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Sandusky Star Journal (Newspaper) - December 2, 1922, Sandusky, Ohio SATURDAY, DEC, 2, 1922 THE SANDUSKY STAR-JOURNAE SEVEH Cedar Point Development Planned First in 1836; Sold for High Price r Many interesting historical facts were brought out in a paper read by B. K. Ramsey, Friday, at the meeting of the Firelanils Historical Society, some of which are new to most Sandusky residents .After referring briefly to the history of northern Ohio. Mr. Ramsey went into detail in showing how the title to the land passed from the original charter grant until it finally went to the present owning company .He also discussed the development under the present management. The historical portion of his paper is here given. A brief history for the Firelands Historical Society by R. K. Ramsey. Cedar Point is a narrow peninsula (if land lying between Lake Erie on Hie north and Sandusky Bay and the West Huron marsh, so called, l^'on the south. It extends in substantially a straight line ,n a northwesterly and southeasterly direction until It Joins the mainland. Between the end of Cedar Point and Marblehead, some three miles distant is the mouth of Sandusky Bay. In the early days of the Firelands the mouth of the bay was but little wider lhan what Is now the 300 ft. ship channel. The great grandfather of .ludge Malcolm Kelly, the venerable and able jurist of Sandusky, rode horseback from Marblehead to Cleveland crossing to Cedar Point ihost of the way on dry land, and Kwlmming his horse across the channel. Incidentally, Judge Kelly says his great grandfather was a violinist and rode to Cleveland to play for a dance. The name "Cedar Point" first appears In the chain of record title in the description in a deed dated January 20, 1831, one of the boundary lines given beings "around a certain point called Cedar Point." A growth of scrub cedars and pines probably more luxurious then, covers the unimproved portion today and was no doubt responsible for the name. Cedar Point being part of the half million acres of Sufferers Land, takes its title in common with the Make Cuticura Your Daily Toilet Soap Clear the pores of impurities by daily use of Cuticura 8oap and occasional touches of Cuticura Ointment as needed. They are ideal for the toilet as is also Cuticura Talcum for powdering and perfuming. SaapU 1Mb Fret tu KiB. Adjdrm: "CMNvtltb-�at�il�i.Dapt. 3JP. M�l���*l,li�m." Bold amj-wherjL Soap Zfie. Ointment 25 and Me. Talcum 26c. SJaWCuticiH� Soup sJmvm without mm. rest of the tract from King Charles II, who, on April 23, 1662, granted to John Winthrop and others as a body corporate under the name of "The Governor and Company of the English Colony of Connecticut in New England in America," a strip of land bounded on the north by the line of the Massachusetts Plantation, 0:1 the East by Narragansett Bay, and on the West by the South Sea, and being as wide as the distance between the Massachusetts south line and the Atlantic. Th;s vast and uncertain western domain was released to the Federal government in 1786, but the state of Connecticut laid claim to and reserved 3,800,000 acres lying west of Pennsylvania between the 41st parallel of latitude on the south and 42 degrees 2 minutes on the north. The tract was designated as the Connecticut or Western Reserve, out of the western end of which was given 500,000 acres ,to those residents, of certain Ct cities who during the revolution sustained losses by fire from the ravages of the British under the traitor, Benedict Arnold. These historical facts, the organization of the gran* toes under the name of "The Proprietors of the Half Million Acres of Land lying south of Lake Erie," the subsequent patent from the Federal government signed by Thomas Jefferson, president) and the acquisition of the Indian title, while entirely familiar to the members of this society, are here referred to for the purpose of stressing the completeness of the early title. Historians have devoted much space to the theft of the Indian lands during the European conquests of America. The History of the Firelands is a conspicuous example of fair dealing with the Indian Tribes andx may be reviewed with some satisfaction in \ the consciousness that there is a freedom from whatever of taint attaches to the lands wrested from the Indians in the early settlement days. When the Firelands were surveyed, divided into townships and lots and aparted among the Connecticut Fire Sufferers, Cedar Point, which became a part of Sections 3 and 4 Huron-tp, was eventually acquired through numerous deeds of conveyance prior to 1824 by William Winthrop, a descendant of John Winthrop, William Winthrop's will dated the sixth day of May, 1824, and probated April 30, thus visualizes of Cedar Poi * in its natural state before the advent of the white man with his instruments of civilization to do away with the wild and picturesque. In 1S36 Porter conveyed that portion of Cedar Point lying southeast of the Carrying Ground to Stephen Hills, jr., of New York city, and Hills was either a rank speculator or a dreamer far. ahead of his time. He must have painted to these New Yorkers the long sought for land of the fountain of eternal youth, where the people could live a charmed existence and on contiguous property found the metropolis of the west. Elaborate drawings were made of Hills' conception of the possibilities of Cedar Point, and that men of means were quite willing and ready to co-operate with Hills and participate in the splendid financial gains waiting for all who got in on the ground floor, Is evidenced by the fact that while Hills paid $6,420 for the lands southeast of the Carrying Ground in October, he sold in the following March undivided interests to divers and sundry persons upon tho basis of a value for the whole of $428,800. James T. Hobert paid $53,600 for an undivided one-eighth; James Hoyland and William B. Lamb each paid $26,800 for an undivided one-sixteenth. Some of these purchasers subsequently mortgaged their undivided Interests for sums of twenty, twenty-five and thirty thousand dollars and seemed to have no difficulty in getting the money. But within a short time Hills' dream ended and ar from being a profiter by his schemes, he was declared a bankrupt in the federal court in New York city. Like the man who purchased Florida land in a climate j highly and specially adapted for the ' growing of oranges and grape fruit and found, upon investigation his land covered by water some distance out from the shores of Lake Okeechobee, so these purchasers evidently realizing that instead of getting in on the ground floor they were impaled upon the lightning rod, did not take the trouble to convey away their respective interests nor did their mortgages subject the property to the payment-of their debts. As an illustration of the real value of these and adjacent lands during the term of this speculation, it is interesting to note a suit against the owner of Johnsons Island, then 1827, granted the property to his I known as Bull's Island. Bull, who son, William Henry Winthrop, who j lived in Connecticut, was. sued in in turn conveyed to Moors Farwell, a familiar name In the early records of Erie and Huron-cos. Farwell and wife in 1836 conveyed the property to Alexander M. Porter, who for many years was a resident of the city of Sandusky. From this point the title of Cedar Point is traced in two separate chains, the line of division being designated as the "Carrying Place," which is somewhat west of the west line of Huron-tp as now existing extended to Lake Erie. It derived its name from the fact that it was the most convenient place for carrying canoes from the lake to the bay and was so used by the Indians Norwalk for approximately $300 and an attachment was levied upon the island and one jackass, both of which were 60ld for less than the amount of the judgment, and the jackass sold for more than the island. Hills' interests in Cedar Point were sold upon execution and purchased by the children of Alexander M. Porter. The title breaks with Hills' grantees and this defect in the title was later quieted by proceedings for that purpose. Under the glamour of Hills' speculation, Porter sold that portion of Cedar Point lying Northwest of the turn conveyed to Rush R. Sloane. Rush R. Sloane sold a small tract to Andrew Biemiller, and it was during his ownership that the leading case of Sloane vs. Biemiller was decided by the supreme court of Ohio in which it was held that the right of the public to fish in navigable waters extends to normal water mark and can not be interfered with by ripar ian owners. The property was still wild and unoccupied save here and there a fisherman's shanty or twine house. Until tho ownership by Sloane who put an end to the practice, it was not uncommon for people to out timber from Cedar Point as freely as if it still remained part of the public domain. Cedar for fence rails and posts because of its enduring qualities, was eagerly sought and taken, and some of the older farms around Sandusky, and among them I am told the Richmond farm, still have rail fences of Cedar Point cedar. But its main use was tis a base for fishermen anil as such it is .ntimatoly conneeU'd with tho fishing industry which developed until Sandusky became tho greatest fresh water fish market in the country. It is said in Sloano vs. Biemiller: "The fisheries in Sandusky bay are called winter f.sheries, and the fishing in the waters between Sandusky and Cedar Point is mostly carried on under the ice in tho winter time with seines. Holes are cut in the ice and the seines are put in and hauled under the ice. The shores of Cedar Point are not used for hauling tho seines, though the fishermen have shanties there and live there. "On the lake shore of Cedar Point, the fishing was carried on by means of seines prior to the commencement of pound fishing which was about 1S54. "There are two fishing seasons in each' year in the lake, one in the spring and the other in the fall. In the morning they (fishermen) take their boats. go-to-+he pounds, lift the fish and bring them to Sandusky, then returning to Cedar Po'nt, draw their boats on the shore and remain there until the next morning, which maneuvers they repeat each day through the season unless too stormy. When the fishermen puts his pounds in the water in the spring and fall, he takes his boats, stakes and twine when it is stored there from his premises 011 Cedar Point, and sets the pounds as aforesaid, and when the fishing season is over, takes up his stakes and twine and stores the stakes and boats on such premises and the twine he sometimes stores there but usually brings the twine to Sandusky to store. In 1867 and 1868 the defendant (Biemiller) had a railroad from the bay to the lake shore over which ho would haul his boats." From Rush R. Sloane the property passed by various conveyances until it was acquired by Adam Stoll, August Kuebeler, the late Louis Adolph It requires no wealth of imagination ; Carrying Grou'ndlor $55 000 but later :l : . - ... - - took the property back through fore- closure of a mortgage. All of Cedar Point was then again in Porter and his children, Austin Porter, Alice Porter and Clay Porter. I am told that Alice Porter is buried in Oakland cemetery, Sandusky, and that her grave is unmarked. Porter was to depict Indian tepees along the shores of Cedar Point and Sandusky bay and these dusky warriors wielding their paddles from their birch bark canoes as they plied the waters around and about Cedar Point. We may well imagine that the lake and bay actually teemed with fish which and the late Jacob Kuebeler. This was as late as the year 1SSS. It was during the year 1SSS that Stoll, Adolph, the Kuebelers, Charles Baetz and B. F. Dwells formed a co-partnership for the purpose of founding and operating a resort. They erect ed a pavilion which w;th many added improvements and alterations is still standing and used as a dining hall. For many years Cedar Point with its wonderful sand beach on the shore of Lake Erie had been the play ground of Sandusky, and an excursion to Cedar Point was one of the joys of the .childhood days of many of our citizens. But it wns not until the formation of this partnership that any concerted effort was made to locate a resort to be operated for the benefit of the public, nor was there any public means of transportation between Sandusky and the Point. The new project was under the management of Charles Baetz". Jlcre Sanduskians congregated, listened to band concerts and with nature and Sandusky beer were cheered both naturally and artifieial- The splendid possibilities of Cedar Point appealed to certain representatives of the Lake Erie & Western railroad as an objective to increase its passenger traffic if to the natural resources there should bo added those facilities and diversions for the pleasure seeker which have become necessary appurtenances to all well equipped resorts. They were residents of Indiana and caused the incorporation of the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Co., an Indiana coi->ori-tion, which acquired the property from Adam Stoll and wife, i.t, ..s Adolph. Jacob Kuebeler and wife, and August Kuebeler and wife, for a consideration of $256,000. The deed is dated December 23. ]S07. Tho railroad representatives had brought into the ortran;;:it'o.i a r:..;-ident of Indiana, Mr. George A. 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