Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Bette Jean Limes Ruckle Bell!

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When I think about Bette Jean and her Limes Family Ancestry, I think about the fact her great-grandfather, Harmon Limes (son of William and Athaliah Doster Limes) was born, per his tombstone at the Staunton Cemetery in Fayette County, Ohio, in Virginia in 1805.

My great-grandfather, John Thomas Limes, was born in Ohio in 1851. 

Bette Jean is the only Limes person who has reached the incredible milestone birthday of 100 years! So this milestone is so worth noting and celebrating today!!

“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.”

Shining a new spotlight on Dr. William H. Wagstaff of North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

Dr. William H. Wagstaff of North Lewisburg, Champaign County,  Ohio has once again led me on another merry chase whisking me along through the many unexpected twists and turns that profoundly affected his life that I’m sure turned it upside down at times.  

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Both Dr. John Milton Butcher (as well as his son Dr. John Calvert “J. C.” Butcher) and Dr. Wagstaff all belonged to the Central Ohio Eclectic Medical Association. 

Below is a wonderful newspaper clipping about one of their meetings that took place in 1886:

This information led me to move into a new direction taking a different path at this fork in the road of Dr. Wagstaff’s life where I also learned what the “H” stood for as his middle name – Harris!:

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The Dr. John M. Butcher monument)

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And, dare I say most recently learning that Dr. Wagstaff’s wife; had became his ex-wife by 1891.  

Melissa Josephine (AKA “Jose or Jose B.” was the daughter of Dr. John M. Butcher, a prominent physician in North Lewisburg.  

The cemetery carries Dr. Butcher’s name as its alternate and more popularly known name.  

The official name is Walnut Grove Cemetery.  

 

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 Dr. Wagstaff’s residence caught on fire on November 20, 1899!:

 

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There was once a Walnut Grove Cemetery Association that oversaw this cemetery that sits atop the hill on Tallman Street in the Village of North Lewisburg.  

After Dr. Wagstaff’s death in 1904, the cemetery essentially became an orphan because the Village of North Lewisburg did not receive (or did not accept!) a proper deed to the cemetery from Dr. Wagstaff before he died.  

Till this day it shows the cemetery as being owned by the Walnut Grove Cemetery Association (a ghost association!) with no living members.  

But all of those details are another story….

The final wishes and words from Dr. William H. Wagstaff who, to date, rests in what we hope is eternal peace — but sadly in an unmarked grave at the cemetery he once oversaw.:

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The Will of William H. Wagstaff

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 Above is the 1890 Veterans Census

showing Dr. William H. Wagstaff

 

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The Eagles Building in Lorain, Ohio – A favorite historic building crumbling due to lack of restoration work.

A visit to my hometown of Lorain, Ohio on February 5th, 2019 brought an unanticipated scene – part of Broadway being cordoned off due to some loose structural pieces of the Eagles Building that had broken off near the top of the building and crashed down to the street and alley; thus alerting those in the area that there was a potentially serious problem.  

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The Elyria “Chronicle-Telegram” has published an in-depth story about this incident with the Eagles Building on February 5, 2019 along with a video. 

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Below are photos of the Eagles Building that I took. 

The top photo was taken November 23, 2012 – with a close up view of the upper left portion of the building, and the lower photo was taken February 5, 2019.  

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LORAIN EAGLES BUILDING - 11-23-2012

Below is a close up of the left upper portion of the Eagles Building – November 23, 2012 –  showing more details of the structural deterioration.

EAGLES BUILDING CLOSE UP - NOVEMBER 23 2012 WITH TEXT AND FRAME

KODAK Digital Still Camera

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Dan Brady’s Blog Post about the Eagles Building – September 10, 2012