1. The oldest house in Lake County was built in: a) 1840; b) 1797; c) 1810: d) 1472.
Surprise. The oldest house in Lake County was built in England sometime in the late 1400's, and then in the 1920's was dismantled, each piece marked and reassembled in Kirtland Hills on the Hanna Estate. It was a popular thing for wealthy people to do at that time. So technically it is by far the oldest home in Lake County. The oldest home in Mentor was built in 1820 and is located at 7777 S. Center St.
2. During his Presidential campaign General Garfield: a) spent most of his time travelling around the country; b) spent most of his time on his front porch; c) spent most of his time overseas getting support for the U.S.; d) spent most of his time playing golf.
Garfield believed it wasn't a good thing to toot your own horn, so for most of his campaign for president he stayed at home. The family put their good things away and the house looked barren. Thousands of people came by train and camped at the Garfield Farm. It was reporters who dubbed it "Lawnfield" because so many people camped out on the lawn.
3. Chillicothe Road got its name from: a) being the main road to the state capitol in Chillicothe; b) being named for Civil War veteran Cephas Chillicothe; c) a brand of corn liquor being manufactured in Lake County; d) nobody really knows.
The second governor of Ohio lived in Richmond which is now Grand River and a road was cut through to the state capitol which was in Chillicothe. Later, obviously the capitol moved to Columbus.
4. As late as the 1970's there was a sign at the intersection of Rt. 306 and Rt. 84 in Mentor that read: a) home of the brave; b) nursery capital of the world; c) population 5,283; d) Great Lakes Mall straight ahead.
Lake County was known as the nursery capital of the world with dozens of great nurseries located where the Great Lakes Mall now is, where Mentor H.S. now is, a hardwood nursery where Whalers Cove is, and lots of other places. Because of its proximity to the lake there is a slightly longer growing season which gave farmers and nurserymen an advantage. Wayside Gardens was located in Mentor and its catalog was renown world wide.
5. The first climbing red rose, named Blaze, came from: a) Boston; b) Cleveland c) Perry; d) Mentor.
Not only was the rose one of the first to be patented it was insured for $100,000 when it was to be exhibited in Cincinnati in 1931.
6. Which of these presidents either visited or went through Lake County: a) Teddy Roosevelt; b) Abraham Lincoln; c) John F. Kennedy; d) George Bush I; e) George Bush II.
Lincoln's funeral train went through Mentor on its way from Washington D.C. to Illinois and stopped in Lake County allowing people to pay their respects.Teddy Roosevelt came to visit his friend Abram Garfield and attended Mentor United Methodist Church where the youth sang his favorite him to him in German. When they finished he said, "Delightful." The others have visited as well. There may have been more who visited Lake County. The others have visited while campaigning for president.
7. In 1810 the U.S. city with the highest population was: a) Mentor; b) Cleveland; c) Chicago; d) San Francisco.
Mentor had the highest population.
8. IN 1885, the largest number of millionaires in the world lived in : a) Cleveland; b) Paris; c) London; d) New York.
It's amazing how many millionaries there were in Cleveland who were made fabulously wealthy by iron ore, shipping, steel and in one case, pineapples. There were over 400 millionaires in Cleveland at the end of the 19th century, more than the rest of the world combined. Some of them had summer homes in Lake County, like Mooreland which still stands at Lakeland Community College. Most of the rest have been torn down. One of the favorite winter activites for these millionaries (besides making lots and lots of money) was sleigh races up and down Euclid Ave., which was known as Millionaire's Row - most of the 400 lived on Euclid Avenue. It was said to be so famous that if a postcard was sent from Europe and all it gave was a name plus "Euclid Avenue" that everyone would know it meant Cleveland Ohio. The Baldwin family made its fortune in pineapple production in Hawaii. John D. Rockefeller was originally from Cleveland, but he upped and moved to New York, although he kept his Cleveland home known as Forest Hills which is now on the Cleveland-Cleveland Heights border.
8. Which railroads were active in Lake County inthe 1800's: a) the Orient Express; b) the underground railroad; c) The 20th Century Express; d) The B & O.
All of the above except a, but with the addition of the Interurban streetcar that ran along Mentor Avenue at designated stops (Rt. 615 & Rt. 20 in Mentor was Stop 59 1/2.) that went from Cleveland to Erie, Pa.
10. The first college in Ohio to be started with a vote of the people: a) Ohio University; b) The Ohio State University; c) Fenn College; d) Lakeland Community College.
You probably guessed Lakeland Community College and you would be right.
11. In the 1800's Willoughby was known for its: a) medical college; b) grape vines; c) annual art festival; d) revivals on Lost Nation.
Some might have known about grape vines, but (a) and (d) are correct. In fact, it is said by some that Lost Nation might have gotten its name from the fact that many people thought lost souls went to these revivals. I find that far fetched, but it could be true. But it is absolutely true there was a medical college in Willoughby.
12. Lake County is: a) 3/4's under the lake; b) the smallest county in Ohio; c) the sixth most affluent county in Ohio; d) only 1 of 46 counties in the U.S. in which a president lived.
In 1840 when a portion of the population of Geauga County wanted to be divided into a separate county, the land at issue was not large enough to be a county as per Ohio statute. So to get around that, friends in the legislature extended the boundaries into Lake Erie, thus our name. All are true.
13. The "Johnnycake" in Johnnycake Ridge got is name from: a) a misprounounciation of Shawnee cake; b) a mispronounciation of journey cake; c) Johnny who ran a tavern in the 1800's; d) nobody knows for sure.
Nobody really knows for sure, but it is believed that there were so many taverns along what is now Rt. 84, and that it was common for tavern owners to provide corn bread "journey cake" aka "johnnycake" as they left. Also some say there was an actual sign showing Johnnycake at one of the taverns along the road. The road did not go straight through as it does now. In addition, some saw the word johnnycake originally came from "Shawnee" cake or "Journey" cake. So actually any of the above answers could be true, but I vote for the one about the tavern that served johnnycake. At one time there was a traffic light right in the middle of the road where routes 84 and 615 intersect.
14. Rider's Tavern in Painesville was especially busy during: a) the gold rush; b) when soldiers came home from World War II; c) Prom Night; d) when the Red Hat Society was formed.
Dorothy Carlton, whose husband's name is still on the building that was recently Mentor Hardware at the intersection of Jackson and Mentor Ave. said her aunt owned Rider's Tavern at the time of the gold rush and that there were so many people they slept head to toe on whatever floor or bed they could find.
15. The reason the medical school in Willoughby failed was: a) too many young men went off to the Civil War; b) there was too much competition with other medical schools; c) there were not enough students; d) they were found to be robbing graves.
This answer is probably going to surprise you, but the answer is (d). The school was found guilty for robbing graves to get their much needed cadavers for study. If they hadn't done that, Willoughby's history might be quite different. The Medical School was closed down after they were found guilty.
16. In the 1930's Fairport Harbor was notorious for: a) dancing girls; b) shipping; c) Finnish family reunions; d) bootlegging.
There might have been dancing girls, but we do know that bootlegging was a big issue. An active port, it was easy to buy and sell booze. Some residents really fought it. Fairport Harbor is also known for its large Finnish population and as a significant early shipping port.
17. In the late1800's Cleveland was the second most famous ship yard in the world next to Scotland Yard and Mentor was: a) the place where owners of these big shipping lines met for annual meetings; b) was a budding port; c) had nothing to do with shipping.
This was an interesting period in Mentor's history. Probably because some of these wealthy ship owners had summer homes in Lake County, they found they could avoid big taxation by meeting in Mentor rather than Cleveland. So much money was brought into the Special School District School on Hopkins Rd. (where Mentor Cemetary is today) from these meetings that pupils got free lunches and school supplies until this special occurence stopped in the 1930's when Ohio changed its taxation laws making them equal throughout the state. The ship owners moved their annual meeting to the tax friendly state of Delaware. The annual meetings were held at a boarding house on the north east corner of Jackson and Mentor Ave. There were dozens and perhaps hundreds of ship owners. Also in Mentor at the 1930's there were actually three school districts representing various parts of Mentor. There was Mentor Village in the middle, East Mentor which was in the middle and east of Mentor and had the school on Hopkins Rd., and then the Mentor Township which included all of the areas outside Mentor Village and East Mentor.