Saturday, September 14, 2019

Very Simple Timeline for My Mother Joyce Parker Orshoski

Randy at Genea-Musings has challenged us to create a timeline in today's edition of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

Below is a very simple timeline marking just a few highlights in my mother's life.

I created this timeline at It was free and very easy to use, but it did not allow for many details. My mom packed a lot of life into her years on this earth. 

She had six children, twenty grandchildren, and many, many great grandchildren. I think she worked at least fifteen different jobs. She went back to work after becoming a widow in her fifties. I miss Mom every day, and am thankful she told me so many family stories!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Horace Aplin, 1805-1871

According to the 1850 U.S. Census, Horace Aplin was born in the state of New York in 1805. In 1850, he was working in Sandusky, Ohio as a grocer. An article in the Firelands Pioneer  records the date of Horace Aplin's marriage to Julia E. Peck as January 21, 1840 in Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Alfred Newton of the First Presbyterian Church in Norwalk officiated at the wedding. HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich, states that Horace Aplin was a trustee of Portland Township (Portland Township eventually became a part of the city of Sandusky) in 1849, 1854, and 1855. In 1858, Horace Aplin became a Justice of the Peace. On October 9, 1871, Horace Aplin died in Sandusky, Ohio. He was buried in the North Ridge section of Oakland Cemetery. After Mrs. Julia Aplin passed away in 1903, she was buried next to her husband in Oakland Cemetery.

Friday, August 30, 2019

My Baby Brother Matt Orshoski, 1962-2019

My youngest brother, Matthew Steen Orshoski, passed away peacefully this morning, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Matt and I never had cross words. He was supportive of me through all the ups and downs of life, which were many. Since I was 11 when he was born, I literally saw him grow up!

One of my first memories of Matt was before he was born! I told my Aunt Betty, who lived next door, that I wanted to give my mom a baby shower, even though it was her fifth baby. Well Aunt Betty's mom Audrey owned the Log Cabin, a restaurant in our small community. Aunt Betty paid for everything, I am sure, and she arranged for a lovely baby shower for my mom, in a the special party room at the Log Cabin. Everyone had a wonderful time.

The summer Mom was expecting Matt, a family friend, Bill K., used to drop off fresh sweet corn and tomatoes to our house, on his way across the Sandusky Bay to make a delivery to a farm market. Mom loved that fresh produce so much! Matt loved sports, and he practically grew up on the ball field in Bay View, where my Dad coached baseball.

Matt and his wife wanted to have a family, and it was quite some time before that happened. They went on to have four children, three grandchildren, and another baby on the way. Matt loved his family SO much!

The last several years, Matt's health declined more and more. He spent over three years in a nursing home. Having been a coach, a plumber, and active in the church and community, it was frustrating for him to be so idle. His greatest joy was when loved ones would visit. More than one person has said that they went to see Matt to cheer him up, but it turned out that Matt cheered up the visitor instead! Matt is at peace now, and since singing was one of his favorite pastimes, I can picture him singing in a Heavenly choir!!! We are glad he will be reunited with our mom and dad.

Love you Matt O., and thanks for all the memories!!

This link takes you to the obituary of Matt Orshoski.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

John E. Nolan, Corporal in Company B

John E. Nolan's name appears in the 1880 U.S. Census. He was the nine year old son of John and Teresa Nolan, and the family resided in Sandusky, Ohio.  John E. Nolan served as a Corporal in Company B of the Ohio Sixth Infantry during the Spanish American War. This unit received a warm welcome when they returned home to Sandusky. Sadly, John E. Nolan died in Cleveland, Ohio on March 19, 1914. He was buried at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lettie May, 1878-1931

In the 1880 U.S. Census, there is a Letta May, age one, listed with Julian and Mattie May in Gentry County, Missouri. By the time of the 1900 U.S. Census,  Lettie May was a student at the Normal School at Madison Lake, South Dakota, now Dakota State University. She was 21 in 1900. A very brief article in the July 23, 1920 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal stated:

Miss Lettie May of Washington D.C., is spending three weeks with Miss Waye Wonnell of S. Columbus Ave.

On August 21, 1931, Lettie May died in Brooklyn, New York. Her occupation was listed as accountant, and her parents were Julian May and Martha Black. Lettie's remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at Oakland Cemetery.  These brief obituaries are found in the 1931 OBITUARY NOTEBOOK at Sandusky Library.

So far I have not been able to determine exactly when Lettie May resided in Sandusky, but the fact that she was buried at Oakland Cemetery indicates that she most likely did have ties to the area.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Dora Hutchins, 1862-1882

Dora Hutchins was born on May 15, 1862. Her parents were Charles and Electa Hutchins. Sadly, she passed away from consumption as a young woman, on August 20, 1882. Dora Hutchins, who had a brother named Charles L. Hutchins, was buried at Sandusky, Ohio.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

SNGF: Were You in a Youth Organization

In today's version of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Randy from Genea-Musings  has challenged us to answer the question "Were You in a Youth Organization." I was a Girl Scout; my younger brother Paul was a Cub Scout; and my sister Robin was once a Brownie Scout! Pictured below are my brother and I in our Scout uniforms in the early 1960s.

From Grades 2 through 12, I was a member of the Girl Scouts. I was first a Brownie Scout, in Grades 2 and 3.

Image courtesy Ebay

Below is my Brownie World Association Pin, which was only in use from 1956 to 1976.

After Grade 3, we got to become a "fly up." We went from Brownies to becoming actual Girl Scouts. One of my very favorite Scout leaders was Mrs. Winnie Sessler. Mrs. Sessler was our school cook, and she loved us young ladies so much! She took us camping, taught us how to make all-day lollipops at her house, and guided us along the way to earning many, many Girl Scout badges! We got to go to cooking school at Columbia Gas. We learned how to be a home nurse. One Spring we made refreshments, and had a dance at one of our members' big farmhouse. We slept in sleeping bags, made campfire stew, and fried up homemade donuts. We sat upon homemade "sit upons." Our dishes were washed in "swishy bags." The songs we sang are still very vividly in my memory bank.

Thanks for the fun trip down Memory Lane, Randy! I made lifelong friends in Girl Scouts, and had hundreds of memorable moments along the way.

Friday, August 16, 2019

William Van Gorder, Civil War Veteran

Image Courtesy FindaGrave

William Van Gorder was born in the state of New York about 1821. In the 1850 U.S. Census, William was residing in Chemung County, New York, aged 28. His occupation was listed as  farmer. During the Civil War, William Van Gorder served with Company B of the New York Infantry, and later he served in Company D. of the 9th U.S. Reserve Corps.  The first wife of William Van Gorder was Lorinda Westfall, who had been married to a Mr. Stedge before she wed Mr. Van Gorder. Lorinda died in 1875. She was buried in the West Carlton Cemetery in Barry County, Michigan.

After Lorinda’s death, William Van Gorder married Lorinda’s sister Eliza Jane. Eliza Jane Westfall had previously been married to Wheeler Nodine, and a Mr. Burr. A Westfall descendant stated that Eliza Jane and William Van Gorder separated in 1879. William Van Gorder died on February 24, 1898. He was buried next to his first wife Lorinda in Barry County, Michigan.

According to records at FamilySearch, Eliza J. Van Gorder applied for a 
Civil War widow’s pension. She filed for the pension in the state of Minnesota.

Eliza Jane Van Gorder died in 1903. She was buried in Frazee, Becker County, Minnesota. Her tombstone lists her name as Eliza J. Nodine.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Discovering Just a Bit about Wheeler Nodine

You may recall that the lineage of my great great grandmother, Sarah Steen, was very complicated. Her biological parents were Wheeler Nodine and Eliza Jane Westfall Nodine. Sometime after her birth in 1850 in Michigan, Wheeler  and Eliza Jane Nodine gave baby Sarah to the sister of Eliza Jane, Huldah. Huldah was married to Henry Milner, and they had a lovely farm in Perkins Township. Sarah went on to marry Charles F. Steen, and they too were engaged in agricultural pursuits. Sarah is the lady on the left in the picture below.

Today as I was looking over my DNA relatives on 23andMe, I discovered a cousin that most likely is connected to me through Wheeler and Eliza Jane Nodine. I realized that I did not know much about my biological three times great grandfather Wheeler Nodine. Looking back through my Flickr photos, I discovered the death date of Wheeler Nodine was listed as Feb. 10, 1872, in Michigan. (This family Bible is now in the collections of the R.B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums.)

Then I found property that was owned by the Estate of W. Nodine in the Barry County Atlas of Michigan, housed at Michigan County Histories. It looks like at one time Wheeler Nodine owned property in Carlton, a community in Barry County, Michigan.

To date, I have not yet found a death record from a courthouse for Wheeler Nodine, and I would surely love to know the story of how Sarah went from her biological parents' home in Michigan to the Henry Milner residence in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Jacob and Anna Ruth

According to History of Erie County, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich (Mason and Co., 1889), Jacob Ruth was born in Germany in 1831, and he emigrated to the United States in 1859. He worked as a dealer in and packer of pork, and curer of hams and bacon. On June 2, 1860, Jacob Ruth married Anna Hoerner. A listing in the 1876 Sandusky City Directory shows a J.Ruth as a partner in the Bear and Ruth firm.

The 1880 U.S. Census shows Jacob and Anna Ruth resided on Franklin Street in Sandusky with their three sons. Mrs. Anna Ruth died on January 19, 1901, at the age of 63. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Afer the death of Anna Ruth, Jacob married Anna Katherine Schlessman. Jacob Ruth died on August 8, 1912. He too was laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery. Sadly, the second Mrs. Anna Ruth died only a few months later, on October 29, 1912.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ansel H. Gale, 1817-1869

According to the book The Gale Family Records in England and the United States, Ansel Hays Gale was born on February 16, 1817 to Deacon Solomon Gale of Bennington, Vermont, and his second wife, the former Phebe Hayes. Ansel Hays Gale married Amanda E. Spencer in 1850. They had the following children: Maria Wager Gale, born in 1851; Spencer Hays Gale, born in 1853; and Laura Johnson Gale, born in 1855. In Sandusky, Ansel H. Gale was associated with the Spencer & Gale stove store. At the age of 52, Ancel H. Gale died of paralysis, on June 23, 1869. He was buried in Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. Mr. Gale’s daughter Maria became the wife of Rev. Eleutheros Cooke.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mrs. Emily Warren, 1827-1886

Mrs. Emily Warren was born in the state of New York on September 3, 1827, and she died on July 25, 1886, according to the ERIE COUNTY, OHIO CEMETERY CENSUS BEFORE 1909. In 1860, Emily was residing in Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, with her husband John H. Warren, and their three sons and two daughters. John H. Warren died in 1872 at the age of 48. The final resting place of Mrs. Emily Warren was at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. According to the Letters of Administration, on file with Erie County Probate Court, Mrs. Warren was survived by these children: Josephine Shaw of New London, Ohio, and Isabel Warren, Perry Warren, and William Warren, all of Sandusky.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Chauncey G. Bush, 1832-1860

Few details are known about Chauncey G. Bush. He was born February 2, 1832, and died on July 5, 1860. In the 1850 U.S. Census, his occupation was listed as printer. He resided in the same house as James W. Taylor, the one time editor of the Sandusky Democrat. Chauncey G. Bush's final resting place is at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Mrs. Amelia Boston, Wife of Rev. Thomas Holland Boston

According to the 1850 U.S. Census, Amelia Boston was born about 1813 in the state of New Jersey. In May of 1839, Amelia Butler married Thomas Holland Boston in Albany, New York, and shortly after, they settled in Sandusky, Ohio. Rev. Boston was a minister in Sandusky, Ohio, and he was a friend of fugitive slaves, helping many to get to freedom in Canada, departing across the lake from Sandusky, Ohio. Mrs. Amelia Butler Boston died on May 31, 1865. She was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Janet Ritter

According to her death record, Janet Ritter was the daughter of Dr. Roland Ritter and his wife, the former Belva Dilley. Janet died as an infant, on August 7, 1938, and she was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Janet Ritter was the descendant of longtime Sandusky cigar store owner, Henry Ritter.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Frank and Julia Van Blarcum

Frank Van Blarcum was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1870 to Aaron and Laura Van Blarcum. In 1892, he married Julia E. Ernst, the daughter of Conrad and Philipena Ernst. Frank worked as a foreman for a local building contractor, G.W. Doerzbach. On  October 12, 1915, Frank Van Blarcum died as a result of an accident in which an elevator cable snapped in the elevator of the Rieger Hotel, which was being renovated. Frank fell five stories, and it is believed that he died instantly. Also injured in the accident was Edward Rieger, the proprietor of the Rieger, but Mr. Rieger did recover from his injuries.  Frank Van Blarcum was survived by his wife Julia, four children, and two brothers. Funeral services for Frank Van Blarcum were held at the family residence on McKinley Street, and burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. Julia Van Blarcum lived to the age of 74. She passed away from heart disease on May 11, 1939.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Hummel Monument at St. Mary's Cemetery

August Hummel was born in Germany in 1854, according to U.S. Census records. His wife, Mary J. Hummel, was born in Illinois in 1863. They had two sons, Charles and George Hummel. August Hummel was a saloon keeper. In 1906, both the business and the residence were located on Decatur Street in Sandusky. On July 29, 1915, August Hummel died from cancer. His wife Mary survived him. Mrs. Mary Hummel died on November 13, 1939. A beautiful monument at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Hummel. Created by Conrad Keim, the monument features lilies lying across the cross, with a fern. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Alden W. Gallup, Victim of Influenza

Alden W. Gallup died on December 17, 1918, of pneumonia after having had influenza. He was born in 1890, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mozart Gallup.  Alden Gallup earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell in 1913. He had been employed at the Hinde and Dauch Company in Sandusky. Alden left behind a wife, Helen, and a young son. Alden W. Gallup was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. In 1916, Alden W. Gallup and Daniel Kelleher were issued a patent for a wrapper package. The assignee was the Hinde and Dauch Paper Company. It is so sad that such a bright young man had such a short life. Rest in peace Mr. Gallup.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

William Boor, Survivor of the Sultana Disaster

William Boor was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on January 20, 1825. By the time of the 1860 U.S. Census, William Boor was residing in Sandusky, Ohio with his wife and three children, where he was employed as a carpenter. During the Civil War, William Boor was a private in Company D of the 64th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. In November of 1864, William Boor was captured and confined in Confederate prisons in Mississippi and Alabama. After being released from prison, he was sent to Vicksburg, and received orders that he was going to be sent home. He and several other soldiers boarded the "Sultana." On the morning of April 27, 1865, the boilers on the Sultana exploded. Thousands of men died in this tragedy. William Boor gave a firsthand account of his ordeal in the book LOSS OF THE SULTANA AND REMINISCENCES OF SURVIVORS, by Rev. Chester T. Berry (Darius D. Thorp, 1892) ,which is available full-text at the Internet Archive. William Boor's account is found on pages 56 through 61. 
 After William Boor recovered, he returned to Sandusky, Ohio, where he worked as a whip stock maker. On August 13, 1903, William Boor died as a result of heart disease. Mr. Boor was survived by his wife and five children. He was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. William Boor was a hero who survived Civil War imprisonment and a maritime disaster. Obituaries for William Boor appeared in the August 14, 1903 issues of the Sandusky Register and Sandusky Evening Star.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Mrs. Louisa Schemenauer

Mrs. Louisa Schemenauer died on February 3, 1899. An obituary in the February 4, 1899 issue of the Sandusky Star stated that Mrs. Schemenauer was 48 years old, and she left behind nine children. Mrs. Schemenauer was the wife of Charles Schemenauer, and the family residence was at 123 Hendry Street in Sandusky. Mrs. Louisa Schemenauer was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery. A cross is found at the top of her tombstone. The newspaper said that she had been well known and highly respected.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Edward Streng, 1876-1935

According to an article in the November 17, 1935 issue of the Sandusky Register, Edward Streng had been paralyzed for twenty years. He lived at Providence Hospital from 1915 until his death on November 16, 1935. Edward was considered a "model patient," and he did not complain about his poor health. While usually confined to his bed in the men's ward at the hospital, towards the end of Edward's life, he asked the Sisters at the hospital to take him to the chapel for Easter church service. Funeral services for Edward Streng were held at the chapel of Providence Hospital, and burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.

Monday, January 21, 2019

George Henry Schumacher

George Henry Schumacher was born in Walldorf, Germany on December 31, 1832. By 1867, Mr. Schumacher was residing on Perry Street in Sandusky. His name was listed as Henry Shoemaker in the 1867 Sandusky City Directory. By the time of the 1880 U.S. Census, George Schumacher was living in Sandusky,  along with his mother, wife, and six children, ranging in age from infancy to age 21.  George was working as a carpenter.  George Henry Schumacher died on January 21, 1890, at his home at 411 Perry Street.  Funeral services for Mr. Schumacher were held at the German Reformed Church in Sandusky, and burial was at Oakland Cemetery.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Pearl Rowe, 1879-1930

Pearl Schumacher was born on May 1, 1879 to George Schumacher, and his wife, the former Julia Schuck, in Erie County, Ohio. The family resided on Tiffin Avenue in Sandusky's 5th Ward. In June, 1901, Pearl Mary Schumacher married Richard Rowe in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. On October 3, 1930, Mrs. Pearl M. Rowe died at her sister's home. She was survived by three sisters and one brother. Pearl M. Rowe was buried at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio in the Schumacher family lot.