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Willoughby Hills Historical Society, Inc.

Historical IndianThe Mission of the Willoughby Hills Historical Society is to discover and preserve the historic resources of Willoughby Hills and Willoughby Township, and to encourage a preservation ethic in our community.

The Willoughby Hills Historical Society was founded in March of 1988 and was certified as a Not-For-Profit Corporation on May 23, 1988.

It collects, preserves and displays or otherwise provides for study as far as may be feasible of printed material, photographs, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events and activities of the past.

The Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of the odd numbered months in the lower level of the Community Building in the "Historical Society Room" and our newsletter, REFLECTIONS, listing our program for the meeting, is sent to our members the week before the meeting.

Individual memberships are $5/yr. or $100 for life membership.  Family memberships are $7.50/yr. or $150 for life membership.  Click here for membership application.

For more information or a membership application, contact Frank or Mary Cihula at (440) 946-5557 or e‑mail at whhs-oh@att.net.

Meeting/Program Schedule for 2016:

January 27, 2016, 7:00 PM            Barb Widden; Chim Chimney Cher-ee.

March 23, 2016, 7:00 PM               Carolyn Patton Portraying Betsy Ross.

May 25, 2016, 7:00 PM                   Dr. Ron Taddeo presents
                                                            "Lake County's Japanese Connection".

September 28, 2016, 7:00 PM      Rebecca McFarland & Tom Pappas present:
                                                           Cleveland's Union Terminal.  A look at the early days of
                                                           the Terminal Tower on Public Square.  They will show
                                                           some never-seen-before
photo's of the Terminal!

DID YOU KNOW?  (posted 6-11-2016 )

          Back in 1970, the “City” began overtaking the “Country”.  After complaints of animal abuse/neglect and damage to neighboring properties, an ordinance regulating the keeping of horses and cows was proposed by then Mayor Donald Campbell.  The next few council meetings had over a hundred residents in attendance in the old city hall building.  With seats for about 25 and standing room for about 50 more, many had to stand outside in the parking lot.  Several residents representing the subdivisions near where horses were kept and several members of the newly formed “Animal Owners Association” met with Mayor Campbell and worked out a compromise.  The resulting ordinance was adopted on July 9, 1970 and required registration of all horses and cows.  From July 1970 to July 1974, 229 horses, 29 cows, 1 donkey and 1 burro were registered.  Trail-O-Pines on S.O.M. Center Road had the most horses registered with 52.  The Sayle Farm on Chardon Road had the most cows registered with 18.  Three residents along River Road had a total of eight cows between them.  Since all animals were supposed to be identified by name, one Chardon Road owner of three cows named them after city officials.

May 1994 Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved.