In February 1820 the Ohio government authorized the establishment of Mercer County and Van Wert County. Mercer County was organized in 1824 and Van Wert County was organized in 1837. Who were some of the earliest settlers in this area?
July 2022 archive
In addition to the various symbols and artwork engraved on tombstones, fraternal organization symbols are also often seen on grave markers.
I am old enough to remember some of the old iron truss bridges that crossed many rivers and creeks in the area years ago. Most, if not all of them, are gone now. We took them for granted back then but take notice if we see one today.
This is the tombstone of Georg J. Brenner, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
Georg J. Brenner
Oct. 11, 1797
Feb. 23, 1879
[Alter 82 Y, 4 M, 12 D]
I continue with some more news clippings from The Celina Democrat, a newspaper published from 1895-1921. A few of those years are available on the Library of Congress.com website. Here is more local news from 1917.