Remembering Linda Kennelley Kurianowicz — Graduate of Lorain High School 1966

1966 graduation photo

 of Linda L. Kennelley Kurianowicz

Lorain High School

Lorain, Ohio

 

I first became acquainted with Linda Kennelley while attending  Longfellow Junior High School in Lorain, Ohio from 1960 to 1962.  

Afterward, we both attended Lorain High School; graduating in 1966.  

I lived on Arizona Avenue and Linda lived on New Jersey Avenue.

We were East Siders – residing East of the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge that spanned what was then Routes 6&2. We knew it better as East Erie Avenue.

Because Lorain’s downtown district is on Broadway just west of the bascule bridge, the East Side was the quiet side of town that didn’t have many businesses. 

Linda and I were both shy girls that soon learned we enjoyed each other’s company.

And, of course, we shared the same given name!  

There were a lot of “Lindas” in our classes down through the school years. It was a popular name for many of us who were born in the late 1940s.  My mother told me I was named after Linda Darnell who was a rising movie star at that time. 

 

During our last year at Lorain High School, Linda and I exchanged our senior pictures with each other. We wrote down our thoughts and good wishes for the future on the photo’s reverse side.  

I still have Linda’s wallet-size photo she gave me.  

Linda wrote:  

“To a real good friend that I hope our friendship will last.  Your friend Linda.” 

After we graduated from high school, Linda Kennelley and I did move on going in different directions. 

Linda married a fellow L.H.S. classmate; Roger Kurianowicz. He passed away in 1987 and was buried at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.   

Linda’s parents were Charles C. Kennelley and Eileen Kennelley.

Sadly, in March of 2019, I read that Linda had passed away.  I was so shocked and just could not believe the grim news.

I went to the Dovin Funeral Home on Elyria Avenue in Lorain for Linda’s visitation.  I saw Linda’s two daughters and met and spoke to one.  I gave her my condolence card and my gift. 

When I walked up to Linda to pay my last respects to her and give her my goodbye with my prayers for her, I felt her presence around me.  The Linda I knew left behind a lot of people who loved her. They will carry their memories of her with them throughout their lifetime.  

I know I will too.

  

Linda, I know we will meet again.

Perhaps we’ll take a nice long walk together on East Erie Avenue one more time.      

Linda Kennelley Kurianowicz’s Find A Grave memorial

(Above photos by Linda Jean Limes Ellis)

The walkway leading up to the

 Garden of Wisdom Section

where Linda Kennelley Kurianowicz

and her husband, Roger, are buried.

Sharing an earlier photograph of Linda L. Kennelley

The Eagles Building in Lorain, Ohio – A favorite historic building crumbling due to lack of restoration work.

A visit to my hometown of Lorain, Ohio on February 5th, 2019 brought an unanticipated scene – part of Broadway being cordoned off due to some loose structural pieces of the Eagles Building that had broken off near the top of the building and crashed down to the street and alley; thus alerting those in the area that there was a potentially serious problem.  

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The Elyria “Chronicle-Telegram” has published an in-depth story about this incident with the Eagles Building on February 5, 2019 along with a video. 

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Below are photos of the Eagles Building that I took. 

The top photo was taken November 23, 2012 – with a close up view of the upper left portion of the building, and the lower photo was taken February 5, 2019.  

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LORAIN EAGLES BUILDING - 11-23-2012

Below is a close up of the left upper portion of the Eagles Building – November 23, 2012 –  showing more details of the structural deterioration.

EAGLES BUILDING CLOSE UP - NOVEMBER 23 2012 WITH TEXT AND FRAME

KODAK Digital Still Camera

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Dan Brady’s Blog Post about the Eagles Building – September 10, 2012

Spotlighting my grandfather, Winfield Scott Limes, and other Limes ancestors who made the news in the “Columbus Dispatch” in the 20th Century

My paternal grandfather, Winfield Scott Limes, has been among my most fascinating and personally rewarding ancestors to research.  I remember seeing him as a young child since he died when I was age eleven.  I remember sitting across from him at our dining room table on Sundays when he came over for a big Sunday dinner that my mother would make.  

He has been featured here in several posts, but not with exactly the same focus about his life. That’s because I just recently discovered a 1906 article in the “Columbus Dispatch” that my grandfather had submitted and they saw fit to publish.  My grandfather, “Scott”, had lived in Columbus a number of years when around 1905 he and his wife, Essie Lillian (Lombard) Limes, and 4 sons — Ernest, Albert, Tom, and Harry — all moved to Lorain (as it turned out it was a temporary move.  The family returned to Columbus around 1907.  Then later in the 1920s, my grandparents, my father Harry, and later Albert, all moved back to Lorain County and made it their permanent residence.)

Scott Limes was not only a member of the International Wood Wire & Metal Lathers’ Union, Local #1 in Columbus, Ohio, but he was one of the founders of the union itself in 1899. During his time in Lorain he changed his union membership affiliation to Local #171.

wood wire & metal lath pin 1899

In the November 26, 1906, with “Higher Wages Attract”, we find “Scott” Limes writing about the encouraging building prospects he saw in the city of Lorain.  As it turned out for him, those prospects rippled out to the wider area including Sandusky.  That is because he and his two brothers (John Warren and Thomas Limes) did lathing work on the grand original Breakers Hotel at Cedar Point that when completed was placed on the National Register of Historic Places — that was until sadly it lost that status years later due to modern upgrades made to the buildings. 

Scott also felt it important for the “Columbus Dispatch
to include how excited he was that Local #171 in Lorain County won a baseball championship in that city in 1906. He was a part of that team playing as a young 21-year-old.  I had known he played baseball with the team because of the two photographs I had inherited of him wearing his Local #171 baseball uniform.  This published article tells me that my two photographs could have been from 1906.  How unexpectedly excited it was for me learn the year he probably wore the baseball uniform in those photographs.  I was able to have one colorized, which I feel brings him back to life for me; sort to speak, because it is such a life-like version.

As I continued with my research of the “Columbus Dispatch” I found additional stories or ‘tidbits’ with references to other Limes family members including the first marriage of my uncle Albert Limes.

Below are some of the stories I found that help round out the lives of some of my Limes relatives and ancestors who lived in Columbus, Ohio.

scott limes collage of 1906 columbus dispatch story and lather baseball photos - 3

winfield scott limes local 171 baseball in bent position - restored & colorized - 1-23-2019 with text and frame - new

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Main Street Antiques of Oberlin, Ohio has Lorain artifacts for sale

Main Street Antiques in Oberlin Ohio has these wonderful Lorain Ohio artifacts for sale.   The wedding photos are thought to be of members of the Ricci Family that are connected to the Ricci Tailors that once were operating on Broadway in Lorain.  And the Lorain Tornado of 1924 full page print of the devasting scenes of the aftermath 

Poor maintenance practices plague Lorain’s Elmwood Cemetery – Lorain, Ohio

Below is the related Lorain “MorningJournal” News Story;

“Lorain cemetery grounds-keeping raises concerns”

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These photographs below were taken on August 12, 2018 at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain.  They illustrate maintenance practices that are causing clumps of thick dead grass to stick to the stones and dry in the hot sun; making it difficult to remove the clumps from the stone.  

I think most folks would consider this an unsightly mess and disrespectful to the deceased.  This situation means that family members must clean off the dried up clumps from their family’s markers and monuments.  What about the markers and monuments where there is no family to handle this situation?  Will the cemetery groundskeepers come back to remove the thick clumps from the surface?  We just don’t know at this point.  

Sadly, this is the worst Elmwood Cemetery has looked since I have been visiting it for over 20 years.  

 

 

 

 

This last photo above illustrates where part of the problem lies.

Taking too long between trimmings.  

Allowing gravemarkers

to become too overgrown means taking too aggressive

of an approach to remove the grass/weeds around them. 

As we can easily see here; it has been awhile since there has been any trimming around this flat marker.  

Thankfully, there is no dead grass/weeds covering it; but live grass/weeds are covering over and around it to the point eventually it may no longer be seen. 

Sharing Photos of Grave Markers and Monuments that Stand Along the Main Roadway at Section 6 at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio

Sharing various photographs taken February 14, 2018 at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. 

These monuments and markers seen in the photographs are at or near the cemetery’s main roadway in Section 6 which leads up to the cemetery’s exit.  

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Of particular note regarding some of the older monuments, and smaller size markers, is that the ceramic photographs are missing from the insets placed for them on the stone.  I don’t know if there was vandalism that caused their removal or another reason, but it is something to make one wonder about.  Otherwise, the angel topped monuments seem to be intact, which is indeed good news!  

It can be noted also that some of the angels are praying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A November visit to the 530 Shop, LTD. in Lorain, Ohio brings back memories

Sharing photos from a visit in late November to the 530 Shop, LTD in Lorain, Ohio

Lorain, Ohio is my hometown and the 530 Shop on Broadway has been there a long time. 

The building was constructed after the great Sandusky/Lorain Tornado struck on June 28, 1924. 

It is wonderful to see it still standing and being used as an antique store! 

The proprietor is Jani Oehlke.  It has been in the Oehlke family for several generations.  

Hope you enjoy the photos!

LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - ANTIQUE GLOBE LAMP AND POTTERYLORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - JANI BY 530 BANNERLORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - TOP OF TABLELORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 3LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 2LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - INSIDE WINDOW DISPLAY - 1LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 1LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 -CABINET WITH CANDLE DISPLAY - 2LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - TALL CABINET WITH KEYS