Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 4-3-13

  • 7-14-13: AHS field trip to Edison's Birthplace

  • 6-22-13: Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque Yard Sale Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23

    Temporary acting President Jack Smith called the April 3, 2013, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:03 p. m. There were 12 people present. The minutes of March 6 were approved as read with Jim Szippl making the motion and Nancy McGhee seconding.

    Jack explained the absence of President Ralph White. Christine's parent passed away and ceremonies commemorating life were held on the evening of April 3. There was no treasurer's report.

    In OLD BUSINESS Joe Richvalsky reported on the Landmark Preservation Commission meeting. At the site of the old French Creek Tavern, Holly Kennedy is planning a business entitled Cupcake Wishes. Renovation plans include awnings. The owner of Cold Stone Creamery is planning a restaurant/bar in the other portion of the building. Its name is likely to include references to the date 1814.

    Joe and Jack reported that the Avon Bicentennial project for Avon Historical Society and the Preservation Commission would be a joint effort approved by Avon Park's Director Diane Coraro. There will be trail markers [starting] at the entrance to the new trail at the Schwartz Road Park. Joe hoped that the signs would be incorporated into the planning of the site.

    There was a long discussion regarding the turning lanes and traffic light proposed at the intersection of Schwartz and Nagel Roads.

    Joe and Jack have been soliciting the Planning Commission members to consider the adverse affect of the widening and flashing lights on Joe's century home. Rather than having the 10 foot right of way come off the northeast property, five feet should come off both the properties at the east and west sites, as proposed by Joe and Jack.

    The Commission has stated that the shift would cost more because it would cause the changing of light poles and underground utilities.

    Members were encouraged to attend upcoming Avon Council and Planning Commission work sessions and meetings to assess both sides of the issue and to make their wishes known.

    Joe said that when he asked the Planning Commission to "split the difference " on positioning the intersection, he was told, "We don't have to," because the law does not require them to assume consideration for a century home that traditionally was built close to the road that had been merely a trail at the time it was built.

    Jack gave a long dissertation regarding his views of how the Interstate 90 interchange adversely effected the Nagel/Swartz intersection and the existing "traffic courtesy" situation as opposed to the "Get-to-the-light crowd." Jack also discussed how the interchange will adversely affect the taxes of residents in the future ...

    Jack also spoke about Avon at build-out population of between 41,000 and 65,000. He said there are few through roads to carry intracity traffic. Residents of allotments do not want through traffic. Collector roads like Stoney Ridge and Nagel are not built with a base or width to accommodate projected population growth. He said that growth does not take into account century homes that were traditionally built along those roads.

    See NOTE below.

    In other business the next Bicentennial meeting will be April 23 at Avon Isle Park at 7 p.m. Logos for the 2014 event can be submitted and will be voted on at that meeting

    Jean Fischer said the Old Town Hall will be open for most scheduled events -- Antique and Uncle Junque, Duck Tape Festival etc. Special exhibits will be displayed. Geneologists may access her collection of obituaries. Copies can be made on site for a nominal fee.

    In NEW BUSINESS Stan Hawryluk talked of the July 14 field trip to the Thomas Edison home in Milan. The site is open between 1 and 5 p.m. and has a $6 entrance fee. A stop at a roadhouse at SR 250 and Rt. 2 is planned.

    The meeting adjourned at 7:45 with Susie Cory making the motion and Jim Szippl seconding.

    Jean Fischer gave the program about the commemorative "talking quilt" assembled in 1975 among the quilters of Avon. A DVD described the construction and the state and national awards the quilt received. That DVD will be among several other video presentations to be repeated during the Bicentennial open houses.

    Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday

    Mark your calendars for a field trip to Edison's Birthplace at 1 pm on Sunday, 7-14-13. We plan to assemble at noon on 7-14-13 at 3450 Long Rd. for carpooling and caravaning. For more information, contact Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.


    On May 7, 2013, the government of the City of Avon is asking the citizens to vote for Issue 4, a 5-year 1.9 mill street levy renewal. At the same time the Avon government is "improving" the intersection of Schwartz and Nagel Roads by adding turn lanes and a traffic light, at a cost of about a million dollars, to be paid by Avon taxpayers.

    This project degrades the Johannes Nagel house by taking ten feet of the current 40-foot setback. This beautiful stone house is one of Avon's most important century homes.

    At present, this intersection is served by a 4-way stop. Drivers slow down and develop the habit of courteously waiting their turn. The "improvement" will encourage them to try to make the light and increase feelings of irritation: this project is not only physically degrading; it is morally degrading.

    We need to ask ourselves if spending a million dollars to entice cars from North Ridgeville to use the I90 - Nagel Road interchange is good public policy.

    And we need to recognize that, while not hesitating to ask for money, Avon's government has failed to establish a street grid system, forcing through traffic to use Avon's original country roads.

    This costly "improvement" follows a path that ends with five lanes on Nagel, five lanes on Stoney Ridge, etc., with an expenditure of what? more than $100 million? When voting on May 7, we should keep this in mind.

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    Mark your calendars for a field trip to Edison's Birthplace at 1 pm on Sunday, 7-14-13. We plan to assemble at noon on 7-14-13 at 3450 Long Rd. for carpooling and caravaning. For more information, contact Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.


    Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb, and many other devices that make our lives fuller and simpler, was born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847. The Edison Birthplace Museum features a collection of rare Edisonia, including examples of many of Edison's early inventions, documents, and family mementos.

    The Birthplace is open February through November and is located at 9 Edison Drive in Milan, Ohio (near Exit 118 of the Ohio Turnpike). Telephone (419) 499-2135.



    The World's Greatest Inventor first made his mark on the world from this home, which has been restored and furnished as it was in 1847. Planned by Edison's father, the three-story brick house sits on the side of a hill and consists of three floors: the basement, the street-level, and the second floor.

    Entering the house by the side door, the tour starts in the sitting room. One of the family antiques in this room is a portable desk that belonged to Edison's uncle, Simeon Ogden Edison, who was once a resident of the house. Hanging on the wall above the portable desk is the mirror presented to Edison's oldest sister Marion on the occasion of her wedding to Homer Page here in 1849.

    Opening out from the back of this room is the bedroom where Thomas Alva Edison, the youngest of seven children, was born on February 11, 1847.

    The rope bed is decorated with a jacquard coverlet that was handmade in Ohio's Erie County in the 1840s.

    The steep stairs opposite the front door lead to the two bedrooms on the second floor. The parents and the middle girls, Harriet and Eliza, slept in these rooms.

    Walnut Room (Master Bedroom)

    Much of the furniture, including the painted pine set and the walnut furniture in the parents' bedroom, the spinning wheel, and the set of six chairs in the parlor, belonged to Marion Edison Page. The knitted "thousand shell design" spread on the walnut bed is attributed to the inventor's mother, Nancy. The straight-back chair to the right of the bed is the type used by girls and women of the time while buttoning their shoes, which explains why the seat is so low to the ground.

    Both closets in the Master Bedroom have been converted to display areas. Clothing that belonged to Edison and his wife is on exhibit in this space.

    Back on the street-level floor, the north side of the house is taken up by the parlor and a small bedroom directly behind it.


    Two pieces of Nancy Elliott Edison's own tea set and two of her coin silver spoons are displayed under the handmade glass dome in the parlor. Her portrait hangs to the left of the door leading to the small bedroom.

    The room behind the parlor is now used for exhibits of Edisonia. Display cases contain various inventions, including a phonograph, a stock ticker, and a talking doll. Photographs of Edison with his family and of historic places related to Edison are also on display. A stairway at the back of this room leads down to the large basement kitchen.


    Because the house was built into a hillside, the basement kitchen has a door to the backyard and several windows overlooking the flower garden. The kitchen is furnished with articles and utensils of the period. The wall clock was identified by Edison as the one which used to hang in the family kitchen and behind which his mother kept a disciplinary switch.

    From the garden outside this room one can view the site of the Milan Canal turning basin. Volunteers from the local 4-H club planted the flower garden. In addition, the Milan Gardening Club maintains a garden next door, behind the building that serves as the museum shop.



    Regularly scheduled hours vary seasonally, as shown in the following schedule ...

    June, July and August Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.

    Guided Tours -- The last tour of the day begins a half hour before closing. Groups are accommodated by appointment only. Please call (419) 499-2135 to make arrangements.

    Admission Rates -- Adults $7.00 Seniors $6.00 Children (ages 6-12) $4.00

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    Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque Sale Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23

    Take advantage of the amazing deals available at the Sidewalk Sales and in-store specials offerd by French Creek Merchants. Discover treasures on display by regional antique dealers, then roam the streets of Avon as residents offer garage and yard sales. Don't forget to stop at one of Avon's eateries for a bite and rest for your next adventure.

    Interested in hosting a yard or garage sale? Increase your sales with a FREE listing on www.frenchcreekdistrict.com and the event map by completing a Garage Sale Registration Form.

    Garage Sale Registration Form:

    June 22 and 23, 2013

    Participate in Avon's City Wide Yard Sale

    FREE Listing on the event map and on







    Print and Mail this form to:

    French Creek Merchants Assoc,

    C/O Details, 36840 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011


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    DEADLINE 6/14/2013

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