Friday, August 30, 2013

Cedar Point, a Poem by Harry Lorenzo Chapin, M.D.

Dr. Harry Lorenzo Chapin wrote the poem "Cedar Point," which was included in his privately published book entitled: THE ADOPTION AND OTHER SKETCHES, POEMS, AND PLAYS. The book was printed in August, 1909, and is available online at the Internet Archive. The poem "Cedar Point" appears on page 133 and 134 of Dr. Chapin's book.

Dr. Harry Lorenzo Chapin tells of the pleasures of Cedar Point, a local amusement park, which has always been known for its lovely beach. He says that "dancing reigns serenely" and the ladies look lovely in the bathing suits. Harry Lorenzo Chapin was born in Berlin Heights, Erie County, Ohio on November 13, 1872, to Lorenzo S. and Nancy (Knight) Chapin. He was educated at the medical department of Western Reserve University. On Thanksgiving Day, 1907, Dr. Chapin married Anna M. Fries, the wealthy widow of Valentine Fries of Milan, Ohio. Sadly, Dr. Chapin became blind. The Sandusky Star Journal of November 9, 1917 reported that Dr. Chapin was murdered in Cleveland, Ohio at the Colonial Hotel, where it is believed that  he planned to make a purchase of drugs. (The death certificate of Harry L. Chapin is found at FamilySearch in the Ohio Deaths database.)

Dr. Harry L. Chapin was buried in the Fries Mausoleum in Milan, Ohio.

Cedar Point has been a popular destination for several generations of my family!


Bill West said...

Dorene, thanks for another interesting contribution to the Poetry Challenge. It's become a yearly tradition now for you to be the first one I receive. You're my good luck charm!

Dorene from Ohio said...

Well I consider that quite an honor!
Thanks again for hosting the poetry challenge!