Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ramm’s Meat Market

Here is an undated photograph of Ramm’s Meat Market in Sandusky, Ohio. The market looks neat and clean -- perhaps the photo was taken when the business location opened.You can see scales and meat cutting equipment behind the counter. Note the embossed tiles along the walls. 

Bruno Ramm, a native of Germany, was the proprietor of a meat market at 418 Decatur Street in the 1910s.  Around 1922, he moved to a new location at 1021 Tiffin Avenue. An advertisement in the May 26, 1922 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal stated that customers should phone in their meat orders early in the day, in order to ensure prompt delivery. This ad appeared in the Sandusky Star Journal on June 16 of that same year:



The Ramm family resided at 1023 Tiffin Avenue, next to the meat market at 1021 Tiffin Avenue. On July 6, 1934, Bruno Ramm died at the age of 61. An obituary for Mr. Ramm, which appeared in the July 7, 1934 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal, stated that Bruno Ramm was one of Sandusky’s best known men and he had been engaged in the butcher business in Sandusky all of his life. Bruno Ramm was survived by his wife, a daughter, a grandchild, as well as a sister and brother. Mr. Ramm was buried at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. 

From about 1941 to 1952, George Polta ran a meat market 1021 Tiffin Avenue. In the 1960s, Zam and Cousino Florists was in operation at the site of the former Ramm Meat Market.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

An Area Known as Mustcash


According to The History of the Fire Lands by W. W. Williams (Leader Printing Co., 1879), the area known as Mustcash or Muscash was located in the northwest section of Margaretta Township in Erie County, Ohio. Some of the families who lived in this area included the Prentice, Wadsworth and Neill families. A description of Mustcash is found on page 37 of History of the Descendants of the Families of Ira Barnes, Hiram Barnes, Richard Wadsworth and Levi Prentice of Mustcash, Ohio : From 1817 to 1913, by N.E. Prentice,  (Payne, Ohio, 1913). the author describes the area as “the point of land that extends into Sandusky Bay on the south shore.”  It was first called Mustcash Point, and then the word “Point” was dropped. 

The area considered Mustcash eventually included the land of the families living further back from the water, along what is now Wahl Road. (Note: People have argued about the exact location of Mustcash for over one hundred years.) This brief article from the September 13, 1876 issue of the Sandusky Register tells us that the Margaretta Hayes Wheeler and Foster Club was to meet at Neill’s school house in Mustcash to discuss the election of 1876.  Rutherford B. Hayes did indeed win the presidential election, with William A. Wheeler serving as his Vice President. Republican Charles Foster served four terms in the House of Representatives, and later he was Ohio’s Governor, in office from 1880 to 1884.


In the late 1800s, there was a small Lutheran church in Mustcash served by Rev. Jacob Dornbirer, who later was the pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Sandusky. This picture from History of Zion Lutheran Church shows the interior of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Mustcash:


The Mustcash congregation was later combined with the Lutheran church in Castalia, now Grace Lutheran Church

The (possibly apocryphal) origin of the name Mustcash/Muscash is explained briefly in Hewson Peeke’s Standard History of Erie County (Lewis Publishing Co., 1916):  “The name Muscash is said to be of Indian derivation, and arose from the fact that the tribes brought their skins here for barter, and not being able to speak English, and wanting money instead of produce, insisted on "Muscash" or must cash.”

In this map of Castalia from the 1896 Erie County Atlas, you can see Mustcash Road leading in the northwest direction, away from the village of Castalia:



Sunday, January 07, 2018

Henry C. Millott, Architect



Henry C. Millott was born in Erie County, Ohio in 1878 to Martin and Julia (Tracy) Millott, who were both of Irish descent. Mr. Millott worked as an architect in Sandusky for over fifty years, in partnership with Harold Parker for much of that time. He was the architect for St. Mary’s Catholic School, which was dedicated in 1909.


In 1915 Mr. Millott designed an addition to the Hotel Rieger. He was also the architect for the Sandusky Star-Journal building built between 1920 and 1921 at the southeast corner of Market and Jackson Streets, now home to the Sandusky Register.


Two financial buildings were constructed in Sandusky in 1923. Mr. Millott was the architect of the Third National Exchange Bank on Market Street, which was built in the Neoclassic style.


Both Henry C. Millott and Harold Parker were listed as architects of the Commercial Banking and Trust Company, built at the corner of Columbus Avenue and East Washington Row. Ellie Damm wrote in her book Treasure by the Bay that the Commercial Banking and Trust Company is the only Beaux-Arts style building in the city of Sandusky.


Note the carved cornucopias above the front door of the former Commercial Banking and Trust Company, which is a symbol of abundance.


In 1938, Mr. Millott designed the Erie County Children’s Home, which was a federal Public Works Administration project. The August 10, 1939 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported that Henry Millott had been the “brain child” of renovation of the Erie County Courthouse project which took place in the 1930s.  The courthouse renovation was completed without interrupting the normal activities of the courts.


When Mr. Millott filled out his World War II registration card in 1942, he stated that his employer was the Trojan Powder company, for whom he worked as an architect. In 1946, the Bellevue Housing Company announced that he was the architect for twelve new homes to be constructed for U.S. veterans on lots purchased on Ellis Avenue, Sheffield, Walnut and Kern Streets in that city. 

Henry C. Millott died on June 20, 1957. He was survived by his wife, the former Eleanor Hinde, two daughters, three sons, and several grandchildren. Through his architectural designs, Mr. Millott quite literally left his mark on Sandusky and Erie County.



Thursday, January 04, 2018

Student Activities at Sandusky High School in the 1960s



The Sandusky High School marching band is pictured above marching down Columbus Avenue in this photo from the 1963 Fram. At that time the Kresge Company and Woolworth’s were popular places to shop in downtown Sandusky. 

Some Latin students wore togas to the Latin banquet in 1962:


Freshmen class visitors Dave Cromer, Paula Flesher, and Mike Holmes toured the radio station of WLEC during the 1963-1963 academic year:


These home economics students were doing advanced sewing, under the direction of Miss Dahs:


The theme of the Junior Dance in 1963 was “Alpine Antics.”


At the Sandusky Library, we have historic Sandusky High School yearbooks, the Fram, covering several decades. Visit the Sandusky Library to learn more about the classes and activities of Sandusky High School students from years gone by. You may see some familiar faces!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!


In 1917 the first day of January occurred on a Monday, as it does in 2018. This calendar was a promotional item given away by Conrad Ebert, Jr.’s Avenue Pharmacy during the holiday season in December, 1916 and January, 1917. Mr. Ebert’s pharmacy extended from Columbus Avenue through to Hayes Avenue. Below is an interior view of the drugstore.



Wishing you a Happy New Year from the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center and Follett House Museum!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Harrison Ball, 1840



An invitation to the Harrison Ball of 1840 is on file at the Archives Research Center of the Sandusky Library. The ball was to be held at H. Victor’s Assembly Room on Thursday, December 31 at 5 p.m. This New Year's Eve festivity was in honor of William Henry Harrison, a fellow Ohioan, elected President earlier that year.

The managers of the ball were:

Maj. John G. Camp                 Henry D. Ward
Dr. Daniel Tilden                    Ebenezer B. Sadler
Oran Follett                             Charles Barney
Josiah W. Hollister                  Wm. Durbin, Jr.
Freeland T. Barney                 John M. Boalt
Sidney S. Hosmer                   Jno. G. Poole
Marshall Burton                      Lester S. Hubbard
Henry P Radcliff                    Theodore Hosmer
Davis Miller                            Alex. A. Camp
Dewitt C. Henderson              Jno. G. Camp, Jr.
Wm. A. Simpson                     Joseph B. Higbee

The list of names of people serving as managers of the Harrison Ball reads like a “Who’s Who” of early Sandusky. Major John G. Camp, Sr. fought in the War of 1812, and was active in the early years of Sandusky. Helen Hansen wrote in her book At Home in Early Sandusky, that Major Camp, along with Isaac Mills, Thomas Neill, and William Reese, laid out the addition known as “Southwark,” which was south of Monroe Street and west of Sycamore Line. John G. Camp, Jr. was an attorney in Sandusky, and he devoted a great deal of time negotiating plans for early railroad transportation in Ohio.

Dr. Daniel Tilden was a local physician who also was involved in the Underground Railroad:


Sidney S. Hosmer was an early Sandusky merchant, while his son Theodore Hosmer went west and became the first mayor of Tacoma Washington. 

Oran Follett was a prominent publisher in New York and Ohio, and his former home is now The Follett House Museum:


Ebenezer B. Sadler was a well liked early judge in Erie County:


Lester S.  Hubbard was a banker and prosperous businessman in Sandusky. Henry Clay Victor, whose Assembly Room was the location of the ball, was the father of Orville James Victor, author and editor.


To learn more about these and many other early residents of Sandusky and Erie County, visit the Archives Research Center. Here you will find county histories, historical journal and newspaper articles, and finding aids to the many archival resources available at the Sandusky Library.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Winifred Breining, One of Sandusky’s "Fair Daughters"



Winifred Katherine Breining was born in Sandusky on May 17, 1891 to William and Mary Breining. Winifred served as class secretary during her senior year at Sandusky High School, graduating with the class of 1909½. After attending Ohio University, she became an elementary teacher at Monroe School. 

During the early 1910s, the Sandusky Register ran a series of photographs of Sandusky’s popular young ladies. The series was known as “Fair Daughters of Sandusky.” The portrait above, taken by W.A. Bishop was displayed in the window of the Bishop photographic studio on Washington Row in Sandusky.


A copy of her portrait also appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, when her engagement was announced. 


On July 14, 1917, Winifred K. Breining married Sandusky businessman William J. Duff at the First Reformed Church in Sandusky, Ohio. Mr. Duff served as Deputy Treasurer of Erie County for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Duff had two sons. Below is a family picture taken of the William J. Duff family in the 1920s, by W.A. Bishop, the same photographer who took Winifred’s picture when she was one of “Sandusky’s Fair Daughters.”


Descendants of William and Winifred Duff donated several family pictures to the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. William Duff passed away in 1948. Winifred Breining Duff died in June of 1959. Both Mr. and Mrs. Duff were buried in Oakland Cemetery.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Nineteenth Century Christmas Greetings


Wishing everyone Happy Holidays with some nineteenth century Christmas cards from the collections of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. You can see that at this time, instead of evergreen trees, gifts, and stockings, the cards were decorated with images of flowers. Fringe is attached all around the cards. Perhaps your ancestors received holiday cards like these!



You can read about the history of Christmas cards and other greetings cards in the book Encyclopedia of Ephemera, by Maurice Rickards (Routledge, 2000), available for loan from the Sandusky Library.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Ornaments from Strickfaden’s



Several boxes of German glass ornaments purchased at Strickfaden’s are now in the historical collections of the Follett House Museum. The three ornaments pictured above were dated from 1948. An advertisement for Strickfaden’s appeared in the WLEC Special Historical Edition Cookbook which was published in 1978.


The advertisement provided historical information about the popular garden center, which is no longer in operation.

The talking Santa was just one of the many attractions enjoyed by local families who shopped at Strickfaden’s. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sandusky High School’s A Capella Choir



This is the Sandusky High School A Capella Choir during the 1957-1958 academic year. The A Capella Choir was organized in 1934 by Miss Eulalie Shaw. In 1947 the Choir was heard over a local radio broadcast for the first time, and the Sandusky Rotary Club presented the choir with thirty-seven handbells in 1960.  

The fiftieth annual Christmas concert was presented by the A Capella Choir of Sandusky High School on December 19 and 20, 1983. Over twenty holiday songs were sung at the concert, with the final number being the Hallelujah Chorus from the “Messiah,” which was dedicated to the memory of former choir director Harold C. Kaufman. A special program was created for the Golden Anniversary concert of the Choir was created by Mr. Charles T. Mayer. It featured drawings of the directors of the A Cappella Choir from 1934 to 1983.


This key to the illustrations appears inside the front cover of the program.

A history of the A Capella Choir is found in the 50th Anniversary program, along with the story of the Sandusky High School choir robe. The first robing ceremony took place in 1953. 


Here is a picture of the first A Capella Choir, from the 1934-1935 school year:



Visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center to learn more about the rich history of the Sandusky City Schools. Several archival boxes are devoted to graduation programs, photographs, and many other historical items. Concerts by Sandusky City School students in band, choir, and elementary music classes have been enjoyed by local residents for many years.