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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.

 DID YOU KNOW?  (posted June 23, 2014)

The Village of Ridgeville.

On May 17, 1930, a petition was filed with the Willoughby Township Trustees requesting the incorporation of an area west and south of the then Willoughby Village.  This area extended from the NY Central railroad tracks south to Euclid Avenue, then west to the Wickliffe easterly line, south to Ridge Road, east to Maple Grove Road.  Then south on SOM Center to Eddy Road and east on Eddy Road to just beyond Hanna Road, north past Maple Grove Road to a point just south of Ridge Road, then northeast to River Road, north to Ridge Road, and then west and north along the boundary of Willoughby Village back to the railroad tracks.

This area included the Manikiki Country Club.  The president of the Willowick Country Club Company, the operators of Manikiki, wrote the Willoughby Township Trustees advising that

The Board of Directors of Manikiki Country Club were not aware of the proposed incorporation and protested it.  They felt it was done to add their property to the tax duplicate of the proposed village. They were opposed to the idea and wanted to remain in the township.  The petition was tabled by the trustees pending a report from the County Prosecuting Attorney.  The Prosecutor advised the trustees that the Township could not legally hold an election for the incorporation of any territory a part of which was covered by an annexation petition previously filed with the county commissioners.  Thus the "Village of Ridgeville" never came to be.

July 1990 Reflections Newsletter updated.  All rights reserved.