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Blue Jacket was American Indian
|Lakeview is different from any other town in the county. It
is built below the "sea level" of a large artificial body of water (Indian Lake).|
The first house was erected in 1881. The town was incorporated in 1884 with Elisha Houchins being Lakeview's first Mayor.
The original school building on West Lake Street was in the same location where the present school is located. At one time, Lakeview School offered schooling only through the 10th grade.
In the early days, four passenger trains pulled by steam engines stopped in Lakeview each day to deliver mail and travelers, while freight trains also stopped daily to deliver coal and other staples. Although automobiles were becoming familiar in the area, the tracks remained the main means of transportation. Besides, no one would drive a car in the winter time. The first street car in Lakeview was in operation by 1908.
Along lakeview's dirt streets were two restaurants, a harness shop, the McAlexander Brother's Buggy, leather and automobile groceries, a bank, two bartbershops, a hardware store, the lumber yard, post office and several saloons.
Ice harvesting was quite active at that time. Local ice houses would harvest ice from the reservoir during the cold weather and pack the ice in sawdust until the warm weather came so residents could cool their ice boxes.
the earliest known times, all of Western Ohio, Indiana and Illinois were inhabited
by the Miami Indians, who had been there so long that they had no tradition of
ever living elsewhere. For an untold time they had been one of the most powerful
and most numerous of the Northwest Indians.|
However, by the time the first white men came into this territory, their numbers and strength were already diminishing and there were numerous other Indian tribes in this territory. When the white men came, Indian Lake was in Shawnee territory although there were Delawares, Mingos, Senecas and Wyandots close by.
Closest to Indian Lake was the Wyandot town of Solomontown of which the warrior Tarhe was chief. This was located at a point which would now lie almost midway between Belle Center and Huntsville. The other was the Shawnee village of Lewistown, whose chief was Colonel John Lewis, an Indian who adopted his name from the white man because he favored it.
Some famous pioneers with romantic stories of their own were Isaac Zane, Robert Robitaille, and it is said, Simon Kenton, all of whom lived in the vicinity of what is now Zanesfield. Isaac Zane was captured by the Indians when but a boy of nine, along with his brother. His brother was ransomed two years later, but Chief Tarhe, who had no other heir, kept Issac for his own son. Isaac lived in Tarhe's home for nine years and had as his playmate, Myeerah (Walk-in-the Water), the Chief's daughter, and was mothered by Tarhe's beautiful French Canadian wife. Torn between affection for his Indian family and his love for relatives, he finally returned to Virginia when the peace treaty of 1772 between the French and English released all captives.
In Virginia he entered political life and was elected to the House of Burgess. Nostalgia brought him back to the beautiful Myeerah, and when they were married Tarhe moved to Solomontown, leaving the young people in possession of the old home.
In August 1831, a final treaty with the Indians at Lewistown and Wapakoneta removed the Indians to territory on the Kansas River and left the land open entirely to settlers.
History of the Villa Motel in Lakeview, Ohio
Thank you for this opportunity to let visitors
know about the history of the Villa Motel of Indian Lake.
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
The late George B. Quatman was responsible for the construction of the statue. Active in many civic affairs, he founded the San Juan Ballroom and Resort and made extensive improvements during his ownership. The resort was unique in that all proceeds from the enterprise went to charity. The cost of the construction of the shrine came from the operation of San Juan Park.
The shrine is dedicated to St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church and is maintained by the American Society of Ephesus, founded by Mr. Quatman. The Society is dedicated to the restoration of St. John the Apostle Basilica, the church of Mary and the house of Mary, located in Ephesus, Turkey. The Fatima Shrine at St. Marys Point will always be maintained by the Society through the Quatman family.
The story of Fatima began early one spring day in 1916 when three small children were taking their parent's sheep out to pasture. They were natives of Fatima, Portugal, a small village 90 miles north of Lisbon. When it began to drizzle, the youngsters sought shelter in a nearby cove when suddenly a white globe of light appeared over the field moving toward them. The amazed children saw a beautiful young man in flowing white garments standing in the middle of the light. "Fear not, I am the angel of peace," the man in the strange light said to the children, "pray with me." He knelt on the ground and said, "Oh, my God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love you." Bending low, the stranger recited this prayer three times with the children repeating it after him.During the summer, the same angel appeared to the children and encouraged them to pray. On May 13, 1917, a little more than a year after the angel's first visit, Our Lady appeared to them for the first time. The children were watching over the sheep and it was a clear day. They saw lightning in the sky and feared a sudden spring storm, so they gathered their sheep and looked for shelter. A dazzling light appeared directly in their path above a little oak tree and the astonished children saw a lady standing in the light above the tree. She was so beartiful that they were never able to describe her beauty in terms they thought fitting. "It was a Lady clothed in white and brighter than the sun, radiating a light very intense and crystal clear."The vision told the children, "Do not be frightened for I have come from Heaven and I want you to come here at this same hour on the 13th day of each month through October. Then I will tell you who I am and what I want. Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and an end to war." As she spoke, she opened her hands and they were bathed in a heavenly light that appreared to come directly from her hands.The lady continued to appear to the children and on one occasion told them, "When you see a night that is lit by a strange and unknown light, you will know it is the sign that God gives you that He is about to punish the world with another war and with hunger and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall appear to the world to ask that Russia be consecrated to my Immaculate Heart and I shall ask that on the First Saturday of every month communion of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world."On the night of January 24-25, 1938, all Europe was lighted by what some scientists called an aurora borealis, but which other scientists said was beyond being a natural phenomenon. Three months after the light was witnessed, Hitler's armies were on the march.October 13, 1917, the last and most dramatic apparition, commonlyh called the "Miracle of the Sun" was witnessed by 100,000 people. This crowd was amazing since Fatima is ninety miles overland from Lisbon and there was no public transportation. It was raining and windy and the rain kept falling. Drops trickled down the women's skirts of wool and striped cotton, making them heavy as lead. Bare feet of women and hob-nailed boots of men sloshed in the wide pools of muddy road. At one o'clock the rain stopped. The sun seemed to be getting darker. It seemed veiled in gauze and the people could look at it without strain. It began to change into a shining silver disk that grew until it broke through the clouds. Then the silvery sun, still shrouded in that grayish light, began to rotate and wander within the circle of the receded clouds. Thousands fell to their knees upon the muddy ground. The light then became a rare blue,spreading it's rays and then the blue faded away and the light became filtered through yellow. Yellow spots fell upon the white kerchiefs and the dark skirts of wool. They were spots that repeated themselves over the landscape. All the people were weeping and praying, weighted down by the greatness of the miracle. All of this took about twelve minutes. When it was over, the people who were soaked discovered their clothes were dry. Portuguese newspapers gave detailed accounts and photographs the next day. Copies of the newspapers are on file in the U.S. Congressional Library. George B. Quatman wanted to impress on everyone who visits the statue at St. Marys Point of the message of Fatima: Offer up every day our sacrifices and our daily sufferings to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; say the rosary daily and to meditate on the mysteries; receive the sacraments on the first Saturday of every month; pray for the conversion of Russia and stop using profanity against God. This information is taken from the Memorial Day issue of The Indian Lake Beacon, May 25, 1988.
Our Lady statue marks 40-year
spectators gathered June 28, 1964, 40 years ago, for the dedication of the Our
Lady of Fatima statue, located at the opening of Russells Point harbor behind
the former amusement park owned by the late George Quatman.
In 1963, the late businessman and philanthropist George Quatman, owner of what was then known as the San Juan Amusement Park, commissioned Bowman and Armstrong Architects to construct the statue in Miami, Fla. His goal was to bring the lesson of the 1917 appearances of Our Lady of Fatima to the Indian Lake area, according to a 1964 Bellefontaine Examiner article.
Catholic Church history says the Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, between May 13 and Oct. 13, 1917.
Through the children, she relayed a message from God promising peace for the whole world if her requests were obeyed or punishment by means of war, hunger, persecution of the church and persecution of the Holy Father and the Pope if they were not met.
In her message of warning and hope, she said God had chosen Russia as the instrument of chastisement to punish the entire world if the nation did not convert to the Catholic faith and that profanity had to cease from the lips of man.
If the requests were not granted, she said wars and persecutions against the church would begin and various nations would be annihilated. Many in the faith believe Our Lady of Fatima predicted World War II and III and that entire nations would be destroyed in a single battle by an atomic bomb.
The children also were told that God would perform a miracle so that people would believe in the apparitions. On Oct. 13, 1917, before 70,000 witnesses, the sun "danced" in the sky above Fatima - rotating, increasing and decreasing in size and moving closer then farther away from the spectators.
Mr. Quatman chose to locate the shrine to the apparitions on what was known as St. Marys Point, at the end of Chase Avenue behind the former park location. Park visitors could get a closer look at the shrine as a small passenger train circled the park and ground she overlooked.
The statue stands 43 feet overall, with the Our Lady figure measuring 19 1/2 feet in height. Originally, a colored water display graced the base of the monument, 7 1/2 minutes of music played in 15-minute intervals and the statue rotated 360 degrees, but a flaw in the mechanism made repair constant and costly. The statue no longer rotates, but instead permanently faces the lake.
Proceeds from the San Juan park, all of which went to charity, funded the cost of building and erecting the monument that continues to be maintained by the American Society of Ephesus through the Quatman family.
Each year, St. Mary of the Woods officials conduct an outdoor Mass to commemorate the apparitions. This year, the event is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at the shrine. Participants are to take lawn chairs.
Indian Lake's First Post Office is moved. After the sale of the Wicker property several years ago, Mrs. Pusey had to decide what to do with the structure that once housed the area's first post office. Hoping it would be refurbished and preserved, she donated the last salvageable piece of history from the heydays of Wicker's Resort to the county historical group. Indian Lake State Park manager Frank Giannola, pushed to get the post office located on ODNR property and succeeded in obtaining a 15-year renewable lease with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Two grants from the Logan County Cooperative Community Connection Fund Inc. were vital components to making the project happen, as were the donations of time, materials, funds and labor from architect and ILAHS trustee Karen Beasley, contractor Eugene Pusey and assistant Jason Wilson, excavator Tom Cooper and company, Mr. Concrete, Ohio Lumber and Building Supply, Logan County Commissioners and a host of other individuals.
The building was moved to Dredge Island state property between Orchard and Wolf Islands.Information excerpted from the Bellefontaine Examiner.
The gone, but not forgotten, Sandy Beach Amusement Park, Russells Point (Indian Lake), Ohio was memorialized with a Ohio state Historical Marker, on Saturday, July 30, 2004. A crowd of about two dozen gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Sandy Beach Amusement Park historical marker commemorating the days of the "Million Dollar Playground" where thousands upon thousands of visitors were entertained for nearly a half century.
According the the Bellefontaine Examiner. The park, which closed in the early 1980's, was the home to an small out and back woodie (with NAD trains) and an old wild mouse coaster.
The memorial marker is located beside the Russells Point harbor the park once surrounded.
Lake, Ohio, covers 5,800 acres and year-round is popular for boating and fishing.
Native Americans did once hunt in the area, which was on their trade route between
the Ohio River and Lake Erie. Frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton were
among the first white visitors.
A Short History - Written by by K. Todd McCormick, Curator of the Logan County Historical Museum.
Two of Ohio's major rivers begin in Logan County. A small stream flows into the waters of Indian Lake from the east and exits the lake in the south. This small stream becomes the Great Miami River. The hills of central Logan County provide the waters for the Mad River. The Mad River flows into the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio, about 60 miles from where they begin. Both of these rivers and their valleys have been important to Ohio's inhabitants for housing, transportation, food and water.
Indian Lake is in the northwest corner of Logan County. It is one of the largest man-made lakes in Ohio. In 1850 the commissioners of the Miami-Erie Canal voted to build several lakes or reservoirs in west-central Ohio to feed or supply water to the canals. The Lewistown Reservoir (the original name of Indian Lake) was built between 1851-1857. It covered several thousand acres of woods, swamps and six small natural lakes, including one called Indian Lake. Consequently, many trees and islands (high ground) poked through the surface. This made fishing great but boating dangerous. Over the next several decades the lake was cleaned up by dredging it. When the lake was frozen in the winter men went out onto the ice and cut the tops of trees that were above the surface. The reservoir continued to feed the canals until 1896 when the canals ceased to be used on regular basis.
In 1898 the state of Ohio made the Lewistown Reservoir into a state park and renamed it Indian Lake. The new Indian Lake State Park became a popular vacation place. The surrounding towns of Russells Point and Lakeview, as well as some of the islands, built hotels, restaurants and marinas to accommodate all of the tourists. Fishing, boating and swimming became popular recreational activities for the lake's visitors and residents. During the winter season people went ice fishing and ice skating.
Millions of vacationers came to Indian Lake for other types of entertainment. In the mid-1920s, S. L. Wilgus and his son built a boardwalk and roller coaster in Russells Point and named the park Sandy Beach. Over the years it grew into a popular amusement park. People from all over the county, state and Midwest came to the park. The park closed in the early 1970s due to its run down condition and competition for larger amusement parks.
Many people also came to Indian Lake to listen and dance to some of the countrys most popular bands and orchestras. Musicians who played at the lakes pavilions and dance halls included Duke Ellington, Ozzie Nelson, Les Brown and many, many more.