Category Archives: Local History

Can you identify Uncle Gary?

Tim De Frange kindly shared this vintage photo with us. Thanks, Tim! As you may remember from a previous post, Tim shares some common ancestors with us via the Eichler connection. If you don’t remember the post I wrote about the Eichler … Continue reading

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Towner’s Woods, a burial mound and a Hopewell princess

While surfing the net doing some genealogy research this morning, I ran across a Kent State University student’s thesis about the archaeological find in a Portage County Metropark. Chloe E. Bragg’s Towner Mound: Creating Content and Sparking Curiosity for the … Continue reading

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Moving a town landmark

For those of you who remember when the old feed and grain store on Main Street was a train station, this little red building may stir a few memories… Built in 1881, it was most recently a feed and supply … Continue reading

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John Sebastian Trares

For those of you with a connection to John Sebastian TRARES, below is a photo of his home in Edwardsville, Ill., which, as you may remember from one of my earlier posts, is now a funeral home. This photo arrived … Continue reading

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Anyone know the location of May/Kline homesteads?

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a May descendant who will be visiting northeast Ohio in October to do some family history research. Catherine Renschler, who is also the Executive Director of  the Adams County Historical Society, located … Continue reading

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The case of the missing tombstone: Part 2

Thanks to a fellow genealogist, I learned more about the circumstances surrounding the “missing tombstone” today. The plaque is located at the base of a memorial dedicated to Portage County’s Civil War veterans – not on the altar in the … Continue reading

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The case of the missing tombstone…

I have visited the cemetery at St. Joseph Catholic Church many times, but while perusing one of my favorite genealogy sites, Find a Grave, I noticed something new. A plaque located on the altar of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto … Continue reading

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John W. Palm (1881 – 1925): Part 2

I know I started this series of posts about the men shown in an old photograph of the St. Joseph Band some time ago. Sorry I had to put it down for awhile. But the KNAPP family has been pretty … Continue reading

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How Powder Mill Road got its name

I always haunt the local history section of both the Kent and Ravenna libraries, looking for new books about Portage County history. Since I am not a Portage County native, much of what I learn is new information – to … Continue reading

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John W. Palm (1881 – 1925): Part 1

Remember when I started this series of blog posts I said that only two members of the St. Joseph band had no apparent connections to the KNAPP-KLINE clan? I lied. Not intentionally, of course. But while researching the coronet player … Continue reading

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