Local History

Westlake Historical Society dedicates new Ohio Historical Marker

A new Ohio Historical Marker will soon be added to the front of the Clague House Museum to recognize the historical significance of the Clague House and the significant contribution this family left to the citizens of Westlake.

The Westlake Historical Society is very proud to be able to dedicate this new Ohio Historical Marker on Clague Road to remind visitors and passers-by of the historical significance of this landmark building, placed on The National Registry in 1976, and the gift of a park, historical library and barn now known as the Clague Playhouse. We are also pleased by and thankful for the support received from the City of Westlake, our generous members and the community at large who made the Clague Homestead Marker a reality. We collected "Pennies For The Plaque," as well as other fundraisers to help cover the cost of the marker.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:43 AM, 10.01.2013

Civil War peace conference re-imagined in three-man play

It is Feb. 3, 1865. President Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, at war with the United States for the last four years, are meeting at Hampton Roads, Virginia, to see if a peace treaty can be reached to end the ongoing bloodshed. Lincoln has only two conditions for peace: The South has to return to the Union and return to it without slavery. Davis rejects these terms – the peace conference fails.

Our play, “Lincoln’s Last Great Debate: Abraham Lincoln vs. Jefferson Davis at Hampton Roads,” begins just after the official end of the conference as Plain Dealer reporter Franklin Boyd, played by Cleveland magistrate and Civil War historian William Vodrey, inquires if he can ask some questions. The presidents agree, each using this opportunity to explain their positions with their answers – in effect, debating the causes of the Civil War.

We’ll be presenting it at Westlake Porter Public Library on Sept. 12, 7 p.m., as part of the library's 2013 Civil War Series.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.04.2013

Think your pet is the cutest?

Do you have the cutest pet in Westlake? You might want to consider entering the "Cutest Pet in Westlake" contest. The contest is sponsored by the Westlake Historical Society each year and is  open to all Westlake residents. 

In its sixth year, the cutest pet contest is always a favorite friendly competition. Residents are invited to enter the family dog, cat, hamster, turtle, bird, iguana, horse or fish. The deadline to submit your photo is Sept. 30. Submit your pet photo to: Cutest Pet Contest, c/o Westlake Historical Society, P.O. Box 45064 Westlake, OH 44145. The Society is requesting a $5 donation for each photo submitted.  The winner's family will receive a cash prize and the winning pet will be the society's "mascot" for 2014. The top 12 photos will be featured in a 2014 calendar. Call 440-808-1961 with questions.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:32 AM, 09.04.2013

Sharing history together

Historical societies are all about preserving and recording history. I guess you could say we specialize in marking anniversaries.

I was recently looking through our archives at the Clague House Museum, and found the first, "preview" issue of the Westlake | Bay Village Observer. It told the story about how the City of Westlake and our Historical Society had refurbished and rededicated the Ohio Historical Marker honoring Jack Miner, a noted conservationist, who was born off of Dover Center Road and spent his childhood right here.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:03 AM, 08.20.2013

150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

The first, second and third of this month marked the actual 150th anniversary days of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. A battle that is often called the turning point in our country’s horrible Civil War (1861-1865). The Union’s decisive victory over General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was a much needed win, especially over Lee who had yet to be defeated in the war – finally proving that he was not invincible. This victory, and turning point of a sort, did not mean that it was all downhill for the South after it. It would take almost two more years – with more wins by Lee – before the South finally gave up.

The day after the Gettysburg victory – July 4 – the Union Army under General Grant took the Mississippi town of Vicksburg which had guarded the Mississippi River for the South. With the fall of Vicksburg, that great river (called "the mother of rivers”), the artery of commerce in the West, was opened all the way to New Orleans for Northern forces – the biggest blow to any chance the South had of winning the war or negotiating a peace treaty giving it independence.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.09.2013

43rd Annual Antique, Vintage & Craft Show to be held July 21

The Westlake Historical Society will host the 43rd annual Antique, Vintage & Craft show on Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Clague House Museum located at 1371 Clague Road. The antique show is a summer tradition in Westlake, and is one of the longest running antique shows in the Cleveland area. The requested $3 donation per person for admission to the show has not changed in several years. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser help to cover the society's utility and insurance costs, as well as artifact acquisition and restoration costs.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.09.2013

Westlake Historical Society honors those who make a difference

During the Westlake Historical Society's annual Old Fashioned Ice cream social on June 28, President Lysa Stanton proudly announced two new awards. Dr. James Anderson was awarded the Gretchen Wang Volunteer Spirit award for his many years of volunteerism. The late Gretchen Wang was a founding member of the historical society. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Westlake Historical Society depends on the work of its volunteers in order to succeed. Without volunteers, the Society could not do all that we do. Our members include students from junior high school through those who are well into their 90s.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.09.2013

The good old-fashioned summer time

The Westlake Historical Society is looking forward to  a very busy summer. The annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social will be held on June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Clague House Museum, 1371 Clague Road. In addition to being fun, this annual event is a time to recognize and thank those who have assisted us throughout the year. All are invited to attend; please call 440-808-1961 to RSVP.

The society's annual Fourth of July Potluck Picnic supper on the Clague House lawn begins at 6 p.m. and all are invited. Beverages and table service are provided. Please bring a dish to share.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:30 AM, 06.25.2013

Garden Clubís Cultural Gardens tour

On May 7, the Westlake Garden Club sponsored a bus tour of Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens. Wonderfully organized by Ruth Bertrand, with reservation assistance by Nancy Chopp, we were accompanied by historian Rebecca McFarland. 

Located in Rockefeller Park, a 254-acre expanse of land John D. Rockefeller donated to the city in 1896, the first garden was created in 1916 as a tribute to William Shakespeare. Ten years later, the Hebrew Garden became the first “culture” garden and the Shakespeare Garden was renamed the British Garden. Following the Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided funding for 13 new gardens.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.14.2013

World-renowned conservationist celebrated in Westlake

Jack Miner's story forever links the Sister Cities of Westlake and Kingsville, Ontario, Canada together. Each year, the Westlake Historical Society celebrates April as Jack Miner Month.

Jack Miner was born April 10, 1865, and lived in a small weather-beaten home on Dover Center Road near Westown Boulevard. Young Jack was one of 11 children, whose father made a meager living in the brickyard across from their home. As a boy, Jack was not fond of school and preferred to explore the natural setting around him instead of attending school.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:50 AM, 04.16.2013

'Settling In' exhibit at Rose Hill Museum brings history home

“Settling In,” the opening exhibit for 2013 at Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village, brings the story of the Cahoon family home for history lovers.

After eight years of living in a tiny, one-room cabin with a loft, the Cahoon family finally moved into their house on the rose-covered hill overlooking Lake Erie in 1818. Wooden crates and trunks were carried by the family into their new home, where they began the task of unpacking.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:41 AM, 04.02.2013

Westlake Scout makes history the focus of Eagle project

The Westlake Historical Society is proud to be working with Nico DiGiulio as he works to complete his Eagle Scout requirements. He is a freshman at Westlake High School and, as you will read, has a strong interest in military history. – Lysa Stanton, Westlake Historical Society president

Hi, my name is Nico DiGiulio. I have lived in Westlake for seven years. Scouting has always been a big part of my life. About a year ago I earned my Life Scout Award, which is the last rank before Eagle. I am now ready to take on my Eagle project.  

I have always had an interest in history, and especially regarding the military, so I met with Mrs. Lysa Stanton, president of the Westlake Historical Society who operates the Clague House Museum. I told her my interests and offered to do something for the Historical Society.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:54 AM, 03.19.2013

Bay's first medical building gets new life as pizza shop

Soon Bay Village will benefit from a new Pizza Hut carry out and delivery service located behind Burns Auto at 380 Dover Center Road. The new facility will be housed in a one story colonial brick building trimmed in white wood. You have probably driven by the building traveling down Dover Center Road zillions of times in the last 62 years. Did you ever wonder where that little building came from, or who built it?

Earl Ross grew up on the west side of Cleveland and graduated from old Lincoln High. He attended Western Reserve Medical School and was president of his class. While attending medical school, Earl worked at the Brookside Zoo. He loved all animals and always had them around him. He married his high school sweetheart, Louise, in a ceremony officiated by John Eaton’s father, the Justice of the Peace.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:35 AM, 03.19.2013

Westlake Historical Society seeks your story

As a history major at Baldwin Wallace University, and previously as a student at Westlake High School, I have studied a myriad of events, throughout many different time periods, spanning all across the world. My fascination with history has remained constant, regardless of the era. It is not the great wars that have taken place or the monuments erected that continue to hold my interest, but the people.

I continue to be in awe of the impact that a single person can have on history. It's amazing to think that every single person has a unique story to tell and every story is important. Every person has shaped history.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:50 AM, 03.19.2013

Cutest pet desk calendars going fast

Each year the Westlake Historical Society holds a contest to find the cutest pet in Westlake. Any kind of pet is eligible: cats, dogs, parrots, ferrets, etc. In 2013 we had our first gecko in the competition. If it's a pet in Westlake, and it's cute, it can compete!  

This year, we honored the 2013 cutest pet contest winner “Toby” (an Airedale mix) by putting him on the cover of our cutest pet desk calendar for 2013. We also added the top 12 pet photos in the competition and gave them each a month of the calendar year. 

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.19.2013

Westlake Historical Society seeks to add historical photos for collection

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. 

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:25 AM, 02.05.2013

So long to an old frequency

Something happened in our Westshore communities at the end of 2012 that gave the same sort of feeling to this Westlake radio enthusiast that many of the city’s residents likely had when the Red Brick School was demolished.

The occurrence I speak of is that of the Westshore fire departments of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake moving their radio operations off of the frequency 154.250 megahertz (MHz) and on to a very sophisticated, interoperable radio system – allowing for communication with outside agencies – occupying a number of much higher frequencies. (This radio system move has been confirmed by viewing official documentation online.) Prior to this move the radios of those departments found their home on 154.250 MHz using a simpler communications system for a number of decades, going back at least to the 1960s.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:43 AM, 01.22.2013

Clague House lights up the night

The Westlake Historical Society is all aglow with the completion of outdoor lighting at the Clague House Museum. The society would like to thank the city of Westlake for helping us to accomplish this goal.

This lighting not only adds ambiance to the museum, it also makes it possible for the society to fly the American flag 24 hours a day. The flag pole was installed and dedicated this past fall in honor of William and Jean Robishaw.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:54 AM, 01.22.2013

High school history buff

I am a history buff. Ever since I can remember, I've always had a fascination with the past. So when it came time to find volunteer opportunities to satisfy Westlake High School's community service requirement, I knew I wanted to do something that I love, and that would keep my interest.

One day last spring, my mom found an article in the Observer describing the Westlake Historical Society and its many opportunities for volunteers. The article was entitled "Do you have a heart for history?" It was as if the article was written specifically for me!

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.08.2013

Westlake's Kluever century homes

During the 19th and early 20th century, parts of Bassett Road in Dover Township (now Westlake and Bay Village) were known as Dutch Road and Elbow Road. “Dutch” for the residents along it, many of whom were of Germanic ancestry, “Elbow” for the angled configuration of the section between Dover and Detroit roads. St. Paul Lutheran Church was the heart of this community of German people and Bassett Road formed the spine.

The first wave of settlers to Dover were primarily from New England with ancestors who had emigrated from the British Isles. Starting sometime after 1852 these original landowners began splitting up and selling their land to the second wave of settlers who were primarily from Germany.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:45 AM, 12.11.2012

Give the gift of Westlake history

The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping is well underway. Since consumers are often asked to shop locally during this time of year, what is more local than your Westlake Historical Society?

The historical society has several items that are fun, interesting and celebrate Westlake's history. There are several book choices that cover everything from cooking in the early 1900s to historical coloring books. We also have a limited number of Cat's Meow replicas of local buildings such as the Clague House Museum and Old Red Brick School. The society is very fond of a limited edition Christmas tree ornament that features an image of the Clague House Museum. In addition to note cards, we also have a unique print of the Clague Museum suitable for framing.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:49 AM, 12.11.2012

Century-home research uncovers family ties

[Final article in a series on the history of homes in Dover – now Westlake and Bay Village – and the Westlake Historical Society's century-home plaquing program.]

The story of the Sheldon Johnson and John W. Hawkins families has come to light during the research for the plaquing of a century home at 2650 Clague Rd. in Westlake. A goal of the program is discovering the previous owners of a home and linking their stories with that of the house. The book “Maple Ridge Cemetery, Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: A History of Its People and Families” by Jeanne B. Workman and Jayne A. Broestl, published in 2003 by the Cuyahoga West Chapter, OGS, has information about these two related families.

Sheldon Johnson in 1866 died at age 81. He and his wife, Martha, are buried in Lot 7 of Maple Ridge Cemetery, owned by John Hawkins, Sheldon's grandson-in-law. The same cemetery plot also holds the remains of John, his first wife Vannie, his second wife Katherine and three infant children.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 11:12 AM, 11.27.2012

Annual wreath-laying honors Westlake's pioneers

For the third year in a row, members of the Westlake Historical Society will remember some of the city's historic families by placing holiday wreathes on their graves.

We believe placing a wreath on a grave is not only a symbol of remembrance, it is a sign of respect for that person and who they were and the contributions they made to our city. We would like to extend the opportunity for you, your family, organization or business to place a Christmas wreath this year in memory of one of our pioneer families.

Volunteers from the Westlake Historical Society will continue to place the wreaths on graves in both Evergreen Cemetery and Maple Ridge Cemetery until Dec. 15 for those individuals, families or businesses who would like to sponsor a wreath.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:41 AM, 11.27.2012

Community cookbooks offer glimpse into history

Today if I want an easy Crock Pot recipe, I simply check the social media site Pinterest or do a Google search. A few clicks and I can find just the perfect beef stew recipe. The internet puts any recipe virtually at my fingertips. This time of year prompts many of us to reach into our collection of family favorite recipes to prepare for a special holiday meal. 

Walk back in time with me as we discover the "community cookbook." Most community cookbooks were and continue to be sold to raise funds for various projects. Maria J. Moss is credited with creating the first charity cookbook. It was sold to help cover medical expenses for the care of Civil War soldiers.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:22 AM, 11.13.2012

A look at the research used to determine century-home status

[The third in a series of four articles on the history of homes in Dover – now Westlake and Bay Village – and the Westlake Historical Society's century-home plaquing program.]

One of the homes recently researched by the Westlake Historical Society at the request of the owner is at 2650 Clague Rd., on a portion of Original Lot 49. This home is a simple farmhouse in a gable-wing configuration with the gable facing the street. Notes and a sketch from Melanie Olm, a former historian with the Society, state that when a previous owner, Mrs. Crane, was doing a remodeling project she found an 1865 newspaper in the wall. However, Ms. Olm found that the 1860 and 1870 appraised values remained the same on the piece of land that the house is located on.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:38 AM, 11.13.2012

What the 'genealogy' of your land reveals about your home's age

[The second in a series of four articles on the history of homes in Dover – now Westlake and Bay Village – and the Westlake Historical Society's century-home plaquing program.]

The process of determining the actual year of construction of a building is like researching the “genealogy” of the piece of land on which it was constructed, determining both the chain of ownership and the history of the appraised value used for tax purposes.

The telltale sign of the “date of birth” of the house is an increase in the appraised tax value of the land underneath the structure. It is only in relatively recent years that the assessed value of the improvements on a parcel, such as a house, are assessed separately from the value of the land. For century homes, there was a time when the land, with a productive agricultural value was worth relatively more than the house.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:45 PM, 10.30.2012

Free genealogy help session at Porter Library

Westlake Porter Public Library, the Westlake Family History Center and the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will offer a free genealogy help session at the library on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The session is free and no appointments are necessary.

Visitors will receive 15 to 30 minutes of one-on-one help from an expert. Help can range from how to get started researching your family, to suggestions for getting around dead-ends, to tips on various genealogy resources to try, and much more. Bring your stories, your dead-ends and your research so far, and get expert help.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:38 PM, 10.30.2012

A brief history of early Dover home architecture

The first in a series of four articles on the history of homes in Dover – now Westlake and Bay Village – and the Westlake Historical Society's century-home plaquing program.

Have you ever wondered how old your older Westlake or Bay Village home is? The physical appearance of the house offers clues to the time of its construction.

After the log cabin stage, the earliest and wealthiest settlers to Westlake sometimes duplicated their Federal-style homes from back in New England. This house style is reminiscent of the rectangular shape of the hotel pieces in Monopoly with a symmetrical five-bay façade with central door. The fanlight was a common motif and delicate leaded glass window sidelights sometimes flanked the main door. The derelict 1833 Taylor/Lilly/Glendenning house at 28989 Center Ridge Rd. (across from St. John Medical Center) is a fine example of this style with later Victorian era alterations.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:55 AM, 10.16.2012

Bay's neighborhoods, Eagle Cliff revisited

On a Monday morning in 1880, a group of young people crossed the Superior Viaduct in a horse-drawn wagon for a week of camping in Dover Township. Their destination was the Eagle Cliff Allotment, a campground run by Mr. B. E. Stone. 

The campground was located 50 feet above the water along a cliff on the westernmost edge of the township. The hunt for a choice hammock location and the experiment of setting up a tent on the edge of the cliff with success gave them confidence.

Every morning the days activities were announced. With instructions in hand, milk was gone for, fresh eggs gathered, vegetables dug and cleaned, coffee and tea set up. There was strolling through the neighborhood woods for berries and herbs, foraging trips for apples in the farmer’s orchards, quiet swinging in hammocks, reading poetry, playing games of ball, croquet and euchre, holding sing-a-longs and telling stories by the camp fire. The week ended too soon, and they packed up for home with happy memories.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:54 AM, 10.16.2012

Historical society marks anniversary of Clague monument

Members of the Westlake Historical Society and friends gathered on Oct. 12 to mark the anniversary of the original dedication of the Clague Memorial Monument. The monument is located in Clague Memorial Park, directly across the street from the historic Clague House Museum.

This year marks the 83rd anniversary of the monument, which was erected in recognition of the Clague family, who donated their land to Dover Village for use as a park. Each year on this day, a wreath is placed to recognize the wonderful gift and lasting legacy that this pioneer family left to the citizens of our community.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:04 AM, 10.16.2012

Smith descendants near and far visit Westlake City Hall

Last year, as Westlake celebrated their pioneers in bicentennial events, Westlake residents Craig and Kelly Smith had no idea that Craig’s ancestors were part of the larger Smith family that came from Massachusetts in 1811, to help found old Dover Township and Westlake. Craig’s father, Merle, knew little of his Smith heritage. 

This year, as Kelly began some basic internet genealogical research, she came across some information that pointed to the recent bicentennial book, "Pioneers of Westlake, Ohio," by Jeanne B. Workman. A quick trip to Westlake Porter Public Library to take a look at it made her heart race, as she soon realized that Craig was the great-great-great-great-grandson of Dover Township pioneers Abner and Rebecca Gibbs Smith. According to Workman, Abner Smith was born in 1754 in Chatham, Conn., but moved to Massachusetts before coming to Ohio. Abner died in Dover Township in 1821.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:56 AM, 09.18.2012

Capt. Guy Turner leads Clague House Museum tour as guest docent

The Westlake Historical Society enthusiastically welcomes visitors and special guests to the Clague House Museum throughout the year. Although our traditional open house season is April through October, the museum is delighted to accommodate your schedule by also opening the museum by appointment.

Although most tours are led by historical society members, occasionally we are honored to have a special guest volunteer to lead tours as well. On Sunday, Aug. 26, Capt. Guy Turner of the Westlake Police Department volunteered to be our special guest tour guide. Capt. Turner, who is also a member of the Westlake Historical Society, not only shared the history of the Clague family and Dover/Westlake, but also answered questions as well.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:56 AM, 09.18.2012

Flag raised in honor of beloved Westlake couple

The next time you visit the historic Clague House Museum, you may notice the new flag pole just to the right of the front door.  The Westlake Historical Society dedicated this flag pole on Saturday, Aug. 11, to the memory of longtime Westlake residents and outstanding society members Bill and Jean Robishaw.

During the ceremony, Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough read a quote by President Abraham Lincoln to describe the Robishaws: “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”

Also speaking during the ceremony were Westlake Schools Superintendent Dan Keenan and Westlake Assistant Planning Director William Krause. A representative from Congressman Dennis Kucinich's office was in attendance with a presentation.

Bill and Jean were married for 67 years until her passing in 2010. After Bill passed away earlier this year, Westlake Historical Society President Lysa Stanton proposed the idea of honoring the Robishaws with the flag pole based on several conversations she had earlier with Bill.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:58 AM, 08.21.2012

Remembering the struggle: Women fight for right to vote

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal – Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States first began in the mid-1800s. For the supporters of this movement who wore a gold sash like the one pictured, the color of the silk fabric was as important as the words ”Votes For Women” printed in black.
During a campaign to pass a suffrage state referendum in Kansas in 1867, organizers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony adopted the state symbol – a sunflower – for visual recognition. The color gold was associated with the suffrage movement thereafter.

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:30 AM, 08.07.2012

In the shade of the old sycamore tree

Have you ever noticed the row of sycamore trees on the north side of Wolf Road between Bassett and Saddler roads in Bay? Have you noticed them on Bassett and Walker roads? Ever wonder why they are there?

These trees are called American sycamores. You can tell an American sycamore from the way it sheds its bark, which leaves the trunk with a blotchy appearance. They are mostly found in Bay along Walker, Bassett and Wolf roads where our German families settled. This tree species is native to the Arctic, Central Europe and North America. They can be found as far south as Argentina today. They date back to the Cretaceous age, millions of years ago.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:17 AM, 07.24.2012

Decades of wedding dresses on display at Clague House Museum

Currently on display through September at the Clague House Museum, 1371 Clague Rd. in Westlake, is a special display  of "Wedding Dresses Through The Decades." This display provides a unique look back into wedding fashions of the past and explains how some of our customs have evolved.   

The 1930s gave us the glamorous Hollywood look, the 1920s gave us the flapper style and the 1980s reminded us of the feel of royalty as Princess Diana's gown influenced wedding fashions throughout the decade and even into the '90s. The display highlights how bridal fashion have changed through the years.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:53 PM, 07.10.2012

Here comes the bride

June is traditionally the month for many couples to marry. This was certainly the case when Mildred Elliott married Norbert Trowbridge on June 7, 1941, in the newly-named village of Westlake. The name was officially changed from Dover in 1940.

Mildred was the granddaughter of Ziba and Sarah Hall. The Halls were a prominent family in Dover Township.

The blushing bride and her groom, both 25 years old, are pictured with Mildred's parents, Pearl and Gilbert Elliott.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 10:20 AM, 06.26.2012

Link to Bay Villageís past returns to family roots for Cahoon in June

One of the vendors at Cahoon in June will add a bit of history to the June 16 event just by showing up. Lori Aldrich, who will man a table for her Westlake dog boutique Just Dogs Gourmet, is the last member of the founding Aldrich family of Bay Village.

Lori’s great-great-great-great-grandparents, Aaron and Betsy Aldrich, moved to Dover Township from Rhode Island in 1816. Their home on Lake Road still stands today, with the exterior, rooms, floors, doors and windows still as they were originally built. Most of the furnishings from the original Aldrich home are in Rose Hill Museum.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:47 AM, 06.12.2012

Bay Village Historical Society announces new officers

The Bay Village Historical Society has elected new officers for the business year 2012-2013. These new officers assumed their duties on June 1. The society looks forward to a year of renewed enthusiasm with fresh ideas for new programs and activities. The preservation of our Bay Village history will be of primary importance.

The new officers are: president, Cynthia Eakin, dining and entertainment columnist for West Life, Avon Lake Press, North Ridgeville Press and editorial contributor in Currents newspapers; vice president, Doug Gertz, Gertz Building Company; treasurer, Abigail Sammon, housewife; corresponding secretary, Cindi Lindgren, program planner for the City of Westlake community services department.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:51 AM, 06.12.2012

Clague House memorial garden begins to take shape

On a recent weather-wonderful day, members of the Westlake Historical Society were joined by employees of R.E. Warner & Associates, a Westlake engineering and architectural firm, to begin the transformation of the memorial garden at the Clague House Museum.

The memorial garden is a way to remember past members of our organization. The recent passing of the society's former president, Mr. Bill Robishaw, inspired current president Lysa Stanton to come up with a way to honor not just Bill and his wife Jean, but the other members of the society that have passed away but who gave so much to our organization.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:58 AM, 06.12.2012