Painesville, Ohio: Past and Present

Painesville is a pleasant town on Lake Erie just a few miles east of Cleveland.  Through it runs the Lake Shore railroad constructed in the mid-19th century, a gateway to the west from Albany, Buffalo and Erie. In 1861 the train carrying president-elect Abraham Lincoln from Springfield to Washington stopped in Painesville where citizens, aware that war was likely, turned out to greet the prairie lawyer on … Continue reading Painesville, Ohio: Past and Present

A Father Scarred by the Great Depression

It’s nearly impossible for us living in the 21st century to imagine what life was like in the early years of the Great Depression after the 1929 stock market crash. The sudden arrival of what turned out to be a decade of hard times was a particular shock because the 20’s had been so good. Grand Rapids, Michigan had been booming because its several dozen … Continue reading A Father Scarred by the Great Depression