James A. Garfield

Solon Historical Facts:


Prior to becoming President of the United States, James A. Garfield preached part time at the Disciple Church in Solon.

Traffic Light at Aurora and SOM – 1960s

Traffic light being installed at the intersection of Aurora Rd and SOM Center Rd - 1960s

Traffic light being installed at the intersection of Aurora Rd and SOM Center Rd - 1960s

Aurora and SOM – 1950s

Aurora Rd & SOM Center Rd – 1950’s Aerial

Aurora Rd & SOM Center Rd - 1950s - Aerial

Memorial Day – 1948

Memorial Day - 1948

Memorial Day - 1948

Aurora and SOM – 1928

The corner of Aurora Rd (Rt 43) and SOM Center Rd (Rt 91) - 1928

Solon Center Building – 1938

Solon Center Building - 1938

Solon Center Building - 1938

Solon Town Hall – 1900

Solon Town Hall - 1900

Solon Town Hall - 1900


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2011 Newsletter

Solon Historical Society’s 43nd Year -1968-2011





As we celebrate the Civil War Sesquicentennial we should remember those brave Solon volunteers who wore the blue of the Union army.  Over the course of the war one hundred and eight enlisted and forty were drafted.  Among the first nineteen to volunteer after President Lincoln’s call for seventy five thousand volunteers in April, 1861 was Sheridan Elmore Bull.

Sheridan was the son of Lorenzo Solon Bull from whose middle name we got the city’s name of Solon.  Sheridan was wounded and captured at the Antietam Battle in September 1862 and died in captivity the next day from the wound. Learn more about Solon’s Civil War involvement in “Pioneers with Web Feet.” (See Solon’s history books below)


Your Solon Historical Society after much demand has reprinted two books.

The first one is the 1991 issued 120 page “Pictorial History of Solon”. This contains historical pictures and a brief written history of Solon. This second printing has additional pictures and updated text. The second book is author Nelson Bard’s “Pioneers with Web Feet”. This extensive history was originally published for Solon’s 1970 Sesquicentennial. The Society refers to this book as their bible whenever questions arise as to our towns’ beginnings and growth. These hard cover books are available for $29.95 each. Don’t miss the opportunity to add these to your library or to give as gifts. The first edition printings sold out rapidly.




This August 21st we are planning an old fashioned craft fair that will showcase early American crafts.  Our plan is to demonstrate the many skills that our ancestors learned to provide basic living necessities.  These encompass food, clothing, household furnishings and entertainment. The craft demonstrations needed are: Spinning and weaving, quilting, bee keeping, wood carving, candle making, butter churning. chair caning, apple butter and cider making, soap making, popcorn popping,   fiddling, zither/dulcimer playing, enactors in costume, face painting and ice cream making.  If you demonstrate any of these skills and enjoy meeting people then join us for this family friendly Sunday.  With your help we would anticipate this becoming an annual event.

Contact Joe Baumann at 440-248-6419 to sign up.



The redesigned Solon’s Veterans Park is now completed and was officially dedicated last fall.  It is a beautiful addition to Solon’s infrastructure.  The reconstructed bandstand, which is pictured on Solon’s official logo, appears exactly like the original that had deteriorated so much that it could not be saved.  This park is a fitting tribute to Solon’s Veterans who served our country.

The remaining portion of the town center puzzle encompasses the Historical Museum and the adjacent city owned properties. Following original plans this area will become a centerpiece of our history, including the already restored Solon Center for the Arts old town hall structure.The plan is to remove the home next to the historical museum parking lot making room for an entertainment park including a band shell.  The historic Bull home on the corner is to be remodeled into a mid 1800’s museum home showcasing early life in Solon and providing a venue for community gatherings.  The museum building is yet to have a fire protection system installed to protect the artifacts inside and the structure itself.  The exterior needs the siding replaced with architecturally correct maintenance free siding and possibly a steeple added to restore some of its original appearance.  With this all accomplished many summer outdoor activities can be initiated by the Arts Center, Historical Society and other civic organizations using the park area and the restored Bull home. With the completion of the Bainbridge road project we believe that it is now the time to complete this portion of the Solon Center Civic/Cultural piece of the puzzle.



This past year our docents had many opportunities to guide individuals and groups through the museum.  The most enjoyable visit was with the Kluter Family which was having a family reunion here in Solon where they grew up.  Their mother Elsie Kluter was our dynamic Society President in the 1980’s.

Our docents also enjoyed taking artifacts to Solon’s Lewis, Roxbury and Arthur Road Schools.  There they spoke to inquisitive second graders, explaining the usage of many artifacts from our collection.



Your Historical Society, with your membership support, again granted financial aid to two college bound Solon High School Seniors.  Receiving the 2010 awards were Devon Orr and Alison Pohle.  We wish for these talented students a successful college experience that prepares them to be earnest contributing members of society.  Grant application forms are available at the Solon High School guidance office.



Last August we held our 25th annual car show. The day was sunny and pleasant but only a handful of cars participated.  It appears as though our car show has fallen victim to too much competition for the available antique cars. On any given Sunday in the summer there are numerous competing car shows.  We had our good times over the years with up to 40 cars participating.  We thank those car owners that supported us so faithfully in our peak years and wish them safe motoring.  To suspend our car show was   frustrating, but maybe                    our craft fair will be a worthy replacement



The Society participated in last summers Solon Home Days. Our booth had Solon’s restored 1929 fire truck as a backdrop with a slide show of photos from the Society collection. We initially participated in the purchase of this long lost truck which then began its restoration process.  Society members at the booth sold newly republished history books (article in this Hoodlebug) and answered many questions about Solon and our Historical Society.


The Society’s Program Guide and this Hoodlebug are mailed to previous Society donor members in hopes of renewed memberships. The statistics from last year show a significant loss of members.  We hope that for whatever reason that people didn’t renew, that this year they and many new members will give support to our efforts.  Our operating budget depends on these memberships.  We have fixed expenses in addition to elective programming and scholarship grants.

So please renew or newly join us as contributing supporters of this community enhancing organization.


Year:             2008  2009   2010


Income:      $3224*  $5291*   $1832

Expenses:     1912   5216          2801

Gain/loss      1312       75          (969)

Balance:       7597   7672          6703

* includes special donations



Year:            2008   2009    2010

Sustaining:     25        26         –

Patron:            14       26         39

Sponsor:         22       26         25

Benefactor:     11       15        12

Founder:          4          7          5

Total:              76      100       81*

* see membership drive comments



Over 300 Solon third graders visited the museum in 2010.  This continues to give the students a “hands on” experience, actually viewing artifacts seen previously only in textbooks.  They learn to appreciate their modern society over the hardships of the early pioneers.  Our docents look forward to these yearly visits and upon reflection think they do bring to life for these eager minds the early Solon culture.


You may e-mail us at shistorical@aol.com

You may visit our web page at www.solonhistoricalsociety.org



At our annual meeting in January we elected the following new board members; Barbara Baker as corresponding secretary replacing longtime board member Ann Cawrse.  We wish Ann an enjoyable retirement after serving so faithfully.  Mary Adie returns as our treasurer.  Mary was treasurer from 1980 to 1995 and brings a historical perspective.  Mary replaces JoAnn Korzenko who so conscientiously kept our books in order from 2001 to 2010.  We thank the new and returning board members for their selfless commitment to our society.




The  Museum!



The historical society offers to bring Solon’s history to your club or organization. Using our extensive picture collection and informative discussion of our history, our docents present an enlightening program. If you would like a road show program or a guided visit to tour the museum, an appointment time can be arranged. Please call us as this is our mission to inform everyone of our local heritage.


Most of all the museums artifacts have been donated by interested local residents. These donations are used to tell the story of Solon’s’ past and how daily living evolved through innovation of household gadgets, tools and changing apparel styles. We appreciate the foresight of all of our donors in recognizing that when “things” become obsolete, because of ever evolving methods of running our households, that these “things” historically can tell a story of how we got here from there. Your historical museum is not a repository for everyone’s’ trash but we ask that when a decision to save or trash is required, that we are involved to ascertain if a story can be told by our museum by being presented with the item. Sometimes we already have a similar artifact, but if what is being offered is a better example it could replace our current displayed item. Settlements of estates of our loved ones often are overwhelming – What can I do with all that old stuff? Well you might contact us to see if some of the stuff would make a welcome addition to our displays to add to our story. The old saying is that “Someone’s trash is another’s treasure.” Don’t forget your keeper of living memories – The Solon Historical Museum!