Don’t Overlook that Unlikely Newspaper for Anecdotes about Your Ancestors

I already had the unusual photo of my 2nd cousin (twice removed), Ellza Limes, with the squirrels perched on his arms that I acquired some years ago.  So when I “bumped into” the little article about him (even though his first name was misspelled in the newspaper) while searching for stories on my father and grandfather who lived in Lorain County, I thought how neat that the little story is about one of my more colorful distant ancestors — and his pet squirrels, apparently dozens of them as I just learned!  

Of course, this was not the type of information I expected to find in an Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio newspaper knowing he had lived his whole life in the small village of Ridgeway, in Hardin County, Ohio.  

The experience confirms for me that human interest stories about our ancestors exists in places we might easily overlook.  Yet, if we follow that “little voice from within” we are led to them.  

Often the accounts are little more than anecdotes, such as this one is, but whatever their content, we instinctively treasure our newfound discovery about our ancestor.  We even gloat about the fact we believe we were meant to find their story despite the obvious odds, indeed we were right because if they want to be found, they will be!

ELLZA LIMES COLLAGE WITH SQUIRREL PHOTO AND STORY AND RIDGEWAY GARAGE

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