Apr 19

Remembering Aunt Kate

In place of my regular Tombstone Tuesday I am instead posting a tribute in memory of my Aunt Kate who passed away this past weekend.

Born Catherine Jean Miller to Carl and Gertrude (Brewster) Miller in 1927, everyone knew her by the name of Kate. I was fortunate enough to be able to call her Aunt Kate.

Kate (Miller) Eichler

Kate (Miller) Eichler (1927-2016)

She was the beloved wife of Paul Eichler and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just two days before Kate passed away.

Kate & Paul wedding.

Kate & Paul’s wedding, 1956.

Kate & Paul wedding.

Kate & Paul’s wedding.

Kate was also a bridesmaid in my parents’ wedding.

Wedding of Herb & Florence Miller, 1950. Kate Miller on the right in the green dress.

Wedding of Herb & Florence Miller, 1950. Kate Miller on the right in the green dress.

She was also a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She had an infectious smile and laugh and a great sense of humor. From what I hear, she got her sense of humor from her mother, my grandmother Gertrude (Brewster) Miller, who was just plain ornery and did all sorts of mischievous pranks.

Aunt Kate & Uncle Paul with their family, 2007 Miller reunion.

Aunt Kate & Uncle Paul with their family, 2007 Miller reunion.

Kate was the fifth of the eight Miller children. My dad was the fourth born and she was just two years younger than him. The family had many good times growing up on the farm and we enjoy hearing those stories as much as they enjoy telling them.

Carl Miller family.

Carl Miller family.

Uncle Vernie tells how his sister Kate was always afraid someone was lurking under her bed. To keep that person from grabbing her when she got into bed she would make a running jump into the bed from several feet away. One day their mother moved the bed and Kate, not knowing that, made her running leap and landed on the floor instead.

Just like all the Miller women, Kate was a very good cook and baker. When I was a teenager I spent a day at her house and she taught me how to make her award-winning Swedish Tea Ring bread. It took the better part of a day to make because it was made with yeast which had to rise. She usually entered a Swedish Tea Ring at the Mercer County Fair where she won a blue ribbon every year but one. Her family still talks about her sugar cookies as well.

Aunt Kate holding me at age 6 months.

Aunt Kate holding me at age 6 months.

Aunt Kate had a green thumb and had a beautiful flower garden. She got me to join the Rockford Garden Club back in the 70s, but my flowers and arrangements could not hold a candle to hers. She was an expert at growing and arranging flowers.

A few years back Aunt Kate and her siblings were comparing their feet. They all took off their shoes and were trying to decide who had the worst-looking feet. Due to privacy issues, I will not divulge who has the worst feet. They know who they are. The whole family has what we call Miller Feet, complete with bunions and crooked toes. My husband Joe joined in and took his shoes off, too. Although he does not have any bunions and his toes are nice and straight he does have some hair on his toes. Evidently Aunt Kate had never seen hairy toes before and she got the biggest kick out of his hairy feet. Monkey Feet she called them.

Joe and Kate loved to kid and joke around with each other. They had some good times at family gatherings and usually had their heads together laughing at some silly joke.

Aunt Kate & Joe, 2008 Miller reunion.

Aunt Kate & Joe, 2008 Miller reunion.

Aunt Kate & Joe, 2014 Miller reunion.

Aunt Kate & Joe, 2014 Miller reunion.

Aunt Kate also kept up with technology. She had her own Facebook page and she enjoyed playing on-line Scrabble with her brothers. Kate and her siblings also talked via their computers every Friday morning. They enjoyed their Miller chat time.

Aunt Kate had a way with people. The children at her church loved her and she was even able to talk her way out of a speeding ticket from a State Trooper once.

Everyone loved her. Who wouldn’t?

She was a wonderful person and it was an honor to have her as my aunt. She will truly be missed.

Apr 15

Check It Out

I am still going through papers and other documents, as I will be doing for some time. My parents did not throw much away and they even saved papers from my grandparents (and great-grandparents) as well. I like old papers and they often give a lot of interesting information but it takes awhile to go through them. Some items are worthy of being saved while others can be thrown out. It all takes time.

This week I went through some old canceled checks. No, not my parents’ canceled checks this time, but my grandpa Miller’s canceled checks. Grandpa died in 1973. I saved and scanned some I found interesting.

Here are some scans of canceled checks written to some Chattanooga businesses in the 1950s & 60s. I hope you enjoy seeing the endorsement signatures of some of Chatt’s past business owners.

Bollenbacher’s Grocery, 7 April 1959, for $10.00:

Check made out to Bollenbacher's Grocery, April 1959.

Check made out to Bollenbacher’s Grocery, April 1959.

Canceled Bollenbacher Grocery check, April 1959.

Canceled check to Bollenbacher Grocery, April 1959.

Ivan Johnson’s Garage, 21 November 1956, for $55.65:

Canceled check from Ivan Johnson's Garage, November 1956.

Canceled check from Ivan Johnson’s Garage, November 1956.

Jack August, with Ivan Johnson’s signature, too, 8 July 1957, for $4.81:

Canceled check to Jack August, August 1957.

Canceled check to Jack August, August 1957.

I had never seen a Counter Check but grandpa had several in his collection. Some businesses provided these blank/generic checks that people could fill out and use when they were in the store. A Counter Check made out to Ray Hemmelgarn, who ran the Chatt Bar at one time, 20 May 1959:

Counter Check to Ray Hemmelgarn, May 1959.

Counter Check to Ray Hemmelgarn, May 1959.

Wendel’s Garage, 11 July 1957, for $10.00:

Canceled check to Wendel's Garage, July 1957.

Canceled check to Wendel’s Garage, July 1957.

Fisher’s Hardware, 13 November 1956, for $5.00:

Canceled check to Fisher's Hardware, November 1956.

Canceled check to Fisher’s Hardware, November 1956.

I find it interesting and surprising that his checks did not have his checking account number on them. He had the card below but he did not always write the account number on a check.

Carl Miller checking account card.

Carl Miller checking account card.

It appears that grandpa patronized the local Chatt businesses often.

 

Apr 12

Tombstone Tuesday–John H. & Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel

John H & Elizabeth Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

John H & Elizabeth Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Henry and Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel, located in row 8 of East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

On the north side:
John H
Trisel
Geboren
19 July 1834
Gestorben
15 Feb 1896
Alter
61 J  6 M  26 T

On the south side:
Elizabeth
Trisel
Geboren
May 22, 1840
Gestorben
May 2, 1917

Although his name is inscribed as John H. on his tombstone he usually went by the name of Henry and I will refer to him as Henry in this post.

According to Zion Chatt’s records John Heinrich Trissel was born in Plossberg, Oberpfalz, and his wife Elizabeth (Feldman) was born in Gremsheim, Hesse-Darmstadt.

This Trisel family attended Zion Chatt at some time and a couple of their family baptisms and burials are recorded there. Their daughter Elizabeth Barbara was born 16 May 1874 and was baptized at Zion Chatt on 7 June 1874. Their son August Trisel’s death and burial were in the church records. He died 24 September 1888. The mother Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel’s death was also recorded at Zion Chatt in 1917.

Another church record entry indicates that Heinrich “Tresser” transferred from the Roman Catholic Church on 19 May 1872. This may be the same Henry Trisel although the spelling of the surname is off. The records also indicate that his wife Elizabeth’s maiden name was Feldmann.

Some on-line information indicates that Henry Trisel and Elizabeth Feldman married 23 September 1865 in Hamilton County, Ohio, before to moving northward to Mercer County. I have not found their marriage record yet.

Henry Trisel served in the Civil War as a private in Battery 4, light artillery. He enlisted 2 August 1861 and was discharged 27 August 1864, serving 3 years, 3 months, and 10 days. His name was recorded as Henry “Tricel” in this record. He suffered from rheumatism and chronic diarrhea as a result of the war. [1]

Henry and Elizabeth married about 1865 but it was the second marriage for Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel. Elizabeth married Johann Bahn on 24 July 1864 in Greenup, Kentucky. [2] Her husband Johann Bahn was a private in Company H, 183rd Ohio Infantry and was a POW. He mustered out on 27 April 1865 and perished on the Steamer Sultana that same day. [3]

Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn was a war widow and gave birth to a baby boy about a month later. She named him John F. Bahn. Elizabeth married Henry Trisel later that year or the next and Henry adopted her son John F. Bahn. Elizabeth is shown as a widow and Henry is shown as her son John F. Bahn’s guardian in Johann Bahn’s Civil War Pension Index. [4] Unfortunately the boy John F. Bahn died in Mercer County in 1876 and is buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery.

Henry and Elizabeth Trisel started their own family and were living and farming in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, at least by 1874, when their daughter Elizabeth Barbara was baptized at Zion Chatt. Henry owned 80 acres of land in Section 29 of Blackcreek Township, a little over a mile northeast of Chatt. His farm was located on what is now route 707, about ½ mile east of route 49, on the north side of the road. The name was spelled Treusal in the 1888 Mercer County plat map.

In the Trisel household in 1880: Henry, 46; Elisabeth, 40; Margret, 11; Jacob, 9; Elisabeth, 6; Augustus, 3. Henry and Elisabeth were born in Germany and their children were born in Ohio. [5]

Henry Trisel died in Blackcreek Township on 15 February 1896, at the age of 61 years, 7 months, and 5 days. His occupation was farmer. [6]

John H Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery. (2016 photo by Karen)

John H Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, north side of stone. (2016 photo by Karen)

In 1900 Elizabeth Trisel, 60, a widow of four years and now the head of the household, lived with her granddaughter Rosa V. Kable, age 9, in Blackcreek Township. They lived next door to Elizabeth’s son Otto and his wife Della. This record indicates that Elizabeth had given birth to 8 children but only five were living. It also indicates that she immigrated in 1862. [7]

In 1910 Elizabeth, 69, still resided with her granddaughter Rosa V. in Blackcreek Township. By this time Rosa was married to Amos B. Bollenbacher, 27, and they had been married a year. This record indicates Elizabeth immigrated in 1854 and that she had given birth to five children but that only three were living. [8] Which census is correct? Census information varies, depending on who provided the information.

According to Zion Chatt’s records Elizabeth Trisel died of a stroke on 2 May 1917 at the age of 76 years, 11 months, and 10 days. She was buried in East Bethel Cemetery on the 4th and the funeral was conducted by Rev. F.G. Reitz. Zion Chatt’s records indicate that she was survived by her children and grandchildren.

Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery. (2016 photo by Karen)

Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, south side of stone. (2016 photo by Karen)

Her Ohio death certificate indicates that Elizabeth died of cerebral apoplexy in Celina on 2 May 1917; that she was 76 years, 11 months, and 9 days old, was a widow, born in Germany on 22 May 1840, and that her maiden name was Feldman. George H. Springer, of Celina, was the informant. She was buried on 4 May. [9]  

Henry and Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn Trisel had the following children:
Jacob (1871-?)
Elizabeth “Barbara” (1874-?), married George H.  Springer
August Jacob (1877-1888)
Margaret (? ), married Geyer
Otto F (1880-1959), married Della Anselman
Maria “Mary” L (1883-?), married William Bauer

John H & Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery. (2016 photo by Karen)

John H & Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery. (2016 photo by Karen)

Henry Trisel, his wife Elizabeth, their son August, and their son Otto F. and his wife Dellie M. are all buried near each other at East Bethel Cemetery.

Trisel tombstones: Henry & Elizabeth, Otto & Dellie, August J, East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

Trisel tombstones: Henry & Elizabeth, Otto & Dellie, August J, East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

 

[1] 1890 U.S. Veterans Schedules, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 178, p.1, line 6, Henry Tricel; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Apr 2016); from NARA microfilm M123, roll 64, Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15.

[2] Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900, compiled by Jordan Dodd; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Mar 2016.

[3] U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865, Historical Data Systems, comp; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Mar 2016).

[4] U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, soldier John Bahn; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Apr 2016); from NARA microfilm T288, roll 16. Note: Henry Frissel listed as guardian of John Bahn and Elizabeth Bahn listed as widow.

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.324C, line 20, Henry Grisel; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Apr 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9 , roll 1048.

[6] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 9 Apr 2016); John H. Trisel, 15 Feb 1896; from Mercer, Ohio, Deaths, Vol. 1-2, p. from FHL microfilm 914954.

[7] 1900 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.9B, dwelling & family 192, Elizabeth Trisel; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Apr 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[8] 1910 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.9B, dwelling 196, family 198, Any B. Bollenbacher; Ancestry.com  (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Apr 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[9] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 9 Apr 2016), Elizabeth Trisel, 2 May 1907; from Celina, Mercer, Ohio, from FHL microfilm 1984014.

Apr 08

More Postmarks from Chattanooga, Ohio

For the longest time I had hoped to see an honest-to-goodness Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark and I finally got to see and photograph one last December. [see: A Chattanooga, Ohio, Postmark , 29 Jan 2016]

But since that time I have seen more Chattanooga, Ohio, postmarks than I ever expected. I found them, and some Chattanooga Post Office receipts, among papers that belonged to my great-grandfather Jacob Miller.

Below is an 1899 registered letter receipt from the Chattanooga, Ohio, post office.

Registered Letter Receipt 1899, Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark.

Registered Letter Receipt 1899, from the post office at Chattanooga, Ohio.

 

I also found the receipts of several postal money orders purchased by Jacob Miller that bear the Chattanooga postmark.

The postal money order receipt below is dated 23 November and what looks like the year 1903. It was for $1.60.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 29 Nov, 190?

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 29 Nov, 190?

The second money order receipt is dated 12 November 1904.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 12 Nov 1904.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 12 Nov 1904.

The third money order receipt is dated 20-something March, but I cannot make out the year or the amount.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated March, 190?.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated March, 190?.

The Post office at Chattanooga, Ohio, also rented boxes. Jacob Miller rented box number 96 and the rental fee was $.10 a year. There is no date on his two box receipts I found but they were both probably from about the same time period as the money orders. These were both signed by Andrew Leistner, Chattanooga’s Postmaster.

Jacob Miller's Chattanooga, Ohio, Post Office box rental receipt.

Jacob Miller’s Chattanooga, Ohio, Post Office box rental receipt.

Jacob Miller's Chattanooga, Ohio, Post Office box rental receipt.

Jacob Miller’s Chattanooga, Ohio, Post Office box rental receipt.

The reverse of the box receipts had the rules and regulations:

Post Office box rules.

Post Office box rules.

 

Apr 05

Tombstone Tuesday–August J. Trisel

August J Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

August J Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of August Jacob Trisel, located in row 8 of East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. This marker is inscribed:

AUGUST
J
Son of
Henry & E.
Trisel
Died
Sept 24
1888
Aged
11Y, 6M, 8D

Augustus “August” Jacob Trisel was born in March of 1877 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, to Henry and Elizabeth (Feldmann) Trisel.

The on-line FamilySearch.org index of the Mercer County, Ohio, probate birth records indicates that August was born 16 May 1877 in Blackcreek Township to Henry and Elizabeth “Fullman” Tressel. [1] However, after looking at the image of the original record on-line I believe the month is March and not May. Zion Chatt’s church records indicate that his mother’s maiden name was Feldmann, not Fullman.

August was enumerated in only one census, the 1880 census, and was enumerated with his family. The Trisel family is indexed as “Grisel” so it took a little time to find them in the 1880 census. In the Trisel household: Henry, 46; Elisabeth, 40; Margret, 11; Jacob, 9; Elisabeth, 6; Augustus, 3. Henry and Elisabeth were born in Germany and their children were born in Ohio. [2]

East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

August Trisel’s death and burial are recorded in Zion Chatt’s records although he is not buried in Zion’s Cemetery. Zion’s minister likely officiated at his funeral and the church record indicates that he was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Trisel, born 10 March 1877. Zion’s records also show that August died 24 September 1888 and was buried in East Bethel Cemetery on the 25th.

August’s death is also recorded in Mercer County probate, recorded as 20 September 1888. This record indicates that he died of an inflammation of the brain and gives his age as 11 years, 11 months, and 6 days. [3]

Trisel tombstones: Henry & Elizabeth, Otto & Dellie, August J, East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

Trisel tombstones: Henry & Elizabeth, Otto & Dellie, August J. East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

August is buried next to his brother Otto Trisel and Otto’s wife Dellie. Their parents Henry and Elizabeth are buried on the other side of Otto and Dellie.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 3 Apr 2016), Augustus Tressel, 16 May 1877; from Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, Births, Vol. 1, p.206; from FHL microfilm 914953.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.324C, line 20, Henry Grisel; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Apr 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9 , roll 1048.

[3] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https:familysearch.org : accessed 3 Apr 2016), Jacob A. Trisel, 20 Sep 1888; from Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, Deaths, Vol. 1-2, p.; from FHL microfilm 914954.

Older posts «

» Newer posts