Local History

Who were the Westons of Westlake? A generation devoted to education

Part three of a five-part series.

In part 2 of this series in the Sept. 1 issue, we introduced you to the three sons of George and Rhoda Weston who all had farmland cut from their parents' 100-acre farm on Columbia Road in the late 1800s and early 1900s. George and Rhoda had earlier occupied the Lilly-Weston house at 27946 Center Ridge, next to the Westlake Recreation Center.

The initial division of land on Columbia had Asa L. receiving the northerly portion, on which he built a home in 1883 which still survives at 2283 Columbia Rd. Another trace left on his land is a street named Weston Avenue which now serves as the entrance driveway into Cuyahoga Community College’s Corporate College. This is very fitting because a number of Weston descendants served the community as teachers or in other capacities which supported education in Dover, Westlake and the Greater Cleveland area.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 9:00 AM, 10.06.2015

It all started with a red light: The Bay Village Police Department enters the digital age

Part two of a two-part series.

In the first installment of this series in the Sept. 1 issue, I attempted to follow the path of the Bay Village Police Department's communication technology. In the mid-20th Century officers on patrol would respond to a call for service via a red light attached to the Community House; by 1959 they had adopted the use of two-way VHF radio. The department recently modernized its communication equipment to a high-tech digital radio network to accomplish the task.

In my previous article I mentioned that Bay Village Police Department Chief Mark A. Spaetzel had been kind enough to meet with me and provide any information he could relating to this story.

Chief Spaetzel confirmed my finding of his department’s long term utilization of the VHF radio frequency mentioned in my previous article, and also confirmed my personal observation that through the years on that frequency his department would periodically need to update its radio equipment in order to communicate effectively. Even so, operation on the VHF frequency had been prone to marginal coverage in some areas of Bay Village, and, overall the radio system had been showing its age.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 9:00 AM, 10.06.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Wischmeyers of Dover Township

Regina and Henry Wischmeyer came from Germany and settled on the west side of Cleveland (Ohio City) in 1850. There they married and began raising a family. Henry Sr. had a dream of growing grapes on his own land as he had in Germany.

Regina followed Henry with his dream, and they purchased 50 acres of land along the south shore of Lake Erie in Dover Township. They planted two acres of the land in grapes, built a wine cellar and a hotel, while also farming, building a family house and raising their family.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:50 AM, 10.06.2015

Marker honors Westlake's Cooley

On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Westlake Historical Society dedicated an Ohio Historical Marker to George L. Cooley. 

This marker honors one of Westlake's own. Affectionately known to many as "Uncle George," he has myriad credits to his name – teacher, contractor, road builder, insurance executive and organizer of county and state farmers.

George was born in 1861 and raised on a farm at what is now the corner of Dover Center Road and Hilliard Boulevard. After attending Ohio Northern University, he taught at the Osborn School, located in the part of Dover Township that is now Bay Village, then taught at the old Red Brick School on Dover Center Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 8:58 AM, 09.15.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: How the Lake Shore Electric right-of-way became a garden

“Garden-giddy Bay Villagers are working on the railroad these days – to beautify it,” said Randall Brown in a Cleveland News article in 1940. The abandoned old Lake Shore Electric Interurban Railway right-of-way was sprouting shrubbery, bird baths, outdoor fireplaces, vegetable gardens and recreation areas. “The suburban gardeners are planting on land they don’t own and they know it,” said the article.

The expansion started in 1938, after the railway pulled its rails. Many railway ties were torn out and used for firewood in the fireplaces in the houses along the way. Residents helped themselves to the cinders for grading their lots and building driveways.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:08 AM, 09.15.2015

Tracing history of century-old Vanek 'farmhouse' on Bassett Road

Probably anyone who lives in the west end of Bay Village has noticed some dramatic changes that have occurred in the southernmost block of Bassett Road, just north of the railroad tracks in the last couple years. Several small cottages have been replaced by substantial new homes on the east side of the street, while on the west side of the street, just north of Crossroads Church, a century home has received lots of investment.

The house looked kind of forlorn for a number of years until it was purchased by new owners. Improvements include a large attached garage, painted red with a gambrel roof that looks like a barn. It is a nice addition to the house which looks like a typical gable/wing vernacular farmhouse.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:06 AM, 09.15.2015

It all started with a red light: The early days of Bay Village police communication

Part one of a two-part series.

What do a red light attached to the Bay Village Community House and a high tech digital radio communication system have in common? Separated by a number of decades, they were and are both devices used to notify police officers patrolling the streets of Bay Village their assistance is needed somewhere in the city.

Subsequent to well-respected former Bay Village Police Chief Fred Drenkhan’s passing earlier this year, a passage in his April 19, 2015, Plain Dealer obituary stated that, when Chief Drenkhan was a new patrol officer, “the village’s two patrol cars did not have two-way radios. Officers making rounds would periodically check for a signal from the red light atop the Community House.”

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:50 AM, 09.01.2015

Who were the Westons of Westlake? As 'second wave,' settlers build lasting legacy

Part two of a five-part series.

In part 1 of this series (printed last May in Issue 7.10), we introduced you to “Deacon” Asa Weston, who had moved from Massachusetts to Ohio in 1817 after marrying his wife, Thankful Robbins. They settled in Euclid Township. George Weston was born to them there. 

At 24, George moved to Medina County where he met and married Rhoda Allis. Their son Asa Lemuel was born there in 1853.

In 1852 Thankful died and in 1853 “Deacon” Asa remarried. In about 1855 Asa Sr. and his second wife, Mary, as well as George, Rhoda, and Asa L. moved to Dover Township. In 1862 Arthur E. was born to George and Rhoda when they lived in a house near Bradley and Center Ridge.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:51 AM, 09.01.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Old Dover-Bay Gun Club

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the correct residency of Fred Hansen.

“Many Lake Road motorists are startled to hear the sound of shotgun fire as they crest the hill opposite Cahoon Park in Bay Village, and bathers at Huntington Beach often see strange little yellow flying saucers dip over the cliff nearby and sail into the lake.” These words were used by Lois Keever in a local newspaper article in 1966.

The Dover Bay Gun Club was founded by Fred Hansen, who lived in Lakewood. Fred built the shooting range on the site of an abandoned grape arbor in Cahoon Memorial Park above Lake Erie in 1923. Shooters agreed that it was one of the finest in the country.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:49 AM, 09.01.2015

Cutest pet in Westlake sought by historical society

 The Westlake Historical Society is "paws-ing" for the past with our annual Cutest Pet in Westlake contest. If you have the cutest pet in Westlake, please enter him or her in the contest by sending a photo to Cutest Pet Contest, c/o Westlake Historical Society, P.O. Box 45064, Westlake, OH 44145. Dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, birds, fish and even the family ferret can enter. New this year: We will have a separate puppy division for pets under one year old.

We request a $5 dollar donation for each photo submitted. Photos must be received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 8. Photos can be black & white, or color. High resolution photos, please. Limit of two photos per pet. Westlake residents only. Do you need someone to take a photo for you? The historical society has photo volunteers for no charge.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.18.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Berry Pickers

Most everyone in Dover Township had a berry patch. Acres of berries and fruit orchards became prevalent with the coming of our German settlers in the 1850s. Apple, peach and cherry orchards sprang up along Walker, Bassett and Bradley roads, where our German farmers settled. Most of the family homes scattered between the farms had small berry patches in their backyards. Well into the 1950s there were berry patches in the Village.

My family's house was in the David Foote apple orchard on Lake Road. We had eight different kinds of apple trees, plus peach trees and cherry trees on our acre. We had gooseberries, currants, quince, strawberries and raspberries in the yard. I remember Mom making jelly, especially currant jelly, and putting the small glass jars out in the backyard under a glass window to cook in the sun. She made many jars of strawberry and raspberry jam from our berries, pouring liquid beeswax on top to seal the jar.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.18.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Dover-Bay Country Club

Opening day March 21, 1903, found the reorganization of Dover-Bay Colony into the Dover-Bay Country Club. The Club was located on the southeast corner of Clague and Lake Roads on the old Lawrence Estate. It consisted of a nine-hole golf course and clubhouse. An early golf pro at the country club was Alex Miller and the manager was Jack Quinlan.

Membership was now open to the public. On the property north of Lake Road was a large, dark green painted clubhouse. Many members rented rooms there for the summer season of golf.

In 1951, this lakefront property where the club house sat was split into lots and sold. The green frame clubhouse was torn down. The next season saw a brand new, smaller clubhouse on the south side of Lake Road. This meant changing all the hole numbers so they again started and finished at the new clubhouse.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.04.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Hap's Half Acre

How many people do you know who actually moved to Bay Village for retirement? Gilbert and Vi Hagberg did just that.

When you travel down Osborn Road, glancing at the houses on the south side, you come upon a yard with a little cottage that sits so far back from the road you have to look twice to notice it. At the street near the driveway is a sign that reads “Hap’s Half Acre.” Or at least that’s what it looked like back in the late 1940s when Gilbert "Hap" Hagberg and his wife, Vi, lived at 28889 Osborn Road.

Gilbert and Vi purchased a half acre of land on the south side of Osborn Road. On the south end of the property was a small white cottage. Behind the cottage, Hap planted a berry patch and fruit trees. The area behind the lot was all woods. It was just enough land for Hap to care for in his retirement. Vi became active in the women’s organizations in the Village, and they were regular attendees of the Bay United Methodist Church.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:21 AM, 07.21.2015

Ida Cahoon's Will: Forever

Cahoon Park is one of Bay Village’s most valued pieces of land. Scratch that, it’s one of Ohio's most valued pieces of land. Some would even consider it to be the most valuable property between New York and Chicago.

The park serves as both the historical and recreational center of the city. The west end of the park has Rose Hill Museum, Bay Skate and Bike Park, and massive soccer fields, while the east end boasts the $2.9 million aquatic center, as well as various courts and fields that many residents enjoy throughout the year

And enjoy they do – with one set of stipulations.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.07.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Old Farm Markets

It’s not surprising with our Dover Township farmers' ability to grow an abundance of fruits and vegetables that local farm markets would pop up along Center Ridge and Detroit roads in Dover/Westlake and Avon. These were well-traveled roads between Cleveland and Sandusky.

The names of Dusty Miller, Polly, Nagel, Westlake, Danny Boy's and Wade Farm Markets are just a few of the farm markets in our area that offered fruits and vegetables for sale in the 1940s, and '50s. Along with the fresh produce, the local farm markets also offered fresh baked breads, jellies, jams, pickles and flowers. Something to look forward to was taking a drive in the country on a Sunday in the family car and stopping at a favorite farm market.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.07.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Cahoon Family

On the morning of Oct. 10, 1810, the Joseph and Lydia Cahoon family wagon stopped at the mouth of a creek on the southern shore of Lake Erie in Ohio country. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the family thanked the Lord for their safe journey.

They were in their new home, Lot No. 95 in Dover Township No. 7, Range No. 15, in the State of Connecticut’s Western Reserve after six weeks of wilderness travel from Vergennes, Vermont. They immediately began building a cabin and within the next eight years constructed the first grist mill west of the Cuyahoga River, a sawmill and a house on the west hill. This would become the family home for the next 117 years.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.16.2015

The Edward A. and Clydie B. Martin House, built in 1905 in Bay Village

Part two of a multi-part series about century homes on Bassett Road in Bay Village.

The home at 427 Bassett Road is a tall, substantial home located just south of the Bay High School driveway that exits onto Bassett Road. An expansive porch, several bay windows, and an assortment of other window shapes and sizes give the front façade a warm, welcoming, cozy feel. It has a touch of the Queen Anne Style in its asymmetry and the use of shingles on the façade. Previous sources have given the date of construction as circa 1890 but tax records clearly indicate that it was constructed in 1905.

In 1904 the one acre of land that the home was constructed on was carved off of a 13-acre parcel owned by Henry Frederick and Louisa M. E. Albers. The property transferred on Jan, 30, 1904, and work may have begun on the home the following spring but the tax value did not increase until the second half of 1905.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.16.2015

Sally Price, Her Story

His-story? Why not her-story? Just for today we will call it herstory, the story of much lauded historian of Bay Village, Sally Price.

I first learned of Ms. Price through the book she wrote with Virginia Peterson, "Images of America: Bay Village." 

“Thanks to Ginnie and Sally we have a wonderful history of Bay Village," says fellow Bay Village Historical Society member, Evelyn Allen. “Sally provided a unique and personal perspective of life here since 1810. The photographs she provided and the captions she helped write give us all a precious history of our town.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.19.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Memorial Day Parade, 1936

Major Troyan leads the Memorial Day Parade east along Lake Road from the Red Brick School House (Stop #30) to Lakeside Cemetery in 1936. Once the graves were marked in the cemetery, Dr. Earl Ross began flying over the cemetery and dropping rose petals.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.19.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Two of Bay High School's Finest, William Barschow and Timothy Ptacek

This Memorial Day during Bay Village’s ceremonies in Cahoon Memorial Park, the Bay Village American Legion will read the roll of those men and women from Bay Village who have given their lives to keep our country free. On that honor roll are two of Bay High School’s finest who served in the Vietnam War.

William Marcus Barschow was the valedictorian of the Class of 1955. He was president of the National Honor Society, played football and was in the class play. Bill, known as Barsh, was liked and respected. He lived with his mom, dad and sister, Anne, in a house they built on the corner of Bradley and Lake roads.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.19.2015

Who were the Westons of Westlake?

Part one of a multi-part series.

First there was Deacon Asa Weston. He was born in 1793 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of a number of the original pioneers of Dover Township. He immigrated to Ohio in 1816 and settled in Euclid Township, east of Cleveland.

His first glimpse of Dover was when he was hired by a man who owned land near Toledo to deliver the taxes owed, in person. In order to save money, Deacon Asa walked from Euclid to Toledo and back.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.19.2015

Who was Lilly Weston?

Who was Lilly Weston?

She sounds like she could have been the childhood friend of Annie Oakley or Calamity Jane. Actually there was no Lilly Weston. But there is a Lilly-Weston, as in the historical house in Westlake. No, that is not a modern family, hyphenated last name. It is two surnames: Lilly and Weston.

The Lilly-Weston house is located at 27946 Center Ridge Road, just east of the Westlake Recreation Center entrance drive. “Lilly” represents the last name of the family who built the stone portion of the house in about 1844 and added the brick portion in about 1855. “Weston” represents the last name of an early Dover/Westlake family whose ancestor, George Weston, purchased the home from the Lillys in 1866 and owned it until 1872.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:18 AM, 05.05.2015

Westlake Historical Society holds history lesson at Evergreen Cemetery

One of the best places to learn about the people of a particular town is in the local cemetery. You can learn about when they lived, died, and who made up their family tree.

When the founders first arrived in our area, then known as Western Reserve Range 15, in 1810, it was found to be a wild and new place covered by trees as well as bears, deer and other inhabitants.

On May 16, noon to 3 p.m., you will have the opportunity to learn more about our history when members of the Westlake Historical Society and their friends re-enact the roles of some of Westlake's noteworthy residents. This yearly tour of Evergreen Cemetery, 29535 Center Ridge Road, is always a favorite way to experience history.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:13 AM, 05.05.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Aaron Aldrich family arrives in Dover Township

It was in 1816 that 23-year-old Aaron Aldrich III, Elizabeth (Betsy) Winsor Aldrich, age 22, and one-year-old son, Aaron IV, set out from Smithfield, Rhode Island, for a new life in Dover Township. With a wagon pulled by oxen, they made the hard journey to Ohio in six weeks.

Betsy’s brother, Henry Winsor, arrived in 1813 and was already settled on Bradley Road. Aaron and Betsy made their home with Henry. Aaron built a log cabin house on the west side of Bradley Road on 21 acres and 60 rods of land in Lot #41 (across from Lakewood Country Club). A second son, William, was born in 1817, and Julia, the third child, was born in 1820. Having been raised in factory life, Aaron became disabled from the excessive labor it took to fell the trees and clear the land. Still he persevered.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:12 AM, 05.05.2015

A tree for the Clague House

When the new Westlake Historical Society president, Lysa Stanton, walked into the Clague House five years ago she surveyed the many curated items in every room and on every wall. “Sophronia Clague covered the walls with photographs,” says Lysa, but there was one wall with a missing photo or painting.

Lysa turned to her husband, Dave Pfister, and asked, “Who will be there?” She knew immediately it should not be one person but a collage of the Clagues – a family tree. After four years of searching herself, she enlisted the aid of “the sisters” as she calls them, actually family historians from the local Mormon Church.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.21.2015

Bay Village Century Homes: The Frank Sadler House, 317 Bassett Road

The Bay Village Historical Society is tentatively planning a tour of century homes on Bassett Road next fall. In preparation for the tour we are researching the history of the homes and hope to update the community with our findings from time to time here in the Westlake | Bay Village Observer.

The first home that we have researched is the Frank Sadler home at 317 Bassett Road. At one time it was the only home on the east side of Bassett in the area between Electric Boulevard and Lake Road. Frank Sadler was the son of William E. Sadler and Ann Eliza Lilly Sadler.

In 1876, William E. Sadler constructed a large Victorian home which still stands at 31065 Lake Road. William E. grew up in a Greek Revival home that his father William Sadler built that up until a few years ago stood at 29737 Lake Road, the southeast corner of Ruth and Lake roads.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

Yard sale marks spring's arrival

Signs of spring have arrived in Westlake. The days are slowly warming and spring flowers are blooming. If you look closely you will see the new buds on the trees. The feel of spring is in the air! With the start of a new baseball season I am optimistic or hopeful that the Cleveland Indians will do well this year. Hope does "spring" eternal.

Spring also means that it is time for the Westlake Historical Society's spring yard sale. This yearly sale is looked forward to by many. The bargains are plentiful, but the sale also means winter is out of here.

The sale will take place on the lawn of the Clague House Museum on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The rain date will be the following Saturday.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.21.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The first mail carrier in West Dover

Ernest Wuebker was born in 1884 and grew up near Akron. In 1897, at age 13, Ernie came to Dover Township to pick grapes for his Uncle Henry who lived in the old Heckerman house on the east side of Bradley Road, south of the tracks. Casper, Ernie's older brother, joined him and later purchased Uncle Henry’s property. The next year, Casper invited Ernie and his mom to move to Dover. Across the street lived Gus Fortlage.

At that time, the acreage around the railroad crossing and Lear/Nagel Road was called West Dover. Shortly after Ernie arrived, the West Dover Post Office was moved from Dieterich’s store north of the tracks on the east side of Bradley Road (where Bay Commons is today) to the southwest side of the tracks in Gus Fortlage’s place.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.21.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The beginnings of the Bay United Methodist Church

Which came first: the settler or the church? One wonders about this considering that the birth of the United Methodist Church in Bay Village is so intertwined with the coming of the first settlers. Names such as Saddler, Osborn, Foote, Aldrich, Drake, Cahoon, Wolf, and Tuttle are on the church roll.

After the War of 1812, William Saddler traveled through Dover Township in Connecticut’s Western Reserve on his way home to Clarence Station, New York. He fell in love with the country and purchased parts of Lots #92 and #98 along the Lake Erie shoreline from the Connecticut Land Company. He arrived in Dover with his father, Christopher, in 1814, to clear the land, and built a log cabin where Saddler Road is today. In 1815, William returned with his wife, Elizabeth Troyan Saddler, and daughter, Sophia.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:00 AM, 04.07.2015

Westlake Historical Society marks 150th birthday of native son Jack Miner

This year the Westlake Historical Society celebrates the sesquicentennial of the birth of Westlake’s native son, Jack Miner. Our community identifies with “Wild Goose Jack,” through the Ohio Historical marker placed on the west side of Dover Center Road, south of Westown Boulevard near Cahoon Creek.

Born April 10, 1865, Jack spent the first 13 years of his youth exploring, observing and developing a deep and passionate relationship with the outdoors. It was in Dover Township that Jack’s life experiences laid the foundation for his future legacy as “The Father of Conservation.” In 1878, the Miners moved north of the border to Kingsville, Ontario, where Jack spent the remainder of his life.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.07.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Walking the interurban tracks, 1941

On the David Foote farm, west of Bradley and Lake roads, the Lake Shore Electric Railway laid tracks for the interurban service that connected cities from Cleveland to Detroit. In 1897, the trolleys were up and running. By May 1938 the interurban was bankrupt and ceased operation.

Some residents, whose properties adjoined the tracks, had the opportunity to purchase track footage. I lived on the south side of Lake Road, 500 feet west of Bradley Road. My dad purchased 500 feet of track with our 100-foot lot in the middle. My dad said it was his "buffer against the world."

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.17.2015

The Lake Shore Electric Railway Trestle

Have you ever noticed the very large concrete structure that crosses Porter Creek and Porter Creek Road in Bay Village's Huntington Reservation? The Lake Shore Electric Railway trestle is one of the few remnants of a bygone era. It once carried the interurban train on its journey from Cleveland to Detroit.

The Lake Shore Railway system serviced Cleveland, Lorain, Sandusky, Norwalk, Fremont, Toledo and Detroit and carried over 5 million passengers per year during its time. It ran from 1901 until 1938, when the popularity of buses and personal automobiles caused its demise.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.17.2015

Westlake Historical Society to erect 7th historical marker

How significant is the number 7 in our society? There are seven days in the week, seven notes on the musical scale, and seven wonders of the world. Many say the number 7 is magical.

I point this out because all of us at the Westlake Historical Society are very proud to announce our seventh Ohio Historical Marker honoring George L. Cooley – a teacher, contractor, road builder, insurance executive and organizer of county and state farmers.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.17.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The 'May Company' Barn

Henry Wischmeyer Sr. came to Dover Township in 1872. He owned the land from the shores of Lake Erie south to just past where Wolf Road is today and from Dover Center Road east to Glen Park Drive. We remember the family best by the hotel and wine cellar they built on the lake.

In the 1940s, Henry Wischmeyer Jr., the last of the original Wischmeyer family, was the caretaker of the property and still resided in the family home on the south side of Lake Road. West of his house, next to the grape vineyard, stood a large barn with a May Company ad painted on the side.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 10:37 AM, 03.03.2015

Snippets of Bay History: Cutting Ice at the Mouth of Cahoon Creek

The Cahoon family owned land from Wolf Road all the way to Lake Erie, an area that is now Cahoon Memorial Park.

Once the lake froze over, the Cahoons and other early settlers cut the ice into large squares which were packed in straw and stored underground in the back of an ice house. The ice could then be used well into the summer in ice boxes, the forerunner of refrigerators.

Rose Hill Museum, the former home of the Cahoon family, has an ice saw on display in the original 1810 basement of the musuem.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:05 AM, 02.17.2015

Love is in the air at Clague House Museum

Old-fashioned Valentine’s Day party open to all

Visit the Clague House Museum on Sunday, Feb. 8, for an old-fashioned Valentine's Day party with the Westlake Historical Society.

Let's shake off the winter chills and come inside the Clague family home, located at 1371 Clague Road. Enjoy an afternoon of crafts, sweet treats and museum tours. There is no charge for the event, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:39 AM, 02.03.2015

A Bay Village Neighborhood Story: Prutton's Pond

Do you remember Prutton’s Pond on Bradley Road?

On May 9, 1835, Thomas Powell of Olean, New York, came to Dover Township. He purchased 80 acres of Lot #81 from Nehemiah Hubbard on the west side of Bradley Road. On the south end of the property, Thomas built a saw mill on Porter Creek.

Let’s jump ahead 100 years to 1944 when the James Prutton family purchased the property at 632 Bradley Road. The Pruttons owned six-and-a-half acres of Thomas Powell’s original 80 acres. Their frontage was 305 feet on Bradley Road by 1100 feet west on Naigle, having purchased the adjoining fields for back taxes. On the property was a single lath house minus plumbing, Porter Creek and the old foundation from the sawmill and dam.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.03.2015

Meet two brave missionary women from Dover

Dr. Lucy P. Bement and Frances K. Bement were brave sisters who served as Christian missionaries to China in the early 20th century. Also, from 1912 until the 1940s, they owned the little stone home at 30419 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

They were born in Dover Township (as Westlake was originally known) just after the Civil War and Lucy lived until the eve of World War II, Frances until after the end of it. Their father, Lorenzo C. Bement, was a postmaster in Dover who owned a grocery store at what became the southwestern corner of Bradley and Center Ridge roads, where Wagner’s Country Inn is located today.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.20.2015

Westlake house has a Chinese connection

In the Dec. 9 issue of the Observer we discussed that the stone building at 30419 Center Ridge Road, just west of the old Green’s Garage, was probably built for Jonathon S. Lilly around 1846. Jonathon was the youngest brother of Austin Lilly who had the original stone portion of the Lilly/Weston house at 27946 Center Ridge (next to the Westlake Recreation center) built in about 1844. So there appears to be a strong connection between the two surviving stone houses on Center Ridge Road in Westlake, if in fact it was constructed in the 1840s as we believe.

Cuyahoga County auditor records, however, give a construction date of 1890 for the curious little building. An 1870 tax map shows a home in its location with a barn on the north side of Center Ridge Road. The Hanks family owned the property in 1870.

By 1880 the property was owned by Ann Bement, the wife of Lorenzo Bement. Lorenzo Bement was a postmaster with a grocery store on the southwest corner of what is now Bradley and Center Ridge roads.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:46 AM, 01.06.2015

Re-enactors bring Civil War stories to life

It was standing room only at the November potluck of the Bay Village Historical Society.

Upon entering the Community House, members were transported back to the Civil War in 1862. Lining the doorway were seven 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry soldiers welcoming us to the potluck and program. The tables were festive with flowers of fall colors and small pictures of Ohio heroines. Thanksgiving dinner was set on a large table in front of the fireplace.

Draped across the wall as if hung on a clothes line were Tom Gorgas’s Civil War flags representing the Union and the Confederate troops. Civil War rifles were stacked in the corners of the room. The traveling Civil War trunk from the Lakewood Historical Society was on display along with memorabilia from Rose Hill and Tom Phillip’s Civil War rifle. Two authentic period quilts were shared by Sharon Morton depicting typical fabrics and designs used during this era.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:37 AM, 12.09.2014