Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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December 3,  2016 - Jeb and boat bones=


SHOPTALK: On the shop desk this week is a scratchy pic of our one-eyed cat Jebediah. When he was a kitten another cat scratched one of his eyes and it limited his good sign to one eye. He likes to hide and snipe at our other cat. She puts up with it – until she doesn’t.

Was a time when I thought I didn’t like cats. That’s because I don’t like them sitting or laying on me. I guess these cats know that because neither of them do. I just like watching them.

On my home desk this week is an old pic of the remains of a wrecked sailing vessel. This is one of my grandfatherís photographs. My grandmother is the lady standing in the middle of the bones of the old ship. I donít know where this was taken. But I fairly certain it wasnít on the Great Lakes. I assume that the others pictured were either good friends of relatives of my grandparents. I donít recognize any of them.

Iíve had access to this pic for years but have never had an occasion to use it. Itís just an interesting photograph.

FILLING IN SOME OF THE BLANKS: I’m involved with several different projects at the moment. One is related to our church, and while working on it I tend to come across material that is essentially unrelated – but nonetheless catches my attention.

One of those things is the fact that Vermilionite Warren G. “Smitty” Smith one operated the garage for the Dall Brothers car dealership in Vermilion.

I knew that Mr. Smith had a garage / store where Freeman-Eckley’s Yacht sales business is currently located. And I knew that he also had a boat livery and bait business just down the hill from that spot where Don Parson’s has his business. And I knew that Dall built the building on Liberty now owned by Moes Marine (west of Parsons). That building is now painted blue and sits above Moses’s place. But, as I said, I didn’t know Smitty ran the garage for Dall’s until I spotted it in a 1924 edition of the NEWS.

It’s no big deal. It’s just a little piece of local trivia that helps fill in some of the blanks in local history.

BACK TO THE DARKROOM: In the weeks ahead I’ll be developing a large number of glass and film negatives at the museum. Some of this stuff will be familiar to many folks because I’m going through some of the things my brother, Al, already developed. But a good deal of it – especially the film negatives – has not been previously developed.

An example of some of these pix is the one of the aftermath of the 43 tornado that you will see as a phoil-painting in an article below. Though I’ve seen, and have copies, of several places where that tornado hit (like Maple Grove Cemetery) I came across others that I’d never seen before. I’m not sure who took them. But I know they’ve never been published before.

If I can ever figure out how to exhibit some of these pix outside the net they might make an interesting show.

I’ve also come across some pix that were probably used for passports or some other type of identification purpose of numerous people. I know where they were taken, but I’ve no idea as to who the people are. (See pic below) But, again, they’d all made a great exhibit.

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.

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MARY D. CHILDS : When I review the lives of people from Vermilion’s yesteryear I often begin by looking at a photograph (or two…) of them. Regarding Mary Childs I’d always heard her name. That’s because there was a Women’s church class or circle named after her at the First Congregational Church – I’m not sure which. And I knew that she had been, somehow, related to a fella I vaguely remember named Earl Childs who worked for the Erie County Bank. But more than that I knew not.

Working on a project for the 200th anniversary of Vermilion’s UCC Congregational Church another picture of Mrs. Childs surfaced and I began to see if I might discover a little more about her. Here’s what I found:

She was born Mary D. Andrews in Vermilion in 1863. I was unable to find the exact birth date. Her father, Charles, was a janitor as was his brother George. I’m not certain, but I think one worked at the High School and the other at the Township Hall. Her mother’s name was Julia Myers.

In 1883 – when she was twenty years old – she gave birth to a son she named William Earle. Who her husband was and what happened to him is yet to be determined. In some census reports she is listed as being divorced, and in others she is listed as being widowed. In any case, her son always went by the name of Earl or W. Earle / Earl Childs.

Mary died on November 4, 1924 after an illness of about a year. She was only 61. [Note: I say “only” because at the age of 72 I view it as rather young. But I suppose it’s really all relative.]

In the only report of her death (an obituary in The Vermilion News) that I could find her work in and for the Congregational church is highlighted but not defined. But it most certainly must have been significant if her name was given to a Women’s group in the church.

In time I may learn more. But for now that’s all I know about Mary D. Childs of Vermilion, Ohio.

FOR SOME THE DAY WAS GOLDEN: The photo accompanying this essay is a very pleasant composition. Professional Vermilion photographer Paul Ludlow took it during a South Shore Regatta celebration somewhere around the year of 1940. The cruiser is about to turn upriver toward its home port near the river bridge and (just east of) McGarvey’s Nautical Restaurant.

Things have changed a bit over the years. McGarvey’s Restaurant is, of course, long gone, and Lee’s Boat Yard has morphed into Vermilion Power Boats Inc. But, by and large, the area remains familiar to old eyes, with young hearts, and well seasoned minds.

For some those days were golden. At least that would be the impression one derives from the photo. It was a cloudless afternoon in full summer. Whether the cruiser was part of a floating parade for Regatta watchers or simply a floating advertisement for Mr. Lee’s marina is unknown. (Although It was probably a bit of both.) But clearly the floating float was intended to attract the attention of the public.

On board were, by best count, at least 15 young ladies in swimsuits, and two musicians; one playing a clarinet, and one playing an accordion. Also on deck were two young boys (sitting toward the bow) and a man standing above the cabin who is sporting a long-haired wig, sunglasses, and a grass skirt. There are two other men and women on board the vessel. The gentleman at the helm is probably Mr. Lee.

Mr. Lee’s first name was Leroy, but many folks about town called him “L. D.”. He was an ambitious businessman - a real entrepreneur. He was the person responsible for developing the Vermilion housing subdivision known as Shady Lakes just east of Sunnyside Road. He was also active in local youth programs. For several years he and Vermilionite Bob Lilgegren were advisors in the local chapter of Sea Scouts.

But back to the sunny day these shadows were captured by Paul Ludlow’s camera from the docks at the Kishman Fish Company. Vermilion expatriate Jean Derby Bauer, who currently lives in Natchitoches, Louisiana, contributed this photograph with some notes. She indicated that the young lady nearest the bow on the starboard side of the vessel is Annabell / Annabelle Derby Kuhnle. (Annabelle, as some folks know, was Vermilion’s Centennial Queen in 1937.) Jean is the girl behind / beside her. And, yes, the day was certainly golden. At least it was for some.

As the boat neared McGarvey’s a splash was heard, and a man standing dockside at the restaurant began shouting, “Man overboard! Man overboard!” It was not clear in Jean’s notes if the person who had fallen into the river had been on the cruiser or was dockside. But in any case, it was later discovered that the person who had slipped into the stream was a young boy, and that he had drowned before anyone could react.

So for some folks the day this photograph was taken was, and will always be, golden - invoking wonderful memories of a yesteryear along the Vermilion River. But for others it was a day in that same yesteryear they would have preferred to not have been at all.

REF: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 06/25/2009.

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

Vol. XII, No.26. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, December 3, 1908


The Season Of Musical Treats For Vermilion

The G.A.R. band has been urged by several citizens of Vermilion to arrange and produce a series of concerts this winter.

Acting upon that request we have about completed arrangements for several concerts commencing just after the holidays, and at intervals of three weeks, ending about April 1st. We hope to include in this series, Ackley’s Orchestra that organization which pleased so well last winter.

Having no desire to make this undertaking a great financial success, we will arrange prices that are within the means of all. It is always been our purpose to give Vermilion the best it can reasonably afford. This position will be done.

Our band has made wonderful progress this season and we are rendering in rehearsal music that would do credit to many professional concert bands. Therefore we are confident of pleasing on those nights we perform. Further announcements will be made later.


Kyle Smith, Robert Gordon and Ernest Minton who were recently indicted for larceny pleaded guilty before Judge Reed Monday. Smith was charged with stealing from a member of the crew of the yacht Thelma and Minton and Norton were accused of stealing an engine from a launch belonging to the Rev. Wilson.

Mrs. Alice Ferguson of Florence and Mrs. Constantine Egert of Sandusky made application for aid from the Blind Relief fund last week. There are over fifty applicants for relief and about $3400 at the disposal of the board for distribution.

Judge Reed has taken the matter of the Berlin Heights ditch injunction case under consideration and will not render his decision until he has given the evidence further attention.

The final account of E.M. Kane, as guardian of Roy L. Kane has been fined filed in the probate court.


The Vermilion Telephone Co., has recently been advised of important additions to the toll lines and switching facilities of the United States Telephone Co., the big independent long-distance company. A new switching station, one of the finest in the country has been placed in service at Crestline, with new toll circuits connecting it with Mansfield, Galion, Columbus and other central Ohio cities and also three direct circuits connecting it with the switching station at Milan. This furnishes Vermilion a fine new outlet to all central Ohio.

Several new lines have been placed in service between Toledo and the new Detroit exchange and new through circuits from Cleveland to Pittsburgh are nearly completed.



The dance given by the Starlight Club at Redington’s Hall, on Wednesday evening was well attended.

Miss Bertha M. Wood of Wakeman and William M. Baird of Brownhelm were married on Wednesday at the Congregational parsonage, Rev. Harding officiating.

Strong’s Corners

Earl Leimbach research received his $18.00 gun from Chicago last Saturday.

Quite a number are butchering in our neighborhood this week.

V. Leimbach has a new patent for scalding hogs it can't be beat.


Mr. Moulton’s store at Brownhelm Station burned to the ground Monday. It caught fire in the chimney. The wind blew so and the water scarce it was impossible to save it. He got out most of his groceries.

John Taylor got his hand quite badly cut butchering.


The big storm which we were warned of skipped this little bird.

Mrs. Hummiston who was quite ill is much better.


Sarah Ann Simpson was born in Vermillion January 8, 1828, and lived here all her life, with the exception of a few years in her early married life when she resided near Huron. The last two years were spent with her daughter, Mrs. Hart at mentor, Ohio. She was the mother of four children – two are living and two preceded her to the spirit world. She also leaves behind one sister, Mrs. Stone of Cleveland.

Mrs. Simpson was a woman of patient, quiet demeanor, modest in her life – unassuming – a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, and for some years has been looked upon as one of the “Veterans" – the last of the class of self-sacrificing women who for years worked for their church, and without whose work the church could not have existed; but a number of these lived long enough to see the younger generation take up to work on ardently and carry it on with every promise of an splendid future.

She had her share of "trouble", and yet was uncomplaining, patient in court "tribulations," knowing that of the redeemed multitude of it was said: "These are they that have come up the great through great tribulations and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."

The body was brought to Vermilion on last Wednesday and laid to rest in a beautiful cemetery.

"Servant of God, well done!
That glorious is past:
The battles fought, the race is won,
And thou are crowned at last."


Robert Kane and family are moving into Joshua Bailey's house and P.H. Darley and family into their new home this week.

Ye Old Fashioned horehound drops, the best ever sold in town at A.D. Baumhart’s.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark W. Jay had for their guests over Thanksgiving Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jay of Ashtabula and Mrs. Charles Jay's father and mother Mr. and Mrs. Milton Transue and son William of Tiffin. A very fine six-course dinner was served. Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Jay left for their home in Ashtabula where he is engaged in the retail fish business.

[NOTE: Some years later Clark Jay would be divorced from his wife and would try to blow up the family home on Exchange Street with dynamite. Failing to do so he ran to his room at the E&R Church where he took his own life.]

Fishing season closed Monday.

A. Buell spent Sunday at Cleveland.

Hazen Thompson was home from Cleveland Thanksgiving.

The following officers were elected at the meeting of the Masonic Lodge last evening:

The BOM – JH Baumhart
S&W – E.C. Rust
JW – P.H. Darley,
Secy. – C.A. Trinter
Treas – C.F. Decker
SD – L.C. Kishman
JD – L.A. Braun
Tyler – J.N. Englebry.

Albert Hart was home from Ada for Thanksgiving. He returned to school Monday.

A.D. Baumhart has contracted for some choice Christmas trees. If you need anything in this line it will be wise to consult him.

Henry Haber is among those who have returned from the lakes.

Capt. C Young lies very ill in his home on South Street.

No talking machine equals the Edison. A.D. Baumhart sells them. Come in and hear it free.

A stranger by the name of Reece was found unconscious Saturday evening near Dr. Bonds residence. He was taken to the hotel Maud Elton and made as comfortable as possible. He was tramping to relatives in the West and had a slight stroke of paralysis.


I will sell the following at private sale at my home in Ohio Street.

One large paid coach horse
One general-purpose horse
One Brood Mare And Colt two and one half years old.
One Huckster Wagon
One Spring Wagon
Two Surries
One Top Buggy
One Transfer Bus

Mrs. Julia E Myers
Phone 120k – Vermilion, O.


BROWSING: I just thought seeing this advertisement from the Okagi Restaurant before it was called Okagi was very intersting...

ÉTAT DE L'ART 1916: Yikes! Double Yikes! And Eureka! One might very logically take a look at the graphic that accompanies this essay and slough it off as simply being that of an artless picture of something with words spelled upside-down and backwards in upper photo, and then correctly in the lower. Very simply stated that is, of course, true. But as the old saying goes, looks can be deceiving. The photo, like the article photographed, proved to be an extremely complex object to properly generate. Sometimes when one manipulates an image with computer software the old computing acronym of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) does not apply. So, after six tries and twenty minutes, Eureka! What you see is what I got (finally).

No small part of the aforementioned problem is related to the upside-down and backward spelling of the object seen in the upper photo. Pictured is the finished product of a machine that REVOLUTIONIZED the production of printed material (i.e. books, newspapers, magazines, etc.) throughout the world. The machine responsible for producing this object – this line of type – is called (what else) a Linotype.

The machine, patented in 1884, was the brainchild of its German-born clockmaker / inventor Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854–1899). It is considered to have been responsible for the biggest increase in worldwide literacy since Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in 1440. It is, most simply put, a "line casting" machine that was used in printing for more than half the 20th century. Until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, all the type used in the printing industry was set and composed by hand. Not only was the process labor intensive it required all typesetters to have the ability to think and read upside-down and backwards. (Something obviously I struggled with when working to generate the accompanying graphic.)

While the machines are powered by electricity, the lines o’ type on the machines (at the local print shop museum) were formed from an amalgam of molten metal – mostly lead – contained in a pot heated by natural gas. The letters that make up the words are formed from brass molds / matrices. The molds are housed in a flat container called a “magazine” at the top of the apparatus. Once the slugs / lines of type have been formed by the machine the molds are automatically returned to the magazine to be reused. And after the lines of type have been printed the lead slugs are melted down, the impurities removed and then formed back into ingots called “pigs” to be reused by the machine. As earlier indicated the making of these slugs (pictured) is a rather complex operation. It was not an exaggeration.

Observing the Linotype in operation at the New York Tribune in 1886 an Ohio native named Thomas Edison called it the “8th Wonder of the World”. Again, it was not an exaggeration. Mergenthaler had changed the world. He died in 1899. But it may surprise many persons to understand that Mergenthaler’s Linotype Company still exists; although through a complex series of name changes and mergers over the years it is currently known as Monotype Image Holdings, Inc. While the old typesetting business is no longer a part of its holdings its current business is one of acquiring, creating and distributing digital fonts. It holds the rights / trademarks to some of the most famous fonts in the world: Palatino, Optima, Helvetica and many, many more.

In 1916 my grandparents purchased their first Linotype for The Vermilion News for $1900. Today that would be about 40 and 50 thousand dollars. It was a substantial investment that required them to borrow $1750 to complete. But so was the return on their investment. It was état de l'art in 1916.

Ref: Special Thanks to: Nancy Alice Emery for helping me get it right; Published in the Vermilion News 09/29/2016.



…discussing, intended at the time to be put to be put to the uses of education, a stone building of fair proportions, two stories in height, but in 1838 in an incomplete state.

The worthy land proprietors of Sandusky were great projectors; they wished to encourage growth, development, industry and all public improvements, but when it came to putting their individual shoulder to the wheel and furnishing means for the carrying out of any enterprise they were decidedly wanting; they wished everything to be done but disliked to do anything. And it was this unfortunate inactivity on their part that came near losing to Sandusky city the original location of county buildings, and two years later was the cause of much further agitation of the question of removal; and it was only through the prompt and decisive action of the residents of the town that the county seat was retained in its present city.

The stone building referred to was projected in part by the proprietors, and in part by the enterprising residents of Sandusky, who desired a commodious schoolhouse or academy in a central location. To its construction the people largely contributed. At the time of the location of the county seat this building was not finished, only the lower floor being completed, in which school was held. It was this structure, then, that was proposed to be used for courthouse and county purposes.

The first term of court was held in December 1838, as provided by the act of the Legislature, organizing the county. And while this building was so used for a period of two years, or perhaps a little less, there was no move on the part of the proprietors to vest the title to the same in the county. This led to further discussion and agitation of the question of removal of the county seat to some other point; and, moreover, led to the passage of an "enabling act" authorizing such removal, but coupled with a condition, as will be seen by the act itself, as follows:

"There shall be commissioners appointed agreeably to an act entitled 'An act for the establishment of seats of justice, ‘to review the seat of justice of Erie county and remove the same, if in their opinion the public interest requires it; but it shall not be lawful for said commissioners to locate the seat of justice at any place other than' its present location unless ‘The proprietors of the lands, or individuals, shall furnish the county of Erie with a good and valid title, in fee simple to such lands, as may be necessary for the erection of all public buildings; and shall also erect good and suitable public buildings, equal to those in Elyria, Lorain county, without expense or levy of a tax in said county of Erie."

This act seems to have somewhat opened the eyes of the tardy proprietors, but not until the citizens had come to the rescue, and by their bond pledged themselves to provide for the necessities of the county. At a meeting of the county commissioners held June 3, 1840, the following journal entry appears:

HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY OHIO Ė With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Ė Edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich Ė Syracuse, N.Y. - D. Mason & Co., Publishes Ė 1889.

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PHOIL PAINTING: (Well, the base pic is an artifact.)I was developing some film and glass negatives a few days back and came across this old snap of what appears to have been the aftermath of a tornado. I’m not entirely certain but this may have been the one that struck the Sherod home and the Krapp farm just west of town – along Lake Road in August of 1943.

Anyway, I liked the composition and began playing with it using various pieces of software available to me. The result is the composition you see here. I call it a phoil painting; photo and oil.

The original is black and white. I added some color and other effects. I call it “Aftermath”.


Nancy and I decided to introduce her mother to the magic of the Internet. Our first move was to access the popular "Google" search, and we told her it could answer any question she had.

Nancy's mother was very skeptical until Nancy said, "It's true, Mom. Think of something to ask it."

As she sat with fingers poised over the keyboard, Nancy's mother thought a minute, then started typing, "How is Aunt Helen feeling?"

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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.

A Mike Gruhn cartoon.

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