Bay Village Historical Society

Bay Village Historical Society The Bay Village Historical Society, one of the city’s largest civic organizations, works to preserve area history, present educational programs, maintain the Rose Hill Museum and the Osborn Learning Center, and the Cahoon memorial cabin.

Clark (left) and Barb Young recently purchased a century home plaque for their Electric Drive home from the Bay Village ...

Clark (left) and Barb Young recently purchased a century home plaque for their Electric Drive home from the Bay Village Historical Society. Neighbors Bob and Loreen Dorin (middle and right) saw it and were so impressed they purchased one for their Florence Road home, as well. The Bay Village Historical Society makes available plaques to the owners of homes in the city that are more than 100 years old. The plaques, made of cast aluminum and colored black and gold, are 10 inches by 14 inches oval, and include the words “Bay Village,” “Century Home” and the year of construction. The cost is $125.00, which includes delivery and a one-year membership in the Bay Village Historical Society, a $35 value. For more information call (216) 386-5997 or

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Snippets of Bay Village history - Kay LaughlinIt’s Maple Syrup TimeWe love our ‘real’ maple syrup on our morning pancake...

Snippets of Bay Village history - Kay Laughlin
It’s Maple Syrup Time

We love our ‘real’ maple syrup on our morning pancakes.

In America, maple syrup is a staple in the pantry. Maple syrup/sugar is truly an American crop. Both maple syrup and maple sugar were items of barter among the Indians living in the area of the Great Lakes when the early settlers arrived in this country.

The Osborn family writes in their memories: “The Indians also furnished a tolerable amount of maple sugar (syrup). Sarah objected a little to using it, on account of cleanliness, for the Indians used to boil their bacon in the sap without skinning the hide, and the hair would come off, which looked rather unpalatable in tea. Some of the squaws were so nice, however, they would strain the syrup through part of their dress and the difficulty would be alleviated. Sometimes the dress was so dirty and full of holes they could not strain the syrup.”

It takes at least a barrel, 32 gallons, of sap to make a gallon of maple syrup. Maple sap as it comes from the tree is a sterile, crystal clear liquid with a sweet taste. The light amber color and flavor we are familiar with is the result of chemical reactions from substances in the sap brought about by heat as the sap boils.

Growing up in Bay, our acre yard at 31011 Lake Road contained 7 maple trees. Dad decided one year we would tap the trees. He purchased spikes which were then pounded into the trunks of the trees. Pails were hung for collection. Everyday we gathered sap for the maple syrup. In the basement we had a two iron gas burner next to the furnace. Mom had a large metal pot which we poured the sap into and started cooking. The sap was boiled each day it was collected down to a syrup. It took a long time. We enjoyed our maple syrup that year, but never again. It was just as easy to go to Chardon and buy it, which we did from then on

In Chardon at their Geauga County Maple Sugar Festival, in the old days, there was a twin contest in the Methodist Church. In 1939, when Gay and I were 2 years old, the family went to the festival. It was the second year for the twin event. There was a contest for the oldest and youngest twins. Gay and I won for the youngest twins there. We had our picture taken on the laps of the oldest set of twins. The picture was in the Cleveland News. I still have the newspaper article, my letter of entry and the pamphlet of events from the festival. I also have a silver cup I won for being the youngest twin there.

Our family still loves the ‘real’ maple syrup on our raspberry pancakes for breakfast (raspberry pancakes being the family favorite .) One summer we went to Lake Penage, Canada on vacation and ate blueberry pancakes (made by the Indians) each morning. Back home, we didn’t have blueberry bushes but did have lots of raspberry bushes and a tradition was started.

The sap is running. Enjoy the ‘real’ thing.

The Wischmeyer vineyards looking north from the interurban tracks.  Granny's house on the right and the two barns on the...

The Wischmeyer vineyards looking north from the interurban tracks. Granny's house on the right and the two barns on the left. Today this is Bruce and Russell Roads, known as the horseshoe. Granny's house is still standing on Lake Road. Check out the Snippet's story below this picture.

Snippets of Bay Village History - Kay LaughlinOn a Cold and Dark Winter’s Night in the 1940s……Henry Wishmeyer Sr. arrive...

Snippets of Bay Village History - Kay Laughlin
On a Cold and Dark Winter’s Night in the 1940s……

Henry Wishmeyer Sr. arrived in the Western Reserve’s Ohio City in 1854. Working hard Henry accumulated enough money to purchase two acres of farm land in Dover Township. He planted his fields in grapes as his family had in the old country of Germany. In 1872, after many years of working his fields, he and his wife, Regina, moved their family of seven, including 5 children: Ida, Olga, Matilda, Julius and Henry Jr. to Dover Township

As the years passed, Henry was successful and able to increase his vineyard acreage. Henry’s land stretched from Dover Center Road east along Lake Road to just beyond Glen Park Creek and through the woods south of where Wolf Road is today.
The vineyard was on the south side of Lake Road. On the north side of the road he built a wine cellar and went into the business of making wine. Customers began to come from the city to buy his wine. Henry built a hotel over the wine cellar for his customers. Behind the hotel a boat house, cook house and pavilion for cards, games and dancing were constructed.

Across the street from the hotel the family built a house at 26556 Lake Road. They called it “Granny’s house”. Just west of the house was a barn for the domestic animals; horses, and cows. A large rectangular building for farm machinery and tools was constructed west of the old barn. Sometime in the 1920s, May Company came out to Bay Village and painted their ad across the west side of the building.

By the 1940s, the only Wishmeyer sibling still living was Henry Jr. He lived in Granny’s house and tended the property. One cold and dark winter’s night a fire was ignited inside the tool and machine barn. The old, dry, wood flamed up almost immediately and there was no saving the barn and its contents.

Across the street, Rudoph Huback lived in a small house on land purchased from the Wishmeyers. Rudoph had married a Wischmeyer cousin and had a son, Jay. Rudoph took his camera outside and took pictures of the blazing barn. Rudoph loved to take pictures. He has left us a wonderful picture history of the Wischmeyer family which is housed in the Osborn Learning Center. Enjoy Rudoph’s picture of the burning barn.


Stephanie West of the Cleveland Hiking Club has arranged the following hikes:

• BAY VILLAGE CREEK HIKE (six miles with three-mile option) We will talk briefly about the Porters, Cahoons, Wischmeyers and Tuttles, on Thursday, May 14, at 9 a.m. from Huntington Water Tower.
• HISTORICAL HOMES EAST HIKE (six miles with two-mile option) on Thursday, June 4, at 8:30 a.m. from Reese Park.
• HISTORICAL HOMES WEST HIKE (six miles with three-mile option) on Thursday, June 11, at 8:30 a.m. from the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo.

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The Bay Village Historical Society has holiday ornaments for sale. These are heavy metal and cloisonne ornaments, about ...

The Bay Village Historical Society has holiday ornaments for sale. These are heavy metal and cloisonne ornaments, about two inches diameter, celebrating Bay Village landmarks. Local delivery or pick up free. Mailing is an additional fee. Thanks, and happy holidays.

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Rose Hill Museum hosts Christmas story time

Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village’s Cahoon Memorial Park will host a holiday story time on Sunday, Dec. 8, and on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.
Readers will relate, “A Cahoon Family Christmas,” a tale of how a young Cahoon daughter experienced the holidays with family and friends in the 1860s. The original story is written by Bay Village historian Kay Laughlin, co-author of the book, “Bay Village: A Way of Life.”
Light refreshments will be served. Christmas decorations can be seen throughout Rose Hill Museum. The Rose Hill gift shop will be open.
Museum hours are from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays and admission is free. Special group tours can be arranged by appointment by calling 440-871-7338. Rose Hill Museum is at 27715 Lake Rd. in Bay Village.

The gazebo in Cahoon Memorial Park, Bay Village, Ohio, on a beautiful fall day.

The gazebo in Cahoon Memorial Park, Bay Village, Ohio, on a beautiful fall day.

Snippets Of Bay Village History - Kay LaughlinHenry Winsor’s Smithfield, Rhode Island DeskOur Winsor family lived in Smi...

Snippets Of Bay Village History - Kay Laughlin
Henry Winsor’s Smithfield, Rhode Island Desk

Our Winsor family lived in Smithfield, Rhode Island. They were Rhode Island Baptists. ( As were Lydia and Joseph Cahoon). We aren’t sure how many siblings there were in the family, but we do know four sisters by name; Sally, Julia, Elizabeth and Mary and two brothers, Henry and Andrew.

Henry Winsor, a son, traveled to Dover Township by way of Cooperstown, New York, arriving around 1813 ( a son, Henry, Jr was born in Ohio in 1813.) The Winsor name is associated with Lot # 91 on the west side of Bradley Road. The family is in possession of a letter from Andrew Winsor to Henry in Dover Township in 1817. Henry was a farmer. In 1818, his sisters advise him they would like to come care for his son, Henry, Jr. Perhaps his wife has died. In 1837 the Winsor family divided the family estate between the children. Henry’s name is not on it. We assume he died.

Elizabeth Winsor married Aaron Aldrich and had one son, Aaron IV when they came to Dover Township in 1816. Aaron, a tall, angular man worked in cotton mills. He never farmed. They were coming to a land of forest and trees. They purchased Lot #41 on Bradley Road across from where the Lakewood Country Club is today. With Henry’s help they felled the trees, built a log cabin and cleared the land. Aaron not used to this heavy work soon found his back aching and became disabled. Not being able to continue his chores made life in the little log cabin difficult. An offer to take charge of a cotton factory in Otsego County, New York found the family returning east. They returned in 1829 and built a house on Lots 98 and 92 in 1830.

In 1813, Mary Winsor Brown arrived in Dover Township and farmed on Lot #90. The Brown boys grew big and tall, it was said it could only be accounted for by their location on the banks of Lake Erie. Their farmhouse was still standing when the Lawrence family purchased the lands in the area. It was used by the Lawrence family for housing family and friends.

In Henry’s wagon was his walnut desk with its’ cubby holes, pull down writing table and dresser drawers. Over the years, Henry’s desk moved into the Aldrich house on Lake Road. This double house had a two story west wing and a single story east wing. Lucy Peal lived in the two story wing and Mary Anne Stephens and her husband, Henry Aldrich lived in the east wing. George Drake, Mary Anne’s grandson spent many hours there with his grandmother and eventually purchased the house from the relatives and moved in. In a small long, narrow room off the living room in the east end, sat the Rhode Island desk.

My sister, Gay and I were collecting information for the first ever written history of Bay Village when we decided we needed to talk with George. George had been our neighbor when we grew up and we knew he would be interested in our project. The first time we visited him he showed us the desk. Covered in dust, cobwebs, scratches and all, what we found inside was the history of our village and its’ every day life. (George and his family never threw away one scrap of paper.) We told George we would catalog everything in the desk if we could have a look. He said ok. It took us a week of very carefully removing each piece of history and reading the contents and sorting. Gay handled the contents and I wrote it all down in my binder. The information we found could never have been duplicated. Every day life in the township came alive. It became part of each ‘Way Of Life’ Gay wrote to separate the years in the book. We told George when the time comes, we have to have that desk for Rose Hill Museum.

After George had passed and Marguerite, his wife, decided to sell some of her contents, we came for the desk. It wasn’t free, but we didn’t care. Today, it sits in the front parlor of the1818 room at Rose Hill Museum. Karen Livingston was called in to refurbish the desk. She was looking over the desk and noticed scribbling on three sides of one of the small drawers. She mentioned how sad it was we didn’t know what it said. Gay and I said we know what it says. (We had noticed it while cleaning it out and were thrilled.) She looked at us and we said, it says Henry Winsor Smithfield, Rhode Island 1785.

Snippets of Bay Village History - Kay LaughlinDover Bay Country Club  Celebrates 50th BirthdayAnother golfing season is ...

Snippets of Bay Village History - Kay Laughlin
Dover Bay Country Club Celebrates 50th Birthday

Another golfing season is coming to an end. In Bay Village back in the 50’s, the once thriving 9 hole course at the corner of Clague and Lake Roads would still be going in use on a beautiful sun shiny fall day.

We can revisit the history of the club by enjoying a newspaper article (paper unknown) announcing the celebration of the club’s 50th Birthday written by Cornalia Curtis:

“Dover Bay Country Club, second oldest in the district, is about to celebrate its golden anniversary.

With the coming of the early spring, members of the club, which is on the lakeshore west of town, are anticipating a long season of golf and other attractions which the club offers.

The Dover Bay Club has a long history which is interwoven with the development of Cleveland from a small city to a great metropolis. It was back in 1887 that W. H. Lawrence organized the Dover Bay Park Association, the roster of which included names of many of Cleveland’s old and substantial citizens such as the Herricks, the Hickox family, the Cobbs, the Roots, the Dodges, Zerbes and Ranneys.

At that time most of these families lived around Pearl Street (now W 25th St. and Franklin Ave and Franklin Circle was a beauty spot with its fine homes. Under leadership of Mr. Lawrence the present Dover Bay Clubhouse was built in 1888. At the time it was expected the city of Cleveland would develop westward. Member and their families went to Dover Bay for the summers, driving in their carriages and over the bridle paths. Between 1891 and 1894 eight summer homes were built in a semi circle near the clubhouse. These were generally without kitchens as the owners and their families had meals at the club. Six of the houses still stand four being owned by the Fuller, Jaster, McDonough ad Hughes families. (Today, there are two houses still standing.)

It was in 1893-94 that after a fashion, golf was first played at Dover Bay. Three or four makeshift holes (they were called links in those days) were laid out in 1895, a year later the Cleveland Country Club nine hole course in Bratenahl was built. Dover thus remains the second oldest club in the district.

As the years went by, changes and modern additions were made on the greens and the paving of lake road necessitated variations in the layout of the greens.

Came 1904, and the old Dover Bay Park Association reached its end. The Century Club of that day then tried out the experiment of using the property as the country part of a town and country club scheme. Town headquarters were in the present Guardian Building in downtown Cleveland. After the Century Club went of existence the grounds were taken over for the beginning of what grew into the Westwood Club, now located father west. Then in 1915 the Dover Bay Country Club as it exists today was organized and ever since has been a thriving institution. Clevelanders flocked to Dover Bay to the cottages and to the clubhouse which took summer guests and it became a gay social center. A large dance pavilion on the bank of the lake was the central point around which club life revolved. It had a large fireplace and was entirely enclosed by windows. The masquerade parties held there were famous. A few years ago the pavilion was torn down because of erosion of the bank near which it stood. Some of the past presidents of Dover Bay have been William Webster, Willard Fuller, Al Hawley, Harry Dill, D. D. Hughes, and Ralph Stewart.

Present officers are: D Ibsen, Ralph Stewart, W. B. Jeuergen, C. L. Bethel, S. S. Hughes, A. L. Bailey, Jack Hodges, J. S. McKeighan, Ross Betts, Nick Sheehan and Kenneth Rossborough.

The club will be formally opened for the season in May and through the summer anniversary celebrations will be planned.”

In the mid 1950s, the course was sold to a developer who developed ranch style houses called suburban contemporaries. They are still standing.


27715 Lake Rd
Bay Village, OH

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