Spotlighting my grandfather, Winfield Scott Limes, and other Limes ancestors who made the news in the “Columbus Dispatch” in the 20th Century

My paternal grandfather, Winfield Scott Limes, has been among my most fascinating and personally rewarding ancestors to research.  I remember seeing him as a young child since he died when I was age eleven.  I remember sitting across from him at our dining room table on Sundays when he came over for a big Sunday dinner that my mother would make.  

He has been featured here in several posts, but not with exactly the same focus about his life. That’s because I just recently discovered a 1906 article in the “Columbus Dispatch” that my grandfather had submitted and they saw fit to publish.  My grandfather, “Scott”, had lived in Columbus a number of years when around 1905 he and his wife, Essie Lillian (Lombard) Limes, and 4 sons — Ernest, Albert, Tom, and Harry — all moved to Lorain (as it turned out it was a temporary move.  The family returned to Columbus around 1907.  Then later in the 1920s, my grandparents, my father Harry, and later Albert, all moved back to Lorain County and made it their permanent residence.)

Scott Limes was not only a member of the International Wood Wire & Metal Lathers’ Union, Local #1 in Columbus, Ohio, but he was one of the founders of the union itself in 1899. During his time in Lorain he changed his union membership affiliation to Local #171.

wood wire & metal lath pin 1899

In the November 26, 1906, with “Higher Wages Attract”, we find “Scott” Limes writing about the encouraging building prospects he saw in the city of Lorain.  As it turned out for him, those prospects rippled out to the wider area including Sandusky.  That is because he and his two brothers (John Warren and Thomas Limes) did lathing work on the grand original Breakers Hotel at Cedar Point that when completed was placed on the National Register of Historic Places — that was until sadly it lost that status years later due to modern upgrades made to the buildings. 

Scott also felt it important for the “Columbus Dispatch
to include how excited he was that Local #171 in Lorain County won a baseball championship in that city in 1906. He was a part of that team playing as a young 21-year-old.  I had known he played baseball with the team because of the two photographs I had inherited of him wearing his Local #171 baseball uniform.  This published article tells me that my two photographs could have been from 1906.  How unexpectedly excited it was for me learn the year he probably wore the baseball uniform in those photographs.  I was able to have one colorized, which I feel brings him back to life for me; sort to speak, because it is such a life-like version.

As I continued with my research of the “Columbus Dispatch” I found additional stories or ‘tidbits’ with references to other Limes family members including the first marriage of my uncle Albert Limes.

Below are some of the stories I found that help round out the lives of some of my Limes relatives and ancestors who lived in Columbus, Ohio.

scott limes collage of 1906 columbus dispatch story and lather baseball photos - 3

winfield scott limes local 171 baseball in bent position - restored & colorized - 1-23-2019 with text and frame - new




The General Industries Co. of Elyria, Ohio Exhibit at the Lorain County Historical Society

Sharing the feature story about The General Industries Co. Exhibit that appears March 3, 2016 on the website of the “MorningJournal” in Lorain, Ohio. 
On Tuesday, I visited the Lorain County Historical Society’s Starr House expressly to tour the General Industries Co. exhibit there since both my parents had worked at the company and it was important to me to view the artifacts. Also visiting at the same time were Kelsey Leyva and Eric Bonzar of the “MorningJournal” to cover a story about the exhibit.  My thanks to them for their interviewing me about my knowledge of the General Industries that I derived from my parents, Harry and Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes.  In fact because of their employment, they met and on December 7, 1944 got married.  

So, I have always felt that General Industries Company of Elyria, Ohio was a big part of my life because I would not be here without it!  

My father who had been living in Elyria and had previously been a lather when, in early 1934, he traded in his lathing tools to learn a new trade as a molder after walking into General Industries one day to ask for a job and being hired.  It was during the time of the Great Depression and jobs were difficult to come by.  My father ws so pleased to get the opportunity to be employed by a company as large as General Industries.   

My mother, who was from Lorain, had been a waitress for awhile and also had worked from about 1935 to 1939 at the Central Glass Works in Wheeling when her employer shuttered its doors.  She then returned to Lorain and needed to look for work again.   She told me she heard that the General Industries Co. was hiring and so she applied there and was hired.  

So, it was fate working through the General Industries that brought my parents together, and who ultimately were married 44 years.  

Good Practices vs. Bad Practices in Cemetery Preservation — Learn What They Are!

Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio will be giving a presentation on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 7p.m. at the Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Society’s Library in Circleville, Ohio

(above message courtesy of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio)


Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Society’s Library – Circleville, Ohio:

10 North Court Street 

Circleville, Ohio 43113

Library Hours: 

Tuesday – Friday 

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 



9:00 a.m. – Noon

Closed Holidays &

Friday after Thanksgiving

Closed Christmas Eve thru New Years

Phone: (740) 474-9144 

fax: (740) 474-8762

Sharing a New Video from the “Save Shannon Cemetery” Group of Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio

Click HERE to view the Save Shannon Cemetery Group’s  “Youtube” Video.  It tells the sad story of a small town’s cemetery demise at the hands of its own leaders and officials.
Shannon Cemetery is the pioneer cemetery in Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio where the town’s officials continue to push to proceed with their plans to turn their historical Shannon Cemetery into a “cemetery park”.
Already, the Shannon Cemetery has been vandalized by its own town government because the officials have allowed the willful removal of the remaining standing gravestones, some of which are veterans’ markers, and have put them in storage to be later placed in concrete with the idea they could then comprise a “headstone display” elsewhere on the property.
Ask yourself, would you want your ancestors’ gravestones removed from their proper gravesites because of a plan as disrespectful and ill-conceived as this one is that would normally be deemed as illegal?

How sad it is that such a shameful plan has had the backing of the town’s officials who one would think should want to honor their own town’s history by protecting it; instead of purposely destroying it.  Moreover, they still refuse to acknowledge the error of their ways.

Save Shannon Cemetery on Facebook

The Shannon Cemetery on Find A Grave


Mark Your Calendar for October 4, 2014 – It’s “History Day” in Greenfield, Ohio with a Focus on the Restoration Progress at the Old Burying Ground by Greenfield Ohio Historical Society Volunteers

Greenfield Historical Society’s “History Day”   will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. 

This year it will also feature historical society volunteers discussing the ongoing cemetery preservation work that has been conducted this summer at Greenfield’s oldest cemetery – The Old Burying Ground.

 (Photograph above taken August 9, 2014)

 From the Greenfield Historical Society’s website:

“Another volunteer day was held at the Old Burying Ground adjacent Travellers Rest on September 6, 2014, to clean and repair gravestones. 

Led again by Scott Anderson, he was joined by his wife Venus, Gloria Losey, John King, Shirley Shields and Michael Gates. There is a tremendous amount of progress being made in this project.” 

Click HERE to read the story “Cemetery restoration to be featured on History Day, Oct. 4”

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ September 16, 2014
9/16/2014 3:49:00 AMCemetery restoration to be featured on History Day, Oct. 4
Gloria Losey cleans a stone that will later be repaired by Scott Andersen.
Gloria Losey cleans a stone that will later be repaired by Scott Andersen.  

Courtesy of Harold Schmidt
Greenfield Historical Society