The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 - Part 1


Darrell E. Hamilton

       In January of 1906 Ashtabula High School moved back into the Park Avenue building from the old high school on Division Street. The old high school was once again used as a high school because a second floor was being added to the middle of the high school building of the fairly new school building.
       At the time of construction of the high school, the school did not contain a gymnasium. The high school did not even have its own football field. The high school did not have its own gym until the present high was opened in January of 1916.
       What did the school do before it had its own facilities? Most of the home football games were played at Viaduct Park in the gulf that sat below Spring Street Bridge. At one time there was a road that ran from the west side of the bridge from Collins Blvd. Now you would be hard pressed to find any evidence of a road or even a park.
       As far as a gymnasium Ashtabula High School used the old First Methodist Church building on Park Avenue as a gym. The picture is supplied by the courtesy of the First Methodist Church.

The old First Methodist Church sat at the northwest corner of Park and West 48th Street.

Picture is courtesy of the First Methodist Church

       Retiring Sheriff Carey S. Sheldon was presented with a gold watch on behalf of county officials from County Clerk Robert C. Ewing. Ex-Sheriff Sheldon would be retiring to his home on Lake Street in Ashtabula. Sheriff B. W. Peck took office following Mr. Sheldon’s retirement.
       On January 8, 1907 Peter F. Good sued the city for the up keep of Flat Iron Park. If you are not old enough to remember, Flat Iron Park was located at the intersection of Prospect and Center Streets. The bill was for mowing the lawn, planting grass seed, spreading manure, flowers and etc. The bill was for $29.50. The council quickly agreed to pay the bill before the city had to go to court over the matter.
       You don’t know how tempting this is to me. Of course I could not charge for the spreading of manure because certain member(s) already do a good job at that.
       The oldest person in Ashtabula County died less than three months shy of her one hundredth birthday on January 9, 1907. She was born in Dorset, Vermont on April 5, 1807. Melissa Warner  came to Ashtabula in 1867 after the death of her husband and lived with her only child a son, Loyal S. Warner. Her son preceded her in death and she had been a widow for fifty-six years. She was buried in Plymouth.
       In 1907 it was a lot more difficult to find a street or address in the city as it is today. There was no numbering system as we have today. There were also many streets that shared names that were similar. Some of the streets that shared similar names were Camp Street, Camp Alley, Haskell Court, Haskell Street, Lake Street, Lake Avenue, Ohio Avenue, Ohio Street, Park Avenue, Park Street and Park Place were just a few of the similar names. So if you are looking for a street before 1930 (when Ashtabula went to the numbering system we have now) make sure you have the right street.
      On January 14, 1907 South Main Street was finally opened for traffic. Instead the mud and dirt that many had been accustomed to, South Main Street became a beautiful brick street.

The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 - Part 2

Darrell E. Hamilton
       Official records were released for 1906 for the Ashtabula Harbor. Ashtabula was the greatest ore port on Earth with almost 8,000,000 tons. Ashtabula also lead with over 1.6 millions tons of ore sitting on the docks.
       Cleveland was in second place with Conneaut in third place for the world. Ashtabula was also the leader for 1905. Conneaut took the honors in 1904.
       There were two hundred burials for Edgewood cemetery in 1906 compared with sixty-three interments for Chestnut Grove cemetery. I’m sure this is a fact you were dying to know.
       Rev. J. J. Homi was called to Ashtabula about two years previously to pastor the Finnish Congregational church at the Ashtabula Harbor.
       Rev. Homi had a wife and five children. He had borrowed money to go to college in the amount of four hundred dollars to go to college to become a minister. It was to be repaid as soon as he received his own church.
       Being a man of God Rev. Homi could not and would not go back on his word to repay the loan in the amount of twenty dollars a month. The problem with the repayment of the loan was that Rev. Homi was only paid forty dollars a month. Once he paid rent of ten dollars a month he was left with but ten dollars a month to feed, clothe, pay utilities and what ever expenses that came in the day to day lives of two adults and five children in 1907 Ashtabula. On top of that two of his children were seriously ill.
       On Saturday January 12, 1907 Rev. Homi left home and took his oldest child with him to tour the saloons and a steam bath to get people in these places to repent and turn to God.
       After seeing these people with money to waste on alcohol and women of the night when he could not afford the basic necessities of life for his family, he became enraged at a local steam bath. The police came and locked up Rev. Homi. On Sunday morning about three o’clock while in jail Rev. Homi became a raving maniac. He was taken to the county jail in Jefferson where it took four men to handle him. He would eventually be sent to the state mental hospital in Cleveland.
       A committee was sent to his home from the church to check on his family. His five children ranged in age from eight years old down to a baby. They were suffering from hunger as there was absolutely no food in the house.
       A collection was taken up at his church and at the Lutheran and Second Congregational churches to support the family while Rev. Homi was away.
       However the out pouring of symphony did not end there. The Beacon-Record newspaper, as the Star Beacon was called in 1907, started a fund to help Rev. Homi pay off his debt of his education. They litterly begged the people of Ashtabula to help the Homi family out. The plan was if Rev. Homi did not have the debt to pay he would be able to support his family and his sanity might return to him.
       Donations began to pour in at the newspaper office. Most of the donations were for a dollar. However some of the better well off citizens of Ashtabula donated five and even ten dollars. The Beacon-Record started it out with a ten dollar donation. The names of all the donors were published in the newspaper everyday. Remember the average salary in Ashtabula in 1907 was under three dollars a day.
       By the time donations had almost stop coming in more than enough money was raised to pay off Rev. Homi’s college debt.
       Stay tuned for more on Rev. Homi and his family.
The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 - Part 3
Darrell E. Hamilton
       The Ashtabula High School boy’s basketball team traveled to Conneaut to play Conneaut on a dance hall floor. This was before most high schools had a gym.  Also high school sports were not as organized as it is today. Often teams would play each other without even practicing. This was the case with Ashtabula High School.
       On January 21, 1907 Ashtabula High School suffered what I could find so far the worst defeat in their history of the school. The team was defeated by a score of 56 - 0. 
       I’ve seen scores similar to this before. Often in a rematch I’ve seen the same team that was slaughtered by the other team turn around in the same season and slaughter the team that slaughtered them. I would be curious to know the score of the rematch. Wouldn’t you? Stay tuned.
       The Children’s Home which was located next to the Route 20 viaduct before the old bridge was built near where the YMCA sits now, was out of debt for the first time in its history.  There were eighty children at the Children’s home during the year. However twenty-five children were placed in homes or returned to their parents. Five children ran away and one died.
       The very first Ford automobile ad for the county appeared in the Beacon Record on January 29, 1907.

       A Ford dealership had appeared in Ashtabula before but before the dealership could run an ad or sell a vehicle, it went bankrupt. The new dealership was Tinker & Gladding located on Fisk Street (West 48th Street) in downtown Ashtabula.
       In 1906 there were 1,289 males arrested and 41 females arrested.  Of the total of 1,330 arrests, all of the arrests except for sixty-one were for misdemeanors.
       Of the many things you could be arrested for in 1906, you can not or would not be arrested for the same crime today. Examples of some of some of the arrests in 1907 were for visiting a saloon on Sunday, slander, keeping a bar maid (I suppose that was legal in Dodge City), violating sidewalk ordinance (I suppose this included spitting on the side walk.), selling liquor on Sunday, violating screen ordinance (This was when the bars did not have their screens up so the policemen could see in a bar after hours.), being insane, keeping a saloon open after hours, vagrancy, using profane language or using obscene language. I’m quite sure that we would not be able to employ enough policemen to enforce the last two or have a big enough jail.
       It was also a felony in 1907 Ashtabula for bastardy. I won’t even go there for a comparison of today’s society.
       The Globe advertised paints for sixty-six and a half cents a leg. I suppose this was a good advertising gimmick in 1907. However I was wondering. What if a one legged man came into the store and he only needed one leg? Would the store have to sell him one legged paints?
       In Jefferson in February 1907 Judge Metcalfe awarded a woman a pig and hay for alimony. Apparently Jerome Perry was in jail at the time and had no means of support. The only property the man owned was a pig and some hay. So his wife Bertha got everything that he owned considering you don’t count the clothes on Mr. Perry’s back.

The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 - Part 4

Darrell E. Hamilton
       On February 7, 1907 the first bottle of Bula Beer was placed on the market.
       The Consumers’ Brewery Company had built a new brewery at the foot of First Street (East 14th Street).
       The brewery was one of the most modern breweries in the United Stares. Consumer’s Brewery was quite successful until Probation spelled doom for a lot of breweries. Only the older and more established breweries would be able to survive Probation.
       After Ashtabula suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Conneaut in basketball, Ashtabula High School defeated Painesville by over fifty-five points. Over fifty-five points is what the reporter stated in his column. Apparently most everyone left the game before the game had ended including the reporter. Basketball in 1907 Ashtabula had not reached the heights that football and baseball had achieved in Ashtabula.
       In February of 1907 John D. Rockefeller raised the price of crude as to put his nearest competitor (Pure Oil Company) out of business. Standard Oil Company had a monopoly on the oil industry in the world.
By the time anti-trust suits had broke up Standard Oil John D. Rockefeller was already a billionaire.
In today’s standards Bill Gates wouldn’t even come close to the money that John D. Rockefeller had.
My wife’s great-great-grandfather owned an oil company in New York. Rockefeller would offer to buy an oil company out. If you wouldn’t negotiate then Standard Oil would do their best to put an oil company out of business.
       My wife’s great-great-grandfather (Richard Henry Brumagin) saw the writing on the wall and sold out to John D. and company and moved to Geneva, Ohio.
       I wonder if I owe John D. Rockefeller anything for meeting my wife. After all if it hadn’t been for him, would I have met my wife?
       Anyway I hope you are still sitting and want your socks knocked off, here goes. John D. Rockefeller raised the price of crude oil from five cents a barrel to fifteen cents a barrel! The man became the world’s richest man with the price of oil at five cents a barrel for oil.
       In 1907 an ordinance was passed prohibiting the planting of popular trees in Ashtabula and the destruction of those already in existence. The reason being was that the trees would destroy the sewer system. With that piece of information in mind I wonder who planted the popular tree in North Park?
       On February 20, 1907 the City announced that all paved streets would be cleaned three times a week!
       On February 20, 1907 the Geneva Waterworks burned to the ground.
       The fire was started from an overheated coal stove in the basement. Since the protection fire hose company was also located in the building, calling the fire department was out of the question.
The pumps and gas engine were standing on concrete so they could be repaired. There was also enough water in the storage tanks to last about a week for village. However it would be a race to repair the pumps and engine before the village ran out of water. There was five hundred customers connected to the water lines and two hundred twenty-five of them that were connected to the sewers.
The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 - Part 5
Darrell E. Hamilton
       The old First Methodist Church on Park Avenue was sold at the end of February 1907 to the M. C. Robinson & Co for $5.000. The church was located at the corner of Park Avenue and West 48th Street.
       With the acquisition of the old church the new owners remodeled the church and utilized it as a warehouse for lime and cement previously located on Elm Avenue.
       The old church tower was taken down to the level of roof of the old church and the interior and basement was altered to meet the needs of the business. The church became a cement block factory which years later became just storage for M. C. Robinson And Company. It was later torn down during urban renewal.
       In the rematch of Ashtabula and Conneaut High Schools basketball teams where Ashtabula High School probably took their worst beating in history with a score of  56-0 that I talked about in part 3 of 1907, Ashtabula lost again at the old First Methodist Church by a more respectable score of 33-13.
       Are you wondering what Ashtabula High School will do for a gym being M. C. Robinson and Co. bought their make shift gym? Keep reading and stay tuned!
       The first talk of an overhead bridge across at the Prospect Street crossing of the J. & F. and Pennsylvania railroad tracks was brought up at a meeting of the city council by councilman George Aunger in March of 1907. I suppose talk is cheap as it took almost sixty years to get an overhead bridge at that location.
       Anson Munsell, a prominent resident of Ashtabula whose son was a local attorney, committed suicide. Mr. Munsell had threatened for forty years to do away with himself.
       Mr. Munsell who had been in the sitting room conversing with his wife in a calm matter got up and started walking back and forth between the sitting room and the dinning room. He then went into the dinning room and closed the door. A few moments afterwards Mrs. Munsell heard a shot of a revolver from the direction of the dinning room. She was horrified to find her husband lying motionless on the floor with a bullet hole in his forehead.
       Have you ever known someone who has ever committed suicide? Have you ever thought that you wish you have done something or said something to that individual that would have prevented his or her death?
       With that in mind think about what I said especially if you are in church today or next Sunday.
       Mr. Munsell was seventy-five years old and had been in ill health. None of the members of the family knew that Mr. Munsell even owned a revolver. He is buried in Chestnut Grove Cemetery.
       On March 6, 1907 Williamsfield passed by a large majority a proposition for centralization of their schools. The proposition had failed twice before. The proposition also included the planes for a new $9,000 school.
       In March of 1907 Commissioners rejected all bids for the paving of the Spring (West 46th) Street bridge with brick. Instead the Commissioners decided to repave the bridge with wooden planks.
       The first game of the season between the Ashtabula and Conneaut girl’s basketball teams was played on March 9, 1907 at the old Methodist church on Park Avenue.
       As you should remember the previous season was the very first Ashtabula High School girl’s basketball season. They went undefeated going 8-0.
       This time the two teams played to a 10-10 tie in regulation. The game was to be finished at a later date. Stay tuned.
       After the game the Ashtabula girl’s team treated the Conneaut girl’s team at the local the Sugar Bowl. The Sugar Bowl was a local candy and ice cream store.
The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 - Part 6
Darrell E. Hamilton
       In of 1907 Ashtabula township trustees decided to enforce a state law that forbids hunting in a cemetery.
       Apparently a lot of complaints were filed as to damage to headstones. Hunters were also hunting while funerals were going on causing a great deal of annoyance and danger to mourners in Edgewood Cemetery.
       In part 2 of 1907 I wrote about Rev. Homi who was paid so little he could not support his family and he went temporally insane and had to be committed. The Beacon Record started a fund to help him pay off his debts.
       By the time the donation had stopped coming in almost $900 had been collected for Rev. Homi and his family. Nine hundred dollars in 1907 was a great deal of money. A decent house could be purchased in 1907 for that amount.
       Rev. Homi would be discharged and he would return to his native Finland with his family through the generosity of the people of Ashtabula.
       Times have sure changed. Today if a person and his family are down it seems that some people will kick a person down even further regardless of the circumstances.
       Six men were injured at Simons, Ohio when a train jumped the tracks and was derailed.
       In case you are wondering where Simons, Ohio is, I’ll tell you. Simons was located just north of Andover. It was named after my wife’s great-great-great grandfather Henry Simons who gave land to United States government for a post office. He also gave the railroad land for a depot. In exchange he became the postmaster there and became the ticket agent.
       With advent of the automobile the train station eventually closed and the post office was eventually consolidated with another post office probably with the Andover post office.
       Henry Simons’ father, John Simons who came from Connecticut in the early 1800’s, was the first doctor in southern Ashtabula County.
       The United States Post Office raised post office box rental fees from 50 to 60 cents, 60 to 75 cents and drawers from 75 cents to a dollar for quarterly rentals.
       The salaries of the Ashtabula police force were raised by the city council. The police chief was to receive raise from $1200 to $1400, captain $1200 and patrolmen from $900 to $1000 annually. Before April of 1907 there were no captains on the Ashtabula police force. The newly created position was to replace the position of Assistant Chief Kane. Kane would become the new captain.
       In the April 2, 1907 Beacon Record Willard H. Morrison advertised his second hand Winton Phaeton with top; good running order, thoroughly overhauled last fall; one of the most durable cars ever built; tires in good condition, price $200.00.
       On April 10, 1907 the first ad in the local newspaper for the Post Brothers Lumber Company which was located on Fisk Street (West 48th Street) appeared in the Beacon Record. This year Post Lumber is celebrating one hundred years in Ashtabula. A biography on the Post family will be forthcoming before the end of the year. Stay tuned!

      In April of 1907 a move was started to annex the Bunker Hill district. The move was started so that section of town could receive city sewers. Since the city signed a sewer pact with the city in the 1980s, the city has been land locked. We have no bargaining power with the surrounding townships.
The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 - Part 7
Darrell E. Hamilton
       In the fall of 1906 a proposition to place a bond issue was placed on the ballot for the purchase of Harmon Park (fifty acres) for a township park for $25,000. This park would later on be known as Lake Shore Park.
       The bond issue was placed on the ballot by the Township trustees.
       Many controversies came out about the purchase of Harmon Park. 
       First of all the Lake Shore Club had a lease on the property for fifteen years with an option for twenty-five more years. Second of all some people believe the park should be west of Harmon Park on the lake shore. Others thought that the gulf should be fitted for park purposes while some suggested Sulphur Springs. Some thought that a farm should be bought on North Ridge East and fitted up as a park. Still others thought that the money should be used to pave the unpaved streets in the township and other things more important than a park.
       The controversy over the park was to strong as the proposition was defeated 1,368 to 593.
       So what happened next? Well, I’ll tell you!
       The county commissioners decided to intervene. The commissioners had the power to level a one mill levy much as they do today without voter approval. A one mill levy was equal to about $6,000 a year. They decided in May of 1907 to levy the tax on the people. This sounds familiar doesn’t it? Anyway boys and girls this is how Lake Shore Park got its start. However there is more to the story. Stay tuned for further developments.
       A new roundhouse was started in June of 1906 when eight houses were moved from Griswold Street. The houses were moved to a new street just south of Griswold Avenue. The new roundhouse was built because the old roundhouse burned down and they were using a temporary round house. Many of you should be able to remember the roundhouse that was located just off of West Avenue.

       The new roundhouse would employ three times the men as in the old roundhouse. In March of 1907 the Lake Shore Railroad moved into to their new roundhouse.
       On July 1, 1907 Prof. Elmer A. Hotchkiss became superintendent of Ashtabula  City schools.
       On April 2, 1907 a grade crossing accident occurred on Fisk Street (West 48th Street).
       Nester C. Warren was going west with an empty wagon in tow of a gray mare. He did not see the two big hill pusher engines coming south on the tracks around the freight cars that were sitting near the crossing.
       When the engines hit the horse and wagon Nester was thrown from the wagon onto the tracks. Lester was attempting to get up three times but was knocked down three times by the engines. Those who were watching thought that Lester would be ground to pieces by the engines.
       However each time Lester would meet certain doom the old gray mare's body which was underneath the wheels of the engine pushed Lester out of the way of the engines. The third time the gray mare’s body pushed Lester off the tracks.
       The engine did not come to a stop until it reached the depot at the Center Street crossing. The horse’s body by that time was underneath the tank of the first engine and was badly mutilated. Lester sustained several bruises and a severe concussion of the brain. No bones were broken.
       The United States Government and the City of Ashtabula were still at odds over the draw bridge which the United States government ordered taken out over two years before. The fine for not obeying the orders of the United States government was $5,000 a month which would come to $120,000.
       The county which owned the bridge did want to tear the bridge out without having the money to replace it. So the County Commissioners waged an on going war with the United States Government. Stay tuned for further developments.
       Russell C. Humphrey became the billiards champion of Ashtabula County in April of 1907.

The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 – Part 8

Darrell E. Hamilton
       Mrs. Sarah S. Scoville died at her daughter’s home on Walnut Street at the advanced age of 87. Mrs. Scoville was a pioneer citizen of Ashtabula. She was born in a little old log cabin just on the other side of the city limits on Prospect Street which would be now inside the city limits. She was the daughter of Jabez Strong, one of the original Connecticut pioneers who settled Ashtabula. She was one of five children.          
       When Mrs. Scoville was a little girl Ashtabula was covered with a deep forest. Ashtabula was nothing but a hamlet with an outlet on the lake to ship and receive merchandise which was carried by boat and stage.
       One day Sarah was followed by a bear on her way to school. The little girl thought nothing of it as she thought the bear was a dog. She eventually told her dad about the dog that would follow her to school and sometimes home again. When her father investigated and found out it was a bear he became frightened for his little girl. How ever little Sarah was never frightened of the young bear.
       It was not unusual for her to be followed to school by wolves. Her school was located where the old city hall sat on West 44th Street.
       Mrs. Scoville was survived by daughters, Mrs. Harry W. Dorman, whom she made her home with and husband was a local physician, Mrs. E. E. Cook and a son Rev. E. E. Scoville.
       General James F. Wade returned to his home in Jefferson after 46 years in the Army. He entered the Army in May of 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War. He served through the Civil War, in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, the Dakotas and the Spanish American War. He retired at the age limit of 64 years at half pay.
       Returning to Jefferson with him was his wife, his married daughter Mrs. Jenkins whose husband was on duty in the Army of the Philippines as a captain and her four children.
       General James F. Wade was the son of United States Senator Benjamin F. Wade.
       Viaduct Park, a baseball park, was bought by Howard P. Reed from Lucius J. Fargo to make it an attractive residential district. A new street was to be cut through the center of the ball park from east to west to be known as McGovern Avenue (West 47th Street).
       With the purchase of the Viaduct Park to be turned into a residential area, annexation of the east side was brought up so water could be run to the east side.
       On May 7, 1907 all of the public schools were dismissed for the afternoon session so the children could go to the circus.
       The city council proposed to increase the salary of the Mayor of Ashtabula from $1,100 to $1,800 per year. However Mayor Pfaff said the Mayor’ job is really only worth $500 a year. However council McDonald noted that conditions were coming to be such that the policeman of the city were receiving larger salaries than the Mayor and the Police Judge. The council also favored a salary increase for the police judge from $900 to $1,200 annually. The solicitor was instructed to draw an ordinance making those provisions.
       In May of 1907 the first proposal to rename some of the city streets and renumber all the lots in a uniform manner was proposed by Postmaster Prine. However it would not be until 1930 before any major changes on renaming the streets and renumbering the streets would be initiated.

The Twentieth Century of Ashtabula 1907 – Part 9

Darrell E. Hamilton
       Isaac C. Chamberlin, one of the most prominent residents of the village of Geneva, died at his home at the age of 79 years of age.
       The deceased was born in North Hampshire, England on February 1, 1828, and came to Geneva at the age of 13.
       In 1864 he became engaged in the clothing business. His business became one of the largest establishments of the kind in the county. He continued his establishment for 31 years then retired in favor of his two sons Charles and Albert.
       Isaac Chambers was the first president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. He left a wife and five children behind.
       A new street across from Edgewood Cemetery was being laid out in 1907 by Frank Gregory from his farm. The new street was to be known as Maple Avenue (now East 39th Street). The street was 1,250 feet long, improved with sidewalks and contained fifty-two building lots.
       Clarence S. Cleveland filed bankruptcy which involved his hotel in Conneaut the Cleveland Hotel in May of 1907. The action will not have any real effect on the hotel as the hotel has been in the hands of the court and the Conneaut Loan Company for some time. 
       In the county field meet of May of 1907 Geneva was the winner with Jefferson in a strong second and Ashtabula High School coming in third.
       In June of 1907 Merrill Dorman of New York, a young man of twenty years, was incarcerated in Ashtabula for selling obscene postal cards. The crime was considered a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
       Now before you get your dandruff up, the postal cards were of ladies in their underwear. Can you imagine the type of underwear the ladies wore in 1907?
       If you took some of the obscene material today and tried to sell it back in 1907, you probably would have been executed right on the spot.
       On May 27, 1907 the Ashtabula Carriage Bow Company will no longer be known as that name. It will be known as the Ashtabula Bow Socket Company.
       The first sermon held in the new First Presbyterian Church chapel was held on May 26, 1907. It was followed by a week’s series of meetings. Rev. W. F. Weir was the pastor of the church in 1907.
       An ordinance was passed the City Council of Ashtabula against spitting on the sidewalks. Anyone who violated the new ordinance would be liable to arrest and fined from one dollar to ten dollars.
       On June 4, 1907 Rev. Paul G. Miller was ordained to the ministry and installed as the pastor of the Prospect Street Presbyterian Church.
       Rev. Paul G. Miller graduated with honors at Princeton University and stood second in his class of twenty-five in the Western Seminary at Allegheny, Pa. His father was also a minister in Uniontown, Pa.
       Mrs. F. J. Crawford became the first woman appointed by the United States Government to become a light house keeper for a fog signal and perhaps at any light house station in the United States. She would become assistant light house keeper under her husband, Captain J. F. Crawford. The action was taken after a period of activity in helping her husband without pay.
       T. H. Paine resigned as Fire Chief of the Ashtabula Fire department effective July 1, 1907. He would be replaced by George E. Ducro.
       On June 13, 1907 Ashtabula High School graduated a class of twenty-two young men and women.
       The first annual commencement at the Ashtabula General Hospital was held on June 7, 1907 at the First Congregational Church. The class embraced three graduates, Mrs. Nettle Clark of Ashtabula, Miss Anna Gessler of Indianapolis and Miss Anna Phillips of Akron.