Jun 05

Tombstone Tuesday–Georg Johann Fisher

Georg Johann Fisher, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2018 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Georg Johann Fisher, located in row 12 of Kessler Cemetery (aka Liberty Cemetery), Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Georg Johann
Son of
John & Mary Fisher
Died
26 April 1878
Age 21 days

A few weeks ago, when I wrote the Tombstone Tuesday about the married couple John Christian and Mary Ann (Bollenbacher) Fisher, I mentioned that I had accounted for 8 of their 9 children. Now I believe that Georg Johann Fisher was their other child who I could not identify.

Georg Johann Fisher’s tombstone is so weathered that it is illegible. Still, hoping to read the inscription on it, we went over to Kessler Cemetery one day last week and photographed it when the sun was shining directly on the face of the stone, but we still could not get a good reading.

So I consulted one of the Mercer County Cemetery Inscriptions books, read at Kessler Cemetery in 1990. They were able to read the tombstone 28 years ago and the above inscription that I used is from that reading. His Find a Grave memorial also agrees with the inscription book.

Although I could not find his birth or death recorded in Mercer County, there are several things that indicate that Georg Johann was probably the child of John Christian and Mary Ann.

Two of John Christian and Mary Ann (Bollenbacher) Fisher’s other young children are buried next to him. Georg Johann’s tombstone is to the left (north). Louis C. Fisher (1874-1876) is buried in the middle and Carolina E. Fisher (1872-1873) is buried to the south. Carolina’s is the broken marker on the ground. Their parents are buried a few rows away.

Three children of JC & MA (Bollenbacher) Fisher: Georg Johann, Louis C, & Carolina E; row 12, Kessler Cemetery. (2018 photo by Karen)

The three children died within a few years of each other and it would not be unusual that, as siblings, they were buried next to each other.

All the markers are about the same size and they all have a flying dove carved into the top. The dove inscription was often used as a symbol for young children, indicating innocence and purity.

According to the tombstone inscriptions, all three children probably had the same parents, John/JC and Mary Ann/MA.

Unfortunately, I could only make out a few letters on the marker but the inscription was likely in German, like his two siblings’ tombstones.

As calculated from his tombstone, Georg Johann Fisher would have been born 5 April 1878, the same day as his brother Adam John “AJ” (1878-1949). Twins! His mother had another set of twins two years later, Mary Elizabeth and William Michael, born in 1880.

All three of these of the young Fisher children lived and died between census enumerations and very little is known about them.

Jun 01

Memorial Day 2018–Honoring and Remembering

Honoring and remembering. That is what Memorial Day is all about.

This past Monday, Memorial Day, Joe and I participated in Willshire’s Memorial Day Parade. It had been several years since I attended Willshire’s Memorial Day observance. The last time was probably when my dad was still living. He was a member of the American Legion and he always enjoyed driving his military Jeep in the parade. So it was very nice to attend their parade and memorial service again this year.

Walking in Willshire’s Memorial Day Parade, 2018.

It was a nice, hot, sunny morning. A couple of Chatt friends told me that Aleta was wanting people to carry photos of family veterans in the parade. I liked the idea and wanted to participate. Sherry was kind enough to have my dad’s photo enlarged for me and I mounted it on foam board. She and several others did the same and walked in the parade.

We enjoyed visiting while we waited for the parade to begin.

Sherry & Karen with photos before the parade. Photos of Jack August, Roland Marbaugh & Herb Miller.

Jerry Duff with photo of Gene Duff.

Cheryl & her family with John Reynolds photos.

I ran into my cousin Chris and her daughter Emma.

I carried my dad’s photo in the parade.

We walked in the parade, led by the American Legion and Parkway’s band to the Willshire Cemetery.

American Legion & Parkway Band at Willshire Cemetery, 2018.

Memorial Service at Willshire Cemetery, 2018.

Memorial Service at Willshire Cemetery, 2018.

Joe with my dad’s photo at Willshire Cemetery, 2018.

The ceremony was patriotic and moving and featured speaker Brandon Baker. The service ended with a 21-gun salute and the group went on the St. Marys River bridge to honor those who served at sea.

On the day before Joe and I went through Willshire Home Furnishings’ Memorial Day Celebration, which honored past and present military veterans.

Aleta, Willshire Home Furnishings, Memorial Day, 2018. She always puts an awesome display together!

Memorial Day Celebration, Willshire Home Furnishings, 2018. Over 150 uniforms on display, as well as other items.

Fritz Schumm, WWII, my second cousin once removed.

Fritz’s grandson Galen, also a distant cousin.

Carey Wayne Ellenberger, killed in Vietnam, my second cousin.

A portion of the military display, with my dad’s Army jacket & photo.

I talked to several people who had family members who served in WWII and most said that their loved ones never really talked much about the war. It wasn’t until after they had passed away, when the family was going through stored-away items, that they learned more about their war service. They often learned that their father/husband/brother had been a hero. But the veterans just never talked much about it.

My dad was pretty much the same way, but he would talk about his service when asked. Back around 1999 I “interviewed” my dad about his war service and thank goodness I wrote down what he told me.

I will write about some of his stories next week.

May 29

Tombstone Tuesday–Louis C. Fisher

Louis C Fisher, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Louis C. Fisher, located in row 12 of Kessler Cemetery (aka Liberty Cemetery), Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Louis C
Sohn von
J.C. & M.A. Fischer
Gestorben
Den 5 Jul 1876
Alter
2 Jahr, 5 Mo, 28 Tag

Louis C. Fisher, son of J.C. & M.A. Fischer died 5 July 1876, age 2 years, 5 months, 28 days.

Although this surname is spelled Fischer on the tombstone, the Fishers around Chatt, including the others in this family, spelled their name as Fisher.

Louis Charles Fisher was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 7 February 1874, the son of John Christian and Mary Ann (Bollenbacher) Fisher. His mother’s maiden name was recorded as Bollenbaugh on his birth record. [1]

Louis lived and died between census enumerations so very little is known about him.

Louis C. Fisher died of scarlet fever in Liberty Township on 5 July 1876. His death record gives his age as 2 years and 5 months, which differs slightly from his tombstone inscription. [2]

In fact, his birth date, as calculated from his age at death as inscribed on his tombstone, does not agree with his date of birth on his county birth record. I feel the county birth record is probably the more accurate record.

His sister Carolina E. Fisher (1872-1873) is buried next to him and his parents are buried a few rows away in Kessler Cemetery.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003, database with images, FamilySearch.org, Charles Fisher, 7 Feb 1874; Liberty Township, Mercer County, Births, Vol. 1, p.130, no. 430; FHL microfilm 914953.

[2] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch.org, Lewis C Fisher, 5 Jul 1876; Liberty Township, Mercer County Deaths, Vol. 1-2, p.86, no. 150; FHL microfilm 914, 954.

May 25

Memorial Day 2018

This coming Monday we celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday that was originally called Decoration Day and traditionally marks the beginning of summer. It is a day to remember those who died in military service for our country as well as those who served our country and are now deceased. It is also day to decorate the gravestones of loved ones.

Elm Grove Cem, St. Marys, Auglaize Co, OH (2013 photo by Karen)

Just about every local town has a Memorial Day parade and I plan to be in one this year. Willshire’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday and area residents are invited to participate and carry photos of their family members who served in the military. I plan to carry my dad’s photo in Monday’s parade. The parade will walk to the Willshire Cemetery where a Memorial Day service will be held.

Speaking of Willshire, Willshire Home Furnishings has turned their store into a make-shift military museum again this year. They will have a display of over 160 military uniforms, plus photos, flags, maps, and letters from local servicemen on Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. each day. It is a wonderful display and well worth the visit. My dad’s photo and Army jacket will be on display there.

Memorial Day Celebration at Willshire Home Furnishings. (2015 photo by Karen)

Uniforms, photos, and other items on display at Willshire Home Furnishings. (2015 photo by Karen)

Memorial Day began as a way to remember and honor both Union and Confederate soldiers who were killed in battle during the Civil War. In 1868 the 30th of May was officially proclaimed as the day to decorate their graves. After WWI Memorial Day was extended to honor Americans who died in all wars. Today most Americans use this holiday as a time to decorate grave sites, whether the deceased served in the military or not.

Memorial Day was declared a U.S. federal holiday in 1971 and is now observed the last Monday in May. In December 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed, which asks all Americans to pause at 3:00 p.m. local time and reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day.

Resthaven Memory Gardens, Auglaize County, Ohio. (2014 by Karen)

Some things to do on Memorial Day:

  • Take time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day and the sacrifices made for our freedom.
  • Attend a Memorial Day Service at a local cemetery or park.
  • Attend a local Memorial Day parade.
  • Fly the American flag.
  • Visit a cemetery and decorate a grave with flowers.
  • Visit the Memorial Day Celebration museum at Willshire Home Furnishings.

Finally, remember to observe proper flag etiquette on Memorial Day:

  • The American flag should be flown at half-staff until noon and then raised to full-staff.
  • During a parade there may be several participants with a flag and it is appropriate to salute only the first flag as it passes by.
  • As the first flag passes everyone should show respect by standing at attention with their right hand over their heart.
  • Those in uniform should give their appropriate formal salute.

The past few months I have been transcribing and posting my dad’s WWII letters and photos. Here are a couple of photos of some of my dad and some of his friends from Zion Chatt who also served in WWII:

Herb on furlough, at Zion Chatt with Fred Betzel and Donald Hoblet, November 1944.

Carl Ripley, WWII era.

Murlin Miller, my dad’s cousin, Marines, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam.

Have a nice Memorial Day weekend, everyone, and take some time to remember those who unselfishly served our country.

May 22

Tombstone Tuesday–Carolina E. Fisher

Carolina E. Fisher, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Carolina Elizabeth Fisher, located in row 12 of Kessler, aka Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker, broken and resting on the ground, is inscribed:

Carolina E Fisher
Tochter
J.C. & M.A.
Fisher
Gest
Nov 20, 1873
Alter
1 J 10 M & 7 T

Carolina E. Fisher, daughter of J.C. & M.A. Fisher, died 20 November 1873, aged 1 year, 10 months, and 7 days.

Carolina Elizabeth Fisher was born 13 January 1872, at the family home in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. She was daughter of John Christian and Mary Ann (Bollenbacher) Fisher. Her mother’s name was spelled Bullengbaugh in her county birth record. [1]   

Carolina died of whooping cough at home in Liberty Township on 20 November 1873. She was only 1 year, 10 months, and 2 days old. [2]

According to her tombstone she was 1 year, 10 months, and 7 days old, which would agree with age according to her recorded date of birth.

Her parents are buried a few rows away in Kessler Cemetery.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003, database with images, FamilySearch.org, Caroline Fisher, 18 Jan 1872; Liberty Township, Mercer County, Births, Vol. 1, p.74, no. 277; FHL microfilm 914953.

[2] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch.org, Elizabeth C Fisher, 20 Nov 1873; Liberty Township, Mercer County Deaths, Vol. 1-2, p.44, no. 2; FHL microfilm 914, 954.

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