Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Life Magazine Archives

When I was young, I remember often seeing an issue of Look and Life magazine on our living room coffee table. Recently I was browsing through the April 20, 1953 issue of Life Magazine at the Life Magazine Archives housed at Google Books.

At that time, housewives all across the U.S. were making both pudding and pies with Jell-O products.

In the July 20, 1953 issue of Life, a picture of members of President Eisenhower's family were pictured at the Easter egg roll hosted at the White House.

In 1953 the defrosting Kelvinator was a popular refrigerator.

Many of us will recall the popularity of Lane cedar chests and hope chests in the 1950s and 60s.

Visit the Life Magazine Archives, and you will see the types of advertisements that your parents and grandparents saw in years gone by!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: April 25, 2015

Randy at Genea-Musings has this challenge for today's edition of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

1)  Show us one of your favorite photographs of your family - a group, yourself, your mom, your dad, your sibling(s), your grandparents, etc.  Tell us about it - the date, the event, the setting, the persons in the photograph.

2)  Share it on your own blog, in a comment on this blog, or on Facebook or Google+.

This is one of my favorite family photographs. It is my parents and all my siblings for a family picture taken for Grace Lutheran Church in Castalia, Ohio about 1970.

My brother Todd is in the yellow shirt; Matt has on a blue shirt and red tie. My sister Robin has on  the purple and white dress. The tall one in the back is my brother Paul, and I am on the right, in a blue flowered dress. Between my parents, Joyce Parker Orshoski and Paul R. Orshoski, Sr., is my baby sister Kellie in pigtails. It is one of the last family pictures taken before we started getting married, and having families of our own. Between all of us six children, we produced twenty grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, with more on the way. My mom Joyce really loved having family pictures taken!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cemeteries, by Keith Eggener

Earlier this week, I ran into this amazing book entitled CEMETERIES, by Keith Eggener. It is based on the historical collections of the Library of Congress, and features photographs of cemeteries from all over the United States. It is from a series of Sourcebooks published by Norton and the Library of Congress.  Click here to read a review of the book CEMETERIES.  An online database of the pictures found within the book is found at:


I cannot wait to spend more time looking at these amazing pictures which showcase the art and history and architecture so often found in cemeteries.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Samuel Summers Walker, 1849-1898

Samuel Summers Walker was born in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio in 1849. His parents were Samuel Walker and Betsey Summer Walker, pioneer residents of Erie County. In the year that Samuel S. Walker was born, a dreadful cholera epidemic struck the city of Sandusky. Those living in township outside the city limits had the advantage of escaping the dreaded disease. In about 1878, Samuel S. Walker and his family moved to Toledo, Ohio. On April 22, 1898, Samuel Summers Walker died after a lengthy illness. He was a brother of the late Mrs. John Hull, nee Angeline Walker, and an uncle to Judge Linn Walker Hull and the Rev. John H. Hull. The remains of  Samuel Summers Walker were brought back to Sandusky for burial in Oakland Cemetery. He was survived by a wife and three grown children. An obituary for Samuel S. Walker appeared in the April 23, 1898 issue of the Sandusky Register.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Former Elementary School in Marblehead, Ohio

From 1893 to 1935, this structure was an elementary school in Danbury Township, Ottawa County, Ohio.  It was built by the Kelly Island Lime and Transport Company, from native limestone. 

For about twenty years, the Schoolhouse Gallery was at this location, and sold items with a nautical theme. Now the former schoolhouse is home to the Red Fern Inn at Rocky Point Winery.

Here is a picture of a pump that once served as Marblehead’s first public water supply.

To read more about the history of Danbury Township, see the Firelands Pioneer of June 1870. On pages 63 to 75, you will find an article by A.H. Agard, entitled “Historical Sketches of Danbury Township,” also available at Google Books.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Upcoming Ohio Genealogical Events

Click here to see a schedule of upcoming classes about Ohio genealogy, sponsored by the Ohio Genealogical Society. Many,but not all, will be held at the OGS Library in Bellville, Ohio.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Henry Schlottag

According to the Ancestral File portion of Family Search, Heinrich Schlottag was born on May 27, 1853, in Pommern, Germany, to Ferdinand and Carolina (Barz) Schlottag. Heinrich eventually changed his name to Henry. Records at Erie County Probate show that Henry Schlottag married Minnie Keil on September 24, 1855.

Henry Schlottag died on April 13, 1898. The April 18, 1898 issue of the Sandusky Morning Star reported that Mr. Schlottag's funeral was at held at St. Stephen's Church, and a large number of family and friends were in attendance. Burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.