Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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March 18,  2017 - Downtown & McGarvey matchbook=


SHOPTALK: On the shop top this week is a simple matchbook cover from the original McGarvey’s Restaurant. This is probably from the late 1930s or early 40s. One can’t help but be somewhat amused by the cartoon on the cover flap. It’s truly a vintage artifact.

As most local persons know the riverside restaurant popularly known as “McGarvey’s” had its humble beginnings in the early years of the 20th century as a very lucrative bait and livery shop owned by a family named Showalter. Originally the seasonal operation was located on the east bank of the Vermilion River just south of the current bridge. In 1925 a Lorain, Ohio couple by the name of Helfrich purchased the operation and property from the Showalter heirs and promptly concentrated their efforts on building a restaurant business (see lower middle inset). They specialized in preparing and serving chicken, fish, steak, and frog-leg dinners. It became an extremely popular eating place for both visitors and residents of Vermilion, Ohio during the summer months.
In 1929 when a new (the current) river bridge was constructed, and the old one demolished Mr. and Mrs. Helfrich erected a new building just north of the bridge and equipped it for an up-to-date summer and winter restaurant and boat house (left and right insets).

Several years later When Mr. Helfrich's health began to fail his son-in-law, Jesse Hamman, of Lorain, came to Vermilion to assist the Mrs. with the business. Following Mr. Helfrich's death he continued as manager of the restaurant. Then, when Mrs. Helfrich’s health began to fail, Hamman entered into a co-lease with a man named Andy Dambach from Milan, Ohio. Mr. Dambach was an experienced restaurateur who also ran a restaurant called "Andy's Place" in Milan. The co-lease operation began in 1936.

In 1938 a Sandusky man named Charles “Charlie” McGarvey purchased the restaurant from Helfrich, Hamman, and Dambach. McGarvey also had a restaurant in Sandusky called “McGarvey’s“. But it wasn’t until 1939 or 1940 that he officially changed the name of the Vermilion restaurant from Helfrich’s to McGarvey’s. By this time the bait and livery part of the operation had been abandoned and the eatery was quickly building a regional reputation for both its food and ambience - as a pleasant riverside cafe.

After Charlie McGarvey’s death in 1944 Charles “Charlie” Solomon and a partner purchased the restaurant for $35,000. A year later they were offered nearly twice that amount for the business. The quick thinking Solomon bought out his partner and set about learning the business. Although it was said he was good in the kitchen but not so good with the customers - his wife and son, Eddie, were good with managing both. And for the next forty-five years the restaurant - which kept the name McGarvey’s - was successfully owned and operated by the Solomon Family.

In the Spring of 1989 the restaurant was sold to a restaurant chain known as “Tony Roma’s A Place for Ribs”. But lacking the expertise and loving touch of the Helfrich Family, its namesake Charlie McGarvey, or the Solomon Family the eatery never regained public favor. In May of 2000 the Vermilion Port Authority purchased the property for $985,000 and the old restaurant was razed to provide additional dockage, and make way for a new restaurant called “The Red Clay on The River”. Several years later another chain took over from the “Red Clay” and currently (2017) the spot is known as the Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant.

McGarvey’s (Boat Drive-in) / Helfrich’s Restaurant was, beyond the shadow of any doubt, one of the most unique and visited spots along the southern coast of Lake Erie for nearly three quarters of a century. For most folks who were fortunate enough to have known the place through the years many fond memories remain. That certainly doesn’t seem like much. But, perhaps - in the bigger scheme of things - it is what really counts.

Ref: Elyria Chronicle Telegram, 1989; Vermilion Area Archival Society, Roscoe-Tarrant Family Photo Collection; Special Thanks to Milan native Dale Hohler, Vermilion resident John Trinter, and the Vermilion, Ohio Port Authority; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 6/13/08; Written on 6/09/08 @ 1:57 PM. Revised 03/15/2007.

On my home desk this week is an interesting pic of downtown Vermilion that, after looking at it all week on my computer, I believe was probably taken in the very late 1940s or very early 50s.

My thoughts are based on two observations: 1.) The “YH” license plate of the car at the lower right corner; and 2.)The clothing of the people – especially the young boys – in the photo.

I note that Paul’s Snack Shop was in operation – though the sign he had over the walk isn’t yet there. And I note that the news stand has an awning. If it had one when I was around in the mid 1950s I don’t remember it ever being opened like it is in this pic.

I can’t definitely explain the antique cars in the pic. I speculate that it was either a car club out for a drive, or someone had organized a local car show. Perhaps it was a little of both.

Fortunately, some soul had enough aforethought to take a snap of the occasion so I could use sixty some years after the fact.

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ANOTHER PHOTO FROM GLASS: This photograph will undoubtedly be of more interest to me than most readers. It was taken around 1912-13 in the side yard of the Vermilion News office on Grand Street.

My wide assumption is that the lawn swing was something my great-grandfather built for his son and daughter-in-law (i.e. Pearl and Bessie Roscoe). I’ve seen it before in other pix. While I don’t know what the occasion might have been I do note that my mother (Ella) is the little girl in the middle of the swing with the others standing around her. My mom was born in May so this might have very well been a birthday party. It looks like two of the boys in the front are holding sandwiches of some kind.

What really captures my interest in this photo is the building (on the left). It appears that the addition on the back of the building had not yet been built. Consequently, this gives me a better handle on when that addition might have been added – maybe 1914 or 15? It also means that there was no indoor plumbing in the building yet. The outhouse is visible through the swing at the back left.

Cool beans!

WHAT’S IN A TREE (?): The photograph accompanying this week’s column is among the most familiar Vermilion photographs in existence. I am certain that it has appeared in the VPJ before. It also appeared in The Vermilion News in the yesteryear. And folks who own, or borrow, the Ray and Karen Boas book “Through These Gates” will find it on the bottom of page 71. Unlike many of those photographs, however, this particular photo was acquired from the original glass negative loaned to me by Linwood resident Janet Waggoner.

The tree was known as the “Linwood Tree”. Before it was removed in the early years of the 20th century it was reported to have been five centuries old. It was reportedly eight feet across and some 85 feet tall – a monster of a tree. Those pictured inside the tree are Louise, Otto and baby Esther Goetz (Shanks).

Many well seasoned Vermilion and Linwood natives should recognize both the Goetz and Shanks surnames. The Reverend George Goetz was not only a popular and well-known German-Evangelical minister at Linwood Park and Cleveland, Ohio – but he was a familiar face in numerous northern Ohio churches including those in the Vermilion area during the late 19th and early years of the 20th century. He was on the Board of Directors of the Linwood Park Company from 1896 until his death in 1930. But more to the point, he was also the father of baby Esther. She was born April 15, 1894, thus providing the year when these shadows were captured.

Otto Goetz was Rev. George’s son by his first marriage. His first wife Wilhelmina “Minnie” died in 1882 when she was but 29 years of age. Otto eventually became a dentist. He died in Florida in 1954. I have been unable to discover any in depth information about Louise, the young lady with Otto in the tree. However, back in 2012 Otto’s nephew Bob Shanks told me she was his Aunt. Precisely how she fits in the family tree is unknown to me. But I do know some about baby Esther:

She married a gentleman named Arthur Shanks in 1922. The couple had two sons: the aforementioned Robert “Bob” born in 1928 and Donald “Don” born in 1930. Don lived and worked in Vermilion for many years. At one point in time he owned and operated the Brass Horn (currently Woodstock) on Main Street. Bob married a pretty Vermilion girl named Althea Showalter (VPJ 11/05/15) and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

Esther’s uncles, Jacob and John “Henry” (VPJ 06/13/13), were accomplished carpenters and built numerous houses in Vermilion, as well as some of those in Linwood Park. One of the houses that the Goetz brothers built sits on the “south side of South Street” [try saying that five times real fast] just west of the intersection of State, Grand and South streets. It is really a very attractive and well-constructed residence. Jake married a local girl named Emma Linglebach and it was for many years their home. The brothers also built several small boats: The “Mary N.” owned by Louis “Cloudy” Noel, who had the ferry franchise between Linwood Park and downtown Vermilion, was one of their boats. Henry married a West Virginia girl named Laura. They lived on the west side of Perry Street between Ohio and South streets. Both were deaf.

Jacob died in 1931 at the age of 77. Henry’s death was rather unusual and may have been related to his inability to hear. He was walking down the street one day in 1937 and was bitten by a stray dog. As a result he contracted Rabies and died soon thereafter. He was 82. His wife Laura, who I remember quite vividly, died in 1960 at the tender age of 92 years.

A great deal of history passed by and in the shade of the Linwood Tree during its five-century life. I don’t know if the story about it having been the very tree in which pioneer surveyor Almon Ruggles carved his initials marking it as being the northeast corner of the Firelands territory is true or not. But it really doesn’t matter. As some are inclined to say, “It’s not what’s on the outside that matters, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.”

Ref: Special Thanks to: Janet Waggoner; Through These Gates by Ray and Karen Boas, 1984; and the Vermilion Photojournal; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 03/02/17.

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

Vol. XII, No.41. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, March 18, 1909

The Pastime Company

Explains Their Failure To Make Good At The Show Given Here Last Week

Cleveland Ohio, March 11, 1909
To the people of Vermilion:

On Tuesday evening March 9th, The Pastime Company, headquarters in Cleveland, presented at the Opera House, a performance which was faithfully intended to be a high class and refined bill of vaudeville acts. This class of entertainment and the most popular is the most popular of any in the large cities, and it is our aim to bring the best acts as we can obtain to Vermilion and other towns en route.

On the night in question, which happened to be our first appearance in Vermilion, we are forced to admit that the performance given was way below the standard we have set.

It is the rigid policy of the Pastime Co., to deliver just what it advertises, and to give a "square deal" in all emergencies. So deep is our regret that the following explanation and "square deal" offer to rectify is given.

All acts advertised for the performance March 9th were actually GOOD acts, and were under contract to appear. Four the top-liners, the best on the whole bill, failed to appear, even on the later trains and interurban cars. This was caused by a serious error in booking, as was afterwards discovered, the missing acts going to Monroeville instead of Vermilion.

Expecting the arrival of at any moment of the missing acts, the stage manager was obliged to "double" on the performers present, and to substitute unrehearsed acts. The result is well known to those who were present, and the Company, according to its policy, makes the following square deal offer in lieu of an apology.

The Pastime Company is arranging another and stronger bill of vaudeville, which will come to Vermilion soon. It offers to admit free any and all persons who attended the show given March 9th. We cannot remember faces, but we know exactly how many were present on the date. It will only be necessary to state that you present then to get a ticket for the coming show absolutely free, and no questions will be asked. We will trust solely to the honesty of Vermilion people in this matter, and we feel sure that no one will get a free ticket was not entitled to it. Those who were not present March 9th will be charged admission, of course. But those who were present on that date are REQUESTED the state the fact at the window and obtain tickets free when we present the next show. Watch for announcements of date, and don’t fail to get the free ticket if you are justly entitled to the same under this offer.

In conclusion The Pastime Company is a permanent institution, exponents of the square deal in the Show business, and as such solicits not only the patronage, but the goodwill and confidence of every resident of Vermilion and vicinity. It is the intention of the company to send good shows to Vermilion at regular intervals, and you may feel assured that every show given under its auspices will be refined in the extreme.




BORN – To Mr. and Mrs. William Jaeger Wednesday, March 10, a son.

E.H. Nicholl is the proud owner of a fine automobile.

Wm. Grugel sold his saloon to Andrew Monks of Marblehead last week.

Mrs. Kohlmeyer is in very critical condition. A trained nurse was secured Friday evening.

A. Baker attended the funeral Postmaster Bowman of Lorain Friday.

The business places in Amherst will be open until 7 o'clock in the evening from now until the first of April.

George Jacobs was found dead in his room by his brother last week. He was 50 years old.

The funeral of George Jacobs was held Thursday afternoon at all. O.H. Bakers. Rev. Lindenmeyer conducted the funeral services. The remains were interred in the Cleveland St., Cemetery.

The Miller brothers have dissolved partnership in the Bible business. Superior to. Where having bought out his brother Charles, the retired Saturday night. Mr. Miller was not decided as to what he will do that when I first enjoy a vacation. He entered into an agreement not to engage in the business of Amherst for at least three years.

Fred Reussner of Henrietta had a rather expensive run away one day last week while on his way to town with a market wagon of produce. The horses became frightened and started to run spilling a barrel packed with gallon cans of maple syrup and a bushel of eggs. It was scattered along the streets for about a half a mile.

Mischievous vermin escape from assailant one evening last week and ran into the home of Rev. English.

NEPAD. Walker went to St. Joseph's Hospital in Lorrain Monday, where he will be operated upon for appendicitis.

About 25 old employees were set to work at number six Corey Monday.

The remains of Albert Hauser of Illyria were brought here Sunday and interred in Cleveland St., Cemetery. Rev. Forster of Amherst officiated at the funeral services. Mr. whose Houser is well known and leaves many friends around here who agreed to learn of his death.

Strong's Corners

Several people of this place attended the sugar social at Henrietta Center.

Mr. Ed Heussner feels proud to think he sold a team of horses for $400.

The farmers have a good bit of plowing done.

The L. S. E. Offices will be moved from Norwalk to Sandusky within the next few weeks.

Elyria will cause a large billboard to be erected near the L. S. depot advertising the city and its industries.

It is been the practice of fishermen to set their nets a day or two before and lifting on the day the season opens, thus getting fresh fish onto the market earlier than otherwise. The state is endeavoring to put a stop to this practice so for the past two seasons have made an effort to find the nets and confiscate them. Just before the season opened the Perry and crew found and confiscated a large number of nets off this port. There were no names on the net so it is not known from which port they came or to whom they belong.


Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day.

Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Roscoe with Cleveland visitors also Miss Jesse Delker Friday.

The K. and L. of S. Will give a 15 cent dance at the Town Hall on Monday evening. Good music and a good time.

DIED – Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Moore, after a short illness. Mrs. Patchett age 85. The obituary will be found in another column.

DIED – at his home in Elyria Friday after a long illness, Mr. Albert Houser aged 32. A wife and four-year-old son survive. Mr. Mrs. G.H. Blattner of Vermilion attended the funeral Sunday.

O. K. Todd arrived home Sunday after several weeks spent in the South.

Judge Reed refused to grant the application of the plaintiff for an injunction in the case of the village of Vermilion vs. the L. S. and M. S. Ry Co. The plaintiff sought to restrain the railway company from raising its tracks through the village. Surveyors C. E. DeWitt and C. King looked over the ground and made the report. An order of system suspension for five days was made to give opportunity to take the case before the Circuit Court.

The problem of more schoolroom is troubling the Oberlin school board also.

A flock of about 40 geese passed over Vermilion this morning headed southeast. By the gabble when the attack struck town they must have discovered some improvements and perhaps they were discussing the Oak Point mystery.

[NOTE:What they were discussing is returning to Vermilion in 2017 and camping in front of our home at the Olympic Club for the winter.]

Mrs. William Rice is quite seriously ill at home at the home of her daughter Mrs. Fred driver.

Mr. E. L. Coen writes that he is gaining in health and expects to start home about April 10.

Light Keeper Burns is a poultry fancier. He has nice clean quarters for his chickens and everything is in shipshape. At present he has about 30 little Buff Leghorns of which he is very proud. He also he has also quite a flock of older birds.

Mrs. Benham, music teacher in the Vermilion schools has resigned on account of ill health.

Miss Alice Kane went to Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland last Thursday where she underwent an operation for appendicitis. She is recovering from the effects as fast as can be expected.


Charlotte Cooper was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1822; married Thomas Patchett 1848; came with her husband to America in 1853, and has lived most of her life since coming to America in Ohio and in Brownhelm Tp. She leaves one son John Patchett and three daughters, Mrs. Allen Kneisel, Mrs. Emma Warner and Miss Lucy Moore. One daughter, Mrs. Mary Moore preceded her to the spirit world. She also leaves behind her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren in many friends, who speak of her as a good woman. At the last she said; “Dear Lord, take me home." Her husband died 16 years ago.

Funeral services were held for from the Axtel Methodist Church on Monday, Rev. J. W. H. Brown officiating, taking for his text, Rev. 14:13 “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth; ya saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labor and their works do follow them."


Ms. Eleanor Buckley returned to Loraine St. Joseph's hospital, Monday, after the death of her father, where she is a nurse.

BORN – To Mr. And Mrs. Barney Blang, a son.

The Gorden brothers were haling ice from the old quarry over to Axtel for the Diamond Cheese Co., Saturday.

Mr. Martin Pippert has been hauling his wheat to the station, where he carried it at a $1.15 a bushel.


OF SOME HISTORIC INTEREST: I often find some of these little tidbits from old newspapers to be real helpful. This one in particular lists a good number of Vermilion guys who were sailing the Great Lakes back in the 1800s. If you’re familiar with local history many of the names will be familiar (i.e. Sherart, Counter, Nolan, Snyder, Lumley, Parsons. Goodell and Fisher.

Of particular interest to me here is Morris Snyder. Some folks may have known him as Gib / Jib Snyder. I’ve always been under the impression that he was just a commercial fisherman. But this shows that he worked the lakes. While that’s not an earth shattering revelation it actually explains (at least to me) his alleged expertise on the lake. According to some things I’ve read about him he had a very small boat and frequently went on the lake fishing alone. That, in and of itself, is not a biggie unless one really gives it some thought. This guy knew the lake like some hunters know the woods. He never got lost and always came back with game.

I later found this 1944 obit (below) for Morris. I think I knew some of this - but had forgotten. I knew Ethel and Warren Red Brooks. Red was the bartender at the Liberty Tavern for many years. I’m glad that Morris had such a long life. For some reason I assumed he’d died in poverty at a much younger age.

Another name that jumps out at me is James Nolan. I think he eventually owned the saloon where the Woodstock Restaurant on Main Street is currently located.

In addition to that the name Counter is also familiar. I’m thinking that his sons were (in later years) inclined to raise a good deal of hell around Vermilion. I don’t believe they were hardened criminals. They were relatively young, drank too much, and caused enough problems to get locked up on occasion. While that’s no excuse for such behavior it’s really not uncommon.

Anyway, this scrap provides some additional background to the local historical pic.

One Woman’s Opinion…


Mary Wakefield Buxton

That August of 1963 I was just like most 21 year old brides. I thought marriage to the man I loved would be the end of all my problems and the beginning of a life of Pure Bliss. This is the great American myth.

Now, writing of that time at age 75, I know marriage is continuation of the usual “Hard Times” that life delivers. At least marriage allows for sharing problems with the “love of one’s life,” which makes enduring hard times somewhat easier. Yet, succeeding in a long term marriage is among the greatest challenges of life. It requires a well- developed sense of humor.

This is because God has a sense of humor. For amusement He arranges “opposites” to “fall in love.” Then He sits back and enjoys the show. I am sure He is laughing now as we muddle along in marriage.

Because sooner or later we all come to the painful realization that the one we married is as stubborn as a mule. A happy marriage is where two mules learn how to live together.

Mother had an explanation for when we “fall in love.” She claimed people married when they felt an urge to “build a nest” making the entire process of falling in love sound like a bird readying to lay eggs. Perhaps there is some mysterious call from nature that pushes two miles down the aisle at a certain age? It is a somber thought that we end up marrying whomever we happen to be dating when the eggs are ready to pop.

Perhaps Chip and I married because we each wanted to win an argument. The Virginian and I had scuffled in a debate of the War Between the States when we had first met. The Civil War could have been our formula for love.

Skirmishes between North and South certainly continued at the wedding. The Virginians wanted to bring their beloved old “mammy” that had raised Chip. This was too much Old South for my family and Father said no. I was caught in the ensuing gunfire like a crow in the sights of his shotgun and ordered to support my family’s decision. It caused bad feelings before I could even say “I do.”

The morning of my wedding I suddenly woke up to find myself paralyzed. “Mother,” I called from my bed, “I can’t move my legs!”

“Get up, Mays,” she shouted more like a fish wife on the streets of London than a lovely lady from Vermilion, Ohio. Mother was half a Horton and half a Parsons and she meant business. “You’re getting married today if I have to drag you down the aisle myself!”

I lay in my bed in my agony and wondered at the chemistry of mothers and daughters. It occurred to me that I might have been a bit of a difficult daughter to raise and I felt some sympathy for Mother on my wedding day. Nonetheless, I limped to the car and drove myself to see Dr. Halley who was good enough to meet me in his office on Saturday morning to see if I could possibly get married today or if I had come down with a tragic case of polio in the night.

The good doctor took one look at me and watched me as I limped across the room. “You’re perfectly well, Mary, “ he said. “You just have a bad case of nerves on your wedding day, that’s all. Tell your Mother the wedding can go on as planned.” I still had my doubts as to my health but Mother was ecstatic at the good news. Like I said, it is possible I was not an easy daughter to raise but I would be paid back sufficiently with my own daughter many years later.

Then, a freight train had chosen our wedding ceremony in the First Congregational Church to begin its excruciatingly slow journey through the town of Vermilion. The “North,” knowing full well about freight trains, had crossed the tracks early and were nicely settled in church. But the “South” was caught to a man, lined up on the other side of the tracks; ushers, groom, best man, the surgeon, the Judge, mother-in-law (who was properly President of the Hampton Roads Garden Club,) the fearful Aunt Elizabeth Styron (who kept the family in line,) not to mention the groom who stunned the congregation by appearing in his US Navy whites.

Dressed in my wedding gown and with Mother and bridesmaids sister, Georgia, and cousin, Molly, hovering, I could do nothing but glare out the window at the slow moving freight train. Drat those trains! Everything in Vermilion was timed to trains…weddings, births, and even funerals must wait.

Then, fiery Auntie Ruth fired the first shot at the South at the wedding reception later at our home in front of Lake Erie. She took one look at the Confederate flag that Father had hoisted on the mast deep in Yankee territory in honor of the Virginians and shouted… “Take that traitor’s flag down!”

A terrible quietude settled over the crowd but Father did not take down the Confederate flag and as the champagne flowed, so did the laughter that finally rang out between northern and southern forces once again.

Yet, there was a dustup in the reception line that suggested further trouble. The dear Mays had lit a cigarette to take a few puffs between greeting guests. The groom was appalled. He reached over and plucked the cigarette right out of her lips.

“My wife will never smoke!” he pronounced loudly. This had shocked the dear Mays who had come from a family of all girls and had never known a bossy man in her life. His order struck her as male domination which she could never tolerate! Deciding not to show any disagreeable side to her innately sweet temperament, she turned back to her guests. Such an interchange was not a positive omen for Pure Bliss.

The champagne flowed. Father was feeling pretty good as he introduced his daughter to a guest using her newly married name. But “Mrs. Buxton” came out of champagne lips as…“Mrs. Buxom.”

When husband and wife finally sliced the wedding cake, Wife leaned too close to the candelabra and her veil caught fire. “You’re on fire, my dear,” Husband said, and immediately doused it with his glass of champagne. The wedding album picture shows an irate bride glaring at her husband dripping forth from her soggy veil. More Pure Bliss. (Continued next week) C2017



…everywhere show marks of the action of water and ice. This stone is largely quarried in the county, and some grindstones are made.

Above the Berea is a limestone, a conglomerate and the coal measures, the balance of the Carboniferous system, but they nowhere appear in this county – we therefore have no coal in this county.

We have no representatives in this State of the age of reptiles, the periods of which are Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. They are found in some parts of the continent.

Above these are formations and deposits of what is called the age of Mammals, consisting of two periods, the Tertiary and Quaternary. No representatives of the former are found in the State, but of the latter we have abundant. They consist of Glacial Drift, Erie Clay, Forest Bed, Iceberg Drift, Terraces and Beaches.

The latter period presents a complete change in the physical condition of our continent, and apparently to the whole northern hemisphere; a change not exceeded by that which takes place upon our surface in the alternation from midsummer to mid winter. We have evidence that during what is called the Drift period, the climate had changed from that of an all-prevailing warmth to an arctic cold. While in the Tertiary the climate of the Southern States was carried to Greenland. In the Drift period the present climate of Greenland was brought as far south as the Ohio River. Greenland is now nearly buried under snow and ice, and in a large part of the coast, access to the interior is barred by the great glaciers, which flow from, the interior to the sea. Precisely such must have been the condition of much of North America during the glacial period, for we find evidence that glaciers covered the greater part of the surface down to the latitude of about forty degrees. The materials known as the Drift deposits are beds of sand, gravel and boulders, and have received the name of Drift, because they have been transported or drifted from their places of origin.

The most important facts which the study of the drift has brought, are that in most localities where the nature of the underlying rocks is such as to retain inscriptions made upon them, the upper surface of these rocks is planed, furrowed or excavated in a peculiar and striking manner, evidently by the action of one great denuding agent. Examples of this planing are abundant about Sandusky and on the islands. A good specimen can be seen at Monk's shipyard, and almost anywhere where the upper surface of the coniferous limestone is exposed at Sandusky.

Beneath the drift deposits the rock surfaces are in many localities excavated to form a system of basins and channels, often cut several hundred feet below the lakes and rivers that now occupy them. The Vermillion and Huron Rivers exhibit this phenomenon and prove that the surface of the lake was once at least one hundred feet lower than now…

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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RHODES: I guess if you live long enough you’ll see various businesses come and go. When one is young the illusion is that some of the businesses you are familiar with will last forever. But…

Remember Rhodes Jewelry store? It may have been located somewhere else before I became aware of it. But when I knew it it was in a storefront on Division / Main street. I think it was the one next (just north) of the building currently occupied by the Woodstock Restaurant. Through the years there have been so many different businesses along the street it’s hard for me to remember them all. But I do remember Rhodes.

I never purchased anything from Rhodes, but I remember going into the store with someone because they wanted their wristwatch repaired. Like shoes, people used to have their watches repaired instead of just tossing them and buying another.

I also remember a boy named Bobby Rhodes – who was a bit younger than myself – at school. I’ve no idea what happened to either the store or the family.

This box was contributed to the museum by Nancy Kniesel.


A Sunday School teacher of preschoolers was concerned that his students might be a little confused about Jesus Christ because of the Christmas season emphasis on His birth. He wanted to make sure they understood that the birth of Jesus occurred for real. He asked his class, "Where is Jesus today?"

Steven raised his hand and said, "He's in heaven."

Mary was called on and answered, "He's in my heart."

Little Johnny, waving his hand furiously, blurted out, "I know, I know! He's in our bathroom!!!"

The whole class got very quiet, looked at the teacher, and waited for a response. The teacher was completely at a loss for a few very long seconds. Finally, he gathered his wits and asked Little Johnny how he knew this.

Little Johnny said, "Well . . . every morning, my father gets up, bangs on the bathroom door, and yells, "Jesus Christ! Are you still in there?!"

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: After giving it much thought this link has been "put-down". During the last year most of the folks who used to use this page as a bulletin board have acquired their own and, consequently, no longer need this forum from "Views". I have, however, kept links (in the links section) to Larry Hohler's "Hope Homes" in Kenya - and to Bette Lou Higgins' Eden Valley Enterprises sites. They are historically and socially relevant projects. I suggest that you visit these sites on a regular basis to see "what's shakin'".

Pay particular note to the "Hope Homes" page during the next few months / years. They are constantly improving the lives of their youngsters and those around them. This is an exciting project accomplished by exciting people.

Although this Vermilion High School Class of 1959 reunion is over classmates may want to stay connected with each other through organizerROGER BOUGHTON. Ye can connect by mailing him @ 2205 SW 10th Ave. Austin, MN. 55912 or you can just emailRoger.

Persons interested in the history of the Lake Shore Electric Railway (which was the subject of a recent past podcast series) - "the greatest electaric railway system on the planet" may want to go to and purchase a book called "Images of Rail - Lake Shore Electric Railway". It was put together by Thomas J. Patton with the help of my friends DENNIS LAMONT and ALBERT DOANE. It'd make a nice gift.

Another great book with Vermilion Roots is, "Grandma's Favorites: A Compilation of Recipes from MARGARET SANDERS BUELL by Amy O'Neal, ELIZABETH THOMPSON and MEG WALTER (May 2, 2012). This book very literally will provide one with the flavor of old Vermilion. And ye can also find it at Take a look.

MARY WAKEFIELD BUXTON'S LATEST BOOK "The Private War of William Styron" is available in paper back for $15.00 with tax and can be purchased locally at Buxton and Buxton Law Office in Urbanna, ordered from any book store, or Brandylane Publishing Company. A signed, hard back edition may be purchased from Mrs. Buxton directly for $30.00 by writing her at Box 488, Urbanna, VA 23175 and including $6.00 for tax, postage and packaging.

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.

How the old links menu looked

Links to additional Vermilion Ohio pages:

For Persons who would like to donate to the cause (to keep these "Views" on-line you can send whatever you would like to me at the following address. And THANKS to everybody who has already donated to the cause. I doth certainly appreciate it):
Rich Tarrant
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Vermilion, Ohio
Telephone: 440-967-0988 - Cell: 440-522-8397

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Vol. 15. Issue 2 - March 18, 2017

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