Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Historical Marker Honoring the History of the Sandusky Library and Former Erie County Jail in Sandusky, Ohio

Many of my ancestors have been up the steps of the old Adams Street entrance of the Sandusky Library, and some of my more recent employees have been employees of the Erie County jail. Here are pictures of a  marker which honors the history of both the Sandusky Library and the former Erie County Jail.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Old Toll Gate from the Sandusky-Columbus Turnpike

This long slender pike on top of a post once served as the toll gate for the Strong's Ridge gate along what is now Route 4, at the corner of Route 113 and Route 4. Now it is on the grounds of Historic Lyme Village. The sign below lists some of the fees charged at the old toll gate.

Learn more about this historic road at the Sandusky History blog, and visit Lyme Village to see what life was like for many of our Ohio ancestors in the 1800s.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Helen M. Norris Weston, 1840-1868

Helen Maria Norris was born on March 31, 1840 in Sandwich, New Hampshire, to Nicholas G. Norris, and his wife, the former Elizabeth Blanchard. In November of 1858, Helen Norris married G.M. Weston in Erie County, Ohio. The marriage was officiated by W.S. Kennedy, the first minister at the Presbyterian Church in Sandusky. Sadly, Helen M. Norris Weston died on October 1, 1868, at the age of 28 years. She was buried in the North Ridge portion of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

The surname of the maker of Helen's monument is inscribed at the base of the marker. The surname is Montgomery.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Seventh Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge

Bill West has just announced the Seventh Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge!  

Recently I ran across this poem in  a 1910 promotional item that was once given away by the Jarecki Chemical Company in Sandusky. 

A transcription of the poem reads:

Let other cities boast their iron,
Their steel and earthenware,
Rubber goods, tile, pottery, shoes,
Or glass in ample share;
But famed Sandusky leads the van,
For all that man can wish,
To lumber, grain - in lime, in stone -

In the  the early twentieth century, Sandusky was a leading fish market on the Great Lakes. The Jarecki Chemical Company (no longer in business), made fertilizer from fish byproducts, from the 1880s to the 1930s. This little poem reminds me of a time when  the people who lived in my town lived a much simpler life, times my parents and grandparents spoke of often.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Ad from Schumacher's

When my great grandmothers were young adults, this advertisement from Sandusky's H.G. Schumacher store, which appeared in the September 24, 1912 issue of the Sandusky Register, promised to offer to the ladies of Sandusky just what they were looking for! Long coats and hats with fancy feathers were in style in the fall of 1912 in Sandusky, Ohio!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Miller Huggins in a Vintage Coca Cola Ad

This ad for Coca Cola from the Sandusky Star Journal of June 10, 1916 features baseball manager Miller Huggins, then manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Though Miller Huggins had a law degree from the University of Cincinnati, he is best known for his career in baseball. He managed the New York Yankees from    1918 to 1929.  Miller Huggins died at the age of 50 on September 25, 1929, and he was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Click here to see the entry for Miller Huggins at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in New York.