Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Paul and Orshoski Families as Listed in the 1956 Rural Directory

Recently I glanced through a small collection of Erie County, Ohio directories at our local library. My family, as well as my husband's family, were both in the 1956 Erie County Farm and Business Directory from 1956. Both of our families resided on State Route 269.

Below are approximate locations of our families in 1956. The Paul Orshoski family lived in the small village of Bay View, on Sandusky Bay. The John B. Paul family lived south of Castalia.

The street listing portion of the directory indicates who resided near our families.

In 1956, my father, Paul Orshoski, was working as a plumber, and my father-in-law, John Paul was working as a driver for Sandusky Butter and Egg. If you have ancestors who resided in rural areas, see if your library or historical society have any rural directories. They provide interesting details that can confirm the exact location of a family in a given time frame.

Several members of the Paul and Orshoski families can be seen in a picture from our wedding, on June 10, 1973.

2 comments: said...

How far back do rural directories go back in Erie Co., and Ottawa Co., Ohio ??

Dorene from Ohio said...

They are quite sporadic. I have only seen 5 or 6 of them, ranging in dates from 1942-1967.Different libraries have different holdings.