Throughout the years and continuing on through today there have been many books written about Ottawa County’s people and places. Here on the Society’s Library Shelf we are providing information on books known to us along with a short description and where you may obtain a copy. We believe the more you know about Ottawa County, the more you’ll want to participate in that history by becoming a member of the Ottawa County Historical Society. Click here for membership information and an application. We have not included in this Library Shelf, full descriptions for publications listed on our "Shop" page (History of Ottawa County--The First 175 Years, the Page & Stage Oral Histories, etc.) To view the Society's books for sale, please visit our "Shop" page here.
(click on an individual title for complete book information, unless otherwise noted)
Battle of Lake Erie/War of 1812:
Islands of Lake Erie (and more):
Ottawa County "History of Ottawa County--The First 175 Years" (see our "Shop" page for full description)
Ottawa County "Along the Highways and Waterways" (see our "Shop" page for full description)
Lights at the Portage, A History of the Port Clinton Light Station, 1833-1952 (see our "Shop" page for full description)
Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie (see our "Shop" page for full description)
By Title, alphabetically
I grew up in Oak Harbor, Ohio in the 1960s and 1970s. I carry memories of innocence, happiness, joy, and at times, pain, hurt, and loss. They have made me who I am. I have re-traced the footprints that I could find, and I have put them into words. My greatest hope is that, in reading this book, you may be reminded of the special times in your life too, even if some of them were difficult. I know that all of us have stories from our youth. These footprints and stories are mine. Available on Amazon and the online stores of Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.
Did you ever wonder why Oak Harbor had two first mayors? Why was Adolphus Kraemer called the 'Father of Oak Harbor'? Did you ever sing Oak Harbor's song entitled "Beautiful Oak Harbor"? Adolphus Kraemer was a very intelligent gentleman who emigrated to America from Germany and lived in Toledo just before coming to what is now the Village of Oak Harbor. Times were rough for the early Black Swamp pioneers but Adolphus could see the positive aspects of the area with a tremendous supply of many varieties of trees for lumber and wonderful loam soil which later with tiling and diking would make the area tremendous for agriculture. Soon the great Portage River that led to Lake Erie would become a great transportation system, with stores, stave factories, homes, churches, schools, hotels, etc. coming into being. The Village grew to become a great place to live, work, and raise a family. The author, Reed Oestreich, grew up in Graytown and currently resides in Oak Harbor. The book is available directly from the author or at the Community Market in Oak Harbor and Bassett's Market in Port Clinton.
From Arcadia Publishing: For 150 years, people have come to rest, relax, and recharge in the area from Vermilion to Port Clinton, south to Milan, Bellevue, and Fremont, and north to Sandusky, Cedar Point, the Marblehead Peninsula, and the Lake Erie Islands. Lake Erie is the constant in this fascinating story, the natural resource that gives the region its character and charm. Quaint wineries, world-class roller coasters, amusement parks, water toboggans, indoor and outdoor water parks, lake steamers and jet boats, cottage communities, sportfishing, swimming, sailing, boating, camping, historical sites, caverns, museums, beaches, Civil War history, resort hotels, religious retreats, and natural wonders―Lake Erie’s shores and islands have a rich tourism and recreation history. The book is available for purchase on arcadiapublishing.com.
The Lakeside & Marblehead Railroad was a seven mile Ohio line located in eastern Ottawa County. While it began in 1886 as a sparsely traveled passenger hauler, it soon became one of the most profitable railroads in the country. Using standard gauge steam switch locomotives, the L&M consistently hauled more tonnage and earned more revenue per mile than many larger and more boastful roads. Investors built the line to serve the burgeoning lime industry of Marblehead and heavy seasonal passenger traffic to Lakeside, the Marblehead Peninsula’s summer resort. The railroad had nearly perished when the Kelley Island Lime & Transport Company, a prosperous basic materials company, merged it, along with area stone quarry operations, into the what was the world’s largest limestone production facility. Available as a hardbound volume and e-book at mhpress.com, amazon.com, and ebay.com.