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.

Aug 14

Amalia (Backhaus) Schumm (1859-1948)

This is another photo from what I call The German Collection, a group of family photos that sisters Edna and Viola Germann once had. I am in the process of scanning the collection and fortunately many of the photos are labeled.

This photo is labeled “Aunt Amelia Schumm, La Porte, Indiana.”

Amalia (Backhaus) Schumm (1859-1948). Photo taken about 1900.

Amalia (Backhaus) Schumm (1859-1948). Photo taken about 1900.

Amalia K. (Backhaus) Schumm, wife of George “Jacob” Schumm, was born 24 February 1859. She married Jacob Schumm on 14 October 1880, which was Jacob’s second marriage. His first wife, Carolina “Lena” G. (Kellerman), died in 1879 and is buried in La Porte, Indiana. [1]

Jacob and Amalia likely lived in LaPorte all their married life, until Jacob died on 11 February 1895. He is buried in Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery there.

Amalia died 6 January 1948 and is also buried in Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery. [2]

I am able to date some similar photos from The German Collection and this photo was probably taken about 1900.

Amalia would have actually been Edna and Viola’s grandaunt by marriage. Amalia’s husband Jacob was a brother to Edna and Viola’s grandfather J. Fredrick Schumm. Close enough. Their parents probably called her Aunt Amalia and the two sisters likely called her aunt, too. I know the same thing happened in my family.

Amalia and Jacob had the following children:
Gerhard William (1881-1959)
Otto Henry (1883-1981)
Hugo Julius (1885-1929)
Edwin (1886-1982)
Oswald Frederick (1889-1974)
Lorenz George (1891-1959)
Clara (1893-1992)
Wilhelm George (1895-1988)

 

[1] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 August 2015); Carolina G. Kellerman Schumm, memorial #96017088. Note: She is buried beside Jacob and they share the same monument.

[2] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 August 2015); Amalia K. Backhaus Schumm, memorial #96016949. Note: Her single marker indicates that she was the wife of Jacob G. Schumm.

Aug 11

Tombstone Tuesday–Eliza

Eliza, wife of Franklin Edo..., Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Eliza, wife of Franklin Edo…, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Eliza, located at the far end of row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

ELIZA
Wife of
Franklin Edo [?]
Died
Aged
30 ys. 4 mo. 18 da.

Unfortunately, this stone is broken at a very important place, eradicating Eliza’s date of death. As if that isn’t enough, there is a chunk of stone missing, making the name of her husband only partially visible.

And the bad luck continues.

Some burials recorded in Zion’s records no longer have a corresponding tombstone in the cemetery. And there are a few tombstones in the cemetery for which there is no burial record. Eliza’s marker is one of the latter.

Comparing this tombstone to similar ones in the cemetery, it likely dates to between 1870 and 1885.

There is nothing in Zion Chatt’s records of an Eliza or an Elizabeth who was 30 years of age during that time period. There are few Franklins mentioned in Zion’s records but none of them seem work with this tombstone.

At Eliza’s young age, she may have died in childbirth.

Eliza, wife of Franklin, ages 30 years, 4 months, 18 days. Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Eliza, wife of Franklin, aged 30 years, 4 months, 18 days. Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Eliza is buried between Andrew E. Leistner and Carrie W. Friedell, which may or may not mean anything.

Eliza’s husband’s first name was Franklin. The last name, or perhaps his middle name, begins with the letters EDO. Very few surnames in Zion’s records begin with an “E.” EDO could be the first three letters of his middle name if his surname was very short.

Who was Eliza? If only there were a few more clues on the tombstone.

I have looked through some Mercer County probate death records on FamilySearch.org. I have searched there for a marriage between a Franklin and Eliza. I have found nothing conclusive. Not even a good guess. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

And, they could have lived in Indiana since Chatt is nearly on the state line.

Who were these people? Who were Eliza and Franklin?

We may never know.

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