Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Joseph Ackermann

Joseph Ackermann was born in 1863. In the 1870 U.S. Census, he was listed in the household of George and Catherine Ackermann, along with his five siblings, in Berlin Township, Erie County, Ohio.  Joseph Ackermann died at the age of 12, on December 1, 1875, and he was buried in Perkins Cemetery in Erie County. The finger pointing upwards on his tombstone represents the hope of heaven.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Langhorne Monument at Rock Creek Cemetery

Photograph by T. Renwand

This beautiful ornate cross at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington D.C. honors the memory of the Langhorne family. John Devall Langhorne was an early graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He took part in the naval attack on Vera Cruz in 1847.  In 1853, John retired from the Navy and he started a banking business in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1884, he moved his family to Washington D.C. Mr. Langhorne died at the age of 91 on November 24, 1915. John D. Langhorne was survived by eight children at the time of his death. An obituary for John D. Langhorne appeared in the November 26, 1915 issue of the New York Times.

Photo credit: Thank you to my nephew for taking this picture.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Mrs. Sophia Houpt

Sophia Heyer Houpt (sometimes spelled Haupt) was born in Pennsylvania in 1818 or 1819. She married George Washington Houpt. By 1850, George W. and Sophia Houpt were residing in Chatfield in  Crawford County, Ohio. There were four  children in the household at this time, ranging in age from ages two to eight, all born in Pennsylvania. Sadly, Mrs. Sophia Houpt died on November 18, 1875. She was buried in the cemetery adjacent to the Lutheran Church in Chatfield, now known as Nazareth Lutheran Church. Sophia's tombstone features a hand pointing down, and grasping a broken chain, which symbolizes the Lord reaching down and breaking the chains of death.

Mrs. Sophia Houpt's tombstone is located in a beautiful, peaceful rural setting.

Rest in peace, Sophia Houpt.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Archibald C. MacLeod, a Native of Canada

Archibald C. MacLeod was born in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada on February 20, 1871. His parents, Donald and Margaret MacLeod, had both been born in Scotland. Archibald's occupation was wood carver. Archibald C. MacLeod was the second spouse of Mary Zipfel Grummel, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Constantine Zipfel. Mr. Archibald C. MacLeod passed away on October 5, 1932. He was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. His wife survived for many more years.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Paul Clauer, Cholera Victim

Paul Clauer died from cholera on July 28, 1849, during a cholera epidemic that swept through Sandusky, Ohio. Note from  Katharyn L. Wunderley's book entitled CHOLERA VICTIMS OF 1849: IN SANDUSKY, ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, indicate that Paul Clauer was a fireman for the Mad River Railroad. He died while in Urbana, Ohio. Paul Clauer was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. He was aged 34 years, 4 months, and 5 days. A German inscription on his tombstone lets us know he is most likely of German heritage. The willow trees at the top of his tombstone symbolize mourning.
Paul Clauer's surname appears with variant spellings of Glauer, Clower, and Klauer.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Remembering the Old Neighborhood

My Childhood Home in Bay View

My mother, Joyce Parker Orshoski, often told me about her fond memories of her grandparents' farm in Perkins Township.

Neighbors shared farm equipment, as well as labor, during threshing times on the farm. A the end of the day, a big dinner was held at the home of the farm where most recent threshing had been done. There was good food and lots of stories at those dinners, which made for lasting memories for all those who attended.

My dad, Paul Orshoski, Sr., grew up in the very small community of Bay Bridge, where the majority of the menfolk worked at the Medusa Portland Cement Company. Dad's grandpa, father, and uncles all worked at "the mill," and when Dad was old enough, he too worked at Medusa. It was hard work, but hundreds made a good living at that old cement factory, which closed in the early 1960s.

When I was young, we lived in Bay View, just down the road from Bay Bridge. 

We had wonderful neighbors there. Ed and Agnes B. were just a few doors down, always willing to lend a helping hand.Mom and Agnes shared countless cups of coffee.Ed gave driving lessons to both Mom and myself. Living in a community with lots of children, we never lacked for someone with whom to play!

Years later, when Dad was terminally ill with lung cancer at age 55,  our neighbor Ed sat by his side in the hospital. He watched as Dad suffered from the effects of the disease, and the unwelcome side effects of the powerful pain medication. By Ed sitting with Dad for a while, Mom was able to go home for a bit, to take of the many household duties that accompany a family with lots of children. 

In the very early days of our time in Bay View, Uncle Wayne and Aunt Betty and their three kids lived next door. The kids created a ball field in two adjoining large back yards. There were picnics, birthday parties, and so many heartaches and joys as the children all grew up.

Mabel used to mend our clothes, when necessary, and Janet babysit the little ones when grandkids came along. Kay made us wonderful special dinners, and shared in our holiday festivities like she was a family member. The close ties to the neighbors, family members, and friends in our old neighborhood will never be forgotten.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Charles Schenk, 1860-1880

Charles Schenk was born on November 19, 1860. In 1880, he was residing in Perkins Township, Erie County, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Schenk, along with several siblings. Sadly, Charles Schenk was killed on October 3, 1880, in a hunting accident. He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. The lettering on the metal grave marker was in the German language. An article about the tragic death of Charles Schenk appeared in the October 4, 1880 issue of the Sandusky Register.