Westlake Historical Society seeks to add historical photos for collection

James Hurst General Store.  Photo courtesy Westlake Historical Society

Do you have any historical photos from old Dover or Westlake tucked away in a shoe box or album? The Westlake Historical Society is always collecting and scanning photos to add to our collection.  

It is an ongoing project for our society as we continue to add local photos and records to our archives. Photographs, as they say, are worth a thousand words and have the opportunity to tell important stories. They provide clues about the time period in which they were taken and describe life at that point in time. They are a wonderful source for historians and genealogists who study them for clues or more information about ancestors.  

The photo accompanying this articleshows the James Hurst General Store in the mid-1890s. Shown in the front is James Hurst, his wife Lydia (nee Beardsley), as well as their sons, Lloyd and Russell. The Hursts also had a baby daughter, Lucille, who was not shown in the picture.  

The Hurst General Store was located close to the northwest corner of Center Ridge and Dover Center roads, about where the Get Go service station is located today. The photo shows a sign in the window advertising long distance telephone service, as well as a wide variety of hats available for purchase. The store carried the first telephone service in Dover, sharing a three-party line with the doctor and undertaker. The store burned down in 1909.  

The Hurst family home was built in the 1850s and is still present today, just north of the store site on Dover Center Road. James was born near Avon to parents who emigrated originally from England. James and Lydia Hurst died a few months apart in early 1959, and are buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

If you have any old photos, news clippings or other local historical information, please email us at westlakehistory@yahoo.com or call 440-808-1961. We would love to talk with you!

Lysa Stanton

Westlake Historical Society

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