EDISON — The Edison Planning Committee has been making plans for a festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, which they have named “Edison Heritage Day.”

“There is much work to be done,” said Edison Mayor Patti Feustal. “We are hoping to have a lot of input from our local residents.”

Feustal added that the planning committee is actively seeking people who are willing to share their memories from the past. She said she has already been contacted by a number of people who have shared wonderful stories.

“If we don’t record these memories, they will be lost forever,” Feustal said.

They are also looking for pictures of people and places in Edison from the past and would like to make copies of them. They already have a number of photos from the Esty Swartwood collection.

There are several homes in the village that are from the beginning of the village. If residents know the history of their home, the committee would like to include their home on a “History Walk” through town. The home could be designated as part of the village history. They will not be entering any of the homes and only point them out as part of the walk.

The village has been known as Edison 141 years. According to village records, it was formerly known as Gilead Station and later Levering. The present name is for the inventor Thomas Alva Edison. A post office called Gilead Station was established in 1874 and the name was changed to Edison in 1881.

If you would like to be part of the committee, or have suggestions or questions about Heritage Day, contact Patti Feustal at 419-560-3640.


By Alberta Stojkovic

For the Sentinel