Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lena Grasgreen

Lena Grasgreen (sometimes spelled Grassgreen) died in the latter part of January, 1888, at the age of five years and ten months. She is buried in the Oheb Shalom Cemetery, in Perkins Township of Erie County, Ohio. Lena's tombstone contains a lengthy inscription, written in the Hebrew language. Lena's obituary, which appeared in the January 26, 1888 issue of the Sandusky Register stated that she was the daughter of Joseph Grasgreen.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Joseph Grasgreen and his wife Lotta lived in Sandusky, where Joseph worked as a stocking manufacturer. Mr. and Mrs. Grasgreen had a family of six children, ranging in age from infancy to ten years old. (Lena had not been born yet.) The 1880 Sandusky City Directory lists Joseph Grasgreen's place of business as 833 Market Street. Isaac Grasgreen was a dealer in boots and shoes at the same location. By 1900, Census records show that the Grasgreen family had moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Joseph was a merchant in dry goods. Joseph and Lotta/Lottie's birthplace was given as Hungary, and the children were born in Ohio. The gates of Sandusky's Oheb Shalom Cemetery are pictured below.

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