Program of the Avon Historical Society, Spring 2008

Avon Historical Society

Research - Preservation - Education

Bob Kayle from Lorain, Ohio, will present "Antique Cars" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 2-6-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge (SR 611). For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106. Bob wil emphasize the Carroll, made in Lorain during 1920 through 1922.

Charles F. Carroll opened the Carroll Automobile Company in Lorain in 1920 with a group of industrial promoters in the old brass foundry building on the west side. About 600 Carroll Automobiles were made between 1920 and 1922 - price tag of $3,985

The Carroll car was stylish and attractive, but also very expensive for the time. By 1922, the company did not have the money to pay its suppliers; Carroll closed the factory and left Lorain.

  • Jim Smith from the Lorain County Historical Society will present "Steve Dohanyos a Lorain artist," at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 3-5-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871.

  • Gary Fisher, architect from Arkinetics, will present "Williams House and Stone Eagle Farm renovations" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 4-2-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871.

  • Jean Fischer will present "History of the Village School" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 5-7-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

    The Quantum Bots will also report on their experiences at the State Lego League Robotics contest at the 2-6-08 meeting of the Avon Historical Society.


    NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 1-15-08, by Lisa Roberson

    ``Quantum Bots third in [State] LEGO competition

    AVON -- It may look like a toy, but watch out: the Quantum 3000 is anything but.

    Built by hand by four area teenagers, the robot fashioned from hundreds of LEGO blocks rocked 'em and socked 'em last weekend at the Ohio First League Robotics Championship, earning third place for team Quantum Bots.

    The competition Jan. 12 and 13 [2008] at Wright State University in Fairborn, a suburb of Dayton, pitted the team of home-schooled youngsters against 48 teams from across Ohio in a four-part competition.

    The team received a rating of excellence and scored 385 points out of a possible 400.

    Team Quantum Bots -- Bobby Johansen, 14, of North Ridgeville, Greg Knechtges, 13, of Grafton, and brothers Carl Sadowski, 15, and David Sadowski, 11, both of Avon -- designed and programmed the Quantum 3000, a computerized mobile LEGO Mindstorms robot, complete with electronic motors and movable parts. It performs a series of tasks related to the theme of alternative energy.

    The win was exciting for the team as it showed the cool side of a not-so-typical hobby. Now, the group wants to see other Lorain County kids join the fun and maybe next year give them a run for first place ...

    The team's research project involved conducting an energy audit of the Avon Old Town Hall [of 1871] and offering recommendations to the Avon Historical Society on ways to reduce energy consumption in the 136-year-old building.

    "We really got into the project because it actually can have an impact on our lives," Sadowski said. "We learned things that we could use to preserve energy in our homes." ...''

    Contact Lisa Roberson at

    For more, see Quantum Bots win LEGO competition


    NOTE: Our four historic Avon videotapes are available. Call (440) 934-6106 if you would like to preview or set up a program for your group or organization. Also available are Rose Mitock's signed and numbered prints of her paintings of the WIlford Hotel, the Old Mill and Kelling Barn. This is quite a fundraiser for us. Rose takes only the cost and donates the rest to the Historical Society.

    The "Images of America: Avon" picture book depicting the city, past and present, is still available.

    The book is on sale at 2536 Stoney Ridge in The Country Store, which is shown on the cover when the store was May Webber's Millinery Shop. Call 934-6119 to make sure books are in stock before visiting The Country Store.


    Parking for meetings of the Avon Historical Society:

    (7 pm on first Wednesdays at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge)

    Next to Smitty's Barber Shop -- please disregard the "no parking" sign,

    Across Detroit Rd. at Nemo's Restaurant (park close to Colorado),

    Across Colorado Avenue 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).


    Membership Application, 2007-2008, Avon Historical Society

    Mark Choice: [] Individual $5; [] couple $7.50; [] family $12.



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    Please send your check to The Avon Historical Society, 2623 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon, OH 44011.

    For more information, call (440) 934-5933.


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