Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lew J. Griffiths

According to his death record, available at Family Search, Lewis J. Griffiths was born in Warren, Ohio to Benjamin and Jennie (Richard) Griffiths, who were both natives of Wales.  An article in the April 2, 1932 issue of the Sandusky Register indicated that Mr. Griffiths had lived in Sandusky since about 1902, having arrived here in association with the Oscar Cook stock company. While in Sandusky, Lew J. Griffiths was very active in staging several amateur theatricals. He and George J. Lehrer had been in charge of the historical pageant held in Sandusky during the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Sandusky. On April 2, 1932, Lew J. Griffiths died after a brief illness, at the age of fifty. His obituary in the Register stated that he had been one of "Sandusky's best known men."  Mr. Griffiths was survived by his wife Laura, his mother, his sister, and one son. Funeral services for Lew J. Griffiths were held at Charles J. Andres Sons funeral home, and burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. At the time of his death, Lew J. Griffiths was engaged in planning a revue under the auspices of the Providence Hospital. Sadly, he passed away at Providence Hospital before completion of the production.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: My Ancestors Were Thrifty

My great grandmother, Ada Steen Parker, was very thrifty. She pasted newspaper clippings about her family, friends and neighbors onto the pages of an old Congressional Record.   My paternal grandfather, Steve Orshoski, had a garden in the backyard to help stretch the family budget, and Grandma Emma Orshoski used to make salad from dandelions found in the back yard.

My mother, Joyce Parker Orshoski, was also very thrifty, a trait she learned from the older generation!  Mom believed in using leftovers and handing clothes down from the older children to the younger ones.

She saved magazines for us kids to use when we had to do a school project. Thanks to my ancestors for teaching the younger generations to re-use and re-cycle!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Wedding of Nelle Taylor and Carey W. Hord: With Decorations "Suggestive of Spring and the Easter-tide"

In my Great Grandma Ada's scrapbooks of clippings, I recently came across this article about the wedding of Nelle Taylor and Carey W. Hord. Nelle Taylor was my third cousin three times removed. Nelle traces her family tree back to pioneer settler Julia House Taylor, while I descend from Julia's twin brother, Julius House. Julia and Julius were orphaned in Connecticut, and they brought their families to Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio by oxen train in 1815.

Nelle Taylor and Carey W. Hord were married on March 25, 1909, in Perkins Township. The newspaper article that was in my great grandmother's scrapbook read:

A pretty romance that had its inception when both young people were students at Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, culminated Thursday noon in the marriage of Miss Nelle Elizabeth Taylor, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Taylor, and Mr. Carey W. Hord. The wedding was a beautifully appointed affair at the country home of the bride's parents, in Perkins, and was solemnized by the Rev. Mr. F.A. Hinman of the Perkins church. Guests were limited to the immediate family connections of the bridal couple and although quietly celebrated, every detail was charmingly arranged.

The whole effect of the decorations of the spacious apartments were suggestive of spring, and the Easter-tide. A profusion of southern smilax was used with white blossoms in outlining the doorways, staircase and in graceful festoonings, and palms, ferns quantities of the stately Easter lilies were otherwise disposed about the rooms. The parlor, chosen as the setting of the ceremony, was particularly attractive. Southern smilax mingled with valley lilies, formed handsome festoonings and on one side of the prettily decorated apartment was arranged a lovely altar of palms and lilies.

The bride entered on the arm of her father, who gave her in marriage. She was very lovely in her wedding gown, an exquisite maltese lace robe fashioned over luminous white satin, and her bouquet was a shower of valley lilies. There were no formal attendants. 

Directly after the service an elaborate wedding breakfast was served. Covers were laid for fifteen at a table prettily adorned with greenery and lilies. Mr. Hord has been connected with the offices of the American Crayon Co. for some time past. He was a former student of Cornell University at Ithaca, N.Y., and later at Ohio Wesleyan University where he met his bride, who was pursuing her musical studies in the conservatory at that institution. Both have congratulations of scores of Sanduskians.

Mr. and Mrs. Hord will leave late Thursday afternoon on an extended wedding trip, touring cities in the east. After June 1st they will be at their handsome new home at No. 525 Wayne street. Among the out0of-town guests her for the wedding were the groom's mother, Mrs. Martha Hord, of Marion, and his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Payton Hord, of Pittsburg.

Nelle and Carey Hord were married for several years. Carey W. Hord died in January, 1941, and he was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Mrs. Nelle Hord passed away in December, 1967, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Nelle were held at the Presbyterian Church in Sandusky, and burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. Nelle Taylor Hord was survived by one son, Burton Hord, two nieces, a nephew, and several cousins.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Roses Placed on the Tombstones at the Ohio Veterans Home

Sharing a news story from the Sandusky Register about an individual who is placing roses on the graves of veterans at the Ohio Veterans Home Cemetery. Thank you for remembering!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: My First Song on the Trombone

When I was in the fifth grade, I started to learn how to play the trombone in our school band. (Later
I played alto clarinet.) The first song I learned was "Mary Had a Little Lamb."  When he heard me play that song, my dad picked me up, and literally carried me next door so I could play the song for his brother, my Uncle Wayne. I am quite sure that Uncle Wayne was not as thrilled about my musical talent as my dad was! I learned to have joy in small things from the example that Dad set! Thanks Dad!  Below is a family picture taken a few years before I signed up for the school band.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Charly Hibinger

Charly (sometimes spelled Charlie) Hibinger was born in Virginia on June 2, 1885 to Mr. and Mrs. William Hibinger. He was employed as a brakeman by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. While hunting in the Big Island area of Erie County, not far from Cedar Point, Charly was caught in a snowstorm, and he froze to death during the storm. His date of death was March 21, 1913. Charly was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. His death certificate is on file at FamilySearch.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. John G. Strobel

The March 19, 1919 Sandusky Register obituary for John G. Strobel stated that Mr. Strobel was "numbered among the oldest and best known residents of this city, and a pioneer in the wine industry in this vicinity." John G. Strobel was born in Bavaria, Germany on June 23, 1837. He came to the United States when he was fourteen years old. He had resided in Sandusky since 1872. Mr. Strobel was a member of Perseverance Lodge F. and A.M., Sandusky Council of Knights Templar, the Order of the Eastern Star, and Sandusky Lodge of I.O.O.F. He was at one time a trustee of Oakland Cemetery, and was president of the board when the residence and chapel of Oakland Temple were built.

Surviving Mr. John G. Strobel were his wife, sons Christ J. Strobel and John A. Strobel, and a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Taubert. Christ J. Strobel was a longtime banker, and member of the Board of Education for Sandusky Schools. Strobel Field at Sandusky High School, was named for Christ J. Strobel, in honor of his many years of service to Sandusky City Schools.

John G. Strobel died on March 18, 1919. His wife, the former Louisa Fleischauer, was born on July 15, 1843, and died on August 11, 1928. Mr. and Mrs. John G. Strobel are buried in the North Ridge section of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.