Saturday, July 14, 2018

Miss Wanda Greenfelder

Wanda Greenfelder was born in Ohio in 1884 to Jacob G. Greenfelder and his wife, the former Henrietta Lange. Her maternal grandfather was a long time druggist in Sandusky, Dr. F.R. Lange. In the late 1890s, the Greenfelder family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Sadly, Wanda died from spinal meningitis when she was only 17 years of age. Her remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio, and she was buried at Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Miss Wanda Greenfelder appeared in the Sandusky Star of July 14, 1900.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Siblings Carrie and Adam Bishop

When George Bishop passed away in 1917, his obituary listed Adam and Carrie Bishop as his siblings. A brief article in the July 11, 1923 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported that Adam Bishop had died in Indianapolis, and burial was in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. He was forty nine years of age.

Miss Carrie Bishop was born in Germany in 1874, and she came to the United States when she was quite young. The 1900 U.S. Census lists 24 year old Carrie Bishop as the adopted daughter of Robert Banks, residing in Milan, Ohio. Carrie Banks lived until the age of 87. She passed away on July 17, 1961. She had been a very active member of the Edison Memorial Church in Milan, Ohio. Rev. Hubert Cobb conducted funeral services for Miss Carrie Bishop, and burial was in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Carrie Bishop appeared in the July 18, 1961 issue of the Sandusky Register.

The tombstones for Adam and Carrie Bishop are identical stones. Carrie Bishop's stone is inscribed with the maker's name, C. Keim. Monument maker Conrad Keim died in 1927, so most likely Carrie's tombstone was purchased long before her death, and was inscribed with her death date in 1961.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Dr. Stanley V. Forge and Mrs. Dorothy J. Forgue

Though Stanley V. Forgue did not his adult life in Sandusky, Ohio, he was born in Sandusky in 1916, to Napoleon Forgue and Mary Smith Forgue. Stanley was the grandson of Adam J. Smith, who was one of the owners of the Smith Hardware store in Sandusky. Stanley lost his mother when he was young, but he frequently visited his grandparents in Sandusky. According to a news article which appeared in the Ocala Star-Banner,  Stanley V. Forgue earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Ohio State University. His majors were electrical engineering and physics. Dr. Forgue spent many years as a research and project engineer for R.C.A. Dr. Forgue was one of the inventors of the Vidicon tube, which was a major advancement in the history and technology of television.  After working for in the R.C.A.  Laboratories for thirty years, Dr. Forgue taught physics at Central Florida Community College. In 1942, Stanley V. Forgue married Dorothy Jeanne Huber, an educator. Mrs. Dorothy Jeanne Forgue died in Florida in 1992. Some time after the death of his wife, Professor Forgue moved to Indiana, where he died in 2001. The final resting place of Stanley V. Forgue and his wife Dorothy Jeanne Forgue is at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

William Brown Lockwood, 1811-1892

William Brown Lockwood, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Mills Lockwood, born in the state of New York in 1811.  A biographical sketch about William Brown Lockwood from A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio, by Hewson L. Peeke appears below:

William Brown Lockwood, who was born in Albany, New York, in 1811, was five years of age when the family came to Ohio. He attended some of the primitive schools of Ottawa County, and in early life followed farming, leaving that occupation to become a partner with George B. Smith, under the name Lockwood & Smith, engaged in the operation of plaster beds for a number of years in Ottawa County. In 1850 he came to Sandusky and bought the Bay City Flour Mills, which at that time had a capacity of 125 barrels of flour per day. This mill was under his management a few years, after which he became associated with L. S. Hubbard in the grain business, later was with Thornton & Fitzhugh, and still later for a number of years was in the grain trade by himself. He continued to live at Sandusky until his death in 1892 at the age of eighty-two. William Brown Lockwood married Sarah A. Hyde, who died December 25, Christmas Day, 1865. She reared five children, whose names were Mary, Lane, Sarah, Charles B. and Kate. The daughter Sarah married a Mr. Deyo, while Kate married Lawrence Hastings.

William Brown Lockwood died on March 26, 1892, and he was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Charles and Magdalena Link

Charles Link was born in 1862. He married Mary Magdalena Boyer, and they had a large family of several children. On June 29, 1898, Charles Link died from pneumonia. He was buried at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. The name of Charles Link is the last name on this excerpt from St. Mary's Parish records, on file at

The tombstone of Charles Link features the inscription "Papa." Mary Madgdalena Link lived until the year 1919. After her death on January 13, 1919, she was buried beside her beloved husband at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Atop the tombstone of Mary Magdalena Link is a dove, which is a universal symbol for mourning. Rest in peace, Charles and Mary Madgalena Link.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mary Barney Spencer

Mrs. Mary Barney Spencer was the daughter of Theodore and Marie (Barney) Spencer. She resided in Sandusky for a time, but eventually she moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Mary Barney Spencer died on June 14, 1950. Her remains were returned to Sandusky, where she was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery. Mary Barney Spencer's mother was the adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Freeland T. Barney.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ernst O. Selzer, 1869-1887

Ernst O. Selzer was born in Sandusky, Ohio in August of 1869 to Henry and Aurora (Shellinger) Selzer. Details provided in the 1880 U.S. Census indicate that Henry had been born in Bavaria, and Aurora was a native of Saxony. The family also included children: Otto, age 18; Eugene, age 14; Lillie, age 12. At this time Ernst was nine years old. On June 15, 1887, Ernst O. Selzer passed away at the age of 17. He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. An inscription on his tombstone reads:

zu fruh fur uns entschlafen

Roughly translated, this means:

too early for us to pass on