Oct 17

One Old Postcard

An address on an old postcard. A town I had never heard of. Sometimes it only takes one little clue. That’s what it took to help solve this mystery.

The past several weeks my Tombstone Tuesday posts have been about the Schotts, Ladermans, and Linns who are buried in Zion Chatt’s Cemetery.

Mary (Schott) Laderman (1886-1918) died young, leaving her husband and four children. After her death their children went to live with various relatives, but I wondered what happened to her husband William Laderman, who was not buried in Zion’s cemetery with her.

I wondered until last night, when I looked at this old postcard and did a little research.

Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard, from Maggie to Julia Laderman, c1913.

Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard, from Maggie to Julia Laderman, c1913.

I am always on the lookout for old Chattanooga postcards, but unfortunately there aren’t many out there. I signed up to receive notifications from Ebay when anything related to Chattanooga, Ohio, comes up for auction and I get notifications of Chattanooga postcards nearly every day from them. The Chattanooga, Tennessee, that is. Not really what I am looking for. Not even close.

However, I was excited when one of my patients kindly gave me an old Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard last winter after learning I was looking for some. It is not a picture postcard of Chatt, but instead a generic “Greetings from Chattanooga Ohio” card. When he gave it to me I glanced at the note on the back but the names didn’t mean anything to me at the time. The name Laderman did not ring a bell so I never really paid attention to the hand-written note.

Until the other night, when I picked up the old postcard and looked at the name and address again. It was addressed to Julia Laderman in Gibsonburg, Ohio, and it was from Maggie.

Hmmm. Laderman. Maggie. I just wrote about Maggie Laderman, who married Edward Linn. Maggie’s mother, Mary (Schott) Laderman, died young and Maggie was raised by her aunt and uncle. Did Maggie (Laderman) Linn write this?

Miss Julia Laderman
Gibsonburg Ohio

From Maggie
Hellow [sic] Julia, how are you we are all well and hope you are the same Mary was going to come out there and then the baby got sick.


Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard, from Maggie to Julia Laderman, c1913.

Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard, from Maggie to Julia Laderman, c1913.

Who was this Julia Laderman and where was Gibsonburg?

I learned that Gibsonburg is a small town in northern Ohio, in Sandusky County. I searched the 1900 census for Sandusky County and found William Lederman, born October 1880. In the same household was his younger sister Julia Lederman, born April 1895. Both were born in Ohio. [1] That gave me an approximate birth date for both, but I still wasn’t sure if this was the same William Laderman, husband of Mary Schott. But he looked very promising.

William Fredrick Laderman, born 15 October 1880, filled out draft registration cards for both WWI and WWII. William and his wife Marie [Mary] were living on Smith St. in Ft. Wayne in about 1917. William was a fireman at G.E. in Fort Wayne. [2] In 1942 William Laderman, same date of birth, was living in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. This record stated that he was born in Sandusky County, Ohio. [3]

Next I found a birth record for William F. Lederman, which indicated he was born 15 October 1879 to Reinhart and Elisabeth (Burk) Lederman, born in Sandusky County, Ohio. [4]

William married Mary Schott 18 June 1904 in Mercer County, Ohio. [5] They had at least 5 children-Paul, Margaret, Florence, Josephine, and Emma. Florence Estella died in 1910 and was only 1½ years old. She is buried at Zion Chatt.

In 1913-14 William F. and Marie [Mary] Laderman were living at 2016 Nelson St, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was a driller for Thrasher & Herman. [6]

Mary (Schott) Laderman died in 1918 and their children went to live with various relatives. The 1920 censuses shows where the children were living.

In 1920 daughter Margaret was living with her aunt and uncle, Otto and Maggie (Schott) Bollenbacher. Maggie (Schott) Bollenbacher and Margaret’s mother Mary were sisters. [7]

At the same time daughter Josephine was living with her maternal grandparents, Michael & Margaret (Kuehm) Schott. [8]

The two other children, Paul and Emma, were living with their widowed paternal grandfather Reinhart Laderman, in Sandusky, Ohio. [9]

It was in this 1920 census that I learned of their fifth child Emma, born 15 May 1912 in Allen County, Indiana. [10]
William remained in Fort Wayne for a few more years, living at 719 E. Jefferson in 1918 and at 1211 Taylor in 1919. He was a fireman at G.E. during those years. [6]

According to Find a Grave.com, William Laderman died in Mount Pleasant on 10 March 1957, at the age of 76 years, and is buried in Riverside Cemetery there. [11]

There is no postmark on the old postcard so I do not know when it was written. But I can make an educated guess.

I learned that Julia Laderman married Clarence J. Smith on 4 March 1914 in Sandusky. [12] She would have used her maiden of Laderman before 1914, so the card was probably written before then.

Which Maggie wrote the message? Julia’s niece Margaret “Maggie” Laderman, who married Edward Linn? Or Julia’s brother’s sister-in-law, Maggie (Schott) Bollenbacher?

In the message Mary is mentioned with a baby. I assume this may be Mary (Schott) Laderman. Would her daughter Maggie call her by her given name of Mary? Would Maggie Bollenbacher know Julia Laderman from Sandusky, her brother-in-law’s sister?

Or maybe an entirely different Maggie wrote the message…

We may never know who wrote the message, but the town’s name of Gibsonburg gave me a starting point to look for the Laderman family.

Mystery solved, thanks to one old postcard.


[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Madison Twp, Sandusky, Ohio, ED 82, p.173A, dwelling 91, family 91, R. Lederman; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Oct 2014); from FHL microfilm 1241318, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1318.

[2] U.S. WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, Draft Board 3, roll 1503885, William Fredrick Laderman; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Oct 2014). William gave his date of birth as 15 October 1880.

[3] Selective Service Registration Cards, WWII: 4th Registration, Record Group No. 147, William Frederick Laderman; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Oct 2014). William gave his date of birth as 15 October 1880; born in Sandusky Co., OH; current address as 303 N. Main, Mt. Pleasant, MI; employed by Turner Drilling Co, Mr. Pleasant; person who will always know your address: Timothy Fry.

[4] “Ohio Births & Christenings Index 1800-1962,” Wm F Lederman, b. 15 Oct 1879, Washington, Sandusky, Ohio, to Reinhart & Elisabeth Burk Lederman; FamilySearch.org (www.familysearch.org : accessed 15 October 2014); from FHL microfilm 511730.

[5] “Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958,” index, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 16 October 2014), William F. Ladermann and Marie C. Schott, 18 June 1904; citing Mercer County, Ohio, Marriages, Vol. 9, p.20, from FHL microfilm 0914958.

[6] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, from 1913 Fort Wayne, Indiana, City Directory, p. 712, 1914 p. 724, 1918, p.709, 1919, p.721; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Oct 2014).

[7] 1920 U.S. Census, Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, ED 4, p.7B, dwelling 144, family 154, Otto Bollenbacher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Oct 2014); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 420. Maggie is shown as Margurite A. Latterman, 12, niece, born in Ohio.

[8] 1920 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 140, p.3A, dwelling 46, family 46, Michael Schott; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Oct 2014); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418. Josephine Ladderman, 9, granddaughter, born in Indiana.

[9] 1920 U.S. Census, Madison, Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, ED 86, p.9A, dwelling 189, family 189, Rinhart Leaderman; ; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Oct 2014); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1429. Paul Leaderman, 14, grandson, born in Indiana. Emma Leaderman, 7, granddaughter, born in Indiana.

[10] “Indiana Births, 1880-1920,” database on-line, from Index to Birth Records, Indiana WPA, 1938-1940; Allen County, Vol. 3, Book CH-5, p. 99; Ancestry.com (www. Ancestry.com : accessed 15 October 2014).

[11] Find a Grave Memorial #75838601, created by Gravehound Club, added 1 September 2011, William Laderman; buried at Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Co., MI, Block B, Lot 90, Space 5, Spot ID 1920; Find A Grave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 15 October 2014).

[12] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,” index and images, FamilySeach (www.familysearch.org : accessed 15 Oct 2014), Clarence J. Smith and Julia L. Laderman, 4 Mar 1914; citing Sandusky, Ohio, reference V-18, p.40, CN 3911; FHL microfilm 506649. Clarence was 22 and Julia was 18. Julia’s parents were given as Rheinhart & Elizabeth Burk Laderman.


Oct 14

Tombstone Tuesday–Frederick W. & Wilhelmina (Emerich) Schott

Frederick & Wilhelmina Schott, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Frederick & Wilhelmina Schott, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Frederick W. and Wilhelmina (Emerich) Schott, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Frederick W.

Frederick Wilhelm “Fred” Schott was born 17 May 1881 in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, to Michael and Margaret (Kuehm) Schott. He was baptized at Zion Chatt on 26 May 1881 by Rev. AJ Feger and was confirmed at Zion on 10 May 1896 by Rev. Johannes Vollmar.

Fred married Wilhelmina “Minnie” Emerich on 14 May 1905 in Mercer County. [1]

Wilhelmina “Minnie” Emerich was born 15 February 1887 in Mercer County to Philip and Philipine (Fickert) Emerich. Her father Philip died when she was about eleven years old. Minnie was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 31 March 1901 by Rev. RV Schmitt.

Fred Schott died of blood poisoning on 16 March 1936. He was 54 years, 9 months, and 28 days old and was buried on the 19th. Zion’s records indicate he was survived by his parents, wife, 11 children, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 3 grandchildren.

Fred’s wife Minnie died a few years later of a cerebral hemorrhage, on 13 May 1942, at the age of 55 years, 2 months, and 28 days. She was buried on the 16th. Zion’s records indicate she was survived by 11 children, 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.

Fred and Minnie Schott had the following children. Most were baptized and confirmed at Zion Chatt.

Leah Lucille Clementine (1906-1992), married a Smith
Luther “Glenn” (1907-1990), married Hilda Schaadt
Ruth Margaret (1909-2007), married Gerald Edwards
Ralph August (1911-1966), married Idora Marceal Luttman
“Clarence” Frederick Michael Schott (1914-1962)
Ray Albert Schott (1919-1993), married Alice A. Cook
Lorina “Irene” (1920- ), married James D. Herron
Paul Franklin (1922-2014), married Alberta June Nolan
Dale Frederick (1925- ), married Mary
Alfred William Schott (1927-2011), married Barbara L. Matthews
Anna Lee (1928-2001), married Gerald Rupert Schlechte

Fred Schott’s baptism and confirmation records at Zion show his parents were Michael and Margaretha (Kuehm) Schott. However, his Liberty Township birth record shows his parents as Jacob and Rosetta Cramer. The next entry in the Liberty Township birth book is Caroline Schott, born 22 April 1881, whose parents are shown as Michael and Margret (Kuhn) Schott. Apparently the parents’ names were reversed in the probate book. [2]


[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 12 October 2014), Fred W. Schott and Minnie Emerich, 14 May 1905; citing Mercer, Ohio Marriages, Vol. 9:120 ; FHL microfilm 914958.

[2] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 12 October 2014), Fred William Schott, 17 May 1881; citing Liberty Twp, Mercer County, Ohio, unpaginated; FHL microfilm 2367095.

Oct 10

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

I want to thank Shelley Bishop for nominating Karen’s Chatt for the One Lovely Blog Award. It is an honor to be nominated by Shelley, a very talented writer and blogger, whose blog is A Sense of Family. Thank you Shelley!

One Lovely Blog Award nominees are chosen by fellow bloggers to recognize bloggers who share information, stories, thoughts, and ideas.

When nominated a blogger should do the following:

1. Thank the person who nominated them with a link to their blog
2. Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your blog post
3. List seven things about yourself
4. Nominate at least 7 other bloggers you follow and inform them by commenting on their blog.

Here we go. Seven things about myself:

1. I don’t like spiders but I have a very hard time killing them. I usually either avoid them or shove them outside.

2. I can’t swim.

3. I started out as a math major at Bowling Green State University before transferring to Indiana University for Dental Hygiene.

4. Back in the 1960s my best friend Karen and I were folk singers. We called ourselves the 2-Ks and I played guitar while Karen Westerberg played the tambourine. We provided entrainment for local organizations and we even won a few talent contests.

The 2-Ks!

The 2-Ks!

5. I once led a fluoride brush-in at an elementary school somewhere in Indiana while standing in the center of a football field, leading the group with a microphone.

6. I have been our church organist since I was 13 years old but I actually prefer to play the piano.

7. I have implants. (No, not that kind! DENTAL implants.)


Below are several blogs that I regularly read and nominate for the award.

Pam Seavey Schaffner, Digging Down East

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, Always Anxiously Engaged

Linda Woodward Geiger, Musings by Linda

Jana Sloan Broglin, Hookers, Crooks, Kooks, and More

Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist

Michael Lacopo, Hoosier Daddy

Lorine McGinnis Schulze, Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Amy Johnson Crow, No Story Too Small

Amy Coffin, The We Tree Genealogy Blog

Thank you to all the genealogy bloggers who educate and inform us.

Oct 07

Tombstone Tuesday–Dorothy Mae Linn

Linn, Dorothy Mae, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Linn, Dorothy Mae, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Dorothy Mae Linn, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

At Rest
Dorothy M. Linn

Dorothy Mae Linn was born 18 August 1927 to Edward H. and Margaret (Laderman) Linn. She was baptized at Zion on 17 September 1927, with Eda Linn and Arvida Bollenbacher as her sponsors.

Dorothy Mae Linn died 7 January 1929, at the age of 1 year, 4 months, and 2 days. She was buried on the 10th and was survived by her parents.

According to the church records her cause of death was spasms brought on by the flu.

Oct 03

Marathon Madness

Neither the Millers nor the Bennetts are known for their long (or short) distance running ability. Even though a few of my cousins have run marathons and other races, most of us are just not built for running.

That is why we are so proud of our son Jeff. who ran and completed his fifth marathon last weekend. His latest 26.2 mile run was at the first ever Grand Lake Marathon, right here in Celina, and was the first marathon he has run in five years.

Jeff never ran in high school. Instead, he was an offensive lineman on Celina’s football team. He took up running when he was in college and his goal from the beginning was to run the Boston Marathon. But first he had to qualify for the Boston Marathon. He qualified in 2008 and accomplished his Boston Marathon goal in 2009.

Jeff with Boston Marathon medal, 2009.

Jeff with Boston Marathon medal, 2009.

We have been to each marathon Jeff has run, there to support him and cheer him on. And we sure enjoyed that trip to Boston!

Below is a rundown of Jeff’s marathons along with some of my recollections:

October 2007, Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon. TIME: 3:49.
This was Jeff’s first marathon. We started out very early that morning and dropped Jeff off as close as we could to the start of the race. We drove off and found a parking lot to park Jeff’s VW Jetta.

Joe and I have been driving for more years than we like to admit and we have driven many types of cars, but try as we might, we could not get his keys out of the ignition. We looked for a release button. Joe tried moving the shifter. I looked through the owner’s manual. But the keys would not come out. I even called VW support on my cell phone. Support was not helpful at all and I had the feeling they thought we were trying to steal the car. We didn’t want to miss the marathon but we could not leave the car in the lot with the keys in the ignition. Finally, after jiggling and shaking the steering wheel, the keys came out. (We later learned from Jeff that the steering column sometimes locks up and won’t release the keys. He couldn’t have warned us about that before??)

Jeff finished the race just fine but was chilling afterward, possibly from dehydration. On the way home he insisted we turn the car heat up as high as it would go, with the fan going full blast. It was so hot in that car! He was chilling in the back while were sweating up front.

He needed to run the race in 3:10 or less to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Unfortunately he did not qualify in 2007, but there was next year.

2007 Columbus Marathon

2007 Columbus Marathon

October 2008, Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon. TIME: 3:08.
This time Jeff did qualify for Boston, needing a time of 3:10 or less to qualify. It was a very good run for him.

Jeff says that it helps immensely when people are there to cheer the runners on. At Columbus there are people cheering, bands playing, and other entertainment all along the race course. The whole event is very festive. We got to see Jeff run by several times by planning our route and cutting across streets and alleys.

2008 Columbus Marathon. Jeff qualifies for the Boston Marathon!

2008 Columbus Marathon. Jeff qualifies for the Boston Marathon!

April 2009, Boston Marathon, TIME: 3:33.
He made it! Jeff had qualified and was going to run in the Boston Marathon. We went sight-seeing for a day and a half and had the best time. Some of Jeff’s friends even traveled to Boston to take Jeff to a Red Sox game for his birthday and to cheer him on during his run. We all loved Boston! (The cemeteries were my favorite.)

On race day Jeff had to get up in the middle of the night to take the subway and train to the Boston Commons, where he got on a bus that took him to Hopkinton, where the race started. He said it was a rough course but he was encouraged by all the people cheering along the way. Afterward, runners were allowed to ride the train and subway for free and many people stopped to congratulate him and give him a pat on the back. The people of Boston were great.

Jeff finishes the Boston Marathon in 2009.

Jeff finishes the Boston Marathon in 2009.

September 2009, Air Force Marathon, Wright Patterson, Dayton; TIME: 3:30.
We should have left the hotel earlier that morning. When we turned onto the Air Force Base there was a long line of traffic. S L O W moving, stop and go traffic. There were car taillights ahead of us as far as the eye could see. And Jeff needed to get to the starting line ASAP. We got as close as we could to the parking area but time was running out. Jeff dashed out of the car and had to run a long, long way just to get to the start line. Nothing like a little sprint before the marathon even starts.

That day turned out to be hot. (I have learned that runners prefer to run in cool temps.) Parts of the course ran through restricted areas of the base and spectators were not allowed to cheer the runners on in those areas. Jeff recalls that it was lonesome and monotonous in those areas.

2009 Air Force Marathon.

2009 Air Force Marathon.

27 September 2014, Inaugural Grand Lake Marathon, Celina. TIME: 3:59.
Jeff enjoyed running in his home county and running by the lake. It started out cool but warmed up quite a bit by late morning. He appreciated the cheering people and the signs along the way and noticed there are a lot of corn fields in Mercer and Auglaize Counties.

2014 Grand Lake Marathon

2014 Grand Lake Marathon

I also want to congratulate Jeff’s wife Erin, who ran the Grand Lake 10K last Saturday, pushing Chloe in a stroller. They finished in 1:10. Way to go Erin and Chloe! This was Chloe’s first run since she was born, but Chloe was in a race before she was even born, when Erin and Jeff ran the Relay Around Columbus in June 2013.

Erin and Chloe finishing 10K, Grand Lake Marathon, 2014.

Erin and Chloe finishing 10K, Grand Lake Marathon, 2014.

Congrats to Jeff and Erin! We are proud of you both. Jeff said this may be his last marathon. We’ll just have to wait and see.

And kudos to all runners everywhere. Your long hours of training, your determination, endurance, and pain have been rewarded with your individual victories.




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