Vermilion Ohio News #History


Just east of downtown Vermilion on Rt. 6 on the north side of the road are an easily overlooked apartment complex, a gas station and a bank. On this acreage, as early as 1870 stood a picnic grove called Shadduck Lake Park. This pleasant grove became popular because the tree shaded area was accessible.

Memorial Day takes place on the last Monday in May to honor all those who died in American wars. The origins of the May holiday go back some 150 years. In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11.

Vermilion, Ohio straddles a river of the same name as it empties into Lake Erie, and it has a past as colorful as the clay for which the river was named. Once known as the “city of sea captains,” the city was a popular drop-off point for illegal liquor from Canada during the days of Prohibition.

History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area.

John Mercer Langston was one of the most extraordinary men of the 19th century. Slim and debonair, and of mixed-raced parentage, Langston was highly educated, an expert in constitutional law, a community organizer and a gifted orator who sought to unify a divided country after the Civil War.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed May 9, 1914, the first Mother's Day. He asked Americans on that day to give a public "thank you" to their mothers and all mothers. Mother's Day began when Anna Jarvis, of Philadelphia, wanted to remember her own mother.

On Cinco de Mayo, friends and family gather to commemorate the history of the Mexican people and the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the Fifth of May. On this day in 1862 Mexican peasants won a battle against French invaders.

Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, one of the foundations upon which the Christian religions are built. Easter is not fixed to a specific day; it falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following March 21st. Easter is the oldest Christian holiday.

St. Patrick's Day commemorates the death, as legend has it, of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who died on March 17, around 492. But mainly, people today honor Irish heritage and its rich culture and traditions. Cities all over the U.S. celebrate with parades and festivities.

The planning, strategy and equipment required for D Day will be presented on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 12 noon in the Ritter Public Library’s Community Room in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The program will be given by Eric Rivet, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Western Reserve Historical Museum. The event is sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution, Firelands Bicentennial Chapter. The public is welcome to attend.

Louis Wells, a Cleveland contractor, began the Vermilion Lagoons project as a means of keeping his men busy during the Great Depression of the 1930s. By 1931 the first house and the beach house had been built and the lagoons were dredged and most of the wooden piling secured. The first house was located just to the south and west of the beach house on the Erie Lagoon and belonged to a Mr. Comstock.

After a brief Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA) business meeting, Author R. C. Durkee will present: Good Guys or Bad Guys: The Rum Runners of Lake Erie on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School & Museum. Come early for refreshments and meeting. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the United States.