Posts tagged ‘Charleston Village’

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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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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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

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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.
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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

The OLD Lady and the not so Rockin'( chair) Rover -Lorain (e)

UPDATE: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/16/lorain-gears-roverfest/

It is official I am old – the pronouncement came on WMMS
this morning with ” I think she is an old lady” and she has ( you can almost see the eye roll in the inflection) she has a “BLOG”- what visions that conjured up this morning- Well this little blog ( of 20 readers or so- worldwide ) is not like the communication giants of “radio”. Can you imagine a “blog” written by an old lady? What is the world coming to?

http://www.roverradio.com/

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So how did this little ( well not so little) old lady become the topic of discussion on a WMMS morning show? A show geared to the demographics of the 18- 34 year old male called Rover’s Morning Glory? Now Rover, ( Shane French) for the sake of my not in the loop- older readers does not host a flower or horticultural program – The Morning Glory of Mr. French or Rover refers to

Rover’s Morning Glory –( Morning Glory being the double entendre for morning wood- or the vernacular- piss proud
1.(informal) An involuntary erection that a man has upon waking up.(erection on waking): morning glory, morning tent
the morning Glory morning wood.
morning wood (plural morning woods)Synonyms
(erection on waking): morning glory, morning tent.
Insert a blush here from the geriatric grandmother

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Mr. French,his “Morning Glory” – the show , the City of Lorain and the Port Authority are bringing to Lorain an event called RoverFest

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140602/roverfest-comes-to-lorain/1

I can understand the excitement on the 7th floor of City Hall – after all most of the staff including our Mayor meet the demographics of “the expendable income 18-34 male group” – No wonder the “excitement” generated that morning was hard on happy . The Port males are a little out of that age group- but hey I am sure they remember their Glory days!

So what does this “elderly woman” who seemingly has lost interest in the pee proud moments of the male anatomy a long time ago, care a jot for what Mr. French and his show creates, discusses or the people who tune in every morning. Hopefully their pee proud erection has been relieved so they can keep their brains on the news of the day concerning Lorain ( not Lorain with an e) .

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The marketing of this event reflects their target audience and whey hey- “there will be asses shaking and panties dropping as 13-15 thousand “jump jockeys and their friends will be descending or in the words of the co- host “invading Lorain” on the Black River Landings on July 26th.

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I took issue with the “way” Lorain was being portrayed and stated as such to the Port and to the administration and various others in an email sent after the announcement.


As one listened to the big announcement this morning for the Rover Fest “event ‘ of “asses shaking and panties dropping ” ( how lovely just the picture of Lorain I want to associate with Black River Landing and Lorain) ( for those in doubt that was sarcasm) the organizers stated this was costing them a great deal of money – so just how much is the Port/ City of Lorain getting for this event – apart from the obvious foot traffic for downtown as the crowd spills over probably looking for their lost panties . How many police officers and who is paying them? Just curious color me too old to shake anything but my head Loraine ”


(ED NOTE) According to Rick Novak of the Port Authority The Port of Lorain is garnering $5,200.for the rental of the facility plus utilities

and from the Mayor-

All security costs will be covered by Rover. A private security company will be here in conjunction with the Lorain Police Department as well as other local police departments. Lorain Police are putting together an action plan for the event and can certainly include some of your requests for security in the plan as it is being drafted. We would rather go too far with security and staffing than not far enough.
While this event is on Lorain Port Authority grounds, it is the city’s responsibility to support the event by making sure we dedicate the necessary resources to safety and protection of those attending as well as those living in close proximity. As you think of more ideas, please share them as we want to make sure we have all angles covered. I live in Harborwalk and I, along with my neighbors, share many of the same concerns.
Thanks,Chase

And that started the saga of my radio debut or ‘ How to get on the top rated show for the pee proud promotions.’
My other hat is Co – Chairperson for Charleston Village Society ( no wonder I am old before my time ) trying to promote this “old” neighborhood in a way that reflects past “glory” in the real sense of the word.

http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/

To that end – the Executive Board wrote a letter to the Port – the City and the Chief of Police found here-

CVSI RoverFest request

A follow-up interview in the Chronicle Telegram found here : http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/06/03/roverfest-presents-logistical-challenge-lorain/
drew some picturesque consternation from the radio show hosts that morning. A phone call from the show which I declined to take ( read hanging up).
I am not so silly in my dotage as to get into any dialogue on air with those that appeal to the lower half of the male anatomy on their terms.
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Today , once again, finds me adding to the ratings and changing the demographics of the Glories of the Morning. Mr. French ( hmm well maybe that is the problem old readers will remember there are some issues with the “French” ;) – called me after his show yesterday- the conversation was lengthy – well those that know me well know I could “talk for England”-

Mr French had left his radio persona ( on air character of Rover ) on the floor of the studio and had become the “businessman” marketing his event to the ‘other demographic”. The upshot was Mr. French and his event would address our concerns with regard to the parking issues in the community – the security and involve the community in the plans.
I for my part wished the event well- I hope it is a success for the organizers and for the City and Port- This type of “marketing of below the waist and making Lorain “proud” is not my way of promoting Lorain but to each his own but I think better of Lorain and what she could be but if this is the “bar” that is set so be it.

by  Chris Ritchey

by Chris Ritchey


As an aside, I had written a rather scathing blog post re the event that did ridicule and made usage of sarcasm- but since Mr. French , The Port and the Mayor had all confirmed they would take our concerns very seriously I have held that from publication as I said I would . ( although parts of it are in this post :)

And remember you are never too old to be part of the 18-34 pee proud crowd- all you will need is 25 dollars tickets for RoverFest 2014 go on sale Friday at 7 AM!

http://store.roverradio.com/

Geriatrics Welcome I am reliably informed but just remember the words of MY grandmother - A STANDING COCK KNOWS NO CONSCIENCE”

June 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm 30 comments

Settlers’ Watch Carvings Update -May

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As regular readers are aware, the volunteers of Charleston Village, with the help of the City of Lorain have started to take down the carvings off the tree lawn at Settlers’ Watch.

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These carvings have to be refurbished and refinished before they can be replaced in and around Settlers’ Watch and Eric Barnes Heroes Walk.

The first carving- The Anchor- was taken down on a very cold day in February-

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140226/lorain-settlers-watch-park-to-be-spruced-up-for-spring-with-video

taken to a warehouse

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and we waited for spring and enough warmth to use the chemicals needed and also for the volunteers ( spearheaded by Frank Sipkovsky) to be able to work.

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After

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There is more to this than one might think, stabilizing rods, filler and sanding galore needs to be done.

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If anyone would like to donate some time and talent helping to get these 4 carvings refurbished and finished- we could use the help. email cvsilor@yahoo.com if you can help or call 440-246-6046

We have to move The Heron – donated by Oster Homes, The Portside Lorain sign ( grant)- The Anchor in progress ( also a grant) and the Lorain Lighthouse – donated by Port of Lorain Foundation- Lakeland Healthcare Corp.

May 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Freedom- The Pride- The Glory – Remember

Who  I  Am - Chris Ritchey

Who I Am – Chris Ritchey


The sky was robin egg blue this morning, the lake kissed with silver and gold. The air cooling to those of fevered brow. A day of glory, when all young men and woman who have given their everything are to be thanked for giving us the peace of this day with the freedom to enjoy. Their voices are stilled , their presence hidden from our world and yet they speak and are heard in the laughter of each child who is without fear of living in this city on the shore. Their presence can be felt when the voices of debate are raised in opposing ideas.

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This is their gift to us who remain- we must not forget , we must cherish the gift of life they have given to us and maybe just maybe if we are quiet and still in our reflection as their symbol of country is flown against the robin egg blue sky they will hear our gratitude and know their sacrifice was not in vain.
Eric Barnes Heroes Walk

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/eric-barnes-heroes-walk-the-update/

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Admiral King Tribute Site- Purple Heart recipient Don Fugitt United States Army raises the flags with Ernest Ritchey US Air force

Bruce Horner

Army 1st Sgt. Bruce Horner – Son of Ed and Betty Horner
Died June 1, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 127th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Support Command, Fliegerhorst, Germany; died in Seddah of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire.
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Airman 1st Class Eric Barnes – Son of Tom and Shary Barnes
Died June 10, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; died as result of an improvised explosive device attack on an Air Force convoy about 100 miles south of Baghdad.

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Marine Lance Corporal David Hall son of Delmar and Lulu Hall
Died August 31, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 31 in Garmsir, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.
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Marine Lance Corporal Joseph “Ryan” Giese son of Larry Giese and Connie Wascovich
Died January 7, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 7 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
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Louis Torres

Sgt. Louis Torres son of Albert Torres and Armanda Ellis. who was fatally injured Aug. 6 in Afghanistan Sgt. Torres lost his battle with his wounds on August 22, 2012 .Torres was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

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May 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm 2 comments

Pride Day- Lorain? Settlers’ Watch CVSI

Update: Thanks to Charleston Village volunteer Juan Perez – the sign( made by one of the -now deceased- residents) that had to be removed from the 5th street triangle due to the road and utilities work- is back. Juan will be painting the newly installed sign and planting soon. Thank you ( a story will be following ) on the sign. We take pride in our villagers

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Pride Day apparently was this year’s Elyria Pride Day as per the Morning Journal headline

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140517/volunteers-bring-their-best-to-elyria-pride-day

Volunteers bring their best to Elyria Pride Day

Interesting that – considering ( if the MJ remembered their own history) the Morning Journal was the main instigator of Pride Day Lorain in 1994 started after South Lorain held their own clean up day . The MJ thought it was a great idea and ran with it , organized it and sponsored it.
IT then morphed to take in the county .

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/05/18/hundreds-spruce-sites-across-county-rain/

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However no matter how you cut it it is a good thing to carry on in fact Pride In Lorain started in the long ago with George Wickens
I would like to think his background had something to do with the fact he “noticed things and did something about them”- Pride Day back in the Day- attributable to George Wickens

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/veterans-memorial-park-the-englishman-commeth/

“If the suggestions of the board of trade are carried out, Lorain will have regular days set apart each fall and spring as holiday clean-up days. Health Officer Hug, at the meeting last night spoke of the necessity of such a move. “To those who have occasion to pass the alleys and back yards about the city it becomes at once apparent that the conditions are decidedly unsanitary, unsightly and very offensive to aesthetic natures.

AH the precursor of Lorain Pride Day!!!!

Pride Day Lorain brought with it another “English connection ( besides me) the damnable weather . As I met with the volunteers at Settlers’ Watch it “bloody rained and rained and rained”. Now if we stopped for the rain in the British Isles NOTHING would ever get done- even though this weekend they are experiencing tropical weather sans rains.

The hardy group of volunteers – who are now bearing the dubious title of honorary Englishman for braving natures watery onslaught:

The volunteers from Lorain Rotary, The Eric Barnes family and friends, City workers ( Utilities) ( volunteers off the city clock)) Charleston Village board members, volunteers and the City of Lorain who picked up the bags of trash and provided mulch, the county who supplied equipment.

Thanks to those people and the two mallard ducks that delighted in the puddles we “got it done” – well as far as we could- some planting needs to happen just too wet – The Admiral King Tribute Site will need the marigolds along the borders, The flags will be put out along Eric Barnes Heroes Walk and the Admiral King ship’s mast will fly the colors by Memorial Day . The pictures said it all.
Settlers Watch Lorain Pride Day 2014
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The rain did not deter Lorain Rotarians
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It was like water off a duck’s back!

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as those water warriors plowed on- cutting , weeding mulching, cleaning
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honoring Lorain and this her oldest neighborhood and the young men who died for her and home.
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Finally the sun did come out and here is the result of the efforts of those that “braved a little Scottish Mist” and Lorain once again has lilacs and roses

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/lilacs-of-lorain-and-now-roses-part-6/

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ED NOTE:Thanks so much to those that showed- and those that donated plants and cash. There is still plenty to do when the weather co-operates. This wet “Englishwoman) is proud to know you!!!! Oh and I apologize for the quality of the photos – I only managed to cut half the heads off and the rest were a blurry ( putting that down to the rain ;)

May 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm 2 comments

Lorain Dudes- Spring ( into action)

ridngresFinally Spring is here – we have been locked indoors for too long- Mummy and Nog got desperate to burn off our energy!

Finally time for beachin at Catawba
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We got to play because we cleaned up earlier in the year
Cleaning Grandad Jim’s Lighthouse

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AND YEA!!!! CEDAR POINT OPENED!!!

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Braedyn took mummy on the roller coaster ( or was it the other way around?
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But it is time to clean up , spruce up on Saturday for Lorain Pride Day at Settlers’ Watch, Admiral King Tribute Site and Eric Barnes Heroes Walk – Bring your tools – we will help!
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Settlers’ Watch meet at 8:30 Saturday May 17th – 2nd and Oberlin Avenue Lorain- Lots to do!!

and Braedyn wants to remind you we are still passing the hat!!!! http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/the-hat-consider-it-passed-to-you/

photo Lisa Miller

photo Lisa Miller

These projects all take money and manpower. If you can help with either a cash donation, in kind donation or blood sweat and humor please contact us
Donations made out to Charleston Village Society
C0/ 1127, West 4th Street
Lorain Ohio 44052
cvsilor@yahoo.com – 440-246-6046 ( further information

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May 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

History View- Lorain- Can you see what I see

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Very early handwritten map of Lorain ( then Black River Township/ Charleston Village)

I can’t explain it to those that don’t have “past vision”- it isn’t 20/20 and it isn’t demo vision. Lorain’s history isn’t my history per se my Lorain history is very recent 1st generation- I too, was an immigrant from Britain. Actually Lorain was built upon “immigration” and had an influx of immigrants coming here for work in the last century . Lorain’s history is pretty recent history for those whose grandparents or parents settled here to work at the steel plant, Ford Motor etc .

They settled here because of work. A number of different groups Italians, Polish, Irish, Hispanic apparently clung to their “cultural backgrounds” and although they built homes, worked for the all American dollar, they celebrated and still celebrate their traditions and their homelands heritage. The clubs where they gathered now have for the most part gone the way of http://www.pulselorainmag.com/Main/Articles/Ethnic_Lorain_County_90.aspx Lorain’s older “history” .

In fact, I marveled when I came here as a young bride and was taken to the Royal Canadian Legion as that is where the Brits gathered. Although there weren’t many English, as I remember, some of the “old guard” at the Legion had come as War Brides etc. 1939-45. And in fact only the post commander Jake Verroni (sp) and I had any “Canadian” affiliation whatsoever.

I was welcomed into the Ladies Auxiliary being very young not yet 24 I was totally confused as to what this was all about. Fresh from London and a “happening London” to Lorain was definitely a culture shock. This was not my scene at all but I didn’t want to be impolite to the neighbor that introduced me to “culture” club :)

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Marching down Broadway for parades in a kilt and velvet jacket and very unflattering argyle socks was even more of a shock too my system but you try to fit in in a new country and community and celebrate the traditions of that country and community . I will say the kilt, jacket and socks were soon left behind and community theatre and a small repertoire company in Avon Lake – Chef Henri took up more of my time.

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However, the Pipe Band appealed to my husband and we dug up some Scottish ancestry for him in the way back and beyond ( His name was Ritchey after all) .

Ironically when the Scots were being spotlighted in , I believe 1983, I was the one they approached to chair the Scottish Spotlight Committee for that year. I politely pointed out to the “committee” having an Englishman ( woman) head the Scottish committee and Scottish Culture would be frowned upon by true Scots!

My family and I did get involved and a wee girl( my wee girl) rode upon Nessie as it pulled the float with castles, golf courses, covered in bluebells and heather, dancers and pipers, the front and sides covered in tartan. Only to lose the trophy to the Polish float with a huge picture of the Pope on a flat-bed truck – as the All American judges ( who obviously knew very little about Scottish culture said

there wasn’t enough representation of Scotland.

AHH ethnicity – depends whose is most prominent in the diversity of a community :) Note to the International ( old Guard) Now you know why there was never another float like Nessie-;)

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One day the little girl was asked if she would like to ride on top of the Loch Ness Monster in a parade (the day of the parade the temperature hit 102, a drummer plopped his Glengarry on the little girls head as she rode 10 foot in the air on top of Nessie. (What was that mother (me) thinking?) The resulting photo did win a National award for the photographer Tom Whittington). Would she also like to learn a dance called the Fling? Everyone thought this sounded like great fun. So began the little girl’s journey of the dance

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Today , there is no longer a Canadian Legion and a lot of the ethnic based clubs have also gone . I could never understand why this community and now indeed the USA needs to be hyphenated – Polish- American, Scottish- American – Mexican- American what is so wrong with just being American?This was strongly brought home to me when taking my citizenship three years after arrival that according to the Department of Immigration and Naturalization there is no such thing.

My thinking is back in the early days of Lorain the settlers were content in just having people of any nationality around to help build the cabins , cut the trails and hunt for food, prayed to their God all together in a little meeting-house, sent their children to learn from one another and with one another. Those early were not a hyphenated community – they couldn’t afford the luxury of being “hyphenated” .
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Lorain still celebrates her ethnic diversity each year with the Lorain International Festival. More and more I have noticed the diverse ethnic clubs and churches of the past have in the Bazaar itself been replaced by commercial concerns and the selections have narrowed .

Ironically at the Celebration of Trees for the Light Up Lorain , as CVSI were decorating the “Lorain” tree with lilacs and heritage of Lorain’s past

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/lilacs-of-lorain-and-now-roses-part-6/

I was taken to task by the lady trimming one of the Hispanic trees for not following the international flavor of the trees -

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Lorain 365

What nationality of tree is that she asked – you are supposed to be celebrating Lorain’s ethic community.

I smiling pointed out to her without the settlers and captains etc carving a community ( as one people) -the “sufferers” -there would not be an “International Community” at all to trim trees

to be continued……….

May 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm 6 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

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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

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