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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Jewel Elementary Students - 1920 - 1921


FIRST GRADE: Lee Noffsinger, Thelma Patten, Curtis Patten, Gale Seiple, Ella Kimberly, Richard Patten, Roger Rodocker, Robert Berkebile, Yvonne White, Michael Cleary

SECOND GRADE: Glenadene Warren, Clarence Baker, Lucille Flory, Leroy Seiple, Valeria Peter, Burke Cleary

THIRD GRADE: Virgil Hane, Alva Dickey, James Berkebile, Francis McCabe

FOURTH GRADE: Virginia Warren, Valeria Rath, Marjorie Patten, Laverne Harader, Basil Flory, Harold Kamm, Duane Peter

J. E. DILS, Teacher

FIFTH GRADE: Pearl Baker, Ruth Dunbar, Lelah Noffsinger, James Cleary, Helen Rath, Edwin Seiple, Nelson Kimberly

SIXTH GRADE: Ruth Dils, Joseph Archer, Coy Kamm

SEVENTH GRADE: Valeria Mekus, Hazel Baker, Kenneth Gackel, Wade Patten, Alpha Ott, Henry Noffsinger, Paul Gackel, Roy Hammon, Raymond Hammon, Edmund Minsel

EIGHTH GRADE: Mabel Hane, Katherine Archer, Gertrude Dils, Lee Patten, Clarence Kamm, Irvin Flory, John Berkebile

Monday, October 24, 2016

Play Along With the Defiance Spark Plugs

Defiance Spark Plugs
It appeared that the Defiance Spark Plugs girls' basketball team was an independent team, sponsored by different businesses during the 1930s.  The article below related that they were once the Slocum Realty Girls.  But really, little could be found about them, even though they were considered a premier team in the area and they played all around northwestern Ohio.  

This article was from the Norwalk Reflector Herald of January 31, 1939:

If someone has further information on this team, please comment below or email.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

George H. Discus - G.A.R., Bishop Post

George H. Dicus owned and was president of the Dicus Cooperage Company in Defiance at the turn of the century and beyond.  

George grew up in Paulding County and was found in the 1860 census there with his parents, Burges and Hannah, and siblings, Joshua, Rachel, Henry, and Alonzo.  On December 8, 1863, at about the age of 22, he enlisted in Company C of the 68th Ohio Infantry.  He served 1 year and 8 months until his discharge on July 10, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.

He began his service in Mississippi, but quickly moved on to Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia and eventually participated in the Siege of Atlanta.

After his discharge, he returned home and married Anna Listerman Frick/Freck, a widow, on January 17, 1867.  Her former husband, John, had died at the age of 29, because of wounds received at Vicksburg.  By 1870, the couple had settled in Defiance where George worked as a cooper.  They had children Emmit, Della, and Lola.  Living with them was a boarder, Benjamin Lowe, 17, an apprentice to a wagon maker.

George and Anna left Defiance at some point and returned to Paulding County to take up the farming life.  They were enumerated there in 1880 in Auglaize Township with children: Viola F, 16; Emmett, 12; Emma, 10; Anna, 10; Generva, 8; Bertha, 7; Mary, 4; Tracy, 3; and Henry B., 4 month.  

Perhaps this occupation was not lucrative enough or George decided he was not suited for this life because by 1890, George was listed in Defiance on the Veterans Census. He ran for Second Ward councilman on the Republican ticket in 1892.  

In 1900, the family was settled in at 825 Jackson Street where George indicated his occupation was cooperage manufacturing.  The house was still full of children, including Bertha, 24; Tracy, 21; Henry, 18; Edith, 16; George, 14, and Ellen, 9.   Lydia Cornell, 79, a single boarder, also lived with them.  In a later census, Lydia was identified as an aunt.  

The caption on this photo refers to the Dicus Cooperage Company.  It appeared in the Crescent-News on January 25, 1968.
 Mrs. George Dicus died in 1908 and her obituary appeared in the Crescent-News on August 24, 1908:

 George Dicus lived on until 1921.  In the 1920 census, he lived at 723 Jackson Street with a single daughter, Jenate, 46.  His obituary appeared in the Crescent-News on March 14, 1921:

Both are interred at Riverside Cemetery in Defiance.

More information may be found on George H. Dicus at www.findagrave.com

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Five Ney Residents Killed in Railway Grade Crossing Tragedy

From the Marckel Scrapbook...


The Dead.
Roy H. Moats, of Ney, Cashier, The Ney Banking Co.
Mrs. Roy Moats, of Ney
W. F. Moats, of Ney
Mrs. W. F. Moats, of Ney
Mrs. E. G. Reynolds, of Ney

A great shadow of sadness hangs over the little village of Ney eleven miles north of Defiance, today as the result of five of the citizens of the village having met death Thursday evening, two and a half miles east of Wauseon, when a Wabash freight train struck the car in which they were driving enroute from Toledo to Ney.

The accident occurred at exactly fourteen minutes till six, as the watch worn by Roy Moats stopped at that time.

1920 Buick

The party had been to Toledo on the day and were enroute home.  Crossing the Wabash railroad tracks at Harrison crossing...a stub freight train ran down the closed Buick automobile driven by Mr. Moats.  The engine of the car stalled as it was on the track.  It is said that an orchard obscured the view of the track.

 Roy Moats, 38, Mrs. Roy Moats, 33, wife of Roy Moats, W. F. Moats, 65, father of Roy Moats, Mrs. W. F. Moats, 60, wife of W. F. Moats, met instant death.  Mrs. E. G. Reynolds, 26, who was a member of the automobile party died six hours later in the Wauseon hospital.

Bernard Moats, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Moats, jumped thru the glass window of the car and escaped with slight injuries.  All of the automobile party were from Ney or the immediate vicinity of Ney.

Roy Moats was cashier of the Ney Banking company, which position he has held almost 13 years.  He was a member of the Methodist church at Ney, the Masonic Lodge and K. of P. lodge at Ney, and of Defiance lodge, B. P. O. Elks.  He leaves four children: Wendell, 15, Bernard, 12, MIldred, 8, and Russell, 18 months, who was born on Armistice Day.

Mr. and Mrs. Moats resided on a farm just outside of Ney.  He was highly respected by his fellow townsmen and by the people of the countryside.

This morning, the directors of the Ney Banking company met and adapted resolutions of condolence and respect.  In addition to being cashier of the Ney Bank, he was township treasurer and village treasurer.  He was well known in Defiance.

The remains of the victims of the crossing tragedy were to arrive in Ney this afternoon.  The time of the funeral has not yet been set, but it is expected that it will be held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church at Ney.  

W. F. Moats is survived by a son who resides at Garrett, Ind.  Mrs. Reynolds leaves a husband."

Both are buried at Moats Cemetery, Defiance County, Ohio
 Mrs. Roy (LeRoy) Moats was Jessie Calysta Smith.
For another newspaper article concerning the accident, go to this article on www.findagrave.com, posed by Gene Cooper
Susie, wife of Emory George Reynolds, buried in the Ney Cemetery

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Black Sea School #4, Noble Township, 1915 -1916

Black Sea School
District No. 4
Noble Township
1915 - 1916

Wm. Walker, Dist. Supt.
Chas. Dowe, Clerk
W. W. Heater, County Superintendent

Leorah Dreher, Teacher
First Grade - Dora Lewis

Second Grade - Daniel Singer, Louis Beindorf

Third Grade - Agnes Weaner, Edward Hiler, Jacob Lewis, Gertie Hiler, Fredrick Hiler, Willis Rauth

Fourth Grade - Albert Hiler, Gilbert Ward, Thomas Ward, Carrie Lewis, George Ward, Mable Beindorf

Fifth Grade - None

Sixth Grade - Pearl Beindorf, Aubrey Dreher

Seventh Grade - Gladys Lang, Margaret Weaner, Earnest Kennedy

Seventh Grade (repeated, could be mislabeled and could be 8th grade?) -
Marie Multz, Otto Beindorf, Walter Smith, Donald Smith

"Yesterday's Trails." Vol. II, No. 1, 1983

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Frederick Donze - Civil War Soldier Buried in Farmer Cemetery

He was a member of the Farmer and Bryan G.A.R. posts
From near Paris, France, the Charles and Catherine Donze family immigrated to America and settled in Williams County, Ohio.  In the 1850 census, Charles Domsey (Donze), 33, a tailor, was settled in Brady Township, Williams County.  Catherine, 27, and children: Charles, 6; Friedric, 4; Peter, 2, and Catharine, 2 months were there, along with Lewis Plencom, 17, a shoemaker, and Mary Plencom, 21.  It was possible these were siblings of Catherine Donze, whose maiden name was Planson.

In 1852, Charles Donze was naturalized as an American citizen in Williams County, and by 1860, he and his expanded family had settled in Farmer Township. Frederic, the second son and subject of this story, was listed as only 14 in the 1860 census, but by the next year, he had enlisted in the Union Army.  On September 1, 1861, he enlisted with Company D, 182nd Regiment where he served until the end of the war, mustering out on June 19, 1865.  On the 1890 Veterans Census, he reported his disability as "disease of the stomach."

After returning from the war, he married Lydia Oxenrider in 1870, and they settled in Farmer Township.  Lydia reported on one of the later censuses that she had had ten children, but only six were living by 1910.  Surviving were Sophia, James, Amanda, Stella, Effie and Lee.  Gone by 1910 were Russell, Erma, Gertrude and Eli.

Frederick farmed the rest of his life in Farmer township until his death on July 31, 1911 at the age of 65.
On August 25, 1911, Frederick Donze's obituary appeared in the Bryan Democrat:

"DONZE.  Frederic Donze, the second son of Charles and Catherine Donze, was born May 5, 1846, near Paris, France, and died at his home in Farmer township, Defiance county, Ohio, July 31, 1911, aged 65 years, 2 months and 26 days.  

When about three years old, he came with his parents to the United States and located in Williams county where his childhood was spent.  In September 1861, he enlisted as a private in Co. D, 182d regiment, O.V.I., and served to the end of the war.  He has been a member of the G.A.R. at Bryan and Farmer and a member of the grange since 1898.

April 10, 1870, Frederic Donze and Lydia Oxenrider were united in marriage.  To this union were born ten children, four sons and six daughters; two sons and two daughters have preceded him to the other side.

Mr. Donze is survived by a wife, six children, four grandchildren, five brothers, two sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. H. Williams of the church at Farmer.  Interment in Farmer cemetery."

Frederick's wife, Lydia, lived until 1923.


Lydia, the oldest of five children of James and Christena Oxenrider, was born in Center township, Nov. 22, 1851.  Died at her home in Farmer township, Feb. 23, 1923.  Aged 71 years, 3 months, and 1 day.

April 10, 1870, she united in marriage with Frederick Donze.  To this union were born ten children:  Sophia Ellen, Russell Willard, James Louis, Amanda Anyce, Stella Jane, Effie Catherine, Erma Alverta, Lee Arthur, Gertrude May, and Eli Sterl.  Mrs. Donze devoted her life to her family, she was a good neighbor and a cheerful friend.

For over a half century, she has lived on the home place, having spent all her married life there except a short time when they were building, when they lived in the log house that used to stand just west of George Beerbower's orchard.

Her husband and five children preceeded her to the other side.  She leaves five children: James Donze and Effie Steward of near Montpelier, Amanda Ware and Stella Beerbower of Bryan; and Sophia at home; one brother, J. R. Oxenrider and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Rhoads and Mrs. Ella Hubbel of Bryan.  Four grandchildren and many other friends.

The funeral was held in the home of the deceased Feb. 26 at two P.M., conducted by Rev. C. E. Longbrake, pastor of the Williams Center U.B. church.  Interment in the Farmer cemetery.

The family wishes to thank all who have helped during the sickness and death of their mother.  James Donze, Effie Steward, Amanda Ware, Stella Beerbower, Sophia Donze"

Farmer Cemetery

Monday, October 17, 2016

Old Mark Center School, Mark Township - Two Photos

This photo is undated, but names are written on the back.

Leorah Dreher, Teacher

1. Tilla Breininger
2. Paul Dix
3. Roy Byers
4. Clarence Kissabeth
5. Charley Arend
6. Pauline Routsong
7. Ruth Lovejoy (last row, right side of woman holding child)
8. Goldie Breininger and Catherine
9. Cleo Gessinger
10. Don Dalrymple

11. Gladys Cunningham
12. Blanch Slough
13. Lois Perry
14. Ford Locy
15. Harold Slough
16. Bernard Arend
17. Guy Harader
18. Earl Hopper
19. Emma Perry
20. Marguerite Wagner

21. Doris Courtney
22. Opal Rohn
23. Maxine Routsong
24. Naoma Lovejoy
25. Carmine (?) Wheeler
26. Jessie Kissabeth
27. Mildred Swaysgood (?)
28. Clara Breininger
29. Ella Rohn
30. Johnny Grind (?)

31. E...   Larry
32. Harry Haver
33. Olin Snyder
34. Victor Leech
35. Waldo Keets
36. Blanchie Smith
37. Clarance McCavit
38. Philip Hertel
39. Billy Rohn
40. Jimmie Gessinger

41. Gladys Perry
42. "little Rohn boy"
43. Helen Lang
44. Rholie Kissabeth
45. Cora Dix
46. Raymond Breininger
47. Dale McCavit

The only student identified on this photo was Hildred Ruth Lovejoy, first row, 3rd from left
If you can identify anyone, please comment!