Monday, August 15, 2016

Lake County Facts not found on the bottom of Snapple Bottle Caps

Every Sunday morning in recent months I have enjoyed reading sports columnist Jeff Schudel's educational ramblings entitled 'I didn't know that...until I read my Snapple bottle cap'.  Today's Local Lore by Max shares with the reader 10 Lake County Facts not found and most likely never to be found on the bottom of a Snapple bottle cap-yet worth sharing!

  1. Automobile parts inventor Claud Foster (Snubbers Car Shock Absorber and Gabriel Car Horn) and Robert Manry (Tinkerbelle voyage) both hail from Willowick.
  2. Pheasant Run Airport on Trask Road has some of the nations most coveted vintage WWI and WWII aircraft collections on view and open to the public.
  3. In 1932, nurseryman Joseph Kallay secured the first ever patent (#10) for his Blaze rose.  This patent and some other local nurserymen led Mentor to becoming the Rose Capital of the Nation in the following decades.
  4. Daniel Beard organized the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1906.  Four years later he was a foundling member of the Boys Scouts of America.  His design of the patch and emblem remain today.  He hailed from Painesville, Ohio.
  5. Hugh Mosher was the inspiration for the fifer in Archibald Willard's famous painting 'Spirit of '76'.  Henry Deveraux was the inspiration for the drummer.  Mosher hails from Perry while Devereaux was from Wickliffe.
  6. Donald Blakeslee was the most decorated airman in U.S. history.  His WWII triumphs and aviation history records garnered him the highest awards in two countries.  He hailed from Fairport Harbor.
  7. This Civil War General and lead contractor in the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 had a famous home in Painesville.  His wife teamed with houseguest Susan Anthony in another famous movement of the era.  Their home is the Casement/Jennings site.
  8. This Usonian home was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955 for Louis Penfield.  Since 2003 it is the only Wright home open for overnight bookings.  The home is in Willoughby Hills.
  9. During Cleveland's Gilded Age, millionaires Franklin Rockefeller, James Corrigan, Fergus Squire, Price McKinney and Harry Coulby made this city their home and the real city of millionaires.  The city was Wickliffe.
  10. The Willoughby Medical College (1834-1847) was the county's first.  A series of unfortunate events caused its demise but two current Ohio medical campuses had their genesis there in the 1800s.  The two were Ohio State University and Case Western University.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Another Lake County Vignette - Concord Twp's Caroline 'Connie' Luhta

Lake County is one of Ohio’s smallest counties.  Concord Township is one of Lake’s smallest communities.  Yet both arguably share in the common denominator of having the most history to offer.  Concord’s aviatrix Connie Luhta is just one of many county stories worth sharing.  Seven terms to date as a local township official and 48 years as a resident are only the tip of the iceberg of this notable Concord Township lady’s story.  Here is the rest of her story.

  • 1948 Graduate of Thomas W. Harvey High School , member of Y team, cheering club, Honor Society, French Club, Harbinger Staff, Quill & Scroll
  • 1952 Graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University – B.S. in Chemistry
  • 1977 Graduate of Lake Erie College – B.S. in Business Administration
  • Career as a Research Chemist for the Standard Oil Company
  • Member of Lake County Farm Bureau
  • Founded Concord Airpark (situated on 70 acres at 12253 Concord-Hambden Road) in 1952 with her late husband Adolph.  Airpark activated in November 1954
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • President – Cleveland International Women’s Air & Space Museum located at Burke Lakefront Airport
  • Life Member - Silver Wings
  • Life Member – 99’s – International Organization of Female Pilots
  • Vice President – Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 118
  • Competitor – Twelve International Air Races, Ten Coast-to-Coast Races, Seventeen Proficiency Races
  • One of 55 female pilots enshrined in Burke Airport / International Aerospace Museum
  • Featured on card sets with notable women pilots Besse Coleman and Amelia Earhardt
  • May 2016 Inductee - Ohio Senior Citizen’s Hall of Fame
  • August 2016 Community Days Tribute to her aviation contributions 
Concord Community Days is this weekend.  For more information on that event or Connie's tribute on Saturday evening visit or call 440-639-4650