Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: De Witt Clinton Ruff

According to HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO,  De Witt Clinton Ruff was born on February 12, 1858 in Canada, to Christopher and Emma (Ayling) Ruff. Christopher Ruff moved his family to Sandusky, Ohio, where he was in the furniture and undertaking business for several years. In 1878, De Witt Clinton Ruff became a partner in his father's business. The advertisement below appeared in the January 15, 1890 issue of the Sandusky Register.

After losing the business to a fire in the 1890s, both Christopher and De Witt Clinton Ruff moved to the state of Minnesota. Pictured below is a page from the Ramsey County, Minnesota State Census in 1895. D.W.C. Ruff is residing in St. Paul, Minnesota with his mother, his wife, and a servant. At this time, Mr. Ruff was working as a real estate agent, and his mother was a widow by this time.

The Florida Deaths database at FamilySearch lists the date of death of Dewitt C. Ruff as April 22, 1937, in Duval County, Florida. His remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Using Pinterest to Organize Cemetery Pictures

Though I am an amateur at both blogging and at creating Pinterest Boards, I found images of angels and sculptures from cemeteries around the Sandusky Bay area to created a themed Pinterest Board. The url for this board is:


You could create your own Pinterest boards with your cemetery pictures, and sort them by cemetery, surname, or other themes. Pinterest is also a great tool to use for sorting vintage family photos by surname as well! Happy pinning!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from the Graveyard Rabbit
of Sandusky Bay!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Shopping Saturday: Dye Easter Eggs with Dye from Osberg's Drug Store

In the delightful advertisement above, which appeared in the March 30, 1904 issue of the Sandusky Register, area residents were urged to purchase dyes from Osberg's Drug Store in the Odd Fellows Temple building in Sandusky. There were colors from sky blue to scarlet, all said to be harmless, permanent, and fast!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dr. F.M. Houghtaling, 1871-1940

Though his tombstone lists his birth year as 1871, the death certificate of Dr. Frederick Morrel Houghtaling states that he was born on July 3, 1869. His birthplace was Somerset, New York, and his parents were Irvin and Harriet (Dates) Houghtaling.  Dr. Houghtaling was a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins Medial School. During World War One, Dr. F.M. Houghtaling was a First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps. After the war, Dr. Houghtaling had a medical practice in Huron, Ohio. In 1922, Dr. F.M. Houghtaling was appointed Health Commissioner for the city of Sandusky. In 1926, Dr. Houghtaling became  Health Commissioner of the combined city and county health departments.  Dr. Houghtaling was considered a specialist in public health, and he was very well respected in the community. He was a member of the state and national medical associations, as well as the Erie County Medical Society. After a lengthy illness, Dr. F. M. Houghtaling died at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio on April 17, 1940. He was survived by his wife Mina, and his daughter, Mrs. Richard Feick. An obituary for Dr. Houghtaling appeared in the April 18, 1940 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal. Mrs. Mina (Armstrong) Houghtaling passed away on June 21, 1953. Dr. and Mrs. Houghtaling are buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A medical staff is inscribed on the Houghtaling tombstone, paying tribute Dr. Houghtaling's many years of service in the medical field.

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Death of Well Known Citizen"

Perry G. Walker died in Sandusky, Ohio on April 14, 1907. An obituary for Perry G. Walker appeared in the April 15, 1907 issue of the Sandusky Register. A transcription of the obituary reads:

Death of Well Known Citizen
Perry G. Walker Passed Peacefully Away at His Home Sunday Afternoon

Perry G. Walker, one of Sandusky's pioneer and respected citizens, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his home, 335 Huron Avenue. Death was due to neuralgia of the heart. For many years Mr. Walker's health was very poor, he being afflicted with nervous troubles. Of late years, however, he had been in comparatively good health. He had a slight attack of neuralgia of the heart about a week ago but his physician, Dr. E. Gillard, successfully treated him. Saturday he was up and about his home. Sunday morning, although he did not leave his bed, he seemed entirely free from pain. He did not appear to be suffering and at noon his daughter, Mrs. M. Gallup, went to his room and asked him what he wished for dinner. Later she went up with a light lunch and found him dead in bed.

Mr. Walker was 75 years of age and had resided in this city since comparatively a young man. he was a thorough accountant and often was engaged in settling up estates, giving a great deal of time to work at that character. For a number of years he was also connected with lake marine interests.

Perry G. Walker was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mrs. Minerva Bell Beebe Lindsley, 1803-1888

Minerva Bell was born on May 5, 1803. According to the June 1865 issue of the Firelands Pioneer, she was a daughter of pioneer settler in Perkins Township, Eleizer Bell.  Also in this issue of the Firelands Pioneer, is an interesting story about how Minerva once out-shouted a panther. Minerva Bell and William Beebe were married on September 27, 1818, in Huron County, Ohio. They had a large family of several children. After the death of William Beebe in 1836, Mrs. Minerva Bell Beebe married William Dell Lindsley. Minerva and William D. Lindsley had two children: Alice Lindsley later Mrs. Wheeler, and Solon Lindsley.  Minerva Bell Beebe Lindsley died on April 10, 1888. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.