1924 Postcard to Rev. Lemuel Rice

Here is a 1924 postcard sent from Willshire, Ohio.

1924 postcard to Rev. Lemuel Rice.

The picture side of the postcard shows 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:

Willshire, Ohio
Nov. 11th 1924
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Rice
This is just to greet you on your annivrsity [sic].
With congratulations and best wishes
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowen

1924 postcard to Rev. Lemuel Rice from Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bowen.

This postcard is particularly interesting because Rev. Lemuel Rice was a Methodist minister in the Duckcreek/Willshire area in the early 1900s. Rev. Rice was mentioned in the Duckcreek Church records that I recently posted here on Karen’s Chatt, when he received a number of individuals into church membership at Willshire in 1908 and 1909. 

The Bowens likely knew Rev. Rice and his family through the church. The 1891 marriage of Joseph Bowen (1863-1937) and Ina M. Denman (1869-1938) was also mentioned in the Duckcreek marriage records.

Lemuel Rice was born in Knox County, Ohio, 20 August 1851, the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Ling) Rice. [1]

Lemuel Rice married Martha Florence Banbury 12 November 1874 in Knox County, married by Rev. Mattison. [2]

In 1880 the Lemuel Rice family live in Marion, Hardin County, Ohio, and in 1900 they lived in Alger, Hardin County, Ohio. Lemuel was a farmer in both enumerations.

Lemuel apparently became a minister between 1900 and 1908, when he is mentioned in the Duckcreek/Willshire church records.

By 1910 the Lemuel Rice family lived in Celina, where he is a Methodist minister. The family lived at 422 Fulton Street and consisted of Lemuel, 58; Florence M, 57; Bernice V, 34, daughter; and Dale R, 18, son. [3]

By 1920 Lemuel and Florence had moved to Ada, Hardin County, Ohio, where they resided at 138 S Johnson with daughter Bernice and her husband Lyman Connor. The family in 1920: Lemuel Rice, 67, head; Martha F Rice, 66, wife; Lyman Conner, 49, son-in-law; Bernice  Conner, 43, daughter.  Lemuel’s occupation was a minister. [4]

Lemuel Rice died at his home in Ada on 10 February 1928. He died from a heart attack at the age of 76 years, 5 months, and 20 days. He was buried on the 13th. [1]

Rev. Lemuel Rice’s obituary:

Ada, Rev. Lemuel Rice
Rev. Lemuel Rice, 76, retired Methodist minister, died at his residence on South Johnson Street, Ada, Friday afternoon, of paralysis.

Funeral services will be held at the M.E. church tomorrow at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Robert Kennedy assisted by Doc. Albert E. Smit. Interment will be at Woodlawn cemetery.

Rev. Rice is survived by two sons and four daughters: Mrs. Lyman Conner, Ada; Mrs. Addie Styles, Akron; Mrs. Barbara Hay, Harrod; Mrs. Arthur Anspach, Ada; Dale Rice, Mentor; and Charles Rice, Lansing, MIch. [5]  

Rev. Lemuel Rice’s wife Martha Florence (Banbury) died 8 Feb 1926.

[1] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” Ada, Hardin County, Rev. Lemuel Rice, 10 Feb 1928; database with images  FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GPFF-9HMT?i=350&cc=1307272&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AXZFW-Y31  : viewed 9 Sep 2021).

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016,” Knox County, Vol. 2, p.567, Lemuel W. Rice & Florence Banbury, 12 Nov 1874; database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-S53N-6G?i=317&cc=1614804&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AXDLF-CX7 : viewed 9 Sep 2021).

[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Celina Ward 1, Mercer, Ohio, ED 117, p.2B, dwelling & family 38, Lemuel Rice; digital image by subscription Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 9 Sep 2021).

[4] 1920 U.S. Census, ED 96, p.1B, dwelling 21, family 25, Lemuel Rives; digital image by subscription Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/ : viewed 9 Sep 2021).

[5] Rev. Lemuel Rice obituary, The Lima Morning Star and Republican-Gazette, Lima, Ohio, p.5, 12 Feb 1928; Newspapers.com, viewed 9 Sep 2021. 

Tombstone Tuesday-Rising/Setting Sun Symbol

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

Rising/Setting Sun Symbol

A setting sun inscription indicates death and the end of the earthly life.

Is this inscription a sunrise or a sunset?

Why not both!

As the setting sun, representing that the earthly life has ended, but as a sunrise, representing the hope and promise of a new beginning in eternal life.

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 when we heard the news that two planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, that a third plane crashed into the Pentagon, and that a fourth plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania.

The images of those terrorist attacks are burned into our memories.

At 8:46 a.m. Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower.

At 9:02 a.m. Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower.

At 9:59 a.m. the South Tower collapsed.

At 10:48 a.m. the North Tower collapsed.

At 9:37 a.m. Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

At 10:03 a.m. Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, southeast of Pittsburgh. 

Tomorrow, the 20th anniversary of September 11, we remember the nearly 3000 people who died that day, as a direct result of the attacks, and we remember and honor the police, firemen, and others who sacrificed their lives to help others that day and in the days that followed.

And, a never-ending thank you to the brave men and women who, after 9-11, voluntarily joined our armed forces to protect us from future attacks.

We must never forget.

We will never forget.

Tombstone Tuesday-Elisabeth (Herzog) Brenner

Elisabeth (Herzog) Brenner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Elizabeth (Herzog) Brenner, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Ehegattinn des
Herin G. J. Brenner
Feb. 22, 1805
Mai. 7, 1875
Alter 70y, 2m, 15t

Elisabeth, wife of Mr. G.J. Brenner, born 22 February 1805, died 7 May 1875, aged 70 years, 2 months, 15 days.

According to the Zion Lutheran Schumm church records Elisabeth Herzog was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, on 22 February 1805. She married John George Brenner in 1840 and they had one son, Johann Gottfried, who was born in 1845. Elisabeth Brenner died 7 May 1875 at noon and was buried on the 11th. As is so often seen in these older records there are some discrepancies, and some dates and ages are a day or so off.

According to Van Wert County marriage records John George Brenner married Elisabeth Herzog in Van Wert County, Ohio on 14 Jan 1840, married by Jacob Harper JP. [1]

The John Brenner family lived in the Willshire/Schumm area in 1850. Their household in 1850: John Brenner, 51, Germany; Elisabeth Brenner, 46, PA; Gottfried Brenner, 5, Ohio; and Cyrus Reed, 8, Ohio. [2] According to Zion Schumm’s records, Cyrus Reid was the foster son of John Brenner. Cyrus died 6 May 1857, at the age of 15 years, 10 months, and 2 days, after getting chilled and developing pneumonia. He was buried on 7 May, buried in row 5 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.   

The John Brenner family in 1860: John Brenner, 62, Wuerttemberg; Elisabeth, 55, PA; Godfrey, 16, OH; and Catharine Airman, 10, OH. The 10-year-old could be Catharine Ehrman/Ehrenman, perhaps another foster child. John Brenner was a farmer.

The John Brenner family in 1870, now living with their son John Gottfried Brenner and his wife of 3 years, Mary (Kreiselmeyer): John, 73; Elizabeth, 65; JC Brenner, 25; and Mary Brenner, 21. [4]

According to her county death record Elisabeth Brenner died of palsy in Willshire Township on 6 May 1875, at the age of 70 years, 2 months, and 1 day. She was born in Pennsylvania and was a housekeeper. [5]

John George and Elisabeth (Herzog) Brenner had one child:
John Gottfried Brenner (1845-1879), married Katharina Maria Margaretha “Mary” Kreiselmeyer

I do not know who Elisabeth’s parents were. And I wonder if Herzog was her maiden name. She married John Brenner in 1840, at the age of 35, I wonder if she may have been a widow who had been married to a Herzog. As always there are unanswered questions…

[1] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” Van Wert Marriages, image 25, John Brenner & Elizabeth Harzogg, 14 Jan 1840; database, FamilySearch.org (https://www.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-S5QF-47?i=24&cc=1614804 : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, dwelling 354, family 373, John Brenner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8054/ : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, dwelling 1073, family 1067, John Bauner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7667/ : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED, dwelling 101, family 102, JC Brenner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/ : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

[5]“Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Van Wert County, Vol. 1, p.102-3, Elisabeth Brenner, 6 May 1875; database with images, FamilySearch.org p.102-3, (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6725-YC?i=224&cc=2128172&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AF6NJ-J4D : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

Wedding Photo Revisted-Mystery Solved!

This past week I received some very good information which answered a question I asked in a blog post several years ago.

The blog post, “A Wedding Celebration,” [1] July 2015, featured a picture postcard which showed an outdoor wedding dinner. The name Wambsganss was written on the photo and it appears the photo was taken about 1920. Those were the only clues I had and I wondered whose wedding it was.

Wedding dinner of Walter Augenstein & Florence Wambsganss, 24 June 1917. 

Thanks to some Karen’s Chatt readers, this week I learned whose wedding celebration it was and when their wedding took place. And a whole lot more.

Thanks to Bob Schumm for reaching out to me and, with the help of his late wife’s family, solving this mystery. They have a definite connection to the photo, as Bob’s late wife was Carolyn Wambsganss, the grandniece of the bride in the above photo.

It turns out that the photo was taken at the wedding dinner of Walter Augenstein and Florence Wambsganss. They were married 24 June 1917 in Van Wert County. The photo was taken at the Wambsganss farm, located just east of St. Thomas Lutheran church and school on German School Road, in Van Wert County.

Armed with this information I was able to add little more to the story.

Walter Frederick Augenstein was born 6 January 1894 in Marion County, Ohio, born to Philipp (1851-1911) and Johanna (Etzler) (1853-1941) Augenstein. Walter was a coil winder, living in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, when he married Florence A. Wambsganss.

The bride, Florence A. Wambsganss, was born 31 December 1894 to Frederick C. (1865-1944) and Emma (Laupee) (1870-1954) Wambsganss. She also lived in Harrison Township, Van Wert County. The couple was married by Aug. F.C. Buuck. [2]

Bob Schumm’s sister-in-law was able to identify a couple people in the photo.

Emma & Fred C. Wambsganss (parents of the bride): 4th & 5th on left side of table.

Emeline & Art Sheets (sister of the groom): 7th & 8th on right side of table.

Lydia (Augenstein) Wambsganss (holding baby): standing in the very back, in the center.

Oscar Wambsganss, (holding baby) & husband of Lydia (Augenstein): standing to Lydia’s left. [3]

The groom’s mother, widow Johanna (Etzler) Augenstein, was still living and was likely in the photo but they were unable to identify her.

Children of Walter & Florence (Wambsganss) Augenstein:
Donald W. Augenstein (1918-1994), married Elda C. Hirsch  
Dale Gilbert Augenstein (1920-2013), married Edna Belle Disler
Marie E. Augenstein (1922-2006), married Walter Ernest Reinking
Kenneth Augenstein

There is another Schumm/Wambsganss connection in addition to Bob and Carolyn (Wambsganss) Schumm. Rev. Alfred Oswald Ferdinand Schumm (1900-1981) married Irma S. Wambsganss (1898-1974). Irma and Florence (the bride in the photo) were sisters.

Not a Schumm connection, but George Wambsganss (1842-1899) married Elizabeth German (1844-1921). George and Elizabeth were Florence Wambsganss’ grandparents. This is probably why this photo postcard was among some German photos I have. 

And, Oscar J. Wambsganss (1890-1942) married Lydia (Augenstein) (1891-1940). Oscar was (bride) Florence Wambsganss’ brother and Lydia was (groom) Walter Augenstein’s sister.

Such great information and so good to have this mystery solved.

A big Thank You to Bob Schumm and his extended family!  

[1] “A Wedding Celebration,” Karen’s Chatt, 10 Jul 2015.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016,” Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 15, p.103, Walter F Augenstein & Florentine M Wambsganss, 24 Jun 1917; database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-67Z5-MR?i=87&cc=1614804 : viewed 2 Sep 2021).

[3] The children Oscar and Lydia (Augenstein) Wambsganss were holding were not their children. Their first child, Clayton Wambsganss, was born June 1918.