Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 2-3-10

President Jack Smith called the February 3, 2010, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:08 p.m. There were about 35 members and guests present.

AHS members were invited to attend the play "Ten Cents a Dance: A Romance in the Lorain County Dance Halls." The play is sponsored by the TrueNorth Cultural Arts and the Lorain County Metroparks. A signup sheet was passed. Stan Hawryluk and Marion Kennedy will pursue purchasing ticket for the Feb. 19 event.

Nancy McGhee moved and Jim Szippl seconded the minutes as read. Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report omitted. (Jack wrote there is $6,741.70 in the money market account and $803.75 in the checking.)

There were no reports for the Landmarks Preservation Commission or the Landscaping Committee.

Joe Richvalsky said that the Heritage Loan Program was approved by Avon City Council. It will be tried for one year and then an evaluation will be done to consider its continuance.

On March 20, 2010, the Cleveland Restoration Society will present two programs explaining the Heritage Home Loans. The programs will be presented at the Old Town Hall of 1871 at 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Joe continued by saying that the loans will be managed by Key Bank, are low interest of 3.5 %, and are available for homes that are older than 50 years. There are no income restrictions. Money can be used for inside renovations as well as landscaping and outdoor improvements; however, no vinyl siding is permitted. In addition free technical assistance is available from the Cleveland Restoration Society.

Regarding official state designation of Avon Isle as an historic site, Ralph White said the idea and paperwork will be reviewed by the Ohio Preservation Advisory Board in March or April.

Ralph also pointed out that the display case at OTH was empty because the items were on display at the French Creek Nature Center where the "Ten Cents a Dance" presentation will take place.

Stan reiterated about the July field trips planned for Lakeview Cemetery and Old Lyme Village.

Theresa Szippl said there are 132 paid AHS members. She welcomed newest members, Dave and Barb Linton, who were present and had just purchased the Cahoon house on Detroit Road near Avon High School.

Jean Fischer listed the upcoming programs: March 3, Rutherford B. Hayes. April 7 Janet Bird, "What's It." She will have various implements of yesteryear to study. May 5 Jean Fischer will talk about the old school at SR 83 and Detroit and also the Village School on Detroit Road.

Nancy McGhee initiated discussion regarding future Christmas parties. She suggested forgoing paying $100 to hold the party at the VFW and she reserved, tentatively, the Senior Center for Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. There is no cost for the Society to use the Senior Center. The idea was tabled for future discussion.

Jean introduced the speaker, "A curious visitor," David Beebe, Sr. [Alan Willoughby] a re-enactor from North Ridgeville, who spoke on the founding of that City and how the work on their bicentennial celebration could apply to the Avon celebration in 2014.

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday

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AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROPOSED AGENDA, March 3, 2010

I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of February 3, 2010

II. Treasurer's Report

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Joe Richvalsky

B. Report on field trips (10 cents a Dance), Stan Hawryluk

C. Heart of Avon Spring Celebration, 3-20 -- 3-21-10, Jack Smith

A major purpose of the "Heart of Avon Spring Celebration", is to promote the Heritage Home Loan Program.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

On March 20, 2010, the Cleveland Restoration Society will present two programs explaining the Heritage Home Loans. The programs will be presented at the Old Town Hall of 1871 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The loans will be managed by Key Bank, are low interest at 3.5 %, and are available for homes that are older than 50 years. There are no income restrictions. Money can be used for inside renovations as well as landscaping and outdoor improvements. In addition, free technical assistance is available from the Cleveland Restoration Society.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

38744 Detroit Road, Four Century Homes will be open to the public on Sunday, 3-21-10, from 1 - 3 pm, as part of the "Heart of Avon Spring Celebration": the Dewit C. Moon Home, 39016 Detroit Road, 38744 Detroit Road, the Dr. Pipes Home, 37399 Detroit Road, and the William Bommer Home, 37375 Detroit Road. See descriptions below.

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 1 PM at the Old Town Hall of 1871: Tom Kvach Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.

D. __________________________________________

IV. New Business

A. April Program 4-7-10, Jean Fischer

Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society will present "What's It." Janet will have various implements of yesteryear to study.

B. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jean Fischer will introduce Jim Smith of the Lorain County Historical Society who will present "Rutherford B. Hayes" (Note Hayes St. in Avon).

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Four Century Homes will be open to the public on Sunday, 3-21-10, from 1 - 3 pm, as part of the "Heart of Avon Spring Celebration":

Dewitt C. Moon Home (1847), 39016 Detroit Road. This beautiful brick farmhouse was built in 1845 at the northwest corner of Detroit and Moon Roads. Constructed in the Greek Revival architectural style, it features large windows capped by stone lintels and a central doorway with side and top windows. The foundation is native sandstone.

Dewit C. Moon was the son of Colonel Abraham Moon, who came to Avon about 1817, settling on a 300-acre tract of land. Dewit was born in Avon in the 1820s. His brother-n-law, Ezra Jackson, was the builder of this house and several others in the Avon and Sheffield areas. The Dewit C. Moon House is listed on the Ohio Inventory of Historic Structures (LOR-98-3).

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38744 Detroit Road, (about 1880) Italianate/Vernacular

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Doctor Pipes Home, 37399 Detroit Road. This large Colonial Revival-style home is located on the south side of Detroit Road just west of the French Creek Road intersection. The house was built for Dr. Pipes circa 1900 as a home and office. Dr. Pipe was one of the last horse-and-buggy physicians in the area.

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William H. Bommer House, Italianate Style, built circa 1880, 37375 Detroit Road. Bill Bommer (1927 - 2009) was born in Avon and was self employed as a Nationwide Insurance Agent in Avon for over 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II.

Bill was a charter member of both the Avon Lions Club and the Avon Boosters, also an active member of the Knights of Columbus #3269, in Avon working Bingo for over 20 years. He graduated from St. Mary's grammar school and Avon High School in 1944. He was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Avon, and was on the finance committee of the church, active in the choir, and Holy Name Society. His brothers Ed, Frank and Al Bommer were volunteer firemen in the Avon Fire Department.

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Spring, 2010, Program of the Avon Historical Society

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings of the Avon Historical Society are at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of the month at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

For information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

2-3-10: Al Willoughby will present "2010 -- the North Ridgeville Bicentennial".

2-19-10: An AHS group will attend the play "Ten Cents a Dance: A Romance in the Lorain County Dance Halls." The play is sponsored by the TrueNorth Cultural Arts and the Lorain County Metroparks (at the French Creek Nature Center on SR 611). For more information, call Marion Kennedy at 934-0224.

3-3-10: Jim Smith of the Lorain County Historical Society will present "Rutherford B. Hayes" (Note Hayes St. in Avon).

4-7-10: Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society will present "What's it?"

5-5-10: Cleveland Restoration Society staff will present "The American Home Interior: Treatment and Transformation"

``We will explore the ever evolving American interior over a fascinating 100-year period, beginning in the 1850's. Major emphasis on stylistic trends from Greek Revival, Victorian Aesthetic Period, Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival and Mid-Century Modern will be showcased in this one-hour course.

If you own an old house and are in the midst of your own transformation, I'm sure you've wondered about appropriate treatments and furnishings. Come and find out what sources of inspiration can yield.

Cleveland Restoration Society staff members are also available to answer your old house questions under the Heritage Home Loan Program services. The City of Avon and the Landmarks Preservation Commission have been instrumental in providing this FREE service to homeowners.

We would be happy to visit you at your historic home (pre-1961) to assess both small and large issues -- everything from roof replacements, exterior painting and mechanical systems to structural issues and interior treatments. If the house qualifies under our preservation guidelines, you may also qualify for a low-interest loan to undertake the work.

Please call Kerry Adams at 216-426-3101 or email him at kadams@clevelandrestoration.org. Full details about the program are available on the Cleveland Restoration Society web site:

www.clevelandrestoration.org/ ''

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FEATURE ARTICLE from The Press, 2-10-10, By Rebecca Turman

[Romance at the Avon Isle]

``AVON/SHEFFIELD VILLAGE -- Elmer and Sandy Klingshirn have been married for 53 years, and the beginning of their more than a half-century romance can be traced back to the floor of a local dance hall.

"We met at a dance at Avon Isle," Elmer said. "A square dance," Sandy added. "We could square dance very good."

Elmer grew up in Sheffield Village, though he said he spent most of his younger years working on the family farm on Case Road in Avon.

Sandy called Lorain home, though it was called "Black River Township" at that time. "I never knew where Sheffield Village was when I met him," Sandy said. "I had never even been to Cleveland."

The Klingshirns said a certain family member gave their relationship a little nudge. "My mother was the one who got us together," Sandy said. "When he was home on leave (from the army), she'd call him up." Elmer said he knew Sandy's mother because they had crossed paths at Avon Isle.

At the time Sandy met Elmer, she said she was a "horse fanatic," and that was all she was concerned with. Her family said, "We have got to get this girl out doing something on a Saturday night," Sandy said.

When Elmer met Sandy at Avon Isle, he was on leave from Camp Atterbury in Indiana. He said the two must have met in 1953 "because I was discharged in February 1954."

Elmer and Sandy agreed, for them it wasn't love at first sight, but rather more of a gradual progression. "I was still interested in horses, not boys," Sandy said.

Sandy recalled her first impression of Elmer. "He was in his big [army] boots," she said with a laugh. Elmer explained his clunky footwear choice. "I went right to the dance," Elmer said, adding that he didn't bother to change out of his uniform because he came straight from camp. "I guess I was stepping all over Sandy and everyone with my combat boots." ...

Sandy and Elmer attended Avon Isle dances year-round with family and friends, they said. "All my brothers and sisters and friends, everybody went there," Elmer said ...

As time progressed, dance after dance, the two warmed up to each other. "We would see one another at Avon Isle," Sandy said. "Eventually he would offer to take me home." The couple married June 23, 1956. The Klingshirns had six children, five daughters and a son, though one daughter died at a young age. Today, they have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The couple couldn't recall whether they went to Avon Isle after they married. "Not long after we married, I think it closed up," Elmer said. "It was a beautiful dance floor," Sandy added. The Klingshirns said their shared love of dance has always played a big part throughout their marriage.

Other than Avon Isle, the two went to Crystal Beach dance hall in Vermilion. "Dancing there was mostly the waltz," Sandy said. They also went to the Palladium hall in Elyria and the Columbia Ballroom. "Our main thing was dancing," Elmer said.

The couple still keeps their dancing shoes close by. "Wherever there's music, we are out there to dance," Elmer said. In the summer, the Klingshirns attend local parish picnics to partake in the dancing festivities.

"We love to polka. We love to salsa dance," Sandy said. "We have our own style," Elmer said. "I taught Elmer how to polka," Sandy said, adding that before her help, he would sometimes "spin out of control," causing everyone who watched him to get dizzy.

"About the only thing we never learned to do was jitterbug," Sandy said. "That's something we'd really like to do," Elmer said.

According to the couple's wedding album, one of their favorite songs is "Look at Us." Looking back, the two said they wouldn't change a thing about the way their lives were choreographed. "He was the first boy I ever dated and I married him, and I'd do it all over again," Sandy said.

"I'd do it all over again, too," Elmer said softly with a smile. "My mom really picked me a good husband," Sandy said.

Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com

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`Ten Cents a Dance'

TrueNorth Cultural Arts placed an ad in local newspapers more than a year ago, soliciting love stories of those who met at the area dance halls. The Lorain County Metro Parks and TrueNorth were inspired by the Klingshirn love story and stories of others who met at local dance halls.

For the Klingshirns, Avon Isle holds the most memories. "Ten Cents a Dance: A Romance in the Lorain County Dance Halls," a play written and directed by Jacqi Loewy, will attempt to recreate the romance of couples who met at Avon Isle, Crystal Beach, the Lorain Moose Lodge "Coliseum" and other area dance halls.

Tickets to "Ten Cents a Dance: A Romance in the Lorain County Dance Halls" are $10 and can be purchased by calling (440) 949-5200 or online at

www.metroparks.cc

Shows begin at the French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield Village, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The show runs through Feb. 21. Audience members are invited to join the cast members in dancing to the classical music of the 1940s, '50s and '60s.''

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Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society will present "What's It?" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 4-7-10, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

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5-5-10: Cleveland Restoration Society staff will present "The American Home Interior: Treatment and Transformation"

``We will explore the ever evolving American interior over a fascinating 100-year period, beginning in the 1850's. Major emphasis on stylistic trends from Greek Revival, Victorian Aesthetic Period, Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival and Mid-Century Modern will be showcased in this one-hour course.

If you own an old house and are in the midst of your own transformation, I'm sure you've wondered about appropriate treatments and furnishings. Come and find out what sources of inspiration can yield.

Cleveland Restoration Society staff members are also available to answer your old house questions under the Heritage Home Loan Program services. The City of Avon and the Landmarks Preservation Commission have been instrumental in providing this FREE service to homeowners.

We would be happy to visit you at your historic home (pre-1961) to assess both small and large issues -- everything from roof replacements, exterior painting and mechanical systems to structural issues and interior treatments. If the house qualifies under our preservation guidelines, you may also qualify for a low-interest loan to undertake the work.

Please call Kerry Adams at 216-426-3101 or email him at kadams@clevelandrestoration.org. Full details about the program are available on the Cleveland Restoration Society web site:

www.clevelandrestoration.org/ ''

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