Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tirzah March, 1799-1875

According to U.S. Census records, Tirzah March was born in Maine. In 1850 she was age 51, and resided in Highland County, Ohio with her husband Henry J. March. There were several March children in the household, ranging in age from 11 to 25, as well as a 16 year old named Ann E. McNary. In 1860, Henry and Tirzah March were still in Highland County, along with Westly March, age 21 and Tirzah Hart, age 14. Henry J. March died on Christmas Day in 1860, and he was buried in Highland County. By 1870, Tirzah March had moved to the first ward of the city of Sandusky. She was living with the J.L. Lewis family at that time. The May 22, 1875 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that Mrs. Tirzah March had died on May 21, 1875 in the seventy-seventh year. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal Church, and burial was in Oakland Cemetery. The name "Tirzah" comes from the Hebrew language and means "she is my delight."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kate Reber Layman

Kate Reber was the daughter of prominent Sandusky attorney George Reber, and his second wife, the former Nancy Stiles. On December 2, 1880, Kate Reber married Frank A. Layman in Erie County, Ohio. F.A. Layman was the editor of the Sandusky Star Journal for a time.

On May 19, 1910, Mrs. Kate Reber Layman died at the age of 45, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her remains were returned to Sandusky for burial at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Johann and Katharina Kärcher

According to the book SANDUSKY EINST UND JETZT, by Ernst Von Schulenburg, Johann Kärcher was born in Weingarten, Baden, German in 1825. He settled in Sandusky, Ohio in 1846, and he married Katharina Lay in 1850. A marriage record on file at Erie County Probate Court listed Johann's name as John Carrier.

In McKelvey's 1867 Sandusky City Directory, Johann Kärcher's name is listed as John Kercher. In 1867, he resided at 15 Jefferson Street, and his occupation was engineer. For several years Johann Kärcher worked as a marine engineer on the steamer Louise.  Katharina Lay Kärcher died on December 26, 1895. The inscription on her tombstone indicated that she was born in Schaffhausen, Baden, Germany on August 17, 1826.

An article in the May 16, 1904 issue of the Sandusky Evening Star,  reported that Johann Kärcher had taken his own life by consuming carbolic acid. It is believed that he had become increasingly despondent after his wife's death. Mr. Kärcher had resided with his wife's nephew John Lay, for several years, but for a few months he lived at the Odd Fellows Home in Springfield, Ohio. Mr. Kärcher spent the last few days of his life at the Kunzmann Hotel in Sandusky. Otto Kunzmann discovered the lifeless body of Johann Kärcher when there was no answer at the door to his hotel room. Funeral services for Johann Kärcher were held at Krupp's mortuary, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Johann Kärcher's date of death was May 15, 1904. The majestic monument which honors the memory of Johann and Katharina Kärcher is found in the North Ridge section of Oakland. Katharina Kärcher was the sister of Jacob Lay, who died in the 1849 cholera epidemic. Jacob's three sons went on to establish the Lay Brothers Fisheries.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Four Young Daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Warnke

In Block 62 at Oakland Cemetery is a four sided monument which honors the memory of four young daughters of Carl/Charles Warnke and his wife, the former Elizabeth Steitz. Elmira Warnke was born in 1859, and died in 1861.

Cora Warnke was born in 1868, and she died in 1869.

Laura Warnke was born in 1862, and she lived only until 1863.

Caroline Warnke was born in 1865, and she survived until 1869.

It is hard to imagine the deep sorrow in the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Warnke, when they had to bury four little girls between the years of 1861 and 1869. They did go on to have two more daughters who survived to adulthood, the Misses Alma and Clarissa Warnke. Carl/Charles Warnke died in 1928, and his wife Elizabeth died in 1925. Mr. and Mrs. Warnke are also buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: G.A. Boeckling Building on Sandusky's Waterfront

Now home to the Office of Coastal Management, ODNR, this building was constructed in the late 1920s to serve  as the winter headquarters for G.A. Boeckling, the president of the Cedar Point Pleasure Company from 1897 until his death in 1931. The building has Spanish features, including the red tile roof and arched windows. Aquatic symbols adorn the sides of the building which face towards the east and the south.

Today tourists can board the Jet Express ferry which is adjacent to the Boeckling building. Passenger ferries have been transporting visitors to Cedar Point and the Lake Erie Islands for many years from this location.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: "There is Rest for the Weary"

According to the book THE HOLCOMBES: NATION BUILDERS, Sarah Ann Holcombe was the daughter of Daniel Bates Holcombe and Sara (Case) Holcombe (sometimes spelled Holcomb.) In the 1900 U.S. Census, Sarah A. Holcombe was age 90, and she lived with the family of her sister and brother-in-law, Watson and Georgianna Hubbard. On May 5, 1901, Miss Sarah A. Holcombe passed away at the Hubbard residence. Below is a transcription of an obituary for Miss Holcombe which appeared in the May 6, 1901 issue of the Sandusky Daily Star:

Miss Sarah A. Holcombe died Sunday 
evening at 11:30 o'clock at the home of
Mr. Watson Hubbard, No. 429 Wayne
Sreet. The deceased had been a long
suffemr and her death was not entirely
unexpected. She was a sister of Mrs.
Watson Hubbard and had made her
home in Sandusky for twenty years.

The inscription on the tombstone of Sarah A. Holcombe reads: