Christmas Cards of Bay Village Notables

During Cahoon Christmas 2023 events, the Bay Village Historical Society will be showcasing an exhibit of Christmas cards and imagery in our library. The pictures were created by artist Thomas William Jones, a Bay Village native. Jones recently and very generously donated examples of his work to the Society this year. Jones’s work was chosen as the feature image for President Ronald Reagan and Vice President Dick Cheney’s official Christmas cards. You may view them in person during December at the Rose Hill Museum.

Jones’s cards inspired us to look at some other holiday greetings in our collections. Enjoy this look into the past and happy holidays from the Bay Village Historical Society!

Christmas postcard from Ida Maria Cahoon to Miss Sarah Dodd, circa 1910s, 2012.05.2.

Christmas card from Ernest and Alvina Wuebker to their daughter, Vera. Ernest was the first rural postman of West Dover Township from 1903-1935 and his daughter was part of Bay’s first graduating senior class in 1927, 2018.03.70.

Telegram from Ernie Olchon to his future wife, Dorothy, circa the late 1930s. They were married in 1940. From 1940-1971, Olchon owned Ernie Olchon’s Bay Service Station, at Wolf and Dover Roads, 2018.11.14AB.

President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan’s official Christmas card, 1988. Art by Thomas William Jones, 2023.13.02.
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The final Cahoon Christmas 2023 event days will be held Sunday, December 17, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 20, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. You may find a list of special performances and demonstrations on our website at Click on Our Events on the homepage menu to access the Calendar. Contact us at (216) 319-4634 /, with any questions.

1800s Sleigh at Rose Hill Museum

The Bay Village Historical Society usually asks that visitors do not sit upon any of their antique collections. In December, there will be an exception. An 1800s sleigh will be available for picture taking with Santa Claus during the Cahoon Christmas event days.

The sleigh before the remodel, D.2019.5.1.

It is unclear where and exactly when the two-seater sleigh was built. We do know that it was most likely made sometime in the 1800s. The sleigh was owned most recently by Bill and Grace Anderson Sebesta of Bay Village. Their niece, Bernardette E. Novy Enochian, donated it to the Bay Village Historical Society in 2019. It was restored soon after and painted red and black for the holiday season. The sleigh made its makeover debut for Cahoon Christmas 2022, during which Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves joined the festivities and posed for pictures with visitors at Rose Hill Museum.

The sleigh being rebuilt, D.2019.5.1

If you would like to take a photo of your loved ones with Santa at Rose Hill Sunday, December 10, from 2-4 p.m., sign up on our website at Cahoon Christmas 2023 and for a $20 donation, a professional photographer will take a digital photo that will be emailed to you. Walk-ups are welcome at $25 cash. The proceeds will help fund activities and collection preservation at the Bay Village Historical Society.

The 2023 Cahoon Christmas event will be held Sundays, December 3, 10 and 17 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays December 6, 13, 20 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. You may find a list of special December performances and demonstrations on our website at the following link: Events Calendar. Contact us at (216) 319-4634 /, with any questions.

Antique brass sleigh bells, 2006.L.04

1899 children’s book “The First Sleigh Ride,” 2021.B.FIC.010