Nov 28

This & That from The Willshire Herald

One of my favorite pastimes is looking through old issues of The Willshire Herald on microfilm at the Van Wert County Library. Below are some interesting articles that I recently found.

Sustains Injured Hand
John Scaer, farmer residing on route 2, Willshire, had the misfortune of cutting four fingers and the thumb off the left hand while operating a buzz saw at his home late Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Scaer was taken to taken to [sic] the Adams county hospital at Decatur that same afternoon, where the injured hand will be given the best of medical care. Although the injury is very painful, Mr. Scaer is getting along as well as can be expected. [1]

The Willshire Herals, 12 February 1925, p.1.

The Willshire Herald, 12 February 1925, p.1.

John Scaer was my maternal great-grandfather, the father of my grandmother Hilda (Scaer) Schumm. He was was 61 years old when this accident occurred.

John Scaer (1865-1940)

John Scaer (1865-1940)

Other injuries and some genealogical information from The Willshire Herald:

Chattanooga—
The daughter of Wm. Becher got her fingers caught in a pulley and was severely injured while her father was making hay.

Geo. Fender was kicked on the arm by a horse, breaking both bones.

Mr. and Mrs. Fogle and Miss Rosa Kuehm visited with their mother, Mrs. Wm. Betzel, Sunday.

John Bollenbacher and family took dinner with Perry Gibbons and family, Sunday.

J.F. Smith and family and Mes Dames Frank Hurl and Clyde Jones of Wren, Ohio, took dinner with H.B. Cowan and family, Sunday.

Ed Merkle of Ohio City, was here over Sunday. [2]

Some entertainment in Willshire in 1928:

An Old Fiddlers Contest will be held at Dull’s Theatre next Wednesday night, which will furnish plenty of entertainment and amusement. Garfield Martin will bring his gang from Neptune, Doc Fetters, Ed Brune and others from Celina and St. Marys. Some of these are well remembered by the entertainment they gave here two years ago. This contest is open to local talent also. The same entertainment will be given at Rockford the following night. [3]

I wonder how just how old you had to be to compete in that fiddlers contest?

Linn Grove Bank Robbed
At 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, four bandits entered the bank at Linn Grove, and took $1900 in cash. Murl Lybarger, formerly of the Willshire bank here, is cashier, and was alone at the time of the robbery. This is said to be the third time for this bank. [3]

Concrete Road Ordered
A concrete road has been ordered from the north line of Liberty township south through Chattanooga. The Willshire road through Blackcreek township has been ordered improved, by grading and the applying the first course of a built up traffic bound road this year. [4]

I wonder if this was the first paved road in Chatt?

One of Zion Chatt’s ministers receives a gift:

Rev. Yahl Surprised by Gift of Radio
Rev. Carl Yahl, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church at Chattanooga, was the victim of a pleasant surprise recently when he drove his new automobile for the first time and found it equipped with a fine radio.

The radio was the gift of Carl Andrews, the dealer, and a member of his congregation, and the congregation itself, and was a complete surprise to Rev. Yahl. To say that he is proud of the gift and the good will that prompted it is putting the way he feels about it very mildly. [5]

Rev. Carl Yahl, pastor at Zion Chatt 1931-42.

Rev. Carl Yahl, pastor at Zion Chatt 1931-42.

The news was always interesting back then in The Willshire Herald.

 

[1] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 12 Feb 1925, p.1.

[2] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 14 July 1910, p.1.

[3] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 1 March 1928, p.1.

[4] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 16 February 1928, p.1.

[5] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 18 April 1940, p.1.

Nov 25

Tombstone Tuesday–Philipp & Margetha Emrich

Philipp & Margetha Emrich, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Philipp & Margetha Emrich, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Philipp and Margetha Emrich, located row 8 of Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed Emrich on the front. On the south side:

Hier ruhet in ?
Philipp
Emrich
Geb. Den 26,
Aug 1821
Gest. Den 4,
Dez. 1891
Alter
70 J, 3 M, 8 T

On the north side:

Hier ruhet in ?
Margetha
Emrich
Geb. Den 5,
Dez. 1828
Gest. Den 5,
Marz 1906
Alter
77 J, 3 M

 

Translation: Here rests in ? Philipp Emrich, born on 26 Aug 1821, died 4 Dec 1891, age 70 years, 3 months, 8 days. Here rests in ? Margetha Emrich, born on 5 Dec 1828, died 5 March 1906, age 77 years, 3 months.

Inscribed on the front of the stone: Wir Werden und Weidersehen—“And we will see each other again.” Vater und Mutter–”Father and Mother”

It is very helpful, but unusual, when tombstones of this era are inscribed with the birth date as well as the death date. Especially helpful since this couple was born in the early 19th century and I know very little about them. They left only one record in Zion Chatt’s records—Margetha’s death and burial record. I do not know her maiden name. Evidently they married in Bavaria and their two children were born there.

In 1870 Philipp and Margetha “Margret” Emrich were living in Montgomery County, Ohio, with a Vandalia post office. Living with them were their two children, Philip, 18, and Maggie, 16. All were born in Bavaria. Philipp Sr. gave his age as 49 and Margret’s as 43. Philipp had a personal estate was worth $500 but did not own real estate. [1]

The couple and their children moved to Mercer County sometime between 1870 and 1880, but most likely after 1873 when their daughter was married in Montgomery County.

In 1880 Phillipp and Margret were living in Liberty Township with their son Philip. Phillipp Sr was 58 years old, Margaret 52, and Phillip Jr 30. All were born in Bavaria. Phillipp Sr was a farmer and Phillip Jr helped on the farm. [2]

Philipp died in 1891 and Margret remained on the family farm south of Chatt.

Philipp Emrich inscription, south side of ston. (2014 photo by Karen)

Philipp Emrich inscription, south side of ston. (2014 photo by Karen)

In 1900 Margret’s granddaughter Sena was living with her, probably helping with the housework and helping care for her aging grandmother. Margret, a widow, was 74 years old. She had given birth to two children and neither were living in 1900. Margret was born in Germany and immigrated in 1865. She owned her farm. Her granddaughter was 15 years old, born in Ohio in July 1884. [3]

Margret Emrich died 5 March 1906 in Liberty Township. Margret’s probate death record is on the same page as that of her son Philip. The cause of her death was not given in this record. [4] However, her death and burial are mentioned in Zion Chatt’s records. That record indicates that she died 5 March 1906 at the age of 78 years and 2 months. She was buried on the 6th. Survivors included 2 sisters, 14 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. It also indicates that she was found dead in a well.

Philipp and Margret had two children, a son and a daughter, who were both born in Germany. Their daughter Margarethe “Maggie” (c1855-bef 1900) married Philipp Wendel on 11 February 1873 in Montgomery County, Ohio. [5] Their son Philip (1849-1896) married Philipina Fickert on 11 November 1884 in Louisville, Kentucky. [6]

 

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Wayne, Montgomery County, Ohio, p.814B, family 135, dwelling 145, Philip Emerick; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 Nov 2014), from FHL microfilm 552747, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 1248.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 186, p.474C, dwelling 56, family 59, Phillip Emerick; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 Nov 2014), from FHL microfilm 1255048,from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED85, p.9A, dwelling 168, family 173, Margret Emrich; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 Nov 2014), from FHL microfilm 1241304, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

[4] ”Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 Nov 2014), from Mercer County Probate Deaths, Vol 1-2, 1867-1908, unpaginated.

[5] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 Nov 2014), Philip Wendel and Margareth Emerick, 11 Feb 1873; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 Nov 2014), citing Montgomery, County, Ohio Marriages Vol. K, 1872-74, p. 264, from FHL microfilm 1030838.

[6] “Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979,” index, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 1 November 2014), Philip Emrich and Philaphina Fickert, 11 November 1884; from FHL microfilm 588892.

 

Nov 21

Saying Goodbye to Kate

Last week the Schumm family sadly said goodbye to one of their own.

Anna Katherine “Kate” (Schumm) Bischoff passed away on 12 November 2014 in Arizona, at the age of 97.

Kate was born near Rockford on 19 March 1917 to Philip Frederick Martin and Leona Barbara (Schumm) Schumm. She had three sisters–Marie, Emma and Velma. Emma, age 103, and Velma, 100, survive her. Kate was baptized, confirmed, and married at Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm.

Emma, Marie, Kate, and Velma Schumm.

Emma, Marie, Kate, and Velma Schumm.

Emma, Velma, Kate, & Marie Schumm.

Emma, Velma, Kate, & Marie Schumm.

Schumm cousins as well as neighbors:

Ruth, Velma, Kate, Betty, Amos Jr (Jack), and Helen in front.

Ruth, Velma, Kate, Betty, Amos Jr “Jack”, and Helen in front.

Kate married Arthur “Art” W. Bishoff on 25 August 1940 and they had four children–William, Katherine, Charles, and Steven.

Art and Kate resided in Arizona for over 50 years. They moved their family to Arizona in 1962 because of Art’s crippling arthritis, which the climate helped. Art passed away in 2004.

Kate’s funeral was this past Monday, the 17th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Glendale, Arizona.

Kate’s obituary tells of her life as a devoted wife and mother and devout Christian:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=anna-katherine-bischoff&pid=173177846

Kate, Velma, and cousin Betty Schumm.

Kate, Velma, and cousin Betty Schumm.

Kate, Velma, Philip, Marie, and Emma Schumm, 1962.

Kate, Velma, Philip, Marie, and Emma Schumm, 1962.

Thanks to Kate’s son Charles who generously shared the photos of his mother’s family with me. These photos are from Kate’s sister Velma’s collection.

Nov 18

Tombstone Tuesday–Catherina P. Emrich

Catherina Emrich, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Catherina Emrich, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Catherina P. Emrich, located in row 8 of Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier ruhet
Catherina P.
Tochter von
P. u. P.
Emrich
Gest. 18 Juli
1890
Alter
7 mo. U.
17 tag.

Here rests Catherina P, daughter of P. and P. Emrich, died 18 July 1890, aged 7 months and 17 days.

Catherina P. Emrich was the fourth of eight children born to Philip and Philimina (Fickert) Emrich, born 1 December 1889, as calculated from her tombstone. She was born south of Chattanooga, in Liberty Township.

There are only a few members of the Emrich family mentioned in Zion Chatt’s records, but Catherina was not one of them.

Catherine’s death is recorded in the Mercer County, Ohio, Probate Court Death Records. In this record her age is shown as 8 months and 18 days [1], which would make her date of birth 30 October 1889. She died in Liberty Township. Her cause of her death was not given.

Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Catherina is buried next to her parents.

[1] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.orb : accessed 15 Nov 2014, Catherine P. Emerich, 18 Jul 1890; citing Death Records, Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, Vol. 1-2, unpaginated; from FHL microfilm 914954.

Nov 14

Tragedy in the Oil Fields

Like a few other young farm men from the Midwest, two of my great-uncles went out west to work in the oil fields in the early 1900s. There was an oil boom in the western states at that time and young men were seeking adventure and a way to make their fortune. Jobs were plentiful for young men willing to work in the oil fields.

Jacob Miller Jr and his older half brother Christian Miller were two of those men. Sadly, neither returned to the family farm in Mercer County. Chris died of typhoid fever in Wichita Falls, Texas, on 24 October 1911. Less than two years later Jacob Jr was killed by a falling oil derrick. Both are buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Chatt.

In 1900 both Chris and Jacob Jr lived and helped on the Miller farm in Black Creek Township. Chris was 19 and Jacob Jr was 14. [1]

Chris was the son of immigrant Jacob Miller and his second wife Margaretha Strabel, while Jacob Jr was the son of Jacob Miller and his third wife Christina Rueck.

I do not know exactly when the two brothers went out west. Or if they went separately or together. One account indicates Jacob Jr went out west with Christ Brier.

At one time the brothers were in Denver together, as shown on the postcard below.

Chris & Jacob Miller Jr, Denver Omnibus & Cab Co, unknown date.

Chris & Jacob Miller Jr, Denver Omnibus & Cab Co, unknown date.

They were both in California at one time or another, but I do not know if they were there at the same time. Chris is in the photo below, taken on a tour of the Cliff House in San Francisco.

Chris Miller, standing on the right in back. Pacific Sightseeing Co, San Francisco, unknown date.

Chris Miller, standing on the right in back. Pacific Sightseeing Co, San Francisco, unknown date.

In 1910 Jacob Jr was living in a boarding house run by Orr Whitehill in Kern, California. He gave his occupation as a tool dresser in the oil fields. [2] A tool dresser helped the driller, who was in charge of a two-man cable-tool drilling rig.

Oil workers flocked to the oil drilling areas. As a result, many oil-boom towns sprung up in the early twentieth century. Some towns survived while others were abandoned when the wells ran dry. Small cabins were hastily built to serve as living quarters for the oil men.

Chris Miller, in the oil fields out west, unknown date.

Chris Miller, in the oil fields out west, unknown date or place.

Jacob Miller Jr in the oil fields out west, unknown date.

Jacob Miller Jr in the oil fields out west, unknown date or place.

The above two photos may have been taken at the same oil-boom town. The cabins look similar and it looks like the same dog in both photos. I would not be surprised if Chris and Jacob Jr worked together in the oil fields at one time or another. Perhaps these photos were taken in California since the two brothers were both there at one time.

Oil workers. Chris Miller, back, second from end. Unknown date or place.

Oil workers. Chris Miller, back, second from end, unknown date or place.

Oil-field workers had a tough reputation. They were primarily single men working for contractors. “…They were the ones who came in, drilled the wells, hauled the supplies, laid the pipelines, and then moved on to the next boom. They lived in rooming houses or some sort of temporary structure…Many of these hands, fresh from their rural homes, had grown up with very little money, and their recreation had consisted of an occasional Saturday night in the local town. Oil-field jobs brought good wages and turned every night into a Saturday night on the town…and their reckless activities became the hallmark of the oil-field worker…” [3]

Jacob Jr died in an oil well accident on 10 April 1913, but local newspaper accounts conflict as to just where the incident occurred.

Young Man Killed in Oil Field
The body of Jacob Miller Jr, who was killed in the Oklahoma oil fields, was brought back to the home of his parents, who live south of town. The corpse came in over the Clover Leaf Sunday and was met by undertaker H. B. Cowan who removed the body to the parents’ home preparatory to the services which were held Monday afternoon.

The young man was about 25 years old, well known and respected here. The nature of the accident which caused his death has not been reported. The accident causing the young man’s death was that of a falling oil derrick which, though he was at some distance, struck him killing him instantly. [4]

Explosion of Shale Gas Brought Death to Young Man of this County who was Working in Oil Fields in California.
The body of Jacob Miller Jr, who was killed by falling timber following an explosion of shale gas, was brought to Willshire Sunday and removed to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Miller near Chattanooga. Young Miller was drilling in the oil fields in California when he met his untimely death. He was a young man of twenty-eight years and has been in the west for three years.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Lutheran church at Chattanooga, followed by interment at that place. Accompanying the body of Mr. Miller was Christ Brier, who had gone west with the young man. [5]

That made me wonder where Jacob Miller Jr really did die. Until recently, when I found two other newspaper accounts that give the exact location.

Tool Dresser Killer
Drumright, Okla., April 17—(Special.)—
An oil derrick toppled over upon Jacob Miller, a tool dresser, while he was working at a well about one mile north of here and he was instantly killed. [6]

Workman is Killed
Special to the News

Cushington, Ok., April 20—Jacob Miller Jr., aged 27, of Wellshire, Ohio, [sic] a tool dresser in the Cushing oil field, was accidentally killed when a big wheel used in pulling casing from the ground broke and caused the derrick to fall. It struck Miller. He had arrived from the California oil fields six days before. [7]

The members of Zion would see another oil accident almost 10 years later, when Edward Kuehm drowned in a tank of oil at Yale, Oklahoma, in 1922. He was walking across the tank deck when it gave away.

Yes, working in the oil fields was a very dangerous job.

So now I know. Jacob Miller Jr died near Drumright, Oklahoma, where he had just moved from California about six days before. How tragic.

And how sad for the family that buried two sons who died so far from home.

For more information about the oil boom in Drumright, Oklahoma, see Wikipedia, http://www.cityofdrumright.org/history.html

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 74, p.10A, dwelling 206, family 206, Jacob Miller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 November 2014); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Township 6, Kern, California, ED 30 p.16 B, family 239, line 77, Jacob Miller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 November 2014); from FHL microfilm 1374091, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 78.

[3] Oil-Field Culture, The Oklahoma Historical Society, http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/O/OI003.html

[4] The Willshire Herald, 17 April 1913, p.1.

[5] The Daily Standard, 18 April 1913, p.7.

[6] Tulsa World, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Friday, April 18, 1913, Volume VIII, Issue 184, p.2; digital images by subscription, Genealogy Bank.com , (www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapersdoc : accessed 15 October 2014).

[7] Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Monday, 21 April 1913, p.14; digital images by subscription, Genealogy Bank.com , (www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapersdoc : accessed 15 October 2014).

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