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Middle Bass Island Records at the Maritime History of the Great Lakes Site - Most of the records are about shipwrecks near Middle Bass, but there are also a few other gems. - December 20, 2007

Christmas Gift Idea - Support the Lake Erie Islands Nature Museum - The Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy (LEIC-BSC) and the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society (LEIHS) would like your help with an opportunity to have a Natural History Museum on the Islands. Also see the new Respect the Snake site dedicated to educating people about the Lake Erie Water Snake (often called LEWS). - December 12, 2007

Judy Hill passed away Monday afternoon in Canton after a short illness with cancer -  Judy and her husband Brant lived on Middle Bass Island, where Judy was the dockmaster for the Middle Bass Island Yacht Club. A few months ago they to temporarily moved back to Canton, their home town, because of Judy's illness. Services will be Thursday morning, Dec. 13, at 11:00 AM at the Reed Funeral Home, 705 Raff Rd. SW, Canton, OH 44718.  Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 7 PM to 9 PM and again Thursday at 10 AM and at the service at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Karl Steuk of the Church of Middle Bass will be officiating the service at 11:00 AM Thursday. Click here for Judy's obituary. - December 12, 2007


Lifelong love of books led to career spent in libraries - "Until she was in the seventh grade, Colleen Carney lived on an isolated island (permanent population 40) in Lake Erie. Middle Bass Island had a one-room schoolhouse with eight students in first through eighth grades. 'I had a lot of time to read, but not a lot of books,' said Carney". Now, she's director of the York County, South Carolina Library system. York County, SC is just south of Charlotte, NC. - Charlotte Observer. December 9, 2007


Middle Bass Paintings on Display at Port Clinton Gallery - Jim Siemer, whose family has a cottage on Middle Bass, has painted many watercolors celebrating life along Lake Erie's coast and its islands. He will have several Put-in-Bay, Marblehead and Middle Bass Island paintings on display at Distinct Ohio Creations, 136 Madison St., Port Clinton. His works can be viewed here. - Port Clinton News Herald, December 6, 2007


Open-air burning has island residents hot -

Smoke on Middle Bass became a problem Oct. 6-8 when a Sandusky contractor burned piles of brush and construction debris on state-owned land, the letter said. EPA officials said the open-air burning was illegal since Poulos & Associates Architects, Inc., of Sandusky, hired by ODNR, did not have a permit.  - Sandusky Register, December 3, 2007


New Crystal Cave Article in a Magazine for Young Readers - The Nov., 2007 edition of CRICKET Magazine, which is for young readers ages 9 to 14, discusses the history of Crystal Cave at length in an article with the title "A Room Full of Crystals". The article also discusses two other caves in Almeria, Spain and Chihuahua, Mexico. The magazine can be bought here if you click on the link to "Back Issues Archives" at the bottom of the page. - December 3, 2007


Islanders are tired of being treated like they live on an island - Construction of a new marina that will have dock space for 340 boats won't be enough to develop a local tourism economy, and state officials need to do more, island residents and local officials said. - Coshocton Tribune, Oct. 29, 2007. Also in the Port Clinton News Herald here. - Nov. 28, 2007


Middle, North Bass islands polling precincts could close - If Middle Bass Island residents do not volunteer to man the polls during the next election, they will vote on neighboring South Bass Island, officials said. The board has been unable to find Middle Bass residents to volunteer for their precinct.  Also see the longer article from Nov. 21. - Port Clinton News Herald, November 20, 2007 and Nov. 21, 2007

Kimberley Gadd Indicted for Middle Bass Burglaries - Kimberley Gadd, 48, is being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility on two felony counts of burglary and one misdemeanor count each of receiving stolen property and theft. Gadd is charged with breaking into two Middle Bass Island homes last month and stealing items. - Port Clinton News Herald, November 17, 2007. Posted November 18, 2007


Islanders upset over marina dredging. Middle Bass residents worry scooped-up silt could contaminate groundwater. - According to the article, dredging the marina requires depositing "soil on four Middle Bass sites, some of which are near homes". The 2-4 foot dirt piles will cause drainage problems. "Dave Kieffer, project manager for ODNR said 'We believe that surface drainage will be redirected off our property without any problems to neighboring properties.'" Well, where I live, surface drainage redirected to a neighboring property almost invariably leads to some erosion, and eroding a neighbor's property is illegal under state law. Sandusky Register, November 14, 2007. Posted November 18, 2007


Ed Gudenas Loses Euclid Mayoral Race - From the article: "Ed Gudenas: We certainly support Mayor Cervenik ... but there's a big group of residents that are very disappointed. Looking dejected, Gudenas said he wants to work more on his business and doesn't plan to seek another seat on council after his term ends next year." For comments from some Middle Bass residents who wanted Ed to win, click here. Ed Gudenas is the developer of St. Hazard's Resort on Middle Bass Island. Posted November 18, 2007

PIB students show Panther Pride - The Panther Pride community service program at Put-in-Bay schools is off to a great start. Some students have been earning their service hours by being a runner for the Middle Bass Town Hall fundraiser and assisting at the garage sale for Nature Camp. - Port Clinton News Herald, November 8, 2007. Posted November 18, 2007


Election Results - Middle Bass Island -- Kathryn Schneider and Lawrence Sheller were write-in candidates. No totals are available. North Bass Island -- Ruth Ann Stonerook was a write-in candidate. No totals are available. Port Clinton News Herald, November 7, 2007. Posted November 18, 2007


Voter turnout was lower than expected - A private boat scheduled to carry ballots from Middle Bass and South Bass islands precincts to the mainland could not run because of weather conditions, So the results were phoned in. A poll worker who volunteered to work on Middle Bass Island also had to spend Tuesday night there. - Port Clinton News Herald, November 7, 2007. Posted November 18, 2007


Lots of Labor Day Weekend (and Later) Pictures


Marina Aerials from 9/1/07


East Point Aerials from 9/1/07


Put-in-Bay Aerials from 9/1/07


Middle Bass Island Yacht Club Teardown (September and October)


Middle Bass Island Yacht Club Party and Wake on 9/1/07


Additional Development Urged at Middle Bass State Park - A 340-slip marina is under construction and scheduled to open for the 2009 boating season, but local officials and islanders are troubled that the state has no further plans to develop Middle Bass State Park. - Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 28, 2007


Pictures of the Last Day of Operation of the Old Marina, September 30, 2007 - October 23, 2007


Baumgartner Prosecutor Reversed on Free Speech Case Instigated by Middle Bass Resident - Kathleen Gatto had been arrested on Aug. 5, 2006 after George Weisenbach of Middle Bass asked police to file a complaint against her for coarsely abusive language. She was convicted and fined $50, but her conviction was recently reversed on appeal. You can read the entire Sept. 7, 2007 decision here. - October 20, 2007


How to Become a Stalker (of the High Seas) - If your boat is over 90 feet long, you are probably being stalked by web sites such as www.yachtspotter.com and others. - Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2007


Man on trial for death of friend on Lake Erie -
Scott Speer, an Akron-area man charged with killing his best friend by pushing him off a boat in August 2002, will stand trial next week. Speer is charged with shoving James Barnett, 34, of Akron, into Lake Erie near Mouse Island. Also see Court TV news links, some with video, below. -  October 12, 2007, Oct. 17, Court TV Oct. 17, Court TV Oct. 18 


Port Clinton Fire Dept. Donates Fire Truck to Middle Bass - Council members approved a motion donating the truck to the other department, after having received a letter stating the Middle Bass Island department would not hold Port Clinton liable for anything which might happen after it is received. - October 10, 2007


Euclid Council President Ed Gudenas has messy record at St. Hazards island resort -

Its sewage treatment facility has repeatedly clogged and overflowed. Some of the mobile homes where the resort staff lived had holes in the roofs and walls, allowing bugs and rodents to crawl in and out. And in August health inspectors shut down the hot tub. Cleveland Plain Dealer, - Originally published around 10AM. Link updated to point to a different version of the story at 3:45PM - October 10, 2007


Beginning of the State Park (Lonz) Marina Renovation - The renovation of the Middle Bass Island State Park Marina, which will include all of the former Lonz Marina, Roesch's Marina and Middle Bass Island Yacht Club areas when it is completed, has started. - October 7, 2007


Identify the Middle Bass Picture and Win a Prize

The first person to identify the picture wins a signed copy of "Lonz of Middle Bass". And there may be a second prize. Click on the above link for details. - September 26, 2007


Controlled Burn of the old Schleuse/Heis Home Across from the Town Hall and owned by the Roesch Family

 - The house was burned by the Middle Bass and Put-in-Bay volunteer fire departments on Sept. 8. - September 25, 2007


Coast Guard suspends search for 2 fishermen in Lake Erie - The Coast Guard suspended its search yesterday afternoon for two fishermen from the Wooster, Ohio, area who are missing near Kelleys Island and is investigating whether debris found lodged in a tug-and-barge is from their fishing boat, spokesmen said. - Toledo Blade, September 6, 2007

Pilot's body found in lake - U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Robert K. Lanier said a man's body was recovered about 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, 700 yards off the eastern shore of Kelleys Island, in 18-20 feet of water. The body was identified as that of Jeff Hutchison. - Sandusky Register, September 5, 2007. There's a 2nd Sandusky article Crash jolted memory for rescuer with a good video. Also see the earlier article Rescuer Follows Cries for Help and the Toledo Blade article Search Continues for Lima Father Missing in Plane Crash off Kelleys Island. None of the island airports are legal for night flights. - September 5, 2007

MBI Yacht Club Meeting and Pig Roast a Big Success - MIDDLE BASS Island Yacht Club was the place to be Saturday for the annual meeting, pig roast, dinghy poker run, and a wake in honor of the closing of Middle Bass parks until spring, 2009. - Toledo Blade, September 3, 2007


Middle Bass Club - A Few New "Old" Pictures from 1880-1968 - September 1, 2007


Plain Dealer Article About Ed Gudenas of St. Hazards Resort - Euclid -- City Council President Ed Gudenas, blamed by some for the city's costly and futile defense of a discriminatory elections system, now might need to defend himself against accusations from his own Building Department that his home is unfit for habitation. - August 30, 2007


New Lake Erie Islands Bookstore at Amazon.com - If you'd like to see what island books are available at Amazon.com, click on the above link. It will take you to the new Lake Erie Islands bookstore, and also provide a link to lots of island-based mysteries and thrillers. - August 29, 2007


Responses to the "Rumor-Confirmation Needed Request" Below - One reader was kind enough to send us the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services 2006 Biological Opinion (PDF, 800K) on how to deal with the Lake Erie Water Snake during marina construction. One suggestion in the document is that all the snakes be removed by hand by Kristin Stanford before construction begins. The study also contains detailed marina plans. This reader also stated that "this impact study is being reviewed and re-issued end of August.  The re-issued study will determine if the increase in "take" numbers for the LEWS will be great enough to stop/delay construction. The marina project grew to 320 slips not based on usage requirements but due to the fact that it was necessary to drive down the cost per slip as much as possible to obtain the Federal Fish and Wildlife grant, which was a competitive process.  For some reason, The lower the cost per slip, the more attractive the project to the Feds." - August 21, 2007


Rumor - Confirmation Needed - On July 30 we reported that the State Park marina project starts mid-September (see below). Now we have heard from several people that the contract requires work to continue all winter, but the work legally has to stop for the winter to protect the Ohio water snake's habitat. Confirmation and/or more info about this would be appreciated. Please contact us if you have info. - August 19, 2007


Fisherman Takes Nap, Drifts Aground on North Bass Island - August 18, 2007


U.S. Brig Niagara in Schoolhouse Bay - pictures from August 16, 2007


Water Levels in 3 Great Lakes Dip Far Below Normal - Water levels in the three upper Great Lakes are wavering far below normal, and experts expect Lake Superior, the northernmost lake, to reach a record low in the next two months. But Lake Erie levels are expected to stay above average. - NY Times, August 14, 2007


Lake Erie Watersnake Newsletter - Request for Articles - August 3, 2007


22nd Annual Middle Bass Home Tour Was a Great Success - The tour on July 11 visited four homes:


The Grove Cottage and the Grape Cottage in the Middle Bass Club area


The Middle Bass Island Inn, which was the Fischer-Gmelch Homestead


and The East Point Manor

Three tour trains totaling about 150 people took part. Carrie Schneider, Mary Ann Schneider and Lynne Zura were the tour historians. The tours also stopped at the schoolhouse and at the town hall. At the town hall, the visitors stopped at the booth of a number of artists and vendors, and heard a talk about island history given by Mike Gora. 2 trains, or about 100 people, had lunch at Walleyes and the third train had lunch at St. Hazards. - July 31, 2007


State Park Marina Project Starts Mid-September - For the "Middle Bass Island State Park Marina Entrance and Basin" (DNR 736 730-02-040) project, a total of five bids were opened on July 20th; the apparent low bidder and bid amount (estimate) for the single General Contract was Huffman Equipment Rental, Incorporated of Eastlake, Ohio, $4,816,582.00 ($4,993,220.00), including a single alternate. Work should start at the site in mid-September; the contract completion date for this project is October 28, 2008. - July 30, 2007

Middle Bass neighbor’s oxygen is rushed to rescue of bee sting victim - Sonny Schneider’s oxygen tank keeps him going as he battles emphysema. Yesterday, the canister, along with a convergence of good fortune, most likely saved a stranger’s life too. The saga started with a bee sting Thursday while fellow UPS retirees Rod Szymanski and Dale Miller, of Petersburg, Mich., were clearing off the waterfront at Mr. Szymanski’s cottage here. Toledo Blade, July 28, 2007

Coast Guard Rescues 7 From Grounded Vessel off Middle Bass Island -  The Coast Guard rescued seven men from a vessel that ran aground on the East Point reef near Middle Bass Island at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The 33-foot fishing-boat Angler Away ran aground 200 yards off shore on a rock shoal and began taking on water. That's less than one-third of the way between East Point and the green can reef buoy. According to witnesses, at the point where the boat hit the reef white breakers were visible over the reef and waves were only 2-3 feet high.

Article partly from U.S. Coast Guard News. Picture is from the U.S. Coast Guard video taken from the rescue helicopter.

Station Marblehead arrived on-scene and transferred a member of the boat crew with a pump to begin de-watering of the Angler Away. Because of the water depth, the 25-foot response boat retreated to deeper water and contacted U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit for assistance.

An HH-65 dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit arrived and deployed a rescue swimmer to help the assist the passengers. All were hoisted safely in the helicopter. All passengers were transferred to awaiting Emergency Medical Services at Put-in-Bay Airport with no medical concerns. The helicopter returned to recover the Station Marblehead crewman and the rescue swimmer. The Angler Away is being recovered by a local salvage company. - July 25, 2007. A video of the rescue was released on July 26, 2007.


Developer unveils $300 million update to Pelee Island - An Avon, Ohio developer has unveiled plans for a $300 million residential and golf development with a 450-slip marina on Pelee Island, Canada. The plan involves condos and homes as well as two golf courses. It would be built over a 20-year period, according to Pelee's mayor, Rick Masse. - July 25, 2007


The November 1972 Storm on Lake Erie - The Lake Erie area was hit by a severe storm on the 13th and 14th of November, 1972. A north-northeast wind. which reached a speed of 60 knots, blew for two days directly down the long axis of the lake. This wind generated high (12 foot) waves and at the west end of the lake piled up water more than six feet above the lake's average November level. For pictures of the storm from Middle Bass Island, click here. We had originally labeled the pictures incorrectly as being from a 1973 storm. For a longer report on the 1972 storm that was just obtained from the State of Ohio's Division of Geological Survey, click here (PDF, 12MB). - July 23, 2007


Starve Island - Nice set of pictures taken July 7, 2007, including baby seagulls - July 16, 2007


Sailboat capsizes near Middle Bass Island - A sailboat capsized Thursday July 12 near the island, dumping five people into Lake Erie. The passengers were wearing lifejackets and swam to the island. Choppy waves may have caused the 14-foot Sandpiper to founder around 7:30 p.m. - Port Clinton News-Herald - July 15, 2007

Jack Qualman, 74, Died July 4, 2007 - Jack was a Catawba Island native who produced all the cartoons on our Lake Erie Islands Humor page, and also contributed cartoons to the Put-in-Bay Gazette. - July 10, 2007


As for Canada, Finding the Border Is a Bit of a Trick - If you think the U.S.-Canada border issues were settled by the Treaty of Ghent surveys in the 1820s, read this article in today's Wall St. Journal. The International Boundary Commission is still trying to figure out where the border is. Its site contains the official definition of the U.S.-Canada border. - July 10, 2007


Interesting New Site for Buying and Selling Boats, Yachts and Sailboats - YachtCouncil.com advertises itself as "The Official Search Engine of the Worldwide Boat Industry". Its home page even offers a 656' yacht and a 405' yacht. Will our marina ever have space for a boat that size? If not, there are also many more affordable boats under 30'. There are also tallships for sale from 118' to 132' - July 6, 2007


Richard H. Bretz, 72, formerly of Middle Bass, Died June 29, 2007 - Richard and his brother Jim Bretz owned the Bretz Winery on Middle Bass Island for many years. The winery closed in 1983. Richard was buried on Middle Bass Island on Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Also see the Sandusky Register obituary. - July 4, 2007


Create Your Own Fireworks Over Perry's Monument - July 1, 2007


History takes flight with the ‘Tin Goose’ - Ford Tri-Motor Rides are available through July 4th. - July 1, 2007


Middle Bass Island Arts Festival 2007 - Schedule and registration form (PDF, 116KB) - June 12, 2007


For Plumbers, a Rush - Nice NY Times article about the problems plumbers have opening up summer homes for residents of Fires Island, NY - May 26, 2007


Middle Bass Nature Camp is from June 18-28 - May 24, 2007


Fine Arts Festival will be July 16-21 - We'll post more info as soon as we get it. You can also call Kelly Halterman at 440-748-1939 (home) or 419-285-1017  (MBI) - May 24, 2007


Lake Superior summer water temperatures are increasing more rapidly than regional air temperatures - Lake Superior summer (July–September) surface water temperatures have increased approximately 2.5°C over the interval 1979–2006. Something similar has likely happened to Lake Erie, but there don't seem to be any similar Lake Erie studies. May 11, 2007


Two years' probation for Middle Bass arsonist - David Sovol, 58, 730 Fairway and whose permanent home is in Bay Village, was sentenced to two years probation for setting fire to a neighbor's house. He also must complete 200 hours of community service, pay $2,237 in restitution to the victim and a $2,000 fine. Port Clinton News Herald. April 27, 2007

2 regional sites to share Ohio boat-access funds - More than $1.1 million will be used for continued construction of a new state park marina on Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie’s western basin. Toledo Blade. April 27, 2007

Middle Bass Aerial Views from Oct.-Nov., 2006 - Wonderful photos contributed by Ralph Renninger - 20 pictures added April 19, 2007. 12 more added April 21, 2007


Monument could close for repairs - Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial could be closed temporarily this summer while the National Park Service continues to fix structural problems. Port Clinton News Herald, April 17, 2007


Flier fees keep small fields aloft - Article mentioning the Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass and Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport. Cincinnati Post - April 16, 2007


Easter Sunday Brings More Snow, and First Morning Ferries in 3 Days Friday and Saturday no morning ferries ran because of icing danger from low temperatures and high winds- April 8, 2007, UPDATED April 16, 2007


Middle Bass summer resident convicted of setting fire to neighbor's house - A seasonal Middle Bass Island resident  of Burgundy Bay was convicted Tuesday, March 6 of setting fire to his neighbor's home while it was under construction in July, 2006. David Sovol, 58, whose permanent home is in Bay Village, pleaded guilty via an Alford plea to one felony count of arson. - March 24, 2007


Murder charges filed in 2002 Lake Erie drowning - A Fairlawn, Ohio, man allegedly pushed his boating partner into Lake Erie in what was originally reported as an accidental drowning in 2002. Sandusky Register - March 1, 2007

Ice-laden Lake Erie the place to be for perch - February 28, 2007


Lake Erie Videos on the Web - February 25, 2007


Storm is Gone - Let's Get Back to Fishing - Fishermen were heading back out to favorite fishing zones yesterday. Ice-guide Pat Chrysler was busy with a backhoe trying to rebuild a ramp off the South Bass west side. The original ramp was slushed out in the storm. However, anglers were walking out and catching fish. Toledo Blade - February 16, 2007


Scientists probe hundreds of shipwrecks littering Ohio side of Lake Erie - In 2003, Dale Liebenthal led a team of Ohio state Geological Survey scientists in a pilot study using a tool called side-scan sonar to produce images of 25 shipwrecks around Kelleys Island and the Bass Islands to the west. Their work, just recently published because of budget cuts, helps the Ohio Department of Natural Resources comply with a state law that orders the agency to inventory, evaluate, protect and designate underwater shipwreck locations. To order the study mentioned in the article click here. - February 16, 2007

Snow and Ice on Lake Erie - Great Pictures - Feb. 12, 2007 updated February 13, 2007


Three Years Since Tragic Pelee Island Plane Crash - Wednesday, Jan. 17 marked the tragic three-year anniversary of a plane crash near Pelee Island that killed all 10 people on board. The report says the plane was overweight by 15 percent, and that the wings were laden with ice.  - January 24, 2007


Dale Kuehnle Dies in Toledo on Jan. 19; Gave Wildlife Area to Middle Bass - Dale R. Kuehnle, 86, a home builder and, later, an owner of a firm with historic Toledo roots, died Friday in his Monclova Township home of lung cancer. The Kuehnle Wildlife Area on Middle Bass Island  (pronounced "Keenlee") was created from land they donated to the state. Toledo Blade. - January 21, 2006


See More of the Snake Lady on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday, January 16. - They have created ANOTHER short segment from the footage that they filmed last August for a new "Dirty Jobs" episode. It will be shown for the first time next week, January 16th at 9:00pm EST. It probably won't be as long as the first. - January 12, 2007


Historical Island Pictures from the OhioLINK Digital Media Center - There were lots of new island pictures added to this collection in 2006, so here is a new set of links. - January 9, 2007. Updated January 11, 2007


ODNR: Limits part of plan for North Bass Island park - WKYC article. Limits on overnight camping and possible bike rentals are part of the nature-preserving plan for a state park on North Bass Island in Lake Erie. - January 7, 2007. Also see the Sandusky Register article on this from January 10, 2007


Public Input Sought on Draft Environmental Assessment for Marina Improvements at Middle Bass - The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Middle Bass Island Marina - January 2, 2007


Beach at North Bass sold to State - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) purchased another part of North Bass Island on December 26, 2006. - January 2, 2007


No New Year's Dance on Middle Bass - For the first time anyone can remember, there was no New Year's Dance at the Middle Bass Town Hall. Fewer and fewer people have supported the gathering in the past few years. Unfortunately, another fine island tradition has gone by the wayside, just as it did at Put-in-Bay. - January 2, 2007


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My Sweetest Libbie

A heart-warming true story of island life in 1886-87, never published before. MORE INFO


The limited edition Middle Bass Postcard Poster that was available at the artist's fair at Aunt Irma's at the beginning of August, 2004 is still available, by special order only.






Lake Erie Islands: Sketches and Stories


Major book about Lake Erie Islands History. MORE INFO





Lonz of Middle Bass - Reprint/Update of 1982 book.

All books are available at

My Aunt Irma's, Middle Bass


Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, Put-in-Bay


Maritime Museum, Vermilion


Maritime Museum, Sandusky


Border's stores in the Cleveland area


Ottawa City General Store, Catawba Island


Ex Libris book store, Marblehead


and at a number of other retail locations.


Or click on the link to order on the web.




Four Other Books in the Middle Bass Web Store - When did you last have the opportunity to buy 3 different books with "Middle Bass" in the original historical title (in addition to the Lonz of Middle Bass book mentioned above)? All 3 are reprints and have great pictures, but none of these has ever been reprinted before. The 4th is a Port Clinton reprint, but with a full-page ad for Wehrle's on Middle Bass that we have touched up and put on the back cover. Three of the books have LOTS of Put-in-Bay pictures. The books are also available at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society on Put-in-Bay.


"Middle Bass, Ohio 1877-1977" Centennial Booklet from 1977.


"Lake Erie Islands: Put-in-Bay, Gibraltar, Middle Bass, Kelley's Etc." 1886 picture book.


"Nichol's Handy Guide Book to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass and Kelley's Island", a delightful tourist guide from 1888, newly typeset.


"Illustrated Port Clinton and Environs" with sections on Port Clinton, Catawba and Put-in-Bay, and a full page ad for Wehrle's Hall. From 1898.









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