Tag Archive: Chattanooga

Oct 28

Recollections of Chattanooga, Ohio, Part 2

Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga. Frame church 1860-1917. (Photo c1912)

The following is the continuation of a narrative written by Rev. Reuben Valentine Smith in 1955. It is his personal account of his experiences as a pastor at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, from 1899-1905. A Busy Preacher I was a very busy person. I had the school on my hands. I preached a German sermon every Sunday morning …

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Jul 15

Morrison Photography, Chattanooga, Ohio

Unidentified photo by Morrison, Chattanooga, Ohio

I am not sure how I acquired this photo nor do I know who the gentleman in the photo is. There is nothing written on the back of the photo to identify him. I do not know when the photo was taken either. Basically, I don’t know a whole lot about this photo. However, there …

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Apr 12

Tombstone Tuesday-Margaretha (Strobel) Miller

Margaretha Strobel Miller (1859-1882) Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga

This is the tombstone of Margaretha Miller, nee Strobel, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: Strobel/Miller Margaretha d/o Johann Strobel & w/o Jacob Miller Died 21 Apr 1882 Aged 23 Y, 3 M, 15 D   The inscription on the weathered stone is now very …

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Apr 01

1916 Mercer County Directory


A few years ago I purchased a 1916 Farm Journal Illustrated Directory of Mercer County, Ohio, on Ebay. It was published by the Wilmer Atkinson Company, publishers of the Farm Journal, from Washington Square, Philadelphia. It contains 208 pages, an alphabetical list of the people living in Mercer County with some information about them, advertisements, …

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Mar 25

Working the Land

Carl Miller, Jacob’s son, planting corn

Most of my ancestors were farmers. They were among those who cleared and worked the land, a difficult but rewarding job that played an important part in the growth of our country. Johann “Jacob” Miller, my great grandfather, emigrated from Bavaria in 1871. On the ship’s passenger list Jacob stated that he was a farmer …

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