Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

I cannot call to mind a single instance when I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things that were sacred to other people. - Mark Twain.....I've written some poetry that I don't understand myself. - Carl Sandburg....Life is too short to hold a grudge, also too long.. - Robert Brault....I am quoted for saying things others apparently think I might have said - were I dead................rnt...............

June 16,  2018>The E&R Church 900


SHOPTALK: E&R: Vermilion’s Evangelical & Reformed church has occupied this site on the northwest corner of Ohio and Grand streets since 1868 (in one form or another). Although it’s not the oldest congregation in the town it is the oldest at the same location.

TIME This photo of the church on my home desk is one of the earliest pix of the church. For whatever reason I like this portrait very much. Perhaps it’s the horse and buggy. Can you imagine them lined up aside the church on Sunday mornings?

You will note in the next photograph that the trees have grown some.

& TIME AGAIN: The pic of the church on the shoptop this week was taken as the church was lifted, moved back from the street, and the Fellowship Hall in the basement was being built. I’m not sure about the year.

Somewhere I have read that somehow the church had been built partly in the street right-of-way. Ergo, this was a correction.

The bell in the belfry still works and is still used. And thought the church property has steadily grown over the years the main part of the building is still very recognizable.

It’s a beautiful church.

PLAYING AROUND: This week I’ve spent some time working with a Kindle Create publication app. I’ve got some ideas about publishing histories and I’m interested in using a kindle / tablet form of publication. Paper is nice, but tablet publications are (or will be) more accessible and are obviously easier to store.

The initial thing I am working to publish electronically is a history of part of my family. It’s actually a collection of histories. All I’m really doing is editing.

It’s only about 50 pages. So it’s not very involved. But it will make a nice starting point publication.

While it is, of course, family stuff as a document it may prove useful to history researchers. It covers my mother’s side of the family from 1545 to 1930.

If nothing else it should make it easier for relatives who live all over the place to access the history of their family. If this works I’ve got another document that’s even better.

Stay tuned.


ALBERT IREY: I’ve written about him several times in the past, Albert Lee Irey. Irey was born 1 December 1874 in Pennsylvania. Early in the 20th century he met and married a girl named Clara Willard who lived in Ada Village in Ohio. During the next few years the couple moved to Vermillion where their daughters Genevieve and Rosamond were born. Around 1908 the family moved to Berlin Heights where Albert assumed the position of the Berlin-Milan Schools. But by 1910 he and his family were back in Vermillion when he took the position of Superintendent here. The family lived in a big house on the northeast corner of Ohio and Washington streets.

By 1915 his behavior had become so inappropriate and erratic that he was terminated from the education system and estranged from his wife and daughters. In the months that followed his behaviors led him into the courts where he was finally deemed to be insane and subsequently removed to a hospital environment where he remained for the rest of his life. He passed away in Columbus on 16 August 1962.

This, in brief, was a true tragedy.

DON’T’CHA JUST LOVE IT?: The wide-angle Vermilion Ohio streetscape photograph accompanying this composition is [what’s new?] another favorite of mine. It will undoubtedly appear as a foldout photo in my next book of Vermilion photographs. I don’t have access to a whole bunch of wide-angle pictures from Vermilion’s yesteryear, but those I do are, like this one, extremely captivating.

The shadows therein portrayed show off the southeast corner of Ohio and Exchange streets, as it appeared sometime in the 1920s. To better orient contemporary observers who may be unfamiliar with the scene, it may help to understand that directly to the left of the photographer (unseen) is St. Mary’s church. And directly to the right (also unseen) is Victory Park. The photo is obviously not perfect as far as it pertains to quality, but the details within it more than make up for its shortcomings. Most, but not all, of the homes in the photo are still standing. Also, there may be one or two houses near the corner of Ohio and Division / Main streets that had not yet been built.

The Vermilion Village Fire Department building appears to be the primary focus of the portrait. This “stately” looking building was built around 1890 replacing an old engine house that had stood for years very near the site. It may interest some to know that the “old engine house” was not razed to make way for the new, but was removed to another location in the village. It may also be of interest to know that the building of this firehouse was not without some complaint.

In an article that appeared in the Erie County Reporter early in 1890 it was reported that a petition signed by “but six persons” was presented to the council “forbidding it being erected” on the site. The contention was that the ground on which it was to be built had been dedicated as part of Exchange Place.

To avoid some confusion it may help to understand that in 1890 the Victory Park we know today was not yet known as “Victory Park” but was commonly referred to as “Exchange Place”. It was a portion of property that was originally intended to be the village square. The name “Victory Park” or some facsimile thereof was apparently adopted during or shortly after WW1. The park we currently know as Exchange Park did not officially emerge until the late 1890s. Due to the location of both parks – their proximity to Exchange Street - there is to this day no small amount of confusion about the park names.

In any case, it was the contention of those protesting the building of the 1890 firehouse that it was going to trespass on park property. Although an investigation was made and the property was found to be just outside the park, to avoid the threatened litigation [not to mention an inane argument] the lot was purchased and the engine house built. And life in Vermilion moved along – controversy done. At least it was for a time.

If one looks closely at the photo you will see a small door beside [to the left of] the large sliding door on the front of the building. Inside that little door was a rope. The rope was attached to the bell in the belfry atop the engine house. When the bell was rung it signaled a fire and called local volunteer firefighters to action. It was certainly a reasonable way to alert them. However, in the minds of some youngsters there was also an allure to it that was simply too inviting to ignore.

The attraction of the little door and the rope within finally got the best of some of the neighborhood boys and, of course, there commenced a series of false alarms that were only appreciated by a few delinquents hiding in the bushes. The culprits were, of course, never found. But they were sternly informed. And the door was secured. It is probably fortunate for them that the malefactors were never apprehended.

As one can see there is a good deal of detail in this photograph; the unpaved streets, wooden crosswalk, the streetlamp suspended over the intersection and much more. All are deserving of further commentary. But I’ll leave those things up to you. It’s a great streetscape. Don’t’cha just love it?

Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 06/07/18.

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. XIV, No.2. - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, June 16, 1910


The Annual Function Of Our
Public Schools A Success

The past week was commencement week, including class parties, receptions, etc.

The first was a Baccalaureate address by Rev. Wagoner, which was mentioned in the last weeks issue of the NEWS.

Thursday evening the class gave the play - David Garrick.

A. L. Irey, Supt.

A Good Pedestiau[sic]

Frank Schrumm, who claims to be 96 years of age and to have traveled on foot more than any other man, was in town Friday. M. S. Stevenson kindly cared for him the few hours he spent in town. He has been in search of his daughters and has traveled across the continent and into the South. He was on his way to Cleveland where he had hopes of being admitted to some home for the aged. He was born in Nassau, Germany in 1814 and came to America in 1840. He was a soldier in both the Mexican and Civil wars and draws a pension. He is a man with history.

Consults With Officials

The members of the Vermilion council, together with the Mayor visited the officials of the Lake Shore Railroad Tuesday afternoon.

No official action has been taken however although the town and railroad officials are nearer together on the franchise than before. Probably a meeting will be held the first of next week.

Miss Daisy Chapman, Asst. Prin.


The Class Of 1910

(Back L-R:)Edwin McConnelly, George Klarr, Lawrie Johnson, Alfred Smith, Robert Parsons, William Trinter, James Nieding.

(Front L-R) Linda Kobs, Alice Mehnert, Bess Morse, Eva Malcolmson.



The cheese factory west of town has started business again.

The Amherst firemen have decided to hold their picnic at Crystal Beach August 11.

A barn raising B was held at the farm home of Louis Bishoff one day last week.

Lightning struck the schoolhouse in the Rice district last week and ripped off a patch of slate roof.

William Young will conduct the grocery store at Linwood Park this summer.

John Bruckner, W. Tolhurst and Albert Ladrach went to Kelly's Island last week and purchased several carloads of crushed stone for use on the roads of the Township.

Mrs. Hanlon died Monday at her home in Russia Township.

A large party from here took in the circus at Lorain Tuesday.

A horrible accident occurred at the Ohio Quarries Tuesday morning. John Johnson, workman, was engaged in making some repairs in a pit across the top of which runs one of the switching tracks, and raised his head up between the ties just in time to have the pilot of an engine strike him. His head was completely so severed and thrown several feet while the body dropped to the pit below.


Strong's Corners

Miss Clarissa Young is the proud possessor of a $300 piano.

Mrs. V. Leimbach was called to Detroit this week by the serious illness of her mother.

Messrs. Seymour Leimbach and Clyde Heussner with their trotter made a flying trip to Axel Sunday.

We are glad to hear that Earl Leimbach is able to be out again after a serious illness from quincy.

There have been six births and seven deaths in this community during the month of May.

The Leimbach brothers are proud over the arrival of a dandy little colt, born Friday, Keindeigh Boy.


Mrs. Anna Rice is again under the doctor's care.

Jenny Carter and Reta Funk attended the circus at Lorain Tuesday.

A daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Beard the morning of June 12.

Mrs. Rose Todd who underwent an operation at her home a week ago Tuesday is doing as well as could be expected.


Little George Russell Bates, born to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Bates in Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio on 5 June 1908, died June 7, 1910…

[NOTE: This blip was difficult – almost impossible - to read due to a tear in the paper.]


A. R. spent three days at the park.

C. Young is painting Ed Kishman's farm buildings.

Carl Reiber has purchased a new motorboat. She is on a fine one.

Mitiwanga and Ruggles Grove are getting their summer residents.

West Vermilion was well represented at the circus at Lorain Tuesday.


The band concert has been postponed until Friday night.

See the beautiful Fairy Cantata, at the Town Hall, Friday evening June 17.

Mrs. Kinnie Nichols was granted a divorce from Charles Nichols at Elyria last week. They were married in 1907.

Ray Durand a well-known operator at Elyria whose home is in Monroeville was seriously, probably fatally injured Sunday night about 10 o'clock. He was struck by a passenger train and found an unconscious condition taken to the hospital. Mr. Durand has visited in Vermilion several times.

Word was received from Erie Monday afternoon of the death of from typhoid fever Miss Marie Lawrenson, the betrothed wife of Mr. Ed Whitmore of Vermilion.
Miss Lawrenson was stricken about two weeks ago and seemed to be somewhat better Saturday. The young couple expected to be married this month. Mrs. G. E. Whitmore and Mrs. John Reis will attend the funeral at Erie Friday.

Quite a number of Vermilionites took in the circus at Lorain Tuesday.

Canoes and rowboats, fishing tackle and seasonable bait. Wm. Murphfile, just south of waterworks pump house.

Two of the fish tugs and their crews went to Fairport this week.

Lightkeeper Burns and his guest Mr. Ferguson are spending the day at Lorain.

Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Decker visited the Sprague Automobile Canopy Factory at Norwalk Thursday.

Reports from the sickroom of Flossie Abell who is suffering from typhoid fever at St. Joseph's Hospital, are favorable. Her friends hope for her complete recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Buell take this way of thanking the G. A. R. Band, Wagner Hotel and factory boys for their kind and good wishes, also for their beautiful and useful presents. I am sure we both appreciate your many kindnesses, also are many other friends of Vermilion.


Very few people in Axtel on the day of the show at Lorain.

Everyone was agreeably surprised to see Harry Miller drive through Axtel Monday. It is his first ride since last fall.


Henry Latterman was born June 29, 1857, at Brownhelm, Ohio, and was the third child of the Christian people, Adam and Mary Latterman nee Englebry. After residing at different places, East and West, with his parents he located in Henrietta Township, Lorain County, O. making this is home until the time of his marriage to Barbara Gleim, February 5, 1880, by the Reformed pastor, Rev. Schuwichtenberg.

With his companion he went to housekeeping on the Gleim homestead, remaining there until his death, May 5, 1910. The funeral held at the Birmingham M. E. Church was largely attended over 80 vehicles surrounding the church.

His wife, two boys and two girls four brothers and three sisters, survive him. His age was 52 years, 10 months in six days. His pastor, Rev. H Hilgemann, conducted the funeral.

John Gonderman was born September 27, 1831, the Turnbach, Hessia Germany; coming to America in 1856 settled at Parma, near Cleveland. From here he moved to Rockport, O. where he was soundly converted in 1858 in the M. E. Church. The next year he moved to Amherst where he joined the Salem’s class of the Evangelical church. In 1867 he moved to Brownhelm and joined the Evangelical church. In 1871 he moved to Birmingham living there until his death. He was married to Mary Luckhardt April 18, 1861, four children blessing the union. His wife died in 1898. A second marriage to Mrs. Mary Smith was severed by death in 1904. He died at Flint, Michigan, at the home of his son Wesley. Brother Gonderman was an earnest Christian. The funeral took place at Birmingham M. E. Church, Rev. Fuessner, and Rev. Hilgemann officiating. His age was 78 years, seven months 20 days. Two sons and one daughter survive him. The Lord grant them a blessed reunion in heaven.




Roster Company H.

…George W. Button, mustered out with company July 11, 1865; veteran.

Olcott K. Brown, wounded May15, 1864, in battle of Resaca, Ga.; mustered out June 9,1865, at Camp Dennison, O., by order of war department

Martin Beery, mustered out with company July l1, 1865. 
 Anton Bolsinger, drafted; mustered out with company July 11,1866.

Henry C. Beck, drafted; discharged March 25, 1863, at Brooks's Station, Va., on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Andrew S. Baker, discharged August 5, 1862, at Columbus, O., on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Edgar W. Barker, wounded May2,1863, in battle of Chancellorsville, Va.; transferred to company K. Fifth Veteran Reserve Corps, December 17,1863.

John L. Butz, died July 13, 1862, at Frederick City, Md.

Joseph E. Case, killed August 30, 1862, in battle of Bull Run, Va .

Augustus B. Case, killed May 15, 1864, in battle of Resaca, Ga.; veteran. James Cram, died May 29, 1864, in hospital at Dallas, Ga.

John Cain, substitute.

Marion G. Cross, mustered out October 23, 1864, on expiration of term of service. John Clark, discharged November 13, 1862, at Hopewell Gap, Va.

Nathan Cadwalader, discharged October 20, 1862.

Frederick A. Crum, killed June 26, 1864, in Kenesaw Mountain, Ga.; veteran.

Robert J. Dutcher, captured December 9, 1864, near Savannah, Ga.; mustered out with company July 11,1865; veteran.

Benjamin Dunlap, wounded July 20, 1864, in battle of Peach Tree Creek, Ga.; mustered out with company July 11,1865; veteran.

Peter Dill, drafted; mustered out June 9, 1865, by order of war department.

Parker Dejian, discharged November 13,1862, at Washington, D.C. on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Adam Ditto, killed March 12,1865,near Fayetteville, N.C.; veteran.

John H. W. Dildine, wounded March 19,1865,in battle of Bentonville, N.C.; died May 22, 1865, at Portsmouth Grove, R. I.; veteran.

Charles D. Dudrow, wounded May2,1863, in battle of Chancellorsville, Va.; mustered out October 23, 1864, on expiration of term of service.

Lewis D. Dudrow, died November 4, 1863, at Cumberland, Md.

Jacob Fronce, wounded May 2, 1863, in battle of Chancellorsville, Va.; captured March 5, 1865, at Wadesboro, N.C.; mustered out June 23,1865, at Camp Chase, O., by order of war department; veteran.

Thomas B. Fox, wounded June 19, 1864, in battle of Kenesaw Mountain; mustered out with company July 11, 1865; veteran.

Guy S. Frazey, substitute on detached service as telegraph operator at Chattanooga, Tenn.; mustered out to date July 11,1865, 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.

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ALMOST GONE: I don't know if anyone still uses bottle openers anymore. Everything is flip-top or twist-off now.

These bottle cap openers go back to the days when "Maggie's" Liberty Tavern (now Rudy's) was one of the town's popular watering holes for the working man, and the Patio at Mitiwanga was popular for young people and vacationers.

Remember those days?


There was an old lady named May,
Took a stroll in the park by the bay.
She met a young man,
Who loved her and ran.
Now she goes to the park everyday.

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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.

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