Karen Bennett

Greetings from the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. Yes, Ohio has its very own Chattanooga, aka Chatt, a small village in west-central Ohio, near the Indiana border. I have been doing family history research for over 20 years and am a Board-Certified genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. My main genealogical interests are family research, cemetery research, and historical and genealogical research of the Chatt area, with a focus on two area Lutheran Churches, both named Zion Lutheran, one in Chatt and the other in Schumm, Ohio. Family names I am researching include Miller, Schumm, Brewster, Rueck, Reid, Headington, Huey, Bryan, Whiteman, Schinnerer, Scaer, Breuninger, Bennett, and a few others. I belong to several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and First Families of Mercer and Van Wert Counties. I am also a retired dental hygienist and our church organist. I hope you enjoy Karen's Chatt.

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Tombstone Tuesday-2 Railroad Acronyms

Today I am highlighting two tombstone symbols that are acronyms of railroad organizations. These inscriptions are on two tombstones at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City, and are the only two inscriptions I have seen that are related to the railroad.

Some Local News of 1910

Some more area news from the Celina Democrat in 1910.
Chattanooga-Miss Bertha Carver, the blind girl of near Salem, Ind., whose wonderful voice has won for her the name of “The Blind Soloist,”

Tombstone Tuesday-John A. & Louisa C. (Lillich) Buechner

This is the tombstone of John A. Buechner and Louisa C. (Lillich) Buechner, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BUECHNER
Louisa C.
1872-1963

John A.
1865-1933

More Local News from 1910

I am still looking through old newspapers, specifically the Celina Democrat in 1910. This newspaper is online, is easy to view from home, and has some interesting information for our part of the county as well as all of Mercer County. Perhaps you will recognize some of the names mentioned here.

Tombstone Tuesday-Daughters of Rebekah Symbol

The Daughters of Rebekah, a branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was established in 1851. The name is derived from Rebekah in the Bible. Sometimes called the Rebekahs, the society is an international service organization.