Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 9-3-08


President Jack Smith called the meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:10 p. m. There were 30 members and guests present.

The minutes of the May 7, 2008, meeting were approved as read with George Bliss making the motion and Ralph White seconding.

Treasurer Barb Wolfe said there was $6,615.29 in the money market account and $2,285.10 in the checking account.

Theresa Szippl and Ralph White presented bills.

Theresa said there were 84 paid member and another letter would be going out to encourage membership. Meeting announcements were sent to the Press and to the Journal newspapers. The Press printed the notice the previous week but not for the current week. The Journal did not print a notice.

Landmark Preservation Commissioner Bob Gates said only one demolition permit was issued -- that to a house on Chester Road.

Ralph White reported that professional photos of Avon Isle will be available soon for the application for National Register status for the Avon Isle. A $50,000 grant has been secured by the city for rebuilding the bridge to the Isle. Mayor Smith was reported to have said that he will secure the other $50,000 for its completion.

Boy Scout Troup 333 is examining an Eagle Scout project of a new information box for the side of the Old Town Hall. Scraping and painting the front doors and the hand rail would also be a part of the project. Jim Szippl asks that Joe Richvalsky look at the proposal for architectural approval. The Scouts will be introduced to the Society at a future meeting.

Ralph also reported that First Merit Bank chose some historical Avon Pictures for their lobby.

Jack Smith will address the Avon Women's Club on September 8. The topic is the "Avon Story of 1974."

Regardless of the road work, the Candlelight Walk will be scheduled. The French Creek Development Association will pay the $250 for the ponies to haul Santa's sleigh. Festivities are scheduled at the library.

Nancy McGhee said the Avon Seniors would like to participate as last year to provide cookies for the children. The Lions Club will provide a small toy.

Jean Fischer said the October 1 AHS meeting will be given by Jim Smith and Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society. The topic is "Lorain County Leaders."

Jean introduced Jim and Janet as the speakers for the September meeting also. The topic was "Eerie Victorians."

Nancy McGhee motioned to adjourn. George Bliss seconded. The meeting adjourned at 7:40.

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday


Janet Bird and Jim Smith of the Lorain County Historical Society will present "Lorain County Leaders" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 10-1-08, 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.


KatRb05@aol.com wrote on 9-9-08:

Subject: 102 year old Moon family artifact

Hello, maybe you can help. I have a large, carved by woodburning, lidded box with much detail of color-stained red cherries and green leaves that I have been trying to locate its origins. The box is signed F. Moon, Avon, Ohio, July, 1906, with a K. or H. middle initial, I think.

In looking online at Moon family geneolgy I see there was 6th generation +57 vi Freeborn Moon born in 1831, who would have been about 74 at time of this box's creation. also generation 8, I think was Forney Calvin Moon born 1873, died 1913.

Do you know who I might contact in Avon that could tell me the middle initial of Freeborn Moon, as the middle initial in signature is hard to read, looks like a script H or maybe a K. I read an article online how your town is trying to preserve its landmark history, etc, I thought maybe you could help me, or direct me to the right place.

Kathy Robinson wrote: I saw online a Robert Moon geneology, and tradition has it that the Moon family named Avon, Ohio. If so, this box may be of historic importance.

With the box is a bowl that looks very similar in pattern, but on appraisal was found to be machine turned not so far back as the box's date and painted with different type of paint. The appraiser said he thinks original cherry juices were used for the stain on the box.

I am sure somebody somewhere would like this box. The appraiser has high public credentials, said it's value as an antique is around $285-$350., the bowl worth about $65-80. It was part of my brother's estate. He lived in Detroit, Michigan. I was from Traverse City, MI, but now am from the Syracuse, NY area.

Please tell me anything you can. Or could you give my email address to the Moon [genealogist] who has the family geneology on the web site. I am sure someone would be excited about this find. Thank you very much for helping in any way.

Kathy Robinson, KatRb05@aol.com

Please see attached photo. The box and bowl appear darker in real life, but the photo shows the detail and colors well.

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