Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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SHOPTALK:Here are the guys who kept things going when I was a school kid in Vermilion: Bill Haber and Chuck Barber. These guys were probably more respected members of the school staff(s) than any teacher or administrator. They never took a bow for all their efforts. They just did their jobs and made the environment in which the youngsters studied (and laughed and played) safe and clean. These people, whether in Vermilion or another school system, were / are among the most important staff members.

A BRIDGEI’m not sure why Editor Roscoe took this pic, but I’m happy that he did. We can talk about these things forever so it’s great to have a photo. This, of course, is the Lake Shore Electric Bridge across the Vermilion River (c.1930) looking to the east.

Below the bridge to the left small tourist cottages line the shore where Romps Water Port is today (2019). To the right are the steam engine lines. And barely visible to the trees on the ridge (left) are summer cottages along Vermilion / East River Road.

SLOW WEEK THIS WEEK: Wasn’t much doing at the museum this week – and that ain’t a bad thing. Somewhere I contracted a severe cold and it makes me less enthusiastic than usual.

We acquired some new pix from Vermilionites Frank Homitz and Glen Feiszli (from the Barb West collection), but I’ve really not been terribly motivated to sort through them.

Hopefully, by Saturday (when this is published) I’ll be doing better.

SOME PERSON: Someone contacted me a few days ago to tell me that this page isn’t showing well on cell phones or new computer screens. He said he’d fix it for only $600.

I didn’t bother to reply because the page looks fine to me on my cell and my computer(s). My cell is new and my computer is a new 27” iMac Pro.

I’m sorry if he or someone else has a problem seeing the page with either device – but I’m not worried about it.

Thus far, I’ve published 840 VIEWS pages and it is my intention to stop when I die or reach 1000 editions – whichever comes first. That will be just a little over three years from now. So whether someone has a problem viewing the page on a cell phone or a new pc is irrelevant (to me). I never intended for the page to garner hundreds of thousands of viewers. It began as an email to a few people and, by and large, it has remained much the same for 17 years. It’s just one obscure resource out of a million available on the net.


THE WHITE INN: Many long-time Vermilionites will know this place. It was nestled between a large house and Rathbun’s grocery store on the north side of Liberty between Grand and Main streets. The White Inn was a blue-collar eatery – a fast food restaurant of the late 1940s. This is a rare color photo, taken from a Kodak slide. Generally my grandfather, who took it, worked in black and white. But a few years before he died color was becoming the mainstream medium to capture photographs – so he experimented. The red roof (upper right) is the Wagner Hotel. Unfortunately the photo is so dark it’s hard to see the detail on the house to the left – or what’s going on inside the restaurant.

Alice Jane

ACCIDENTAL VISIT – 1941: In all honesty it was an accident. That seems to be a habit with me. While searching for one thing I invariably find a great deal more than I was seeking. In this case I was looking for an article published in The Vermilion News that was written by late Vermilionite Alice Jane (Gegenheimer) McClurkin (pictured) back in 1941. Alice Jane graduated from Vermilion High School in 1936, and she may have just graduated from college when she wrote articles for the local paper. In any case, I have the original typewritten piece. I was just trying to determine when or if it had ever been inked.

Traipsing through the News microfilm files of 1941 in search of the aforementioned article I repeatedly tripped over scores of items (big and small) as I went. I did find a number of articles written by Alice Jane: One about a local fellow named Jim Moore who worked as a carpenter / bridge builder on the Nickel Plate Railroad for 37 years. He was 83 in 1941 and had been retired for 13 years; another was about Vermilion’s very local U.S. Congressman, A.D. Baumhart called “Our Congressman Dave is All Business”; then there was a feature about Mrs. Eppley at Linwood Park; one about A.G. McDonald and the popcorn machine he’d fashioned out of an old Victrola; and yet another about Mr. Barr who purchased Vermilion’s now legendary Village of Wine Casks – Cask Villa vacation cottages.

Another the item I stumbled over during this journalistic microfilm-safari was a report about the razing of Vermilion’s first movie theatre in May of 1941. It was a bittersweet account. The Vincent building on Division Street “housed Vermilion’s first picture show – the silver screen – featuring Theda Bara, Fatty Arbuckle, John Bunny, Flora Futch, Pearl White, Ruth Roland – the shorts and serials (always) leaving off at the most critical periods. How the boys and girls, the men and women flocked there on “serial nights” – a nickel paid the admission.” The structure in question sat just to the south of the building currently housing a home decorating business on the west side of Main Street. At that time it was being used for storage and had apparently become quite “run down”.

A few of the front-page stories in the same issue were rather shocking. One fellow, apparently disconsolate, with life’s many travails took his life by sitting on a stick of dynamite. In another incident a 15-year-old boy, on his way home from a fishing trip with a friend, was killed when a tire blew on their car and they crashed into the side of Elberta Inn. However, not all the news was terrible. For instance, it was reported that Roy Shaw, third mate on the E.L. Ford in Buffalo, had been promoted to second mate, and transferred to the Joseph Wood at Cleveland. Roy’s daughter is well-known Vermilionite Judy Williams.

A mid June of ‘41 article at the bottom of the front-page captured my attention. It announced the death of a resident everyone knew – especially the school children at South Street – as ‘Gramp’ Allen. Born February 22 1850 at Levittsburg in Trumbull County, Ohio, he’d spent his early years in the employ of the Erie Railroad. After an injury in an accident on the railroad he’d worked as a Tower man for the company for thirty years. His wife died in 1916, and in 1918 he came to Vermilion to live with a daughter, Mrs. Verne Leidheiser. Next to (just west of) the Leidheiser house on South Street was a small building that in 1923 Mr. Allen transformed into a little candy store. The store was directly across the street from the school. While it is likely that some teachers may have often been exasperated with Mr. Allen’s entrepreneurial spirit – or at least its proximity to theirs – ‘Gramp’ Allen was nonetheless a local icon. My knowledge of him is testimony to that fact because I was born nearly four years after his death, but had heard much of him before I entered school in the early 1950s. By the way, the little house where he kept his candy shop still stands (albeit quietly) across from the old school.

Well, I never found the published article I had begun looking for. And after reviewing the typed copy I do have for the hundredth time I discovered something that causes me to believe that the article was never inked, nor was it probably meant to be. For at the very end it reads in part: “So the forty-two members of the graduating class of 1941, who will receive diplomas tonight…” I concluded from that that it was a typewritten speech to be given to parents and students of Vermilion graduates. Had I realized that Alice Jane’s story hadn’t been published in that yesteryear I would not have visited. Some folks went to Florida and Disneyland for a vacation this year. I went to the Vermilion News Print Shop Museum last Saturday and visited (albeit accidentally) 1941.

Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 04/18/12

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 46 - VERMILION, OHIO THURSDAY, April 20, 1911

Children Dead

Word is just been brought to the NEWS of the death of the two infant children of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Jones, formerly of Vermilion, also of the young son of Alan Jones. Bert Jones and family went to Detroit, Mich., late last fall for a visit with relatives while there the children contracted the mumps, and later scarlet fever. The family of Alan Jones [sic] Jones moved to Oakland, Cal., where the son died. All three bodies were shipped to Chagrin Falls, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Jones and placed in the receiving vault.

Jas. Sheppard of Sandusky was arrested on a charge preferred by Miss Anna Dow Doughty of Vermilion this week and was bound over to the grand jury by Justice Dietrich of Sandusky. In default of bail he occupies a cell at the county jail. Miss Doughty caused the arrest of Sheppard upon a previous occasion, but, she says, after he had promised to marry her, having even gone so far as to get the license, he ran away.


Anyone found shooting songbirds, or any bird excepting sparrows will be arrested and dealt with according to law.
H. R. Williams, Mayor.

The case of the Lake Shore Electric Railway Co. against Lawson Bilton, the Norwalk contractor, who for a time blocked traffic over the Lake Shore electric near Vermilion about a week ago, was settled and dismissed in Squire Dietrich’s court Monday. The defendant paid the cost.


Constant worry over the incidence in connection with a wreck on the Lake Shore Electric railway in 1904, has, it is said driven Wilbur Koons insane. He was taken to the Toledo Hospital Monday by Sheriff Hock following an inquest by probate judge, Coonrod. Coons was conductor on a baggage car at the time of the wreck near Norwalk, when a number of persons were killed and injured. He was not completely exonerated from blame and soon after the wreck retired from duty. Ever since the wreck Coons has talked much of the subject, and although he conversed well at random, the other matter seemed to be weighing heavily on his mind at all times. Since the first of March Coons has been showing signs of insanity. This condition is not serious and he exhibits no signs of violence. In addition to worrying over the wreck Coons has delusions exaggerating business ideas and plans to make large sums of money.

Koons is 46 years of age and has always resided in the vicinity of Fremont. He is married. -Bellevue Gazette.



BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Verlake, a daughter, Friday, April 14.

Special Easter services were held in all churches Sunday.

Word has been received here of the death of J. A. Webb, of Ravenna. He was a former Amherst resident, having operated a barbershop here.

The funeral services of Mrs. O. H. Holsing, were held on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the home and at 1:30 from the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Rev. Schust officiated. Interment was made in the Cleveland St., Cemetery.

Bert Hoffner, eighteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hoffner died Tuesday morning after a short illness. Funeral services were held this morning at 10:30 from M. E. Church, Rev. English officiated.


Mr. Shaffer is in very poor health.

The children in the school observed Arbor Day by appropriate exercises and planting a tree in the schoolyard.

Mr. Will Grant has opened his barbershop next door north of the grocery. Anyone wishing a clean-cut and a good shave will do well to give him a call.

Strong’s Corners

The farmers are all busy fitting the ground for oats.

Several of the young pupils of Henrietta Hill school took Boxwell examination at Elyria.

Easter morning dawned bright and clear in Vermilion and all the churches had special services and were beautifully decorated for the occasion. All were well attended too, and several additions to the membership were made.

Brief and Breezy

A girl in Independence, Missouri, eloped the other evening with her lover and seven trunks. Her success in escaping paternal vigilance is explained by the fact that pa was out in the back lot tinkering with his automobile.

A Chicago man who wanted to marry, wandered into the wrong office and received a dog license for his money. Sometimes it is about the same.


Mrs. Mary S. Hitchcock, died Tuesday morning at the home of her son, Silas Hitchcock, in West Vermilion. She was 84 years old. Death was due to the general failings of age and came quietly after a week’s illness. Besides Silas Hitchcock, the surviving children are Mrs. C. O. Bassett, Mrs. Clara H. Barrick and Mrs. A. A. Jenkins of Cleveland and Mrs. G. W. Sharp and Ralph Hitchcock of West Vermilion. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hitchcock was one of the older residents of Cleveland. A brief funeral service was held at her son’s home, Wednesday, and the remains were then forwarded to Cleveland for burial on Thursday.


Addie C. Joss, the well-known ballplayer died Friday at his home in Toledo.

Twenty-four of the Lake Shore officials were in town Tuesday and took dinner at the Maud-Elton.

Charles Corbin went to his boat Lorain today.

John Sayles of Huron, and expert butcher has entered the employee of Starr Gardner will assist him during the summer season.

Baseball supplies in large quantities at Baumhart’s Rexall store.

Mrs. F. W. Whitfield and daughters were in Elyria Friday.

Charles Derr left today to begin his season duties on the lakes.

Several of our citizens are engaged in raising of chicks, Geo. Myers has 82 and J. W. Leidheiser 72, hatched this week.

Charles Delker returned from Marine Hospital, Cleveland, Tuesday, where he has been taking treatment for the past few months. While his general health is considerably improved, he is still unable to use his lower limbs.

Attorney Roy H. Williams slapped attorney George W. Ritter’s face so ‘tis said, in Justice Dietrich’s court on Tuesday. An attempt to empanel a jury a ejectment suit was being made, the attorneys being on opposing sides.



Easter exercises at the M. E. Church Sunday was [sic] appreciated by all.

George Edgar left town Monday morning for Conneaut, O., where he intends working on a dredge in the summer.

Will Lambert is out again after a hard siege of illness.

Miss Tillman, the high school teacher is able to teach again after a hard siege of sciatic rheumatism.


Mr. Leonard Bacon is better at this writing.

Raymond Bacon of Rugby visited the Ridge District and High school Friday.

By right of confirmation eleven young people were received into membership of the Reformed Church Easter Sunday.

Little Thelma Greening while playing at a neighbors fell down and open cellar way and injured her arm. The doctor said it was splintered.


Housecleaning fever is on.

The Easter exercises at the Advent Christian church on Sunday evening were decided success. The large attendance was also encouraging.

Miss Edna Trinter was called upon last week to teach the eighth grade in the Berlin Heights school. We wish her success.

Mr. Chas Delker came from the Cleveland hospital Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Delker will reside with the latter’s father, Mr. D Thompson. The community join in wishing Mr. Delker speedy recovery.

While automobiling last Sunday evening to young gentlemen accompanied by ladies, all residents of Lorain and Erie counties met with might have been a more severe accident, happening south of Furnace Corners one of the machines became unmanageable backing into the ditch, turning turtle and completely blocking Fred Kuehlman’s cellar. Cries of grief were very distinct. Hearts ceased beating for short period, but owing to the timely aid of Elm who happened near the scene and placed his shoulder against the rear wheel while the chauffeur at the same time wielded a small piece of bone of the whale decorated with ribbon bouquets the craft was finally righted. Hearts returned to beating and after thorough inspection of all machinery and finding no serious damage done save the crushing of a willow plume and demolishing of the chauffeur’s hat all left for parts unknown. This machine was propelled by a single horsepower and demonstrated that Burt was not driving the engine at the time of accident. Better study thoroughly the working of your engine boys, to avoid such dangerous places.


Mrs. Phelps is reported quite ill with her home on Ohio Street.

Mrs. Wm. Borders and baby of Detroit is the guest of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rhodes.

L. Winkler, aged 80, died Wednesday of last week at the home of his son east of town.

Miss Alice Clay was taken to the hospital at Toledo Friday.

Miles Conley died Saturday morning. He came here from Sandusky a few weeks ago.





…mation; and his work at once became the law of practice to bench and bar throughout the State, and remained so until the enactment of the code of civil procedure in 1853, after the adoption of the Constitution of 1851.

The common law as to crimes, and the mode of procedure in criminal cases, was never in force in Ohio—all this was the matter of legislative enactments. [1 O. 132, 2 O. S. 387. 100. S. 287.]

The history of the various revisions and codifications of the statutory law and modes of procedure within Ohio is interesting, and is so concisely and accurately stated in the preface to the first addition of the revised statutes made by the codifying commission, appointed under the act of March 27, 1875, and published in 1880, that we copy literally:

"The first revision was made during the session of the Legislature held at Chillicothe, in 1804-5, at which all the laws, with few exceptions, adopted by the governor and judges, or enacted by the Legislature under the territorial government were repealed. That revision embraced statutes for the administration of justice, the conveyance of property, the collection of the revenue, the organization of the militia and the punishment of crime, and other statutes previously adopted or enacted were amended and re-enacted.

“With these statutes for a basis other legislatures followed the example, and accordingly, the laws were revised at the session of 1809-1810, the session of 1815-1816, the session 1823-1824 and the session of 1830-1831, each revision being an improvement on that which preceded it, the practice and other remedial statutes gradually becoming more liberal and the penal enactments more humane.

“In 1835 the statute relating to felonies was again revised and further provision was made to simplify the practice, and in 1840 an act relating to the settlement of the estates of deceased persons, based on the statute of Massachusetts, was prepared by Joseph R. Swan and enacted by the General Assembly. The principal part of it has remained without change to the present day. At the same session the statutes in relation to wills, elections and other subjects, were revised.

“Meanwhile the statutes had become so numerous and had fallen into such confusion that a systematic republication of the laws in force had become a necessity. Fortunately the work was undertaken by one competent for the task, and it is only just to say that with the material before him, and in the absence of all power to change it, perhaps no other man would have been able to produce a collection of our statutes so admirable in all that pertains to the work of an editor, as Swan's Statutes of 1841. In 1854-5, in 1860 and in 1868, Judge Swan performed the same task of collecting and arranging the statutes in force, the notes to the edition of 1860 having been prepared by Leander J. Critchfield, and the notes to the edition of 1868 by Milton Sayler. While these editions of the statutes have now become comparatively useless, they are none…

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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THE MAUD: I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this particular pic of the Maudelton Hotel before. Among many cool things seen in this portrait is the sign outside the building encouraging “Automobile Tourists” to stop for the night. Liberty Street in front of the building has not yet been paved. However, the electric rails can just been seen running down the road. This is an interesting photograph.


A man is at work one day when he notices that his co-worker is wearing an earring. This man knows his co-worker to be a normally conservative fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in 'fashion sense.'

The man walks up to him and says, “I didn't know you were into earrings.”

“Don't make such a big deal, it's only an earring,” he replies sheepishly.

His friend falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to say,

“So, how long have you been wearing one?”

“Ever since my wife found it in my truck”

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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.

Rich; it is our 60th reunion and will be very informal. It looks like this at the present time; Tuesday, JULY 9, 2019.

-4pm Boat ride Vermilion River and Lagoons (Parsons)

-5:30pm Drinks and music on the Patio-Vermilion Boat Club

-6:30pm Dinner - order off the menu Vermilion Boat Club

Replys can be sent to;

Roger Boughton
2205 1th Ave. SW Ausitn, MN. 55912

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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