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

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorain’s Lighthouse will Reach the Milestone of its 100th Birthday on June 30, 2017 — Thanking All of Those who have Worked to Save and Preserve it!

Lorain, Ohio is my hometown, and I lived there until 1981 when I moved about 40 miles to the East.  I still visit Lorain, but now most of the time it is to visit Elmwood Cemetery and Calvary Cemetery which sit across the street from each other.  That is because so many of my family members from both my father’s and mother’s side are buried in these cemeteries.  

I was fortunate to have lived my childhood on Lorain’s East Side.  We were only about a block away from the grand bascule bridge that spans the Black River.  It opened in 1940, which was a “bit before my time.”  I have walked over it several times in my life to go downtown or to Lorain High School.  On the western end of the bascule bridge, which is the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge , is the “Broadway Building.”  It is sadly, however, a deteriorating building now and its fate is in jeopardy.  But it is still standing and is considered to be the anchor building on Lorain’s downtown street.  

Lorain has several unique landmarks: the Palace Theater, Lakeview Park, and the harbor’s “Jewel of the Port”, the historic Lorain Lighthouse which will turn 100 years old on June 30th, 2017; and remains one of Lorain’s most recognizable landmarks.  

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all of the individuals and organizations that have volunteered and worked to help keep the Lorain Lighthouse in good repair.  Thanks to them it still stands straight and tall on the end of the long jagged rock pier that for so long has supported it.  

I hold dear my early connections with Lorain’s Lighthouse both through sight and sound.  I feel now is an appropriate time to share my memories with others.  

Back in July of 1965, when I was a 17 year old teenager, I gathered up my courage to send a letter to the Lorain Journal when I learned that the beloved Lorain Lighthouse might be demolished.  

My parents, Harry and Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes, had also encouraged me to write how I felt about the long time landmark Lorain Lighthouse that was part of our lives in a special way.  You see it was a constant companion for us while out Perch fishing in our small outboard motor boat on Lake Erie, anchored just outside the harbor and in front of this beautiful beacon of light — which also had I swear had the world’s loudest foghorn that chased us away when the fog rolled in!  We could even hear that foghorn from our house on Arizona and East Erie Avenues.  

So, I wrote out all of my hopes and fears for the Lorain Lighthouse and sent in my letter with a quiet prayer that Lord willing it would be good enough to print. 

So, as you can imagine I was quite pleased on July 20th when I opened up and read the Lorain Journal newspaper and saw that, indeed, my letter to the editor was published!  I remember well my agonizing over every word I chose or re-wrote but now I realize that I made an error; so I must admit to it!  When I composed my letter the age of the Lorain Lighthouse was 48 years and not 56 years like I had thought.  I cannot remember now, but I’m sure there must have been a good reason why I thought the lighthouse was built earlier than it actually was.  So, I hope I can be forgiven for my mistake.   It was my overriding hope that my letter would add a strong show of support from my parents and me for fighting to save the lighthouse; and I feel it accomplished that.  Fortunately, many folks stepped up in those early years and later others carried on with their efforts that continue today.  

Now, I can hardly believe it has been 52 since I wrote what was my first letter to a newspaper, but I’ve always been glad that I did. The experience gave me enough confidence to keep writing.  

Happy Birthday Lorain Lighthouse!  If my parents were here they would extend their birthday day wishes for you to stand another 100 years; or longer.        

LINDA LIMES - LORAIN LIGHTHOUSE JULY 20 1965 - 1

Lorain Lighthouse photographs and artifacts from my collection: 

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