Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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December 9,  2017 - rnt & lse=


SHOPTALK: It’s me (of course) on my home desktop this week. This was taken at my desk in our former home on Oakwood some time ago.

One reason I wanted to look at this all week is because I need to rearrange my new office at our new / old home at the Olympic Club. I wanted to see how I had my reference books, etc. arranged. I always had them handy. Now I’ve got most everything squirreled away in storage boxes around me.

It’s real inconvenient. I also want better access to my home scanner. It’s a large format device and the way I have it situated at the moment makes using it problematic. So it doesn’t get used much.

On Wednesday I went to Home Depot and purchased a folding table that will replace my old desk. I believe it’ll work much better.

On the shoptop this week is a photograph of the former Lake Shore Electric Depot on Liberty and Exchange streets here in Vermilion.

I’ve always liked this pic. There’s a good deal going on in it. I also like the background with the old George Fischer Lumber company barns in it. About the only thing left after the place burned is the gabled structure near the road that apparently was once the office. The sheds along the road also survived. But today only the house is there. Downstairs is a realty office and upstairs is at least one apartment.

MARLENE Marlene Feldkamp has visited the museum several times this week. (She actually visits quite often.)

Those who watch the cable television program called “The American Pickers” will be interested in knowing that Marlene and “her stuff” will be featured on that program sometime in December.

Over the years Marlene and her husband collected everything. It’s amazing. She’s sold off quite a bit – but there’s still a whole lot left.

Marelene’s home is a museum.

JOIN US (FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING): A pic oe our First Annual Photo Exhibition / Gallery at the Vermilion History Museum.

We will be selling 8x10 and 4x6 photographs. Most of them are prints made from NEWS editor Pearl Roscoe’s glass negatives. Some are made from his film negatives. And others have been acquired from various other local sources during the last decade or two.

Whether you’re a Vermilion native or not this collection of 100 pix is both informative and entertaining. Large Prints are $25 and small ones $10. Some nicely frame photo run from $50 to $80 (with 10% off for nice people.)

The exhibit will last until Christmas. Come on in and enjoy it.


MERRILL & REBA: Merrill and Reba Ewry owned a little soda shop in Vermilion back in the late 1950s called the Goody-Goody Bar. It was located next (west) of the Liberty Theatre on Liberty Avenue.

I never knew either person, but I thought the world of the soda shop. Looking back now it reminds me of the one in the old TV series called “Happy Days”.

I got this pic from Vermilionite Barb Wiseman (I don’t know her married name). One of Barb’s older sisters, Jeanette, worked there – she was an extremely pretty girl.

I guess that the Ewry’s previously owned a drive-in restaurant that was located along Lake Road a bit east of where the old Lorain Ford Plant was located. That spot is curently occupied by an Ohio Edison power plant.

THE WOOSON SPICE COMPANY: : Last summer (2014 with a little help from my friends, relatives, and sundry other acquaintances) all the “treasures and junk” that had been collecting dust in the attic at the VNPS museum for the last 110 years were carried down the narrow stairway, inspected and dispatched – each according to its condition and importance. Among all these items was an old coffee crate that someone – perhaps my great-grandfather – fashioned into a footlocker of sorts by placing four porcelain caster wheels on the bottom and a nicely padded cover on the lid. Despite the fact that time had ravaged the cover underneath the blanket of dust that covered all it is a rather attractive article [pictured]. Inside are some rather fragile women’s bloomers and housedresses once popular in the early decades of the last century. For the time being they will remain entombed in the crate / footlocker so kindly provided by the Woolson Spice Co.

The Woolson Spice Company of Toledo, Ohio was incorporated and opened for business on the first day of July in 1882. Its founder was Alvin Mansfield Woolson. Born on a farm in Huron, Erie County Ohio on 2 October 1841 he grew up on a farm and attended a country school. He received his first business training as a youngster in a country store in rural Erie County.

When the American Civil War commenced he enlisted in the First Regiment Ohio Voluntary Heavy Artillery (formerly the 117th Regiment of Infantry Ohio Volunteers. During the war he served under Gen. W.T. Sherman in the Second Brigade, Fourth Division, Twenty-third Army Corps. Following the war he spent a number of years in the Wild West as an employ of the Union Pacific Railway. In those times railroad building in the Great Plains was precarious business. It often required arduous interactions with tribes of less than gracious Native Americans.

Surviving that adventure Woolson returned to Erie County, Ohio and opened a store in Berlin Heights. In the early 1870s he married a Erie County farm girl named Frances D. Tillinghast. Removing to Toledo in 1876 with her parents and brother Mr. Woolson came up with an idea that would make him both wealthy and a highly respected entrepreneur.

In those days nearly all food articles were sold in their natural state and in bulk. Coffee, for instance, was purchased in its green state then roasted in a pan and stirred by hand to prevent burning. And most spices were sold in berry form then ground by hand in a mill. Woolson proposed pre-roasting the coffee, and then packing it in one-pound packages, airtight and unground. This concept of pre-roasting and grinding for sales in small packaging revolutionized the entire grocery business.

In 1896 a ruthless businessman named H.O. Havemeyer bought the company for over two million dollars [55 million in today’s currency] and nearly destroyed the company by 1905 losing more than 15 million dollars. But no matter. The now-retired Woolson remained active in the community for the remainder of his life. He was a member of numerous clubs and organizations in the area including The Firelands Historical Society. He often frequented a palatial country estate he kept near his childhood home between Huron and Berlin Heights. He died on July 6, 1924 in Toledo.

Ref: Written April 2014.

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. XIII, No.27. - VERMILION,OHIO THURSDAY, December 9, 1909


The Council meeting Monday evening was comparatively short. All members were present except the accepting Krapp.

While many things were talked about very little business was transacted. The work of the grading the end of Main Street to the lake has commenced and it is also proposed grades Huron street some.

It was suggested that some action be taken in regard to building a breakwater at the foot of Main Street, but after some discussion of it was finally concluded to let the matter rest for the time being.

The clerk was instructed to write to L. S. & M. S. Railroad Co. in regard to the culvert under the track at Toledo Street, as it needed some repairs.

It was reported that a petition was out asking for a light at or near the foot of Washington Street. No action could be taken, as the petition had not been handed in, but several suggestions were made, one of which was to have one of the old oil lamp posts and frame placed there with several incandescent lamps on it.

The village has need of several road scrapers and opportunity having been offered to secure three wheel scrapers it was suggested an offer be made for two, to the party having them. The machines have been used but a short time. It will be a good investment as considerable more work can be done with the same number of men and teams.

The council has received a picture of the band, neatly framed and passed a resolution thanking the band for the same. The janitor was instructed to hang it in a conspicuous place in the council chamber.

It was also agreed by council that it would be in order to give the band a donation this winter, as it is a volunteer organization for the benefit of the town.

After discussing various matters and making plans for future improvements and ordering payment of the bills Council adjourned.

Grand Army Elects Officers

Thursday evening, December 2, 09, H. G. Delker Post, G. A. R. elected the following officers for the coming year. Installation the first Thursday in January.

Cmdr. – A. J. Mattison
Sr. Vice Commander – Wm Frisby
Jr. Vice Commander – John will
Quartermaster – E. M. Kane
Chaplin – Charles Andrews
O. D. – Willis Maxfield
O. G. – C. B. Parsons
Surgeon – Morris Straley
P. J. – E. M. Kane


The trustees of the Congregational Church have learned the names of the parties that caused a disturbance with the light last Sunday evening. This might have resulted seriously, as gasoline was found running over the floor after the generator had been blown out. Such acts should not go unpunished. For the sake of harmony the matter will be passed with the caution that meddling parties keep their distance in the future.


Diamond cheese company in a petition filed against George Champney, of this city, alleges that he has not paid the sum of $311 for milk and cream furnished him during the past two years which he conducted an ice cream business in Elyria.

Found His Wheel

The bike, which was reported stolen from Charles Heidloff was found one day last week in the marsh. It was very little damaged and was soon placed in running order. Mr. Heidloff is still doubtful who to lay the theft to. It may have been done by someone out for a time who did not realize the seriousness of the act.

The Automobile Factory

The citizens committee on proposition for the auto factory made the company a proposition of choice of three sites. The full report will be given as soon as anything definite can be given out.

Berlin Heights

A gas well is being drilled for John Champeon in the mill yard.

Mrs. Albert Phillips died at her home in Berlin Heights Monday evening age 29 years. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock Thursday at the Congregational Church.


The Vermilion Telephone Company has closed a deal whereby they become owners of the Bell Exchange and franchise in Vermilion and the Bell Station will be moved to the local exchange and the long-distance connection made soon, so that the local company will have the use of both U.S. and Bell Long distance service.

To Revive Chamber Of Commerce

We the undersigned believe that a Chamber of Commerce will be a beneficial agent for the upbuilding [sic] of our town and community and desire to see the Chamber of Commerce reorganized.

F.W. Wakefield, C.A. Mattison, A.A. Leimbach, L.J. Decker, Geo P. Wahl, Pearl Roscoe, H. G. Morse, J. A. Klaar, Charles Heidloff, E. H. Wittmer, Henry Walper, Geo Andrews, H. L. Minium, A. L. Irey.


BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schaeffer, Sunday, December 5, the son.

Mrs. Frank Martin was brought home from St. Joseph's Hospital at Lorain Saturday.

Mrs. Charles Kuss is reported to be on the sick list.

The funeral of the infant child of Balser Heiser was held from the residence, Saturday afternoon, and interment at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Samuel Towne had the misfortune of having three toes on his left foot smashed while working at the No. 6 quarry, heavy curbing fell on them.

Mrs. William Hintz, age 66, died at her home on School St., Thursday evening.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Standen of Elyria died the first of the week. Mrs. S. Was formerly Carrie Kuss of Amherst.

Henry Berg age 56, died at his home here Monday after a weeks illness from pneumonia. The funeral was held Wednesday. He leaves a wife and five children, one brother, Edward Berg of Russia, and four sisters, Mrs. Ed Emma Albright of Carlisle, Mrs. Carrie Brown of Vermillion, Miss Lucy Berg of Oberlin and Mrs. Mary Stein of North Star, Mich.

Strong's Corners

Mr. V. Leimbach has purchased a new gasoline engine, the old, which he thinks is grand, also a feed grinder.

A Letter

Oberlin, O., December 6, 1909
Editor of the NEWS,
Vermilion, O.

My Dear Sir:
I wish through your columns, to express my appreciation to you and the teachers, for your defense of the Vermilion Public Schools and those who were connected with them.

As indicated in your editorial in last week's issue of the news I am willing to be judged by those who know my best my motives efforts, and the results of my labors.

I shall always look back with great pleasure upon the ten years spent in your community, and it is a source of much satisfaction to know that I have the friendship and good will of citizens and community.
J. C. Seaman.


Mrs. Irey and Misses Ayres and Buswell attended the Messiah at Oberlin Friday evening.

Mrs. Edward Gilbert of Lorain was severely injured one evening last week by jumping from the second story window of her home for the purpose of summoning the police to rid the home of a burglar. The man first entered Mrs. Gilbert's room and covered her with a revolver threatened to kill her if she moved. After ransacking the room he crossed to Mr. Gilbert's room. It was then she jumped hoping to get help. Mrs. Gilbert is a sister of G. H. Blattner of Vermilion.

The Singers And Players Club gave one of their popular entertainments at the Opera House Saturday evening to a full house. They received considerable applause.

Helen Carr is reported very ill.

The tugs Fred Driscoll and James Driscoll with their crews left Friday night for Erie where they will fish until the close of the season.

Mr. George Gilder of Wakeman died December 6. Funeral at Birmingham, Wednesday. Buried at Maple Grove Cemetery.

BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harrity of Erie Pa., daughter, Monday, November 29, ‘09. Mrs. Harrity was formerly Miss May Goff of this place.

The walls of the new three-story high school building at Fremont fell with a crash Friday evening about 9 o'clock. The walls were almost completed. The work was being done by the Andrews brothers of Cleveland.

The post office at Huron and was entered by thieves early Wednesday morning and made way with $160 worth of stamps.

The plumbers were busy Wednesday looking after numerous frozen water pipes caused by the sudden drop in temperature Wednesday morning. The thermometer registered three above on the Ridge and from 4 to 8 above in town.


COOL STUFF: The bit about the Birmingham Flour and Elevator Co. is interesting (at least to me). The person named C. Schisler is some relative of Vermilionite Candy Schisler Fischer. She probably knows more about that than I would. Although I knew the family was very active in the Birmingham area I didn’t know about the involvement in the mill.

I also find the incorporations of the Leidheiser and Driscoll Fish companies of some interest. I don’t know how Leidheiser and Driscoll figure into the equation however.

And then there is the assault case against Englebry and Stevens by a town character named “Happy Jack”. Why do I think Mr. Jack was assaulted because he may have had partaken in imbibing too much booze? Actually, I think I have a pic of this fellow.





…John Dailey, discharged January 2o', 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Peter Epp, discharged January 12, 1863, for wounds received in action.

George E. Flanders, discharged November 1, 1862, at Camp Dennison, O., on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Stephen Giles, died March 27, 1862, from wounds received at battle of Winchester, Va., March 23, 1862.

Richard F Gray, no record.

Harmon Groff, transferred to Sixth United States Cavalry October 23, 1862, by order of war department.

Philip Grover, transferred to Sixth United States Cavalry October 23, 1862, by order of war department.

William H. Harris, mustered out with company July 13, 1864.

Henry H. Haines, no record found.

Frederick Harrington, discharged January 20, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.

John H. House, discharged July 7, 1863, on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Stephen Hinkley, discharged May 3, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Patrick Hinchey, discharged June 1, 1862, by order of war department.

John Howard, transferred to Sixth United States Cavalry October 23, 1862, by order of war department.

William H. Haas, transferred to company A June 25, 1861.

John H. Jack, appointed first sergeant July 1, 1861; reduced to ranks April 6, 1863; discharged June 28, 1864, at Columbus, O.

Warren F. June, no record found.

James Jones, no record found.

Antone Knabiel, discharged January i, 1863, on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Lorenzo Luce, transferred to Invalid Corps September 14, 1863, by order of war department.

James D. Marti, died March 17, 1862, from wounds received at Winchester, Va., March 23, 1862.

James Maicar, died May 12, 1862, from wounds received at battle of Winchester, Va., March 23, 1862.

John C. McEnally; no record found.

John McGinness; no record found.

Adam Moose, jr.; discharged November 18, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.

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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RATIONING: From 1942 until 1946 (after WW2) food rationing (of meat, butter and sugar), conservation of gasoline as well as the recycling tin cans, paper, rubber, other metals and glass was a matter of American patriotism. Food was in short supply for a variety of reasons: much of the processed and canned foods was reserved for shipping overseas to our military and our Allies; transportation of fresh foods was limited due to gasoline and tire rationing and the priority of transporting soldiers and war supplies instead of food; imported foods, like coffee and sugar, was limited due to restrictions on importing. Thus, ration books like these were used to help conserve and facilitate the war effort.

It was the American thing to do – a united effort. And it worked.


While leading a tour of kindergarten students through our hospital, I overheard a conversation between one little girl and an x-ray technician.

"Have you ever broken a bone?" he asked.

"Yes," the girl replied.

"Did it hurt?"


"Really? Which bone did you break?"

"My sister's arm."

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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.

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