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  
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Philip Seewald--Jeweler and Clock Maker Extraordinaire


     Philip Seewald and Louisa Lang Seewald are the maternal 3x great grandparents of my husband, Ted.  Philip is 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 books 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.  I  found an article in the Advertiser Tribune, Tiffin's local newspaper, that groundbreaking for the courthouse was begun in 1883.  The tower clock was made by Seewald and Hart, Tiffin, Ohio.  Since Philip Seewald died in 1878, it begs the question--was the original clock in the tower built by Philip or his son, John Louis?  Or, perhaps, the original clock was simply in a tower standing alone in the Tiffin town square before the Seneca County Courthouse was built.

     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 John Philip Seewald's jewelry store.



     The Seneca County Courthouse and clock tower were razed early this year 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, been but the original one was underneath it and it could've been brought back," he said.  I know my Aunt said that the clock that was destroyed was not the Seewald clock; however, it seems from the above quote, the razed tower and clock may have been built over the original one.

     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 Seewalds fanned out across America and generations have provided new customers with beautiful articles of jewelry and time pieces.

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

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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 restaurant...lol

     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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