March 2021 archive

Two More Photos of Grove School No.8

Today I have two more photos of students standing in front of Grove School No.8, Black Creek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. One was taken before 1930 and the other taken in 1930.

Tombstone Tuesday-Catharine (Hardzog) Strete

This is the tombstone of Catharine (Hardzog) Strete, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Memory of
Catharine wife
Of John Strete who
Died Feb. 27th 1845
Aged 20 [?] Years, 3 Mo
& 8 days

Black Creek Township’s Old Schools

A couple weeks back I posted a photo of Grove School, Black Creek’s School no. 8. The other day, while looking through the 1978 Mercer County History, edited by Joyce Alig, I ran across an article about all nine schools that were in Black Creek Township years ago. The article was written by the late Florence Gause, a local genealogist who lived in Black Creek Township. Additional information about School no. 3 was written by Edith Adams.  

Tombstone Tuesday-Vacant Chair with Shoes Grave Marker

A pair of child’s shoes on a small vacant chair indicates the site of a child’s grave, even if there is no identifying information on the marker. One of the shoes is usually on its side.