little bigger.
When registering for the draft in September of 1918 Lampe is described as being a tall slender man with brown eyes and hair. That description is accurate but a tad misleading. He was six-six and weighed bout 230 pounds. At the time he was a self-employed fisherman working out of Vermilion harbor. It may be hard for some (including myself) to believe, but just eight years earlier the legendary sailor was a farmer. Along with one of his younger brothers (Arthur) he was farming grain (c.1910) in Arkansas. But when he registered for the military he and another brother (Gilbert) were both captaining fish tugs out of Vermilion Harbor. How that came about (i.e. farming the land in Arkansas to farming Lake Erie in Ohio) is something that will likely always be a matter of speculation. But looking at his past it is clear that he knew a good deal about farming because he was born on one.
Edward (Edvard in Danish) Charles Lampe was born on the 21st day of August in 1874. It was the same year his parents, John and Metta, arrived in America from Denmark. The couple settled on a farm in the northwest Ohio Township of Catawba Island. Ed was the oldest of five children eventually born to the couple. When the elder Lampe died he was recognized as a successful fruit grower at Catawba. As many persons know Catawba is a peninsula (not really an island) and as such it has a good deal of shoreline on its borders Thus, it is reasonable to assume that the children in the Lampe family were as familiar with the lake as they were with their farm.
That Capt. Lampe was successful in most, if no all, of his endeavors in life may actually be a matter of some opinion. He was a fisherman, pioneer boat builder, businessman, and inventor. At one time he owned and operated the Southwest Fish Company that was located in the area of Romp’s Marina near the Vermilion River Bridge. It was destroyed by ice during the Great Flood of 1913. He then rebuilt the place and twelve years later it was destroyed by fire. But he moved on.
By 1930 he was living in Lorain and was President of the Lampe Construction and Trading Company. For a good deal of time he was removing sand and gravel from the bottom of the lake to be used commercially in the concrete business. In fact, one of his greatest boat-building achievements was the building of the “sand-sucker” Vermilion. She was over 100 feet in length and was capable of moving 100 tons of sand/gravel. When "Big Ed" decided that he needed a larger boat to do this work he took her into Vermilion’s Moes Boatyard, cut her in half and increased her size. Some years later she, like his Southwest Fish operation, was destroyed by fire. He is also, historically, credited with the discovery of what is now known as the Lorain-Vermilion [aka the Point Pelee-Lorain Ridge] dredging area. It is the largest source of commercial sand and gravel in Ohio's Lake Erie waters. He was also the first person to produce sand and gravel from that area.
In 1941 “Big Ed” told my dad, W.B. “Bill” Tarrant, that someone could take him out on Lake Erie blindfolded and given a sounding lead, he could tell what part of the lake he was in. He also wrote a series of articles for the local weekly paper expounding upon the idea that agricultural pollution was destroying commercial fishing in Lake Erie. Who better than a farmer-fisherman would have such knowledge?
To be sure, he is undoubtedly one of “the” most dynamic persons to ever work on the waters and walk the shores of Lake Erie. And while some of the anecdotes regarding his abilities seem to be just a tad “over the top” there is little doubt that in them is some semblance of truth – somewhat amplified – but genuine.
Ed died at the Marine Hospital in Cleveland on the 23rd day of September in 1947. His tug Grandon – the one I (alone) consider to be the most famous to ever navigate the waters of Lake Erie had expired just below the highway bridge on the Vermilion River the previous year. But in many ways their fates are eternally entwined: Gone, but never ever forgotten.
Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 05/03/2018.
Vol. XIII, No.50. - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, May 19, 1910
The jury in the case of DeMaris vs. the Lake Shore Electric Railway Company, reported its inability to agree upon a verdict to Judge Charles S. Reed, in the Court of Common Pleas Monday evening, and was discharged. This is the second disagreement recorded in connection with the controversy.
A crowded house greeted the senior class at the play Saturday evening. The title of the play was Untangling Tony and each character did well. They were drilled by Miss Mary Conry. The commencement exercises will be held Friday evening. Prof. Wright of Ada will deliver the class address and the Norwalk orchestra will furnish music. Verna Huber, Nelly Bilton, Nelly McGann, Eleanor Hill, Clara Hast, Ellie Daniels, Fred Hast, Roy McGann, and Walter Groomes compose the graduating class this year.
Mr. Albert Pease is improving the exterior of his home by repainting it.
Miss Frankie Blattner of Vermilion visited at M. J. Trinter's Saturday.
Superintendent J. J. Hauser visited the Axtel school Friday. He is preparing a program of amusements for the school picnic at Ruggles Beach, on Friday, May 27.
We are glad to hear that Mrs. C. Kroph, who has been on the sick list is improving.
Brief And Breezy
By Our Associate Editor
Perhaps Pittsburgh named its baseball team 'the Pirates" in honor of the city Council.
Great preparations are being made for the memorial exercises.
Ed Barkley who was sick with typhoid fever, is in a critical condition.
Henry Kane who has been ill at his home in Brown home is reported some better.
BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Strickler, Saturday, May 14, son.
The Brownhelm Township schools will picnic at Crystal Beach on May 28. An excellent time is anticipated.
The Amherst firemen and businessmen are contemplating to hold their annual picnic at Crystal Beach about August 11.
The funeral services of Philip Rawson fall were held from St. Peter's church on Saturday at 2 PM, Rev. Lindenmeyer officiating, and interment at the Cleveland St., Cemetery.
Superintendent B. H. Long, Township schools, of Amherst tendered his resignation to school board Thursday evening, because his action in not recommending certain teachers, was not confirmed by that body. Ever since a petition circulated by two of the teachers, requesting that the superintendent be ousted by the board there has been constant warfare between the friends of the teachers and the parties who favored the action taken by Mr. Long. The board appears to be divided as to whether the superintendent was justified in not recommending Miss Nellie Tucker and Miss Mary Lange, and as a result of the controversy Mr. Long has decided to step down and out. The bitter feeling which has developed as a result of the trouble has been shown in all consensus of opinion that the standard of the Township schools will be lowered as a result of the present controversy. Even the schoolchildren are deeply interested in the school fight, and many of them have signed petitions expressing admiration for the superintendent or requesting the board to retain the two teachers. Superintendent Long stated to the board that he had never changed and never had charge of school where he did not have the support of the school board, and unless his stand in the matter was confirmed by the board he did not care to continue it at the head of the schools. A house divided against itself will fall," was his parting remark to the members of the board. – Elyria Telegram.
Mrs. Eva Sanders is at the Lakeside Hospital in Cleveland.
The funeral of Henry Latteman Took place, Sunday afternoon at the M. E. Church and was well attended.
The ministerial conference held at the Swiss church east of Birmingham brought together about 25 ministers.
HERE AND THERE
There are at present 110 saloons in Erie County.
The residence of C. H. Goff near Milan was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.
Frank Myers, 50, Port Clinton fisherman, was drowned in Portage River, Monday evening while attempting to dock his launch. A wife and four children survived.
Marie Walker, age 4, of Port Clinton, was struck by a baseball bat in the hands of a boy near her home Monday and will probably die. The boy was playing ball and did not know the little one was just behind him.
The eighty-three Mexican war veterans in Ohio that are left to tell the tale of that war, will hold their annual reunion at Marion Friday, June 22. John a Fisher of Granville is secretary of the association. Two Mexican veterans reside in Fremont.
Jealousy over the disappearance of a postal card which Mrs. John Delarber accused her husband of sending to another woman, Saturday resulted in a quarrel which led to the wife killing her husband by blowing off the top of his head with a double-barreled shotgun. The wife is in county jail at Jefferson, accused of murder, although she claims to have only wanted to scare her husband.
[Well she certainly scares me. Yikes and double Yikes!]
Juvenile Judge S. L. Black of Columbus believes the old whipping post was barbarians, but has installed a whipping chair. It is an ordinary chair, concealed in a dark recess of the juvenile home basement. The new institution was inaugurated when Elisha Searis was before the judge for disobeying his mother and swearing at her. He was treated with a heavy leather strap bound with felt to prevent cutting the skin.
Vermilion was taught a lesson by not having adequate fire protection when the 22 cottages were recently destroyed by fire at Linwood Park. The Vermilion Council woke up Monday evening and a waterworks main will now be laid to the summer resort. Work will be commenced immediately. – Elyria Telegram The writer of the above must have been looking for Halley's comet and just got back to earth and is still in a dream. The Council of Vermilion has had nothing to do with the waterworks pipe extension to Linwood Park directly. Furthermore the Board of Trustees of public affairs have been negotiating with a park management for some time past with the result that a contract had been made for water by the park company just before the fire.
Did anyone see the comet last night? Quite a party was out to out to the pier watching and others at other vantage grounds, but no one has reported anything out of the ordinary as the earth whirled through the comet's tail. We may now watch for it in the western sky just after sundown.
Mrs. Elizabeth Barnes, 80, a pioneer of Wakeman died Saturday morning.
An attempt will we will be made to raise the sunken steamer W. C. Richardson to save her cargo. The steamer was sunk during the severe storm of December off Buffalo Harbor.
Virgil C. Peck, 50, lifelong resident of Wakeman died Friday afternoon after an illness of only a few days. Postmortem showed an acute attack peritonitis. A wife and two children survive.
John Newman, 45, a well-known Lorain contractor was killed Wednesday morning while working on the roof of a barn on the Parsons farm near Lagrange.
Bridge Forman Killed
While inspecting some work on the new bridge Monday afternoon the foreman of construction, Carl Fahlgreen, of Ashtabula, was instantly killed by a fast train. He was standing on the bridge when the train struck him and he was horribly mangled. He evidently did not hear the train in time to step to the other track. A. E. Beeckel’s ambulance was called and Mr. Beeckel took charge of the remains. Mr. Fahlgreen was a Swede, married and had two small children. He was liked by the people in general here as well as the workmen. He was about 40 years of age. Is reported that he had just taken out an accident policy for $2000, a few days before the accident.
Charged With Assault
Prof. C. V. Snyder of Berlin Hts. Public schools is to be tried on assault and battery charge before judge Willinger today. The charge is preferred by T. M. Elson father of Marie Elson, 15, who with Anna Ferber, 16, Prof. Snyder is alleged to have punished by beating them with a piece of garden hose a few days ago. Mr. Elson as a member of the school board and it is claimed he opposed Mr. Snyder's reelection a couple of weeks ago. Both girls are in the high school, Miss Ferber being one of the silver metal contestants here recently. People of the Heights are quite stirred up over the affair some taking sides with the girls while others are upholding – the superintendent, claiming that he was compelled to take this severe method of punishment to maintain discipline. Result of the trial is awaited with interest.
BAND CONCERT FRIDAY EVENING.
Decoration Day will be fittingly observed in Vermilion a speaker has been secured and a parade will be one of the features of the day. See poster for particulars.
The newly organized Women's Relief Corps is holding installation exercises in the K. O. T. M. Hall this afternoon. There are 28 charter members. Mrs. Dora Blackthorn assisted by 17 officers of the Lorain corps is putting in the work.
The band was to give a concert in the park Tuesday evening but the storm changed plans. Weather permitting the concert may be given Friday evening.
The Kennedy Medicine Co. is holding forth at the town hall this week. A vaudeville show is given in connection.
C. E. Wagner of Elyria was the guest of Mr. S. Stevenson Tuesday. They spent the day fishing Mr. Wagner carried a 12 pound catfish home as a souvenir.
Ed McVeen had the misfortune to either break or badly dislocate the bones of his elbow last night while returning home from a watch for the comet. In climbing a high fence near the lumberyard his clothing caught and he fell. Both hands were badly bruised also.
A delightful social affair was given last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Fischer, when their son Elton entertained the members of the "Tom Pinch" company. Miss Daisy Chapman, who so faithfully drilled the young people for the play, was guest of honor. Various games, dancing and a delicious lunch and were the diversions of the evening.
BORN – two Mr. and Mrs. Osborne at their home in Collingwood, a son, Thursday, May 12.
AMONG THE SICK
We are glad to report Mrs. Washburn considerably better.
Mrs. C. F. Decker is reported considerable improved.
Messrs Charles and George Baumhart are reported well on the road to recovery.
Mrs. Herman Leidheiser entered the German Lutheran Hospital at Cleveland this week for an operation.
Mr. Andrew McGregor is still very ill, suffering from heart trouble and asthma. Mrs. Jennings of Lorain is caring for him and a cousin from Elyria is at the home.
Reports from the bedside of Mr. W. F. Washburn, are not as favorable as his relatives and friends could wish. However the family hopes to have him brought home next week.
Miss Bertha Holl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Holl, was taken to the German Lutheran Hospital at Cleveland today where she will undergo an operation for appendicitis, Saturday. Miss Holl has been suffering from this ailment for several months.
Anyone having an item of news ore getting direct reports from the sick will confer a favor by calling 19 in telling us about it. You have many friends among our readers both in Vermilion and away who are interested in all that concerns you; and those who have moved away you to have many friends here who would be glad to hear from you through the "NEWS". Write us a letter and let your friends hear from you.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Reibert was buried Tuesday.
Mrs. Henry Ackerman is so as to be able to attend to her household duties.
Ed Kishman is putting a new foundation under his barn. Tony Becker is doing the work.
Some of our neighbors have got the neckabitis rubbering [sic] for the comment. Your scribe has been very fortunate not getting it.
A 12-pound son came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Dolpher last week.
Miss Mary Kris was hostess to the Swastika Club Saturday afternoon.
Tuesday afternoon seven boilers each of 1200 h.p. exploded at the plant of the American Sheet & Tim Plate Co., at Canton. 30 are dead, and scores injured and the plant a complete wreck. The cause of the explosion it is unknown as both fireman and engineer are dead.
HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY
CHAPER XI.THE FIFTY-FIFTH INFANTRY.
Roster Company E.
…Benjamin Pease, captured October 30, 1864; exchanged; mustered out June 20, 1865 ; veteran.
George W. Phillips, drafted; mustered out June 26, 1865, by order of war department.
Cyrenius A. Peck, discharged September 12, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.
Ambrose Rice, reduced to ranks from sergeant; wounded August 30, 1862, in battle of Bull Run; appointed corporal November 1, 1864; reduced to ranks January 1 1865; mustered out with company; veteran.
Benjamin C. Robinson, wounded May 15, 1864, at Resaca, Ga.; transferred to company C, Sixth Veteran Reserve Corps, March 13, 1865; veteran.
Henry Riper, mustered out with company July 11, 1865.
Luther Roberts, drafted; mustered out July 7, 1865, by order of war department.
George Rumsey, substitute; mustered out with company July 11, 1865.
Alex. M. Richards, discharged November 16, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.
Robert R. Scott, wounded May 12, 1863, in battle of Chancellorsville; discharged June 7, 1865, for wounds received in action August 3, 1864; veteran.
Demsey Sixton, drafted; mustered out June 9, 1865, by order of war department
Dean Swift, died November 29, 1863, in hospital at Murfreesboro, Tenn.
William E. Sherart, mustered out December 31, 1864, on expiration of term of service.
William F. Smith, reduced to ranks from corporal; mustered out December 31, 1864.
Ambrose D. Smith, discharged July 12, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.
Jonathan Smith, wounded May 2, 1863, in battle of Chancellorsville; transferred to One Hundred and Twenty-fifth company, Second Battalion Veteran Reserve Corps, December 18, 1863.
Horace Smith, died February 26, 1862, at Grafton, W. Va.
Fred. J. Slattery, discharged November 5, 1862, by order of war department.
Martin Van Syckle, mustered out December 31, 1864, on expiration of term of service.
Allen E. Winters, captured March 5, 1865, while foraging; mustered out June 21, 1865, at Camp Chase, by order of war department.
William Whistler, substitute; mustered out with company July 11, 1865.
Frank Wyatt, wounded March 16, 1865, at Averysboro; mustered out June 26, 1865, at Camp Dennison, by order of war department.
Joseph H. Williams, drafted; mustered out May 24, 1865, by order of war department.
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.
VERMILION ARTIFACT #254
SOMETHING TO THINK ON: While looking for something else I happened upon this article from a local daily newspaper. It’s the type of thing that makes one very curious. Who was this lady and what happened?
I did a very cursory search for more information – but there’s very little to go on. If nothing else it would make for a good beginning to a fictional tale.
MATCH MAKING IN THE PARK
Abe is a new arrival at a retirement community, and is passing the morning sunning himself on a bench near the garden. Becky is out for her morning constitutional, spies Abe, and says "Do you mind?"
"Not at all" Abe says, so Becky sits down on the opposite end of his bench. "So, you're new here" says Becky.
"Yes" Abe nods.
"So, where are you from?" asks Becky.
"Washington" Abe answers.
"The state or the capitol?" asks Becky.
"The state" replies Abe.
"So how old are you?” asks Becky.
"I'll be 62 in October." Abe replies
"What did you do in Washington?" asks Becky.
"I was in prison" Abe says.
"Really!" says Becky, "what did you do?"
"My wife was always asking stupid questions, so I chopped her up and put her down the garbage disposal" he says.
"Sooo," purrs Becky, "you're single?"
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