2014 Birthday Thank You Letter
From John Cimperman
The Early Settlers Association - President

Herrick Award Recipients


July 22nd - Happy Birthday Cleveland!

For over a century, the Early Settlers Association has been the only entity to annually sponsor and organize the observance of Cleveland's founding in July 22, 1796.   This yearly event is usually held in the Southwest Quadrant of Public Square near the statue of Gen. Moses Cleaveland. Fitting speeches describing the founding of the city along with the placement of a wreath by descendents mark this occasion. Presentation of the Harrick Memorial Award also takes place. Every five years the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame are announced. A large birthday cake is provided for those in attendance, as well as passersby during the noontime observance.

Herrick Memorial Award

The Herrick Memorial Award is presented as a feature of the Cleveland Birthday Celebration held each year by the Early Settlers Association on July 22.

Clay Herrick, an active president, officer and valued member if ESA for many years, established the award in 1981 in memory of his wife, Ruth Penty Herrick. Upon his passing, his daughter Jill continued the award in memory of both parents. It is a Civic Achievement Award presented to a person, recognized by the ESA board of directors, whose accomplishments have promoted and brought honor to the City of Cleveland.

Herrick Memorial Award Recipients

1981 George Voinovich
1982 Alton Whitehouse
1983 Chester Koch
1984 Frederick Crawford
1985 David Ford Knight
1986 Earl Hoover
1987 Curtis Lee Smith
1988 Helen Lybarger
1989 Maxine Levin
1990 Ruth Ketteringham
1991 John Cimperman
1992 Edward (Ted) Worthington
1993 Clay Herrick, Jr. (posthumously)
1994 Richard Haviland
1995 Ray Shepardson
1996 Jeff Jacobs
1997 David Abbott
1998 John Grabowski
1999 Marilyn Gell Mason
2000 David Van Tassel (posthumously)
2001 Viktor Schreckengost
2002 John Vacha
2003 Ronald Seman
2004 Clint Williams
2005 William Boehm
2006 Bruce Hudec
2007 Sherrill Paul Witt
2008 Leon Bibb
2009 Les Roberts
2010 Dick Feagler
2011 Dick Goddard
2012 William Barrow
2013 Ralph Regula
2014 Judge Raymond Pianka