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Jack Miner

"Success is a journey; not a destination," Jack Miner said. Westlake residents pass the Ohio Historical Marker on Dover Center Road every day, but may know little about the man this marker commemorates. Jack Miner, noted naturalist, author, and lecturer, was born in Dover Village in 1865. He lived in a small weather-beaten house with a leaky roof just south of the area where Jenkins Funeral Chapel now stands.

Sleigh Ride Competition (1855-56)

Falling snow in the winter of 1855-1856 provided the citizens of Cuyahoga, Summit and Medina counties with about 100 days of continuous sledding. The friendly competition began in February of 1855 when the people of Solon Township organized a sleigh ride using seven four-horse teams. The sleighs’ destination? Akron, Ohio. The Solon team decorated a cotton flag with stars and stripes and a symbol of their own making, the bold profile of a thumb to the nose with fingers extended.

Dover Village Bucket Brigade (circa 1906)

When fire broke out in the Phillips Hotel on Center Ridge Road in 1906, the Dover Township Methodist Church bell clanged long and hard, a cry for help. Everyone able rushed to the scene, and the Dover Bucket Brigade was formed. Since a supply of spirits was stored in the basement of the hotel, the volunteer firefighters made every effort to save the stash. Although the fire won the match, the spirits were somehow rescued. As a result, several members of the Bucket Brigade salvaged their own spirits as soon as the fire was out.