May 30

Tombstone Tuesday–Memorial Day 2017

This past weekend, Memorial Day weekend, we visited three of the cemeteries that I write most about and while there I took some photos of some veterans’ markers with their new American flags.

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio:

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio:

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Kessler, aka Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio:

Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio, Memorial Day 2017. (2017 photo by Karen)

In memory of all those brave soldiers who served our country and fought and died for us and for our freedom.

May 26

Memorial Day Musings 2017

This coming Monday we celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday that was originally called Decoration Day and traditionally marks the beginning of summer. A day to remember those who died in military service for our country.

Memorial Day began as a way to remember and honor both Union and Confederate soldiers who were killed in battle during the Civil War. In 1868 the 30th of May was officially proclaimed as the day to decorate their graves. After WWI Memorial Day was extended to honor Americans who died in all wars. Today most Americans use this holiday as a time to decorate grave sites, whether the deceased served in the military or not.

On display this weekend at Willshire Home Furnishings. (2015 photo by Karen)

Memorial Day was declared a U.S. federal holiday in 1971 and is now observed the last Monday in May. In December 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed, which asks all Americans to pause at 3:00 p.m. local time and reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day.

Remember to observe proper flag etiquette on Memorial Day: The American flag should be flown at half-staff until noon and then raised to full-staff. During a parade there may be several participants with a flag and it is appropriate to salute only the first flag as it passes by. As the first flag passes everyone should show respect by standing at attention with their right hand over their heart. Those in uniform should give their appropriate formal salute.

Resthaven Memory Gardens, Auglaize County, Ohio. (2014 by Karen)

Most area towns have a Memorial Day ceremony at local cemetery, conducted by the local American Legion and/or VFW. They also mark all veterans’ graves with an American flag. A big Thank You to those volunteers.

Willshire Home Furnishings will have a display of over 160 military uniforms, photos, flags, maps, and letters of local servicemen all weekend and Memorial Day (9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday). It is a wonderful display and well worth a visit. My dad’s photo and Army jacket will be on display there.

Some things to do on Memorial Day:

Take time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day and the sacrifices made for our freedom

Attend a Memorial Day Service at a local cemetery or park

Attend a local Memorial Day parade

Fly the American flag

Visit the Memorial Day Celebration museum at Willshire Home Furnishings

Visit a cemetery and decorate a grave with flowers

Vast array of uniforms, photos, and other items on display at Willshire Home Furnishings. (2015 photo by Karen)

Memorial Day Celebration at Willshire Home Furnishings. (2015 photo by Karen)

We drove through Chatt yesterday as we were driving around the countryside looking at the flooding after Wednesday night’s big storm. Kudos to those who put the American flags on the power poles in the village. They really look nice and are a great patriotic touch for town.

Currently I am doing some memorial-type research at the request of Martin Hubert, president of the Memorial History Society in Alsace, France. He is seeking information about two area WWI soldiers who were among 50 soldiers killed in action on 29 September 1918 in his village of Linthal, France, in the Vogesian Mountains. The soldiers were buried in the military cemetery of Oberlauchenand and both men have monuments in local cemeteries.

Hubert is researching all 50 soldiers and is keeping their memories alive by honoring them at a commemoration and memorial ceremony in Linthal next year, one hundred years after their deaths. The two soldiers from this area are Private August H. Froning and Private Glenn Homer Nichols.

Private August Froning was born 30 June 1892 in Sebastian, Mercer County, Ohio, the son of Herman and Catherine Froning.

Private Glenn Nichols was born on 16 February 1890 in Center Township, Mercer County, Ohio, the son of James Collins and Lilly (Rice) Nichols.

I have located a nephew of each soldier and have contacted one about this upcoming event to honor his ancestor.

What a wonderful thing Hubert is doing to honor these soldiers.

Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, Auglaize County, Ohio (2013 photo by Karen)

And finally, what is it about rain and patriotic holidays? A few years ago we had 13 inches of rain over several days that included the Fourth of July. This past Wednesday night we had at least 5 inches of rain. Our basement didn’t take on water when we had the 13 inches of rain but it did Wednesday night.

The rain came down so hard and fast that it poured in the basement windows. It wasn’t much fun cleaning the basement up and drying it out but it could have been worse. We mainly had large puddles of water which would have been much larger had the area rugs not soaked up much of the water. We were up until 4:00 a.m. that night moving things to dry places, vacuuming and mopping up water, and carrying heavy water-soaked rugs upstairs and draping them over the truck. What else could we do with them?

But it could have been so much worse. The rain did stop. We had power the whole night and the sump pump continued to run. Our basement wasn’t flooded–we just had those big puddles. We don’t have wall-to-wall carpet—we were able to carry out the wet area rugs and they will eventually dry out. I know many others had much more damage in their homes and basements and it is so sad to see all the flooded fields, knowing the farmers will have to do a lot of replanting.

Have a nice Memorial Day weekend, everyone, and take some time to remember those who have served our country.

May 23

Tombstone Tuesday–Andrew & Barbara (Eichler) Eichler

Andrew & Barbara (Eichler) Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Andrew and Barbara (Eichler) Eichler, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker they share is inscribed on each side:

Andrew
Eichler
Died
Sept. 5, 1894
Aged
76 Y  3 D

Barbara
Wife of
A. Eichler
Died
Aug. 10, 1898
Aged
73 Y  3 M

EICHLER

This marble marker looks like a lectern with a closed book on it. A closed book is often thought to represent the Book of Life. On the front of the tombstone are two clasped hands, one with a feminine cuff and the other with a masculine cuff, symbolizing marriage. Father & Mother is inscribed above the hands.

Andrew Eichler was born 2 September 1818 in Zweifelsheim, Bavaria, according to Zion Chatt’s records. His wife Barbara (Eichler) Eichler was born 10 May 1825 in Bavaria. Both of their birth dates are calculated from their tombstone inscription but Zion Chatt’s records give Barbara’s date of birth as 11 May 1825.

Andrew Eichler married Barbara Eichler on 11 December 1847 in Butler County, Ohio, married by Rev. J.A. Fischer. [1]

By 1860 Andrew and Barbara had six children. They resided in Butler County, the county they were married in, and Andrew worked as a farm hand. Their household in 1860: Andrew, 42; Barbara, 24; George, 10; Fred, 8; John, 6; Anna, 5; Levi, 3; and Andy, 1. [2]

The Andrew Eichler household in 1870, still living in Butler County: Andrew, 52; Barbara, 45; George, 20; Fred, 18; John, 16; Anna, 14; Levi, 12; Andrew, 11; Jacob, 9; Lawrence, 7; Christian, 4; and Peter, 1. This enumeration reports that the parents were born in Baden and the children in Ohio. Andrew farmed and enumerated next to them was another family that would eventually move to the Chatt area, Peter Lotter, 35, his wife Catharine [Eichler], 30, and their son John, 6 months. The Lotters were also from Germany. [3]

The Eichlers moved to Mercer County, Ohio, sometime between 1870 and 1880 and were enumerated in Blackcreek Township in 1880: Andrew, 61; Barbra, 55; Andrew, 21; Anna C, 23; Jacob, 19; Laurence, 17; Christopher, 14; Peter, 10.  Andrew continued to farm in Mercer County. [4] Andrew owned 160 acres of land in Section 20 of Blackcreek Township, along Wilson Road, east of what is now State Route 49.

Andrew Eichler died Andrew 5 September 1894 in Blackcreek Township at the age of 76 years and 3 days. He was buried on the 8th.  He was survived by his wife, 2 sisters, and 10 children, according to Zion Chatt’s records.  The church records give his cause of death as dropsy, while his probate court death record gives his cause of death as lagrippe, an influenza-type disease. [5]

Andrew Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2014 photo by Karen)

Barbara Eichler died of cancer and old age on 10 August 1898, at the age of 73 years and 3 months. She was survived by 10 children and 15 grandchildren, according to Zion Chatt’s records.

Barbara (Eichler) Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2014 photo by Karen)

Census enumerations and the church records indicate that Andrew and Barbara had at least 10 children. Several are buried in North Grove Cemetery, Celina. Their children:
George (1850-1914), married Eliza R. McAfee
John Fredrick (1852-1942)
John (1853-1933)
Anna C (1856-1919)
Levi (1857-1929), married Angeline Irene McAfee
Andrew (1859-1931), married Anna Catharine Boehm
Jacob (1860-1944)
Lawrence (1863-1939), married Magdalena Allmandinger
Christopher (1866-1957), married Agnes Louise Kuhn
Peter (1869-1900)

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Family.Search.org, Andrew Eichler and Barbara Eichler, 11 Dec 1847; Butler Marriages, Vol. 3, p.37; FHL microfilm 355779.

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Hanover, Butler, Ohio, p.343, dwelling & family 311, Andy Eygler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 803940, NARA microfilm M653, roll 940.

[3] 1870 U.S. census, Madison, Butler, Ohio, p.279A, dwelling 49, family 47, Andrew Igler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 552676, NARA microfilm M593, roll 1177.

[4] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, Ed 179, p.327B, line 8, Andrew Eichler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 1255048, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[5] Mercer County, Ohio, Deaths, Vol. 1,2; FamilySearch.org, no page; FHL microfilm 914954.

 

 

 

May 19

Two Christina Miller Family Photos, c1920 & c1933

Here are two old Miller photos, photos of my great-grandmother Christina (Rueck) Miller with some of her descendants. Christina (1858-1945) is in both photos and perhaps these were taken at a family reunion or some time when part of the family had gathered together.

Unfortunately the photos were not labeled. Not even the date was written on them. Several of us in the family have worked to identify the individuals in the photos and these are who we believe they are, but we are still not certain. As always is the case, it is easier to identify the adults than the children.

The first photo was taken about 1919-20:

Christina (Rueck) Miller family, c1920

Children:

  1. Fern (Caffee) Stetler
  2. ? Vernon Caffee
  3. ? Eugene Caffee
  4. Ardella (Kallenberger) Hamrick (kneeling)
  5. ? (girl in front of Ardella)
  6. ? Clara (Reef) Miller (girl in paid dress)
  7.  ? Kathryn “Margaret” Miller (Peter’s daughter)
  8. ? John Kallenberger (standing )
  9.  ? Luella Miller (Peter’s daughter), in front of John Kallenberger

Adults standing in back:

  1. Mike & Maggie (Rueck) Kallenberger
  2. Howard & Caroline (Miller) Caffee
  3. Peter Miller
  4. Christina (Rueck) Miller
  5. Carl & Gertrude (Brewster) Miller (my grandparents)
  6. ? Della (Kuehm) Miller (wife of Peter) holding daughter Hilda Rose
  7. ? (photo is blurry)

The next photo was taken about 1933 and the people are numbered on the second copy.

Christine (Rueck) Miller family, c1933.

Individuals numbered, Christine (Rueck) Miller family, c1933.

Starting with the front row:

  1. LaVerne “Vernie” Miller
  2. Murlin Miller
  3. Herb Miller (my dad)
  4. Dale Caffee
  5. Emeline (Miller) Henkle
  6. Mary Miller (d/o John & Frona Dull Miller)
  7. Fern (Caffee) Stetler
  8. Ruth (Miller) Werner
  9. Raymond Miller (s/o John & Frona)
  10. Mike Kallenberger
  11. Robert Miller (s/o John & Frona)
  12. ? LaVerne Ruby Miller (d/o John & Frona)
  13. Howard Caffee
  14. Don Caffee
  15. Caroline (Miller) Caffee
  16. Eugene Caffee
  17. Clara (Miller) Reef
  18. Gertrude (Brewster) Miller (my grandmother)
  19. Kenneth Miller
  20. John Miller
  21. Frona (Dull) Miller
  22. Carl Miller
  23. Johnny Reef
  24. Catharine (Miller) Eichler
  25. Helen (Miller) Linn
  26. Maggie (Rueck) Kallenberger
  27. Ardella (Kallenberger) Hamrick
  28. Christine (Rueck) Miller
  29. John Kallenberger
  30. ? Beatrice Miller (d/o John & Frona)

It sure would have helped if the names would have been written on the back of the photos. Remember to label your photos!

May 16

Tombstone Tuesday–Peter Eichler

Peter Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Peter Eichler, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Peter
Son of A. & B. Eichler
Died Dec. 19, 1900
Aged 31 Y, 5 M, 12 D

Peter Eichler was born 7 Jul 1869 in Madison Township, Butler County, Ohio, the son of Andrew and Barbara (Eichler) Eichler. [1] The church records indicate that Peter had at least 9 siblings.

Peter Eichler was enumerated in his first census the next year after his birth The Andrew Eichler household in 1870 in Butler County: Andrew, 52; Barbara, 45; George, 20; Fred, 18; John, 16; Anna, 14; Levi, 12; Andrew, 11; Jacob, 9; Lawrence, 7; Christian, 4; and Peter, 1. This census reports that the parents were born in Germany and the children in Ohio. Andrew farmed and enumerated next to them was another family that would eventually move to the Chatt area, too–Peter Lotter, 35, his wife Catharine [Eichler], 30, and their son John, 6 months. The Lotters were also from Germany. [2]

The Eichlers moved to Mercer County, Ohio sometime between 1870 and 1880 and were enumerated in Blackcreek Township in 1880: Andrew, 61; Barbara, 55; Andrew, 21; Anna C, 23; Jacob, 19; Laurence, 17; Christopher, 14; and Peter, 10.  Andrew continued to farm in Mercer County. According to the 1880 census, by a special note written on the page, Peter Eichler was sick at age 10 and suffered from what was written as appoplectic fits, which I assume meant that he suffered from epileptic seizures. [3]

Peter Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Peter’s father Andrew died 5 September 1894, at the age of 76 years and 3 days. Peter’s mother Barbara died 10 August 1898, at the age of 73 years and 3 months. Andrew and Barbara are buried in row 3 of Zion Chatt’s cemetery.

After the death of his parents Peter was enumerated in one more census, just 6 months before he died.

In 1900 Peter was enumerated with his sister Anna Eichler, 45, and his brother Jacob A. Eichler, 39. They were living together in Blackcreek Township, very possibly the family home on their family’s farm. Peter’s middle initial was given as C in this enumeration. Anna is listed as the head of household. None of the 3 Eichler siblings could read or write and Peter was the only one of the three that could speak English.

Next to them on the census enumeration is their brother Christopher Eichler, 33, wife Agnes, 26, and their son John, 8. It is unclear if Christopher and his family lived with his three siblings. It appears Anna owned the house free and clear but Christopher had a mortgage on the farm, which does not mention a house. [4]

According to Zion Chatt’s records Peter died suddenly on 19 December 1900. The church records do not give the cause of his death and there appears to be no probate death record for Peter.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” FamilySearch.org, Peter Eichler, 7 July 1869; Madison, Butler County Births, Vol. 1, p.84-5; FHL microfilm 355799.

[2] 1870 U.S. census, Madison, Butler, Ohio, p.279A, dwelling 49, family 47, Andrew Igler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 552676, NARA microfilm M593, roll 1177.

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, Ed 179, p.327B, line 8, Andrew Eichler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 1255048, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.11A, dwelling & family 219, Anna Eichler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 1241303, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

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