Friday, June 29, 2012

August Charles Farschman--Real Estate Mogul

     The scanned Elyria, Ohio newspapers out on ancestry have provided me with a new focus on my husbands, paternal great grandfather, August Charles Farschman--real estate mogul. ;-D

    Through the early 1900's, August had a candy, tobacco and billard establishment on Broadway in Lorain.  To supplement his income, he also was employed in a local dairy and at the National Stove Company. By 1920 August had purchased property on 12th Avenue (Street?) in Lorain and two years later he owned property in Axel where he ran a gasoline station and grocery store until about 1932.

     The following newspaper clippings show that August had some additional real estate transactions in Lorain County.

Other Flipside Blogs for August Charles Farschman:

Farschman History--The "C" Stands for Charles
Treasure Chest Thursday--August C. Farschman Money Bag

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mont Mettie Munger--Writer, Composer, Musician and Vaudevillian

      I have been hard at work lately blogging about my maternal Stark Family.  Some work is new and others, like this one, is an update of a previous blog written in 2012.  I wrote a blog about the Munger's back in 2009 as a Tombstone Tuesday.  It was very skimpy.  The recently rewritten one, Mont Mettie Munger and Lucy Stark Munger, is not.  

     While I was researching the Munger Family for the umpteenth time, I google searched my maternal grand uncle, Mont Mettie Munger.  The usual stuff showed up.....except one and it is the new information I have been able to add to both blogs.  It was most definitely a genealogy happy dance moment.

Granny Stark in front of the player piano
Mont's mother-in-law

     Mont Mettie Munger, my maternal grand uncle, has been quite a man of mystery. As I mentioned in the Munger blog, I have no stories of him other than my mother, who was in junior high school, telling of Uncle Mont sitting at Aunt Dorothy's player piano and tickling the ivories with GREAT showmanship.  My Mom thought him very funny pretending to play the piano for the gathered family.  I now know that Uncle Mont was quite musical and could play the piano for real.   

The 2012 Blog Story

     Back in 2012, for some unknown reason, I was putting Mont's name into the google search engine and up popped some new and interesting information.  I found three Library of Congress listings for Mont M. Munger, Pittsburgh, composer and author.  Wow....somehow that little piece of family history was lost through the decades. 

This is not Mont's song.  It is my graphic art

     It appears that Uncle Mont composed two little ditties back in 1938:  On a Honeymoon Up in the Sky and Do You Remember Dear.  Uncle Mont was not on Tin Pan Alley when he crafted his two songs and neither were on the Pittsburgh Top Ten; however, an accomplishment none the less.  I wonder if the untimely death of his wife, Lucy Stark Munger in 1927, were the basis of the songs.

     One of Mont's songs, On A Honeymoon Up in the Sky, was copyrighted, but not published.  His second song, Do You Remember Dear, was copyrighted; however, the listing does not mention whether he published it.  These are the only songs by Mont Munger that I have found to date.

      Uncle Mont may have used a typewriter to write the manuscript for his book.  He was proficient using one.  Back when he first came to Pittsburgh circa 1908, he was employed as a stenographer.

     Song of Heaven, a 265 page vanity press book, was published in 1958.  It would be fun to find a copy.  I imagine it was given out to family members and friends; however, it has been lost to the ages.....unfortunately, probably is in Pittsburgh land fills.

The 2021 Story

     Well, NO it has NOT been lost to the ages.  This is the happy dance!  When I was google searching Mont last week, up popped an eBay sale for Mont M. Munger's book, Song of Heaven.  Now mind you, when I first wrote this blog back in 2012, I was taking it on faith that my maternl grand uncle Mont Munger wrote the book.  Seriously, how many Mont M. Munger's could be around in 1958.  I wrote the seller to see if there was some additional information about the author.  I was rewarded with definite proof that Uncle Mont wrote the book AND there was a photo and personal information on the dust jacket.  It is the first and only photo of him I have seen.  Thank goodness the dust jacket was still on the book.  Without that dust jacket, I would not have said--SOLD.  

     What I already knew from previous research--Mont's, birth place and his stationery business.  What was a new eye opener--his vaudeville days.  I was able to find some information on his touring and entertaining at the Crystal Theater.  No wonder he was so entertaining on the player piano at family gatherings in the late 20's and early 30's.

If you are interested on the small amount of vaudeville performances I have found, it is on the blog, Mont Mettie Munger and Lucy Stark Munger.

A portion of the Table of Contents

     Song of Heaven took Uncle Mont fifteen years to complete.  It is a book of poetry made from rhyming couplets. The thrust of the philosophy contained within the poems is that man must depend on the Divine Spirit to obtain contentment.  It is important for the Spirit to have a victory over the physical and material existence.
Rewritten February, 2021  

Other Munger Blogs on Flipside

Mont Mettie Munger Vaudevillian
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Phillip Seewald--Jeweler and Clock Maker Extraordinaire

Phillip Seewald
In the possession of his paternal great great great grandson

     Before I begin, I want to acknowledge the written work and research of two family members.  I have relied heavily on their books.  One, written by my husbands maternal great great great uncle, Judge William Lang, and his book, written in 1880 and Ted's maternal uncle, Howard Lewis Smith who published his book in 1997.

     Phillip Seewald and Louisa Lang Seewald are the maternal 3x great grandparents of my husband, Ted.  Phillip was the son of Ludwig Seewald and Sophia Correll.  He was born on September 26 1799 in Sippersfeld, Bavarian Palatinate, Germany.  Louisa, daughter of George Ludwig Henry Lang and Catherine Scheutz, was born on February 26, 1802 in Bavaria, Germany.

     The immigration and gradual movement across pioneer America of the Seewalds from Philadelphia to Tiffin, Ohio is well documented in the History of Seneca County published in 1880  by William Lang, page 255-257.  As noted in the book's article, all three of Philips sons; John Louis Seewald, William Henry Seewald and John Philip Seewald, carried on the family trade of jeweler.

     At the end of the Seewald section of William Lang's book, it mentions that Philip Seewald began making tower clocks in his later years.  Lang credits Philip Seewald with the building of the clock located in the clock tower near the Seneca County Courthouse.  

     Phillip and Louisa Seewald arrived in Seneca County, Ohio in 1833 with three children.  Phillip's brother, Valentine Seewald and his family also made the journey to Ohio.  Early land records show that Phillip and Valentine purchased land in Liberty Township in Seneca County on August 30, 1833.  

     The above, typewritten piece of Seewald and Lang history, was copied from an article in the Tiffin newspaper.

     There is a question.  Did the Seewald's arrive in Tiffin, Clinton Township and then purchase land in Liberty Township and live there for an unknown amount of time before moving to Tiffin?

     I found this description of a look at the early town of Tiffin in Uncle Howards book (Smith page 8).  The early, courageous pioneers had the awesome task of clearing the land and building their homes from the trees that they cleared.  Where the family lived while this was accomplished, along with finding a food source where daily issues.      

     Both Phillip and Valentine are enumerated in the 1840 Ohio census living in Tiffin.

     During the next ten years four additional children were added to the growing family.

Known children of Phillip and Louisa Seewald:

  1.  Katherine Seewald (my husbands maternal great great grandmother), 1825-1899, married Jacob Oster.
  2.  Philipina Seewald, 1829-1877, married William Zoeller.
  3. John Louis Seewald--1831-1904, married Susan Victoria Orwig.
  4. Sophia Seewald, 1834-1837 
  5. William Henry Seewald, 1836-1914, married Mary Josephine Cornelius and Katherine Agnes Finane.
  6. Louisa Seewald, 1840-1899, married Henry C. Spindler.
  7. John Phillip Seewald, 1842-1929, married Marcella Duryee.  
     On August 28, 1837, the Seewald family suffered the loss of their daughter and sibling, Sophia Seewald at the tender age of three. I have not seen a burial marker for little Sophia; however, imagine she is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.


     About ten years after arriving in Tiffin, Louisa Lang Seewald died on February 8, 1843 at the age of forty-three.  She is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio.  

     The 1850 Ohio census has a listing in the City of Tiffin for Philip Seawalt, watch maker with $2,500 value of real estate owned.  

     On September 28, 1850, fifty-one year old Philip Sewald married forty year old Elizabeth Staib in Seneca County, Ohio.  

     Sophia Catherine Seewald, the ony child born to Phillip and Elizabeth, was born on September 22, 1854 in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio.  

The What, How And Who Of It:  An Ohio Community in 1856-1880, 1997
by Howard Smith
page 1

     My husband's, Uncle Howard Smith, wrote a well researched book regarding Tiffin, Ohio, The What, How and Who Of It:  An Ohio Community in 1856-1880.  He presents the reader with a stroll down South Washington Street, referred to as Main Street, in 1856.  One of the merchants, Phillip Seewald, Uncle Howards, paternal great great grandfather, is mentioned.  

Baughman's History of Seneca County Ohio
Volume I
page 134

       Between Uncle Howard's and the History of Seneca County references, I can put the location of Phillip's home and shop on an old Tiffin map.  

     Tiffin was a growing and thriving community by 1859.  I was surprised at the large number of businesses and merchants listed in Frank Dildine's book.  Phillip Seewald was not the only jeweler in town (Dildine, 70).  Tiffin also was home to Heidelberg Theological College.  A personal note regarding Heidelberg.  It became Heidelberg College and most recently is now known as Heidelberg University.  My husband and I are graduates and met there our senior year.

     Fifty year old Phillip is enumerated in the 1860 Ohio census along with his wife, Elizabeth, his youngest son, Phillip and daughter Sophia.  His occupation is silver smith with the value of his real estate and personal real estate are both at $2,500.  His son, Louis and family are enumerated on the same page.  

The Tiffin Tribune
Thursday, September 17, 1874

     Sometime in the 1860's Phillip was commissioned to create a town clock.  There are written records of the Tiffin City Council paying Phillip for the rent, maintenance and winding of the clock from 1869-1874.

The Tiffin Tribune
May 9, 1867

     By 1867, Phillip's son, Louis Seewald, decided to  improve the jewelry store and moved it to a new location  across the street from the court house.  A newspaper article mentions that Louis and his father had a disagreement about the size of the store and the types of goods sold.  I am not clear about Phillip continuing to operate his shop or if he retired.    
     There is a series of articles in the Tiffin newspaper beginning in 1870 questioning the height of the steeple on the court house.  Trees in the front yard had grown to a height and the Seewald clock  was beginning to be hidden behind the foliage.  By 1873, a newspaper article questioned whether the Seewald clock should remain in the Court House steeple.  Residents thought that it should be moved to the steeple of the First Methodist Church.  The Court House was raised in 1883 and the new town clock was built by Phillip's son, Louis Seewald.  I have not been able to know what happened to the original clock when the court house was destroyed.

     Phillip was involved in several community organizations.  In 1869, several existing early pioneers gathered to organize a Pioneer's Association and Phillip Seewald was elected the vice president (Barnes48-49). In 1870, with the outset of the Franco-German War, the large number of German residents in Tiffin organized to send money back to Germany to assist the wounded soldiers and residents.  Phillip Seewald was a leading member of the organization (Smith 210).  Uncle Howard also lists Phillip as a member and one of the vice presidents of the 1876 Centennial celebration (Smith, 200).  

The Tiffin Tribune
November 2, 1871

The Tiffin Tribune
January 11, 1872

     The 1870's saw Phillip renting and selling off some of his property at the corner of Madison and South Washington Street.  At age seventy- three he also decided to build a new brick house on the rear of his lot and once built had a fall from a ladder.  

     Phillip Seewald died at age seventy-nine on October 30, 1878.  He is buried in the Seewald section of Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio.  

     Phillip's second wife, Elizabeth Staib Seewald, died in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio on August 24, 1900.  She was living with her married daughter's family.  Her body was interred in Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio

 Additional Information    

     Another one of Philip's tower clocks is still in operation in Hudson, Michigan.  According to an article in the Toledo Blade, March 1, 1982, page 6, Future of Old Clock Has Hudson Wound Up, the Hudson clock was originally in Fremont, Ohio and was subsequently moved to Hudson in front of his son and namesake, John Philip Seewald's, jewelry store.

     This clock's movement was built by Phillip and his son and namesake, John Phillip Seewald in 1859 and was housed in a church tower in Fremont, Ohio.  Phillip had a brother-in-Law, Reverend Henry Lang, a Lutheran minister had a church in Fremont.  Perhaps the clock was in Henry's church tower.  The clock was removed from Fremont and taken to Hudson, Michigan to be placed in front of the younger Phillip Seewald's jewelry store.  

     The Seneca County Courthouse and clock tower were razed early this year (2012) following protests by local groups and even a failed request to the Ohio Supreme Court.  There was a quote by a local resident that I found in a Toledo Blade article, "Watching the 107-foot clock tower of Seneca County's 1884 courthouse come down piece by dusty piece Thursday, the resident conceded most people considered the tower ugly." "I wasn't too fond of it either, but the original one was underneath it and it could've been brought back," he said.  I know  Aunt Betty said that the clock that was destroyed was not the Seewald clock; however, recent research shows that the clock hidden underneath was the one built and designed by Louis Seewald in 1883.

     I have been working lately on my husband's Seewald genealogy and it was amazing to learn just how many descendants of  Philip Seewald continued his business in jewelry and clock making.  The Seewald's fanned out across America and generations have provided new customers with beautiful articles of jewelry and time pieces.

     There is a wonderfully informative biography in the Lang book, pages 255-257.  Judge Lang was well acquainted with Philip Seewald, his brother-in-law.  I especially wanted to crop and post the section regarding Phillip's character and physical appearance.

Other spellings of Philip Seewald:  Phillip Seewald, Johann Phillip Seewald.


Barnes, Myron Bruce.  Between the Eighties Tiffin Ohio 1880-1980, Seneca County Museum Association, 1982.

Baughman, Abraham J.  History of Seneca County Ohio, Volume I, The Lewis Publishing Company, New York-Chicago, 1911, page 134.

Dildine, Frank.  From Wilderness to City History of Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, Seneca County Genealogical Society, 1999, page 70.

Lang, William.  History of Seneca County From the Close Of The Revolutionary War until July 1880, Transcript Printing Company, Springfield, Ohio, 1880.

Smith, Howard.  The What, How And Who Of It:  An Ohio Community in 1856-1880, 1997.

Updated:  November 2022
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Seewald Cousins

Third Cousins Once Removed
Elaine, Ted and Gloria

     Why do I blog????  Here is a recent instance.  Back in January I wrote about my son finding a piece of his Lang history at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio at What Could I Say But Good Eye. That piece generated a flurry of e-mail activity from two women who also called the Lang Family of Tiffin, Ohio their family. 

     After plenty of travel planning on their part, Gloria and Elaine arrived in Ohio last week digging into their Seewald/Lang roots.  My husband and I had the pleasure of their company here in Cleveland on Saturday for dinner at The Blue Point Grill.  I'm afraid we occupied our table for well over three hours--probably to the consternation of the

     Ted's cousins continued on their genealogy trip to Hudson, Michigan where their mutual grandfather, Philip Seewald, built the town clock, which is still in existence.  Philip Seewald is Elaine and Gloria's great great grandfather and he is Ted's great great great grandfather.

     Two days were spent in Tiffin, talking with Ted's aunt and uncle, visiting Greenfield Cemetery where so many Tiffin pioneers are buried and taking in the Tiffin Historical Society and Tiffin Glass Museum. 

     Their final day in Ohio will be in Berlin--a non genealogical day--browsing the numerous Amish shops.

     Elaine and Gloria....I don't know if you have this newspaper clipping.  It is a wonderful look at your Seewald ancestry in Amarillo, Texas.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Aunt Pat

     Last night a cherished family member passed from this life to the next following a courageous battle with cancer.  Aunt Pat was like a comet passing through my Hughes family's lives scattering love, light and energy to everyone she met. 

1985 Aunt Pat with Uncle Ed and Edna Hughes

     She was my Uncle John's second wife and I first had the pleasure of meeting her when she accompanied him to Cousin Karen's wedding in Pittsburgh in 1985.  Have you ever met someone for the first time and instinctively knew you would want to get to know them better--spend more time with them???  That was my first reaction to Aunt Pat.  She was full of energy and charisma.  A pinch on the cheek for Garrett, a big kiss for Aric and for Ted....well, she exclaimed, "Who is that FUNNY MAN!!!"  "Funny Man" became Ted's nickname for the next twenty seven years.  That first meeting she captivated us with her wit and sincerity. 

Uncle John and Aunt Pat
Fran and Lee's wedding 1986

     Through the years, I was always anxious to know if Aunt Pat would be attending whatever family gathering was on the docket.  She had a joie de vivre.  Now, don't get me wrong.  Aunt Pat had her ups and downs and fought a few demons during her lifetime, but always seemed to do it with grace and style. 

Aunt Pat and Uncle John at Grams'
90th birthday--1988

     She was a multifaceted woman.....not just fun and games, but also a good counselor.  Aunt Pat was able to put her thumb right on a problem and gave thoughtful, expert advice.

Aunt Pat enjoying a piece of cake at Megan's
high school graduation party 2002

     I had two occasions to really spend some quality time with my aunt.  The first was following Megan's high school graduation party.  We all gathered at Cousin Phyllis' home and Aunt Pat and I sat for hours looking through my Hughes picture book.  I marveled at the stories she shared.....thoughts of my Uncle John regarding his parents and great grandmother.....items that he had, up to that point, only shared with Pat. 

Aunt Pat teaching me a few tricks
of her selling skills--2002

     Second, when the family gathered to plan and have the Fun With Judy event.  Aunt Pat arrived with her usual excitement; her arms full of bags of food.  She proceeded to literally throw together a delicious chili out of canned products.  Was it called Seven Can Chili????  Next she sat down with me and we gathered up and priced all the items that we were selling in a garage sale during the Fun With Judy day.  I felt like I was sitting at the feet of a master.  I was so into auctions and garage sales that year and Aunt Pat was a seller for house sales--she REALLY knew her stuff.  To say that I was in awe would be an understatement.

Hughes Family gathers for Katie's high school grad party
The last time I saw my aunt was at Katie's graduation party in 2006.  It was so wonderful to feel her kiss on my cheek and warm embrace. 

Rest in Peace my dear Aunt Pat.  I know you have been warmly welcomed up in heaven and are spreading your effervescent personality to all you meet.

Identified left to right; siblings - 
"Aunt Pat", Joseph "Joe" Madden, Rosemary Madden-Allan
Shared by Phaedra Madden

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