Author: Leslie Korenko

Kelleys Island - 1894
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February
- The wind caught and carried forward these misty ice sheets, where they were falling upon crag, rock, stump, and overhanging cedar clump, heavily incrusting and crystallizing everything within the vicinity of the shores. The roar of wind and wave, and crash and grind of ice was terrific. The whirling snow sought every crack and crevice, sifting in through seemingly impossible entrances. Wide spaces of ground were swept clean, and the contents piled into immense drifts. Considered altogether the mid-winter storm upon these bleak shores presented a spectacle of sublime savagery such as is seldom seen.

April - Civil Case No. 2 - Louis C. Titus vs. Michael O. Rourke – The Plaintiff filed his bill of particulars as follows: Cash loaned and saloon bill against defendant to the amount of $9.25.

May - John Reinheimer is going to put in quite a system of water works up Division Street. He will lay a two-inch main from his wharf up as far as his dwelling house (a little over 2000 ft.) and parties living on or off the street will tap with ¾-inch pipe. Mr. Reinheimer will have a 5,000 gallon tank and a pump run by steam power on his wharf so there will be no waiting for wind as with a windmill.

 May – An Outrage - American Fishermen are Taken Prisoners on Lake Erie – Dragged to Canadian Prison. Intelligence reached this city this evening from Kelley’s Island of an outrage perpetuated late this afternoon by the Canadian patrol vessel Petrel, upon two American boats. The utmost excitement and indignation prevails upon the islands in consequence.

June - Members of the Marblehead life saving crew were patrolling the shores, heard what they supposed to be cries of distress in the far distance. Again they heard it. They first had suspicion that it might be only the yell of some reckless fisherman, but later taking their lifeboat they rowed out into the lake. After a difficult search they found the three surviving ones of the party and brought them ashore, safe but nearly dead.

June – Capt. Dwelle, of the Steamer Louise, entered Friday, having 15 tons of fish as her cargo. A seven pound bass was brought to the surface of the lake by one of the members of a party of well-known gentlemen of Kelley’s Island while out fishing Wednesday. When asked how the weight of the fish, which had broken the hook, had been ascertained, the gentlemen answered, ‘by the scales on its back.’

June - The interest in sports has again revived with the summer months and a large crowd of men and boys may be seen every evening on the porch of Huntington’s store, watching with admiring eyes the bicycle riders whirling back and forth and doing their best to encourage some of our flyers to see what time you can make around the square.

June - In a communication from Kelley’s Island signed ‘Big Liar’…some statements concerning the orchestra were made which are not only misleading but unjust as well. Referring to the dance given by the Base Ball club, ‘Big Liar’ says that the orchestra took a mean advantage over the boys by leaving at a very early hour. Now as a matter of fact, the orchestra played 21 numbers and it was after 2 o’clock when they quit.

June – “The public schools closed for the year on Friday last. The graduating class numbered ten and the exercises were a credit to any class in a college. The graduates were: Messrs John T. Brennan, William H. Diffley, Herbert Elfers, Barbara K. Elmlinger, Franklin L. Hauser, Misses Stella K. Huntington, Katherine C. McGettigan, Elizabeth G. Murphy, Rose M. Reiter, Clara E. Trieschmann. First honor was won by Miss Barbara Elmlinger; second honor was won by Miss Katherine McGettigan.

September – Coutchers Saloon - The building will be 20 x 60 feet, two stories high. Mr. Biehl of Sandusky, has the contract to build it and is to have it ready for occupancy on or before July 1st. The building will, when completed, shut out a considerable view of the wharf from the street, but will be handy for steamboat passengers to drop in for a ‘nip.’

September - Criminal Docket No. 1 – The State of Ohio vs. William Wetzel - George Watkins, saith that on or about the 4th of September, that one William Wetzel did unlawfully create a disturbance and further that said William Wetzel did call abusive names and use indecent language in the presence of females. This case was settled and costs paid by each party to the suit. 

September – During the past few days two inspectors from the office of the State Dairy and Food Commissioner have been in the city looking after certain wine manufacturers and dealers for alleged adulteration of their wines. Friday morning James A. Serrett and William Sells, the two inspectors, went before Justice McKenna and swore out warrants for the arrest of … Frank Kelley and William Becker of Kelley’s Island, wine manufacturers ... They were brought into court in the afternoon. Dorn, Moos, Kelley and Becker, pleaded guilty to the charge of not labelling their wine bottles according to the provisions of the statutes, and were fined $100 and costs each

September – About 200 islanders came over on the steamer City of Sandusky Thursday morning to attend the Erie County fair.

October - The employees in the Kelley’s Island stone quarries are kept very busy at the present time. A large amount of stone is being taken out for shipment to the upper lakes, while some of it is being used for the erection of the new power house at the Soo canal.

December - Deputy Close of the Probate Court has had the honor of issuing the first papers of naturalization ever taken out in this county by a lady. The lady is Mrs. Lester Carpenter of Kelley’s Island, who is a native of the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland, known to natives and foreigners alike as the modern Athens. Two years from now Mrs. Carpenter will be entitled to receive her final papers, and will then be able to exercise the franchise which the last Legislature conferred upon women in Ohio in regard to school affairs.

KELLEYS ISLAND

1894