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Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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The Invite and Showalters On The River

SHOPTALK: On the shoptop this week is a veritable replay of last week. I am an unabashed self-promoter of causes in which I am involved. Even if you live in Florida or California we expect to see you at the museum on the 8th. It is also (coincidentally) my 70th birthday. So everyone can now call me “Old Rich” and mean it.

On my home desktop this week is a neat pic of the Showalter Restaurant / Boat Livery that eventually morphed into McGarvey’s Restaurant.

One of the reasons I used this pic is because the little house on the left still exists. It was moved to Ewa Yea Street in Vermilion’s Nokomis Park. It’s on the west side of that street (back from the street) just past Hiawatha Drive.

For folks unfamiliar with this little subdivision Nokomis Park is the little housing / cottage development situated between Linwood Park and Key Bank across from the South Shore Shopping Center in Vermilion. The streets take their name from the Longfellow Poem “Hiawatha”.

ADJUSTING THINGS: I spent the past week adjusting things about the museum. We’re going to use the master bedroom in the apartment part of the museum to serve tastes of wine. I’m not in on any of that. I’m just preparing the room.

That room will feature pix and other sundry artifacts from Vermilion’s High Schools – State Street, South Street, and Decatur Street. I don’t have too much (yet) from the newer high school on Sandford.

I’ve also used some pix and artifacts related to my grandmother, Bessie Roscoe, who was a teacher in the Berlin-Milan area schools back in the late 19th century. I used those because I thought some folks (teachers mainly) might be interested in seeing her teaching certificate as well as a pic of her in her one-room schoolhouse.

The theme of this particular room will change every few months. It’s kinda’ cool.

I’ve also been writing and printing short descriptions for the pix and other items throughout the museum. Because I’m around the place so much I often forget that others (including my wife, my sisters, nieces, and nephews) may not know the background of some of the items on display. Hopefully, persons will be able to go through the museum in my absence and know what they’re looking at and where it came from; At least I hope that will be the case.

UPGRADING:I upgraded my iMacs this week to the new Apple OS – Yosemite. Like all these upgrades there are some glitches with existing hardware – some I’ve yet, no doubt, to discover. Usually these upgrades don’t impress me too much. But, if nothing else, I like the way this looks. I find it to be comfortable. Also there are some new features with it like instant access to weather and the stock market numbers (if you are so inclined). Very Cool.

[By the way – when the market closed on Friday it was up.]

I REPEAT MYSELF - SO I REPEAT MYSELF: Between 7 and 9 p.m. the museum is sponsoring a wine tasting benefit to help support the museum. It will feature wines from around the world.

You can purchase tickets in advance for $25 by sending your check to:

727 Grand Street
Vermilion, Ohio 44089

Tickets will also be available at the door.

For additional information you can call Margaret Wakefield Worcester @ 440.967.2495 – or you can email me (Rich).

MUSUEM 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 $3 (for adults) is requested. Children 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.

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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2 Harrys

Harry & Harry

IMAGINE TWO HARRYS: : It must have been a warm afternoon in early September when the two Harry’s took a seat on the sandstone bench in front of South Street School so their classmate Virginia Fischer could take their picture.

On the left is Harry Hayes. And on the right is Harry Chandler – a couple of rogues if there ever were any.

This is really a great pic. You can almost see these to guys stand up after the snap, make some wise remark, and walk away.

Dr. Shimanski home

Evangelical & Reformed Church

THE E & R Church: No matter when you grew up in Vermilion during the last 100 or so years you probably spent some time somewhere in this church. Whether is was scouts or Summer church school it was here you found yourself. It is really a beautiful building with a wonderful congregation of good souls.

Fischer & Maud Elton buldings


FISCHER BLDG. & THE MAUD: PROLOGUE: Note that this piece was written 12 years ago. Consequently, things / businesses have changed since that time. I’m not going to amend those parts of the essay because I want a record of those changes to stand. It’s interesting to see just how quickly such things change.

The Fischer Building, constructed in 1915, on the corner of Liberty and Division (now Main) streets was and remains a substantial structure. It is probably one of the largest commercial ~brick structures standing in the center a: part of the city. Only Frank Baker's 5 Ford garage, (now Convenient Food a Mart and Carl Lapp's Medicine b Shoppe) would rival, this brick structure in size. One of the real unusual features of the building (among many) is that it is built on, a hill. It is rather unlikely that many contemporary construction firms would build a heavy ¬duty building on an incline. The ground would have been leveled, and in the leveling the hotel would also have been leveled. And I mean that literally,

The Maudelton Hotel was most likely constructed on level ground when it stood on the corner of Main and Division streets. But when it was moved down the hill the basement was built into the hill to level the building. Thus, a frontal view shows one a three story hotel and a side view shows a four-story building (in old pictures).

Now, stepping back to last week's story for a moment: The tallest of our baby-faced gang jumped up and grabbed the bottom of the hotel's fire escape, and we gingerly scampered up the ladder to the first entrance, and quietly as possible forced the door open. It wasn't exactly precision cat burglary. It was also daylight. We all had to be home by dinnertime. That would be 6 o'clock on a summer evening. So we had a window of about 30 minutes to get in, look around, and get out. As I mentioned before, the floors creaked and we whispered because we thought the people in the bar below might hear us and come running.

Looking back I sincerely doubt that anyone in their right mind would have "come running". Not in that building. The possibility of crashing through three stories of rotting floor seemed rather distasteful. Years of disuse had taken their toll.

And through the dust we crept half expecting to be met by a ghost in the dim hallway of the old hotel. We came to the first door of the nearest room and pushed it open.

I am still astounded by meeting the past on its own terms outside of a museum. This was real. Nothing fancy; Just old, Just left the way it was the day someone closed the door, and left. There was a big brass bed with a straw mattress (remember that old poem: sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite? There was an old dresser with a porcelain water pitcher and bowl on it. And a great deal of dust. Or did I mention that?

What a let-down. Getting in and out of the place without being caught was real thrilling. But the place itself (?) it was an old decrepit hotel. A bunch of dusty rooms with brass beds, old water pitchers, and brass numbers on the door.

Now back to the Fischer Building. It abuts the Maudelton. In fact, there are a set of stairs which run from the front porch, of the hotel to an apartment on the top floor of the building above part of the Encore Resale Shoppe. After the building was built in 1915 Elton Fischer and Albert (Waddy) Stone co-¬owned a new Buick Agency on the lower floor. That didn't last too long, and the building was split into several different business spaces.

When I was a boy the A&P Market occupied the largest portion of the building on the southwest front of the structure (which is now preparing for a new business), and the rest of the structure was occupied by Ann's Lunch, Ed Meese Realty, Ding and Doc Jeffrey's Park Market, Wilmer Jump's (now the Encore Shoppe) Variety Store, and the Vermilion Post Office.

Upstairs there was also a variety of things. What I remember best was the main part where the Vermilion Court was located. It had been a roller-rink for a time. It had, and has, nice hardwood floors. I later attended Kindergarten there. Ginny Osberg was the director. What a plethora of memories. The day (in the early 1950's) when the Vermilion fisheries burned to the ground along the river I watched with wide, wide eyes as the industry went up in smoke from an upstairs window of that building. It was the beginning of the end of one era in Vermilion history.

Ref: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 12/12/2002.

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Pelton Motor

IN WEEKS TO COME: Taking the place of the technical textbook stuff about Lester A. Pelton's invention this spot will feature various pix of his invention.

AGAIN - ANOTHER NEW (NOW OLD) THING: Initially I said that "This will not take the place of the "Macabre" stuff all the time - but will supplement whilst I search for more macabre stories to tell." But methinks that it's carved out a niche for itself and the "Macabre stuff" with have to find another.

So stay tuned...

Vol. X – NO.26 – December 6,06


Judge Sloane was engaged on Tuesday in the probate court in hearing the claim of Mrs. Ana Burrows against the estate of her mother, the late Jeanette Call. Mrs. Burrows claims compensation for services rendered in caring for her mother, under a contract.

[VV. Ed. Note:…every time I think I’ve heard of everything…]

Marriage Licenses.

Jay M. Orccutt, 21, Oberlin, electrician, and Miss Elsie Victoria Brundage, 19, school teacher, Berlin Heights.

Bert Benjamin Stevens, 22, West Huron, farmer, and Miss Elfreda Clara Lehnert, 20, Rev. Roming.


Sometime ago it was reported through these columns that the Lorain Sand and Gravel co. had sold out to the people who had purchased Oak Point. This was untrue, as it now has turned out. The Erie Terminal Co., and a Canal company has brought or will bring condemnation proceedings to get this property as well as some other that has not yet been acquired. It is thought that the exact nature of this enterprise will be known in a few days now.

Report now has it that a canal or harbor will be made in horseshoe form with ample facilities for handling and shipping cargoes. Further, nothing is known.

A number of men have visited the ground but as to who they are no one seems to know. A gentleman who saw them said one looked like the picture of John Pierpont Morgan.

Whatever is doin’ we will soon know. Some of our citizens are inclined to think that should a great industry locate there Vermilion would soon be a thing of the past. Others are of the opinion that we will be greatly benefitted. This remains to be seen.

Huron bids fair to rival Lorain as a harbor and will soon have double the population of a few years ago. Vermilion harbor is as yet unimproved; will it long remain so?

We have a first class location for a harbor and with the modern machinery now in use our peaceful river could be converted into ample room for the big freighters. If Oak Point becomes a great industrial center we should not give up in despair but endeavor to make it an object for those employed there to live in Vermilion.

[VV. Ed. Note: I suppose it’s easy to look back and scoff at both the positive and negative prospects presented in this article. But as always, hindsight is always 20:20.

To be sure things would have been a great deal different if Oak Point had been developed in the way proposed above. But realistically, I don’t believe there was much chance of that happening.

And I suppose – at least at that time – that Vermilion could have developed a fine harbor using the swamp that eventually morphed into the Lagoon subdivision. But the task and cost would’ve been substantial. And given the fact that the Cleveland, Lorain, Huron, Sandusky and Toledo harbors were already more substantial improving Vermilion would have likely been seen as unnecessary.

In short, I don’t believe things could’ve worked out any other way than they did. Nonetheless, folks needed to dream. And they apparently did.]

Brought Home to Watertown N.Y. by
Father and Lawyer and Now in
Sisters’ Hospital

Diamond Rings Missing.

Pale and emaciated and suffering from nervous prostration, Mrs. Bida Nellis Herrmann, who a few weeks ago went to New York with her husband Abe Herrman [sic], the optician, now rests on a cot in the Sisters’ hospital in this city.

Mrs. Herrmann was married against the wishes of her parents Mrs. and Mrs. W.E. Nellis of No. 9 High street, and it was said at the time of her marriage that the father had announced that he would renounce his daughter and forever disown her.

Herrmann lived in this city for a time after his marriage in Pennsylvania, where the girl had gone on a visit and where he followed. After a few weeks here he picked up his belongings and went to New York, where he opened his office on Second avenue and they took up rooms on Eagle street. A few days ago it is said he wrote to the parents that the girl was insane and that he was going to have he committed to some public institution, but that if they wanted her put in some private institution they might come and get her. Soon Mr. Nellis and a local attorney visited New York, where they found the girl crying in fear of the future. Her tow diamond rings were missing. She had been told by Herrmann, it is said, that he would throw an acid in her father’s face at their first meeting and he would be blinded forever.

The girl was brought back to this city Monday and a day or two later was taken to the Sisters’ hospital. – Watertown, N.Y. Daily Times.

This last Mrs. Herrmann was married only last June to Herrmann of notoriety in this vicinity not long since.

[This report is difficult to sort out. I don’t entirely understand the Vermilion connection. I’m assuming that Herrmann once practiced in Vermilion.

Curious about Bida I checked and discovered that eventually she went back home to live with her parents in Watertown and that she also took back the name of Nellis. She died there February 1, 1957 and is buried at Brookside Cemetery in Jefferson County, New York.

Her father was an agricultural inspector and a dealer in farm equipment – later autos. My assumption from the tenor of the article, and what I’ve learned via some brief research, is that he was well to do and apparently doted on his daughter. The article seems to imply that her husband stole the diamonds. But whether that is true of not will likely never be known. Tis truly a dramatic story.]

Another Wreck Victim

Andrew Ingrun died at his home in Pittsburg Tuesday as the result of injuries received in the wreck on the L.S.E. at Vermilion last August in which three people were instantly killed. Word to this effect was received Tuesday by Mr. Fred Gehri, who was asked to assist in locating a relative, Leopold Reece. Who lives in the country somewhere hereabouts.

Mr. Ingrung [sic], it is said, has been a sufferer ever since the wreck. – Reg.


The village council held its regular meeting Monday evening with all members present.

A letter from the State Railroad Commissioners was read. It seems that his representative who recently visited the town does not think the crossings of the Nickel Plate at State and River streets need further protection, than at present. It seems that this is the wrong time of year for him to view these crossing for of course with the leaves off the tree the view of approaching trains is not obstructed as much as in the good old summer time. Very few will agree with him especially the protection at the Rive street crossing. A bell at least should be placed there to warn those who would cross of the approaching of a train.

The necessary steps toward settlement of the dispute with the L.S.E. were taken and it is to be hoped that it will be satisfactory to both parties.

It was decided that is too late to build a sidewalk to the Wakefield Brass Co.’s plant this Winter and also that the Town’s finances were in such condition as to almost prohibit such work, it was decided that dirt would be removed from the land where necessary to lay the walk an taken to cover the sewer recently constructed on Toledo street. After several discussions on various topics and ordering payment of bills council adjourned.


A. Harris is laid up with a broken leg the result of a piece of timber falling on it while drilling a well back f the flour mill Friday.

Henry Ferber of Berlin Heights has bought the milk route of Martin Kramer and will conduct the business here.

Capt. Byrne spent Sunday at Pt. Clinton.

Miss Martin has accepted apposition of telephone girl at Wellington.

Mrs. Lavoo is on the sick list.

Mrs. Ackley is quite ill.


Mr. Howe and family spent their Thanksgiving with her aunt in Oberlin.

Mrs. Lords guest who has been very sick is now improving in health.

Dr. Boss was called in consultation with Dr. Gill on a case east of Elyria.

Ten hunters from Cleveland and vicinity have been pretty active about here and have been visiting Mr. Lords.

A new telephone line from Florence north to Masons Corners is now being constructed.

Mr. A.E. Gorhan of Mr. Pleasant Mich. has been visiting his mother who has been ill for two weeks past at Mr. Lewis Lords.


Frank Northeim has bought the John Lutz farm of 60 acres.

There was a large crowd at the W.V. Lutz sale Tuesday which commence at 9 A.M> and continued until about 4 o’clock. The object of W.V. Lutz in selling out was on account of poor health. He expects to go to Mexico for the benefit of his health soon.

The friends of Supt. W.E. Crandal [sic] who has been seriously ill will be pleased to hear that he is improving.

The members of the Reformed church have purchased a new organ.


The Diamond Cheese factory has shut down for the winter.

Mr. Buss has returned to his home in Ragersville and Mike Foster has taken his winter quarters at Billy Millers.

Lou Champney is again able to be up after a two weeks severe illness.

It is a singular fact that taxes and Christmas presents have to come about the same time.

So far there have been 23 accidents to hunters reported in Ohio this season.

It is estimated that the U.S. could muster and equip an army of over ten million men, just pause a moment and think what that means.

[VV. Ed. Note: It’s nice someone was thinking that way. Because in their near future the nation would be called upon to raise such an army. I doubt they got 10 million souls. But they got a good many of them.]

Additional Local

Our Magnolia flour have you tried it. If you have not you don’t know what you are missing. – SIMONS THE GROCER

BORN – To Capt. and Mrs. Chas Gegenheimer Monday Dec. 3rd. 06, a son.

Butter and eggs are now luxuries and may soon be classed with Automobiles, private yachts, etc.

Mrs. Geo. Randerson of Cleveland was in town Tuesday. Her father Capt. Joshua Bailey is making his home with her since his wife’s death.

Photo post Cards. Several new pictures – At News Office.


Mrs. N.A. Foster is on the sick list.

Mrs. Mary Crozier who has been very ill is reported better.

Capt. F.H. Rae is superintending the laying up of his boat at Lorain this week.

G.B. McConnelly and Frank Long left Tuesday morning for Kit Carson, Col.

Rutledge at Town Hall Sunday evening.

Miss Bertha Smith of Ogontz who, has been suffering from a lingering attack of typhoid fever is regaining her strength slowly and is now able to sit up.

L.J. Decker spent yesterday at Sandusky.

The V.V. Fire co. met in regular session Tuesday evening Dec. 4th 06. At the election of officers the following were elected for the year:

Foreman……….Philip Englebry
Asst. “………Adam Klaar
Treas……….C.F. Decker
Sec’y…………Lewis Blattner
Hose Marshall…..Lee Tischer
Ass’t Hose “…Ed Erbscorn
Chief Engineer…A. Mattison


Thought the generosity of the parishioners St. Mary’s church has been interiorly renovated during the past month. As the improvements are abut completed special services will be held next Sunday.

High Mass with sermon appropriate to the occasion at ten o’clock standard. Benediction after Mass. – All are welcome.

[VV. Ed. Note: This is the very first mention (at least that I can recall) of St. Mary’s church that I’ve come across in The News. I don’t know the reason, but the mention is significant. I do not that St. Mary’s was drastically renovated in the early 20th century, but I don’t know how large the parish was at that time. It appears to me (through my studies) that a majority of families then living in Vermilion either attended the Evangelical and Reform church, the Congregational church or the Methodist-Episcopal church. My assumption would be that the population of the town was increasing – and that included many families of the Catholic faith. It was a Very interesting. Development.]


The evening of the 29th of November, Thanksgiving evening was a most delightful bright evening, and while on my way to church to attend union services, I felt that we had so much to be thankful for. But when the Rev. Wyler opened up I did not know just where I was. His first words were in theway of a warning for said he, “If I tramp on anyone’s toes please remember that it is my way”, or something of the kind. He next dealt us a broadside which took in pretty much the entire town, and from that on it was pretty much the same one broadside after another until one would imagine himself in a for which was being bombarded.

Well it was well put in and really I admire his course. Love to see a courageous man who isn’t afraid to “speak his piece”, especially when he is trying to down wrong. But one thing the brother said for which I felt very sorry, viz. “that if the town of Vermilion did not undergo a radical change for the better by another Thanksgiving he did not want to be here”, he seemed to convey the idea that he had about enough of such a wicked town.

Well, I agree with him that its wickedness is seldom if ever excelled by a village of about twelve hundred inhabitants, but my brother, would it be in keeping with the life of Jesus to leave for a more righteous town? Jesus said, “I came to seek and to save that which was lost.” And He said “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” So would it not be better for you to stay and try and reclaim the wicked town? I believe so. When a man goes hunting and finds a place where game is plentiful he is not going to leave that place and hunt for a place where it is scarce. So, my brother stay and use the big stick, which is much needed. – A HEARER.

[VV. Ed. Note: Boy! I wonder what folks were doing that required both the sermon and the response? If those folks thought it was bad than they should see it now. Whatever it was it never appeared in the newspaper.]


Roscoe and his granddaughter

"When people came to town one of the first places they visited
was the newsroom of the Vermilion News."

COMMUNITY HUB: The copy desk at the old Vermilion News was always a busy place. When our grandmother, Bessie, wasn't running the desk, it was our grandfather, Pearl. And later it was my mother, Ella, or my sister Nancy Alice.

They talked to people from all over town, all over our nation, and all over our planet. When people came to town one of the first places they visited was the newsroom of the Vermilion News. That's where one got up-to-date information about our little town and the people living here.

The News made a point of never letting our people in the armed services starve for information from our town. The News was always free to our service people.

At the copy desk is my late grandfather, Pearl Roscoe. The little tad next to him is my wonderful sister (obviously giving him some directions). She's like that.

Nancy Alice (Tarrant) Emery eventually took a more important role in the production of the weekly. She became a prolific writer, advertising sales person, linotype operator, and could set type as well. She didn't run any of the presses (that I know of - except the one where the shop printed labels for South Shore Packing). That label press was similar to those found in some machine shops. One placed the material on a plate and stepped on a lever to get the print; Hands and fingers were/are important. Coordination' was key to such printing.

This photograph was most likely taken in the mid to late 1930s. My big brothers, Bill and Phil, were most likely back by the presses watching the presses "roll".

I, unfortunately, never got to know my grandmother or grandfather. My grandmother died early in the year of 1946. And my grandfather died a few months later. I was not yet two years old.

That could be a sad story. Except my grandparents left our family a lively record of their lives. I am very fortunate. I listened very closely to the stories my parents had about Vermilion, and their experiences. What a legacy.

Ref: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 06/20/2002.

"The township was named after the principle river
emptying into the lake through its territory..."

THE FIRE-LANDS: I found the following information re: the early inhabitants of our area to be extremely informative. Methinks you will also.

I am getting better at transcribing these passages so there are fewer mistakes. But I like to read as I go - and sometimes I fill in the blanks. So tread carefully this trail through yesteryear.

The following series will take thee to the townships south of Vermilion. Methinks you'll find this history quite fascinating.


(by George Haskin)

…upsetting of a small boat, near Wright's river farm — no other person was present when the accident occurred. It was not discovered till the following morning, when the citizens, alarmed at their prolonged absence, discovered the boat, dragged the river, and recovered their remains.

After Dr. Legget's death, there were a great many physicians who came to Huron at different periods with a view of locating, as our Huron marshes and their various surroundings looked inviting to the doctors who aspired to professional notoriety; but in time discovered that "all was not gold that glittered," that the marshes were on a level with Lake Erie, and that their pure, glittering waters would not produce miasmata [sic] worth a cent; or, in other words, Huron was a very healthy town, and would support only a limited number of physicians. Therefore, as there were so large a number of medical men who attempted a permanent location and failed, I will only mention the few who have weathered the hardships of a pioneer life, and those who reside here at the present time.

Dr. George S. Haskin, now practicing medicine in Huron, was born in the town of Rupert, Vermont, August 27, 1805. He came to the Fire-lands m 1831, landing at Sandusky; in June 1832, he came to Huron and commenced the practice of his profession.

Dr. Joseph Caldwell came to Huron in the spring of 1833. He continued the medical practice till his death, which occurred June 13, 1866, in the seventy-fifth year of his age, much lamented by many friends.

Dr. J. T. Cushing, now a medical practitioner, came to Huron in 1865 and commenced business.

Dr. H. E. McNutt, now practicing medicine in Huron, commenced in 1874.


There are now five church edifices within the village corporation limits, and one on the west line of the township, which was erected by the late Mr. John Graham, assisted by the citizens of West Huron and some others.

John Graham was of Irish nationality. He came into the township about the year 1833, and located on the Cummings farm, lot number twenty-seven, section fourth. His religion is said to have been that of a Wesleyan Methodist. His character was that of a strictly honest man. He was highly esteemed by all his neighbors. He died about the year A. D. 1856, in the month of October. Mrs. Graham, a very estimable lady, seventy-three years of age, survives her husband. She resides on the old homestead.

Since writing the foregoing we have learned that Mr. Graham's ancestors were of Scotch descent, having emigrated from Scotland to Ireland in the early part of the eighteenth century.

Of the five churches in Huron, the Protestant Episcopal, called "Christ's Church" (a brick edifice), was built in 1838. In 1839, this church edifice, under the ministry of Rev. Samuel Marks (the present rector) was dedicated to the service of Almighty God by Bishop McIlvaine, .D. D., D. C. L. Wickham: J. W. Wickham and S. P. McDonald.

The Presbyterian Church was built in 1853.
The German Lutheran was erected about 1860.
The Methodist in 1871.
The German Evangelical in A. D. 1875.

The Presbyterians have recently engaged Rev. Mr. Snowdon, of West Vill, Ohio.

The Rev. Mr. Hassenpflug has charge of the German Evangelical Church.

The other churches are not under the care of any regular established clergyman.


The natural advantages of the Huron harbor and the favorable location for a business town, began to attract attention soon after the close of the war with England, and when the United States made appropriation for the improvement of the harbor, in 1827, immigration rapidly increased till 1834, when a serious impediment to business occurred by the appearance of Asiatic cholera, wholly suspending, for a few months, all varieties of industry, except the care of the sick. That year the emigration from Europe, principally from Germany, was a perfect flood, and at every steamboat landing there were sick and dying in numbers so great as to drive a great portion of the inhabitants from town.

There were then five practicing physicians in the village, one of whom died of the disease; three others left. Dr. George S. Haskin only remaining. Finally, as autumnal frosts made their appearance, the monster disease disappeared, and business increased with redoubled vigor, and in a very short time all was life and animation.

Huron village has a population of about one thousand and five hundred; the whole township, including the village, about four thousand.

The present board of township officers are: Wm. G. Sage, Blake W. Griffin, Geo. W. Harris, trustees; Thomas M. Sprowl, township clerk; John W. Wickham, treasurer; Thomas J. Harris and Levi Peck, justices of the peace.

The officers of the village corporation are: A. H. Winchell, mayor; J. L. Brooks, recorder; Jabez Wright, John Aicher, Philo McMillen, Charles Heyman and Jacob Guuzevhauser, town council.

At the April election for the present year—1879— there has been some change in the township board of officers. The following were elected, viz.: Wm. G. Sage, Blake W. Griffin and Henry Halliday, township trustees; J. L. Brooks, clerk; John W. Wickham, Jr., treasurer; J. L. Brooks elected as the third justice of the peace, in addition to Harris and Peck.

The officers of the village corporation are the same as above.

In reviewing the early history of the Fire-land pioneers, mentioned in the foregoing sketch, we are forced to look with admiration at the stern, manly…

Excerpts from: The Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio; W.W. Williams - 1879 -
Press of Leader Printing Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Puffed Cereals


PUFFED CEREALS: This is another advertisement I found in the June 1918 issue of The National Geographic Magazine. I found it to be rather curious.

I guess the reason they were pushing these “puffed” cereals was because bread and milk were hard to get and were becoming rather expensive.

I know, I know – it’s but another thing nobody needed or wanted to know. But C’est la vie.

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Judi and Gayle (both blondes) were at an auto show. There they saw a hot-rod with a jacked up rear.

"Judi, why is the back end higher than the front?" Gayle asked.

"Don't you know ANYTHING?" Judi sighed exasperated. "If you've got the back up like that, then you're always going downhill!"

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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 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, "Grandmas’ 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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THE BEAT GOES ON: This page is generated by a dreaded Macintosh Computer and is written and designed by (me) Rich Tarrant. It will change weekly ~ usually on Saturday. Bookmark the URL (Universal Resource Locater) and come back at your own leisure. Send the page to your friends (and enemies if you wish). If you have something to share with those who visit this page, pass it on. And if you see something that is in need of correction do the same. My sister, Nancy, is a great help in that respect. It only takes me a week to get things right. And follow the links. You might find something you like. If you experience a problem with them let me know. Also, if you want to see past editions of this eZine check the new archives links below.

If you're looking for my old links section (pictured) I've replaced it with a pull-down menu (visible in the small box next to the word "Go"). If you're looking for links to more Vermilion history check that menu.

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