Jan 23

Willshire Bearcats Basketball, 1955 & 1956

People in this area still remember and talk about Willshire’s basketball teams in the mid-50s. I am sure some of you remember those teams and those seasons very well. You may have even been there to participate and experience the excitement.

Last week I wrote about the Willshire Bearcat basketball team’s successful 1939-40 season, which resulted in a trip to the state basketball finals. But that wasn’t their only trip to the state tournament. Years later they had two runs for the state championship, in 1955 and 1956.

I am sorry to say that I do not remember those great Bearcat teams because I was only 3-4 years old at the time. But I have heard the stories and have seen the photos. I do however remember their coach Robert Games, who was the superintendent when I was in grade school.

The Bearcats, in the Class B division, were undefeated during their regular seasons in both 1955 and 1956, losing their first games at the state level both years. In 1955 they advanced all the way to the state final game and in 1956 to the state semi-final.

In 1955 the Willshire Bearcats won the first game at the state tournament, the semifinal, advancing them to the final championship game. But they were defeated the next afternoon by Lockland Wayne 64-56, and they ended their season as the state runner-up. They finished the 1954-55 season 29-1.

State runners-up, 1955.

State runners-up, 1955.

The scoring of that state final game was as follows:
Koch, 1; Clase, 12; Kesler, 19; D. Marbaugh, 6; Black, 4; Miller, 11; Michaud, 0; Byer, 0; Stetler, 0; Bollenbacher, 0. [1]

When the team, coaches, and cheerleaders returned home from the tournament there was a parade and celebration for them in Willshire.

Parade Greets Willshire Team
Willshire—A band concert, parade and victory march around the school district greeted the Willshire High School Bearcats, state Class B runners-up, when they returned home yesterday afternoon.

Arriving from Cincinnati, where they lost the state finals Saturday afternoon, the Bearcats were met at Rockford by a band and escorted here by a parade of fans’ cars.

The team was hauled at the outskirts of town and nearly every citizen of this 580-population village jammed the center of the town for the celebration.

During the festivities a collection was taken to purchase a new trophy case for the school.

Following the final game Saturday night, the team elected to go to a movie in downtown Cincinnati, instead of attending the Class A finals. [2]

1955 Runners-upSome of the team players were selected for the all-tournament teams.

All-Tourney Teams
Three Willshire players were named on the Class B all-tournament teams. Charles Koch, senior, and Gary Kesler, junior, who scored 45 points in two games, were named on the first team and Larry Miller, who played bang up ball in the title contest., was named to the second team. [1]

Willshire Bearcats, 1955 state runners-up. (1954-55 season).

Willshire Bearcats, 1955 state runners-up. (1954-55 season).

The next school year (1955-56) the Bearcats again had a winning team and once again finished their regular season undefeated. In 1956 they traveled to the state basketball tournament for another try at the state title.

1955-56 Bearcats, front: Larry Huston, Paul Bollenbacher, Joe Clase, Gary Kesler, Larry Miller, Dave Byer. back: Don Jones, Supt; Bob Lucas, Bud Marbaugh, Boyd Hey, Jim Krueckeberg, Jerry Dennis, mgr; Jim Finch, coach Bob Games.

1955-56 Bearcats, front: Larry Huston, Paul Bollenbacher, Joe Clase, Gary Kesler, Larry Miller, Dave Byer, Don Jones; back: Bob Lucas (Supt.), Bud Marbaugh, Boyd Hey, Jim Krueckeberg, Jerry Dennis, Jim Finch (manager), coach Bob Games.

On 22 March 1956 the Willshire Bearcats traveled to Cleveland to play Arcanum in the state semifinal game, scheduled for 1:35 the next day. Willshire’s record was 27-0 while Arcanum’s was 25-1. The team went a day early to look over the arena and get one last practice. [3]

The Bearcats were favored to beat Arcanum and advance to the finals as they had the year before. One of their players was the tall Gary Kesler, who had been named Class B’s outstanding player during the regular season and had been selected to play on the all-tournament team 1955. [4] Kesler’s height varied in the different newspaper accounts, ranging anywhere form 6’8” to 6’11”. So I don’t actually know how tall he really was, but he was tall.

Willshire fans back at home were able to hear the game on the radio, since 18 stations reportedly carried at least a portion of the game. A Lima station would have been the closest in this area. [4]

Unfortunately the Bearcats were defeated 55-54 in the semifinal game, their first loss in the 28 games they played that season. Willshire’s defeat was described as “one of the most stunning upsets in recent tournament history.” Kesler was held to 16 points, a lot fewer than his average. It was not his best game. One reporter noted the outside shooting of Dave Byer, Al Clase, and Larry Miller, as well as the free throw shooting of Paul Bollenbacher kept Willshire in the game until Kesler began hitting in the third quarter.

The scoring was as follows:
Miller, 6; Clase, 8; Kesler, 16; Bollenbacher, 10: Byer, 8; Hey, 4; Kruecekberg, 2; Samples, 0. [5]

Willshire Bearcat Basketball Team.

Willshire Bearcat Basketball Team in Willshire

That was the era of Willshire’s basketball dynasty. They certainly knew how to play basketball at Willshire High School back then, but that would end forever about five years later when the Willshire and Rockford school systems merged to form the Parkway Local School District.

What great achievements for a school the size of Willshire! It must have been an exciting time.

 

[1] The Van Wert Times Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, Lima, 28 March 1955, p.6; digital images by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2015).

[2] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 28 March 1955, p.17; digital images by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2015).

[3] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 22 March 1956, p.39; digital images by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2015).

[4] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 23 March 1956, p.30; digital images by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2015).

[5] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 24 March 1956, p.5; digital images by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2015).

 

Jan 20

Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob A. & Emma E. (Heffner) Bauer

Jacob A. & Emma E. (Heffner) Bauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Jacob A. & Emma E. (Heffner) Bauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob A. and Emma E. (Heffner) Bauer, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BAUER
Jacob A.
1886-1961
Emma E.
1890-1938

Jacob Adam Bauer was born 30 November 1886 in Wendelin, Mercer County, Ohio, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hoenie) Bauer. [1] According to Zion Chatt’s records he was baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic.

Emma Elizabeth Heffner was born at the family home in Chattanooga on 4 March 1890 to Fredrick and Anna (Merkel) Heffner. She was baptized at Zion Chatt by Rev. C. Reichert on 23 March 1890, with Johann Merkel and Elisabeth Deitsch as sponsors. She was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 5 April 1903.

Emma Heffner and Jacob Bauer were married by Rev. George Haas at Zion Chatt on 2 February 1908. At the time of their marriage Jacob was employed as a tool clerk and was living in Chatt. Emma was a housekeeper, also living in Chatt. Emma’s father Fred gave his consent for the marriage because she was not yet 18 years of age. [1]

In 1910, 2 years after their marriage, the Bauers lived in Chatt, next to Emma’s parents Fred and Anna Heffner. Mildred was their only child at that time, aged one year and seven months, born in Indiana. Jacob was employed as a jeweler at a jewelry store. [2] Their second daughter Gwendolyn would be born about 10 days later.

Sometime later the Bauer family moved to Fort Recovery, where they rented a home on Butler Street. Jacob was a jeweler and piano dealer with Edward Hoke at their store in Fort Recovery. [3]

By 1917 the Bauers moved to Celina where Jacob and his brother-in-law Albert Heffner owned and operated Bauer & Heffner Music Store, located on East Market where Domino’s Pizza is located today. They sold pianos and Starr phonographs. [4]

Jacob applied for the WWI draft on 5 June 1917. He was living at 553 East Livingston Street in Celina at that time and was self-employed as a piano dealer. He stated that he had a wife and three children, was of medium build, and had blue eyes and black hair. [5] It appears that Jacob did not serve in the war.

In 1920 Jacob “Jake” and Emma still resided on East Livingston Street in Celina, where Jacob was employed as a salesman in a music store. In the household were their daughters Mildred, Gwendolyn, and Fern, as well as Jacob’s brother-in-law Albert Heffner, who was also a music store salesman. [6]

By 1930 Jacob and Emma moved to Haynesville, Claiborne, Louisiana. In the 1930 census Jacob, age 43, was the head of the household and also in the household were Emma, 40, and daughters Gwendolyn, 19, and Fern, 18. All were born in Ohio. Jacob was employed as a fireman working in the oil fields. [7] Their daughter Mildred had remained in Mercer County.

Emma Bauer died 8 September 1938 in Haynesville, Louisiana, at the age of 48 years. [8] Her body was brought back to Chattanooga, Ohio, for burial in Zion’s cemetery but there is no record of Emma’s funeral in Zion’s records.

Jacob Bauer applied for the World War II draft, the “old man’s registration,” in April 1942. He was living and working in Haynesville, Louisiana, working for the Ohio Oil Company, Shreveport. According to this record he was married and was born in Burkettesville, Ohio. [9]

According to Zion Chatt’s records, Jacob died 21 November 1961 at Oil City, Louisiana, at the age of 74 years. He died of a sudden heart attack while working in the field and was buried on the 24th. The only survivor that was mentioned in this record was his daughter, Mrs. John J. Fisher (Mildred), who lived in Mercer County.

Obituary:
Jacob A. Bauer
Rockford—Jacob A. Bauer, 74, formerly of Celina, died in Oil City, La., at 9 a.m. Tuesday following a heart attack.

Born Nov. 30, 1886 at Wendelin, he was a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Bauer.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. John Fisher of Chattanooga, Ohio; Mrs. W.C. Row of Shreveport, La.; and Mrs. Haskell Moore of Magnolia, Ark.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd of Spencerville; and Harold of Findlay; and one sister, Mrs. J.N. Bish of Shreveport, La.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Ketcham Funeral Home, Rockford, with Rev. Arnold Green officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Chattanooga.

Friends may call after 8 p.m. Thursday. [10]

Jacob and Emma Bauer had the following children:
Ruth “Mildred” (1908-2001), married John J. Fisher; married Donald E. Whitmore
Gwendolyn Lucille “Gwen”(1910-2004), married [?] Row; married [?] Henry
“Fern” Marie (1912-1962), married Haskell Moore

[1] “Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958,” index, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 17 January 2015), Jacob A. Bauer and Emma E. Heffner, 2 February 1908; citing Mercer County, Ohio, marriages, Vol. 9, p.405, from FHL microfilm 914958.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, ED 119, p.17A, dwelling 375, household 826, Jacob Baner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 January 2015), from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[3] The Farm Journal Illustrated Directory of Mercer county Ohio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Wilmer Atkinson Company, 1916), 46, 176; copy owned by Karen Miller Bennett.

[4] Doug Roebuck, “Heffner Family History,” given to author March 2014.

[5] “U.S. WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 17 January 2015), card for Jacob A. Bauer, no. 46, Mercer County, Ohio; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA microfilm publication M1509, imaged from FHL microfilm 1832519.

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, ED 137, p.8A, dwelling 187, family 188, Jake Baner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 January 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Haynesville, Claiborne, Louisiana, ED 5, p.24B, dwelling 199, family 204, Jacob Bauer; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 17 January 2015), from FHL microfilm 2340524, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 789.

[8] “Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1855-1875, 1894-1956,” index, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 17 January 2015), Emma E. Bauer, 8 September 1938; citing Haynesville, Claiborne, Louisiana, certificate no. 11210, State Archives, Baton Rouge; from FHL microfilm 2266860.

[9]United States WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” (Fourth Registration), for the state of Louisiana, index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 17 January 2015), Jacob Adam Bauer, serial no. 1492, 1942; NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, M2097, NARA; from FHL microfilm 4434794.

[10] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio 22 November 1961, p.2; digital images by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 January 2015).

 

Jan 16

1940—Willshire High School Excels in Basketball and Academics

Willshire High School was known for its successful basketball teams. They even traveled to state tournaments several times. And the students were smart, too!

The following is an article about the celebration banquet held for the members of the Willshire Bearcats basketball team who played at the state basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio, on 15 March 1940. Unfortunately they lost that game to New Carlisle 36-32. They had advanced to the second-round of the final by beating Marysville 29-21 the day before. [1]

Willshire High School, October 1917.

Willshire High School, October 1917.

Basketball Boys Honored at Banquet—
Approximately 175 patrons, students, and townspeople attended the banquet held last Wednesday evening in the school auditorium to honor Coach Lawrence Johnson and the boys of his 1939-40 basketball squad.

Coach Burl Friddle of Fort Wayne South High School delivered the principal address of the evening. He spoke of the value of an athletic program to a boy, now and in later years.

Mr. Johnson spoke briefly and presented the individual trophies which are given to each boy who takes part in a state tournament. Those receiving trophies were Donald Dellinger, Robert Myers, LaVerne Ripley, and Eugene Duff, seniors; Glenn Miller, Kent Geisler, Donald Painter, Jack Ross and Eben Alspaugh, juniors; and Henry Schumm, sophomore. LaVerne Stetler, a senior who was unable to go to the state contest due to an injury received during the county tournament, was awarded a gold basketball by the school.

Music consisted of congregational singing led by Mr. Targett, with Mrs. William Hoffer as accompanist; a high school girls’ sextette; vocal solos by Florence Dull; and an instrumental solo by Albert Wyer.

The four cheerleaders, Ruth Kuhn, LaFern Bollenbacher, Joyce Smith and Norma Jean Carr were also guests at the banquet. Members of the girls’ basketball squad were given complimentary tickets due to the thoughtfulness of the Band Mothers’ Organization, who cooked and served the meal. Mrs. Floyd Strickler is president of the Band Mothers.
[2]

The next column of that same paper reported how well Willshire High School students performed on the County Tests. Two of my close relatives were among those mentioned—two aunts, Emiline and Helen Miller, my dad’s sisters. Emiline placed first in Latin II and Helen placed third in bookkeeping. And of course all of the Schumms mentioned are relatives, too.

Emiline (Miller) Henkle

Emiline (Miller) Henkle

Willshire Pupils Rank High in County Tests—
Eight Willshire High School students, by virtue of winning first or second places in the county by elimination tests held last Friday, will be among those who represent Van Wert county at the district Scholarship Tests at Bowling Green on Saturday, May 4.

Those who placed in the county contest were: Milton Schumm, first in chemistry; Ruth Alspaugh, first in Latin I; Emiline Miller, first in Latin II; Twyla Pifer, first in Algebra; Edith Heacock, first in Typing; Lola Schumm, second in Shorthand II; Ellen Schumm, second in English 9; and Albert Wyer, second in English II.

The way Willshire students ranked in the various tests follows.

World History: Harriet Detter, third; Donna Mae Stetler, ninth.
American History: Lois King, third; Eileen Hoblet, tenth.
Plane Geometry: Floyd Andress, third; William Chapman, fourth.
Algebra: Twyla Pifer, first; M. Alspaugh, fifth.
Biology: Eugene Wolfe, eighth.
Chemistry: Milton Schumm, first; Nancy Heacock, fourth.
General Science: Dick Cowan, ninth; Vera Andress, thirteenth.
Latin I: Ruth Alspaugh, first; Carl Ripley.
Latin II: Emilene Miller, first; Marjorie Pifer.
English 9: Ellen Schumm, second; William Stauton, fifth.
English 10: Donald Hoblet, sixth; Alice Bebout, eighth.
English 11: Albert Wyer, second; Kent Geisler, fourteenth.
English 12: Eugene Duff, eighth.
Typing 1: Edith Heacock, first.
Shorthand 2: Lola Schumm, second; Catherine Leininger, third.
Shorthand 1: Ruth Anna Voltz, third.
Bookkeeping: Helen Miller, third; Alice Handwerk, fourth. [2]

Helen (Miller) Linn

Helen (Miller) Linn

Impressive! Especially when I remember how lost I was in Latin II.

 

[1] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 21 March 1940, p.1.

[2] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 11 April 1940, p.1.

Jan 13

Tombstone Tuesday–Oscar F. Heffner

Oscar F. Heffner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Oscar F. Heffner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Oscar F. Heffner, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Oscar F.
Heffner
1896-1956

Oscar Heffner was born in Chattanooga, Ohio, on 27 June 1896 to Fredrick and Anna (Merkel) Heffner. He was baptized as Friedrich Oskar Heffner at Zion Chatt by Rev. P.J. Vollmar on 12 July 1896. His parents served as his baptismal sponsors. Oscar was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 9 April 1911 by Rev. George Haas.

Oscar registered for the WWI draft in Celina, Ohio, on 5 June 1918. He was living at RR 5 Rockford at that time and working for E.J. Drake in Mendon, Ohio. He had gray eyes and brown hair. [1] Oscar enlisted 5 September 1918 and served as a private in Co K 29 Engineers until his honorable discharge on 27 December 1918. [2]

Shortly after the war Oscar lived in a boarding house in Mendon and worked as a mechanic in a garage. [3] At some point during his life Oscar acquired the nickname Brownie.

Oscar Heffner married Lillian Kinkley at Zion Chatt on 29 October 1921 by Rev. Carl. H. Albrecht, who also served at their witness. Zion’s records indicate that Oscar was 25 years old and Lillian was 20 years old. She was born on 17 December 1901 in Mendon, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Edith (Hall) Kinkley. At the time of their marriage Oscar was a mechanic and Lillian was a telephone operator. [4]

In 1930 Oscar lived on Main Street, Mendon, where he was the proprietor of a garage. Oscar indicated he was the head of the household and his brother Vernon lived with him. Oscar was 33 years of age and married while Vernon was 24 and single. Vernon was employed as a mechanic in the garage. Only Oscar and Vernon were enumerated in the household. Lillian was living with her parents, Robert and Edith Kinkley, on Wayne Street in Mendon. [5]

Oscar and Lillian divorced in 1937 [6] and Oscar still resided with his brother Vernon in 1940. Vernon, now the head of the household, was married to Carmella. The two Heffner brothers worked as mechanics in their garage. [7]

Oscar registered for the WWII draft, the “the old man’s registration,” in 1942. He was 45 years old at the time, self-employed, and living in Mendon. [8]

A few years later Oscar married a second time, marrying Dorothy Evelyn Patton on 9 December 1946 in Jay County, Indiana. The marriage was performed by Rev. Marshall N. Weaver. Dorothy was born 20 August 1918 in Ashville, North Carolina, the daughter of W. H. and Verna (Ball) Patton. She had also been married once before and had divorced in 1940. At the time of their marriage Oscar lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he operated a service station. Dorothy lived in Decatur, Indiana, and was not employed. [6]

According to Zion Chatt’s records Oscar had made his home with his brother Vernon in Mendon for 39 years when he died of heart trouble at 9:45 p.m. on the evening of 27 September 1956 in a Celina hospital. Oscar was 60 years old and was buried on the 27th. Oscar’s obituary:

Oscar F. Heffner
Mendon
—Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, for Oscar F. Heffner, 60, of here, who died Monday evening in the Gibbons Hospital, Celina, following a heart condition.

A lifelong resident of Mercer County, Mr. Heffner was a retired owner and operator of a service station and garage business here, in which, his brother, Vernon, was a partner. He was a veteran of World War I.

He is survived, in addition to his brother, Vernon, with whom he had made his home, by another brother, Rudolph, Chattanooga, and a sister, Mrs. Marguerite Roebuck, Fort Wayne.

The body will remain in the Vernon Heffner residence where friends may call until time of services. Burial will be in the church cemetery. [9]

No children were mentioned in any of the records.

Oscar and his second wife Dorothy must have divorced sometime before 1960 and it appears she took her maiden name back. Dorothy E. Patton married Lee F. Daniels on 9 March 1960 in San Luis Obispo, California. [10] Dorothy Evelyn Daniels died on 21 August 1996 in San Luis Obispo. [11]

 

[1] U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 January 2015), card for Oscar F. Heffner, no.180, Mercer County, Ohio, citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA microfilm publication M1509; imaged from FHL film roll 183519.

[2] Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-18 (Columbus, Ohio : The FJ Heer Printing Co., 1926), 7272; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 January 2015).

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Mendon, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 144, p.6B, dwelling 159, family 160, Gus Stelzer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 January 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[4] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 11 January 2015), Oscar F Heffner and Lillian Kinkley, 29 October 1921; citing Mercer County, Ohio, Marriages, Vol. 12, p.95; from FHL microfilm 2366955.

[5] 1930 U.S. Census, Mendon, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 25, p.1B, dwelling 24, family 24, Oscar F Heffner; and p.3A, dwelling 71, family 71, Robert S. Kinkley; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 January 2015); from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[6] “Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 11 January 2015), Oscar Frederick Heffner and Dorothy Evelyn Patton, 9 December 1946; citing Jay, Indiana, County Clerk Offices, Vol. 17 p.460; from FHL microfilm 2169119.

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Mendon, Mercer county, Ohio, ED 54-28, p.4B, household 91, Vernon Heffner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 January 2015); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.

[8] U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, (Fourth Registration), Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group No. 147, NARA; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 January 2014).

[9] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 26 September 1956, p.14; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 January 2015).

[10] “California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” index, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 13 January 2015), Lee F. Daniels and Dorothy E. Patton, 9 March 1960; from “California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” Ancestry, citing San Luis Obispo, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.

[11] California Death Index, 1940-1997, State of California DOH, Center for Health Statistics, Sacramento, CA; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 January 2015). Note: Dorothy E. Daniels, Social Security no. 237-26-7781, father’s surname Patton, mother’s maiden name Ball, born 20 August 1918 in North Carolina, died 21 August 1996 in San Luis Obispo, California.

 

 

Jan 09

Update on Schumm’s Old Brick Building

A few months ago I was seeking information about the old brick building that once stood by the railroad tracks at the north end of Schumm. The building, unknown to most today, generated a lot of interest and I appreciate those of you who wrote with information about it, helping to piece together its history.

From Tom Reichard, via his mother Betty, I learned that the building was used as a general store by Betty’s grandfather George Weinman. Betty’s dad Carl Weinman also ran a huckster wagon from there.

 

Brick building that once stood by the railroad tracks in Schumm, Ohio.

Brick building that once stood by the railroad tracks in Schumm, Ohio.

Hoping to learn some additional information, I decided to ask another person about the brick building. Someone who also would likely remember the building and who was probably even inside it. Someone who was born in Schumm over 100 years ago.

So yesterday I called and talked to Karl Schumm. At 101 years young, Karl is doing quite well and also has a very good memory.

Karl was born in Schumm in 1913, the son of Gustavus Jacob and Dorathea Elizabeth (Bienz) Schumm. He was born in a house near where the old brick building once stood, the second house south of the railroad tracks on the west side of Schumm Road.

Karl did not know when the brick building was built but said that when he was a young boy his father owned the building and ran a general store in it. The store was situated in its north half and Schumm’s post office was also run out of their store at that time. The south side of the building was used for storage.

Karl said the train used to stop there and drop off the mail and supplies for the general store.

Karl recalls getting all the crackers he wanted from a barrel in his father’s store. He said he really enjoyed the crackers, although they were usually stale. He did not recall the store having any candy.

Karl said there was a community well at the store and people would go there to get their water. He also recalls that their family had two mules and he thought the mules may have pulled a huckster wagon.

His father Gustavas sold the store in about 1916 or 1917 to George Weinman. He does not recall when the building was razed, but it appears it was destroyed after 1929, since Betty (Weinman) Reichard remembers it.

Karl’s family moved from Schumm in 1923, when Karl was about ten years old. They moved a few miles north, near to route 224. Karl was confirmed at St. Thomas in 1927, in the last German-speaking confirmation class.

As the attendees of last year’s Schumm reunion saw and heard, Karl still remembers German. He sang his confirmation hymn in German for all his Schumm relatives at the reunion. Karl even spoke some German to me on the phone yesterday. I have no idea what he said.

Karl Schumm, 100, sings a hymn in German. (2014 photo by Karen)

Karl Schumm, 100, sings a hymn in German at the Schumm reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

I had a nice visit with Karl on the phone. I asked him how he liked this cold weather. He said he did not and questioned the whole idea of global warming.

Yes, Karl is pretty sharp at 101!

I will post additional information about this old Schumm building as I discover it.

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