Wednesday, August 27, 2014

George Jacob and Elizabeth Lutz Schweitzer

This beautiful monument at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of George Jacob Schweitzer and his wife Elizabeth (Lutz) Schweitzer. According to Sandusky Einst und Jetzt, George Jacob Schweiter was born in Bayern, Germany on March 1, 1819. He came to the United States in 1847.

 In November, 1854, George Jacob Schweitzer married Elizabeth Lutz, who was born in Hesse, Germany in 1835. On the marriage record at Erie County Probate Court,  Mr. Schweitzer listed his first name as Jacob.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Jacob Schweitzer was listed as a laborer, age 61. His wife Elizabeth was age 44. They had two children, Elizabeth, age 22; and Amelia, age, 20. The family was residing in Sandusky, Ohio on Adams Street. On April 13, 1896, George Jacob Schweitzer passed away. Mrs. Elizabeth Lutz Schweitzer died on September 2, 1912. Mrs. Schweitzer was survived by two daughters at the time of her death.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Helen Keller Plaque at Cedar Point

According to the Sandusky History website, Helen Keller addressed the national convention of the Lions Club at Cedar Point on June 30, 1925. Miss Keller was known for her social activism and public speaking skills, and for having overcome the challenges of being both deaf and blind. The plaque marks the spot where Miss Keller spoke at the Cedar Point resort in 1925. Read more about the amazing Helen Keller at the website of the American Foundation for the Blind. Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968, and she was buried at the Washington National Cathedral.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mabel Wilcox Orwig, 1878-1978

Mabel Amanda Wilcox was born in Sandusky, Ohio on March 4, 1878, to Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Wilcox. On February 7, 1906, Mabel A. Wilcox married Harry M. Orwig. Mr. Orwig was a native of Mansfield, Ohio. A New York passenger list shows the dates of birth of the children of Mabel and Harry M. Orwig.

Mabel's son H. Mercer Orwig was born in 1907. Her daughter Helen was born in 1910; and her daughter Mary was born in 1913. In the 1940 U.S. Census, Harry and Mabel and their son were all living in St. Louis County, Missouri, where the elder Harry M. Orwig owned and operated an interior decorating business. Harry M. Orwig died in 1954. Harry Mercer Orwig, the son of Mabel and Harry, died during World War Two, while serving in the military. According to the U.S. Social Security Death Index, Mrs. Mabel Wilcox Orwig died in Missouri in August of 1978, at the age of 100. Her remains were brought back to Ohio, for burial at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A listing for Mabel Orwig in the Lineage Book of the Daughters of the American Revolution traces her family tree back to Sergent John Hubbard of Connecticut.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Conrad and Anna Maria Bechtel

Conrad Bechtel was born in Germany in February, 1831. His wife, the former Anna Maria Wiederkehr was born in Germany on August 18, 1833. The database Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929, accessible at Family Search, provides a marriage record for Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel.

Johann Konrad Bechtel married Anna Marie Wiederkehr on December 22, 1853 in Hockenheim, Baden, Germany. The parents of Johann Konrad Bechtel were: Johann Bechtel and Barbara Graul, and the parents of Anna Marie Widerkehr were Christian Wiederkehr and Magdalene Schoepfer.

By the time of the 1860 Census, Conrad and Anna Maria were residing in Sandusky, Ohio. In 1860, they had a family of three children: Gertrude, age 7; Frederick, age 5; and Jacob age 3. All the children had been born in Ohio. By 1870, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Bechtel had five children. Sadly, at the time of the 1880 Census for Erie County, Ohio, Anna Maria Wiederkehr Bechtel had died, and Conrad Bechtel was a widower with four children still residing at home. The Bechtel children ranged in age from 12 to 22 years old. Anna Maria Conrad died on February 18, 1880, and she was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Conrad Bechtel passed away in Sandusky, Ohio on July 15, 1903. His funeral was held at the home of his son-in-law, Jacob Richter, on Harrison Street. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. William Leonhardt of St. Stephen's Church. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel came to America in the mid-nineteenth century; they worked hard and raised a big family. The lovely tombstone honoring the memory of Conrad and Anna Maria Bechtel reminds us of the rich German heritage of Sandusky and Erie County, Ohio.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wise Monument at Brighton Township Cemetery

This beautiful zinc monument, at Brighton Township Cemetery in Lorain County, Ohio honors several members of the Wise family. The panel of the monument,  picture above, has on it the name of Rudolph K. Wise, who died in 1884, and the name of Maggie Wise, the daughter of Rudolph and Maggie Wise, who also died in 1884 at age 10 months and days. This side of the Wise monument features a figure clinging to the cross, clasped hands, and a decorative drape.

Margaret Wise, the wife of Philip Wise, died on February 4, 1881.

Sarah L. Wise, the wife of Rudolph K. Wise, died on March 10, 1880 at the age of 18 years, 8 years, and 7 days.

All the names of this  lovely monument are still legible well over a century after the Wise family members passed away. The Wise monument was made by the Monumental Bronze Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Rev. Ray A. Evans

Rev. Ray A. Evans passed away on August 20, 1964, at the age of 68.  He had served as the pastor of Calvary Episcopal Church from 1939 until 1964. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rev. Evans was a graduate of Kenyon College and Bexley Hall Seminary. Several members of the clergy took part in the funeral services of Rev. Ray A. Evans, including Rev. Nelson Burroughs, Rev. Beverley D. Tucker, and Rev. Robert George. Burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. The monument which honors the memory of Rev. Evans features an open Bible, atop a pedestal, not unlike the pulpit in the church.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bell Frances West

According to records in the Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books (Vol. 39, page 85), Miss Bell Frances West (Miss West's middle name is sometimes spelled Francis)  was descended from Robert Francis West, who served in the Revolutionary War. Bell F. West was born in the early 1870s to Robert Francis West and Julia Bell West. She lost her father when was just a toddler. Bell's ancestors on both her mother's and father's sides were among the earliest settlers of Erie County, Ohio. Her great great grandfather Eleazur Bell came west to Perkins Township in 1815, with a group of several families from Connecticut, led by another of Bell F. West's ancestors, John Beatty. Bell F. West's grandfather, T.D. West was a pioneer merchant in Sandusky. Sadly, Bell F. West's great grandparents, Horace Bell and Sarah Rickie Beatty Bell both died in the cholera epidemic in Sandusky. When Bell F. West married Dr. Charles E. Perkins, the local newspaper printed a feature article, including a drawing of the happy couple. The article appeared in the February 4, 1891 of the Sandusky Daily Register. A portion of the article is pictured below.

According to census records, by 1900 the couple had divorced.

On August 14, 1922, Bell F. West passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital after a lengthy illness. She had been a longtime employee of the Bender-Woodward Company. Obituaries for Miss West are found in the 1922 OBITUARY NOTEBOOK at Sandusky Library. The articles stated that Miss West had been held in high esteem. Funeral services were held at Miss West's home at 428 East Washington Street in Sandusky, with Rev. E. G. Mapes officiating. Burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery in the West family lot.