Every Sunday morning in recent months I have enjoyed reading sports columnist Jeff Schudel’s educational ramblings entitled ‘I didn’t know that…until I read my Snapple bottle cap’. This month’s entry shares with the reader 10 Lake County Facts not found, and most likely never to be found, on the bottom of a Snapple bottle cap-yet worth sharing!
- Pheasant Run Airport on Trask Road has some of the nations most coveted vintage WWI and WWII aircraft collections on view and open to the public.
- In 1932, nurseryman Joseph Kallay secured the first ever patent (#10) for his Blaze rose. This patent and some other local nurserymen led Mentor to becoming the Rose Capital of the Nation in the following decades.
- Daniel Beard organized the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1906. Four years later he was a foundling member of the Boys Scouts of America. His design of the patch and emblem remain today. He hailed from Painesville, Ohio.
- Hugh Mosher was the inspiration for the fifer in Archibald Willard’s famous painting ‘Spirit of ’76’. Henry Deveraux was the inspiration for the drummer. Mosher hails from Perry while Devereaux was from Wickliffe.
- Donald Blakeslee was the most decorated airman in U.S. history. His WWII triumphs and aviation history records garnered him the highest awards in two countries. He hailed from Fairport Harbor.
- This Civil War General and lead contractor in the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 had a famous home in Painesville. His wife teamed with houseguest Susan Anthony in another famous movement of the era. Their home is the Casement/Jennings site.
- This Usonian home was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955 for Louis Penfield. Since 2003 it is the only Wright home open for overnight bookings. The home is in Willoughby Hills.
- During Cleveland’s Gilded Age, millionaires Franklin Rockefeller, James Corrigan, Fergus Squire, Price McKinney and Harry Coulby made this city their home and the real city of millionaires. The city was Wickliffe.
- The Willoughby Medical College (1834-1847) was the county’s first. A series of unfortunate events caused its demise but two current Ohio medical campuses had their genesis there in the 1800s. The two were Ohio State University and Case Western University.
- Automobile parts inventor Claud Foster (Snubbers Car Shock Absorber and Gabriel Car Horn) and Robert Manry (Tinkerbelle voyage) both hail from Willowick.
Submitted by Dan Maxson
Community Media Blogger – The News-Herald
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