Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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May 23, 2020> M-DAY


SHOPTALK: Both pix on the desktops this week were taken at the Vermilion History Museum. The porch scene with the flag is a Memorial Day pic. Other than that it’s not very significant. It was taken a few years ago. I’ve not put the flag out yet this year because it has felt more like winter than spring or summer. That will hopefully change by the time you read this.

The shoptop pic was taken about seven or eight years ago in the living room of the apartment atop the print shop. I was just getting started in that room. My friend, the late George Spreng, and I removed all the lath on the walls and ceilings. It was a taxing job. The lath was replaced with drywall after it had been rewired and insulated. I sanded and stained the floor.

Whether you visit the museum physically or virtually it’s hard to envision it like it appears in this pic. I have a good deal of respect for the persons responsible for finishing the original rooms. I really don’t know how they did it. The work must have been a bear.

DIFFICULT WEEK: I’ve run into some annoying, but I suppose inevitable life problems this past week. First it was due to a credit card. When that was taken care of, I discovered that one of my email addresses wasn’t working as it should. I still haven’t worked that situation out to my satisfaction, but I can, nonetheless, make use of it. Unfortunately I missed numerous emails sent to that address over the last several years. Ergo, if you sent me something and I didn’t respond it’s because I never saw it. The best way to contact me is simple: email me at


LIVING AMONG CRIMINALS: Like most people I have found the pandemic surrounding us to be exceptionally disconcerting at times. I really don’t feel comfortable going out anywhere I might run into bunches of people. I’m not talking about crowds – just places like the grocery or the local drug store. And when I do go, I feel like a stick-up guy in my mask – except all the people working in those places are also wearing them.

Someday people will laugh about this time. (I hope it’s soon.)

Have a safe and memorable week.


OF INTEREST: This is not a good pic. But I thought it of interest. I grabbed the image from microfilm and tried to make it more legible. Sometimes these things work - sometimes not. Some readers may recognize the names.

STILL SHOWING: Last week I added another one of my old VV Podcasts. It showcases a portion of the video recordings of the Lake Shore Electric interurban railway from Vermilion westward. I acquired the video from interurban history Dennis Lamont several years ago.

I must emphasize the fact that Dennis is more than just an interurban historian. His historical knowledge of the region – and much of the stuff in it – is extensive.

Got a question about something from the past? Ask Dennis.


Anyway, have a look.


OF A CERTAIN AGE: When I recently came across an article, which appeared in The Vermilion News on July 19, 1917, I became curious about the person who authored it. It is a historical sketch by a gentleman named Christopher G. Leimbach recounting various developments in the Brownhelm area over the previous half-century or so. He was born in 1853.

It’s an interesting piece that mentions going from candles to lard fueled oil lamps to electricity; from the old one-room schoolhouse with slab seats to a “modern building”; from using oxen in the fields, to horses, to machines; from sickle and cradle to reaper and then binder.

A hundred or so years after the fact this information is informative of course. But it also makes me stop and think about my own life – what I’ve seen transpire in my lifetime. It really doesn’t seem all that dramatic. However;

Just awhile back, a little girl about 10 or 11 years visited the history museum and was puzzled by an old rotary dial phone on display. I asked her if she knew how to work the apparatus. She stuck a finger in one of the dial’s cells, but didn’t really know how to work it beyond that.

When we showed her how the dial turned she moved the entire dial with her fingers, but still didn’t really understand how it worked. I believe that even when we illustrated to her how to dial the phone she probably still didn’t understand how it worked. [NOTE: It is a bit odd even to me who grew up with the device]

Anyway that’s not what really seemed odd to me. The poor girl didn’t understand how one listened and talked with the handset part. It had never occurred to me that a person wouldn’t know how to use that part of the device.

The point I’m trying to make here is that all the things (i.e. improvements technological and otherwise) that seem so obvious and common to persons of a certain age (such as myself) are not so obvious, not to mention common, to young people. As an example, the jump from dial phones to push button to cell phones that do everything but cook dinner (and that may someday be quite possible) is enormous. These changes passed me by so quickly and subtly that I really never noticed.

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 51 - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, May 23, 1912


Just a few words to the public on the canoe subject. I wonder how many of our citizens realize the difference between a good canoe medium canoe and a poor one. The word canoe seems to give some people the shivers. To those that are interested, I invite them to my boathouse that I may show them the difference. As I have 12 private canoes that I am storing by the season, my canoes are of the kind known as livery canoes, larger and wider with lowered seats, like a rowboat. I had my canoes inspected by a gentleman who proclaimed them the best lot he had ever seen, for the livery business. If the use of canoes under a certain size were prohibited, the danger would be lessened more than half. The canoe is like a rowboat, a poor one in [sic] no good, although there are lots of them.

N. A. Foster.

[NOTE: I don’t think Foster helped his case with this bit of info. Someone should have helped him write it.]


Judge Scott Stahl, in the Court of Common Pleas Monday, dismissed the suit instituted by George A. Boeckling, President of the Cedar Point Co., against the West Huron Sporting Club, to secure right-of-way for an automobile Boulevard through the clubs preserve, from Rye Beach to Cedar Point.

[NOTE: The problem here (as I see it) is that the article does not tell us what the outcome of the action might have been. Did Cedar Point give up or did the Sporting Club allow access?]


Born – to Mr. Mrs. Frank Whyte, a daughter Saturday, May 10, 1912.

The funeral services of Joseph W Leacher, was held from his late home Wednesday from the home [sic] at 1:30.

The funeral of the 4 mos. old baby of Mr. and Mrs. John Gebes was held from the Catholic Church Monday morning, Rev. Father Espen, officiated.

Elias Peabody was taken to Lorain Hospital Sunday. He has been suffering from erysipelas [A bacterial infection of the skin's outer layers.] and now blood poisoning has set in.

It has been reported here that Robert Quigley, a former Amherst resident and a brother of George Quigley, died last fall in a small town in Michigan, heart disease being the cause of death. The story was brought here a few days ago by a former resident, who interviewed the corner who was called to view the remains, and from the description and effects found on the body, he is positive it was Robert Quigley.

Amherst Township schools closed on Friday for the summer vacation.


Mr. Lou Lord has purchased a new automobile.

Mr. Peter Reighley is remodeling his home.

Philip Auitmiller had the misfortune to lose one of his horses.

On account of illness, Miss Agnes Squires was unable to come to Birmingham Tuesday. She came Wednesday and had a very pretty line of millinery.

Graduating exercises Town Hall, May 31. The address will be given by superintendent L. E. York. Music by an Oberlin orchestra. Admission 25c and 15c.


Many friends of Mr. Belford O. Crosier were pained to hear of his death Tuesday morning. Mr. Crosier has been an intense suffer for several weeks, and in declining health for the last three years. Yet, when the end came it was sudden and a great shock to his immediate family circle.

Mr. Crosier was born in Vermilion Sept. 7, 1857, and spent all his life in this community. He was a man that all who knew him respected, a man who lived in upright life in every respect. In his death the Congregational church loses one of its staunchest friends and supporters. For many years he was trustee of this organization and enjoyed its fellowship. He also held membership in the local order of the Maccabees.

Mr. Crosier will be missed by a wide circle of friends. He leaves the beside his aged mother, three sisters and three brothers to mourn their loss.

The funeral was held this afternoon from the late home in charge his Pastor, Rev. Raymond Phd. [Swisher]. Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.


Mrs. Martha Kishman knee, Clause, whose earthly life come [sic] to a close on May 18, was born July 17, 1835, in Brownhelm, 1 ½ miles from the old homestead, where for 76 years and 10 months, she spent most of her long, useful and beautiful life.

At the age of 19 years, she was united in marriage to Adam Kishman, and became the mother of 12 children, six sons and six daughters four of whom died in their infancy, and eight are now living.

Having lived 47 years with her husband in holy wedlock, he was taken from her, Nov. 29, 1901, after a severe illness of seven years, during which time every attention care was given him by his faithful wife and children. For 11 years Mrs. Kishman has lived in widowhood.

By her death the whole community sustains a great loss, for a beautiful character has passed out of our midst into the presence of God. Her children will retain her blessed memory, for they have realized that she was the best of mother to them. By her example, as shown by her kind and considerate ways in the treatment of her family, neighbors and host of friends be an inspiration to us all, to make our life also useful one.

Mrs. Kishman joined the reformed church in Brownhelm in 1894 and was one of its most faithful members, always interested in its affairs and generous and liberal in the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, helpful to those in need.

She leaves to mourn their loss, Mrs. William Jacobs, Charles R. Kishman of Lorain; Henry B Kishman, Mrs. C. G. Leimbach, Albert A. Kishman, Louis C. Kishman of Brownelm; Edward W Kishman, Mrs. Henry Haber of Vermilion, and one brother, Bernard Clause, and 17 grand children and one great grandchild.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 12:30, Rev. A. C. Pretzer, officiating. A large number of her friends and neighbors were present to pay their last respects to their beloved friend. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. Interment at Brownhelm cemetery.


Mrs. Charles Heidloff and baby are suffering from an attack of typhoid fever.

Mrs. Geo. Rathbun was pleasantly surprised Thursday evening at her home on Exchange Place by the members of the S. O. C. Club. Every member was present. Various contests furnished amusement and a dainty lunch was served.


Mrs. Barbara Elizabeth (Irich) Full McCarthy, was born in Germany and when twenty-one years of age came to America with some friends and settled in the state of Illinois. There she was united in marriage to Benjamine Full, to this union were born, eleven children, four of which preceded her.

She was again married to Mr. James McCarthy, Nov. 5, 1898. For the past thirty years, Vermilion has been her home. She has been a true companion and loving mother, and though for past ten years she has been more or less afflicted, and for past month she has been confined to her bed, and suffered intensely, yet she bore it patiently and Sunday morning at 2:45, passed to the future, from whence none have ever returned, May 19, 1912. Had she lived to September 10th, she would have been 67 years of age.

She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, two sons, Capts. Peter and Otto Full of Vermilion; four daughters, Mrs. G Stumski [sic] and Miss Rose Full, Amherst, Mrs. A. E. Cuddeback, Cleveland; Mrs. R. Hurlbut and Mrs. B. Hamel of Vermilion; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Schisler of Berlin Heights; one brother, Mr. Irich, of Amherst also eight grand children.

When she when able she was faithful at church and ever ready to support same. She had a desire to live, if it was best, yet ready to depart and when last I prayed at her bed side, and as I closed she joy in Amen and said, all is well. So as husband, children, grandchildren, sister, brother and friends, you mourn not as those who have no hope.

The funeral was held from the home, Wednesday, her pastor Rev. T. H. D. Harrold of the M. E. Church officiating, spoke from Mark 14 part of 8th verse, “She hath done what she

Mrs. Mengel, Mrs. Daniels, Mrs. R. Sabiers, Mrs. G. Sabiers, Mrs. Schrader, Mrs. Slumski, Mrs. Irish, Mrs. F. Mischka, Mrs. S. Hamel, Mrs. Hurlbut, Mrs. Sails, Miss Ella Short and Miss Verna Armstrong from Amherst and Mrs. Emma Brown of Elyria.

YOU KNOW HOW IT ENDED: Would you believe that this was only a hundred years ago???




…to be written into a special book (Dienstbuch) every year by the head of the family they were employed by. They were not allowed to change their places without due cause and reason before the expiration of the contract. The first twelve pages of this interesting little book gives in twenty-two articles, the laws passed in 1838 in Hessen, regulating the conduct and duties of servants. For the edification of those interested, one of the articles is given in translation:

Article VIII. Servants not born in the district where employed, shall forcibly — auf dem schub — be expelled and taken to the nearest boundary line for the following reasons, viz:

1st. For breaking their contract without cause.
2d. For absenting themselves at night time without permission of the lady of the house.
3d. For associating with bad company.
4th. For changing places repeatedly in a year's time.
5th. For contracting at the same time with different parties.

The citizen paper bears the name of Henry Sprau; the “Dienstbuch" was at one time the property of his second wife, Marie Justine Bauer. Henry Sprau was born in Waldshausen, Bavaria, in 1815 and emigrated in 1839, making Sandusky his permanent home, where he was engaged in the dray business for thirty years. He was married twice. One of the three sons of his first marriage, Henry, is living at Put-in-Bay Island. With his second wife, Marie Justine, he had eight children, four of whom are now living viz: Paul, Marie, Wilhelm and Susie. Mr. Sprau died in September, 1869, and his second wife on March 27, 1874. He left to his children a homestead on Adams street.

Conrad Ebner emigrated to America with his wife, Catharine Biehler, in 1836. Their wealth consisted principally in three helpless waifs, Marie three years old, Peter, nearly two years, and Caroline, nine months. After a short stay in Sandusky they moved into Richland county, where they settled on a farm, returning to Sandusky in 1845, where they died. Their children live and prosper in this city. Peter, now a confectioner on Market street; Marie, wife of Conrad Mooss, residing on Decatur street, and Caroline, widow of Ph. Walter, residing on Tiffin avenue.

Jacob Knerr, whose home was in Battenbach, near Zweibruecken, Bavaria, where he kept a tavern, engaged, in his spare hours, in the honest profession of tailor. His wife, Elizabeth Margarethe Schweitzer, having died, he took heart to cross the ocean with his four children, Louise, Catharine Elizabeth, Catharine and Elizabeth. Almanacs could not have been as plentiful then as now. The similarity in names was perplexing enough to cost the writer a couple of hours work to cut the Gordian Knot. Louise became the wife of John Schuck, and died in 1883; Catharine Elizabeth was married to Matthew Dietz and died in 1851; Catharine became Paul Klauer's wife and succeeded her sister, after her husband's death in Urbana, in marrying M. Dietz,

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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ODDS & ENDS: There are lots of small items about the Vermilion History Museum that are just fun to peruse. The Camel cigarette lighter and ashtray are certainly well-known artifacts from the 20th century. The wooden nickel is just a wooden nickel. (I cannot recall from where it was acquired at this moment.) But the “Elands Lemon Tree Lounge” matchbook is an extremely rare piece of Vermilion’s past. Vermilionite Frank Homitz donated it to the museum just this week. Many of these little items don’t seem of any historic value unless one takes a good look at the calendar.


"Louisa, could you help me with my math homework?"
asked her younger brother.

Certainly not," replied Louisa indignantly.
"It wouldn't be right."

"Probably not," said her brother, "but you could at least
try and show me how you faked it!"

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: After giving it much thought this link has been "put-down". During the last year most of the folks who used to use this page as a bulletin board have acquired their own and, consequently, no longer need this forum from "Views". I have, however, kept links (in the links section) to Larry Hohler's "Hope Homes" in Kenya - and to Bette Lou Higgins' Eden Valley Enterprises sites. They are historically and socially relevant projects. I suggest that you visit these sites on a regular basis to see "what's shakin'".

Pay particular note to the "Hope Homes" page during the next few months / years. They are constantly improving the lives of their youngsters and those around them. This is an exciting project accomplished by exciting people.

Although this Vermilion High School Class of 1959 reunion is over classmates may want to stay connected with each other through organizerROGER BOUGHTON. Ye can connect by mailing him @ 2205 SW 10th Ave. Austin, MN. 55912 or you can just emailRoger.

Persons interested in the history of the Lake Shore Electric Railway (which was the subject of a recent past podcast series) - "the greatest electaric railway system on the planet" may want to go to and purchase a book called "Images of Rail - Lake Shore Electric Railway". It was put together by Thomas J. Patton with the help of my friends DENNIS LAMONT and ALBERT DOANE. It'd make a nice gift.

Another great book with Vermilion Roots is, "Grandma's Favorites: A Compilation of Recipes from MARGARET SANDERS BUELL by Amy O'Neal, ELIZABETH THOMPSON and MEG WALTER (May 2, 2012). This book very literally will provide one with the flavor of old Vermilion. And ye can also find it at Take a look.

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

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