THE WHEELS TURNING
SHOPTALK: On my home desk this week is a glass negative pic of the passenger steamer Arrow. It was built by the Detroit Dry Dock Company in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1895. Her first captain was George A. Brown. The Arrow was 165 feet in length, and 28 feet wide, with a net tonnage of 182. From 1895 until 1922, the steamer sailed on Lake Erie taking passengers from Sandusky to Kelleys Island, Middle Bass, North Bass, and Put-In-Bay. The cabins were furnished in light mahogany, and there was a grand piano in her salon. In 1912 round trips cost fifty cents.
I don’t know how my grandfather took this photo. (e.g. where he was – on land or the lake)
On the shoptop this week is a newspaper-clipping photograph of several guys from Vermilion’s Olympic Outing Club back in the 1950s. This pic has appeared in a past edition of Views. Joe Diener is my wife’s grandfather. All, but young Richard Whitt who is now our neighbor at our cottage at the club, have passed away.
This pic was taken from a larger story with more pix that appeared in the Cleveland Press. The club is among the oldest social organizations in Vermilion, Ohio.
ALMOST DONE:I’ve placed this screen shot (above) from my computer here to demonstrate part of what was happening to me over the last 7 – 10 days when I tried to sign into my webhost to get to the control panel for the Views website. I would get this far and no further.
Some define at least one type of insanity as repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again – expecting different results – and getting the same results time after time after time.
So call me crazy. But so many times I’ve found that when working with different software programs there are so many very tiny and often subtle details therein that it requires repeated efforts to succeed. And I’m still not certain if my repeated efforts paid off or if the software engineers simply got their act(s) together and fixed the program.
I supposed I’ll need to reserve a room and a padded cell before just to be safe.
ANYWAY - BACK TO IT: OK. I’m back in business. I was (to put it mildly) frantic for about a week with this host change from Yahoo Small Business to Aabaco Small Business (And I’m still trying to recover my equilibrium.)
I’ve been producing Views for over 10 years on a weekly basis – and prior to now I’ve never missed publishing an issue. Having that routine interrupted threw me for a loop. Moreover, I have over 2000 webpages archived with this host and I thought that they might be lost if I was unable to recover my control panel. I don’t know about anyone else, but I use the Views Archives with some regularity. They’re really a wonderful reference resource (at least they are for me).
Over the next several months I will be working with a new webhost. I was going to switch everything over to the new host right away. But even that is something I need take more time to consider. I do have a new host and a new domain (i.e. vnpsm.org) – but thus far I don’t have a good handle on precisely how all the new hosting software / control panel operates. Consequently, I will build another site just to get used to the software – and then I’ll see about migrating my pages.
This experience has taught me how my dad and granddad must have felt when their presses went down. I wonder how many times they repeated their work until they got it right???
AUDIO: The little audio poem this week was something I heard / imagined in a dream early Friday morning. Most of my poems (as well as my other compositions) are very short pieces by preference and design. (I prefer a small canvas.)
This week Iíve used a new app contained in the new Readiris Pro 15 software program. One of the features of the software is that of allowing the user to translate writing into an audio recording. The single thing I donít really like about the software is the fact that it wonít translate from a Word document. In this case I wrote the piece transformed it into a jpg file and dropped it into the Readiris program.
Thatís no big deal. But I expected more.
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.
If you would like to become a member the VNPSM you can send a check or money order to:
Vermilion Print Shop Museum727 Grand Street Vermilion, Ohio 44089440.967.4555.Cell:440.522.8397
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK:Take the time to visit us on Facebook. Click on the badge below and stop in. We'll keep adding pix as we go along. If you're in the area come on in. I try to be there in the a.m. most everyday. If you see a Chevy Silverado in the drive with the plate "MRCOOKR" stop by and see what's cooking.
THE CANDY STORE I'm not sure just who did it (yet) - but someone dropped by the museum one day and left several old Vermilion High School Log (annual) books in our mailbox.
The pic of the candy store that was located in the little house across the street from South Street School is in the 1942 book. I'd heard about the little store all my life. This is the very first pic I've ever seen of it.
Tom Moes told me that this little building was part of the old steam paddle boat that once hauled folks from the electric bridge to the Olympic Club.
The little house still exists, but I don't believe anyone lives in it anymore.
3 STREETS MEET:This older pic taken from the corner of South, State and Grand Streets looking north has also appeared in past editions of Views. The old pic was taken during (probably) a Memorial Day Parade back in the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Jane Smith is walking with her daughter in the background; Joe Mayer is the traffic cop; John Brunton and Larry Dickerhoff are riding on the lawnmower; and Lee Kress and one of the Fitzgerald girls whose first name now escapes me were on the bicycle. I believe that Jane was then pregnant with her son Bobby. So whatever year Bob was born should give us an approximate date for the pic.
One of the reasons I took the updated pic of the scene is because it’s kind of an optical illusion for some folks. Initially, the older pic appears to have been taken at the corner of Grand and Ohio streets. It requires closer inspection to understand precisely where it was taken – or, or course, the newer pic.
The older photograph is so clear it often takes my breath away. Mr. Linglebach was one good photographer.
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...
[VV. Ed. Note: Last week I was so distracted by the tech changes / problems I was experiencing with the page I failed to used the correct date for the newspaper issue for that week. I did correct it. But that was on Tuesday morning when I got back to transcribing a new page. So - OOPS! Sorry about that.]
Saturday afternoon the fire department was called to the Haber farm in the W. River Rd. It was founded that the barn, which was a large one was a mass of flames. As there was but little water on the premises and the buildings were beyond the reach of the hose from the nearest water plug, very little could be done to arrest the progress of the fire but by hard work the house was saved. The barn, corncrib and wine cellar, together with their contents were totally destroyed.
The fire is particularly unfortunate at this time of the year as the buildings were filled with farm products, it can be imagined as to the quantity when it is stated that 400 bushels of corn was destroyed. Some farm tools escaped destruction.
The origin of the fire is not known. Property loss has not as yet been fixed as the insurance adjusters have not made settlement.
The buildings, the property of Mrs. Haber, could hardly be replaced for $3000. One of her sons, F.B. Haber lives at the farm and the loss will fall heavily upon him as it is his first year there. The property was partially insured.
It is evident that the number of saloons in Huron will be considerably decreased this winter. Three of the number – the places kept by P. Maszurca, Steve Pastor Fred Kroc – have already been closed and Jos. Higgs and Gus Boomer propose closing after the holidays. It is possible that, before the advent of spring, there will not be more than four of or five saloons in the village. – Huron reporter
[VV. Ed. Note: I find this amazing. There were evidently enough saloons in Huron to quench the thirst of at least 1000 souls. I suppose that the number of bars had something to do with the traffic on the lakes and on the rails. Huron must have been quite a shipping hub in those years.]
For several months past H.S. Miller has been suffering from a growth on his upper lip which the doctors called a wart. Yesterday morning, he went to Lakeview Hospital, Lorain and underwent an operation for its removal. The operation was successfully performed by Cleveland surgeons and we hope to see Mr. Miller back home in a few days.
Bank of Vermilion Co. will move into their new bank building on Liberty Street the latter part of this week and be home to all who wish to call and see their rooms. Saturday, Dec. 14.
A letter from L.U. Todd informs us that he is pleasantly located at Battles Wharf, Alabama, on the east side of Mobile Bay in only a short distance from the bay itself. He is having a pleasant time so far.
Mrs. Caspar Dute reported quite ill.
Revival meetings are being held at the evangelical church this week.
Mrs. John Bergner is very ill at the home of her daughter Mrs. A.L. Nickoll at Cleveland.
A number of Amherst people attended the Sousa band concert at Elyria Sunday.
Charles Van Voorhees had three toes crushed while at work at the quarry Saturday.
William Kuss who was injured at the depot several weeks ago awarded $500 and a doctor’s and nurse’s fees.
Mrs. Joseph Gawn is suffering from a light attack of typhoid fever. Her son Harry is improving as fast as can be expected.
Married – At the bride's home in Norwalk, Jacob Martin Schumach, and Miss Luella Jackson, only daughter of Henry Jackson.
The receipts of the electric light plant are increasing monthly. Quite a large number of new residences have been connected lately. The amount collected November, the October consumption, amounted to $122.52.
Miss Frieda Miller has entered Lakeview Hospital at Lorraine to take a course in nursing.
Mayor stonewalled is given that Marshall strict orders to stop the operations of all slot machines any are to be found in the village. This move in the right direction [sic].
Ernie Billman, brother-in-law of J. Harper, is at the Elyria Hospital, the result of an injury received at the Dean electric plant where he was employed. He was hurt about his head in several places of skull.
Mrs. Catherine Scheele is seriously ill.
Owing to the inability to get supplies the dynamite factory has been compelled to close down temporarily.
Miss Ethel Cleveland is the guest of her sister at Kelly's Island.
Miss Gertrude Abel of Vermilion was the guest of May Sharpe a few days last week.
The mumps are in town a little son of E.Perry Brown down with them at present.
The teachers are quite busy preparing for Christmas exercises.
Miss Winnifred Wood has completed her term of music.
The Independent Quarry has closed this gives the boys a chance to hunt.
V. Leimbach has purchased a new cream separator, which he thinks is just the thing.
Mr. T Sanders broke his leg while walking out of the house, he was hurt quite badly.
"Pug" spoke mysteriously disappeared from home last Thursday. The first seen of him was on Friday morning where he was found the home of Mrs. Whitt. Our mail carrier kindly restored him to his master on Monday, who rejoiced greatly over his return.
A. Ladrach is drilling for gas. Our best wishes. A W.
The phones of this vicinity have been out of commission for a number of days.
Dr. Quigley was called to the home of Mr. Henry Wallace on Monday afternoon on account of grandma Wallace who is in poor health.
New sewing machines from $10 up at George P. Wahl’s.
After January 1 ‘07 single copies of the NEWS will be 5c instead of 3c.
44 hunting accidents have been reported in Ohio during the season. About 20 have resulted fatally.
Lorain County jail has proven too small for the number of inmates in some women taking to the Cuyahoga County jail at Cleveland.
Remember Christian has moved from the Davis Bldg., to the Wells Block on Grand Street, opposite Mr. S.W .Simons grocery. Don't forget this.
Jas. Armitage a veterinary dentist of Berlin Hts and well-known in the vicinity, dropped dead of a heart disease Saturday at 2 o'clock. He was 62 years old.
The financial outlook of the L.S.E. is bright according to reports. The stockholders are confident that within a year after they succeed in selling bonds to fund their floating debt, they will be in a position to pay dividends on preferred stock.
P Roscoe was a Cleveland visitor Tuesday.
A foreigner who gave an alarm of murder at Huron, also at Elyria and kept the police of all towns and cities between Sandusky in Cleveland on the lookout for the murdered in the murderers for several days had a dream so he claims. He was very much excited when he told the story of being thrown off a freight, after being badly battered and bruised by tramps and that two of his companions were murdered and thrown off. All this he claimed occurred on the L. S. And M. S. Freight near Ceylon Jct.
Miss Lydia Wakefield is reported ill at her home on South Street.
Conrad Grisel lost one of his horses last week.
Percy E Roscoe of Cleveland called on relatives and friends here Sunday.
Gasoline lamps and lighting systems and supplies at George P walls.
Mr. and Mrs. in a foster returned home Tuesday from Shiloh Ohio, visiting relatives and friends this past week.
Miss Hattie Thompson is accepted a position with George a Clark and sons of Lorraine began her duties about two weeks ago.
Found – Two pairs of black mittens, (children's). Owner can have same by calling at this office and paying charges.
This advertisement shows exactly what my grandfather thought about doing business in town, and why.
VERY OLD VERY BEAUTIFUL: I was looking for some things that I’ve yet to find. As I age that sort of thing seems to happen more often; looking for one thing, finding another, and forgetting (at least for the time) what it was that I was looking for when I began looking. Anyway that’s when I found the little painting accompanying this week’s column. It was inside a decrepit old scrapbook that I’d set aside a few years back thinking that it was just that; “a decrepit old scrapbook”. Something that I would, sooner or later, consign to the trash but, surprise, surprise, forgot.
The painting caught my eye because it is very colorful. Coming across anything in color in a 19th century scrapbook like this is, in my experience, very unusual. And further noting the handwriting at the bottom of the picture I became all the more curious about it. In a barely legible and light script beneath the painting someone had penned: “This picture was painted by an Armenian student and presented by Dr. Goodell to his nephew Wm. B. Goodell at Oberlin Ohio in 1850 or 1851”.
The surname Goodell may be familiar to some Vermilionites because it was also the last name of the minister who gave the dedication sermon at the first church in our town way back in 1843 – Jotham Weeks Goodell. In 1850 Jotham, his wife and seven of their children left Vermilion for the Oregon Territory. But to make a rather circuitous and tenuous story short I soon found that the Dr. Goodell who presented the picture to his nephew in Oberlin was, in fact, Jotham’s brother. And while I know, and have written, a good deal about Jotham (VPJ 04/13/2009) as well as his wife and children and grandchildren, I don’t know much about his siblings. Or at least I didn’t until now.
Reverend Doctor William Goodell was born in Templeton, Massachusetts in 1792. At the age of 15 he walked 60 miles to Phillips Academy in Andover with his trunk on his back where he was awarded a scholarship. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1817, and from the Andover Theological Seminary in 1820. The year 1822 was a busy one for the young minister. In September he was ordained as a missionary in New Haven; in November he married Abagail Perkins Davis; and as the year ended he found himself aboard a ship on his way to Syria and the Holy Land as a missionary agent for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. With his wife at his side he established the station that became the center of the mission in Syria and later established and served the Armeno-Turkish mission in Constantinople. Due to constant socio-political unrest in that part of the world their trials and tribulations were plentiful. [And I dare say that not much has changed since.] But they persevered.
Also noteworthy is the fact that among his numerous writings one of his foremost labors during 20 of the 43 years of his life as a missionary was to translate the Bible into Armeno-Turkish (Turkish written in Armenian letters). His translation of the Old Testament was first published in 1842, and his final revision in 1863. The couple retired to the United States in 1865 and he passed into the ages two years thereafter.
But back to the little painting: Goodell’s nephew (also named William) had remained in Vermilion after his family left town for Oregon Territory in 1850. He stayed behind to wed a local girl named Maria Pelton. His uncle, who was apparently home on furlough from his eastern missions, was visiting Oberlin when he presented the painting to him. But shortly thereafter young William and his wife Maria followed his parents west eventually settling in the Pacific coast town of Port Angeles where he was appointed customs inspector. On December 16, 1863 he was drowned when some of the mountain lakes overlooking the town overflowed. The water came rushing down a gorge sweeping away everything in its wake including the customs house where William was working. Maria and the couple’s three children (Frederick, Walter and Charlotte) returned to Vermilion to live with her parents, Sylvester and Eunice Pelton (VPJ 02/09/2006).
Now, how the little watercolor painting ended up in “a decrepit old scrapbook” from a yesteryear is a mystery (to me). All I do know is that it’s very old and very beautiful. And perhaps the day will come when I recall what I was searching for when I found it.
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.
CHARLES DeKAY TOWNSEND, M. D.
Born in the city of Albany, State of New York, February 13, 1820; first son of Solomon DeKay Townsend, born in New York City, May 25, 1784, and Esther Mary Cannon, his wife, born in Norwalk, Connecticut, December 7, 1793; married August 28, 1814, to whom four children were born, viz.: Sarah Cannon Townsend. first daughter, born July 27, 1815, departed this life August 11, 1815, aged sixteen days; Sarah Cannon Townsend, second daughter, born June 27, 1817, departed this life October 29, 1841, aged twenty-four years and four months; Charles DeKay Townsend, first son, born February 13, 1820; Absalom Cannon Townsend, second son, born December 8, 1822.
Solomon DeKay Townsend, fourth son of Absalom Townsend, born November 21, 1743, and Helen DeKay, his wife, born August 33, 1846. Solomon DeKay Townsend died 1834, aged fifty-one years and eleven months. Esther Mary Cannon Townsend died 1853, aged sixty years and ten months.
The subject of this sketch, having received a fair education, commenced the study of medicine and surgery under the tuition of his uncle, Charles D. Townsend, M. D., at Albany, New York; attended lectures at the Albany Medical College, and graduated A. D. 1842. While a student he made a trip to Norwalk, Huron county, Ohio, year 1840 for the purpose of looking after his mother's estate (Charles L. Boalt, Esq., of Norwalk, and George Reber, Esq. of Sandusky City, our attorneys),—his mother, in common with others, seeking relief by an equal distribution of the Fire-lands, as represented in the annexation on Sandusky bay. Business all satisfactory, he purchased a horse, saddle and bridle, and started for his eastern home, six hundred miles, on horseback.
1840 —Who, that saw the log cabin in the woods, log cabins on wheels, log cabins everywhere, with Tippecanoe and Tyler, too, would be likely to forget the political crusade to Fort Meigs. He met them on their winding way. Messrs. Boalt and Reber made a request of the eastern claimants, to select a suitable person and send him to Ohio to assist them, and to attend to outside office work pertaining to their law suits. Dr. C. D. K. Townsend was chosen, and immediately went west in 1842, with his horse and sulky. He drove to Sandusky City, where lie remained nearly two years, when the case was ready for a hearing. Sandusky not suiting the Doctor for a field of practice, he went, in the year 1844, to the city of Rochester, New York, and opened an office on Exchange street. To attend to his mother’s estate, the Doctor moved back to Sandusky City in 1846. The year 1849 was a memorable one for Sandusky, and all concerned. The first case of cholera in Sandusky, July 1st, was Mrs. Allen. Dr. Tilden attended and the patient died. The second case was Mrs. Hiram Allen's daughter-in-law. Dr. Townsend was called and the patient recovered. The cholera became very bad, and the inhabitants, panic stricken, left by every available means and in every direction. Doctor Townsend stood at his post of duty and made his headquarters at the mayor's office. John M. Brown, Esq., was mayor of the city. He stood at his post while thousands fled; watched over and cared for the stricken city and its inhabitants. Several physicians left the city, others became exhausted. Dr. Townsend waited no longer to be sent for but sought after and attended the afflicted wherever found, until relied by volunteer physicians from abroad. His brother, A. C. Townsend, also rendered valuable assistance.
On the 3d of July, 1854, Charles DeKay Townsend, M. D., and Mrs. Mary Sherman Combes, widow of W. W. Combes, M. D., second daughter of John Sherman, Esq., and Margaret Hinchman, his wife, were united in marriage at Ridgeville, Lorain county, Ohio. To them were born three children, viz. : Helena, fii-st daughter, born June 6, 1855: Virginia, second daughter, born February 14, 1857; Orion DeKay, first son, born February 2, 1859.
The Doctor continued in the active duties of his profession till the year 1865, when failing health caused him to change his business, and with his family he moved to Put-iu-Bay township, Ottawa county, Ohio, and purchased land on Isle St. George, where he may be found, unless absent on professional business, engaged in the culture of the vine and other fruits.
"I looked: aside the dust cloud rolled; The Master seemed the builder, too: Up-springing from the ruined I saw the new.”
INTERESTING: I don’t suppose this sketch can be (really) considered an artifact – but then again…
I found it in a 1942 Vermilion High School Log Book (Annual) and thought it both interesting and unusual. It’s a free-hand sketch of the old South Street School when it was not yet “the old South Street School”.
I believe I do have a photograph that is similar to the sketch. But it’s not a good one. Unless one has a wide-angle camera lens it’s actually nearly impossible to get a photograph of the entire building from this angle. It can also be accomplished with the proper software.
I’ve no idea who drew the pic. Perhaps I’ve not looked close enough. Anyway, it’s a very interesting sketch.
One of my first evenings back from a business trip, my girl's understanding parents left us alone in the living room. Naturally, we did not talk all the time.
In the midst of a kiss, I noticed her little sister in her nightgown watching us from the top of the stairway. I told her: "If you will be a good girl and go to bed, I will give you a quarter."
Without taking the bribe or saying a word, she ran off but soon was back again.
"Here is a dollar," she said. "I wanna watch."
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'".
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, "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 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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Vol.13, Issue 38 - November 21, 2015
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