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–Adam J. Pflueger

This is the tombstone of Adam J. Pflueger, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: Adam J. Pflueger 1862-1919 PFLUEGER According to the records of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm, Adam Jakob Pflüger was born 10 May 1862 to Michael and Catharine [Brandt] Pflüger. Adam was …

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Remembering the Blizzard of 1978

Today is the 35th anniversary of The Great Blizzard of 1978. A storm we will never forget. They say it wasn’t just a blizzard back in ‘78. It was a severe blizzard. The National Weather Service defines a “severe blizzard” as a storm with winds of 45 miles per hour or greater; a great density …

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Tombstone Tuesday–G. Wesley & Minnie A. Kallenberger

This is the tombstone of G. Wesley and Minnie A. Kallenberger, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: KALLENBERGER G. Wesley 1906-1992 Minnie A. 1906-1943  Obituaries: Mother of Three Died Tuesday Forenoon Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock (EST) this Thursday afternoon from the …

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Wild Cat School Souvenir Booklet

Among some old items from the Chattanooga area that my dad gave me is the School Souvenir Booklet of Jacob M. Miller. The booklet was given to Jacob during the 1897-1898 school year by his teacher, John H. Kable. Wild Cat School was located on the southeast corner of State Routes 49 and 707, a mile …

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Tombstone Tuesday–Christian Hartzog

This is the tombstone of Christian Hartzog, located in row 2 of Hileman/Smith/Hartzog/Alspaugh Cemetery, Willshire Township, Van Wert County, Ohio.  The marker is inscribed: Christian Hartzog Died Oct. 8, 1874 Aged 75 y, 10 m, 10 d Christian’s date of birth was 28 November 1798, as calculated from his tombstone. According to census enumerations he was …

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