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”

Vermilion was on the cusp of becoming a city as villages were annexed

By Rich Tarrant Okay. It’s not an Ansel Adams photograph. Nonetheless it is historically relevant – at least as it pertains to Vermilion Ohio. As best I can determine this photo of a photographer taking a photo was taken (probably) in the spring of 1961. When these shadows were frozen in time Vermilion was, someContinue reading “Vermilion was on the cusp of becoming a city as villages were annexed”

Volunteers gone but not forgotten cared for Main Street Beach

By Rich Tarrant Methinks they’re all gone now. But their smiles along with their varied personalities still abide in the memories of many current townsfolk. This Richard “Dick” Koontz photograph was taken at Main Street Beach c.1951 when some Vermilion guys got together to clean the shoreline after a long winter. Pictured are: Standing L-R:Continue reading “Volunteers gone but not forgotten cared for Main Street Beach”

A goodly heritage has been left to our care: 200 years’ worth

By Rich Tarrant In October of last year Vermilion’s UCC Congregational church celebrated its 200th Anniversary at a dinner held at the German’s Villa banquet facility. I was slated to be the “church history guy” speaker following the dinner and had worked on my presentation for several weeks prior. However, before I reached the podiumContinue reading “A goodly heritage has been left to our care: 200 years’ worth”

Learning about Dawn Malson Full with interest and intrigue

By Rich Tarrant After a recent hip replacement I was grousing about my aches and pains to Vermilionite Dawn Full. She looked at me with a “so what?” smile on her face and said, “Getting old ain’t for wimps.” Well, she should know. On January 28th she will celebrate her 100th birthday. What follows wasContinue reading “Learning about Dawn Malson Full with interest and intrigue”

Something about Vermilion poet Helen Kelsey Fox

By Rich Tarrant REPETITIO MATER STUDIORUM EST. If that which follows seems familiar to some readers, it should. It is a reiteration of a story – with some minor additions / corrections that appeared in the VPJ on 07/01/2010. While I don’t often make a habit out of formally repeating articles, as a student-recorder ofContinue reading “Something about Vermilion poet Helen Kelsey Fox”

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”

Enjoying Norman Rockwell moments and the history of Thanksgiving

By Rich Tarrant The first Thanksgiving in America took place on December fourth in 1619. Part of the original charter made by the thirty-eight English settlers who arrived at the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia that year stated that they would set aside that day every year and celebrate it as a day of Thanksgiving. DueContinue reading “Enjoying Norman Rockwell moments and the history of Thanksgiving”

Chubby-cheeked Daisy Gilchrist’s gift to Vermilion

By Rich Tarrant As many folks may already know Captain Joseph C. Gilchrist was a successful lumber merchant and a lake captain. Prior to becoming the owner of the Gilchrist Transportation Company and managing a fleet of lake steamers Capt. Gilchrist, his young wife, Alice Devin, their children and his father Alexander lived in VermilionContinue reading “Chubby-cheeked Daisy Gilchrist’s gift to Vermilion”