The Democratic Machine – Lorain Ohio- Politics aside

February 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm 7 comments

We are coming up for another round of elections- Democrats and Republicans etc etc. As readers know I am an Independent and don’t get involved in party politics, but since the Democratic Party has been in the news once again and a changing of the guard
Lorain County Democrats changing Party leadership after March primary election

I thought I would reprise a piece I wrote back on May of 2008 as once again I am hoping that some( especially the Democrats ) will take note of their history in “old Lorain” and possibly try to preserve their own – just a suggestion 🙂

This Old House – ain’t got- or has it? Reprise

by Loraine Ritchey
So what makes a house historic or just an old house? This house for instance at 1118 West Erie – nothing remarkable – you would say.

Over the years people have sided over most of the details that made this a pretty little house but the gables are still there and some of the trim around the windows on the porch, and it does have a pretty little porch.
So what does it matter that the man who gave this city her name Lorain lived and died there ?-

He was one of the incorporators of the village of Lorain ( ED. 1874), and after Washington officials declined to allow the village of Black River to be called Charleston because of the fact that many cities and towns bore that name it was he who suggested that the village be named Lorain after the county . The name was approved in Washington.

Obit August 24th 1914
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or how about you Lorain Democrats you owe him something too:

The history of the party in Lorain was painted in colors that would put the G.O.P followers to shame. Mr. Vorwerck gave a very interesting talk. He told of the standing of the Democrats when he came to this city and that 11 men who professed this political faith at the time were called “copperheads”

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Also During President Cleveland’s first term he ( Vorwerk) was appointed Postmaster.

So that little house with its pretty front porch has seen some history……………..

ED note:
The Copperheads were a vocal group of Democrats in the North (see also Union (American Civil War)) who opposed the American Civil War, wanting an immediate peace settlement with the Confederates. The name Copperheads was given to them by their opponents, the Republicans, because the deadly copperhead snake can strike without warning (unlike a rattlesnake).

They were also called “Peace Democrats” and “Butternuts” (for the color of the Confederate uniforms). The most famous Copperhead was Ohio’s Clement L. Vallandigham.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Grammy  |  February 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the history reminder. So many people in Lorain know nothing about her rich history.

  • 2. Brian  |  February 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I have to agree with Grammy, but the decline of the condition of the home is neither a democrat, nor a republican issue. It is a housing issue. I don’t know exactly where the 1100 block of West Erie is but I am going to drive by it this morning on my way to work.

    If you and your read don’t mind, I will offer up a follow up comment in the coming week.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Actually since the original post the house has been sided but this was more about preserving history and I thought the Democrats would like o be aware of the significance of that house . and I don’t mind…….. 🙂

  • 4. Brian  |  February 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I had a hard time finding the house because I drove by it twice because it sits behind two other houses, like it was in their backyards. This house is a perfect example of the disfunctional housing here in Lorain. It would appear from the road that whatever yard there may have been at one time is now gravel, which isn’t against the law, but creates “enviromental issues” for the neighbors beyond just the dust it creates in the summer. I will try to elaborate more when I get the time.

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Yes it is difficult to find – a home of the chap that gave Lorain its “new name” and one of the founding members of Lorain’s Democratic party and a an immigrant who became a postmaster ( a true example) of the foundations of a new nation based upon the hope of a new life in a new country .is hidden and barely visible unless you look for it…… 🙂

  • […] I will now get off my soap box because I got to vent- I got to put it down in cyberspace and will not hold my breath to see if anything ever comes of my latest vent – after all I have been venting about deteriorating Lorain for years and what has happened ? Nothing much…..just more of the same old same old The Vorweck House […]

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