Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion. - Heinrich Heine....I think God in creating Man overestimated his ability. - Oscar Wilde....God has given you one face, and you make yourself another - William Shakespeare.....Once again I am in awe of the January thaw........rnt...............

January 14,  2017 - Print Shop scene and Junior Choir=


SHOPTALK: On the home desk this week is an old pic of a Junior Choir at the old Congregational Church (now Millet’s Auction House) on Division Street.

With the exception of one or two faces I recognize most of those pictured. In my view they look the same today as they did then. I’ll bet many readers know all of them.

Ain’t they cute?

On the shoptop this week is an unremarkable digital painting of the interior of the old print shop. It was adapted from a pic I took 4 or 5 years ago.

What I was experimenting with is not so much the pic itself, but the framing. The idea that any picture is really and truly a window into the past enthralls me. The frame acts as a window frame and is, therefore, very much a part of the picture.

Just a thought…

STUMBLING: Xin Loi (“Sorry about that’) folks. I’m sure most don’t care, but many times I’m working on several different projects at once – and I get lost. Thusly, I am apt to make some mistakes – especially in dictating.

I use an application called Dragon Dictate to acquire text for the “Briefs” section of the page with old news from The Vermilion News.

Though I try to be as accurate as possible I note that the program doesn’t necessarily understand all that I say. Despite the fact that I do proof what I’ve dictated I’m usually only looking for illogical or misspelled words. This means that there are times when the words on the page may seem both logical and correctly spelled during a quick proof, but they are not the right words. In short, it’s not an exact science (at least speaking for myself).

And so I stumble through. Most times I get it right. Thus, if you see a mistake therein this is the reason.

ALMOST LOST A few weeks ago I complained about accidentally deleting a bunch of files by mistake – bemoaning their loss.

A fella emailed me to say that I should’ve had a backup for my files and even volunteered to help me put something like that together.

I’m glad he mentioned it because I actually do backup all my files on a continual basis on all my computers. I just, for some reason, forgot that I did. So, I really didn’t lose anything.

However, last Sunday I had written a piece that I’d been working on for several hours and just as I was about to save it we blew a fuse and the computer went black.

Yikes! It was if all four tires on my truck went flat at once. I thought I’d have to start over and rewrite the whole thing. While the experience wasn’t exactly new to me I really wasn’t looking forward to having to do it. But…

When we flipped the circuit breaker back on and I turned the computer back on the piece was still there. And with the exception of several changes I’d made just before the power went off everything was hunky-dory.

To my knowledge that should not have happened, but it did. And all I can say is whew!

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.

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BITS & PIECES OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS: Time being relative – meaning in this particular case that to some the accompanying photographs may seem old. But to others, such as myself, they don’t seem very old at all. I don’t recall precisely where I came across the collage. Nor am I sure for what it was intended. I suspect that it may have been used in the school’s old newspaper, The Compass. But as of yet I’ve not come across a copy of an issue containing the picture. What I am sure of is that the photographs were taken sometime during the 1957-58 school year at Vermilion’s old High School on Decatur Street.

The picture caught my attention because I knew and still know most of those pictured. Although I don’t recall every first name, I certainly remember the surnames:

Front Row L-R: Stiglin, Terry Owen, Rick Walker, Bob Bailey, Al Thompson, John Hoffman, Tom Esper, Tom Sanford, Bob Mey, Joe Turza, Bob Hunter, Butch Campbell, Dave Halley, Bobby Braden, Larry Knittle.

Back Row L-R: Cliff Bartlome, Ernie Mello. J. Moore, Ronnie Ollis, Lund, Tom Peebles, Freddie Smith, Darrel Ollis, Jeff Edwards, Chuck Rogers, Mroski, Mike Blakely, John Hunter, Mike Wheeler, Tim Trinter, Bill Bors, Kendra, Gail Darby, Bill Watkins.

There were two sets of brothers among the footballers: the Ollis and Hunter brothers. The Ollis boys have passed into the great beyond now. But to the best of my knowledge both Hunters are still among us. John is currently the Mayor of Sheffield Village. And locally one might bump into a few of the other players. Bob Mey, Butch Campbell, Freddie Smith, Tim Trinter and, to the best of my knowledge, Gail Darby are still about town.

Of the three coaches Ed Ziemke remains. He was the only one that stayed and retired from Vermilion schools. I believe the other two men continued their careers as teachers and coaches after leaving town. Both Coach Braden and his son, Bobby, passed some time ago. But I’ve completely lost track of Coach Hunt. While living in town he married a local girl – also a teacher – named Joyce Ridenour.

The cheerleaders are L-R: Judy Fisher, Mary Wakefield, Shirley Williams, Gerry Martin, Cynthia Avery, and Mary Lee Russell. Shirley Williams and Mary Wakefield Buxton still visits town in the warmer months of the year. Mary Lee Russell comes to town on occasion. But I’m really not too familiar with Ms. Fisher or Ms. Avery. All were (and probably remain) popular persons.

While all these folks were just a wee bit older than myself they were of “my time” – or at least near it. I feel very fortunate to have come of age in our little town. Here the “good old days” were really and truly the “good old days”.

REF: Written Wednesday, January 11, 2017 but never published.

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.32. - VERMILION, OHIO, THURSDAY, January 14, 1909


Thomas J. Ball has brought suit against D.E. Thompson, administrator of the estate of Emma L. Thompson, deceased, to recover $497.95 on account together with interest from June 17, 1908, which account, he claims was contracted during the lifetime of the deceased. Ball asks for $71.95 for money loaned and bills paid by him and $426 for services.


Laura Platt has brought suit against Bert Blakeslee to compel him to settle a bill of $113 for board and nurse services furnished Mrs. Blakeslee from August to Oct. 6, 1908. Blakeslee according to the petition was asked to settle the account Dec. 29 but refused. Since then Mrs. Blakeslee died, having been divorced by her husband two days previously.

L.W. Zimmerman of Lorain has brought suit against Julius Dute for $60. Zimmerman's parents who reside in Amherst bought a cow of Dute and sold it to their son. He took a touring the Board of Health of that city ordered it killed claiming it had tuberculosis. Zimmerman wants the purchase price back together with damages.

Fred H. Peasley against Adam Angersbach. Peasley claims Angersbach’s dog ran out and bit him in the leg as he was passing the Angersbach farm. Both reside in Brownhelm. Peasley asks for $2000 damage.

The following case on the docket of the Lorain County court, which opened this week, will be especially interesting to Amherst and Brownhelm people. The settlement of the affairs of the defunct Amherst Manufacturing Co.

The suit of William Kay versus the Amherst Mrg. Co. He is suing for a year’s salary. He was director and manager of the company and had a three-year contract. After running one year it shutdown and Kay wanted his pay for the ensuing year.

The case of Thomas Winson Jr, versus the Ohio Quarries Co. He lost a foot in the quarry by a stone falling on it. $5000 is what he asks for.

The case of Clock vs. Ehrhardt. H. K. Clock of the Amherst Reporter is suing Ehrhardt for alienation of his wife's affections and asked damages in the sum of $10,000.

G.W. Grant vs. Caroline Hass and children for the recovery of four feet of land adjoining his property on Middle St., Amherst.

Herbert Linn versus Augusta Linn, divorce on the grounds of three years willful absence.

A Crank On Clocks

Former Vermilion Manned The Owner Of Violent Cousin Unique Timepieces.

C.C. Baumhart the druggist and acknowledges being a crank on the subject of clocks. He has a dozen or more clocks of unique design buying a new one every once in a while that strikes him as a curiosity, says the Oberlin news.

At his store on North Main St. are several specimens of varying design, but one enclosed in a glass case in his store window is particularly unique. Mr. Baumhart wound this clock on Saturday last for the first time since December 20, 1907. The clock is guaranteed to run 400 days with one winding but he wound it not now just to make sure. He will wind it again next New Year's Day.

The mechanism is curious, yet simple, but one fails to see how such long continued power could be stored within such a small space. The pendulum has a peculiar rotary movement and seems to as nearly solve the problem of perpetual motion is any mechanism yet devised.

Action was taken at the regular Thursday prayer meeting at the Ridgeville church expelling T.B. Rogers, 68, a deacon, and Miss Ada Balcomb, 23, a young schoolteacher of Henrietta, from the church. The expression of “immoral conduct" was used by the special committee who investigated. The most serious charge made was their fondness for letter writing.

One vote against the expulsion of the young lady was recorded.

Sandy Silverwood formerly of this place, now of Pt. Clinton has according to his story discovered a mine of wealth in the shape of thousands of feet of submerged logs in Sandusky Bay opposite Gypsum. The logs are in a good state of preservation. He has been engaged in the search for sunken logs for the past two years and has a boat and lifting apparatus.



Julius Lassen this seriously ill.

BORN – to Mr. Mrs. Peter Rippert Friday a daughter.

The funeral of Mrs. Anna Scott was held from St. Joseph's church Friday. Five sons survive.

Eight new phones have been added to the list during the past few days.

The nine months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Whyre died Monday from pneumonia.

The funeral of our Alphias Shattuck a pioneer resident of Brownhelm was held Tuesday afternoon from the home. Mr. Shattuck was 78 years of age. Three sons survived.

Ball Team For Crystal Beach

George Blanchat, manager of Crystal Beach Amusement Resort, is already planning the organization of a ball team. It is the intention that the team this year will be stronger than ever the coming season and it is expected that some of the best teams of the state will be scheduled to play on the home grounds. Among those mentioned are Alliance, Sebring and Salem. Among those mentioned as possible players are Smith for Captain, Rushia 2nd B., Kock on the 1st B., Smith S.S., Senfiff 3rd, Lee Tischer, F. Tischer center and Wasem, right Batteries Eddie Kusel Banville. The first regular game will be on Decoration Day. This lineup may be slightly changed however.

Mr. Blanchat is spending considerable money on improvements and the park will present quite a change to the visitor. There will be a new dance hall, a large dining hall, baseball allies, a vaudeville and motion picture theatre, an ocean wave and Ferris wheel and many of minor improvements. A new and larger grandstand will be provided at the ballpark and bleachers will also be erected. A new breakwater will be built at the boathouse.

[NOTE:Some of this seems garbled to me. But it just might be that I don’t understand the terminology, and I’m unfamiliar with the names of the players and their positions.]


The Woodmen of the World will install officers tonight

A fresh load lot of buckwheat for sale at the mill.

Winter is here now buy good new winter underwear at 10% discount at W.A. Christians.

Capt. Blattner of Elyria is in town today.

BORN – to Mr. and Mrs. Ladis Martinek, a son, Monday, Jan. 11, 1909.

Peter Hahn fell from the Huron River bridge this afternoon and was quite badly injured. He was brought home. As yet the doctor is unable to determine the extent of his injuries.

Otto Blattner Frozen To Death

Last Monday Otto Blattner, a well-known, went to Lorain, he left for home on the six o'clock car but never reached Vermilion. The car stopped at Sunnyside and he alighted. That was last seen of him alive. When he failed to come home search was made and his body found against a wire fence five or six rods from the track, Wednesday. Why he left the car when he did is not known, or how we came to be where he was found. It is supposed he thought he had reached Vermilion and so got off and started to walk home and becoming confused in the snowstorm landed against the fence. The intense cold did its work and froze him to death. How long he wandered about no one knows.

Mr. Blattner leaves besides a wife and family, an aged mother and two brothers and a sister. He was about 50 years of age.

Funeral services will be held from the late home at 9:30 and from the Reformed Church at 10:30 Friday.


Just as we go to press word comes of an accident on the L.S. tracks in which George Shupe was struck by a train and killed while picking up coal. He leaves a wife and two children.


Mr. Will Sanders’ family are under quarantine. A young child they are boarding came down with scarlet fever Sunday. Tuesday Mrs. Sanders became sick and the doctor declared another case of the fever.

Mr. Carl Reighley was at his father's and quite sick Sunday but has returned to his home in Elyria.

Mr. Ren Harrison is in quarantine. Mr. McGan is seeing that they have what they want from town. Some member's of the Harrison family were at Sander’s Sunday morning.

One of the most revolting crimes that ever came to light in the state was discovered by the arrest of John Comstock, of Lorain, on Sunday, accused of assaulting his aged mother. For over a year his inhuman treatment had been continued, but the mother had refrained from exposing her son to public ignominy. But an unusually brutal assault occurring on Saturday wherein in the aged victim received serious injuries about her head, led to the exposure and the arrest of the criminal.

Comstock was held in $5000 bail and committed to jail to await action by the grand jury, which convenes this week.

Immediate most severe punishment possible should be meted out to this degenerate scoundrel.


BROWSING: I don't know (yet) if he ever got back on his feet.

WHEN CHRISTMAS NEARS: Maybe it’s just me, but December and Christmas seem to come faster each year. And with this season in particular music and plays seems to pervade our lives like no other holiday. While this has been true for as long as I can remember, I was once inclined to recall the days when other than some live performances at school or church that much of the entertainment surrounding our lives at Christmas or any other time was not really all that good.

When I had begun growing old back in the 1950s, still had a full head of hair and could run faster than the wind, one of the primary sources of entertainment in our home was an old cabinet radio with a turntable on top of it for 78-rpm recordings. Television was in its infancy so neither the quality or quantity of programming was what anyone might consider to be very inspiring – especially in black and white. And so our radio with the turntable on the top was, for all intents and purposes, “the” primary source of news and entertainment for many years. And so I grew up listening to Arthur Godfrey, and other radio programs like The Romance of Helen Trent, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Fibber McGee and Molly, Amos and Andy, Gang Busters, Young Doctor Malone, Ma Perkins, and all the static that came with them.

The lead character in Ma Perkins ran a lumberyard and I always equated her with late Vermilionite Edna Hull. Edna is Vermilionite Lucile Clark’s mother and local insurance man Jon Clark’s grandmother. I guess I saw Mrs. Hull in that perspective because she ran the Hull building materials company in those years, and like Ma Perkins was the boss of many a rough and tough townsman. When one thinks about it Mrs. Hull was before her time. I don’t know that she was a feminist, but she certainly had to be very knowledgeable and determined to succeed in what was then primarily a man’s world. And that she did.

I often wonder what my parents would think about the contemporary quality of professional entertainment programming now available to us on radio, television, and the Internet. My mom, born in 1906, was a gifted musician. When she died in June of 1963 we didn’t even have a color television, and while hi-fidelity recordings were by then available most folks still had old equipment and older recordings. Ergo, she was seldom exposed to the quality of sound of any good home entertainment system beyond her piano and the voices of her children. My father, born in 1898 and died in 1986, did live long enough to experience stereo recordings and color television. However they were nothing like they are today. Stereo radio was available but was hardly the norm on either FM or AM stations like it is today.

To be sure advances in these systems have been tremendous and continue in the digital world. However, looking back, few to none of them can compete, after all, with any hometown school or church choir live performance. Perhaps the quality of each amateur recital is much less than professional recordings generally offer, but there’s something pure and special about those amateur performances: Something that few forget but always remember; especially when Christmas nears.

REF: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 12/08/2016.



…paid them for its construction was $45,750. It was built within the contract, there being no extra work done that made an additional expense. In addition to the original work heating apparatus was placed in the building, which cost something like one thousand dollars additional.

The County Infirmary. — In the township of Perkins a short distance from the south boundary of Sandusky City is located a farm of goodly proportions and in a finely improved condition and upon which is built a large stone structure. This is the home for aged, indigent persons of Erie county, and is known as the County Infirmary. This building was erected in the year 1886, by George Phillip Feick under a contract made with the commissioners of the county. Mr. Feick was the lowest bidder for this work, his proposal being twenty-four thousand one hundred and sixty-eight dollars. An engine house and smokestack were subsequently erected by John H. Smith, at an expense of fifteen hundred and thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents.

The building that previously occupied this site was burned during the latte part of November 1885, and with its destruction five inmates were burned to death.

The early proceedings for the establishing of a county infirmary were had in the year 1855, and on the 29th of June of that year Walter D. Beall, John W. Sprague and John G. Pool were appointed a board of infirmary directors, who, with their successors in office have ever since had control of that arm of the county government.

The present directors are John Holahan, Thomas McVeigh and J. W. Lyles. The superintendent is Alexander Motry.



THE labors of those who during the last two hundred years have devoted themselves to the study of the structure of the globe, and the claim which this department of human knowledge has to the name of science, depends upon the symmetry which has been found to prevail in the arrangement of the materials composing the crust of the earth.

By the slow process of adding fact to fact and by comparing the observations of the devotees of the science in different lands, it has been found that the rocky strata of the earth hold a definite relation to each other in position, and…

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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OLD BUT NOT TERRIBLY: I found this pic on a postcard. It is an old pic – but not terribly. It’s probably from the 1950s. I think this is the Ontario Lagoon looking west. Down the lagoon on the right is the Vermilion Yacht Club. And at the very end of the lagoon across the Vermilion River is what was then the hill aside the Vermilion Water Works. One of the cool things about this particular pic is that all (or at least most) the boats in the photo are wood.

When this pic was taken I was probably on the hill at the Water Works watching the boats go by, and thinking how cool it’d be if I had my own.


A story is told about a small town that had historically been "dry," but then a local businessman decided to build a tavern.

A group of Christians from a local church was concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. It just so happened that shortly thereafter lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming that the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were not responsible.

The presiding judge, after his initial review of the case, stated that "no matter how this case comes out, one thing is clear. The tavern owner believes in the power of prayer and the Christians do not.

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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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A Mike Gruhn cartoon.

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