Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
I received so many positive comments about the photograph of my great grandmother's Van Buren Township school students I posted a few days ago, I thought I would post a few more
These photographs are also from a Van Buren Township School in an area that is now the west side of Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio.
In the first photograph, (circa 1905) my grandfather, Leland Norris is seated, front row, second from the left with his arms folded.
In the second photograph, (circa 1909) my grandfather is in the middle row, smack dab in the middle with the hat and a lighter colored shirt. His dear friend, Vera, is seated, second from the left.
In the last photo, (circa 1910) my grandfather is standing, far right. You can see a little "x" that is written on his shoulder.
I wish I could identify some of the other children or the teacher, but so far, I cannot. I love these pictures; not only because I can see my grandfather as we was, but also because they are part of the rich history of my city.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
That is why I love the genealogy community so much. So, my grandmother is my treasure today; along with the community of family history researchers!
Fines of $800 Each Given to Moonshiners
Squire Veasey Gives No Mercy To Still Operators
Stiff Fines of $800 and costs were imposed by Squire Olin - Veasey at Nile Township, against each of the five defendants, Thurman Thompson, Charles Odle, Luther Odle, Charles Clifford, and Harry Beckman, charged with unlawfully manufacturing liquor at a session of court held at the county jail office Tuesday forenoon. The men were ordered held in jail in default of payment of the fines assessed.
The men, except Luther Odle, aged 21 years, of 976 Gay Street, were taken in a raid on a huge moonshine still outfit at Turkey Creek, West Side, by officers early Monday morning, and Luther Odle surrendered to Sheriff Rickey this morning.
All the defendants, except Harry Beckman, young man of 1220 Tenth St., pleaded guilty, but young Beckman strenuously denied having any interest in the whiskey making outfit or of participating in the making of liquor, although he admitted being at the still Sunday night. He told the court that he accompanied Luther Odle to the country in the latter’s auto just for the ride, and asserted he did not know where he was going beforehand. He declared that it was the first time he had ever been down that way and claimed he never before saw a still. He stated he was a mere looker-on and that he did not even taste the liquor.
The testimony of the arresting officers was the only evidence introduced by the state and at the conclusion of the hearing the magistrate made a finding that Beckman was equally as guilty as the others.
Judge A.Z. Blair represented the state and he questioned the defendants at some length concerning their whiskey making operations.
It was established by the questioning that Luther Odle and Thurman Thompson, who lives at ---- Lindell Avenue, were the joint owners of the still and that they had secured it only a short time ago although confessing having another outfit last summer which they declared was stolen from them. Both men said a miner living in this city constructed the still confiscated Monday morning, for them but they had poor memories and were unable to tell the name of the man, declaring they never learned his name. They said they had made but one “run” of liquor from this still.
Charles Odle, who lives near where the still was found, said the others came by his home and invited him to go coon hunting and Clifford, whose home is at Dry Run, denied any connection with the still or of taking any part in making the liquor Sunday night, declaring it was the first time he had been there. He explained his presence at Turkey Creek by saying that he was there visiting his mother and went up to the still on invitation.
The Luther Odle Buick automobile, which was seized by the officers Monday, was turned over to R.S. Prichard by Sheriff Rickey today. Prichard holds a mortgage on the car.
It is understood that no charge will be pressed against Dallas Odle, 17 year old son of Charles Odle, who escaped at the time of the raid.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Today, I confirmed at least one of these stories. Luther and Charles Odle, both cousins of Carrie, were arrested for moonshining on January 24, 1921.
This story appeared in the Portsmouth Daily Times later that day:
Portsmouth Daily Times – January 24, 1921
Sheriff Swoops Down on Still – Four Moonshiners Caught
Two Make Getaway But Officers Say They Were Identified; Plant is Seized
Four men, giving their names as Thurman Thompson, Charles Odle, Charles Clifford, and Harry Beckman were arrested, and two others, said by officers to be Luther Odle and his son, Dallas, Odle, aged 17 years, escaped early Monday morning when Sheriff E.E. Rickey and a squad of officers swooped down on a moonshine liquor plant by a hollow on the Labold land in the wilds of Turkey Creek, West Side.
The raid also resulted in the capture of an immense copper still of 90 gallons capacity, in addition to more than 600 gallons of mash and about six gallons of high proof distilled liquor. The mash was destroyed and the still and liquor were seized, together with a Buick touring car belonging to Luther Odle and brought to the city along with the quartet of prisoners, who were landed in the county jail where they are held to meet charges of unlawfully manufacturing intoxicating liquor.
The still was in operation and the six men were huddled around a fire in the furnace under the cooker when the officers arrived on the scene about two o’clock and took the whiskey makers by surprise. When Sheriff Rickey suddenly slid down a hillside landing right in the midst of the distillers, there was a wild scramble of members of the gang to escape, but officers had been stationed at various points in an effort to cut off all avenue of escape and four of the men were caught.
When searched it developed none of the prisoners were armed except Charles Odle, on whose person a .38 caliber revolver, fully loaded, was found, but in a search of the premises a rifle and a discarded pistol holster were discovered.
From information received by the sheriff, the still had been in operation but a short time, as he visited the place only a few days ago and from all indications then it had been used little, if any, at that time. No one was about at the time and the officer did not disturb the outfit but waited for a more opportune time, which came this morning. It is by far the most complete outfit for the making of liquor which has been taken by local officers since the prohibition law went into effect. The still was equipped with a 30 foot copper coil and a perfect cooling system, fed from a small stream of water.
Thompson, Charles, and Luther Odle are the reputed owners of the still. Clifford and Beckman, who are Dry Run young men, claiming they have no interest in the outfit and just chanced to accompany the others to the camp Sunday night.
Besides Sheriff Rickey and Deputy Harry Dunham, railroad detectives Lee Einspander, Andy Leslie, Robert Reno, and Ehner Pratt participated in the raid.
Tomorrow: The trial of Luther and Charles Odle
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The following short biography of Samuel Swadner appears in the book, "The Centennial History and Biographical Report of the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County, Ohio" published by A.C. Bowen and Company, 1897. It appears on page 1309.
SAMUEL SWADENER, one of the successful farmers of Montgomery county, Ohio, was born in Van Buren township, this county, October 23, 1821, his farm lying in section 4, of the township. He is a son of Henry and Ellen (Suman) Swadener, the former of whom was a native of Maryland. Henry and Ellen Swadener were the parents of nine children, three sons and six daughters, six of whom are still living, as follows: Daniel; Samuel; Sarah, widow of Joseph Brown; Henry; Clarinda, wife of Henry Roussong; and Lavina, wife of Riley Shank.
Henry Swadener was a mechanic, and while yet a young man located in Montgomery county in its early pioneer days, and bought a small farm in Van Buren township. Here he died in 1858, at sixty-nine years of age. His father died in Maryland, The maternal grandfather of Samuel Swadener, Mr. Suman, located in Van Buren township as one of the earliest of the pioneers, and lived here all his life.
Samuel Swadener lived with his parents in Van Buren township until he was twenty-two years of age. He was married, February 11, 1847, to Miss Caroline Roussong, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Flook) Roussong. To this marriage there have been born seven children, three sons and four daughters, five of whom are now living, as follows: Michael J., Frances G., Ida Belle, Margaret A., and Samuel C. Those that died were named William H. and Julia A. Michael J. married Miss Joanna Miller, by whom he has one child living, Royal. Frances G. married William Cress; they have two children, Clarence E. and Edna May. Ida Belle married Perry Saylor; they also have two children, Goldie May and Samuel Roscoe. Margaret A. married Joseph Saylor, and they have two children Otho and Clifford. Samuel C. married Miss Elnora Michaels, and they have one child, Harry LeRoy.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Swadener are members of the German Reformed church, and in politics Mr. Swadener is a democrat. He is a most industrious and prosperous man, owning a farm of 100 acres, which is well improved. He has lived in Van Buren township during his entire life, a period of seventy-five years. His wife’s people came to Montgomery county from Maryland in the early pioneer days, and settled in Van Buren township, where they have always been held in high esteem. They have contributed largely to the growth and prosperity of the county, and have done well their part in life. Too much cannot be said in honor of the pioneer settlers of Ohio, who laid well the foundations of the commonwealth, which now deservedly claims so proud a place in the long list of great states of the Union
Saturday, January 23, 2010
HISTORY OF CLINTON COUNTY.
BY THOMPSON DOUGLASS.
Mrs. Catharine Jacks came into the township in 1818. She was born in Woodford County, Ky., March 15, 1795, and died in Richland Township June 25, 1880. She was the daughter of Timothy and Betsey (Hoblit) Bennett, who moved to Warren County in 1800, and to Clinton County in 1801, where they located on a farm east of Wilmington. Catharine married Joseph Doan in September, 1813, and moved with him to Indiana, where they remained until 1818, when they came to Richland Township, settling on the McClintock farm where Mr. Doan died September 2, 1825, leaving seven children. On the 7th of May, 1826, Mrs. Doan married Elkanah Jacks, by whom she had five children. Her first husband came to Richland Township from North Carolina in 1810.
Union Township-Timothy Bennet is credited with being the first to locate a home within the limits of what is now Union Township, having settled east of the site of Wilmington in the month of March, 1801. No other family arrived for over two years, or until the fall of 1803, when George Haworth became the second settler in the township.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
8/21/1874: People vs. George Anschutz on complaint of Ernest Hellmund, assault and battery. Defendant discharged and case dismissed at complaintants cost.
8/7/1878: Almost a tragedy in Scales Mound. On Saturday evening last, a shoemaker by the name of Klenke, residing at S M, while under the influence of liquor, fired a revolver at Dr. Heiman, of that village, who was seated on a beer keg in from of Henry Wigley's saloon, directly opposite Klenke's house, in front of which the latter was standing at the time of the firing. The ball fortunately missed Heiman, and breaking a hole in the window, but a few inches from his head, passed through the building and lodged in the back door. Klenke was arrested and brought to Galena, remaining in the custody of Sheriff Barner over Sunday. On Monday morning he was taken back to SM and was examined before Esquire Moore who fined the defendant $10. and costs.
8/7/1878: The Scales Mound Shooting Affair. Mr. Henry Klenke was not the offending party in the SM shooting affray, as inadvertently stated in our report of the affair in yesterday's Gazette. Dr. Helmunt was the man who did the shooting, firing his revolver, while in a state of intoxication, at Mr. Klenke, who was lying on the ground in his front yard on the opposite side of the street. The ball passed through a window and out of the open door in the back part of the house, grazing the casing somewhat in making its exit. Helmunt was arrested and taken before Esquire Adams, who fined him $10. and costs, in default of which he was lodged in the jail at this city. He was released at noon today, and was immediately rearrested on a peace warrant sworn out by Mr. Klenke. The case comes up before Esquire Metzger at 2 o'clock this afternoon, and after hearing the witnesses on both sides, his honor placed the defendant under bonds to the amount of $200, to keep the peace for three months. Mr. Klenke is a quiet, temperate citizen of SM, while the defendant, Helmunt is said to be quarrlesome and reckless under the influence of liquor. The latter had been drinking hard of late, having come into the possession of considerable money through the death of a nearer relative in Germany. He is a well educated, intelligent man, and when sober, is said to be a peacable citizen.
It is interesting to note that the final article describes Ernest as a "well-educated, intelligent man" and also that he had come into a considerable amount of money through the death of a relative in Germany.
The tombstone pictured today is that of Maria Friderick Phillipine Smith Hellmund and that of her children Joseph Frederick and Eliza. I have learned very little about Maria, other than the fact that she was either pregnant with or gave birth to her son, August, while on the sea voyage to the United States in September, 1860. I don't know where they landed or how they came to settle in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. On one of my early ventures using a message board, I discovered a listing for Maria in the Citizens Cemetery, or the Scales Mound Cemetery as it is now called. Thanks to a wonderful volunteer, I was given several pictures of the tombstone and the surrounding cemetery. According to the stone and the cemetery record, Ernest and Maria's daughter, Eliza, died on August 29, 1872 at the age of only 3 months old. Maria soon followed her in death on September 12, 1872. The family must have been grieving terribly already and then Joseph Frederick died on November 28, 1872. I have been unable to discover the cause of any of their deaths, but it is possible there was some type of epidemic in the area at that time. Records for the Scales Mound area for this time period are difficult to come by.
I will share more about the Ernest Hellmund family story in my next post.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Margaret E. McBride was born on 4 April, 1871 in Pennsylvania to William M. McBride and Martha A. (maiden name unknown). She married Ralph Elliott Marling on 4 July, 1895 in Columbus, Ohio. She was beautiful. She had two children, Chester Wilson, born on 17 December, 1896 and Gladys Margaret (my maternal grandmother), born 2 December, 1900.
After her death, her parents do not appear on any Ohio census records. Her brother married and according to the 1910 US Census records, he was living in Braddock Borough, Allegheny County, PA with his wife, Frances, and their daughter, Edrice. He was an accounting clerk with the railroad. By 1920, his wife and two daughters were living in Columbus and Frances was a widow. Luckily, the name Edrice McBride was not a common one, and I have been able to discover information about the life of my first cousin twice removed. She married a gentleman by the name of Theodore Byrle Taylor and they had two children, both now deceased. I have been unable to contact any of her grandchildren, although I do know their names. I have photographs (thanks to findagrave.com) of her gravesite and that of her mother, Frances.
Friday, January 15, 2010
When I was young, my grandparents had a small Bible that sat on a table in their living room. It was, and still remains, one of the most unusual Bibles I have ever seen. It had a gold-colored, metal cover with raised lettering. Inside, my grandmother had lovingly filled in the names and birthdates of her children and grandchildren. There were a few other pages filled in, one of those being the "Marriages" page. In pencil was written, "Henry M. Routsong and Clerinda Swadner was married March 27, 1851 by Reverend D. Winters." I have no idea in whose handwriting the words were written, but I remember seeing it time and time again. It was to help me immensely when I began my research. As a matter of fact, it took me directly to the Montgomery County Archives where I easily found the marriage license record for my great great grandparents. But, the name of "Reverend D. Winters" excited me. I knew that the church which I attended until the age of nine was named in his honor. David's United Church of Christ, originally, David's German Reformed Church, is located in Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio. It is almost surrounded by David's Cemetery, now a privately owned entity, but one that is forever linked to the church and to it's history. Who was this man that had performed the marriage of these two people and, I was to learn, about 5000 other couples during his lifetime?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
10 Things that Make Me Happy
1. Having the assurance of eternal life in Jesus
2. Being with my husband and family
3. Watching classic old movies
4. Playing with my dogs
5. The sound of my sons playing or helping each other with homework
6. Running into an old friend
7. Sitting in front of a fireplace
8. Listening to good music
9. Losing weight
10. Giving someone a gift they really love
It's so difficult to choose only 10 of my favorite blogs. During the short period of time that I have been reading the geneabloggers, I have discovered so many wonderful sites and met the most gracious people. These are but a few that have touched my heart.
1. Kinfolk News
2. In My Life
3. Into the Light
4. Little Bytes of Life
5. Branching Out Through the Years
6. My Genealogy Pondering
7. My Ancestors and Me
8. Before My Time
9. Portals to the Past
10. Ernie's Journeys
If you haven't visited these sites yet, I highly encourage you to do so. Make sure you leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
Thanks again for all the kind words of encouragement you have all given me and keep them coming!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Photo is of an "admit" ticket for my great grandfather to visit my great grandmother's burial site at Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. This would have been issued in 1908. Note how you could not travel more than four miles per hour and any horses left standing had to be securely hitched to posts.