In 1964 longtime Mentorite Jack Daniels along with Janice and Barbara Cooper edited a local history book titled 'Here is Lake County'. Their book became one of the definitive sources for all things Lake County as it applied to past his-her stories. Chapters in the book shared the stories of such notable men at work such as J.W. Penfield of Willoughby, inventor A.E. Vrooman of Madison and Painesville, and Jesse Storrs of Painesville Township whose nursery acumen led to our county's nursery heights in the mid- 1900's. Daniels detailed the 1840 beginnings of the Lake County Fair and Fairgrounds when it was located on Bank Street in Painesville. The Millionaire Social Clubs on Little Mountain Road and Native American roots of Willoughby, Eastlake, and Fairport are documented. The Civil War impact on Lake County and the resources of Lake Erie and its shoreline all found their way into this most complete history book. The stories of the people who tamed the Western Reserve wilderness, overcame tragedy or made an impact on the industrial-agricultural-social legacies that permeate our 174 year plus story are once again ready for the newest generation of readers.
'Here is Ohio's Lake County - a historical journey...Then, Now and Into the 21st Century is the title of the newest edition of Lake County, Ohio history. Updated, detailed with new research, and including photos from the LCHS collection, this 2014 release is an engaging narrative that shares the story of Ohio's smallest county with the most history.
Copies of this 2014 release ($25.99) are now available for purchase at the Lake County Historical Society located at 415 Riverside Drive in Painesville. For more information call 440-639-2945 or visit www.LakeHistory.org