Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Saturday, March 30, 2019



Finding hidden cemetery "tidbits" in online stories

How many times we find nestled in a news story a "tidbit" about an Ohio cemetery?
 The cemetery references might have come up in a "Google" search and that is how you found in the story. Or not.  

References to local cemeteries can be found in news reports that include such subjects as township meeting notices where the topics are listed or meeting minutes; Historical or genealogical society meeting postings, tax levy results, or investigative TV / newspaper reports.
The list goes on, as they say.
It is beneficial to take note of these instances in particular if they are about a cemetery of concern to you. 
There is a possibility the cemetery will be in the news again.  
If you don't live close to your cemetery of concern or cemetery in crisis, learning all you can about its status will help you know what condition it is in, and such changes as new ownership, or new rules being implemented. 
On the plus side, you could learn some interesting history about a cemetery buried further down (no pun intended!) in a small paragraph of the story.:

 One example is: 

"CCGS learns history of Clarksville" by the Clinton County Genealogical Society (Ohio)

"The local cemeteries have often been misnamed. The original cemetery on Main Street west of Clarksville was originally known as Smalley’s Cemetery. It was later misidentified as the Yeazell cemetery, and is sometimes known as the Old Cemetery. The Yeazell cemetery may actually be the cemetery near Creek Road which is identified as either the Stanfield or Austin cemetery. Much of the confusion occurred due to misidentification during the WPA projects of the 1930s."
This easy example is from WTOL TV in Toledo. Here we see the word "cemetery" in the title which is a "dead giveaway" (again no pun intended!) that we are going to learn something special about a cemetery that just might be good to know!:

"Wood County Museum to honor past role as poor farm with special cemetery dedication"


 "Beyond the Museum, about 100 yards west of the stately brick building, lies a pauper’s cemetery where hundreds of the residents were laid to rest. Many of the graves lay unmarked for decades after their numbered headstones had been stolen. Just who and how many were buried there was a mystery."

Not quite so obvious is this example:
"These are the 15 best dividend stocks for investing in retirement planning":

Scrolling down the list we find: 

"Service Corp. International"

"Service Corp. International (NYSE: SCI) is in the opposite direction of health care. This is the top death-care company in North America, with more than 2,000 funeral homes and cemeteries in 45 states and internationally. It has made multiple acquisitions over time and has a market value of nearly $8 billion. SCI owns crematoriums, cemeteries, funeral homes, end of life services and so on. With the baby boomers still having elderly parents and themselves now retiring in droves, there will be a long and growing client list for the next two decades or so. Dating back to the 1960s, SCI resumed paying a dividend, and that is now up to a yield of about 1.6 percent, with lots of earnings coverage to keep increasing its payout for years ahead. Remember, the great game of life is one that none of us get out of alive."
Dignity Memorial Cemeteries in Ohio are SCI owned and operated cemeteries.  Currently the website lists that there are 16 Dignity Memorial Cemeteries in Ohio
Keep doing your online research regularly to check out what new could be happening with your cemetery of interest whether there are any known problems going on with it or not - so you can stay up to date!   

Friday, March 29, 2019

Spotlighting - "State Law Regulates Most Ohio Cemeteries" -- Links from the Ohio State Bar Association

Spotlighting the Ohio State Bar Association's website and its links for information about Ohio cemeteries and the laws that relate to them. 
The first link is the most relevant: 
Please note
This link had been available on the funeral.ohio.gov website:
It had been linked from the last listed category entitled:  
"Ohio Cemeteries FAQs."  
However, for some months now, and as of this writing, this last category's link has not been working on this website and an error pops up if you click on it.  
Fortunately, this link and the same information is available directly from the Ohio State Bar Association's website.
From the main Ohio State Bar Association's website click on the "Public Resources" link and choose "Commonly Asked Law Questions".  
On the new page, there is a box entitled "Find Answers to Your Law Questions."  Below the title is a search line where the key word "cemetery" can be typed in for your search.
The second link is:
by Ami Imbrogno, "Law You Can Use", 
April 18, 2016
Below is the section containing the cemetery references:

"5) Finally, a city may be liable if a city employee is negligent in performing a non-governmental function, such as operating a hospital; designing, constructing or operating a cemetery; establishing, maintaining or operating a utility; maintaining, operating or destroying a sewer system; or operating a public stadium, auditorium, civic center, exhibition hall, arts and crafts center, band or orchestra, or off-street parking facility."

I was so pleased to see this information available again available online and hope the Funeral.Ohio.gov restores the link to their website.  The information provides a valuable resource for so many seeking more answers pertaining to their problems relating to their cemeteries of concern.  

Friday, March 22, 2019

Workers clear trees littering historic Massillon cemetery

This latest update spotlights the public outcry to move more quickly to resolve the problems plaguing Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Lorain County, Ohio

Sharing a link to Cleveland's Channel 19 report: "Avon Resthaven Cemetery Follow-Up" video by news reporter Hannah Catlett -- it is a must-watch video! 
The message emphatically presents the urgent need to resolve Resthaven's long-standing and most recent severe problems affecting the condition of the grave sites and those whom wish to visit them.
It highlights how a strongly supportive online petition signed by several hundred people - with added comments - and delivered in person -- to those in the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission meeting, can all help to achieve the desired goal of getting a satisfactory resolution for all involved.  
The bottom line is that cemetery owners and operators no longer can keep seeking extensions for resolving long-standing problems.  
They have been made aware they are directly accountable for any delays.  They will have to publicly communicate their progress - or lack of it - because there is a multitude of concerned folks who demand answers and will not stop until they are found.  

Saturday, March 9, 2019

"Work to restore local cemeteries continues - Champaign County Ohio"

Work to restore local cemeteries continues

"Late in 2018, members of the Champaign County Cemetery Restoration Project LLC offered county residents an opportunity view the work already in progress, or completed by its volunteers. They have since built an ambitious agenda for the coming spring and summer months.
The group is requesting that various churches, civic groups, student organizations, and others who choose to help in restoring cemeteries register with the CCCRP. The CCCRP will assist in recommending local cemeteries, prepare the papers, instruct and assist in the work Individuals who may wish to participate more fully in the volunteer efforts are also welcomed. Anyone who needs community service hours for organizations may also wish to sign up.
With the assistance of the Champaign County Commissioners, signage will continue to be provided for currently unmarked cemeteries.
The civic organizations who formed the CCCRP LLC are Bullskin Trail (Champaign County) BSA Scouts, Champaign County Historical Society and the Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Project has elected officers and directors for 2019: CEO/President, Janet Ebert, Vice-President, Joe Rizzutti, Secretary, Ashlyn Woodruff, Treasurer, Sue Evans, Scouting Representative, Amanda McCall.
The Board:of Directors include Samuel Hamilton, James Landenburg and Doug Williams.
They also have selected a consultant committee consisting of Betty Callaway, Kim Snyder, Susan Tehan and Dan Walter.
Members of the CCCRP have visited over sixty graveyards and burial grounds in the county, and evaluated their needs, including signage and clean-up. Several cemeteries have already had attention, others await their turn.
Preparation includes receiving permission to identify and/or work in the individual cemeteries – all of which requires time.
Members need to do this prior to the warmer months.
Persons seeking to assist, either as a group, or as individuals, or those requesting help, are asked to contact Janet Ebert at 937-653-3440 or e-mail drjan@ctcn.net or any person listed above."

Friday, March 8, 2019

Sharing news of the final judgment for Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, Ohio

Sharing the news of the final judgment for the disposition of the Fairview Memorial Park in Berlin Township, Delaware County, Ohio.  
This comes after over two years of waiting for this cemetery to be legally granted to the Berlin Township Trustees; thus removing the receiver from his role of handling the day-to-day operations of the cemetery.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Sharing the latest report about Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Lorain County, Ohio

"Residents complain about the condition of Resthaven Cemetery" by Bruce Walton of the Elyria "Chronicle-Telegram" newspaper; which is also posted online on March 6, 2019. 
Sadly, problems, and thus complaints, have been plaguing Resthaven Memory Gardens for a number of years.  

Resthaven Memorial Gardens is owned by StoneMor.  
A dedicated Facebook Group has been recently created especially for those who are plot owners or have friends or family buried at Resthaven Memory Gardens.:
"Rescuing Resthaven Cemetery"
Membership in this closed Facebook Group has grown to 341 as of this writing. 

Putting a focus back on Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, Ohio

Sharing this link to a short news story and accompanying video from Channel 10TV  - WBNS in Columbus, Ohio.:  "Fate of Fairview Memorial Park still undecided" from their news reporter, Shelby Croft.  
An excerpt from the story:
"Those with family members buried in the cemetery say it’s not being maintained and they just want the court case decided.
The receiver says the only money coming into the cemetery is from ongoing burials, about once a month so there is little to work with.
“Here we sit, two years later, still waiting for somebody to take it over, who’s going to take care of it,” said Tim Foor, who has family buried in the cemetery.
The case was back in court Friday, the judge is now writing a decision.
The families are planning a protest for Sunday at the cemetery at 1 p.m."
Tim has created a Facebook Group where more information is provided.: "Cemetery Advocacy Group"
"This page is for people who have loved ones buried in Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware, Ohio, Suburban Memorial Park in Dover, Pennsylvania and Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna, Ohio to discuss issues with the cemeteries." 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sharing the Fifth Part of the "Edward Lusk Diaries" - from Mr. Scott Kneer - Auglaize County, Ohio

Scott Knerr – March 3, 2019

“The Edward Lusk Diaries Part 5 the final chapter”

Hello all: Well we are 12 years in now of the 20 years of diaries. I know it’s been a lot of information I’ve been throwing at you. But what an interesting man. He really takes us back in time with him. Let’s see what else he has to tell us about his time here.

June 26th 1901

Got my school souvenirs this morning, then put them together and Grandpa Mertz came. He then went to New Hampshire to mill and I went along and delivered my souvenirs. The children seem terribly pleased. Very hot.

July 1st 1901

Took Nellie to shop got her shoes reset in the forenoon. Began cutting wheat for Manfred this afternoon. We got along tolerably well, but it was terribly hot. The hottest we have had, 102 in the shade. Thomas Emerson died today noon. W.R. Manning’s house burned just before noon.

July 7th 1901

All of us went to Sunday school and preaching. Drove old Bob. At home remainder of day. My horses to tired to use. Cool today. It almost makes a person shake it has been so hot.

(*Note* Ed doesn’t write anymore until the New year of 1902)

March 22nd 1902

Dode and I went to Wapak on a little political business. We then went over to St. Mary’s in the interest of Jerry Campbell’s campaign. We went over on the new electric road. It’s fine as silk.

(*Note* This was about all Ed wrote in 1902. We move to 1903 next.)

Jan. 1st 1903

New Years Day. The children got candy, nuts, and a few toys and books and they seemed happy. God bless them! The boys and Clinton ( Clinton is the newest farmhand on the farm) went hunting and got a rabbit. A lovely day. 

Aug.4th 1903

A shower of rain this morning. A big ball game at Wapak this afternoon. The Cincinnati Reds vs. Wapak Indians. Clinton went.

(*Note* This was the last entry in 1903. In 1904 he only wrote during the month of March)

March 13th 1904

Went down to see Uncle William Thrush a little while. He is very poorly. Weather cool.

Later: The family of Hon. J.H. Goeke were overcome by gas in their home last night. His wife found dead this morning. Children, boy and girl very dangerous. He is in Arkansas on a business trip. His little boy died today.

March 16th 1904 

Goeke’s family buried today. Truly a pathetic scene. 

(*Note* Ed either didn’t write or the diaries were lost in time over the next five years. All that is left is 1909 and very little was written in it.)

Jan 1st 1909

New Years day. At home all day. Weather very nice and warm. The boys skating awhile this forenoon. 

Well, this is where Ed’s diaries end. Sarah, Ed’s mother, also kept a diary for many years. Her diaries are not as detailed as Ed’s were. Most all of her entries are just one sentence. But I would like to share here some of Sarah’s also. 

“The Diaries of Sarah ( Bennett) Lusk 1895-1898”

Nov.1st 1895: Alice and Ethel and I went to Jackson Center today. I got a new hat.

Nov. 2nd 1895: At Alice’s today, we made kraut.

Nov. 5th and 6th 1895: We are making aprons. We are knitting socks.

Jan.1st 1896: At Ida’s today. We are sewing.

Jan. 10th and 11th 1896: I commenced filling my quilt. I cleaned a little and baked some pies.

Feb. 28th 1896: I am at home today, my birthday, age 69

March 15th 1896: Ida sent for me, I went and finished Ida’s quilt blocks and pieced a comfort top.

June 8th 1896: I made two cherry pies and one current.

June 30th 1896: I made Hugh two new dresses.

July 27th 1896: I washed, large washing day.

Sept. 30th 1896: I pulled my Quinces today and made jelly. ( Quince is a fruit that grows on trees and looks similar to pears).

Oct. 24th 1896: I made Joe a pair of drawers.

Jan.25th 1897: I patched all day on Ed’s coat.

Jan. 28th 1897: I am making the girls new aprons.

Jan.30th 1897: Mrs. Van Horn burned to death, a daughter of William Copeland.

Feb. 28th 1897: This is my birth- we have a party. Mary (daughter) fetched me a throw. Libby (daughter) fetched me a tablecloth. Alice (daughter) fetched me a new dress. Montie fetched me a new apron. Eddies two girls(son and granddaughters) got me a tablecloth. The boys got me a butcher knife and oh, what a dinner. 

March 30th and 31th 1897: We are piecing a quilt. We set 
(arranged) it together the first way.

June 29th 1897: George Swartz’s baby killed, a wagon run over the baby.

July1st 1897: I went to Wapak today. Edward let me have two dollars.

Dec.18th 1897: I fell today and hurt myself badly.

Dec. 30th 1897: We all have chicken pocs.

Feb. 27th and 28th 1898: My children made me come over to their house. We had a nice dinner.

This is my birthday.

March 24th 1898: I made the two girls a skirt for their new dresses.

March 27th 1898: I went to Alice’s today to quilt.

April 5th1898: We got the quilt out( completed).

April 8th 1898: I went to Ida’s today to sew rags.

April 13th 1898: I made the girls two calico skirts. ( Calico skirts were the style that came clear down to the feet).

April 15th 1898: I finished Ethel’s new dress.

June 13th 1898: We got our carpet tonight and Jim fixed (installed) our carpet. 

June 13th was Sarah’s last entry. But it shows us a little about her life also. She appeared through the diaries to enjoy being a farmers wife. On Feb. 20th 1939 Ed died from prostrate cancer. At this time he was living at 905 Middle St. In Wapak.

If sometime you are driving down Middle St. take notice of 905 Middle St. and you will still see a piece of something Ed left behind. The whole row of tall pine trees that stand there today Ed planted over 80 years ago. Today they are massive pine trees.

Well I think this will end this part of the series. I’m going to do at least one more part to highlight some of the rest of the Lusk family. Hope you all enjoyed this long series about Ed.

Until next time…

Monday, March 4, 2019

Sharing the Third and Fourth Parts of the "Edward Lusk Diaries" - from Mr. Scott Kneer - Auglaize County, Ohio


Scott Knerr – March 2, 2019

“The Edward Lusk 

Diaries Part 3”

Hello all: Wasn’t that a terrible accident that Ed witnessed and was part of in part 2? His diaries reflected that over the next several months. But life goes on. That fall Ed talks of picking apples and taking them to Waynesfield to make cider. He talks of making apple butter and ending with nearly 11 gallons. He takes a trip in Sept. of 1891 by train from Belle Center to Columbus. Let’s see what he has to say about his trip.

Sept. 17th 1891 

We started from Belle Center at 10:45pm last night and arrived at Columbus at between 2 and 3am. We laid around at the depot until nearly daylight then started for the business part of the city. We located at the Farmer’s Hotel on Market St. We went to the State Fair and saw a fair of which in my opinion any state might feel proud. After supper, we went up to the state house to see the wonderful display of fireworks. It was indeed a grand sight. Very warm.

Sept. 18th 1891

We visited the Insane and Idiotic Asylums and Penitentiary in the forenoon. In the afternoon, the Blind and the Deaf and Dumb Asylums and State House. Everything about the Asylums is very grand and inviting to the senses. While the schools of the sane institutions are seemingly most thoroughly conducted. The Ohio Penitentiary has at present 1,528 prisoners of which 33 are women, 400 are colored, and 150 are life prisoners. Weather extremely warm.

Sept 19th 1891

We started home from Columbus at 8:10 am and arrived in Belle Center at noon. We have had a pleasant trip and a very enjoyable time. We arrived at home at about 5pm. I am glad to find my family all well, and pleased to be with them again.

But time to move on in Ed’s life. The year is now 1892. Let’s see what happens next.

Jan 25th 1892

School. I went in the sleigh but this evening sleighing is getting poor on the east and west roads while on the north and south roads the sledding is good. Weather much warmer.

Feb. 13th 1892

At home hauling wood and feed, broke my sled down today and had to borrow John’s. I went to New Hampshire in the evening and settled some accounts. A most curious and wonderful spectacle was perceptible in the northern heavens. A bright red light and yellow streaks of half the width of the heavens from the zenith to the northern horizon and extending east to west. It seemed to be in motion and probably lasted for two hours. I do not know what it should be called unless the Aurora Borealis ( northern lights). *Note* This must have been one awesome sight and light show in Ed’s life with no artificial light to interfere with the colors and ribbons of light. 

July 4th 1892

Independence Day! One hundred and six years since our country has been declared “free and independent states” and during that time she has never failed to prosper and today ranks foremost in civilization and prosperity among all nations of the globe. Weather clear and pleasant.

Sept 7th 1892

Mowing weeds then husking corn this afternoon. Today’s fight was fought at New Orleans, the great heavyweight battle between Colbert and Sullivan for the championship of the world and $45,000 in which Sullivan was whipped in the 21st round. 

Oct. 21st 1892

No school. Columbus Day! A grand celebration all over the land commemorating the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by Columbus. I went to Wapak this morning. A great parade exhibiting all the industrial pursuits of the town, also the schools, orders, societies ( Elks, Oddfellows, Moose), ect. A grand display and the largest crowd I almost ever saw at Wapak. 

Nov.8th 1892

No school. Election day. Voted straight democrat ticket. Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison were the leaders in the Democratic and Republican parties. Cleveland and the Democratic ticket all elected.

Dec 22nd 1892

School. A big racket at our school today. Charlie Campbell hit the teacher, Silas Brackney over the head with and iron poker and downed him. 

*Note* After 1892 Ed didn’t keep a detailed diary for several years. His logs were mainly of going to school and farming. He takes on being the Clay township clerk during this time also.

The next log I picked comes in Oct. of 1896.

October 1896

Here I am again after 6 months of negligence from my old diary but I have been very busy. Gave up the of the office of Township Clerk August 31st and very much relieved. First frost Sept. 20th and it was a big one. 

*Note* We now jump to 1899. Ed seems to be discouraged with himself for not keeping up with his diaries. But 1899 is a hard year for Ed as you will read below.

June 30th 1899

A big frost this morning. Corn in low wet ground badly nipped. Very cold this morning but hot in middle of the day. 

Nov.27th 1899

School. Mother much worse. The doctor here this morning. He thinks she can’t last long.
Nov. 28th 1899

No school. Mother seems to be fading very fast. A great number of people here today. Mother is in a great deal of pain. 

Nov. 29th 1899

No school! A day that I shall remember all the rest of my life, for today at about 5pm my very best Earthly friend, Mother, passed to the great beyond. She suffered terribly all morning and forenoon but in the midst of it all she started shouting praises to him who doeth all things well.

She clearly realized that the end was near and she talked of the happy meeting with father and the little ones who have gone on before. In the afternoon she gradually sank into unconsciousness and peacefully breathed her life away. Her last intelligible words were in harmony with her life, being of the little children and of their comfort. Blessed Mother! Her life was worthy of imitation. Lord, help me her weak and worthy son to follow in the footsteps of my Father and Mother, and above all may I glorify my heavenly father and follow in his footsteps.

(*Note* The family told me that in the diary the page is smeared due to Ed crying over his diary as he wrote about his mother).

Nov. 30th 1899

A long lonesome day. Several here today. Rev. Aten here this afternoon and wrote obituary of mother’s life. The neighbor men repairing road into cemetery and digging grave. They are all very kind and sympathetic. The undertaker here this morning and we selected a casket for mother. Price $65.00

Dec. 1st 1899

Mother’s remains laid to rest today. A large crowd present. I hope I can have said of me what was said of my mother today. My sisters and their families all here for dinner. 

I think this is a good place to end part 3. We are now half way through the diary years. Ed sure seems to be one great and caring man. I hope your still enjoying following Ed through his life here in Auglaize County. 

Until next time…


Scott Knerr – March 2, 2019

"Edward Lusk - Diaries Part 4”

Hello all: We left part 3 with the death of Ed’s mother in 1899. Her death had a big effect on him. In his diary of 1900 many of his entries are just one or two sentences. But still he pushes on through life as you will read below. Also I added some pics so you can now have a face to the writer of these awesome diaries. And one more thing before we move on. I have not read ahead on these diaries. I've been writing these posts as I go. So your literally reading these right along with me. I'm sure going to miss Ed when this series ends. 

Dec. 7th 1899

School. Much warmer today. Snow almost gone. The days go slowly.

Dec. 15th 1899

School. Snow pretty deep. I went in buggy but several sleighs are out. 

Dec. 20th 1899

School. Went to St. Johns and got treats, 37 lbs. @ 6 1/2 cents for my scholars tonight.

Dec. 23rd 1899

School. Treated my scholars and had a nice time. Scholars seemed pleased and I hope they may enjoy many a pleasant Christmas. 

Dec 25th 1899

Christmas! And the children are all happy. They didn’t get as much as they sometimes do but I guess they got a plenty. God bless them. I was at work about all day. Weather clear and cold.

Jan 1st 1900

No school. New Years day! The children got candy, oranges, and a few presents. Ina went visiting today. I staid home with the children. We got along first rate.

Jan 2nd 1900

School. Children seemed to feel first rate over their holiday. George Lane and Pearl Baggs having been visiting in Franklin County are to return home tonight. The boys say the intend to give them a belling tonight.

Jan 3rd 1900

School. The boys belled George and Pearl but they say they are not married. Weather a little warmer.  

March 3rd 1900

Dode and I went to Wapak in his rig as my horses could not stand on the roads this morning due to ice. (*Note* This is the first time Ed mentions in his diaries about being in a auto*). But the ice has been going fast this afternoon, almost all off the roads tonight. Finished paying a note to Dr. Van Trump and settled mothers doctor bill giving note for $26.80.

March 24th 1900

My school closed today. A very large and orderly crowd. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves but I am sorry to leave my scholars. They were very kind to me. 

*Note* I believe Ed’s one room schoolhouse closed down for good at this time. He did not write again in his diary until the following November. 

Nov. 1st 1900

School at New Hampshire. Weather pleasant but dry.

Nov. 6th 1900

School until noon then went to the election in afternoon. A very nice day but somewhat cool. Staid at Township house until vote was counted out. Clay Township total vote 422. ( D ) William Bryan 226, ( R ) William McKinley 186. Late new this evening is encouraging to Republicans. 

Nov. 7th 1900

School. Weather cold and raw. Some snow this evening. Republicans feeling good over McKinley’s reelection.

(*Note* McKinley won big in his reelection. The electoral votes were McKinley 292, Bryan 155). Rented my Marion house this evening to Owen Hurley at two dollars a month. But he is to have the first month free providing he cleans up the house and yard. ( Owen Hurley was a farm hand for Ed and helped him in many ways).

Nov. 14th 1900

School. Owen took team of horses and went to Gutman and got a barrel of salt (for curing meat), also got two shoes put on Nellie ( his horse). He got home about 11am then went to hunt my calves. He found them away over to the south. Didn’t get them home until 3pm. He then hauled up a load of wood for me. Weather cold and disagreeable. 

Nov. 29th 1900

Thanksgiving! No school! Owen husking this forenoon then he and I took a load, 41 bushels, 38lbs. To St. Johns at 30 cents per bushel. Owen and wife here for dinner and supper. Mother died a year ago today. God bless her memory. 

Dec. 27th 1900

Took Ina (wife) and Don(son) to the station at St. Johns. They went to Van Wert today.

Dec. 29th 1900

The little boys and I went to Gutman this forenoon and got Nellie’s shoes reset in the front and hind ones taken off. Went out to meet Ina and Don at train but they got left in Lima. They phoned to me. ( *Note* This is the first time in the diaries Ed mentions using a phone). 

Jan. 1st 1901

New Years Day! The children only got candy ect. But they are happy. Not doing much this forenoon but hauled up wood for me and Owen this afternoon. The whole family went to Alfred’s this evening in bobsleds. A good visit. Weather cold all day and very cold tonight.
Jan. 12th 1901

Went up to New Hampshire this morning and got two teeth filled. Ava went along and had a tooth pulled. Got home at noon, then went to quarterly conference at Bethel this afternoon and then out to lodge this evening. Was installed Noble Grand tonight. Cold. Cold. Owen’s brother, John’s baby was buried today.

Jan. 21st. 1901

Butchered today, 3 hogs and 1 calf. Got 26 gal. of lard. Sold hind quarter of beef to Alfred Dobie’s, wt. 84 lbs @ 8 cents = $6.72 paid. Front quarter 77lbs. @ 6 1/2 cents = $5.00 paid to R.D. VanTress. Adam Rinehart helped butcher. Paid him $2.15. Sold calf hide 43 1/2 lbs. @ 6 cents = $2.61. Manfred and Owen helped also. They got done a little after 2 o’clock Weather pleasant. 

Jan 25th 1901

School. I staid at New Hampshire and got my teeth worked at Dr. Griffith crowned one tooth and bridged another. Paid him $5.00 more making $10.00 paid him. Children went to Wolf Creek tonight. 

March 30th 1901

Dode and I went to Wapak today. A great number of people there today and politics are rampant especially the fight for Auditor. Both candidates A.E. Schaeffer and Wm. Meyer are fine fellows and I am taking no side whatsoever. Damp and disagreeable today. 

June 14th 1901

My birthday! 36 years old today. Plowing potatoes in afternoon. Dode Thrush came past this evening and he and I went to Geyer and we got home( about 9 o’clock) our house, yard, and orchard were all full of people to surprise me, which they did to my satisfaction. More then two hundred people here and we had a general good time. I shall never forget it. God bless them all.
I’m going to end here for now due to the length of this part. But I’ll be back with more later. Again a special thanks to Bonnie Lusk Denig and Gary R. Denig for sharing these with all of us.

Until next time…