Avon Lake: Yesterday!
As a producer with Avon Lake Cable Television, it has been my pleasure to host several interviews of many of Avon Lake's long time residents, and in the process of these interviews I have learned much about Avon Lake: Yesterday! The Avon Library and our cable station have begun recording history segments to help our residents learn about what it was like "back then".
There are so many residents that have spent most of their lives in Avon Lake. So many have stories of school days, farming the land, swimming at the beach at the end of Route 83, the railroad that took them east to Cleveland, etc. Many remember the old Saddle Inn as a train station and a hotel.
The 5 & 10 Cent store plus drug store in what was then Town Center have been mentioned more than once. Many tell stories of driving to Lorain or Bearden's in Rocky River on Friday nights with their friends. They didn't date individually but dated in groups. Mom and Dad wouldn't let them go alone in a car......they felt there was "safety in numbers".
Some remember teacher names. Some talk about the discipline they received in school but were much more concerned about what they would "get" when their father came home. Some talk about the doctor making house calls when they were sick.
Some remember when Electric Boulevard was a dirt road. But all remember they grew up in a fine place, had great neighbors, are still involved with the Church they attended as a child, bought a home here and raised their own children here. Some now have grandchildren living in Avon Lake.
Avon Lake, Ohio, could be renamed Family Friendly for all generations.