A candle with a flame, as tombstone art, symbolizes life, eternal life, and light. A burning candle brings light to darkness.
March 2022 archive
Recently I have been scouring the censuses for information about the inhabitants of the village of Willshire during the last half of the 1800s. Willshire is of particular interest this year because they are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the town by Captain James Riley. Their Bicentennial. As I was going through the 1880 census of Willshire Township I noticed something that I had missed before. Totally missed.
This is the tombstone of Christena Magdalena (Ehret) Huber, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
July 4, 1880
Aged 66 Y, 10 M, 2 D
After writing about Willshire’s hotels last week I wanted to see what I could learn about the town’s hotels and their proprietors in the census records. I was primarily looking for information about the best-known Willshire hotel, the one most of us remember as the Straubinger Hotel, built in 1850 by Dr. John W. Pearce and razed in 1964.
The Rock of Ages tombstone art inscription is usually depicted as a woman clinging to a cross, symbolizing faith. She is in a turbulent sea of waves and is clinging to the cross to be saved.