Monthly Archive: May 2018

May 11

Flowers for Mother’s Day, 1945

I wrote this a couple years ago but thought it timely to post it again since Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday. In addition, I have been transcribing my dad’s WWII letters and I found a letter my dad wrote that mentions these Mother’s Day flowers. [1] An excerpt from a V-Mail letter my dad …

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May 08

Tombstone Tuesday–Otto and Margery (Schott) Bollenbacher

This is the tombstone of Otto and Margret (Schott) Bollenbacher, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: BOLLENBACHER Margret 1895-1979 Otto 1888-1970 Married March 27 1913 Otto Bollenbacher was born 28 February 1888 in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. His mother Louisa Bollenbacher married Frederick Berron …

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May 04

Chattanooga, Ohio, 1912

A few weeks ago I received the Holy Grail of postcards—an honest-to-goodness, authentic, 1912 picture postcard of Chattanooga, Ohio. Mary Anne Bollenbacher gave me the postcard a few minutes before the beginning of our church service and I was so excited I had a little trouble concentrating on my music. I knew there were probably …

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May 01

Tombstone Tuesday–Freda (Becher) Byer

This is the tombstone of Freda (Becher) Byer, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: FREDA, Wife of Wm. BYER 1901-1933 Freda Becher, was born 25 May 1901, the daughter of Heinrich “Henry” and Rosina “Rosa” (Schlenker) Becher. Freda was baptized at Zion Chatt on 12 June 1901, …

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