Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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May 28,  2016 -Old Books, Old Pleasures=


SHOPTALK: On the desk this week at the museum is a very old (1826) Pocket Gazetteer that my grandparents likely used many (many) years ago. It is on display at the museum. But like so many of the little itty-bitty items on display therein it generally goes unnoticed. There is a great deal to see and study at the museum. It’s too bad that it’s of little interest to the folks who live in Vermilion. Oddly enough those intensely interested in the place don’t live here.

Go figure. (The grass is always greener…”)

On the home desk this week is a cool pic of Warren Smith’s boat livery on the Vermilion River. I’ve several pix of this operation and all I’ve seen make it seem like a laid back operation. It’s a very comfortable summer pic. I believe that “Smitty” is the fellow in the beret.

One of the things I’ve noticed in this photograph (because I’ve been looking at it for a week) is that fact that they’re no gas pumps – just gas cans – to fill tanks. I’m also guessing that it was taken on a Sunday. Look at all the fish tugs lined up at Kishman’s in the background.

The fella in the boat with the necktie and fedora hat also amuses me. Times were sure different – weren’t they?

WHERE’S LARRY: He claims it was because I outted him. As a result Vermilion expatriate Larry J. has finally retired from the C.I.A. I guess so many of our nation’s enemies read this blog that it became too dangerous for him to go sneaking around places no one’s every heard of gathering intelligence for our government. So thanks to me he doesn’t have to wear that fake moustache, nose and beard anymore, or pretend he’s visiting out of the way places disguised as Groucho.

But seriously, Larry did retire and he’s just enjoying life anywhere he wants. I’m glad he stopped in to say hello. It’s always great to see him.

1925 - DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN: Pictured are some of the actors in our portrayal of life at the print shop in 1925. If you missed it you missed a fun evening in, over and behind the print shop in our speakeasy.

Everyone did a fantastic job and had fun doing it.

MEANWHILE IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM: For about the last month (or so) the gas company has been having new gas lines installed in the older part of town. This, of course, included Grand Street.

A new main line was installed in front of the shop. The old one was in the back. As a consequence a new line had to be run from the front of the building to the back where the meter is located.

It has actually been less of a mess than I had anticipated. The pipeline people have been extremely courteous. Nonetheless there’s still a good deal of open ground along the street. One of the workmen just told me today (Thursday) that they’re going to put down some topsoil to finish up the job. I hope so, because I have a group of seniors coming to the museum on the 31st.

Can you believe it’s Memorial Day already?

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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VHS CLASS REUNION: Will be held August 26 and 27, 2016, for the VHS Class of 66....they need addresses,email, etc. Folks can email Carolyn Hill or call her @ 440.967.2821.

RESTAURANT: When I was a kid I was always fascinated by the hand on the west side of what was then the Erie County Bank building that pointed down to Okagi’s restaurant below. I don’t know who painted the sign or when, but it was made to last. The lower photo was taken during the 1920s or 30s. And while the pointing hand has nearly disappeared most of the “restaurant” part of the sign is still visible.

F.E. BAKERS FORD / DELI: Persons who look at the photograph accompanying this essay and compare it to the way the building appears today may have a hard time believing that it is the same structure. But it is. We currently know it as Vermilion’s Convenient Food Mart on the corner of Liberty and Sandusky Streets.

On March 14, 1935 The Vermilion News reported that “construction on Vermilion’s newest building” had begun. The basement for the new garage for F.E. Baker, the local Ford dealer, was complete and work on the brick-faced first story was about to commence. The contractor, E.E. Koontz of Beulah Beach, guestimated that the garage would be ready for business by “Decoration Day”.

[As an aside it might be interesting to note that E.E. Koontz was the father of Richard “Dick” Koontz one of Vermilion’s very popular professional photographers. And for the edification of those who don’t recognize the term “Decoration Day” - it is the day we now commonly know as “Memorial Day”.]

The Ford dealer, Frank Baker, was a Vermilion boy through and through. He was born in Vermilion in 1898, the only child of Vermilion born parents Phillip (b. 1874) and Mary Bachman (b.1874) Baker. Phillip was a fisherman, and Mary was a dressmaker / seamstress.

Mrs. Baker’s father, Conrad Bachman, was a carpenter by trade. He built many of the older buildings about the village including the beautiful Cargo Warehouse that currently sits just west of the Buyer’s Fair Department Store on Liberty Street. While Conrad was born in Germany (1846), Mrs. Baker’s mother, Elizabeth (Ferber), was born in Vermilion in 1854. Ergo; Frank Baker’s Vermilion roots were - to say the very least - quite deep.

Although Frank Baker did not apparently share his maternal grandfather’s love for carpentry it does appear that he was no less industrious. By the time he reached his early 20’s he had become an accomplished machinist in a local garage (likely at Stone’s Chevrolet garage across from today’s Ritter Library Annex). And by the time he was in his early 30’s he had his own business; the F.E. Baker Ford dealership.

After Stone’s auto dealership the Ford agency had been one of the first in town. It was originally located in the old Guy Davis store on the northwest corner of Liberty and Grand Streets. When Mr. Baker moved his Ford dealership to his new building at the end of May in 1935, G.P. Martin (PJ 3-23-06) purchased it to house his Pontiac agency.
When the new Ford garage opened for business just down the street it was état de l’art. It was a 60 x 100 foot fireproof brick building with 72,000 sq. feet of floor space, and featured 1,500 square feet of glass. There were two entrances - one off the Liberty Street side, and another off Sandusky Street - both equipped with roll top doors with hydraulic lifts conveniently located near each. The lighting equipment, provided by the F.W. Wakefield Company just up the road, was also state-of-the-art. All materials used in the building of the facility were purchased locally. The cost was (for the times) a hefty $12,600.

The accompanying photo shows the dealership just a handful of years after it was constructed, for the rails from the last days of the Lake Shore Electric interurban railway had not yet been removed. In the years to come F.E. Baker’s Ford dealership would prosper - as did the town surrounding it. But in time - as things changed - the village became a city; the Ford Motor Company built a large auto assembly plant just a few miles east of town; larger dealerships moved into the region; old preferences were replaced by new; and new faces replaced the old - F.E. Baker’s Ford dealership simply and rather quietly faded into the yesteryear.

And today it is really quite hard to imagine that the building that is now the home of local deli / convenient store is actually the same as the one in this photograph. But it is. It really is.

Ref: Vermilion Area Archival Society; P. Roscoe Photo Collection; U.S. Census, 1900, 1920, 1930; Descendants of Conrad Bachman genealogy courtesy of Sharon Swanson, Erie, PA; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 09/27/2007.

YESTERYEAR'S NEWS: The following clips were vocally transcribed from past issues of The Vermilion News. I think you will find them both interesting and fun...

Vol. XI, No. 51. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, May 28, 1908


A cablegram was received here Thursday morning from Mr. B. T. Bedortha of London, England, bearing the sad news of the death of Ms. Wilhelmina Bedortha, which occurred at his home early that morning. Miss Bedortha was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Bedortha of East College Street and the young lady was well favorably known here. Her death comes as a severe shock to the community where she has many friends.

Miss Bedortha had been sick for several weeks but had been reported much better. In fact she was rapidly gaining strength but she suffered a relapse and her death came suddenly. Miss Bedortha was graduated from the high school here, finishing her course with the class of ‘06. The year after graduating she kept house for her brother, Luther, who is now a student at Stetson University, Deland, Florida, and her grandmother now deceased. Last year when her brother went South Miss Bedortha went to London to spend a year at the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Bedortha. She was planning to return home this summer.

She possessed a lovable disposition and her frank winning ways had won her a host of friends. She had suffered a great deal in recent years through the loss of her father and mother, but she bore her sorrow with great fortitude and fitted herself for her battle with the world. Her brother, who is the only survivor of the family in this country, has the sympathy of the Oberlin public.

It is not known at present just what plans have been made in regard to funeral arrangements whether the remains will be interred in England or brought to Oberlin for burial.

– Oberlin Tribune.


The program for Decoration Day will be carried out as announced in last week's issue of the news. Unless it rains meantime, it is suggested that those along the line of the march having hose, sprinkle the street, also place decorations on their buildings.

Remember that those going to the cemetery will meet at 8 a.m. The parade will be formed at 1 p.m.


Sunday evening the Methodist Church was filled to overflowing. The occasion being the Baccalaureate address to the class of 08 by Rev. J.W.H. Brown of that church.

After the usual opening services conducted by Rev. George E Merrill of the First Congregational Church and invocation by Rev. Lohmann of the Reformed Church, and anthem by the choir, the pastor gave his address. We would like to give it in full but time and space does not permit. However we will endeavor to give a brief synopsis of this eloquent sermon.


Text – And the children of Judah prevailed because they relied upon the Lord – 11 Chron 13 – 18.

The speaker prefaced his address by the following words:

This may seem a strange text use on occasion like this, since the thought that I would wish to impress upon your minds in this hour is the thought of self-reliance; but you will not think it's so strange when you have heard me through. In the first place allow your mind to go back through the centuries – back three thousand years, and we behold two great kings, each with a mighty army at its back about to engage in a battle. Abijah, king of Judah, has an army of 400,000 men, and his opponent, Jeroboam, King of Israel has an Army twice as large.

Then followed a graphic word picture of the preparations for battle and the battle itself wherein Israel is routed. "And the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the Lord."

We come back from observing a battle fought 1000 years before Christ, and remember that it is the dawn of the 20th century after Christ, and we are in Vermilion addressing young men and women who are just about to enter upon their life's work. The years have gone by, young people, have been years of preparation, and now there is to be a "COMMENCEMENT" and it is important for you to know where to rely and where not to rely for success you are hoping to achieve.

1st. Do not rely upon men, you have been doing that thus far in life.

A brief sketch of the advancement of the dependent child follows; "The self-reliant soul is the soul that achieves great things." "Great discoveries and great inventions are made by men who think for themselves along God given lines."

"Hence, I say, rely upon yourselves: do not rely upon men."

2nd. Rely upon God. Relying upon God is only another form of relying upon self.

"Find yourselves. – Be a Columbus seeking undiscovered territory within your own minds and souls." "This is what is meant by self-reliance. It is not stubborn resistance: it is not a feeling of independence – it is conformity to one's own constitution – to one's own nature – to God."

"Put your heart into your work."

"Guard well your time."

"Let not society be your master, be your own master."

"Do what you honestly think to be right – say what you honestly think to be the truth, and do not fear lest you are misunderstood. To be great is to be misunderstood.

Moses was misunderstood – the man of Galilee was misunderstood. Abraham Lincoln was misunderstood.

Think yourselves great and you are great. Do you know that men are usually just what they honestly think themselves?

No man rises higher than his aims – hence I say, have a good opinion of yourselves.

And then he spoke of those less brilliant who became great. Cato, Goldsmith, Burns, Dickens, Gen. Grant and Sheridan and others who were not bright in their school work.

In closing the speaker said:

Class of 1908 your speaker and those gathered friends all wish you well. Be brave – be strong. And when life’s short day is over, see to it that you all come safely Home, singing paeans of victory and wearing the Victor's crown. Commencement is here! The bugle calls you to battle! The crown awaits you!


Commencement tomorrow (Friday) evening commencing at 7:30, in the Congregational church.



A large number of telephones have been installed very recently.

About fifty men have been laid off at the quarries the past week.

Born, Friday, May 22, to Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Craig a son.

At the ballgame Saturday the Berlin team to the Milan team 4 to 2.

The annual commencement will be held at the opera house Thursday evening, June 4.

While reading meters at S. Amherst last week Harry Parsons was bitten by a dog.

The old Kendeigh sawmill on Church Street was torn down last week.

Ben Jacques went to Bellevue last week to accept a position in a barbershop.

Ray Lindsley of Brownhelm fell one day last week and broke his arm.

Business houses will be closed here Saturday from noon until four o'clock. Barbershops will be closed all afternoon.

The Amherst Manufacturing company has been sued by William Kay for $120 which he claims due him as last year’s salary. The suit will be hotly contested.

Decoration Day will be fittingly observed here Saturday. The procession will be formed at the town hall and will include the schoolchildren, G.A.R., Women's Relief Corps, and citizens led by the band.


Miss Nellie Page underwent an operation at Lakeside Hospital Friday. At last report she was in a very weakened condition.

Commencement exercises were well attended by a large crowd Saturday evening and the members of the class of ‘08 acquitted themselves well and received their diplomas.

Strong's Corners

V. Leimbach made a flying trip to Chardon Sunday.

Eran Kelly was hurt quite bad while plowing Wednesday.

Mrs. Gerber of Lorain is making taking care of her mother Mrs. Zueceher [sic] who is very ill.

Henrietta school picnic was held at Ruggles Grove Friday. It was well attended and a good time was reported by all.

Earl Leimbach while taking his father to work Sunday morning, on his way his horse was taken seriously ill. Dr. Turner was called and the horse was soon relieved.


Mr. Richardson our high school teacher has returned to her home in Oberlin.

Elmer Kneisel who has been very sick for the past week is reported some better.

Our school closes Friday and the children attended the picnic at Crystal Beach.


The Gordon Brothers are putting out corn on Austin Andrew’s farm.

There was a large attendance at the school picnic and all report a good time.

Charlie Bacon has brought a new hay loader and side rake and is already for haying.

The Gordon Brothers are going somewhat into the dairy business. They bought four cows from Miss Irene Wellman and one from Valentine Leimbach.

Mr. H.L. Stricker who taught school here some 50 years ago was the guest of Messrs Charles and George Andrews Sunday. He is 76 years old but appears much younger. He is at present making his home among his children in Michigan.


Call 19 when you have an item of news.

Nearly all the fishermen [that] have been down the lake have returned to this port.

Ernest L. Bottomley, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Bottomley of Vermilion, and Miss Josephine Shattuck of Cleveland were quietly married at Massillon O., Saturday, May 23, 08. They spent Tuesday and Wednesday in town.

E.L. Coen, cashier of the Erie County Banking Co., is in Crestline today in attendance of the Group 6, Ohio bankers Ass’n. A fine program has been prepared for the occasion. Mr. Coen's name appears on the program for an address upon the Ohio Depository laws. In the evening the bankers of Crawford County tender the association a banquet.

The watchmen of the Oscar F. Cook show, which was here last week had a fracas with a negro Saturday evening. The negro gained access to the car and asked for something to eat. Being refused, he became aggressive was put off the car. Not content with this the watchman followed and received a few well-directed blows upon the head from a companion of the negro. After administering the beating both negro and companion retreated in good order and vanished.

A shanty belonging to N.A. Foster, near the ferry on the side of the river was torn down Tuesday, that seeming to be the only way of getting rid of Mr. and Mrs. Disbro who occupied it during the winter. The family was put out some two or three times but moved right in and again. It is said that they now occupy [an] unused fish shanty on the riverfront.

[NOTE: I seem to recall that just a few months previous to this time that a local fisherman named Louis “Cloudy” Noel was being prosecuted by the Erie County Court for threatening a fellow with the last name of Disbro with a gun. I wonder if this is the same person?

I also note that in time Cloudy would assume the position as the ferryman in Vermilion. I do believe that Foster also had the franchise. So I’m thinking that the gun incident is related to Disbro being a squatter on property utilized by the ferry.]

Meat Markets close at 9 AM Sundays during the summer. No deliveries made on Sunday.

Master Ralph Champeon spending the week Kimball, the guest of his cousin, Miss Credo Rice.

Mrs. Everett, Humane officer of Erie Co., was in town Tuesday and took the baby girl who has been in the possession of Mr. and Mrs. Disbro for the past few months and took the baby girl to the children’s Home at Sandusky. The Disbros were deemed improper persons to the custody of the child.

[NOTE: Ah, the Disbro’s again. I expect to hear more of them in the coming weeks. Are they just down on their luck, or is there some other problem here? I hope we find out.]


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 1.586.549.2471.

VERMILION’S YOUNGEST MINSTRELS: Spanish poet/novelist Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) wrote that “Historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history…

Any person interested in Vermilion history - especially the early years of the 20th century - will soon find that one of the common forms of local entertainment was known as the Minstrel Show. These civic sponsored productions took place on the stage of the Opera House in Vermilion's Township Hall and generally featured a cast of local citizens. There are a few photographs of (unknown) citizens in blackface still in circulation. But this photograph? It leaves me breathless. Nowhere, in any of the archived files, have I ever seen any reference to such a show featuring a cast of children - until now.

To digress for a moment let's reflect a bit on this entertainment genre. Historically (or better said, in retrospect) the Minstrel Show is now considered to be "politically incorrect". Some historians of the American Musical refer to these shows as being "shameful" productions embodied in racial hatred. However; they also recognize that the "minstrelsy" born and developed as an entertainment form in mid 19th century America was a product of its time; that both white and black performers donned blackface; and that multiracial audiences enjoyed these productions.

While the genre is very likely, as John Kenrick described in his A History of the Musical, "the only entertainment form born out of blind bigotry...”I would simply, and very seriously, iterate that it is highly unlikely that many of the later productions were motivated by racial hatred. Moreover; it is very likely that if persons in those productions, or in their audience(s) had thought that to be the case the genre, as an entertainment form, would most certainly have disappeared long before it did (1840's to early 1900's). In fact, vestiges of the minstrels existed well into the middle of the 20th century in both radio and television productions.

The error being made here by a few historians, who have undoubtedly only the very best of intentions, may be that there is an inclination to misrepresent these historical events because, and as previously mentioned, they are now deemed to be "politically incorrect".

Be all that as it is, this (photograph) is the way it was - in turn of the 20th century Vermilion, Ohio, and in virtually every other community throughout the United States. These youngsters posing on the southern steps of Vermilion's Town Hall (c. 1904) were just having a good time. It may not have been "politically correct" but it is most assuredly "historically accurate".

Ref: A History of the Musical, Minstrel Shows; John Kenrick 1996, Revised 2003; the Vermilion Area Archival Society; Special Thanks to A.P. Wakefield, VA.; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 10/19/2006.


…part of said Connecticut Reserve, lying on the west end thereof, and south of the shore of Lake Erie; and,

"WHEREAS, The Connecticut Land Company, so called, are the owners and proprietors of the remaining part of said Reserve lying west of the river Cuyahoga; and,

"WHEREAS, Henry Champion, esquire, agent of the said Connecticut Land Company, and Isaac Mills, esquire, agent of the directors of the company, incorporated by the name of the 'Proprietors of the half million acres of land lying south of Lake Erie, called "Sufferers' Lands,"' were both duly authorized and empowered by their respective companies and the directors thereof, to treat for the cession and purchase of said Connecticut Reserve.

"Now, Know all men by these presents, That we, the sachems, chiefs, and warriors of the Nations aforesaid, for the consideration of eighteen thousand nine hundred sixteen and sixty-seven one hundredths dollars received of the companies aforesaid, by the hands of their respective agents, to our full satisfaction, have ceded, remised, released, and quit claimed, and by these presents do cede, remise, release, and forever quit claim to the companies aforesaid, and the individuals composing the same, and their heirs and assigns forever, all the interest, right, title, and claim of title of the said Indian Nations respectively, of, in and to all the lands of said companies lying west of the river Cuyahoga, and the portage between that and the Tuscarawas branch of the Muskingum, north of the northernmost part of the forty-first degree of north latitude, east of a line agreed and designated in a treaty between the United States and said Indian Nations, bearing even date herewith, being a line north and south one hundred and twenty miles due west of the west line of Pennsylvania, and south of the northwestern most part of the forty-second degree and two minutes north latitude, for them the said companies respectively, to have, hold, occupy, peaceably possess and enjoy the granted and quit claimed premises forever, free and clear of all let, hindrance, or molestation whatever, so that said Nations and neither of them, the sachems, chiefs, and warriors thereof, and neither of them, or any of the posterity of said nations respectively, shall ever hereafter make any claim to the quit-claimed premises, or any part thereof, but therefrom said Nations, the sachems, chiefs, and warriors thereof, and posterity of said Nations shall be forever barred.

"In witness whereof, The commissioner of the United States, the agents of the Companies aforesaid, and the sachems, chiefs, and warriors of the respective Indian Nations aforesaid, have hereunto inter-changeably fixed their seals and set their names.


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DISCOGRAPHY – HELEN KANE – I WANNA BE LOVED: Helen Kane (Helen Clare Schroeder) was born on August 4, 1904 in New York. She was the youngest of three children and became a very popular singer during the 1920s. Her signature song was I Wanna Be Loved By You recorded on the Victor label in 1928. She sang it in the 1928 show Goodboy. She died of breast cancer on September 26, 1966. It has also been said that the Betty Boop caricature was modeled after of Kane – but whether that is true or not is a matter of speculation. She certainly was a pretty flapper girl (an icon of that era).

ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CELL (Even When You’re Fishing)

Two men were sitting at a bar recounting their dreams. "I dreamed I was on vacation," one man said fondly. "It was just me and my fishing rod and this big beautiful lake. What a dream."

"I had a great dream too," said the other. "I dreamed I was in bed with two beautiful women and having the time of my life."

His companion looked over and exhorted, "You dreamed you had two women, and you didn't call me?"

"Oh, I did," said the other, "but when I called, you’d gone fishing."

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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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