The Mogadore Historical Society

The Mogadore Historical Society Public Hours: Open by appointment only. Closed holidays. [email protected] 330-351-3840 or 330-907-0489
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At the age of 24, Ariel Bradley, Jr. married Chloe Lane in 1792 in Connecticut. Their first four children were born in S...
06/12/2020

At the age of 24, Ariel Bradley, Jr. married Chloe Lane in 1792 in Connecticut. Their first four children were born in Salisbury, Connecticut: James Lane (1793-1854), John Anson (1796-1881), Phoebe Marilla (1798-1872), and Robert Edgar (1800-1817).
On June 14, 1801, Ariel left Salisbury with his young family and his brother Thaddeus’ family for the long and difficult journey to the frontier town of Canfield in the Western Reserve, now Ohio. They arrived in Canfield in August, traveling the Southern route: over the Allegheny Mountains, about 600-700 miles. Canfield, now in Mahoning County, was on the main stage road from Pittsburgh to Cleveland.
The Connecticut Western Reserve was a portion of land claimed by the Colony of Connecticut and later by the state of Connecticut in what is now mostly northeastern Ohio. Following the Revolutionary War, Connecticut gave up claim to some of its western lands, but initially sold the Western Reserve to the Connecticut Land Company for $1,200,000. It was surveyed under the leadership of Moses Cleaveland to divide the land into townships, 5 miles square. (The city of Cleveland is named after the surveyor.)
In 1800 Connecticut finally ceded control of this portion of the young United States, and the area was organized under the Northwest Territory until Ohio was admitted as a state in 1803.
In 1800 the Territory organized Trumbull County in the boundaries of the Western Reserve. This area was also referred to as New Connecticut.
By 1799, settlements had already been made at Ravenna, Deerfield, and Palmyra in what is today Portage County.
This was the country the young Bradley family was traveling to with plans to settle since Ariel had sold his principal farm lands in Salisbury on December 25, 1800. In June, 1801, when the Bradleys departed for Canfield in the Western Reserve, they were traveling with their young children: James, 8, John, 5, Phoebe, 3, and Robert, 1. Such courage and fortitude!
Pictured here is a map of the lands once owned by Connecticut, and the Western Reserve in 1826.

Ariel and Chloe Bradley's youngest child was Amelia Emma, born December 1, 1815, in Mogadore.  She married Perrin de Puy...
06/08/2020

Ariel and Chloe Bradley's youngest child was Amelia Emma, born December 1, 1815, in Mogadore. She married Perrin de Puy, an attorney, on November 9, 1838. They built their house on Bradley property which became 50 South Cleveland Avenue. In the 20th century the house was the home of Dr. Warburton and his family.
Unfortunately, Amelia died on August 14, 1842. She is buried next to her mother Chloe in Kent-Corners Cemetery in Suffield Township on Martin Road. Amelia was only 27 years old. Perhaps the cause was a disease or child birth.
Her husband Perrin married Esther S. Edson of Portage County in 1844; another marriage record shows that Perrin married Mary Jane Ross in 1855 in Van Wert County. In the 1860 Census record Perrin de Puy is living in Van Wert with his wife Maria and 2-year-old daughter Julia. In the 1870 Census Perrin and his wife Maria are in Van Wert, with no children listed. Perrin de Puy died on February 4, 1871, in Van Wert and is buried in Woodland Union Cemetery.

In 1801, at the age of 33, Ariel Bradley left his home in Connecticut. He spent five years in Canfield and one year at K...
06/03/2020

In 1801, at the age of 33, Ariel Bradley left his home in Connecticut. He spent five years in Canfield and one year at Kent's Corners (today's Suffield Township) before he built his log cabin in what was to become Mogadore.

Ariel was a farmer and his tract of land, costing $335, contained 146 acres; it bordered Mogadore Road on the north and South Cleveland Avenue on the east.

Ariel and his wife Chloe Lane were married in Connecticut in 1792. Their first four children were born in Connecticut. Their next two sons were born in Canfield, Ohio, and their youngest son was born in Mogadore in 1811.

In 1844, Chloe Lane Bradley died. She was buried in Kent-Corners Cemetery on Martin Road in Suffield. Her gravesite was not easy to find, but with the help of the Suffield Historical Society, records were located. Unfortunately, her gravestone has fallen face down at the cemetery and the inscription is on the records: "Cloey, wife of A Bradley died Nov 18, 1844, age 74 yrs.

Pictured here are photos of Mogadore's Memorial Day parade in 1926.   From 1868 until 1970, this day to honor all U.S. s...
05/25/2020

Pictured here are photos of Mogadore's Memorial Day parade in 1926. From 1868 until 1970, this day to honor all U.S. soldiers who died in service to our country was May 30th, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell.
In 1926 this day was called Decoration Day, so named because it was a day to decorate the graves of the deceased soldiers. Decoration Day in 1926 was Sunday, May 30.
After World War II the name changed to Memorial Day, and in 1968 the commemoration occurred on the last Monday of May in most communities.

05/23/2020

Memorial Day is a federal holiday which is observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. This year the date is Monday, May 25, 2020.
A number of Mogadore residents have died while serving in the military. Previous posts have shared information about each one of them.
Some more details have been discovered at The Mogadore Historical Society about Park Etter, a casualty of World War I in the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne in France.
Ira R. Flittner, grandson of Daniel and cousin of Raymond who wrote a short history of the Village of Mogadore, kept a diary.
Ira entered the service of the U.S. Army in Ravenna and was sent to Camp Gordon, Georgia. He was wounded on October 12, 1918, in the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne. He was honorably discharged from service on April 25, 1919, at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio. He had served eleven months, nearly nine of which was overseas. Ira died in January, 1929, leaving his widow and three sons who lived in the old Flittner homestead on the south side of Mogadore Road, two lots west of Martin Road.
From the diary of Ira Flittner:

July 15 Left Camp Gordon, Georgia
16 Arrived at Camp Merritt [New Jersey]
20 Loaded on North Cumberland, went down Hudson River
21 Set sail for France

Aug 3 Landed at Liverpool
10 Went to South Hampton, set sail across English Channel
11 Arrived in France
24 Started for 4th Division
26 Joined 4th Division, saw Chas. Bertschi [another Mogadore resident, father of Fran Gougler]

Sept 4 Left 4th Division headquarters for front
5 Landed in woods near a town on a creek, don't know name of town. Park [Etter] and myself pitched tents together as well as my corporal.
11 Left woods
12 Landed in front Barracks near Verdun front between two hills.
26 Started drive

Oct 1 Park Etter was killed by high explosive. Went back in Reserve.
11 Went back in lines
12 Wounded by shrapnel in left forearm.

Park Etter's body was disinterred in France at the request of his parents for reburial in Greenwood Cemetery in Mogadore at a special service attended by many friends and family. Ira Flittner died in 1929; he, too, is buried in Greenwood Cemetery. Charles Bertschi is also buried in Greenwood Cemetery, having died in 1980.
Argonne Street in Mogadore is named for Park Etter's service and military sacrifice in the battle in the Argonne Forest in France.

05/22/2020

Congratulations to Amanda Kot, recipient of the Historical Society 's scholarship!

Some people are using this stay-at-home time to clean out closets and basements and attics, sorting through items stored...
05/17/2020

Some people are using this stay-at-home time to clean out closets and basements and attics, sorting through items stored for years. Perhaps boxes passed on from a loved one decades ago.
Please consider the Historical Society for Mogadore items that you don't want to throw away but could be displayed in our museum or stored in our files for research.
Contact us at 330.351.3840 or via email at [email protected].
Several people have donated items in the past few months. Pictured here are unique cloth mini banners from years ago! Only 8 inches in length, we wonder how they were used, who made them, and if there are others like these in the community.
Note the opponents' names on the banners: Bath and Greensburg. Those school names are old!
Do you have any ideas? Any banners like these? Please share your thoughts with us!

The remnants of Portage Hills Vineyard can be seen on State Route 224 just east of Martin Road.  The once 40-acre winery...
05/07/2020

The remnants of Portage Hills Vineyard can be seen on State Route 224 just east of Martin Road. The once 40-acre winery opened in 1987 and closed in 2002. This enterprise was a family venture of Cordell and Lois Glaus and their sons Kent and Gary. Long time residents of Mogadore and active in the United Methodist Church, the Glaus family lived on Idella Street, Mogadore Road, and later on Martin Road.
Cordell was an architect and part of the Glaus, Pyle and DeHaven group (GPD) which designed the Hoover Corporation Headquarters in North Canton and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church on 532, just two of their projects.
After his retirement in 1987, he and his sons worked on their dream of creating a winery based on years of study of the craft. In fact, his son Kent, a research chemist, was the Founding Director Of Enology and Viticulture program at Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus.
Cordell also painted. He would choose labels for the wine from his paintings, according to a former employee, Chris Van Zant, who donated a wine bottle and a print of Cordell’s painting of the Mogadore Depot. Pictured here is a new display in the Business Room of the Mogadore Historical Society: the print and the wine bottle, representative of the business. The name of the wine: Station Red.
Mrs. Lois Glaus died in a tragic car accident in 2002 at the Martin Road intersection with 224. Mr. Cordell Glaus died in 2013, and his son Kent, of cancer, in 2012.

Raymond Flittner (1908-1931), a Mogadore resident, was a writer of the early history of Mogadore.  He left an unfinished...
05/02/2020

Raymond Flittner (1908-1931), a Mogadore resident, was a writer of the early history of Mogadore. He left an unfinished manuscript, excerpts of which were printed in The Mogadore News in 1933. Not only does The Mogadore Historical Society have the original newspapers, but we also have his Memoirs of Mogadore which was donated by the Gougler Estate.
Daniel Flittner, grandfather of Raymond, emigrated to America in 1843 from Frankfurt, Germany. He lived with the Lutz family in Lutztown, working among the local farmers and in the surrounding clay mines.
The center of Lutztown was located at the intersection of Martin Road and Mogadore/Randolph Road/Route 526. So many Lutzes lived in that area that the name of Lutztown was given to that area that today is in Suffield Township, bordered on the north by the "NIne Foot Swimming Hole," on the south one mile from the intersection, on the east by Andy Arehart's property (near Sunnybrook), and on the west by Mogadore.
Many of the residents of Lutztown did business in Mogadore, worked in Mogadore, and some of their descendants moved into Mogadore.
Raymond Flittner was the son of Charles and Delia Lilley Flittner. They lived on Pero Street which today is incorporated in the Omnova/Synthomer property. The three are buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Mogadore.
Attached are photos of Charles and Delia, the memoir of their son Raymond and some pages of the memoir.

Another bantam football photo identification!  You helped with the earlier 1961 photo!  This one does not have a date.  ...
04/28/2020

Another bantam football photo identification! You helped with the earlier 1961 photo! This one does not have a date. Any ideas? Most of the guys have been identified, except for the kids seated on the ground. Please help us correctly identify everyone and help with the spelling of the names! Thank you!

BANTAM FOOTBALL PHOTO 2

Front (seated) : P.D. Murphy, ? , ? , John Tompkins
Row 2 ( kneeling) : Walt Neely, Bill Bowlin, Bob Allshouse, Joe Harrison, Gene Calcei, Buddy Rogers, Don Backus, Vern Fairhurst, Coach Clarence Guthier
Row 3 (standing) : Darrell DeHaven, John Harrison, Bill Nicely, John Cooper, Larry Murphy, Ronnie Adorni, Bobby Adorni, Ray Guthier, Pat Shaffer, Rich Kapper, Coach Paul Murphy
Back Row : Gary Davis, Dave Robson, Gary Ward, Dick Bauer, Larry Frieden, Klaus Fischer, David Robbins, Chris Backus

One of the tasks we are working on at The Mogadore Historical Society during this time is identifying people in photogra...
04/24/2020

One of the tasks we are working on at The Mogadore Historical Society during this time is identifying people in photographs.
Following is a bantam football team from September 1961, according to information on the back of the photo. But no names! Please help us identify these guys, or correcting the names that have been attached. Thank you!!!

BANTAM FOOTBALL PHOTO 1

Front row: Coach Emidio Asolo , 34-Dick Bauer, 61- Piggott , 31-Larry Murphy, 21-Bob Harris, 10-Rich Kapper, 41-Bill Nicely, 40- Stevens , 89- , 20- , 12- , 65-Chris Backus, 33-Gary Davis, 77- , 11-Ronnie Adorni
Three BOYS SEATED: Left- , Center- ,Right-
Back row: 88- , 44-Moe Raddish, ?60-Bill James, 82- , 89-Kenny Cruise, 71-Klaus Fischer, 66-Jerry Donovan, 55-Bud Eldreth, 70-Jerry Stuver, 80-Dow Wolfe, 30-Gary Maag, 50- , 1-Dave Robbins, 22-Billy Kerzie, 81- , Coach
Coach: Back left-

During this time of staying at home because of covid19, how are you spending your time?  For those not working, are you ...
04/17/2020

During this time of staying at home because of covid19, how are you spending your time? For those not working, are you reading more? Watching more television? Catching up with those Netflix and Amazon Prime movies and series?
Or, are you cleaning more? Sorting through those boxes and totes in your closets or basement or attic?
Now would be a good time to consider what to do with the contents of those boxes and totes left by your parents or grandparents. And not to leave them for your children who don't know much about the items nor the identification of people in the photographs.
Consider donating some of those photos and items to the Mogadore Historical Society. We are interested in photos and artifacts of Mogadore, especially if they have identification of time or place or people.
Here at the Historical Society we take good care of donations of Mogadore items. First, we access the donations by recording in the Accession Notebook the information about the item: date, background, description, and important facts. The donation is given a number, beginning with the year and the month, following the guidelines of museums and historical societies nationwide. The number is also recorded somewhere in a discreet location on the donation. A photo is taken to be included in the Accession Notebook. Our current notebook is one of many that begin with accessions begun in 1990.
Fortunately, we have a large cabinet which holds the notebooks along with other important items. Several file cabinets have been donated also, the most recent from Tom Kot when he retired from his law practice, providing us with large, legal-size file cabinets!
We have invested also in purchasing Gaylord boxes (Gaylord is the supplier of museum-quality materials nationwide) which provide the protection of archives from light and dust. We have several large Gaylord boxes which contain full-size newspapers, some dating in the early to mid-20th century which were donated years ago by Mogadore residents who saved documents for many years.
We scan all of the photos and documents for backup. Much of that work has been done by Mogadore High School National Honor Society students. We are thankful for their technology expertise!
If you have Mogadore photos you wish to share with us, we can scan the photo and return the original to you, if you choose.
For Mogadore artifacts you want to donate, please call us at 330-351-3840 or email us at [email protected]. We can arrange for safe drop-off or pick-up.
Note the photos attached here which were donated without identification. Perhaps you can help us with identification! We do recognize Rev. G. Lynn Pugh and the Pharmacist Mr. Scheck who took over for Doc Seeley. But the others??

A Mogadore High School pennant from 1914! Black and orange?! So when were the colors of green and white chosen? Or the w...
04/14/2020

A Mogadore High School pennant from 1914! Black and orange?! So when were the colors of green and white chosen? Or the wildcat as the mascot. Questions for another post?
This pennant was donated by Mrs. Viona Somers, wife of longtime superintendent Oliver H. Somers.
Mr. Somers came to Mogadore in 1927 to teach, until 1957. He was superintendent from 1931 to 1959. Under his leadership the curriculum was expanded, the first football stadium was constructed, among other notable accomplishments.
After his death in 1959, the former Summit Elementary School constructed in 1957 was renamed O. H. Somers Elementary School in 1963.

Spring is the time for the Ohio Music Education Association solo and ensemble contests, performances and presentations o...
04/08/2020

Spring is the time for the Ohio Music Education Association solo and ensemble contests, performances and presentations of junior and high school students in vocal and instrumental music. Especially for those students whose plan is to study music at the college level, their scores are very important.
But this spring is different. No contests.
Individual practice or groups via technology are possible, but not the same.
And what about summer band practice for the football season? What will that look like? Technology goes only so far!
Pictured here is Rodd Rainey's band uniform from his high school years. Rodd was a member of Mogadore's band from 7th grade through 1986. New uniforms had been purchased for the 1986-87 school year, but Rodd defied the requirement to turn in his uniform to the "dumpster."
The Mogadore HIstorical Society now has on display Rodd's donation of his uniform: the uniform with a double front for home and away games, pants, hat, and shoes which still contain dried mud from the old football field! In a nearby closet are the raincoat and rainhat.
Rodd played altonium and bass drum under the direction of two band directors, Mr. Jim Martin and Mr. Tressel.
When the Historical Society reopens, please stop by to see this piece of Mogadore's history!

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Wildcat basketball in Akron Beacon Journal, March 19, 1964
More Mogadore clippings...from 1962
Here are some old news clippings from the Akron Beacon Journal
would you have April,May 1954&1955
would you have April, May 1954 & 1955
APRIL, MAY 1954 & 1955
DID MOGADORE HIGH SCHOOL HAVE A SCHOOL PAPER IN THE 1950'S
I attended the Mogadore High reunion in 1996 and received hate mail for 10 years+/-. I never knew who it was, but friends of mine suggested that the writer was female. I think she either died or got writers cramp. It saddened me that someone would do that. If anyone doubts what I say, I can post each letter on FB, although I would rather not. I did show a couple of the letters to some fellow alumni and they were angered by the content.
We moved here last year. My husband is from the area. We went to the Mogadore Historical Society during the Christmas Festival and we both had a great time. I don’t think we got to see everything, so I’d love to go back. Everyone here in Mogadore is so very friendly! I believe we made a good decision to buy our home here.
Looking for information on Les & Fern Ellis from this town they had one daughter she married and had 2 children Christopher and Mimi Renee ? This is a long shot but hope someone can help ?
Would the Historical Society have any Newspapers from the years 1951 to 1954 with articles about Mogadore sports ? Any help would be greatful Thank You Bob Rick Mogadore High School Sports Historian
Anyone recognize this little girl? She has an I.F. Collar. Found near Prospect and Fenton. We don’t want her to become history.