Remembering the Lake Erie Drive-In

By Rich Tarrant Several weeks ago the owner of the Vermilion Martino’s restaurant asked someone if they knew of any pix of the old Lake Erie Drive-In when previous owner (Phil Provenzano of the Philbo House) owned it. As a result the question eventually came to me and…well this is what followed: Well, someone may…

As always, parades and time keep marching on

By Rich Tarrant The accompanying photographs are those of an early 20th century parade in good ol’ Vermilion. I believe this one occurred around 1906. While I am unable to be 100% certain it appears that the procession was on Ohio Street just east of Vermilion’s St. Mary’s Catholic church. Among the many interesting things…

The never before told story of Starr Gardner

By Rich Tarrant If, perchance, I should write a mystery / detective novel my main character would be named Starr Gardner. The name, way back in the early to mid-years of the 20th century was actually that of a Vermilion businessman – a butcher – who owned a shop along with a well-known Vermilionite named…

An interesting view of a commonly known area

By Rich Tarrant The accompanying photograph was taken from an area we currently know as Exchange Park in beautiful downtown Vermilion, Ohio sometime in the early years of the 20th century. While the cityscape has changed a great deal since some thoughtful person captured these shadows with their camera the scene should be nonetheless familiar…

A bit of Vermilion High School history from 1889 to 1919

By: Rich Tarrant I had to pick and choose to make the composite photo that accompanies this week’s column. I would’ve liked to show the entire booklet.  However, I seriously doubt that everyone would find it as interesting as do I. So I opted to illustrate just a few bits and pieces of a small…