Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Grandma and Grandpa Yeager with Their Friends

Above is an undated picture of my great grandparents, Lena and Andrew Yeager (on the right), with their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Fabian. One out of state cousin shared this picture with me, and another cousin identified the couple standing next to Grandma and Grandpa. To be honest, I am not sure if the lady on the left is Otto's first or second wife. Census and vital records indicate  that his first wife was Amelia, and his second wife was named Celeste. Mr. and Mrs. Otto Fabian lived in Berlin Township for a time, and then they moved to Florida. Grandma and Grandpa Yeager once rode a bus all the way to Florida to visit with them. A newspaper article reported that Otto Fabian died in 1957 in Pinellas County, Florida. Thanks to my generous cousins for sharing their pictures and their knowledge of family history!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watkins Monument at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Photograph by T. Renwand

This monument at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. honors the memory of Nicholas Watkins (1834-1911) and his young son, Paul Watkins (1891-1896.) This obituary from volume 40 of the Typographical Journal provides details about the life of Nicholas Watkins.

A transcription of this article reads:

The death of the venerable Nicholas Watkins, which occurred in this city on December 29, 1911, removes an honored member of the printers' craft. Mr. Watkins, who was born in Maryland almost seventy-eight years ago, gave a long life to the printing business, the learning of which he commenced before he had reached the age of 10 in the city of Annapolis, and where in after years he made an enviable reputation as superintendent of the state printing. He came to Washington about 1860, and has been for many years an employee of the government printing office, most of the time as a proofreader, holding a place in the job proof room of that institution at the time of his death. Until the weight of years became heavy upon him, Mr. Watkins was active and influential in the affairs of Columbia Union and of the old Columbia Typographical Society, which was its predecessor. In 1875, which is referred to as a time of trouble and stress in the affairs of the organization, he was its president, and in that year it is said that, with a single exception, every member of the union outside of the government printing office voted for him—a most remarkable record.

Nicholas Watkins died on December 29, 1911. He was laid to rest at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington D.C.  Paul Watkins, the young son of Nicholas and Mary A. Watkins, is buried in the same lot as his father.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Azuba Hoyt Pettibone, 1816-1907

According to her death record, Azuba Hoyt was born in Onondaga County, New York. Her first husband was William Latta Turney. William L. Turney died in California after going on an ocean voyage making a delivery of goods. In 1850, Azuba Hoyt Turney was listed in the census with three young daughters between the ages of 6 and 12. After her husband's death, Azuba married again, to a Mr. Pettibone. She lived for a time in Wisconsin. After becoming a widow for the second time, Azuba Hoyt Pettibone spent her last years in Sandusky, Ohio, where she resided with her daughter Mary, and her son-in-law Charles E. Cooke. Azuaba Hoty Pettibone died on July 21, 1907, and she was laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery. Azuba H. Pettibone showed  courage when faced with loss,and she lived a rich, long life. You can read more about the Azuba and her extended family in the biographical sketch of her son-in-law, Charles E. Cooke, on page 521 of volume two of  A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, by Hewson L. Peeke.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Memorial to Marian "Clover" Adams at Rock Creek Cemetery

Photograph by T. Renwand

My nephew recently took these photographs of the monument honoring the memory of Marian “Clover” Adams, the wife of historian Henry Adams.  Marian Adams was the daughter of Robert W. Hooper and his wife, the former Ellen Sturgis. Marian Hooper married Henry Adams in 1872. The couple moved to Washington D.C. in 1877, where Marian became a popular hostess. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, their home on H Street, across from Lafayette Park and the White House, became a center for the intellectual, artistic, and political elite of the city. After the death of her father, Marian “Clover” Adams became depressed. She took her own life on December 6, 1885. Henry Adams commissioned sculptor AugustusSaint-Gaudens to create a memorial for his wife.  The memorial, in Rock Creek Cemetery, was named The Mystery of the Hereafter and The Peace of God that Passeth Understanding by Saint-Gaudens, but it is commonly known as Grief. To read more about Marian “Clover” Adams, see the website of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The book FIVE OF HEARTS, by Patricia O’Toole (Clarkson Potter, 1990) provides an intimate look at the friendship between Henry and Marian Adams, John and Clara Hay, and geologist Clarence King.

Photograpgh by T. Renwand

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Charley W. Toft

Charley W. Toft was born on September 10, 1876, and died on July 24, 1903, while still a very young man. Charley was the son of Christ Toft who lived on Pearl Street in Sandusky. The Sandusky Register of July 26, 1903 reported that Charles Toft's funeral was held first at the family home, and later at Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. Theodore Stellhorn conducting the services. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. At the base of the tombstone of Charles Toft are the words "At Rest."

Another Erie County resident, from the Perkins Township area, was also named Christian Toft. Christian Toft and his wife had a thriving dairy business. Today, Toft's dairy products are still known and enjoyed all across North Central Ohio.

Friday, July 11, 2014

William S. and Mary M. Beebe

William S. Beebe and Mary M. (Covell) Beebe were both born to pioneer settlers of Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio. They were married in Perkins Township on January 19, 1871.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, William S. Beebe stated that his occupation was farmer. His wife Mary as a housekeeper, and they had two children, Jennie, age 7, and an infant son named George. William S. Beebe died on November 11, 1906. He was buried in Perkins Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio. Mrs. Mary M. Beebe died on July 11, 1926. She was buried next to her husband in the Perkins Cemetery.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Civil War Encampment to be held in August, 2014 at Ohio Veterans Home

A Civil War Encampment will be held at the Ohio Veterans Home on August 23 and August 24, 2014. My family and I attended this event in 2012 and 2013, and it is wonderful! My grandchildren learned about American history in a very "hands on" way. Here are some of the highlights which will be taking place:

Free event featuring Civil War era music, military encampment, drills, artillery, and skirmish demonstrations, and speakers on Civil War topics including the Confederate attempt to free prisoners at Johnson's Island Civil War Prison. Tours of the Ohio Veterans Home Museum will also be available with special displays of Civil War memorabilia.

An article in the Sandusky Register reported that in conjunction with the Civil War Encampment, a concert by the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regimental Band will be performed at the State Theatre on August 23rd. The fee will be $5.00 per person.

If you live close enough to attend this event, it is educational, interesting, and a lot of fun!