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Dye- abolical – goose /gander Inspection Process Pt. 4 – Lorain

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I have covered three of the three examples of the process of Inspections, the Building Dept. and the process so far. These complaints have been filed and commented upon by serving “elected officials” not Joe Blow citizen but people whose job of work is to make their city and ward a better place.
fail 1965 E 28th Street- Mayor Krasienko -2008-2012 documented from 2008 –

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/dye-abolical-goose-and-the-gander-inspection-process-lorain/

current state

 1965 28th Street January  2015

1965 28th Street January 2015

fail3620 Clifton Ave – Councilman Eddie Edwards documented since 2012 https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/dye-abolical-goose-gander-inspection-process-pt-2-lorain/
current state
3620 Clifton res
fail 113 Hamilton Ave- Councilman Dennis Flores

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/dye-abolical-goose-gander-inspection-process-pt-3-lorain/

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JULY-2014 found Council Person R. Lucente asking:

Jul 16, 2014
How did all the Houses and Buildings get in such poor condition? As I said
when the Point of sale issue came before Council, We did not need more tools
in our toolbox, We just needed to use the tools we already had in the box.

You might be interested to know Mr. Lucente, although I support Point of Sale – https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-nuisance-and-point-of-sale-ordinance-lorain/
these same thoughts were stated at a meeting of a start up of a “block watch” in 2005 ( 10 years ago) by Lorain County Prosecutors Office George Koury and previous Safety Service Director 1996-1999koury – when asked about what laws could be passed because of the state of the buildings and homes in the 2nd Ward – He said:

There are ordinances already on the books – they just have to be enforced.


Note that was in the cafeteria room of the Old St. Joe’s Hospital and we know what is happening there today don’t we?
http://www.cleveland.com/avon-lake/index.ssf/2015/01/veterans_clinic_moving_from_cu.html

Ironically, at that meeting was Joe Smith who is also running for the position of 2nd Ward Councilman – Joeheadshot
Ward Two is and has been the dumping ground, by banks, RSO’s – poor and substandard rentals and abandoned building as well a ghost town of commerce along Broadway. wews5

It is a big job and so goes the 2nd ward so eventually goes the city!

Well, Councilman Lucente, this might give you an answer as this seems to be indicative of the tools in the box

source Amazon dot com

source Amazon dot com


As mentioned in part three, Mr. Flores, often ,in his emails expressed frustration and concerns as to the timely manner of response by the Building Dept. to his notifications:
One such property 1761 HAMILTON AVE.
On January 25th 2013 _ two years ago Mr. Flores wrote in an email:

“It seems to me that a lot of the work I report falls on deaf-ears…
I’m requesting that a letter be sent notifying the property owner of this nuisance, vacant building.”
Parcel Number: 02-01-006-134-008
Owner Name &
Address: MIHALICK DAVID R & JENNIFER L
6106 GLADYS AVE ELYRIA, OH 44035
Taxes owed : $4,617.23

1761 HAMILTON JANUARY 2013
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Since this blog did its own inspection this week February 9th 2015 - not much has changed, as you see , at the front- the shrubbery has grown in front of the windows and the rear of the property ????? – well more than a “don spout” needed here

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/ode-to-a-downspout-named-don-lorain/

JANUARY 2015- Click on jpg to enlarge
front 1761 Hamilton

rear 1761 Hamilton
Not much in the way of timely intervention then BUT- The Building Dept. did inspect this property- Email: dated FRIDAY THE 13TH -2015 from the Building Dept to Mr. Flores .

ONE YEAR AGO-2014
1/24/2014 Requested for rental inspection.
11 MONTHS AGO
3/8/2014 Home is in foreclosure, not rental.

5/20/2014 Cited for high grass.
7/28/2014 Cited for high grass. (NOTE: high grass???? that is it??? will wonders ever cease!!!!)
I saw a note that it was cited on 3/9/2012 and it was sent to court on 3/20/2013. “NOTE” and what if any was the outcome of that ?????

Two years ago sent to court, and here we are TWO YEARS later – timely indeed- another time- another year passes fail
Is it any wonder why during a council meeting November 2013 discussing the housing in Lorain,Council at Large Dan Given stated:

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20131115/lorain-housing-study-draws-praise-but-citizens-frustrated

Given

I’m still going to spin this thing back; the way we’re doing it now is broken,” Given said. “Issuing citations to property owners now, we might as well be writing them on toilet paper.”

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And yet 4 working days after the complaint by Kathy Dye the Building Dept was on the job ??? Might want to save some of that toilet paper as “it” hits the fan!!!!!

Once again to be continued……….

February 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm 2 comments

Dye- abolical – goose /gander Inspection Process Pt 3 – Lorain

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I have covered 2 of the three examples of the process of Inspections, the Building Dept. and the process so far. These two have been documented to death on this blog and others over the years and whose main complainants have been elected officials.
fail 1965 E 28th Street- Mayor Krasienko -2008-2012 documented from 2008 –

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/dye-abolical-goose-and-the-gander-inspection-process-lorain/

current state

 1965 28th Street January  2015

1965 28th Street January 2015

fail3620 Clifton Ave Councilman Eddie Edwards documented since 2012 https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/dye-abolical-goose-gander-inspection-process-pt-2-lorain/
current state
3620 Clifton res

Part Three : 2nd Ward Councilman Dennis Flores
dennis Flores Mr. Flores is one of the more active and reachable council people .

His 2nd ward also happens to cover a great deal of the oldest housing and building stock in Lorain. He has been tireless over the years he has held office in reporting problem buildings, housing in his ward. I know this because, for the most part, when the issues are in this – Lorain’s oldest neighborhood- I get copied on the emails.

There are hundreds over the years – I lost count . Mr. Flores usually attached photos. Below are just two screen shots of the dozens and dozens submitted to the Building Dept.
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There is an ongoing tone of frustration in his emails as he has repeatedly asked for follow-up status on his complaints. I know “some” have gone through the process. What the status and success of out come of those and the length of time in the system I cannot document at the moment. I have asked the city administration for some answers- none forthcoming as of today. However, I can comment on at least one of the properties, as I was party to the email conversation at the time

113 Hamilton- In September (22nd- 2014) Mr. Flores wrote (edited)

Sep 22, 2014
There are several issues here but how will this get resolved?
Received a complaint regarding 6 raccoons climbing into the hole on east corner side of 113 Hamilton ave.,
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Also there was a handicap ramp built so in a way to block-in a motor home and the vehicle still parking in front-lawn of house.
Please advise, what are the steps to get these issues resolved? Thank Dennis

AK-BIRTHPLACE

The reason I have picked this one is it is an historically significant home. Charleston Village had also received many enquiries / complaints. Since the owner is elderly, has some disability and the home receives some tourist traffic, we tried to help.
2010 Home picture ( Dan Brady http://danielebrady.blogspot.com
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We had cleaned and painted for the owner in October 2011
Home pictured October 2011 after clean -up
AK 2011
However, over the ensuring months, more issues developed – including an unhappy neighbor, who was turned down for rehab loan on their property due to the condition of this property. I said as much in a return email to those to whom Mr. Flores sent the complaint.

This is actually the home that was the birthplace of Admiral King. Charleston Village did help the owner clear, clean and paint the porch two years ago due to the dedication of the Admiral King Tribute Site. Unfortunately things have, as Dennis stated, deteriorated both with the wheel chair “fencing” and the conditions outside and inside the house . We have had complaints from property owners who have been turned down for financing due to the condition of this house , when they had been trying to rehab their property. FYI I sincerely hope something can be done to alleviate this situation as sad as these conditions are in and around our neighborhood what with other historic properties being neglected this one getting to this state is particularly sad………. Loraine Ritchey

I asked Mr. Flores last week to check and see if there had been a recent inspection report on this property and or follow-up and any paperwork since obviously the timely inspection of my property – 4 working days – seemed to set a bar.
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Mr. Flores, double checked personally. There had been some paperwork before his complaint in September ( a building permit for the ramp) a citation in 2010 before we ( the volunteers of Charleston Village) cleaned up the property but it seems Mr. Flores complaint of September 22nd 2014 did not meet with the “speedy” response as did 1127, 4th Street. There wasn’t any paperwork forthcoming showing a follow-up from the Building Dept. officials

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/the-dyenamics-of-inspections-time-lines-lorain/

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WHY??????? should not Mr. Flores’ ( an elected official) complaints be met with the same speedy response as Design Review Board member Kathy Dye?
dye a tribed

to be continued …………

February 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm 7 comments

The DYEnamics of Inspections – Time lines – Lorain

Long time readers of this blog will see the exploration of what works and doesn’t work in the “inspections” of older properties.And I was not alone ! There is a “history” from Mark Teleha’s Lorain County Photographer Blog
Dear Madam Housing Inspector ( the grief wrongly given ) 2008 – it does happen

http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=269

There are even more that I’ve done that still HAVEN’T been addressed. Some that are so horrible, that I can’t imagine why they haven’t been cited yet. How do I know? Because there hasn’t been a damn thing done to any of them since I first saw them.
If what I’m doing is something that you have to complain about, then maybe you’re not doing enough.

My series on the Building Dept.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cowboys-of-lorain-no-more-shooting-blanks-part-7/

dye a tribed
Due to the recent, very quick response by the Building Dept. inspecting my property due to a complaint made by a sitting member of the Lorain Design Review Board Mrs. Kathy( Cathy) Dye

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/ode-to-a-downspout-named-don-lorain/

I decided to see how this “particular inspection” process worked so well and yet our council people have had issues over the years getting the “process” going .

Mrs. Dye of the Lorain Design Review Board took issue with my property and her course of action she stated in
JUNE 2013

WHILE YOU TAKE THIS RUN DOWN BROADWAY I’M GOING TO ALL OF YOUR HOMES.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/on-broadway-downtown-the-44052/
Now I am sure it was just a coincidence the city conducted block inspections that summer. – well maybe- now I am not so sure ;) However, I am pleased to say those on this block who received citations followed up and the block looks so much better. For the record we received no such citations in 2013. That apparently was not good enough for Mrs. Dye .

In her “dye a tribe” against me personally after threatening ( in my opinion) the Mayor ( Ritenauer) and the Director of Building Housing and Planning,( Leon Mason) she started out to prove she was a bigger bitch than I. Oh dear didn’t know it was a contest !

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/city-officials-caught-between-a-ritchey-and-a-dye-place/

ON JANUARY 9th 2015 at 11:56 Kathy Dye – Design Review Board member wrote

…. I can be a bigger bitch than Loraine Ritchie. I know of several things if I spill the beans will cause a huge uproar in this city as well as a large number of law suits.

I was previously asked to keep my mouth shut about all of it but my patience is running thin. Just to also let you know the information I know has nothing to do with any previous city employees……
…..#2, Loraine Ritchie has a lot of “ordinance issues” on the outside of her property, what about the inside?
#4 I understand the mayor is planning to run again. Well after I start sending out my series of letters to all the tv stations, radio stations and newspapers I don’t think it will help his campaign. The ball is now in your hands. If things don’t straighten up immediately with my son and his building the letters will begin next week.

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Once again I was mentioned in her email to the Design Review Board on January 13th 2015. Seems I was still on her mind and she had followed through
January 11th 2015 approximately 1:30 in the afternoon on a Sunday
The Dye tribe were outside my home taking photos of my home and also back in the alley . looking I suppose for my “ordinance issues- not found in 2013 apparently – time for a Dye re-inspection-

Now Kathy, was apparently very upset with Mr. Klinar the Chief Building Inspector and wrote in an email Wednesday January 14th 2015 at 1:19 ( three days after her photo inspection)

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NOTE: I had put in a public records request and answers to some questions which will be in the next post . So far I have just received the citation (sent by Klinar) and this email.

Looking at this email it is the “second call” Mrs. Dye made on my property- did not Mr. Klinar jump quick enough after her first call? Because also, according to this email ,my overgrown growth is a real hazard to the rodent population:

Oh NO!!! first a downspout named Don dangling and discharging on the ground in sub freezing weather and now the rats are in peril!

rodent hazzard

Obviously, having some degree of intelligence I realize what Kathy was trying ,in her way, to say – and for the sake of those reading my garage does not require downspouts- a fact well-known to those inspecting older garages.

However ,it seems Mr. Klinar after this admonishment from Kathy Dye of the Design Review Board, got right on that request as 4 working days later he was out and about with his clip board – snow not holding him back- and we duly received the lone downspout citation and the garage needing to be painted in the spring. As an aside his vehicle that day , as we had been having issues with people doing nefarious things in the alley, was noted as a suspicious vehicle .hmmmmm

The issue here is the time lines and who gets what inspected in a timely manner. The next post will address the power of Dye as opposed to those council people who are still waiting and have been for months and years for inspections and out come of those inspections ……. TO BE CONTINUED

February 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm 8 comments

Ode to a Downspout named Don- Lorain

dye a tribed

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/retribution-dye-a-tribed-the-process/

Ode to a Disconnected Downspout named DON
don spout
Your very existence was officially heralded on a bleak January day
Detachment was noticed and engage you we must- or a price we would pay
To leave your condition unchanged meant more than a citation
Due to your condition so brazen – fix ” Don” come hell or creation
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Through snow drifts and ice we went to inspect our wanton neglect
Your illegal status we wouldn’t be allowed to forget
A week on the Friday was the date we were given
Through fair winds or foul we would be striven
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The date just a week hence to put right our shame
We made the calls to men who were handy in name
Our pleas to come quickly – all came to nowt
“Are you insane?” “In this weather to connect a downspout”
pond
It is true at 13 degrees no water was hitting the ground –
just the pond water falls- heated to run- making a sound
The tarps of blue flapping merrily away
marked the time passing – a loss of a day
up  a ladder
Winter winds forecast to howl – the ground covered in ice and snow
Two intrepid fellows plunged through the bracken and ice- it was a go
They hoisted the drill and attached the offending gutter
Whilst women watching – waited indoors – hearts all a flutter
Until success was at last to be found
no more Don discharging himself on the ground !!!!!!

We can go to bed tonight and turn the light out
Don is connected once more – a righteous downspout
I can think of nothing much finer
than pleasing Inspector Klinar !!!!

present and correct
bHRES

to be continued……

February 1, 2015 at 1:52 am 5 comments

Retribution- DYE a Tribed- The process

dye a tribed

OR SMILE YOU HAVE BEEN DYE- A – TRIBED
( DYE- A TRIBED – TO VISIT RETALIATION AND RETRIBUTION USING A PERCEIVED or POSSIBLE POSITION OF POWER BY THE TRIBE OF DYE)

Part One https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/is-it-worth-it-retaliation-dealing-with-the-dregs/
Part Two:
Oh Horrors upon horrors

“GUILTY as charged by the tribe of Dye- there are apparently CODE VIOLATIONS on my property – since the inspections of 2013.

in the stocks
I am hanging my head in shame because on this 90-year-old house I have ONE downspout that has become disconnected…… I am so sorry Lorain for lowering the property values in Charleston village by my awful violation of the “dreaded downspout debacle”

Please get out the stocks – get the whip to whip my feet- How could I let down the ambiance of this Lorain’s oldest neighborhood ? Please accept my abject apologies

But that is NOT ALL I am guilty of – that 90 year old garage – well shame of shame -it needs painting ( as readers were aware) and was in need of repair when my son went to help his father to do so -Unfortunately cancer and grief got in the way-
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/march-3rd-feeling-the-energy-chris-ritchey/Hard signature

no excuse -everyone has problems – the homeowner has to realize the responsibilities of owning a home or a building.
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Hands up ! I am totally guilty – bring out the bread and water and slap me silly I deserve the shame of the “shedding garage”. Come to think about it my husband is the one in need of bread and water !

Actually , we have until spring to paint it – hopefully it is a warm April…. but it will be done ( as it was already in the plan) I so want to adhere to Lorain’s Building codes -I have groused about them long enough.
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And.. that presented a problem, as we know, because one of the many buildings I took issue with was the son of Kathy ( Cathy ) Dye and his “Kharisma “( favor freely given) 418 Broadway building and his documented violations that were a hazard to the community WHICH TOOK MONTHS to go through the process -which included alligators( Caymans) theft of over 14 thousand dollars of gas and illegal hookups and a tax bill of delinquent taxes since his ownership of 2010 totaling $14,650.41 cents.
Heck I didn’t even mention that “chatty cathy” herself of Lorain Design Review Board was behind by $1,807.92.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/the-dye-is-set-a-sign-of-trouble-lorain/

No, I just reported what was in the media and the inspection reports showing there were various issues but the “dye was cast” and a diatribe spewed forth in the form of emails- we will get back to that in another part to the series.
and the threat made in a previous post to this blog .
WHILE YOU TAKE THIS RUN DOWN BROADWAY I’M GOING TO ALL OF YOUR HOMES. (Dye)

Note: it will be interesting to see when I get the answers to my Public Records Request just whom Java Lady ( aka Kathy Dye) reported – just me or the whole block? I wait with bated breath.

Sorry neighbors – guilt by association :( and of course it seems the Kathy has much more clout than I ( could it be because I don’t spill beans but cook them?). After all it took me 38 YEARS to get something done about the house on the cornerhttps://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/welcome-to-fairyland-aka-in-the-pink-lorain-ohio/
heneryhamilton Well its lone downspout was connected – there was that! Maybe “Chatty Kathy” can let us in on her “protocol” for getting the Building Dept to “move quickly” ? I am sure other complainants such as council people , might be interested ;)

Of course this whole situation of my non compliance – the “dreaded downspout debacle” was brought about by Debbie Dye – the photographer -and her mother Kathy Dye of the Design Review Board doing their “tit for tat” on Sunday January 11th 2015 at approximately 2 pm. by sitting outside my house and driving up and down the alley taking photos in order to “catch me” in non- compliance”.

And to my undying shame we have been cited for a lone disconnected downspout and a garage in need of paint…. no alligators, illegal gas hook-ups and a building considered dangerous to one’s health

Dye affidavit

If they did but know it they have done me a huge favor _ sorry “catty dye” I have been nagging my husband for two years to paint the garage – Do you do basements????

All joking aside there are some questions that have to be answered as to enforcement time lines and retribution.

In the next few posts we will explore the system and most importantly what I consider coercion – if not worse – visited upon city officials and elected officials and “using” the complaint process for private vendettas

Note: I am waiting for information requested under a public records request and until then this blog will- as the Old Wom Blog used to say- be getting into our Way Back machine…………..

To be continued

January 29, 2015 at 11:40 pm 11 comments

Is it worth it? Retaliation -dealing with the dregs

Who I Am  by  Chris Ritchey

Who I Am by Chris Ritchey

“Nothing should be hidden or untouchable , if it is your truth and you stand behind it – no one should be able to silence you”- Christopher D. Ritchey

I have over the years written a great many posts about “freedom of speech” “freedom of choice” and advocacy. There are over 1,400 posts on this blog alone ( some in draft form) in the past 7 years.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/freedom-of-speech-usa-really-pt-4/

“But as I watched the bully beat of on going editorials, letters to the editor been there before , media and facebook comments -my son’s words kept playing over and over in my head .. KNOWING NOTHING I WOULD SAY WOULD CHANGE A DAMNED THING . Why should I ? Because as one person’s opinion is silenced by the weapons of embarrassment, and ridicule- 10 others look and learn the lesson and walk away- and that my friends is the insidious beginning of the death of free speech!”

I have also written a great many posts with regard to our housing situation , https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/category/lorain-multi-property-owners/
the deterioration of our neighborhoods and our business district in this city called Lorain.

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http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-lorain/60-percent-of-downtown-loran-empty-hopes-of-rezoning-as-entertainment-district-to-breath-new-life

I wrote a seven part series exactly two years ago about the Building Dept. that is Lorain (you can find links to the previous posts in the series in this part 7)

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cowboys-of-lorain-no-more-shooting-blanks-part-7/

cowboys
I am pleased to say things have tightened up – we now have Point of Sale –
Vacant and Foreclosed property registration,
http://www.cityoflorain.org/forms/
However , what is known as Broadway Business District ( Waterfront District) continues to deteriorate – the process of inspections etc takes quite a long time because they have to get it right. We now have more inspectors but considering the “state ” of this city and her building stocks it will take time and time is not on our side when it comes to these buildings.

Rick Lucente 6th ward councilman said in an email to fellow council people and the administration in July 2014 in response to Dennis Flores complaint about a property cited – one of George Schneider’s

Jul 16, 2014
How did all the Houses and Buildings get in such poor condition? As I said
when the Point of sale issue came before Council, We did not need more tools
in our toolbox, We just needed to use the tools we already had in the box.
Example is the old Eagles Café on the corner of East 30th and Grove Ave
which is a main access in to the city of Lorain.
I believe the Point of sale helps but we should of never let things get in
such bad shape.

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Note : George Schneider who as per the Morning Journal article died September 19th-2014 and in the words of Rick Payerchin

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140920/lorain-businessman-george-schneider-dies-at-51

“Schneider also was an occasional target of Lorain blog writer Loraine Ritchey of the Charleston Village Society, who has argued neglect by owners of rental properties have hurt the neighborhoods, especially in central Lorain.”

Dear George of the nearly 300 properties 275 in Lorain

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/09/21/lorain-elyria-landlord-dies-51/

“. However, Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler said Schneider owns about 300 properties in the county, with about 275 in Lorain.

Schneider owned some properties in limited liability companies, Mayor Chase Ritenauer said. Limited liability company members have little personal liability if the company has debts.

Schneider had 57 code violations on Lorain properties through May of last year. Dozens remain in violation, said Leon Mason, director of building, housing and planning.

Yes, I and other bloggers

http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=185

were pointing out the issues with George for many years when he owned JUST 34 properties . Now George has passed and the city will have to work with property managers , attorneys and wills and non wills such as Lewis Strnad who passed in 2010 and we the residents and city officials are still dealing with his legacy, his dozens of properties still hanging about including the historic home of Mayor King 138-col

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

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There has always been a danger when speaking out or writing about issues. After all you are usually stepping on someone’s toes and that can cause you to bear the brunt of retaliation( and don’t think that isn’t the case) . Most people now choose their battles and will speak out only if an issue directly affects their own lives.
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I, too have walked away lately- but history and history on this blog will come back to bite and updating posts is needed. I updated the “happenings- non happenings” with the Kharishma / Dye building and posts written 2 years ago and there in lies the rub. This set off a firestorm of rhetoric by Kathy Dye – the mama of Dale Kris Dye the owner of 418 Broadway and what I believed and still believe was reprehensible behavior of Kathy ( Cathy) Dye from one who has long-held ( 20 years) a significant position on a City Of Lorain Board - Design Review Board.

To Be Continued……………………

January 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm 3 comments

Mayor George Wickens- the wrap up! Lorain

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Part One https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/mayor-george-wickens-buried-on-the-back-pages-lorain/

Part Two https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/mayor-george-wickens-yellowing-journalism-lorain/

Part Three https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/mayor-george-wickens-reputation-sullied-lorain/

Part Four https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/mayor-george-wickens-sex-sign-of-the-times-lorain/

Part Five https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/mayor-george-wickens-changing-times-lorain/

Click on all jpg’s to enlarge

Part Six https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/mayor-george-wickens-republican-repeats-lorain/

wickens yellow
A yellowing, crumbling to the touch, page of a newspaper from May 1894 took me on a journey once more into the lives of my neighbors of the 1800’s. This small neighborhood, poised to become the 10th largest city in the state, full of promise , steel and manufacturing. One of her ‘great names”,( George Wickens) tinged with scandal was found in the words of that newspaper cutting from another neighbor, after she passed- whose family had been part of the birthing of a city. https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/generally-gillmore-the-last-post-lorain-part-12/

Mayor George Wickens, had been pilloried in the press, small paragraphs recounting his troubles in various news print around the state. But what of Mida Pershing. “no spring chicken” according to George at the ripe old age of 26- earning a living through secretarial work, and then “unceremoniously imposed upon” by her boss, George. George Wickens, a pillar and strength of a fledgling city!

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I have to think Mida must have been courageous, principled or very naïve to have taken on Mr. Wicken’s behavior in the public eye. Women of her time just didn’t cross that threshold and make of themselves the subject of gossip, but Mida did. I uncovered some small facts about Mida-
Mida was born in 1868 one of 7 children to George Washington Pershing and Catherine Cline.

Just a note here there are some discrepancies in the two “search for ancestors sites” as to her date of death. I will go with the date on the headstone North Murray Ridge Cemetery , Elyria 1947

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=11416742&PIpi=1963928

mida grace
making her 79. She married Ray A Eldred (1876 – 1958) in October of 1901. Roy was 8 years her junior. Mida went on to have 5 children apparently – two dying early on
Helen ELDRED b: 15 AUG 1903 Children Nettie K. ELDRED Ralph A. ELDRED b: 5 AUG Walter P. ELDRED Ruth V. ELDRED

I wonder how the notoriety effected young Mida, she seems to have continued on in her religious beliefs and community endeavors Mida Pershing-EV_TE.1907_10_12_0005 (2)
Mida PershingTH_DA_CH.1903_06_15_0003
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You see George Wickens settled the case against him in 1895-

Just what the terms were of that settlement I haven’t been able to find on-line but one would assume the terms were satisfactory to Mida at the time .

Note:If anyone has more information on the case I would love to update the posts.

WIckens April 2 1895 settlerd
I don’t think Mida blackmailed George , I don’t think it was an evil political plot in this instance – However….

George on the other hand once again had further issues – this time with city council.
Dec 11, 1895

George was once again asked to resign :

PDF File of the complaint:
Jan 7 1896

George was adamant there was no such wrongdoing with the books for the cemetery account ( see above PDF file)

1896 The Lorain County Reporter
January 11, 1896

- The committee from the Lorain council appointed to investigate the books of Mayor Wickens, reported a shortage of over $250. The committee stated that the result was probably caused by bad book keeping. The mayor made a speech in which he stated that he was a victim of a conspiracy to ruin him. The council by a vote of eight to two requested him to resign his office, which he has thus refused to do. A strong undercurrent of public feeling has been aroused, and many do not hesitate to state that Mayor Wickens is being unmercifully persecuted by his enemies.

Just a few days later Mayor Wickens was exonerated and apparently the city owed HIM $17, but George resigned as Mayor of Lorain.
wickens resignation

George, however, did not give up on Lorain as his full obituary found here on Dan Brady’s site : http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/06/meet-george-wickens-part-1.html

Pier head light placed on pier in 1875 Photograph courtesy National Archives

Pier head light placed on pier in 1875
Photograph courtesy National Archives

http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=281

From 1872 for approximately 10 years he was a “contractor”

While engaged in the carpentry business in Lorain, Mr. Wickens built many of the older houses now located on the east side and was the contractor that built the old lighthouse which now stands at the end of the west pier of the river

lorain 19o8
George died in 1908 from pneumonia after inspecting the tunnel under the Black River-

Lorain’s fist big dig maybe??

NOTE Contacting the Engineering Dept. they have found mention of
” # Y-45 created sometime between 1915-1919, but determined lost in 1923″ but that too would have been AFTER George had died in 1908- The question then becomes IS THERE ANOTHER TUNNEL UNDER THE BLACK RIVER SOMEWHERE?????

Wickens-C

From George’s obituary we learn :

He was mayor of the city when the plant of the National Tube company came to Lorain and had in his possession at the time of his death the first piece of steel ever turned out by the plant. In ’97 Mr. Wickens was elected as a member of the council from the second ward and later was a member of the boards of cemetery trustees and water works trustees. He was elected a member of the first board of public service in 1903. At the last municipal election he was again elected to the office of member of the board of public service by a large majority. He was also a member of the board of library trustees.

Carnegie Collage
Upon his death the trustees wrote:

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/06/meet-george-wickens-part-2.html

The trustees of the public library issued a special resolution that was part of that same article. It stated, “Resolved that in the death of Mr. Wickens this Association has lost one of its most useful members. Identified with the earliest efforts to establish a free public library in Lorain, Mr. Wickens gave his time and thought most generously to promote the cause. He was never called upon to assist in the work that he did not promptly respond, often at great inconvenience and sometimes actual loss to himself.

“It should therefore be known to all the people of Lorain that the Public Library as it now stands is in a sense a monument to the public spirit and noble character of George Wickens.”

http://www.lorainpubliclibrary.org/about-lpls/history-of-the-library/history-of-the-lorain-public-library-system

The Board of Trustees are J.W. Jones, E.M. Pierce, Mrs. J.H. Hills, Mrs. McIlvaine, W.C. Fisher, George Wickens, E.E. Hopkins, and F.A. Rowley.

And so we come full circle back to the History( makers) of Lorain of which he was such an integral part. His story “hopefully” preserved by the Lorain Historical Society who now occupy that self-same Library- The Carnegie Library- I wonder if among the artifacts there is another yellowing piece of paper telling more of his story……………

Again many thanks to Dan Brady, Frank Sipkovsky, Paula Shorf for their research and information……..

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