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Housed in Archival Box D-14 is this Sandusky Telephone
Directory, published by Ohio Bell Telephone in 1963. A princess phone graces
the cover of the directory. Special features of the princess phone was its
petite size and light-up dial.
A relatively new function of telephones in the Ohio
Bell system in 1963 was the ability to dial long distance phone calls directly,
using the digit 1 and the area phone before the regular telephone number. As you can see in
the alphabetical listings of telephone numbers, Sandusky Library had the same
telephone number that it has today: 419-625-3834.
Many residents will recall the International College
of Beauty, owned and operated by Jon Knapp, who was the hairdresser of Miss
America 1963, Jackie Mayer.
Before Standard Oil was bought out by British
Petroleum, Baxter’s Sohio station offered round the class road services for
automobile drivers. There were several service stations located at the
intersection of Tiffin Avenue and Venice Road in the 1960s.
Surfside 66, a seafood and steak restaurant at Battery
Park offered drive-in as well as boat-in service to customers.
Long before online shopping and cell phones were
widely available, Ohio Bell’s slogan was “Let your fingers do the walking!”
Visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center to
see this vintage telephone directory, and many, many more resources which
document the history of Sandusky and Erie County.
Officer Chris Sehlmeyer of the Sandusky Police
Department is pictured above at the seat of a new police emergency vehicle. It
appears that the car is on an assembly line or testing facility. (We don't know the details.) Note the spare tire, located right on the outside of the car door.
1931, Chris stood in front of another new police vehicle.
Christian J. Sehlmeyer held many positions with the
Sandusky Police Department, where he worked from the 1920s through 1944. He was
a traffic officer, detective, and achieved the rank of Sergeant. He died on May 22, 1971, and he was survived by his wife, three sons,
and five grandchildren. Below is a group photograph of members of the Sandusky
Police Department in 1937. Sergeant Sehlmeyer is in uniform near the center of the front row.
Notes on the original picture identify each person.
To learn more about
the past members of the Sandusky Police Department, you can view the historical roster at the city of
Two of Sandusky's most prominent early lawyers, F.D. Parish and E.B. Sadler were partners in a legal office in Sandusky, Ohio.
Hewson Peeke wrote in A Standard History
of Erie County, Ohio (Lewis Publishing Company, 1916), that F.D. Parish was
the second lawyer in Erie County, following Eleutheros Cooke. In 1836 F.D. Parish went into a legal partnership with
E.B. Sadler. Their office was on Public Square in Sandusky, near the old
Courthouse, often known as the Academy because it once served as a school.
It appears that F.D. Parish was the senior partner,
because his name always appeared first in the listing.
The partnership continued
until 1847, when Mr. Sadler left to take the position of presiding judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the 13th
Judicial Circuit, which then included the counties of Erie, Huron, Sandusky,
Ottawa, Lucas, Wood and Henry. On February 15, 1847, the partnership between
F.D. Parish and E.B. Sadler was dissolved.
A copy of the dissolution notice is found in the historical files of the
Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. Though the partnership ended, it
appears that E.B. Sadler was trying to tie up loose ends. In the letter below
from Mr. Sadler to a “Brother Norman,” E.B. Sadler requested that fees owed in
some recent legal matters were to be paid.
Parish went to become well known as an abolitionist who took an active part in
the Underground Railroad. E.B. Sadler served as Mayor of Sandusky from 1844 to
The Frank Cable family is pictured above in the late
1890s. Frank’s wife was the former Ida Schwind. Their daughters were Clara,
Florence and Stella. Frank, along with his father Laurence Cableand his brother Edward, was active in real estate
development in Sandusky in the early twentieth century. The Cable family
developed Cable Park, a residential
neighborhood on Sandusky’s Wayne Street, and they were key donors to the former
Providence Hospital. Below we see Frank Cable standing outside the home in
which he grew up, at the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Monroe Street.
Frank and Ida’s daughter Clara Cable married Leo
Wagner, who operated a florist shop in Sandusky for many years on Columbus
Clara Cable Wagner
Florence Cable married attorney George C. Steinemann.
Florence Cable Steinemann
Youngest daughter Stella went on to marry Dr. M.A.
Wagner. After the the doctor's death, Stella wed Roman Burnor, and they made
their home in Toledo, Ohio.
Mrs. Ida Schwind
Cable died at the young age of 40, in a hospital in San Antonio, Texas following a
serious illness. The telegram announcing her death was delivered to the Cable
family on the very day that the Providence Hospital dedication took place, in
April 1904. The original Providence Hospital had once been the home of C.C.
Keech on Hayes Avenue.
Frank Laurence Cable died at the Sawyer Sanitarium in Marion, Ohio on December 14, 1913. Sadly, his
brother Edward Cable had died just a few weeks earlier. The Cable family left
their mark on Sandusky, Ohio. If you would like to learn more about this family
and their many contributions to our community, visit the Sandusky Library
Archives Research Center, where you can view the Cable Family Collection.
Nancy Filer Follett was the youngest child of
Oran Follett and his first wife, Nancy Filer.
In 1830, when young Nancy was just an infant, her
mother died. Her father married Eliza Gill Ward on November 22, 1832, so it seems likely that Eliza Follettwas the only mother that Nancy Filer Follett ever knew.
By 1840, Oran and Eliza Follett and several
Follett children, including Nancy, were living
in Sandusky, in
their lovely home on Wayne Street.
In 1853 Nancy Follett married George Thornton, a successful businessman in Sandusky.
George and Nancy Thornton had two children, a son Ralph, and a daughter Mary.
Ralph Thornton died in Sandusky,
at age 5, and Mary survived until only age 22. Nancy Follett Thornton served on the first
Board of Managers of the Library Association of Sandusky, known fondly as the
"Ladies' Library Association." The December 1900 issue of the Firelands Pioneer stated that Mrs.
George Thornton was the kind adviser and secretary of the Ladies Library
Association. She made several strong appeals to the residents of Sandusky
for financial support for the library. (A brief history of the Sandusky
Library is found at the library’s website.)
After residing in Sandusky from the 1850's through the 1870's, George and Nancy
Thornton moved to the Cincinnati area. George Thornton died in 1890, and Nancy passed away in
1896. They are buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Hamilton County,
Ohio. Nancy Filer Follett
Thornton was a vibrant woman, working for community causes, in spite
of suffering deep personal losses. She outlived her parents, her husband,
and both of her children.