Monthly Archive: July 2016

Jul 29

The Milligan Painting

A couple days ago a Facebook friend shared a story about an upcoming movie, The Crowded Room. In the movie Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Billy Milligan, who was diagnosed with 24 different personalities. Billy Milligan was born William Stanley Milligan on 14 February 1955 in Miami Beach, Florida. His mother was from Ohio and they returned …

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Jul 26

Tombstone Tuesday–La Von Becher

This is the tombstone of La Von Eugene Becher, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: Our Son La Von 1913-1932 At Rest BECHER La Von Eugene was born 14 December 1913 in Adams County, Indiana, the son of John H. and Rosa C. (Bollenbacher) Becher. …

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Jul 22

The Pickle Jar

What a crock! For decades crocks like this were used by our ancestors for preserving, fermenting, pickling, and storing food. Their use started to decline in about 1913 with the advent of home refrigerators, although they were still used for several more decades. Today stoneware crocks are popular to collect and have a simple rustic …

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Jul 19

Tombstone Tuesday–John H. & Rosa C. (Bollenbacher) Becher

This is the tombstone of John H. and Rosa C. (Bollenbacher) Becher, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: BECHER Rosa C. 1886-1962 John H. 1883-1950 John Henry Becher was born in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 7 October 1883, the first child born to …

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Jul 15

Max W. Friddle/Friedell Revisited

Ancestry.com’s recent partnership with the Indiana Archives and Records Administration has been a real boon to my research. That partnership made nearly 17 million Indiana birth, death, and marriage records digitally accessible on Ancestry.com. The available records include Indiana marriage records from 1958-2005, Indiana death records from 1900-2011, and Indiana birth certificates from 1907-1940. Wa-hoo! …

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