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Henery is anticipating – anticipation

April 30, 2008 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Lakeview – revisited- 2008

that woman by Loraine Ritchey

I attended a Lorain Growth breakfast meeting Friday at the Rose Cafe – Lakeview Park. The park is looking superb, every week another vista for the eye to feast upon and the soul to renew. I mentioned to Brian Goldthorpe, the park manager, how wonderful the park looked it certainly is a place of “perpetuation”.

As I looked out over Spring in Lorain through the gentle rain that was giving life to all things green and growing I thought of Ms. Gilmore and her ancestors who carved out this special place on Lake Erie and how I would like to bring the last direct descendant of the Gilmore line to speak with him about the family who first settled the “Gilmore farm”. Therefore I think it is time to revisit here on this blog the history behind this beautiful space.

What a different perspective those first vistitors to the land on lake – the deep, dark forests obscured the shoreline , the land untouched by the hand of man.

Edmund Gilmore, the first owner of the property, at the age of 48 left Massachusetts on foot to walk the 600 miles to what is now Lorain with his son Aretus. Edmund Gilmore in 1811 purchased 1,000 acres of property in the new settlement.log cabin

Edmund Gilmore built a log cabin on his land upon arrival, and after a home was ready,
left his son Aretus in charge, returned to Chester, Mass for the rest of his family, returning with them by ox team in June 1812. They lived on this farm for the rest of their lives. Edmund built the first frame barn in Lorain County, Ohio Genealogy of the Lorain, Lorain County-Ohio, Branch of the Gilmour-Gilmore Family , New Hampshire Line. Compiled by Charles Hamel ( Revised 1954)

Imagine, as you enjoy the beautiful new Bath House, wander down to the lake to feast your eyes on a Lake Erie sunset, the probable first home of Edmund Gilmore to which he brought his wife Elizabeth in 1812
Pioneers-John Buxton

When the rough journey from the east was completed, the next thought was for providing a shelter. The log house, for so many years the only structure seen or attempted in pioneer settlements, has often been described.

In one recorded instance, the family dwelling contained one room eighteen feet square, with greased paper for windows, a door of split boards with strips across, and wooden hinges—not a nail in the whole building; a puncheon, or split-lot floor covered about one-half the ground included in the four walls, no upper floor, and no chimney, except a stone wall built up five feet to keep the fir from the logs.

The protection against intrusion from the outside world in one cabin is thus graphically pictured by the pen of one of its inmates: :

We hung up a quilt, and that, with a big bull-dog, constituted the door.

When the four walls of the home were up, the settler proceeded to “chink” the openings between the logs, using pieces of wood on the inside, and plastering them with mortar on the outside.

During the leisure of the evenings, the inner sides of the logs would be hewed smooth, and the bark removed from the joists above. Sometimes there was an upper loft, and even stairs leading to it, but usually a ladder was the means of communication. In rare cases a sleeping-room would be partitioned off on the ground floor, but generally the bed stood at one end of the sole room, concealed behind chintz curtains, which would often disappear as the question of clothing became more and more pressing. The bedstead was made of smooth, round poles, while elm bark served as cords. Seats, tables and shelves were made as time would allow, and according to the skill of the occupants; occasionally some of these articles had been saved from the breaking up of the old home in the east.

The domestic economy within this family temple was of the most primitive character. A Dutch oven, a couple of kettles and a spider were considered essentials, although many an outfit fell far short even of this idyl of completeness.

Judge Robert F. Paine, of Cleveland, once used these words in describing the home accommodations of his boyhood in Portage County: “We possessed few dishes of any kind. There was a man in Trumbull County who made them of wood, and his advent into the neighborhood would cause more excitement than the establishment of another national bank in Cleveland to-day.

We ate on what we called trenchers, a wooden affair in shape something like a plate. Our neighbors were in the same condition as we, using wooden plates, wooden bowls, wooden everything, and it was years before we could secure dishes harder than wood, and when we did they were made of yellow clay.”

Theodore Wolcott and Gad Hart spent the winter of 1806 in Farmington township. Desiring straw with which to fill their beds, they marched to Mesopotamia, five miles away, and as the woods were so dense that their bundles could not be carried through, they were compelled to travel out of their way a long distance, going along the Warren path to Grand River, and then coming back on the open highway afforded by the ice. The first bed on which Heman Ely, the founder of Elyria, slept, on his arrival in this section, was made of the cloth covering of the wagon in which he came, and filled with straw brought, with the greatest difficulty, from a barn located miles away. Cleveland Memory

to be continued

April 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm 4 comments

MULEY talks Legends

Muley is talking – a legend – The Legend of No. 3

April 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment


Tony  Krasienko

Henery is looking for your thoughts as he ponders 4 months and counting

What were you looking for from him by now?
Is there something that you feel he should have addressed by now? Is there some project that you believe he should have been all over from the git-go?

April 28, 2008 at 12:14 pm 4 comments

Guest Blog – Kelly Boyer Sagert – Creative Beginnings

The world is but a canvas to the imagination. (Henry David Thoreau)

Last month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to talk to the gifted program for 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Irving Elementary School. I talked to them about writing as a way to kickstart their participation in the Young Authors program, wherein each of them would write and illustrate an original fiction or nonfiction book.

Then, last Monday, I visited again to help students who still needed to talk through their stories; the due date for the books was this past Friday.

I was impressed with the creativity that each of these students displayed, plus their willingness to go with the flow when a suggested revision could make their plot or characters or conflict stronger. As the best writing is generally created through rewriting, I have high hopes for these books – and for their authors.

I was also intrigued by the sense of humor shown in their stories. Humor isn’t easy to write, yet there were some lines in their books that made me laugh out loud.

Then, there are the high schools. I had the opportunity to talk to a group of Lorain Admiral King seniors last month and a similar sized group of Southview High School students this month. In these instances, I talked about what to do in high school – and post high school – if wanting to write as a career.

The high school programs were sponsored by the Lorain Rotary Club as part of their STRIVE initiative. STRIVE stands for “Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.” I got some great questions from these students. I hope to someday see their bylines!

May, by the way, is the Creative Beginnings month. How are you going to celebrate?

April 28, 2008 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Kelly Boyer Sagert – The History -The Man – The Pipeyard


Our own Kelly Boyer Sagert has written “ The History of the Negro Leagues” that will be used in Sunday’s Program at the Pipe Yard. You can link to her website here and also a list of books that have been written by Kelly including “Baseball’s All-Time Greatest Hitters: Joe Jackson (Greenwood Publishing, 2004),” can be found at the end of this article


History of the Negro Leagues and the Role of Andrew “Rube” Foster

In February 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster organized the first successful Negro League – called the “Negro National League” – and Foster therefore became known as the “Father of Black Baseball.”

Foster’s triumph came after black baseball players had spent several challenging decades trying to just play ball. America’s original baseball league was the National Association of Base Ball Players (“base ball” was the original spelling of the sport). This league, formed in 1867, banned black players from participating.

By the late 1870s, however, several black players were on the rosters of minor league teams – and, in 1884, a black player was signed to a team in a professional major league. The league was the American Association – and the player was Moses “Fleetwood” Walker of Oberlin, Ohio.

After only a few years of integrated play for a handful of talented stars, though, black players were once again barred from participating in professional baseball. So, they formed all-black baseball teams and “barnstormed,” traveling from town to town, looking for another team to challenge to a game. They got paid by dividing the money that was collected by selling tickets to the game. More than one person tried to organize these teams into a league, but the financial and organizational burdens were too great.

Foster himself was a pitcher, beginning his career with the Chicago Union Giants in 1905, where he chalked up an amazing 51 wins. The following year, he had an astonishing 54-1 pitching record with the Cuban X-Giants. In 1907, he began pitching for the Philadelphia Giants, leaving that team when he accepted a job as the player-manager for the Leland Giants.

In 1910, Foster formed the Chicago American Giants, one of the best black baseball teams in history, sometimes pitching for his team; it is believed that this team won 11 championships.

Then, in 1920, Foster successfully formed a Negro League, the first person to do so. This league consisted of eight teams:

• Chicago American Giants
• Chicago Giants
• Dayton Marcos
• Detroit Stars
• Indianapolis ABC’s
• Kansas City Monarchs
• St. Louis Giants
• Cuban Stars

Rube’s league operated until his death in 1930; the league disbanded in 1931 but it served as a model for the Negro League that formed in 1933.

On April 18, 1946, Jackie Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League, playing a season on their minor league team and then joining the Dodgers in 1947; Robinson won the Rookie of the Year award.

Lary Doby became the first black star in the American League, first playing for the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1947.

Today’s game between Lorain Admiral King and Southview High School, held at The Pipeyard in Lorain, Ohio on April 27, 2008, will be played in honor of all of these men who played baseball for the love of the sport and with passion and conviction – but today’s game will specifically commend Andrew “Rube” Foster and his outstanding accomplishments in the sport of baseball.

Books by Kelly Boyer Sagert
Pop Culture of the 70s (Greenwood Publishing, project release December 2006)

FabJob Guide to Become a Funeral Director (FabJob, 2005), a self explanatory title

Baseball’s All-Time Greatest Hitters: Joe Jackson (Greenwood Publishing, 2004), a look at one of the most talented-and controversial-athletes of our century. To promote this book, she spoke at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and appeared on the ESPN2 program, “The Top Five Reasons You Can’t Blame the Black Sox.”

Birth of Illumination (2001), a work-for-hire book about the rise of the public library system in Toni Morrison’s hometown

‘Bout Boomerangs: America’s Silent Sport (PlantSpeak Publications, 1996), a book that the Australian boomerang coach called “nearly perfect”

April 25, 2008 at 6:11 pm 5 comments

Guest Blog- America’s “Past”-ime at the Pipe Yard

Lorain Pipe Yard

On April 27th, the City of Lorain will host its inaugural Andrew “Rube” Foster Night at the Pipe Yard. The event is a tribute to Rube Foster who founded the Negro National League in 1920. Rube Foster

At 6:45 p.m. Lorain resident, Ernie Nimmons, and several other former Negro League players will be honored. Ernie Nimmons Ernie Nimmons Sandusky High School Year Book

During the program, $500 scholarships will be awarded to four athletes. Area businesses contributed to make these scholarships possible.
Cross-town rivals Lorain Admiral King and Lorain Southview play under the lights at 7:00 p.m. These teams will be outfitted in throwback jerseys of the Chicago-American Giants (Admiral King) and the Indianapolis Clowns (Southview). Kohlmyer’s generously donated the jerseys. The evening will be topped off with fireworks.
Besides the program, baseball game, and fireworks, numerous local organizations will be providing displays and activities throughout the evening. Following the game, children will be given the opportunity to run the bases.
Cost for the evening is $5.00 for box seats and $3.00 for general admission. All proceeds will benefit the Pipe Yard.
Join us for this fun-filled, memorable evening!

David Darr
Lorain Parks & Recreation

April 24, 2008 at 11:17 pm 1 comment

Another – You’re Honor-ed

April 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

CRA -Supreme Court Dismisses Chandra’s Motion to Dismiss

Today the Ohio Supreme Court made a decision – The County’s motion to dismiss was dismissed and NOW!

02/13/08 View Motion to dismiss
Filed by: Stewart, Mark

04/23/08: Denied
04/23/08 DECISION: Alternative writ granted; evidence due within 20 days; relators’ brief due within 10 days of evidence; respondent’s brief due within 20 days of relators’ brief; and relators’ reply brief due within 7 days of respondent’s brief.

April 23, 2008 at 10:05 pm 8 comments

LorainE on Lorain

ain't easy
that woman by Loraine Ritchey contact

Sharing a name, if not a birthright, has over the years given me a sense of belonging and right to ownership in this town. When people denigrate Lorain(e) or say “Lorain(e) sucks!” I wonder are they talking about the town or me?

The past week I have had a tune running through my head – you know the one you can’t get rid of – that comes back to haunt- I found myself humming it as I drove along the streets looking at foreclosures, pot holes – garbage and the news of a police dept in trouble, cra posturing and plant closings. I passed by the old factory buildings , the Ohio Edison Plant -tried walking on a sidewalk next door which reminded me of how long we have had to put up with it and my mood was dour and the lyrics of the song “Dirty Old Town” stayed with me for yet another while .

I found my love by the gasworks croft
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
Kissed my girl by the factory wall
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

I heard a siren from the docks
Saw a train set the night on fire
Smelled the spring in the smokey wind
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

Clouds are drifting across the moon
Cats are prowling on their beat
Screams a girl in the street at night
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

I’m going to make a good sharp axe
Shining steel tempered in the fire
We’ll chop you down like an old dead tree
Henery Hawk
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

And then the sun came out and the colours that make up my neighborhood .the tree in the yard of my neighbor bringing beauty and fragrance – magnolia

the splashes of sunshine in the forsythia forsythia

and the daffodils dancing in the breeze in my front garden daffodils
a carpet of white violets violets
the pale green of rebirth cloaking the deadness of winter branches.

The young man rehabbing the old house on the corner,
the phone call from 6th street ”

could they paint and spruce up the Charleston Village sign on 5th street,”

Volunteers , who live all around me, taking “pride” in their “dirty old town”- the blue of the sky reflected in the waters of an inland sea-
The Lighthouse by  Henery  Hawk photo Henery Hawk
the people who try to make a difference every day , the ones that stand or sit for Lorain Brian

If you do nothing else for “pride” clean the area from your front door to the middle of your street- such a little task and if every one did that this would help this “dirty old town” called home! Truly a case where ONE can make a difference
May 10-17th is Pride Week in Lorain. Click here to download a commitment form

April 22, 2008 at 9:41 pm 14 comments

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