The meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, 10-2-13, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Jean Fischer will present "Wilbur Cahoon, the beginning of Avon in 1814." For more information, contact Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224; or see
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MINUTES
President Ralph White called the September 4, 2013, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:03 p.m. The minutes of the May 1 meeting were approved as read with Nancy McGhee making the motion and Christine White seconding.
Christine reported on the treasury at $5152.52.
In old business Ralph said Chuck and Cheryl Huene checked into replacing the old window boxes on the Old Town Hall. They were rather "pricy." Ralph said he contracted with his brother who made new boxes for $150.
Huenes will decorate the boxes with gourd and other fall items.
Jack Smith reported on the overall city meeting about the bicentennial celebration of the city in 2014.
At that meeting Avon Park Director Diane Corrao encouraged groups to get their celebration plan s in order so they can be described in the 100,000 brochures to be printed for distribution across the state [by the Lorain County Visitors Bureau].
Joe Richvalsky described the plaques being planned to commemorate historic homes in Avon and the story of Avon's development.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission and AHS will work together to decide on the photos and text to be included on the plaques which will be at "reading height" at the new entrance of Schwartz Road Park or at another location as suggested by Thesera Szipple
The bronze or copper plaques have not been priced.
There was a discussion concerning fund raising for the plaques and the possibility of making the plaques of lesser material in an effort to forgo disappointment if they were to succumb to vandalism.
Houses considered for depiction are the Wilbur Cahoon House, the Schwartz homestead, the Stone Eagle house, the Nagel house and local churches.
The plaques may not be done all at the same time. It depends on the cost and fund raising efforts.
Members were encouraged to attend the next Landmarks' meeting Wednesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at the Council Caucus Room at City Hall. Ralph said in the recent past Law Director John Gazior and Council person Mary Burges had attended a meeting to note the commission's work.
Ralph said currently there have been no demolition requests nor have new addresses added to the historic homes list.
Jack spoke of the Society's July 14, 2013 field trip to Thomas Edison's home in Milan. There were 15 people who participated on a very hot day.
In new business Ralph said he found some photos in the AHS's archives that Rudy Mock took in the 1920's. Since some of them were of Sheffield Village, Ralph made copies of the photos and gave them to the Sheffield Village Historical Society. Sheffield President Eddie Herdendorf sent the AHS a commemorative certificate in response. The certificate is on display at the OTH.
Thesera Szipple said that in response to her letter 33 people have rejoined the society. According to Treasurer Christine White many people included a generous donation with their dues. Ralph noted the continued contribution of Ron Larson.
Dues were considered for increase next year. Because we are the lowest priced historical society, because of the increased cost for guest speakers, landscaping and mailings, and no increase of dues since the 1970's,
Susie Cory moved and Jean Fischer seconded the following change. Individual dues from $5 to $8; couple from $7.50 to $10 and family $12 to $15. Motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 7:47 with Susie Cory making the motion and Joe Richvalsky seconding.
Jean Fischer provided the program which consisted of further discussion of the coming year's plans. She is soliciting help among members to have people present at the open Old T own Hall during the already scheduled events for the bicentennial .
April 4-6, 2014 SPRING INTO AVON
June 14-15, 2014 DUCT TAPE FESTIVAL
JUNE 21-22, 2014 ANTIQUE AND UNCLE JUNQUE
SEPTEMBER 5- 7, 2014 FALL INTO AVON
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 WILBUR CAHOON OPEN HOUSE
DECEMBER 5 - 7, 2014 CANDLELITE WALK
Jean would also like help to "man" OTH for this year's " Fall into Avon" scheduled for this weekend, Saturday, September 7 and 8, 2013.
The quilt will be on display, videos will be on continuous run and display cases will be featured.
Contact Jean to offer help.
JoAnne Easterday, Secretary
AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROPOSED AGENDA, October 2, 2013
I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of September 4, 2013
II. Treasurer's Report
A. Any outstanding bills to present.
III. Old Business
A. Landmarks Preservation Commission report, Ralph White
B. Bicentennial Project, Jack Smith
IV. New Business
V. Motion to Adjourn and Second
Jean Fischer will present "Wilbur Cahoon, the beginning of Avon in 1814."
The Minutes of 9-4-13 may be read at
Parking for meetings of the Avon Historical Society:
On the east side of the Old Town Hall,
Across Detroit Rd. at Nemo's Restaurant (park close to Colorado),
Across Colorado Avenue (SR 611) behind Blue Chip,
On the east side of Buck's Hardware on Church Street,
Across Stoney Ridge at Lois Shinko's Country Store parking lot (just south of the Gazebo).