Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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May 21,  2016 -Sunrise & The Neighborhood=

THE SHOP 1906 & 2016

SHOPTALK: On my home desk this week is a pic painting of my workspace at the museum. It’s hardly beautiful. But it’s comfortable. I have most everything I need here - except my large format scanner. I don’t know how I’m going to handle that when my wife and I move to the Olympic Club. I do have another scanner-printer that will probably do, but I’m not 100% certain that it’ll be adequate for my work at home.

This summer I want to change things in this work area. I have very deep shelving around the room that I really don’t need. There are also several antique machines in the room that I believe some folks might want to see when they visit. But at the moment showing them is problematic because the room is so crowded. Ergo, redoing the shelving will likely eradicate those problems in addition to providing a better work area.

Stay tuned.

On my shop desk this week is a terrible pic probably taken around 1906 at the shop. I believe the baby is my mom and by the looks of her surroundings she’s in the print shop surrounded by some of the equipment. I wish I could see it better so I could tell exactly where she’s situated. But, as said, it’s “a terrible pic”.

I added the terrible coloring because it showed her surroundings much better than any other tint. It certainly is unusual.

BY THE TIME: By the time most people read this the activity advertised (above) will very likely be past.

If you missed it you missed a good thing. There are those who paid good money to see me in a necktie and my wife (Georgi) dressed as a flapper.

However, if it’s still Saturday when you see this note you certainly still have time to get here and enjoy a walk though May 21st 1925 with us.

You’re welcome.

Then, toward the end of October we will be having a special exhibition featuring artifacts and (hopefully) several members from two of Vermilion’s old time families.

At the moment I know that the Baumhart family will be one of those featured. I’ve been in contact with Brenda Baumhart Mezz (A.D. Sr.’s granddaughter) and she indicated that she would try to be there to discuss her family.

These exhibits will feature a hefty number of photographs and some other memorabilia in addition to the existing collections held by the museum.

Refreshments will be available for all these events. Admission – depending on the type of refreshments being made available – will differ. Parking will be available in the Division / Main Street lot in downtown Vermilion. Persons parking there will be given a token as part of the admission to the museum so it will be free.

I’ll have more specifics at a later time. But please keep these things in mind. If you’re interested in local history all of these events will be both informative and fun.

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 $5 (for adults) is requested. Children under 14 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.

ADMISSION - ADULTS $5.00 and young people under the age of 14 are FREE.

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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VHS CLASS REUNION: Will be held August 26 and 27, 2016, for the VHS Class of 66....they need addresses,email, etc. Folks can email Carolyn Hill or call her @ 440.967.2821.

JUST AMAZAING: I find it just amazing how much this scene really hasn't changed in the last hundred years. Just the people...

SHIPWRECKED IN VERMILION, OHIO: In 1927, Jerome Kern and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II completed Show Boat, a milestone in the development of musical comedy. It told the story of life on the Mississippi River from the late 1880's to 1927, and was based on the novel Show Boat (1926) by American writer Edna Ferber. The reason this show was so unique was that the music was integrated into the stories more realistically (were that actually possible) than the typical musical shows of the era.

During midsummer of this same year one Charles White, 62, of Buffalo and New York City (if that, too, were possible), and another fellow, George Thompson, 35, (who was just from Buffalo) were working as deck hands on the tug Henry Stokes out of Chatham, Ontario, Canada. The Captain of the Stokes was one E.J. Cadotte of Windsor. All were employed by a concern named the Dennison Sugar Company.

On Monday August 1st Captain Cadotte, White, and Thompson were in the process of towing two canal barges, the Hattie L. Kill and the Charles Hawley, from Buffalo to Chatham. Around 11 p.m. the wind changed - blowing hard out of the northeast, and the barges were torn away from the tug. Or at least most of the barges were. The forward part of the Kill attached to the tug still remained. And the good Captain Cadotte sailed on.

Unfortunately, White and Thompson were not on the tug. They were on the Hattie L. Kill. And, just as unfortunately, they were not on the part of the barge that Cadotte continued to tow through the raging seas toward homeport. ‘Twere their fortune/misfortune to have found themselves on the part that broke away - and consequently - sank.

Were this a musical comedy this would have been the part where the two beleaguered deckhands might have broke into song. But this was, understandably, far from being either a comedy or, much less, a musical comedy. For the next 5 1/2 hours the two men clung for dear life to the wreckage of the Kill.

Around 4:30 the following morning the Vermilion fish tug Potter captained by George Leidheiser, and his crew; Jim Wenling, Harry Ruddy, Harold Tischer, Dave Neiding, and Vern Leidheiser came across the water-clogged pair and plucked them from the drink.

In the meantime Captain Cadotte, who had happily made port shortly before midnight on Monday, was aghast when he discovered that not only had he lost a barge and a half, but had also lost Charles White and George Thompson as well. He promptly notified authorities. Upon receiving the news the U.S. Coast Guard in Lorain, Ohio quickly dispatched a search/rescue team. Their initial efforts proving unsuccessful, they took-up a command post in Vermilion Harbor and met the Potter when she steamed into port with the shipwrecked sailors.

When the sun rose on Tuesday morning early risers along beach at Main Street found the wreckage from the Hattie L. Kill strewn across the sands by the waves still being churned by the northeaster blow. And still further east along the beach of Nokomis Park the great hulk of the canal barge Charles Hawley lay lifeless in the shallows near the shore.

Later, as sightseers gathered and clamored aboard White (left) and Thompson (right) posed atop the barge for P. Roscoe’s Graflex camera. I suppose in the world of the musical comedy it would have been time for another song. If so it would have very likely have been more in the way of a psalm.

Ref: The Vermilion News; 8-4-1927: Through These Gates; Karen and Ray Boas; 1984, Linwood Press; Vermilion Area Archival Society; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 10/22/2006.

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. XI, No. 50. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, May 21, 1908


Line Of March

Order of proceedings.

The Procession will meet and form in line on Ohio Street, South side of City Hall, promptly at 1 o'clock, Standard.

Line will face North, with head column East in following order:

1st. G.A.R Band of Vermilion in full dress uniform.

2d. H.G. Delker Post No. 428 G.A.R. of Vermilion.

3d. Mayor And City Council.
4th. Vermilion Tent No. 19, K.O.T.M.
5th. Knights And Ladies Of Security.
6th. Modern Woodman of America.
7th. Woodmen of the World.
8th. Citizens on foot.
9th. Citizens in carriages.

Order of March Columns will be in of Four (open order)

East on Ohio to Exchange.

South on Exchange to Erie.

West on Erie to State. North on State, where a halt will be made in front of the school building, to receive the schoolchildren in line. Under direction of superintendent J.C. Seemann and corps of instructors. The scholars will take their place in columns of four in the process on immediately in rear of the Grand Army Post, followed by K.O.T.M.

The march will then proceed north on State to Grand.

Grand to Liberty, Liberty to Division to Park in front of City Hall where exercises will be held according to printed program.

Each scholar will carry a small American flag.

All veterans of war whether G.A.R. men or not are cordially invited to march in the ranks.

The local ministers of each church are also unanimously requested to march with the G. A. R. Post.

Citizens living along the line of the march are requested to decorate their dwellings, even if it be only the American flag.

All those participating in the March are requested to be on hand promptly, so as to avoid any unnecessary delay.

By order of J.H. Burns
Marshall of the Day.
Henry Schmoll, Clarence Eddy, Aids.


America – Band And Singers
Invocation – Rev. G.E. Merrill
Song – Musical Union
Selection – Band
Recitation – Francis Mae Pelton
Song – Musical Union.
Selection – Band
Address – Rev. Lohmann
Star-Spangled Banner - Band and singers.


Mr. George Ries formerly of this place has been promoted the traveling salesman for the Lorain Cigar company in place of Carl Glick who resigned recently to take up contracting work.

Commencement of the Vermilion High school will be held at the Congregational church on Friday evening, May 29. The program in full will be found in another column.

The Oscar F. Cook Stock Co. are giving theatrical entertainments every evening this week in an immense tent at the south end of Exchange Street. The Black Flag, At Perry and the Girl from Kentucky have been played during the past three evenings to large and well pleased audiences.

[NOTE: Several things: I’m just guessing (of course) but I believe the area where this tent show was being held might have been in the area behind what was then Vermilion’s High School on State Street. I also noted in the Decoration Day story that an Erie Street was referred to as being at the south end of Exchange Street. My guess (at this time anyway) is that the street we currently (2016) know as Mill Street was once called Erie. These articles are informative – but a tad puzzling geographically (to me at least).



J. J. Rice is reported quite ill at his home at Kendeigh corners.

Mr. Szabo lost three fingers of his right hand while at work at the quarry Thursday night.

At a special meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday evening the salary of the superintendent was fixed at $1100; that of the principal and $65 per month, and Miss Anna, Kemp's assistant, at $52.50. The music teacher Mrs. Norton will receive $11 per month next year.


Jacob Fry was born in Eppings Baden, Germany, 1839, died May 12, 1908 was therefore, 69 years, 2 months, 9 days, of age. He came to America in 1848 by sail and located in the German settlement where he spent his boyhood days.

He was married to Emily D Plate August 1, 1863. Their union was blessed with nine children. Two have preceded him to the better land. The following still survive: Conrad, Charles, Henry and Jake of Huron; Mrs. Katie Speaker of Lorain, Mrs. Emma Linker of Sandusky, Mrs. Jennie Hart of Huron. He also leaves a wife to mourn his loss, 18 grandchildren four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Baum, Perkins; Mrs. Elizabeth Harter of Toledo, Mrs. Regina Smith and Mrs. Kratz Sandusky.

Mr. Fry removed to Huron 33 years ago and settled on a farm where he has since resided. He was an honest, industrious citizen ever ready to assist a neighbor or friend. The family suffer(ed) through his death the loss of a kind father and loving husband.

The funeral, which was largely attended, was held at the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Hart Monroeville and Rev. Mergler of Huron officiating. The pallbearers were, J. S. McDonald, Jas McCormick, William Cook, Henry Hahn, S. Opferman, and William Heimberger.


Carl Shinn who had a violent attack of appendicitis last week is much improved.

Rollin, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John McCormack died Sunday at Cleveland where he had been taken for treatment, a few weeks ago. The remains were brought to Huron on Monday evening over the L.S.E. The funeral was held the Presbyterian Church Wednesday afternoon. He was a member of the junior class of the Huron High School. Sympathy of the entire community go out to the parents in their sad affliction.

Strong's Corners.

V. Leimbach is kept very busy drilling corn with his new corn drill for the neighbors.

Mr. Henry Gordon of Brownhelm purchased him five head of cattle of Irene Wellman.



Born – to Mr. Mrs. Chriss Kropf May 18th a daughter.

Born – to Mr. and Mrs. Burt Bartholomew on May 17 at daughter.


Hays Whittlesy is helping Austin Cooper get in his corn.

The farmers are busy putting in their corn these nice days.

The Brownhelm schools will close with a picnic at Linwood Park Friday, May 22.


Hazen Thompson of Cleveland spent Sunday at his home here.

Mrs. F. W. Wakefield was a Cleveland visitor Saturday.

Born – to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kane, Friday, May 15, 08, son.

Born – to Mr. and Mrs. John Lumley, Tuesday. May 19, 08, a baby.

[NOTE: This notice makes me smile. I guess they didn’t know if it was a girl or boy – Hee…hee…]

Born – to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ackerman, Saturday, May 16, 08 a daughter.

A number of Berlin and Vermilion young folks spent Saturday up the river.

Among those who have left recently takes to take charge of their boats are Capts Moody, Bailey and Walper.





Saturday, May 30, 1908




Come Spend the Day With Us


150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE “BATTLE OF THE HUNDRED SLAIN”: 3 miles from Fort Phil Kearny near Story, Wyoming will be held this year. (See Wikipedia.)

Late Vermilion resident, Matilda Louis Grummond was the sister of 2nd Lt. George Washington Grummond. Grummond and 81 of his fellow soldiers were killed by an overwhelming force of Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in one of the worst military disasters suffered by the US Army on Great Plains.

If you are a descendant of Matilda please email John Horton or call him at 1.586.549.2471.

THE “DIRTYARD” IN VERMILION, O: Many folks affectionately call the Indianapolis Speedway “The Brickyard”, and the oval at Las Vegas is fondly known by some as “The Bullring”. So - does anyone remember what they called the race track in Vermilion, O.? Or perhaps it would be more appropriate to inquire if anyone remembers it at all.

My memories of it are “marginal”. (After all it was 50 years ago.) And were it not for this photograph I probably would have forgotten it altogether. In any case, go-cart racing was, for a time, a very popular recreation in the area. But like hoola-hoops, flat top hair cuts, watching for flying saucers (that nobody ever really saw), and car hops, the trend (i.e. that of racing go-carts around and around an oval track) came - and then it went.

Fortunately late Vermilionite Albert Lingelbach had foresight enough to understand the transitory nature of such things, and consequently captured some of those moments on film.

The local raceway was located behind Vermilion’s newly formed Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) Holland-Bond Post 7576 on Poorman Road southwest of town. Although the first V.F.W. was founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1899, and became a government-charted non-profit veterans organization by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1936, Vermilion’s post was not organized until the War in Korea began winding down during the early to mid 1950’s.

In post-war America domestically manufactured automobiles (and please excuse the puns) were “fast becoming the driving force” of the economy. It was a time when a loaf of bread cost $.18. Postage stamps were $.03. And the average price of gasoline was $.23 a gallon. You could buy a brand new Ford for $1606 or, if you had a few extra shekels in the bank, you could get a two-tone Crown Victoria for $2944. Times “was” good.

Thus, it was in this environment that persons interested in autos and racing, who could not otherwise afford either the time or the expense of required to build, maintain, and race stock cars, found a niche in the sport of go-cart racing.

Races were a regular event and, as is obvious in the accompanying photo, well attended. The winners in various classes were posted in the local newspaper each week. And though, as previously mentioned, I only have some marginal recollections of these races, I believe some of the winners received trophies.

I do remember that my brother-in-law, Dave Wilkes, took part in these contests. At the time Dave worked as a mechanic at Glen Fulper’s Garage and Sohio Station in the middle of what was then a very busy town. He was an expert mechanic - having worked on cars probably since he was old enough to pick up a wrench. For my part, I was forever but a spectator at these events.

The only time I ever came close to being a participant was on a summer day when Dave and my sister Ginny hired me to mow their lawn. They had purchased a home on Devon Drive and Dave, among other things, worked on his go-cart in their garage. Looking around the garage for some gas to put in the mower I picked up a can of what I thought was fuel for the mower and filled the tank.

Though I don’t recall ever getting the mower started. (And believe me I would have remembered.) Very likely it did not start. For had I succeeded the mower would have probably taken off like a jet fighter. Because I had filled the tank with a special alcohol mixture Dave had readied for his racer. In any case, I didn't’ have to worry about it. And for some reason I was never asked to mow their lawn again.

But the races continued for some years thereafter at the dirt track behind the V.F.W.. To my knowledge, the track was never given an affectionate nickname like those at Indianapolis and Las Vegas. And then it just faded and disappeared into the yesteryear along with hoola-hoops, flat top hair cuts, watching for flying saucers (that nobody ever really saw), and car hops.

Ref: Special Thanks To: Dana Buell Wheeler for the Albert Lingelbach photograph; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal on 12/10/2009.


…It was the intention of the agent of the government that the council should be convened at Cleveland, but owing to the inability of the representatives of all the tribes to meet there, another meeting was arranged to be held at Fort Industry, on the Maumee, which was done on the 4th of July, 1805.

It is possible that the reader may be somewhat confused regarding some of the provisions of this treaty and their application and force, but after having read the chapter on the "Western Reserve," and the "Firelands" the whole subject will become clear.

The treaty with its preceding certificate and the president's proclamation in conclusion is as follows: "To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting: I certify, that the annexed writing contains a true copy of a treaty concluded with certain Indian tribes at Fort Industry, on the 4th day of July, 1805, the original whereof remains in this office. In faith whereof, I, Robert Smith, secretary for the department of state of the United States of America, have signed these presents and caused the seal of my office to be affixed hereto, at the city of Washington, this 22d day of March, A. D. 1809, and in the thirty-third year of the independence of the said States.

"[L.S.] R. SMITH.

"Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States of America : To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting:

"WHEREAS, a treaty was held on the 4th day of July, A. D. one thousand eight hundred, and five, under the authority of the United States, with the sachems, chief and warriors of the Wyandot, Ottawa, Chippeway, Munsee and Delaware, Shawanee and Pottawatomie nations or tribes of Indians at Fort Industry on the Miami of the lake, in the presence and with the approbation of Charles Jewett, the commissioner of the United States appointed to hold the same, the following agreement was made between the said nations and tribes of Indians and the agent of the land companies hereinafter mentioned.

"A treaty between the United States of America and the sachems, chiefs and warriors of the Wyandot, Ottawa, Chippewa, Munsee, and Delaware, Shawanee and Pottawatomie nations, holden [sic] at Fort Industry, on the Miami of the lake, on the 4th day of July, A. D., one thousand eight hundred and five.

"WHEREAS, Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States, did appoint Charles Jewett, esquire, a commissioner to hold a treaty with said Indian Nations, for the purpose of enabling the agents of the Connecticut Reserve to negotiate and conclude a cession of their lands; and,

"WHEREAS, The company incorporated by the name of the 'Proprietors of the half million acres of land lying south of Lake Erie, called "Sufferers' Lands," 'and the owners and proprietors of the one half million acres of land,

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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DISCOGRAPHY JOHNNY MARVIN: Marvin recorded Happy Days Are Here Again in 1929. He was born on July 11, 1897 in Butler, Indian Territory, U.S.A. as John Senator Marvin and died on December 20, 1944 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

In the 1920s, he was became a celebrated ukulele performers and crooners of the era. Billing himself as "Honey Duke and His Uke" then as "Johnny Marvin, the Ukulele Ace" his recorded output was prodigious. He even had a brand of ukulele named for him, which sported his face on the headstock and was noted for its unique airplane-shaped bridge. As the ukulele craze of the 20s faded, he retired, and when the stock market crashed he lost everything and was forced out of retirement. Reinventing himself as a cowboy songwriting he became a partnered with Gene Autry and was afforded a second (equally noteworthy) career that lasted until his death. He was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2003.


Bob, a trendy dresser, fancied himself quite a romeo, and was delighted to find a note pinned inside a new shirt. It contained a girl's name and address, and asked the recipient to send a photograph. How romantic, he thought to himself, very taken with the idea of this mystery woman so eager to meet him, and promptly mailed off a note and a photo.

Heart aflutter, he opened her response. It read, "Thanks for writing. I was just curious to see what kind of guy would buy such a goofy shirt.""

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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.

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