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By Laura Ploenzke

She was known throughout Ohio’s Lorain and Cuyahoga counties, and beyond, for her exceptional vocal talent, frequently performing at local club meetings, church services, and social gatherings. One Cleveland music journal, read more

By Sherry Spenzer

Some puzzles just beg to be solved, and such was the case with one old photo in possession of Avon Lake Public Library’s Marybelle Arnold North Coast History Room. The charming black-and-white image shows a house and four adults, the latter all attired in clothing of the mid to late 1800s.

Members of the Eager family stand in front of their home in Avon Lake.

Fortunately, the reverse side of the photo offered a couple of clues.

At first glance, the script appeared to say “lager home”.  A search for “lager” in read more

By Laura Ploenzke

Malinda Titus Beard’s hair was the longest the judges had ever seen. Freed from their usual braids piled atop her head, her long, dark-brown tresses cascaded down her 5-foot-3-inch frame to her feet and fanned out 18 inches on the floor. She most certainly would win the contest for the woman who had the longest hair in Cleveland. Unfortunately, the judges told her she could not win because she lived outside of the city limits. After much encouragement from her family and friends, this Avon read more

“The first board meeting of the newly formed Avon Lake P.T.A. Council, was held Tuesday May 3, 1961 at 1:30 P.M, in the High school cafeteria.”

A newspaper clipping from a page in the 1961 Avon Lake PTA Council scrapbook advertises a fashion show sponsored by the Erieview Parent-Teacher Association card party at Avon Lake’s Saddle Inn.

So begin the minutes, written in blue ink in neat handwriting in a bound, ruled record book, of the first local parent teacher association, which represented Avon Lake High School, read more

This is the first in a regular series of blog posts about Avon Lake’s history.


“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” – Pearl S. Buck, author

In 2019, Avon Lake will celebrate its bicentennial. From its first appellation of Xeuma (prior to 1818) to Troy Township (from 1818 to 1824) to Avon Township (from 1824 to 1919) to its current designation of Avon Lake, this area has developed from a swampy, virtually uninhabitable wilderness to a modern suburb of Cleveland that more than 23,000 read more