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									                               The Amherst Historical Society Newsletter

                      The GrindstoneSeptember/October 2008

Upcoming Events                Fundraising Auction!!
 Opening of Quigley
Museum & Sandstone
  May 4 - Sept. 28        August 23, 2008                                   Lunch Available
   Sunday Only
 Tours: 2pm & 3 pm
                            10:00 a.m.                                       For Purchase
                            Sandstone                                             By
                              Village                                        Buckeye BBQ
   Native American         Milan Avenue
    Artifact Display
         & Sale
 Neal Jenne Artwork
   Exhibit and Sale
   August 17, 2008              Items for Auction Include, But Are Not Limited To :
      8am - 3pm
  Sandstone Village            Indian Artifacts, Antique Furniture, Antique Lighting
   Presented by the
Sandusky Bay Chapter
                               Fixtures, Fine Paintings & Prints, Glassware. Jewelry,
         of the                       Collectibles, Old Toys and Much More!
Archaeological Society
        Of Ohio
            &                                 Come And Spend The Day!
The Amherst Historical
                                 Auction proceeds to supplement Village building projects.

Antique and Collectible
 Fundraiser Auction
   August 23, 2008
                                             UNIQUE EVENT!
  Sandstone Village                Native American Artifacts Display and Sale
                                                      Presented by
                                 Sandusky Bay Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio
Dutch Oven Cook-off                                          &
September 14, 2008                 Neal Jenne Gallery Artwork Exhibit and Sale
    12pm - 4pm
                                        Presented by The Amherst Historical Society
 Sandstone Village
Sponsored by Laurel
                                                     on                 at
Run Cooking School                            August 17,2008     Sandstone Village
                                                8a.m. - 3p.m.     Milan Avenue

                                 Food available for purchase catered by MaryAnn Kordeleski
                                      From the President       By Ron Sauer

        I need your HELP! I have been trying to gather a large collection of quality items to be
sold at our upcoming auction to be held Saturday, August 23 starting at 10:00 a.m. The goal is
to raise $10,000 to be used toward the many on-going projects at the Amherst Historical
Society Village. With these projects we are looking to bring diversity to our village without
losing a connection to Amherst history.

        Our request for items has resulted in a very good response from our membership.
Friends of the historical society have brought in many beautiful and unusual items to be sold at the auction. Also,
we will go through our “attic” here at AHS and see what we can find. One of the more unusual items we have is a
very rare outhouse heater. Now, does that peak your interest? I am sure there will be something for everyone.

       If you have an item you would like to donate, please call our office at 440 -988-7255 or call my home at
440-988-8036. We will pick-up any large items. If you don’t have anything to donate but would like to help, come
out on August 23 and bid. Bid high and bid often

        Have you had a recent opportunity to visit the village and see the many construction projects in progress?
The newest building located next to the Jenne Art Gallery is the future location of the Firelands Archaeological
Research Center. A group of archeologists led by Dr. Brian Redman of the
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Dr. David Stothers of Toledo University
and Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf, professor emeritus of Ohio State University will be
doing field work in the summer. In the winter the Research Center building right
here at our village will be where this group will clean, catalog and determine the
age of all specimens found.

       Prehistory is important because it shows how the Native Americans lived
before our ancestors arrived on this continent. Remember, archeology is not a
renewable resource and we here in Amherst should be proud that we are now
involved with this process.

                                               Very Interesting Stuff

     Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was for “Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden”…
                             and thus the word GOLF entered the English language.

     In the 1400’s a law mandated that a man was allowed to hit his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.
                                       Hence we have “the rule of thumb”.

                                                   23, 2008
                                                   10:00 am

                        TV’s Bachelor and Bachelorette’s Village Event
                                               On Saturday July 19, Ted and Willy Csincsak along with all
                                               of the Csincsak family and close friends gathered in the
                                               Grange Hall at the Sandstone Village to greet their
                                               famous bachelor son, Jessie, and his soon to be bride,
                                               Bachelorette, DeAnna Pappas.

                                               Pictured with the renown couple are Madeline and Megan,
                                               grandchildren of Ted and Kathy Litkovitz, who happened
                                               to be huge fans of the Bachelorette show and who were
                                               visiting in the village with mom, Rebecca and grand-
                                               mother, Kathy Litkovitz,

                                               The girls were hesitant to approach the couple for a
                                               picture but later commented that they were both so friendly
                                               saying they didn’t mind at all gathering for a picture.
    Madeline   DeAnna      Jessie   Megan

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                                               History of Amherst
                                                  1850 - 1890
    Written by Miss Marion Steele. Taken from Amherst Ohio Sesquicentennial 1814 - 1964

    The years from 1850 to 1890 were full of activity and interest. The growth of the village was slow but strong.
    The population in 1850 was about 1,400 and in 1890 it had increased to about 1,650.

    It was not until 1870 that the need for a local government was felt. In 1871 a petition and map for the incorpo-
    ration of the village was submitted to the Lorain County Commissions. In 1872 a petition for the incorporation
    of a village to be known as North Amherst was record with the Lorain County Recorder. A charter was
    granted to the village of North Amherst in April, 1873.

                   From Middendorf’s Amherst, Our Town we read that:

                   “ The first elected officials of North Amherst were: A. A. Crosse, Mayor; J. W. Gilbert, Clerk,
                     Joseph Trost, Treasurer; John B. Robertson, Marshal; George Fuller, William Brown,
                     and John Nathan, Councilmen for one year terms; F.O. Barney, J.H. Clouse, and
                     James Manning, Councilmen for two years.”

    The first mayor of North Amherst was Asahel Allen Crosse, a physician and surgeon. Dr. Cross was born in
    Cincinnatus, New York. He left home at the age of thirteen to make his own way. During the next three years
    he worked on farms and attended district schools when he was not working on the farm. At the age of sixteen
    he began to study medicine at Willoughby University. In 1842 he came to Amherstville with four dollars in his
    pocket. He began his practice with Dr. Luman Tenney, a local doctor. When Dr. Tenney died, Dr. Crosse
    took over his practice. When he became mayor, he had some difficulty attending meetings of the Village
    Council. Needless to say, this annoyed the village Council greatly. However, Dr. Crosse did manage to serve
    out his term which ended in in April 1875. In addition, he served his fellow citizens as township assessor,
    township clerk, justice of the peace, and postmaster. Dr. Crosse was a man of great personal strength and
    courage. During 1858, his right leg was broken at the ankle when he fell from his carriage. The leg bones
    were driven into the ground. Despite great pain, Dr. Crosse managed to survive through the accident and the
    amputation. He lived out his days in North Amherst in the service of his fellow man.

    The first meeting of the village officials was on April 10,1873. This was an organized meeting. Each official
    was sworn into office, and each presented his bond for office. The first business meeting of the village
    government was held the next night. A committee was selected to choose a proper place for the Mayor’s
    office and the Council Chambers. The Clerk was instructed to get a record book and other equipment.

    The first village ordinance to be passed was for the construction of a plank storm sewer constructed along
    Church Street to the Union School lot. The second ordinance bears out the fact that providing for the needs of
    a growing community is a costly affair. Ordinance 2: Be it ordained by the Town Council of North Amherst,
    two-thirds of all members concurring: That in view of the present financial embarrassment of the Corporation
    the Mayor and Clerk be and are hereby authorized to issue a bond or bonds to the amount of five hundred
    ($500.00) dollars for six months as a temporary loan for contingent expenses.

    The first tax levied by the Village Council, for six mills, was used for the following community improvements:
                            Streets and Roads                       2-5/10 mills
                            General Purposes                          5/10 mills
                            Reservoir and Fire                        6/10 mills
                            Sewers, Ditches and Drains                5/10 mills
                            Special Purposes                        1-9/10 mills

    Early ordinances were passed as the need arose. Some of these ordinances prohibited the destruction of
    public property such as the ordinance which prohibited removing stones or dirt from any public street or alley.
    Others regulated the actions of people such as the ordinance against fast driving or the ordinance banning
    gambling of all sorts.
                                           Ohio - The Buckeye State
         As Ohioans how much do we really know about our state’s symbols and their origins.

Since Ohio's admittance as the seventeenth state within the United States of America in 1803, the Ohio
government has adopted numerous symbols to represent our state. Referring to us as the Buckeye State began
in the 1840’s when Ohio resident William Henry Harrison won the presidency. Harrison’s supporters carved
campaign souvenirs out of buckeye wood to illustrate their support for their fellow Ohioan...and the reference
“Buckeyes” was born.
                         State Motto - “ With God All Things Are Possible”
Our state motto has a most interesting origin. During the early 1950s, the Ohio legislature sponsored a contest for
selecting a state motto. "With God All Things Are Possible" became Ohio's state motto on October 1, 1959. James
Mastronardo, a twelve-year-old boy recommended this quotation from the Bible.

In 1997, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit against Ohio and its state motto, claiming that this phrase
from the Bible violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees religious freedom
and a separation of church and state. Various federal courts sided with Ohio, allowing the state to retain the motto.
Judges ruled that Ohio's motto does not endorse a specific God and, thus, was not a violation of the First Amend-
ment. Ohio is one of five states with the word "God" in their mottos.

                                               State Flower - Red Carnation
               So fitting for our state flower to be in remembrance of a fallen president. Ohio adopted its official state
               flower, the red carnation, in 1904. The state legislature chose the red carnation to honor President
               William McKinley, an Ohioan, who was assassinated in 1901. McKinley liked to wear red carnations
               stuck in his buttonhole on the lapel of his jacket.

                                             State Bird - The Cardinal
In 1933, the Ohio General Assembly made the cardinal Ohio's state bird. When Europeans first
arrived in Ohio during the late 1600s and the early 1700s, cardinals were very rare to the area.
At that time Ohio was 95% forested with very little appropriate habitat for cardinals but as the
forests were cleared, the habitat became more suitable for cardinals. During this period, some
people trapped cardinals and sold them to people as pets. Today, cardinals live in all of Ohio's
eighty-eight counties and can be found in both rural and urban settings.

                                           State Beverage - Tomato Juice
Unusual but true: In 1965, the Ohio General Assembly made tomato juice Ohio's official beverage. Adoption of an
official beverage coincided with the Tomato Festival held in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In 1870, Reynoldsburg resident
Alexander Livingston began to grow tomatoes commercially. He is famous for developing the Paragon Tomato.
The Tomato Festival, which occurs every year, honors Livingston and the tomato's importance to Ohio's economy.

Upcoming issues will describe additional state symbols, the uniqueness of Ohio’s flag and early history of our

Reference: Ohio History Central: symbols

                                                35th Olde Time Jamboree

                    If you weren’t at the Jamboree this year, you were probably the only one in town that
                    was not. In the words of Terry Traster it was “the best Jamboree ever”. We had a re-
                    cord setting attendance this year, and I have to say, that it is thanks to the best commit-
                    tee ever. As chairman I was very fortunate to have the “A-Team” to work with, which
                    included Donna Rumpler, Terry Traster, Bob and Martha Pallante. Ruth Haff, John
                    (Shorty) Dietrich, Ron Sauer, Donita Abraham, Gerri Rice, Marie Robertson and Lilly
Krebs. The Jamboree would have not been the success it was without this group of wonderful volunteers.

                      Although we couldn’t have the “Amherst Super Star” singing contest and the Amherst
                      Community Singers due to the thunderstorms all of our other entertainment went on as
                      planned. Ruth Haff did another fantastic job lining up the musical entertainment. Let’s
                      hope the “Naked Monkeys” can make it back next year.

Once again the “Rocket Ship Car” ride provided great fun for young and old alike. This
year we added the “Thriller Car”, which is also a Euclid Beach ride, and Saturday night
they were giving rides right up to the close of the Jamboree at 11 P.M. For the younger
set we had the carrousel and swing ride, the climbing wall and other assorted inflatable's,
as well as the children’s games.

                      I also think we had a great variety of food and display vendors which really help to
                      draw good crowds. Our very own “Amherst Historical Society” Booth, I’m sure you will
                      all agree was the best ever. The biggest hit was the “Baskets” that were raffled off
                      and special acknowledgment to the Amherst Giant Eagle, Pat Catan, Cooper Foster
                      Park Subway, Route 58 Convenient Foods, downtown Amherst, The Mermaid’s Tale,
                      Park Avenue Salon, Church Street Bar & Grill and The Amherst Historical Society for
                      their welcomed donations. Noteworthy thanks to Rebecca Wisniewski, Mary Kay
Independent Sales Director, and Pam Faragher, Longaberger consultant, for their generous donations.

                   Of course, it goes without saying, that another HUGE contributor to the
                   success of the Jamboree this year was Terry Traster. The layout of the
                   park for vendors, etc., that he designed really made it easier to negotiate
                   around the park and lent itself well to the larger crowd. And, of course, a
                   big thanks to Gerri Rice for another fantastic Jamboree parade. Nobody
                   could do it better.

And my last thank you goes to all you wonderful AHS members and volunteers who help in so many
countless ways, I want you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you.

                                                  “Thanks for the memories!”

                                            Kathy Litkovitz, Jamboree Chairman

                           Pictures courtesy of Tim Branscum
                        The Clothes Line                                             Clothes Line Poem

    The clothes line...a dead give away. Do kids today even        A clothes line was a news forecast to neighbors passing
    know what a clothes line is? For all of us a bit older, this   by. There were no secrets you could keep when clothes
    will bring back the memories.                                  were hung to dry.

    1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging             It also was a friendly link for neighbors always knew,
       any clothes. Walk the length of each line with a            If company had stopped by to spend a night or two.
       damp cloth around the line.
                                                                   For then you’d see the fancy sheets and towels upon
    2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order and          the line; You’d see the company table cloths with
       always hang whites with whites and hang first               intricate design.

    3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by          The line announced a baby’s birth to folks who lived
       the tail. What would the neighbors think?                   inside. As brand new infant clothes were hung so
                                                                   carefully with pride.
    4. Wash day on Monday. Never hang clothes on the
        weekend or Sunday for heaven’s sake!                       The ages of the children could so readily be known.
                                                                   By watching how the sizes changed; You’d know how
    5   Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so         much they'd grown.
        you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle.
                                                                   It also told when illness struck, as extra sheets were
    6. It didn’t matter if it was sub zero weather.. clothes       hung; Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
       would “freeze dry.”                                         Haphazardly were strung.

    7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down             It said, “Gone on vacation now” when lines hung limp
       dry clothes. Pins left on the line was “tacky.”             and bare. It told, “We’re back” when full lines sagged
                                                                   with not an inch to spare.
    8, If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so
       that each item did not need two clothes pins, but           New folks in town were scorned upon if wash was dingy
       shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed         gray, As neighbors carefully raised their brow and
       item.                                                       looked the other way.

    9. Clothes off by dinner time, neatly folded in the            But clotheslines now are of the past, for dryers make
       clothes basket and ready to be ironed.                      work less. Now what goes on inside a home is any-
                                                                   body’s guess.
    10. IRONED? Well, that’s a whole other subject!
                                                                   I really miss that way of life. It was a friendly sign.
                                                                   When neighbors knew each other’s best by what hung
                                                                   on the line!

                                                  The Empire Theater

                                                                       The Empire Theater was owned by Mr. McGee.
                                                                       It was later named the Mary Jane and then the
                                                                       Amherst, situated just south of the Chatterbox.
                                                                       The man on the right was Mr. Nugent, the man-
                                                                       ager. Woman to his right is Mrs. Emery Redman
                                                                       (nee Schultz), Don’s mother. She was employed
                                                                       by Mr. Nugent to play music during the silent
                                                                       movies. The movie to be shown was “Aunty’s
                                                                       Romantic Adventure” starring Pearl White of
                                                                       Perils of Pauline fame. The studio was Crystal
                                                                       Universal, probably predecessor of University
                                                                       Studio. The year would have been between
                                                                       1913 and 1920.

Photo and narrative courtesy of Mr. Don Redman.

          Stan Reichert’s Restaurant                Amherst Movie           Milad’s Service    Linden Oldsmobile
             249 Church Street                     253 Church Street       269 Church Street     283 Church St
          Photo circa 1950 - 1955

          Empire Theatre 253 Church Street 1912
                Theater patrons unidentified
      Genealogy Corner # 20                                                            by Orville Manes

      A genealogy for the George Zilch Family has been added to the Amherst Historical Society
                                        John Holzhauer Family

      John Holzhauer was born in 1810 in Weiterode, Hessen, Kassel, Germany and died January 15, 1900
      possibly in Black River Township, Lorain County, Ohio. John was an orphan and immigrated to America in
      1827. He married Anna Katherine Heidenreich, July 9, 1844 in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio. Anna was the
      daughter of John Heidenreich and Anna (Hilt) Heidenreich. Anna Katherine was born June 14, 1823 in
      Hessen, Kassel, Germany and died December 27, 1862 in Lorain County, Ohio.

      The children of John and Anna Katherine were: Adam Holzhauer (1846), Charles
      Frederick Holzhauer (1848), Mary Ann Holzhauer (1850), Anna Elizabeth Holzhauer
      (1852), Catherine Holzhauer (1845), Martha Holzhauer (1857), Sophia C. Holzhauer
      (1858) and John Casper Holzhauer (1859).

      John Casper Holzhauer was born in Black River Township, Lorain County, Ohio and
      died December 6, 1916 at his home on North Main Street, Amherst, Ohio. John
      Casper married Ellen Martin in 1884, daughter of George Martin and Elizabeth Ruth.
      Ellen was born February 1865 in Amherst Township, Lorain County, Ohio. Her
      family lived on Middle Ridge Road. Ellen died March 1946 in Shield Rest Clinic,
      Lorain. Four children were born to this union between John Casper and Ellen – a
      son, Newton John and three daughters, Edith L., Ruth and Mildred.
                                                        Pictured Ruth and Newton Holzhauer.

    These photos capture some of the beautiful stonework that has been erected at the Amherst Sandstone Village.
    Terry Traster, Construction Supervisor, along with assistants, Red Branscum and Jeff Henry have been able to
    recreate the lost art of building with stone.

                                    Victorian Gardens                Entry Way to Gardens     Octagonal Barn and the retaining wall
    Pictures courtesy of Tim Branscum

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                    1175 Cleveland Ave.                                   2051 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
                     Amherst, OH 44001
                                                                                 Amherst, Ohio 44001
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               For all your financial needs.”                           “Local Community Banking at it’s best.”

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                 B O A RD O F T R U ST E E S

         Donita Abraham                Martha Pallante

           John Dietrich                  Dick Rice

    W. Zack Dolyk, Esquire                Ron Sauer                                   address

            Ruth Haff                     Neal Jenne

        Kathy Litkovitz                  Kent Sutton

            Lilly Krebs                Dr. Eric Stocker

                    Bernie Wagner-Doane

     Grindstone compiled and edited by Bob & Martha Pallante

                                                         Dutch Oven Cook-off

                                                     Sunday, September 14, 2008

                                         Hosted at The Amherst Sandstone Village
                                                    And sponsored by
                                               Laurel Run Cooking School
                                       DePalma Insurance and Financial Services, Inc

The Dutch Oven Cooking begins at 12:00 p.m.; judging at 4 p.m. and winners announced at 6pm.

You will watch teams prepare a variety of foods cooked in the outdoor Camp Dutch Oven using the
fire and coals as the only heat source. Teams will compete by entering one or all of the four
categories: Bread, Dessert, Main Dish, Cook’s Choice.
A team of three experienced Food Judges will award a winner in each category.

                                                                 Admission is free.

 Watch your local papers for additional events which will be held in conjunction with the cook-off.
           For more information or to enter call Marcia DePalma at (440)315-7910.


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