Feb 22

More Willshire Advertising, 1904

Today, some more ads from the 5 May 1904 edition of the Willshire Herald that my great-grandfather Louis J. Schumm saved.

Willshire appears to have been a thriving village back in 1904. The town had quite a few businesses, if you can go by the number of advertisements in this eight-page newspaper. Over 100 years ago people did not have the means to travel very far from home to shop, so it was a necessity that the nearby towns have a variety of stores with supplies and goods for the daily needs of the people.

But when I think about it, Willshire still has a number of businesses, from a style salon, or “beauty shop,” as my mom called it, to home decorating and furnishing stores, a grain elevator, and places to eat, to mention just a few. I am most familiar with Willshire’s home decorating stores.

I remember going to Willshire’s Variety Store when I was a young girl. I liked to sew and do embroidery and I always enjoyed shopping for fabric and sewing notions there. Dellinger Brothers installed the heat pump when we built our house in the 1970s. I also remember that Willshire has always had some of the best ice cream around.   

Below are some more Willshire business ads from that 1904 Willshire Herald.

A. and J. Brown, dry goods, dress goods, carpets, and mattings:

Ad in 4 May 1904 Willshire Herald

S. S. Buchanan, window treatments, furniture, picture frames. They even enlarges photos:

Ad in 4 May 1904 Willshire Herald

John Beam, tailor. Elsewhere he advertised men’s suits made to order for $8.50 and up:

Ad in 4 May 1904 Willshire Herald

J. F. Baucher, City Bargain Store:

Ad in 4 May 1904 Willshire Herald

Manley’s Footwear:

Ad in 4 May 1904 Willshire Herald

Jas. B. Stogdill, clocks, watches, sewing machines, pianos, and organs. I have my Grandma Schumm’s old Singer treadle sewing machine. My dad told me his family had a pump organ when he was growing up. I wonder if those items, were purchased at Stogdill’s:

Ad in 4 May 1904 Willshire Herald

Willshire Milling Company:

Ad in 4 May 1904 Willshire Herald

What a great newspaper this is, with so much interesting information! I am so glad it was saved all these years.

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.

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