Friday, January 31, 2014

Herman Gaier (1870-1936) "52 Ancestors"

Oh my! I think this is 5 weeks in a row for posting in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. So how long does it take to make this a habit?

This week I am writing about Herman Gaier (1870-1936), my 2nd great-grand uncle. His sister Magdalena Gaier (1852-1929) and her husband Joseph Reiss (1844-1924) were my great-great-grandparents.

Herman was the tenth child of Ferdinand (1809-1902) and Appolonia Siegel Gaier (1826-1880). Herman's siblings were Charles (1848-1921), Magdalena (1852-1929), Catherine Eva (1855-1932), Margaret Elizabeth (1858-1920), Ferdinand (1859-1944), John (1861-1939), Burkhard (1864-1864), George B (1865-1948), and Joseph (1868-1953). His father had been married previously to Eva Katherine Siegel (1821-1844) and had four children, Gertrude (1838-1911), Jacob (1841-1906), Caroline (1843-1907), and Valentine (1844-1915). That marriage took place on 10 May 1838. Eva and Appolonia Siegel were
Ferdinand (r) and Appolonia Siegel (l) Gaier
sisters, so Ferdinand married her sister Appolonia on 4 June 1846, after Eva died in 1844, shortly after Valentine was born. Herman's father, mother, and six older siblings (Gertrude, Jacob, Caroline, Valentine, Carl, and Magdalena) immigrated from Germany aboard the ship Carolus Magnus and arrived in the Port of New York on 13 January 1854. Their last name was listed as Geiger on the ships records. After arriving in the United States, the family made their way to Ohio and settled near Troy, in Miami County. In 1860 the family moved to Shelby County and are listed as living in McLean Township, Shelby County, Ohio during the 1860 US census. Ferdinand had already started farming and was listed as owning land valued at $1,500 with a personal value of $200 in 1860. Their family was also growing as they had added three children, Catherine, Elizabeth and Ferdinand to their family. By the 1870 census, the farm was valued at $2,000 and Ferdinand's personal value had increased to $685. Their family had also increased by another three children, John, George, and Zibidu (I have no idea who he is but it would have to be Joseph based on birth dates).

Herman was born on the family farm, three miles east of Ft. Loramie in Shelby County, Ohio, on 31 October 1870. Herman is first listed in the US census in 1880. He is 10 years old and is attending school. The family at that time consisted of his father Ferdinand (aged 70), mother Appolonia (aged 54), and the following children: Elizabeth (aged 22) keeping house, Ferdinand (aged 20) working on the farm, Catherine (aged 24) keeping house, John (aged 18) working on the farm, George (aged 14) working on the farm, Joseph (aged 13) attending school, and Philip Carity (aged 9 months) son of Catherine. Catherine is listed as a widow. Her husband, Francois Emil Carity, a French immigrant, had recently died on 18 April 1880, just 8 months after their son Philip was born.

5 cent token for Loramie Bakery
(source: eBay)
Herman lived on the family farm until he was twenty-five years of age, when he moved to the village of Ft. Loramie and began his career as a furniture dealer. On 2 August 1898, he married Mary Louise Jardot (1869-1965). This may have been his second marriage as some say that he was first married to Magdellena Wise who may have died in 1897. I haven't found the records yet to support that marriage. This was the second marriage for his wife, Mary. She was previously married to Joseph Wolf (1869-1896) and had four children from that marriage; Anna Adelle (1889-1978), William J (1890-1907), Leo J (1893-1966), and Mathilda Catherine (1896-1989). Herman left the furniture dealership in 1898 and became the owner and operator of Loramie Bakery and also became a grocer. His children helped out in the bakery and grocery, learning the importance of being responsible business persons early on. The bakery was located at 36 West Main Street, in Ft. Loramie, the same address as Gaier's Chrysler Dealership is located today. Herman and Mary had their first of five children on May 1899 when Susan was born. These children were; Susan (1899-??), August J (1902-1978), Elmer (1906-??), Paul L (1908-1992), and Mary Ellen (1914-2002). Two of his sons, August and Elmer operated an automobile repair business and August Gaier also became the fire chief for Ft. Loramie. As a baker, Herman supplied many retailers in the area of Minster, New Bremen, Osgood, and Willowdell, as well as Ft. Loramie. He closed the bakery in 1929 and spent his time operating the grocery until a few months prior to his death.

Herman was very active in community affairs. He was a member of the village council for eight years and director of the community fire department for an extended period. Herman died on 5 April 1936, at the age of 65, due to carcinoma of the lungs. He is buried in St. Michaels Cemetery.

Friday, January 24, 2014

William Hall (1840-1922) "52 Ancestors"

We are now in the fourth week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge which Amy Johnson Crow threw out to all of us at the beginning of the year. So, now I am 4 for 4. Only 48 more posts to go before the end of the year. With over 42,000 people in my database I should be able to complete this. But if you have been following my blog since it started, you know that I am easily distracted and am not very consistent in my writing.

William Hall, c. 1910
This week I decided to write about my wife's 3rd great-grand uncle, William Hall. Why did I choose him? Well I was looking through my photo folder and thought he looked interesting. William was born on 19 May 1840 in Aberdeen, Brown County, Ohio along the Ohio River. His parents were William Hall ( ~1810-1878) and Jane Ann Lee (~1813-~1856). He had the following siblings: Alexander William (1836-1911), Mary (~1838-??), Luther Leach (1842-1918), Francis (~1843-??), George (~1845-??), Lucy J (~1847-??), Anna E (~1850-1918), Rachel (~1852-??), and Martha (~1856-??). After his mother's death, his father remarried Rose Ellen Love Degman (~1822-1897) on 21 February 1857 in Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, a town directly across the Ohio River from Aberdeen. This was Rose's second marriage also. She brought the following children to the family: Laura, James H, John P, and Sylvester Degman. From this second marriage they added a son Thomas Johnston Hall (1860-1917).

The Hall family is of Scotish origin, his grandfather being the family immigrant. His father was a boat builder, building flat and produce boats, which navigated the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Several members of the Hall family, including William, took part in the ship building business.

William Hall, Civil War
William served during the Civil War, along with his father and six brothers. William enlisted as a Private in Company H, Ohio 12th Infantry Regiment on 16 January 1862, at the age of 22. On 1 July 1864 he transferred into Company K, Ohio 23rd Infantry Regiment and was mustered out on 26 July 1865 in Cumberland, Maryland. Company K is known for several of its officers who later went on the become President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley. As a member of the 12th Infantry he would have been in the following locations: in 1862 - Princeton (22 April - 1 May), Narrows of New River (4 May), Flat Top Mountain (20 May - 14 August), Wayne County (24-26 July), Washington (14-24 August), Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia (24 August - 2 September), and Bull Run Bridge (27 August). They took part in the Maryland Campaign (6-22 September), which included the Battle of South Mountain Maryland (14 September), and Battle of Antietam (16-17 September), and then continued on the march to Clear Springs (8 October), Kanawha Valley, WV (14 October - 17 November), and to Fayette Court House where he was stationed for an extended time (4 December 1862 - 19 May 1863). While at Fayette Court House they took part in a minor skirmish at Blake's Farm (9 May) and repulsed McCausland's attack at Fayetteville (17-20 May). Company H then went on to pursue Morgan's forces on the Ohio River (17-26 July), the expedition from Charlestown to Lewisburg (3-13 November), action at Meadow Bluff (4 December) and back to Kanawha Valley (8-25 December) where they had several battles including Big Sewell Mountain and Meadow Bluff (11 December), Lewsiburg and Greenbriar River (12 December), and Meadow Bluff (14 December). In 1864 they took part in Crook's Raid on the Virginia and Tenessee Railroad (2-19 May), which included the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain (9 May) and New River Bridge (10 May). From 26 May until 1 July they participated in Hunter's Raid to Lynchburg, which included Diamond Hill (17 June), Lynchburg (17-18 June), and the retreat to Charleston (19 June - 1 July). They were then ordered back to Columbus, Ohio where the unit was transferred to 23rd Ohio Infantry. The losses experienced by the 12th Regiment included 3 officers and 93 enlisted killed in action and 2 officers and 77 enlisted lost to disease.

As part of the 23d Regiment, they moved to the Shenandoah Valley where they took part in the Battle of Winchester (24 July), Martinsburg (25 July), and Sheridan's Shenandoah Campaign (7 August - 28 November). That campaign consisted of Strasburg and Fisher's Hill (15 August), Summit Point (24 August), Halltown (26 August), Berryville (3 September), Battle of Opequan (19 September), Fisher's Hill (22 September), and Battle of Cedar Creek (19 October). They then were stationed at Kernstown until 20 December when they moved to Stephenson's Depot and then to Martinsburg, West Virginia on 29 December. On 1 January 1865 they relocated to Cumberland, Maryland where they stayed until they were mustered out on 26 July 1865.

William was commended by Col. Hayes for his meritorious action at the Battle of Cedar Creek where, under direct heavy artillery fire, twenty volunteers crossed an open road and recovered a battery of guns which were deserted and placed them in action resulting in a rout of the Confederate troops. This action was one of the factors in turning the tide of the battle.

William Hall with daughter Edith
Louisa Taylor
After the war William took up his occupation as a stationary engineer (steam engine/boiler operator) on the Ohio River. He stayed a bachelor for some time. Finally at the age of 55, on 16 December 1895, he married Louisa Taylor, aged 37, in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana. Louisa was born in Mt. Sterling, Bath County, Kentucky on 10 April 1858 and she died in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio on 29 April 1946. They had four children, Edgar Mansfield (1896-1964), Edith Lee (1898-2000), Willard Arthur (1900-1965), and Ruth Elizabeth (1901-1904). His sons, Edgar and Willard, served in World War I with Company E, 147th Infantry and both were injured in the Argonne Offensive.

William died at 8:35 p.m. on 12 December 1922, at the age of 82 years and 6 months. The cause of death was listed as general arteriosclerosis.



Friday, January 17, 2014

Glenn Reeder (1890-1965) "52 Ancestors"

Well, this is my third post in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Can you believe that I made it three weeks in a row?

This week's post is on my wife's great grand uncle Glenn Reeder. Glenn is the grandson of Corydon Reeder (~1823-??), and son of Sylvester Perry Reeder (1855-1933) and Ella Millicent Faul (1860-1901). Ella was the daughter of Edward Faul who I wrote about previously. Glenn was the middle of five children. His siblings were Chester C (1887-1904), Leslie Edward (1888-1949), Mabel Eleanor (1893-1979), and Ethel S (1896-1926). Glenn was born on 20 March 1890 in Greenville, Washington County, Oregon. Glenn's family was living on a farm in Greenville during the 1900 census. The family owned the farm free of a mortgage. His mother Ella died on 1 February 1901 leaving Sylvester to care for the five children. Tragedy struck the family again on 12 February 1904 when his brother Chester died at the age of 17. Ella and Chester are both buried at Hillside Cemetery in Forest Grove, Washington County, Florida.

In 1910 Glenn's father, and sisters Mabel and Ethel were living in West Bertha, Multnomah County, Oregon. His father was retired and Mabel was working in an overall factory. Glenn and his brother Leslie were on the road as circular distributors and were listed as lodgers in the home of John F Turnpin in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Mr. Turnpin was the proprietor of a shooting gallery.

Glenn enlisted in the military on 28 April 1911. He was a member of the US Marine Corps, Company A, 37th Company, Marine Detachment, American Legation Guard. Between April and June of 1911 he was stationed at the Marine barracks on Mare Island, California. In July he was transferred to the 1st Brigade Marines and was transported to Manila, Philippines Islands via USAT Sherman arriving there in August. He was then sent to the detention camp at Canesse, Philippine Islands and later to Olongapo, Philippine Islands. By October he had been stationed in Peking, China where he was located for about 5 months. In March of 1914 he made several trips between China and the Philippines aboard USNA Abarenda and by the end of March he was back in the Marine barracks at the Naval Station in Cavite, Philippines. All members of this detachment were transferred to the Naval Yard, Mare Island, California aboard the USAT Thomas in April and arrived back in the states in May. Once Glenn arrived back in the US he was transferred to the Marine barracks at the Naval Yard in Puget Sound, Washington where he was assigned to the Western Recruiting Division until August 1914. In August he was reassigned to Puget Sound where he remained until he was discharged on 27 April 1915. He had an "Excellent" rating and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. Glenn's veterans gravesite records lists him as a veteran of World War I, having served as a Sargent in the US Army. I don't have any Army records for Glenn, so I am wondering if he reenlisted in the Army after he was discharged from the Marines.

I haven't been able to find Glenn in the 1920 census but in 1930 Glenn is living on Pleasant View Avenue in Sycamore Precinct, Multnomah County, Oregon. His occupation is listed as a timber feller for a logging company. In 1935 he was living in Milwaukee, Clackamas County, Oregon and in 1940 he was living at Headquarters Camp Road #2, Elocham Election Precinct, Wahkiakum County, Washington. He was working as a timber feller for C. H. P. Company and had an annual income of $1500 a year. In 1942, when Glenn Registered for the WW II draft, he was back in Milwaukie, Clackamas County, Oregon with his brother Leslie. He was working for Jeff Woodward from West Kelso, Washington. Glenn was listed as being 5' 11" tall, weighing 175 pounds, with gray eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.

Glenn never married. He died on 13 May 1965, at the age of 75, near where he was born in Washington County, Oregon. He is buried in the Willamette National Cemetery, Section F, Site 3679, in Portland, Oregon.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Charles Joseph Meyer (1867-1914) "52 Ancestors"

Hey again! This is post number 2 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. See, I can be consistent.

This post is on my great grandfather Charles Joseph Meyer. Charles went by his middle name Joseph because his father was also Charles Joseph Meyer. His father went by Charles. Hopefully this will not be too confusing.

Joseph Meyer was born on 28 September 1867 in Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio. His parents were Charles (1840-1904) and Mary Katherine Wehrman Meyer (1847-1916). Charles and Mary were married on 16 October 1866 in Auglaize County and had 9 children with Joseph being the oldest. Their children were Joseph, Herman (1869-1869), Henry (1870-1904), Mary Catherine (1872-1879), Augustine (1875-1879), Bernard (1877-1957), Anton (1880-1942), Mary Bernadine (1882-1911), and an infant (born & died 24 February 1884). As you can see, several of Joseph's siblings died early on. Herman was about 3 months old when he died. Mary Catherine was almost 7 years old and died just 2 weeks before her brother Augustine who was 4 years old.

In 1870, Joseph is living with his parents between Ft. Loramie and Egypt. He is 2 years old, his father is a farmer and his mother is keeping house. There is another person living in this house that I haven't been able to figure out so far. She is listed as Little Magdaleen, age 15, and is a servant girl. There is no last name listed for her in the census which makes it even more difficult to figure out who she is.

In the 1880 census Joseph is listed with his siblings Henry (age 9), Bernard (age 3) and Anton (age 5 months). Joseph and Henry are attending school near Egypt, Ohio, and their father is still farming. Joseph worked on the family farm until he was 19 years old at which time he began learning the carpentry trade. At about 21 he decided to go to Cincinnati to find work but returned home about a year later and continued his training in carpentry.

On 1 May 1894, Joseph married Rosa Bruns in Auglaize County. The couple settled on South Ohio Street in Minster where he set up his profession and became a well respected carpenter in the village. In 1900 the family consisted of Joseph, his wife Rosa, and their sons Herman and Charles (twins) and daughter Emma. By 1910, Joseph and Rosa had had 8 children, 7 of whom were still living. They were Herman (1896-1966), Charles (1896-1914), Emma Katherine (1898-1953), Elisabeth Estella Elinore "Stella" (1900-1984), Loretta Bernadina (1903-1991), Hilda Ann (1905-1905), Alfred Clarence (1906-1973), and Raymond Anthony (1909-1988). Two more children were born over the next four years. They were Joseph (1912-1914) and Edward Bernard (1914-1977), making a total of 10 children.

The year 1914 was not a good year for the family. First, in January, their son Charles died at age 17 years 5 months. Next, their son Joseph passed in April at the age of 2 years. Then Joseph, the subject of this story, died in September, less than 2 months before his last son, Edward was born in November of 1914.

On Thursday, 17 September 1914, Joseph returned home from his carpentry work and complained of not feeling well. He went to his room and forced himself to lay down. He was not able to leave that room alive again. At 7:15 pm on Tuesday, 22 September, Joseph died of acute polymyosistis (muscle infection) with chronic nephritis (kidney disease) as a contributor to his death. Joseph's funeral was held at 8:30 am, Friday, 25 September, at  St. Augustines Church in Minster. His burial followed in the church cemetery.

After his death, his wife Rosa continued living in the home at 164 South Ohio Street in Minster until her death. Their son Herman lived at home and helped care for the children and his mother until his marriage in 1931. Rosa died in 1951 at the age of 74. She was seated in a chair on the front porch of her home and died of a sudden heart attack. She is also buried in St. Augustines Cemetery, in Minster.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Raymond Bernard Westerheide (1894-1981) "52 Ancestors"

As we start the new year everyone is making (and breaking) their New Year's resolutions. With all of the social media (Facebook, G+, and others) there are plenty of ideas for resolutions. There are a couple that I have seen that I hope to be able to follow through with during the year - we all know how that will work, don't we. The first is a blessing jar where I will keep track of at least one good thing that happened to me or that I am thankful for each day. So far I have been good at that one - two days in a row. The second one is the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Basically, the goal is to post a story to my blog at least once per week during the year. Remember back in February when I tried to post once per day and I managed to get 10 posts in that month. Let's see how long this one lasts.

This post is about my great-grandfather Raymond Bernard Westerheide. I am not exactly sure what day Ray was born on. His birth record states 12 December 1894 in Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio. However, many of his other records, including WW I and WW II draft registration, death certificate, Social Security Death Index, and obituary, state that he was born 4 December 1894 or 1895 and may have been born in Egypt, Auglaize County, Ohio. Both communities are in Jackson Township and are only a few miles apart and, based on his mother's obituary, the family farm was located two miles west of Minster near Egypt. His birth record lists his name as B. R. Westerheide. His parents were John Henry ("Henry") (1863-1948) and Catherine Bornhorst Westerheide (1858-1931). His mother had been married previously to William Severin (1852-1886). Catherine Bornhorst lived most of her life in the Egypt community except for a brief time when she lived in Belloit, Kansas with her first husband and four children; Emma Catherine (1877-1935), Anne (1878-died young), Franz Joseph (1880-1931), and Bernard. They moved to Kansas in October 1885 and in January 1886 William Severin died, leaving her to care for the young children. Once the family was able to dispose of their affairs in Kansas they moved back to Ohio to be near their relatives. It is believed that Henry Westerheide had also been with the family in Kansas, possibly employed as a farm hand. Henry and Catherine married on 16 February 1887 and had nine children during their marriage. Their children were Dr. Edward Frances (1887-1955), Julius Henry (1889-1963), Mary (1891-1949), George (1893-1926), Raymond Bernard (1894-1981), Pauline C (1896-1977), Joseph Ignatius (1897-1976), Anthony Frederick (1899-1963), and Henry A (1902-1985).

Ray's father, Henry, was a well known farmer and was active in local politics. He had served three terms as a township trustee and 24 years as a member of the local board of education. Ray's mother, Catherine, was a devoted member of St. Joseph's Catholic church and was well liked in the community. Henry and Catherine were both born to German immigrants who settled in Auglaize County in the mid part of the 1800s.

Ray left the farm early on in his life. By the time he registered for the WW I draft in 1917, he was living at 44 1/2 Pulaski in Dayton, Ohio. He had married Laura Ann Stueve (1897-1988) on 17 April 1917 at Holy Trinity Church in Dayton. He was employed at Domestic Engineering Co., as an inspector. Domestic Engineering Company was started just a year earlier in February 1916 by Charles Kettering. This was one of the companies that became Delco-Light which was eventually bought out by General Motors in 1920 and was moved to Detroit in 1925. The Domestic Engineering Company specialized in bringing electricity to the farm and rural communities.

In 1920, Ray, his wife Laura, daughter Norma, son Vernon, and brother-in-law August Stueve were living at 317 Nassau Street, in Dayton, Ohio. They were renting the home. Ray was working for Delco-Light as an assembler. By early 1921 the family had returned to the Minster area. The family was living at 122 South Frankfort Street in 1930. This house was a newer home, built in 1924, and they were renting it for $15/month. Ray was employed as a grocery store manager for the Kroger store in Minster. The store was located on the corner of Fourth Street and Frankfort and later became Farno's Market. It was one of the earliest Kroger stores. The family was growing and they had six children; Norma (1917-2011), Vernon (1918-2004), Emerita (1921-2010), Rosabel (1921-1996), Lucille (1924-1994), and Leroy. One child, Ohmer Francis, born on 14 November 1922 had died on 15 November 1923, at the age of 1. Their last child, Mary Jeanette was born in 1933 and died in 2007.

During the period after Prohibition, Ray was using his store as a front for illegal alcohol manufacturing and distribution. He would drive his grocery truck to the C. D. Kinny Co., wholesale grocery firm in Dayton to pick up large loads of sugar which were used in the making of alcohol. John W. Dye, the branch manager of C. D. Kinny, Co., would hide the sales to make it appear to be small sales to grocers. Whenever a truck would show up at the loading docks a company truck would pull up along side it to hide it from view while the sugar was loaded. Ray would then transport the sugar to a large illicit still. The still was moved through Darke, Shelby and Mercer counties to avoid detection and the alcohol was then transported to Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati for sale. The still was operated by Ray Westerheide of Minster; Carl Knoebel and William Yenney of Covington; Alfred and Ralph Jutte of Ft. Recovery; and Clarence Green of Muncie, Indiana. Federal liquor agents began cracking down on the group in early 1936. Initially the charges were related to defrauding the government of $175,000 in taxes through the operation of the still. The agents had been watching the operation at the C. D. Kinny Company from a house across the street and had captured Harold Stover, a young man who had been mixing the alcohol, who plead guilty and testified against Carl Knoebel and Ray Westerheide.

Ray was arrested by liquor agents at the end of September 1936. Agents blocked Route 54 two miles southeast of Urbana and stopped Ray when he tried to go around them in the ditch. He had 50 gallons of alcohol in the vehicle at the time and police confiscated his automobile. Newspapers listed him as the leader and last of a ring that had been distributing alcohol from Chicago throughout Ohio for at least the last two or three years. Several other persons were also captured and held awaiting the grand jury in the Preble County jail.

Ray was again arrested in 1938 after a major raid where nearly 500 gallons of illicit liquor was seized. The raid was made at a cottage in St. Marys Township near Villa Nova at 10:30 pm during the week. Agents confiscated a car along with 345 gallons of alcohol and 114 gallons of liquor. The liquor was produced by cutting the alcohol with water and then preparing it in small quantities for distribution. The car that was confiscated contained 35 five-gallon cans of alcohol and belonged to Wilfred Moorman who was a driver for Ray. Federal tax labels were fastened on the cans. Moorman escaped during the raid by running out the back door of the cottage and walked nine miles to Celina. He surrendered to agents a two days later. Stiff penalties were given to each man. Ray was fined $750 plus costs and sentenced to three months in jail. Wilfred Moorman was fined $100 and also sentenced to three months. The jail sentences were suspended when Ray immediately paid the fines, a total of $863.13 in cash. This ended a two and one half year investigation where agents had tried unsuccessfully several times to trap Ray but on each previous occasion he had been able to elude the agents by moving the still to a new location.

By 1935 the family were renting a home at 104 South Frankfort Street in Minster. In 1940 the family consisted of Ray, his wife Laura, daughters Lucille and Mary Jean and their son Leroy. Ray was now employed as a dry cleaner running Home Service Cleaning in a garage at the back of the property. Later he moved the business into a building on Fourth Street in Minster next to Wagner's original grocery store. In 1942, when Ray signed up for the WW II draft, he was working at Monarch Machine Tool in Sidney, Ohio. He continued to run the dry cleaning business on the weekends and evenings with hired help until it became busy enough for him to work full time.

In the late 1930s, Ray managed the Minster City Baseball Team for a time. One of his claims to fame was that his hands and wrists were so big that he could hit fly balls in practice to the outfield using a fungo bat and swinging it with only one hand.

Another interesting story associated with the family took place in May of 1938. The story was reported as follows:

"And when she got there the clothes line was bare ..." Recalling the old rhyme of Mother Hubbard and her cupboard was an incident that occurred here. Because it rained after she placed them on the line, Mrs. Ray Westerheide permitted her clothes to hang out all night. When she prepared to take them down shortly after daylight, however, she found that her entire week's family washing had been stolen.

Ray and Laura moved to a home that he built on Lake Loramie in the early 1950s and lived there until his death. Ray died on 14 May 1981 at the age of 86. He had 43 grandchildren and 84 great grandchildren at the time of his death. His wife survived him and eventually died on 14 July 1988. Ray and Laura are both buried in St. Augustine Cemetery in Minster, Ohio.