Friday, August 26, 2016

John M. Schwab, Civil War Veteran

John M. Schwab was born in Germany about 1841. In 1860 he was listed in the Martin Schwab residence in Sandusky, Ohio in the U.S. Census.  During the Civil War, both John M. Schwab and his father Martin Schwab served in the Third Ohio Cavalry. By 1869, John Schwab was working as a clerk at the Post Office. In 1870, John Schwab was married to Mary, and they had two small children. Census records indicate that John’s mother, Elizabeth Schwab, was also living with them in Sandusky, Ohio. On August  21, 1872 John M. Schwab died in Tecumseh, Michigan, at the age of 51. He was buried at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. His tombstone is adorned with a finger pointing upward, which represents the hope of Heaven. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gary Will be Missed!

My mom, Joyce Orshoski, is pictured here with Gary Lindsley on his farm in 2008. A few days ago Gary passed away after suffering injuries in an automobile accident. Gary's obituary is found at the Firelands Obits website. (Mom died in 2010, after a long battle with cancer.) Gary Lindsley was not related to us, but we shared a lot of cousins. Gary's mom and dad, Cliff and Leona Lindsley lived on a farm in Perkins Township near  where my Parker grandparents and great grandparents used to live. After the U.S. Government took over several acres of farm land in the 1940s, for a munitions factory for the war effort, all the farmers had to re-locate. Gary's parents moved to a lovely farm in rural Bellevue. When my siblings and were young, we used to enjoy the long drive to the Lindsley farm in Bellevue. Uncle Cliff and Aunt Leona welcomed us with open arms. Gary was older than were, and he was quiet during our visits, but wonderful memories were made. Though those Perkins Township farmers moved away from their farms, many of the families kept in touch through the years, and I cherish the memories of Gary and his family. We'll miss you Gary!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Byron Smith or William B. Smith, Jr.

This lovely monument at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of Byron Smith, who was born on January 6, 1830, and died on August 22, 1881, at the age of 51 years, 7 months, and 16 days. Though the monument indicates Mr. Smith's first name was Byron, the Erie County Cemetery Census, Before 1909 states that his name could also be William Smith, Jr. The 1855 Sandusky City Directory lists a W.B. Smith, Jr., with a residence at 51 Franklin Street, and occupation, livery business. Though not many details are known about William Bryon Smith, Jr., this lovely monument keeps his memory alive.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Elizabeth Harpster, wife of B.F. Harpster

Elizabeth Arnold Harpster was the first wife of Benjamin F. Harpster. Benjamin and Elizabeth were married on November 9, 1869 in Sandusky County, Ohio. Elizabeth Harpster died on June 22, 1876, at the age of 30. She was buried at the Reformed Church Cemetery, now the St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery at the corner of Kilbourne and Gardner Roads in Bellevue, Ohio.

Monday, August 15, 2016

John M. Storrs, Died in Perkins Township

John M. Storrs was born in 1823, and he died on August 14, 1848 at the age of 23. He was buried in Perkins Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio. Most likely, John M. Storrs is related to Reuben Storrs, who settled in Perkins Township in the early 1800s.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Basball Sunday at the Soldiers Home Grounds

This advertisement ran in the August 14, 1919 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal. The baseball team from the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home was slotted to play the team from Ann Arbor. The ad stated that the Soldiers' Home team was endeavoring to "put Sandusky on the base-ball map." Baseball has been a popular game in Sandusky for many, many years, with leagues ranging in age from the T-ball set to Adults.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cuyler Leonard, 1821-1859

Cuyler Leonard was born on January 5, 1821. He was married to Julia Seely, according to his son's marriage record. The Morgan Library of Ohio Imprints indicates that in 1843, Cuyler Leonard was a tutor at the Western Reserve College. Cuyler Leonard practiced law with Lucas Beecher in Sandusky, Ohio. In this advertisement, from the August 26, 1853 issue of the Sandusky Daily Commercial Register, we see that Cuyler Leonard was in a legal practice with Jacob Camp.

Sadly, Cuyler Leonard died on August 11, 1859 at the age of 38. He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.