Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Martha Root,

Miss Martha L. Root was the daughter of Congressman Joseph M. Root and his wife, the former Mary Buckingham. According to the History of the Western Reserve, Martha Root was in the first graduating class of Sandusky High School. At the time of her death on October 28, 1900, Martha Root was living with her sisters in Chicago. Her remains were brought back to Sandusky for burial in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Martha L. Root appeared in the October 29, 1900 issue of the Sandusky Daily Star.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

C. Leonard, Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Cuyler Leonard

This lovely tombstone at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of the nine month old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Cuyler Leonard, an early Sandusky lawyer. The child, listed in Oakland Cemetery records only as C. Leonard, was buried at Oakland on March 23, 1856. Caused of death was lung fever. Rest in peace little one.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Ida Weiss Weinberger


Ida Weiss was born  in Aryosmegyes, Hungary in 1861, which is now located in Romania. She traveled to the United States in 1900, and by the time of the 1910 U.S. Census, she was residing in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

On the birth record of my uncles, Frank Orshoski and Joseph Orshoski, Jr. (Surname spelling varies widely) the name of Ida Weinberger was listed as the midwife.

Though Ida Weinberger was of the Jewish faith, and the Orshoski family was Roman Catholic, I am sure that my great grandmother Julia Herzog Orshoski was happy to have a midwife who spoke Hungarian! I suspect that Ida was the midwife present at the birth of many of the babies born to coal miners and their wives in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 

Ida Weiss Weinberger died in Pennsylvania in 1949. She was buried in the Old Gemilas Chesed Cemetery in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. A librarian from Hebrew College translated the Hebrew inscription on her tombstone, which reads:

Here lies
Our Dear Mother
Mrs. Ita daughter of R. Abraham
died 29 Heshvon, 5710 (in the Hebrew calendar = November 21, 1949)
"May her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life."

Thank you Hebrew College and AC Stone from FindaGrave for helping me learn more of this dear woman who played in integral role in my Hungarian immigrant family members!

(Image courtesy FindaGrave.)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

M. Magdalene Michel

Mary Magdalena Michel died on March 2, 1884. Her tombstone, at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio, features a cross. According to her daughter's death record, her maiden name was Schmitt, and she was the wife of John Michel. Rest in peace.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Rev. Joseph A. Fisher

Rev. Joseph A. Fischer is buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.  The 1867 Sandusky City Directory lists a Rev. Dr. J.A. Fisher was the pastor of Emmanuel Church. In 1870, Rev. J.A. Fisher was age 50, and resided with his wife and five children in Ward 2 of Sandusky. This mention of the death of Rev. Fisher appeared in the February 21, 1885 issue of the Sandusky Register.

Though Rev. Fisher moved to Illinois, his remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at Oakland Cemetery.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Miss Matilda Victor

Matilda Victor, also known as Caroline Matilda Victor, was born in 1825 to Henry Clay Victor and his wife, the former Gertrude Nash. Henry C. Victor was an early tavern keeper in Sandusky, Ohio. By 1850, U.S. Census records show Matilda Victor residing in Little Rock, Arkansas.  In the fall of 1870, Matilda Victor spoke in Lindsey, Ohio about women’s rights. She spoke  in 1874 at New York State about the principles of temperance and women’s suffrage. Below is a transcription of a news article which appeared in the Southern Tier Leader on November 6, 1875.

Miss Matilda Victor of Brooklyn, lectured before the Woman's Temperance Union of Corning, at the Methodist Church last Sunday evening, Miss Victor was one of the original Ohio Crusaders and has the reputation of being a fine speaker and of discussing the Temperance question in a convincing manner. 

Matilda Victor died in Baltimore, Maryland on December 16, 1891. Her remains were brought to Sandusky, Ohio, where she was buried in Block 5 of  Oakland Cemetery.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Mrs. Fanny B. Stone Tillson, Sandusky Teacher

Miss Fanny B. Stone was an early teacher in the local schools of Sandusky, Ohio, according to Hewson Peeke's book A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO (Lewis Publishing Co., 1916). In 1852, Fanny Stone married Stephen Tillson. Sadly, Mrs. Fanny B. Stone Tillson died on December 13, 1854. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery in the Stone family lot.