Aug 19

Tombstone Tuesday–Maria (Kuhm) Berron

Maria (Kuhm) Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Maria (Kuhm) Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Maria (Kuhm) Berron, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier ruht in Gott
Maria Kuhm
Ehefrau
Georg Berron
Geb 22 Aug. 1865
In Schillersdorf
In Elsass
Gest. 10 Aug. 1890
Alter
24 Jahr 11 Monat
u. 18 Tage

[Here rests in God, Maria Kuhm, wife of Georg Berron, born 22 August 1865 in Schillersdorf, Elsass; Died 10 August 1890, Age 24 years, 11 months, and 18 days.]

Maria Kuhm was the daughter of Michael Kuhm Sr and his wife Elizabeth (Mueller) Kuhm. Maria was born 22 August 1865 in Schillersdorf, Elsass, and immigrated with her family in about 1873. The Kuhms lived in Adams County, Indiana, not all that far from Chatt, where they attended church at Zion Lutheran Church.

Maria married George Berron on 30 April 1885 at the church parish house. George was born 7 April 1861 in Petersbach, Elsass, the son of George and Katherine (Hausknecht) Berron. Witnesses to the ceremony were the parents of the couple.

According to the Zion’s records George and Maria Berron had three children:
Georg Heinrich (1886-1981), married 1. Matilda Eschmeyer, 2. Minnie Bilter
Christian Michael (1888-1963), married Hazel Stoker
Albert Friedrich Michael (1890-1890)

Their third son, Albert Friedrich Michael, was born 20 June 1890 in Adams County, Indiana. He was baptized by Zion’s Rev. Chr. Reichert at the Berron home on 10 August 1890, the same day his mother Maria died. Hopefully Maria was able to see her baby baptized that day.

According to Zion Chatt’s records, Maria died at their home on that same day, 10 August 1890, of a nerve disease. She was only 25 years and 19 days old and was buried on the 12th.

Their little baby Albert died less than a month later, on 6 September 1890. He was only 2 months and 16 days old and was buried in Zion’s cemetery on the 8th. There does not appear to be a tombstone for him in Zion’s cemetery, but there is a small, unreadable tombstone next to Maria’s. That just might be Albert’s marker.

Possible tombstone of Albert Friedrich Michael Berron (1890-1890), Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chatt. (2011 photo by Karen)

Possible tombstone of Albert Friedrich Michael Berron (1890-1890), Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chatt. (2011 photo by Karen)

Widower George Berron married the widow Maria (Betzel) Kessler on 1 August 1895 at Zion Chatt. They had at least one child together, Karl Friedrich Berron, born 8 October 1896.

Maria died in 1918 and George Berron married Sophia (Wierwille) Schultz on 20 April 1921 in Auglaize County, Ohio. He died 13 April 1929 in Allen County, Ohio, and is buried in Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, Ohio.

Aug 15

Chattanooga General Store Ledger, 1913-14

Who was shopping in Chatt back in 1913? And what were they buying? A while back I was given a few books that give just that information.

Last year Jerry Miller gave me some old ledger and day books that had been stored in his mother’s attic. These old books had been in Glen and Catherine Miller’s attic for years, likely years before the Millers purchased the house in Chatt after they married in 1945.

Chatt General Store Ledger 1913-14.

Chatt General Store Ledger 1913-14.

In 1921 Clarence Vining and his wife Effie built the house that the Millers later purchased, where the Millers lived all their married life. At one time Vining had a general store in Chatt and these were the ledgers and day books used for Chatt’s General Store.

In 1910 Clarence Vining was a school teacher [1] and by 1916 he had turned to farming in Black Creek Township. [2] By 1917 he changed careers again and was employed as a groceryman in Chattanooga. [3] So it appears Clarence started running the general store sometime between 1916 and 1917.

In1920 Clarence Vining, age 32, gave his occupation as a merchant in a general store. [4] The store was probably just south of the Chatt Bar. Vinings built the house on the north end of Chatt in 1921 and he and Effie lived there, next to Perry Gibbons, who ran the Chatt Bar.

The oldest ledger book from the Miller attic is for the years 1913-14, before Clarence Vining became a general store merchant. So who owned and ran the Chatt General Store in 1913 if it wasn’t Clarence Vining?

Probably Leo Merkle and Semon Egger.

Merkle & Egger ran a general store in Chatt in 1916 [2] and probably before that. Leo Merkle, 21, was a clerk in a general store in 1910. [5] Semon Egger, 19, was a wagon driver at the same time [6] and may have driven the huckster wagon for the store.

Yes, this was probably Merkle & Egger’s ledger book.

Merkle & Egger, Chattanooga, Ohio. (photo courtesy of Doug Roebuck)

Merkle & Egger, Chattanooga, Ohio. (photo courtesy of Doug Roebuck)

When Clarence Vining took over the store in 1917 he likely ended up with the accounting books, too. Vining ran the general store in Chatt for about ten years, but by 1930 Clarence and Effie had moved to Celina, where Clarence became an assistant cashier at a bank. [7] They sold their house to Clark Sipe and the Millers purchased it several years later.

And the old books remained in the attic of the home for nearly 100 years. Until last year.

The stack of old books from the Miller attic includes three ledger books and four Day Books. The ledgers were for keeping track of balances owed and payments made by individuals and a few businesses.

There is an index in front of the ledger books which lists the customer’s name, followed by a page number. The customer’s account information is on that page farther back in the book. It looks like quite a few people bought things on credit, even back then. Most accounts were paid in full but some balances were carried over to a new ledger book.

Chatt General Store Ledger Book, 1913-14.

Chatt General Store Ledger Book, 1913-14.

The index in this ledger indicates who was shopping in Chatt’s general store in 1913-14. It is interesting to see how the store owners differentiated between individuals with the same name. For example, the Bollenbaughs were identified by where they lived—in town, Indiana, south, etc.

Inside the front cover is penciled Total 1188.23. Possibly total receipts for those years? Not indexed, but at the end of the book on pages 399 & 400, are entries for Leo Merkle.

I transcribed the index of the 1913-14 ledger and spelled the names as they were written in the book. Since the index is a lengthy list of names I put the transcription in a PDF file that can be opened by clicking on the following link:

Chattanooga General Store Ledger, 1913-14

There is another interesting connection between the old store books, the Vinings, and the Millers. Catherine (Leininger) Miller’s mother Carrie Becher did housework for the Vinings in Chatt. Ted Leininger drove the huckster wagon for Clarence Vining at the same time and that is how Ted and Carrie met. They married in 1918 and Ted farmed after that.

Next week we’ll look inside a Day Book and see what the people in the Chatt area were purchasing at that time.

 

[1] 1910 U.S. Census, Black Creek Township, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p. 9A, dwelling 187, family 188, Clarence L Vining; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[2] The Farm Journal Illustrated Directory of Mercer County Ohio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Wilmer Atkinson Company, 1916), 69, 113, 152, 173.

[3] “U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014), card for Clarence L Vining, no. 1390, Mercer County, Ohio; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA microfilm publication M1509, imaged from FHL roll 1832519.

[4] 1920 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, ED 140, p. 2B, dwelling 33, family 33, Clarence Vining; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, ED 119, p. 16B, dwelling 372, family 232, Leo Merkle; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214. [Note that Leo was living next to William and Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel, subjects of the last Tombstone Tuesday.]

[6] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, ED 119, p. 15B, dwelling 337, family 297, Rev. Samuel Egger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Jefferson Township, Mercer, Ohio, ED 5418, p. 12A penned, 177 stamped, dwelling 290, family 299, Clarence L Vining; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

 

 

 

Aug 12

Tombstone Tuesday–William & Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel

William & Julia Betzel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

William & Julia Betzel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of William and Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BETZEL
Julia
1868-1927
William
1854-1934

William Betzel was the son of George Friedrich and Anna Rosina (Herzog) Betzel, born 12 February 1854 in Mercer County, Ohio. His parents were both born in Bavaria and his father immigrated in 1828, according to Zion Chatt’s records.

William Betzel married Sophia Deitsch on 19 October 1879 at Zion, Chatt. Sophia was the daughter of Johann Jakob and Catharine Deitsch, born in Ohio on 13 October 1856, according to the records of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Liberty Township.

William and Sophia had at least three children, possibly more:
Mary A. (1880-1881)
Margaretha Katharina (1882-1961), married James Marbaugh
Edward Michael (1885-1895)

Sophia (Deitsch) Betzel died 25 April 1890 at the age of 33 years, 7 months, and 22 days.

William Betzel was now a widower with two young children. He would eventually marry a local widow, Julia (Berron) Kuhm, with whom he probably attended church.

Julia Berron was the daughter of Georg and Katharina (Hausknecht) Berron, born 14 November 1867 in Petersbach, Elsass. She married Jacob Kuhm on 4 November 1886 in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.

Jacob Kuhm was the son of Michael and Elisabeth (Mueller) Kuhm, born 26 September 1863 in Schillersdorf, Elsass. They lived in Adams County, Indiana.

Jacob and Julia Kuhm had the following children:
Lydia Sophia Margaretha (1887-1957), married John Henry Martin
Emelia Barbara (1888-1973) married William H. Fogel
Mathilda Katharina (1890-1891)
Jacob Edward (1892-1922), married Harriet I ?; drowned in an oil tank in Oklahoma
Rosa Elisabeth (1894-1984), married Earl Adam Shaefer
Esther Maria (1896-?)
Katharina Elisabeth “Lizzie” (1898-?)

Jacob Kuhm died of a stroke on 11 November 1899. Julia was now a widow with several young children to support and raise.

Widower William Betzel married the widow Julie (Berron) Kuhm on 12 September 1901. Their marriage is recorded in Zion Chatt’s records as well as in Adams County, Indiana. They were married by Zion Chatt’s minister, R.V. Schmidt. According to this record William lived in Chattanooga. [1]

In 1910 William and Julia were living in Liberty Township. William was 56 and Julia was 43. They had been married 8 years and both had been married twice. William was a pumper in the oil field. Julia had given birth to 9 children and 6 were living at that time. Four of her Kuhm children, from her first marriage, were living in the household, listed as William’s step-children: Edward, 18, Rosa, 16, Ester, 14, and Liizzie, 11. Edward worked on the farm and Rosa worked in a restaurant. [2]

Julia Betzel died of diabetes at her home in Liberty Township on 16 September 1927. She was 61 years, 10 months, and 2 days old. [3] The church record shows her death date as the 15th.

Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel death certificate.

Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel death certificate.

William died of nephritis on 8 September 1934 in Liberty Township. He was 80 years, 6 months and 22 days old and was buried on the 11th. [4]

William Betzel death certificate.

William Betzel death certificate.

According to his death certificate, William worked in a harness shop, probably in Chatt. It does not appear that William and Julia had any children together.

William’s first wife Sophia is buried at Kessler Cemetery, south of Chatt. Juilia’s first husband Jacob Kuhm is buried a couple rows from her, in Zion’s cemetery.

 

[1] “Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 Aug 2014); William Betzel and Julia Kuhm/Berron, 12 September 1901; citing Adams County, Indiana, marriages Vol. 1:113, FHL microfilm 002321357.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 119, p. 16B, family 322, William Betzel; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 August 2014); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[3] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 August 2014), Julia Betzel, 16September 1927; citing Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, FHL microfilm 1985117.

[4] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 August 2014), William Betzel, 8 September 1934; citing Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, FHL microfilm 1993042.

 

Aug 08

Reunion Wrap-Up

The 2014 family reunion season has come to a close for us. The Miller and the Schumm reunions were held back-to-back, one weekend after the other, making for a busy but memorable time.

The Schumm reunion goes back much farther and encompasses more relatives than the Miller gathering. The Schumm reunion is for the descendants of John Georg Schumm and his five children who immigrated in 1833. And there are thousands who descend from them.

The Miller reunion, on the other hand, is for the descendants of my Miller grandparents and consists of my aunts and uncles and cousins. Below is a rundown of both reunions.

An estimated 225+ relatives attended the Schumm reunion last Sunday and most were able to sit under the shade of the pavilion, located near Zion Lutheran Church.

Nearly 225 attended the 2014 Schumm Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

2014 Schumm Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

The Lutheran Men of Song provided the afternoon entertainment. They were great!

Lutheran Men of Song, 2014 Schumm Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Lutheran Men of Song, 2014 Schumm Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

How often do you attend a reunion where not one, but two people over 100 years old are also in attendance? Both Velma Schumm (100) and Karl Schumm (almost 101) were there and they both sang for those gathered.

Karl stood up and sang Baptized Into Thy Name Most Holy, singing in German. This was his Confirmation hymn and he was right when he said that we would not understand what he was singing. At least I couldn’t!

Karl Schumm, 100, sings a hymn in German. (2014 photo by Karen)

Karl Schumm, 100, sings a hymn in German. (2014 photo by Karen)

At the conclusion of the reunion Velma joined the Schumm Singers as they sang Blest Be the Tie That Binds.

The Schumm Singers, with Velma, 100, conclude the reunion with song. (2014 photo by Karen)

The Schumm Singers, with Velma, 100, conclude the reunion with song. (2014 photo by Karen)

I met some Schumm cousins, who are also Schinnerer cousins. Karen traveled from Illinois and her sister Sue from Michigan. They won prizes for being first-time attendees.

Sisters Karen Pautsch & Sue Hooper, win prizes for first-time attendance. (2014 photo by Karen)

Sisters Karen Pautsch & Sue Hooper won lovely prizes for first-time attendance. (2014 photo by Karen)

Other prizes were given to Karl and Isabelle Schumm, married the longest (76 years); Miriam Hofmann and Vince Muntzinger, both over 90 years old; Loren  & Linda Meyer, traveled the farthest (from Iowa).

Name tags indicated from which of the five Schumm immigrant children relatives descend–Katherina, Martin, Friedrich, Jacob, or Ludwig. Attendance was pretty much a tie between the descendants of Friedrich and the descendants of Ludwig. Unfortunately, none of Jacob’s descendants were there. It is interesting that some people had two [sometime three!] stickers on their name tags, indicating descent from two [or three] Schumm immigrants. We had two stickers on our name tags, even though we descend only from Ludwig. I’ll just let you think about that and see if you can figure it out yourself.

The next Schumm reunion will be Sunday, 7 August 2016.

About 55 attended the Miller reunion this year, held the last weekend in July. This reunion has turned into a three-day event that revolves around visiting and reminiscing and eating. It all begins on Friday afternoon, when the out-of-state relatives begin to arrive. Groups of us meet to eat on Friday and Saturday nights and the main reunion is held on Sunday, in Berne. This year we had an all-time record number at the Chatt Bar on Saturday night. About two dozen Miller relatives filled up their main area.

About 55 Miller descendants attended the 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

About 55 descendants of Carl & Gertrude (Brewster) Miller attended the 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

It is always good to see everyone and catch up on the latest news

Visiting with the Linn branch at the 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Visiting with the Linn branch at the 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

We also enjoy looking through old photos. Aunt Ruth, 94, can identify nearly everyone on the old photos.

Aunt Ruth at 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Aunt Ruth at 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Leah, the family gymnast, provided some entertainment in the afternoon.

Leah Eichler, 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Leah Eichler, 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Next year’s Miller reunion will be held the last weekend in July.

Family reunions are all about memories, fellowship, catching up on news, meeting new relatives, photos, reminiscing, renewing acquaintances, and….food. And I can’t wait to do it all over again.

 

 

 

 

Aug 05

Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob Kuhm

Jacob Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Jacob Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob Kuhm, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier Ruht in Gott
Jacob Kuhm
Ehemann den
Julia Berron
Geb. 26 Sept
1863
In Schillersdorf
Elsass
Deutchland
Gest 11 Nov 1899
Alter
36 Jahr, 1 Mo
u. 16 Tage

[Here rests in God Jacob Kuhm, husband of Julia Berron, born 26 September 1863 in Schillersdorf, Elsass, Germany, died 11 November 1899, aged 36 years, 1 month, and 16 days.]

This tombstone contains a lot of genealogical information, more than most, and very helpful indeed! Most are not inscribed with the date and place of birth and spouse’s maiden name.

Jacob is buried next to his brother and sister, Georg and Lena Kuhm, and two rows from his widow Julia.

According to various entries in Zion Chatt’s records, Jacob Kuhm was the son of Michael and Elisabeth (Mueller) Kuhm, born 26 September 1863 in Schillersdorf, Elsass. Jacob married Julia Berron on 4 November 1886 in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana. Julia was the daughter of Georg and Katharina (Hausbarcht) Berron, born 14 November 1867 in Petersbach, Elsass.

Jacob and Julia had the following children, mentioned in Zion’s records, where most were baptized:

Lydia Sophia Margaretha (1887-1957), married John Henry Martin
Emelia Barbara (1888-1973) married William H. Fogel
Mathilda Katharina (1890-1891)
Jacob Edward (1892-1922), married Harriet I ?; drowned in an oil tank in Oklahoma
Rosa Elisabeth (1894-1984), married Earl Adam Shaefer
Esther Maria (1896-?)
Katharina Elisabeth “Lizzie” (1898-?)

Jacob Kuhm died of a stroke on 11 November 1899, at the age of 36 years, 1 month, and 16 days. He was buried on the 15th. Survivors included his widow, six children, his parents, and five siblings.

The Kuhms lived in Adams County, Indiana, and the 1900 census indicates that Julia had given birth to eight children, but only six were living. In 1900 Julia was a widow, living next to her brother-in-law, Michael Kuhm Jr. [1]

Jacob’s widow Julia married William Betzel on 12 September 1901. Julia died 15 September 1927 and she and William are buried in Zion’s Cemetery.

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, ED 4, p. 50A stamped, p. 11 penned, dwelling 197, family 197, Julia Kuehm; digital image by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 August 2014), from FHL microfilm 1240357, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.

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