Jun 24

Tombstone Tuesday–John Bausser

John Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

John Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

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

John
Husband of
Polly
Bausser
Born
Apr 11, 1847
Died Apr 11, 1898
BAUSSER

The past two weeks I have featured the Bausser tombstones in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Three Baussers are buried there, John, John’s wife Pauline (1856-1929), and their daughter Marie (1887-1905). Only Pauline’s death and burial were recorded in Zion’s records, recorded as Pauline Grabner Bausser Andress Bollenbacher. Very little is known about John Bausser, not much more than what is inscribed on his tombstone.

In addition to his tombstone, I have found only a couple other records that mention John Bausser–his marriage record, the 1880 census, and a handful of church records that mention him as father.

His surname was spelled Bowsher in the 1880 census. There are Bowshers in Augalize County and I do not know if the Bausser name is a spelling variation of Bowsher.

John Bausser married Pauline Grabner on 22 March 1877 in Auglaize County, Ohio. [1]

John Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

John Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

In 1880 John and Pauline were living near Wapakoneta, in Pusheta Township, Auglaize County. John was enumerated as age 33, born in Württemberg, and Pauline was 25, born in Ohio. They had one child at that time, their son Edward, who was six months old. John was a farmer. There were two others in the household, Frank Rohr, 11, an apprentice; and Stephen Kruse, 21, a servant. [2]

The John Bausser family moved to the Chattanooga, Ohio, area sometime before 1887. There they first attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Township, Pauline’s home church, and later Zion Lutheran Church in Chatt.

Their daughter Marie Bausser was baptized at St. Paul Liberty on 16 October 1887 and confirmed there in 1900. Her siblings Edward and Margaretha Bausser were confirmed at Zion in 1893 and 1896 respectively.

John and Pauline Bausser had four children:

Johann “Edward” (1879- ?) married Belle Rockwood
Maggie L. (c1886-1992) married Gust W. Bollenbacher
Marie (1887-1905)
William “Willie” (1891-1956) married Minnie Foor

John Bausser died 11 April 1898, according to his tombstone. He was 51 years old.

John Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

John Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 June 2014), John Bausser and Polena Grebner, 11 Mar 1877; citing Auglaize, Ohio, Vol. 4, p. 418; from FHL microfilm 963057.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Pusheta, Auglaize County, Ohio, ED 10, p. 478C (stamped), dwelling 50, family 52, John Bowsher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 June 2014); from FHL film 1254993, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 993.

Jun 20

Another Schumm Centenarian

Centenarian: (noun), a person that is 100 years old or older.

Last weekend I attended the 100th birthday celebration for Velma Louise Schumm, the most recent Schumm centenarian. Velma, who turned 100 on 18 June, has lived all of her life near Rockford, in the home where she grew up. She is a life-time member of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm.

Velma Schumm, 100th Birthday Celebration, 14 June 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Velma Schumm, 100th Birthday Celebration, 14 June 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Velma is the daughter of Phillip and Leona Schumm and she is my third cousin once removed. We descend from different immigrant Schumm brothers, the sons of Johann Georg Schumm. Velma descends from Martin and Maria (Pflueger) Schumm, while I descend from Ludwig and Barbara (Pflueger) Schumm. The Schumm brothers married Pflueger sisters and therefore we also have common Pflueger ancestors.

Velma is an accomplished musician and started playing the organ at Zion Lutheran, Schumm, when she was 16. She continued as Zion Schumm’s organist for many years. In fact she played the organ there for my parents’ wedding ceremony in 1950. Velma would always try to attend our Christmas concert at Zion Chatt. Her neighbors, Tim and Vickie, would usually bring her and it was a pleasure to see her there.

Velma knows German and is able to read the Old German Script. Not many people around here are able to read the old Gothic writing and she was gracious enough to help me translate Zion Schumm’s records a few years ago. Velma is familiar with the names of those who attended Zion over the years, which was also very helpful. We spent several Sunday afternoons going over the church records.

Another Sunday afternoon, in 2002, Velma went with my mom and me to Fort Wayne to attend the Pflueger reunion, the descendants of Michael Pflueger. Even though we had never met this side of the family we discovered that we knew several people in common and we enjoyed visiting and sharing information with our Pflueger cousins. In the car, on our way home, the three of us sang some of our favorite hymns. Velma liked to sing as well as play the organ.

Velma always attended the Schumm reunion and she would accompany the Schumm Singers. Velma is also interested in history and I would see her at meetings of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society in Rockford. Over the years she has had to cease many of these activities because of her eyesight.

Velma Schumm at 2010 Schumm Reunion. (2010 photo by Karen)

Velma Schumm at 2010 Schumm Reunion. (2010 photo by Karen)

Rev. Jeffrey Patterson, pastor at Zion Lutheran Schumm, presented Velma with three congratulatory certificates last Saturday, one from Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod; one from Rev. Terry Cripe, President of the Ohio District, Missouri Synod; and the third from Zion Schumm’s congregation.

Velma Schumm, 100th Birthday Celebration, 14 June 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Pastor Patterson reading a certificate for Velma Schumm for her 100th birthday. (2014 photo by Karen)

I would imagine Velma also got a letter from President Obama. My grandma Schumm received a letter from the President when she turned 100.

Velma was the baptismal sponsor for Wilma (Schumm) Schmidt, who was also in attendance at Saturday’s birthday celebration.

Velma is not the only Schumm to attain the title of centenarian. In fact, Velma’s older sister was among those in attendance at last week’s birthday celebration. Yes, Velma’s sister Emma (Schumm) Boerger is 103! Velma’s younger sister Anna Katherine, at age 97, is well on her way to the century mark.

Here are some other Schumm relatives that also reached the age of 100:

  • Karl George Schumm turned 100 in 2013. He and his wife Isabelle have been married 76 years and are the longest married couple in Ohio.
  • Hilda (Scaer) Schumm (1895-1997), my grandmother, lived to be 101. Although her maiden name was Scaer, her grandmother was a Schumm, so she had those Schumm longevity genes in her blood.
  • Estella Rosin Elizabeth (Merkel) Habegger (1909-2010), daughter of Ernest Theodore and Tillie (Schumm) Merkle, wife of Martin D. Habegger.
  • Bessie Schumm (1887-1988), daughter of Ludwig George and Catherine (Bonnewitz) Schumm.
  • Paula Henrietta Buechner (1901-2004), daughter of William and Katherine Magdalena (Schumm) Buechner.
  • Bertha Henrietta Schinnerer (1896-1997), daughter of Rev. Johann Jacob Friedrich and Anna Margaret (Evers) Schinnerer, and wife of Walter Adolph Wier.

Not direct Schumm descendants, but married into the family:

  • Edith Hausling (1888-1990), wife of Rev. Otto Paul Schinnerer.
  • Lena Strubel (1869-1969), wife of August George Bienz.
Velma's, 100th Birthday cake, 14 June 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Velma’s, 100th birthday cake, 14 June 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Happy Birthday to Velma Schumm and congratulations to all the other Schumms who have reached the 100-year milestone.

Jun 17

Tombstone Tuesday–Pauline Grabner Bausser Andress Bollenbacher

Pauline Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Pauline Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Pauline Bausser, located in row one of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

PAULINE BAUSSER
1856-1929

Last week I featured the tombstone of Marie Bausser (1887-1905), daughter of Pauline and John Bausser. These three Baussers are buried in Zion’s cemetery, but only Pauline’s death and burial were recorded in Zion’s records.

Although her tombstone simply reads Pauline Bausser, Pauline’s surname was actually Bollenbacher when she passed away, not Bausser. The church records show her name as Pauline Grabner Bausser Andress Bollenbacher at the time of her death.

Who was Pauline Bausser, aka Pauline Grabner Bausser Andress Bollenbacher? This is Pauline’s story. [1]

Pauline was born just a few miles from Chatt. She was born Pauline Grabner on 18 December 1854 in Liberty Township, the daughter of John and Magdalene “Lena” (Maurer) Grabner. Pauline’s parents were both born in Germany and they immigrated in 1847. The Grabners lived in Section 11 of Liberty Township, about 1 ½ miles east of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Liberty Township. They attended church at St. Paul Lutheran and Pauline was baptized there. [2]

Pauline Grabner married John Bausser on 22 March 1877 in Auglaize County, Ohio. [3] In 1880 John and Pauline were living near Wapakoneta, in Pusheta Township, Auglaize County, Ohio. John was enumerated as age 33, born in Württemberg, and Pauline was 25, born in Ohio. They had one child at that time, their son Edward, who was six months old. [4]

During their marriage John and Pauline had four children:
Johann “Edward” (1879- ?) married Belle Rockwood
Maggie L. (c1886-1992) married Gust W. Bollenbacher
Marie (1887-1905)
William “Willie” (1891-1956) married Minnie Foor

The John Bausser family moved to the Chattanooga area by 1887. They may have lived across the state line in Adams County, Indiana. They first attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Township, Pauline’s home church, and later attended Zion Lutheran in Chatt. Daughter Marie was baptized (in 1887) and confirmed (in 1900)  at St. Paul Liberty. Two of their children were confirmed at Zion, Johann Edward in 1893 and Margaretha in 1896.

Pauline’s husband John died 11 April 1898, according to his tombstone in Zion Chatt’s cemetery. His tombstone also indicates that he was the husband of Polly Bausser.

Pauline, with four young children to care for and support, did not stay single long. According to Zion’s records Pauline Bausser married William Andress on 27 August 1899. Pauline was 45 and William was 46 at the time of their marriage. The record indicates that Pauline was from Adams County, Indiana, which is only a mile from Chattanooga. [5]

In 1900 William and Pauline “Andrews” were living in Liberty Township with their children from their first marriages. The Andress/Andrews children: Freddie, 22; David, 15; Frona, 13, and Clara, 9. The Bausser children: Edward, 20; Maggie, 16; Mary 14; and Willie, 9. Pauline’s four children were listed as William’s step-children. William was a tile maker at that time. [6]

The Andress family moved within the next ten years and in 1910 they were living on Celina-Mendon Pike, near Celina. William was 56 and Pauline 55. They had been married for ten years and the census indicates it was the second marriage for both. Pauline had given birth to four children and three were still living. William was a farmer. [7]

William Andress died sometime between 1910 and 1920 and in 1920 Pauline, at age 65, was a widow once again. In 1920 Pauline “Andrews” was living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her son William Bausser and daughter-in-law Minnie. Pauline was enumerated as “mother” and she was a widow. Her son William was a plumber at a knitting mill. [8]

Pauline’s only living daughter Maggie Bausser still resided near Chattanooga. She had married August “Gust” W. Bollenbacher on 16 March 1902 in Mercer County. [9] Gust W. Bollenbacher was the son of Jacob Bollenbacher (1848-1929), a German immigrant who lived across the state line in Adams County, Indiana. Jacob Bollenbacher was the son of Abraham and Kate (Kuhn) Bollenbacher [10] and was married to Margaret Huffman. [11]

Jacob’s wife, Margaret (Huffman) Bollenbacher, died 7 July 1921. [12] Perhaps Jacob lived with his son Gust and daughter-in-law Maggie after Margaret’s death. Perhaps that was when the widowed in-laws Jacob Bollenbacher and Pauline Bausser Andress formed a relationship and decided to get married.

Pauline Grabner Bausser Andress married Jacob Bollenbacher on 16 December 1926 in Mercer County. He was 78 years of age and she was 74. Their marriage record included a lot of valuable genealogical information: that Jacob had been married once and Pauline had been married twice; that Jacob was born in Germany and Pauline in Liberty Township, Mercer County; that Jacob was the son of Abraham and Kate (Kuhn) Bollenbacher and Pauline was the daughter of John and Laura (Lange) [sic] Grabner; and their birth dates: he on 28 October 1848, she on 8 December 1852. Witnesses to their marriage were their children, who were married to each other, G.W. and Maggie (Bausser) Bollenbacher! [10]

Mercer County marriage record of Jacob Bollenbacher and Polly Andress.

Mercer County marriage record of Jacob Bollenbacher and Polly Andress.

According to Zion Chatt’s records”Pauline Bowser Andres Bollenbacher” died of cancer on 29 December 1928, at the age of 74 years and 12 days. Survivors included two sons and one daughter. Pauline was buried on 1 January 1929 in Zion’s cemetery, in the same row as her daughter Marie, and a just few rows away from her first husband and father of her children, John Bausser. Her tombstone bears the Bausser name and does not mention her other two marriages.

Pauline Bollenbacher's death certificate, FamilySearch.org.

Pauline Bollenbacher’s death certificate, FamilySearch.org.

Jacob Bollenbacher died less than six months later, in late April or early May of 1929. [13] He is buried in Kessler Cemetery, alongside his first wife Margaret (Huffman). They share the same tombstone.

 

[1] Pauline’s surname was spelled several ways in the various records: Graebner, Grabner, and Grapner. In the German alphabet the letters “b” and “p” were often interchanged. For the sake of uniformity I am using the spelling of Grabner in this post.

[2] Familienbuch, St. Paul Liberty Lutheran Church, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Note: The church record gives her date of birth as 18 December 1852, which differs from the date on some of the other records and her grave marker. Most records indicate she was born on the 8th. The name was spelled Graebner in the early church records.

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 June 2014), John Bausser and Polena Grebner, 11 Mar 1877; citing Auglaize, Ohio, Vol. 4, p. 418; from FHL microfilm 963057.

[4] 1880 U.S. Census, Pusheta, Auglaize County, Ohio, ED 10, p. 478C (stamped), dwelling 50, family 52, John Bowsher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 June 2014); from FHL film 1254993, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 993.

[5] The surname was spelled Andress as well as Andrews in various records. I am using Andress as the spelling in this post for uniformity.

[6] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 85, p. 15B, dwelling 290, family 196, William Andrews; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2014); from FHL microfilm 1241304, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

[7] 1910 U.S. Census, Center, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 109, p. 9B, visited no. 205, family 206, William Andrews; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com) (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 June 2014); from FHL film 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624 Roll 1214.

[8] 1920 U.S. Census, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, ward 7, ED 64, p. 23B, house 505, dwelling 529, William Bausser; digital images by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2014), from NARA microfilm T625, roll 421.

[9] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 15 June 2014), Jacob Bollenbacher in entry for Gust W. Bollenbacher and Maggie L. Bausser, 16 Mar 1902; citing Mercer, Ohio, United States, reference p. 332; FHL microfilm 914957.

[10] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 15 June 2014), Jacob Bollenbacher and Polly Grapner Andress, 16 December 1926; citing Mercer, Ohio, United States, Vol. 13: 85; FHL microfilm 002366955. Note: Pauline’s mother was actually Magdaline “Lena” (Maurer), per the church records.

[11] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 15 June 2014), Jacob Bollenbaugh and Margaretta Hoffman, 21 February 1878; citing Mercer, Ohio,, Vol. 4:99; FHL microfilm 914956.

[12] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 15 June 2014), Margaretta Bollenbacher, 7 July 1921; citing Liberty Twp., Mercer, Ohio; from FHL microfilm 1991749.

[13] Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2013, Ancestry.com.

 

Jun 13

Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Chattanooga, Ohio

A few weeks ago I showed some photos of the old Chattanooga Bank building, as seen on Google Earth.

Chatt Bank/Grocery & Chatt Bar. Google Earth, October 2008 photo.

Former Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Chattanooga, Ohio. Google Earth, October 2008 photo.

Yes, among other businesses typical to a thriving small town in the early 20th Century, Chattanooga also had a bank. The Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Chattanooga, Ohio, was located in a brick building, the second building south of the current Chatt Bar. In the 1920s Semon Egger’s Grocery and mortuary was immediately north of the bank, between the bank and the bar.

Part of Chatt Plat Map, c1920s, showing Chatt Bank.

Chattanooga Plat Map, c1920s, showing Chatt Bank.

The old bank  building later housed Heffner’s Grocery, but I remember when it was Bollenbacher’s Grocery in the 1960s. The brick structure was torn down sometime between 2009 and 2010.

I have some old documents from the Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Chattanooga, documents that my grandfather Carl Miller and his family had. Somehow the papers managed to survive all these years and they indicate that Chatt’s bank was in operation in 1917.

My grandfather owned stock in the bank at Chatt, as shown in the certificate below.

Five shares of Capital Stock of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Chattanooga, Ohio, issued to Carl Miller, dated 7 May 1917.

Five shares of Capital Stock of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Chattanooga, Ohio, issued to Carl Miller, dated 7 May 1917.

Stock certificate No. 23 indicates that Carl Miller was the owner of five shares of Capital Stock of the Farmers & Merchants Sate Bank of Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 7 May 1917. Shares were $100 each.

Carl Miller stock certificate, five shares of Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 7 May 1917.

Carl Miller stock certificate, five shares of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 7 May 1917.

Below is a five month promissory note for $50, dated 1 March 1917, due 1 August 1917, at 6% interest. The note was signed by Clara Miller, Christina Miller, and Jakob Müller, R.R. 1, Willshire, Ohio. Jakob and Christina were Carl’s parents and Clara was Carl’s sister.

The stamp indicates the loan was paid off the end of July.

Promissory note dated 1 March 1917, from the Chattanooga Bank.

Promissory note dated 1 March 1917, from the Chattanooga Bank.

The bank at Chatt closed about 1930.

Jun 10

Tombstone Tuesday–Marie Bausser

Marie Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Marie Bausser, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Marie Bausser, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

MARIE BAUSSER
1887-1905

Marie Catharina Bausser was born 29 September of 1887 in Ohio, the daughter of John and Pauline (Grabner/Grapner) Basser.

According to the records of St. Paul Lutheran, Liberty Township, Marie Catharina Bausser was baptized by Rev. Oelkers on 16 October 1887. Her baptismal sponsors were Adam Fender, Heinrich Grabner and Maria Grabner. Marie was confirmed at St. Paul on 3 June 1900.

Sometimes the church records do not seem to give all the information I would like. At least not at first glance. When all the information is not in one particular event entry the other bits of information become very important clues.

Three Baussers are buried at Zion’s cemetery: Marie (1887-1905), Pauline (1856-1929), and John (1847-1898). However, Marie and John’s burials were not recorded in Zion’s records. Pauline’s death and burial was recorded by the minister, but not under the Bausser surname.

The Baussers attended church at St. Paul Liberty Township and Zion Chatt for a period of time and were mentioned a couple times in their church records. Two Bausser children were confirmed at Zion Chatt—Johann Edward in 1893 and Margaretha in 1896. Those records indicate that John was their father. In addition, John Edward Bausser was a baptismal sponsor for Edward Paul Strebel [sic] in 1896 and for Luther Edward Clase in 1899.

John Bausser’s tombstone indicates that he was the husband of Polly, so Pauline Bausser was very likely his wife. John died in 1898 and according to Zion’s records Pauline Bowser married Wilhelm Andres on 27 August 1899. The information fits. A widow with several children remarries.

Armed with that information I located William and “Caroline” Andrews in the 1900 census, living in Liberty Township. Apparently Pauline was called Caroline then, because living in this household, in addition to four Andrews children, were four Bausser children: Edward, 20; Maggie, 16; Mary 14; and Willie, 9. The Bausser children were listed as step-children.

According to the 1900 census, wife and mother Caroline, aka Pauline, had given birth to four children and all four were living. Mary Bausser was age 14 and was born September 1886 in Ohio. Caroline was born December 1854 in Ohio. [1]

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 85, dwelling 290, house 196, p. 15B, William Andrews; digital images by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2014), from FHL microfilm 1241304, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

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