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!
Cemeteries have only so much space. And yet with an endless supply of new customers, they rarely have to put up “no vacancy” signs. This week, tiny Williamsville Cemetery in Orange Township in Delaware County essentially did that, declaring that it was suspending new burials because the grounds had reached their useful capacity.
Source: Central Ohio cemeteries running out of space | The Columbus Dispatch
The Williamsville Cemetery in Orange Township, Delaware County, Ohio on “Find A Grave”
I recently purchased three Ohio bricks (meaning that the word “Ohio” is stamped on them!) that I thought were really neat to have. I knew I had some other older red bricks with different names stamped on them so I wanted to add the Ohio bricks to the small but now growing collection.
Sharing my photos of the bricks here. I cleaned them up with “D/2 Biological Solution”, a soft bristle brush, and regular water to rinse them off. It will take awhile longer for them to lighten up more than they are now.
Also sharing some great links that I found on the Internet about bricks made in Ohio:
“The Paving Brick Industry in Ohio” from the Ohiodnr
The Trimble and Wassall Brick Companies, Athens County, Ohio
Bricks of Ohio WordPress blog:
Metropolitan Block Canton, Ohio
“Historic Ohio Bricks” publication order form