Our news is pretty “historic.” This is the page you will want to check on a regular basis. It contains news and articles featuring historic articles, events, and other interesting items relating to the history of Erie County and some surrounding areas. It is the perfect place to keep up with all the latest news.
September 1, 2018 – Sandusky’s Zion Lutheran Church’s history – The congregation was established in the mid-1800s, but its current building wasn’t constructed until about 1898 at Columbus Avenue and Jefferson Street. George Feick, a church member, helped design and build the church. The church had two previous locations in Sandusky. “The church was built from limestone in the Victorian Romanesque style,” according to the Sandusky Library history blog, and was dedicated Nov. 12, 1899.
August 18, 2018 – John Hildebrant, President of the Erie Co. Historical Society, shares his top 10 list of the most significant events in the last 200 years of Sandusky’s history.
August 17, 2018 – Holy Assumption in Marblehead – Tsar Nicholas II was a key component to the establishment of Marblehead’s Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, which houses gifts sent from Russia by the tsar. Holy Assumption’s beginnings sprung forth in the late 1800s, when a group of Orthodox Christian immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire immigrated to Marblehead and Kelleys Island in search of work at what was then Kelleys Island Lime and Transportation Company. The Christians established a parish in 1898 and sought Nicholas’ help in funding the construction of a church. Nicholas sent Bishop Tikhon to help. Tikhon, who headed the Russian Orthodox Church’s Diocese of Alaska, which included all of North America, aided the congregation as they constructed their first church in 1899 on land they had purchased from the quarry.
August 11, 2018 – A history of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, built in 1855.
August 11, 2018 – Update on storm damage to Biemiller and Barnes buildings.
August 10, 2018 – Sandusky’s Cholera Cemetery is rededicated – As 357 spirits rest in peace at the Cholera Cemetery, its overall spirit remains alive and well throughout Sandusky. About 30 community members attended Wednesday’s rededication ceremony, in which officials outlined several recent upgrades happening at the Harrison Street green space.
August 9, 2018 – Tour the North Ridge of Oakland Cemetery on Saturday.
August 7, 2018 – The history of the Cooke building and block is where many businesses got their starts. 1850s: Sandusky’s Cooke Block, at the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and Market Street, came into existence. Ellie Damm wrote in “Treasure by the Bay” that the north section, known as the Union Building, was built first, along Columbus Avenue.
August 7, 2018 – The first Erie County Fair, in 1855, was in Sandusky. But for the following five years, the host city for the Erie County Fair was Huron, which outbid Sandusky for the privilege ($1,000 to $850). In 1860, the society voted to hold the next five years of the fair in Sandusky, but the annual event was suspended during the Civil War. By 1865, the Erie County Agricultural Society decided to purchase land to make a permanent home for the fair.
August 4, 2018 – The history of the Castalia Congregational United Church of Christ dates back to 1835.
July 28, 2018 – The history of Christ Episcopal Church in Huron dates back to 1838.
July 28, 2018 – A history of the Marblehead Lighthouse – The tower, which opened in 1822, is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
July 21, 2018 – Rededicating the Cholera Cemetery-August 8 at 2 pm. Sandusky officials honors the Cholera Cemetery on Harrision Street, redicating the Cholera Cemetery on August 8.
July 21, 2018 – The history of Holy Angels Catholic Church – Holy Angels’ roots go back almost 200 years.
July 16, 2018 – On Saturday, August 18, Zion United Methodist Church on Kelleys Island will celebrate 125 years in its current building. Zion was first formed as the German Evangelical Church in 1854. A small church building, now a home, was built in 1873, and a parsonage was built in. The present Church was built in 1893. The German language was used in worship until the year 1910. There is a nice timeline history of this congregation.
July 14, 2018 – Several photographs of Kelleys Island, Put-in-Bay and Lonz winery taken by Harley Hoffman, a commercial photographer who had a studio in Castalia, Ohio in the 1950s.
July 25, 2018 – Dr. E. C. Fields of Memphis TN will portray General Ulysses S. Grant on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 at the North Fairfield American Legion.
July 14, 2018 – First Presbyterian Church’s history dates back to the city of Sandusky’s founding in 1819. The rear portion of its present building ‘the Chapel’ was erected and first occupied in November 1853. Discover a little more about this magnificent building.
July 7, 2018 – The Ottawa County Museum in Port Clinton is closed until July 10 so the museum can carry out carpet cleaning and minor repairs following the recent flooding in Port Clinton. The collection includes artifacts from Native Americans, early settlers, farmers, commercial fishing, the military (including the Battle of Lake Erie and the Bataan Death March), materials from local businesses, a firearms collection and more.
July 5, 2018 – Event helps mark Sandusky’s bicentennial on Fourth of July – Ron Davidson, special collections librarian at Sandusky Library, offered that fact and many more when he gave a talk in the cafeteria at the Adams Building on daily life 200 years ago and 100 years ago. Sandusky Science Lodge No. 50, 304 Wayne St., also is marking its 200th anniversary. Hector Kilbourne laid out Sandusky’s streets in the center of town. He arranged the streets to show the compass and square that is the symbol of masonry. Sandusky is the home of Toft’s Dairy.
June 25, 2018 – Erie County Historical Society Board members visit Gettysburg. They have made this trip five times already and this time they sent photos.
June 23, 2018 – Discover the history of the streets near the Sandusky post Office. Who were the men after which these streets were named? Parish, Caldwell, Follett, Cowdery and Sadler. The Sandusky Library has a great BlogSpot that tells some of the more obscure histories of some of Erie County’s most interesting persons, places and things. https://sanduskyhistory.blogspot.com
May 27, 2018 – New history museum in Ottawa Co. opens June 16 The new museum will open with an exhibit on the ice harvesting industry that flourished in the area years ago. Ice harvesting for iceboxes was a big industry until the development of refrigerators.
June 25, 2018 – Huron to dedicate 5 new historic markers. The markers tell the story of the Huron docks and the impact they made on Huron’s history and culture, a joint project of the historical society, the Huron Joint Port Authority — which will spend about $8,000 to cover the cost — and the Huron parks and recreation department. These items will find a home in one of the museums in the area.
June 23, 2018 – Sandusky Maritime Museum executive director Annette Wells explained how the Battle of Lake Erie played out, which occurred Sept. 10, 1813, during the War of 1812. The battle involved American naval forces fighting the British to determine who had control over Lake Erie, a vital resource for trade and travel during that time.
June 18, 2018 – Sandusky Masons celebrate 200 years – In June 1818, Sandusky was a small village of about 100 inhabitants, many of which were Masons. In 1919 they formed Science Lodge No. 50 and its officers were: Hector Kilbourne, Samuel B. Carpenter, Henry Fuller, and Eleutheros Cooke. Cooke was the first attorney in Sandusky and went on to become a U.S. senator. Stories include the 1849 Cholera epidemic, the Civil War and Johnson’s Island. The contribution by the Lodge are recognized, the Masonic Lodge caught fire, and Masons fight in several wars.
June 18, 2018 – Maritime Museum curators and volunteers hung up 33 photos as part of their Bicentennial Vintage Maritime Pictures exhibit. Nostalgic images range from popular passenger steamers — the G.A. Boeckling, A. Wehrle Jr., State of Ohio, Frank E. Kirby, among others — from yesteryear, the Sandusky coal docks and World War I draftees boarding a train at Columbus Avenue in 1917.
May 2, 2018 – The Firelands Postcard Club. The local club for picture postcard enthusiasts, or “deltiologists,” has marked the occasion by creating four new picture postcards, all based on photos taken by Ernst Niebergall (1876-1954), a native of Germany whose photography depicts many aspects of life years ago in Erie County.
May 2, 2018 – A new book, “Sandusky’s Photographer: The Real Photo Postcards of Ernst Niebergall” features 246 photographs by Niebergall (1876-1954). Most of the historic photos were originally published as postcards. The Firelands Postcard Club published the book and is selling it.
April 24, 2018 – What may be the oldest shipwreck ever found in Lake Erie has been found east of Kelleys Island, possibly off the Erie County coast. The National Museum of the Great Lakes and Cleveland Underwater Explorers on Monday announced the possible discovery of the Lake Serpent, a sailing vessel built in Cleveland in 1821 and lost in 1829.
April 10, 2018 – John Schaeffer obituary – Dec. 5, 1927 – April 7, 2018 John was a founding member of the Historic Lyme Village and the Heritage Society of Erie County and a member of the Erie County Historical Society.
April 4, 2018 – BYE-BYE TO ‘THE BRICK HOUSE – Structure to be demolished to make way for roundabout at West Bogart Road and Campbell Street. Article contains a really nice history of the building.
March 23, 2018 – Discovery of shipwreck sites announced – The National Museum of the Great Lakes and its partner in the hunt for shipwrecks, Cleveland Underwater Explorers, recently announced the discovery of four shipwrecks in Lake Erie. The shipwrecks include the location of the Margaret Olwill, a steam barge which sank off Lorain in 1899, claiming eight lives, and the locations of three still unidentified shipwrecks.
March 10, 2018 – Erie County Historical Society revamps its website. Updates include a new Home page with quick links to events, walking tours, and history museums. The site us much more user friendly now.
February 18, 2018– State Theatre hosts Bicentennial Banter series, listing of event names and dates for 2018.
October 11, 2017–They’re keeping a promise to clean up the Cholera Cemetery. Since springtime, Sandusky’s public services workers have made many upgrades at the green space located on Harrison Street near AMVETS Park.
September 28, 2017 – Historical society unveils new online walking tour for Sandusky’s downtown – The site at eriecountyohiohistory.com has added a new “Virtual Downtown Historic Walking Tour” under the “Resources” section of the website, for history buffs who want to “walk around” downtown and learn about its history without leaving their couches. Thomas Hutsler, an intern for the City of Sandusky, put together the new item in a couple of days work. Working with an existing walking tour of Sandusky in the “Historic Walking Tours” area of the website, Hutsler put together a new version of the walking tour, mapping the locations and putting together a series of links to provide more information about the various locations.
September 23, 2017 – New historical marker unveiled in Huron park – The Erie County Historical Society remembered Flemmond by unveiling a new historical marker at Huron City Park Saturday, a short distance north of the Huron Boat Basin. Flemmond (1770-1827), a French Canadian trader, opened a trading post in 1805 on the east side of the Huron River, about two miles from the river’s mouth. It was at the trading post that a famous Ottawa Indian chief closely associated with Sandusky, Ogontz, killed another chief. (The killing was ruled to be self defense).
September 20, 2017 – A new book, “Above the High Water Mark,” based on letters that Corker wrote before, during and after the Civil War, offers a look at what life was at the Civil War POW camp on Johnson’s Island in Ottawa County. During the war, it housed captured Confederate officers. The book, priced at $20, is available from Amazon. The book was written by John C. Hall Jr., an accountant who lives in Dublin, Ga. Hall is Corker’s great-great grandson. The letters cover the period from 1859 to 1872. The Civil War took place from 1861 to 1865, so “it really tells you the story of the South,” Hall said.
September 16, 2017 – New history museum planned on Catawba Island – The historic old Union Chapel in Port Clinton is the Catawba Island Historical society’s new museum location. the new museum is slated ot open in 2018.
June 14, 2017 – Temporary exhibit gives history of the former New Departure-KBI plant in Sandusky. At one time 4,000 people worked there. The plant’s history is being remembered in an exhibit of artifacts and papers that can be viewed Wednesday in a temporary museum on plant property. The exhibit was put together by Charles “Chuck” Sage, a longtime plant employee who also served as an unofficial history of the plant and its parent companies.
May 5, 2017 – Famous theater producer from Sandusky died when the Lusitania sank. Charles, Daniel and Gustave Frohman are honored with an historical marker on Poplar Street in Sandusky. Charles’ legacy is shared in this article.
July 5, 2016 – New Historic Marker for Holy Angels Church in Sandusky. new marker at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave. The church is the first Catholic Church in the Sandusky area, and also the oldest church building in the Catholic Diocese of Toledo.
August 3, 2016 –The Heritage Society of Erie County displays vintage items including a a 1917 farm tractor made in Sandusky by the Jacob Dauch Mfg. Co., A 1922 Courier car also made by Dauch. Other unique items are a mattress stuffed with straw on a rope frame (sleep tight), A 332.5 crayon made by the American Crayon Co., a train station bench and some old road signs.
August 6, 2016 – Perkins launches digital cemetery database – Anyone with Internet access can log on to the township’s website and view precise locations of roughly 2,000 grave sites, all located off Milan Road near Ohio 2.
August 20, 2016 – Sandusky’s Kingsbury Building to get makeover as the City looks for a new location for City Hall. Adjoining Calvary Temple might be included.
November 29, 2016 – New book published, “History of Ottawa County: The First 175 Years,” by Patrick Lawrence O’Keeffe. The book is lavishly illustrated with about 350 photos, and many of the photos come with a story. About 40 percent of the photos came from the society’s Ottawa County Museum, but images also emerged from farmhouse attics, small museums and local libraries.