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Vermilion Ohio, A Good Place to Live

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August 6, 2011 - Henry Englebrecht

DESKTOP - 8/06/11

FROM MY DESTOP TO YOURS: As Walt Whitman once wrote, “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself…” I’ve decided that I’ll not do any further podcasting. It just takes too much time. Perhaps I’ll change my mind when the process becomes more efficient (or when I learn to accomplish it with more efficiency). But for now methinks I’ll let it be. This does not mean that I’ll stop with the audio and video recording. It just means that the recordings won’t often appear in any of my on-line productions. It’s purely a technical decision.

It was nice meeting some “Viewers” that I’ve never met before at the Vermilion Area Archival Society’s “Remembering Old Vermilion” gathering in Exchange Park last Saturday. Because I was busy making videos of some oral histories it was difficult for me to interact with most people who stopped by to say hello. I did get to talk some with Bill Hlavin, Nettie White, and Ron Eppler. But for several others – like Harvey Krapp’s nephew and one of the Hollosy boys I only got in a few words. I barely got to say hello to Albert Doane.

My recordings were “so-so”. As always I was trying out some new equipment and some of it didn’t quite work the way I intended. But I got enough to write about. It’s very informative “stuff”. Like – who knew that the Snell family bought their fishery by the bridge in 1957? Who knows that Dawn Full was a pilot? And who knows that Connie Dropko was born in the Midwest? I’m glad that I got at least some of this recorded for posterity.

I also received a number of items I need to scan and return to persons who were kind enough to allow me to borrow them. Hopefully I’ll have all that done by next week.

Currently Vermilion the primary business of Vermilion appears to be directed toward facilitating tourism. While the town has always been a tourist town of sorts now it appears that no other types of industry – aside of tourism – are being entertained. Though I’ve no problem with the tourist thing methinks it’s a mistake not to pursue other types of commerce. Because part of what I do in my life is study local history I can say with some confidence that Vermilion has been trying to attract various industries that would widen our economic horizons for a hundred years. As a footnote that thought I recall that when the Ford Motor Company announced its intention of coming to the area there were many locals who objected. My mother was one of those people. Her objection was based on the thought that such a plant was only good for “x” amount of years; and when it finally closed the tax base would be unduly disrupted. As fate would have it she wasn’t entirely wrong. However; I believe the trade-off – the prosperity industry brings – is worth the experience. Had we then been wise enough to bank / invest some of that prosperity knowing that “nothing lasts forever” it would have made little difference. Instead we just quit looking and spent instead of saving. Hopefully, we learned something from the experience. But that’s all history.


George Stumpp c.1961

Vermilionite George Stumpp - From the Wakefield News - March, 1961.

John Nieding and Conrad Walper

Evangelical and Reformed Church Leaders

NOTES ON THE GERMAN MIGRATION TO VERMILION: Some years ago, when I thought I knew everything there was to know about the history of Vermilion, O., I stumbled across the fact that a good number of early settlers (“relatively” early settlers that is) had migrated to America from Germany. Specifically, many of them came from a place I’d never heard of called Hesse Kassel. The spelling of this area varied as I found it in U.S. Census data. [Note: Inconsistencies such as this I later found are not uncommon. This is, I assume, partially due to the fact that the person(s) collecting the census date were, as am I, unfamiliar with the specific information they were gathering. Their spellings in some cases, for instance, appears to have been based more on phonetics than any knowledge of the people and the areas from which these people came.]

But back to these people. They came to Vermilion with names like Abel, Appeman, Bachman, Engelbrecht, Farber, Fey, Fischer, Gegenheimer, Grisel, Gunewald, Hahn, Haber, Hartman, Hess, Kneisel, Kuhlmann, Lang, Latteman, Laubach, Lenz, Lohr, Meier, Monich, Nieding, Nuhn, reifert, Roeder, Schmidt, Walper, Wilmes, and Whittig. These were not like many of the initial settlers in the Fire-Lands area whose families had lived in America for several generations; those displaced by the Revolution; or enterprising young men and women simply looking to build their fortunes on the new western frontier. These were first generation immigrants whose reason(s) for coming to America were unlike those before them.

Freedom to worship as they choose was not the primary factor for their immigration though they were, by and large, a religious people. But in 1845 a potato blight across Europe followed by terrible weather conditions for both potatoes and grain crops the following year pushed food staple prices in the Hesse / German states just beyond the reach of poor persons. Though many left their farms for the cities, but often found greater hardship instead of work. So it is of no great surprise that many families would see the prospect of migration to American as a way out of the problems that confronted them.

Though the 1850’s witnessed a the beginnings of economic growth in the German states it was not enough to support the increase in population and by 1860 nearly one million people had migrated to other countries. Most of them came to America. These are the conditions that served as the fundamental impetus for the aforementioned families to move to the United States. But, “Why”, one might necessarily ask, “come to Vermilion?”

I can only speculate as to their reason(s). But it is possible that the first migrants hearing of the rich lands from the Hessian soldiers who’d served here during the Revolution came to think of America as being a very desirable place. This would have been an especially attractive destination when a famine swept over Germany in 1816. It is estimated that some 20,000 souls from Kassel, Nassau and Darmstadt came to the U.S. during that time. While this does not explain the reason Vermilion was found to be an attractive place it is very likely that word among relatives and friends spread, and over the years the German population grew as the word was passed.

In the end the precise reason for the large German settlement in our community is yet to be discovered. It was likely a combination of “all of the above” with a few more things thrown in. However; somewhere in someone’s attic there may be some old brittle letters – perhaps written in German script – that might tell us at least one family’s reason for coming to the place we know as Vermilion, Ohio.

Ref: A Social History of Hesse – Roman Times to 1900, Dan C. Heinemeier, 2002; Our Centennial – 1852 -1953 – The Evangelical and Reformed Church, Vermilion, Ohio, 1953; Special Thanks to Brenda Baumhart Mezz and all my German friends; Written 8/03/11 @ 3:42 PM.

First Congregational Church c.1900

"The building directly behind the church was a stable; a veritable 19th century public parking garage."

NOTES ON A TIME WHEN VERMILION WAS VIRTUALLY WIRELESS:It is, of course, a rather subtle observation. But when some nameless photographer froze this image of the First Congregational Church building (currently the Millet Auction House) on the west side of Division Street just north of the Vermilion Township Hall, and all that then surrounded it, Vermilion, O. was, among many other things, virtually wireless.

There are no electric nor telephone wires drooping like empty clotheslines strung from lopsided pole to lopsided pole up and down the streets or across backyards of homes in the village. The only wires to clutter the landscape were telegraph lines. Most ran east and west along the path of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad which neatly and permanently divided the nascent metropolis north and south.

Electricity came to the village in the wake of the development of the Lake Shore Electric (L.S.E.) interurban railway system between Cleveland and Detroit in the early years of the 20th century. And though Alexander Graham Bell had been awarded the U.S. patent for the invention of the telephone in 1876, and the world's first long-distance telephone line had been established in 1877 in Nevada County, California a telephone system was not established in Vermilion until 1901. [Note: Nevada County is also the place where Vermilionite Lester A. Pelton designed and perfected the “Pelton wheel” to provide power for gold mining. They are still used to drive hydroelectric generators throughout the world.]

One may safely gather from this “wirelessness” state of affairs that the photograph was taken well before the turn of the 20th century. The church building in the photo, which boasted a parlour, dining room, kitchen, and lecture room in addition to a large sanctuary was completed and dedicated on a cold Sunday - January 15, 1888 - at a cost of $7000. [Note: This was, incidentally, during a time when the average workmen's wage was somewhere between $16 and $20 a week.]

The road and driveway are unpaved and the sidewalks are made of wooden planks. [Note: The childhood sidewalk game of "Step on a crack, you'll break your mother's back, step on a nail, you'll put your father in jail" was inspired by the wooden sidewalks of North America.]

But back to the wireless world of 19th century Vermilion. The building directly behind the church was a stable; a veritable 19th century public parking garage. It served as a temporary shelter for the animals of those who were visiting either the church or the township building by horseback or horse / mule drawn wagons. Two wagons are visible in the photo. The facility ran the length of the property line behind both the township building and the church.

Persons currently familiar with this area will notice that in this photo the duplex (house) just to the north of the church is yet to be built. Not visible in this photograph is the old train depot that once occupied a place next to the tracks just west of the crossing. The house to the back and right of the meeting house still exists. It’s on the northeast side of Grand Street near the rails. [Note: The house to the right of the aforementioned house - just visible in the distance - also remains. That which is truly noteworthy about this observation is the grade (i.e. the height) of the rail bed. It has been raised, perhaps, ten feet since this photograph was made.]

There is, perhaps, some irony involved in the idea that in just a little over a century Vermilion has gone from being a “wireless” community to being well “wired” and is now headed back to being “wireless” once more. And whilst the people, the times, and the definitions of the term, have changed substantially it is hard to say which is most noteworthy.

< Ref: Rich Tarrant’s Yesteryear - An Anthology of Historical Narratives of Vermilion, Ohio and Its People - 2005; Rathbun Family Photo Colletion courtesy of the Vermilion Area Archival Society; Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 11/12/08; Written 11/09/08 @ 1:35 PM<

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...

July 23, 1903 – Volume 7 – Number 8

A Severe Storm

About five o’clock Tuesday afternoon a severe wind and rain storm swept over our town, tearing off branches from the trees and stirring up things in general. No particular damage was done however except to a portion of the walk on the west peir [sic] about 100 feet being swept into the river and demolished. The pier was also somewhat damaged. N.A. Foster’s boat house directly opposite the break was moved back a short distance and several trees at the park blown down. A heavy rain followed the wind.


Several yachts sailed from Vermilion Tuesday but reached the islands before the storm.


Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors, who so kindly assisted us in our late bereavement also for floral offerings. – Mrs. And Mrs. James Brooks and Family.


Whoa, there! Where you goin’ neighbor? Whatcher hurry?

Why to Vermilion, of course. Don’t fail to be there in time to help catch the greased pig, Aug. 1. You and your best girl are invited.

Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Irey are entertaining the latter’s mother, Mrs. R.E.L. Willard of Ada, O. this week.

Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. W. Irving Jackson and daughter Harriet were guest [sic] at the home of G.E. Whitmore and family Friday. They were accompanied home by Zenobia Whitmore.



Miss Allie Kane of Vermilion visited Mrs. T.M. Elson last week.

David Barnes went to Dundee Mich., called there by the serious illness of his daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. John Peck and daughter Lucinda of Oberlin called on Mrs. And Mrs. J.S. Berger Sunday.

Dr. Tuttle launched his new power boat Ospey [sic] Monday. The Dr. and family will leave this week with their new boat for Put-in-Bay where they will attend the yacht races.


Help swell the crowd Aug. 1.

Born—To Mr. and Mrs. Chas Englebry, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 03 a daughter. [VV Ed. Note: I’ve not a clue as to how they managed to see this birth in the future. Was the newspaper printed late?]

The little yacht Growler arrived just before the storm. The Meteor is also in port.

The insurance money of Sir Knight A.A. Edson was received by the Vermilion Macabees Saturday and turned over to Mrs. Edson. It is the pride of this organization to pay the insurance of deceased members without delay, thus giving the beneficiary use of the money when most needed.

Work has been commenced on Henry Nieding’s new house at the foot of Division street. The designs were made by Mr. Nieding himself and Contractor Gegenheimer will have the work in charge. The house is to be constructed to lease to two families and will be one of the finest in the town. Each family will have entirely separate apartments and we are sure that who ever is fortunate enough to make their residence there will not be disappointed. The house will be ready for occupancy the latter part of September. [VV Ed. Note: I’m thinking that this is the duplex house on South street just east of the building that is currently the home of Bicycle Bill’s bicycle shop.]

All roads lead to Vermilion. Follow their lead Aug. 1st.

Vermilion Harbor has been well patronized of late by yachtsmen.

There are a number of cases of typhoid fever at Huron. The lake water has been pronounced unfit for use by the state health board.

The steamer Franz Siegel will be a total loss. She is owned by her captain, W.J. Curtis, of Lorain, and was insured for $5000. She was built in 1862 and is one of the old hulks tht have long outlived their usefulness.

Four young men, Jack Floyd, Joseph Vogt, Chas. Hurb, and J.D. Lawnfort, started from Cleveland last Wednesday to row across the lake. They succeeded in reaching the Canadian shore about twenty miles east of Rondeau in twenty-five hours. It was one of the most perilous voyages ever undertaken and the record is not likely to be beaten for some time. They had started on the return trip when picked up by the Mantanza and brought into Lorain Friday. They were very glad to get home.



Sheriff Foster returned Friday from Toledo, whose [sic] he went to get Christopher Fox, who was sentenced to the workhouse for theft of a small amount of wheat from a neighbor. Fox has been in poor health since he has been in Toledo, an order has been obtained for his return to this county, where he can serve hout his sentence in the county jail under more healthful conditions.

In the probate court Friday, Judge Curran granted the petition of Matilda Goodsell for change of name to Matilda Wagner. Mrs. Goodsell was granted a divorce some time ago but failed to make application at that time for change to her maiden name. The petition has now been duly advertised an is granted by the court.


Sheriff’s Report.

According to Sheriff Foster’s report for the year ending June 30th 1903, there were 64 prisoners in the Erie county jail. Thirty were Ohioans by birth, 16 came from other states and 18 foreigners. The total number of days “done” by prisoners was 934, costing the country $967.

This lists of offences for which people were jailed is as follows, with the numbers;

Felonies 31; misdemeanor, 17, violation of ordinances, 3; insane, 6; There were three under 16 years of age. Sentences were; To Boy’s Industrial school, 2; to Girl’s Home, 1; to Ohio Reformatory, 4; to work house, 5; to penitentiary, 11; to jail, 3. Average length of jail sentence, 60 days. No prisoner died and none escaped.


The small bridge near Crozier’s on the Shore road is being replaced with an iron bridge. Considerable complaint was made that no bridge down signs had been put up or provisions made for passing the place. Many were forced to drive several miles out of the course to reach town.

The Whim, Chloris, and Naptha Lotus were among the yachts here this week.

Mrs. Henry Baumhart and children of Cleveland were in town Sunday.

Quite a part of Norwalkians picnicked at Linwoon [sic] yesterday.

The yardmaster of the Wheeling & Lake Erie railroad at Huron had both legs cut of [sic] early this morning. He was taken to Toledo.

The committee requests the citizens to decorate their homes and places of business for the grand celebration, Aug 1.

Hon. J.L. Zimmerman prospective Democratic nominee for Governor will be speaker of the day at Ruggles Beach Aug. 8. Don’t fail to hear him.



Benjamin Lee is quite ill.

Miss Vora Barnes is on the sick list.

Band Concert at Ruggles Beach every Sunday afternoon.

Sherman Shoop, and family spent Sunday at Vermilion, the guest of George Driver and family.

Mr. Almon Lee is having a large barn erected, which adds very much to the appearance of his place.

It is reported that Chas. Lee will put a fine house on his town lot this fall. What one lone man, needs of a whole big house is more than we can say. But perhaps he knows. Anyway he wears a broad smile. Come fess up Charley.

Master Wilmer Jump was surprised the evening of the 17th by a crowd of his little friends in honor of his 9th birthday. A good time was enjoyed by all. The little folks went home wishing Wilmer many happy returns of the day.


Henry Leidheiser had a severe gash cut in his upper lip while handling kegs at the fish house.

Yachtmen [sic] are finding Vermilion a more desirable place to put in than Lorain.

For Sale – Home made pies, white and brown bread, doughnuts and cookies at the Cong’l Church Parlors, Saturday afternoon.

In another column will be found an article concerning the factory of the Howard Stove Co. at Savannah Mo. We hope to record a similar experience. The prospects are bright.


Machinery Being Placed.

The Howard Stove and Mfg. Co., factory will soon be ready. The buildings are nearly all completed and machinery has begun to arrive and will be put in place as soon as possible.

The buildings are a surprise to many being much larger than they supposed. The plant is about the same in regard to capacity as that at Savannah, Mo.

The stoves will be manufactured here entirely. The casting, nickel work and everything being done in this factory. Only raw material and sheet iron will be from elsewhere.

This branch of the company has bright prospects before it, orders already having been received for stoves that will tax the capacity of the new plant. We hope in a few weeks to her the hum of the machinery of Vermilion’s new industry.

The addition of fifty or more wage earners to the community and the giving to many already here better and more remunerative employment will certainly benefit all.


Board of Public Affairs Appointed.

The village council held a rather lengthy session Monday evening. The first thing brought up was the opening of the new street. The township trustees were present and as two of the three are in favor of the road the council decided to meet them in their work. The matter will again be taken up at the next regular meeting, Aug #d. and the property owners along the proposed street invited to be present.

The sidewalk committee reported several repairs necessary.

An ordinance providing for the lighting by the Electric Ry., of Liberty and Water streets and the crossing both east and west of the town proper was passed (See Ordinance.)

The water-works question was brought up and publication for sale of bonds ordered. It was also determined to secure the services of a competent engineer to oversee the work.

As it was deemed necessary to have a board of public affairs as required by an ordinance passed recently the following were appointed and confirmed.

John N. Englebry, W.A. Tischer, and W.E. Derr.

The matter concernig [sic] the speed and stopping of the electric cars was spoken of to some extent. Many complaints are being made of the rule of not stopping at every crossing to take on and let off passengers.

The matter will be referred to the company.

The culvert for the power station was the theme for a lengthy discussion and lasted until the adjournment at midnight.


Philip F. Tarrant

"He was named after our father’s father and his father’s father."

THE PERFECT PRANK: Although he’s been gone now for nearly seven years I am often reminded of him. He built the clock that sits on our mantel. It chimes out each hour - and at fifteen minute intervals in between. During the final years of his life he busied himself by making a clock for every member of our family. It was certainly a philanthropic gesture. However; I have come to view his motive as being somewhat suspicious. That’s not because he was in any way malicious. But he certainly was “elfin”. And I swear that every time the chimes wake me from a deep sleep at midnight I can hear his “guffawing” laughter. It is, after all, a fine trick to razz someone seven years after you’ve taken leave of this mortal coil. But that, indeed, was only another prank perfectly planned and executed by my curious brother, Bud.

His real moniker was Philip Fredrick. He was named after our father’s father and his father’s father. He was born January 23, 1930 in a little house on the south side of South Street (That’s a real tongue-twister.) near the corner of State and Grand Streets. The house sits so far back from the street that few people even know it’s there. He was the second child in a family that would eventually be comprised of eight children.

This snap of him befriending a red squirrel was taken by our oldest brother, Billy, sometime during the early 1940's on the sidewalk in front of our home at 510 (later 728) Perry Street to which our growing family had moved in the mid 1930’s. If any photograph could perfectly portray him - this is probably it.

Throughout his life Bud had an insatiable appetite for learning new things and developing new skills. When a youngster this appetite, though very admirable, was not always appreciated by either teachers or parents. Much of this had to do with his penchant for his - as people are wont to say these days - “doing his own thing”. The problem was that “his things” seldom harmonized with their “things”. And the consequence of such conflict was that he was no stranger to corporeal punishments - threatened or real. Nor was he a stranger to crash courses in schoolwork which required that six months of lessons be accomplished in one week. The odd part about all of this is that these conflicts were, essentially one-sided. If anyone was troubled by them it wasn't’ him. More often than not he had already moved on to some other item on “his agenda”.

After high school he joined the U.S. Army. He, along with our brother Bill, participated in the Korean Conflict. He was one of those souls whose unit - part of the First Infantry - was outflanked when North Korea invaded South Korea. For a time he was lost behind enemy lines. It’s extremely likely that “his penchant for doing his own thing” was advantageous in such a circumstance. And much like the conflict which seemed to surround him as a schoolboy - family and friends were far more concerned about his welfare than was he. He just moved on to something else.

After his time in the service he married and took a job as a Postal Carrier in the Vermilion office. But that was simply a way to finance his true interests in agriculture, wildlife, electronics, leather-crafting, woodworking, and his children and grandchildren. His curiosity about all things around him never waned nor wavered.

And as previously said, he gave each member of the family a clock shortly before he died in December of 2001. And every time it chimes I think of him and seem to hear his “guffawing” in elfin delight over one final escapade with humanity - perfectly planned, and perfectly executed.

Ref: Published in the Vermilion Photojournal 11/27/08; Written 11/23/08 @ 12:49 PM.


Arvilla, North Dakota Age 16

Interfaceable Refreshable Braille Display Prototype

Peter Haugen has been inventing since the age of six. He specializes in electronics, computers, and chemistry. His invention, the Interfaceable Refreshable Braille Display Prototype, allows a blind person to read a computer monitor by means of a Braille interface. Similar devices already exist, but none which employ this level of technology. Peter’s device is smaller and less expensive than existing models because it uses shape memory wire, made from an alloy whose expansion and contraction is controlled electrically.

In 1995, Peter’s Braille interface won the NASA Award and the 2nd Place Grand Award in Engineering at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

"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.



Ripley is township number one in range twenty-two. It is bounded upon the south by Richland county, east by Greenwich township, north by Fairfield, and west by New Haven. The township is generally level or gently rolling, and the soil is a fine, rich clay loam which originally was covered with a very heavy growth of timber, and now returns bounteous harvests to the farmer. The township is generally regarded as one of the most valuable, agriculturally, in the county. No streams of importance flow through, or rise within its bounds.


The great abundance of maple trees made this part of the county a favorite camping place for the Indians. They were accustomed to come regularly in the spring and make maple sugar. For a number of years after the whites came, the red men carried on this harmless and not excessively laborious occupation, the nearest approach to anything like industry that they ever undertook. Some of their bark sap troughs were found in the woods as late as 1830. The Indians also hunted here, but their principal object in visiting what is now Ripley township was to make maple sugar. There were other and better hunting grounds farther east, and their tribes often passed through upon a trail which led to the Black River country, where game was more abundant. The game consisted of deer and occasional bear, and the various smaller animals common to the northern part of Ohio and the entire west. There were wolves, too, and "shack hogs"—both great annoyances to the first settlers. The remains of their habitations found by the early settlers, and the dams still existing, indicated that beavers were quite numerous. No remarkable stories are told of experience with the Indians or adventure with wild animals.


There was a settlement in the southwest part of Ripley township, in 1820. Seth Foster, a man by the name of Decker, and another by the name of Jaralman, and a son of the latter, lived there in the year mentioned, according to the statement of T. T. Mulford, of New Haven. Foster and Decker, who were from New York State, returned there after a short residence in the new country. Jaralman died, and his son moved away. Nothing is known in Ripley of those few men, who were its transitory pioneers. The first permanent settlement was made by the families of Moses Inscho D. Broomback, and James Dickson, in 1825, and the following year. Broomback took up lot thirteen, in section four. He did not remain long in the township. Dickson settled upon lot ten, near Broomback, but not long after moved into the eastern part of the township.

The Inschos, Moses and his wife, Jane, came into Ripley from New Haven township, whither they had emigrated from Knox county, Ohio, and settled on lot sixteen, in the fourth section. Several years later the whole family went to Illinois, where the father died in 18-37. The descendants of Moses and Jane Inscho were: Harriet, (deceased,) John, (in Wisconsin,) Charity, (Mrs. Miriam Crawford, now in New Haven,) Thomas, Tracy, (deceased,) Jane, {deceased,) E. H., resident upon the old place, and David, (deceased.)

Abraham Stotts, of Virginia, came into the township in the fall of 1825, and purchased land in lot twelve, section three. John Stotts, his son, came in the spring of 182(3, and located on lot eleven, in the same section. Another son of Abraham Stotts, William, came a little later, and still another, Isaac Stotts, arrived a number of years later, and located in section two, lot twenty-one. John and Eve Stotts (Winter) reared a large family, of whom A. D., a prominent citizen of the township, was the eldest. The other members of the family are Isaac, (in Indiana,) Elizabeth, (Mrs. M. Keiser, in the same State,) Sarah, (Mrs. M. Mills, New Haven,) Martin Ji., (in Ripley,) Daniel, (deceased,) Catharine, (Mrs. W. T. Place, in Michigan,) and George, in Ripley. By his second and third wives, John Stotts had two children—Mary Ann and Dessie, the former of whom is in Michigan, and the latter in Fairfield. The descendants of Isaac and Jane Stotts are: Mary M., (Mrs. W. Starkey, in Ripley,) Betsey (Mrs. M. Day), Eliza, (Mrs. S. Howard, Ripley,) Abraham, (who died underage), James and Vilanda. Jacob Stotts and his wife, Matilda, also came to the township at an early day, from Guernsey county, and he has one son, Reuben, living here now upon the old homestead, lot six, section two. William Stotts was killed in the woods, a few years after his settlement, by the fall of a burning tree or stub.

Simeon Howard and his wife, Mary Wineburner, came from Pease, Belmont countv, Ohio, in 1820, and settled on the northern line of the township. Their children were: Stephen, who married Eliza, daughter of Isaac Stotts, now resident in Ripley, William, Abby (Mrs. C. Crowell), Mary (Mrs. I. Case), and Anna (Mrs. Noecker), all three of Ripley. Philip Wineburner, a brother of Simeon Howard's wife, came about the same time, but did not take up any land.

Samuel Case and Aaron Service came into the township at an early day—some time previous to 1827. They all settled in section four. Samuel Case married in Ripley his third wife, Margaret Doyle. He had, by his three wives, eighteen children, six by each, eleven of whom are now living, Reuben, Ransford and Sydney are in New York State; Samuel in Michigan, James and Western in this township, Ira in Greenwich, engaged in the milling business; Stephen L. in Henry county, Ohio, Lucy (Young) and Eliza (Howard) in this township, and Polly in the West. Of Stephen Case's descendants, five are living, viz.: Reuben, in Indiana; Nathan, in Michigan; Ethan, in New Haven township, where he is proprietor of a grist mill; Israel in Ripley, and Sarah (Mrs. E. H. Inscho), also resides in this township.

Rev. Joseph Edwards, a native of Connecticut, who had been for two years a resident of Greenfield, came into Ripley in 1828, and bought a tract of laud which consisted of about nine hundred acres. His home was upon lot twenty-eight in the first section, where he remained until his death. He was a presbyterian minister of the old school, a man of large ability, and led an active life and one full of benefit to the community in which he dwelt. His descendants were: Elizabeth A. (Mrs. Darling), in Missouri; Sarah W. (Mrs. J. Brown), Oberlin; Harriet (Mrs. J. Russ), in Illinois; Francis H. (Mrs. Hubbard), deceased; the Rev. Joseph S. Edwards, deceased, and Cynthia J. (Mrs. George Paine), of Ripley.

Daniel G. Barker a son of Ephraim F. Barker, of Greenwich, who had settled therein 1818, came to Ripley in 1828, and settled upon a farm in lot nine in section two, which he had bought four years previous. He married Eliza Baker. The children of this pair are: Uri W., deceased; Laura P. (Mrs. J. H. Donaldson), of Ripley; Charles R., also in the township, and Amos T., deceased. Daniel G. Barker is still living upon the farm upon which he settled over fifty years ago.

By this time there had come into the township, besides those already mentioned, James and Conrad Lutts, Lazarus Evans, William Tanner, Michael Artman, James Smith, Thomas Walling, Benjamin Holliday, Ephraim Powers, and Dudley Scott. The Lutts brothers settled upon lots five and ten in section two, and remained in the township only a few years. J. Smith and Holliday were squatters from Belmont county, Ohio, and did not own any land. The latter lived for many years, however, opposite the home of A. D. Stotts. Lazarus Evans had his residence upon lot six in section three. Ephraim Powers settled upon lot twenty-three, section two; William…

Excerpts from: The Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio; W.W. Williams - 1879 -
Press of Leader Printing Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Vermilion Artifact 9



This unusual Walking Cane which was offered as a prize that could be won at a concession game operated in Linwood by Pete Wahls sometime between 1885 - 1895. A description of this "Cane Rack" game, and a poor-quality photo, can be found on Page #50 of "Through These Gates".

Linwood denizen, Bob Shanks, sent me this photograph a little over two years ago (1/24/09) along with another that will be presented next week. There are, about, several postcards with a picture of Pete Wahls’ Linwood Park Concession Stand on them. Like most things “Linwood” it was well known by visitors and townsfolk alike.

These items are "keepers".


The following are “real” sentences used by American college students collected by a Professor at Catonsville Community College in Maryland:

“Benjamin Franklin discovered America while fling a kite.”

“Christopher Columbus sailed all over the world until he found Ohio.”

“Christopher Columbus discovered America while sailing in Spain.”

“Romeo and Juliet exchanged their vowels.”

“Willie Loman put Biff on a petal stool.”

“Many attempt to blame Kurt Schmoke for the decline in the population, yet Donald Schaefer suffered the same oral deal.”

“Another effect of smoking is it may give you cancer of the thought.”

“The children of lesbian couples receive as much neutering as those of other couples.”

“Keith helps me to have good self-a-steam.”

“For example, one homeless person lives under a bride in Lanham, Md.”

“Including snakes, most people consume six meals a day.”

“The French benefits of this job are good.”

“Jogging on a woman’s ovaries can be dangerous to her health.”

“Jogging is excellent exercise anywhere, but I prefer to jog in a warm climax.”

“It’s good I’m doing something with my self; Therefore, I can do better in the foochure.”

“People who murder a lot of people are called masked murderers.”

“I was absent on Monday because I was stopped on the Beltway for erotic driving.”

“The person was an innocent by standard, who just happened to be the victim of your friend’s careless responsibility.”

“Society has moved toward cereal killers.”

“Some people use bad language and is not even aware of the fact.”

PODCAST #0:This week the Vermilion Views Podcast #0 is none existant - again. I'm waiting until I've got something nice that's easy to load.

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.

Also, please note that all the video (MP4 and MOV) podcasts (when used) are done in the "Quicktime MP4 / MOV" formats. If you don't have a "Quicktime" it's easy to find and free to download.

NOTE NOTE:Past podcasts are not available in the on-line archive. They just take up too much disk space. But if one really, really, really wants to acquire a copy of a past cast it can be had by contacting me and I will place it on a disc and send it to ye for a minimal fee.

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. They are constantly improving the lives of their youngsters and those around them. This is an exciting project accomplished by exciting people.

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

Alice W. is back - and guess where she is now (?): Ali's Blog.

THE BEAT GOES ON: This page is generated by a dreaded Macintosh Computer and is written and designed by (me) Rich Tarrant. It will change weekly ~ usually on Saturday. Bookmark the URL (Universal Resource Locater) and come back at your own leisure. Send the page to your friends (and enemies if you wish). If you have something to share with those who visit this page, pass it on. And if you see something that is in need of correction do the same. My sister, Nancy, is a great help in that respect. It only takes me a week to get things right. And follow the links. You might find something you like. If you experience a problem with them let me know. Also, if you want to see past editions of this eZine check the new archives links below.

If you're looking for my old links section (pictured) I've replaced it with a pull-down menu (visible in the small box next to the word "Go"). If you're looking for links to more Vermilion history check that menu.

How the old links menu looked

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