The Ottawa County Historical Society offers a number of books and various “frontier” items for sale in the Annex located next to the Wolcott Keeper’s House. We are listing here our most popular items. If you wish to purchase any of these items, download the Order Form here, complete and mail it along with your check or money order as indicated.
History of Ottawa County - The First 175 Years (2016)
By Patrick O'Keeffe
300 pages, narrative with color and b/w photographs
Narrative with over 300 b/w and color photos. This sweeping story of the County blends the history of the lands with stories of its early settlers. Presented through a series of major themes—early geography and settlers; mainsprings of development: quarries, railroads, lumber, agriculture, and roads; sweeping changes impacting the 19th and 20th centuries; the Depression; American wars and its associated cultural changes; and finally returning to the geography of the present.
The Ottawa County Historical Society: A Record of People, Times and Places (2014)
By Richard Taylor
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ottawa County Historical Society, Past President Richard Taylor prepared this background of the Society. His research resulted in a fascinating and useful County record of the people, communities, and progress. The story of the Society is a tribute to those who honor the special relationship between the land and its people.
Page & Stage Oral History 7-Volume Series: “The People of Ottawa County”
Volume I: How We Got Here, What We Did—Early Settlers and Their Enterprise (2003)
Content---Harris-Elmore Librarian, Grace Luebcke; Ottawa County's Last Native Americans; The Clif Frye Years: 1918-1941; Jose DeRivera's Journal: First Citizen, Clarence Perry: Commercial Fishing in Port Clinton; Frank Shessler: Black Swamp Farming, A Brief History of Long's Crossing; Wilbur Wistinghausen: Oak Harbor Country Life; Joe Parker: Bootlegging on Put-in-Bay; Helen Danchisen: Biro Manufacturing Origins; Robert Boytim: Czechoslovakia and Marblehead; Joe Parker: Middle Island and the Wind Industry; Betty Blair Mauk: Put-in-Bay Summers; Don Rhodes: Orchards and Vineyards on Catawba; Clif Fry: Catawba Island Memoirs; Anna Bovia: Camp Perry Origins; Frank & Algarin: Spanish America & Ottawa County; Betty Neidecker: An Ottawa County Heritage; Bob Reynolds: Matthews Boat Company Origins; Paul Clemons: The Clemonses of Marblehead; Paul Moon: Port Clinton & Beyond; Lakeside Portfolio: George Gundlach, Katherine Barber, Helen Munger, Gailord Braithwaite, Alice Coffin Arnold, Norton Young; Outline Map of Ottawa County, Ohio 1900.
Volume II: Recollections and Voices—History Through a Personal Point of View (2004)
Content---Map of Ottawa County -1940; George Rudes: Electric Railways; Grace Niehousmyer: The Interurban; Josephine Sauvey Monak: Lakeside Memories; Donald Caldwell: Lakeside Through the Years; Laura Bancroft Powell: A Summer Visitor; Stanley Bourdo: Toussaint and Bootlegging; Adelaide Hull Martin: Life in Elmore; Audrey Yackee: Martin General Store; Russell Yackee: Forest Park; Melba Johnson Hahn Schulte: A Genoa Farm; Lorna McRitchie Eberly: Catawba Island; Donald Rhodes: Catawba Fruit Farms; Marjorie Taylor: Grant School; Jospeh Hrupcho: World War II; Henry Jacoby: Law Enforcement; Harry Holzapfel: St John Lutheran Church
Volume III: Across the Townships—County Diversity (2006)
141 pages, including 122 photographs from family albums
Content---Photo Portfolio 1: County Places; Photo Portfolio 2: Names; Bob & RuthEngle: An Island History; Emil Ihnat: Marblehead Overview; Photo Portfolio 3: Lakeside-Marblehead; Doris Bright: Lakeside Memories; The Gackstetters: A German Heritage; Photo Portfolio 4: The Gackstetter Collection; Louise Liske: Rocky Ridge; Pauline Gulau: Carroll Township Schools; Photo Portfolio 5: Lacarne; Wilbur Wistinghausen: The Country School & Harold Bower: Genoa Schools; Helen Neishousmyer; PhotoPortfolio 6: County Schools; Gwen Addy: North Bass School; Rachel Carr Falconer: Mouse Island; Betty Neidecker: The Islands; Photo Portfolio 7: Fishing Lake Erie's Western Basin; Don Rhodes: Fishing & Bootlegging in the 1930s: Photo Portfolio 8: Prohibition; Lucille Jess: A Chapter of American Life Completely Gone; Photo Portfolio 9: The County Home; Herold Bower: Community Stories of Genoa; Mills Brandes: Captain Hunter & the Lighthouse at Marblehead; Rex Jordan: Lake Captain Marblehead; Photo Portfolio 10: Western Township Quarries; Katherine Duff: Vineyards; Mills Brandes: Childhood with Lighthouse Keeper; Ed Islay's Island Interviews: Pal Seymour, Dorothy L. Schillumeit, Lolita Saunders, Marian Gump, Nello F. Bianchi; Photo Portfolio 11: The Generations of World War II; Photo Portfolio 12: Environment; Notes on Ottawa County's Oral History Project by Janet Stephenson
Volume IV: Threads and Textures of a Tapestry—One Landscape, Many Lives (2008)
Content---Helen Hutt: Sand Road & Port Clinton; Vernon Zenser: Carroll Township & the Marshes; Betty Lidster & John Scribner: Magee Marsh Memories; John Rofkar: Boot Camp at Leyte Gulf; Lois Svehal: Port Clinton; Richard Taylor: The Grange, A Personal Recollection; Sarah Circle of Trinity UM Church, Port Clinton; Myron "Mike" Witt: Oak Harbor; Lloyd & Audrey Dayton: Life on a Danbury Fruit Farm; Vernon Wiersma: Farming & Early Schools; Jimmy Webb: Local Restaurants & Bar Tending; Edward Dress: Marblehead & the Quarry; Betty Blatt: Growing Up in Carroll Township; James Thierry: Ottawa County Courts; Jeanne Wonnell & Robert Stevens: Catawba Island; Robert Stevens: Standard Products Company; Put-in-Bay Memories; Ellen Bergman & Jeff Eversman: Genoa, Ohio - Our Civil War; Shirley Dornbusch: Carroll Township Through the Years; Photograpic Gallery
Volume V: Ottawa County Through Their Eyes—A Collection of Oral Histories (2011)
Content---Donna Gyde: Carroll Township; Duane Adams: Catawba Island - Port Clinton; George McCormick: Lakeside - Lakeside Hotel; Milton Long: Bay Township & Port Clinton; Ethel Wilber: Port Clinton; Paul Rofkar: Catawba Island; Tom & Barb Lane: Lakeside-Marblehead; Frank Gluth: Oak Harbor; Bob Underwood: Underwood's Restaurant; Bob Bredbeck: Danbury Township; Gus Cooper: Put-in-Bay & Cooper's Restrauant; Thelma Thomas: Port Clinton; John Fritz: Port Clinton; Bob & Donna Oberhaus: Danbury & Peninsula Transit Service; Evelyn Schimming: Elliston; David Glick: Lakeside; Lea Debien: Locust Point & Port Clinton; Darrell Opfer: Elmore
Volume VI: Memories & Adventures—A Collection of Oral Histories (2014)
Content---Ford Tri-Motor; Richard Sneary: The County Courthouse Clock; Dorothy Ostling: Erie Proving Ground; Bob Zura: Our Beloved Sign; Mary Alice Streeter: Gerner & Wolf Funeral Home; Herman Kohlman: Benton Township: Dorothy Patrick: Aviation Career; John Liske: Oak Harbor Historian; Dave Martin: Island Airlines; Marie Bolander: Teaching Career; Kenneth Harvey: Oak Harbor; Dr. Derrill & Chuck Hablitzel: Oak Harbor Hardware; Tom Corogin: A Conversation; Bob Schraidt: Peach Farming on Catawba Island; Jack Tibbels: Ice Fishing; Bruce Waters: Elmore, Ohio; Dave St. Clair: Commercial Fishing; Mary Lou Hansen: Graytown; Jeanne Huskey: Port Clinton
Volume VII: The Stories Continue (2019)
Content---Louis Heineman: Island Wine Maker; Thelma Harder (Salem Township): Rural Farm Lady; Joan Ziegler: Summers at Put-in-Bay; Edward Kirk: My Memoirs; Marion Ververka: Marblehead Quarry; Harold Brown: A Tuskegee Airman; Dale Burris & Paul Stonerook: Life on North Bass Island; Scott Hall: Aunt Marion's Visitor; Stanley Dempsey: Bay Point; Lois Schafer Deitzel: The J. Weller Company Oak Harbor; Trinity United Methodist Church 185th Anniversary; A Day Picnicking at Catawba Island; Russell Brohl: Lake Freighter Captain; Steve Fedyk: Buckeyes; Mary Ann McCann: Put-in-Bay Businesswoman; Florence & Lucille Fralick: Old Island House Hotel; Danbury Train Derailment 1945; George Stoiber: Put-in-Bay Businessman; John Frederick Jaeger: Elmore Memories; Bernell Lowien: Marblehead; Swimsuits for Rent - Gem & Terrace Beach - Catawba Island; Paul & Donna Rhiel: Rhiel Manufacturing Port Clinton
Along the Highways and Waterways of Ottawa County: Historic Homes, Buildings, and Other Interesting Places in Ottawa County, Volume I (2017)
Page&Stage, the Ottawa County Historical Society Oral History Committee, has published six volumes of oral history, interviewing county residents and historians. Now we have focused on the buildings, places, and monuments that these same people and others shaped with their hands and their hard work. These physical contributions have been important in shaping our county's history as places of residence, business, memories, government, and social gatherings. We have written this volume by researching the sites, collecting old photos, taking new photographs, and interviewing people involved with building or maintaining them. We have done our best to be accurate, but origins of old places are sometimes difficult to determine. County residents familiar with our subjects have been generous with their time, knowledge, photographs, and literature regarding these places. We hope you will enjoy learning about the diversity of our county through the places our people have built and preserved and that you will consider sharing your information about places we have not been able to include in this volume.
Combined Atlas of Ottawa County: Hardesty 1874 and Goodman 1900
Full Histories of Ottawa County as of 1874 and 1900, respectively, together with wood cut pictures, photographs and commentary.
Also, the Ohio History Connection website displays this and other Ohio historic atlases at
Historic Driving Tour Guides: Historic Railroads of Eastern Ottawa County
This eastern Ottawa County tour starts in the City of Port Clinton and includes Camp Perry, Lacarne, Gypsum, Danbury, the Sandusky Bay Railroad Bridge, the Lakeside-Marblehead Railroad Station, Marblehead, Marblehead Lighthouse & State Park, Lake Point Park and ends at Bay Point.
Historic Driving Tour Guides: Historic Railroads of Western Ottawa County
This western Ottawa County tour starts in the Village of Oak Harbor and inludes the Toledo Port Clinton & Lakeside interurban Portage River Bridge, the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad Bridge, the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Depot, the Village of Rocky Ridge, Limestone, Graytown, Elliston, Trowbridge, Williston, Curtice, Clay Center, Martin, Genoa, Elmore, and ends at Oak Harbor.
The Keeper’s House
Written and illustrated by local residents Karin Messner and Jodie McCallum. Children's coloring and activity book following the story of the first Keeper of the Marblehead Lighthouse, Benajah Wolcott, and his wife, Rachel.
Cooking From The Hearth
18th century recipes that have been researched and tested, including breads (biscuits, breads, scones, rolls, muffins), pancakes, desserts (pies, puddings, cakes), vegetable dishes, entrees (chicken, beef, rabbit) and beverages.
Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie
By James Proffitt (2015)
When the Marblehead Lighthouse first lit its flame in 1822, it drew on whale oil. The beacon flickered through lard, kerosene and LED lights over the next two centuries, while the tower weathered razing and reorganization. Despite the advent of GPS, the light still provides a solid basis for boats and ships to navigate the nearshore waters of the Peninsula. The Lighthouse's rich history boasts the first female keeper on the Great Lakes, as well as a place on Ohio license plates and on a U.S. postage stamp. James Proffitt gives an in-depth profile of the most photographed site in the State.
Lights at the Portage, A History of the Port Clinton Light Station, 1833-1952
By Richard J. Norgard (2017)
From back cover: Anyone fortunate enough to visit the charming lakefront community of Port Clinton, Ohio, is greeted by the sight of a diminutive lighthouse, white with forest green trim, overlooking the Lake Erie shore. Fortunate, indeed, because there is not another one like it anywhere. Beginning in 1896 the Port Clinton Lighthouse cast its steady red light over Lake Erie's sparkling blue-green waters for 56 years, guiding vessels safely into the harbor. Scheduled for destruction by the U.S. Coast Guard, local marina operators decided instead that the old light was worth saving and it remained under the watchful eye of caring family members. Sixty years later, in 2011, a group of dedicated volunteers set about restoring the Lighthouse to its original condition. The Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy accomplished what many thought impossible and in 2016 moved the restored light back to the Lake Erie Shore. This book tells the fascinating story of the Port Clinton's pier light, including its restoration and relocation. Norgard also reveals the untold saga of a young wilderness community's first lighthouse and the town's struggle to convince the government that its safety and indeed, its very livelihood, depended on its beacon of light. The book is also available for purchase at the Port Clinton Lighthouse located at 205 East Perry Street in Port Clinton.
Lake Erie's West Sister Island
By Martha A. Dykes (2018)
Located within the western basin of Lake Erie, the 82 acres island is jointly owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is Ohio’s only designated Wilderness area---West Sister Island National Wildlife Refuge. This book tells the history of the Island..
My Island Home
By Gladys Curd McMeans(2019)
A memoir by Gladys Curd McMeans, daughter of West Sister Island light keeper Horace Curd. The famiily was on the Island in 1916 when Gladys was four years old. West Sister Island is located within the western basin of Lake Erie. The 82-acre island is owned jointly by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.