Presidential History

July 12, 2016

Yesterday sister Janice and I enjoyed another day together exploring some local history including a visit to the Rutherford B. Hayes home and Presidential Library. 

President Hayes grew up and lived in Fremont, Ohio. The property of his home there is known as Spiegel Grove, with a heavy stand of various species of trees. The 31 room home is stunning, elegant, comfortable. Much of the home has been restored with original furniture and accessories. Hayes saved most everything which made an authentic restoration possible. The Hayes family lived there until the mid 1960’s, when it was offered as a public historical attraction. It is very large home.

Additionally, the Hayes Presidental Library was the very first presidential library. It was made easier in light of all the things the family saved and collected. While we managed to view most of the displays in the museum, we finally tired and decided to venture out to somewhere else.

That was to have lunch at The Tin Goose Diner at the Port Clinton, Ohio airport, which also houses the Liberty Aviation Museum. Port Clinton is on the shore of Lake Erie and the airport is the home of a couple of Ford Tri Motor airplanes, affectionately known as Tin Gooses. The outer covering is corregated steel, as used on buildings. They are relatively light and maneuverable, and were extensively used as transport between the Erie Islands, shipping cargo, groceries, animals, the ill, passengers and the US Mail - often all at the same time. There are very few of the Tin Gooses remaining, but in addition to the restored one on display on the tarmac, one was getting a brake job in the hanger and another is being restored. Other aircraft and memorabilia are also on display.

Finally, we drove on to Magee Marsh also along Lake Erie, a natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. A short stroll along the beach was cut short by black flies biting on my legs. This was a peaceful day in which Janice and I could relax and enjoy the interesting sites and each other’s company.

What else have I been up to? I’ve been helping with some projects around the farm, with a few more to complete before I leave next week. While I had hoped to do more visiting, that doesn’t look likely now, but will attempt to do so when I return in September. © Donald E. Kline 2012