Sep 01

Tombstone Tuesday–Sophie Schulz

Sophie Schulz, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Sophie Schulz, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Sophie Schulz, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

MUTTER
Hier Ruhet in Gott
Sophie Schulz
18 Juli 1843
28 Juli 1910

Translation: Mother. Here rests in God, Sophie Schulz, 18 July 1843-28 July 1910.

The surname was also spelled as Schultz in some of Zion’s records. I will use the Schulz spelling, as is written on her tombstone.

Sophie Schulz was born 18 July 1843 in Germany and very likely immigrated with her daughter around 1892. [1] Sophie’s son may have immigrated with them at the same time. I suspect that Sophie was a widow when she came to America. Her father’s surname looks like Butchorn on her death record but her mother’s maiden name was not known on that record. [2]

In 1900 Sophie, listed as mother-in-law, was living with her daughter Marie S. and her husband Louis Brandt. Sophie was a 56 year-old widow, born in Germany. She was born in July 1843 and had given birth to two children, both of whom were still living. This enumeration indicates that Sophie and her daughter Marie immigrated 1892. [1]

Sophie Schulz 1910 death certificate, FamilySearch.org.

Sophie Schulz 1910 death certificate, FamilySearch.org. [2]

Sophie was still living with her daughter Marie and son-in-law Louis Brandt in 1910. They lived on Brandt Pike in Blackcreek Township and Sophie was shown as a widow, 67 years old, born in Germany. She had given birth to 2 children and they were both living. This record indicates that Sophie and Marie immigrated in 1894. [3]

Sophia Schulz died 28 July 1910, about three months after she was enumerated in the 1910 census. Zion’s records indicate she died of dropsy but her state death record indicates she died of chronic nephritis and indigestion. She was 67 years, 10 days old and her occupation was given as housekeeper. Her daughter Marie Brandt of Willshire was the informant for Sophia’s death information. [2] Sophie was buried on the 31st. Survivors included 1 son and 1 daughter.

Sophie’s daughter Marie Schulz was the second wife of Louis Brandt. They married about 1896 and had the following children: Louis Ernst James (1898-1976), Emil Friedrich (1900-1954), and Martha Margaretha (1901-1979). Marie died in Minnesota in 1928 while visiting a relative.

I have a theory that Sophie’s son was Rev. Ernst Schulz. He is mentioned in Zion’s records as a baptismal sponsor for Louis Ernst James Brandt (1898-1976), the son of Louis and Marie (Schulz) Brandt. If my theory is correct, Ernst would have been Marie’s brother, a good choice for the baptismal sponsor of his nephew. In addition, a child was usually named after his/her sponsor and would be Ernst’s namesake.

One Ernest George Henry Schulz, born 18 March 1871 in Schwarmatedt, Germany, died 5 June 1924 in Jacksonville, Florida. His parents were Ernest and Sophie (Bluethorn) Schulz. His occupation was Minister of the Gospel. [4] This could very well be Sophie’s son.

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.13A, dwelling & family 261, Louis Brandt; digital images by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Aug 2015); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[2] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 30 Aug 2015), Sophie Schulz, 28 Jul 1910; citing Blackcreek Twp., Mercer, Ohio, Ohio Dept. of Health; from microfilm 1952492.

[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.8A, dwelling 166, family 167, Marie L. Brandt; digital images by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Aub 2015); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[4] “Florida Deaths, 1877-1939,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 30 August 2015), Ernest George Henry Schulz, 5 June 1924; citing Jacksonville, Duval, FL reference 7873; from FHL microfilm 2116304.

Aug 28

Zion Chatt’s Mid-Summer Mystery, Part 1

Carrie W. Friedell is buried in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio, but her burial is not recorded in Zion Chatt’s records and there is no mention of her or of any Friedell in the church records. [1]

Who was Carrie W. Friedell, born in 1873 and died in 1965, and what is her connection to Zion Chatt? I had to know.

I first did my usual on-line searches for Carrie W. Friedell and hoped to learn the exact day and month of her death. Nothing.

I found a nice photo of her tombstone on Find a Grave.com, but I already had a photo of her tombstone, one I took a couple years ago.

Carrie W. Friedell, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Carrie W. Friedell, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

I thought of looking through The Daily Standard obituaries on microfilm at the Mercer County Public Library, but it is a daily paper and I might have to look through a whole year of obituaries since I did not know the exact day she died. I did check the obituary file at the library but there were no Friedells in the file. Searching through issues of The Photo Star was not an option either because unfortunately, the Brumback Library in Van Wert does not have The Photo Star on microfilm between the years 1953 and 1977.

Actually, I suspect that her obituary was not even printed in an Ohio newspaper because she very likely died in another state, probably Indiana.

So I went to the most recent record I could think of, 1940 census. There I learned that a Carrie W. Friedell was living on South Hartford Street in Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana, in 1940. Carrie was 67 years old, which means that she was born about 1873. [2] That fit. So far so good.

Carrie W. Friedell, 1940 Census, Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana. [2]

Carrie W. Friedell, 1940 Census, Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana. [2]

She gave Indiana as her state of birth. She had completed 2 years of college and her occupation was “sale work.” She was married and was the head of the household. In fact, she was the only one in the household. A “7” was written by an “M” for married in the marriage column, [2] indicating that her husband was elsewhere, in another household. She was “self-reporting as married, but no spouse was present.” [3]

Carrie had lived in Warren, Huntington County, Indiana, five years before. Her name was also written at the top of the census page because Carrie was a census enumerator in Eaton in 1940. [2]

Carrie W. Friedell, 1940 Census Enumerator, Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana. [2]

Carrie W. Friedell, 1940 Census Enumerator, Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana. [2]

The 1873 birth year matched Carrie’s tombstone and this was likely the woman I was looking for, but maybe not. I wanted to be sure. After all, Eaton is not all that close to Chatt.

Where was Mr. Friedell in 1940? At that point I did not even know Mr. Friedell’s first name.

Next I looked at the Social Security Death Index, aka the SSDI. From her Social Security information I learned that in 1943 she was known as Carrie Wren Friedell. She was born Carrie Wren Edginton, born 31 March 1873 in Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana, to Benjamin F. and Harriett E. (BoBo) Edginton. [4] Unfortunately there was no exact death date on this Social Security Death record.

Although her name was spelled “Edginton” in the Social Security record, it is spelled “Edgington” in most of the other records I have run across. So I will use the Edgington spelling hereafter.

During my research I noticed there was another Carrie Friedell. Caroline Francis “Carrie” Fritscher was born in Toledo, Ohio, 14 May 1894. She was married to William John Friedell and she died 30 April 1974. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Toledo. Definitely not the Carrie Friedell I am looking for. [5]

I also noticed that some people have submitted family trees on some websites and have the two Carries all mixed up and intertwined.

This would be a good time to mention that some simple analysis, reasoning, and common sense can go a long way when doing genealogy research. All I can say is please, please, please look at the data you are entering and posting on-line and just reason things out. Think, people, think! If you indicate that a child was born 20 years after the mother had died or that a mother and her child were born in the same year, you probably have some details wrong or you are looking at the wrong person and family.

Nevertheless, there were some very good “clues” on-line and I now know to be on the lookout for information about other Carrie, who lived and died in Toledo.

By this time I was feeling pretty sure that the woman I was looking for was Carrie Wren Edgington, born 31 March 1873 to Benjamin F. and Harriett E. (Bobo) Edgington.

I was finally getting somewhere, but I still wasn’t 100% sure. I still had a long way to go to make the Edgington-Friedell connection.

At the same time I was getting some very unusual newspaper hits to my on-line searches– Seeks Divorce Because Wife Wants Education. One of Friedell’s “Wives” Sued for Oriental Rugs. Indiana Oil Man Sent to Prison.

All connected to Carrie W. Friedell.

Could this be our Carrie?

Just what is her connection to Zion Chatt?

It gets even more interesting.

Part 2 of Zion’s Mid-Summer Mystery series continues next Friday.

 

[1]  Tombstone Tuesday—Carrie W. Friedell, 25 August 2015 blog post, Karen’s Chatt, www.karenmillerbennett.com.

[2] 1940 U.S. Census, Eaton, Delaware, Indiana, ED 18-52, p.15A, line 4,family 292, Carrie W. Friedell; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 14 Aug 2015); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 1038.

[3]It Was a 7: One 1940 Census Code Revealed” blog post, 5 Aug 2012, Ancestor Roundup (, www.ancestorroundup.com : accessed 25 Aug 2015).

[4] U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 Aug 2015); Carrie Wren Friedell.

[5] Caroline Francis “Carrie” Fritscher, memorial no. 95549866, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 25 Aug 2015).

Aug 25

Tombstone Tuesday–Carrie W. Friedell

Carrie W. Friedell, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Carrie W. Friedell, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Carrie W. Friedell, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Carrie W.
Friedell
1873-1965

This surname is not at all familiar to me. Just who was Carrie W. Friedell and what is her connection to Zion Lutheran Chatt, or to Mercer County in general?

I first searched in the most obvious place, Zion Chatt’s records, but there is no mention of Carrie Friedell’s death or burial in the records. That is odd. She is buried there but not mentioned in the church records.

In the grand scheme of things 1965 was not all that long ago. There are some gaps in the church records back in the 1880s but the recent records are fairly complete.

There was no Carrie W. baptized at Zion with an 1873 birth year. Nothing even close. No confirmation or marriage record that would fit either. And, there are no Friedells mentioned in the church records.

This tombstone is a total mystery to me and, you know me, I enjoy solving a good mystery. I really wanted to discover her connection to Zion Chatt and how she came to be buried in our cemetery. Who was Carrie W. Friedell?

I am happy to say that after a lot of searching I did find the answer. I now know Carrie’s connection and why she is buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery.

But I learned only a portion of the answers and they lead to even more questions. Why is it that in genealogy research an answer leads to more questions. There always seems to be one more mystery to solve.

At any rate, I found Carrie Friedell’s story to be very interesting, with several twists and turns and surprises.

Carrie’s story is so interesting and involved that I going to tell about her life in several Friday blog posts over the next few weeks.

I hope you will also find Carrie’s story interesting and that you will follow “Zion Chatt’s Mid-Summer Mystery” series in the coming weeks.

To be continued this Friday…

Aug 21

Fisher Hardware 10th Anniversary & Dedicatory Celebration, 1947

Who doesn’t remember one of Chatt’s larger businesses, Fisher Hardware and Implement Store.

Bothers Luther and John Fisher owned and operated the hardware store which was also a John Deere sales and service center.

The business was established April 1937 and in April 1947 the brothers hosted a 10-year celebration along with the dedication of a new Quonset hut building that would house their store.

Chattanooga Store In New Building
One of Chattanooga’s leading business firms is now entering its new home. It is the Fisher Hardware and Implement Store, which made its modest start on April 20, 1937, and having grown by means of good service and merchandise now is installed in a large new building erected on the lot adjoining their former location. The formal opening will be Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26.

The Fisher Hardware has enjoyed splendid support from Chattanooga and its trading area, and its proprietors are endeavoring to show their appreciation by erecting this new and bigger building in which to carry on their work. It gives the town and community one of the finest hardware and implement stores in this part of the country, which helps to make it one of the greatest rural communities in Northwestern Ohio.

The store carries a complete line of general hardware, electrical appliances, and farm equipment. It maintains one of the most complete service shops and they do all types of general farm repairing. With their new building they can now do a much better job of serving the customer. [1]  

This was a big event for Chatt and the Fisher brothers also ran a large ad in Celina’s Daily Standard.

The Daily Standard, 23 April 1947, p.3.

The Daily Standard, 23 April 1947, p.3. [2]

Their Quonset hut structure is still standing today.

Former Fisher Hardware, Chattanooga, Ohio. October 2008 Google Earth image. [3]

Former Fisher Hardware, Chattanooga, Ohio. October 2008 Google Earth image. [3]

I have had a photo of the Fisher brothers and their wives for years but I never knew when it was taken. Now I think it was probably taken at their 1947 celebration event. Mrs. Mildred (John) Fisher may look familiar because she was a school teacher and taught first grade at Willshire at one time.

Left to right: Luther & Gladys (Sapp) Fisher; Mildred (Bauer & John Fisher.

Left to right: Luther & Gladys (Sapp) Fisher; Mildred (Bauer) & John Fisher. Likely taken at their 10th anniversary, 1947.

I knew and still remember the men who once worked there: Alan Felver, Dean Hileman, Glen Miller, Edson Pierstorff, and Phil White. Alan, Glen, and Phil repaired the tractors.

Fisher Hardware & Implement Store, likely taken at their 10th anniversary, 1947.

Fisher Hardware & Implement Store, likely taken at their 10th anniversary, 1947.

At one time Luther’s son Jim and John’s son Carl owned and operated a John Deere implement store in Celina, too. That store was sold some time after Carl was killed in a car accident in 1963. Carl’s father John was the Mercer County treasurer at the time of Carl’s death. Jim ran the Chatt store with his father Luther after that.

Fisher Hardware was a very nice store and I remember going there with my parents. Fishers sold all the usual hardware-type items and tools as well as appliances. In fact, my  parents purchased their first refrigerator there in the early 1950s.

Fisher Hardware and Implement Store eventually closed when John Deere required its dealers to have larger areas to show and house their machinery that was for sale. Tony Salisbury purchased the Quonset hut building after the hardware closed.

The building and the memories still remain.

 

[1] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 24 April 1947, p.1.

[2] The Daily Standard, Celina, Ohio, 23 April 1947, p.3.

[3] Google Earth image, October 2008, accessed 20 August 2015.

Aug 18

Tombstone Tuesday–Nora A. (Fennig) Becher

Nora Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Nora A. Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Nora A. Becher, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BECHER
Nora A. Wife of
Fred W. Becher
July 7, 1882-Sep 2, 1915
We’ll Meet Again

Nora Arminte Fennig was born 7 July 1882, the daughter of H.J. and Anna (Locker) Fennig. The family was from Washington Township, Mercer County, Ohio. [1]

Nora married Fred William Becher 7 September 1909, married by Rev. J.L. Marvin, New Corydon, Indiana, although their marriage license and return is in Mercer County. Fred Becher was the son of John F. and Friedericke (Mamber) Becher. [1]

After their marriage Fred and Nora lived along Brandt Pike in Blackcreek Township, where Fred farmed. [2]

Nora Becher died 2 Sep 1915, at the age of 33 years, 1 month, and 26 days. She was buried on the 5th and was survived by her husband Fred and their two children. She died of septicemia poison following the birth of their second child Werner LeRoy.

Fred and Nora Becher had the following children:
Clifford Cornelius (1911-1992)
Werner LeRoy (1915-1979) married Margery Mckitrick

Widower Fred Becher married widow Marie (Springer) Itskin on 14 October 1916 in Allen County, Indiana. They are buried row 9 of Zion’s cemetery.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 15 Aug 2015), Fred W. Becher and Nora A. Fennig, 7 Sep 1909; citing Mercer County, Ohio Marriages, Vol. 9, p.539, from FHL microfilm 914958.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p. 3A, dwelling & family 48, Fred W. Becher; FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 15 Aug 2015); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

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