Anyway, by July 1929, D. D. Lewis was still living in the area in a lakefront home. He had a rather unusual experience involving an alligator that made the front page of the Lorain Journal of Tuesday, July 23, 1929 – 90 years ago this month.
Here's the article as it appeared in the paper that day.
RUBS EYES, LO! THERE'S ALLIGATOR IN BACK YARD
What would you do if you had a home on the shore of Lake Erie and went out into your backyard and found an alligator calmly sunning itself on your breakwall?
Possibly, you would go down into your cellar and throw out all the home brew, or else go to a specialist for an examination.
Yet that was the experience which D. D. Lewis, who has a home at Stop [illegible], on the east shore, underwent last Sunday.
Incidentally, he didn’t do either of the above mentioned things. Instead, he went right up to the alligator and found out for himself that it was real flesh and blood.
He could scarcely believe his eyes. He wouldn’t have been surprised had he been down in Florida where alligators are so common.
But to have one of the things come right out of Lake Erie and climb onto his breakwall – my word; and a lot of other expressions.
But there it was. He had made a great discovery. It was a real live alligator, evidently rather young, for it measured only about 30 inches.
He wondered how he could prove his discovery. He solved the matter by proceeding to catch the alligator and tieing it up in his yard where he could put it on exhibition.