Feb 19

Tombstone Tuesday–Charles & Clara (Schumm) Dietrich Markle

Charles & Clara (Schumm) Dietrich Merkle, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Charles and Clara Rosina (Schumm) Dietrich Merkle, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

MERKLE
Charles
Jan. 8, 1869
Sept. 4, 1968

Clara
July 24, 1875
Jan. 14, 1936
PS. 37.5

My last Tombstone Tuesday featured George “Ernest” Dietrich (1864-1905), who is buried in row 9 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery. Ernest was married to Clara (Schumm) and after his death his widow Clara married Charles Merkle. Clara is buried beside her second husband Charles Merkle and they share the same tombstone. Today’s Tombstone Tuesday:

“Clara” Rosina Elisabeth Schumm was born 24 July 1875, the daughter of “River Henry” Schumm and his first wife, Rosina (Schinnerer). Clara was baptized at Zion Schumm on 1 August 1875 and Mrs. Elisabeth Schinnerer and Rosina Geier served as her sponsors.

The Henry Schumm household in 1880: Henry, 35, head; Rosina A, 26, wife; and their children John C, 6; Clara R E, 4; William M M, 3; Hannah M, 2; and Edward L, 4 months. [1]

Clara Schumm married Ernest Dietrich at Zion Lutheran, Schumm, on 14 August 1898. [2]

In 1900 Ernest and Clara Dietrich lived near the Dietrich family farm north of Schumm. Ernest was a farmer. Their household in 1900: Ernest, 35; Clara, 24; and daughter Rosa A, 1. [3]

Ernest Dietrich died of on 20 July 1905, [4] leaving behind his widow Clara and four daughters–Rosine, Edna, Leah, and Louise.

Ernest Dietrich and Clara (Schumm) Dietrich had the following children:
Rosine Marie Dietrich (1899-1987), married Walter Baker
Edna Magdalena Dietrich (1901-1986), married George Jacob Hofmann
Leah Juliana Dietrich (1902-1996), married Oscar Boenker; married Richard Merkle
Louise Wilhelmine Dietrich (1905-1992), married Ervin Peters

Ernest Dietrich’s widow Clara (Schumm) Dietrich married Charles Merkle on 26 November 1908. They were married at Zion Schumm by Rev. Holle. Charles Merkle, age 39, was from the Germann settlement and the widow Clara, age 33 years, was from the Schumm parish.  Witnesses to their marriage were William Merkle and Henry Schumm.

Charles Merkle was born in Willshire Township on 8 January 1869, the son of William and Elizabeth (Muntzinger) Merkle. [5] Charles sometimes went by the name of Carl. 

The William Merkle household in 1870: William, 40, Baden; Elizabeth, 26, Baden; Elizabeth, 5, Baden; William, 3, Ohio; and Charles, 1, Ohio. William was a farmer. [6]

The William Merkle family was a little challenging to locate in the 1870 census. Merkle is spelled and indexed as Merica on Ancestry.com. The Merkle family was living next to some Muntzingers, who were living with the Jacob “Drollinger” family. The Muntzingers: Ernest, 24; William, 22; George, 19; John, 17; and Catharine, 11, all born in Baden. They may have been related to Elizabeth (Muntzinger) Merkle, William Merkle’s wife.  

The William Merkle household in 1880: William, 50, head; Elizabeth, 36, wife; and children Elizabeth, 15; William, 13; Charles, 11; John 9; and George, 7. The parents and the oldest child Elizabeth were reportedly born in Baden and the rest of the children born in Ohio. This would indicate the family immigrated sometime between 1865-1867. [7]   

The William Merkle household in 1900: William, 70; Elizabeth, 56; Charles, 31; John H, 29; George, 27; and Ernest T, 19. The parents were born in Germany and this enumeration indicates that both immigrated in 1864. The children were all born in Ohio and the father William was a farmer. [8]

Charles Merkle married widow Clara (Schumm) Dietrich in 1908.

The Charles Merkle household in 1910: Charles, 38, head; Clara, 34, wife; their son Hugo Merkle, 6 months; and Charles step-daughters Rosina Dietrich, 10; Edna Dietrich, 8; Leah Dietrich, 7; and Louise Dietrich, 5. Charles was a farmer. Clara had given birth to five children and they were reportedly all living. [9] 

The Charles Merkle household in 1920: Charles, 51, head; Clara RE, 33; Edna M Dietrich, 18, daughter; Leah J, 17, daughter; Louise W, 14, daughter; Hugo H Merkle, son, 10; and Wilma M Merkle, 4, daughter. [10]

The Charles Merkle household in 1930: Charles, 61, head; Clara, 57, wife; Leah, 28, step-daughter, widow; Hugo, 20, son; and Velma, 15, daughter. [11]

Clara (Schumm) Dietrich Merkle died of heart irregularities in Willshire Township on 14 January 1936, at the age of 60 years, 5 months, and 20 days. She was buried on the 17th. [12] 

The household of widower Charles Merkle in 1940: Charles, 71, head, widow; Henry F Etzler, 28, son-in-law; Velma Etzler, 25, daughter. Charles was a farmer, living with his daughter Velma and her husband. [13]

Charles Merkle died of a stroke at the Van Rue Geriatric Center, Van Wert, on 4 September 1963. He was 94 years of age. He was buried on the 7th. His son Hugo Merkle had died earlier that same year. [5]

Charles Merkle obituary:

Charles Merkle
Van Wert—Charles Merkle, 94, a retired farmer and life resident of Willshire Township, Van Wert County, died Wednesday in Van Rue
Geriatric Center.

Mr. Merkle, who died from a cerebral hemorrhage, and been seriously ill for the past 10 days.

He was born Jan. 8, 1869, the son of William and Elesa Merkle. On Nov. 26, 1906, he married the former Mrs. Clara Dietrich. She died in 1936.

Mr. Merkle was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in nearby Schumm.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Henry (Velma) Etzler of Willshire Township, four step-daughters, Mrs. Walter (Rosa) Baker, and Mrs. Ervin (Louise) Peters, Route 1, Willshire, and Mrs. George (Edna) Hofmann, Mrs. Leah Merkle, Rt. 2, Ohio City; two brothers, George and Ernest, both of Rt. 2, Ohio City, 17 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm, with Rev. Elmer W. Braun officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call this evening at the Cowan and Son Funeral home. [14]

Charles Merkle and Clara (Schumm) Dietrich Merkle had the following children:
Hugo Henry Merkle (1909-1963), Erna Sophia Schroeder; married Myrtle (Butters) Custer
Velma Merkle (1915-1999), married Henry Etzler

 

[1] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p: 443A (stamped), p.1 (penned) family 4, Henry Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 17 Feb 2019).

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-S57T-P2?i=103&cc=1614804 : viewed 4 Feb 2019), Ernest G. Detrick and Clara Schumm, 14 Aug 1898; Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 9:143. And Zion Schumm’s marriage records.

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.310A (stamped), dwelling 211, family, 216, Ernest Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/?name=adam_dietrich&birth=1828_germany_3253&birth_x=1-0-0&residence=_van+wert-ohio-usa_2983 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

[4] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,“ database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6725-BD?i=611&cc=2128172 : accessed 4 Feb 2019) Ernest G. Dietrich, 25 Jul 1905, Van Wert County, p.52.

[5] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9ZY-TZDF?i=1109&cc=2128172 : viewed 17 Feb 2019), Charles Merkle, 4 Sep 1963; Deaths, Van Wert, Pleasant Township. And, Charles Merkle’s brother John H. Merkle‘s 1936 death certificate shows his mother as Elizabeth Muntzinger; FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G574-9V37?i=2378&cc=1307272 : viewed 18 Feb 2019).

[6] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p:22, dwelling 148, family 149, William Merica; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7163&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 18 Feb 2019).

[7] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p:26B, family 232, line 20, William Marcaly; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 17 Feb 2019).

[8] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.6, dwelling 115, family 119, , William Merkle; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7602&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 17 Feb 2019).

[9] 1910 U. S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.258 (stamped), p.126A (penned), dwelling 114, family 115, Charles Merkle; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7884&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 17 Feb 2019). 

[10] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.2B, dwelling & family 41, Charles Merkle; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6061&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 17 Feb 2019).   

[11] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.5B, dwelling 112, family 115, Charley Merkle; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6224&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 17 Feb 2019).

[12] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1908-1953,“ database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G574-9V37?i=2378&cc=1307272 : accessed 18 Feb 2019) Clara R E Merkle, 14 Jan 1936; Willshire, Van Wert County.

[13] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.5B, household 108, line 72, Chs Merckle; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=2442&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 17 Feb 2019).

[14] Charles Merkle obituary, The Lima News, 6 Sep 1963; digital image, Ancestry.com.  

Feb 15

Business Ads from 1904 Willshire Herald

Karen’s Chatt is up and running again, after some website and server upgrades. The website looks the same from the outside but the inner workings are much improved and working quite well.

I left off a couple weeks ago when I was going through the 5 May 1904 edition of the Willshire Herald that my great-grandfather Louis J. Schumm saved for some reason. I am not sure why this one newspaper was saved all these years but it has been very interesting to look through. A few weeks ago I posted some of the front page news and personal items and learned little about what was happening in the Willshire area nearly 115 years ago.

Today, some of the local ads that were in that 1904 newspaper. It is amazing how many businesses were in Willshire in 1904. Willshire looked to be a thriving community, with several grocery and hardware stores, a pharmacy, bank, photographer, clothing and shoe stores, a store for spirits, a hairdresser/barber, and a paper hanger, among other things. Actually, there were so many ads in the paper that I am going to break them up into at several blog posts.

Cully & Co, grocer:

Cully & Co, Grocers, 1904 Willshire Herald

Mercer and Spitler Groceries; they had 2 ads:

1904 Willshire Herald

1904 Willshire Herald

The Willshire Meat Market, Straubinger & Bowen (located north of the hotel):

1904 Willshire Herald

Cornell Grocery, the “Brick Block Grocer”:

1904 Willshire Herald

John Hofstetter, whiskies & beer:

1904 Willshire Herald

Willshire Hardware Co, W.J. Cully, manager:

1904 Willshire Herald

Hurless & Brown, general hardware & buggies:

1904 Willshire Herald

It was probably about 1904 when my great-grandfather Louis J. Schumm purchased this old grain wagon from Hurless & Brown. The first photo below is old and a little blurry, but you can see how the wagon looked in the 1970-80s, before my mom restored it:

Grain wagon purchased from Hurless & Brown, early 1900s.

Closeup of grain wagon logo, purchased by Hurless & Brown, Willshire.

There was a lot going on in Willshire in 1904!

More business ads from the 1904 Willshire Herald next week.

Feb 07

Website Maintenance

Karen’s Chatt is undergoing maintenance and there will be no blog post Friday, 8 February 2019. Posts will resume with next week’s Tombstone Tuesday.

Deer, 2 February 2019

 

Feb 05

Tombstone Tuesday–Ernest G. Dietrich

Ernest G. Dietrich, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Ernest George Dietrich, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

WE SHALL MEET AGAIN
Ernest G. Dietrich
Gest den 20 Juli 1905
Alter 41 J, 11 T

Ernest G. Dietrich, died 20 July 1905, aged 41 years, 11 days.

Christened Georg Ernst Dietrich, “Ernest” was born near Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio, on 9 July 1864. He was the sixth child born to Adam and Maria (Germann) Dietrich. Ernest was baptized at home on 17 July 1864, with Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Germann, George Wambsganss, and Elisabeth Germann serving as his sponsors.

Most records indicate that he went by the name of Ernest, although some, including Zion Schumm’s records, show his name as Ernst.

The Adam Dietrich household in 1870, with Ernest at 6 years of age: Adam, 42; Mary, 37; Augustus 7; Magdalene, 11; John, 9; Ernest, 6; Sophia, 3; and Henry, 9 months. [1]

The Adam Dietrich household in 1880: Adam Dietrich, 52; Mary, 47, wife; Mary M M, 21; John, 19; Ernest, 15; Sophia, 13; Henry, 10; Emma, 6. The father Adam was a farmer. [2]

Ernest’s mother Maria died a few years later, on 28 November 1888, and is buried in row 5 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery. His father did not remarry.

Ernest Dietrich married “Clara” Rosina Schumm at Zion Lutheran, Schumm, on 14 August 1898. [3] Clara (1875-1936) was the daughter of “River Henry” Schumm and his first wife, Rosina (Schinnerer). Both families attended church at Zion Schumm.

In 1900 Ernest and Clara Dietrich lived near his father Adam’s farm north of Schumm. Ernest was a farmer. Their household in 1900: Ernest, 35; Clara, 24; and Rosa A, 1, daughter. [4]

Ernest and Clara had three more children, all daughters, before Ernest died of gall bladder disease on 20 July 1905. He was 41 years and 11 days old and was buried on the 23rd, according to Zion Schumm’s records. His Van Wert County death record indicates he died of liver cancer on the 25th. [5] Their youngest child, Louise Wilhelmine, was only a few months old when Ernest died.

Ernest and Clara (Schumm) Dietrich had the following children:
Rosine Marie Dietrich (1899-1987), married Walter Baker
Edna Magdalena Dietrich (1901-1986), married George Jacob Hofmann
Leah Juliana Dietrich (1902-1996), married Oscar Boenker; married Richard Merkle
Louise Wilhelmine Dietrich (1905-1992), married Ervin Peters

Ernest Dietrich’s widow Clara (Schumm) married Carl Merkle in 1908 and they went on to have two children of their own, Hugo and Velma.

The upper portion of Ernest’s tombstone is a nice example of clasped hands, which often symbolizes marriage. The cuff on the left looks like a man’s shirt cuff and the one on the right like a lady’s cuff. Inscribed below the hands is WE SHALL MEET AGAIN.

Ernest G. Dietrich, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p: 20 (penned), dwelling 136, family 137, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7163&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p: 449A (stamped), p.13 (penned) family 116, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-S57T-P2?i=103&cc=1614804 : viewed 4 Feb 2019), Ernest G. Detrick and Clara Schumm, 14 Aug 1898; Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 9:143. And Zion Schumm’s marriage records.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.310A (stamped), dwelling 211, family, 216, Ernest Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/?name=adam_dietrich&birth=1828_germany_3253&birth_x=1-0-0&residence=_van+wert-ohio-usa_2983 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

[5] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,“ database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6725-BD?i=611&cc=2128172 : viewed 4 Feb 2019) Ernest G. Dietrich, 25 Jul 1905, Van Wert County, p.52.

Feb 01

Personal Items from 1904 Willshire Herald

I am still getting information from the 5 May 1904 edition of the Willshire Herald that my great-grandfather Louis J. Schumm saved. The Willshire Herald was the predecessor of today’s Photo Star.

Years ago local newspapers included personal items—information that included some of the happenings around the neighborhood–what the neighbors were doing, who visited who, who was sick, who was new in town, and other such information.

I enjoy reading these little personal items, hoping to see some familiar names. Perhaps one of your ancestors was mentioned.

Items of interest from 5 May 1904, The Willshire Herald:

Mrs. Peter Schafer visited her parents in Decatur last Friday.

J.F. Baucher and Chris Byer were Van Wert visitors yesterday on real estate business.

Mr. And Mrs. Nelson Hook, who live southwest of town, spent Sunday in the home of Clarence Kohn in the town.

Alex Johnson is employed temporarily by the Ohio City Telephone company as an expert electrician, at $2 a day and expenses.

Mrs. Peter Frysinger, of Wren was reported lying at death’s door last Friday, the attending physician having announced that her recovery is impossible.

Mr. Sol Hetler, of near Berne, was an agreeable caller at the Herald office las Saturday. Our readers will observe that a “star” precedes he name in The Herald’s “roll of Honor.”

Will Case came home Saturday and remained until Sunday evening, visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jud Case, and other relatives. He is now located at Versailles, Ohio, employed at his trade, that of harness making.

W.H. Stults and J.L. Moser, of Wren, were Willshire visitors Saturday afternoon. The latter is president and the former, cashier, of the Bank of Wren. They are both hustlers, and the leading financiers of their bailiwick.

Frank Detter made a business trip to Decatur yesterday.

L.L. Heaston spent several days last week in Ft. Wayne, visiting relatives.

Albert Weinmann, of Schumm, has accepted a clerical position with G.M. Syphers, the grocer, and began work on Monday. Jas. O. Chilcote arrived yesterday from Jamestown, Ohio, and is now domiciled at the home of Mr. And Mrs. John Hofstetter.

Mr. John Davis, who lives out Chattanooga way, is a new subscriber to the Herald. He has the appearance of being a prosperous farmer. Mr. Davis is an uncle of Reed and H.M. Davis of this town.

Mrs. L.L. Syphers and two young daughters, who spent part of last week visiting their relatives in this town and in the vicinity of Steele, returned Monday to their home in Van Wert. They are as yet undecided just where they will locate after they retire from the conduct of the Wayne hotel, though they will remain in Van Wert for an indefinite time, at least.

Rev. J.H. Walters was over from Lima, Ind., the first of this week. Rumor has it that he will shortly move on to his farm a short distance west of this town.

The ten-year-old son of A.T. Baldwin, the Baldwin Oil company, operating in the territory southeast of this town, is dangerously ill at his home in Buffalo New York.

Billy Stetler, the outside hustler for trade for G.M. Syphers rounded up 1703 dozen eggs last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. That’s going some, we guess, and it surely must be a record-breaker.

A bunch of Willshireites went to Ohio City Sunday afternoon to see a game of ball, but as there was no game scheduled, they failed to see one. There was a game played at Delphos, however.

Little Vivian Closs, a decidedly interesting young miss, accompanied her father, Jacob Closs, the watch-repairing artist, over from Decatur Monday, and remained until Tuesday, taking in the sights.

The district conference and missionary convention of the M.E. church, Lima district, will meet at the first Methodist church in Van Wert next Monday and Tuesday, May 9th and 10th. Rev. P.B. Cuppett, formerly of this town, has a place on the program and will preach the sermon for the Tuesday afternoon session.

A.J. Shoemaker, who a little over a year ago moved from the W. H. Hunter place east of town to the Bowen farm, near Decatur, Ind., was in town Monday, and called at this office. He is now living at Bobo, farming for Henry Colter, the saw-mill man. Mr. Shoemaker says he is getting along well, likes his job and the community in which he lives. He recently bought a couple town lots in Bobo and expects to make that town his permanent home.

F.G. Roehm was on Saturday appointed by the trustees to the position of supervisor on road district No.5. A better appointment could not have been made.

Mrs. James Bonames and children have gone to the home of her mother, Mrs. Sarah Parnell, at Petersburg, Ind., for a prolonged visit and she says she will stay until her husband can secure a dwelling house for their accommodation. Mr. Bonames, who is pumper for Clover Leaf, might as well call himself a widower.    

We acknowledge an invitation and complimentary ticket to attend the ball game at Delphos Sunday, between the Dayton Reserves and the Delphos clubs, but we are not going. We have our short-comings, but attending Sunday baseball games is not one of them.

W.A. Spiegel, the Ft. Wayne piano tuner, will be in Willshire May 16. Make your wants known to Jas. B. Stogdill, if you want your pianos and organs tuned and repaired.

Judge David Studabaker, of Decatur, died late Tuesday night, aged 77 years. He was distinguished as a lawyer, jurist, agriculturalist, and financier.

Mrs. E. Brown and a couple of the children went out to her mother’s, Mrs. Hoffman, near Ohio City, and remained until Monday evening.

Mrs. John Stetler is in town this week, looking after her property interests.  

Fred Detter and Otis Passwater attended the commencement of the Convoy High School last Friday night They speak highly of the exercises and of the work Prof. I.F. Alexander is doing in that town.

The village council, at its meeting Monday night decided to make substantial improvements to the public park. They are badly needed. The present condition of the park is an eyesore to the town.

Willshire has a very nice park today, but back in 1904 it must have had some issues, as mentioned above. The following may have been part of the planned park improvement:

Public Sale
The mayor and council of the village of Willshire, Van Wert County, Ohio, have authorized the village marshal, S.H. Sims, to offer at public sale the fence enclosing the Village Park, to the highest and best bidder, at 1 o’clock p.m., on Saturday, May 7, 1904. Terms of sale made known on day of sale. By order of the Village Council, Monday, May 2nd, 1904.

And lastly, a different way to announce a marriage:

Another Couple mated
Last Wednesday evening, at the residence of Rev. and Mrs. H.H. Kohn, occurred the marriage of Benjamin F. Loop and Mrs. Parmelia King. Prior to the wedding a nuptial dinner was served at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. King, in this town, only members of the family being present. This ante-nuptial arrangement was a fad of the groom, who believes in scattering the good things incident thereto all along the wedding journey and his wishes were acceded to A portion of the cake and other delicacies of the feats found their way to the supper table of The Herald family, and their excellence was real. The groom is foreman of a department in Wabash railroad shops at Ashley, Ind., and is a man of excellent parts. The bride is a daughter of Mr. J.C. Ault, who lives two miles northeast of this town and is well known to many of The Herald readers. We are sure that the people of this community generally wishes them all the prosperity and happiness that is due worthy people.

They used a few terms that are rarely used today—“bailiwick” for one. And the term hustler seems to have had a different meaning back then.

I noticed a few spelling errors in the paper but I copied the names as they published them.

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