Karen Bennett

Greetings from the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. Yes, Ohio has its very own Chattanooga, aka Chatt, a small village in west-central Ohio, near the Indiana border. I have been doing family history research for over 20 years and am a Board-Certified genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. My main genealogical interests are family research, cemetery research, and historical and genealogical research of the Chatt area, with a focus on two area Lutheran Churches, both named Zion Lutheran, one in Chatt and the other in Schumm, Ohio. Family names I am researching include Miller, Schumm, Brewster, Rueck, Reid, Headington, Huey, Bryan, Whiteman, Schinnerer, Scaer, Breuninger, Bennett, and a few others. I belong to several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and First Families of Mercer and Van Wert Counties. I am also a retired dental hygienist and our church organist. I hope you enjoy Karen's Chatt.

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1908 Postcard of Willshire School

Today, another picture postcard, dated 1908, a photo of the newly built Willshire Public School. This is a fairly common picture postcard of the school, which was completed in 1901.

Tombstone Tuesday-David Casto

This is the tombstone of David Casto, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

David Casto
died May 10
1847
aged 65 yrs
3 mo & 28 d

1924 Postcard to Rev. Lemuel Rice

cows grazing by a river and says Greetings from Willshire, Ohio. It looks like it could be the banks of the St. Marys River.

The reverse side is postmarked Willshire, Ohio, 11 November 1924, addressed to Rev. and Mrs. Lemuel Rice, Ada, Ohio.

The postcard is from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowen, who write:

Tombstone Tuesday-Rising/Setting Sun Symbol

A rising sun tombstone inscription symbolizes renewed life, new life, eternal life, and the eternal light of heaven.

We Will Never Forget

We will never forget. September 11th, 2001. Nearly every one of us remember where we were and what we were doing 20 years ago