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SHOPTALK: On the shoptop this week is part of a wide-angle pic of the southwest corner of Vermilion’s Ohio and Exchange streets – probably from the 20s.

This is both a neat and an unusual photograph. The streets are still unpaved and, I’m guessing, but the crosswalk from the park to St. Mary’s church (not in the pic) appears to be wood.

Additionally, I don’t see any stairs leading to the basement of the house just to the right of the Fire Hall. During my early life it was the home of Dr. Henig – and there was (and still is) a stairway to the left of the front porch leading to the basement where he kept his office.

The circle and the arrow point out a small door aside the larger sliding doors on the Fire Hall. Inside the little door was a rope that was used to ring the fire bell atop the hall.

Reading through some of the early editions of the NEWS some time ago I cam across an article wherein someone suggested that a lock be placed on that door because some mischievous school boys were inclined to open it when no one was looking and give the fire alarm.

Those darn teenagers.

SORE THROAT(?):On my home desk this week is a pic of a tin box of “Allenburys” Throat Pastilles (London, England 1920 – 1940). Made from ammonia bromide and menthol (a peppermint-scented natural oil used to clear congestion in the nose and as a pain reliever), one lozenge or pastille was sucked every so often to cure a sore throat. The name ‘Allenburys was a combination of Allen and Hanburys, who made this treatment. Allen and Hanburys were a pharmaceutical manufacturer founded in 1715 which later amalgamated with industry giant Glaxo.

I’ll bet these things were popular.

SUCCESS IS SWEET: It’s like having finally mastered the trick of riding a bike or like having learned to swim. Finally our IP and security systems are working, as they should.

I had actually contemplated giving up. But I just couldn’t leave it alone. So there are a number of hours spent on the telephone that I’ll never get back. But things are working (at least at the moment.) And now I can return to doing what I should’ve been doing several weeks ago.

One thing that I find very disconcerting is the constant necessity for passwords for all these devices and systems. When they overlap that means that several passwords are required to access parts of the devices / systems – and that can be confusing. It’d be ok if a person were using them often. But in most cases that’s not the case: Ergo, my ensuing confusion.

Nonetheless, success with these problems is sweet. And it’s time to move on to new ones.

PUTTING THINGS TOGETHER: I’ve worked some in and on the darkroom this past week. I’ve been a bit remiss an over the months have allowed myself to store items therein that don’t belong. So I got rid of some and stored others.

I need room for file storage and, most of all, room to work. I believe I’ve got most everything where I want it now. I resituated my printer and begun installing a turntable I’ve always kept at home in the room that will allow me to make audio recordings from the museum’s substantial record collection.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM: Committee persons at the museum have been busy putting together a special activities schedule of events for the coming months.

The first activity will be a Civil War artifacts exhibition on April 23rd. This will include a significant display of weaponry, buttons and various other artifacts from the war. The exhibition will only be on display for one day so mark it on your calendars.

I’ll have more about it in following weeks.

In the latter part of May the next activity will be a (DON’T) STOP THE PRESSES (TIL I’M DONE READING) reenactment of what it was (may have been) like producing THE NEWS during the roaring 20s.

The script, however, is yet to be written and the actors, yet, to be chosen. Anyone interested in playing a part in this living tableau should send me an email. But without a script it’s a bit hard to say who or how many actors will be needed.

So stay tuned.

Then, toward the end of October we will be having a special exhibition featuring artifacts and (hopefully) several members from two of Vermilion’s old time families.

At the moment I know that the Baumhart family will be one of those featured. I’ve been in contact with Brenda Baumhart Mezz (A.D. Sr.’s granddaughter) and she indicated that she would try to be there to discuss her family.

These exhibits will feature a hefty number of photographs and some other memorabilia in addition to the existing collections held by the museum.

Refreshments will be available for all these events. Admission – depending on the type of refreshments being made available – will differ. Parking will be available in the Division / Main Street lot in downtown Vermilion. Persons parking there will be given a token as part of the admission to the museum so it will be free.

I’ll have more specifics at a later time. But please keep these things in mind. If you’re interested in local history all of these events will be both informative and fun.

MUSEUM 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 $5 (for adults) is requested. Children under 14 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.

ADMISSION - ADULTS $5.00 and young people under the age of 14 are FREE.

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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MRS. WIDDOWSON: Some of the faces in this group portrait are familiar to me – but vaguely so. I can only name a few. But I certainly recognize their teacher – Mrs. Widdowson.

Bess Lankford-Widdowson was the Vermilion Public School’s first kindergarten teacher. She was born in Sandborn, Indiana on October 8, 1906 and she lived in Indiana and Pennsylvania prior to moving to Vermilion in 1947. She had attended Butler University. She worked as a kindergarten and a first grade teacher at Westphalia and Pleasant Lake Schools in Indiana before coming to Vermilion. She taught in the Vermilion system until her retirement in 1972. Mrs. W. was also very active in Girl Scouting in the region. Her husband, Carl Austin (whom I didn’t know) died in 1965. She followed in May of 1994. Her daughter, Carla, was very well known around Vermilion. She died in March of 2011. Another daughter, Linda Richards lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Mrs. W. was (among other things) a very pleasant person.

VHS CLASS REUNION: Will be held August 26 and 17, 2016, for the VHS Class of 66....they need addresses,email, etc. Folks can email Carlolyn Hill or call her @ 440.967.2821.

THE HARDWARE STORE: Before it was Vermilion (Bailey’s) Hardware store it was Sid Simon’s grocery. I’m not certain I have a pic of Simon’s business and I’ve only known the place as Bailey’s hardware in my lifetime.

Hank and his son, Bob, were top-notch people. If they couldn’t help you they knew someone who could and would. It was such a great place. But when Bob died there was really no one left to run the place.

Currently (lower pic) a music-oriented business occupies the site. I’ve not gone in there since it was a hardware store – and will likely never visit. Like many of the existing businesses in the old downtown section of Vermilion I’ve no reason to shop them. I’m sure they’re all fine businesses. It just that they don’t offer much of what I need or want.

I’m just getting old and miss the days when I’d go into Bailey’s for a nail and be greeted by Hank with a big smile and a “Hi Neighbor!”

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...


Council Meeting

The Village Council held a regular session Monday evening with four members present in Mattison and McConnelly absent. Mr. Mattison being out of town to Mr. McConnelly on the sick list.

There was little of importance to come before the Council. An attempt had been made to secure the services of a stone crusher but the county commissioners, who have two, say that the machines are for the use of the county outside the corporation limits of the villages and cities therein, and to allow us the use of it would be establishing a precedence. A communication from a company having one for sale but the price was such that could not be considered, so this matter will have to be dropped.

Mr. Church the new lessee of the Maud-Elton Hotel was present and asked that some action be taken toward providing a means for reaching the hotel by crossing the railway on exchange street [sic].

As this matter has been before the Council several times and nearly all the people in the vicinity have signed petitions to that effect very little discussion ensued. The proposition is to have the crossing open for foot travel only. A stairs will be necessary and connecting walk. This will make it very convenient for passengers to reach the L. S. & M. S. Depot from the hotel and vice versa. It will also be of great benefit to many living here who wish to go to the electric station. Especially those who work out of town.

[NOTE: This is an AH! moment for me. For several years I wondered as to the reason George Fischer was so adamant about having a pedestrian crossing at this site. Suddenly it makes a good deal of sense to me. Access and egress to the steam depot, the hotel and the electric depot would have been very important for visitors and residents. In the past I had ignored the fact that rail travel was a primary source of transportation during those years. So having a pedestrian crossing at that spot would have been a logical improvement.]

The passage of the claim ordinance carrying the bills was all that remained to complete the business of the evening but as 3/4 of the Council is necessary for its passage no action could be taken. The meeting was adjourned until Thursday night.

Avon Beach Park

Avon Beach Park has been closed until about March 1. The former general manager of Shadduck’s Lake Park, F. J. Roth, has leased this park and will make extensive improvements. The dance floor will be enlarged by the addition of about 1000 square feet, and the building repaired and otherwise improved. No intoxicants will be sold on the ground. Notice of opening and dances will be given later. Mr. Roth will have everything fitted up IN first-class shape and will run the place with his usual Vin and hustle for which he is noted. Mr. Roth was in town Tuesday to consult with, contractor Tischer in regard to the improvements in the park.

Fell On Icy Walk

Geo Nieding was among those who found the icy sidewalks dangerous to walk upon. He had a bad fall one day this week cutting a gash in his head, which necessitated a physician's attention. A number of other persons had more or less severe falls and are suffering from sundry bruises and sprains as a result.


The Snowball Dance at the Firemen's Hall Saturday night was quite a novelty and despite the Cold Wave and storm, which certainly did appear with a vengeance, quite a crowd was present and all had a good time.

The club has other novelties in the way of dances which will be heard from later.


For the first time in the history of the courts of Erie County a jury has been disqualified by the action of one of its members and been discharged.

When the case of State of Ohio vs. Dr. Ross, which is being tried before Judge Reed, was called Friday the judge noticed that one of the jurors, a citizen of Florence, was acting queerly. Thinking he might be sick the case was dismissed for the day. After hearing a witness the judge proceeded to investigate. He came to the conclusion that the juror was suffering from an overdose of intoxicating liquor and when the session was opened Monday afternoon dismissed the jury and ordered a new one called. The judge scored the juror most unmercifully in open court and administered a fine of $50 for contempt, which was paid. The court, in giving the circumstances of the case, ended by saying:

"…on the misconduct of W. J. Poyer one of the jurors in this case, which in my opinion amounts to corrupt conduct, I'm going to discharge this jury from consideration of this case, and Mr. Poyer will be fined $50 for contempt in appearing before this court the state of intoxication, and he will be discharged from further service as a juror, and the sheriff will take charge of him and detain him until such time as the fine is paid. The case will be passed until tomorrow morning at which time this court will empanel a new jury and proceed with the trial."

The case is one against Dr. Ross a dentist, for issuing forged notes and it will be necessary to hear the witnesses again.



Born – Mr. and Mrs. George Zilk, Thursday a little girl.

C Einwacheter is recovering from a recent illness.

Born – to Mr. Mrs. Oscar Edward, Friday, January 31, a daughter.

Mrs. George Dute is on the sick list this week.

The funeral of Mrs. Nick Delfing who died at Toledo, was held Friday at St. Joseph's church.

Mrs. John Gillman and baby are ill with diphtheria at their home in Elyria.

Miss Martha Jaeger is home from Cleveland this week on account of sickness.

August Methe lost two pet sheep Sunday night. They were killed by dogs.

E. H. Nicholl finished filling his icehouse Thursday. The ice is about 8 inches thick.

William Scott is confined to his home on account of an injured foot, which received by falling off a stone, at East quarry, a few days ago.

The mother circle collected to large barrels of closing last week and sent them to the Lorraine Salvation Army for distribution among the poor.

A new switchboard will be installed at the local telephone exchange by the middle of this month. It is to be one of the best models with a capacity of three drops.

Married – at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hintz, Mr. Rudolph Hintz and Mrs. Minnie Groll of Berea. Rev. Shust officiating. The young people began housekeeping at once in the Hazel house.

Several weeks ago Mrs. George Schmitz while a can of fruit broke the can and cut her hand on a piece of glass. The wound did not heal and blood poison set in. Her forearm is badly swollen and unless she receives help soon will probably prove serious.

The name of the post office will be likely changed to Amherst in the near future. A letter from Congressman Laning to one of our citizens regarding the matter stated that he would use his influence to have the name changed to conform with the name of the town.

The suit of H.G. Reddington against Simon Burrows was concluded in Common Pleas Court at Cleveland Thursday and the jury awarded the plaintiff a verdict of $220, the amount he sued for. The suit was for the value of a horse, which was warranted sound and was proven not to be. – News.

Born – to Mr. Mrs. Henry Hermes a son Friday, January 31 – 08.

Clay Young is ill and reports say he is threatened with typhoid fever.

Several weeks ago some of Joseph Whiton's sheep were bitten by a dog. Since then rabies have developed in several have died.


Mrs. Adam Holzhauer is ill.

Cutting ice began here in earnest this week.

The Tea and coffee store which opened here some two weeks ago has moved back to Sandusky.

Mrs. Adam Holzhauer was taken to the hospital at Cleveland Thursday for an operation.

Ms. Carrie Wilson, aged 40, died Tuesday morning at the home of her sisters Mrs. Angus Cole. Ms. Wilson had been ill only a few days with grippe. The funeral will be held Thursday at 10 o'clock and interment made in Scotts Cemetery south of town.

The Rose Bill is responsible for considerable excitement in our town during the past few days. Two petitions one by the "wets", one by the "drys" has been sent to Sen. Drake of this district. Discussions for and against the bill are still in progress among our people.

William Rickley, L. S. E. Conductor came near meeting death by electrocution while on duty Thursday at Sages Grove a mile east of here. He attempted to use the telephone to report his car. It is said the line was crossed by a high-tension wire and when he touch it he was knocked down senseless. He was brought here for treatment and after taken to his home in Sandusky was gaining at last reports.


Ray Opperman was buzzing wood on the shore this week.

Miss Roth the teacher called on Ms. Helen Risden who has been on the sick list Monday.

William Emmerich of Brownhelm station assisted Mr. John Witmer in sawing his wood this week.


Mr. F. Clark was on the sick list Friday and Saturday of last week.

Mrs. James Baumhart and Mrs. Henry Brill spent Tuesday afternoon in Amherst.

Frank Kane has recovered from his big operation, he came home last Friday from the St. Joseph Hospital, at Lorain.

Miss Elizabeth Becker left Wednesday for Norwalk where she is employed as waitress in the Baker restaurant.

Walter Norman Workman and John Nuhn and son William and several others are cutting wood for Jacob Baumhart of Vermilion.

Mr. George Cooper has recovered from his operation on his neck he came home last week Monday from the hospital in Cleveland.

The Gordon boys and William and George Beard and several others cut ice from the Diamond Cheese Company last week, the ice being 11 1/2 inches thick.

Mrs. Fred Strealey [sic] had a narrow escape with walking on the Lake Shore track. When she saw the train coming she crossed over on the north side of the track, the wreck occurred where she had been walking.

Ray Opperman has got through baling hay on the shore.

Mr. Lembky Mr. Crumbe are helping George Maurer to buzzword.

Lawson Sweet is helping George Maurer to buzzword.

Mr. Dudley French is sick with the grip and is under at the doctor's care.

Car Strikes A Stone

The breaking of a wheel caused a costly freight wreck at Brownhelm Station shortly after noon Friday. The accident occurred at the overhead crossing above the main street of the village. The freight was westbound and consisted of 38 cars of which nine were derailed - one load of cold gone down the embankment against the store of Fred Clark. The cars off the track were one of coal, one of wire, one of bridge fixtures and four boxcars. The south side of the bridge was damaged - five rails were broken and the broken wheel ruined about 500 ties. The officials of the railroad arrived at the scene at 4 o'clock. Among them being Supt. Russel and General Freight Agent Moore. The wrecker was called, and after working at night the cars were once more on the track. The westbound cars were once more on the track. The westbound track was without traffic for one day or more, all freight and passenger trains running on the North track. Citizens of Brownhelm were soon on the scene and some grasping at the opportunity of supplying themselves with a winter supply of coal and wood. While no one on the train was seriously injured, the conductor and brakeman in the caboose were badly shaken up but the most remarkable escape were of the two hobos who were riding between two of the derailed cars.


On account of the changeable weather quite a number of people in this vicinity have the grip.

"A valuable cow" was sold by Mr. John Risdon last week Tuesday at a cent and a half a pound.

Mrs. John Vollmer attended a Leap Year social at Ceylon about a week ago.

The groundhog saw his shadow last Saturday, Feb. 2nd and we will have six more weeks of cold weather.

The mayor of Milan has found a new way to enforce the closing law, and it's a sure way. The village has the usual closing ordinance for the saloons but the Council hit upon a very good plan to have the law enforced. They voted to extend time for closing until 12 o'clock. At that time that municipal lighting plant shuts down thus necessitating a cessation of business as nearly all the refreshment parlors are electrically lighted. This action of the Council has created quite an excitement in the village and about half of the voters are up in arms concerning the matter. It seems rather queer action to take in a quiet peaceful town like Milan where all the honest citizens are supposed to retire at a reasonable hour. However the village selected a "Kid" Mayor and will be obliged to abide by the result.

The authorities here as well as elsewhere are looking to the safety of buildings where gatherings or entertainments are held especially with moving picture machines. The destruction of the theater in Pennsylvania with the terrible loss of life has aroused the people to the necessity of looking into such matters. While it is seldom that such buildings are burned it is well to see that they are perfectly safe that the laws in such matters are strictly adhered to.


The Editor wishes to call the attention of parents and teachers to the practice of a number of schoolchildren "jumping freights" this is a dangerous practice and one that should be stopped.

Milan and Norwalk according to our exchanges are suffering from a mad dog scare. It is said that several canines have been bitten by another afflicted with the disease and the mayors of both towns have ordered all dogs muzzled or tied. Twenty animals have been shot already on account of owners not complying with the request.

A well-developed sense case of smallpox is reported at Oberlin. The victim is Clifford VanAusdale of S. Pleasant St. All precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

Harry K. Thaw is not enjoying life at the hospital for Criminal Insane at Mattewan and demands that his attorney secure his immediate release from the state institution.

According to a Lorain paper several attempts to pass counterfeit dollars and halves have been worked on the electric cars recently.

A third hospital at Lorain is among the possibilities of the next few months.

Plentiful application of salt is a very good remedy for the sidewalks.


Miss Matilda Wagner has leased the room under the telephone exchange and will again open the millinery store in the spring.

Mrs. Henry Abell is reported quite ill.

Master Alva Hill is again unable to attend school owing to illness.

A. B. Todd attended the poultry show at Cleveland last week.

The condition of Mrs. Eliza Lawless, is slightly improved she is slowly regaining her strength.

Mrs. Richard Pryor of Mason's Corners died Sunday after an illness of many months.

Mrs. F. H. Rae, Mrs. F. V. Pelton and Mrs. H. L. Edson are among those on the sick list this week.

John Reiber lost a large Barn on his farm west of town by fire Thursday night. Several farming tools and machinery were also destroyed.

Mr. E. L. Coen is unable to attend to the duties of the bank owing to an attack of the prevailing epidemic Grippe.

Mr. George Wagner won the prize for the most comic gentlemen at the masque ball given by the Eagles at Amherst Thursday night.

John Thompson underwent a successful operation for a nasal affliction at Huron Rd. Hospital Monday in Cleveland. His friends hope for a complete recovery.

Born – to Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Lawless, a daughter, Thursday, Jan. 30th ‘08.

Born – to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Kinnon a daughter, Thursday, Jan. 30th ‘08.

Mr. A. R. Rumsey shipping commissioner of the Lake Carriers Association left Sunday for Cuba.

A freight wreck occurred on the Lake Shore Railroad at Brownhelm Friday. The track was badly torn up and eight or ten cars piled up.

Dr. E. L. Perry, dentist of Milan, well known in this vicinity fell on the icy walk Saturday and fractured his skull besides being badly bruised otherwise. He is past 80.

Among those whose operated at Lakeview Hospital Tuesday we noticed the name of Henry Pelton who was operated on for a diseased eye resulting from a former removal of the cancer.


The new tug being built for the Kishman Fish Company at the plant of the Lake Erie Dry Dock and Mill Company at Sandusky will be completed in about three weeks but will not be put into service [in the] the water until the ice is gone. The tug will be named after Joseph T. Sloat, manager of the building company, papers to this effect have been sent to the government officials.

The new tug will be 68 feet overall 15 feet beam, equipped with modern engine and boiler. The tug is being built for use at Vermilion will be used little if any this port. – Huron Blade


150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE “BATTLE OF THE HUNDRED SLAIN”: 3 miles from Fort Phil Kearny near Story, Wyoming will be held this year. (See Wikipedia.)

Late Vermilion resident, Matilda Louis Grummond was the sister of 2nd Lt. George Washington Grummond. Grummond and 81 of his fellow soldiers were killed by an overwhelming force of Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in one of the worst military disasters suffered by the US Army on Great Plains.

If you are a descendant of Matilda please email John Horton or call him at 1.586.549.247.

"Some of the photographs were not new (to me). Several had been published... in mid-August of 1937..."

HOT DOG(!): A few weeks ago I came across a small envelope full of film negatives. This is not really unusual because I have more than a plethora of similar negatives – and not all of them are terribly interesting. Many are of diverse and often unrelated subjects. But because these seemed to be some sort of collection I was curious and took them to the light-table. What I found was a collection of photographs that were taken in the summer of 1937 during Vermilion’s Centennial celebration.

Some of the photographs were not new (to me). Several had been published in a special Centennial Section of The Vermilion News printed in mid-August of 1937. However, a number of them – like those accompanying this essay – have never been published. Part of the reason for their non-publication may be because they weren’t of particularly good quality. Another reason (and perhaps more to the fact of the matter) may have been because the NEWS was a letterpress shop. As a consequence both the acquisition and printing of photographs in a newspaper was not as easy as it is today. But no matter; we still have them. And nearly 80 years after the fact here they are.

The “Fresh Hot Dogs” portrait (top) is my favorite. I’ve no idea as to the identity of the little girl pulling the wagon of puppies. Nor do I recognize any faces in the crowd behind her. What I do recognize, however, is the site of the picture. These shadows were captured very near the corner of Liberty and Decatur streets. The house in the background is one of the old Pelton homes. The girl is standing directly in front of what we know today to be the Vermilion Police Department headquarters. In 1937 there was a little gas station on that corner. The rails in the middle of the brick street behind the hot dog vender are those of the Lake Shore Electric interurban railway. Just two years later they would disappear from the streets of our town and all of Northern Ohio.

The lower photo is that of the bandwagon from which local bands entertained the people of Vermilion and other communities in the area for many years after this picture was taken. Again, I don’t know any of the musicians pictured. [Note: My sister, Nancy Emery, believes that the fellow with the big base drum at the top left of the group might have been Leonard Osberg. Mr. Osberg, among other things, would later be elected to Mayor of Vermilion Village.] In any case, I was surprised to see the “Stone’s Garage” sign on the front of the truck. Most folks only knew this as the truck once used by musicians representing the local post of the American Legion.

The truck is parked in front of the building that was once Albert “Waddie” Stone’s Oldsmobile dealership and garage on Liberty Avenue. It is the building just west of Rudy’s Bar and Grill, and is currently owned by former Dodge-Plymouth dealer Dick Baker. Prior to opening a garage at this site Stone had been a partner in an Olds dealership in the Fischer building, just a few blocks east, with Vermilion entrepreneurs George and Elton Fischer.

Directly across the street from the bandwagon is Walker’s garage and Hudson dealership. The sign on the pole next to the Texaco sign is advertising Hudson’s Terraplane. The Terraplane was a car built by the Hudson Company of Detroit, between 1932 and 1938. Originally it was called an Essex-Terraplane; but in 1934 the car became simply the Terraplane. They were inexpensive, yet powerful, vehicles that were often used as both cars and trucks. I have always found it somewhat ironic that prior to Walker’s garage occupying that site it was Decker’s horse livery and blacksmith shop. The new Ritter Library addition, of course, currently (2016) occupies the site.

As is very obvious, it’s difficult to stay (as it were) “on point” when looking over these photographs of a yesteryear. They are so inviting that it’s very easy to wander off subject to other details in the photos. I guess all I can say to that is “Hot Dog!”

Ref: VNPSM Photo Archive. Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 01/21/16.



…can be fashioned from stone. The angles are exactly forty-five degrees, which would cause the arrow to revolve as soon as it left the hand of the archer, insuring more accurate aim and causing an ugly wound.

At a point on Sandusky Bay known as Martin's Cave are several mounds of small pieces of stone. They have been repeatedly investigated, but nothing of importance found in them. There are also several earth mounds in that vicinity, which as yet remain untouched.

Tradition, the ally of the historian, has made mention of a fort in this vicinity which has finally been located about one mile south of Venice. Repeated plowing and the washings of many years have effaced all semblance as regards embankments, but by the discoloration of the soil the outline is plainly defined, and within its prescribed limits, at various times, have been found stone pipes, and a number of those curious combination bird and animal shape totems. They have often the body, legs and ears of an animal, and a bill like a duck. Through the feet are drilled small holes, for what purpose is a mystery. Numerous other relics have been found differing from any known to be in any of the large collections of the State.

The same general condition of things is found on the banks of the Huron and Vermillion Rivers, and in fact throughout the whole county; but that part of it nearest to and within easy reaching distance of Sandusky City has been the most thoroughly examined, and from it in particular the facts have been noted, and the deductions drawn which appear in this article. To whatever race made and used these tools and weapons must be given the credit for ingenuity, skill and persistent effort. With stone hammers they fashioned their tomahawks and fleshers, and sharpened and polished them on stones of Berea grit, by rubbing them in a circle until the desired effect was obtained. With the bow and flint-drill were made the holes in the totems and pipes, they bearing the marks of tho sharp edges of the drills to this day. The pipes were first fashioned as regards shape and style, and then drilled. I have two in my collection finished, with the exception of boring, which in each is begun at the stem and bowl. They sawed by means of sand and water on the same principle of today, until the required depth was reached, and broke the remainder. Time to them was an unknown quantity, but that admitted, the results they obtained were wonderful. The material for their fleshers, hammers and tomahawks were obtained from the beds of the creeks. Mill's Creek, especially, at some points being full of small boulders of the same material as the relics found. The chert came from the limestone beds, and the flint from a distance; the flat totems from stones picked up on the lake shore, and other tools and weapons from stones whose natural adaptation attracted their notice. Beginning with the crudest relics found by comparison it is an easy matter to trace the progress made not by long strides, but little by little, adding detail to detail, until perfection in the material used was obtained. Adaptation to circumstances is a natural law governing the human race.

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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UNUSUAL SNAP: Stumbling through a host of pix last week I happened upon this one of South Street School being unbuilt.

There was no note on the pic that might better explain what was really going on when it was taken. But I believe it was taken during the early 1950s when an addition was added to the west side of the building. (It’s really difficult to definitely determine.) However, I note the landscaping on the left / bottom of the building which indicates (at least to me) that that was probably the north / front side of the school.

I also make note of the guy in the pic. My assumption is that he was cleaning bricks so they could be reused in the new construction.

This is not a very good snapshot. But it is unusual.


A little girl walks into a pet shop and asks in the sweetest little lisp: "Excuthe me, mithter, do you keep wittle wabbits?"

The shopkeeper gets down on his knees, so that he's on her level, and asks: "Do you want a wittle white wabbit or a soft and fuwwy bwack wabbit or maybe one like that cute wittle bwown wabbit over there?"

She in turn puts her hands on her knees, leans forward and says in a quiet voice: "I don't fink my pyfhon weally givths a thit."

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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 "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, 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.

A Mike Gruhn cartoon.

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