My paternal grandfather, Estel Shoemaker, Sr., died when my father was only 18 years old so I never had the privilege of knowing him and sharing stories of his childhood. He was born near Peebles, Adams County, Ohio, but when he became an adult he moved to Sabina in Clinton County and it was there that he found not only a job as a moulder, but he also found his bride, Imogene Huffman.
When I was growing up, I can remember well the ship pictured above. It sat in my grandmother's home. Extremely heavy, it was used, I believe, as a doorstop and it was made by my grandfather's hands. A few months ago, my aunt was moving to her new home and she presented me with this priceless gift. Thanks, Aunt Joyce!