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From Dover to Market

According to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, a web based historical resource operated and maintained by Case Western Reserve University, the public market as an institution in Cleveland started as early as 1829. That year, stalls were auctioned off to farmers and merchants on the South side of Public Square on Ontario Street.

First Settlers Come to Dover

“On October 10, 1810, Joseph Cahoon with his wife Lydia Kenyon Cahoon and their sons Joel, Daniel, and Benjamin and daughters Abigail and Rebecca came with a covered wagon drawn by four horses, to settle upon Lot 95, Dover Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.” – History of the Cahoon Family, by Ida Cahoon

The Johnsons of Woodbridge, Connecticut

Leverett Johnson was born on 17 July, 1794 in Woodbridge, Connecticut. In 1810, he set out for the Western Reserve with his sisters and brothers-in-law Asahel and Rebecca Porter, and Reuben and Sarah Osborn; as well as the Porter’s two small daughters.

Winter: A Time of Sport and Industry

In honor of the recent cold snap, I thought I would touch on just a few of the ways life changed for Doverites during the long Ohio winters of yesteryear.

Mills in Dover

In the early days of any settlement, food and shelter are of course imperatives and priorities. So it won’t surprise anyone that two of the first as well most prolific industries in Dover were mills. Mills of the Grist and Saw variety to be exact. Grist mills harnessed water (or later steam) to turn grind stones that would smash grain such as wheat into flour that was used to bake bread.

The Dover Fairs

In the book “A History and Civics of Dover Village”, co-author Hazel Rutherford makes that observation that even though the Dover Fair was a yearly event in this town for 40 years in the late 1800s, “Many present residents of Dover would be surprised if they were told that the main entertainment of this village…was a fair which took place on the present Dover High School Grounds”.

Westlake under siege

I don’t think anyone would disagree when I say that Westlake Ohio, and gang violence are hardly synonymous terms. This idyllic city has as safe a feel to it as any I’ve been too. And for most of its 199 year history this has been perfectly true. But if you were around town in the 1950s, you’d know that Westlake was not devoid of what historian William M.

Cleveland area once a wild kingdom

For most of us today, the most exposure we get to the "wilderness" is spotting a deer or raccoon in the back yard from time to time. But there was a time when this whole area was a vast wilderness covered in thick forest. And in this wilderness were wild animals; animals that were not used to human beings traipsing around in their territory.