Tombstone Tuesday–Dorothy Mae Linn

Linn, Dorothy Mae, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Linn, Dorothy Mae, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Dorothy Mae Linn, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

At Rest
Dorothy M. Linn

Dorothy Mae Linn was born 18 August 1927 to Edward H. and Margaret (Laderman) Linn. She was baptized at Zion on 17 September 1927, with Eda Linn and Arvida Bollenbacher as her sponsors.

Dorothy Mae Linn died 7 January 1929, at the age of 1 year, 4 months, and 2 days. She was buried on the 10th and was survived by her parents.

According to the church records her cause of death was spasms brought on by the flu.


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    • Sharon Schaadt Cowen on October 7, 2014 at 9:20 am
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    Hi Karen,

    Eda Linn, Dorothy’s one sponsor, was my mom. She would have been nineteen at the time. I think Arvida is the friend that Mom and others called “Pete”. My memory of this is a bit foggy. Perhaps someone else will know?

    Sharon Schaadt Cowen

    1. Interesting! So nice that the church records give the names of the sponsors. I haven’t researched Arvida, but I wonder if that wasn’t Arvida Purdy, who I remember. Thanks for writing, Sharon.

    • Sharon Schaadt Cowen on October 9, 2014 at 9:06 am
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    I don’t know if Arvida was Arvida Purdy, but I know that “Pete” lived on east side, the Ohio side, of the state line road before it intersects with Ohio’s Oregon road—-South of where Bob and Gladys Stuber lived on the Indiana side and I believe Tom Stuber might still live there now. Her married name was “Pete” Bollenbacher, (45 years away from the community—too many years in between to make me a great memory source!

    I’m also the person who wrote you about the Tin Peddler murder of young Mary Arabelle Secaur. Eric Stephenson now farms my parent’s farm.

    Sharon Schaadt Cowen

    1. I would say this was the Arveda I remember. She was the daughter of Otto and Margaret (Schott) Bollenbacher and married Lawrence Purdy.

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