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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 2014:

January 22, 2014 7:00 PM  "Lake Metroparks & the Underground Railroad" by Trevor Wearstler.

March 26, 2014 7:00 PM   "The Rest of the Story".  Peter Mortensen's armchair "Historic Tour of
                                       Willoughby Hills" continues from where it left off in March 2013.

May 28, 2014 7:00 PM   "Bet Ya Didn't Know". Fun trivia about Lake County by Barb Whidden.

September 24, 2014 7:00 PM   "Great Lakes Exposition of 1936" by Rebecca McFarland.
                                             Tri sponsored by WE Library Willoughby Hills, Willoughby
                                             and Willoughby Hills Historical  Societies.
                                                  Reservations are necessary.
                                              Call Frank or Mary at (440) 946-5557

DID YOU KNOW?  (posted 9-7-2014)

The move to incorporate Willoughby Township officially began at a special meeting of the Willoughby Township Trustees held on January 9, 1954 at the request of the Willoughby Township Civic League.  Mr. Parker Orr, president of the Civic League, presented the trustees with a petition for incorporation.  The petition contained the names of 45 "resident freeholders" and the village was to be called Willoughby Hills.  The trustees -- Joseph Darvill, Chairman; Howard D. George; and F.C. Montgomery -- accepted the petition and determined to hold another meeting as soon as tax maps were checked to insure that the petition signers were indeed resident freeholders.  At the second meeting, the petition was checked and a motion passed to forward the petition to Mr. Marshall, the county prosecutor (who also served as legal advisor to the trustees) for his study and corrections, if any.  At a regular trustee's meeting held on January 18, 1954, the trustees adopted a resolution "Resolving that all of the unincorporated areas of the present Willoughby Township be incorporated into a Municipal Corporation by the name of Willoughby Hills with the assent of the qualified voters thereof as provided by law."

An election was to be held on the first day of February 1954.  The motion was adopted unanimously.  The voting places then were Garfield School and the Township Meeting Hall (Heimerdinger's Hall), located at the corner of S.O.M. Center and Chardon Roads.  The results of the election were:  “Whole number of votes cast - 1015; the number cast for the affirmative statement - 759; the number cast for the negative statement - 256.”  On February 8, 1954, a special trustee-meeting was held to accept the certificate of election and declare the territory to be the Village of Willoughby Hills.  On March 6, a special meeting was held at the request of Mr. Orr to review the previous action.  The Lake County prosecutor, Mr. Marshall, had determined that the "motion made on February 8, was not clear and concise in its language and in error".  The motion was rescinded and a new motion was adopted declaring the "Unincorporated Area of Willoughby Township from this time forward be and is an incorporated village by the name of Willoughby Hills Village."  Thus, Willoughby Hills was born.

May 1990 Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved.