Feb 24

Another Postcard from Chattanooga, Ohio

Here is another vintage postcard from my small collection of Chattanooga, Ohio, postcards.

This postcard has a Dutch flair with a little girl in wooden shoes and Dutch hat, holding a lady bug. I think of Chatt as a German community. A Dutch community, not so much. It is postmarked from Geneva, 5 November 1913.

Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard, postmarked 1913.

It is a cute postcard, written with a Dutch accent if you read it out loud:

Chust pack you grip undt come to Chattanooga, Ohio, vere ve vill make tings pleasant.

This Chattanooga card is postmarked from Geneva, 5 November 1913.

I was not familiar with the word grip used as a noun, but I learned that the old-fashioned definition of grip is a small bag used for traveling. That makes sense.

I like to try to figure out who either the sender or receiver of these old cards was but I am not going to be able to do that with this postcard.

It is addressed to Mrs. C Howell, 832 N. Washington St., Marion, Indiana. It looks like it was from Ana, who wrote, Thurs. is Mildres (Mildred’s?] birthday. Please tell Mary. Ana

Short and to the point. A woman of few words.

It looks like she also wrote, but erased: Send card. Write.

It is a cute Chattanooga postcard and I am glad to have it in my collection.

Feb 21

Tombstone Tuesday–Caroline (Hoffmann) Hoffmann

Caroline Hoffmann, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2013 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Caroline (Hoffmann) Hoffmann, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Oct. 16, 1823
July 18, 1912
Aged 88 y, 9 m, 2 d

According to Zion Chatt’s Familienbuch Caroline Hoffmann was born 16 October 1823 in Fechingen, the daughter of Jacob and Margaretha (Schmeer) Hoffmann. Caroline married Jacob Hoffmann in Germany in 1846 they had a son Ferdinand, who was born in Germany in 1847. The family came to America in 1849 and settled in Mercer County, Ohio.

According to Zion Chatt’s records Caroline’s parents and her siblings also came to America in 1849. They may have all immigrated together and come directly to Mercer County. They likely knew someone that had already settled in this part of Ohio.

Jacob and Caroline Hoffmann lived in Liberty Township in 1850: Jacob, 34, Caroline, 30, and Antone, 3. All were born in Germany. They were living with Caroline’s parents Jacob and Margaretha. I assume Antone was their son Ferdinand. Jacob and his father-in-law Jacob Hoffmann were both farmers. Some of their neighbors included Christian Kessler, Adam Bollenbacher, John Fisher, and Henry Kuhn. [1]

In 1860 three Hoffmann families lived next door to each other with a Skeels Cross Road post office address. They were Caroline’s parents, Jacob and Margaret; Jacob and Caroline Hoffmann; and Fred and Elizabeth Hoffman, likely Caroline’s brother and his wife. [2]

Caroline’s father Jacob died in 1863 and in 1870 four generations of Hoffmanns were living with son Ferdinand and his family–Jacob, 48; Caroline, 48; Ferdinand [son], 23; Barbara [daughter-in-law], 23; Mary, 1; Caroline, 2 months; and Margaret [Caroline’s mother], 75. Mary and 2-month Caroline were likely Ferdinand’s children. Caroline’s mother Margaret/Margaretha was shown as “infirm,” probably indicating that she was not in good health or unable to get around. Jacob’s occupation was retired farmer. It is also interesting to note that the enumerator indicated that Caroline “lives with son.” Censuses before 1880 usually do not show relationships. [3]

Caroline’s mother Margaretha Hoffmann died in October 1872. Caroline’s husband Jacob Hoffmann died 24 January 1875, at the age of 52 years, 2 months, and 2 days. He is buried two tombstones away from his wife, in the same row.

In 1900 Caroline, at age 79, lived with her son Ferdinand. This census indicates that she had given birth to one child who was still living. [4]

Caroline (Hoffmann) Hoffmann died 18 July 1912, at the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 2 days. She was buried on the 20th. Zion Chatt’s records and her death certificate give her cause of death as gangrene. The church record also indicates that she was survived by Mr. & Mrs. Ferdinand Hoffmann, their descendants, as well as Mrs. Deitsch and August Hoffmann.

Jacob and Caroline (Hoffmann) Hoffmann had one child:
Ferdinand (1847-1929), married Barbara Schott

Interesting that Caroline was a Hoffmann who married a Hoffmann. Caroline’s father was Jacob Hoffmann and she married a Jacob Hoffmann. In some records the name is spelled Hoffman and even Huffman, as it is engraved on their son Ferdinand’s tombstone.


[1] 1850 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, p.286B, dwelling 11, family 12, Jacob Hoffman; Ancestry.com (accessed 19 Feb 2017); NARA microfilm M432, roll 710.

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, p.358, dwelling 997, family 1002, Jacob Hoofman; Ancestry.com (accessed 20 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 805009, NARA microfilm M653, roll 10098.

[3] 1870 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, p.149A, dwelling 111, family 102, Jacob Hoffman; Ancestry.com (accessed 19 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 552742, NARA microfilm M593, roll 1243.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 85, p.9A, dwelling 164, family 169, John Hoffman; Ancestry.com (accessed 19 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 1241304, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

Feb 17

A Chattanooga, Ohio, Postcard from Charles Egger

I do not run across many postcards from Chattanooga, Ohio, but I recently found this one, postmarked 25 June 1912 from Rockford.

It is addressed to J.S. Egger, Hornick, Iowa.

1912 postcard from Charles Egger to his father Jacob S. Egger.

The sender, Charles, was writing to his father J.S. Egger:

June 25-12
Rockford, O
Dear Pa,
Will I got the Draft yesterday
I am well and hope you are all the same
Your son, Chas

At one time, around the turn of the century, Chattanooga had its very own post office. It was located in frame building that stood just south of where the Chatt Bar is today. The post office was in Samuel Egger’s Grocery, located on the first floor, while Egger’s Mortuary was located upstairs. Samuel Egger was also the local UCC minister. What an interesting variety of services provided by Rev. Samuel Egger, who lived in Mercer County the rest of his life.

1912 Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard from Charles Egger to his father Jacob S. Egger.

But who was this J.S. Egger that lived in Iowa, the person to whom the postcard was addressed?

In 1910 one Jacob S. Egger and his wife Augusta lived in Willow, Woodbury County, Iowa. They had been married 35 years and their nine children were living with them. One of their children was Charles L, age 25. Jacob S. Egger was born in Ohio and was a farmer. Jacob’s son Charles was born in Iowa and he was a farm hand. It appears the family moved to Iowa shortly after 1880 because son Albert was born in Ohio about 1880 and the next child, daughter Rosa was born in Iowa about 1881. [1]

In 1880 the Jacob S. Egger family lived in Monroe County, Ohio, in 1880, where Jacob S was a carpenter. [2] Son Charles Egger had not been born yet.

Going backward in time a little farther I learned that Jacob S. Egger married Augusta Steinhoff on 30 March 1875 in Monroe County, Ohio. [3]

Jacob S. Egger (1851-1947) and Augusta (Steinhoff) Egger (1856-1941) remained in Woodbury, Iowa, the rest of their lives. They are both buried in German City Cemetery, Holly Springs, Woodbury County, Iowa.

The information about Jacob S. Egger on FindaGrave.com, which looks like it might be his obituary, indicates that he was survived by, among others, a son Charles and a brother, Rev. Sam Egger, of Van Wert. [4]

So, Rev. Samuel Egger of Chatt and Jacob S. Egger of Iowa were brothers. Charles Egger was likely visiting his uncle Samuel in Chatt when he sent the postcard in 1912.

It appears that Charles Egger never married. Charles was born 1 January 1885 and died in 1961. He is also buried in Germany City Cemetery. His tombstone is simply inscribed Brother Charles L, 1885-1961. [5]

And what was this “Draft” that Charles referred to on the postcard? There was no military draft in 1912. That was not enacted until 18 May 1917, for WWI.

Was Charles referring to an illness? Did he catch a cold or the flu?


[1] 1910 U.S. Census, Willow, Woodbury, Iowa, ED 217, p.9B, dwelling 123, family 126, Jacob S Egger; Ancestry.com (accessed 14 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 1374442, NARA microfilm T624, roll 429.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Summit, Monroe, Ohio, ED 132, p.603B, dwelling 50, family 51, Jacob S Egger; Ancestry.com (accessed 14 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 1255050, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1050.

[3] Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993, Ancestry.com (accessed 16 Feb 2017); from FamilySearch Ohio Marriages, microfilm 000940297.

[4] FindaGrave.com, (accessed 16 Feb 2017); Augusta Minnie (Steinhoff) Egger memorial no.125760798; Jacob Samuel Egger memorial no. 125762120.  

[5] FindaGrave.com, (accessed 16 Feb 2017); Charles L Egger memorial no.126411700.  



Feb 14

Tombstone Tuesday–Maria (Betzel) Herzog

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

This is the tombstone of Maria (Betzel) Herzog, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Ehefrau den
G. Friedrich Herzog
Gest. 2 Mai, 1903
Ater 74 J  11 M  16 T

Translation: Maria, wife of G. Friedrich Herzog, died 2 May 1903, aged 74 years, 11 months, 16 days.

Maria was born 17 May 1828, as calculated from the information on her tombstone. Her church death and burial record indicates she was 75 years and about 2 months old. She was born in Bavaria, according to the 1880 census. [1]

Maria Betzel married Friedrich Herzog on 27 January 1872 in Mercer County, Ohio. They were married by Lutheran pastor L. “Lerr.” [2]

This was Friedrich’s second marriage. Friedrich married Catharine Kuhn on 15 April 1852.  Catharine died 9 December 1871 at the age of 44 years, 9 months, and a few days. She has two tombstones in Zion Chatt’s cemetery, an older one and a newer one. Both tombstones are side by side and the newer one is situated  south of her husband’s stone.

In 1880 Friedrich, 55, and his second wife Maria, 52, lived in Liberty Township, where Friedrich was a retired farmer. There were no children in the household. This record indicates they were both born in Bavaria. [1]

It appears that Friedrich and Maria never had any children.

Georg Friedrich Herzog died of a stroke on 21 July 1901, at the age of 76 years, 4 months, and 25 days.

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

His widow Maria (Betzel) Herzog died a couple years later, on 2 May 1903, and was buried on the 4th. She is buried on the north side of Friedrich and Friedrich’s first wife Catharine is buried south of him.

Maria, Friedrich, Catharine Herzog Tombstones. (2017 photo by Karen)

Other than that, I was not able to find any more information about Maria. She would have been about 44 years old when she married Friedrich Herzog. Was Betzel her maiden name? Or was her marriage to Friedrich Herzog her second marriage, which would make Betzel her married name?


[1] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 188, p.471B, dwelling 15, family 16, Frederick Hartsog; Ancestry.com (accessed 5 Feb 2017); NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch.org (accessed 5 Feb 2017), Frederick Herzog and Mary Betzel, 27 Jan 1872; Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 3, p.301; FHL microfilm 914956.


Feb 10

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine– a popular sentiment on cards this time of year.

Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. A day to show your love by sending cards, flowers, candy [you can never go wrong with chocolate], and having a romantic dinner.

Our ancestors celebrated Valentine’s Day, too, and they had some beautiful cards years ago.

Here are some old Valentine postcards and cards that were given to my grandfather Cornelius Schumm, my mother, and to Wilbert Germann.

This could be a Valentine Card although it does not say so specifically.

To my grandfather Cornelius Schumm from Mary Eicher.

Two cards to Wilbert Germann:

To Wilbert Germann, 1927.

To Wilbert Germann.

Some Valentine cards my mom saved:

To my mom from Florence, her teacher.

Inside of card from Florence.

To my mom from Phyllis Gunsett.

Inside of card from Phyllis Gunsett.

To my mom from Lois.

Inside of card from Lois, 1941.

The last Valentine card is to my mom from Herbert, dated 1936. However, I do not believe it was from my dad because I do not think they met until after the war.

To my mom from Herbert, 1936.

To my mom from Herbert.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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