Bassett Road Century Homes

Bassett Road Century Homes booklet
Researched and written by: William Krause and Dean Brennan

The book describes the historic homes along Bassett Road that played an integral part of the story that is Bay Village. The book includes the story of Nathaniel Bassett, pictures and histories from behind the facades of the homes on Bassett Road. In addition there is a location map of all the houses.

You may purchase this booklet at the Rose Hill Museum gift shop or at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Rd. $5.00

For more information call (440) 725-3159.

This History of Lakeside Cemetery

Retracing Footsteps: This History of Lakeside Cemetery

This book of nearly 400 pages, containing more than 350 photographs, is a fascinating compilation of family notes, newspaper articles, letters, historical sketches, recipes, vital records, two autobiographies and much more. Ten years of research went into uncovering information about more than 270 individuals who are associated with the Lakeside Cemetery.

Established in 1814, the cemetery was the first burial ground in Dover Township which now encompasses Bay Village, Westlake and the northern section of North Olmsted. Most burials occurred from 1814 into the mid 1900s. The individuals buried in the cemetery lived in areas from Cleveland to Lorain. Even those unfamiliar with Lakeview Cemetery will find this unparalleled resource an interesting and educational portrayal of life over the last two centuries in northern Ohio. $28.00

Call (216) 386-5997 for more information.

Images of America: Bay Village

Tucked away in the northeast corner of Cuyahoga County, Bay Village lies just outside Cleveland. The first settlers arrived around 1810 during the nation’s westward expansion. The village was primarily agrarian in the beginning, home to many vineyards. By the end of the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution had gained momentum, and in 1896, an electric railway was built through the city, running from Cleveland to Toledo. Bay Village evolved from a fishing and farming hamlet into a retreat and resort area for some of Cleveland’s wealthiest families. Many of their summer cottages still stand today as refurbished family homes. This book explores this community’s rich history through vintage images from the Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Library.

The late Virginia L. Peterson was a trustee of the Bay Village Historical Society and worked with it to organize tours of century homes and to create videos and lectures on Bay Village history. The late Sally Irwin Price, founder of Baycrafters, was a member of the Bay Village Historical Society and was very involved in saving a century home from demolition by having it moved by barge on Lake Erie to be relocated in Huntington Park in the Cleveland Metroparks. 128 pages, 240 photographs. $26.00

Rose Hill Recipes Cookbook

The Bay Village Historical Society has compiled an appetizing and exciting cookbook full of creative and delicious cuisine. Included in the book are many recipes from the founding families of the city, including the Cahoons and others. $12.00

Call (216) 386-5997 for details.

Bay Village: A Way of Life

In 1971, my sister, Gay Menning, and I along with the Bay Village Historical Society, co-wrote the first written history of Bay Village, Ohio. “Bay Village: A Way of Life” was delivered just in time for Christmas, 1974. It is already into its second printing. Today, this book is the Bible of Bay Village history.

Grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the area’s early settlers shared their memories with ease. “Her veart Deutsch gesprocken” quotes Edna Brauer remembering her grandmother, Marie Toensing’s, sign over the door.

Ashton Dodd laughs telling the story of working at Niemeiers on Bradley when the barn caught on fire, and, thinking the house in danger too, everyone picked up something of value and ran outside, Mr. Niemeier carrying the pot of peeled potatoes fixed for supper.

Clifton Aldrich remembers that if he was good he got to ride the merry go round in Mulberry Park on Clague Road.

Evelena Aldrich Thompson recalls, “It was exciting for the children to see the peddler, ‘old man Halle,’ coming up the road.”

Wirt Dodd shares the story of a train catching on fire behind his house and watching the cooked hams and bacons roll out of the burned boxcar.

Edna Hagedorn Toensing reminds us her parents were still slipping into their wooden shoes at the back door in 1900.

Bill Sadler remembers Grandmother Saddler renting cottages on the lake to the Cleveland Indians and Osborn cottages to Wielands and Steinbrenners in the 1930s.

The original sharp turns in Wolf Road were detours around the farmer’s fields.

Robert Swanker recalls a tree stump blowing so hard from explosives, it flew over Parkview School and landed on a parked car.

Clifton Aldrich remembers the Barker children running movie night in their garage for 5 cents on Saturday nights during the depression.

Jim Dodd said, “I have the world by the tail,” when Mrs. Rausch gave him a dollar for returning her watch dropped while boarding the interurban.

Sara Dodd Wymer remembers reading “Black Beauty” and hearing the workers whipping the horses to pull harder (it was also happening in her book) while workers dismantled the Huntington fish house.

“If you were in charge of a Civil Defense Block during WWII, you were known as ‘the Chief Blockhead,’” says Larry Carman.

The Wayne Laverty family watched their neighbor, Fred Drake, plant corn with a lantern tied to his leg during an air raid drill in 1941.

“Feed and entertain them,” said J. Ross Rothaermel, the first father elected Bay PTA president in 1941, and membership jumped from 69 to 350.

John Reed remembers starting the first boy scout troop in 1937.

The “Skin Game” was a group of Bay Village Women’s Club ladies making beautiful leather products.

Marshal Eaton tells us about the first “squad” car, a green Lincoln roadster left behind from a rum-runners raid.

History gives a community an opportunity to celebrate its past. Life was simple yet refined. No one was ever bored, for nature provided many thrills after chores were done. Life in general was one of appreciation.

“Bay Village: A Way of Life” can be purchased at Rose Hill Museum along with a new picture book, “Bay Village”.