Butternut Ridge Cemetery

Butternut Ridge Cemetery
Butternut Ridge Cemetery First Burial 1821

Monday, October 17, 2016

Who was Bertha B Smith

It has been awhile since we made a new post. I have been busy in the OHS archives.  On the desk there has been sitting for a while a picture and an obituary for a young lady who died in 1900. A visitor in the archives last week asked me if we knew anything about her. Other than what was listed in the obituary, we knew nothing. He piqued my interest we are always up for a challenge.
Died in her home in Olmsted Falls, Wednesday September 26th, 1900 Bertha B Smith Only child of Dr. and Mrs. R. K. Smith. She was born in Lorain, July 18th 1877, and moved with her parents to Olmsted Falls when she was nine years old. An only child, talented, winning and beloved, a great social favorite with a most promising future opening before her. The only consolation that comes to us is—“Be still and know that I am God,” with the comforting assurance that “ He doeth all things well.”
In Ancestry, the berth record for her July 18th that tells us that her father was Dr. Rufus K Smith and her mother was Ella (Ellen)J Chapman and she was born in Black River, Lorain County, Ohio.  The 1880 Census shows the family living in Warwick, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.  In the 1900 census the family was living in Olmsted Falls, Cuyahoga County Ohio.  The only information on her death is in Find A Grave where the Elmwood Internment Book says she died of consumption (Tuberculosis). She is buried In Elmwood Cemetery Lot 5-24 with her parents


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Historic House moved with High Tech Eqpt

First It started with building the cribs under the under the I beams. In the first house moves they used hydraulic cylinders with a hand pump to lift the house. A Crib is cross stacked 6X6 hard wood beams. The cylinders are mounted in the stack and as the reach the top pf the stroke they add more timbers and reset the cylinder to go up higher. If you had to do this with hand pumped cylinders it takes a lot of time. The first picture is of the remote hydraulic controller The second shows the beams that they use in the stack in the background is a crib.


The original cabin has a very unusual power unit/ hydraulic control unit. It needs no additional power unit. and operates by a wireless joystick. With both loads they can control the position of the load. Going down Cedar Point they could raise the front up higher if they want. The first picture is of the one piece unit. and the second picture is of the controller.


On the larger load they mount the main hydraulic unit on a special 5th wheel mount that hooks on the I beams and mount wheels on the back. First picture is of the Power unit with the 5th wheel on it. The second one is of the mounting wheel sets 

Ready to go

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thompson House set to move to its home in Frostville

The Thompson House Is all set to be moved to its new home in Frostville Museum. The Foundation has been dug. The move will be Thursday at 7:00 AM. down Butternut Ridge Rd. to Columbia and Down Cedar Point Road. Since we are putting wheels on it and moving it down the road, does that mean it is a historic mobile home?   

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Main Part of the Original High School Comes Down

The first graduating class of ,North Olmsted High School, was in 1931. We have a yearbook in our archives and a class picture on the wall in our Events Barn. We have a collection of yearbooks in the archives along with about Ten of the class pictures that hung on the walls first in the old building and were moved to the new building. When the new building was set on fire some were destroyed and others were water damaged. I graduated in 1958 from the old building. My son and daughter graduated from the new building. My son attended IX High while they repaired the fire damaged school. Both of the school buildings that I went to school in are now gone. I attended Butternut Grade School I had Ms. Pape as my Kindergarten teacher, and Mr Graf for 6th grade. The kindergarten was in the basement next to the boiler room it was always was real warm no problem sleeping at nap time. With Mr. Graf if you got him talking about WWII that was the class for the day. We have a collection of pictures on the removal of Butternut in our archives along with a brick from the 1913 part of the building. 

I will be posting pictures of the removal of the old part of the building. It looks like it will be all down by Sunday. The School Site has a good collection of pictures,  http://www.northolmstedschools.org/

Monday, February 22, 2016

Work on the Thompson House this Coming Saturday March 5

The Saturday March 5th they will be working on the roof of the second story.  The roof is 28 foot long and will be cut in half then cut along the roof line. it will be in four 14 foot panels and loaded on 2 trailers. the 2 end peaks will cut just above the floor line and placed on the floor of the house. This way the house will fit under the wires with out moving them. The house will be ready to move, to the Frostville Campus about the second last or last week of March. 

Last weekend they will be removing the 20th century additions from the back of the house these sections will not be going to Frostville. The only parts that are historic are the two story section, added about 1850, and the lower section to the east that is the original home, ca 1828/30. 

The roof-line walls and floor, of the old house, will be separated from the from the rest of the house and will be prepped to be moved. The chimney will be removed, Just a short note now there will be pictures taken of the work and some will be posted here. The second floor will be stripped to it's framing. For removal of the roof. Stairs are very narrow. The Ceiling is not very high and the sloped at the sides.

The part built in about 1830                             The original and two story addition about 1855

These parts will be removed from the back:

Remove back from the original part                                       Remove up to the two story part

The house is ready to prep for removal

As soon as I get them I will post the work pictures. and here they are

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

J. P. Spencer Golden Wedding Anniversary

John Place Spencer was the son of Jonathan and Molly Jones Spencer married Electa (Ellen) Miriam Beach the daughter of Juno and Hannah Ingraham Beach.
This is the story of J. P and Ellen Spencer’s 50th wedding anniversary that was published in the Berea Grindstone Advertiser. There were two separate articles in the paper:

An Anniversary Gathering that
will long be remembered

Monday afternoon there were gathered a company of relatives and near friends to celebrate the completion of half a century of wedded life Mr. and Mrs. John P Spencer, at their residence in Rockport.  Fifty years ago that very day John P Spencer claimed as his bride Ellen Beach, and snugly tucked her in the “jumper” bore her to his home, which as the years rolled on expanded to make room for those who came to enlarge their household.  Following the bride and groom was an ox team and sled, bearing the household goods if this new establishment. At the setting of the sun they took possession of their new home, and now that fifty years have come and gone, in the light of another sunset the groom relates the story of his wedding day. All of the six children, whose homes surround the parental one, were present with eleven grandchildren.  Two long tables, twice filled , supplied  the delicacies and substantials of life, and received due attention from all. Then all gathered round the bride and groom, seated before the old fireplace, and heard the events of a half of a century ago by those whose pleasure it was to remember them. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Spencer sang in the sweetest tones to their father and mother “Toddlin Doon the Brae,” after which Mr. Donaldson read a congratulatory address prepared by P*. Beach, a brother of Mrs. Spencer’s.  After referring to their long and happy companionship, Mr. Beach wrote, “Now they are nearly alone in the world they have blessed; gone are the playmates who spent with them life’s morning hours; gone the youthful companions whose happy presence sent the warm blood to their cheeks.  The home nest is still preserved from when whence the children have flown, and they are all settled around them. Nearly all there generation has departed, and they are left like an oak in the field where all the forest has been cleared away.  In the gathering twilight of age the sweet faith of childhood returns; the doubts and fears of adult life are forgotten, and the artlessness of life’s dawn returns to bless the declining years.  The outward ear has grown heavy, but an inward sense hears the tread of an angels’ feet along the land which borders life’s darkness.”

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer again sang this time the selection was entitled; “When We are Old and Gray.”

Mr. Laurel Beebe made a few happy remarks; Mrs. J. B Cahoon, in the behalf of her husband, whose infirm condition would not permit his sharing the joyful occasion with his friends, congratulated the host and hostess, saying she had a few months since celebrated her golden anniversary, and well knew the feelings of those who observe this day with festivities. Mrs. William Hurd, in a very beautiful and touching manner referred to the evening of life, “At Eventide it shall be Light,” and all who had felt the influence of the lives of these friends, realized the richness of the afterglow which surrounds them, made golden and bright by their usefulness, generosity and friendliness.
The same voices sand “Gently Down the Stream of Time” after which a granddaughter, Miss. Mabel Potts, repeated and original poem written for the occasion.”

The happy old couple were the recipients of many valuable presents.

* Philo Beach

This came from a Scrap book made by Edith Knoblock, daughter of Edith Beach, that is in the Frostville Museum Archives

This is an exact copy of the prose that was used in 1882. There is another article that contains a list of the guests and their gifts in this scrapbook. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

1886 Style Fundraising

Still working on the Ames scrapbook and found this advertisement. 

Quite different amount of money with the same needs we have in this generation. This is now known as the Unitarian Universalist Church. It was built in 1847 and designed by John Ames. It was moved from the point where Butternut Ridge Rd. meets Lorain Rd. (Coe Ridge Rd.) and is now on the west side of Porter Rd in 1965. Mr. Ashur Coe was instrumental in building this Church. In 1926 Mayor Leon Coe assisted in the funding for the building of the Coe Memorial Building and the parish house. Later in the 1950's the Olmsted Players held their performances on the stage of the Coe building. The building was torn down when the church was moved. 

One of the early ministers was Rev Isaac Henry.  He and his wife Polly Ransom Henry bought the Thompson house from Alden Thompson in about 1853.  This is about the time the 2 story addition was added to the house.