May 5, 2019-Sunday: OCHS---Spring Meeting of the Membership

When:  Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Elmore Historical Society Barn, 353 Ottawa Street, Elmore, OH

The Spring meeting of the Ottawa County Historical Society will have as its featured program a presentation by local historians Larry Michaels and Terry Breymaier on "The Life and Times of Peter Navarre (1790-1874):  Woodsman, Fur Trader and Soldier."  

Get to know Peter Navarre--a descendant of French royalty, pioneer scout, and master of Native American languages. He lived nearly his entire life in a cabin in the woods along the Maumee Bay. During the War of 1812, his considerable skills as a scout and woodsman were called into play for the fledgling country. He witnessed and played a part in the siege of Fort Meigs, the defense of Fort Stephenson, the massacre at the River Raisin, the Battle of the Thames, and the Battle of Lake Erie.

Historians Larry Michaels and Terry Breymaier were both raised in East Toledo and graduated from Waite High School.  Larry served  many years as President of the East Toledo Historical Society and authored many local history books, including co-authoring with Robin Hage, “Peter Navarre, War of 1812 Scout—The Man Behind the Legend.”  Terry’s family tree traces to Robert Navarre (grandfather).

OCHS members and guests are invited to join us in this opportunity to share early Northwest Ohio frontier history, both familiar and obscure, as well as conversation, fellowship and a luncheon buffet provided by Old Zims.

Please send reservations no later than Friday, April 26 to:

OCHS Treasurer Brennan Madison, P.O. Box 385, Port Clinton, OH 43452.


May 25, 2019-Saturday: OCHS/MLHS---Event: Ohio Historical Marker Dedication

When:  Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12:00 Noon

Where:  Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Drive, Marblehead, OH

The Ottawa County Historical Society and the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society invite you to the dedication of the newest Ohio Historical Marker in Ottawa County.   One side of the marker honors all of the past “Keepers of the Marblehead Light.”  The first two Keepers were Benajah and Rachel Wolcott in 1822 and 1832, respectively.  The last Keeper was Edward Herman in 1933 through 1943 when the U.S. Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse operations.  The other side of the marker tells the story of the Lighthouse builder, William Kelly.   Please join us to hear the fascinating story of the Marblehead Lighthouse Keepers and Builder.