Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Franz J.M. Otto died on March 12, 1909 at his home in Perkins Township. His wife Sophia had preceded him in death in 1886. The Register obituary paid tribute to both Mr. and Mrs. Otto, saying that their lives "were lives of industry, frugality and good will towards God's creatures and their lives and their good deeds will not be forgotten by those who knew them best." Franz J.M. Otto and Sophia Otto were laid to rest in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Their six children were Fredericka, Jennie, Clara, Herman, Franz, and Albert Otto. The tombstone of Franz and Sophia Otto is adorned with two scrolls, above which are the words Mother and Father. A fern is found at the bottom of their tombstone, which has survived so very well over a century after their passing.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Civil War Veteran Charles Cooper is buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. According to an article in the Sandusky Register of March 9, 1939, Charles N. Cooper enlisted in the Army in 1864 when he was still a teenager. He served as a private in Company F, 68th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. For over twenty years, Mr. Cooper made his home at the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Sandusky, Ohio. He died on March 8, 1939, at the age of 90. Mr. Cooper was the last surviving member of the McMeens Post No. 19, Grand Army of the Republic. He was survived by two nephews,Charles and John Gates of Washington, D.C.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Joseph J. Farrell was born in 1862, to Timothy and Jane (Dempsey) Farrell, who were both natives of Ireland. An article in the August 11, 1892 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that Joseph J. Farrell went into business with John Rosino. Farrell and Rosino operated a shoe store on Columbus Avenue in downtown Sandusky. According to Erie County Probate Court Records, on September 14, 1893, Joseph J. Farrell married Catherine Strobel. In 1900 Mr. Farrell's health began to fail, and he and his wife moved to New Mexico, where Mr. Farrell hoped to find his improvement in his health. Joseph J. Farrell died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 3, 1905. He was survived by his wife Catherine, and a son, Desmond Farrell. Mrs. Farrell survived until 1941 after a lengthy illness. She passed away in San Antonio, Texas on May 26, 1941. Both Joseph J. Farrell and Jane (Dempsey) Farrell were laid to rest in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.
A granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Farrell, Dr. Elnora Anne Farrell, was a well respected physician in San Antonio, Texas, where she practiced medicine for over fifty years.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
This charming advertisement from the February 14, 1927 issue of the Sandusky Register, stated that American radiators and Ideal boliers could stop winter at your doorway. With all the snow we have had in Ohio this winter, I would love to find a way to stop winter!
Posted by Dorene from Ohio at 10:43 AM
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Leonard Burton Jorrey, born in 1916, was the son of Bert and Catherine (Winkler) Jorrey. Sadly, he died at the age of two years and four months, on March 1, 1918. His cause of death of muscular rheumatism. Young Leonard B. Jorrey was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Leonard appeared in the Sandusky Register of March 2, 1918. In the year 1918, there were many obituaries in local newspapers, due to the influenza epidemic and the ongoing Great War.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Pictured above are my cousin, Steen Thomas Parker, Jr., my mom, Joyce Parker Orshoski, and my cousin Shelley, little sister of Steen Thomas Parker, Jr. Known as Tom or "Tommy" to the Ohio cousins, Tom died this week following a motorcycle accident. We had many family gatherings back in the 1950s, and the California Parkers would drive across the country to see their extended family in Ohio. We rarely got to see Tom in the past 20 years, but we will miss him, and we treasure the special memories we share. Rest in peace, Tommy.
Posted by Dorene from Ohio at 10:52 AM
Pictured above are my great grandparents, Leroy and Ada Parker, with their car and trailer en route to Florida. For most of their adult lives, Grandma and Grandpa Parker worked the family farm in Perkins Township ,in Erie County, Ohio. During World War Two, the U.S. Government purchased several acres of farmland in Perkins, to make way for a munitions factory for the war effort. During the 1940s, Grandma and Grandpa moved to an apartment in Sandusky, and worked during the summertime as concessionaires with the Concourse Amusement Company. This company operated several rides and attractions at Cedar Point. For many years during the forties, Grandma and Grandpa spent several months of the year in Florida during Cedar Point's off season. My great grandparents adapted to their new situation, and met many wonderful people in the process. They saw so many technological advancements during their lifetimes, including electricity, radio, television, the automobile. I truly admire their strength of character and work ethic, and I'm glad they were able to relax in their later years as "snow birds."