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Friday, December 2, 2016

Ney Primary School - 1940 - 1944

Seated on the floor, L to R: Gene Rupp, Jerry Lee Taylor, Lawrence Stantz, Dalton Strake, Dick Hancock

Second Row on chairs: Mary Rose Singer, Marjery Romas, Richard Schwartzbek, Ann Sims, Joyce Chase, Thelma Timmerman, Mary Romas, Howard Bryce(Byce?)

Third Row: Billy Krone, Charles Hancock, Alford Billow, Roger Lambert, Billy Stauffer, Kathelene Keoppe, James Romas, Annabelle Lambert, Ladona Conbell, Carlton Warner

First Grade Teacher - Miss Taylor    Second Grade Teacher - Miss Ringer

Fourth Row: Alice Miller, Rita Snyder, Rose Mary Rudder, Mary Jane Brunner, Tommy Notestine, Gerald Hanna, Jimmy Lutz, Jr. Miller, John Mack

Fifth/ Top Row: Sharon _?_, Ted Baldwin, Laurence _?_, Mildred _?_, Erma Billow, Betty Ann _?_, Sharon Lee _?_, _?_, Donald _?-, Franklin Straka, Jesse Miller

 First Row on chairs, L to R: Anabell Relyet, Rita Snyder, Kathleen Koeppe, Mary Rose Singer, Thelma Timmerman, Rose Mary Rudder, Colleen Shad, Joyce Chase, __Conwell

Middle Row: Miss Ondrovek, Teacher, Kenneth Franks, Jerry Lee Taylor, Mary Romas, Mary Jane Brunner, Billy Stauffer, Alfred Billow, James Romas, Gene Rupp, Dalton Straka, David Jesse

Top Row: Jimmy Lutz, Ned Deck, Laurence Renzburger, Gerald Hanna, Jerry Streeter, Tommy Notestine, Rodger Lambert, Laurence Stantz, Paul Umbs, Richard Schwarzbek

Missing- Ann Sims and Marjorie Romes  

 First Row, sitting on floor, L to R: Glen Geren, Ronald Byers, Laurence Kunesh, Lenard Ewors

Second Row on chairs: Ruth Shininger, Ann Sims, Joyce Trauter, May Romes, Georgia Barber, Mary Rose Singer, Cleola Shad, Mary Hulbert

Third Row: Sylvester Long, Rita Shininger, Joan Jesse, Thelma Timmerman, Beverly Stauffer, Joyce Chase, Rose Timmerman, Mildred Lutz, Nora Imm

Fourth/ Top Row: Kenneth Balzer, Glen Straka, Jerry Taylor, Laurence Stantz, William Fahy, Paul Umbs, Terry Taylor, Richard Schwarzbek, Francis Schindler

Teacher: Miss Mary Ondrovek  

Any corrections or additions?  Please Comment.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Emanuel Byers - Civl War Soldier Buried in Farmer Cemetery

Member of Hancock Post, Sherwood, OH

The date of Emanuel Byers' birth is a little fuzzy - his tombstone stated October 29, 1839 and someone reported on the 1900 U.S. Federal Census that he was born in February, 1840.  Either way, he started life in Crawford County, the son of George Washington Byers and Mary Homan Byers.  

He enlisted when he was about 22 or 23 years old, on August 15, 1862, in Toledo, into Company F, 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He appeared on the Civil War draft registrations as living in Washington Township in June, 1863,  Emanuel was a farmer, then 25, married, and was in service already, it stated.
He reported in the 1890 Veterans Census that he had been wounded, but no other information could be determined.  A look at his complete pension record would solve that mystery.  He served until the end of the war, mustering out on June 27, 1865, at Salisbury, North Carolina, having served two years, ten months and twelve days.

Emanuel Byers claimed two marriages when asked on the 1910 census, but perhaps there were three. After all, he did report that he was married in the 1863 draft registrations.  Two are well documented, but the earliest is a mystery unless he once lived in Kansas in 1860 with a wife named Rhoda and a child.  That Emanuel Byers was also born in Ohio and was of the correct age, but more evidence would be needed to support that theory.

His marriage to Esther L. Wilson on September 3, 1883 was documented in Defiance County, but apparently, the couple had lived together quite awhile prior to that date.  By the 1880 census, Emanuel Byers, 52 (an age error) lived with Esther, 20, his wife in Steuben County, Indiana.  They had two children: Mirtie B., 4, (meaning the child was born when Esther was about 16) and George E, 2.  Living with them was Rachel Wilson, 18, sister-in-law, and John W. Wilson, 16, brother-in-law.  It was an age difference of about 20 years between husband and wife.  As it turned out, Emanuel had not been completely truthful with his child bride.

In 1897, Esther filed for divorce from Emanuel and the notice appeared in the Defiance Daily Crescent on February 13, telling her story:

In addition, in a companion newspaper article, Esther claimed that Emanuel was extremely cruel and "called her vile names and otherwise abused her...That defendant owns real estate to the value of $500 in Delaware Township and personal property worth $150 and also draws $12 pension per month."  So she requested custody of the youngest child and alimony based on the values stated.

 But, then the pendulum would swing the other way.  It seemed that perhaps neither party was as morally upright as each claimed.  By March 13, 1897, one month later, the cross-complaint of Emanuel Byers against Esther appeared in the Defiance Daily Crescent:

In May, 1897, several papers reported the result of the divorce which was granted on the grounds of adultery.  Judge Hockman heard the case and found for the defendant on his cross-petition, saying, "There were several grounds on which the defendant proved his right to a divorce." (Defiance Daily Crescent, May 8, 1894)

The 1900 census of Delaware Township, Defiance County, showed Emanuel with his next wife, Bertha (Rollins) Byers, his bride of about one year.  Emanuel, 59, and Bertha, 23, had one child - S. Bryan, two months old.  Also with them was Alice, Emanuel's daughter from his first marriage, who was single and 18.  Emanuel worked as a day laborer and owned his own home.

He appeared last on the 1910 census at the age of 69, with Bertha, 36.  Now the son was called Noble N., 10 years old, and a daughter, Elva, was 7.  Emanuel lived on his own income and Bertha worked as a dressmaker at home.  
In 1915, Bertha would suffer two great losses - the death of Emanuel on May 20, 1915, at the age of 75, and the death of her son, Noble, on Christmas Eve, 1915, of an accidental gunshot when he was just 15.  

Emanuel was buried in Farmer Cemetery, while Noble was buried in Sherwood Cemetery.

The Bryan Press printed a short death notice on May 29, 1915 for Emanuel in the news of Farmer:
 "Mr Byers of Sherwood, who recently departed this life, was laid to rest in the Farmer Cemetery, Sunday, May 23."

The Defiance Democrat reported Noble's death on December 30, 1915 on the front page:

Buried in Sherwood Cemetery

 Bertha lived on until 1923, when she died on October 27 at the age of 44 years, 11 months and 26 days.  She was buried in Sherwood with her son.

Buried in Sherwood Cemetery

Monday, November 28, 2016

From the Marckel Scrapbook - Daniel Hane and Catharine Bock

 From the Marckel Scrapbook...


 “Lightning Kills Daniel Hane and Destroys a Barn in North Richland Twp.  Belonging to John Hane
 – Death Was Instantaneous – Barn and Contents Consumed By Flames.

Lightning played and havoc in North Richland township, Monday afternoon and caused the loss of a life and big damage to property.  During the storm which raged yesterday, Daniel Hane was instantly killed by a bolt from the sky and the barn belonging to his father was set on fire and with its contents, consumed by flames.

John Hane was having the threshing of his grain in the field done yesterday.  When the rain came up, all the men hastened to the barn for shelter. D. W. Clemens, proprietor of the Central meat market of this city, was driving along the road near the Hane farm and also went into the barn and had been there only five minutes _  young Hane was killed.  Clemens was standing only a few feet from Hane, talking to him, when the latter turned around to close a window to prevent the rain from coming in the building and was in the act of reaching up to catch hold of the sash when a bolt of lightning struck him.  He fell sideways, striking against Clemens.  On alighting on the floor, he rolled over and was dead. Clemens stooped over the prostrate form and picked it up and in so doing, received a slight shock from the electricity still in the body.  An examination of Hane’s body was made, when for the last time, it dawned upon those in the barn that he was dead.

The remains were carried to the stable, where they were laid on a pile of straw for a short time, when it was discovered that the barn was on fire and the deceased was taken to his home.  Almost instantaneous the flames burst from various parts of the barn and in a few moments the entire building was ablaze.  In the stable were ten horses which were hastily gotten out, some having very close escapes.  A full bred short horned Durham bull and calf were in the building and both perished.  The bull made an effort to escape, and broke the large chains with which it was fastened and the body was found near the door.

There were in the barn besides Daniel Hane at the time he was killed, C. W. Clemens, James Carpenter, __ Engle, William Deepe, Geo. Gilbert, Martin Young and one other person, all of whom but Clemens were knocked down by the shock as were also all the horses in the stable.  Mr. Cameron, of Jewell, examined the body of Daniel Hane which (showed) that he was struck by a direct hit near the temporal and the lightning passed downward along his left side, which is badly discolored and is a peculiar purple color.

The contents of the barn which are destroyed by the fire were fifty bales of hay, unthreshed wheat estimated at between 500 and 600 bushels, two top buggies nearly new, Champion mower new, grain drill and roller, disk harrow, three walking cultivators, two horse cultivators, farm wagon, hay forks, slings and a large amount of rope, set of single harness, two plows, two scrapers and many other articles.  The loss on the barn and contents is estimated at $3000 on which there was $1600 insurance.

Daniel Hane, who met such an untimely death, was eighteen years old and was the son of John Hane.  He was an ambitious and pleasant young man who was very popular with his associates and stood very high in the community.  He was a member of the Tiffin River United Brethern church which he joined last winter.


“Catharine Jane Bock Dies at her Home in East Defiance, 
Was Well Known.

“Death claimed an aged and prominent resident of the county Sunday afternoon when the spirit of Mrs. Catherine Jane Bock, widow of the late Henry Bock, passed into the great beyond.  The deceased had been suffering for some time with stomach trouble, but the exact cause of her death was apoplexy.  She was aged 63 years, 7 months and 28 days.

Mrs. Bock was born in Cleveland, where she grew to womanhood. Shortly after her marriage to John Bock, she and her husband removed to Defiance. This was thirty-seven years ago last May. The purchased a farm in Tiffin township, on which place all their children were born.  Mr. Bock died in August 1877.     

Deceased was the mother of eleven children, all of whom are living except one.  They are Frank, William, John Bock, of Defiance; Fred, now in Tampa, Fla., and Charles of Garrett; Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Ex-Sheriff, W. I. Rath, Mrs. Catherine Hanna, Mrs. John Daubel and Miss Addie Bock, of this city, and Mrs. Charles Hall, of Evansport.  All the children will attend the funeral with the exception of Fred, who cannot arrive here in time.

When quite young, the deceased identified herself with the United Brethern church, and although of late years, she has not been an active worker in the church, yet her Christian worship was in accordance with the doctrines taught by the denomination.  About two years ago, Mrs. Bock removed to this city, she and her unmarried daughter, Addie, making their home in East Defiance near Ottawa avenue.

The funeral occurred Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock from the house and 1 o’clock from St. John’s M. E. church, Tiffin township.  The remains were buried in the cemetery at the church.”

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sherwood High School Basketball - 1917-1918

Boys' Basketball Team - partial identification.
Back row: Harold Rock, Howard Schleiser, Currey__, Morris Miller, Wallace __

Front row: ___, Walter Miller, Charles Holler

Please comment if you can help with identification! 

 Girls' Basketball Team
Top Row - Fern Haver, Arnetta___ , Blanche Ross, Bernice Hammond, Mable Michael
Bottom Row - Grayce Simmons, Leta (?) Bess Harrison, Olive Fraker

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thomas H. Mavis - Civil War Soldiers Buried in Farmer Cemetery

By 1860, the family of Thomas Mavis had changed drastically.  His father, Andrew, had died, and Thomas was the oldest son at home at 17 years old. An older brother, Abraham, who also served in the war, had left home. So Thomas was listed as the farmer in the family which consisted of his mother, Mary, and siblings: George, 14; Robert 12; Andrew, 10; and Ira, 8. It had to be no small task for a seventeen year old.

Yet, just a few years later, in September, 1862, Thomas enlisted at Toledo into Company F, 111th Ohio Infantry.
Several other Farmer boys were in this regiment, including Lew Bowker and Harry Sweet. An active unit, it spent the first year of its three year term in Tennessee, but soon enough were sent on the path to Georgia and all the battles on the way through Atlanta.  Near the end of his term, on June 1, 1865, Thomas was promoted to Corporal.  He mustered out on June 27, 1865, at Salisbury, North Carolina.

Thomas (Huston) Mavis (Huston/Husted was his mother's maiden name) married Agnes Ross in 1863, and together they had nine children, according to their reporting on the censuses.  By 1900, five were living.  Thomas lived in and farmed his whole life in Farmer Township.  He was not yet sixty years old when he died on March 11, 1903.  

Farmer Cemetery

Agnes lived on in their home, but by January 16, 1913, the first note of some problem was found.  The Hicksville Tribune reported in the Farmer social column:

"Agnes Mavis fell last Thursday and injured her head.  Her daughter, Mrs. Newell Snyder and family, will move in with her and take care of her."

By the 1920 census taken in the summer, Agnes, 80, lived with her daughter, Minnie Doud and husband, Neal, and daughter, Gladys, 14.  Minnie was named the guardian of Agnes, an imbecile, noted one paper.  In other words, Agnes had drifted into dementia.  She died that same year on December 17 and was buried with her husband in the Farmer Cemetery.