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 mayContinue reading “Remembering the Lake Erie Drive-In”

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The story of Vermilion Fire Department Chief “Dad” Tischer

By Rich Tarrant I have often thought of making a list of persons that in my view were the “Most Influential Vermilionites of the 20th Century”. It’s a novel idea but, in truth, there are so many persons from which to choose the task is practically, and realistically speaking, impossible. For instance, a list mightContinue reading “The story of Vermilion Fire Department Chief “Dad” Tischer”

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 thingsContinue reading “As always, parades and time keep marching on”

A song, a prayer and a grawlix: it was never just a church to many

By Rich Tarrant On what appears to have been a chilly autumn Sunday morning in the 1930s my grandfather paused for a moment and took the accompanying photograph. And while these shadows were frozen some years before my time began on earth the scene seen is where I spent a good deal of time inContinue reading “A song, a prayer and a grawlix: it was never just a church to many”

What happened Saturday, April 15, 1865 and why we need to teach cursive

By Rich Tarrant If I rant and rave (and I do) about the need for primary educators to continue to teach cursive writing to young people the photograph accompanying this essay is at least “one” of the reasons. My great-grandfather, Caselton Roscoe, was born in Townsend, Huron County, Ohio in 1836. He came of ageContinue reading “What happened Saturday, April 15, 1865 and why we need to teach cursive”

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 namedContinue reading “The never before told story of Starr Gardner”

Obituary points out doctor’s rough demeanor and outspoken nature

By Rich Tarrant An obituary printed on the front page of the Sandusky Daily Register in the December 18th edition of 1874 called him as “a man of peculiar character”. Whether that was intended as a compliment or not remains to be seen. The article went on to describe him as “stern and inflexible inContinue reading “Obituary points out doctor’s rough demeanor and outspoken nature”

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 familiarContinue reading “An interesting view of a commonly known area”

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 smallContinue reading “A bit of Vermilion High School history from 1889 to 1919”