Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live
SHOPTALK: The pix on the desktops this week were taken from the front of our home at the Olympic Club in the Vermilion River Valley. The most colorful is the one on my home desk. It was take a bit over a year ago when the leaves were just about to change. Oddly enough it appears that the leaves on these trees are not changing this year. Perhaps they’ll just die and fall. The lack of change has something to do with the warm weather we’ve been experiencing this fall. Just a week or so ago it was 80˚ or 90˚. There’s not be a good freeze as of yet.
The pic on the shop desk was taken during early summer over a year ago. The geese (fortunately or unfortunately) are regular visitors. The truck belongs to Vermilionite Don Whitt. He usually parks it along the river when he goes fishing. Sometimes Don and his brother Rich go fishing before the crack of dawn returning near noon with their catch. They are good at the sport.
Across the river at Maple Grove marina there are numerous boats and RV’s during the warm months. Just this week they are beginning to vanish. I’m always amazed at this time of year when I come home and all the boats and RV’s are gone. Like the geese grazing on the lawn: One day they’re all over the place, the next they’re just gone.
I used to take a pic of this scene every morning on my way to work. I did that for perhaps six or eight months. I intended to put together a times sequence of the changes (just for the heck of it). But it is another one of those projects I never got around to finishing. Perhaps during the long cold nights of the winter I’ll do just that – if in fact winter ever comes.
MUSEUM VISITORS STILL COMING: During the past week or so we’ve had visitors from New Mexico, Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia and Put-in-Bay, Ohio. We also had a small Cub Scout troop take a brief tour.
We weren’t mobbed, but these folks took the guided tour and took their time. I’m happy some folks have experienced and enjoyed the biggest little museum in the region.
PERRY STREET KIDS: This is (obviously) a bad photo. I acquired it from film that was not in great condition. The original image was, believe it or not, worse. But since the first time I developed it I have installed better software on the computer. So this image is actually a big improvement over the original.
While it’s still hard to read the print I’d added to the original image, so I will elucidate. I was not able to name all the kids in the pic, but starting at the back L-R are: Albert Tarrant, Eddie Marks then Leslie Roberts-Ennis. Pearl “Ginny” Tarrant-Wilkes is the girl in the middle. In the front row L-R are: Lynn Roberts-Hurd, Eleanor Tarrant-Slocum and Zella “Butch” Tarrant-Bolyard.
This pic was snapped in front of the Tarrant home at 510 Perry Street (on the west side of the street just south of the railroad tracks) around 1947. I can’t tell what the little girls in the front row are holding in their arms.
I wish it were in better shape.
THE VERMILION TOWNSHIP HALL: Accompanying the column this week is a photo of the Vermilion Township Hall on the northwest corner of Ohio and (Division) streets.) I can't date the year of this photo exactly. However, there are no fire escapes on the building (they were added in June of 1908), and looking at the gentleman walking the baby in a carriage on the sidewalk I'd guess it's a fine morning on a spring day about 1905.
The Town Hall was built in 1883. The pinnacle over the highest part of the structure no longer exists. And the wrought-iron work at the top of the building is gone. The wrought iron still exists, and was once stored in the auditorium on the top floor of the building. What follows is a brief and concise history of the building.
Of all the public buildings in Vermilion, Ohio there is perhaps none of more historical worth than Vermilion's Township Hall. That value far exceeds any monetary/real value of the property. And no small part of the reason for this is the fact that after 135 years "It's still all there”: The offices, the voting room, the Opera House; and the memories".
Those memories began in the year 1878 when the Ohio Legislature passed a bill authorizing Township Trustees to erect a town hall in the Village of Vermilion. In the spring of 1882 a majority of villagers voted in favor of building the hall, and a site on the corner of South and Grand Streets was purchased for that purpose. However, due to the fact that "a majority of Township people favored a site nearer “downtown" another property was purchased from Jacob Nieding and Vermilion Village early in 1883. It lay just west of the Public Square and north of Ohio Street.
Township Trustees at the time were: F.C. McConnelly, N. Fischer, and Jesse Ball. Columbus, Ohio architects, Terrill and Morris, drew up the initial plans, and local builder B.S. Horton was awarded the construction contract. Of six bids for that contract his was the lowest. It was $12,500. On August 1st of 1883 construction of the Vermilion Township Hall commenced.
By November 1st the Erie County Reporter stated that the building had begun to take on an "attractive appearance". On the 22nd the roof was completed. And on the 29th the land around the new building was graded for a sidewalk that would be laid along the Ohio Street part of the structure.
In early December a heating apparatus had been installed in the northwest room of the building and was operational. On December 20th it was announced that St. Mary’s Church would be the first organization to rent the hall to be used for a fair.
On Tuesday evening, January 22, 1884 public dedication services of Vermilion's newly constructed Town Hall were held. An estimated 10 to 12 hundred well-wishers from the village and adjoining towns attended. After speeches by local politicians local men and women performed three tableaux, on the Opera House stage. Later in the eve folks danced in the voting room to music provided by the Great Western Band until the wee hours (4 a.m.) of the following morning.
The crowd was said to be so large that many in attendance were unable to dance. This experience led more than a few folks to opine that the building should have been twenty or thirty feet longer - a detail which, however insignificant it may seem is, nonetheless, quite extraordinary (historically). In any case, for the next 50 years the Vermilion Town Hall served as the literal hub of village political and social life.
With a seating capacity of 352, and a Gallery capacity of 111 more than a few medicine shows, minstrel shows, lectures, plays, high school graduations, wedding receptions, and numerous other civic sponsored productions took place on the 2nd floor Opera House stage. Sundry items necessary for these productions were often hoisted by cable to the back stage door on the west side of the building.
The first floor featured a council chamber, trustees' hall, voting room, dressing room, kitchen, dining room, courtroom, and a jail replete with six bunks. Most of these rooms, although modified for various purposes through the years, remained in active use until 2005 when township offices were moved to a new facility.
Best of all, it was all "paid for". Total cost for the entire finished project - property site, building construction, furnace, seats/chairs, landscaping, chandeliers, coal oil lamps, frescoing, grading, grate for office, one half cistern, sidewalks, and architects - had come to a whopping total of $16,805.
For a little village of 1,090 people it was a monumental, but very worthy, project. Moreover, the Vermilion Town Hall, as previously stated, remains much the way it was almost 135 years later. Yup, it’s all still there: The offices, the voting room, and the 2nd floor Opera House.
[NOTE: This story was adapted from a Yesteryear story that appeared in the VPJ 04/27/2006. One of several things of some significance omitted in that piece is the fact that prior to the building of the town hall one of Vermilion’s first schools occupied the site. It is mentioned near the very beginning of the book “A Pioneer’s Search For An Ideal Home” written by a lady named Phoebe Goodell Judson (1831-1926): “Our childhood days were spent together in the little town of Vermilion, Ohio…We attended the same church and the same district school…there were only two of each in town. These two buildings stood side by side….” Phoebe’s father, Rev. Jotham, was the minister of the church next to the school.]
Revised October 14, 2018
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.20. - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, October 20, 1910
Katie Fey Beatty Hangs Herself In Her Home
Mrs. Katie Fey, Beatty, deaf and dumb, who has lived alone in the little house on South Street, just east of Toledo Street was found hanging in the stairway yesterday. She had been dead for some hours, and had fastened the rope above and around her neck and stepped off, the fall breaking her neck. For some time past she has been partially demented and it had been decided to take her to the infirmary. It seems that while she had no objections to being taken to the Toledo Hospital, she dreaded removal to the "poor house." Some time ago she gave warning that she would kill her self and just as the authorities were about to take her she carried out her threat.
INJURED BY CAPSIZE
About four years ago she was married to Newton Beatty, a deaf and dumb man of Elyria, who left her after a few months and the last heard from him he was in Kansas and wrote to her asking her to come to him. This was early last spring. She was 49 years old and leaves no near relatives. Funeral notice elsewhere.
Carl Rogers, of Conneaut, engineer on a whirlie used in building a stone protecting wall for the Lake Shore Ry. embankment on the river, was injured Saturday morning when the entire outfit capsized. In swinging a large stone out to place on the wall something gave way and the whirlie tipped over landing on a pile of soft earth, with the derrick partially in the river. Engineer Rogers jumped and landed upon the track. Both arms were injured so as to require bandaging and splints and his nose and mouth so badly bruised that blood flowed freely. He was taken to an area hospital.
NEW TUG ARRIVED
The firemen went down with the machine and except for being slightly scalded was uninjured.
It will require considerable work to replace the machine upon the track.
The Leidheiser Bros.’ new fish tug Charles A. Potter arrived in port Tuesday from Ashtabula. The whistles from the fleet of tugs in the port greeted the arrival with a series of blasts, which brought out everybody within hearing to find out what was the matter. This fine boat will be fitted out for the fall fishing. We dare say few ports on the Great Lakes has as fine lot of fish tugs as Vermilion.
The Lake Shore Electric Ry company has filed an answer to the complaint of Mary then Buskirk. The latter is suing to recover $10,000 damages for an alleged injury sustained while getting off one of the companies cars at Tyler Street crossing. The company claims the plaintiff got off a moving car and is alone responsible for the injury. Star-Journal.
Charles A. Trinter, the Democratic candidate for County auditor is doing a lot of hustling nowadays. It is seldom that Eastern Erie County has a candidate for this important office from either party and when we do have a candidate he should receive the support of all East End voters.
NEWS OF NEARBY TOWNS
Amherst is to have a new gristmill soon. Plans are being formed.
The primary school at S Amherst is closed for a few days on account of the epidemic of diphtheria.
Wm Hutton Senior is reported to be quite ill at his home at East Quarry
The Ackerman bridge is being replaced with a new steel bridge the cement floor.
The funeral of Wm. Bassett who died Thursday of pneumonia was held at the M. E. Church on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM. Rev. Snyder officiated. Interment was made at Elmwood Cemetery at Axtel.
Funeral services of Adam Jaeger were held Sunday afternoon at 2 PM at the Evangelical Association church, Rev. Lindenmeyer officiated, assisted by Rev. Foster. The Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows attended in a body. Interment at Cleveland St., Cemetery.
Apple picking is all the go in these parts at present.
Winnifred Dalzell was taken to the Lorain hospital suffering with typhoid fever.
Louis Woodruff and wife attended a graphophone concert at Mr. Peck's on the Ridge, Saturday evening.
Another case of typhoid fever has been reported. The little Spratt boy is reported ill. His little sister is sick at Florence with the same disease.
Dr. Boss is having a new slate roof on his house.
Part of the statements in the last issue concerning the divorce between Geo. and Ray Edgar were not correct.
Mrs. Anthony Delifield passed from this life at 7:30 Monday evening. Her funeral will be held on Thursday at 1130 at the M. E. Church.
We are very glad to hear that Mrs. L. Peabody is improving and expect to be home soon.
Quite a number from here attended the Christening of the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Sprungre [sic] at the home of the latter's parents in Amherst, Sunday.
HERE AND THERE
AKRON – The bursting of a boil on the leg of Michael Layden causing his death. When on his way to his room the sore broke, and blood spurted from it until the hemorrhage resulted in death.
CLEVELAND – Charles W. Baine, wealthy coal operator, was killed and two other occupants of his automobile were hurt when the machine dropped into a ditch on a country road near Willoughby on Friday.
MIDDLETOWN, R. I. – Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, poet and patriot, passed peacefully away at her summer home, "Oak Glen," in Middletown. Mrs. Howell had been ill since Wednesday last, when she had a severe chill.
Death was due to old age, which, with the cold, we can to her heart. She was born May 17, 1819.
SANDUSKY – Five men, members of a L. S. & M. S. Bridge gang were hurled to death sometime Friday night by a train while on Bay Bridge. They had spent the evening at Danbury and were on their way to the car. The dead men are: A. P. Kellogg, Toledo, Benj. Knudsen, Toledo, Chas Cutshaw, , Ind., Frank Navarre, Williston, O., John Redman, Rocky Ridge, Ohio.
COLUMBUS – A scheme to prevent prisoners from escaping over the walls devised by Henry Cross, a life man, and has been laid before the board of managers. It would reduce the number of guards on the wall one-half.
LOCALS AND PERSONALS
The device is to be placed on the wall. It is four feet in length, and balances on a pivot. The least touch on one of these pieces will rock it, and in dropping it will ring a bell in the guardhouse, at the same time switching on a powerful searchlight on the part of the wall over which an attempt to escape is being made.
Each one of these little devices will be connected with a set of signals in the guard room, and when the bell rings the guards will know at once the point at which the escape is being made. Cross also would make it the top of the wall round.
Halloween Napkins at the NEWS office.
The funeral of Mrs. Katie Fey-Beatty will be held Friday at 1 p.m. from her late home on Ohio St. Rev Pretzer of the Reformed Church will have charge of the services.
Mrs. Wheeler and sister of Columbus who recently purchased the Johnson Homestead west of town moved their goods here this week.
Miss Alberta Johnson is taking a review work and normal training at the Sandusky Business College.
Mr. O. F. Hatch is reported ill at his home on Ohio Street.
Opening dance and Halloween party at the Fireman's Hall Oct. 28, 1910.
The morning passenger train was delayed two hours on account of a freight wreck at Amherst yesterday morning.
Last week and in mentioning the height to which the water in the river had risen we failed to add in October. Sometimes in October, it has been very dry and to have such a flood at this time is something unusual.
The funeral of Charles Baumhart of Oberlin was held Friday from the home of his sister, Mrs. Peter Hart, and a large concourse of relatives and friends followed the remains to their resting place at beautiful Maple Grove. The wife and children have the sympathy of the entire village.
Much comment is being made concerning the growth of the city of Lorain, which is increased 80.3 percent during the past 10 years. Lorain now has 28,883 people.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert McQueen moved yesterday into Mrs. Pelton's house on South Street recently vacated by Thomas Bellamy and family. Mrs. Mr. McQueen has taken charge of the poolroom recently purchased from Mr. Bellamy.
The funeral of I. B. Poyer was held in his late home Sunday, Rev. T. H. D. Harrold of the Methodist Church officiating. Besides his wife he leaves for children, Claude and Dwight Poyer, Mrs. James Hollis and Mrs. Bert McQueen. The publication of the obituaries delayed on account of the absence of the minister in charge, and the facts could not be obtained until too late for this issue.
Evelyn, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Kneisel had her left hand quite badly burned Sunday by tipping a cup of hot coffee over while at the dinner table.
Mrs. Mina Bond was taken to a Cleveland hospital for an operation last week.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Price at their home in Norwalk last week. Mrs. Price was formerly Miss Adelia Koch of Huron.
The goods of the late Adam Holzhauer were sold at auction Saturday. Mr. Holzhauer had made arrangements for the division of his property between his two children.
Henry Kuhl and Charles Kuhl and wife attended the funeral of John Alheit at Sandusky Tuesday.
The first of November up goes telephone rates from $12 to $20 per year with a rebate for prompt payment. How do you like it?
The recent purchaser of the Johnson farm has commenced drilling a well on the lakefront. If successful others on the lake shore will drill for water.
Mr. Walter Dunham underwent a slight operation on his hand on one day last week, but expects to return to his work at Wellington next Monday. Dr. Boss performed the operation.
Word has been received here of the death of Maria Taylor Otis at her home in Chicago. She was formally a resident of Berlin Township and leaves a number of relatives in this facility.
The Music Makers will give their entertainment at the town hall Tuesday evening. This is the first number of the T. T. C. Lecture course.
HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY
CHAPER XI.THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIRST INFANTRY.
Robert Schell, mustered out with company.
Charles Shupe, prisoner of war; no record of discharge.
Orange Seamons, discharged for disability January 9, 1863.
Bradford J. Severy, mustered out with company.
Ralph E. Taylor, discharged for disability October 9. 1863.
David \V. Thompson, transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps September 20,1863
Royal A. Tucker, discharged for disability May 29, 1865.
Joseph H. Terrill, captured September 20, 1863, and died in prison April 1, 1865.
Joel S. Wolverton, discharged for disability December 30, 1862.
Daniel Wood, discharged for disability January 7, 1864.
Mack Wood, discharged for disability December 30, 1863.
Anton Wauck, discharged for disability December 30, 1863.
Henry O. Wright, transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps.
Samuel G. Wright, discharged for disability December 30, 1863.
Dustin Washburn, transferred to United States Engineers August 29, 1864.
Jacob Young, promoted to corporal March 1, 1865; mustered out with company.
Jacob M. Zimmerman, missing at Chickamauga; died in rebel prison January 9, 1864.
Additional names of company: Rolla Meeker, no record; Ansor Doug1ass, no record; Christian Wall, deserter; George W. Hill, died in service; Thomas Johnson, deserted at Covington, Ky.
Roster Company G, Unofficial.
This company was recruited mainly in the east and west parts of the county, one portion from Margaretta township and the other from Berlin, Florence and other localities, while a few were from outside the county.
John Messer, captain; promoted to lieutenant colonel to date January 3, 1863; resigned January 7, 1864.
John P. Fleming, first lieutenant; promoted to captain May 23, 1863 ; mustered out with the company.
Horace D. Olds, second lieutenant; promoted to first lieutenant May 27, 1863; discharged December 25, 1864, to accept promotion in First United States Volunteer Veteran Engineer Corps.
William H. Van Ness, first sergeant; discharged October 26, 1863.
Ambrose B. C. Dunman, sergeant; captured September 19, 1863.
Jonathan Cooke, sergeant; transferred to First United States Veteran Engineer Corps, August 7, 1864.
George W. Fleming, sergeant; discharged March 4, 1863.
Squire A. Butler, corporal; promoted to first sergeant May 3, 1864; mustered out with the company.
HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY OHIO With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse, N.Y. D. Mason & Co., Publishes 1889.
VERMILION ARTIFACT #274
AN OLD BELT BUCKLE: Gott mit uns (meaning "God with us") is a phrase commonly used in heraldry in Prussia (from 1701) and later by the German military during the periods spanning the German Empire (1871 to 1918), the Third Reich (1933 to 1945), and then in the early years of West Germany (1949 to 1962).
This particular piece belonged to my brother Al. He served in the Army in Germany during the early years of West Germany during the time the Berlin Wall was constructed. If I remember correctly he had a good friend in the German military at that time. I assume that’s where this buckle came from, along with a similarly inscribed metal match holder.
I’d like to say it belonged to one of Hitler’s troops, but I don’t think that’s the case. It is, however, an interesting historical artifact.
TURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY
It was a hectic day of running errands with my wife and son. As
if the stress weren't enough, four-year-old Christopher insisted
on asking questions about everything, told me how to drive
better, and sang every song he knew.
Finally, fed up with the incessant chatter, I made him an offer:
"Christopher, if you'll be quiet for just a few minutes, I'll
give you a quarter."
But when we stopped for lunch, I unknowingly began to harp on
him. "Christopher, sit up straight ... don't spill your drink ...don't talk with your mouth full."
Finally he said seriously, "Dad, if you'll be quiet for just a
few minutes, I'll give you a quarter."
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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com. 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, Amazon.com 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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