Sunday, May 28, 2017

Augustus and Mary Ann Cooke

Augustus Cooke was a native of Connecticut. A teacher by profession, he came to what is now Erie County in the late 1820s. He died about 1840.  His second wife was Mary Ann Eddy, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell Eddy, pioneer settlers of what is now Erie County, Ohio. Mary Ann had come to this area with her parents from Connecticut in 1817. By 1860, Mary Ann Cooke was a widow, and she was residing with her son Charles E. Cooke in Sandusky. In the 1860s, Charles Eddy Cooke and George A. Cooke were operating a dry goods store at the northwest corner of Water Street and Columbus Avenue. Later the brothers purchase the large building at the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and Market. This building became known as the Cooke Block, and it has been an important piece of commercial property in downtown Sandusky for decades. Mary Ann (Eddy) Cooke died in May of 1888.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

George and Katharina Scherz, Natives of Germany

According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Katie and George Scherz were both born in Germany ,and they came to the United States in 1882. At that time, Mr. and Mrs. George Scherz were residing in Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, with their fourteen year old son, also named George. Mr. Scherz was aged 60, and stated his occupation as "farmer." Mrs. Scherz was age 57 in 1900. On July 7, 1912, George Scherz died at the age of 72. His funeral was held at the Bay Shore Church, with Rev. Theo. Stellhorn officiating. He was buried in Venice Cemetery, in Erie County. Mrs. Katharina/Katherine/Katie Scherz died on August 18, 1921. Her obituary in the August 19, 1921 issue of the Sandusky Register, stated that she had been a pioneer resident of Townsend Township.  Mrs. Scherz was buried beside her husband George in the Venice Cemetery. Mrs. Scherz was survived by two sons, Martin and Fred, ten grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

The beautiful monument honoring the memory of Mr. and Mrs. George Scherz is inscribed in German.


Katharina                                                   George Scherz
  Kaltschmidt                                               Geboren in Deutschland
Seine Ehefrau                                                1840-1912
Geboren in Deutschland

In English the inscription reads:


Katharina                                                   George Scherz
  Kaltschmidt                                              Born in Germany
His Wife                                                        1840-1912
Born in Germany

Monday, May 22, 2017

Great Great Grandpa Steen Earned a Life Scholarship to the Buckeye Business College

Recently I came across a document in the Schools Collection of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. It seems that Charles F. Steen, my great great grandfather, was awarded a life scholarship to to the Buckeye and Great Western Business College in 1869.

Upon payment of $45.00 tuition, Charles F. Steen could have all the privileges of the college for the rest of his life. The document was given to him by H.O. Stafford, Secretary, and A.C. VanTine, President of the College. Grandpa Steen pledged his honor to pursue his studies with diligence and to conduct himself on all occasions "as becomes a gentleman." Such a fun item to read! I have no idea how many years Grandpa Steen attended this college, but I convinced that in all the pictures I have seen of him, he did indeed conduct himself as a gentleman!

Note: The Buckeye Business College had several name changes throughout its existence in Sandusky, from about 1865 to the 1940s.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thomas Hinde, Son of William and Eleanor

Thomas Hinde was born on October 29, 1841 to William and Eleanor Hinde. He died in Wheeling, West Virginia on May 19, 1897. According to his death record, Thomas Hinde was a railroad contractor. After his death, funeral services for Thomas Hinde were held at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sandusky, Ohio, and burial was at the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Thomas Hinde was the brother of James J. Hinde, who was one of the founders of the Hinde and Dauch Paper Company in Sandusky, Ohio.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Raymond

According to her tombstone, Mrs. F.A.Raymond was born in Devonshire, England on January 19, 1816. She died on May 21, 1885. An obituary which appeared in the May 22, 1885 issue of the Sandusky Register read:

The death of Mrs Raymond, wife of Francis Raymond, is announced. Mrs Raymond had been an invalid for the past five years, and her death at an early hour Thursday morning was not entirely unexpected. She suffered a great deal for the past year, but her death was quiet, as her life had ever been, she passing away without a struggle. Mrs Raymond came to this city with her family in 1848, was a consistent member of the M. E. Church, and her life was that of a Christian lady, ambitions almost to the end. Her funeral will take place from the M E Church Sunday afternoon at 8 o'clock.

Francis Raymond died on July 1, 1907. His obituary appeared in the July 2, 1907 issue of the Sandusky Register. It read:

Francis Raymond, one of Sandusky's oldest residents, died at his home, 511 Jackson Street, at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 19 days.Mr. Raymond was a pioneer, having lived here for over 75 years. He was born in Putnam County, New York, November 12, 1818, and came to Sandusky in 1832. Here he established himself in the grocery business and remained in it for many years. During the civil war he conducted the Raymond Hotel at the corner of Water and Wayne Streets, now known as the Scott building. Later he entered the hack business and was in it for a number of years. A few years ago he was a collector for W. A. Graham. Less than a year ago he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis at the Graham store and it was thought at that time that he would not recover. He became strong and vigorous again, however, and was able to go out on the streets. His death was caused by old age.

Mr Raymond leaves one daughter, Miss Maria and one son William F Raymond. The funeral will be held from the residence Thursday at two p.m., Rev. DuBois officiating. Interment will be made in Oakland cemetery.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Raymond were laid to rest in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mrs. Urania Polley, A Leading Sandusky Dressmaker

Mrs. Urania Davis Polley was born in 1827, and she died in May of 1905. Below is a transcription of her obituary from the May 13, 1905 issue of the Sandusky Register, which provides us with a brief look into her life.

Mrs. Urania D. Polley died Friday morning at the home of her sister-in-law Mrs. John R. Davis, with whom she had lived for the past three years. Mrs. Polley was well known to our older citizens, having been for many years one of the leading dressmakers here. She was born on Long Island, June 28, 1827, moved with her parents to Oswego County, N.Y., and in 1851 married Roswell F. Polley and came to to this city, her husband dying eight years later. She was a faithful member of the Congregational church during the more than 50 years that she resided here. A sister and two brothers survive her: Mrs. Maria D. Brown of Seneca County, and Ira T. and Josh B. Davis of this city. The funeral services will be held at Mrs. John R. Davis, 208 Washington Street, Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

Mrs. Urania Polley was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery, beside her dear husband, who passed away on 1859.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Noah's Ark on the Sanborn Map at Cedar Point

Above is a portion of page 66 from the 1905 Sanborn Map for Sandusky, Ohio. Actually this set of maps was originally created in 1905, and then updates were made to it through 1950. Pictured is the Noah's Ark attraction at Cedar Point. This was a walk-through attraction that featured Noah fishing off the boat. Inside the boat were several animals, whose tails moved. My great grandparents, Roy and Ada Parker worked as concessionaires at Cedar Point, for the Concourse Amusement Company. This was one of the several attractions that they ran, with two other individuals from 1924 to the early 1950s.

The Sanborn Map shows that Noah's Ark was burlap covered. It had two electric motors and an air compressor, and there was a generator that ran the power. Adjacent to Noah's Ark was Hilarity Hall, and there was a concession stand very close to Noah's Ark. Here is a picture of my mom and aunt in front of Noah's Ark in the 1940s.

Below is a larger view of a portion of page 66 from the Sanborn Map.

You can learn a lot about the past structures in a given city by looking at old Sanborn Maps. To access them online, go to the Ohio Web Library. Select Genealogy, and then choose Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. Enter the city's name in the search box, and explore these interesting historical maps! (*Note: in the process, you may be required to enter your library card number to access this resource.) To learn more about Sanborn Maps, see this page at the website of the Library of Congress.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Miss Doris Grahl, Longtime Educator at Margaretta Local Schools

Miss Doris Grahl, seen above in a photocopy from an undated Margaretta News article, was my elementary principal at Venice School, which in the late 1950s was part of the Margaretta Local School district. To me, Miss Grahl always seemed like such a grand lady, and she was always professional, and she dressed very well. Somehow even both my parents knew Miss Grahl. Dad, who dropped out of school to join the U.S. Navy during World War Two, also held Miss Grahl is high regard. He enjoyed working as an officer of the Venice School P.T.A., where several of his children attended elementary school. Doris Grahl was born in 1912, to William and Anna (Klafter) Grahl. The family resided in Venice, Ohio, then in Margaretta Townhip of Erie County, Ohio. Miss Grahl graduated from Margaretta High School. She earned a bachelor's degree at Capital University, and her Master's degree from Bowling Green State University. As a Junior in High School, Doris Grahl was in the first group elected to the Margaretta Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Miss Grahl taught elementary school classes for several years, and later she was the Principal of both Venice and Bogart Elementary Schools. Miss Doris Grahl passed away on May 7, 2002, at the age of 89. She was survived by two brothers and a sister, and she had been predeceased by her parents, a brother, and four sisters. Funeral services for Miss Grahl were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, on Bardshar Road, very close to her home. Miss Doris Grahl was buried at Restlawn Cemetery, now known as Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery. An obituary for Doris Grahl appeared in the Sandusky Register of May 9, 2002.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thomas Larkins, Who Died in a Railroad Accident in 1875

Thomas Larkins was born in County Tipperary, Ireland to Daniel and Joanna (sometimes listed as Judith) Skehan. His baptism was recorded in the parish of Killenaule, County Tipperary. By 1848, Thomas Larkins was living in Erie County, Erie. That year he was married to Anna Ryan, with FatherMachebeuf officiating at the service at Holy Angels.

Thomas and Anna Larkins had a large family, as seen in the 1870 U.S. Census. Sadly, Thomas Larkins was killed in a railroad accident on June 4, 1875. An article which appeared in the June 11, 1875 issue of the Sandusky Register stated that broken stay-bolts in the boiler were the cause of the tragic accident. A brief article about the death of Thomas Larkins appeared in an Annual Report of the Commissioner of Railroads and Telegraphs. Another man, Joseph Lees, Jr.,  was killed in the same accident.

The Thomas Larkins who died in this tragic accident was the older brother of my ancestor, Patrick Larkins. Both men married Irish young ladies with the surname of Ryan. How said for the many children of Thomas Larkins to lose their hard working father. Thomas Larkins was laid to rest at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, but so far a specific location has not been determined.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Miss Maria Hendry

Maria Hendry was the daughter of Judge Alonzo W. Hendry and his wife, the former Jane Penfield. She was born in Sandusky, Ohio on July 11, 1849. This was the same month in which the dreadful cholera epidemic struck Sandusky, but luckily Maria and her parents survived the epidemic. For many years, Maria worked in the office of the Erie County Recorder's Office, at the courthouse. On May 2, 1917, Miss Maria Hendry died suddenly in Penfield, Ohio. Her remains were returned to Sandusky for burial at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery, where she was buried in the family lot.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Linker Monument at St. Joseph Cemetery

This stone at the St. Joseph Cemetery, adorned with a cross,  honors of the memory of several members of the Linker family. The surname Linker is inscribed along the top of the stone.

The first line on the tombstone reads: Mother. George, James, and Andrew were all sons of John C. and Margaret Linker. According to records from St. Joseph Cemetery, George Linker died July 4, 1883. James Linker died January 2, 1883, and Andrew Linker died at the age of 4, in 1868. (Census records indicate that Mr. and Mrs. Linker had another son named Andrew Linker, born about 1870.) Sadly, the father of these three young men, John C. Linker, died in April of 1888 after being injured in a train accident. He was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. John C. Linker's first wife was Mary. She died in 1854, and she was buried at Oakland Cemetery, though her first name also appears on the Linker family monument at St. Joseph Cemetery. Maggie most likely refers to the second wife of John C. Linker, whose name was Margaret, but sometimes she went by "Maggie." Margaret was listed on the U.S. Census record for the J. C. Linker family in 1870, but she died prior to 1888. Rest in peace, Linker family!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

John Mulheran, A Native of Ireland

John Mulheran was born about 1831 in Ireland. The last 45 years of his life were spent in Sandusky, Ohio.  Mr. Mulheran died on April 19, 1899. He left behind a widow and five sons. John Mulheran was buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.  An obituary for Mr. Mulheran appeared in the April 21, 1899 Sandusky Star Journal. The brief article stated that he was one of the most highly respected citizens of Sandusky.

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. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hope and Lucy Tucker, Early Settlers of Perkins Township

Hope Tucker, as well as his wife Lucy (nee Carter) were early settlers of Perkins Township. Information about a court case found at Google Books, lists all the names of the children of Hope and Lucy Tucker:

 It is stated in the bill, that at the time of Clark Tucker's death, Lucy Tucker had the following-named children, the fruits of her marriage with said Hope Tucker: Alden, Salmon, Hope, and Orange (sons); and Roxy, Electa, Lucy, and Emily (daughters); all of whom are still living, and made parties.

Hope Tucker died in 1851, at the age of 73 years. He was buried the old Perkins Cemetery. In the 1940s, all the graves and coffins from the old Perkins Cemetery were moved to its current location, off State Route 250 in Perkins Township. Lucy Tucker died on December 11, 1868, at the age of 90 years and 2 months. An inscription on her tombstone at Perkins Township indicates that she was the daughter of John and Susan Carter.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Lane Chesebrough

Frances Elizabeth Lane was born in 1821 to Judge Ebenezer Lane and his wife, the former Marion Griswold. She married Alfred Chesebrough on May 9, 1842 in Huron County, Ohio. Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Lane Chesebrough passed away in Detroit, Michigan in April of 1896. Her remains were brought to Sandusky, Ohio, where she was buried next to her husband in the Lane family lot at Oakland Cemetery.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Marriage Record of Daniel Larkin and Johanna Skehan

Because of Ancestry's free access to Irish records this week, I was able to see the marriage record of my ancestors, Daniel Larkin/Larkins and Joanna Skehan. They were married in 1823 in the Catholic Church in Killenaule, County Tipperary, Ireland. They emigrated to the United States, and settled in Sandusky, Ohio. The final resting place of Daniel and Johanna Larkins is at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. How wonderful to find this marriage record!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Miss Cornelius McGee, 1874-1898

Miss Cornelius/Cora McGee was born in June of 1874 to George McGee and his wife, the former Sarah Benton. She died on March 14, 1898, following a lengthy illness. Cornelius McGee is buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Especially for You" Radio program in March of 1951

Above is a transcript of a brief radio program which aired on WLEC Radio in Sandusky on March 7, 1951. The "Especially for You" program, featuring Jeanne Shepard, was sponsored by the H&S Bakery in Sandusky, Ohio. This particular episode was sending best wishes to my great grandparents, Roy and Ada on their 50th wedding anniversary. Grandma Ada was the recipient of a Betsy Ross cake, in honor of the Parkers' anniversary. WLEC Radio was a favorite radio station of my parents! Below is a picture of Grandpa and Grandma Parker from their 50th Year Wedding Anniversary celebration. On the day of the radio broadcast, Grandam Ada was the "Betsy Ross Lady Who Takes the Cake."