OUR GIFT SHOP & MUSEUM
NEW FALL HOURS - SATURDAY & SUNDAY 12 noon to 4:00 pm
OUR LAST DAY IS OCTOBER 12 - COLUMBUS DAY THEN WE CLOSE FOR THE WINTER
NEWS FROM THE PAST
It shall be unlawful for the owner or owners or any person having the custody or control of any horse, mare, mule or other beast of burden or of any ox, steer, heifer, cow, calf, swine, sheep, goat or goose to herd, stake out, tether, tie or in any other manner, any of the animals herein named upon any of the streets, public grounds, alleys or parks of said Village, so that the rope, chain, strap, or other thing by which said animal is tied shall extend across any street or sidewalk in said Village of in any manner interfere with the free use of said streets and sidewalks fort the purpose of travel or passing over the same. August 1890
THE FIRST OHIO HISTORICAL MARKER ON THE ISLAND
Our thanks to Leslie Korenko for putting this grant together and to the William G. Pomery Foundation for awarding us this grant and making this marker possible.
The German Reformed Church
The German Reformed Church was organized on Kelleys Island in 1865. The congregation built this church from island stone in 1866 on ½ acre of land purchased from Alfred S. and Hannah Kelley. By 1871, the congregation, one of five on the island, heard services in German and had 25 families as members, including those of Baumler, Beatty, Becker, Boker, Burger, Cattenach, Dodge, Elfers, Fischer, Gerlach, Hess, Huber, Jordon, Keifer, Lange, Nowalk, Pringnitz, Renter, Schaedler, Scheele, Smith, Stoll, Suhr, and Trieschman. Rev. A. William Von Kaske was the congregation's last resident minister, leaving in 1915. The church's final service, a funeral for William Burger, was held in 1942. The church's Ladies Aid Society was able to maintain the building until 1957, after which it was left vacant. The Kelley's Island Historical Association leased the church in 1981 and was granted the deed in 1986.
The congregation of the German Reformed Church
built a parsonage on land purchased for $51 from Mrs. Anne Twidney on August 8,
1888. By 1915, the island’s population
and the congregation had dwindled and the latter could no longer support a
resident minister. The church’s trustees
rented the house to the Betzenheimer family.
Florence (“Sis”) Betzenheimer McKillips carried on her mother Emma’s role
of caring for the German Reformed Church and parsonage even after both buildings
became part of the Kelleys Island Historical Association in the 1980s. The association granted Mrs. McKillips use of
the house until her death in 2013 at the age of 92. It has no running water and is serviced by a
hand pump in the kitchen and an outhouse in the back yard.
Since this year our displays will feature sport fishing and ice fishing, our Annual Meeting guest speaker will be Tory Gabriel, from Sea Grant/OSU who will talk about The History of Lake Erie Fishing. He is part of the research teams studying Lake Erie and will have current information to share as well. What a great job - some people arrived late - but it was standing room only!
And try your hand at Ice Fishing (without the ice) in our new interactive display.