Tag Archive: Mercer County Ohio

Aug 19

Black Creek’s Black Gold

Pumpjack in Indiana about 4 miles from Chattanooga (2011)

Black gold, devil’s tar, earth oil, flowing gold, fossil oil, rock oil–these were all terms for what we now call petroleum or crude oil that were used in the early part of the 20th century.  Ohio led the nation in oil production for several years around the turn of the century and Mercer County helped make …

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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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Jul 12

Tombstone Tuesday–George & Anna B. Bollenbacher

George & Anna B. Bollenbacher, Liberty (aka Kessler) Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of George and Anna B. Bollenbacher, located in row 7 of Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: George Bollenbacher 1830-1912 Anna B. His Wife 1836-1913 BOLLENBACHER Kessler Cemetery, aka Liberty Cemetery, is about ½ mile from the Indiana state line and about two miles south of Chattanooga, Liberty …

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Apr 01

1916 Mercer County Directory

1916-Mercer-County-Ohio

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 29

Tombstone Tuesday—Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller (1843-1918), Zion Lutheran Mausoleum

This is the mausoleum marker of Jacob Miller, located in the Chattanooga Mausoleum, at the west side of Zion Lutheran Cemetery. The marker is inscribed: JACOB MILLER 1843-1918 I have not been able to locate Jacob’s Ohio death certificate. The only records of his death that I have are the church records, the mausoleum marker, …

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