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Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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Old Places and Old Faces

SHOPTALK: I got a little behind schedule this week playing around with my Bose portable speaker. I use it at the museum to broadcast from the computer to other parts of the building.

As the world turns it wasn’t a problem with the wireless connection – it was a problem with my proclivity to overreact when something out of the ordinary occurs. In short, had I kept my head I would’ve solved the non-problem in 15 seconds or less.

Instead I wasted about 3 hours of valuable time getting nowhere. After a nights rest the solution became apparent – and I did remedy the situation in 15 seconds (or less).


ATOP THE DESKS: This week I have a very nice photo of Charlotte Sturges Austin on my shoptop.

I have made use of different reproductions of this specific photograph several times in the past. But none were as good as this. I’m very proud of it.

This is the result of taking a photograph of the glass negative on a light-table and developing it with PS software. The process is really exciting.

I have writing about Charlotte many times in the past – both in ink and on-line. I consider her to be the Mother of Vermilion. She was one of the first female settlers in the community that became Vermilion, Ohio. After the death of her first husband she married Vermilion pioneer settler William Austen. Her daughter, Eunice, married Frank Pelton. Eunice and Frank ran a hotel / rooming house on Huron Street in Vermilion.

As much as I like the pic at the moment I’m more excited with the process that led me to it. I’ll have more on that in another area of “VV”.

On my home desk this week is an old snap of the M.E. Church that once occupied the southeast corner of Liberty and Grand streets (before Standard Oil and eventually Fulper operated their service station there).

As is obvious the church burned and was eventually razed to made room for the Standard Oil station. This (if memory serves me correctly) was in the early 1930s. By that time the church’s congregation had merged with Vermilion’s First Congregational Church in the building currently (2014) occupied by Millet’s Auction House on Division / Main Street. When it burned it housed a local plumbing company. As of yet I’ve never discovered the cause of the blaze.

At one time the old church boasted a very large congregation of prominent Vermilion citizens. For years the steeple was a Vermilion landmark. In many old pix of the downtown section of town the steeple can be seen above all the buildings.

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MUSUEM SCHEDULE: Beginning now the museum will be open six days a week from 11 AM to 3 PM. We will be closed on Sundays and Holidays. We are located at 727 Grand Street in Vermilion across the street from Vermilion's historic E&R Church. The museum is open Monday thru Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM. A small admission donation of $3 (for adults) is requested. Children accompanied with an adult will be admitted free. For Special Tours call: 440-967-4555.

We are closed on Sundays and holidays.

Private tours during those hours and during the evening can be arranged by calling the museum, or stopping in to see us.

FIVE-OH-ONE-CEE-THREE: The museum is a 501(c)(3) organization. Consequently, all donations and memberships for the museum are tax deductible. This is retroactive to November of 2011.

Memberships for the VERMILION NEWS PRINT SHOP MUSEUM are always available. Funds generated will go toward the aforementioned renovations and maintenance of the shop.

A single membership for an adult is $15 a year.
A couple membership is $25 a year.
A student membership is $5.
And a lifetime membership is $100.

If you would like to become a member the VNPSM you can send a check or money order to:

Vermilion Print Shop Museum
727 Grand Street
Vermilion, Ohio 44089


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Guys at Vounteer Bay


AT BAY: Vermilion expatriate Bill Hlavin sent me this snap a number of years back - so many folks may have seen it before. It is, of course, a group of guys who lived at Volunteer Bay (west of town) having a good time as they prepared a dinner (perhaps a clambake) at their clubhouse on the shores of Lake Erie.

I only know one of the fellas in the pic. That’s Norm DuPerow. He’s the guy full of much mirth – and perhaps a few too many beers – at the back and middle of the group.

Bill can probably put a name to all the faces in the group. It’s a remarkable record of some of the good souls who lived at the “bay colony” back in the 1940s and 50s.

Parsons and Andrews

More Xmas Stories

VOICES OF XMAS PAST 4 - PARSONS, ANDREWS AND HOWELL: The port of Vermilion was an important and busy place in the mid 19th century. It was not unusual to see ten to twelve canal schooners in port waiting to take on loads of six to ten thousand bushels of grain brought to town from outlying farms. Wagons and "prairie schooners" lined the northwest corner of Liberty and Main streets by the old Masonic Building, and the Barton-¬Pierce warehouse across the street was a beehive of activity. A block away (just east of Hanover Square) the area was piled high with staves; and butter, eggs, and maple sugar were brought in from places as far south as New London to be traded for fish. Wagon loads of white fish, netted by local fishermen, brought six or eight cents a piece as did a dozen eggs.

These were also busy times for the Lake House Hotel on the southeast corner of Liberty and Division/Main streets. Guest rooms cost $3.50 a week, and a good meal could be had for but a shilling. During the Christmas season a Christmas Ball was held in the hotel ballroom. A committee consisting of one prominent person from nearby towns arranged these affairs assuring that a big crowd would be in attendance. Couples paid $3.50 for the dance, which began at 4 p.m. and lasted until 7 a.m. This was the Vermilion men like Almon Parsons, George (Uncle Georgie) Andrews, and J.I. Howell knew in their younger years. In mid-December 1922 they shared their memories of Christmas' past with readers of the former Vermilion News.

With exception of five years he spent in Toledo, George Andrews lived on Huron Street in Vermilion his entire life. When, but a tad, he recalled that "they hung their stockings by the chimney place and were happy in finding the candy, nuts and possibly a toy or two (in the 'stockings on Christmas morn) as were the other kids of the neighborhood".

Almon Parsons began on a sad note by saying that "there is not a boy or girl left of the number that met at my father's home (for Christmas) in the fifties (1850s); My mother died when I was fourteen years old (1858) ... My father was a shipbuilder and left early in the morning to cut timbers from the woods ... We all baked buckwheat cakes and as my father allowed us to play the Euchre cards ... we stole away from home to indulge in the game."

"When my mother was living we hung up our stockings. Four children passed away in early childhood and two elder brothers were not members of the home at that time. But if our stockings contained two sticks of striped candy and a few nuts and raisins we were happy ... One more thing about our stockings, when they began to make sugar toys of animals if we had a dog or sheep or pear or apple in our lot we were so happy!"

J.I. Howell who, for years, was well known as Vermilion's "Main Street Blacksmith" had grown up in the south and had returned there by 1922 but wrote to tell of his early Christmas' in that region. When he was a small boy he "never heard of such a thing as Santa Claus, but he must have come up in these later years for the benefit of the coming generations, for which I am glad ... "

He further wrote, "... living way down South we did not know what a Christmas gift was, but Christmas came once a year as it does now but there was not Santa to ask for all these nice or good candies so we had to be content without the good things. We could rove about in the woods or go with our parents to some party and feel as satiated as if we had all sorts of gifts."

Sharing these memories with readers, be it The-Vermilion News and now the Photojournal, meant more to these gentlemen than anyone might imagine. Perhaps, Almon Parsons said it best; "Mrs. Roscoe you could not have sent me a more welcome Christmas present than this, for I love to send items (in this case his memories of Christmas) and am ashamed to send all I wish."

Happy Christmas - Everyone.

Ref: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 12/25/2003.

AGAIN - ANOTHER NEW (NOW OLD) THING: Initially I said that "This will not take the place of the "Macabre" stuff all the time - but will supplement whilst I search for more macabre stories to tell." But methinks that it's carved out a niche for itself and the "Macabre stuff" with have to find another.

So stay tuned...

Vol. X – NO.34 – January 31, 1907


Claiming that the Lake Shore Electric Railway company was negligent in failing to keep a fence along its right of way in repair, Percy Jackson, of Vermilion, has brought suit in the court of common pleas to recover $200 damages for the loss of a horse which got on the track and was killed by a car. The case comes up from the court of Justice Baumhart.

The suit of John A. Englebry vs. Emma Warner Englebry, was not contested, the defendant having withdrawn her answer and cross-petition. Defendant was a widow residing at Lorain when Englebry married her. He charged her with gross neglect of duty. Judge Reed allowed plaintiff a divorce and gave defendant $800 alimony and restored her to her former name Emma Warner.

E.L. Coen, administrator of the estate of the late Jacob Englebry, of Vermilion, has filed a partial account.

In the estate of John Swart a motion to compromise a claim has been allowed by Judge Sloane in the probate court. The Administratrix sued the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad company and the Huron Dock company for damages for the death of her husband who has killed while at work in the Huron yards. A verdict was obtained but this but his was set aside by the supreme court and the case came back for trail as against the dock company, the railroad company being dismissed from the action. The dock company has compromised the suit by an agreement to pay damages in the amount of $750. The case is the oldest case.

One of the most important cases being considered by the Grand jury is an indictment against John Petes for manslaughter. Petes was one of a number of Hungarians employed as section men on the Lake Shore railroad and occupied a shanty in the railroad’s company yard. On the night of November 4th, one of the Hungarians, Mike Magyary, was stabbed in a drunken brawl among the foreigners, and died a few hours later.

William Burmeister, who was arrested on the ve of the new year after having posed as a single man, when, in fact, he was a married man with a wife and two children, was indicted for on-support of his minor children.

Albert Elmer was indicted for threatening in a menacing manner, Mrs. Anna Smith of Castalia.


A meeting of those interested in the library was called for last week Monday evening at the home [of] Mrs. Franc Parsons. The attendance was so small that nothing was accomplished but later the conclusion was arrived at to send for new books, which was done. About $20 will be expended for these.

Another meeting will be held at the same place on Monday evening February 11th. All interested are urged to be present as this meeting is of much importance.

Very few towns the size of Vermilion (but what) have a library and some of them quite large Of course it takes time to build up such institutions but they are of lasting benefit to the community when once firmly established. We do not need to have a costly building and expensive service but what we want is to get the people interest and keep up the membership. The following from an exchange may be of interest…

[VV. Ed. Note: I’ve omitted the text from the then Ohio State Librarian – C.B. Gibriath – because the gist of if should be obvious to readers. But what I want to mention here is that folks in our community should recognize that we’ve come a real long way since this article was published. Vermilion’s Ritter Library would’ve astonished our ancestors.]

Eugene Wasserman of Fremont one of the injured here in the wreck of Aug. 4th has settled with the L.S. Electric co. $5000 is the sum said to have been paid him.


A.B. Todd of Vermilion showing 10 Single Comb White Leghorns at the great Poultry Show held in Cleveland two weeks since, won 1st Pullet, 2d, 3d, 4th and 5th Cockerel and 2d Cock, and so tried for the silver cup, 64 birds competing.

Mr. Todd had the misfortune to have a splendid cockerel stolen during the show week. This bird valued very conservatively at $100, and pronounced by three judges to have been the finest they ever saw.

Mr. Todd is keeping up the reputation of The Old Reliable Poultry Yards, which were established by his father in 1865, and it is to be hoped that he will recover the valuable bird which he lost.


A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Merton Bailey last week Monday.

E.E. Walker is convalescing from a severe illness.

Mert Gillmore is seriously ill at his home on North Main St.

Miss Mame Minch spent Sunday visiting relatives and friends in Brownhelm.

A new and interesting collection of books was received at the Public Library consisting of 67 Volumes.

Look out boys! There are counterfeit dollar bills in circulation in Amherst. Carl Ehrman is the first victim.

Many local members of the G.A.R. and W.R.C. attended a social gathering of the two orders at Elyria Friday night.

The manager of the quarry store had fourteen clerks to assist him in invoicing Sunday. This is the largest supply store in Lorain County.

Chas Short is on the sick list.

Mrs. Miles, formerly Mrs. John Hazel is dying of cancer at Lake Helen Fla.

Charles Jayson is able to be about again after being in bed two weeks with a broken rib.

Geo Purcell came home crying Tuesday and reported that his teacher gave him a severe whipping.

Trustees of Crown Hill Cemetery are cleaning up all rubbish and cutting the useless trees along the bank.

The C. & S.W. is filling the hollow places along North Church street which was caused by raising the tracks. It is now about two feet above the old roadbed.

DIED – The 8 month’s old child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cook of South Amherst passed away. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Swichers church in that place. Rev. Lindermeger officiating.

Ed Gessner commenced cutting ice Monday on the old Sippel dam. Mr. Gessner expects to put up 150 loads. He has bought the old Holzhauer iced house. He will now endeavor to supply the citizens with ice.

South Amherst citizens will be pleased to learn that two gentlemen will start an up-to-date meat market at that place about he latte part of February. The firm will be known as Stevenson & Kauffman. It is well remembered the former meat market at that place was destroyed by fire some time ago. They now receive their meat from G.F. Sabiers the local butcher.

The Wabash Ry is now progressing its line through the Independent quarry where it will extend it from us directly into Oak Point now having a direct line, which will be finished by the first of Sept. The Oak Point boom was given away the other day. There will be a horseshoe canal, and will start as soon as the weather permits. They will employ 500 teams to start with. The Wabash camp is now located on the Smith farm west of town.

[VV. Ed. Note: I don’t know what to make of this story. The News has been publishing rumors about Oak Point for several years now.]

H.N. Steele is on the sick list.

Skating is excellent at the many ponds around Amherst.

Frank Keller is seriously ill at the home of his parents on Cleveland St. Dr. Foster is the attending physician.

Mike Denshley had a severe run-away Friday – damage to reach $25.

Mrs. Catherine Ray was suddenly taken ill Friday. She is not expected to recover on account of her advance age.

Henry Zimmerman is building a $2,500 house I the Zimmerman addition. Carpenters are not working on the above at present owing to a non-arrival of lumber.

Dr. W.H. Turner attended the State Veterinary Association meeting at Cleveland last Wednesday.

Mrs. Geo Garrick is seriously ill, her recovery is doubtful. Dr. Davison of Cleveland was called.

Mrs. John Witte of South Amherst was taken to the Elyria hospital, Saturday for appendicitis. Dr. Wiseman and Thornburg performed a successful operation.

Talk about experience – boy’s call on Will Law who made his firs on roller skates at Lorain the other night, and now all bruised and unable to sit down.

Mr. Crandall is making preparations to build an up to date house by the side of the one he now lives in and which he expects to sell to the Shaulver boys.


Bernice and Wilmer Jump spent Sunday with Callie and Frank Barnes.


Miss Lydia Trinter of Vermilion spent several days with her cousin Miss Nellie Baumhardt.

Henry Emmrich has decided to make his home in the West, and left for California Saturday.

The members of the Grange have received two car loads of fence posts.

Rev. A.D. Blakeslee has tendered his resignation to take effect about April first.


The little folks of town were out on a sleigh-ride for lark Saturday evening.

Mr. Frank Klady has been quite sick with the mumps.

The funeral services of Mr. Shoff were held at the M.E. Church Friday a.m. Rev. Knapp delivering the sermon using for his text the 14th verse, chapter of 2d Samuel. The music was rendered by Mr. Darby tenor, Mr. Howe base, Mrs. Howe alto, and Mrs. Hamilton soprano. After the usual course the Masons of Gibson Lodge took charge. Mr. Shoff had been a member of Gibson Lodge a good man years and kept up his membership after the Lodge was taken to Wakeman. Not-withstanding the weather the church was full thereby testifying to the respect the people had for Mr. Shoff.


Tuesday was Carnation Day. It was not very generally observed in Vermilion.

Zero weather has at last arrived and everyone, including the icemen and fishermen are happy.

Howard Dennis, Cleveland’s curbstone orator, wom many of our readers have doubtlessly heard, was struck by a train and killed Saturday while on his way from his residence to a store.

Twenty-one have registered at the Lakeside Inn during the past week.

C. Roscoe of Milan is spending the week here.

Mrs. A.B. Todd and O.K. Todd were in attendance at the Mansfield matinee in Cleveland, Saturday.

Wood Cutting to let – ENQUIRE – J.P. Best.

Miss Maude Fischer spent Monday at Lorain.

Mrs. Alvira Bradley attended the funeral of her brother-in-law H.N. Shoff, at Birmingham Thursday.

Mrs. Chas Balson is quite ill at her home on South St. Her sister, Mrs. Myers of Steubenville was summoned and is now at the bedside.

A.B. Todd, who has been on the sick list since his return from Cleveland Poultry Show is again able to attend to his work.

Dave Stevens met with an accident Tuesday while delivering ice the effects of which he will feel for several days. He was carrying a large cake of ice when he slipped falling in such a manner that the ice fell on his head and face bruising him severely.

A fine grade of ice is being harvested.

The G.A.R. will give an old time dance at the Fire Hall Tuesday evening February 12th ’07. Music by Rat [sic] Gould’s Old Time Orchestra. Tickets $1.00 per couple including supper. Extra ladies 25c. You will have a good time if you go.

[VV. Ed. Note: Excuse me – but I have no idea of what an “old time dance” could have been in 1907. I can’t even imagine what it might have been like…]

Capt. and Mrs. Moody and Capt. and Mrs. Fred Driscoll attended the Shipmasters’ Annual ball at Cleveland Friday evening.

Mrs. Helen Kelsey Fox has been taken to the infirmary. She has been ailing for some time with a nervous affliction and is unable to provide for herself.

[VV. Ed. Note: This is of interest to me because Mrs. Fox was a local poet of some note. She appears to have been (for the lack of a better description) a rather “high-strung” personality. I actually believe that she was what we currently call bi-polar. But that, of course is just a guess.]


The thermometer registered 13 below zero on Sunday morning.

Irwin Wasem is improving under the care of Dr. Boss.

The Diamond Cheese Co. are busy cutting ice.


Little Mabel Keller is very ill with typhoid fever.

A number of young people attended the dance at Ruggles Grove Wednesday evening.

The work of cutting timber recently purchased from C.Z. Montague and will be shipped to Port Clinton soon.

BORN – Jan 21-07 to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Clark a son.

An attempt to place the four Bangle children in the Children’s Home at Sandusky last week was unsuccessful owing to the crowded condition at the home. Mrs. Bangle has decided that with the aid of an aged grandfather she will try to support them. Lewis Bangle, the father was killed several moths ago.

The work of cutting ice commenced this week.

Mrs. Nathan Shinn is quite ill.


Trinter photograph

A Beautiful Portrait of Friends

THE BOYS & GIRLS OF SUMMER: Since I was a boy, I've always been fascinated by photographs taken by early photographers. I am still fascinated by them. I look at them for hours. I look at the faces. I look at the places. And I wonder about them.

This photograph takes us back to an early part of the century in Vermilion. The ladies in their long dresses and neck collars with their hats; the men in their wool suits and their hats.

It was, clearly, late summer or early autumn when the photograph was taken.

I received this picture via the net from Kathy (Dickason) Kvach, an old school chum I grew up with in the town. Her father was a well-known Vermilion doctor. Kathy's parents owned a house on the lake just west of Edson Creek where we used to swim when we were kids.

I don't know all the people in the photo. But, as noted, Charlie Trinter is the fellow seated on-the fence post on the left, and Edna Parsons is the lady on the right. Those names are synonymous with the name Vermilion.

Charlie married Edna, and they were Kathy's grandparents. They lived on Perry Street where the Green residence is [was in 2002] located.

Charlie was once the Post Master in Vermilion Village (among other things), and the late George Wakefield told me that he was an insurance agent. I have another picture featuring Mr. Trinter on the beach at Linwood Park with one of the first planes to land in our community, You can see that on my website: www.vermilionohio org.

This is a beautiful picture. And I wonder what these friends were doing together on such a nice day? That's the fun of it.

Ref: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 04/11/2002; Amended some 12/18/2014; Special Thanks to K.D.K.

"The township was named after the principle river
emptying into the lake through its territory..."

THE FIRE-LANDS: I found the following information re: the early inhabitants of our area to be extremely informative. Methinks you will also.

I am getting better at transcribing these passages so there are fewer mistakes. But I like to read as I go - and sometimes I fill in the blanks. So tread carefully this trail through yesteryear.

The following series will take thee to the townships south of Vermilion. Methinks you'll find this history quite fascinating.



By Hudson Tuttle

…means, but by industry and economy amassed considerable wealth, and had the satisfaction of seeing all his family more than usually prosperous. His first wife died, and he married the widow of the late Samuel Lewis with whom he lived till his death. He, for many years, was justice of the peace, and was an upright, honorable and patriotic citizen.

Reuben Brooks came with Mr. Peak from New York, and for a time both held the same lot of land. He afterwards purchased lot seventeen where he resided until his death, about 1860. Only one son, Absalom, is now a resident of the town.

Hezekiah Smith was born in Waterford, Connecticut, in 1776, and married Rebecca Miner, of that place. Their son, Paul G., came to Berlin, and settled on lot eleven, range two, in 1817, and the next year Mr. Smith with his family came and settled on lot ten, range one. He built a frame house, which was one of the first. He resided on this farm until his death in 1829, at the age of sixty-three, and his wife died in 1834, aged sixty-three. They had eleven children: Paul G., Turner M., Nancy, Rebecca, Maria, Nehemiah, Patty (Mrs. Benjamin Smith), Hezekiah, Theodore, Henry and Emeline. Turner M. purchased lot ten, range two, where he resided until his death. Before removing from Connecticut, he married Anne Whiteman. They had three children: Gurdon, and Lucas, now residing in Minnesota, and Horace who is a progressive farmer, still holds the homestead, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation, and where he says he shall remain until he dies. He has made a speciality [sic] of Herefords, and has a splendid herd.

Daniel Reynolds came from New York in 1817, and settled first on lot nine, range eleven, and then on lot twelve, range eight, where he remained until the death of his wife, Phoebe Thorn, in 1846, at the age of sixty-one years. He had four children: Isaac T., Rachel (Mrs. Hiram Judson), Jane, and Polly (Joseph Tucker). He died in Milan in 1876, at the advanced age of ninety-one years.

David Walker came from Connecticut in 1817, and located on section five, range two. They were industrious, as they were obliged to be to support their family of eleven children. As he was located on one of the main thoroughfares he opened a hotel, and soon after became postmaster.

Norman Walker, his brother, came two years later and bought a farm near David's, but it seems he could not withstand the climate and died. His daughter married Elsworth Burnham, and her mother resided, until her death, with them.

Joshua Phillips came from Lima. New York, in 1817 with his wife (Rebecca Smith), whom he married in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was an elder in the Baptist church, and added preaching to his clearing away the wilderness, farming, and working at masonry. He purchased lots ten and eleven, range six, and opened the first quarry. They had seven children: Zalumna, Zebah, Joshua, Rebecca (Mrs. J. S. Lowry), Xenophon, Solomon, and Eliza (Mrs. T. C. Chapman). Zalumna was thoroughly identified with the business interests of an early day, having a store at the heights, and for a time held the office of judge and sheriff, and was once sent to the legislature. This store was built on the site now occupied by the town hall. It was then a dense forest, and Mr. Phillips paid Prentice K. Loomis seventy-five cents to cut down the trees where he intended to build. J. S. Lowry was the builder, and for many years was regarded as highest authority in architecture. Xenophon, for many years, practiced medicine with marked success, and acquired quite a wide fame for his treatment of climatic diseases. In after years, throwing up the practice, he became a voracious reader and enthusiastic disciple of Parker and Emerson. It is to his industry that we owe many of the personal facts of this portion of the history of our township.

The story of the trials of the Phillips family illustrate the hardships endured by all early settlers. They moved from the log house on the Chapelle creek where they stopped a short time, to the house Mr. Phillips was preparing. It was not yet finished. It was ten by twelve feet square, made of chestnut logs, split in two through the middle, and notched together at the corners. The floor was made of split logs, and at one end a wide space was left to build a fire. On one side a doorway was cut through, but windows there were none, and at that time none were needed, for the roof had not jet been laid on. The first day of January, 1818, a warm sunny day like May, the family moved into the new house. The tall treetops of the interminable wilderness closed over its roofless walls, and in the interstices the stars shone down on their slumbers. Before morning a storm came up, a cold sleety rain, and the weary father broke his wagon box in pieces to make a temporary roof in one corner under which his household huddled together till the storm had passed. Mr. Phillips brought three horses and a cow with him, but two of the horses soon died, not being able to bear the exposure and coarse food; all they had was a coarse grass which grew on the wettish lands in branches, and this kept green all winter, and the snow rarely ever was deep enough to prevent grazing. Sometimes elm and basswood were cut down to allow the cattle to feed on the tender branches. Alter the death of the horses, the one left and the cow mated, and it seemed that they were so lonesome in the wilds that their affection for each other was affecting to behold.

One day when Mr. Phillips was on the prairie working at masonry to earn the wheat to feed his family, the mother sent Zalumna and Zebah for game. They were gone until late in the afternoon, returning without the least success. The former says he never can forget the disappointment of his dear mother, for they had nothing but potatoes, and she baked some for their supper and they ate them with salt.

In 1817, Noah Hill came and purchased lot seven,…

Excerpts from: The Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio; W.W. Williams - 1879 -
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Homitz Sword


NOT JUST ANOTHER BLADE: This pair of pix shows off another Civil War era sword belonging to Vermilionites Mary Lynn and Frank Homitz. These are really nice artifacts from the 19th century. The craftsmanship visible in the close-up of the ivory hilt and sheath will take your breath away.

I think that this is a Knights of Pythias ceremonial sword. The of Knights of Pythias is a international fraternity founded in Washington, DC, February 19, 1864, by 19th century music composer and actor Justus H. Rathbone (1839-1889). The primary object of fraternal organizations is to promote friendship among men and to relieve suffering. Each organization adopts some outstanding principle as its objective. The individuality of an order is determined by its ideal sentiment. The distinguishing principles of the Order of Knights of Pythias are "FRIENDSHIP, CHARITY and BENEVOLENCE".

Not being very familiar with such artifacts I failed to take a closer look at the artifact. Somewhere the initials “FCB” may be engraved on it.

It’s truly an historical peach.

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The Manager of a retail clothing store is reviewing a potential employee's application and notices that the man has never worked in retail before.

He says to the man, "For a man with no experience, you are certainly asking for a high wage."

"Well Sir," the applicant replies, "the work is so much harder when you don't know what you're doing!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's next? "Dumbass on the forehead?"

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