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The Elyria Court House debacle , tax PAY ers

Playing catch up the best coverage of the hand bags at dawn or gavels galore between the tenant ” Lorain County Common Pleas” and the landlord Lorain County Commissioners can be found in the Elyria Chronicle and Brad Dicken by Line

Judges: Put old Lorain County Courthouse on death row

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/06/12/judges%E2%80%88put-old-courthouse-death-row/

Commissioners, judges engaged in deadlock over building access

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/25/commissioners-judges-engaged-deadlock-building-access/

Evan Goodenow also filed a story for the Chronicle

Commissioners say plan to move Probation Department too costly

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/06/19/pair-oppose-possible-move-justice-center/

But it was the article by Lisa Roberson of the Chronicle that sent this “that woman” off on her own perspective of the taxpayer who will end up paying the “lawyers for both sides now “

Lorain County judges hire legal counsel in probation department dispute
My take found here on the judiciary jousting of 2014

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/lorain-county-judges-crowing-with-chandra/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/chandra-cha-chinging-away-county-coffers-and-how-it-is-done/

On July 18th, since things had gone quite quiet I sent an email to Tim Lubbe the “spokesperson for the judges and the probation dept”
for just how much money had been spent by them on Chandra , the attorney He had seemingly done his usual PR in the media opening volley -

http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2014/06/lorain_countys_old_courthouse.html

Chandra is very good at that media manipulation tact, been there done that and seen it before.
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Not wanting to take anyone else’s perspective whether it was the judges take or the commissioners take – I decided – since it had gone quiet- to see for myself.

I made arrangements as a “taxpayer” to take the tour. Of course as luck would have it the day scheduled also happened to be the day another ” legal fisticuffs ” took off . By noon that day ( Friday the 25th of July) was the deadline and my appointment was for 11:00 am.

Photo source United Artists

Photo source United Artists


I wondered after reading all the articles of mould , asbestos , strange smells would I need hazmat gear to enter and now the added worry of being caught in the High Noon deadline as an innocent taxpayer.

County commissioners said Thursday they will defy a court order issued by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge requiring them to turn over the keys to all doors on the second floor of the old Lorain County Courthouse by noon today.

It was therefore with some trepidation I returned to the Elyria Court House, I say returned because 20 years ago I was there on jury duty. ( please note they never asked me back ;)

I sat on the bench watching the foot traffic , the day was one of those sparkling feel good weather days. If I concentrated on the building itself, ignoring the sounds of the traffic, as the church bells rang out the hour I could almost imagine what it must have been like for those who had walked this way in an earlier time. Perhaps, they too had rested under the trees on a summer day when this once beautiful edifice was the pride of a new government and not carrion to be fought over

Elyria Court House  with  cupola

Elyria Court House with cupola

To be continued

July 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

History Demo’ed- Another Rehabbed -Pt3

Part One – The Demo

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt-1/

Part Two – The “history” of the rehab

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt-1/

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Along with two of the Charleston Village http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/ board members, I toured the start of the rehab of the house “now known” as the Coleman House or 1031 W. 4th Street.
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I must admit I was feeling excited to see the inside of this century home- what delights of a bygone era would we see? I had been down this path before with the Captain Wilford House just up and around the corner from the Coleman home – they would have been neighbors- 416 Washington

The Wilford House still maintains a great deal of its historical integrity – from the days of commerce and community from the last century.
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One of the pieces missing from the front portico are the twin anchors above the entrance .
twin anchors wh (2) Those anchors , I believe had special significance to the Wilford family and to Captain Wilford , the original anchors lay at the bottom of Lake Superior
twin anchors on the bow of his boat the John M Osborn -

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Photo Source http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/johnmosborn
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“All of the older captains used to take their families sailing with them frequently. Captain Wilford chose to take aboard his wife Fannie ( of the Civil War letters fame)

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/civil-war-letters-fannie-gilmore-lorain/

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and his two daughters, Cora and Adelaide on his vessel, a three mast wooden steamer John M. Osborn that summer in 1884.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/capt-wilford-a-hero-of-the-inland-seas/

and the archiving of the shipwreck thanks to the State of MICHIGAN and the GREAT LAKES SHIP WRECK MUSEUM- who recognize the worth of the story and the captains of the Great Lakes
http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/johnmosborn

However, such is not the case here in Lorain or even in the State of Ohio ( just another old rental) – Yes ! Captain Wilford’s once beautiful home is now a rental with an RSO living in the carriage house and divided up once again to get the most “income from her”.

BUT a few years ago Charleston Village had the opportunity to take a walk through at least the down stairs of the home . Interior shots of Wilford Parlor courtesy Dave Cotton

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/02/11/a-captain-my-captain/

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wilford interior

I am hoping since the recent Zillow ad for the house states it has beautiful woodwork what we saw that day is still the case
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Back to the neighboring Coleman Property!
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NOTE:The Lorain County Port Authority in conjunction with the Lorain County Community Development Department are rehabbing the property using Neighborhood Stabilization Program III (NSP3) funds.

However as we entered Frank Coleman’s home our expectations of woodwork , hardwood floors, elegant staircases and hopes were crushed as we continued the tour. There wasn’t much left and what was left had been covered up with more of the cheap as chips paneling no such beautiful flooring, not such wonderful trim just the bastardization of 50 and 70′s modernizing and the “rental flip and flop. The once spindle staircase covered in and over as they divided the house into two ( more money for the landlord one would assume) a door cut into her side as an entrance for the
top floor” like some terrible wound to her original architecture. Traditional windows replaced to modernize her in the 60′s and 70′s – her front porch taken away and replaced with fake pillars of plywood and paint all in the name of what???
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Coleman collage
Photos courtesy of Lorain County Community Development
The county does not have the luxury of “history left” to work with – they are going to have to go through mend and make do to bring this old house back to a family home

The historical architecture and guidelines gone now for the most part- An entranceway reminiscent of those days of pride perhaps,

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scars removed from her outside – a door to nowhere replaced with an attractive window ? This will be a family home once again with the added luxury of a very nice guest suite in the rear. A home saved- an investment in Lorain’s oldest neighborhood.

I know the county will bring this old lady back to a home, and one with up to code windows, plumbing, wiring etc. I just hope they will go the extra yard and make her atheistically pleasing as well- we will see in Part 4 which will be the post on her unveiling

To be continued…………

July 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm 1 comment

History Demo ‘ed -Another Rehabbed- Pt2.

PART ONE The Demo!

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt-1/

heneryhamiltonPhoto Mark Teleha

The Gow House ( which ironically enough) remained in the Gow family until its demise- sitting empty and forlorn for decades- was on the corner of 4th and Hamilton. 4th Street was not always 4th street it was once named “DUANE Street” and at the end of and opposite to is the Duane Building- another historical structure that was rehabbed

https://www.ohiohistory.org/state-historic-preservation-office/state-historic-preservation-office-awards//2012/duane-building

duane In 1908 or there about Lorain ( known for changing names – Black River Township- Charleston Village – Lorain) street names also underwent a revamp .

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/07/lorains-street-renaming-plan-may-1908.html

A little east of the Gow House on the opposite side of the street another of Lorain’s professional people built his home – – the address was 231 Duane Street.( circa 1903) His name was Frank Coleman and in the 1898-99 phone directory he had an office at 203 Broadway. There is no longer an office a 203 Broadway or indeed his later office at 426 Broadway or for that matter a trail for 356 or 360 Broadway

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Lorain Map circa 1874
but you can imagine an enterprising young man, as so many others did in this neighborhood, building his home within walking distance from his place of work.
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In fact, he made the Lorain’s Prominent Lawyers listing in the 1903 Lorain. Ohio by George H. Teague

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Frank and his wife Agnes lived in his home on Duane ( now 1031 4th Street) until he moved in 1937 ( his wife Agnes was no longer recorded -assumption is – she had passed)It looks like Frank ended up owning two lots 187 – and 188
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His home was sold on after 1936 ( probably after his wife passed.) to one Isadore Baer.

In any case he moved alone in 1937 to 918 Washington Ave. This is interesting, because as with his previous home history, 1031 West 4th Street -
Landlord – Ed Watling ( foreclosure???) -and then First Federal Savings and Loan ( again on my street)

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

this home too followed a pattern becoming all to familiar in this neighborhood.
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and now we have at last the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp rehabbing Frank’s 110 year old home.

But 918 Washington Ave. his new domicile seemingly repeats the history of the older homes we see dumped and devalued every day – in more ways than one: What started as a piece of “old house history” has taken me once again on the dumped and devalued road of this neighborhood. .

NOTE: Readers take a good look at this photo ( you may want to come back to it later and compare to 1031)
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As with Frank’s family home on Duane/4th – his next home (918 Washington) also went the way of home ownership- to rentals and landlords and banks and “ losing in value”.

For instance this 918 Washington property once again is a poster child of what happens when ‘banks apparently make poor business choices” WE end up losing in these older neighborhoods, deemed historic by the state, if not the city, as neighborhood property values fall due to the “sale prices “ of the homes

NOTE bear with me the following is a little confusing

In 7/11/2011- 918 Washington (0201004114016 ) the next house Frank Coleman lived was recently part of a deal with three other properties -

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1014 Long Avenue- 2055 E 29th Street -434 9th Street purchased by First Federal Savings and Loan Assoc Lorain ( there is that name again) the sale price listed $106.000 for those properties to REHABS TO RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC North Ridgeville agent and principle – Scott A. Russell
6486 Ridgeview Blvd.N. Ridgeville, OH 44039- this LLC is apparently still active according to the State of Ohio.

NOTE: However, I did some further checking on the 4 parcels that were worth apparently $106,000. to First Federal Savings and Loan Association Lorain and found-
918 Washington was sold for 10,500
1014 Long sold for $5,000
434 9th sold for $15,900
2005 E 29th- $8,500

So, if my math is correct, after the sale of all four properties First Federal Savings and Loan took a loss of $66,100 dollars and recouped just $39,900 – a loss of 60%-on the dealings with REHABS TO RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC. That isn’t exactly screaming healthy business practices to me but what do I know , even the price of milk going up effects this “investor” in Lorain.

Back to Frank
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Frank Coleman then moved on to 1031 9th Street in 19391031 9th And yet another “sale loss drop dump- this his 3rd home was not a First Federal house for sale- commodity this time it was AMTRUST BANK A doing the honors and another LLC picking at the dying carcass of “homes”
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2005 property sold for $70,000 dollars bank got it back for $28,000 in 2008 and 20 days later sold it for 13,500 to Brian Fuller who transferred it to his LLC NEW AGE REAL ESTATE LLC ( owning 6 properties)( Avon Lake)
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Frank Coleman seemingly did not move offices much always in the 300 block of Broadway. In 1942 the last we have found to date on Frank he had moved to 306 9th Street
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This home has been owned by Baker Homes of Vermilion since 2005 but considering it is another “century home” ending up as another rental can the tale be much different???? If you want to know more a trip to the recorder’s office and look up OR Volume 1220- Page 142. I would bet you will find a similar history!
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But back to Frank’s original home and the “rehabbing of this old lady. She has suffered through the years modernization of the 50′s and 70′s and turned from a single family dwelling to a triplex rental. She even had to suffer the ignominious treatment of having her beautiful solid wood carved doors

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( what was left of them- there seemed to be a lot of doorways with no doors) – having the outside surface covered with cheap crappy plywood – stained to look like wood) – what were they thinking?????? ) and even worse yet 1960″s paneling put over the outside of the doors!

1960′s paneling covering the door!
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The other side of the door

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Our hearts sank as we toured the property, as would Frank Coleman’s had he been around to see what they have done…………

TO BE CONTINUED…………………
NOTE:
The Lorain County Port Authority in conjunction with the Lorain County Community Development Department are rehabbing the property using Neighborhood Stabilization Program III (NSP3) funds.

July 18, 2014 at 11:15 am 4 comments

History Demo’ed- Another Rehabbed Pt 1

As regular readers of this blog are aware, I threw a fit about what I called the Icon house of Lorain’s deteriorating housing structure . Hamilton Ave and 4th

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/welcome-to-fairyland-aka-in-the-pink-lorain-ohio/

I was not alone and Dan Brady also had a post about this old house

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-house-at-1034-fourth-street.html

After years of frustration ,

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/away-with-the-fairies-living-in-lorain/

looking at the deteriorating structure that met my gaze from my den window every morning, something was finally done

Gow House 1034 4th

Gow House 1034 4th


After 38 years, blighted Lorain house to come down
Chronicle Telegram- Evan Goodenow

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/03/06/38-years-blighted-house-come/

and the Morning Journal as well as Channel 5 covered the demise.

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140307/1034-w-fourth-st-in-lorain-demolished

The former home at 1034 W. Fourth St. became scrap wood, brick, metal and shingles as an excavator knocked down the structure as part of the demolition program of the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp., or county land bank.

I did not join the throng that morning in March as the house was demolished. For too long, I had hopes ( in the very beginning) that somehow that house( which was over a century old )could be rehabbed. I sat, as I always do, that March morning with a cup of coffee and watched as another “story and home of history “ of Lorain fell in upon herself.

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It was bitter-sweet but a necessary evil

photo Dan Brady

photo Dan Brady

So under the auspices of the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp – Lorain County Port Authority
whose mission ” Improving Lorain County and Revitalizing Neighborhoods” the eyesore that was once a well-loved and cherished home came down.
1880 map

This old neighborhood herself was once cherished – the “movers and shakers” of their day built “homes” for growing families – close to their businesses and the port which was the highway into Lorain .

Over the years these homes , for the most part, were sold on from those that built a community. The size of them made them ripe for the “rental” business as landlords could divide the large homes into apartments , chop them up making two-three apartments and sometimes more – just look at the number of electric meters on the sides of these old homes.
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Captain Thomas Wilford House

The people who built such edifices to their success are now no more than crossed out names on a tax map. Unless, their tales are written about by the few “Lorain historians” who care about such events.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/capt-wilford-a-hero-of-the-inland-seas/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/lorains-history-mystery-the-wurmser-house-a-tale-of-two-houses/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/port-of-lorain-salute-to-her-people/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/08/03/more-on-the-porters-maureen-smith/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/07/23/introducing-the-porters-by-maureen-smith/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/the-porters-cont-by-maureen-smith/

Are these old homes and their history all going the way of the wrecking ball on this street in order to revitalize our neighborhood? We have had two go down on one block in recent months 1034 ( the icon house) and 1125 W 4th.
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The house at 1125 also was not a candidate for rehabilitation – However, all is not lost as the very same agency ” Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp – Lorain County Port Authority” now, I am pleased to say, has purchased another of the First Federal Saving and Loans foreclosure properties that we seem to have a plethora of in this neighborhood
http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/banks-banking-on-lorain-business-of-blight-devaluing-lorain/

Far from tearing down this time they will be rehabbing one of the oldest homes on the block, which is over a century old . A home that survived the tornado without too much damage if not ” latter-day Lorainites and landlords and banks”.
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The story – The who what and where in Part Two To Be continued

July 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm 3 comments

Kinks- Past – hyphenated- Lorain- Loraine Pt 5

hyphenated
Source

Teddy Roosevelt: “No Room in This Country for Hyphenated Americans”
Address to the Knights of Columbus
New York City- October 12th, 1915

Part One http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/kink-s-in-fathers-day-best-of-british-pt-one/

Part Two http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/kinks-culture-shock-best-of-british-pt-2/

Part Three

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/kinks-on-being-a-hyphenated-american-part-three/

Part Fourhttp://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/kinks-all-in-a-name-a-carta-and-constitution-a-trojan-horse-part-four/

Therefore, not finding a non- hyphenated group upon which to acclimate into the Americanization of Loraine- I chose to use the common denominator of Lorain. I put my focus on Lorain- after all it was going to be HOME- and I would have something in common with others who also chose to make Lorain their home!

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We had purchased our “starter” home( in which we still reside) in an old neighborhood; one unfortunately that was in decline. We saw the house in the dark, my husband fell in love it with it and made the offer before I had even seen the basement!

I drove to the house the next morning , I still liked the house but soon realized this was not “upmarket” and the neighborhood was having issues. But then I thought:

well this is America and I don’t know too much about American neighborhoods and post codes ( zip codes)

and there by started the journey of “finding out about Lorain” a mock English Tudor and me.

I soon realized just like the lack of theatre locally , there was a drought of information that could be found about Lorain- there was not at that time a formal Lorain Historical Society , no computers, the library evidenced the most information and yet I knew just by walking around this old neighborhood, the architecture, the layout of the streets, the hodgepodge of different styles there were stories and history.

Palace before restoration 1978 - New Lorain

Palace before restoration 1978 – New Lorain

It was the theatre and saving one that found me getting my “Lorain” feet wet- the preservation of the Lorain Palace Theatre- with the ladies that lunched-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/ladies-of-lorain/

Barb McGregor , Mary Lou Connone, Ruth Calta Lori Hoke, Barbara McGregor, Corky Bruck, Charlotte Zakowski, Jane Baran, Jane Norton, Lou Kepler, Alice Weston, Phyllis Pfaff, Sally Bobel , Lilly Yuzon, Sally DeLuca , Mirium Schneider , Darlene Brown , Mrs. Robert Bostwick, Mrs. Dave Herzer , Carol Kramer, Frances Cellozzi, Marie Bonaminiooand so many others including Sandy Prudoff ( our first meeting) .

PALACE PLAYERS-
Top row left to right Casey Wolnowski- Loraine Ritchey- John Handyside- Sally Deluca – Dan Deliman – Jean Schaeffer- and I have forgotten- anyone know?

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Jean Schaeffer took me under her wing – I met her at the Chef Henri Dinner Theatre and she decided I needed to be involved in Lorain and you just couldn’t say no to Jean . I have been involved in Lorain ever since.

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I have made a nuisance of myself to all of the administrations. I started by storming into Mayor Zahorec”s administration ( 9 months pregnant) when Elio Jacabozzi declared no city worker or their families could attend City Council meetings . Incensed when I read the notification given to my husband I ranted on to Mayor Zahorec ( in my best British at the time) about freedom of speech , American Democracy etc. the policy was changed.
ore piles
You see, my husband now worked for the City of Lorain ( Communications) and I was at a meeting speaking against the ore piles- that didn’t go down to well- fresh perspective of ( you don’t put great heaps of ore to mar a beautiful harbor and river) but they didn’t listen and acquired those ore piles; it took decades to get rid of them. I continued to try my best for Lorain no matter the Mayor, no matter the cause- just to bring to do what I could for my “home”.
Key_to_the_City_of_London,_Charles_Lindbergh
Under Mayor Krasienko I was given the “Key to the City in 2010

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/the-key-to-the-city-a-thank-you/

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Lorain is still hyphenated , now sometimes into the halves and quarters. I have been battered and bruised ,called names as I continued the journey trying my best to preserve, promote and support Lorain. Lorain’s earliest green space and the saving thereof caused such angst.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/veterans-memorial-park-fini/

St Mary's
I even advocated for the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary’s 7th street,

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/charleston-village-letter-mj/

A church and priest Father Dan Divis who are not thought of with any fondness after their enabling of pain to this family.

I have tried to be an American non hyphenated by being a Lorainite, to assimilate, to do what the people who settled this community did to put Lorain ahead of hyphenation.

The older I get (life circumstances and hyphenated people) have found me changed since 2009 . I find myself drifting back into wanting my culture around me – those that think, understand and relate without explanation how I “work”, to be around MY cultural and religious heritage . Only here I am totally outnumbered , those are few and far between.
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When my son was dying, that dreadful, dreadful day – I was surrounded by the grating voices and the “our way ” bullying of the Italian – Polish- German- Hispanic Roman Catholic- American controllers Vyka, Lombardi, Gonzales, Gott, Zaworksi-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/a-memory-of-vipers-chris-ritchey/

Your name was RITCHEY , NOT – Lombardi , Vyka , Gonzales, Gott or Zaworski . You were taken to their faith and their closure, denying your family even the “time of your interment in their selfishness.”

As someone said

“it is like Chris’ family didn’t exist”

I desperately reached for my cell phone in those minutes after being told my son was probably brain-dead, whilst Lombardis sat there dry-eyed, stone faced , without a tear – worrying I wouldn’t pull the plug- messing further with their already laid our plans. I left the room to call a cousin as I was surrounded by “self” – ishness, inhumanity and without depth of human feeling as a mother and father lost their son, a sister lost her brother. I thought I would totally melt down if I didn’t hear an English voice- he was a life line in that instant.

chrismeresglow1 With what happened to this family – the might of one hyphenated group trampling all over the culture and religion of another has not sat at all well with me , as longtime readers of this blog can attest. It does not fade but then another English trait long memories for injustice and tenacity.

Our wishes and our beliefs, culture overridden by the “hyphen-aters”. I watched as the “spoils” from a fundraiser were distributed with cloak and dagger secrecy by the mother Sue, of the clan Lombardi, and her banker husband Tim and sisters Zaworski and Gonzales. Nothing done that was technically illegal but in my opinion I found what happened to that money morally reprehensible.It was so against any upbringing I had experienced. Again, this left a bad taste in my mouth morality missing, but not apparently to those of the various “family culture”.
The bad taste in my mouth lingers.


I am still at sea – my caring of Lorain has diminished too – if I could run away I would – but wherever I went in the world I would take my untenable pain of loss with me.

There is no place that would ease and I have so much here to love ( those of my own) and they are now my place of respite and love. THEY ARE MY HOME OF MY HEART-THEY ARE THE ONES WHO “KNOW’ AND UNDERSTAND WITHOUT NEED OF EXPLANATION- THEY ARE MY CREED AND CULTURE NOW- AND IT IS FOR THEM I EXIST.The small group of “true” friends that “know” our pain without being told.

I now let others advocate for Lorain . I SOMETIMES WRITE BUT WITHOUT THE PASSION OF CARING IF THE OUTCOME IS FAVOURABLE TO MY THOUGHTS – IT IS WHAT IT IS-
I will keep my commitment to those projects started and to protect them as I wrap myself up in this little old neighborhood Charleston Village - that is who I am my culture of following through against all odds.

BUT – I WON’T take on anything else – I no longer get to get emotionally involved in Lorain – it is time to find a peace where I can . a hyphenated culture AND PEOPLE totally at odds with my own has won out leaving a bad taste for those cultures and religion who have cased such pain – I TOO, AM NOW HYPHENATED

Me and the Kinks lost to history !

Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.

Deshttp://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2012/05/desperate-dans-long-road-to-cover.htmlperate  Dan

Deshttp://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2012/05/desperate-dans-long-road-to-cover.htmlperate Dan

God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

Preserving the old ways from being abused.
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
What more can we do?

We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society.
God save Mrs. Mopp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It’s_That_Man_Again

and good old Mother Riley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Mother_Riley

We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium.
God save the George Cross, and all those who were awarded them.

Oooh…
We are the Sherlock Holmes English-speaking Vernacular.
God save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula.
We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity.
God save little shops, china cups, and virginity.
We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliates.
God save Tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards.

Preserving the old ways from being abused.
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
What more can we do?

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

God save the village green!

June 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm 5 comments

History Mystery – Lives of Lorain- Gillmore

“It is a reverend thing to see an ancient castle or building not in decay or to see fair timber tree sound and perfect; but how much more to see an ancient noble family which hath stood against the waves and weather of time- for now nobility is but the act of power, but ancient nobility is the act of time.” Bacon’s Essays, XIV

Peggy

Part One

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/ch-ch-ch-changes-herstory-lorain-history/

Part Two

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/ch-ch-ch-changes-herstory-lorain-history-part-2/

Part Three

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/lorain-history-changes-kicked-to-the-landfill/

GE DIGITAL CAMERAThursday night of last week ( and before I so rudely interrupted the “Lorain History” flow – with my own personal “history”) a group of Charleston Village volunteers and bloggers stopped in to open the box and maps from the Gillmore family history.

It was truly , for me, like watching children on Christmas morning, the excitement as each map was unrolled, the archivists with their gloves carefully holding corners and gently handling the items as if they were thousands of years old . Greater care could not have been taken if they had unearthed a treasure from ancient Egypt . This was Lorain’s history , young though it is, in the grand scheme of time. Delight- as some recognized their family information in the first phone book, the street maps and city directories telling of long forgotten family history .
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Newspapers, crumbling, but still telling a tale ,
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faded pictures of the movers and shakers , of homes that were loving cared for such as the Gillmore home itself – a testament that still stands on the corner a hat tip to Lorain’s past
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Writing back of Gilmore home photo O . H. Gillmore 403 Oberlin Avenue , Lorain Ohio
4th and Oberlin Elizabeth McKay Gilmore and children Frank ( lin?) Aura (/) McKay on porch and dog Pug (?)


A little shade tree planted with care

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was still growing there – but no longer – taken down April 2012 to make way for the utilities

all spread out under the eager and shining eyes of those that care for the history mystery that is unraveling and telling a forgotten tale …. to be continued

April 28, 2014 at 1:52 am 4 comments

Lorain- history- Changes – kicked to the landfill

403 OberlinPart One

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/ch-ch-ch-changes-herstory-lorain-history/

Part Two

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/ch-ch-ch-changes-herstory-lorain-history-part-2/

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So what was most precious to Peggy – her family’s history – ( or what is left of it) resides in my dining room for the moment . The papers are fragile and faded , newspaper articles and hand written notes crumbling . How much more ended up in the garbage of house clearing doesn’t bear thinking about. What will happen to her house is in limbo for the moment. Some time in the next few days we will gather and go through what little was left to see what we can catalogue and keep.

It is par for the course as Lorain’s and Lorain County ‘s history makes another trip to the landfill.

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Thanks to Col. Matt Nahorn and the New Indian Ridge Museum

http://newindianridgemuseum.org/about/the-museum/

not everything goes to the landfill. Little bits of history are carefully preserved -

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Col. Nahorn stands in the space that the front door once occupied at the Capt. Aaron Root House.
Photo Source New Indian Ridge Museum


“We were able to salvage an original stair tread from the front main staircase; handmade bricks from a chimney; square nails; a couple of wood pieces from the wood lath; an old metal light fixture; a while porcelain door knob; some slate from the roof; some molding; and two oak thresholds from inner doorways.

Photo Dan Brady

Photo Dan Brady

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2014/04/capt-aaron-root-house-guerrilla.html

Many of these items will comprise a new display at the Museum and act to document this local historic structure. We are very excited to report that we will be able to use the stair tread that we salvaged from the main staircase in the Capt. Aaron Root house, in the restoration project for the staircase in the Shupe house. (Of course, the tread will need much work with sanding, staining) So, soon we’ll be walking upon one of the steps that the Roots walked upon!”

http://newindianridgemuseum.org/articles/items-salvaged-from-capt-root-house/

There are so many houses now trucked off to the landfill whose significance and historical worth to this community are now buried with the plastic bags full of a throwaway society- all in the name of progress.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/sorry-abe-it-is-george-that-counts/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/05/04/forgotten-now-gone-part-two/

Captain Samuel Flint home

Captain Samuel Flint home

Then

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Now

and now Photo Mark Teleha

and now Photo Mark Teleha

what is left displayed at The New Indian Ridge Museum

what is left displayed at The New Indian Ridge Museum

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/history-mystery-one-mans-tourism-anothers-flower-bed/

TO BE CONTINUED

April 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm 2 comments

CH..ch…ch Changes- Herstory- Lorain-History Part 2

Part One

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/ch-ch-ch-changes-herstory-lorain-history/

Peggy
Peggy Gillmore has, like most of us will and those who have gone before, ended up with but a few lines in a local paper

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/morningjournal/obituary.aspx?pid=169880019

Yet there is so much about Lorain, and the founding of Lorain then Black River, Charleston Village in those few lines

“Ms. Gillmore was a sixth generation member of the Gillmore family who came from Massachusetts to settle in Lorain in 1810. Peggy loved researching the history of her family and Lorain”

Yes, she was the last living descendent in Lorain of one of the founders of Lorain.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/lakeview-revisited-2008/

It is true she loved her family history , was proud of their accomplishments and fought to preserve it.
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Twice she fought City Hall and developers from taking the centuries old green space donated by her family -
Gillmore Donation ( newspaper cutting 1925)

now known as Veteran’s Park” – first a parking lot in the 1970′s and then Condos for Cole and John Veard and Foltin in 2005-6.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/veterans-memorial-park-fini/

I met Peggy when we moved into “my” “this old house” just 6 houses down the block.

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We shared a love of history, neighborhood, theatre and art. I spent many hours over the years on her front porch and on the phone chatting about Lorain. Peggy, knew all the stories of these old houses , who was who and spoke of people long ago as if they still walked and lived in the neighborhood she knew so well.
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Peggy wanted to do more and

“I must get to that trunk of papers in the attic” “I have to get this all down” I need to get this house on the Historical Register

but age and ill-health precluded her from accomplishing that goal . Her house has become just another old house destined for what is unknown- although Peggy wanted it maintained and kept in the family, it is now unclear if that will be the case.

So why should we , in Lorain, care about just another old house.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/these-old-houses-are-talking-are-we-listening/

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We don’t care about the Wilford- Bartenfeld House,

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/civil-war-letters-fannie-gilmore-lorain/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/capt-wilford-a-hero-of-the-inland-seas/

or any of the other homes that have a history in this old neighborhood.
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http://pointingthecannon.blogspot.com/2012/01/slattery-house.html

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/01/own-one-of-houses-on-vintage-postcard.html

They , their links to heroism , contribution to country are not embraced by the majority of this community . They too, like the contents of previous owners lives are kicked to the curb.

Those items, precious to those that live with them and their memories, become just trash to be disposed of as quickly as possible. It broke Peggy’s heart to see what was happening to her beloved trees, in fact just few days after her death they came and cut down the ones she was fighting to save. Their stumps mute testament to her loss of the fight.

All was not lost, although I know there was and is probably so much more that has ended in a landfill, what is left is just a few items of Lorain’s history reverently guarded by the last of Gilmore’s of Lorain are taking up a small space in my dining room.

TO BE CONTINUED ……….

April 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm 4 comments

CH..ch…ch Changes- Herstory- Lorain-History

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Changes , some happen quickly and some take years. I have given a lot of thought lately to this old neighborhood- old by US standards but just a baby in the life of other communities. 207 years isn’t very long in the grand scheme of “community history”- But that doesn’t make Lorain’s history any less worthwhile or fascinating than ancient or medieval history.

history (n.) “relation of incidents” (true or false), from Old French estoire, estorie “chronicle, history, story”

Modern French histoire),

from Latin historia “narrative of past events, account, tale, story,”

from Greek historia “a learning or knowing by inquiry; an account of one’s inquiries, history, record, narrative,”

from historein “inquire,” from histor “wise man, judge,” from PIE *wid-tor-, from root *weid- “to know,” literally “to see”

Readers of this blog, know for years I have been trying to get something done about an “old house” on 4th and Hamilton.
http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/welcome-to-fairyland-aka-in-the-pink-lorain-ohio/Hamilton Ave and 4th

The house, empty and decaying for many decades, was still owned by the same family whose forefather built the structure approximately 130 years ago.

HIS story and those of the family are gone now. It was bitter-sweet as I watched the house from my den window being taken down – an empty shell that had met my gaze these 40 years . I watched, through the seasons, as time and weather took the toll on her. Finally once again, the land where she stood for 130 years is now as it was the day before her foundations were dug into the virgin earth as part of a growing village.
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I wondered, as the bulldozers and dumpsters were positioned to receive this old home, why the owner had apparently not respected the home leaving it open to the elements and decay for decades . This dwelling was part of his story and history too apparently wasn’t important enough to preserve or care about. But then- I have also wondered why Lorain and her “story” is only embraced by a few and even then not until the late 70′s and 80′s did Lorain have any formal group gathered to preserve anything from her birthing.

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Black River Historical Society Now Lorain Historical Society

http://www.loraincityhistory.org/

I suppose coming from England, where it was part of my growing up, to know and be taught our history and local history – celebrate our “story”, the homes and dwelling places of our heroes and the not so heroic it is part of who I have become . I am part of the heritage of my kind and I have great pride in the story. .
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Lorain has become for me on par with “American Tea”. Sorry, but maybe it was because you dumped the tea in the harbor and so it was considered “traitorous” drink :( Whatever the explanation the majority of Americans fail to make a decent cup of tea…. dunking tea bags and tepid water does not a decent cuppa make.

Lorain’s homes of “story” have become that beverage in my mind…..tepid water and weak – a mere semblance of what should be – preferring the new beverage of “moving forward ” coffee.

http://www.smittenbybritain.com/americans-are-lost-at-tea/

As more of Lorain’s “tangible” past disappears or is lost to memory and archives – I am saddened.

Peggy Bic 2007

Recent events within this – Lorain’s oldest neighborhood – and the treasures of one becoming tomorrow’s trash to others both in my personal experience and also the loss of the last living history connection to one of Lorain’s founding fathers has deeply saddened me…..

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2014/03/peggy-jean-gillmore-1924-2014.html

To be continued …………..

April 7, 2014 at 11:17 am 3 comments

The Hat – Time for Passing- if you agree

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Part One-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/the-chair-of-wom-pass-the-hat-part-one/

Part Two- http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/the-chair-and-the-captain-cvsi-lorain/
Part Three- http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/the-captain-and-the-hat-cvsi-lorain/
Part Four- http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/catching-up-with-the-hat-cvsi-lorain/
Part Five- http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/the-hat-and-the-tour-guide-cvsi-lorain/
Part Six- http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-hat-the-recent-history-charleston-village-soc/

Part Six of this series broke down our Annus Horribilis of 2005. I wont go into such detail for the ensuing years just our Highlights
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The 2006 Charleston Village Annual report can be found here http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/feature.shtml?f=252

We raised the funds for the ” Archway Gates “ and had them made and installed for Charleston Pioneer Cemetery.

Stopped the importing of RSO’s for profit and one of the founding members of the Lorain Neighborhood Watch Council and more all with funding from the public , in kind donations and volunteers.

BRB Resolution

The annual report for 2007 found us even busier http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/feature.shtml?f=292
researching the saving of Veterans Park in 2006- we found this now, City of Lorain, Charleston Village and Black River Township ( settlement) was actually going to celebrate its 200th anniversary. In order to keep record and history “straight ” we chaired and formed a Black River Bicentennial for August 2007- 140 volunteers and dozens of organizations came together. Proclamations speeches and all sorts of happening took place on that August Day, including the first of the carvings at Settlers’ Watch You can find photos of the events here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12219598@N06/

Diane Medina and Charleston Village Society won the Lorain County Beautiful Award for the Charleston Pioneer Cemetery

Community Revitalization Award – Any projects that are community driven and impacts neighborhood revitalization such as: Habitat for Humanity or downtown revitalization Projects:WINNER Charleston Cemetery, Lorain

Annual Report for 2008

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/charleston-village-annual-report-2008/

Once again with donations and recycle funds ( the wrought iron fences around the Charleston Pioneer Cemetery were installed and the flag was raised
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As always all funds designated for each project received 100% of that designation

2009 report found here –

http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/feature.shtml?f=330

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I was away dealing with my own Annus Horribilis and the loss of my son who designed our logos, street signs and so much more , but the Co – chairs took on board my jobs and commitments as well as their own commitments.
We held the opening ceremony on August 1 2009 for Settler’s Watch

http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=390

following the design plans once of Gary Fischer who also designed the cemetery gates
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and those wonderful volunteers also found time to celebrate Lorain’s 175 birthday party
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To Be Continued

March 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

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