Apr 01

Tombstone Tuesday–Fred H. Schinnerer

Fred H. Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Fred H. Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Fred H. Schinnerer, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Fred H.
SCHINNERER
Mar. 8, 1904
Oct. 2, 1984

Friedrich Heinrich Schinnerer was the fourth child born to Henry F. and Louise (Schumm) Schinnerer. According to Zion Schumm’s records he was born 8 March 1904 and baptized 20 March at the family home just east of Willshire. Sponsors at his baptism were Fred Schinnerer I, H.F. Schumm, and John Scaer.

Friedrich resided on the Schinnerer family farm his whole life. The Schinnerer home place was the former Ansel Blossom farm, purchased in 1873 by Friedrich’s grandfather Friedrich Schinnerer. Friedrich H’s father Henry F. purchased the homestead from his father Friedrich (1824-1905) in 1894. Friedrich H. never married.

Obituary:

Fred Schinnerer
Fred H. Schinnerer, 80, route 1, Willshire, a retired farmer who lived his entire life on the same farm, died Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the emergency room of the Van Wert County Hospital shortly after arrival. He had been in failing health the last several years.

Born in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, on March 8, 1904, he was the son of Henry and Louisa Schumm-Schinnerer.

Survivors include a sister, Miss Lydia Schinnerer, route 2, Willshire; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Martha Schinnerer, Fort Wayne. One brother, William, is deceased.

Services were held Thursday at Zwick, Boltz & Jahn Funeral Home. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Schumm. [1]

 

[1] The Photo Star, Willshire, Ohio, 10 Oct 1984, p. 3.

Mar 28

Chatt Merchants vs. Willshire, Baseball 1933

It has been one long, cold, snowy winter. Although the calendar tells us that it is spring, it still feels more like winter.

However, there are other indications that warmer weather is on its way. Most of the snow is gone and it only snowed one day this past week. Temperatures have been in the double digits for over a week. The robins and buzzards have returned to Mercer County. My daffodils are shooting up  from the ground. The Reds opening day is this coming Monday, 31 March. Yes! Baseball season is about to begin.

We are Cincinnati Reds fans here and nothing beats sitting back and watching a baseball game after a long day at work.

Baseball has always been a popular pastime in Chattanooga, Ohio. Bruno Betzel was born in Chatt in 1894 and he played in the major leagues. Several others from the Chatt area played in the minor leagues.

Over eighty years ago, in 1933, Chatt had a baseball team called the Chattanooga Merchants. One of their opponents was a team from Willshire, a town about eight miles to the north.

Who was playing on the Chatt and Willshire teams back in 1933?

CHATTANOOGA AND WILLSHIRE TO PLAY BALL

A baseball game between Willshire and Chattanooga will be played in the Chattanooga Ball Park Saturday evening, July 8.

The game promises to be a hard fought exhibition as both teams are entering the contest with “blood in their eyes.” Chattanooga has a strong team of young players and haven’t lost a game this season. Willshire, however, is determined to turn the trick on them July 8.

The game will be called at 6 o’clock and a small entrance fee will be charged.

Willshire Lineup: Geisler, 3rd base; L. Detter, shortstop; Price, catcher; Bump, left field; R. Detter, center field; Passwater, 2nd base; August, 1st base; Shell, right field; Lawrence Beuchner, pitcher; Easthom, Slusser, Marbaugh and Leo Beuchner, utility.

Chattanooga Lineup: Huffman, 3rd base; Fisher, shortstop; Gibbons, catcher; Rothaar, left field; R. Bollenbacher, center field; White, 2nd base; C. Bollenbacher, 1st base; A.  Bollenbacher, right field; Raudenbush, pitcher; L. Heffner and Baker, utility. [1]

Who won the game?

WILLSHIRE BASEBALL TEAM LOSES TO CHATT

Raudenbush pitched another winner for Chatt Merchants Saturday evening against Willshire team, the score being 6-2. Chatt got the lead in the game during the first inning when they made 3 runs. The other three being made in the 2nd and 5th innings. Willshire made their runs in the 4th and 6th innings. Slusser struck out 5 men and Raudenbush struck out 9.

Willshire is planning on making a good come-back at Chatt ball park Sunday, July 16, when they will again play the Chatt Merchants.

A summary of the game:

Willshire: Spahr, 1 hit; L. Detter, 1 error; August, 2 hits; Geisler, 1 run, 1 hit; Marbaugh, 1 hit; Easthom, 1 run. Passwater was the substitute pitcher.

Chatt: Huffman, 1 hit; Fisher, 1 run, 1 error; Gibbons, 2 runs, 2 hits; Raudenbush, 1 run, 1 hit; Rothaar, 1 hit; White, 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error; R. Bollenbacher, 1 hit; C. Bollenbacher, 1 run. L. Heffner substituted for C. Bollenbacher at the 4th inning. [2]

Unfortunately the newspaper did not include the first names of the players. I wonder where the Chatt baseball park was located. Maybe someone knows.

We look forward to the the 2014 baseball season and some spring weather. Please!

And good luck to the Reds!

[1] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 6 July 1933.

[2] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 13 July 1933.

 

 

Mar 25

Tombstone Tuesday–Charles & Catherine E. Bollenbacher

Charles and Catherine (Baker) Bollenbacher, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Charles and Catherine Bollenbacher, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Charles and Catherine E. (Becker) Bollenbacher, located in row 6 of Kessler Cemetery [aka Liberty Cemetery], Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Charles
1845-1923

Catherine E.
1845-1917

Their Record is on High

BOLLENBACHER

Charles was the youngest son born to George and Henrietta (Alt) Bollenbacher. He was born in Bedesbach, Kingdom of Bayern, on 18 October 1845. In 1852, when he was six years of age, he immigrated to America with his family. The family immediately came to Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, where they purchased land. Their farms were located a couple miles south of Chattanooga. [1]

About that same time the John Becker family moved to Liberty Township and the two families crossed paths. The Becker family attended Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga and their name was recorded as Becker in the early church records. Other records, later records, indicate the name was Baker. I do not know if the name was eventually changed to Baker. Maybe someone can share some information about their surname.

Zion’s records indicate that John Becker immigrated from Rhine-Bavaria in 1833 and married Barbara Wiedmann in Northampton County Pennsylvania in 1836. Other records show her name as Wittman. A couple children were born to them in Pennsylvania, before they moved to Piqua, Ohio. They had several more children in Piqua before moving again, this time to Mercer County.

Charles Bollenbacher married Catherine E. “Baker” on 13 May 1865 in Mercer County, Ohio. Her name was recorded as Baker on their marriage record. [2]

Catherine Elizabeth Becker was born 1 July 1845 in Shelby County, Ohio, to John and Barbara, their fifth child. [1] Catherine was mentioned in last week’s post, A Wild Man in the Woods.

Brothers married sisters in Mercer County. According to Zion’s records, Charles’ brother Jacob Bollenbacher married Catherine’s sister Louisa Becker on 30 October 1862 by Zion’s Rev. George Heintz.

Charles Bollenbacher (1845-1923).

Charles Bollenbacher (1845-1923).

Catherine Bollenbacher (1845-1917).

Catherine (Becker/Baker) Bollenbacher (1845-1917).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles and Catherine Bollenbacher lived on their farm south of Chattanooga all of their married life. Their large brick home, built in 1886, was located on Oregon Road, between State Route 49 and the Indiana State Line. Brother Jacob Bollenbacher owned the farm immediately to the west and lived in what appears to be an identical brick home. A third brick home with the same design stands about a half mile away on State Route 49. They were probably all built about the same time. Over the years the homes have had some porch additions and a few window changes, but they their basic design is the same.

Charles Bollenbacher home on Oregon Road, Mercer County, Ohio.

Charles Bollenbacher home on Oregon Road, Mercer County, Ohio.

While Charles’ primary occupation was farming, he pursued other endeavors and was active in local affairs. From 1885-1893 he manufactured bricks. He was a township trustee for six years, served as township treasurer, was a county commissioner from 1897-1902, and was a school director and supervisor.. The Bollenbachers were members of the local Evangelical Protestant Church. [1]

Catherine died 9 May 1917 in Liberty Township, at the age of 71 years, 10 months, and 8 days. She died of chronic myocarditis and was buried on the 11th. Bierie & Yager, Berne, Indiana, was in charge of the funeral arrangements. [3]

Charles died in Liberty Township on 26 January 1923, at the age of 77 years, 3 months, and 8 days. He died of carcinoma of the colon and was buried on the 27th. S.S. Egger was the undertaker. [4]

The couple had ten children:

John C. (1865-1940) married Phoebe Schaadt
Henry George (1867-1958) married Sophia Kessler
Caroline L. (1868-1941) married William Kessler
Anna H. (1870-1872)
Mary Louisa (1871-1897)
Margaretha H. “Nettie” (1873-1952) married Anton Andrew Schaadt
Anna Maria (1875-1881)
William F. (1878-1882)
Maria K. “Katie” (1880-1960) married John J. Schaadt
Hulda M. (1883-1979) married George A. Koch

 

[1] Mercer County Chapter, OGS, Mercer County, Ohio, Combined 1888, 1900 Atlases and 1876 Map of Mercer County, Ohio, (Mt. Vernon, Indiana : Windmill Publications, Inc., 1999); 1900 Atlas Biographies, p. 12, 84-85.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZGF-P29 : accessed 19 Mar 2014), Charles Bullenbaugh and Catharine Baker, 13 May 1865; citing Mercer, Ohio, United States, reference Vol. 3, p 86; FHL microfilm 914956.

[3] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8LZ-6ZG : accessed 23 Mar 2014), Kathryn Elizabeth Bollenbacker, 09 May 1917; citing Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, reference fn 62060; FHL microfilm 1984114.

[4] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8TX-TQ9 : accessed 23 Mar 2014), Charles Bollentacher, 26 Jan 1923; citing Liberty Twp, Mercer Co., Ohio, reference fn 5091; FHL microfilm 1992182.

 

 

Mar 21

A Wild Man in the Woods

The news of this incident, which occurred near Chattanooga, Ohio, made it all the way to Cincinnati in 1886.

Dateline Decatur, Indiana.

A Wild Man in the Woods
Special Dispatch to the Enquirer
Decatur, Ind., July 9
[1886]—The citizens of Chattanooga, Ohio, and vicinity are very much excited over the appearance of a crazy or wild man in the woods adjacent to the town. Mrs. Charles Bollenbaugh was working in a field two miles from Chattanooga yesterday when she discovered a man approaching her who was entirely naked, except hat and boots. As soon as she saw him she ran for an adjoining field, where there were some men at work, and gave the alarm. The men started after him, and he ran for an adjoining woods and disappeared in the thick underbrush. To-day the farmers in that region have all stopped harvesting and are in search of the crazy man, and expect to capture him before the sun goes down to-night. The women and children of that section are afraid to venture outside of the house while he is at large. It is supposed he has escaped from some insane asylum. [1]

"A Wild Man in the Woods," The Cincinnati Enquirer, 10 July 1886, p.9.

“A Wild Man in the Woods,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 10 July 1886, p.9.

The woman described in this clipping was most likely Catherine E. (Becker/Baker) Bollenbacher, wife of Charles “Carl” Bollenbacher.

Catherine Bollenbacher (1845-1917).

Catherine Bollenbacher (1845-1917).

The Charles Bollenbacher farm was located south of Chatt. on Oregon Road, between State Route 49 and the Indiana State Line. Their large brick home was built in 1886. [2]

Charles Bollenbacher home on Oregon Road, Mercer County, Ohio.

Charles Bollenbacher home on Oregon Road, Mercer County, Ohio. (bef. 1900)

What a scare that must have been for Catharine Bollenbacher. I wonder if they ever found the wild man?

 

[1] “A Wild Man in the Woods,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 July 1886, p. 9; digital images by subscription, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : accessed 19 March 2014).

[2] Mercer County Chapter, OGS, Mercer County, Ohio, Combined 1888, 1900 Atlases and 1876 Map of Mercer County, Ohio, (Mt. Vernon, Indiana : Windmill Publications, Inc., 1999); 1900 Atlas, p. 12, 84-85.

 

Mar 18

Tombstone Tuesday–Charles F. and Hannah M. (Schumm) Germann

Germann, Charles R. & Hannah M., Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Germann, Charles F. & Hannah M., Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Charles F. and Hannah M. (Schumm) Germann, located in row 2 of Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

GERMANN

Charles F.
1849-1932

 Hannah M.
1853-1926

Karl Fredrick “Charles” Germann was born 22 February 1849 in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, to immigrants Charles and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Germann. Charles was a farmer who died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 2 July 1932 in Harrison Township. He was buried on the 6 July.  [1]

Charles married Hannah M. Schumm on 22 February 1872 at Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm, where Hannah was a member. They were married by Rev. G.M. Schumm. Charles’ name is shown as Karl Fr. in Zion’s records.

Hannah Magdalena Schumm was born 29 March 1853 in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, the eighth child born to immigrants Ludwig and Barbara (Pflüger) Schumm. According to Zion Schumm’s records she was baptized 30 January at home, with Friedrich Schinnerer and wife Magdalena and Jacob Schumm and wife Hanna as sponsors. Hannah M. Schumm was my second great-grandaunt, the sister of my great-grandfather, Louis Schumm and my great-great-grandmother Elisabeth (Schumm) Schinnerer. Hannah died of cardiac hypertrophy on 27 March 1926 in Harrison Township. She was buried on the 30th. [2]

Hannah (Schumm) Germann) 1853-1926.

Hannah (Schumm) Germann) 1853-1926. Photo courtesy of Sue Allen.

Harrison Township Lady Answers Death Summons
Mrs. C.F. German, aged 73 years, born in Willshire Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schumm, died at her home in Harrison township Saturday afternoon, March 27, 1926. As Hannah Schumm she married Mr. Germann, and they immediately went to housekeeping in Harrison township, where they always resided and where their family of six children were born and reared—Otto and Felix of Harrison township; Mrs. John Schaadt and Mrs. Carl Hahn of Lima; Mrs. Minnie Seigle of Pleasant township; Mrs. C.L. Germann of Harrison township, and Mrs. Charles Schumm of Rockford.

Deceased was the sister of Mr. L.J. Schumm, east of town, and of the late John C. Schumm, recently deceased, and a half sister of W.A. Buechner, who resides north of Schumm.

Funeral services and burial were held Tuesday forenoon from the family residence and from the St. Thomas church, with interment in the church cemetery. [3]

Charles F. Germann (1849-1932). Photo courtesy of Sue Allen.

Charles F. Germann (1849-1932). Photo courtesy of Sue Allen.

Well Known Resident Dies Sunday Morning
Charles F. Germann, 83, a prominent retired farmer of Harrison township, died Sunday at 11:15 o’clock in his home, east of Wren. Death was due to infirmities. Mrs. Germann was born in Harrison township on February 22, 1849. With the exception of a few years, when he lived on a farm in Willshire township, he spent his entire lifetime in Harrison township. In 1882 he moved to the farm which had since been his home. Besides farming, Mr. Germann also had been engaged in the manufacture of tile. He was one of the organizers of the Farmer’s Mutual Aid Association of Van Wert county, and was widely known for his integrity and his unusual ability as a farmer. He maintained his faculties up until the last, and his handwriting was notable for its clearness and beauty and very unusual for an aged man.

Mr. Germann was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran church in Harrison township, where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock following a brief service at the home at 2 o’clock. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Otto L. Germann and Felix E. Germann, both of Harrison township; five daughters, Mrs. Rosa Schaadt, who lived with her father, Mrs. Minnie Siegel, of Pleasant township, Mrs. Carl Holm, of Lima, Mrs. Conrad L. Germann, of Harrison township, and Mrs. Charles Schumm, of near Rockford, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Rupright, of Los Angeles, Cal. His wife preceded him in death in 1926. [4]

Charles and Hannah (Schumm) Germann had the following children:

Otto L. (1873-1960) married Magdalena “Emilie” Schumm
Rose (1874-1955) married John Schaadt
Minnie (1877-1952) married Richard Siegel
Felix E. (1878-1957) married Olivia Saam
Henrietta (1880-1972) married Karl Holm
Emma P. (1882-1959) married Conrad L. Germann
Amalia C. (1884-1969) married Charles J. Schumm

The Germanns attended St. Thomas Church, which is a few miles northeast of Schumm. St. Thomas is also a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

 

[1] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6ST-2RW : accessed 16 March 2014), Charles Fredrick Germann, 2 July 1932; citing Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, reference fn 45307; FHL microfilm 1992665.

[2] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8JJ-RRJ : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Hanna M. Hermann, 27 March 1926; citing Harrison Twp., Van Wert, Ohio, reference fn 20316; FHL microfilm 1984197.

[3] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 1 April  1926, p.1.

[4] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 7 July 1932, p.1.

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