Photos - Allen County, Ohio

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The Michael and Elizabeth (Anspach) FISHER Family  Click here for photo and names

Delphos High School Baseball and Football teams, dated 1927.  The names of the individuals on the baseball team are as follows:

Baseball Team

Sitting Left to right:     Charles Raling C, Paul Roake CF, Morris James ?? 3B, Ralph Alleemui? RF
2nd Row Left to right:  Capt. Russell Bigelow P, Harold Kimbal P, Rudolph Roabe, Everett Roabe 1B,
3rd Row Left to Right:  Coach Frankfather?, Donald Rinehart SS, Melvine Westmick CF LF, Harold Ridenour CF RF, Chester Alleemui? CF P, Mgr. Lee Pittinburger, Principal McVey

Football Team

Delphos High School - lettermen graduates - 1927

Contributed by:  Stephen Hicks,  email:  Stephen descends from Harold Ridenour.

I have an old BAILEY photograph that I'd like to share with the family. The people in the photo are: Clinton Charles BAILEY, John S. BAILEY, Wilbert Grant BAILEY, Sarah Isnogle BAILEY (the mom) and a young woman whom I believe to be Clinton Charles's wife. Clinton Charles BAILEY married Slyvia L. ADELBLUTE INGLEDUE. Slyvia had two sons, Charles A and Chester A and a daughter Ruth Ellen. Clinton and Slyvia are buried at Salem Cemetery in Westminster, OH. Per the 1910 census for Allen Co., Auglaize Twp., OH Clinton Charlres BAILEY was married to Mary (?) and they had a son Myrle C. born about 1898. C. Clinton BAILEY obit of Oct 6 1967 states son, Charles is living in Harrod, step-daughter Ruth SWAUGER is livilng at 1575 N. West, one stepson, Chester A. INGLEDUE lives in Toledo. The mysterious woman in the family photo is either Clinton Charles BAILEY's first wife, Mary or his 2nd wife Sylvia. Would like anyone related to this family to contact me and help solve the mystery. Wilbert BAILEY is my great grandfather. View photo here:
Contributed by:  Jo Ann Cummins

Hog Creek School - Shawnee Township 1897 or 1899
Contributed by:  Trace Archer

TOP ROW-L to R: Allie Rhodes- Allie Beeler-Carl Bowsher-Houston DeLong-Charlie Harpster-Teacher, W. Bidell-Albert Bowsher-Harley Beeler-Oscar Bowsher
Frank Harpster

2nd ROW: Pearl Mayer-Lizzie Rhodes-Wallace Saddler-Herby DeLong-Grover Mayer-?-Lizzie DeLong-Ida Mayer-Edna Bowsher-Minnie Beeler

SHORT ROW: Vilas Stepleton- Oscar Saddler-Carl Saddler-Oscar Rhodes

4th ROW: ?-?- Harry Arthur-Ethel Ritchie-Hazel Moyer-Essie Beeler-Vivian Bowsher-Cloe Arthur-Alex Mayer-Howard Mayer-Ratio Bowsher

BOTTOM ROW: Leo DeLong-Ira Bowsher-Marie Beeler-Leonard Bowsher

It is believed that this is a photo (left to right) of:   Margaret Peacock and her husband  Auley Mccauley Hulings ( who moved  to Mankato, KS) , next to the Mary France Peacock and her husband Samuel Rockhill and  last Maribah Spriner Peacock and her husband  George N. Riley. It was supposed to be take in the Cincinnati, Ohio  area.  The age of the photo has to be about 1865 as that is when Samuel died,  George Riley and Samuel Rockhill and their families were early settlers in Allen County, Ohio.  Contributed by Norita Moss.

Children in a playground/backyard . . .  The young girl on the swing with the bow in her hair- in front (left) is Esther Elizabeth Curtiss DOB: 2/28/1908.  The girl on the far right on the teeter-totter is Esther's sister - Evelyn Curtiss DOB: 8/1/1904.   They lived at 933 N. McDonel, Lima, OH with their grandmother (Lydia Reeves) most of their childhood. Their Mother died when Esther was 2 years old . . . 1910-11. Her name was Dorothy "Dot" Reeves-Curtiss.  The other two girls in the photo are not identified.  Can you help identify?
Contributed by Rene Tanner.  Email

Group of Ladies Together in front of Old Car . . .  The lady in front 2nd from the right is Luella (Lipsett) Curtiss (dark dress with lace collar).  DOB: Apx. 1858 DOD: 6/10/1934;  Her husband was Dr. Charles L. Curtiss DOB: 6/21/1840 DOD: 3/3/1895

They had three sons:
Dwight E. Curtiss - Esther & Evelyn's Father born 10/18/1881
Dr. Edgar J. Curtiss born May 24, 1884
Charles Laws "Pete" Curtiss born Dec 21, 1889

Dr. Charles L. Curtiss was the only son of Dr. Elijah & Flora (Hanchett) Curtiss. They had one daughter Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Curtiss that never married
and died at the age of 92 yrs old, in December 1941.  She was a school teacher most of her life in Lima, OH.
Contributed by Rene Tanner.  Email

1919 5th grade class at St. John's School - Lima, Ohio
Contributed by Sue Roach.  Email:
Reading Left to Right:

Back Row

Dorothy Lawson
Alice Ossege
Violet Bray
Helen Keller
Elizabeth Bowman
Lena Gallo
Louise Goedde
Petrenella Genneossege
Genieve Miller
Clara Omler
Frances Kramer
Rose Taylor
2nd Row

Americo (Henry) 
Domonic M. Carbone
Paul Forche
Alfred Murphy
Clarence Helmig
Alma Finckh
Agnes McDonough
Beatrice Moore
Lucille Hefner
Marcella Curry
Mary Irick
Leonore Johnston
Virginia Rogers
3rd Row

? Watters
Paul Bruin
Harry Hibbard
Walter Riece
Cornelius Jerwers
Robert Miller
Ira Neidheimer
Anthong Pizzino
Donald Forche
4th Row

Stephen Andy
Louis Vastano
George Scanlon
Paul Scanlon
Paul Phalen
Carl Wagner
Roman Omler

1924 St. John graduation class
It is believed that this photo represents the graduates pictured in the 5th grade class above.

1930 St. John's Graduation Class
Back Row: Karl Huster, Martin Bowersock, John Frueh, Tim Downey, Leonard Eilerman
Second Row: John Caskey, Paul Ribley, John Pendergast, Nicholas Sliemers, Michael Seiranka
Third Row: Dorothy Donnellan, Agnes Downey, Anna Rose Wellman, Joe Ciminello, Margaret Dibling
Front Row: Blanche Langan, Margaret Kaple, Grace Rogers, Elizabeth Lawson, Marie Hahn, Catherine McFarland, and Alice Sullivan.  Father Brissler, Asst. Pastor and Father Plumauns, Pastor at front.  Fr Brissler on the left and Fr. Plumauns on the right.

Daughter of Edward H. Wellman and  Margaret Casey Wellman

Timothy Bates Bowersock  A biography for this individual may be read at here.

1920 photo marked "Allschuel Building, 1920, Lima, Ohio"  contributed by Zoe Nawrocik email  The Allschuel Brothers were wholesale fruit dealers.  Following is information on the Altschul (and various spellings) surname from the 1930 Lima Census:

Altschul, Ben age 57, married at age 28, born in OH, father born in Germany, mother born in France.
Residing at 122 McDonel St.  Occupation: Wholesale Fruit Produce

Altschul, L. Belle, wife, age 55, married at age 26,  L. Belle and both her parents born in OH.
Altschul, Helen A., daughter, age 17, single, born in OH
Roberts, Esther, mother-in-law, age 78, widowed, born in OH, father born in OH, mother born in PA

Series T626, Roll 1747, WD4, page 95A and 95

Samuel Sherrick, b. Dec 23, 1815, d. Oct 07, 1895 and his wife Barbara Stemen Sherrick, b. Apr 13, 1814, d. May 06, 1903
They were residents of Marion Township.  

Historical note:  Henry Stemen (1775-1855), an early pioneer in Fairfield County, had been ordained a Mennonite minister in 1809 and bishop in 1820. Daughter Barbara Stemen and her husband Samuel Sherrick as well as daughter Magdalena and her husband Henry Sherrick accompanied the bishop's family to Allen County, Ohio. Also at the same time came Deacon John Sherrick (1778-1857) with his wife Mary.

Horace Mann Elementary School was photographed in April 2003 by Zoe Nawrocik.  She was advised by people in the neighborhood that the school is scheduled for demolition.  Contributed by Zoe Nawrocik (Email)

Square Deal Market photo illustrating life in Lima Ohio in the 1920's or earlier.  Contributed by Shari email

McBeth School, Shawnee Township - very early photo postcard.  Contributed by Sue Roach.

St. Johns Church, Lima - around 1930.  Contributed by Sue Roach.

North Lima, Ohio Post Office


Lima Square
Lima Square - early
Lima Square - another version

Lima Square - reverse of above card - Names:  Carrie Ritenour
Woolworth's - Lima Downtown
Lima South High School
Allen County Courthouse and street scene
Allen County Memorial Hall
Modern Courthouse Photo
Buckeye Building, Lima, Ohio
Carnegie Library, Lima   
Lima High School

Trolley line on Lima street

Lima Elks Club
McCullough's Lake and Auditorium Lima Ohio
North Lima Post Office Building
View of Spring Street - Lima
St Rose Church - Lima
1st Baptist Church - Lima
Franklin School

Franklin School - reverse of above card - Names: Carrie Ritenour
Garfield School
Garfield School - reverse of above card - Names: Carrie Ritenour