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Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it. - Doris Day.......The shortest distance between two points is usually under construction. - Wayne H........A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his own portrait - Goethe............The music is just called Breeze..........rnt...............

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SHOPTALK: On the desk at the museum this week is a pic most (if not all) have seen already. It’s one that Joi & Kevin Murphy donated. I used it again because I like it so much. This is a Vermilion I can certainly identify with – taken about 1956 or 57. Although none of the stores remain, the building does, and it looks much the same. It’s a detailed pic and fun to peruse.

On my home computer desktop this week is another pic many have also seen before. It’s a rather unusual snapshot of the old M & E church after a fire pretty much destroyed the building back in the early 1930s. By the time of the fire the congregation of the church had merged with that of Vermilion’s First Congregational Church. At the time of the blaze the building was being used by a local plumber. This pic was taken at the back of the church looking toward Grand and Liberty streets. Currently (2015) the area where the church once sat is empty.
MORE NOW & THEN: I am currently having my Vermilion NOW & THEN book reprinted. It is the third time. But don’t get me wrong I’ve only sold around 200 of these books. If I had more than 100 printed at any one time I’d probably have 150 left. The demand for books such as these is limited. I do plan to do several more books, but they will be limited editions as well. I made a mistake in 1999 by producing too many Vermilion Millennium calendars. All those I did sell were numbered for collectors. Consequently, the rest will make a nice bonfire. In any case, I won’t make that mistake twice.
FTP AND BEYOND: To move files from my computer to my websites (and vice-versa) I have been using an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client known as Cyberduck for years without experiencing many problems. But lately I began having some annoying problems with it – and many were at the last minute. This resulted in my having to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to reconfigure the software at a time when it was very inconvenient (but necessary). As things stand I don’t have a great deal of hair left to tear out so it became equally necessary for me to do something different. I broke a personal rule and acquired a FTP client called Transit for $35 that I can use with several computers, and it works very nicely. I’ve been thinking about creating another webpage using a different domain (i.e. www.vermilionohio.biz} and I believe this software will prove to be helpful. We’ll see.

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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 $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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AT THE OOC: 1934 I think there are three or four pix similar to this one in the VNPSM collection. They were taken at the Olympic Outing Club, and the year (as is obvious) was 1934.

Years ago (NOTE: I’ve been waiting all my life to use that expression.) the club had what they called “Vermilion Day”. It was a day when the club invited folks from town to their club for a picnic. Part of the festivities on that day was a baseball game between the townies and club members. And while I don’t know the reason the teams wore costumes during the games.

This is a photo of the Vermilion team in 1934. Given the odd trophy I’d guess that Vermilion won the game the day it was taken. I’m not really sure just how to interpret the pic.

I only recognize one person in the group – and I just recently noticed him. That person is Charles A. Trinter. He’s the fella with the hat in his hand at the front of the pic.

The guys in the darker costumes may have been club members. But as I say, I only recognize Mr. Trinter. He’s one of my very favorite Vermilion guys from the past.

VHS CLASS OF ’60 SEEKS “LOST” MEMBERS: The 1960 class of Vermilion High School is planning their 55th year reunion and there are several classmates whose addresses are unknown. The reunion is planned for Sunday, September 13, 2015, beginning at 2 P.M at the Vermilion Boat Club. There will also be other meet and greet opportunities in the two days before. We want to make every effort to contact all class members and we need the help of the public to make this possible. Please look at the following list of “lost” class members and, if you know their whereabouts, please contact SANDRA YEAMANS NEIDING AT 967-4190.

Missing are: Penny Clague, Judy Eagan, James Hill, Robert Holtcamp, Billy Kay, Judy Lowery, Ray Luna, Wayne Rohrbaugh and Marjorie Sipos.


"Sail On" VHS class of 1960. Your 55th reunion is fast approaching! We will meet on Sunday, September 13th, at the Vermilion Boat Club on Liberty Avenue for dinner, remembrances, door prizes, and fun in general. If you have not already signed up, please contact Carol Loucks Kress at 967-9472. The cost is $40 per person and reservations need to be in soon. There will be other pre-reunion activities to be announced shortly and lots of fun to be had by all. – Correspondent Sandy Neiding

"Inside was a beautiful Ambrotype photo"

WHAT A GREAT, GREAT FIND: Near the end of May 2009 Vermilion native Jack Corsino, who is currently a major in the U. S. Air Force, was kind enough to place into my care – and, as a matter of course, the Vermilion area archival society – a substantial number of articles which will help document the history of the Nichols and Thompson families of Vermilion Ohio.

The collection consists mostly of photographs; Hundreds of them. In large part they span a century; from perhaps the 1850s to the 1950s. Few pictures in the collection were formerly identified. However; many of the 20th century photos are relatively easy for persons familiar with the family to recognize and make record.

And so it was with that while sifting through this mountain of photographs (a goodly number of of them being duplicates) that I came across at 3.5 X 4.5 inch wooden compact covered without fancy leather veneer. Inside was a beautiful Ambrotype photo picture of a young man with a gun.

This Ambrotype (from Greek ambrosia ambrotos "immortal") process, or an amphitype, is a photograph process that creates a positive photo image on a sheet of glass using the wet plate collodion process; It was patented in 1854 by James Ambrose Cutting of Boston. The wet plate collodion process was invented just a few years earlier by a British man named Frederick Scott Archer, but Cutting used it as a positive, instead of a negative. The process was popular popularly used from the 1850s to about the 1880s. While there is currently no definite way available (to me) to date this particular photograph I would guesstimate that it may be circa 1875.

Local historian Jim Fisher examined the photo and noted that the hat cord (the ends of the hat cord are called acorns) is Civil War era as is the revolver. The revolver is a Smith & Wesson 22 rim fire. It is either a model number one first issue (1857 – 60), or model number one second issue(1860 – 68). The coat is typical "sack coat" which looks very much like our suit coats today but of heavy material.

Although and Ambrotype and tintype photographs are not particularly rare nor valuable an image such as this is unusual. It is a stunning photo find even if the person in it has not been identified. However, what I found as I prepared to scan the portrait proved to be even more astounding.

When I removed the gilded frame ambrotype from the compact I was bowled over when I discovered locks of coffee colored hair (pictured) tied with a piece of bright red yard beneath the ambrotype. T’were the icing on the proverbial cake.

Naturally one can only try to imagine the origins in reason for this someone having secret it these tresses away 100 years ago. Whether this could have been a keepsake of a young lover; or a memento someone kept with the photo in loving memory of a young gunslinger gone to meet his maker is of course unknown. It is also the stuff upon which novels are writ and movies are made.

It would be interesting to see if we could get a DNA match from the hair to compare with the Thompson/Nichols family descendents. For I'm certain that this was a relative of a yesteryear.

But my-o-my – what a great, great find.

Ref: Published in the Vermilion Ohio Photojournal June 18, 2009. Special Thanks to Jack Corsino who has, by the way, now retired from the Air Force.

BUT ANOTHER NEW THING: This is an attempt to place some video on the page. Right now it's experimental:

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. XI, No. 14. – VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, September 12, 1907


Meets With An Accident While Out Hunting Near Millersburg, O.

The report reached here Wednesday that George H. Blanchet proprietor of Crystal Beach Park had been accidentally shot with a shotgun while out hunting with a brother-in-law.

The particulars of the shooting are difficult to obtain but is told that he was on one side of a fence and his companion on the other when a squirrel made his appearance on the fence. The brother-in-law discharged his gun at the animal not knowing that Blanchet was in range. The charge of the shot took affect in Mr. Blanchard's face and body.

A message received here at 3 o'clock Wednesday stated that Mr. Blanchard would probably recover but whether or not he would lose the site of one of his eyes was not known.

Mrs. Blanchet left for the scene of the accident at once.

This Thursday morning Mr. Blanchard is reported as being much better.


The regular monthly meeting of the village council was held last Thursday evening instead as the regular meeting night came on a holiday.

Very little business of importance was transacted besides the ordering of the payment of bills.


The will of Henry Wiggin late of Berlin Heights, deceased bearing date of December 30, 1891, was probated Thursday. All of his estate to his wife with the exception of five dollars to each of his children.

In the case of Charles J. Martin et al. versus the village of Vermilion, it is ordered and declared decreed by the court of common pleas of Erie County at certain lands described by the plaintiffs be detached from the village and attached to the Township. The defendant has appealed the case.

H. R. Williams has been appointed administrator of the estate of Martin Leidheiser late of Vermilion. The real and personal property is valued at $4500.

A suit has been filed in Common Pleas Court by Conrad Grisel against Henry Green administrator with the will annexed of the estate of Dietrich Sennhenn, late of Erie County, deceased.

The plaintiff sets up as his cause of action that the defendant, as administrator of the Sennhenn estate refused to endorse a claim the plaintiff made for services rendered the late Dietrich Sennhenn, and refused to pay said claim.

The plaintiff asked for $612.50 for board, lodging and washing, provided for Sennhenn between November 22, 1902, in April 11, 1906, and $406 for keeping and feeding a horse for him, between November 22, 1902, and November 22, 1905, in all a total of $718.50, for which with interest from April 11, 1906 plaintiff asked a judgment.

The defendant is given until September 28 to file his answer.

The time of Circuit Court was given over Tuesday morning to a hearing of the case of George Fischer versus the village of Vermillion injunction and equitable relief. The case was continued by court order of the court to await final determination of cause in the court of common pleas, and an appeal from final judgment.

During the afternoon the court's time was occupied with the case of Charles J. Martin and others versus the village of Vermilion. This is an action to detach certain lands from the municipal Corporation and add them to the Township.

On September 30 at their meeting the County commissioners will be petition to establish a New road County, between the State Rd., Sherrod Road. J. C. Kniesel is the principal petition.

Charles J. Martin and others who sought to have their lands detached from the village of Vermilion, as they were not getting the benefit of taxes paid, won their suit in Common Pleas Court, and were given a finding in judgment as prayed for. Cost of filing, petition and service on the village to be paid plaintiffs, and remainder to be paid by the village. Motion for a new trial in this case was overruled, and the statutory time allowed for the filing of the bill of exceptions.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Bragg of Parkertown died Monday from Cerebro spinal meningitis or spotted fever. Antitoxin administered seemed to help for a time but a sudden change for the worse took place Monday.

Court open Monday with nine cases on the docket, two of which, Geo. Fischer vs. Village of Vermilion and C. J. Martin, et al., vs. Village of Vermilion, are directly interesting in this locality.

Mayor Charles S. Hamilton of Marysville, O. Has been committed to the sanitarium. He lost his mind through worry over the death of his wife.

Rural carriers have a right-of-way on country roads. The postmaster general has issued the notice.

Superintendent F. J. Stone of the L. S. E. is very ill at a Toledo Hospital.

A case of spotted fever is reported from Tiffin.


Lakeside has a rather a deserted appearance now, since the season is closed but the management are making extensive preparations for a better season next year and it is quite possible that sulfur water may be one of the leading features in the near future. There are some splendid springs in the vicinity of the grounds that can be piped at a comparative small outlay.

Notwithstanding the fact that most farmers on the peninsular [sic] had to replant their corn this spring owing to the cold weather there will be a fairly good crop yet.

Although peaches are scarce this year they are bringing good prices. Plums and pears are also fetching a good price and the and the crop is fairly good.

Apples are late and the crop light. Most of the threshing is done and the yield of grain is away [sic] below the average, especially the oats.

Mr. Herman black of Vermilion, Mr. Geo. G. Metzger of Moncova, Mrs. Jennie Emerson of Adrian Michigan, Mrs. Amy Myers, Milan, and Mrs. Lulu Mundy, Berlin Hts. paid a flying visit to P. C. Jacksons on Saturday returning by way of Cedar point Sunday evening.


Paper napkins at the NEWS OFFICE.

Ms. Bertha Hancock daughter of Mrs. Shiffler, of this place was Wednesday to a young man of Toledo.

Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Bottomley and daughter spent Sunday at Lorain.

Several Vermilionites have visited the county fair in Sandusky this week.

W. A. Christian is again able to attend duties after several days’ illness.

Geo. E. Whitmore has accepted the position of janitor of our school in place of George Andrews, resigned.

[Note: I think that Mr. Whitmore did about every job that was available in the town back then. He started out as the editor / publisher of The NEWS. In 1901 he was operating a meat market. He must’ve been a real talent.]

A. H. Leimbach has purchased the lot of Lizzie and Patrick Brady on Exchange St. and will erect a house on it in the near future.

The fishing has been very good for the past few days. Tuesday one tug brought in over 3000 pounds. It is reported that there has been a falling off in the catches at Erie during the past few days.

MARRIED - At Toledo September 3, 1907, Albert Rust formerly of this place, now of Elyria and Miss Blanche Buche of St. Louis Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Rust went to housekeeping at Elyria.

Folding pocket camera for sale cheap at the NEWS office.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. P. Wahl and family have returned home from Linwood Park for the winter.

Mrs. E. A. Hill is spending the week in Toledo with her husband while his boat is important.

C. F. Decker has been quite ill the past week but is again able to attend to business.

BORN - Tuesday, September 10 ’07 to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Baumhardt, a son. Mrs. Baumhart is at Lakeview Hospital, Lorain.



Work was begun this week on the new residence for Elias Baumhardt.

BORN-to Mr. and Mrs. J. Jackson a daughter, Friday, Sept. 6.

Work on the new house of Chas. Good was begun Tuesday.

W.E. Foote has returned from the sanitorium at Green Springs.

Mrs. George Wilford is recovering from her recent operation at the Lorain Hospital.

August Brown will act as janitor of the schools at a salary of $45 per month.

W. P. Patterson assumed his duties as superintendent of the schools at Ashtabula this week.

Ms. Lucy Holl who expects to be married in the near future, was given a very pleasant surprise by the fifth grade Wednesday evening. A number of linen pieces were left with the bride-to-be.


John Lee has been on the sick list.

William Pickett of Joppa is spending a few days in the Dutch Settlement threshing.

Little Helen Lee had the misfortune to run a rusty nail in her foot Thursday.

Mrs. Sarah Barnes had an attack of neuralgia, which lasted a couple of days last week.


A Romanian, employed on the government dreads here was instantly killed Sunday by being caught under a heavy dipper.

Mrs. Henry Hull went to Cleveland Monday morning to enter a hospital where she were a will undergo a difficult operation.

A small freight wreck occurred here Friday on the W. L. E. The train broke into and several cars were piled up.


I hereby notify the public at large that my wife Sarah A. Goetz has left my bed and board and that I will not pay any bills contracted by her from this date, September 11 07 – John H. Goetz.

[VV. Ed. NOTE: Notices such as this have always made me cringe. I don’t doubt that they might have been necessary on infrequent occasions – but give me a break. How many people were going to leave their spouse and spend all their money? That is – if they had any to begin with.]


”Last Game Of The Season"

Miss Weiss Final Appearance On The
Crystal Beach Ball Grounds

Vermilion vs Sandusky

The Vermilion, Ohio Independents will on the coming Sunday, September 15, play their last game of the season on the Crystal Beach grounds for the season of 1907 and to this end the businessman of Vermilion are planning to make the day the greatest in the history of the town.

It is the intention of manager Heidloff to use Miss Weiss the phenomenal girl wonder during the entire game so the fans will be sure to get their money's worth in attending this game.

Her work against the Wakeman team on Labor Day when she allowed only four hits and one run and then on the following Sunday held Norwalk down to four hits, struck out five men and gave one base on balls has aroused the entire community for miles around so that the greatest crowd of the season is bound to be on hand at Vermilion on the coming Sunday to witness this girl wonder in action and pitch the entire game against the Sanduskians.

Every newspaper larger small is displaying a large readiness concerning this girl wonder and her work in the coming Sunday will be closely watched by them all.

An effort is being made to have either the L. S. & M. S. so as to give the Cleveland people a chance to see this girl wonder; the Lake Shore Electric will also make special rates from all the adjoining towns and will be prepared to handle large crowd, and to this end are getting their equipment in shape for the coming Sunday.

The North Amherst and Illyria fans will come via the Lakeshore steam; the Cleveland people as stated above; while the rest will use the lakeshore electric.

At present arrangements are being made to have two N. Amherst team teams play a preliminary to the Vermilion – Sandusky game and if this matter is definitely settled the two games will be witnessed for the one regular admission.

[VV. Ed. Note: I didn't bother to dictate the rest of the story because very little of it had to do with Miss Weiss. I just wanted to have it on record herein - that all. I don’t’ yet know how long she’ll be with the team and I don’t want to look ahead (although it would be easy for me) to find out. I’d rather wait and see how this whole thing shakes down.]


"By 1951 the Leidheiser family had been involved in the fishing industry in Vermilion for over a century."

IT WASN’T JUST ANOTHER FIRE: Vermilion has certainly seen its share of calamitous fires. In 1875, 1891, eight 1903 many of the stores and shops located along the southwest side of Liberty and Division/Main streets were destroyed by flames. In April 1910 twenty-two cottages Linwood Park went up in smoke. So very common did these blazes seem – at least to the village outsiders – that after the 1903 conflagration a small headline in the old Erie County recorder somewhat sardonically reported that "Vermilion Burns again".

Of course these were neither were the only nor the last big fires to take place in or around the community of Vermillion, O. During the first half of the 20th century there were major fires at the Wakefield Brass Company, Southwest Fish begin (1925), the Fisher lumber company (1938) and parentheses, and the Crystal Beach amusement park (1947). Yet, of all of these blazes the one that may be – at least historically – among the most significant is that which struck the Leidheiser and Booth fisheries in 1951. In fact the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle Telegram would later call it "one of the worst fires in the history of this quiet summer resort and fishing village."

By 1951 the Leidheiser family had been involved in the fishing industry in Vermilion for over a century. Brothers, George, Fern, and Jack along with her cousin Lloyd Leidheiser, operated the business in two buildings located along the banks of the Vermilion River. They were sandwiched between the former Fischer Lumber Company to the West and the Moes Boatyard to the east. The Leidheiser – Booth relationship was symbolic. Leidheisers caught the fish, and Booth marketed their catch

It was shortly after noon on November 16 when a bucket of tar that was being used to coat fishing nets caught fire and overturned. Quickly it spread to the walls in the roof of both buildings. With a strong west wind fanning the flames the Vermillion volunteer fire department, under the direction of then Fire Chief Roy Hurlbut, struggled to extinguish the blaze. (see photographs)the situation was so serious Hurlbut requested and received assistance of volunteer firefighters from what was then the village of Vermilion-on-the-Lake and one company from the nearby city of Lorain. Unfortunately all they could do was contain the fire to the general area.

When it was all over both buildings were completely destroyed in the Moes boatyard next door had sustained at least a $50,000 loss. A dozen boats stored in the yard had been damaged – two of them beyond repair. The Leidheiser loss was estimated to be about $150,000. One of the buildings contained many of the most valuable fishing nets and equipment in the village. Men from other village fisheries had been warehousing their better nets there and were using their older equipment for the fall fishing season.

As previously said this particular blaze was among the most significant in the history of Vermillion. No small part of the reason that this is true is because the fishery was never rebuilt, and therefore, the Leidheiser Fish Company – after being a positive and productive participant in commercial fishing for over 100 years – ceased to exist. Although the industry continued to operate from various fisheries in Vermilion and along the southern coast of Lake Erie for perhaps two or three decades following this blaze it is clear that the destruction of the Leidheiser fishery wasn't just another fire. It was the beginning of the final chapter in the life of commercial fishing in Vermilion's yesteryear.

REF: Elyria Chronicle Telegram, 01–17– 1951; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 01/22/2009; Special Thanks to Dwight McMullen.

"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.




…There were, however, at times, between these dates, two men on the island who had been employed by Killam in getting out wood. But they could hardly be called residents after Killam's departure, as they made the island their home only as their necessities required, for the purpose of “appropriating" cedar and disposing of it in exchange for the necessaries of life, one large item of which with them was whisky. The names of the parties were Barnum and Grummets, as the latter was called, though this, it is said, was not his true name.

Barnum, after Killam's departure, built a cabin on what has ever since, from that circumstance, been called Barnum's Point, on the east end of the island, the location being not far from the beach on the J. E. Woodford farm. The bottom, or foundation logs, of red cedar, still mark the site of this cabin, a few rods northeast of the former residence of Mr. Woodford.

Some difficulty having arisen between these parties a bitter antagonism ensued, which resulted in the killing of Grummets by Barnum, as the latter stated it, by his shooting the former with a rifle at a moment when be (Grummets) was, rifle in hand, watching an opportunity to kill Barnum as he made his appearance at the door of his cabin. One cause of the trouble was stated to be a quarrel over some cedar. Another was said to be in relation to a certain female who occasionally came to the island, and lived with Barnum. It is probable that both had their influence. Barnum himself informed authorities of the killing; an examination was had, and he was discharged, there being no evidence beside his own and he claiming justification in the plea of self-defense. He stated that he disposed of the body of Grummets by placing it in a leaky skiff, which, ballasted with a quantity of stone sufficient to insure its sinking when it should reach deep water, he sent adrift during the prevalence of a strong southwest wind, thus precluding the possibility of Grummets troubling him any further. There was also a legend that the body of Grummets was found on the island at a place privately indicated by Barnum, and that it was taken possession of by a, then, prominent Sandusky physician for anatomical purposes. The killing of Grummets occurred in the latter part of 1825 or early in 1826. Barnum was living, a few years since, at some place in Connecticut.


In 1826, Elisha Ellis and Peter Shook obtained from Eldred, (one of the original proprietors under the Western Reserve Company), contracts for two small pieces of land situated in the southwest corner of lot ten. These contracts comprised a part of the farm now owned by James Estes, —Ellis' lands being located on the east part of the Estes’ farm, and Shooks' on the west. Ellis built a house on his lot, and with his wife moved into it. The chimney foundations of this house were visible a few years since a short distance east of Mrs. Estes' former residence. Shook never settled upon the island; in fact, never returned after his purchase, made no payments nor improvements, thus forfeiting his contract. In 1827 Mr. Ellis and wife, and Samuel Beardsley and wife, (who lived in the house with Ellis), composed the total of the inhabitants of the island. In February of 1828 Mrs. Beardsley died, and was buried on the banks of the lake, a short distance east of the house. In June of 1828, Mr. Henry Ellithorpe came to the island for the purpose of engaging in the business of raising stock, the entire territory being then a “free commons."

During the fall of this year, two young ladies, nieces of Mrs. Ellis, Mary Kellogg and Abigail Brooks (who came to the Islands during the preceding summer), were taken sick at the house of Mr. Ellis. Mary Kellogg died and was buried near Mrs. Beardsley. Abigail Brooks was taken to Sandusky and died there soon after her removal. The place of interment of Mrs. Beardsley and Mary Kellogg has long since disappeared, having been washed away by the encroachment of the waters of the lake. During the winter of 1828-9 Mr. Ellis and wife, Mr. Henry Ellithorpe, and Frank Saunders, who worked for Ellis, were the only inhabitants.

In the summer of 1829, Ira B. Henderson and family moved to the island, remained a short time, and left. During the winter of 1829-30 Mr. Ellis and wife, Henry Ellithorpe and E. T. Smith, (known as “Tinker Smith,") formed the total population, the latter having come here during the preceding summer or fall. In June of 1830, Nicholas Haskins and wife, and eight or nine children, and soon after Luther Ladd, wife and four children, and William Goodwin, wife and three children, became residents of the island. Haskins built a cabin near the west edge of the South Pond, on the site known as the "Old Burying Ground" on the farm of Addison Kelley. Ladd built near the point where the Huntington Quarry Railroad track crosses the road, and Goodwin moved into the house built and occupied by Killam.

On the 26th of December 1830, Henry Ellithorpe was married, at Sandusky, to Elizabeth Neal. He returned to the island with his wife in January 1831 crossing on the ice with an span of horses and sleigh, and also bringing with him six head of cattle. Mr. Ellithorpe and wife lived in the same house with Mr. Ellis daring the balance of the winter, and in the spring of 1831 he built a cedar house on the bank of the lake, on the south side a few rods west of the mouth of the creek known as the "Tiber." into which he moved about the middle of April. 1831. In this house was born on the sixth day of October, 1832, Cyrus Ellithorpe, son of Henry and Elizabeth Ellithorpe, “The first white child born on the Island," according to the narrative of Mr. Ellithorpe.

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

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CAUGHT ME EYE: This pic caught my eye as I was developing glass. While transcribing passages from the NEWS I come across references to the KLS and I really didn’t know precisely what it was until just now. KLS stands for Knights and Ladies of Security.

The KLS was a fraternal benefit society founded in Kansas around 1892. It was later renamed the Security Benefit Society. During 1910 and the 20s the organization established a hospital, a home for elderly persons and an orphanage near Topeka.

In some respects these organizations performed like insurance companies (with other benefits of course). When a member died the organization helped pay the costs of the funeral / interment. These folks riding in a parade in the 1930s look rather proud in their robes and crowns.

They’re on Ohio Street just passing the Town Hall headed east. In the background one can see the sign on the side of Decker’s building by the tracks advertising coal for sale.

This is a very interesting photograph.


Jack goes to his friend Mike and says, "I'm sleeping with the minister's wife. Can you keep him back in church for an hour after service for me?"

Mike doesn't like it, but being a friend, he agrees. After the service, Mike starts talking to the minister, asking him all sorts of stupid questions, just to keep him occupied. Finally the minister gets annoyed and asks Mike what he's really up to.

Mike, feeling guilty, finally confesses to the minister. "My friend is sleeping with your wife right now, so he asked me to keep you occupied."

The minister thinks for a minute, smiles, puts a brotherly hand on Mike's shoulder and says: "You better hurry home now. My wife died a year ago".

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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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