Tag Archive: Van Wert

Jul 08

1920–Devastating Hurricane Visits Willshire Vicinity

The Willshire Herald, 2 April 1920

DEVASTATING HURRICANE VISITS WILLSHIRE VICINITY—That was the headline of the Friday, April 2, 1920 edition of The Willshire Herald. It was published less than a week after one of worst tornadoes swept through this part of the country. Why do I have an interest in tornadoes? A while back my mom gave me some old …

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May 06

Here Come the Brides

Elizabeth Scaer, nee Schinnerer

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton was just a week ago and the details of Catherine’s wedding gown were probably the best kept secrets of the entire event. The secrecy surrounding that information could rival that of any of classified military operation. Catherine’s gown was indeed elegant and timelessly beautiful. As soon …

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Mar 22

Tombstone Tuesday—J. J. Schumm

JJ-Schumm

Although the inscription “JJ Schumm” is all that is legible on this tombstone, I believe that this is the grave marker of Johann Jacob Schumm, one of the Schumms who immigrated to America in 1833 from Wuerttemberg. I will show how I arrived at this conclusion by using the church records of Zion Lutheran Church, …

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Mar 15

Tombstone Tuesday – Ed Roesner

North Grove Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of Edward Roesner and his wife Goldie “Helen”, nee Lee. They are buried in Ward 13, Row 7 in North Grove Cemetery, just north of Celina in Mercer County, Ohio. Edward was the subject of the two previous blogs. Edward Roesner was born 27 November 1893 in Van Wert County, Ohio, …

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Mar 05

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Ed Roesner, Brakeman (far left) April 1914

There is a railroad worker in my husband’s family history. Edward Roesner, Joe’s grandfather, worked for the railroad for 46 years, first as a brakeman and later as a crossing watchman. The postcard shown here is dated 2 April 1914 and shows Edward standing at the far left. Edward identified the New York Central steam …

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