Snippets Of Bay Village History

The Oviatt Manufacturing Company, Part I

Bay Village has a West Oviatt Road and an East Oviatt Road, both located off Dover Center Road near the railroad tracks. In Lakeside Cemetery there is a small footstone that reads, “Eugene C. Oviatt, died November 3, 1864 – 1 mo., 10 days.” So who were the Oviatts?

Our Oviatt family started in America with Thomas, who owned a tallow chandlery in Milford, Connecticut, in 1690. Four generations later, Benjamin and Elizabeth Carter Oviatt lived in Goshen, Connecticut. Benjamin Oviatt, Stephen Baldwin and Theodore Parmele jointly invested in one-eighth part of Hudson Township in 1800, one year after David Hudson established the village of Hudson. 

Heman Oviatt, Benjamin’s son, settled in Hudson in 1801 on land south of the village, a gift from his father. Benjamin’s second child, Luman, married Rhoda Norton and later Aloria Sanford in Goshen. He fathered 15 children. Some of his children settled in Parma Township and some in Richfield in Summit County. Although Luman spent his life in Connecticut, he was in Richfield when he died in 1838 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery. The second child of Luman and Rhoda is Nelson G. Oviatt.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:16 AM, 03.21.2017

When the Downtown Heinen's was a bank: The story of 2 dads

Bay Village Councilman Dave Tadych and I discovered we have something in common. Each of our fathers spent more than 40 years with one company – and it was the same company and our dads knew each other. This is the story of two dedicated guys making a living for their families.

Going through some old pictures for a picture book I was making, I came across a photo of my mother at a bank function with two men I couldn’t identify. I sent the picture along with some others from the Cleveland Trust Bank to a friend who used to work for my Dad and asked him if he could tell me who the people were in the pictures. When I got his answer back he said one of the men was Bernie Tadych. I thought, hmm, wonder if that is David Tadych’s father. When I next saw Dave I asked him if Bernie Tadych was his father. He said yes and we realized our dads had worked together at the Cleveland Trust Company for years. We had a connection. Both our fathers spent their careers there.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.21.2017

Martha Hall Bassett, Dover pioneer woman

In 1810, Moses Hall, a farmer from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, came to Ashtabula and Dover Township to look at land. In Dover Township he purchased 2,163 acres for $2 an acre from Hubbard and Stow in Connecticut‘s Western Reserve. Moses Hall, Martha’s father, gave his daughters 50 acres and his sons 100 acres of the Dover Township lands.

Martha, known as Patty, was born in 1790 in Lenox, Massachusetts, the second daughter of Moses and Relief Swift Hall. Patty had 11 brothers and sisters. On June 14, 1810, Patty Hall, then 20 years old, and Nathan Bassett, 25, of Lee, Massachusetts, were wed. Moses Hall moved his family to Ashtabula in 1811. Patty and Nathan traveled with them in a large group of family and friends. In 1811, Patty, taking up her father’s offer of 50 acres of land in Dover Township, then continued on further west with Nathan and her two brothers, Barnabas and James, who were also claiming their lands of 100 acres.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.07.2017

A look at life in Dover Township, 1820s to 1850s

In 1973, my sister, Gay Menning, and I decided Bay Village needed a written history and began work on "Bay Village: A Way of Life." To write a story about the early settlers that everyone would enjoy, we needed to find lots of little tidbits of everyday life along with the begets and begats. George Drake, our neighbor, lived on the corner of Bradley and Lake roads. We lived at 31011 Lake Road and stood at his corner, Stop #35, every school day to catch the school bus. George’s great-grandparents were Aaron and Elizabeth Winsor Aldrich. We knocked on George’s door and asked for help. George’s family kept every piece of paper that ever came into the house between 1830 and 1920 in a Rhode Island desk in a back room, and we told him we would sort his contents if we could look at them. What follows are some of the stories we gathered from the pieces of paper in George’s desk.

By 1826 the township of Dover had five school districts and 70 households. Nathan Bassett distributed the school bill in 1832 among Amos Cahoon, Elizabeth Johnson, William Saddler, Aaron Aldrich, Ranson Foote, Benjamin Stephens, Mr. Snider (the only one we don’t know), Joseph Cahoon, and himself.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:34 AM, 01.24.2017

The portables at Parkview School

In 1922, a two-story Parkview School was built on Cahoon Road at the south end of Cahoon Memorial Park. (There was no Wolf Road at the time.) Parkview School housed grades one through twelve. All the Bay Village children went to school in the building. Two years later a third story was needed. In 1926, Forestview School was built to house grades one through six for the many children who now lived in the east end of the village. Parkview still contained grades one through twelve, being the elementary school for the west end children.

For many years Parkview contained the west end elementary and high school grades with no problem. Sometime in the 1930s the school board decided to purchase portable clapboard barrack-style buildings and add them to the west end of the school to help the overflow.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:10 AM, 01.10.2017

Dad built a dollhouse for Christmas

In 1934, my dad, J. Ross Rothaermel, built a wooden dollhouse for my sister Barbara. An architect friend drew blueprints for a two-story colonial house. (We still have the blueprints.) When finished, the house sat in the middle of a five-by-two-foot grass-covered yard containing a walkway with trellis adorned with climbing roses that led to a driveway and garage.

The house and yard sat on a table that rolled on wheels. The chimney had a big metal “B” on it for Barbara. Downstairs there was a living room with fireplace, front hall with hall closet, and dining room. The kitchen was housed in a one-story addition next to the dining room. Upstairs was the master bedroom with another fireplace, bathroom and children’s room. A porch was over the kitchen.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.13.2016

Musical memories at Bay High School

The first musical memory I have is playing the wood blocks in Mrs. Marie Ranny’s kindergarten class at Parkview School. I remember many pleasant moments singing in school. I always enjoyed music, especially the high school choir. 

When I was growing up in the 1940s, Miss Mabie was our music teacher at Parkview School. (The portables on the west end of Parkview School were my home for the second and third grades.) She would come into the classroom with her pitch pipe, and we would pass the music books around and sing in our seats. I remember the books were green with a picture of the world on the cover. I remember because while in Miss Lineberry’s third-grade classroom during music, a classmate threw up all over “the world.”

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:36 AM, 11.29.2016

Two turkey tales about Bay Village

For Thanksgiving, here are two turkey tales about our town.

Powell Turkeys

Thomas Powell of Olean, New York, purchased 80 acres of land, Lot #81, on the west side of Bradley Road from Nehemiah Hubbard. Thomas married Sophia Saddler. In 1850, Thomas built a clapboard house at 576 Bradley Road, which still stands. Thomas and Sophia had three children, Perry, Elisabeth and West.

Perry married Sarah Milner. His children were Isaac Clinton (I.C.), Elvie and Mary. Perry’s son Clinton married Amanda Wuebker. Clinton built a house north of the old Powell house at 562 Bradley Road.

Their son, Roger Powell, raised turkeys. They were “free range” turkeys, meaning they roamed around the farm and were not cooped. Powell’s turkeys were very popular. Most Bay Villagers purchased a fresh Powell turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas in the 1940s and '50s. When the Powell farm was sold, everyone was sad. Where were they going to get their turkey?

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.15.2016

The German Starke family at 294 Bradley Road

German farmers Henry and Eleanore Starke, with their children, Caroline, Henrietta, Henry, Fred and Frank, came to Dover Township in 1868. Their 40-acre farm, Lot #91, purchased from Henry Winsor, was on the west side of Bradley Road.

On the land was a small frame house, part of the Henry Winsor house left on the property when Henry's house was moved north on Bradley Road. Henry built a split level, brick house in front of the small, frame house and attached the two houses. The sign above the new front door read 1871. This house, with more additions, and painted yellow, still stands on Bradley Road today. As in the German tradition, Henry deeded his land to his youngest son, Frank, and his wife, Anna Meilander.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.01.2016

Fishing, a part of Bay's history

Last week on a beautiful 78-degree day, my husband and I went fishing with my son off Vermilion. For me there is nothing like being "on the water." The perch aren’t biting good this year and all the fisherman are whining. Someone was calling across the water, “Here perchy, perchy.” We caught enough to have a few nice meals but not the 30 limit you can catch on a good day. I have a light action Shakespeare Pro Am rod that I love.

This reminded me of all the fishing we have always participated in here on the south shore of Lake Erie. Our early settlers owned cane fishing poles or threw a fishing net into the water off the shore to fish for dinner. For some it was a second income and others, their livelihood. The Saddler family were fishermen. Charles Dodd, a traveling tailor from Henrietta, Ohio, while at the Osborn house making a suit, heard of a position as a deck hand on one of Sherman Osborn‘s boats. He moved his family to Dover and became a fisherman. The Cahoon family, as added income, had the boat/fish house on Cahoon Creek. Leverett and John Marshall Cahoon leased the boat house to the Buckeye Fish Company.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.18.2016

The Great Tomato Battle of 1937

Because it is the end of the tomato season, and I was just out at the Nagel Farms stand on Detroit Road to get the last of the crop, I thought this story by Robert H. Mersbach Jr., Bay High School Class of 1941, was appropriate. Following are his words:

In 1937, the Mersbach family moved from Rocky River to a house at 444 Bradley Road. Kids today only have Easter eggs, Christmas and birthday presents to look forward to, but the West End kids had all those plus the tomatoes. Most of the survivors of the event would probably select the tomato fights as the best of the lot.

In the West End neighborhood there were as many farm houses as suburban homes. Next to the Mersbach house a farmer named Sam Mingo ran a truck garden farm. The fruits, vegetables and corn crops he raised were sold to the big Cleveland markets. He also had a produce stand in front of his farmhouse where 10 to 25 cents would buy 13 ears of sweet corn for local residents.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 8:58 AM, 10.04.2016

The Clambake

I was raised on fall clambakes. From as far back as I can remember, my family put on several clambakes every fall.

Over the years, my Grandpa Wurtz owned five Square Deal meat markets on the near west side of Cleveland. One day, a customer walked into the shop and told my Grandpa they were selling 50-foot lots in Avon Lake for $50 each. Grandpa drove out, took a look and purchased five lots on Woodstock Avenue. In 1922, he built a cottage in the middle of the five lots.

Every Labor Day, Grandpa would have a clambake. He had a shallow pit dug in the corner of the backyard which he filled with wood. The sides of the pit were made of stacked bricks and an iron grate was placed over them. On top of this large pit, he would place a huge, silver-metal square clam baker that had trays with holes in them that stacked inside it and a lid. There were probably 50 people attending for the day so you know how many bakes it held.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:48 AM, 09.20.2016

Bay Village's lakeside cottages

City folks looking for a place to summer and enjoy the sunshine, beach, and Lake Erie waters, started noticing the southern shoreline in Dover Township in the 1880s with the thought of staying for days or weeks. Along our township shoreline cottages started to appear. Farmers, who saw the desire of city folk wanting to enjoy the lakeside, built cottages for extra income. Most cottages were simple wooden construction with single lathe walls, a light bulb hanging from the ceiling, and no indoor toilet.

Washington Lawrence, President of National Carbon, a millionaire living at 23200 Lake Road in the east end of the township, invited his friends to summer with him in fine cottages that boasted most of the comforts of home at the Dover Bay Colony. The Osborn family built three cottages at Interurban Stop #29 east of Sherman Osborn’s home at 29434 Lake Road, across from sister Betsy Osborn Williams' farmhouse. These cottages were two-story structures containing three bedrooms and a bathroom.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:07 AM, 09.07.2016

Wischmeyer wine casks become cozy cottages

On the north side of Lake Road at the end of Glen Park Road sat the Wischmeyer Hotel on lands extending west to Dover Center Road, and just south of where Wolf Road is today. The Wischmeyer family planted a grape vineyard, and built a wine cellar for their home-brewed wines, a 40-bed hotel, a pavilion for cards and games, and a boat house to accommodate businessmen and families for a summer at the beach. This was a successful business started in 1872.

In 1926, the Bay Village mayor and council passed an ordinance that stated there could no longer be businesses located on Lake Road. They did this because Rocky River had just built a strip shopping center on Lake Road at Kensington and widened Lake Road to four lanes. Bay Village was afraid this idea would advance into Bay and shops would start sprouting up along our Lake Road. But, sad to say, this ordinance put the Wischmeyer Hotel out of business.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.16.2016

The story of Caleb Eddy Jr., early settler of Dover Township

Who was Caleb Eddy Jr.? We can document that Caleb Eddy Jr. arrived on the east side of Cleveland about 1809 with his parents, Caleb Sr. and Nancy. We know that between 1819 and 1869, Caleb was in and out of Euclid and Dover Townships until his death in 1869. Because of this, his name is often omitted from our list of early settlers. But Caleb has an interesting story.

In 1826, we know he purchased 140 acres in Dover Township's Lot No. 83, on the east side of Bassett Road, one of the larger parcels in the township, for $1,500 from James and Dianthia Bryant. Osborn Road ran through his property. His neighbors were the Osborns, Sadlers, Cochron heirs, and Bassett/Hurst family with the southern boundary later becoming the railroad tracks. This parcel shows on an 1852 map of Dover Township. But let's go back in history two centuries to the Eddy family's arrival in America.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:07 AM, 08.02.2016

Bay resident loses life on interurban railway

Three years of working on the Lake Shore Electric Interurban made George Sarles an old hand on the trolley system. George worked the early morning express run traveling from downtown Cleveland west through the farmlands, often delivering the early morning newspapers to the outlying areas.

Leaving downtown Cleveland a half hour late on July 30, 1905, the trolley car was running at full throttle down Clifton Boulevard. As it rounded a curve on Clifton slick from a heavy rain the night before, the trolley skidded and jumped the tracks. The front trunks slid off the track causing the car to flip over on its side. George was tossed through the vestibule and out of the car, pinning him underneath. Loose live wires came in touch with him. He was electrocuted and died.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.19.2016

Bott's service station on the corner of Wolf and Dover Center

Honk, honk! Out of the way! In the early 1900s, the farmers in the Village of Bay were buying new cars and learning how to drive. Ernie Wuebker, who moved to Bay in 1898 at age 14, offers up a couple of funny stories in “Bay Village: A Way of Life” about two men on Bradley Road who were shown how to drive by the auto salesman. One man turned too hard into his driveway during his test drive with the salesman, and drove through his raspberry patch. That was his last time behind the wheel.

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:31 AM, 07.06.2016

Two of Bay High's finest: Bob Berger and Ralph Talas

During the Memorial Day ceremonies, we gather near the gazebo and Rose Garden in Cahoon Memorial Park to honor our Bay boys who lost their lives while serving our country in the armed forces. In the Rose Garden is a monument with names of the fallen engraved on it. Two of these names belong to Bob Berger and Ralph Talas, who lost their lives in World War II.

Bob Berger was liked by all. He was a track star and an "A" student at Bay High. His parents, Walter and Martha, were active in the village and friendly to all.

Bob had a sister, Ruth. They lived at 28705 Osborn Road in 1939. Bob joined the United States Air Force after graduation in 1943. He was a Staff Sergeant with the 330th Bomber Squadron, 93rd Bomber Group, Heavy, and stationed in England. During an air mission on Feb. 25, 1945, Bob volunteered to ride with another crew who was missing a member.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:51 AM, 06.07.2016

Remembering the Red Brick School House

George Drake was the son of Metta and Frank Lincoln Drake. He was the grandson of Mary Ann Stephens Aldrich and Henry Aldrich. Henry Aldrich was the son of Elizabeth Winsor Aldrich and Aaron Aldrich who first settled in Dover Township in 1816 and built the 1830 Landmark home at Bradley and Lake roads. George inherited the house and lived there until his death. Following are George’s memories, excerpted from "Bay Village: A Way of Life," about the Red Brick School House that used to stand on Lake Road, just east of Bassett Road.

“When I started to school in 1896, the brick school just east of Cal Osborn’s barn at Stop #30 had two rooms and a separate entry for boys and for girls. There was a woodhouse on the west side of the building, and of course, the boys' back house [today known as an outhouse] on the east side and the girls at the west side.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.17.2016

An addendum to the Dover-Bay golf course story

A few months back, I wrote a story about the Dover-Bay Country Club, from its grandeur to its demise. After the story appeared in the Observer, I received an email from a longtime friend who added more information to why the Union Carbide Research Facility was not built in Bay Village. Following is the rest of the story:

In the late 1950s, the Union Carbide Company had proposed to build a research facility on the golf course property. The land where the golf course was located, at the corners of Lake and Clague roads, was not zoned commercial. The first thing the city needed to do was rezone the parcel of land to commercial.

A concerned group of citizens formed a “For the Project Committee.” It was decided every household would receive a post card proposal. The rezoning committee, sent post cards asking for a vote on the proposal. The straw vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the project coming to Bay, roughly 3 or 4 for approval, versus 1 against. My friend remembers, distinctly, the counting of all the returned postcards.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.03.2016

Hidden treasures in Cahoon Memorial Park

“This is the most beautiful place on earth,” declared Margaret Cahoon, taking in the beauty of her farm nestled on the south shore of Lake Erie. And so it was.

In 1810, Lydia Cahoon found room in the family's crowded wagon to bring along a rose bush as they journeyed west to their new home in Dover Township. The story is told that it thrived and many rose bushes around the area were shoots off this rose. Thus, Margaret Cahoon, wife of Lydia's son Joel, gave the farm its name, Rose Hill.

“As this house has been in possession of the family for three generations, I hope it will continue for many more, but if it should be there is no longer one of the name to inherit it, I hope it may have founded upon it a benevolent institution bearing the name of Cahoon,” wrote Margaret in her autobiography. Today, Cahoon Memorial Park in Bay Village is the site of two hidden treasures, Rose Hill Museum and the Reuben Osborn Learning Center.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.19.2016

Men in black: The hearse, the union and the con that built Parkview School

I found a story in papers at the Osborn Learning Center that piqued my interest. I spoke with Mary Belle Culp Arnold on the telephone to verify the story is true. Mary Belle is 94 years old.

Here is the story. Lois Irwin Dougherty, Class of 1940, relayed an interesting story about a problem that was thrust upon the Board of Education when they were trying to get the Parkview School constructed. Lois refers to Mary Belle Culp Arnold, Class of 1940, who filled in needed information. She was quite knowledgeable, as her father, Dr. W. E. Culp, was a member of the school board in 1921-22 during the planning and the construction of the school.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:13 AM, 04.05.2016

Catherine Porter Foote, a Dover pioneer woman

None of us today can imagine the hardship a pioneer woman and mother dealt with each day. Their Bible study and caring daily for those in need, they saw their tasks to the finish. A tiny woman, Catherine went about her tasks in a positive manner, seeing that all was taken care of.

Four-year-old Catherine Porter traveled with her sister, Emmiline, and her parents, Rebecca and Ashahel Porter, from Waterbury, Connecticut, to Dover Township, Ohio, arriving in the afternoon of Oct. 10, 1810, making the Porter family the second family in Dover Township. Along on the journey were her uncles, Reuben Osborn and Leverett Johnson.

The Porter family built a log cabin near the lake on Lot No. 94, Section 7, Range 15, of Connecticut’s Western Reserve, and set up housekeeping. The next year, 1812, a sister, Angelina, was born and a brother, Dennis, in 1814.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:00 AM, 03.15.2016

Dad at the helm of Bay Village PTA

This story begins with my dad, J. Ross Rothaermel. Parkview School was way overcrowded in 1945 and a new elementary school on the west end of town was greatly needed. Attendance at the PTA meetings was down and the village was having difficulties in increasing interest.

World War II had just ended and parents had much on their minds; returning home from the war and putting their lives back together. Still, fathers saw a need to contribute. Understanding the problem, my dad met with the PTA with an idea of how to generate more activity in the PTA and raise interest in a bond issue greatly needed. He offered to be the PTA president if the meetings would be moved to nighttime so the fathers could attend.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:35 AM, 03.01.2016

The Bay Village Cahoon Sisters

Margaret and Joel Cahoon conceived five daughters. Mary Emma Cahoon, the tenth child, died when just a young girl at the age of 8 from rheumatic fever. Lydia, Laura, Martha and Ida grew to womanhood. They became school teachers, and at one time, worked together at Barkwell School on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland.

They purchased a house on Broadway next to the school to prevent traveling during week days. After a week of teaching, they would ride the train to their home, Rose Hill, getting off at the Cahoon Store, or trolley stop No. 24 on their property, for a quiet weekend with church and family. Outside of school, they worked every day to benefit others through their religious and community endeavors. All the sisters were active in the Commodore Perry Chapter of the Daughters of 1812 and the Dover Lake Shore Methodist Episcopal Church. None of them married. Lydia, Laura and Ida, in this order, died in the same year, 1917.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.16.2016

1949 brings a new shopping center to Bay Village

When I was a little girl, Dr. Knoll, the village dentist, purchased 250 feet of Lou Scholl’s farm land on the south side of Wolf Road near Dover Center Road. The land was between the Columbia Gas Company building on the east and the Scholl farmhouse on the west. In the middle of his new farmland, he built a red brick, one-story, colonial medical building with a center door and office space on each side. Here he set up his dental practice. Earl Ross, a medical doctor, rented the other side. It was the first medical office building in the village.

Dr. Edward Knoll was the mayor of Bay Village. At the time, the village had a population of 6,600 residents and 1,840 homes. Dr. Knoll predicted that the biggest spurt in population would be in the next 5 years and could reach 25,000 residents in 18 years.

In 1948, the only shopping area in the village was on Dover Center Road near the railroad tracks. Mayor Knoll saw a rising need for more shopping. He decided to move his medical office (today Pizza Hut) behind Ernie Olchen’s gas station and clear the farmland for a shopping center. Construction was actively underway for a $350,000 shopping center, including bowling alley, to open in July 1949.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.02.2016

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Hassler Family on Bassett Road

In 1854, Grandfather Charles and Grandmother Babette Hassler lived in Dover Township, farming 35 acres of land at 28838 Lake Road on Lot No. 94. Charles (Carl in German) grew wheat and grain. Charles was from Bavaria. Not finding the soil to his liking, he moved his family to a farm in Cleveland. A son, J. Robert, and a daughter, Matilda, were born in the Lake Road house we know today as the Baker/Hassler house.

J. Robert Hassler and his wife, Anna, raised daughters Laura, Edna, Gertrude and son, Robert C., in Cleveland. The children's great-uncle, Theodore Liebrich, Babette’s brother, owned 25 acres of land at 379 Bassett Road in Dover Township, buying the property in 1875. (These acres, part of Lot No. 93, once were owned by Christopher Saddler.) Uncle Theodore had a white frame cottage on his property. The family enjoyed summering with him, picking peaches and apples from the extensive orchards behind the yellow barn.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 10:03 AM, 01.19.2016

Snippets of Bay Village History: An original Cahoon Christmas story featuring Lydia Cahoon

Our house sits on a bluff above Lake Erie next to a little creek. The horse and cow barns are on a small rise south of the house. The well and smoke house sit between the house and the barn. Grandfather, Joseph Cahoon, and our Pa, Joel, built our house in 1818 using timber cut in our saw mill on the creek.

Grandfather Cahoon was a miller. He built a grist mill and mill pond behind our house near the creek. Our Pa farms the land and part of the land is planted as a grape vineyard. The year is 1853. My name is Lydia Cahoon and I, along with my Mom, Pa, brothers and sisters live here on the farm. Christmas is coming and we are all excited for the socializing and good will that will soon take place. Today is a special day because Mom is baking Christmas cookies.

And so the day begins: Lydia jumps out of the feather bed she shares with her two sisters. Her feet hit the cold floor boards. She lifts her dress off the peg hanging on the wall and quickly dresses. Pouring water into a crockery wash bowl, she wipes her face. She combs her hair. Looking out the window she can see Pa and Thomas already coming back from the barn after feeding the livestock. They have milked the cows and are carrying the morning milk in a bucket.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:42 AM, 12.15.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The gas station that put Bay Village on the map

When John D. Rockefeller started Standard Oil he realized a need for gas stores for selling his gas and oil. All over Ohio, gas stations began popping up in townships and large cities to supply the demand.

Out in the country, in the little Village of Bay, John D. Rockefeller supplied the gas to a small station built by William Blaha at the intersection of Dover Center and West Oviatt roads. At the time, Dover Center was a dirt road and you drove your car up to the pump, literally, by the side of the road.

In 1914, William Blaha was operating an Edward Foods store in the old Cahoon Store next to the railroad tracks. It being successful, Blaha purchased land to the north of the store at the intersection of West Oviatt and Dover Center Roads with the thought of one day owning his own butcher shop and store. The first building he constructed, however, was a Standard Oil gas station. Standard Oil boasted that they had a "dot’" on their road maps for every township with a pump. When the map came out, the Blaha gas station did not appear on the map. Bill let them know about that, and the next map of Ohio printed had a dot for the Village of Bay.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 12.01.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: How Bay High School sports teams became the Rockets

In 1920, the Bay Village Board of Education was facing a real need for a larger school that offered grades one through 12. The Red Brick School on Lake Road already had two additions and was overcrowded. After eighth grade, the Bay Village students went to school in Dover (now Westlake), Rocky River and Lakewood to finish their 12-year education. The Bay Village Board of Education paid for their tuition.

A bond issue was passed, and a new two-story brick building, named Parkview School, was completed in 1922 on lands purchased from the Cahoon Park trustees just south of Cahoon Memorial Park (where Bay Middle School is now located). It served grades one through 12 and all students in Bay Village moved into the new school, closing Easterly at Columbia Road and the Red Brick School house. A third story was added in 1925.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.17.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Growing up in the David Foote apple orchard

Warm summer days and cold summer nights got the juices flowing in fruit trees and vineyards. Our early settlers usually had a few acres in orchards on their farms. One of the first things Joseph Cahoon did when he arrived in Dover Township in 1810 was to plant apple and peach orchards on the east side of Cahoon Creek.

The Wischmeyers had apple and peach trees behind Granny Wischmeyer‘s house on the south side of Lake Road, east of Dover Center. Picking fruit was a summer job at Wischmeyers for Bay High School boys who wanted to store their boats in the boat house on the beach. The Cahoons talk, with pride, in their personnel papers housed at Rose Hill Museum, about their two-acre Baldwin apple orchard on the southeast corner of Wolf and Dover Center roads.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.03.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Why is Wolf Road so curvy?

If you look at an old map of Dover Township, you see that Abraham Tappan laid out the township in 97 lots. Bay Village consists of the lots from No. 81 to No. 97. Some Bay Village farms were narrow in width, 500 feet east to west, but many acres long going south from Lake Erie. Many built their home on the north side of Lake Road with the farm acreage spreading out in front of them.

Such was the Osborn farm. Reuben and his grandson, Reuben, who inherited the property at 29202 Lake Road, were farmers. In 1880, the U.S. Census tells us that the younger Reuben owned 61 acres of land, mostly in Lot No. 93 from the lake south, to where Osborn Road is today. He grew hay, wheat and potatoes. He kept two horses, three cows, three steers, 32 sheep, seven pigs, and 75 chickens on his farm. He had two acres in fruit trees, bearing him 325 bushels of fruit from 125 apple and peach trees, and one acre in vineyards. As you can see, every acre was accounted for on Reuben’s farm.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.20.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Wischmeyers of Dover Township

Regina and Henry Wischmeyer came from Germany and settled on the west side of Cleveland (Ohio City) in 1850. There they married and began raising a family. Henry Sr. had a dream of growing grapes on his own land as he had in Germany.

Regina followed Henry with his dream, and they purchased 50 acres of land along the south shore of Lake Erie in Dover Township. They planted two acres of the land in grapes, built a wine cellar and a hotel, while also farming, building a family house and raising their family.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:50 AM, 10.06.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: How the Lake Shore Electric right-of-way became a garden

“Garden-giddy Bay Villagers are working on the railroad these days – to beautify it,” said Randall Brown in a Cleveland News article in 1940. The abandoned old Lake Shore Electric Interurban Railway right-of-way was sprouting shrubbery, bird baths, outdoor fireplaces, vegetable gardens and recreation areas. “The suburban gardeners are planting on land they don’t own and they know it,” said the article.

The expansion started in 1938, after the railway pulled its rails. Many railway ties were torn out and used for firewood in the fireplaces in the houses along the way. Residents helped themselves to the cinders for grading their lots and building driveways.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:08 AM, 09.15.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Old Dover-Bay Gun Club

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the correct residency of Fred Hansen.

“Many Lake Road motorists are startled to hear the sound of shotgun fire as they crest the hill opposite Cahoon Park in Bay Village, and bathers at Huntington Beach often see strange little yellow flying saucers dip over the cliff nearby and sail into the lake.” These words were used by Lois Keever in a local newspaper article in 1966.

The Dover Bay Gun Club was founded by Fred Hansen, who lived in Lakewood. Fred built the shooting range on the site of an abandoned grape arbor in Cahoon Memorial Park above Lake Erie in 1923. Shooters agreed that it was one of the finest in the country.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:49 AM, 09.01.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Berry Pickers

Most everyone in Dover Township had a berry patch. Acres of berries and fruit orchards became prevalent with the coming of our German settlers in the 1850s. Apple, peach and cherry orchards sprang up along Walker, Bassett and Bradley roads, where our German farmers settled. Most of the family homes scattered between the farms had small berry patches in their backyards. Well into the 1950s there were berry patches in the Village.

My family's house was in the David Foote apple orchard on Lake Road. We had eight different kinds of apple trees, plus peach trees and cherry trees on our acre. We had gooseberries, currants, quince, strawberries and raspberries in the yard. I remember Mom making jelly, especially currant jelly, and putting the small glass jars out in the backyard under a glass window to cook in the sun. She made many jars of strawberry and raspberry jam from our berries, pouring liquid beeswax on top to seal the jar.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.18.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Dover-Bay Country Club

Opening day March 21, 1903, found the reorganization of Dover-Bay Colony into the Dover-Bay Country Club. The Club was located on the southeast corner of Clague and Lake Roads on the old Lawrence Estate. It consisted of a nine-hole golf course and clubhouse. An early golf pro at the country club was Alex Miller and the manager was Jack Quinlan.

Membership was now open to the public. On the property north of Lake Road was a large, dark green painted clubhouse. Many members rented rooms there for the summer season of golf.

In 1951, this lakefront property where the club house sat was split into lots and sold. The green frame clubhouse was torn down. The next season saw a brand new, smaller clubhouse on the south side of Lake Road. This meant changing all the hole numbers so they again started and finished at the new clubhouse.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.04.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Hap's Half Acre

How many people do you know who actually moved to Bay Village for retirement? Gilbert and Vi Hagberg did just that.

When you travel down Osborn Road, glancing at the houses on the south side, you come upon a yard with a little cottage that sits so far back from the road you have to look twice to notice it. At the street near the driveway is a sign that reads “Hap’s Half Acre.” Or at least that’s what it looked like back in the late 1940s when Gilbert "Hap" Hagberg and his wife, Vi, lived at 28889 Osborn Road.

Gilbert and Vi purchased a half acre of land on the south side of Osborn Road. On the south end of the property was a small white cottage. Behind the cottage, Hap planted a berry patch and fruit trees. The area behind the lot was all woods. It was just enough land for Hap to care for in his retirement. Vi became active in the women’s organizations in the Village, and they were regular attendees of the Bay United Methodist Church.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:21 AM, 07.21.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Old Farm Markets

It’s not surprising with our Dover Township farmers' ability to grow an abundance of fruits and vegetables that local farm markets would pop up along Center Ridge and Detroit roads in Dover/Westlake and Avon. These were well-traveled roads between Cleveland and Sandusky.

The names of Dusty Miller, Polly, Nagel, Westlake, Danny Boy's and Wade Farm Markets are just a few of the farm markets in our area that offered fruits and vegetables for sale in the 1940s, and '50s. Along with the fresh produce, the local farm markets also offered fresh baked breads, jellies, jams, pickles and flowers. Something to look forward to was taking a drive in the country on a Sunday in the family car and stopping at a favorite farm market.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.07.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Cahoon Family

On the morning of Oct. 10, 1810, the Joseph and Lydia Cahoon family wagon stopped at the mouth of a creek on the southern shore of Lake Erie in Ohio country. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the family thanked the Lord for their safe journey.

They were in their new home, Lot No. 95 in Dover Township No. 7, Range No. 15, in the State of Connecticut’s Western Reserve after six weeks of wilderness travel from Vergennes, Vermont. They immediately began building a cabin and within the next eight years constructed the first grist mill west of the Cuyahoga River, a sawmill and a house on the west hill. This would become the family home for the next 117 years.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.16.2015