Fred Norton (1893-1918) may well be the most outstanding person to have graduated from Lakeside-Danbury high school according to David Glick, despite the fact that he lived only 25 years. Based on his years of research, Glick highlights what is known about Fred’s youth on the Marblehead Peninsula, his athletic accomplishments at Ohio State University and his service with the U.S. Army as a pilot with the 27th Aero Squadron. At the conclusion of a week when Lakeside education seminars have explored various topics about World War One, this Heritage Society program remembers a local Marblehead man who made the ultimate sacrifice.
David Glick has spent parts of the past 87 summers in Lakeside. A prolific collector of Lakeside history in oral, printed and photographed formats, he has donated his multiple collections to the Lakeside Heritage Society Archives. Glick has presented Sunday programs and led walking tours for many years and served as author/editor for the Heritage Society’s quarterly MANIFEST describing historical facets of the Peninsula from 1991-2013.
Calling a movie theater a “picture show” was common in the early decades of the twentieth century. Martha Jackman, the retired school teacher who was the cashier when Dean Fick worked at Orchestra Hall in the early 1980s, referred to it as Lakeside’s picture show. Now the only movie theater in Ottawa County, Orchestra Hall is celebrating its 90th season in 2017.
Fick touches on the films shown and explores the physical aspects of Orchestra Hall and some of the non-movie activities that have taken place in this space. He provides an overview of technical aspects of how cinema technology works, though not to the point of causing boredom among non-technical attendees. There will be props and physical examples of items for an up-close look at cinema equipment.
Dean Fick, a resident of Manassas, Virginia, serves as Manager of Technical Operations for the Smithsonian Institution’s three IMAX Theaters and its Einstein Planetarium, located at the National Air and Space Museum, and National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. A native of the Marblehead Peninsula and a 1981 graduate of Danbury High School, Fick is a member of the Lakeside Heritage Society Board.
On Sunday morning, October 20, 1929, the shrill sound of the Lakeside fire alarm pierced the air. By the end of the day, the Methodist Church, the Printing Shop and 26 cottages from Walnut to Central Avenues between 4th and 5th Streets were gone. Using historic photographs, Dale reviews how the fire started, how it progressed, how the weather influenced its path of destruction, the efforts to control the blaze and the fire’s aftermath.
Phil Dale is a Lieutenant/EMTB with the Bedford Township Fire Department in Temperance, MI, serving since 2001. He also served as a pastor to seniors at Boulevard Christian Church in Sylvania OH from 1995 to 2009. Phil and his wife Kathy have been married for 48 years. They reside in Lambertville, MI, and have owned a unit at the Historic Richards House (aka “Same Time Next Year”) for 12 years.
Paul Sukys chronicles the development of the Catholic Summer School at Cliff Haven, New York including its relationship to the original New York Chautauqua and the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle program. Sukys’ presentation explores the origin of the Catholic Summer School of America as a reaction to the New York Chautauqua. The talk also examines the development of a nationwide series of Catholic Reading Circles which were seemingly inspired by the work of the original CLSC. By assessing the rivalry that existed between the two institutions, Sukys questions the popular theory that the Catholic Reading Circles were created as a response to the CLSC, suggesting, instead, that the Reading Circles may actually have been independently established.
The lecture analyzes the revolutionary contributions made by both the CLSC and the Catholic Reading Circles to education at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. The presentation served as a prelude to the Lakeside CLSC’s 2017 graduation celebration.
Paul Sukys is Professor Emeritus of Law, Literature and the Humanities at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio. He earned his doctorate in applied philosophy and art history at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati and received undergraduate and graduate degrees in American and British Literature from John Carroll University in Cleveland and a law degree from Cleveland State University. Paul owns a cottage on Jasmine Avenue and leads the Lakeside CLSC group.
Celeste Williams provided a retrospective history of the Lakeside waterfront and dock with focus on the evolution of the Lakeside Sailing School that began under her leadership in 1977.
Celeste Williams’ parents, Suzanne & Doug Cook, purchased 238 Lakefront when Celeste was 9 years old and she grew up as a “water bug” at the dock, earning sequential swimming badges under Frank Thompson, then American Red Cross (ARC) Jr and Sr lifesaving certificates. In her teens, she was racing and repairing her father’s motor boats.
John Bolster, a supervisor of ARC water safety programs in NW Ohio, visited Lakeside and realized this was a prime location to establish for a sailing program. John arranged for Celeste to attend the ARC certified sailing instructor course in Indiana and she returned with Lakeside’s first Sunfish tied to the top of her car. Celeste, age 22, established the Lakeside Sailing School in 1977 to teach safe boating skills and appreciates how this program has evolved. Her most recent achievement at Lakeside is teaching the second season of WOW – Women on Water – to give women over age 50 a chance to develop sailing skills. Celeste and her husband, Bill, both have licenses as U.S. Coast Guard master captains.
Another Lakeside boy makes good! This seminar reviewed the life of Norman Vincent Peale, an influential mid-20th century pastor with many Lakeside and Ohio connections. Dr. Peale was especially noted for "The Power of Positive Thinking", selling over 5 million copies and still in print. But Peale's work was not without criticism, which will also be part of the description of his enduring legacy in American thought.
Dave Blank, a summer resident of Lakeside, has just completed his term as Treasurer of the Lakeside Association Board. He has been coming to Lakeside since the mid-1950s, when he started coming with his parents to the East Ohio Methodist Conferences. Dave retired from a 40-year business career at FirstEnergy Corp. and presently serves as an adjunct professor in the Dept. of Economics at the University of Akron. Dave and Bonnie live in Westlake, Ohio.
While enjoying the Lakeside campus, many of us speculate about the names on cottages. In this light-hearted presentation, Gretchen Curtis will tell stories describing how about 60 cottages in Lakeside received their names. Can you identify cottages whose names have been unchanged for more than 100 years? What single word is used most often in current cottage names? Attendees will be asked to complete a card with their cottage address and its name (if it has one) and Gretchen will deliver cards to the Heritage Society Archives to be placed in cottage files.
Gretchen Curtis, a Lakeside summer resident for 13 years, is an active volunteer with the Heritage Society and Women’s Club. She served as the Lakeside Heritage Society Director of Operations 2012-2015 and the Lakeside Association Education Director 2007-2011. She retired the first time in 2005 after a 36-year career in pediatric nursing, with most of those years at Denver Children’s Hospital.
Men have been quarrying limestone from Marblehead Peninsula’s eastern area along the Lake Erie shore since the 1850s. In the early years, the quarries employed thousands of men for this physically demanding and dangerous work. In more recent years, advancements in large and specialized equipment for mining limestone have revolutionized work processes at the Marblehead Quarry.
Ted Dress, a third-generation employee who recently marked his 40th anniversary at the Marblehead Quarry, is the Production Maintenance Foreman. Dress, who has been listening to the sounds of drilling, blasting and stone crushing machinery for over 60 years, will use photographs to take us on a journey through time as he explains operations of the Marblehead Quarry and uses of the crushed limestone that is produced directly across the road from Lakeside.