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.
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.