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Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is an idea whose time has come.-Victor Hugo.........The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.-Stephen Jay Gould.........Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.-Benjamin Franklin.........This week Jessica Molaskey tells us Ain't We Got Fun....rnt............

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Hearth & Hometown

SHOPTALK: On my home desk this week is an old pic of a fire in our gas fireplace. It’s been a bit chilly lately and I wanted to keep warm. (Psychologically.)

On the shoptop this week is a photo I chose at random from a bunch of oldies. I am assuming that this was a float for the Future Farmers of America club at school. But it might have been for the Grange as well.

That is a real cow on this float. I don’t know how they kept it still. This pic was taken on the west side of Division (now Main Street) Street between Ohio and South Street. I cannot identify anyone on the float.

THIS WEEK: At the museum I’ve been working on improving some of the exhibits in the apartment. We really have some great stuff. Even those who visited during the summer haven’t seen some of the acquisitions we now have on display.

We’ve also installed some “puck lights” in several of the cabinet displays. They’re really great because they’re wireless and can be controlled with a remote device.

We’ve also started working on photo displays for the master bedroom. It’ll be a temporary display until perhaps December and will feature the first 50 years (in the 20th century) of Vermilion’s schools.

ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8TH: Between 7 and 9 p.m. the museum is sponsoring a wine tasting benefit to help support the museum. It will feature wines from around the world.

You can purchase tickets in advance for $25 by sending your check to:

VERMILION NEWS PRINT SHOP MUSEUM
727 Grand Street
Vermilion, Ohio 44089

Tickets will also be available at the door.

For additional information you can call Margaret Wakefield Worcester @ 440.967.2495 – or you can email me (Rich).

REV.BERTONI: Georgi and I conducted and recorded another oral history last week. This time the ever popular Reverend Louis Bertoni was the subject.

I won’t give much of what he said – but did anyone know that Louis once worked in a brewery for a summer to pay his way through college?

What a great person. And what a wonderful history.

We make these videos available on DVD to the persons interviewed and their respective family members. The masters are kept by the museum for posterity. The equipment to record them was made available by the Erie County Community Foundation.

While I don’t think that these interviews, by their very nature, are better than hand written records (i.e. autobiographies) they certainly are unique. But without a doubt they are better than none at all.

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
440.967.4555.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE NO LONGER HAVE A PO BOX NUMBER.

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.

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Miss K.

AN INTERESTING PERSON: Several persons (last week) knew who this lady was right away. It, of course, is Miss Edith Kroph. The pic was snapped on the steps of the history museum at Columbus in 1957. My late buddy Billy Baker captured the shadows.

Miss Kroph was one of my very favorite teachers. She taught us history in 6th grade at South Street School. She (along with my Pa) is responsible for my interest in history.

She looked meaner than she actually was - though she could carry a big stick if it was required.

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THE OLYMPIC OUTING CLUB

THE OLYMPIC CLUB:I I intended to take the now pic last Sunday during the Annual Clambake at the club - but I forgot to bring my camera. I wanted to get a "Now" pic with people in it. Instead I took the current photo on Friday afternoon (09/19/14). It certainly was a nice day.

The older photo was taken by my grandfather at the club during Vermilion's centennial bash in 1937. One of the little boys pictured is my big brother Bill. Bill is now in his mid-80s.

The sailor hats (my wife tells) me were something that the club used to hand out to young visitors - way back when.

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DOROTHY GRANGER

ALWAYS THE STAR: This will be one of the few times I will write about someone who isn't from Vermilion. Wile the main subject of this column is intriguing all alone - no less intriguing is how I came to know about the little girl nobody knew.

My web work (I keep several Vermilion webpages on the internet) introduces me to many places and people, all over our planet, that have some relationship with our little town. Quite often I meet folks electronically (via email) before I meet them in the flesh. This is the way I first met a fellow by the name of Dale Hohler.

Dale is a Milan businessman who, with his family, spent his early childhood in Vermilion. He is a nephew of two well-known Vermilion residents, the late Margaret and Larry Shafts. Dale is a collector of local historical artifacts. Those artifacts include photographs. He acquires them from garage sales, estate sales, and sundry other places where they might be found.

Antique photographs of places are, by and large, identifiable. But vintage photos of people are quite another matter. This was not quite the case with the picture Dale loaned me of the little girl in the coal-scuttle (pictured). Her name is written quite plainly on the back of the picture's cardboard photo jacket. It says, Dorothy O. Granger - 2 Years. An additional clue about this young lady was also provided by the name Graves (Studio), New London inscribed on the paper frame.

Now all that is nice, and very pertinent, information. However; it doesn't explain the photograph. This is a distinctive portrait. It's the kind of thing that most folks wouldn't object to were it hanging in their living rooms. It is extremely compelling. And because that is the case it puzzled both Dale and myself. This, in short, is not the type of photograph someone tosses in the trash. It was, and is, a keepsake. It was someone's family memento, and we surmised that someone (a relative) might be missing it.

In attempt to discover more about this little girl, I published the photo on my internet "Vermilion Views" site. While that particular publicity didn't turn any leads, the electronic photos were later put to good use.

Hohler contacted a fellow named Tom Neel, a New London historian, and emailed him the picture. Mr. Neel was already familiar with the name. Dorothy Granger, we were told, was an old-time movie star who was born in New London.

Now the photograph began to make more sense. And we began a further process of discovery. A friend of Hohler's, Michelle Stanton a retired college professor living in Dallas, Texas, found part of Dorothy's biography. I found some additional information and we were partially out of the dark. The little girl nobody knew is Dorothy Karolyn Granger-Hilder. Taking another look at her name that is written in a looping cursive on the back of the picture it appears that what we thought was the letter "0" was likely a "C", The misspelling of Karolyn would have been a very human error.

Dorothy was born in New London on November 21, 1911. At the age of 13 she won a beauty contest and went on to perform in vaudeville with her family. In 1929 she made her film debut in the motion picture "Words and Music". A year later Hal Roach placed her under contract and her career on the silver screen began. Although she never became a leading lady in films she worked with some of the best: Harry Langdon, Laurel & Hardy, the Three Stooges, and W.E. Fields. Her work in comedian Leon Errol's short-subject series earned her the unofficial title of “Queen of the Short Subjects”. Upon her retirement in 1953 she had appeared in over 230 motion pictures, and had made many television appearances. She made her final appearance in 1993 at the Screen Actor's Guild's 50th anniversary celebration where she was honored as a lifetime member. She died in Los Angeles on January 4,1995.

Unbeknownst to many folks until now is the fact that her mother's maiden name was White. It is my hope that armed with this bit of knowledge we will be able to find a relative and return to them this precious photograph of the little girl nobody knew.

Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 12/02/04.

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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.21 – November 21, 1906.

COURT NOTES

The case of Village of Vermilion vs. Lake Shore Ry Co. Money only has been assigned for trial Friday.

The deal for Shadduck’s Grove, for which an option was taken a short time ago, was consummated Monday when a deed to the property was fled. George Blanchat is the purchaser, the consideration named being $14,000. The grantors are George W. Shadduck, Vera Shadduck, Frank Lynn, Eva May Scholl (nee Lynn), and Charles G. School, her husband, and Leana Shadduck.

[VV. Ed. Note: And thus was the amusement park in Vermilion, O. that many folks came to know as “Crystal Beach” born.]

MARRIAGE LICENSES

Miles A. Edson, widower, 56, Vermillion, farmer, and Mrs. Sylvia A. Edge, divorced, 42, Vermillion. H.R. Williams.

Nathan Vining, widower, 65, Berlinville, farmer, and Mrs. Frankie Vanderpool, widow, 64, Berlinville.

Paul Adelbert Petsell, 23, Cleveland, painter and Miss Harriet Alcherta Griswold, 18, Huron. Rev. Mergler.

In Justice Court

Judgement was rendered for the plaintiff in the case of Simons vs. Fischer in justice court Saturday. The case will be appealed. The case rests upon the supposition that Mr. Fischer was responsible for the indebtedness of the hotel management before the incorporation of the company. A number of creditors are watching the case with much interest and a number of similar suits may follow if judgement is sustained.

[VV. Ed. Note: I commented about this situation last week (VV 09/13/14). Mr. Fischer requested that the court appoint a receiver for the property (i.e. the Maudelton Hotel) because the corporation managing the property was essentially bankrupt. Fischer was the owner of the property on which the hotel was / is located, and was also a shareholder in the corporation. Among other things, George Fischer was also an attorney.

It appears, by all accounts thus far, that the corporation was formed, in part, to protect Fischer and other stockholders from lawsuits like the one Mr. Simons had brought against him. It was (from my point-of-view) a very savvy action on Fischer’s part. I don’t know how all this is going to shake down in the end - but I don’t believe that Mr. Fischer will be held personally liable for the debts incurred by the corporation. And though some or all the creditors may very well believe the corporation was an unsavory ploy by Fischer to dodge his liabilities their beliefs will likely be found to be irrelevant. The law takes precedence.

Anyway this shapes up – it will be interesting. And, by the way, Mr. Simons was a local grocer.]

EDSON-EDGE

Mr. Miles Edson and Mrs. Sylvia Edge were quietly married Thursday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Leidheiser. Mayor H.R. Williams officiating. Mr. Edson is one of Vermilion’s best known and most highly respected citizens. Mrs. Edge was formerly from Waterloo, Ind. but has been the guest of her sister. Mrs. Leidheiser for several months past and has made many friends here who will wish them a pleasant journey through life.

What I Saw at Tiffin

A Nice city, well paved streets, no mud, electric lights, and a good water plant, and also the whole city decorated with fine flags and bunting. At 11 a.m. Governor Harris and staff accompanied by a National Guard Band of 20 pieces arrived. Senator Foraker and other speakers being here. At noon Comrade Ball and I went to the Shawhan Hotel to take dinner. Being good looking and having the price, which was one dollar per plate we were ushered to the private dining room, where the other big fellow were; Forracker [sic] Harris, etc. Our mission here is to help unveil General Gibson’s monument. Comrade Ball introduced me to his Honor the Mayor, who afterwards made the address of welcome to 4,000 people at the auditorium. The parade, and [the] other out the door exercises, were put out [cancelled] by the rain. The program through [sic] at the at the auditorium, every boy went to the courthouse square to see the unveiling of the monument. A few remarks by the speakers music by the band, then two Grandsons of General Gibson pulled the ropes that uncovered the Statue of Gen. Gibson.

On my way home I stopped off at Clyde to see General McPherson’s monument. In 1864, 400 of my Regiment detailed to go to his burial; we did and fired three volleys over his grave. -TOWSER.

[VV. Ed. Note: First – I’ve no idea as to the identity of the author of this piece except the name “Towser”.

Next, the (first) General celebrated in the item was Civil War Brigadier General and politician William Harvey Gibson. While a highly successful trial lawyer, with a practice in in Seneca County, Ohio, he was also very attracted to politics. He helped organize the Ohio Republican Party and was elected Treasurer of the State of Ohio in 1855. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was commissioned Colonel of the 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He commanded the regiment through 42 battles and for distinguished service was brevetted [promoted in rand, but not pay] to Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on March 13, 1865. Following the war, he returned to the practice of law and in 1871, he laid out the town of Gibsonburg in Sandusky County, Ohio. He gained statewide and national recognition as an eloquent speaker for the Republican Party and the Grand Army of the Republic. After retiring from the practice of law, he was appointed adjutant general of Ohio and served on the Ohio Canal Commission. His last public office was Postmaster of Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio, in 1891, which he served till his death in November 1894.

The other General referred to in this reports was Major General James Birdseye McPherson was born November 14, 1828, on a farm near Clyde, Ohio. He went to West Point in 1849 and graduated first in a class of 52 in 1853. Philip Sheridan and John Hood were classmates. He was killed at The Battle of Atlanta in July of 1864, and was the highest ranking officer killed during that war.]

BIRMINGHAM

Mr. Bryant has taken possession of his new home.

Mrs. Fanny Babcock of Florence died very suddenly last Sunday morning of Heart trouble.

Teams are busy hauling apples for Mr. O.B. Haise and Huesner.

The recent rains make the wheat fields look fine.

HURON

Miss Ruth Shepherd is ill with typhoid fever.

Mrs. Fred Schueman is recovering form an attack of typhoid fever.

State Fire Marshal D.E. Creamer has figured that Ohio an annual fire loss of from $20,000 to $30,000 as the result of burning rubbish. People cannot be too careful at this season of the year.

Editor Yarrick of the Huron Blade and Berlin Heights Budget is having an interest time of it with the editor of a rival paper in Huron, the Reporter. His account of the last council meeting in that village makes interesting reading especially his account of the alleged attempt to whitewash the Mayor who is accused of running things in a very un-businesslike manner.

A woman grafter is working the people of nearby cities. She represents herself as trying to get enough money to take her to some relative in Texas. In Norwalk the other day, the authorities put a stop to her scheme and made her refund. She went to Sandusky and had collected about $6.00 when she was arrested upon refunding she was permitted to go. When anyone solicits for themselves it is not always policy to contribute.

[VV. Ed. Note: The lady “was permitted to go”. But to go where?]

T.N. Gill of Pt. Clinton foreman of the American Gypsum Co. mine was hurled down a shaft and instantly killed Friday morning.

A a meeting of the Union American M.E. Conference held in New York the committee on divorce brought in a report forbidding any person in the connection marrying divorced persons. The resolution was passed unanimously.

LOCALS.

Mrs. Chas McGraw is seriously ill.

F.W. Wakefield is in New York City this week on business.

School Children – Saturday, Nov. 3, you are invited to use the boats at Foster’s boathouse for a trip up the river.

Mr. and Mrs. Scholl and brother Frank Lyon are moving their household effects to Lorain this week. Mr. Blanchard who recently purchased the grove (i.e. Shadduck’s Grove – Crystal Beach) is moving in.

Died – At Lakside Hospital Cleveland, Monday morning at 3 o’clock, Ralph Hazelton. The remains were taken to Marchais, N.Y. for burial. Mr. Hazelton had lived in Vermilion several years.

BORN – To Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Coen, Saturday, Oct. 27, a son.

Miss Jesse Delker is learning to operate the Simplex at the News Office.

[VV. Ed. Note: I really didn’t now for sure until I read this but The News used a Simplex typesetting machine prior to 1916 when Roscoe purchased a Linotype typesetting machine. (All the typesetting was, therefore, not done by hand as I’ve been telling folks for 2 or 3 years.) The Simplex like the letterpresses in the building was probably connected by leather belts to a line shaft that was powered by a gasoline engine outside the building. Most factories of the era – like the Wakefield Brass Company – used line shafts and belts to power their equipment.]

Robert Kane is on the sick list. Miss Florence Rathburn is clerk in the post office this week in his place.

The young folks forgot themselves Tuesday night and threw something more destructive than corn, and as a consequence several windows were broken.

Get you rubbish ready the forepart of next week and placed in a conspicuous place as Mr. Schmoll will be around after it.

The many friends of Mrs. A.G. Rupert of Greensprings will be pained to learn that she is again in a Cleveland hospital.

ELECTION TUESDAY

Mrs. Charles Summers, died last week at the home of her sister Mrs. Baker in Florence. Mrs. Summers used to live here and kept a millinery shop for several years. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Baker.

Hmmmmmm....

Hotel Wagner

Hotel Wagner

THE WAGNER HOTEL: The History of Vermilion is like a gigantic jigsaw puzzle with all the pieces scattered across a table. To get the whole picture (i.e. to organize the parts) is an interesting process, but those parts have no coherent order until the entire puzzle is complete. This thought never rang truer to me than when I approached the following word sketch of Vermilion's Hotel Wagner.

U.S. historians refer to the decade beginning in 1890 in our nation as being the Gay Nineties. There were only about 4,000 millionaires in the country at the time. They had acquired their fortunes through the banking, mining, manufacturing, trade, and transportation industries. They travelled the world in great ocean liners, enjoyed the finest symphony orchestras, the opera, and sent their offspring to only the most refined colleges. They lived in manors in the winter, and spent the warmer months in spacious cottage homes by the lakes. During the Great Depression years of the 1930's folks would look back at those times and only see those things intermingled with memories of the gallant Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt leading his Rough Riders in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and other things like the great Ferris wheel turning in the skies above the gleaming white buildings of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. But the truth was that the decade was neither gallant nor gay. During that decade only one eighth of all the families in our nation controlled some seven-eighths of the national income. And it was in this socio-economic environment· that one Nick Wagner and his son, John, began running an inn, and saloon, in the building that would come to be known far and wee as the Hotel Wagner.

In 1895 John married Lucy Holl of Amherst and with her went about the serious work of catering to the needs of those who travelled to and through the little Village of Vermilion. In a move that speaks loudly for itself the saloon was promptly relocated in one half of the corner building (now the Main Street Grill) affording the hotel additional rooms and more pleasant parlors overlooking the busy Vermilion River. Ms. Lucy immediately took charge of the culinary department and the food and homelike service became quite famous.

At the very turn of the century a young Frenchman by the name of Joe Stone came to town and took lodging at the hotel. While he was a bridge¬ builder by trade and a wanderer at heart he fell in love with Vermilion and the hotel. After his landlord, John, died in 1905 he decided to stay on, and took charge of the business.

For the next 40 years the hotel saw the comings and goings of passing travelers, regular summer guests, fishermen, linemen, and sundry other workers who labored to build the burgeoning Village of Vermilion. I've no doubt that this was once a temporary home for Vermilion's legendary sailor Captain "Big Ed" Lampe.

But by the late 1930's the weight of the depression years married to new legislation regarding the management and operation of hotels, not to mention minimum wage standards, began to take a toll on Hotel Wagner. In the latter part of 1939 the hotel was sold to a gentleman named Tom Conners to be used as a small apartment 'house. Mrs. Wagner retired to her sister's home in Amherst, and all that was left was the building and a million memories.

During my lifetime the old hotel has been home to Doc Burley's optician's office, Dr. Halley's office, Prieur's appliance store (a predecessor of Erie Electronics), and Paul Ludlow's photo studio. It was also an apartment facility for numerous other townsfolk. Today it provides a home for Dr. Suszko's dental practice and the Vermilion Photojournal. And although there have been some alterations to the structure during the ensuing year it looks essentially the same as it looked over a century ago when weary travelers stopped in for a home cooked meal and cozy lodging during those not so gay Nineties.

Ref: The Vermilion News; 1-30-41; Special Thanks to Barbara A. Ruggles; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 11/04/04.

"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.

THE PIONEERS.

OXFORD.

…said with honest Sancho Panza: 'Blessed is the man that invented sleep.’"

Dr. Carpenter built a saw mill on Pipe creek many years since. A run of stone was subsequently added, for the grinding of coarse feed.

A BANK—ALMOST.

No one residing on the Fire-lands at present,, when all kinds of produce are convertible into cash, can form an idea of the vexations and inconveniences endured by the early settlers, for want of a circulating medium. Previous to the opening of the Erie canal, and the establishment of commercial relations through that channel with eastern cities, there was no cash market for any kind of produce. A bushel of corn would not buy a yard of muslin, coarse enough to sift meal through. A man might own a hundred head of cattle, an unlimited number of hogs, and territory large enough for a German principality, and not be able to raise money enough to pay his taxes without great effort.

I think it was in 1817, that Charles Lindsay removed from Dayton to near the head of Cold creek. He had been an official in a wildcat institution that issued "promises to pay," never redeemed, under the name of the "Dayton manufacturing company." The word "manufacturing" was, doubtless, used for the same reason that Captain Cuttle always read a large book, i.e., because it looked respectable. Lindsay suggested to some of the influential inhabitants, the great benefit that would result to the country by establishing a bank at Bloomingville — at that time a flourishing village. The move was a popular one. A meeting was called, the necessary stock subscribed. Lindsay was employed to engineer things, get the engraving done and procure a charter, while Messrs. South, Shirley, Youngs and others, proceeded to the erection of a banking house. On repairing to Columbus, it was found that a law had recently passed prohibiting the granting of further bank charters for the space of twelve months. The bills were already printed, but nothing further was done except to sell the property and abandon the enterprise.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

MR. PERCIVAL B. SALISBURY

was born at Henderson, Jefferson county, New York, January 37, 1818. He was educated at Theresa in the same county. In 1839, he engaged in teaching in Adams, New York, and on March 2, 1842, he married Miss Stella Willard, of Adams. He engaged in mercantile pursuits until the fall of 1854, when he removed to Ohio, locating in Oxford township, at Four Corners, where he has been identified with all matters of public interest. During the early years of his residence in the county, he was a teacher in the public schools. During the war he was a thorough Union man and a staunch supporter of the government. His family consisted of three children: Newel B., who was a member of the One hundred and twenty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and fell in the service; Brainard W., who married Miss Jennie Todd, and is now connected with the Exchange Bank of Monroeville; and Emma A., who married H. G. Cowles, and now lives at Big Rock Iowa.

Mr. Salisbury died March 16, 1879. He was a gentleman of refined and cultivated taste, and early in life became a Christian. He was a member of the Congregational church at Four Corners, and a faithful earnest worker.

Excerpts from: The Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio; W.W. Williams - 1879 -
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VERMILION ARTIFACT #169

THE AMERICAN CHAIN COMPANY (ACCO): was established as the Weed Chain Tire Grip Company in 1904 and became the American Chain Company in 1912. Through the years, ACCO built a strong foundation in the overhead lifting and marine chain and fitting markets. The ACCO brand name and product still has a strong presence in those markets today.

In the year 1904, Harold D. Weed of New York is issued U.S. Patent No. 768,495 for his "Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires," a non-skid tire chain to be used on automobiles to increase traction on roads slick with mud, snow or ice.

It has been said that he drew inspiration for the tire chain from the habit of local motorists who wrapped rope around their tires to get traction on muddy country roads. His chains were soon found to work just as well on snow and ice as on mud. He eventually sold his tire chain patents to the American Chain and Cable Company.

A new chapter to the ACCO story was created when the Peerless Industrial Group purchased ACCO in July of 2006. The same high quality product that has been synonymous with the ACCO brand name since 1904 continues to be manufactured today along with all of the products from the PEERLESS INDUSTRIAL GROUP.

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TRUE PUNISHMENT

Donald MacDonald from the Isle of Skye went to study at an English university and was living in the hall of residence with all the other students there. After he had been there a month, his mother came to visit him.

"And how do you find the English students, Donald?" she asked.

"Mother," he replied, "they're such terrible, noisy people. The one on that side keeps banging his head on the wall and won't stop. The one on the other side screams and screams all night."

"Oh Donald! How do you manage to put up with these awful noisy English neighbors?"

"Mother, I do nothing. I just ignore them. I just stay here quietly, playing my bagpipes."

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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.


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