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To locate all pages on this site, you now have to look on three pages:

Site Map Page 1

Mostly photos, news and other recent information

Site Map Page 2 (this page)

Mostly historical photos and stories, but also links to discussion forums, guest books and more

Lake Erie Islands Directory Page

Links to all the islands in Lake Erie, including a few links to photos on this site not included in the main site map.

 

 

 

 

Books about Middle Bass and Island History - Interested in Middle Bass history, or in the history of the Lake Erie Islands? Click the previous link to find out what's available.

 

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Yesterday's Island - Historical Text and Pictures 

 
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George Lonz Will Build New Dock, A 1938 Article - added June 23, 2009

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Taft at the Middle Bass Club in 1908 - added June 23, 2009

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Wonderful Isle St. George articles from 1955 and 1963 - added June 8, 2009

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Civil War Records for Put-in-Bay Township - added June 8, 2009

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Wehrle's Hall in the 1860s or early 1870s - added April 7, 2009

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Four Cottages Are Burned to the Ground - September 2, 1909 - added 2/26/2009

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The Up and Up Club Historic Photo Gallery - rare 1916-1922 pictures of North Bass Island, Put-in-Bay, Rattlesnake Island, Johnson's Island and more. added 11/6/2008

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February Items from 1887 and 1945 added 2/12/08

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The Ferry "Erie Isle" to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island added 10/10/07

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February Ice Fatalities of the Past  added 2/19/06

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Wehrle's Hall 1888  added 1/11/06

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East Point Historical Poster  added 12/31/05

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East Point Historical Documents added 6/19/05

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1793 Visit to Middle Bass Island by O.M. Spencer  added 12/7/04

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Island Oil Boom - Historical Articles from the 1901 Sandusky Daily Register  added 7/30/04

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Historical Postcard Poster   email for availability added 7/16/04

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Middle Bass Dock Pictures, Early 1940s   added 7/15/04

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The Rockery at Wehrle's - Very nice Middle Bass picture from 1892, improperly identified as a Gibraltar picture because it was taken by Rev. Henry Cooke of Gibraltar. This was located at the site of the basketball courts on the hill on the east side of the Lonz Winery.  added 5/4/04

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Gallery of Historic Postcardsadded 4/20/04

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Jay Cooke Hunting on Middle Bass, 1897 . This is Jay Cooke who owned Gibraltar Island.  added 1/8/04

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Middle Bass Island Postal History
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First Airmail Service - Dec. 1, 1931

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Middle Bass on Stamps - Rattlesnake Island Locals 1966-67

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Lake Erie Islanders - 1943 Plain Dealer Article - email for availability

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Lake Erie Islanders - Sketches from the 1917 History of Northwest Ohio 

(reference 4a in the Bibliography

(names without links will have their content added soon; they what will be added later)  
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Middle Bass Island
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Fred Bretz

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Lewis Dodge

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Louis Gemelch

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Peter F. Lonz (and George Lonz)

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Henry Rehberg

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Herman D. Rehberg (and William Rehberg)

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Charles Schneider

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La Omri Webster

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North Bass Island
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John Cummins

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Everett E. Fox

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Frank W. Fox and Stewart A. Fox

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Simon Fox (and Peter Fox)

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John Sandersen

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Rudolph Siefield (with a sequel written in 2003)

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William Dell Smith

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George W. Wires, Jr.

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South Bass Island
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Thomas B. Alexander

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Fred W. Burggraf

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Mathias Burggraf

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Louis Deisler

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Nicholas Fox

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Gustav Heinemann

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Herman Alexander Herbster

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S. M. Johannsen

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Walter Ladd

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Frank Miller

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Carl E. Ruh

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Hermann Ruh

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Capt. Robert Schiele

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William Schnoor

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Catawba Island
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James Ellithorpe (and Richard Tilliotson) 

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Hon. John Mitchell

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Assorted Pictures 1950-1973 added 10/5/05
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Main Dock Area

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East Shore / Schoolhouse Bay

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East Point

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The Marsh Road to East Point

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Miscellaneous

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Other Islands

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The 1972 Storm

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The Tappe House

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The Ford TriMotor on Middle Bass

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Lonz Winery History

This section covers Lonz Winery history pre-1990. More recent history and pictures can be found in various sections of the Site Map.
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Lonz of Middle Bass - Cover of Henry Barr's 1982 book, and chronology

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Lonz Wine-Time Chats, Introduction written by George Lonz in 1933

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George Lonz Obituary

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Lonz Winery Ferry Tickets

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Lonz Winery Labels  

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Lonz Winery Price List 1931

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Lonz Winery 1928 Brochure - 4 pages, PDF file, 944K

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Lonz Winery with Casks on Wagons, ca. 1927

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Lonz Winery Casks Enroute to Middle Bass, ca. 1933

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Lonz Winery Pictures from the 1940s and 1950s  added 1/19/05

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The Bretz Family

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The Bretz Winery

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The Bechsteins

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The Hanck/Tappe Home

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Pictures at the Middle Bass Dock

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The Ford Tri-Motor at Middle Bass

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East Shore Cottages in the 1930s

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Other Middle Bass Island Images

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A Few Put-in-Bay Images

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Rehberg Winery Picture Gallery (Rehberg's Pleasure Hall - Assorted Pictures 1890-1919)

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Middle Bass Club - A Few New "Old" Pictures from 1880-1968 -  Added September 1, 2007

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Middle Bass Club History 1874-1964

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Famous Middle Bass Club 1913

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Historical Pictures

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General Benjamin Harrison at the Berdan Cottage, 1888 (link to rbhayes.org) 
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Larger Image

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The Berdan Cottages as Seen from Rehberg Hall Added Feb.19, 2008

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Middle Bass Island Locations on the National Register of Historic Places

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Lake Erie Steam Boats - 1835 Text 

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Cultural Resource Investigations of Proposed Middle Bass Island Airport (1993 Historical Study) 

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Hardesty's Ottawa County Atlas 1874 
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List of Middle Bass Subscribers to the Atlas

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Small Map 

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Large Map 

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Buddenhagen Residence 

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Hanck Residence 

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Lutes Residence 

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Rehberg Residence 

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Schleuse Residence 

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Wehrle's Hall

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From Lake Erie Islands: Put-In-Bay, Gibraltar, Middle Bass, Kelley's Etc., 1886
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Composite Middle Bass Views from 1886 - Rare, Large Image, worth Viewing

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From Nichols' Handy Guide Book to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass and Kelley's Island, 1888
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Middle Bass Island, 1888

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Embossed Letter - 1889 

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From Sketches and Stories of the Lake Erie Islands, Souvenir Edition, 1898
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Middle Bass And Her Attractions - 1898 Text 

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Isle de Fleurs - 1898 Poem

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A PERILOUS ADVENTURE:  Trip With the Island Mail - 1898 Text

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Island Map from Goodman's Map of Ottawa County 1900

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Postcards and Photos 1900-1910 
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Gallery of Historic Postcardsadded 4/20/04

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1907 Multiple Images

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Erie Fishing Club   

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Middle Bass Club
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Middle Bass Club History 1874-1964  

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North and West Shore
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Larger Image

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Boat House View 1

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Boat House View 2

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Boat House View 3  

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Toledo Club and Street Scene

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More Street Scenes

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The Ford Cottage

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Row of Cottages

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Middle Bass Club Tennis Courts

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Middle Bass Club - Wide Picture - Around 1900

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Mr. Taft Goes Fishing - Not for Votes; Incidents of his Visit to the Middle Bass Fishing Club of Ohio - 1908
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Mr. Taft Page 1  

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Mr. Taft Page 2

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Mr. Taft Page 3

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Mr. Taft Page 4

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Wehrle's Hall 1900 - Great Photo Detail

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Wehrle's Hall, Hotel Hill Crest and the Dock Area ~ 1905 Page 1 of 2

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Wehrle's Hall, Hotel Hill Crest and the Dock Area ~ 1905 Page 2 of 2

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Wehrle's Hall Ad for the Golden Eagle Wine Cellars

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Wehrle's Hall. Hotel Hill Crest Expanded from 1 picture to 3 in Sept., 2003

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Put-in-Bay Dock for the Boat to Middle Bass, with Sign - 1906

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From Sketches and Stories of the Lake Erie Islands, Perry Centennial Edition, 1913
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Middle Bass And Her Attractions - 1913 Text 
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Pictures from the 1913 Middle Bass Text
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East Point Beach View  

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East Point Bend in the Road - Marsh View  

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Island Hall

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Rock Scenery  

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School

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Wehrle Hall  

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Wehrle Residence  

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Famous Middle Bass Club
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Pictures from the 1913 Middle Bass Club text

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John Yates Beall - His Piratical Exploit on Lake Erie

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Wine Islands of Lake Erie (Harper's Magazine, 1873) with more on John Yates Beall 

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Other Middle Bass Civil War History - Introduction
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Rebels on Lake Erie Chapter IX - The Lake Erie Conspiracy  

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Rebels on Lake Erie Chapter X - Pursuit  

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East Point Manor ~ 1920 

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East Point Manor ~ 1930 

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Postcards and Photos 1950-1990  
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East Point Manor ~ 1960 

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Schneider's Shop at the Dock and the Sonny-S Ferry ~ 1965

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History of Nearby Islands  
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Gallery of Historic Postcards

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Letter to Middle Island from 1887, with some Pelee News

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Middle Island's Hidden Treasures

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New Green Island History and 2005 Pictures (PDF, 1.4MB). This PDF contains 20 images, including 2 historic images and 9 new photos that have never been published before.  added 3/9/06

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North Bass Wedding in 1919 - Pictures of the wedding of Chester Allen and Helen Cullen on September 6, 1919.  added 12/12/05

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North Bass Island - Postcards to North Bass, 1909-1910

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Appleton's Journal, 1873 (this text is in scanned GIF image format and loads slowly)
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Ballast Island - A Story of Lake Erie - Page 1

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Ballast Island - A Story of Lake Erie - Page 2

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Ballast Island - A Story of Lake Erie - Page 3

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Ballast Island - A Story of Lake Erie - Page 4

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Ballast Island - A Story of Lake Erie - Page 5

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Ballast Island - A Story of Lake Erie - Page 6

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Ballast Island - A Story of Lake Erie - Page 7

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Images - From Lake Erie Islands: Put-In-Bay, Gibraltar, Middle Bass, Kelley's Etc., 1886
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Ballast Island - Composite Picture showing Camp, Club Cottage and George Gardner's Villa  

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Rattlesnake/Green - Composite with Green Lighthouse, and Rattlesnake View from the Water  

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Lake Erie Islands Map Showing All the expected Islands, plus Gull Island (1886)

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Other Historical Maps of the Lake Erie Islands
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1817 Map

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1835 Map

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1872 Map

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From Sketches and Stories of the Lake Erie Islands, Souvenir Edition, 1898
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Beautiful Ballast

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"Uncle Jimmy" - The Ballast Island Hermit

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Experiences of an Old Doctor - About His First Visit to Isle St. George (North Bass)

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An Eventful Night - Thrilling Story of the Burning of Green Island Lighthouse in '64

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From Sketches and Stories of the Lake Erie Islands, Perry Centennial Edition, 1913
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Isle St. George and Its Attractions (with Adventures of an Island Doctor)

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"Call It Square" - True Story of Rattlesnake Island

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Catawba Island, the Great Peach Growing Center of Ohio 
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Larger, 1MB PDF version with numerous pictures

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The Peach Growing Industry of Catawba Island

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Johnson's Island: Its Thrilling Reminiscences and Historical Burial Grounds

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Romantic Shores From Which Commodore Perry's Ships Took Ballast

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A Bunch of Emeralds - Anecdotes About the Minor Lake Erie Islands

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Ballast Island and Lost Ballast Island Postcards 1898-1910
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Ballast Island - Barnett's Cove and Bluff  

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Ballast Island Beach - B&W 

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Ballast Island Beach - Color

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Ballast Island Outhouse  

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Ballast Island Shore with View of Lost Ballast Island - View 1

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Ballast Island Shore with View of Lost Ballast Island - View 2 

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Ballast Island Shoreline from the Water  

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Gardner's Log Cabin and Longworth Canoe Club  

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Gardner's Point  

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Lost Ballast Island ~ 1905

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Images - Mostly Old Postcards and Photos; a few are new
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Buckeye Island ~ 1922

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Catawba Island Main Dock Over Time

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Gibraltar - Rocky Pass ~ 1906  

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Green Island - First Lighthouse ~1854 - Small Image in Story

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Green Island - Second Lighthouse ~ 1904

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Hen Island - Quinnebog Club ~1898 

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Middle Island (Canada) Lighthouse ~ 1900

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Mouse Island ~ 1913

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Put-in-Bay Fox's Dock ~ 1904 - with Middle Bass in the Background

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Put-in-Bay Peach Point ~1908 Rare Panoramic Image 
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Larger Image

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Rattlesnake Island ~1966 postcard

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Rattlesnake Island - 1966 small image - magazine (back cover)
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Full-size original image (8.5x11, 800kb)

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Rattlesnake Island ~ 1968 

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Rattlesnake Island Accident 1906 - Steamer Aground 

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Sugar Island ~ 1908

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West Sister Island Aerial View

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West Sister Island Lighthouse ~ 1859   

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West Sister Island Lighthouse - New

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Gull Island Lighthouse - 19th Century picture  a/o 2/25/04

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Lake Erie Islands Links - Links to Island Sites and Pictures, and other Nearby Places 
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Other Islands - Links to Island Sites Not Nearby

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How Many Islands Are There in Lake Erie?  a/o 9/23/04

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Ottawa County Links

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Free Stuff

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Site Map (this page)

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Search  

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Bibliography 

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Discussions 

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Guest Book (with recent entries)
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December, 2000 Entries

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January - March, 2001 Entries

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April-December, 2001 Entries

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January - March, 2002 Entries

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April-December, 2002 Entries

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