Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 10-5-11

Future meetings of the Avon Historical Society

2011 Candlelite Walk, December 2, 3 & 4

Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf will present "How Geology influenced The Battle of Lake Erie"

President Jack Smith called the October 5, 2011, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:05 p. m. There were about 35 members and guests present.

The minutes of September 7 were approved as read with George Bliss making the motion and Nancy McGhee seconding.

Treasurer Christine White said $5,806.02 is the current balance. There were no bills to present.

Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Ralph White said that the three houses on Willo Street were added to Avon's Register of Landmarks.

Regarding the sawmill foundation adjacent to the Avon Isle property and the Avon Mound Cemetery, he said the idea is still on the table and the commission is compiling information for discussion on the two sites.

Member Sandy Marsh is looking for the oldest living resident born and raised in Avon. She said George Miller was born 7-24-1912 and is residing in southern Ohio. She will contact Mr. Miller's son to see if someone can gather an oral history from him.

Jack and Jean Fischer gave an update on the Intersocietly meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 3 at 5:30 p. m. The Lorain County historical societies will gather at Carlisle Visitors' Center at the Metro Parks on Diagonal Road.

The program "Lorain County's Forgotten Civil War General -- Quincy A. Gilmore" will be presented by Matt Weisman in a power point presentation and assembled memorabilia. Hosted by the Columbia Historical Society, guests are asked to bring a pot luck dish to share and a place setting to eat. Coffee and lemonade will be provided.

Jean said General Gilmore's farm was originally located at the site of Lake View Park in Lorain. The Daughter's of the American Revolution recently purchased and rededicated a plaque to commemorate the site.

At 7:20 Ralph White moved for adjournment. George Bliss seconded.

Jean Fischer introduced the speaker, member Joe Richvalsky who presented "A New Democracy in the Wilderness: Avon's First Houses."

Submitted by, JoAnne Easterday. Secretary

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Meeting of the Avon Historical Society on Thursday, November 3, 2011

WHAT: Lorain County Historical Society INTERSOCIETY COMMITTEE Annual Meeting & Potluck Dinner

WHEN: Thurs., November 3, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (meal at 6:00)

WHERE: at the Lorain County Metroparks Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio 44050, west of S.R. 301:

Take Routes 10/20 west to the Route 301 South (LaGrange Road) exit. Turn left onto 301 South. Drive a short distance to the second intersection on your right, Nickel Plate - Diagonal Road, which is across from the red brick Carlisle Township Fire Department, and drive 0.7 mile to the Duck Pond Picnic Area entrance, which will be on your right. Drive 0.8 mile farther on Diagonal Road and the entrance to the Carlisle Visitor Center will also be on the right.

WHO: All Lorain County historical and genealogy groups are invited -- to share experiences and ideas, and report on their group's recent activities

PROGRAM: "Lorain County's Forgotten Civil War General," a PowerPoint presentation by Matt Weisman - the story of Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore of Black River Township (Lorain), to help us commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial, 1861-2011

BRING: A covered dish (casserole, salad, dessert, etc.) to share, and your own place settings - coffee and lemonade will be provided

HOST GROUP: Columbia Historical Society


No meeting in January, 2012.


Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf will present "How geology influenced the Battle of Lake Erie," at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 2-1-12, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast 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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2011 Candlelite Walk, December 2, 3 & 4, 2011

Friday, 12-2-11: Noon to 10pm

"Winter Wine Walk" - $10, Friday, December 2nd - 6 pm to 9 pm. Participating shops feature Wines paired with gourmet tidbits.

Saturday, 12-3-11: 10am to 10pm

Santa at the Avon Isle

5:30 pm -- Santa arrives at the Gazebo for the COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING at Heritage Square, southwest corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road. THE PROGRAM BEGINS AT 5 PM. (glowsticks to the first 150 children). Welcome Santa; see the tree lighting ceremony; and listen to the Avon High School Choir sing carols.

6 pm -- VISIT WITH SANTA AT THE AVON ISLE, Detroit Road just west of Stoney Ridge Road, and get a gift from Santa and a free juice box.

Sunday, 12-4-11: 11am to 5pm

Stroll the candlelite sidewalks of Avon's Historic French Creek. Sing along with carolers and visit with seasonal characters. Local merchants welcome you with "Candy Cane" Specials, festively decorated stores, and refreshments.


The traditional tree lighting ceremony, to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011, will take a new and expanded format.

The event will start at the Olde Avon Village at 5:00pm where the children and parents will gather for a walk with Santa to the Gazebo. Carolers will entertain the crowd.

Glow sticks will be given to the children.

All the children can then join Santa as he rides in a horse drawn sleigh to the Gazebo at the corner of S.R. 611 and Detroit for more caroling and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

A new venue for the "Visit with Santa" will be the recently renovated Avon Isle! This may be the first opportunity for many to see this restored historic building, which brings dear memories to many long time residents.

Juice boxes will be provided by the Avon Historical Society; and the Avon Lions will have gifts for the children.

A model railroad display will be set up at the Avon Isle from 2:00 to 8:00pm by Railblazers model railroad club. Refreshments will be provided.

The French Creek District will be decorated with holiday wreaths, a new feature this year provided by the FCDA and installed by the Avon Streets Department.

Contact FCDA President Fran Burik at 934-4420 if you need more information or would like to support these events.


Dedicated to improving and promoting the down-town area designated as the FRENCH CREEK DISTRICT.

P.O. Box 111, Avon, Ohio 44011


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Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf will present "How Geology influenced The Battle of Lake Erie," at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 2-1-11, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.


ABSTRACT: Geologic Origin and Development of Presque Isle on Lake Erie as an Influence in the Deployment of Commodore Perry's Fleet [during the War of 1812].

Presque Isle is a prominent sand-spit peninsula on the south shore of Lake Erie at Erie, Pennsylvania. Its crescent form extents northeast into the lake for 10.4 km. The spit is recurved toward the mainland at its eastern tip and forms a lagoon known as Presque Isle Bay, which serves as Erie's harbor.

The base of the spit is narrow, 150 m across, while the distal end is about 2.5 km wide. Misery Bay, a circular embayment 650 m in diameter opening onto Presque Isle Bay near the eastern end of the spit, is the site of the Perry Monument erected in 1925 to commemorate the construction of Commodore Perry's fleet in 1812-1813 ...

In the early 1800s a barrier bar existed across the mouth of Presque Isle Bay that limited the draft of vessels that could cross the barrier and enter the harbor. The warships of the British fleet, with their heavy canons, were unable to enter the bay and disrupt construction of the American fleet.

During the building of Perry's fleet, British Captain Barclay kept a watchful eye on the progress and maintained a blockade outside the spit. Perry knew he must cross the bar, but this would have to be done before the heavy armaments were onboard. Once the fleet was completed, Perry waited for his chance.

When Barclay crossed the lake to re-provision at Port Dover on July 31 [1813], Perry made his move. Using camels, a device invented by the Dutch for carrying vessels over shallow places, Perry successfully moved his fleet over the bar by noon on August 6, but without the canons on his brigs.

That afternoon, Barclay's sails were spotted on the horizon. Perry was in a predicament, but decided to line his vessels up as if he intended to attack. Amazingly the bluff worked and the British fleet retired to the Long Point on the north shore.

Some five weeks later, on September 13, the British and American fleets met in battle near West Sister Island and Perry emerged victorious.

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