Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Marriage of Mr. Albert Brownworth and Miss Theresa Casper

This ornate marriage certificate was issued to Albert Brownworth and Theresa Casper on August 12, 1903. The couple was united in marriage at St. Mary’s Church in Sandusky, Ohio by the Rev. Joseph S. Widmann. Several verses of scripture are found on the certificate, and at the bottom of the certificate is a phrase often used in marriage vows, “What therefor God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.”  

An article in the August 12, 1903 issue of the Sandusky Evening Star reported that Albert Brownworth and Theresa Casper were married at 7:30 in the morning. Theresa was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Casper of 519 McDonough Street. She wore a gown of white mousseline de soie and carried a white prayer book. She was attended by Miss Louise Casper. Mr. Jacob Casper served as best man. A dinner was held in honor of the newlyweds on the evening of August 12, for relatives, close friends, and guests visiting from out of town. 

Albert Brownworth worked in the transportation industry for over fifty years. He was superintendent of equipment for the Lake Shore Electric Railway and the Lake Shore Coach Company. Mr. Brownworth died on June 8, 1962, and he was buried at Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Theresa Brownworth passed away in October of 1967, at the age of 89. 

While we do not have a wedding picture of the happy couple, below is a picture of Albert Brownworth while he was at work. He is the man in the center of the picture.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Smith and Schnaitter Families Had Fun Along the Shore

In a previous blog post, we learned that Freeland Smith and his wife, the former Nettie Schnaitter, lived on Perry Street in Sandusky, and that they had a large family of five children. In the picture above, taken about 1910, we see Freeland Smith at the left side of the photo. Next to him is his son James. Moving from left to right, we see Betty Smith and an unidentified woman. Seated on the sand in the middle of the picture is young Frank “Pink” Smith, his uncle Frank Schnaitter, Frank’s wife Helen Schnaitter, and his sister Gertrude Schnaitter. 

Though the children in the picture below have not been identified, it is fun to see the styles of clothing that people wore to the beach in the first half of the twentieth century.

Frank “Pink” Smith and his sister Margaret “Polly” Smith are in the water in this summertime picture.

Members of the Smith-Schnaitter families are enjoying the lovely weather in this picture as well. Most likely the three children are James, Frank “Pink” and Betty Smith, children of Freeland and Nettie Smith.

You can see the skyline of Sandusky in the distance, as a few members of the extended family fishes from the rocks along Sandusky Bay.

We can only imagine that the photographer who took this picture was hoping that the youngsters did not take a tumble into the water, as they gaze at the waves along the shoreline.

We are grateful to the descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Freeland Smith for their generous donation of Smith-Schnaitter family photographs. Because we have these items, we can have a glimpse of what summertime along the shores Lake Erie was like in the early 1900s

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Tribute to Jacob Julius Dauch

A printed tribute to Jacob Julius Dauch is in the historical files of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. J.J. Dauch’s daughter Leola had reprints of a biography of her father which had originally appeared in the National Encyclopedia of American Biography, created to give away to relatives.

The first page of the tribute discussed his parents, as well as his many business ventures, before he became involved in the very successful Hinde and Dauch Paper Company, which was formed in 1900.

Page two goes on to discuss his wife and children, as well as his untimely death on August 15, 1918,

The third page concludes with the words of a man who knew J.J. Dauch. He said of Mr. Dauch, “His strength and simplicity, his power and modesty, is unaffected integrity, stamped him as a citizen which Sandusky could ill afford to lose and one whose loss to his family and relatives is beyond worldly computation.”

Visit the Sandusky Library to learn more about J.J. Dauch and other former residents of Sandusky and Erie County.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Festival of the Flower Queen

On Tuesday evening, August 14, 1860, a performance of the Festival of the Flower Queen was held at Norman Hall, under the direction of Professor A.B. Chase of Cleveland, Ohio; he had directed productions of the same play in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1858, and in Cleveland in 1859.

The musical performance featured seventy five young ladies from the Sandusky area, all appearing in beautiful costumes which represented different flowers. Featured performers were: Josephine Chapman, Sarah Parish, Kate Burton, Sarah Monroe, Amelia Brainard, Nettie Wetherell, Alice Hard, Fanny Barney, Alice Porter, Jennie McGee, Lina Mills, Kate Monroe, and Miss Sallie Reber. The theme of the musical was that the flowers were meeting in a dell in order to choose their queen. A recluse, played by Professor Chase, was discontented with life. In song, the flowers told the recluse about love and duty, and by end of the performance he was ready to return to society among his fellow creatures.

The August 15, 1860 issue of the Sandusky Daily Commercial Register reported that the performance at Norman Hall was a “a most decided success in every way.” The article stated that the Daisy, who was played by Sallie Reber, was coaxed into an encore song; she would later go on to be a popular performer with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in New York. 

Friday, August 09, 2019

1879 Fair of the Erie County Agricultural Society

According to the Premium List for the Fair, the twenty-first annual fair of the Erie County Agricultural Society was held in Erie County at the Fairgrounds from September 23 to September 26, 1879.

Entries in the Annual Premium List provided the amount of cash awards to be given to residents of Erie, Sandusky, Ottawa and Huron Counties who competed at the Fair in a wide variety of categories, including livestock, farm implements, manufacturers’ products, fruits, vegetables, handmade clothing, quilting, embroidery, photography, and flower arranging. In the Educational Department, students and teachers were awarded diplomas for excelling in such fields as spelling, reading, attendance, and record keeping. Scattered throughout the Premium List are advertisements from local companies.

The Adams’ Buckeye Land Roller was manufactured by the Sandusky Tool Company at the time of the 1879 Fair. This particular piece of equipment was known for its durability, though simple in design.

The Sandusky Register provided excellent coverage of the activities at the Fair. A large article on page 4 of the September 26, 1879 paper reported on the events of September 25, when it was estimated that fifteen thousand people attended the Fair.

On Thursday, there were horse races held at the Fairgrounds, as well as several teams that competed in a Hook and Ladder Tournament. John Krupp, who exhibited several pieces of furniture, also had on display a burglar-proof air-tight grave vault which was designed for protection against grave robbers.

At the fair, William Dilger had a display of plants that included an orange tree, a rare philodendron and a bridal bouquet of rare beauty. Photographer A.C. Platt featured a life size crayon portrait of President Hayes and Dr. I.B. Massey in his exhibit. D.C. Richmond stated that at the 1879 fair was the largest and best display of apples he had ever seen at any fair. Henry Lange, a grape grower from Kelleys Island, showed fair visitors a five foot stem of Concord grapes which contained over sixty bunches of grapes. During the wheat binding competition, local businessman J.A. Hosmer attempted to place a live pig inside a hot air balloon. It turned out that the young pig became too restless, so it was removed from the balloon. It was decided instead to place business cards from area merchants, as well as a copy of the Sandusky Register and a publication from the Erie County Agricultural Society inside the hot air balloon. Fair crowds grew excited as the hot air balloon headed to the north, toward the Marblehead peninsula. To read much more about the exciting 1879 Fair, visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center where you will find decades of local newspapers on microfilm, dating back to 1822.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Photos from the 1950s

In the picture above, several individuals are standing in front of an information booth, which was a service of the Sandusky Area Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Erie County Chamber of Commerce. It appears that the Cookie House, which was home to Santa when local youngsters visited him in December, served as a location for the distribution of Vacationland tourist information during the summer months of the 1950s.  

An article in the August 26, 1955 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News reported that the Sandusky Chamber of Commerce was kicking off an expansion campaign known as “Let’s Go Sandusky.”  Chamber members used a chicken to demonstrate a point during one of their meetings. You can read the entire article about this campaign in the Sandusky Register Star News, now on microfilm at the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center.

The Merchants Division of the Sandusky Chamber of Commerce sponsored this  large poster at a trade show.  It stated that Sandusky is in the heart of Ohio’s Vacationland. 

Listeners to WLEC Radio in the 1950s and 1960s often heard the phrase “another great day in Vacationland” when their radio dial was turned to 1450 AM.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Midsummernight Concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra Society

On Friday evening, August 5, 1892, Charles Baetz conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra Society in a concert held at Cedar Point’s Grand Pavilion. Many popular Sandusky musicians took part in the performance.

Michael A. McAdams played contra bass with the orchestra.

The Sandusky Register of August 4, 1892 reported that the Fenz Brothers, vocalists from Vienna, were to perform at the concert. 

Fare for the round trip from Sandusky to Cedar Point was twenty five cents, which included admission to the concert. The steamer R.B. Hayes ran extra trips to Cedar Point during weekday evenings in the summer of 1892, to accommodate the increase in visitors to the resort. 

An article in the August 6, 1892 issue of the Sandusky Register stated that the mid-summer concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra Society proved to be “one of the best features of the summer program at that famous resort and all our music loving people who heard it were thoroughly delighted.”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Venice Mill

Pictured above is the Venice Mill, run by the Gallagher brothers, John R., Arthur P., and James S. Gallagher, dating back to the 1930s or 1940s. The site is now occupied by the Margaritaville restaurant. 

According to an article in the July 3, 1988 issue of the Sandusky Register, the Gallagher brothers purchased the Venice Mill in 1897, which had formerly been run by several generations of the Heywood family. Russell Heywood purchased the old mill in Venice in 1831, at the southeast corner of what now is Fremont Street and Venice Road, along with the rights to Cold Creek and five hundred acres of land. A second mill was built by Mr. Heywood in 1841, but was destroyed by fire. An early canal system transported the wheat and flour from the mills to the bay, where it was shipped by boat. Later railroad cars transported the grain. Members of the Gallagher family operated the mill until the late 1940s. The family also owned a flour, feed, and coal business in Sandusky on East Water Street. This building still stands and is known as the Granary. In 1955 Harold Coker bought the old mill. He and his wife Gertrude built a restaurant and bar known as the Old Mill on the site of the Venice Mill. Three of the original walls from the mill were used in the new tavern. In the early 1980s John Kubicek and Nick Porozynski remodeled the Old Mill tavern and re-named it Margaritaville. An early history of water powered historic mills, found on the back of an old menu from Margaritaville, is now housed at the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. 

This old flour sack from the Venice Mill, when it was run by the Gallagher family, is at the Follett House Museum.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

"Bathing Beauties" in Sandusky

In the 1940s Vera Jean Curtis, Elizabeth Hitchcock, Grace Pietschman, and Mary Brohl posed on the S. S. Goodtime, bound for Cedar Point.

Beryl Starr, a young man, and the pilot pose on a "flying boat" airplane in Sandusky Bay in the 1920s.

Cedar Point’s sandy beach has been attracting swimmers for more than a century.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Erney Tire Company

From about 1921 to 1931, the Erney Tire Company sold and serviced tires for automobile owners in the Sandusky area. Norbert G. Erney was the president and general manager.  In the early 1920s, the business was at 163-165 Jackson Street. In 1921, they sold Miller tires, especially for Ford cars. Staff from the company would deliver and install new tires to any automobile within a fifteen mile radius of the store. 

In April of 1927, the company moved to a new building at 919 West Washington Street. A special newspaper supplement devoted to the Erney Tire Company appeared in the April 8, 1927 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal.

Ackley’s Band provided music for the grand opening of “Sandusky’s Finest Automobile Service Station.” Services offered there included tires, road service, vulcanizing, tubes, washing, greasing, gasoline, oils, and brake service. By 1929, the company also sold and serviced radios for automobiles. It was felt that having a radio in one’s automobile helped prevent boredom on a long road trip, and provided a diversion from the roar of the motor and the rumble of the tires.

In 1931 the Erney Tire Company began selling Firestone tires and batteries. By the summer of 1931 a Firestone Service Store took over the business. Below is a portion of the large advertisement from the July 25, 1931 issue of the Sandusky Register.

Mr. Norbert G. Erney went on to work as an accountant at Farrell Cheek for several years, but he was long remembered for his excellent leadership and service at the Erney Tire Company when the automobile era was still in its infancy.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Erie County Residents Were Inventive

For several decades, the Hinde and Dauch Paper Company was a leading company in the production of corrugated paper products. James J. Hinde is credited with developing the corrugated process that revolutionized the shipping industry in the early 1900s. Below is an advertisement for an early bottle wrapper that allowed products in glass containers to be shipped safely.

The American Crayon Company began with the development of chalk being molded into a stick. Later the company made crayons and other educational products, and provided employment for hundreds of area residents.

Willard A. Bishop was a photographer in Sandusky for many years. (You can see several of Mr. Bishop’s photographs at the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center.)

He was issued a patent for a copying camera in 1914.

Wilbert G. Schwer was issued Patent Number 1,696,584 on December 25, 1928, while he was associated with the Sandusky Tool Company. His patent related to the improvement of planes.

Though the company went out of business in the late 1920s, planes from this firm are still highly sought after by collectors.

Did any of your ancestors have a patent issued to them? It is easy to search Google Patents by keywords. For example, by putting in the terms "Otto Kromer" and "Sandusky," a search retrieved several patents by Mr. Kromer, a former Sandusky resident who was well known as a machinist in the late 1800s. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Sandusky Register Employees in the Early Twentieth Century

In the photograph above, members of the Sandusky Register “Chapel” of the Typographical Union fill up two vintage automobiles in downtown Sandusky. The cars appear to be decorated for a parade. (Possibly the Perry's Victory Centennial Parade?) The picture was taken in front of the Pabst Cafe, between 1910 and 1913, which was located at the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and Water Street, not far from the Sandusky Register building, which was at 626-630 Water Street, on the south side, between Columbus Avenue and Wayne Street. (The street numbers indicate that the picture was taken before the 1915 change in the street numbering system.)  The proprietors of the Pabst Cafe and Grill Room at that time were Moe Frohman and Frank Elzenheimer. Note that the street is paved with bricks. To see this and many other historical photographs of Sandusky and Erie County, visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Mabel Normand Bathing Suits Were Sold in Sandusky

In the 1910s, Mabel Normand bathing suits were carried by the Scheuer Brothers store in Sandusky. Mabel Normand was a popular silent film star. When she wore bathing suits in films such as Water Nymph and Diving Girl, some people thought the suits were racy. 

The Scheuer Brothers Company was located in the Graefe Building on East Market Street.

The advertisement above for the Scheuer Brothers appeared in the December 1912 issue of the Fram. In 1919, William S. Frankel acquired the interests of A. J. Scheuer, and the store became known as the Scheuer-Frankel Company. Around 1929, Frankel became the sole owner of the business, and it was known as the William S. Frankel Company. After he passed away in 1949, his son took over the business. Frankel’s was a popular department store for area residents until the mid 1960s.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Opening of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Building in 1931

The Fraternal Order of Eagles was founded in 1898 by a group of Seattle theater owners, developing into a community service organization. The Sandusky Aerie of Eagles, No. 444 was organized at a meeting at Link’s Hall on July 30. 1913. For several years, the local Eagles members met at the Odd Fellows’ Hall. On April 27, 1930, ground was broken for a new Eagles building, at the northwest corner of Washington Row and Wayne Street.

Alfred Schnurr was the general contractor for the building, and Harold C. Parker was the supervising architect. The coal–fueled heating system and modern plumbing equipment were supplied by Brohl and Appell. A leading tinner in Sandusky, Jacob Wilken, did the sheet metal work for the new Eagles building, which included downspouts, a sky light, ventilators and louvers. The latest type of electric wiring was installed by Diamond S Electric, while the electrical fixtures were installed by the Ohio Public Service Company. The Herb and Myers Company furnished the lodge’s chairs, tables, and ceremonial altars. Several lodge chairs were made from tan Morocco leather. The lumber and mill work in the new Eagles home were furnished by the Sandusky Sash Door and Lumber Company. The Mack Iron and Works provided stairs, railings, grating and other iron items used in the new Eagles building.  

The new Eagles home was dedicated on Sunday, March 8, 1931. A parade commenced at 1:30 p.m., with Eagles from all over the state of Ohio in participation. Conrad H. Mann, Head of Insurance Department, was the main speaker. Ritualistic ceremonies were conducted by the Degree Team of Akron Aerie, No. 555. A public meeting was held at 8 p.m., with Deputy Grand Auditor H.J. Berrodin, acting as toastmaster. Conrad Mann spoke again at the public meeting, and entertainment was provided by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Quartette from Lorain, Ohio

The building at 165 East Washington Row served as home to the Sandusky Aerie of Eagles, No. 444 from 1931 until about 1951. From 1952 to 1958, the Eagles met  in Sandusky at 243 East Market Street. By September, 1958, the Sandusky Aerie of Eagles, No. 444 had another new home, this time located at 1235 West Perkins Avenue.

Pictured below are four members of the Sandusky Eagles, most likely from the 1920s. The men are: Charles Simon, Charles Sinerson, Jacob Wilken and Robert Rheinegger.

Visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center to view the dedication program from the opening of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sandusky, Aerie NO. 444 in 1931, or to view historical newspaper articles about the event.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pictures of the Cedar Point Beach by Henry Suehrstedt

Several pictures taken at the Cedar Point Beach were donated to the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center by Henry Suehrstedt.  They were most likely taken in the 1950s.  

A covered shelter provides some shade to beach goers in this view of the beach.

It appears that some visitors to Cedar Point preferred to sit and watch others enjoying the cool waters of Lake Erie.

According to Mr. Suehrstedt’s obituary in the January 31, 1985 issue of the Sandusky Register, he was employed as an engineer for the Plum Brook Ordnance Works, and served as a building inspector for the City of Sandusky. Later he worked as an engineer at Cedar Point, and was responsible for designing several buildings at the amusement park, including the train station for the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad.