Feb 12

Remembering Velma Schumm (1914-2016)

This past week we said good-bye to a Schumm centenarian, a faithful servant of the church, a life-long member of the community, and a friend to many.

Velma Louise Schumm passed away 6 February 2016 at the Laurels of Shane Hill, near Rockford. She was 101 years old, the same age as my grandma Schumm when she passed away.

Velma was born 18 June 1914 near Rockford. She lived most of her life in the home where she grew up and spent her last few years at the Laurels of Shane Hill. She was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm.

Emma, Marie, Kate, and Velma Schumm.

Sisters Emma, Marie, Kate, and Velma Schumm.

At the age of 101, Velma was one of several Schumm centenarians. But Velma was not the oldest in her family. Her sister Emma will be 105 this year.

Kate, Velma, Philip, Marie, and Emma Schumm, 1962.

Kate, Velma, Philip, Marie, and Emma Schumm, 1962.

Velma was the daughter of Phillip F.M. and Leona B. (Schumm) Schumm. She had three sisters: Marie, Emma, Anna Katharine.

Velma and I were third cousins once removed. We descend from different immigrant Schumm brothers, both sons of Johann Georg Schumm. Velma descended from Martin and Maria (Pflueger) Schumm, while I descend from Ludwig and Barbara (Pflueger) Schumm. The Schumm brothers married Pflueger sisters and therefore we also have common Pflueger ancestors.

Velma was baptized at Zion Schumm by Rev. George J. Meyer on 5 July 1914, with Mrs. Louisa Schinnerer and Erma Schumm as her sponsors. Velma was the baptismal sponsor for Wilma Louise Schumm in 1936 and Frieda Marie Roehm in 1947. She was a witness to the marriage of Erwin F. Fuelling to her sister Marie in 1939 and a witness to the marriage of Arthur Bischoff to her sister Anna Schumm in 1940.

Velma Schumm at 2010 Schumm Reunion. (2010 photo by Karen)

Velma Schumm at 2010 Schumm Reunion. (2010 photo by Karen)

Velma was an accomplished musician and started playing the organ at Zion Lutheran, Schumm, when she was about 16. She was Zion’s church organist for many decades, for 60-80 years, depending on who you talk to. My mom often mentioned that Velma played the organ for their wedding ceremony at Zion Schumm in 1950. She probably played the organ when I was baptized there a couple years later.

Yes, Velma loved music and she often attended our Christmas concerts at Zion Chatt. Her neighbors Tim and Vickie would usually bring her to the concert and I can still see her nodding her head, keeping time with the music. Velma and I discussed organ playing techniques on several occasions, talking in particular about using both feet, with heel and toe, to play.

Velma knew German and was able to read the Old German Script, something not many people around here can do. She helped me translate some of Zion Schumm’s records a few years ago. Velma was familiar with the names of those who attended Zion over the years, which was also very helpful. We spent several Sunday afternoons going over the church records on her dining room table.

Velma also had very nice handwriting and meticulously labeled nearly all of her photos. What a treasure to find photos that are labeled on the back!

Kate and Velma

Kate and Velma

One Sunday afternoon, during the summer of 2002, I drove my mom and Velma to Fort Wayne to attend the Pflueger reunion, for the descendants of Michael Pflueger. We had never attended a Pflueger reunion but were invited because we all had common Pflueger ancestors. Even though we had never met this side of the family we soon learned that we knew several people in common. We all enjoyed visiting and sharing information with our Pflueger cousins that afternoon. On our way home from Fort Wayne that day I learned that Velma liked to sing, too. The three of us sang some of our favorite hymns together on the car ride home.

Velma always attended the Schumm reunion, where she would usually accompany the Schumm Singers on a portable keyboard. She was there at the last Schumm reunion, held in August 2014. At 100 years young, she joined the Schumm Singers that year.

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

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

Velma was also interested in history and I would see her at meetings of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society in Rockford.

Unfortunately Velma had to cease many of these activities because of her failing eyesight.

Eventually Velma moved to the Laurels of Shane Hill a few years ago. I attended her 100th birthday celebration in 2014, held at the Laurels.

Velma Schumm, 100th Birthday Celebration, 14 June 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Velma Schumm, 100th Birthday Celebration, 14 June 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Joe and I went to her estate sale a couple years ago and we purchased a few items that I will always cherish as Velma’s. Some of the items I purchased: a small Nativity, a southwestern vase, a copper candy dish, a large box of postcards and miscellaneous papers, a cross necklace, some of her sheet music, the travel map she used for a western trip, a granite chamber pot, and an old Cracker Jack toy top.

Here is a link to Velma’s obituary.

May you Rest in Peace, Velma.

Feb 09

Tombstone Tuesday–Caroline (Brecheisen) Hiller

Caroline Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

Caroline Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Caroline (Brecheisen) Hiller, located in row 10 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Caroline
Wife of
George
Hiller
Died
May 20, 1884
Aged
20 Y. & 20 D.

Caroline Brecheisen was born in Mercer County, Ohio, on 30 April 1855, as calculated from her tombstone, or 11 May 1855, if calculated from her death and burial information in Zion Chatt’s records. Caroline was the daughter of Martin and Catharine Brecheisen, as written in Zion’s records. [Her mother Catharine’s maiden name may have been Huber.]

This family name is not very familiar to me, although I have seen the name in Zion Chatt’s records. It is spelled as Brecheisen and as Brechheisen in the church records and as Breichisen on Martin and Catherine’s tombstones, which are located in St. Paul Lutheran, Liberty Towhship’s cemetery.

Although some Brecheisens attended Zion Chatt between the years 1862-1873, Caroline was not mentioned in the church records until she married George Hiller and later, when their children were baptized. The other Brecheisens attended St. Paul Lutheran, Liberty Township, where some are also buried.

In 1860 M Brecheisen lived in Liberty Township with a Skeels Cross Roads Post Office. In the household: M, 38; Catharine, 41; George 15; Catharine, 12; Mary, 11; Barbary, 9; Caroline, 5; and Ellenor, 3 months. Caroline and Ellenor were born in Ohio but the rest were born in France, giving a good indication of when the family immigrated. [1]

In 1870 the Brecheisens still resided in Liberty Township. The family consisted of Martin, 49, farmer, born in France; Catharine, 52, born in France; Caroline, 15, attends school; Helen, 10, attends school; and Frank, 8. Their three children were born in Ohio. Their neighbors included Thomas Daley, James McDonald, Henry Hone, Jacob Lininger, Adam Bollenbacher, Peter Strabel, George Bollenbacher, and Jacob Baker. [2] This information corresponds with the 1878 Mercer County Map, which indicates M. Brecheisen owned land in Section 4, with neighbors John Lininger, A. Bollenbacher, and Peter Strabel. [3]

Who were the Brecheisens? The 1870 census indicates Caroline’s parents were both born in France. They probably immigrated between 1851 and 1854. In 1876 M. Brecheisen, likely Caroline’s father, owned several parcels of property in Liberty Township. He owned 40 acres in Section 4, along Schaadt Road and 80 acres in Section 10, along Oregon Road. [3]

In 1888 M. Brecheisen owned land in Liberty Township: 40 acres in Section 4, and 30 acres in Section 5, both along Schaadt Road; 60 acres in Section 10, along Oregon Road; and 80 acres in Section 19, along Frahm Pike and the Indiana State Line. [4] M. Brecheisen was not shown in the 1900 Mercer County Atlas.

Caroline Brecheisen married George Hiller on 20 April 1872, with George & Barbara Brecheisen serving as witnesses to their marriage. When they married, George was 25 and Caroline was 17 years old, according to Zion Chatt’s records. Caroline’s name was spelled “Backhaus” on their Mercer County, Ohio, marriage record. [5]

In 1880 George and Caroline (Brecheisen) Hiller lived lived on their Liberty Township farm with their three daughters and George farmed. Their household in 1880: George, 33; Caroline, 25; Barbara, 6; Lena E., 4; and Henretta, 2. Their daughters were all born in Ohio. Their neighbors included Phillip Emerick, William Betzel, John Fisher, George Hoffman, Henry Kuhn, George Bollenbaugh, and Ferdinand Kable. [6]

Caroline Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

Caroline Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

Caroline (Brecheisen) Hiller died 20 May 1884, at the age of 29 years and 9 days. She was buried in Kessler Cemetery on the 22nd, according to Zion Chatt’s records.

George and Caroline had the following children, as shown in Zion Chatt’s records:
Katharina Barbara (1873-1950), married Thomas J Spohn
Helen Elisabeth (1875-1883)
Henriette (1878-?)
Margaretha (1881-?)

After Caroline’s death George Hiller married Catharine Alt on 30 November 1884.

 

[1] 1860 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, p.258, dwelling 999, family 1004, M Buckhiser; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 Feb 2016); from FHL microfilm 805009, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 1009.

[2] 1870 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer County, Ohio, p.150B, dwelling 134, family 120, Martin Breckheimer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 Feb 2016); from FHL microfilm 552742, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 1243.

[3] Mercer County Chapter, OGS, Mercer County, Ohio, Combined 1888, 1900 Atlases and 1876 Map of Mercer County, Ohio (Mt. Vernon, Indiana : Windmill Publications, Inc., 1999); 1876 Map of Mercer p.11.

[4] Mercer County Chapter, OGS, Mercer County, Ohio, Combined 1888, 1900 Atlases and 1876 Map of Mercer County, Ohio (Mt. Vernon, Indiana : Windmill Publications, Inc., 1999); 1888 Atlas, p.13.

[5] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 27 Jan 20165), George Hiller and Caroline Backhaus, 20 Apr 1872; citing Mercer, Ohio, Marriages, Vol. 3, p.307; from FHL microfilm 914956.

[6] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 188, p.474C, dwelling 57, family 60, George Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestery.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Jan 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

 

Feb 05

The Ministers of Zion Chatt, Rev. Jacob Albrecht (#16)

This is another short biography of one of Zion Chatt’s ministers. The information is from the ELCA Archives at Trinity Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and from my personal research.

Rev. Jacob Albrecht

Rev. Jacob Albrecht

Jacob Emanuel Albrecht, Zion Chatt’s 16th minister, was born 26 August 1875, near Canton, Ohio. He was the ninth child born to Henry and Philipena (Schneider) Albrecht. He graduated from Capital University in 1900 and from the ELT Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, in 1903.

He married Clara Althoff on 25 April 1905 and they had three sons and four daughters. Of them, one son and one daughter died young. Their children that lived to adulthood were Carl H., C. John, Mary Magdalena, Martha, and Mildred.

Rev. Albrecht served at the following parishes: Akron Mission in 1903; three parishes in Weisberg, Indiana, from 1904-1907, where he also taught the parish school; St. Paul, Jenera, Ohio, from 1907-1914; Zion, Obetz, Ohio, from 1914-1919; Zion, Chattanooga, 1919-1931; and at Trinity, Galion, Ohio, from 1931-1940.

He retired from the ministry in 1940 due to illness and died of a hemorrhage in Galion, Ohio, on 23 February 1941, at the age of 65. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery Galion.

Obituary:
Rev. Jacob E. Albrecht, 65, died at his home, 322 North Market Street, Sunday at 12:45 p.m. He had been bed-fast 13 months. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage.

During his illness, the Rev. Albrecht’s place as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, has been taken by his brother, Rev. E.H. Albrecht, of Columbus. Rev. Albrecht and his family came to Galion from Chattanooga, Ohio 10 years ago. He had been pastor of the local church since June, 1931, and had been active in the ministry for the past 38 years.

He was graduated from Capital University in Columbus in 1900, from the seminary in 1903, and was ordained in the ministry from Martin Luther Church in Canton, on May 31, 1903.

Deceased was born in Canton on Aug. 26, 1875, the son of Henry and Philipine (Schneider) Albrecht. He had reached the age of 65 years, 5 months, and 7 days. On April 25, 1905, he was united in marriage with Clara M. Althoff, who survives. There are two sons and three daughters: Carl H. Albrecht, Norwood; C. John Albrecht, Canal Fulton; Mrs. Fred [Mary Magdalena] Stirm, northwest of Galion; Martha and Mildred Albrecht, at home. Alice Ann Albrecht, of Norwood, is a granddaughter. One son, one daughter, four brothers, and one sister preceded him in death. [1]

In addition, he was survived by several siblings: Alpheus Albrecht, Massillon, Ohio; Mrs. Newton Butler, Edith Vogelgesong, Norman Albrecht, and Mrs. Thurman Bachtel, all of Massilon, Ohio; Rev. E.H. Albrecht, Columbus, Ohio; and Harry O. Albrecht, Canton. [2]

His wife Clara died in 1967 and is buried beside her husband.

Rev. Albrecht served at Zion Chatt for about 12 years and while there he confirmed several groups of young adults as well as a group of adults. Those confirmation photos that survived:

1921 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1921 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1921, Seated: Hugo Kuhn, Marcella Strabel, Rev. J. Albrecht, Martha Becher, Herman Kuhn. Row 2: Bertha Becher, Vic Andres, Margarette Laderman, Carl Albrecht, Oma Berger, Carl Brandt, Grace Huffman. Row 3: Luther Schott, Harold Huffman, Lea Schott, Leo Wesley Kallenberger, Luther Heffner.

1923 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1923 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1923, Seated: Opal Strabel, Lucille Diener, Rev. J. Albrecht, Mary Berger, Ruth Schott. Standing: Edward Alt, Clela Diener, Fred Albrecht, Ardella Kallenberger, William Hoehammer, Edith Kuhn.

1925 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1925 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1925, Seated: ?, Rev. J. Albrecht, ? Row 2: ?, Esther Lavina Grauberger, John Andreas Kallenberger. Others in the class: Ralph August Schott, Orval Paul Alt, Clifford Cornelius Becher, Paul Eugene Brandt, Reatta Carol. Marg Strable, Edna Ruth Heffner, Mildred Lucile Regedenz, Anna Louise Berger, Mary Magdalene Albrecht.

1927 Zion Chatt Adult Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1927 Zion Chatt Adult Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1927, Seated: Chloe Douglas Bollenbacher, Mrs. Bader, Rev. J. Albrecht, Margarette May Lehman Bender, Edna Daily Schaadt. Standing: Elmer Davison, Wavel Jennings Reef, Mary Rebeca Mariner Becher, John Eugene Reichard, Lewis Gale Davison.

1929 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1929 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1929, Seated: Morris Huffman, Bernice Becher, Rev. J. Albrecht, Pauline McGough, Waldo Brandt. Row 2: John Albrecht, Herbert Brandt, Vernon Caffee, Elihu Davison, Werner Becher. Row 3: Reginald Fisher, Paul McGough, Charles Strabel, Luther Bollenbacher.

1931 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1931 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1931, Seated: Laura Margarette Wilhelmina Kuhn, Rev. J. Albrecht, Martha Liberty Albrecht. Standing: Louise Brandt, Paul Eugene Caffee, Edith Lorina Schaadt, Louis Frederick Becher, Clara Fern Caffee.

 

[1] ”Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004,” Galion Inquirer, 24 Feb 1941; FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 4 Feb 2016).

[2] ”Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004,” Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, 24 Feb 1941; FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 4 Feb 2016).

 

Feb 02

Tombstone Tuesday–George Hiller

George Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen

George Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen

This is the tombstone of George Hiller, located in row 6 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

George Hiller
1846-1932

According to Zion Chatt’s records Johann “George” Hiller was born 15 November 1846 in Hamilton County, Ohio, the second child of John and Mary M. (Müller) Hiller. His parents immigrated in about 1839 and the family lived in the Hamilton County area about 8 years before moving to Mercer County, Ohio. George was baptized in Hamilton County and confirmed at Zion Chatt on 1 June 1862.

George was the younger brother of Jacob Hiller, who married Martha Sundmacher. The Hillers lived in Adams County, Indiana, near Chattanooga, and attended church at Zion Chatt. George and Jacob’s mother Mary M. (Müller) Hiller was the widow of Erasmus Stump when she married John Hiller, and George and Jacob Hiller also had three step-siblings, Philip, Catharine, and Gertrude Stump. That surname was sometimes spelled Stumpf in the church records.

In 1860 George Hiller, 13, and his brother Jacob, 16, lived with their parents in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, and had a New Corydon address. Their father was a farmer and both boys attended school. [1]

George married Carolina “Caroline” Brecheisen on 20 April 1872. She was the daughter of Martin and Catharina Brecheisen, and was born in Mercer County, Ohio. George was 25 and Caroline was 17 years old at the time of their marriage, according to Zion Chatt’s records. Her name was spelled “Backhaus” on their Mercer County, Ohio, marriage record. [2]

George and Caroline lived in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, after their marriage and George farmed. Their neighbors included Phillip Emerick, William Betzel, John Fisher, George Hoffman, Henry Kuhn, George Bollenbaugh, and Ferdinand Kable.

In 1880 George and Caroline lived on their Liberty Township farm with their three daughters: George, 33; Caroline, 25; Barbara, 6; Lena E., 4; and Henretta, 2. They likely had lived in Liberty Township since their marriage because their daughters were all born in Ohio. [3]

George and Caroline had the following children, as shown in Zion Chatt’s records:
Katharina Barbara (1873-1950), married Thomas J Spohn
Helen Elisabeth (1875-1883)
Henriette (1878-?)
Margaretha (1881-?)

George’s wife Caroline (Brecheisen) Hiller died 20 May 1884, at the age of 29 years and 9 days. She is also buried in Kessler Cemetery.

George Hiller married Catharine (Katherine/Kate) Alt on 30 November 1884. They were married at the home of Jacob and Maria Barbara Betzel, who were also the witnesses to the marriage. Catharina was the daughter of Friedrich and Ursula (Koch) Alt and was born in Liberty Township about 1863.

In 1900 George and Catherine Hiller and their two sons lived in Liberty Township: George, 36; Catherine, 37; Henry, 14; and John 10. George and Catherine had been married 15 years and two of their three children were living. George was a farmer. [4]

By 1910 the George Hiller family had moved from Liberty Township to State Line Pike in Jefferson Township, Mercer County, Ohio. In 1910: George, 70; Kate, 47; Henry, 24; and John, 19. George and Catherine [Kate] had been married 26 years and this was George’s second marriage. Catherine [Kate] had given birth to 3 children but only 2 were living. George worked as a storekeeper in a grocery. [5]

George and Catharine (Alt) Hiller had the following children:
Heinrich Friedrich (1886-1966)
Maria Ursula (1888-1888)
John (1890-1981)

In 1930 George, 83, and his wife, named as Margaret in the 1930 census, aged 67, lived with their single sons John, 39, and Henry, 44, on a farm in Jefferson Township, Mercer County, Ohio. John was listed as the head of household. [6] Evidently Catherine/Katherine/Kate also went by the name Margaret, likely her middle name.

George Hiller died of nephritis on 5 January 1932 at the Mercer County Home at the age of 85 years, 3 months, and 25 days. Henry Hiller of Celina was the informant for the information on the death certificate. George was buried on the 7th. According to his death certificate he was a farmer, was married, and was survived by his wife Margaret. [7]

 

George Hiller buried near Hiller relatives, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

George Hiller buried near Hiller relatives, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

[1] 1860 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p.234, dwelling 1649, family 1629, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Jan 2016); from FHL microfilm 803242, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 242.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 27 Jan 20165), George Hiller and Caroline Backhaus, 20 Apr 1872; citing Mercer, Ohio, Marriages, Vol. 3, p.307; from FHL microfilm 914956.

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 188, p.474C, dwelling 57, family 60, George Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Jan 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 85, p.2B, dwelling 41, family 43, George Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Jan 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241304, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Mercer, Ohio, ED 116, p.2A, dwelling 27, family 27, George Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Jan 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Mercer, Ohio, ED 19, p.9A, dwelling 190, family 190, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Jan 2016); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[7] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,: database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 27 Jan 2016), George Hiller, 5 Jan 1932; citing Jefferson, Mercer, Ohio, file no. 4431, from FHL microfilm 1992566.

 

Jan 29

A Chattanooga, Ohio, Postmark

We know that Chattanooga, Ohio, once had its very own post office. At one time the post office was in the frame building that stood just south of where the Chatt Bar is today.

At that time the Chattanooga Post Office was in Egger’s Grocery. Semon Egger also had a mortuary in the upstairs part of the same building. There was a lot going on at Egger’s and it was likely the center of activity in Chatt.

I am sure a Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark is rare and I don’t believe I had ever seen one–that is until a few weeks ago.

Several weeks ago someone showed me a very old envelope with a Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark. This 1897 postmark would likely predate the post office that was in Egger’s store.

The envelope was from James Ohlen & Sons Saw Manufacturing Co. in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. It is dated 13 Dec 1897 and was sent to F.T. Kuhn, Chattanooga, Ohio.

From James Ohlen & Sons Saw Manufacturing Co, Columbus, Ohio. To F.T. Kuhn, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

From James Ohlen & Sons Saw Manufacturing Co, Columbus, Ohio. To F.T. Kuhn, Chattanooga, Ohio, 1897. (2015 photo by Karen)

Chatt PM Envlp Front (2)

Close-up of above postmark, 1897. (2015 photo by Karen)

 

The other side of the envelope has the Chattanooga postmark. You can read Chattanooga, Ohio, clearly and the date is Dec 1897, but it is difficult to make out the exact day of the month. I am not sure why the Chattanooga postmark was stamped on the back of the envelope. Maybe someone knows why.

Chatt PM Envelope Back (1)

December 1897 Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark. (2015 photo by Karen)

Chatt PM Envelope Back (2)

December 1897 Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark. (2015 photo by Karen)

 

This letter was sent in the envelope to F. T. Kuhn:

 

1897 Letter to FT Kuhn (2)

1897 letter sent to F.T. Kuhn, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

1897 Letter to FT Kuhn (1)

1897 James Ohlen & Sons letterhead, sent to F.T. Kuhn, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Mr. F.T. Kuhn,
Chattanooga, O.
Dec. 13, ‘97

Dear Sir,

Yours 9” received. We sell our special cut half oval file at $3.00 dz. Or $1.50 half dz. 10 inch Mill Files at $1.30 dz. Can t Hooks $1.25 each, Speed Indicators with bell $1.00 each, and without bell 60 cents each. Swedges Co. #1 at $2.75, and #0 at $3.25. We can ship promptly, and we will be glad to do some business with you.

Very truly,

James Ohlen & Son’s Saw Manufacturing Co.
Wm Felton

The James Ohlen Company also sent a repair ticket with the letter:

Repair Ticket Chatt PM (1)

1897 repair ticket from James Ohlen & Sons, sent to F.T. Kuhn. (2015 photo by Karen)

Repair Ticket Chatt PM (2)

1897 repair ticket from James Ohlen & Sons, sent to F.T. Kuhn. (2015 photo by Karen)

I am not sure who F.T. Kuhn was, but in 1916 an F.T. Kuhn lived south of Chatt, just south of Schaadt Road. He is listed in the 1916 The Farm Journal Illustrated Directory of Mercer County on page 103:

T. Kuhn, wife Mary, 5 children, farmer, tenant, 5 horses, 11 cattle, at route 5 Rockford, with an Indiana telephone.

What an interesting piece of Chattanooga history!

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