Cleveland’s Connection to the Lincoln Assassination

On this President’s Day, I’d like to share the story of one-time Cleveland / Vienna resident, William Edward Widrick.  In addition to being a Civil War veteran, he was present during the assassination of President Lincoln and facilitated in the capture Lincoln’s assign, John W. Booth, and Booth’s accomplices. Born in Frankfort, New York, William […]


Open House Recap

On Sunday, we had a beautifully warm day for our annual open house and ice cream social.  It was a nice turn out and we had a couple of great pieces on display. Thank you to Joni Hinds for sharing her Civil War research.  Joni, Historian for the Village of Cleveland and CHS board member, did an impressive job compiling data on the Civil War that she mounted on display boards and duplicated in print format for the event.  You can tell a lot of time was spent on […]


Civil War Display

150 years ago, on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.  This ended the four year battle between the Union and Confederate states.  Four days later, President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater and died the […]


Thomas Derritt Deans

It’s always nice to receive compliments on the preservation work that goes into CHS’ online sites, but it’s even more fulfilling when we receive information from readers contributing to our archival efforts.  We recently received some nice comments from Betty Barber and she has passed along some hand written notes she received from former Cleveland […]