President Ralph White called the March 5, 2014, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7 p.m. The minutes of the October 2013 meeting were approved as read with Jean Fischer making the motion and Jack Smith seconding.
10 members were present.
Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,569.32.
In old business, Ralph reported that the Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting on Jan 8, 2014, had Westlake High School students attend to observe local government in action for extra credit. The Feb 12 meeting had Rick and Pauline Schnieder (sp?) request a permit for demolition of the Homestead on Jaycox Road of the Zupero blueberry farm. Demolition permit approved.
The AHS November 7 meeting was the Lorain County intersociety meeting at the Carlisle Visitor Center hosted by Eaton. Matt Nahorne gave a presentation on the Amherst underground spring.
The December Christmas Party was held at Jean's house and there was a nice turnout.
In new business, Caryn Toutin stopped in to leave forms for the Bicentennial Cook Book to be submitted by the end of March.
There was discussion regarding possibly having an AHS fund raising project/garage sale during the Aunt Teak and Uncle Junk festival the third weekend in June at the Hall. We would be looking for donated items, help in setting up and manning tables for the event. More discussion to be had at the April 2 meeting.
Nationwide insurance has upped our liability insurance bill from $ 400 to $ 700. Ralph did some comparison shopping and received a reasonable quote from a local agent with State Farm for $ 425. A motion was made by Jim Szippl to change providers and seconded by Jack Smith.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 with Susie Cory making the motion and Carol Smith seconding.
The weekend of April 5th will be Spring into Avon. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday and breakfast at the Avon Isle, 2 seatings at 8 and 10 am. Jean and Rose will have the Old Town Hall open from 10-2 on 4-5-14.
Jean Fischer spoke about the Klingshirn family and their early descendants.
The next meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, 4-2-14, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Jean Fischer will present "History of the Conrad Family."
Respectfully submitted, Christine White.
Spring into Avon, April 4 - 6, 2014
Annual Easter Bunny Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Avon Isle - 37080 Detroit Road
Choose from Two Breakfast Seatings: 8:00am and 10:00am
Pancakes, Sausage, Juice, Milk and Coffee
Ticket Price: Adult - $6, Child 3-8 - $3, Child 2 and under - Free
Tickets available for purchase at:
The Littlest Details - 36840 Detroit Road, Olde Avon Village, and Avon Vision Center - 37500 Harvest Avenue
Hosted by the French Creek Development Association
For more information, call 934-4420.
The meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, 5-7-14, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Jean Fischer will present "History of the Schwartz Family."
Carol Smith comments:
As a child, my family would visit my Uncle Peter and my Aunts Blanche, Dorothy, and Martha Schwartz every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm. I usually brought my dolls and tea set to play house on the front porch or in an old building in the backyard. My parents would get a basket of eggs for the week. Sometimes I would walk to the barn to watch the horses drink water. I liked to hear the chickens squawk; and I had to be reminded once in a while not to chase them.
My aunts had books for me to read and a viewer to look at pictures. I could touch the piano keys very lightly. My Aunt Blanche played the piano. My dad would listen to the baseball game in the basement with Uncle Peter while my mother and aunts talked in the dining room. At home, my brother, Jim, would play the piano while my sister, Ellen, and I would harmonize to all the songs on the Hit Parade.
I also spent summer vacations with my uncle and aunts. One of my jobs was to go with Aunt Dorothy to the hen house to collect eggs from the nests in the boxes. We would always be on the lookout for snakes; this was thrilling for me because the nests were at the level of my eyes. Uncle Peter also had cows and pigs.
There was an ice box on the back porch where the cream would rise to the top of the milk. My aunts would put the cream into a churn and would push up and down on the handle until the cream turned into butter. They would sell butter and eggs to their steady customers who came to the farm on the weekends.
Uncle Peter had a smoke house where the pigs were hung. One year, when I was a little older, I had to test the new electric fence around the pig pen. There was a swill pail to feed the pigs. There was an outhouse between the pig pen and the garage. The corn crib was east of the pig pen; I liked to climb up and down the ladder and look in at the corn. I was a climber. I was always up in a tree.
I was fascinated by the new red cream separator which my Uncle Peter bought. There were two spigots for the milk and cream to come out. I was not allowed on the porch when the separator was running, and I had to watch through the screen door from the kitchen. It was lots of fun to run around on the farm. Much of it was made into a City park; and now my grandchildren sometimes play there.
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