May 13

Autographs of My Soldier Buddies

Here is an old autograph book that my dad had when he was in Germany during World War II. It appears that his sister Em and her husband Norval gave it to him for Christmas in 1945. The handwriting inside the front and back covers is not my dad’s handwriting and I assume that my Aunt Em wrote those lines.

1945 Autograph Book

1945 Autograph Book

Inside the front and back covers of the autograph book:
Christmas ’45 in Germany
P.f.C. Herbert Miller (35845400) 84th Inf. Div.
My “Soldier Buddies”
From Em & Norval

Soldier Buddies 1

SoldierBuddies Autograph Book 1945 (2)

SoldierBuddies Autograph Book 1945 (3)

My dad, Herbert Miller, volunteered for the daft after high school and was drafted in May 1944. After basic training he became a member of Company L, 333rd Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, known as the Railsplitters. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and he fought in Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Holland. He was proud of his service to his country and to have been a member of the Railsplitters.

Pfc Herbert M. Miller

Pfc Herbert M. Miller

After the war ended he was placed on Occupation Duty and was assigned to the Postal Section, Division Headquarters, where he was appointed money order clerk at the military post office in Heidelberg, and then on to the 172 APU 7th Army Headquarters. He would have had this autograph book during the time he worked at the military post office.

A guard at the Post Office at Heidelberg.

A guard at the Post Office at Heidelberg.

Written inside the book:

K-335
PFC Norbert A Kosirog
16185857
Hq. 84 Infantry Div. Postal Section
88 France Distributing Sect. APO 64
1507 North Ashland Ave., Chicago, Illinois

B-335- Cpl. Gerald D. Ritter- 39054028
Hq. 84th Infantry Div Post. Sect.
4976 Keade Rd
Oakland, Calif.

Pfc Norbert A Kosirog

Pfc Norbert A Kosirog

To my very good friend Herb,
Frank G. Schwab
35875369
Hqs. 84th Div
Frank Schwab married Jean Betzel and my dad and mom corresponded with Frank and Jean throughout their lives.

Raymond G. Schwartz
211-3rd Ave. NW
Mandan, N. Dak.

Frank G. Schwab & Raymond G. Schwartz

Frank G. Schwab & Raymond G. Schwartz

To Herb,
Jerryland is a hell of a place for any American to be in with the war over. Being with guys like you at the last makes it easier. Aloha
Phil Gordon
768 Hendrix St
B’klyn N.Y
11/24/45

Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon

To Miller
Till we meet again
Your Friend
Phillip
2007 Uluttier [?] Ave
Baltimore, MD

Phillip

Phillip

Best of luck Miller
Jim Gallagher
211 Forrest Ave
Narberth, PA

Jim Gallagher

Jim Gallagher

One of the guys you got fooled with
T.H. Anderson

TH ANderson

TH Anderson

To Herb:
A buddie that is hard to beat.
Bob Ewing
Your “Sarg”

Bob Ewing, "Sarg"

Bob Ewing, “Sarg”

The last page in the book has a list of names of men from Co. L, 333rd, 84th Infantry Division, who my dad probably served with:

S/Sgt. Lawrence Broderick, Boston, Mass
PFC Richard Timmons, Wabash, Ind
PFC Walter M. Treflin, South Bend, Ind
PFC Herbert M. Miller, Willshire, OH
PFC Thomas Trowbridge, KY
PFC Harold Curtiss, Mich
PFC John Proctor, Ariz
PFC John P. Groves, Boston, Mass
PFC Peckor
Sgt. Carrol D. Ketzenberger, Ohio
S/Sgt. Wayne Spencer

Some buddies from the L-333-84th.

Some buddies from the L-333-84th.

Occasionally people will ask me about the men my dad served with and perhaps one of these names will be familiar to someone.

 

May 10

Tombstone Tuesday–John L. & Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel

John L & Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

John L & Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

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

STRABEL
John L.
1850-1906

Caroline
1856-1945
We Shall Meet Again

Johann “John” Leonhard Strabel was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 6 January 1850 to Peter and Dora (Herbolzheimer) Strabel. His parents were both born in the Kingdom of Bavaria and immigrated to America in 1849. The family lived in Cincinnati for several years but moved to Mercer County, Ohio, by 1863. John Strabel was baptized in Cincinnati but was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 15 May 1864.

John Strabel married Caroline Deitsch on 28 March 1878 in Mercer County, Ohio. They were married by Rev. JC Bohnen. [1]

Caroline Deitsch was born in Liberty Township on 18 December 1856. She was the daughter of Philip and Catherine (Huffman) Deitsch.

After their marriage John and Caroline lived in Liberty Township, where their four children were born.

In 1880 John and Caroline lived next door to John’s parents and they had one child, Philip, who was 6 months old. John farmed and Caroline kept house. [2]

In 1900 the family consisted of John, Caroline, Philip, 22, Katie, 17, Christina, 10, and Edward, 3. Caroline had given birth to 4 children, all of whom were living. John was a farmer. [3]

John Strabel died of pneumonia on 30 March 1906, at the age of 56 years, 2 months, and 24 days. He was buried on 2 April. According to the church records he was survived by his widow, his mother, two sons, and two daughters.

In 1910 widow Caroline Strabel lived with her two sons Philip, 30, and Edward, 13. She described her occupation as overseer of the home farm. She indicated that all four of her children were still living. [4]

By 1920 widow Caroline Strabel, age 66, had moved to Celina and was living at 649 North Sugar with her unmarried son Edward, age 22. Caroline was not employed but Edward worked as a machinist in a garage. [5]

Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel married widower Frank P. Miller on 4 January 1923 in Mercer County. Frank was a farmer, the son of John and Emily (Lincoln) Miller and was born in Mercer County about 1855. [6] Frank and Caroline did not get to spend many years together because Frank died 16 April 1927. Frank is buried with his first wife Margaret (Smith) Miller in North Grove Cemetery, Celina. [7]

By 1930 twice widowed Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel Miller was still living at 649 North Sugar Street. Living with her was her 17 year-old granddaughter Willametta Husdon and her 22 year-old niece Marcella Strabel. [8]

In 1940 Caroline, age 83 and still a widow, was living with her son Edward Strabel, age 43, his wife Emma, 35, and their son Lisle in Celina. Her son Edward was a garage proprietor. [9]

Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel Miller died in Celina of an intestinal obstruction caused by colon cancer on 9 April 1945. She was 88 years, 7 months, and 21 days old. Her son Philip Strabel was the informant for the information on her death certificate. She was buried on the 11th. [10]

John and Caroline (Deitsch) Strable had the following children:
Philip (1879-1957), married Mary Brehm
Katharine “Katie” Dorothea (1883-1970?), married Marshall Hudson
“Christina” Margarethe, (1889-1921), married Clarence Beitler
“Edward” Paul (1896-1991), married Emma Now

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 May 2016), John Strabel and Caroline Deitsch, 28 Mar 1878; from Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 4, p.100; from FHL microfilm 914956.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 188, p.472C, dwelling 21, house 22, John Strable; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 85, p.10A, dwelling 188, family 193, John Strabel; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241304, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 119, p.18A, dwelling 393, family 344, Caroline Straby; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[5] 1920 U.S. Census, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, ED 139, p.6B, dwelling 138, family 158, Caroline Straby; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[6] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 May 2016), Frank P Miller and Caroline Strable, 4 Jan 1923; from Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 12,  p.179; from FHL microfilm 2366955.

[7] Find a Grave.com, Frank Pierce Miller memorial #40209297.

[8] 1930 U.S. Census, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, ED 18, p.9B, dwelling 231, family 240, Caroline Miller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[9] 1940 U.S. Census, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-19, p.5B, dwelling 231, family 240, Edward Strable; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.

[10] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 May 2016), Caroline Deitsch Miller, 9 Apr 1945; Ohio State File no. 23428, from FHL microfilm 2372782.

May 06

Garage Treasures

Unlike the dainty hankies, aprons, and nylons I found in the house, the garage stuff that Joe is going through is rough, worn, and dare I say, dirty. I have acquired a new appreciation for acetone, which cuts the sticky grime coating on some of the items that were stashed away out there for decades.

Below are a few things that Joe recently uncovered in my parents’ garage.

The rusty remains of an old single-shot muzzle loading pistol:

The remains of a single-shot muzzle loading pistol.

What is left of a single-shot muzzle loading pistol.

An old pistol grip inscribed with an eagle holding four arrows:

Grip

My old Huffy Galaxy bicycle seat. That old bicycle was a turquoise beauty and I put many, many miles on it. However, this seat was not very comfortable and was put away when it was replaced with a softer model.

Huffy Galaxy Bicycle seat from the 1960s.

Huffy Galaxy Bicycle seat from the 1960s.

I assume the “H” on the underside of the seat stood for Huffy:

Huffy Galaxy Bicycle seat from the 1960s.

Huffy Galaxy Bicycle seat from the 1960s.

My old jump rope. I briefly considered using it again but immediately thought better of it.

Karen's old jump rope.

Karen’s old jump rope.

A box full of spoke wheel covers:

Box of wire wheel covers.

Box of wire wheel covers.

Some old Jacks:

A few old Jacks.

An old house sign. It looks like someone started to paint it but decided not to.

The Millers

The Millers

A metal container full of feathers that I never should have opened that windy day:

Container of feathers.

Container of feathers.

Feathers that never made it into the pillow.

May 03

Tombstone Tuesday–Georg Strable

Georg Strable, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Georg Strable, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Georg Strable, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Georg
Sohn von
Peter und Dora
Strable
Gest von
Marz 22, 1883
Alter von
22 Y und 5 T

Translation: Georg, son of Peter and Dora Strable, died 22 March 1883, aged 22 years, 5 days.

Note that there are several spelling variations for this surname in the church records but Strabel seems to be used the most. It is also spelled Strobel or Stroebel, but in this case, on this particular tombstone, it is spelled Strable. Georg’s parents usually used the spelling of Strabel but I am using the Strable spelling for this post since that is the way it is inscribed on this tombstone.

Georg Strable was born 17 March 1861 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Christened Johann “Georg” Strable, he was the sixth of nine children born to Peter and Margaretha Dorothea “Dora” (Herbolzheimer) Strable.

Both of his parents were born in the Kingdom of Bavaria and immigrated to America in about 1849. The family lived in Cincinnati several years before moving northward to Mercer County, Ohio, sometime between March 1861 and May 1863. Georg was born in Cincinnati during their time there but was baptized at Zion Chatt on 14 May 1863. Georg and Barbara Brummer served as his baptismal sponsors at Zion.

George Strable was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 14 April 1875.

The Peter Strable family lived on the north side of Chatt on what is now called Strable Road.

Although the family attended Zion Chatt Georg’s death was not recorded in the church records, possibly because there is a gap in the records during that time.

However, his death is recorded in the Mercer County Probate records. That record indicates that he died of measles in Liberty Township on 21 March 1883. He was 22 years and 4 days old, born in Cincinnati, and was a farmer. [1] Note that the probate information disagrees with the inscription on his tombstone by one day.

Georg’s father Peter died of dropsy in Mercer County on 12 September 1889 and his mother Dora died in Liberty Township on 18 February 1913.

Georg is buried between his parents and his sister Margaretha (Strobel/Strable) Miller. Margaretha was the second wife of my great-grandfather Jacob Miller.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 28 Apr 2016), George Strabel, 21 Mar 1883; from Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, Deaths, Vol. 1, p.186-7, from FHL microfilm 914954.

Apr 29

Jacob Miller Jr Was a Woodman of the World

I always mention the unique grave markers of the Woodmen of the World in my tombstone/cemetery talk, but until a few days ago I did not know that a member of our family was a member of their fraternal benefit society.

Jacob Miller Jr's Woodmen of the World certificate, 1911.

Jacob Miller Jr’s Woodmen of the World certificate, 1911.

The Woodmen of the World is a fraternal benefit society–a non-profit organization owned and governed by its members, that combines insurance with a common bond of mutual aid and social membership organized into branches with meetings, and conventions.

The Woodmen of the World was organized by Joseph Cullen Root in June 1890 in Omaha, Nebraska. Root first founded the Modern Woodmen of the World in 1882 and it operated in nine of the central western states. Root left the Modern Woodmen in 1890 to organize Woodmen of the World. By 1889 the Woodmen of the World had over 88,000 members from all across the country. [1]

Jacob Miller Jr Woodman of the World certificate, 1911.

Jacob Miller Jr’s Woodman of the World certificate, 1911.

Jacob Miller Jr, my great-uncle, had Woodmen of the World Benefit Certificate no. 253940. Jacob Jr was a member of the Bakersfield, California, Camp no. 460, Pacific Jurisdiction. He was born in Mercer County but left Ohio before 1910 to work in the western oil fields. His certificate is dated 30 November 1910 and is stamped 16 January 1911. It shows Jacob Jr was 25 years old and was from Willshire, Ohio.

Jacob Miller Jr Woodman of the World certificate, 1911.

Jacob Miller Jr Woodman of the World certificate, 1911.

Jacob Miller Jr’s Woodman of the World certificate, 1911.

Jacob Jr’s certificate was in the amount of $500 and his father Jacob Miller Sr was the beneficiary. The certificate states that the beneficiary would receive $250 if the member died within one year of the certificate date, $375 if the member died within two years, and $500 if death occurred after two years.

Jacob Miller Jr (1886-1913)

Jacob Miller Jr (1886-1913)

Jacob Miller Jr was killed out west when an oil derrick fell on him in April of 2013. Two years had passed since Jacob Jr took out the policy so his father should have received the $500 death benefit.

Jacob Miller Jr's Woodmen of the World certificate, 1911.

Jacob Miller Jr’s Woodmen of the World certificate, 1911.

Jacob Miller Jr does not have the distinctive Woodmen of the World tree trunk tombstone or one of their “WOW” insignia that their members sometimes have. The tree stump tombstone was an early benefit of Woodmen membership but was abandoned in the late 1920s due to cost. [2] These unique markers are easy to spot in a cemetery.

Woodman of the World marker, Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima, OH (2013 photo by Karen)

Woodman of the World marker, Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima, OH (2013 photo by Karen)

Throughout the years the Woodmen have merged with other fraternal benefit societies and are still in existence today, known as WoodmanLife. [3]

 

[1] History of Woodmen of the World , accessed 28 April 2016.

[2] WoodmenLife, Wikipedia.org, accessed 28 April 20165.

[3] WoodmenLife, accessed 28 April 2016.

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