|Ad from the Pittsburgh Press of July 21, 1940|
Here's a nice link to a history of Vermilion on the Lake on the VOL website.
It's hard to believe that at one time, there were big plans for Vermilion-on-the-Lake, which was marketed as "The Atlantic City of Lake Erie.”
Here are a few newspaper clippings and ads from the early days.
This clipping from the Sandusky Star Journal of May 18, 1920 announces the construction of the first wave of cottages, and the now well-known log clubhouse.
It seems that getting the land ready for the new Vermilion-on-the-Lake allotment was hazardous. This clipping from the June 9, 1920 Sandusky Star Journal proves that mosquitoes, like now, were a concern back then.
This unfortunate chap was injured while clearing land for Vermilion-on-the-Lake. The small blurb about Joseph Wagner appeared in the Star Journal on June 30, 1920.
This article from the March 22, 1921 Star Journal notes that Vermilion was preparing engineering plans and cost estimates for the extension of the village water mains out to Vermilion-on-the-Lake. Also of note is the mention of the planned paving of Liberty Street, referred to in the article as part of the Cleveland-Sandusky highway. (The Federal route designation of the highway as U. S. Route 6 was still a few years away.)
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Nice articles Dan. I have lived in VOL for 40 years and can't bring myself to sell my home. It's a fantastic community. When I was a kid, the Valley View area of Vermilion was the desirable new neighborhood. VOL or "Valley of Losers" as the Valley View kids called us had no idea how awesome it was to grow up in VOL. So, I guess the jokes on them today.
Dan, since your going to be living amongst us, you are going to have to know a couple things. First, Showse park in VOL is called Tiki Beach/Park. I have no idea where the name Showse came from. It has been known to us as Tiki for 40+ years. Secondly, Aunt Ruths Store always has and always will be called the "Little Store". If you ask someone where Aunt Ruth's store is, they will have no idea what your talking about.
Hi Shane! Thanks for the comments, as well as the insider information! I was down there last weekend driving around and seeing what's for sale. I've even eaten dinner in my car down at Showse, uh I mean Tiki Park!
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