Saturday, July 28, 2012

Entertainment by the Ladies of Grace Church, 1866

On Monday evening, July 30, 1866, the ladies of Grace Church directed an entertainment at Norman Hall. Funds from the evening’s events were to be given to the church. Several tableaux vivants were exhibited, which represented various scenes and characters. Both vocal and instrumental entertainments were provided during the concert portion of the program. Refreshments of ice cream and cake were to be served after the evening’s entertainment concluded. Fifty cents was the price of admission, which would be about $7.00 in today’s economy.

Many years later, in an example of Tableau Vivant, Mrs. James Douglas posed as Whistler’s Mother at a meeting of the Art Study Club in Sandusky.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Moose Majorettes

In the 1950s and 1960s the Moose Majorettes marched in many parades in the Sandusky area. In September, 1951, the Moose Majorettes had a mass twirling exhibition at the Jackson Junior School in celebration of the Sandusky Moose Lodge’s fortieth anniversary. The Moose Majorettes appeared at Cedar Point, Camp Perry, and at a Soap Box Derby held in Sandusky in the summer of 1952. During a competition held at the Wisconsin Spectacle of Music, July 24-25, 1963, the Moose Majorettes and Drum Corps earned first place.

There were many other marching groups in Sandusky throughout the years, including the Lake Erie Drum and Bugle Corps and the Eaglettes. If anyone would like to donate pictures from former local majorette or drum corps organizations, please contact the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cedar Point Bathhouse Employees

Pictured above are Harry Garling, manager of the Cedar Point bathhouse during the summer of 1906 and his crew. Notes which accompanied the original photograph have identified many of the individuals. They are: 1. John Tanney, 3. Roy Hankey, 4. Frank Field, 5. Ed Waterfield, 6. Tommy Larkins, 7. Paul Savanack, 8. Gabe Seibert, 9. George Singler, 10. Leo Theibert, 11. Norman Miller, 12. Norbert Lange, 13. Ralph Ross, 14. Adelbert Taylor, 15. Harry Garling, 17. Charles Abele, 18. Frank Kromer, 20, Carl Keimer, 21. Ward Platt, 22. Joe Orcutt, 23. Elsie Ross, 24. Myrtle Hennesy, 25. Clara Tanney, 27. Fred Garling, 29. Harry Ward, 30. Henrietta Boehm, 31. Mrs. Fannie Chamberlain, and 32. Mrs. John Neuman.

According to the Sandusky Star of September 5, 1904, Harry Garling taught private swimming lessons at the Cedar Point beach every morning. Mr. Garling and his wife moved to Lakewood, Ohio where they were proprietors of a restaurant. Sadly, they both died on the same day, on October 18, 1940. Many of the young bathhouse employees were members of athletic teams of Sandusky High School. Paul Savanack became an Episcopalian minister, and Norbert Lange went on to become a chemistry professor who is well known for writing the classic text Handbook of Chemistry.

Another well known employee of Cedar Point was Knute Rockne, who perfected the forward pass on the Cedar Point beach with his college roommate Gus Dorais in the summer of 1913.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wedding Portraits of Leo Wagner and Clara Cable

Leo E. Wagner married Clara Cable in 1910. Their wedding portraits were a gift to the historical collections of the Archives Research Center of the Sandusky Library from the couples’ son Lawrence. Leo E. Wagner was the son of Michael Wagner, who was born in Germany, and settled in Sandusky in the 1870s. Michael Wagner was the president of Wagner Quarries, which began operating in 1893. Clara Cable was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cable.

For many years, Leo E. Wagner operated a florist shop at the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and East Monroe Streets. This location was later occupied by Russell’s Flowers, and since 2009 is home to Tre Sorelle Cioccolato. By the late 1940s, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Wagner moved to La Jolla, California. Leo E. Wagner passed away on June 21, 1956, and Clara passed away in 1984.

If you have vintage photos of family members or businesses from Sandusky and Erie County, consider donating them to the Archives Research Center of the Sandusky Library for future generations to enjoy.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dedication of the Progressive Masonic Temple

On July 15, 1945 the Progressive Masonic Temple, home of Progress Lodge No. 85 F. and A.M., was dedicated. The building, located at 2012 Columbus Avenue, was purchased on May 29, 1944, and was remodeled and redecorated for lodge purposes.

The Progress Lodge No. 85 F. and A.M. began in the 1920s in Sandusky, and was said to be Sandusky’s oldest African American fraternal organization at the time of the dedication of the lodge building. The group met in 1945 on the first and third Monday of the month. In April of 1969, Charles Alexander and Clarence A. Carman were honored with a testimonial banquet; they were the only living charter members of the Progress Lodge 85 F. and A.M. in the spring of 1969. The building located at 2012 Columbus Avenue is now home to the New St. John Masonic Lodge, No. 192.

Visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center to read about the formation of the first African American Lodge in Sandusky in the November 20, 1921 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal, available on microfilm.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Program Announcement: Brown Bag Lunch: Sandusky Eats!

Wednesday, July 18, at 12:00 p.m.

Take a look back at some of 19th century Sandusky’s eating habits, as gleaned from Eliza Follett’s Young Housekeeper’s Assistant cookbook, published in 1876. We’ll also have on hand other early Sandusky-published cookbooks to see what may have graced the tables of our great-grandparents. Registration is not required.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sandusky Ad Club Banquet, 1915

On July 15, 1915, members of the Sandusky Ad Club held their annual banquet at Cedar Point. Special guests were former Sandusky residents who were in town for the community’s homecoming festivities. An article in the Sandusky Star Journal reported that the banquet was “splendid.” Toastmaster for the evening was C.B. Dewitt, the son-in-law of General Henry Axline. Mr. DeWitt, a veteran of the Spanish American War, also went on to serve in World War One.

The main speaker for the banquet was Grove Patterson, the acting managing editor of the Toledo Blade. Mr. Patterson stressed the “ability to translate inspirations into action” in his speech which was entitled “The Get-Together Spirit.”

The Sandusky Ad Club was formed in 1913 to promote business in Sandusky, and to further improvements in the community. Eventually the Ad Club merged with the local Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Ohio Band Camp Held at Cedar Point, Performance at Lakeside

Members of the Ohio Band Camp, which met at Cedar Point, are pictured above in the early 1940s during a performance at Lakeside, Ohio. From 1932 to 1944, several students enrolled in the Ohio Band Camp which was held for several weeks throughout the summer. For many years the Ohio Band Camp was directed by Peter F. McCormick, an instructor at West Technical High School in Cleveland, Ohio. The student band members performed concerts at Cedar Point, Lakeside, the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home, and other locations around the Great Lakes region. At the summer band camp, students received instruction in band and orchestra, but also took trips to Ohio, Michigan and Canada. A newspaper article in 1942 reported that the Ohio Band Camp performed a concert at Lakeside when Eleanor Roosevelt was visiting the summer resort.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Program Announcement: Stories and Views of Ohio Lighthouses

Monday, July 9, at noon.

Local history author Pat O’Connell will share some of the fascinating stories and images about the history of lighthouses in Ohio that she has gathered over years of research. She is the author (with her husband Wil) of the book, Ohio Lighthouses, in the Images of America series, published in 2011 by Arcadia Publishing. Her book will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is not required.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Patriotic Young Ladies

This photograph of eighteen young ladies in a patriotic scene featuring several American flags was taken shortly after the turn of the twentieth century. The only persons identified are Florence Bookerman and Ethel Mae Barber, who are in the back row. (Notes on the back of the photo do not specify the exact location of Florence and Ethel Mae.) The photograph was a gift from Jack Doller, the son of Ethel Mae Barber Doller.

Most of the girls are wearing a small diamond shaped badge that says “Who are you?” It also appears to say "Maccabee Rally" and something else that is not readable. The Knights of the Maccabees was a fraternal organization and insurance society that had a chapter in Sandusky.

With only the slightest hint of smiles, the young ladies are wearing lovely white dresses, and some have white bows in their hair.

Ethel Mae Barber would eventually marry Howard V. Doller, from a family with ties to Put in Bay.

Ethel Mae Doller was active in the Sandusky Sailing Club, First Presbyterian Church, Business Women’s Club, and the Eastern Star. She died in March of 1966, while her husband died tragically in an accident while he was in Madison, Indiana in 1943. Florence Bookerman never married. She was the daughter of Jacob and Mary Bookerman, and worked at the American Crayon Company.

If anyone knows the names of any of the other young ladies in the picture, please leave a message in the Comments section of the blog post.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Jacob M. Beecher, Civil War Veteran

Jacob M. Beecher, the son of Lines and Jane Beecher, was the nephew of prominent Sandusky lawyer and abolitionist Lucas Beecher. During the Civil War, Jacob M. Beecher served in three separate units. He enlisted as a Private on April 25, 1861 at the age of 18, in Company E of the Seventh Ohio Infantry, serving until August 22, 1861. Later he re-enlisted in Company E, 72nd Ohio Infantry. Because of "gallant service," Jacob M. Beecher was appointed Lieutenant in the 71st U.S.C.T. In 1904, Jacob M. Beecher became widowed after the death of his wife Mary. He eventually became a resident of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, now known as the Ohio Veterans Home. On January 20, 1919, Jacob M. Beecher passed away. He was buried in Section F of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home Cemetery. Mr. Beecher left behind four sons and four daughters. Two of his sons served in France during World War One.

Visit the Sandusky Library and the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center to find a wide variety of Civil War historical resources.