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Arsenic and Old Letters Part III

Arsenic and Old Letters Part III

In the Part II of “Arsenic and Old Letters”, a little bit of census material had been found to help determine that Nathan Place and his new, young wife, Lucy Robins Place had moved away from New York to Lenawee County, Michigan where they owned…

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Eastern Lake County Beginnings

Eastern Lake County Beginnings

In the heart of the Connecticut Western Reserve, the Painesville-Grandon-Fairport area was the epicenter of lands surveyed by the Connecticut Land Company in 1796. Land long occupied by various Indian nations for untold generations gave way to incoming settlers. This early history is told by…

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Saving Mentor’s History

Saving Mentor’s History

For many years now I have shared brief glimpses of local history with my followers, both in print and at select events in person.  These stories offer a glimpse into a past that the general public has never seen or known.  Most of what is…

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A Few Female Firsts

A Few Female Firsts

Mentor City Council made history on January 5, electing Councilwoman Janet A. Dowling as president of Mentor City Council.  She is the first woman president of City Council in its 53-year history.  Dowling was a 1967 Graduate of Mentor High School and attended Lakeland Community…

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Tempus fugit and tempus mendaci & MMXVI

Tempus fugit and tempus mendaci & MMXVI

Time – it flies and it drags.  It is precious and it is wasted.  We are told that time waits for no one, and we’re told that time stands still.  Which is it?  As a youth whole summers whooshed by in a blur.  One moment…

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Year End Report

Year End Report

We are entering into a new year – our 78th to be exact. This past year has offered new beginnings and (as to be expected in a historic site) fantastic old traditions and finds, including a murder mystery from the 1800’s. Our mission at the…

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Did Lake County Start the Syndicated Cartoon?

Did Lake County Start the Syndicated Cartoon?

In addition to being known as the Mother of Presidents, Ohio might well be called the Mother of Cartoonists.  Frederick Burr Opper of Madison in Lake County, Ohio, was a pioneer in syndicated cartoon illustration.  Along with Ohioan Richard Felton Outcault, Opper was influential in…

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Home for the Holidays Returns

Home for the Holidays Returns

The time has come for the holidays, and we couldn’t be happier with our presents – a new elevator and a repaired sewer line! While neither one of those fit underneath a tree or in a stocking, our elves have been working extra hard around…

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40th Anniversary of Edmund Fitzgerald

40th Anniversary of Edmund Fitzgerald

Fairport Harbor to Host 40th Anniversary Remembrance of Edmund Fitzgerald The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes ‘workhorse’ freighter that sank in a Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.  Lost that fateful night were Captain Ernest McSorley and his crew of 29.  Launched…

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Arsenic and Old Letters Part II

Arsenic and Old Letters Part II

In the first part of Arsenic and Old Letters, a truly remarkable letter was found in our archives.  It contained a murder mystery! As part of the General Store portion of Pioneer School, our Youth Education Director, Tonya Busic, asked if there were any letters…

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