Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Mrs. Mira King Wagner, Cat Enthusiast
















Mira King was born in 1852 in Kentucky to David A. and Martha (Vallandingham) King. In 1873 she married Sandusky businessman Charles L. Wagner, who worked in the natural ice industry. Mrs. King was known for her love of cats.















She operated Wagner Kennels at her home on Columbus Avenue. An article that appeared in the December 18, 1947 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News stated that Mrs. Wagner owned many pedigreed cats. Her kennel resembled a Veterinarian's housing unit, with many windows, porches, and rockers for the cats. The cats of Mira King Wagner, as well as her mother, Mrs. D.A. King, were often featured in the "Cat Journal." Mrs. Wagner cared deeply about the welfare of cats, and she raised funds for the Chicago Cat Refuge in the early 1900s. When someone would say to her, "Cats and women...they're all alike," Mrs. Wagner would respond, "Oh no they're not. A woman can't run up a telegraph pole, and a cat can't run up a millinery bill."

Mrs. Mira King Wagner died on July 30, 1904, after a lengthy illness. After a private funeral, she was buried at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Oakland Cemetery on a Fall Day


 












Oakland Cemetery is in Erie County. The address is: 2917 Milan Road, Sandusky, Ohio 44870

You can search for burials in Oakland at:


Find a Grave

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/1612332/oakland-cemetery

and at the website below

City of Sandusky, Burial Search of Oakland Cemetery

http://www.cemeteryregister.com/search.asp?id=OH_SANDUSKY




Thursday, October 20, 2022

Daughter of August and Mary Koegele Buried at Oakland Cemetery


 









According to her tombstone in the North Ridge at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio, this youngster was born in December 1877 to August and Mary Koegele. She died on August 10, 1889. Her name was listed as Natalie on her death record, a portion of which is seen below.







The 1880 U.S. Census gives her name as Ophelia. A listing at the Oakland Cemetery database lists her name as Atalia Koegele. I am sure  this little one was well loved by her parents August and Mary Koegele, as the youngest child, and only daughter in the family. Rest in peace little one!


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Charles L. Wagner, 1852-1921














Charles L. Wagner was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1852 to Julius and Louise (Raymond) Wagner. The following biographical sketch about Charles L. Wagner appeared in volume 2 of Hewson Peeke's  book A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY:

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C. L. WAGNER. In the City of Sandusky where he was reared and has spent practically all his life, C. L. Wagner has a record of progressive success in business affairs. From a clerkship he has risen to a place where he is a controlling factor in the principal concern handling ice on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Though his home has nearly always been in Sandusky C. L. Wagner was born in Cleveland, October 24, 1852. His father, Julius Wagner, was born in Germany. He came to Sandusky in 1849, and as a car builder and joiner by trade was in the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for fifteen years. He married Miss Elizabeth Raymond and of their family of six children three are still living. The oldest in the family, C. L. Wagner received his education and early training in the public schools of Sandusky and at home. For six years he worked as a clerk in a local store, and there laid the foundation of a sound business experience. After that he was a salesman for ten years in the retail dry goods house of Zerbe & Company, and then entered merchandising for himself, in the partnership of Wagner, Powers & Bradbeck. When this company sold out he continued for himself in the carpet business up to 1885. In that year Mr. Wagner organized the Wagner Bros. Wholesale & Retail Ice Company. This subsequently became the Wagner Lake Ice Company, with Mr. Wagner as president and general manager. The business has a record of fifty years behind it, having been established in 1865 and incorporated in 1888. The storage capacity is said to be the largest around the southern shore of Lake Erie. While the business started on the basis of handling, storing and distributing lake ice, its development subsequently included the handling of coal, builders material of all kinds, and the concern was both wholesale and retail. But in 1906 this company was consolidated with several others into the Interstate Ice Company, which was later taken over by the City Ice Delivery Company, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mr. Wagner is general manager of the wholesale department. The business is now a part of a large organization with its main offices in Cleveland, but Mr. Wagner remained as general manager of the wholesale business at Sandusky and Michigan. Thus Mr. Wagner has had a thoroughly successful business career, and together with that record has exhibited a public spirited generosity in behalf of everything that would promote the welfare of his home city.
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Charles L. Wagner died on August 5, 1921. He was laid to rest in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. He had a very well known business man in Sandusky.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Willis Aaron Post, 1886 - 1913














Willis Aaron Post was born in the state of New York in 1866 to Nathaniel and Martha (Hill) Post. He married Elnora Sloan in 1887. Willis A. Post could trace his New England roots back Aaron Post , who served as a Corporal in the Revolutionary War.






















In the 1910s, Willis A. Post ran a saw mill on Olds Street in Sandusky, Ohio. Sometimes the business was known as the Post Hoop Works. Sadly, on October 17, 1913, Willis A. Post died following an accident at the saw mill. For a time, Mrs. Post ran operations at the saw mill. Willis A. Post was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Remembering Cousin Carol


 









Yesterday, my first cousin Carol passed away. She is seen above with just some of her many grandchildren. I literally knew her all my life, and I looked up to her, since I had no older sister or brother. Below, Carol is seen at the left, with my parents and me in Crystal Rock.











Carol was a hard worker, and had a dynamic personality. She used to babysit my children and she brought us over treats quite often. Sometimes she would take my grandson and adult daughter on "joy rides" to get ice cream or hamburgers on a hot summer night.

My favorite memory of Carol is when our dear neighbor had a stroke, and she could not do the things she used to do. Carol and I would go over and clean her house. Now I cannot tolerate spoiled food, and Carol did not like to clean toilets...so Carol cleaned the frig, while I cleaned the bathroom. We all three had many laughs, in spite of it being a challenging situation.

In Bay Bridge, Carol and her hubby were my neighbors for over thirty years. She shared with me many family stories and photos. One July 4th, my husband took the kids and grandkids to see fireworks, but I did not go. Carol called me over, and we looked through an old box of photos until they got back from the Independence Day fireworks!









I like to think of the joyous reunion in Heaven when Carol gets there, and sees her son John, and all our parents and grandparents who have gone before us. 



Saturday, August 20, 2022

James Wheat, Died of Cholera in 1854



































According to the Wheat Genealogy James Wheat was born on June 17, 1806 in Hartford, Connecticut. He married Harriet Hunt in 1827, and they had four children. In 1850, James Wheat was the superintendent of the Almshouse in Sandusky, Ohio. Sadly, James Wheat died on cholera on August 20, 1854. He was buried at the old Perkins Cemetery, which was moved during World War Two to its current location off Milan Road in Erie County, Ohio. After the death of Mr. Wheat, his widow and children moved to Utah.