John Wildman Winder – Daguerreotypist and Photographer – His Stereoviews of Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati document some important features of this grand cemetery’s earliest history

I research the Quaker (Friends) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio primarily because my 3rd great-grandfather, Harmon Limes, Jr., is buried there.  

His daughter, Adaline D. Limes, was married 4 times during her lifetime. Her first two marriages were to Winder brothers Aaron (1st) and Thomas (2nd). 

Thus, I studied some of the Winder family history and learned who their children were.
Aaron and Adaline were buried at the nearby Walnut Grove Cemetery (better known as the “Butcher” Cemetery) in North Lewisburg. 

Thomas Winder, who was older than Aaron, was buried with his first wife, Hannah Wildman Winder, at the Quaker (Friends) Cemetery in North Lewisburg. 

Thomas and Hannah’s oldest child was John Wildman Winder who left the North Lewisburg area and led a remarkable and productive life. His photographic work, particularly in Cincinnati, produced images of unparalleled historical significance; some of which survive today.  

His stereoviews give us a good glimpse of the grandeur of 1860’s – 1870’s life in Ohio’s “Queen City.” 

John Wildman Winder died April 9, 1900, at age 71, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was buried in the Old Uvalde Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas.

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The book:  “Artists in Ohio 1787 1900 A Biographical Dictionary”- 2000; by Jeffrey Weidman – Project Director; John Wildman Winder is listed as a daguerreotype artist and photographer born in Ohio about 1828 and active in Cincinnati Hamilton from 1855 to 1873, as proprietor of Winder’s Great Western Ambrotype and Melainotype Gallery.”

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J.W. Winder – 1866 Cincinnati Bird’s Eye View

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1866  CINCINNATI  BIRD’S-EYE  VIEW

   “The following section is of a rarely seen panorama of Cincinnati that was taken in 1866. This is the earliest panoramic photograph showing the details of the heart of the city. Of course the 1848 daguerreotype, seen on the Panoramas Page, of the waterfront was the first. J. W. Winder, a local photographer, took these photographs from the top of Mozart Hall which was just south of Sixth and Vine Streets (where later the Grand Theater would stand). The panorama was first seen at Winder’s Fourth Street Studio on July 28, 1866. The map below shows what area each photograph is viewing. The explanations that accompany each image was written 30-40 years ago so the buildings that are mentioned, for the most part, no longer stand. You will have to insert today’s structures into the explanation. There is no easy way to show this panorama but this was the best I could come up with. I believe the trouble you will have will be worth it.” 

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 (Scroll further down to view images of the 10 sections with descriptions)

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1850 Census – Zane Township, Logan County, Ohio

Family of Thomas and Hannah (Wildman) Winder

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1870 Census – Cincinnati, Ohio

 Family of John Wildman Winder and his wife Martha Adams Winder. Their children appear on the next page.

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Second Edition 

Below are references to John Wildman Winder 

(AKA John W. Winder or J. W. Winder

from the 

above-referenced publication:

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Circa 1865, 1867-1869

142 West Fourth Street,

Cincinnati, O.

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Tree Stump Monument for Andrew Henry Ernst 

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Between 1853 and 1867 the entrance buildings were erected at the principal gateway to the grounds, on the southern boundary, at Spring Grove avenue. They are from designs of Mr. James K. Wilson, in the Norman-Gothic style, one hundred and fifty feet long, and cost something over fifty thousand dollars. They include, besides apartments for the use of the directors and the superintendent, a large waiting-room for visitors. The commodious receiving vault, situated in the centre of the grounds, was considerably enlarged in the year 1859.”

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Ethel Marie Rader Geller Yeldem – Telling Her Story

Ethel Marie Rader Geller Yeldem

Telling Her Story

of

a mother so distraught she mercilessly murdered 7 of her children and ended her own life soon afterward

By

Linda Jean Limes Ellis

July, 2019

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The above photograph was published

in several newspapers in Ohio

and across the United States

 

Ethel Marie Rader was born January 12, 1885 in Gahanna, Franklin County, Ohio to Peter William Radar and Mary Bobb Rader.

Ethel married Charles Otto Geller on New Year’s Day, 1908 in Franklin County, Ohio.  His parents were Jacob H. Geller, Jr. and Eleanor Elizabeth Patterson Geller – both buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery in Madison Township, Highland County, Ohio. Sheep Pen Cemetery is also known as the Limes, Old Limes, or Gustin Cemetery. 


Personally, I have several collateral line Limes ancestors buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery, and because of that connection, I have an interest in the lives of others buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery.  

Charles and Ethel Rader had five children during their marriage.:

Charles M. Geller – born in 1908 – little is known about Charles M. at this time. His name as Charles M. appears in both the 1910 and 1920 census records for Franklin County, Ohio.

Ernest Eldon Geller born in August of 1910

FamilySearch record for Ernest Eldon Geller

Margaret Ann Geller Lightfoot born on June 18, 1912

Ervan Reed Geller August 9, 1914

Vernon L. Geller born 1917:

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1918 and 1919:

Ethel’s dizzyingly downward spiral began after the tragic unexpected loss of her husband, Charles Otto Geller, at age 34, on April 18, 1918.   He was a night fireman who died due to heart disease while working at the Jeffrey Manufacturing Plant in Columbus, Ohio where they lived.  She found herself a single mother with 5 young children to care for and raise.

Ethel Geller married rather hastily again on March 8, 1919 to a man apparently who had entered her life and shown her the kind of sympathy she felt she most needed at the time; but a stranger unfortunately she knew little about who he really was or what happened in his past life.  In due time, more about him would be revealed.

1922:

It is important to note, another side of Ethel Marie Rader Geller Yeldem became public in 1922 when it appears she regained stability enough to become involved with other elements that she encountered; even taking extra steps to help others she didn’t know.:


From the “Columbus Evening Dispatch” – September 8, 1922:

“The Dispatch Mailbag”

“WHO IS THE OWNER?”

“To the Editor of the Dispatch”

“Sir:  At the southwest exit of the fair grounds on Monday evening, Aug. 28, at about 10 o’clock, as I was stepping on a street car I found a spectacle case.  On examining it I found it to contain a valuable pair of spectacles.  I have followed up several ads for lost glasses in vain, so have come to the conclusion that they were lost by an out-of-town fair visitor.  I would be only too glad to return them if the owner can be found and am writing the Mail Bag in hopes the owner or  friends will see the letter and call for them.”

Mrs. Yeldem,  393 Belvidere Avenue

1925 and 1926:

However, 1925 and 1926, brought more unforeseen and profoundly sad events that greatly impacted Ethel’s life.

Her 10 month old infant died of cholera on July 25, 1925, Walter Yeldem, whom she had with her second husband Darby “Darb” Yeldem, who later the Columbus Dispatch news reports revealed his real surname was Medley. Yeldem was Medley spelled backwards. 

Then Ethel’s world was shaken with the fact that her second husband had committed the unthinkable criminal act of assaulting  her only daughter from her marriage to Charles Otto Geller, then 13-year old Mildred Geller. Furthermore, various newspaper reports identify Darby Yeldem as a “Negro” or being “colored”.  In one article it is stated that he “claims to be an Indian.”:


From the “Columbus Dispatch”– April 6, 1926.:  Page 34.:


   “Darby Yeldem, age 41, 393 Belivdere Avenue was bound over to the grand jury under bond of $10,000 when arraigned in municipal court Tuesday morning, on a charge of assaulting his 13 year old step-daughter, Mildred Keeler.” *

(*The name “Keeler ” was incorrect for Ethel and the late Charles Otto Geller’s only daughter, who was Mildred Geller.)

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If the grief caused by these events were not enough to overcome, another child suffered serious injuries from an accident that could have easily taken her life, but she managed to survive.:

From the “Columbus Dispatch” – July 9, 1926.  Page 6.:

“CHILD HURT”

     “Running after a ball, which had rolled into the street in the path of an automobile, Thursday evening, Elaine Yeldem, eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darby Yeldem of 393 Belvidere avenue suffered a fractured skull when struck by the machine, which was driven by Mrs. L. E. Scott of 347 Columbian avenue.  The regained consciousness Friday morning, according to a report from Mt. Carmel hospital, where she was taken by Mrs. Scott.  The girl also suffered the fracture of six ribs. 

     The accident happened when the child ran in front of the machine as it was turned from an alley near the Yeldem home, Mrs. Scott told police.”

1928:

Ethel’s father, Peter William Rader, died on May 25, 1928.  He was 68 years old.  Her mother, who was five years younger than her husband, survived.  She lived until 1939.  They were buried in the Mifflin Cemetery.


1930:

The year of 1930 actually started off well for Ethel’s oldest daughter, Mildred that should have made her mother quite proud of her.  

On the January 30, 1930, Page 10B of the Columbus Dispatch there is a feature spotlight story with the title: “Girl Makes Unusual School Record” which includes a pretty photograph of her sharing that she excelled in two categories at Columbus’ Central High School.: 

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The 1930 U.S. Census enumerated on April 10th, 1930 with Ethel Yeldem who is listed as age 44 and divorced.  Her occupation is listed as “Laundress from home.”  She is still living at 393 Belvidere Avenue in Columbus with the following children.:  Elaine age 10, Eleanor age 9, Byron age 8, Wayne age 6, Alice and Alan (who were twins) age 3-3/12.  Also her Geller children of: Mildred age 17, Ervan age 15, and Vernon age 12.

Charles M. Geller who was Ethel’s oldest child from her first marriage is missing in the family’s census records and has yet to be found where he was living at that time.  However, her son Eldon, age 19, shows up in the 1930 U.S. Census living as an inmate at the Institution for the Feeble Minded located at 1601 West Broad Street in Columbus.


May 6, 1930

Tuesday, May 6, 1930, was the day Ethel Marie Radar Geller Yeldem decided she could no longer endure living and carried out the murders of 7 of her living 11 children because she felt they would be better off not enduring a lifetime of hardships as she had known; she also knew she would be joining them soon herself. She tried to commit suicide the same day but did not actually pass away until May 16th. 

The Columbus Evening Dispatch of course carried the news by May 7 with many follow up articles appearing well beyond. Newspapers across Ohio, and indeed the entire country, also gave extensive coverage of the news because it was so shocking and heartbreaking.  

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As might be expected, some readers of the Columbus Dispatch wasted no time writing up and sending in their comments of displeasure about the newspaper’s explicit coverage of this sad event to the point of their overdoing it and being in poor taste in the reader’s opinion.

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It has to be noted that despite the trauma she experienced in her early life, Mildred Ann Geller went on to lead a highly productive and successful life passing away at the age of 97 in 2010. :  

Obituary for Mildred Ann Geller Lightfoot.:

 https://www.loosefuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Mildred-Lightfoot/#!/Obituary

“Anderson – The family of Mildred A. Lightfoot sadly announces her passing on March 15, 2010, at the age of 97, at her daughter Jean’s residence. Mildred was born June 18, 1912 in Columbus, Ohio, to Otto and Ethel Geller. 

She graduated from Central High School in Columbus, Ohio in 1930 and began further education at Ohio State University. 

She moved to Anderson in 1931 to attend St. John’s School of Nursing, graduating with honors in 1934. 

During her nursing career, Mildred worked at St. John’s Hospital. She enjoyed private duty nursing and was hired as the first Nurse at Madison Heights High School. She was the School Nurse from 1959 to 1967. Mildred and her husband, Clarence E. “Mike” Lightfoot both retired in 1967 and spent over 20 years traveling and spending winters in Clearwater, Florida. They were members of the First United Methodist Church. Mildred was a member of Phi Chi Epsilon Sorority, Tau Chapter, 60 years. She was also active in Bridge groups until two years ago and her wonderfully special “Pixie Club” until one month ago. Mildred is survived by three daughters, Molly Lightfoot Blom and husband Douglas of Eddyville, Kentucky, Jean Lightfoot Faris and husband Joe of Anderson, and Betty Lightfoot and husband Ed of Brownsburg; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, C. Otto and Ethel Geller; husband, Clarence E. “Mike” Lightfoot, and brothers, Vernon and Ervin Geller. Services will be at 10:00 AM on March 19, 2010 at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, South Chapel; 200 W. 53rd Street; Anderson with Rev. Kaye Casterline officiating. Cremation will follow and burial will be in Knox Chapel Cemetery in Rigdon on Friday, March 19, 2010 Visitation will be 3-7:00 pm, March 18, 2010 at the funeral home. Honorary Pallbearers will be Richard Lightfoot, Ervin “Mickey” Geller, Douglas Blom II, Joe Faris, Ed Beaver, Michael Blom, Douglas Blom III, J.T. Fletcher and Jeff Kasper. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospital Home Health Services Hospice and The Anderson Public Library.

www.LooseFuneralHomes.com

Jonathan Appell Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop at the North Fork Cemetery, Chesterville, Morrow County, Ohio – Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2019 – each day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. – Free Event for attendees!

Announcing a free event upcoming hands-on cemetery preservation workshop for Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019 – each day 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. conducted by nationally known professional gravestone conservator and preservation expert, Mr. Jonathan Appell

Location:  North Fork Cemetery (Also known as Blair CemeteryNorthfork CemeteryOwl Creek CemeteryOwl Creek Harmony Baptist Cemetery)

**Please see announcement below for further details**

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Ohio Contact for sign up information and questions:  

Mr. Tim Foor:

Phone # 419-210-4866 

Email:  tfoor28@yahoo.com

 

Facebook and website links for further information:

Jonathan Appell:

Jonathan Appell

Atlas Preservation

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Websites:  

Gravestone Conservation

Gravestone Preservation

Atlas Preservation – Gravestone Conservation/Preservation Supplies

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Tim Foor:
Facebook – Tim Foor

Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation, LLC

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Morrow County Preservation Society

Jonathan Appell – Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop – A free to attend event – June 22 & June 23, 2019 – North Fork Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio – 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. each day.

Announcing a free event upcoming hands-on cemetery preservation workshop for Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019 – each day 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. conducted by nationally known professional gravestone conservator and preservation expert, Mr. Jonathan Appell

 

Location:  North Fork Cemetery (Also known as Blair CemeteryNorthfork CemeteryOwl Creek CemeteryOwl Creek Harmony Baptist Cemetery)

**Please see announcement below for further details**

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Ohio Contact for sign up information and questions:  

Mr. Tim Foor:

Phone # 419-210-4866 

Email:  tfoor28@yahoo.com

Facebook and website links for further information:

Jonathan Appell:

Jonathan Appell

Atlas Preservation

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Websites:  

Gravestone Conservation

Gravestone Preservation

Atlas Preservation – Gravestone Conservation/Preservation Supplies

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Tim Foor:
Facebook – Tim Foor

Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation, LLC

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Morrow County Preservation Society

From the Greenfield Historical Society – Old Burying Ground Preservation Work Session – Sunday, May 5 beginning at 9:00a.m.

The Greenfield Historical Society in historic Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio has announced that its first preservation session at the Old Burying Ground for the 2019 season is scheduled for Sunday, May 5th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

This dedicated group of volunteers will be embarking on its 6th year with its hands-on work cleaning, repairing, and re-setting all of the various types of gravestones and monuments that mark the grave sites at this unique pioneer Ohio cemetery.  

 As in the past, like-minded volunteers are welcome to join them!

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➠John King is the coordinator of the Old Burying Ground work sessions,

and he can be contacted at: 

jfking@earthlink.net

 

 

“Darke County Genealogy Society plans meeting” – March 3, 2019 – 2:00p.m. – Garst Museum – Misti Spillman presents program about headstone cleaning and restoration

“Misti Spillman, Executive Director at Preble County Historical Society and 2018 Volunteer of the Year at Woodland Cemetery, in Dayton, Ohio, will be at the Garst Museum on Sunday giving a program about headstone cleaning and restoration for the Darke County Genealogical Society

Learn more on how to properly care for and clean headstones. 

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Program is free and open to the public. 

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Sunday, March 3rd at 2:00 pm – Garst Museum, 205 N. Broadway St. in Greenville.”