Mar 03

Dr. G.R. Hagerman, Physician and Surgeon in Chattanooga, Ohio

Very recently I found yet another envelope with a Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark, dated 2 September 1896.

When I received the envelope I was pleasantly surprised to see that it came with a letter!

The letter and envelope were written on the personal business stationery of Dr. George R. Hagerman, physician and surgeon in Chattanooga, Ohio. I had never heard of this man but he probably lived in Chatt and his medical office could have been right in his house or close by.

Envelope from Dr. G.R. Hagerman, Chattanooga, Ohio, 1896.

The letter to the Adams County, Indiana, Auditor reads:

Office of
G.R. Hagerman, M.D.
Physician & Surgeon
Chattanooga, Ohio, Sept 2nd 1896

To the Commissioners of Adams Co. Ind,

Dear Sirs—I write you my bids to doctor the county poor for Jefferson and Blue-Creek Townships:

Twenty dollars for Jefferson
Thirty for Blue Creek
If any bids lower then these are made you can sell it to me at 1.00 lower than the sum of the lowest bids for the two Townships.

 Yours Very Respct…
Dr. G. R. Hagerman
Chattanooga, Ohio

To Auditor
Please hand this to the Commissioners,

Letter from Dr. G.R. Hagerman, Chattanooga, Ohio, 1896.

The letter was received in Decatur, Indiana, on 3 September. I wonder if he got the bids. He certainly seemed interested in the position.

Back of envelope from Dr. G.R. Hagerman, Chattanooga, Ohio, 1896.

Four years later, in 1900, Dr. Hagerman and his family lived in Liberty Township, Mercer County. In the household was George R, 43; Elizabeth A, 35; Charles W, 15; Edward W, 4; and James F, 1. This census enumeration tells us that George was a physician, born in Ohio in August 1856. He and his wife had been married 18 years and she had given birth to three children, all of whom were living. Their son Charles was a huckster driver. They lived next door to another physician, 46 year-old Price Whaters. Other neighbors included Joseph Markle, Philip Deitsch, John Strabel, Andrew Koch, Philip Koch, John Allmandinger, Fred Heffner, William Betzel, and Simon Riffle. [1]

On the 1900 Chatt plat map Hagermans are shown on lots 12 and 14, in downtown Chatt, on the east side of what is now State Route 49. These buildings were across from what was the Chattanooga Hotel.

Who was Dr. George R Hagerman?

According to his death certificate, George Robinson Hagerman was born 2 August 1856 in Mendon, Ohio, the son of James and Elizabeth Hagerman. [2]

In 1880 George, age 23, was a physician in Mendon, Ohio. He was single and lived in John Heppard’s boarding house. John C. Miller, another physician, also lived in the same boarding house. [3] 

George Hagerman married Elizabeth Luella Dutton on 25 May 1882 in Mercer County, Ohio. [4]

Elizabeth was also from Mercer County, the daughter of James W. and Sarah C. (Grant) Dutton. [5]

George and Elizabeth were living in Chatt in 1900 but by 1910 they had moved to Camden in Lorain County, Ohio. In their household: George R, 59; Elizabeth, 46; and James, 10. [6]

George remained in Lorain County the rest of his life, where he died on 6 June 1939 at the age of 82 years. [2]

His wife Elizabeth (Dutton) died in Port Clinton on 13 May 1941, at the age of 77 years. [5]

George, his wife Elizabeth, and their two young sons are buried in the Mendon Cemetery. Inscribed on the tombstone: Elizabeth L (1864-1941); Wallace E (1889-1902); Charles W (1884-1911); George R (1856-1939). [7]

What an interesting piece of Chattanooga history.


[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 85, p. 10A, dwelling 184, family 189, George R Hagerman; (accessed 2 Mar 2017); FHL microfilm 1241304, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

[2] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” (accessed 2 Mar 2017), Geo Robinson Hagerman, 6 Jun 1939; Camden, Lorain, deaths; FHL microfilm 2023716.

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Mendon, Mercer, Ohio, ED 191, p.535D, dwelling & family 43, George Hagerman; (accessed 2 Mar 2017); FHL microfilm 1255048, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[4] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” (accessed 3 Mar 2017), Geo R Hagerman & Libbie L Dutton, 25 May 1882; Mercer Co Marriages, Vol 5, p.135, FHL microfilm 914956.

[5] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” (accessed 2 Mar 2017), Elizabeth Luella Hagerman, 13 May 1941; Port Clinton, Ottawa deaths; FHL microfilm 2023916.

[6] 1910 U.S. Census, Camden, Lorain, Ohio, ED 101, p.3A, dwelling 67, family 69, George R Hagerman; (accessed 2 Mar 2017); FHL microfilm 1375219, NARA microfilm T624, roll 1206.

[7], George Robinson Hagerman Memorial #64361248.

Feb 28

Tombstone Tuesday–Katharina Elisabeth Byer

Katharine E. Byer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Katherina Byer, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier ruhet
Katharina E
Tochter von
Jasper n. Sophia
Gest. 19 Jan 1888
17 Y, 10 M, 21 T

Translation: Here lies Katharina E, daughter of Casper and Sophia Byer, died 19 January 1888, aged 17 years, 10 months, 21 days.

According to Zion Chatt’s records Katharina/Catharina Elisabetha Byer was born 27 February 1870 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, born to Casper and Sophia (Gugel) Byer. She was likely their second child. Katharina’s father was born in Puschendorf, Bavaria, and her mother was born in Butler County, Ohio. Her parents married 8 August 1867. [1]

Their surname was sometimes spelled Beyer in the church records and Katharina’s father’ s name was sometimes written as Jasper.

Katharina was baptized 3 April 1870 with Henry Becker and Sophia Gugel as her sponsors.

In 1870 the Casper Byer family lived in Blackcreek Township with a Shanes Crossing post office. In the household: Casper, 30; Sophia, 20; Sixtus, 2; and Catherine [Katharina], 3 months. Casper was a farmer and some of their neighbors included Conrad and George Heffner, Fredrick Baker, Fredrick Hardzog, Sixtus Gugel, and John Baker. [2]

There was tragedy in the Byer family in 1872 when Katharina’s mother Sophia (Gugel) and Sophia’s 13 day-old child, Georg Friedrich, died on 10 March 1872. Sophia was only 22 years old.

Katharina’s father Casper married Margaret Kneisel on 9 November 1872 in Auglaize County. Their first child, John Phillip Byer, was born 7 September 1873. [3]

In 1880 the Byer family still lived in Blackcreek Township, now with seven children in the family. The Casper Byer family  in 1880: Jasper, 39; Margret, 31; Sixtus, 11; Catharine, 10; John P., 7; Mary L, 5; Matilda F, 4; Ema C, 2; and Luis, H, 1. [4]

Katharina was confirmed at Zion Chatt on Palm Sunday, 6 April 1884.

Katharina Elisabeth Beyer died 19 January 1888, at the age of 17 years, 10 months, and 21 days. She was buried on the 21st and was laid to rest next to her mother Sophia and her infant brother Georg Friedrich.

[1] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, (accessed 26 Feb 2017), Casper Beyer and Sophia Gugel, 8 Aug 1867; Mercer County, vol. 3-5, FHL microfilm 0914956.

[2] 1870 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, dwelling & family 160, p. 29B, Casper Byre; (accessed 26 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 552742, NARA microfilm M593, roll 1243.

[3] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, (accessed 26 Feb 2017), Jasper Beyer and Margaret Knisel, 9 Nov 1872; Auglaize County, vol. 4-5, FHL microfilm 0963057.

[4] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.323B, dwelling & family 1, line 9, Jasper Byer; (accessed 26 Feb 2017); NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

Feb 24

Another Postcard from Chattanooga, Ohio

Here is another vintage postcard from my small collection of Chattanooga, Ohio, postcards.

This postcard has a Dutch flair with a little girl in wooden shoes and Dutch hat, holding a lady bug. I think of Chatt as a German community. A Dutch community, not so much. It is postmarked from Geneva, 5 November 1913.

Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard, postmarked 1913.

It is a cute postcard, written with a Dutch accent if you read it out loud:

Chust pack you grip undt come to Chattanooga, Ohio, vere ve vill make tings pleasant.

This Chattanooga card is postmarked from Geneva, 5 November 1913.

I was not familiar with the word grip used as a noun, but I learned that the old-fashioned definition of grip is a small bag used for traveling. That makes sense.

I like to try to figure out who either the sender or receiver of these old cards was but I am not going to be able to do that with this postcard.

It is addressed to Mrs. C Howell, 832 N. Washington St., Marion, Indiana. It looks like it was from Ana, who wrote, Thurs. is Mildres (Mildred’s?] birthday. Please tell Mary. Ana

Short and to the point. A woman of few words.

It looks like she also wrote, but erased: Send card. Write.

It is a cute Chattanooga postcard and I am glad to have it in my collection.

Feb 21

Tombstone Tuesday–Caroline (Hoffmann) Hoffmann

Caroline Hoffmann, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2013 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Caroline (Hoffmann) Hoffmann, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Oct. 16, 1823
July 18, 1912
Aged 88 y, 9 m, 2 d

According to Zion Chatt’s Familienbuch Caroline Hoffmann was born 16 October 1823 in Fechingen, the daughter of Jacob and Margaretha (Schmeer) Hoffmann. Caroline married Jacob Hoffmann in Germany in 1846 they had a son Ferdinand, who was born in Germany in 1847. The family came to America in 1849 and settled in Mercer County, Ohio.

According to Zion Chatt’s records Caroline’s parents and her siblings also came to America in 1849. They may have all immigrated together and come directly to Mercer County. They likely knew someone that had already settled in this part of Ohio.

Jacob and Caroline Hoffmann lived in Liberty Township in 1850: Jacob, 34, Caroline, 30, and Antone, 3. All were born in Germany. They were living with Caroline’s parents Jacob and Margaretha. I assume Antone was their son Ferdinand. Jacob and his father-in-law Jacob Hoffmann were both farmers. Some of their neighbors included Christian Kessler, Adam Bollenbacher, John Fisher, and Henry Kuhn. [1]

In 1860 three Hoffmann families lived next door to each other with a Skeels Cross Road post office address. They were Caroline’s parents, Jacob and Margaret; Jacob and Caroline Hoffmann; and Fred and Elizabeth Hoffman, likely Caroline’s brother and his wife. [2]

Caroline’s father Jacob died in 1863 and in 1870 four generations of Hoffmanns were living with son Ferdinand and his family–Jacob, 48; Caroline, 48; Ferdinand [son], 23; Barbara [daughter-in-law], 23; Mary, 1; Caroline, 2 months; and Margaret [Caroline’s mother], 75. Mary and 2-month Caroline were likely Ferdinand’s children. Caroline’s mother Margaret/Margaretha was shown as “infirm,” probably indicating that she was not in good health or unable to get around. Jacob’s occupation was retired farmer. It is also interesting to note that the enumerator indicated that Caroline “lives with son.” Censuses before 1880 usually do not show relationships. [3]

Caroline’s mother Margaretha Hoffmann died in October 1872. Caroline’s husband Jacob Hoffmann died 24 January 1875, at the age of 52 years, 2 months, and 2 days. He is buried two tombstones away from his wife, in the same row.

In 1900 Caroline, at age 79, lived with her son Ferdinand. This census indicates that she had given birth to one child who was still living. [4]

Caroline (Hoffmann) Hoffmann died 18 July 1912, at the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 2 days. She was buried on the 20th. Zion Chatt’s records and her death certificate give her cause of death as gangrene. The church record also indicates that she was survived by Mr. & Mrs. Ferdinand Hoffmann, their descendants, as well as Mrs. Deitsch and August Hoffmann.

Jacob and Caroline (Hoffmann) Hoffmann had one child:
Ferdinand (1847-1929), married Barbara Schott

Interesting that Caroline was a Hoffmann who married a Hoffmann. Caroline’s father was Jacob Hoffmann and she married a Jacob Hoffmann. In some records the name is spelled Hoffman and even Huffman, as it is engraved on their son Ferdinand’s tombstone.


[1] 1850 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, p.286B, dwelling 11, family 12, Jacob Hoffman; (accessed 19 Feb 2017); NARA microfilm M432, roll 710.

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, p.358, dwelling 997, family 1002, Jacob Hoofman; (accessed 20 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 805009, NARA microfilm M653, roll 10098.

[3] 1870 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, p.149A, dwelling 111, family 102, Jacob Hoffman; (accessed 19 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 552742, NARA microfilm M593, roll 1243.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 85, p.9A, dwelling 164, family 169, John Hoffman; (accessed 19 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 1241304, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

Feb 17

A Chattanooga, Ohio, Postcard from Charles Egger

I do not run across many postcards from Chattanooga, Ohio, but I recently found this one, postmarked 25 June 1912 from Rockford.

It is addressed to J.S. Egger, Hornick, Iowa.

1912 postcard from Charles Egger to his father Jacob S. Egger.

The sender, Charles, was writing to his father J.S. Egger:

June 25-12
Rockford, O
Dear Pa,
Will I got the Draft yesterday
I am well and hope you are all the same
Your son, Chas

At one time, around the turn of the century, Chattanooga had its very own post office. It was located in frame building that stood just south of where the Chatt Bar is today. The post office was in Samuel Egger’s Grocery, located on the first floor, while Egger’s Mortuary was located upstairs. Samuel Egger was also the local UCC minister. What an interesting variety of services provided by Rev. Samuel Egger, who lived in Mercer County the rest of his life.

1912 Chattanooga, Ohio, postcard from Charles Egger to his father Jacob S. Egger.

But who was this J.S. Egger that lived in Iowa, the person to whom the postcard was addressed?

In 1910 one Jacob S. Egger and his wife Augusta lived in Willow, Woodbury County, Iowa. They had been married 35 years and their nine children were living with them. One of their children was Charles L, age 25. Jacob S. Egger was born in Ohio and was a farmer. Jacob’s son Charles was born in Iowa and he was a farm hand. It appears the family moved to Iowa shortly after 1880 because son Albert was born in Ohio about 1880 and the next child, daughter Rosa was born in Iowa about 1881. [1]

In 1880 the Jacob S. Egger family lived in Monroe County, Ohio, in 1880, where Jacob S was a carpenter. [2] Son Charles Egger had not been born yet.

Going backward in time a little farther I learned that Jacob S. Egger married Augusta Steinhoff on 30 March 1875 in Monroe County, Ohio. [3]

Jacob S. Egger (1851-1947) and Augusta (Steinhoff) Egger (1856-1941) remained in Woodbury, Iowa, the rest of their lives. They are both buried in German City Cemetery, Holly Springs, Woodbury County, Iowa.

The information about Jacob S. Egger on, which looks like it might be his obituary, indicates that he was survived by, among others, a son Charles and a brother, Rev. Sam Egger, of Van Wert. [4]

So, Rev. Samuel Egger of Chatt and Jacob S. Egger of Iowa were brothers. Charles Egger was likely visiting his uncle Samuel in Chatt when he sent the postcard in 1912.

It appears that Charles Egger never married. Charles was born 1 January 1885 and died in 1961. He is also buried in Germany City Cemetery. His tombstone is simply inscribed Brother Charles L, 1885-1961. [5]

And what was this “Draft” that Charles referred to on the postcard? There was no military draft in 1912. That was not enacted until 18 May 1917, for WWI.

Was Charles referring to an illness? Did he catch a cold or the flu?


[1] 1910 U.S. Census, Willow, Woodbury, Iowa, ED 217, p.9B, dwelling 123, family 126, Jacob S Egger; (accessed 14 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 1374442, NARA microfilm T624, roll 429.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Summit, Monroe, Ohio, ED 132, p.603B, dwelling 50, family 51, Jacob S Egger; (accessed 14 Feb 2017); FHL microfilm 1255050, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1050.

[3] Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993, (accessed 16 Feb 2017); from FamilySearch Ohio Marriages, microfilm 000940297.

[4], (accessed 16 Feb 2017); Augusta Minnie (Steinhoff) Egger memorial no.125760798; Jacob Samuel Egger memorial no. 125762120.  

[5], (accessed 16 Feb 2017); Charles L Egger memorial no.126411700.  



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