Saturday, April 15, 2017

Judge Walter F. Stone, 1822-1874

According to the Firelands Pioneer, Walter Freeman Stone was born in Ohio on November 18, 1822, his parents having been originally from the state of Vermont. Walter Stone studied law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After practicing law in Cleveland for a time, Walter F. Stone moved to Sandusky, Ohio, in 1846,  where he was in a law practice with A.W. Hendry. Later he practiced law with Ebenezer Lane and William G. Lane.From 1867 to 1871, Walter F. Stone served as Erie County Common Pleas Judge. From 1871 to 1874, Walter F. Stone was an Ohio Supreme Court Justice. In the fall of 1874, Judge Stone moved to California, due to ill health. Sadly, he died in California on December 23, 1874. He was survived by his wife, the former Cordelia Hitchcock, and three children. Judge Walter F. Stone's remains were brought back to Ohio, where he was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Below is a closer view of the inscription on the monument which honors the memory of Judge Walter F. Stone, in the North Ridge section of Oakland Cemetery.

(Note: Top image from WikiPedia.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Edwin and Anna Ritter

Edwin L. Ritter was born in Sandusky in 1874, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ritter. Henry Ritter was the owner of a well known cigar business. Edwin was associated with his father in the cigar business. Edwin Ritter died unexpectedly on April 12, 1938. His wife, the former Anna Ferbach, survived her husband by several years. She died in 1954. Both Edwin and Anna Ritter were buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: April 8, 2017

Randy at Genea-Musings has given us this challenge:

1) Pick one of your sets of great-grandparents - if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don't use last names of living people for this - respect their privacy.

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.


I chose to pick my great grandparents, Leroy and Ada (Steen) Parker, seen above at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration with their three surviving children in 1950. I made a list, by hand, of the descendants of Roy and Ada Parker.

They had four children, all now deceased.
They had twelve grandchildren, eight of whom are now deceased.
They had twenty-four great grandchildren, five of whom are deceased.
They had forty-five great great grandchildren, two of who are deceased.

I stopped at the generation of "great great grandchildren," because the family has grown so large, and spread across the country, that I do not know all of the ones in this generation, besides the Steen Parker line.

All of the people in the picture, Grandpa Roy and Grandma Ada, Uncle Glenn, Aunt Janet, and Uncle Paul, I knew. I talked most probably to Uncle Glenn's wife, Aunt Florence, who told me a lot of family stories. And Grandma Ada left her family notebooks to my mom, and is one of my main inspirations for loving family history! I have talked with almost all of the grand children and great grandchildren of Grandma and Grandpa Roy, especially at family gatherings, weddings, showers, and funerals. The stories of the old family farm in Perkins Township are especially precious to me well as the stories of Grandma and Grandpa's days at the Cedar Point amusement park.

Thanks for this fun trip down memory lane, Randy! As I was thinking about the causes of death of so many family members, it made me sad to think of how many were lost to disease and tragedies. It is so good to keep the memories of these dear ones alive!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Douglas Austin Wright and Kathryn E. Wright Kuehn

Douglas Austin Wright was the son of Jabez Wright (1848-1912) and Isabelle Kirby (1849-1924.) He was born in 1869. He was named for his paternal grandfather, who was also named Douglas Wright. His middle name was the first name of his maternal grandfather, Capt. Austin A. Kirby. Douglas A. Wright was a dentist, and he had a dental office in Huron, Ohio. He died at the age of 65, on December 13, 1934. He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Kathryn E. McCardle married Douglas A. Wright in 1891. After Dr. Douglas Wright's death, Kathryn remarried, to Hugo Kuehn. When Kathryn died in 1962, she was buried next to her first husband at Oakland Cemetery. An inscription of the joint tombstone of Douglas A. and Kathryn E. Wright Kuehn reads:

Christ in You the Hope of Glory

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Grandma Irene Won a Prize at Cooking School!

When I was looking for something else, I ran into this interesting article about a Cooking School held in Sandusky in November of 1939. The Cooking School was sponsored by the Sandusky Register and the Sandusky Star-Journal newspapers. Miss Mary Ann Kidd was the instructor, and sessions were held at the auditorium of the Sandusky Senior High School, now Adams Junior High.

An article which appeared in the November 18, 1939 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal listed the winners of the prizes that were won on the last evening of the Cooking School classes. Included in the list was the name of my great grandmother, Irene Larkins, who lived at 1309 Shelby Street. Gram Irene won a room of wallpaper, provided by the Brinnon Wallpaper and Paint Company. I never heard which room she had wallpapered! What a delight to read this article about Great Grandma Irene winning a prize!

My beloved Gram Irene had a full life, but it was filled  with a lot of loss of love and loss of dear family members. In 1939, she did not know that in the next few years her only daughter, as well as her father would  pass away from serious illness. Gram Irene was married several times. There are so many questions I wish I had asked her! Mom always told me that the person to whom Gram Irene was married when Grandma Doris was born was not the biological father of Doris. So who was? It may have been a man named Hal McIntyre, but I have no idea of where he lived, or how to spell his last name, or when he was born and died. Why didn't Gram Irene marry Hal? Later, Gram Irene was known as Mrs. George Shirey (per the 1930 Census.) Mom always said that George was the love of her why did that marriage end? So, so many questions! Below is a document I created a few years ago, with dates, if known, of the marriages of my great grandmother Irene. I loved her so, and I know she loved me. She had a stroke when I was a little girl, and so we did not have nearly as many heart-felt talks as I would have liked! I include this document not to dishonor my sweet Gram Irene, but to help fill in the gaps for future researchers who may wish to know what I learned in my genealogical diggings.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mrs. Celia A. Hoyt Johnson

According to her obituary, which appeared in the Sandusky Star Journal of March 16, 1934, Celia A. Hoyt Johnson was bornin 1845 in a log cabin on a farm owned by the Frank Lindsley family in the 1930s in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio.  Celia’s mother, the former Almira House, traveled from Connecticut to Ohio with a group of families who were pioneer settlers of Perkins Township. They traveled by oxen train. Celia’s father was George C. Hoyt. He was born in Vermont, and in 1833, he made his way to Ohio by river and lake boat, stage coach, on horseback, and partly on foot. Mr. and Mrs. George C. Hoyt had ten children and were deeply saddened when they lost two sons during the Civil War. Erie County marriage records, accessible at FamilySearch, indicate that a Cecelia Ann Hoyt married Mr. Charles Johnson on January 24, 1866.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson had three children, and the family was well known in Perkins Township.  Mrs. Celia A. Hoyt Johnson died on March 15, 1934. She had been preceded in death by two sons and a daughter. Mrs. Johnson was buried at the old Perkins Cemetery, and during the 1940s, her grave was relocated to the current Perkins Cemetery. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

William H. Dilgart, 1875-1940

William H. Dilgart was born in Lucas County, Ohio in 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dilgart. William came to Sandusky, Ohio in 1901, and he opened a furniture store in the Odd Fellows Building. In 1905, he formed a partnership with William P. Bittner. This advertisement for Dilgart and Bittner appeared in the Sandusky Register of June 9, 1906. By this time the furniture store had moved to Market Street. Later, the store would move to Washington Row.

In the mid-1920s, the partnership between Mr. Dilgart and Mr. Bittner was dissolved, but William H. Dilgart continued in the furniture business. William H. Dilgart was a director and vice president of the first merchants association in Sandusky. He was also active in the Masons, Knights of Pythias, Elks Lodge, the Oxford Grange, and the Sandusky Rotary Club. William H. Dilgart passed away on March 28, 1940. He was survived by his wife Margaret, a daughter, three sisters and two brothers. Mr. William H. Dilgart was buried at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery.