Saturday, April 28, 2012
Florence and Elizabeth Deike, and Sandusky physicians Dr. Fred Schoepfle and Dr. Lyle Steen Hill. By viewing the 1940 Census, you can learn more about the ages, birthplaces, and occupations of family members, as well as a listing of names of all those residing within each family unit. The 1940 Census is one of the thousands of databases available at Ancestry Library Edition, a ClevNet database. Another free resource which provides access to the 1940 U.S. Census is My Heritage. The census records are not yet fully indexed, so until then, you will need to browse by census tract. Visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center to start searching.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Mr. Scott willed the contents of his park to the city of Sandusky, along with funds to maintain it. The tornado of 1924 severely damaged Scott Park, and the statues were stored at the city greenhouse. In 1935, the “Boy with the Boot” was given a new home in Washington Park. After being damaged by vandals, the statue in Washington Park was replaced by an identical one made of bronze. The damaged statue was repaired, and is now on display at the City Hall building on Meigs street.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Most of the ponies were kept at the Erie County Fairgrounds, while twenty brood mares were boarded at the Floyd Smith farm in Castalia, Ohio. William H. Millspaugh, who was the founder of the Sandusky Foundry & Machine Company, purchased the best Welsh ponies from several different herds. He was looking for individual Welsh ponies which had proven value in breeeding or in winning prizes. His purchases resulted in a total herd of over eighty miniature ponies. Mr. Millspaugh exhibited the ponies at local fairs. The prize Welsh pony was “Temptation,” a chestnut pony with a blaze face. Children, when accompanied by an adult, were invited to visit the ponies at the Erie County Fairgrounds on Saturdays and Sundays. The Millspaugh ponies were featured in the Plain Dealer Weekly in September, 1919.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Sadly, during the cholera epidemic of 1849, within a period of four days, William Townsend, Mrs. Townsend, their daughter Sarah, and a sister of Mrs. Townsend all died of cholera. At the time of the tragic deaths of the Townsend family members, Mary Townsend had already married. She was the wife of Pitt Cooke, a son of Eleutheros Cooke, and a brother to Jay Cooke, the Civil War financier. Mary and Pitt Cooke took in the orphaned Townsend children, and raised them with their own six children. The Pitt Cooke family lived in Brooklyn, New York from 1866 to 1873, but they kept this home as their summer home. Elmer B. Otto, owner of Esmond Dairy, purchased this house in 1907. Through the years this house has had several other owners, and it was used as apartments during most of the twentieth century. To read more about the William T. Townsend house, see Article 13 in At Home in Early Sandusky, as well as page 20 of Ellie Damm’s book Treasure by the Bay.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Many of the employees of the Jackson Underwear Company were female.
By 1911 the manufacturing division of the A.H. Jackson Manufacturing Company was still at the northeast corner of North Depot and McDonough Streets, while a retail department was located at the southwest corner of Market and Wayne Streets. An advertisement in the February 11, 1920 issue of the Sandusky Register indicated that beginners would be able to earn a salary while learning on the job.
Amos H. Jackson passed away in Fremont on August 30, 1924. The Jackson Underwear Company ceased operations in Sandusky in the early 1930s.
Monday, April 09, 2012
In 1881, Dr. Alta F. Cook married Alice Gilmore in Ypsilanti, Michigan. They were the parents of a son named Ralph C. Cook. After Alice passed away in 1898, Dr. Cook married Miss Etta Zimmerman. They also had a son, Kenneth Cook. On May 14, 1909, Dr. Alta F. Cook died suddenly at his office from heart disease. He was only 58 years old at the time of his death. Dr. Alta Cook had been prominent in the medical profession in Sandusky for many years. He had been active in the Erie County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Alta F. Cook was buried in the family lot at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery.
Friday, April 06, 2012
The church now known as Trinity Methodist Church had several locations in Sandusky before it occupied the building (shown above still under construction) on Washington Street, between Jackson and Decatur Streets in downtown Sandusky in 1874, where the Merry-Go-Round Museum is currently located. This stereograph image was created by Sandusky photographer A.C. Platt in the 1870s or 1880s.
Here is a picture of Washington Park in 1894, which features several Sandusky churches:
The Congregational Church can be seen at the left. Zion Lutheran’s congregation worshipped in the former Beatty Church, a small two story building just northwest of the Congregational Church. The tall steeple of the Methodist Church can be seen on the south side of Washington Street, while the First Presbyterian Church can be seen on the north side of Washington Street. The First Presbyterian Church was built in Sandusky in 1853, and it remains in that location today.
By 1915 the steeple of Trinity Methodist Church had changed significantly.
Because the United States Government wanted to build a post office in Sandusky at the site of the Methodist Church, around 1917 the Methodists stopped meeting at their building on Washington Street. Services were held at various locations for a few years. Construction was begun on the new building for Trinity Methodist Church in 1922, at the corner of Wayne and East Jefferson Streets.
Methodism in Sandusky and Erie County has a rich and interesting history. If you would like to learn more about the history of churches in Sandusky, the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center has five archival boxes which all pertain to the history of area churches. Inquire at the Reference Services desk for more information.
Monday, April 02, 2012
In his twenties Moore worked as a lifeguard at Cedar Point, at the same time Knute Rockne worked at the amusement park. (It was at the Cedar Point beach that Knute Rockne developed the forward pass.) He served as Erie County Sheriff from 1932 to 1936, and later worked as the purchasing agent for the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home, retiring in 1966.
An article by Bob Kinney in the Sandusky Register of February 13, 1970 reported that V.J. Moore was the youngest member of the “Last Man’s Club.” This group was begun by fourteen World War I Veterans in the 1930s. The group met only on Friday the 13th. The first meeting was held in Cua’s restaurant. One of the themes of the club was that the last man remaining was to open a champagne bottle, which had been with the men since the club’s beginning. Mr. Kinney wrote that there was also a “Last Man’s Club” comprised of World War II veterans, and a third club had also started up with another group of fifty veterans. Victor J. Moore died of pancreatic cancer on February 24, 1972. He was survived by his wife Alena, two sons, a daughter, a stepson, a stepdaughter, and several other relatives. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery.
The Sandusky Register article from February 13, 1970 listed these names as the last six surviving members of the original “Last Men’s Club:”
V.J. MooreIf our calculations are correct, the last man surviving from this group was William C. Ferback. He died on March 17, 1980 at the age of 91.
Dr. Frank Maher