The life and leadership of John Albert Kaley, pastor of UCC Congregational

By Rich Tarrant During the past several months I’ve been reviewing histories of Vermilion’s old Congregational Church that eventually evolved into the UCC Congregational church in our community. There are two: one written by Lucy Morgan (1855-1932) in 1918, the other by Elizabeth “Betty” Trinter (1917-2008) in 1993. These histories parallel the development of ourContinue reading “The life and leadership of John Albert Kaley, pastor of UCC Congregational”

Channeling an inner Sherlock and identifying photos

By Rich Tarrant Shuffling through some old photographs some days ago I happened upon the pair that accompanies the column this week. They caught my attention because they are both about the same size and in very good condition. But the great thing about them is that some kind souls thought to identify them –Continue reading “Channeling an inner Sherlock and identifying photos”

Image from 1925 demonstrates how a photo can be worth a thousand words

By Rich Tarrant The accompanying photograph of Vermilion’s harbor is hardly a good one, but it is unusual. Precisely how local newsman, photographer Pearl Roscoe acquired it is not known. It is doubtful that he had a wide-angle lens on his camera. It was, then, likely a darkroom technique where he was able to mergeContinue reading “Image from 1925 demonstrates how a photo can be worth a thousand words”

Answers for those curious about the Goodell-Judson families

By Rich Tarrant It had been a long time (five years?) since I heard directly from her. Her name is Mary Michaelson. Mary lives in a town called Lynden, Washington. It is the second largest city in Whatcom County, Washington. The town, established in 1874 on the site of the Nooksack Indian village Squahalish, beganContinue reading “Answers for those curious about the Goodell-Judson families”

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”

The keeper of the keepsakes takes a trip down memory lane

By Rich Tarrant I’ve written about this dog “Mister Chips” (pictured) more than once [VPJ 04/06/06 – 06/24/12]. He was probably one of the worst and the best dogs I ever knew. I didn’t realize I had this snapshot of him until a few weeks ago when I found it inside an old souvenir bookContinue reading “The keeper of the keepsakes takes a trip down memory lane”

Take a walk through yesteryears with maps of downtown Vermilion

By Rich Tarrant Accompanying the Yesteryear column this week is a “partial” view of a map of the business section of Vermilion (i.e. Liberty, Main, and Grand streets) from the year 1904. While it is hardly as legible as one might prefer, it is nonetheless informative. Last July (VPJ 07/27/17) I wrote about the manyContinue reading “Take a walk through yesteryears with maps of downtown Vermilion”

Looking at two snapshots capturing moments of change in Vermilion

By: Rich Tarrant In 1927 a 38-year-old Methodist minister named Earl Thompson English arrived in Vermilion with his wife Zella and their children Jean and her brother Robert. It was, incidentally, the very year Vermilion’s Methodist church, which had experienced a significant decline in active membership, had merged its congregation with the town’s First CongregationalContinue reading “Looking at two snapshots capturing moments of change in Vermilion”

Old photographs preserving the memory of old friends and small events

By: Rich Tarrant   While my niece, Barb Akers, was manning the old news desk at the Vermilion History Museum last week she began looking through some old manila envelops in a bookcase near the desk and came across the photo accompanying this week’s column. Though I don’t believe she immediately recognized any of theContinue reading “Old photographs preserving the memory of old friends and small events”

Introducing Vermilion School Superintendent John Christian Seemann

By: Rich Tarrant The following article appeared The Vermilion News on August 12, 1909: “The public will be greatly surprised to learn that superintendent J. C. Seemann (b. 1863) resigned at the regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday. During vacation time Mr. Seemann made an agreement with the Waterbury–Waterman Co., for selling heatersContinue reading “Introducing Vermilion School Superintendent John Christian Seemann”