Mar 11

1900 & 1902 Souvenir Books, District 7 Public School, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana

Some time ago I posted photos of Jacob Miller Jr’s 1897-1898 Wild Cat School Souvenir Book. [See Wild Cat Souvenir Booklet http://www.karenmillerbennett.com/wildcat-school/wild-cat-school-souvenir-booklet/ ]

That was the first School Souvenir Book I had ever seen but just the other day I ran across a copy of two more of these books. Two more souvenir books from a different branch of my family! These two Souvenir Books are dated 1900-1901 and 1902 and they are from the Public School in District 7 of Monroe Township, Allen County, Indiana.

My Grandma Hilda (Scaer) Schumm was born 25 July 1895 near Monroeville, Indiana, and that was the school she attended when she was a little girl, before her family moved to a farm east of Willshire in about 1903.

Willie Scaer (1897-1906) & Hilda M Scaer (1895-1997) c/o John & Lizzie (Schinnerer) Scaer

Willie Scaer (1897-1906) & Hilda M Scaer (1895-1997).

These two Souvenir Books belonged to my Grandma Hilda Schumm. I do not know who has the original booklets but I am grateful to have a copy of them.

The 1900-1901 book was probably printed on very heavy paper and consisted of only a front and a back with two poems on the inside.

Front of 1900-01 Souvenir Book, Public School, District 7, Monroe Twp., Allen Co., Indiana.

Front of 1900-1901 Souvenir Book, Public School, District 7, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana.

Back of 1900-1901 District 7 Monroe Twp., Allen Co., Indiana, Souvenir Book.

Back of 1900-1901 Souvenir Book, Public School, District 7 Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana, Souvenir Book.

Of course the names on the back are of the most interest:

Public School, District No. 7.
Monroe Tp., Allen Co., Indiana,
Emma C. Crabill, Teacher

Pupils:
Carl Schlemmer
Hilda Scaer
Vannie Bell
Lottie Taylor
Lucy Bottenberg
Mary Baker
Ruth Shaffer
George Seigel
Ralph Bowers
Peter Shie
Martha Eling
Herman Hoffman
Jimmie Bell
Verne Shaffer
Adolph Hoffman
Floyd Taylor
Agnes Shie
Charlie Seigel
Hannah Baker
Herman Hoffman
Eva Baker
Lettie Shie
Frank Shie
Lillie Bell
Harley Shaffer
Elsie Stephenson
Lizzie Baker
Otto Hoffman
Rosa Hoffman
Orah Bowers
Gilbert Shaffer
Minnie Eling

J.A. Eling, Director
F.J Young, Co. Supt.
V.L. Shaffer, Trustee

There are two poems on the inside of the book:

Inside of 1900-1901 Monroe Twp School Souvenir Book.

Inside of 1900-1901 District 7 Public School, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana, Souvenir Book.

The 1902 booklet has 12 pages and most of the pages contain poems.

Front & back of 1902 Monroe Twp, Allen Co., Indiana, School Souvenir Book.

Front & back of 1902 District 7 Public School, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana, Souvenir Book.

Below are the names. My grandmother’s name was spelled Scar in this booklet, although the family spelled their name Scaer.

School District No. 7
Monroe Twp., Allen Co., Indiana
1902
Daisy Spaulding
Teacher
School Officers
F.J. Young, Co., Supt.
V.L. Shaffer, Trustee
A. Elling, Director

Pupils:
Minnie Elling
Martha Elling
Adolph Major
Harley Shaffer
Verne Shaffer
Adolph Hoffman
Herman Hoffman
Ruth Shaffer
Carl Schlemmer
Peter Shie
Lilly Bell
Esther Schlemmer
Gilbert Shaffer
Henry Hoffman
Otto Hoffman
Agnes Shie
Hannah Baker
Frank Shie
Glenn Fetters
Lucy Bottenberg
Carl Schlemmer
George Seigel
Mary Major
Hilda Scar
Vannie Bell
Floyd Taylor
Charlie Seigel
Tillie Seigel
James Bell
Ollie Schlemmer
Lottie Taylor

Here are two of the poems contained in the 1902 book:

1902 Monroe Twp. School Souvenir Book.

1902 District 7 Public School, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana, Souvenir Book.

Perhaps one of your ancestors went to school there after the turn of the century.

Mar 08

Tombstone Tuesday–Mary Margaretha (Müller) Hiller

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Mary M. Hiller, located in row 15 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Mary M. Hiller
Died
Sept. 29, 1878
Aged
78 y. 3 m. 20 d.

Maria “Mary” Margaretha Müller was born 4 June 1800 in Rittershausen, Districts Unterfranken and Aschaffenburg, in the Kingdom of Bavaria. She was the daughter of Conrad and Dorothy Müller and Zion Chatt’s records also indicate that she was baptized and confirmed in Rittershausen.

Mary Müller married Erasmus Stump in Bavaria, probably about the year 1828. Note that Stump was sometimes spelled Stumpf in the church records. Erasmus and Mary had three children, Phillip, Catherine, and Gertrude:

Philipp Stump (1829-1917), married Barbara (Geisler) Adam, the widow of Heinrich Adam
Catharina Stump (1830-1902), married August Albers
Gertraud Stump (1832-1846)

Erasmus Stump died in 1838, likely in Bavaria. Later that year his widow Mary (Müller) married John Hiller. John was the son of Johann and Margaretha Hiller, who was born Kingdom of Bavaria in 1805.

The next year, 1839, Johann and Maria Hiller and Mary’s three children from her first marriage immigrated to America. This information was included in Zion Chatt’s records as well as on a passenger arrival card. On the passenger card Johann Hiller was 34 years of age, born in Germany about 1805, and is shown traveling with Margaretha [Mary], Philip, Catharina, and Gertraud. John’s occupation was a weaver and their destination was the U.S. [1]

After their arrival in America the Hillers resided in Butler County, Ohio, for eight years. In about 1847 they moved to Adams County, Indiana, and settled a few miles from Chattanooga, where they attended Zion Lutheran Church.

John and Mary (Müller) Hiller had the following two sons, who were both born in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio:
Jacob (1842-1926), married Martha Sundmacher
Johann “George” (1846-1932), married Caroline Brecheisen; married Catharine Alt

In 1850 the Hillers lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. In their household: John Hiller, 48, a weaver; Margaret, 45; Jacob, 8; and George, 4. [2]

In 1860 the family had a New Corydon, Indiana, post office address and John farmed. In the household: John, 54, Bavaria; Margaret, 60, Bavaria; Jacob, 16, Indiana; George, 15, Indiana. [3]

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

John Hiller died 10 March 1869. After his death his widow Mary lived with their son Jacob and his wife Martha (Sundmacher). Their farm had a New Corydon Post Office and enumerated in the household in 1870: Jacob, 28; Martha, 24; George, 1; John 10/12; George 24; and Margaret [Mary], 69, born in Bavaria. Living next door was Mary’s son from her first marriage, Philip Stump and his family. [4]

Mary Hiller died 24 September 1878, at the age of 78 years, 3 months, and 20 days. She is buried next to her second husband John Hiller.

John and Mary Hiller tombstones, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

John and Mary Hiller tombstones, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

 

 

[1] “United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874,” database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 28 Feb 2016), Johann Hiller, 1839; from FHL microfilm 418239, from NARA Immigration microfilm M334.

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p. 63A, dwelling & family 809, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from NARA microfilm M432, roll 135.

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p. 234, dwelling 1649, family 1629, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 803242, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 242.

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Jefferson Adams, Indiana, p.39B, dwelling 66, family 66, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Feb 2016); from FHL microfilm 545795, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 296.

Mar 04

Charles C. & Edna (Brewster) Abnet

Much of our time during the past few weeks has been spent going through stuff. A lot of stuff. But that also means finding items to research and write about.

Here is a photo that I had never seen before and the names of the people in the photo were written on the back! That is always a very good thing. Even better yet, their relationship to the family was also recorded on the back. What luck!

This is a photo of Charles and Edna (Brewster) Abnet and their son Don Brewster Abnet.

Charles C., Edna, and Don Abnet, c1919.

Charles C., Edna, and Don Abnet, c1919.

Dora “Edna” Brewster was my great-grandaunt. She was the daughter of Daniel Brewster and his second wife Mary Loverda “Love” Bebout. I descend from Daniel and his first wife Sarah Ann Fetters. Daniel and Sarah had four children and I descend from their son Philip.

Sarah (Fetters) Brewster died in 1877 and Daniel married Loverda Bebout in 1878. Daniel and Loverda had six children and Edna was their fifth child, born 6 March 1892 in Adams County, Indiana.

Charles Calvin Abnet and Edna Brewster married 24 October 1918 in Adams County, Indiana. Charles was born 15 November 1879 in Adams County, Indiana, to Jacob and Rebecca (Barr) Abnet. [1]

This was the second marriage for both Charles and Edna. Edna’s first husband was Abe Sprunger. One marriage record indicates that Edna was married after her divorce to Abe Sprunger while another record does not indicate that. I did not find a third marriage record for Edna.

Edna (Brewster) Abnet died in 1967 and her husband Charles died in 1960. They are both buried in Riverside Cemetery, near Geneva, Indiana. [2]

Edna and Charles Abnet’s son Don B., the child in the above photo, was born in 1919 and died in 2007. He married Ruth Ellen Luginbill. [2]

Edna and Charles had another child, Esther Eileen, who married Herman R. Habegger. Esther Eileen passed away in 2015. [2]

This photo and a little bit of research helped me add several more individuals to my family database.

 

[1] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 3 Mar 2016), Charley Calvin Abnet and Dora Edna Brewster, 1918; from Adams, Indiana, Marriages, Vol. K, p.424, from FHL microfilm 2321630.

[2] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 3 Mar 2016); Dora Edna Brewster Abnet memorial #36828806.

Mar 01

Tombstone Tuesday–John Hiller

John Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

John Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John Hiller, located in row 15 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

JOHN HILLER
Died
Mar. 10, 1869
Aged
63 yrs, 10 ms

According to the records of Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, John [Johann] Hiller was born 8 May 1805 to Johann and Margaretha Hiller in Mittelfranken, Kingdom of Bavaria. The town he was born in looks like Markhernizheim in the church records, but that spelling is probably incorrect because I cannot locate a town by that name. John was baptized and confirmed in the town of his birth.

In 1838 John married Maria “Mary” Margaretha (Müller) Stump/Stumpf, who was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria on 4 June 1800 to Conrad and Dorothy Müller. Mary was the widow of Erasmus Stump and had three children from her first marriage–Phillip, Catherine, and Gertrude.

John and Mary Margaretha immigrated to America in 1839, about a year after their marriage. This information was included in Zion Chatt’s records as well as on a passenger arrival card. On their immigration card John Hiller was 34 years of age, born in Germany about 1805, and is shown traveling with Margaretha, Philip, Catharina, and Gertraud. John’s occupation was a weaver and their destination was the U.S. [1]

Johann, Margaretha, Philip, Catharina, & Gertraud Hiller immigration record.

Johann, Margaretha, Philip, Catharina, & Gertraud Hiller immigration record.

After their arrival in America the Hillers resided in Butler County, Ohio, for eight years. They moved to Adams County, Indiana, about 1847, and settled a few miles from Chattanooga, where they attended Zion Lutheran Church.

John and Mary (Müller) Hiller had the following two sons, both of whom were born in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio:
Jacob, (1842-1926), married Martha Sundmacher
Johann “George” (1846-1932), married Caroline Brecheisen; married Catharine Alt

In 1850 the Hillers lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. In the household were John Hiller, 48, a weaver; Margaret, 45; Jacob, 8; and George, 4. [2]

In 1860 the family had a New Corydon, Indiana, post office address and John farmed. In the household was John, 54, Bavaria; Margaret, 60, Bavaria; Jacob, 16, Indiana; George, 15, Indiana. [3]

John Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

John Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

According to Zion Chatt’s records, John Hiller died suddenly on 10 March 1869 of a stroke and apoplexy. He was 63 years, 10 months, and 2 days old.

John is buried next to his wife Mary Margaretha, who died in 1876. Although John’s tombstone is broken, the cemetery was read by the Mercer County Chapter OGS in 1990 and they recorded his death date as it was inscribed on the stone at that time.

John and Mary Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

John and Mary Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

 

[1] “United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874,” database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 28 Feb 2016), Johann Hiller, 1839; from FHL microfilm 418239, from NARA Immigration microfilm M334.

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p. 63A, dwelling & family 809, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from NARA microfilm M432, roll 135.

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p. 234, dwelling 1649, family 1629, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 803242, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 242.

 

Feb 26

1940 Willshire School Bus for Chatt-area Students

How did rural students get to school in 1940? By riding a school bus, just like they do today.

Below is a 1940 photo of students who lived in the Chattanooga, Ohio, area and rode the school bus to the Willshire Public School.

With help, I have been able to identify most of the students in the photo. Perhaps some readers can identify the others.

Willshire School Bus that transported Chatt-area students, 1940.

Chatt-area students by their Willshire school bus, 1940.

Front row: Don Caffee, Robert Bollenbacher, ?, ?, LaVerne “Vernie” Miller, Hamrick girl, ?, ?, ?, Kenny Miller.

Middle row [Zig-zaging up and down this row]: ? [girl], Catherine Miller, Dorothy Jean Leininger [taller girl behind], ? [shorter girl in front], Dorothy White, Emeline “Em” Miller, Marjorie Pifer, ? [boy], Catherine Leininger, Dorothy Carr, Helen Miller, Herb Miller, Twyla Pifer.

Back row: Carl Ripley, Leland Carr, Laverne “Vernie” Stetler, Robert “Bob” Byers, Fern Bollenbacher, Genevieve Baker, Bill Chapman, Dale Caffee.

My dad and several of his brothers and sisters are in the photo—Uncle Vernie, Uncle Kenny, Aunt Helen, Aunt Kate, and Aunt Em. My aunt Helen was a senior that year and my Uncle Kenny was in the first grade. My dad was aged somewhere between them.

Helen (Miller) Linn

Helen (Miller) Linn, Senior in 1940.

Two Miller neighbors rode the bus—brothers Don and Dale Caffee, as well as some names I recognize from Zion Chatt—sisters Catherine and Dorothy Jean Leininger, siblings Leland and Dorothy Carr, and Carl Ripley.

Someone told me that the 1940 school bus seats were not arranged as they are today. Instead there were two long benches down the center of the bus and the riders faced toward the windows. Maybe someone can verify this or correct this information.

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