Archive for June 29, 2008


Buster’s Mom has some thoughts on “Presenting Lorain” found here

June 29, 2008 at 12:42 pm 1 comment

Fare thee well – Darlene

I am truly sad today, I have just read of the passing of Darlene Brown. photo Morning Journal
Darlene Brown’s life story ends at age 73
By The Morning Journal Staff

When I first came to Lorain I was introduced to Darlene by Lou Keppler and Jean Schaeffer and through the years Darlene was so helpful in publicizing the stories of the neighborhood.

Darlene took front and center stage at the the Black River Bicentennial last August.

She was very proud of the fact that her great uncle Milton Poet a runaway slave was an integral part of the success of the settlement that was Lorain

Then this week a conversation with Darlene Brown (longtime columnist for the Morning Journal) came the fascinating story of her Great Uncle – Milton C. Poet who died February 9th, 1918: Lorain Times Herald (front page)

Milton Carey Poet, 76 one of Lorain’s oldest and mostly wide known colored residents died at 3 am. today following an illness of two weeks.He had lived in Lorain for 50 years.

Born a slave at Richmond VA. on August 15, 1842, he fled north at the opening of the Civil War, and as a boy of 19 attached himself as an orderly to Major Boyington, Port Huron Michigan, widely known in Lorain, and served through the entire four years of the war.

At the close of the war he went to Detroit and four years later came to Lorain. At that time Lorain was but a country village without railroads and with a stage coach operating between here and Elyria. Later he cleared the land for the B&O round house and assisted in laying out many of the city’s present streets. For eight years he held the city contract for garbage collection.

He was the owner of four dwelling houses on 7th Street and six acres of land in Black River Township. He is survived by his wife, Celia Poet, two daughters, Ida Phenix, Scranton PA, Lillian Bond Cleveland and two sons, Joseph, Flint, Mich. and Charles, Lorain, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive. Funeral arrangements will be held at the residence 324, Seventh Street. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Parkside Chapel, Rev Smith of the Second Baptist Church in charge, Burial in Elmwood Cemetery.

Note: Mr. Poet also owned the farmland upon which stands now the “old” Lorain High School until 1870 when a site at 602 Washington Avenue was purchased for $2000 and a four-room, two-story brick building was completed by Contractor Stanley Griffin at a cost of $15,000. This structure was part of what was known, until 1995, as Lorain High School …The History of Lorain High School

Darlene was a gentle and loving soul and we have lost so much in her passing.

June 29, 2008 at 11:13 am 3 comments



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