Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Simmons

This beautiful monument at Clyde's McPherson Cemetery honors the memory of Thomas A. and Elva A. Keefer Simmons. Thomas C. Simmons served in the Ohio 22nd and the Maryland 52nd Infantries during the Civil War, according to the 1890 Veterans Schedules, accessed at Ancestry Library Edition. He died at the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home on May 23, 1929. Mrs. Keefer had died in Michigan on April 17, 1928, while their son Harry Simmons, passed away in Cleveland just a few weeks before the death of his father in 1929.

The tombstone is in the shape of a couch or bench, with pillows for Mother and Father on either side.

A G.A.R. marker and an American flag are found on the right side of the Simmons monument. An obituary for Thomas C. Simmons appeared in the May 25, 1929 issue of the Sandusky Register. At the time of his death, Mr. Simmons was survived by two daughters, a daughter in law, and a grandson.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Museum Day Live! Sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine

Click here to learn how you can obtain free tickets to a museum near you. This annual event is sponsored by the Smithsonian magazine. Several museums on the list are just a short drive for my family!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Sandusky Cement Company Sponsored a Radio Program from Cleveland, Ohio in the 1920s

According to the website of the Cleveland Orchestra, in the 1920s, the Sandusky Cement Company, which had at one time been known as the Medusa Portland Cement Company, sponsored radio programs which featured the Cleveland Orchestra playing from the Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland. The broadcasts were named the "Medusa Period," in honor of the Medusa cement products made by the Sandusky Cement Company. These radio programs brought quality music into the homes of people who may not have ever been able to travel to Cleveland to hear the orchestra in concert. Check out this interesting post at the website of the Cleveland Orchestra. Maybe your grandparents tuned in on their radio!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kelleys Island To Get Historical Marker

Above is an image of Kelleys Island from Google Maps. Read here to learn more about the historical marker which will soon be placed at the site of the former German Reformed Church.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Baptism Record of my Dad and His Sister Alberta

While browsing through church records on Ancestry Library Edition, I came across the database entitled Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Records, 1875-1940. In this record group, I found my father and aunt's baptism records from Zion Lutheran Church in Huron, Ohio from the 1920s. Rev. William R. Lucht was the minister who baptized my dad and his older sister.

My aunt, Alberta Marie Orshoski, was born to Stephen and Emma (Yeager) Orshoski on October 31, 1926, and she was baptized in November of 1926. Her baptismal sponsors were Emma's parents, Andrew Yeager, Sr. and Lena (Piehl) Yeager. My dad, Paul Orshoski,  was born to Stephen and Emma (Yeager) Orshoski on December 1, 1927, and he was baptized on April 1, 1928. His sponsors were Andrew Yeager, Jr. and Dorothy Yeager, the sister and brother of his mother Emma. Alberta's record is number 12 on the image below, and Paul is found at number 17.

Below is a picture of my paternal grandparents and their first three children, Alberta/Bertie, Paul, and baby Wayne, about 1929.

While I did not learn any earth-shattering new information from these baptismal records, it was wonderful to see the record. It is hard for me to imagine this lovely family as being so young, since now all in the picture are deceased. I knew each and every one, and they were special to me, each in their own way.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Plaque Honoring Professor E.L. Moseley at Sandusky High School

This plaque which honors former science teacher Edwin Lincoln Moseley is on display at Sandusky High School. Mr. Moseley, known most often as Professor Moseley, taught science at Sandusky High School from 1889 to 1914. He often took his students out on field trips to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area. In 1914, Professor Moseley was named to the faculty of the Bowling Green Normal College, now Bowling Green State University. One of the earliest buildings on campus at BGSU was named for Professor Moseley.

Professor Edwin L. Moseley was on the science faculty at BGSU from 1914 to 1936. He  passed away on June 6, 1948. He is buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green, Ohio. To learn more about Professor Moseley, see these resources.

An outstanding biography, entitled Edwin Lincoln Moseley : Naturalist, Scientist, Educator, was written by Relda E. Niederhofer and Ronald L. Stuckey in 1998.  Professor Moseley was an amazing individual! After his death, it was learned that Professor Moseley had left a generous amount of money to BGSU, for scholarships for deserving college students at his beloved Bowling Green State University. A concretion which is still located in Sandusky, near Adams Junior High School,  was discovered by Professor Moseley near Mills Creek in 1911.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Oakland Cemetery Bandstand: A Community's Tribute to the Defenders of Our Country

Early this morning I took a look at the bandstand at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. For several decades, a speech is delivered here during the Memorial Day services. Around the top of the bandstand is the phrase:  A Community's Tribute to the Defenders of Our Country. Here is a view of the bandstand from the southwest.

This panel indicates that the bandstand was put in place in 1925.

The flag is at half staff, to honor the memory of the Marines and Sailor who lost their lives in Tennessee recently.