June 27, 2016

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Updated Medina timeline traces events in county and country

Medina County Commissioner Stephen Hambley's timeline.

Medina County Commissioner Stephen Hambley's timeline.

Medina County Commissioner Stephen Hambley has rewritten history. Or he’s added to it, at least.

The Brunswick resident has been working on his “Timeline of Medina County History” since the early 1990s. This week, he released his first update in three years.

The book recaps events — historical and natural — in the county, state and throughout the country from prehistoric times to modern day.

Hambley said the timeline helps history buffs “relate local events with national and state events. We’re not isolated. People can see that things that happened nationally happened at the same time in Medina County.”

Hambley, who has a doctorate from The University of Akron in history, said the book has been a work in progress ever since its first edition more than 15 years ago. He said he adds to the timeline as he receives more information about the county’s history and as history is made.

New in this year’s edition is a township table of the county’s first settlers. It also includes a list of the historic statewide officeholders from Medina County.

Hambley said he’s added a lot of photos and diagrams that he’s come across since the book’s last update.

Some of the recent history that made Hambley’s timeline includes the Medina County Park District’s purchase of the 360-acre site of Chippewa Lake in 2007, county voters’ May 2007 approval of a 5 percent sales tax to benefit schools, and the opening of the Medina County University Center in Lafayette Township in 2008.

The 51-page book is available on the county’s Web site, www.co.medina.oh.us. Hambley said some of the Medina County District Library branches have copies of it in circulation.

The book is dedicated to Hambley’s late wife and former Brunswick councilwoman Sue Hambley, who died in November 2008 due to complications from muscular dystrophy.

“Her passing in late 2008 diminished our lives and community, but our futures are better for her boundless faith, courage and dedication,” the dedication reads.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.