Spotlighting the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Ohio.

The photographs below are from my October 17, 2017 visit to Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Ohio

 It was my first visit, and one that was much overdue.  These are just a small sampling of the historic gravestones and monuments to be found at this early Ohio cemetery.  

The earliest burial that I found belongs to Nathaniel Porter who died in June (13th?) 1822.

  His “Find A Grave” memorial contains an extensive biographical write-up.  He was re-interred from another cemetery, however.  Links to memorials for his spouse and children are included with his memorial.  

A visitor can spend several splendid hours exploring Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria and easily become immersed in its landscape of amazing variety of trees among towering military monuments. One is topped with a soaring Eagle while another has a life-size Civil War soldier painted in appropriate Union Regimental colors. 

The 1820s – 1840s delicately carved grave markers there are indeed remarkable in their simplicity and not to be missed before you leave.  Several impressive mausoleums include those that are reminiscent of small sandstone houses! 

A visitor cannot help but be drawn to the grand wrought iron gated family plot of Heman Ely and his descendants.  


Ridgelawn Cemetery is a sacred place  where pioneer history awaits visitors who are fortunate enough to come and walk its grounds.

 

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The General Industries Co. of Elyria, Ohio Exhibit at the Lorain County Historical Society

Sharing the feature story about The General Industries Co. Exhibit that appears March 3, 2016 on the website of the “MorningJournal” in Lorain, Ohio. 
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On Tuesday, I visited the Lorain County Historical Society’s Starr House expressly to tour the General Industries Co. exhibit there since both my parents had worked at the company and it was important to me to view the artifacts. Also visiting at the same time were Kelsey Leyva and Eric Bonzar of the “MorningJournal” to cover a story about the exhibit.  My thanks to them for their interviewing me about my knowledge of the General Industries that I derived from my parents, Harry and Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes.  In fact because of their employment, they met and on December 7, 1944 got married.  

So, I have always felt that General Industries Company of Elyria, Ohio was a big part of my life because I would not be here without it!  

My father who had been living in Elyria and had previously been a lather when, in early 1934, he traded in his lathing tools to learn a new trade as a molder after walking into General Industries one day to ask for a job and being hired.  It was during the time of the Great Depression and jobs were difficult to come by.  My father ws so pleased to get the opportunity to be employed by a company as large as General Industries.   

My mother, who was from Lorain, had been a waitress for awhile and also had worked from about 1935 to 1939 at the Central Glass Works in Wheeling when her employer shuttered its doors.  She then returned to Lorain and needed to look for work again.   She told me she heard that the General Industries Co. was hiring and so she applied there and was hired.  

So, it was fate working through the General Industries that brought my parents together, and who ultimately were married 44 years.