Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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SHOPTALK: On the shop top this week is an old print I found somewhere (I don’t recall where). I like old prints and this is one of them. I think it is called “Solitaire”. We have several on display at the museum that I essentially grew up looking at everyday.

One is called “The End of the Trail” and the other called “Lone Wolf”. The wolf print was the creation of Polish artist Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski (1849–1915). Kowalski painted the original around 1900. In any case, the both prints are likely c.1920.

The one on the shop top is a little older. We may have three or four others on display. This one is not.

On my home desk this week is a very nice pic of Vermilionite John Walper (1858-1943). John and his team delivered oil for the Standard Oil Company in and around Vermilion for at least 30 years. Clearly, he was proud of his team.

John’s daughter was Margaret Kneisel. Her son, Roy, was a very well known Vermilionite. Roy’s daughter, Nancy, has contributed a number of artifacts, pictures, and articles to the museum. She and her husband still own the old Walper home next to Vermilion’s first big schoolhouse on State Street.

IN THE WORKS: This week I’ve been researching Worthington & Sons that in the 1880s was shipping stone from Port Vermilion. The story has turned into something much bigger than I initially thought. It also involves an area much large than I initially thought.

LINWOOD FIRE: I’ve also been looking at a Linwood Park fire that took place September 1st 1931. There were no casualties aside from the loss of property.

I’m not very familiar with the streets in the park and the maps I’ve found are not as good as I’d like. The streets I’m interested in are Ashe, Cherry and Elm. Cherry is not well defined on any of the maps I’ve seen.

Interesting stuff…

MY MUSE: Every morning before I leave our home I take 2 pix of the area that front it. I grabbed this pic Thursday morning. It helps to start the day right. Peace.


ROGER: With the demise of Roger Willis Bachman three years ago I said to a friend that his death probably marked the end of town characters for Vermilion. My friend thought for a moment and said, “Now it’s me.”

I don’t know about that. A fella like Roger and perhaps his brother, LaVern who died just a few years later, was one in a million.

Roger was born in 1943 and to my knowledge lived a majority of his years (excepting the time he spent in the Army) in Vermilion. Although Roger never drove – at least no much – before he entered the service (he always rode a bike), while there he became a Colonel’s driver.

For a number of years he worked at the old package store just above Parson’s marine on Liberty Street. I recall going in there one day and Roger told me that he’d bought himself a birthday present: It was a Mercedes Benz sedan. It was, of course, used. But nonetheless it was a Mercedes.

More often than not Roger still seemed to prefer a bicycle to a car. But when he got older he had some health problems so a car it was for him.

Aside from the package store I don’t recall that he ever really worked anywhere for long. But he did make a tidy sum during the fishing season cleaning fish for sports fishermen.

What made Roger a true character was that he always had time to talk – whether you wanted to talk or not. And he was very perceptive – whether you wanted him to be or not. He always seemed to know what was going on around town - both good and bad things.

In this rare pic of him he was attending a family reunion at Mill Hollow. I think I got this snap from Vermilionite Larry E. Howell. Somehow (I don’t know how) Larry was a distant relative.

And I really don’t think there are really any more town characters. Just wannabees.

God I miss old Vermilion…

WHO WAS BASIL NEWTON HENRY (AND WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM): Several years ago, while rummaging through a bunch of “stuff” long forgot in the attic of the print shop museum I came across a rather large marriage certificate. The aged document was from a place I’d never heard of – Charleroi, Pennsylvania. [F.Y.I. Charleroi is a borough in Washington County, Pennsylvania, along the Monongahela River, 21 miles south of Pittsburgh.] Anyway I did recognize one of the names on it: Basil N. Henry.

Persons who’ve reviewed some of the microfilm files of Vermilion’s now defunct weekly newspaper may also be familiar with the name. Mr. Henry was the Associate Editor of the paper for several years (1914 – 1917) during the first decade of the 20th century. And while the marriage certificate indicated that he was married in February of 1911, by the time he registered for the draft in 1917 he clearly was not. Ergo, his years of wedded bliss appear to have been brief.

Looking further into the matter I found that Henry had married a girl named Myrtle V. Kremer on February 7, 1911 at the Methodist-Episcopal church in, of course, Charleroi. Myrtle, born in 1895 was 16. Basil was then 23. Unbeknownst to me until just lately the couple had a daughter who was born in Monessen, a city in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1913. They named her Virginia Valley Henry. The precise reason their marriage went, as some say, south is not known. But just a short “blip” in the Sandusky paper of 1916 announced that Basil had been granted a divorce from Myrtle, and that Myrtle had been granted custody of their daughter.

In October of 1917 Mr. Henry resigned his position with our local journal citing “ill health” as the reason and was reportedly going to return to Pennsylvania or “to some point south” after his departure. If not to Pennsylvania one might surmise that he might have returned to his birthplace in Winchester City, Virginia. But where he actually went, like the reason for his divorce, is also an unknown. The reason that question is even relevant is because in December of 1918 the following article appeared in the Sandusky paper:

“Word has been received here that a letter written by Basil N. Henry on Nov. 24 has reached relatives in West Virginia. He was reported missing several weeks ago.” I doubt that we’ll ever really know where he might have been, but whatever had been ailing him had clearly been eradicated by 1920. By then he was working as a printer for the Daily News in Morgantown, West Virginia and living with his sister, Nellie Copeland, and her family in Morgantown.

1930 found Basil remarried to a girl named Lula and the couple had a son they named Forest. Myrtle had also remarried. Her last name was now Kelly. But like her first marriage the second was also brief. But not due to divorce; her second husband had died unexpectedly, and she and Virginia went to live with her parents.

As is obvious all the above was initiated by my discovery of a aged marriage certificate in an attic several years ago. I came across a portrait of the gentleman at nearly the same time. And though I’ve learned a good deal about him, a person that to my knowledge, few persons about me had ever mentioned before – I still have questions. Among them is where did life take him after he left Vermilion.

I know he died on January 5, 1966 at the V.A. Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. But that seems to raise more questions than give answers. Accordingly, I wrote about him several times in an on-line blog. And then in October of 1966 I received the following:

“I found the picture and article about my grandfather, Basil Newton Henry in your [blog]. Thank you for that. I am William Patrick Henry the youngest son of Forest Westley Henry. He was the Forest that was mentioned in your article as the son of Basil and Lula.”

I was really happy to receive this communiqué and wrote back to him. He replied: “…I am so excited to learn about my grandfather who died when I was four years old. My parents are dead now so my brother and I are the only Henrys left from Basil's line. My brother is 17 years older than me and I have gotten him to tell me everything he knows about our grandfather, which is not a whole lot. I have found a small set of artifacts that will give us a few clues into his life. My brother and I are also searching the Internet for information. I am going to attempt to scan the documents that I have and create an approximate timeline. Hopefully you might have information that might fill in some of the holes. I have also found information online about Basil's father William Eli Henry and his father Robert William Henry. I hope to be able to visit their graves in a cemetery in Winchester, VA. I need some time to process and analyze the documents that I have found. I would like to share what I find with you and possibly get copies of what you have. I believe there is another story here. My youngest daughter, Rebecca is working as a graphic designer for the small newspaper in our rural area in Virginia. It is not lost on either of us that she is unknowingly following in her great grandfather's footsteps. It seems like that would make for an interesting story in one or both of the newspapers. I look forward to working with you to see where this goes.”

I’m not precisely sure where any of this information will take Patrick or me. I am simply amazed at how far an aged marriage certificate that had been sitting in an attic for 100 years has already taken me. Perhaps I’ll learn even more tomorrow…

Ref:; 1900 thru 1940; Sandusky Register, 1916, 17 and 18; Special Thanks to William Patrick Henry; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 03/30/2017.

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

Vol. XII, No.46. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, April 22, 1909

Wells Building On Fire

At noon Friday, pupils going home from school discovered fire on the roof of the Wells building on Grand Street and gave an alarm. The firemen responded promptly and soon had two streams of water on the blaze, which was quickly extinguished. The roof was somewhat damaged and some water went through into Mrs. Goff's living rooms also into W. A. Christian’s store. It is supposed a spark from a passing engine [i.e. railroad train] caused the fire.

It is fortunate that the fire was discovered before it gained very much headway as with the high wind prevailing great damage might've resulted.


According to some of our county contemporaries the post office fight is waxing warm in this town. There are two candidates. Theodore Penning who is now agent for the L. S. E. Ry and the present incumbent who has served for a number of years, and had a good record for efficiency. In an interview with one of the candidates we find that that matters stand about as they were some months ago and that there is no open fight in progress so far as can be ascertained. The Sandusky Register in a recent issue, accuses Clark of the Republican executive committee of being opposed to the postmaster here because he refused to a accede to his demand for a contribution to funds for unimportant campaign. The fact is Clark was refused a contribution. But we suppose this is all in a political game.

Now we believe that the patrons should say who should be postmaster here. That he should be chosen by a majority of the people whom he serves and not a few politicians at Sandusky or Washington, and we believe the time is coming when every officeholder, federal or otherwise will be appointed upon recommendation of the people or elected by those whom he serves and not be at the mercy of political bosses.

[NOTE: And we all know how that worked out.]


At the session of the County commissioners Monday many matters came up for consideration. The matter of the improvements at the county jail and the remodeling of the barn at the county infirmary were discussed.

It is understood that the remodeling of the county jail will be begin as soon as the condition of the Sheriff Reuter will admit and it was learned that the proposed repairs will likely be soon be made on the barn at the county infirmary. The County commissioners prefer to repair the barn at the infirmary rather than erect a new one.

The plans for the remodeling of the county jail have been approved by the state board of charities and the probate judge and according to the law the sheriff must also approve the specifications. He is still too ill to do this and the work will be delayed until he has shown considerable improvement.

In the meantime the commissioners have done everything in their power to bring about some action in this matter and everything is ready for the receiving of bills after the papers are signed. But for the condition of the sheriff the work would already have been well underway.

John Englebry and David Stevens who were indicted by the grand jury for assault and battery, furnished a new bond Thursday in the amount of $300.


Stella Greenoe was granted a divorce from John Greenoe on the ground of habitual drunkenness for the past three years and failure to support his family of seven children. She was granted alimony also of $500 in weekly installments of $5.



Mrs. George Mahr is very ill at her home.

Dog poisoners seem to be busy in this neighborhood as several were killed last week.

George Pepper lost one of his fingers a few days ago. It was bitten off by a cow.

BORN – to Mr. Mrs. Carl Wenzell, Wednesday, April 14, a son.

Mrs. John Zurcher of South Amherst died at her home Friday evening after a year's illness. She leaves a husband and three small children to mourn their loss. The funeral was held at the German church, South Amherst, Sunday afternoon, Rev. Lindenmeyer officiating.

J. H. Webb has sold his barbershop at Elyria and will devote all his time to his business here.

The Amherst Grays were practicing up for their first game on Sunday afternoon, at stop 37.

Steps are being taken by sons of Mrs. Adam Franks, 70, who eloped Saturday with her boarder, Frank Gatz, 39, to have the marital knot untied.

The funeral services of Miss Hazel Chauncey, aged 13, were held Wednesday from her late home on Prospect street, Rev. Black officiating. Miss Chauncey was a member of the high school and was popular among the young folks.

The death of Mrs. George Mohr, which occurred Sunday morning at her home after a short illness, was a great shock to the community. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband one daughter and a sister, Mrs. C. Holzhauer and a large number of relatives and friends. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Lindenmeyer officiating and the interment made in the Cleveland Street cemetery.

The Village of Amherst was all brought up over a joke played on Postmaster Baker. Mr. Baker received a note, which read:

We have your son and if you want him back have $2000 at the spring at the brewery hill tonight. Do not say one word about this or you will never see your boy again. It was supposed to have been dropped in the box by threatening kidnappers. Mr. Baker found a note a short time after his sons had left for school. He immediately phoned home and found they were not there. Then he phoned to the schoolhouse and found that both sons were safely in school. He then realized it was a joke. A hunt is still on for the Joker.


Mrs. Clarinda P. Jackson was born in Hillsdale, county, Michigan, January 26, 1835, and passed away April 13, 1909, at the age of 74 years, two months in 18 days. She was married to Henry J. Jackson in 1855. Three daughters and one son were born of this union. The son died in infancy. One daughter, Mary, entered the other life 27 years ago. Mrs. Carlton Rumsey and Mrs. W. E. Derr are the surviving daughters. The husband and father died in 1902.

Mrs. Jackson has resided in Vermilion over half a century. She united with the Congregational church March 29, 1877, and was a faithful and devoted worker in the church in the years of her strength. For at least 15 years Mrs. Jackson has been an invalid and has endured much suffering. At times it seemed impossible for her to recover, but to the surprise of all she would get about again. Once for 11 months she could leave her bed only as she was lifted from it. For weeks at a time she was apparently about the pass away at any hour. Her case is perhaps the most remarkable known in this vicinity for physical vitality. And now the weary body is at rest. The gentle spirit is exalted.

“The sweetest old lady I ever new" said one knowing her well. The fragrance of a gracious character is the rich heritage of her relatives and friends.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Geo. E. Merrill at the residence of Dr. Derr Friday morning. April 16, and the remains placed by the side of Mr. Jackson's in the cemetery at Amherst.


$40,000 will be expended in improving the ore docks at Huron this season.

Mr. Hinz is on the sick list. Dr. Englebry is attending him.

Capt. Barry who probably lost his life on the tug Floss during last week’s storm, was a brother of John Berry of this place.

Mrs. C. L. Witty was operated on last Thursday for a removal of a small tumor from her neck. The operation was performed by Dr. Gillard in the hospital at Sandusky. Mrs. Witty was able to return home on Saturday. The growth had been troubling her for some time past and it was decided to have it removed while in its incipiency – Huron Reporter

The governor's quarantine proclamation prohibiting the importation into Ohio cattle affected with tuberculosis effective March 23, has been distributed throughout the state.

Vermilion has one place of amusement that deserves liberal patronage that is the Crystal Theater. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings the theater is open and if a person does not get his monies worth we do not know where he can. If you haven't been lately, go.

Mrs. Zar, wife of an operator at the Nickel Plate has been seriously ill for several weeks and her recovery is reported extremely doubtful.

Among the captains and sailors who of left during the past week to begin their work on the legs are Capts Bell, Gegenheimer, Bailey, Full and Stone, Will Baldwin, Shirley Harris and Robert Moore. Several are waiting until the strike is settled.

BORN – Friday April, 16, ‘09 to Mr. and Mrs. E. Harris, a daughter.

Walter Bauer, 7, of Elyria is missing from his home and the friends and police are busy searching. He has not been seen since the dismissal of school Tuesday.

C. C. Baumhart has bought the property at 144 East College St. owned by J. C. Smith, of Castalia, and will move in as soon as he can sell his lease on the property in which he now resides on N. Professor St. – Oberlin News.


Lake Park was well patronized Sunday.

The Swastika club enjoyed a pleasant evening Saturday with Ms. Mary Kriss.

It is expected that all the old board walks will be replaced by cement or stone.

James McCormick as reported a little better and as soon as he is able will go to the hospital where he will undergo an operation.

The baseball season opened here on Saturday by a game between Vermilion and Huron High Schools. The score stood 8 to 9 in favor of Vermilion.

The U. S. Training ship Hawk, which laid up here last fall, left the harbor Sunday afternoon with colors flying. There were 68 cadets besides the officers and crew aboard.


Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Van Scoten arrived in Berlin with their new White automobile. Mrs. Stone of Cleveland accompanied them for a short visit.

Sunday word was received here of the death of Mrs. Mattie Hannigan Spore of Toledo. Mrs. A. M. Bailie her sister arrived too late to see her.

Chas Hardy died at his home in Berlinville Friday.

Joseph Kelble died last Tuesday at his home near Florence from gallstones. A wife and eight children survive.


Kelly and Burton are very busy putting in garden truck.

Mrs. Todd's house is begun the foundation walls being finished and the carpenters are at work.

Mrs. Gus Wiedeman severely and perhaps fatally burned tending a brush pile Thursday last week and her husband was badly burned in trying to save his wife.

Miss Irma Clary who has been spending the past six months in Cuba has arrived home after a stormy voyage. She reports that new families are coming in all the time and some who have just been to see the country going home to settle up their business affairs and make Cuba their home.


BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Riblet Saturday, April 17, little daughter.

Word was received here recently of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Reghley of Berlin Heights. Pete was a former Ashmont boy.


INTERESTING STUFF: AN INTERESTING CLIP: I’m not sure if Thompson and Parsons were just playing around or serious. Thompson was 19 and Parsons was 24 when this article was written. Evidently Burt Parsons weren’t no wimp.

I’d not heard of the school principal Fearon prior to seeing this blip. His full name was Robert Newton Fearon. He was born in Eaton, New York in 1840 and died in Ironton, NY in 1910. I don’t believe he staying in Vermilion for any length of time. By 1900 he’d returned to NY and evidently owned a store of some kind.

Mr. Rust was probably Edwin Rust, then a schoolteacher. He also wrote Vermilion news articles for the Sandusky and Huron newspapers. Thus, does it make sense that he was responsible for a contest in writing and penmanship.

Lottie Goodell (Charlotte was her christian name) was the great-granddaughter of Jotham Goodell who was minister of the first church ever built in Vermilion. Her father lost had his life in a flash flooding accident in the state of Washington. Her mother was a Pelton. She brought the family back to Vermilion after her husband’s death.

Charlotte’s maternal great-grandmother was Charlotte Austin, one, if not the, first pioneer women to come to Vermilion before it was Vermilion.

As an adult Lottie later did a good deal of missionary work in the hills of W. Virginia.

One Woman’s Opinion…


Mary Wakefield Buxton

The next morning, yesterday’s dust-up over politics and religion now behind us, we walked hand in hand through the streets of Santa Fe. We found ourselves in the midst of an outdoor Native American market with exquisite hand- made silver and turquoise jewelry displayed on blankets spread out on sidewalks. The sun was up and already blazing hot so Chip suggested we get on the road in our un-air conditioned ’59 Olds. We studied our map and decided our next stop was Winslow, Arizona, known for the Meteor Crater created when a meteorite hit earth some 49,000 years ago.

Actually, the tourist site was not much to see, that is, if one was in search of beauty. It was merely a massive hole in a desert, 550 feet deep and nearly a mile in diameter. One could only stand on its desolate rim and imagine the damage it had done to flora and fauna at impact. It was fortunate the meteor had hit in desert land and I shuddered to think of the damage another meteor of equal size would do if ever one hit a populated area.

The next stop was the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. This marvelous site consisted of multiple pastel layers of sand surrounded by a forest of prehistoric trees that had turned to stone.

We spent the night in yet another nondescript motel and drove to the Grand Canyon in the morning. Unfortunately, a sudden storm had moved in during the night and as we stood on the rim and looked down into the abyss all we could see were swirling black clouds. We didn’t get back to enjoy the breathtaking reds, corals and pinks of the Grand Canyon for another 40 years.

Our next stop was the Boulder Hotel in Boulder, Colorado where we saw a film about building the Hoover Dam. The next day we visited the massive engineering feat.

In Las Vegas to tried our luck at the slots. We decided we could afford $25.00 to splurge on our big night gambling on the town but we lost it all in five minutes. The lesson learned was simply that we were lucky to have only lost $25.00.

The young are like empty vessels waiting to be filled with good sense. Every day was a learning opportunity and we were eager for the next adventure. We left Vegas and headed across a desert that reminded me of the TV show popular in the 50s titled “Death Valley Days.” I could imagine the mule train slugging along ahead of us as we made our desolate way to Bakersfield. Anyone who broke down on this stretch of badlands was in for bigtime badtimes.

Finally we reached California only to see signs posted everywhere: “CASH ONLY! No Checks and no credit cards!” We were thankful we had not gambled all our cash away and were able to get food and housing for the night.

The next morning we breakfasted early and hit the road for the Navy Base in San Diego and our new life on the West Coast. Chip would check into his new ship for his last 2 years of duty and I would become a “Navy wife.” A stack of bills awaited us at the post office. We spent the next year paying off the “Dead Horse” loan off that had funded our Honeymoon.

We would have a year in California while the USS Mars was readying for service and home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan. We moved into a small, one bedroom cottage (shack) on the beach of Mission Bay north of the city that was rented for $80.00 a month. Before moving in, we had to sweep out the living room floor which was covered in 6 inches of sand.

That first November in 1963 I had a sales clerk job with J.C. Penny. When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the horrifying pictures were televised from all 25 TVs displayed in the appliance department. It leant nightmarish vision never forgotten and it ushered in for our generation the end of innocent times.

Nine months after the assassination, just 10 days before Chip left for Japan on his last year’s tour of duty, we became the proud parents of a red- headed baby girl we named Elizabeth.

That year Chip and I threw ourselves into enthusiastic support of Barry Goldwater for president. The war was heating up in Vietnam. I followed Chip to Japan when my baby turned the required 6 weeks of age and that November of 1964 the news came in over armed forces radio of Goldwater’s defeat. I was devastated but had to accept the election of President Johnson. It would be another few years before I would fulfill my end of the bargain made with my husband on the back roads of New Mexico and affiliate with the Episcopal Church.

Looking back 54 years later at this time in our lives, I’m grateful we have achieved a long marriage. We grew up together, each painfully learning our youthful, hard- held opinions were not always good or right… and that tolerance and compromise are so needed by all people in this life. Reaching a long term marriage and such understanding can only be called one thing: Pure Bliss. Conclusion C2017 888

Note: Mary is the author of 12 books about love and life in Virginia and, in addition, she has also been a columnist for the Southside Sentinel newspaper in Urbanna, Virginia for 34 years. Her books are available on and her writing often mentions her memories of growing up in her beloved home town of Vermilion, Ohio.



…sil of any kind on exhibition. The amount in premiums offered at this fair was $70. At a meeting of the Agricultural Board, December 14, 1838, a proposition was received from Licking County Agricultural Society to send delegates with them to Columbus for the purpose of organizing a State agricultural society and O. Jenny and J. V. Vredenburg were sent as delegates.

At the second fair held at Norwalk, October 17, 1839, $118 was offered as premiums, and at the end of the year sixty-seven dollars were in the treasury. In 1840 $129 were offered as premiums, but no account of a fair being held is given. The fair for 1841 was held at Norwalk, November 2. There is no record of any fairs being held in 1842-3-4-5-6 and 7.


…Luke S. Stow, secretary. The fair was held at Milan, October 8 and 9; the number estimated to be present, l0,000.

The fifth annual fair was held at Norwalk, in 1852, October 5, 6 and 7. The members of the society numbered at this time 800. The amount received from, all sources $2,129.75; amount expended $1,083.53; amount on hand at end of fiscal year $1,046.22, a very good financial showing.

At the annual meeting January 20, 1852, two resolutions were offered to the effect that the connection between the two counties in this society be dissolved, and that the Board of Managers be requested to settle up the affairs of the society. These resolutions were referred to a committee, and the committee, at a subsequent meeting, reported adversely and the resolutions voted down. The fair in 1852 was held October 5, 6 and 7, at Norwalk, and over $1,000 offered as premiums on a largely increased variety of articles. The entries numbered 700. The best one acre wheat, 45 ½ bushels; one acre corn, 101 bushels, shelled; one acre oats, 74 bushels; one acre potatoes, 382 bushels. No manure was applied to the soil to raise any of these premium crops.

In 1853 I. T. Reynolds was president, L. S. Stow, secretary, and the fair was held at Monroeville.

The seventh and last fair of the two counties jointly, was held at Norwalk, October 1854, and like its predecessors was profitable and successful.

At the annual meeting January 2, 1855, after a spirited debate, the following resolutions were adopted:

Resolved, That in the judgment of this meeting the general interests of agriculture will be best promoted by the existence of separate societies in each of the counties of Huron and Erie.

Resolved, Therefore, that with a view of separate organizations in these counties this society be dissolved as soon as the financial matters can be closed up, and that a committee of three from each county be now appointed to adjust the funds belonging to the society.

A committee was appointed. $511.10 was the amount found in the treasury. This was divided according to the population of each county, Huron county receiving $299.06, and Erie county $212.04.

Thus closed the pleasant associations, as a society, formed through seven years of intimate labor together, years that had seen the formation of the society, its unexpected growth, and the still more surprising advancement of agricultural and mechanical industries. The separation was not made without pain, for the annual reunions at the fairs had been seasons of glad fraternal greetings and pleasure. The ties were strong that mutual friendship and labor had woven, and united the two counties as one family.

By the dissolution of the old society, Erie county was thrown upon her own resources, with only two hundred, and twelve dollars and four cents in her treasury. It seems hardly possible that the Erie County Agricultural Society…

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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BOOKBINDING: This pic is of one of the older mechanisms in the print shop museum. It’s a bookbinding press. With it one would place a number of pages for a book – or in this case a receipt book – to hold them together so an adhesive could be painted to the edges of the pages until dry.

This is not a particularly rare device, but it may be one of a kind. There were a hefty number of similar devices manufactured. This one may have been homemade.


A man and a woman are driving down the highway when another car passes them. The woman notices that the occupants of the other car are young and obviously in love. The girl is sitting very close to her boyfriend as they cruise down the highway.

This causes the woman to think back when she and her husband were young and in love, and wondering where the show of affection had disappeared to over the years.

Finally she says to her husband, "Remember when we used to be like that young couple? Where did the love go, honey?"

Her question was met with a few moments of pensive thought, while he looked at his gnarled hands on the steering wheel. Then he replied, "I don't know, but I haven't moved."

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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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