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The village of Elyria was officially founded in 1817 by Heman Ely, who built a log house, dam, gristmill and sawmill on the village's site along the Black River. Ely began to build more houses to accommodate European-American settlers migrating to what was, at that time, within Huron County, Ohio. By the time Ely died in 1852, Elyria had five churches, three grocery stores, three flour mills, a newspaper, and a population of more than 1,500.

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1844 - MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.
It becomes our painful duty to announce that a must lamentable accident occurred in our village on Monday evening of this week. While the Artillery company were firing a salute on the occasion of the Baltimore nominations, as they were loading the piece for the third discharge it went off prematurely, and with most disastrous consequences.

The casualties were as follows:

PETER SHERMAN had his right arm blown off, and the thumb of his left, besides other serious injury to his left hand.

JOEL CHUBB had his left hand shattered and the bone broke above the wrist.

NELSON LATHROP had his thumb blown off.

MR. SHERMAN'S arm was amputated in the course of the night by Dr. Townshend.

We ought to state, that, as far as can be ascertained, no blame can be attached to any concerned. The gun was under the able management of Capt. SEEKINS and his Artillery company, who generously volunteered their services for the occasion. Accidents will sometimes happen with the best of... Read MORE...

1854 - Elyria
Elyria, a post-township in the N. part of Lorain county, Ohio, intersected by Black river. Population, 2658.

Elyeia, a pleasant post-village, capital of Lorain county, Ohio, is situated . in the above township, 7 miles from Lake Erie, 28 miles W. S. W. from Cleveland, and 1 16 miles N. N. E. from Columbus. It stands on a peninsula formed by the branches of Black river, which here unite. The river in this vicinity has two falls of 40 feet perpendicular, and affords fine water-power. The railroad from Cleveland to Sandusky, now in course of construction, passes through this place. Elyria contains a court house, 6 or 6 churches, a bank, an academy, and 2 newspaper offices. One of the churches is a Gothic building of sandstone. In the vicinity are several mills, an iron furnace, a machine shop, and an axe factory. Population, in 1850, 1482; in 1853, about 2000.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1869 - The lock-up in the village of Charlotte, N. Y., was burned on the 13th and two sailors, Alexander Fisher and Michael McLane, of Elyria, Ohio,
belonging to the schooner Cascade, of Green Bay, who were prisoners in the lock-up, were burned to death.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
October 23, 1869
1871 - DEATH FROM A CIGAR
DEATH FROM A CIGAR. The Elyria Constitutionalist records the death of Mr. L. D. Boynton, an old and respected citizen of that place, as follows:

It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of Mr. L. D. Boynton, which sad event took place on Saturday morning from injuries received by his clothes catching fire from the ashes of a cigar he was smoking. The particulars of the accident, as we learn them, are as follows:

Early Thursday evening Mr. Boynton took several members of his family to the residence of a son-in-law residing about a mile west of him, and left them there while he proceeded as far as the Six-Mile House, kept by John Stiwald. He remained here a short time, lit a cigar and started for home. He had not proceeded far before he dropped some of the ashes of his cigar between his vest and shirt. To this he paid no attention at the time, but soon he felt a burning sensation in the region of the abdomen. He immediately unbuttoned his pants to put out the fire,... Read MORE...

1895 - Elyria
Elyria, a beautiful village, the capital of Lo rain co., 0, is finely situated at the confluence of the East and West Branches of Black River, 7 miles S. of Lake Erie, 25 miles W.S.W. of Cleveland, and 8 miles N.N.E. of Oberlin. It is on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, at the junction of the Sandusky and Nor walk divisions, where it crosses the Lake Shore & Tuscara was Walley Railroad. It contains 7 churches, a national bank, a savings and deposit-bank, and printing-offices which issue 3 or 4 weekly newspapers. Here are manufactures of grindstones, &c. The river falls about 40 feet at this place. Pop. in 1890,5611; of Elyria township, 6319.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1909 - ELYRIA FIRE LOSS $150,000. FIRE BREAKS OUT IN FIVE STORY BUSINESS BLOCK WIPING IT OUT ENTIRELY. OTHER BUILDINGS ARE DAMAGED.
CLEVELAND IS CALLED UPON FOR HELP BUT IT WAS SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THE FLAMES WERE UNDER CONTROL. ABOUT 75 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL LOSS IS COVERED BY INSURANCE. FIRE MAY HAVE ORIGINATED IN ELK LODGE ROOMS - LIST OF LOSSES AND INSURANCE ON DESTROYED PROPERTY.

Elyria, April 14. - Fire early today wiped out the Elyria block, a five-story business building, the American theater, a livery stable, damaged the Hotel Andwur and several adjoining buildings. The total damage is estimated at $150,000. No one was injured. Cleveland was called upon for fire fighting apparatus to assist in conquering the flames. It was several hours before the fire was under control. The fire started in the Elk lodge rooms on the fifth floor of the Elyria block. The fire burned out the Elyria Saving & Trust company; O'Donnell Bros., wall paper; W. H. Barnes, shoes; the Eldred company, books and stationery; the Elyria Business College; the Elks lodge; W. T. Wilder, livery; the American theater and several smaller... Read MORE...

1916
Elyria, a city, capital of Lorain co., Ohio, is finely situated at the confluence of the East and West Branches of the Black River, 7 miles S. of Lake Erie and 25 miles WSW. of Cleveland, on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern and other railroads. It has manufactures of automobiles and bicycle appliances, road-scrapers, grind stones, hardware, drills, tiles, sewer-pipe, etc. The river falls about 40 feet at this place. Pop. in 1890, 5611 ; in 1900, 8791.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1929 - FIVE KILLED BY GAS EXPLOSION.
Elyria, Nov. 9 (INS) - Five workmen were killed and four seriously injured when a gas explosion damaged the plant of the Timm Spring Company, here this morning.

The blast occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. as the workmen were entering the plant.

Only one of the dead men is identified so far. He is JOHN RAPLE, aged 21, a workman.

All of the bodies of the dead men were horribly mangled, making immediate identification difficult.

The blast is believed to have resulted when one of the workmen lighted a cigarette.

The shock of the explosion was felt all over the city. Scores of window panes crumbled. Several homes nearby the Timm plant caught on fire.

All available men of the police and fire departments were rushed to the scene of the explosion. Scores of volunteers aided in getting the situation under hand.

The Timm plant employs fifty men. Because of the early hour, many had not arrived at the building. Had the blast occurred a few minutes later, the loss of life would ... Read MORE...

2023 - Whether you're into outdoor activities, cultural experiences, or just want to unwind, Elyria has something for everyone. Here's a list to get you started:
Cascade Park:

Explore the scenic Cascade Park, known for its picturesque waterfalls and walking trails. It's a great spot for a leisurely stroll or a peaceful picnic.

Black River Reservation:

Enjoy nature at the Black River Reservation. It offers hiking and biking trails, as well as opportunities for birdwatching. The All Purpose Trail is perfect for a relaxing walk.

Elyria Arts Council:

Check out local art at the Elyria Arts Council. They often feature exhibitions and events showcasing the talents of local artists.

Hickories Museum:

Dive into the history of Elyria at the Hickories Museum. It's a historic mansion that provides a glimpse into the city's past.

Rowland Nature Preserve:

For a more immersive nature experience, visit the Rowland Nature Preserve. It's a serene area with diverse ecosystems, making it a great place for nature lovers.

Elyria Public Library:

If you're a bookworm or just looking for a quiet place to read, the Elyria Public Library ... Read MORE...

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