Early pioneers braved countless dangers to start anew in what is now Lorain County. Some of their stories faded from memory along the way, waiting to be rediscovered. Uncover the origins of the Felons' Feast held by abolitionists in 1859. Celebrate the true story of Major League Baseball's first black player, Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1883. Learn about the great scientific discovery made in Oberlin by Charles Martin Hall in 1886, as well as how one of Elyria's forefathers rose to become chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Discover how the Easter Seals, officially named in 1967, began with a sixty-year-old streetcar accident. Author Kelly Boyer Sagert shines a light on fascinating lives and the county they shaped.
About the Author
Kelly Boyer Sagert is a full-time freelance writer living in Lorain, Ohio. She has published fourteen books, several of them historical in nature, and has been commissioned to write five historical plays. Her first play, Freedom's Light: A Stop Along the Underground Railroad, was a Governor's Award for the Arts nominee. She also received sole writing credits for the Emmy Award-nominated PBS documentary Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story. She is married to Don, with two grown sons, Ryan and Adam.
Table of Contents
1 Forgotten Founders and Leaders, Northern Lorain County 17
2 Forgotten Founders and Leaders, Southern Lorain County 35
3 Lorain County Cemeteries 48
4 Underground Railroad and Civil War History 62
5 Country Monuments, Markers and Plaques 82
6 Literary Lorain 100
7 Little-Known Oberlin History 113
About the Author 141