Friday, August 31, 2012

Yesterday's Birthdays - 31 August

On August 31, 1848, Charles A Linn was born in Otterberg, Rhenish, Germany to parents, Charles Anton and Charlotte (Spindler) Linn.  He came to this country about 1851 with his parents and three sisters.  The family made their way to Ripley, Ohio where, by 1860, three other children joined the family.  Charles's youngest sibling, John, arrived in 1863.

Charles was educated in the Ripley schools and after high school, he attended the Cincinnati Law School, graduating in 1869.  He was a prominent lawyer and served, for a time, as the prosecuting attorney for Brown County.

On 10 December 1872, he married Louisa Weiand.  They had three children, Allen, Robert, and Alice. The family made their home on Third Street.  Charles was an active member of the Masonic Order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Pythias.  He was a member of the German Lutheran Church.  Death took Charles on 12 June 1927.  He is buried in Maplewood Cemetery.

Charles A and Louisa (Weiand) Linn

Charles and grandson, Kenneth - 1907

Monday, January 23, 2012

1937 Ohio River Flood

This week will mark the 75th anniversary of one of the worse floods that Ripley, Ohio has ever endured.  After the rainiest January on record, the Ohio River overflowed its banks sending destruction into the homes, businesses, and lives of the town's citizens.

The photos below were taken on Second Street near Market Street.  My Becker great-grandparents, Louis and Amy, lived about a block away on this same street, as did my Haitz grandparents, George and Janet and their two year old daughter.  I can only imagine what they must have gone through to escape the rising water with a toddler, not to mention the mess that they must have returned to when the water receded.

The 1937 flood in Ripley, Ohio

This is the same view today.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Alice Lee Edwards

A very distant cousin, Alice Lee Edwards was a character actress who appeared on stage and television from the late 1930's to 1950.  We share the ancestor, Johann Heinrich Linn, or Henry as he was known in America, and his wife, Elizabeth Stein.  

Alice Lee was born in 1910 to parents, Alice Linn and Leander Allison Edwards in Ripley, Ohio.  At the age of about five, the family moved to Hamilton, Ohio in Butler County where her mother was a teacher in the public schools.   

Alice Lee became familiar with death all during her childhood.  In 1917, her father died and she and her mother became a part of the household of Leon and Minnie Perkins in Hamilton.  They are listed as cousins of Leon in the 1920 census.  On December 16, 1925, Alice Lee suffered the death of her grandmother, Louisa Weiand Linn, then just a short time later, on January 14, 1926, her mother tragically died from liver problems that were a complication of influenza.  At the young age of sixteen, Alice Lee returned to Ripley to live with her grandfather, Charles A. Linn where just one year later, she would once again encounter death upon the death of  her grandfather.  

Alice Lee enjoyed participating in plays and public speaking during her high school years in Ripley.   Graduating from Ripley High School in 1927, she then attended Miami University, graduating from that institution in 1931.  After being a student of  drama under actress Madam Maria Ouspeskaya in New York City, Alice Lee became a teacher of that art in Buffalo, New York.  

Her later years found Alice Lee in various plays and productions in Hollywood and Pasadena, California.  She returned to the east coast where she performed on stage in New York City and other theaters in New England.  In 1949, she was a member of the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  In 1950, she made an appearance on the Gabby Hayes television show.

Alice Lee's life, while tragic, must have been an exciting one with her career and travels.  On January 26, 1955, exactly twenty-nine years after the death of her mother, Alice Lee met death for the final time. Her own death occurred in New York City where her body was cremated.  There is a marker honoring her life in the Edwards' family plot in Maplewood Cemetery, Ripley, Ohio.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Joseph and Henrietta Haitz

Monday, February 14, will mark the fifty-first anniversary of my great-grandfather's death.  Joseph Haitz died from heart disease in his home at 3:30 in the morning on Valentines Day.  He was 82 years old.  He was buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley, Ohio.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Haitz Siblings

As I have written before, my grandfather, George Haitz, was one of sixteen children.  I found this picture of him as a baby with his older siblings.  The little girls in the back are (left to right) Henrietta, Mary Louise, and Elizabeth.  The oldest of the Haitz children, Margaret, is sitting with my grandfather in her lap.
The children in the front are (left to right) Frank, Joe Bill (Joseph William),  Emma, and Bob (Robert).  My grandfather was born in March of 1914 so this picture must have been taken during the summer of 1915 at the Haitz home on Stephenson Road in Ripley, Ohio.  

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Past

With my father being in the military, I very seldom spent the Christmas holidays with my grandparents in Ripley, Ohio.  My Christmases were spent quietly with my parents and brother in places like Hawaii, Alabama, South and North Carolina, Kentucky, and Zweibrucken, Germany.  They were pleasant and fun holidays, but  I often wonder what I missed by not having cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents around to share in the celebration of Christmas. 
After her divorce, there were years that my grandmother, Janet, would travel to where ever we lived at the time to be with us over the holidays.   Those years were special in that not only was it Christmas, but it was one more time during the year that I was able to spend with my grandmother, which was a rarity.

This picture was taken at Christmas 1958 before I became a military kid.  That's me with my grandfather, George Haitz, and my cousin.  I don't remember those first three Christmases that I spent in Ripley, but I know that the warmth and love that surrounded me is with me still.  
May your Christmas be one spent surrounded by the love of family and our Lord, Jesus Christ!  Merry Christmas!