"Greetings from Elyria, Ohio"
 Assorted Elyria Factoids


Elyria High School football great Vic Janowicz won the Heismann Trophy in 1950.


In 1858 two Elyrians were granted the first U.S. patent for a sewing machine.  Made in Elyria, it is now part of the Smithsonian collection in Washington D.C.


Until around 1977 there was an octagonal house about one block from the town square.


Elyria is world headquarters to Ridge Tool, makers of the Ridgid Tool Calendar, which "discovered" Raquel Welch.


Each of the three giant water towers in Elyria holds one million gallons of water - enough to fill a line of milk jugs 94.7 miles long.


The first "one-eyed" (single headlight) car was a "Garford Six", made in Elyria.


Cities which share Elyria's approximate latitude include Providence, Rhode Island,  Barcelona, Spain,  Naples, Italy,  Istanbul, Turkey,  and Laramie, Wyoming.


Elyria High School was the first chartered high school in Ohio, making it the oldest chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Snappy E.H.S.
band uniform

The Elyria High School Pioneer Marching Band features 12 tubas and the "K.A.C.P." percussion section.  Download the EHS Fight Song here!
(With grateful thanks to Bryan Bird, Class of '98!)  (As suggested by Brian G. 2/19/01)


The national Easter Seal Society was organized here in 1919 by Edgar F. Allen.


The term "hamburger" was coined at the 1892 Lorain County Fair in Elyria.


Elyria industrialist Arthur L. Garford invented the modern padded bicycle seat.


The Worthington company of Elyria was the originator of the colored golf ball.


Author Sherwood Anderson lived in Elyria from 1906 to 1913 making and selling paints and drawing inspiration for his classic book, Winesburg, Ohio.
Dates and links courtesy Will S. 8/29/01  (Thank you!)


In 1921 Elyria became the first inland city to draw water from Lake Erie.


The rubber heel was invented in Elyria by the ITS Rubber Co. (Ingwer, Tufford, & Smith).   Contributed by Jim S. 10/5/00  (Thank you!)

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