It is the late 1700s, and Native American tribes are still very much present in the midwest. The British are also still unhappy with America’s status as an independant nation and in the War of 1812 they will challenge that status once again. And settlers are moving West to settle unknown lands. However, not all attempts to settle land were successful. In addition, trade is still a very common practice among the Native Americans, French and British. Because of the interaction between the different cultures religion and the practice of it becomes a spark for dispute and the only protection settlers have from the Native Americans are arms or the military. It was a time of expansion and of growth; but also a time of uncertainty and fear.
A man named Austin Badger arrived in Medina in 1818, he had already served three times in the War of 1812 and would come to leave his mark on Medina. After risking his life in the War of 1812, Austin Badger chose to come and settle Medina. Settlers just like him would risk failure, ridicule, and Native American attacks to settle land and try to make a new life for themselves. The building where Cool Beans Cafe is, was a log cabin that Austin Badger built. He would then open a tavern there and even help to build the courthouse. And on a nice sunny, breezy day he would preside over Medina’s first Fourth of July celebration. He was one of the first surveyors of Medina County, he helped build many of the buildings around the Square and even helped mentor young adults in the county.