Monday, May 30, 2016

Sgt. John J. Morine, 1916-1945

Sgt. John J. Morine served his country in military service during World War Two. He survived the Bataan Death March, but died in a prison in Formosa on January 14, 1945. His remains were returned to the United States, for burial at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. A picture of John is found on his tombstone. He truly gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Family History in an Adobe Spark Video

After watching a terrific tutorial by Amy Johnson Crow, I decided to try to make a family video about my mom and dad, Paul and Joyce Orshoski. At first I had some technical difficulties, but at last I got the video created!

Click on this link to view the "Show and Tell" Adobe Spark Video. It is so easy to use! Thanks Amy for all your assistance and the wonderful tutorial!

Ada and Alpha Steen Graduated from High School in Berlin Township

Recently I ran into an article that helped me understand why I never found the name of Ada Steen, my great grandmother, in the listing of alumni from Sandusky High School. It turns out that Ada Steen and her twin sister Alpha Steen (later Mrs. Fred Martin) graduated from high school in Berlin Heights in May of 1897. A brief paragraph which appeared in the "Perkins" column of the Sandusky Register of May 18, 1897 read:

Perkins was well represented at the Berlin commencement on last Friday's evening by Miss Alpha Steen, president and prophet, and Miss Ada Steen, secretary of the class. Also at the exercises by Merrill House, Edith Storrs, Roy Parker,  Cora Akins, Elon House, Laura Deeley and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Steen.

Roy Parker would later become the husband of Ada Steen. Pictured above are Charles Steen family in the late 1890s or early 1900s. Ada and Alpha are standing, and their younger brother Rollin is standing between Sarah and Charles Steen. My grandfather, Steen Parker, the son of Ada (Steen) and Roy Parker was a graduate of Sandusky High School in 1927, so I thought that his mother Ada had also been a graduate of Sandusky High School. Charles Steen, the father of the twins, had lived in the Berlin Township area when he was young, and he still had relatives in that township in 1897. Evidently he and his wife must have thought that Berlin Township had an excellent school system! Today Berlin Township and Milan area students all attend school at the Edison Local School District.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Getting Started in Your Family History: A Very Brief Tutorial with the Help of

Here is a Getting Started in Family History very brief tutorial, made with

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Neighbor and Friend Mary's Name in the National Archives!

My dear neighbor, Mary Doza Lakner, was such a good friend to me. We spent many hours talking on her porch in Bay Bridge, Ohio, before her death in 2005. Mary knew six generations of my family, because so many people who lived in the Bay Bridge/Bay View area had been employed at the former Medusa Cement factory. We each had family members who worked at Medusa, and Mary seemed to know an interesting story about each and every one of them! Mary told me that at one time she ran the neighborhood store in Bay Bridge, which also served as a tavern, and for a time a Post Office. I was delighted to find Mary's name in a listing from the National Archives and Records Administration's listings of Postmaster Appointments at Ancestry Library Edition. It turns out that Mary Lakner was the Postmaster of Bay Bridge, Ohio from 1958, until it closed in 1963. U.S. Mail formerly delivered to Bay Bridge was sent to Sandusky, Ohio after June 21, 1963.

Monday, May 16, 2016

John and Christina Heid

John Heid was born in Germany in 1825. He came to the U.S. in 1851, and settled in Sandusky. According to the book SANDUSKY THEN AND NOW, John Heid married Christine Will in 1853. During the Civil War, John Heid served in two different units. He was in Company C of the Ohio 25th Infantry, as well as Company F of the 107th Ohio Infantry.  John Heid died on May 16, 1897, after having been stricken with apoplexy.  He had been a member of the McMeens Post, G.A.R. and the Ogontz Lodge of the I.O.O.F. John Heid was buried at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery.  Mrs. Christine Heid lived until 1918. She passed away at the family home on Shelby Street on April 17, 1918. She had been a member of the Emmanuel Church, and its Ladies Aid Society. The names of John and Christine Heid appear on individual monuments, as well on a larger monument which honors several members of the extended family, including the surnames Sprau and Scheufler.

On the tall monument is this inscription, under the names of John and Christina Will Heid:

Death is eternal life Why should we weep

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cousin Lee's Send Off

My second cousin Leroy Baumeister passed away on May 4, 2016. He always used to tell the best family stories! He is survived by a host of family members and close friends who will miss him very much. His obituary is located at Firelands Obits.   At the conclusion of Lee's funeral service, held at Groff Funeral Home, four musicians from the Toledo Symphony played "When the Saints Go Marching In." It was a glorious to send Lee off!!