18 September 2014

WCGS September 2014 Meeting and More

By Pamela Pattison Lash

The WCGS began its new season of genealogical fun with a bang!  Here's what VP Mary Alice Roth has to report:


 The Williams County Genealogical Society held the first meeting of their new year on Monday, September 13, 2014.  After a short greeting by President Pat Goebel, a delicious array of food was enjoyed by all.

     Each person introduced themselves.  We had two new members and two guests.  Then the fun began!!!  Vice President Mary Alice Roth started a game of genealogy word find.  I think this was the quietest the group has ever been.  The next game tested their knowledge of genealogy understanding in many areas.  A handout of answers, with factual explanations of the answers, was given out.  We all had a great time,

     The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014. Our guest speaker will be Joanne Allison.  She will be telling of her quest to find her German heritage, travels to Germany and her recently published book.  You may hear tips on how to locate your own German ancestors.

     The purpose of the WCGS is preservation of county records and family research.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, at 6:30pm, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library.  The public is invited to attend all meetings.

     For further information concerning the WCGS, visit the Website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write to the WCGS, P.O. Box 293, Bryan, Ohio 43506.



11 September 2014

Minnie St John Jones v Jefferson Paul Jones, 1891-92 Divorce Action


By Pamela Pattison Lash

Minnie St John Jones v Jefferson Paul Jones (Roll 51 case number 2927 – 1891/1893)

Bryan Democrat, 26 November 1891 p4 c6
Legal Notice
J. Paul Jones, whose Post Office address and residence is to plaintiff unknown, take notice that on 2 November 1891, Minnie Jones filed her petition in the clerks court of the Court of Common Pleas in Williams Co, OH case #2927 charging that defendant, J Paul Jones with continuous and willful absence from said plaintiff for more than 3 years.  The object and prayer of said petition is for the procurement of a divorce by said plaintiff from said defendant on said grounds and for the custody of one minor child of said plaintiff and said defendant and for alimony.  Said defendant is required to answer or to demur to said petition on or before 6 weeks from and after the 5th day of November 1891.Minnie Jones, Plaintiff

Minnie Jones v J. Paul Jones (Roll 51 case number 2927 - 1891/93)

The couple was married in Hillsdale Co, MI in July 1882.  Minnie said that her husband had been absent for three years and was guilty of gross neglect of duty.  She wanted custody of their daughter, Stella Jones, and $500 in alimony.  This action was filed on 2 November 1891 and appears to have been finalized by the court during the April 1892 term.  Minnie stated that J. Paul had left her in June 1884 and that he was lazy and indolent; he gave her no support for the child, yet he was wealthy as he was heir to his father’s estate.  Minnie had no property.  The court granted all her requests.

Starting with this information, I found the following:
Minnie B. St John married Jefferson P Jones in Amboy Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI on 23 July 1882; he was 21, a farmer with residence in Hillsdale, MI; she was 20 with residence in Williams Co, OH; they were both born in Ohio.

The Groom
Jefferson P Jones married Ida May Hall in Lickley Corners, Hillsdale Co, MI on 21 October 1894.  The license stated that they both lived in Prattville, MI and neither had been married before.  He was 30, a barber, born in West Unity, OH to SS Jones and Margaret Dunscomb; she was 22, born in Bordina, NY, the daughter of James Hall and Mary A Evans.

1880 Wright Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI
Jones, Samuel 41 NJ
Margaret wife 41 OH
Paul son 19 OH
James son 14 OH
Gilbert son 9 MI
Note: Samuel Jones married Margaret Dunscomb in Williams Co, OH on 3 January 1861.

1900 Wright Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI
Jones, Jefferson P 39 (Oct 1861) OH-NJ-OH
M. Ida wife 25 (1875) NY-Eng-Eng married 6Y no children

By 1930 Jefferson was living in Battle Creek, Calhoun Co, MI as a roomer of the Archer and Hilda Phillips family; he was a widower, 68 OH.

By 1940 he lived in Grass Lake, Jackson Co, MI, 78 OH, widower, lodger of  Myrtle Bitner; his last residence was listed as Dexter, Washtenaw Co, MI

Jefferson Paul Jones, born 3 October 1861 in West Unity, Williams Co, OH, son of Samuel Jones, died on 10 September 1940 in Jackson, Jackson Co, MI; he was buried in Woodland Cem, Jackson Co, MI

The Bride
Minnie Jones married Alfred H Reader in Williams Co, OH on 26 March 1892.  Minnie was the daughter of Ward St John and Catherine Yost.

1870 Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH
St John, Minnie 10 OH with parents and siblings

1880 Millcreek Twp, Williams Co, OH
St John, Ward 49 CT
Catherine wife 43 CT
William son 25 OH
Abner son 23 OH
Minnie dau 20 OH
Nettie dau 17 OH
George son 14 OH
Jacob son 10 OH

1900 Woodbridge, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: 713; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0100; FHL microfilm: 1240713.
Reader, Alfred 47 (June 1852) OH-Eng-Eng
Minnie wife 39 (June 1860) OH-OH-OH mar 1892 2/2 ch
Royal son 5 (June 1894) MI-OH-OH

In Fayette, Hilldale Co, MI Alfred H Reader died on 12 April 1905 and was buried in the Osbourne Cemetery.

Minnie Reader married Albert L Fitton on 10 January 1907 in Hillsdale Co, MI.

In 1910 Jackson Co, MI we find Fitton, Albert L divorced; so far I’ve not discovered Minnie, but in 1910 there is a Royal Reader 15 MI living as inmate of Lansing, MI Industrial School for Boys

On 24 March 1916 in Hillsdale Co, OH Minnie Fitton married Andrew Allen Smith.

From the 1920 Jonesville, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: T625_768; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 122; Image: 165, Minnie Smith is living as a widow, 58 OH-NY-PA.


           

           

04 September 2014

Clara Louemma Yates Murray v Edward Murray, Divorce 1892

By Pamela Pattison Lash


While browsing an old newspaper I found this entry:

Bryan Democrat 7 January 1892 p5 c6
Edward Murray whose place of residence and post office address are to Clara L Murray unknown will take notice that on 20 November 1891 the said Clara Murray filed her petition in the Court of Common Pleas of Williams County, OH pursuit to a divorce from him on the grounds of willfully absence of the Edward Murray from Clara L Murray for a period of 3 years last past. 

I searched the Civil and Criminal Court records and found the divorce entry in Roll 51 #2941 which shed very little light on the circumstances of this action. It appears that Clara wanted custody of their son, Edwin Murray, $500 in alimony, and court costs paid by the defendant.  It also appears that the divorce was finalized c 8 March 1892 in the Common Pleas Court.  With some digging I found the marriage for this couple and the birth record of their son:

Married 8 July 1888, Williams Co, OH (Marriage V5 p 427)
Edward Murray and Clara Louemma Yates – the marriage application was made by John Yates, her father

Birth of their son - 13 November 1888, Bryan, Williams Co, OH – Edwin Yates Murray

I then checked out the census for 1870, 1880, and 1900 but found that by 1900 Clara was not living in Williams County as she had remarried and her son was listed as the adopted son of her parents, John and Mary Yates. 
1870 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 180A; Image: 363; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 92/92 Yates, John 35 OH carpenter
Mary 29 OH
Elmer 8 OH
George 6 OH
Clara 1 OH

1880 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 656D; Enumeration District: 012; Image: 0174.
h/h 561586 Yates, John 41 OH-PA-PA carpenter
Mary wife 38 OH-PA-PA
Elmer son 18 OH-OH-OH
George son 155 OH-OH-OH
Clara dau 10 OH-OH-OH
Kahl, Edward 21 OH-Prussia-Prussia boarder, laborer

Clara Murray married Charles P Harring in Williams Co, OH on 30 June 1892 (Marriage V6 p242)


Everything fell into place with her obit.

Clara Louemma Yates (6 June 1869, Williams Co, OH – Birth V1 p5; 27 March 1951, Bryan, OH; buried in Fountain Grove Cem, Bryan, Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH)
d/o John Yates and Mary J Schartzer

Leader Enterprise (Montpelier, OH), Thursday, 29 March 1951 p1 c8
Mrs. Harring Dies in Hospital
Mrs Clara Louemma Harring, 81, life long resident of Williams Co, OH died Tuesday morning (March 27) at the Cameron Hospital in Bryan.  She had been ill only a short time.
Funeral rites were conducted this afternoon at the Creators and Kissell Funeral Home in Bryan with Rev Clinton W Swengel officiating.  Burial was made in Fountain Grove Cem.
Surviving:
Son Edwin Murray of Bryan
2 step-sons Emmett P Harring of Grand Rapids and Claude P Harring, Houghton Lake
1 step-dau Mrs Ethel Long of Toledo
4 grandchildren
10 gr-grandchildren
Mrs Harring was a member of the Bryan Methodist Church, the Order of Easter Star, the Women’s Relief Corps, and the Pythian Sisters.

More information on her second husband: 
Charles P Harring (21 April 1856, Osseo, MI- 29 November 1912, Toledo, Lucas Co, OH); s/o Henry H Harring and Mary Shurtleff

1860 Jefferson, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: M653_543; Page: 342; Image: 337; Family History Library Film: 803543.
Charles P Herring 7 MI s/o Henry and Mary Harring

1870 Jefferson, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: M593_673; Page: 372B; Image: 427; Family History Library Film: 552172.
Charles Harring 17 MI s/o Henry and Mary Harring

Charles P Harring married Bell Parter (Isabell Porter) in Osseo, Hillsdale Co, MI on 26 September 1876 – children Stacy (c1878), Emmett P (Apr 1880), Ethel (1883), Claud P (Feb 1888)

1880 Camden Center, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: 580; Family History Film: 1254580; Page: 90D; Enumeration District: 083; Image: 0619.
h/h 370/382 Harring, Charles P 27 MI-NY-NY grist miller
Belle wife 21 MI-Eng-Eng
Stacy son 2 MI-MI-MI
Emma dau 2M (Apr) MI-MI-MI – misidentified as girl

1900 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1332; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0111; FHL microfilm: 1241332.
h/h 266/278 under John Yates running boarding house - Edwin Y Murray, 11 (April 1888) adopted son of John and Mary Yates OH-OH-OH

1900 Toledo, Lucas Co, OH City Directory – Charles P Harring, painter

1900 Toledo Ward 14, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: 1299; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0108; FHL microfilm: 1241299.
h/h 619/295 – 298 Prouty Ave - Harding, Charles P 47 MI-NY-NY mar 8Y painter
Clara L wife 30 OH-PA-PA 1/1 ch
Emmet P son 20
Ethel dau 17
Claud P son 12

1910 Toledo Ward 2, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: T624_1207; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 0043; FHL microfilm: 1375220.
h/h 830/158 – 206 Michigan St -Harring, Charles P 53 MI-NY-NY mar 17Y, mar 2x, stone mason
Clara wife 40 OH-OH-OH mar 2x, no children

Charles P Harring died in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH on 29 November 1912

After his death it would appear that Clara moved from Toledo back to Bryan, where she spent the rest of her life.

1920 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T625_1450; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 164; Image: 356. – under John Yates - Clara Hering 50 OH-OH-OH telephone operator living as roomer with Yates family, widow

1940 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T627_3169; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 86-17.
Clara Harring 70 OH-OH-OH lodger, widow, living in household of William and Mildred Miller

02 August 2014

Lady Has Longevity Genes - Alice Verona Kosier Gleason

By Pamela Pattison Lash

I discovered a newspaper article and picture of a lady who celebrated her 100th birthday.  I was amazed at the information given in this article and want to share this with you.  I had worked on a divorce detailing of her father so I had a bit of material to start with but I added some more data to the lady with the longevity genes.


Alice Verona Kosier Gleason (17 July 1857 – 8 October 1957 Fayette, Gorham Twp, Fulton Co, OH; buried in West Franklin Cem, Franklin Twp, Fulton Co, OH)

Bryan Times, 26 July 1957 p1 c6

Mrs. Alice V Gleason, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Fayette (OH), has an unusually large number of living descendants, 48, and many of them live in this area.

She has 3 sons and 2 daughters, (R) Charles Gleason, Wakeman, Ross Gleason, Fayette with whom she lives with Firman Gleason, Lyons, Mrs. Jerome Kline (Willobelle), Fayette, and Mrs George Robison (Juanita Wyonna), Fayette.

She also had two daughters and one son who passed away, Mrs Gar (Richard Lagar) Gamble (Rosamond), Mrs William Gamble (Edna Luella Gleason) and George Gleason.

There are 20 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren giving Mrs. Gleason something of a record in this area.

Mrs. Gleason was born in Hamer, Williams Co, OH, July 17, 1857, the daughter of M/M Jonathan Kosier.  Her husband Allison Gleason, died in 1948 at the age of 89.  He was a farmer and they lived to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary.  Much of their life having been spent in Williams County, while she has lived in her present home since 1899.

Her Obit - Bryan Times, 10 October 1957 p1

Alice Verona Kosier, was the daughter of Jonathan Kosier, Jr and Catherine Rhodes, both natives of PA with Jonathan taking up the vocation of blacksmith; later Jonathan would become a Civil War veteran, serving in Co F 182nd OVI with the rank of corporal. – see divorce detailing for more information on Jonathan Kosier.

In the 1860 Millcreek Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census, p123b, one finds the Kosier family as Jonathan 27 PA, blacksmith; Catherine 27 PA; I.M. (male) 4 OH; A.B. (female) 2 OH; and twins, Joseph and Josephine 11/12 OH.

By the 1870 Millcreek Twp federal census p29, the family had grown as follows: Jonathan 37 PA blacksmith; Catherine 37 PA; Alexander 14 OH; Alice Verona 12 OH; Joseph 10 OH; Josephine 10 OH; Rosanna 8 OH; George W. 6 OH; Cora 4 OH; and Samuel Kosier 24 PA, probably Jonathan's younger brother.  Another child, Lilly M. (b. 29 July 1870; d. 19 Oct 1871), was the first of the family to be buried in the West Franklin Cem, Fulton Co, OH. 

Mother Catherine Kosier who passed away on 29 Sept 1873 (Wms Co, OH Deaths, V1 p23) joined her.  Jonathan was listed in the 1874 Wms Co, OH Atlas as the owner of several lots in the village of Hamer in Millcreek Twp.

Alice Verona Kosier married Alson Gleason in Williams Co, OH on 27 August 1879 (Marriages V4 p642); Alson or Allison was the s/o James Morrison Gleason and Susan Mary Dietrick

Their children:
(Mildred Rosemond) Rosa Oct 1880
Charles Leland – 8 Jul 1882, West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH
Willobelle – 5 December 1883, Williams Co, OH
Edna – 6 May 1886, Williams Co, OH
George R May 1893
Ross Carelton 6 Dec 1897
Juanita Wyonna 7 May 1900
Firman Summerville 24 Nov 904

1900 Gorham, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: 1270; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 0010; FHL microfilm: 1241270.
h/h 361/370 Gleason, Alson 41 (May 1859) mar 20Y OH-NY-PA farmer
Alice V wife 42 (July 1857) 6/6 ch OH-PA-PA
Rosa dau 19 (Oct 1880) OH-OH-OH
Charles L son 17 (July 1882) OH-OH-OH
Willa B dau 16 (Dec 1883) OH-OH-OH
Edna 14 dau (May 1886) OH-OH-OH
George R son  7 (May 1893) OH-OH-OH
Ross 2 son (Dec 1897) OH-OH-OH

1910 Gorham, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: T624_1184; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0011; FHL microfilm: 1375197.
h/h 33/33 Gleason, Allison 50 OH-NY-PA farmer mar 30Y
Alice 52 wife OH-PA-PA 8/8 ch
Edna L dau 23 music teacher
George R son 19
Ross C son 12
Juanita dau 7
Firman  son 6

Alice can also be found in Gorham, Fulton Co, OH federal census records for 1920, 1930, and 1940.

21 June 2014

WCGS Banquet - June 2014


By Pamela Pattison Lash

Our WCGS End-of-the-Year Banquet celebrated our passion for genealogy.  Here is a synopsis of the event, reported by Pat Goebel, Co-VP:

The 31st Annual Banquet for the Williams County Genealogical Society was held June 16, 2014 at the Moose Lodge in Bryan, OH. The guest speaker was Eric Rotsinger, a living historian, portraying the Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Eric started in 1997 portraying Mark Twain. He has worked on getting into Mark Twain’s head, only to find Mark Twain was a character created and marketed image to sell books and show tickets. Behind the mask lies Samuel Clemens, a man as bright and dark, as ridiculous and somber, as calculating and na├»ve. Eric brought this man in all of his complicated simplicity to life.

Kim Smith, the First Families of Williams County Chairperson, introduced three new members to the First Families; bring the total number of members to 210. They are Jeffrey W. Thompson, surname: Thompson; Dan Clark, surnames: Armstrong, Clark, Mills, Stubbs, Wilbur; and Kim Brown, surname: Yates.

Pam Lash, outgoing President, presented Alice Shaffer, one of the founding members of the society, who is retiring from the board, with a gift in appreciation for her many years of service, advice and leadership. She then presented the new board: Ronda Garbin, Newsletter Editor; Carolyn Pfiester, Historian/ Board Assistant; Marty Richie, Webmaster; Kim Smith, First Families/Williams Co.; Nancy Chamberlain, Membership Assistant; Fred Strobel, Membership; Pam Lash Publications; Melody Turner, Bookkeeper; Jane Huffman, Treasurer/Librarian; Alice Meuleman, Secretary; Mary Alice Roth, Vice-President; and Patricia Goebel, President.

Patricia then presented Pam Lash, who also was one of the founders of the society, with a gift of appreciations for her many years of expertise, wisdom and leadership. The society has grown and flourished with both Alice and Pam’s leadership.

The next meeting will be in September. Have a great summer and Keep Researching!
The purpose of WCGS is the preservation of county records and family research.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, at 6:30pm, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library. The public is invited for all the meetings.

For further information concerning WCGS, visit the Website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write to WCGS, P.O. Box 293, Bryan, Ohio 43506.

27 May 2014

Emma Bice Shear Case v Loren E Case, Divorce 1901


By Pamela Pattison Lash

Bryan Democrat, 4 July 1901
Emma Case v Loren Case; action for divorce; petition filed 27 June 1901 on grounds of extreme cruelty and gross neglect of duty.

Loren E Case, son of Job B Case and Estella Smith married Emma J Shear, daughter of David Bice and Rilla Snowden on 5 April 1900 in Williams Co, OH (Marriage V8 p134)
Loren was 37 on 8 Sept 1899; he was married once before.  She was born and a resident of Shiawassee, MI where he was a carpenter.

The Bride:
Emma J Shear was 21 on 8 Dec 1899; she was previously married and divorced to Shear.  She lived in Pioneer, OH.

1880 Springfield, Allen, Indiana; Roll: 264; Family History Film: 1254264; Page: 229C; Enumeration District: 104; Image: 0280.
h/h 182/183 Bice, David 35 OH-CT-NY farmer
Rilla wife 20 IN-CT-NY
Emma dau 5M – Dec IN-OH-IN

Rilla Snowden Bice died in Allen Co, IN on 30 May 1882; David Bice was married three times:
1. Mahalia Donat, 13 Nov 1864, Paulding Co, OH
2. Rilla Snowden, c1879 IN
3. Amy Wallace, 10 Jan 1883, Allen Co, IN; divorced 13 Oct 1890

David Bice died on 11 Sept 1898 in Allen Co, IN

1900 Madison, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1332; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0107; FHL microfilm: 1241332.
h/h 288/288 Shear, Emma 20 (Oct 1879) OH-OH-OH servant, widow, 1/1 ch
Living with Charles Evers, a widower with 2 sons

Emma married Loren E Case, 5 April 1900 and divorced him cJuly 1901

Emma Shear married Charles Evers, 30 April 1902 in Williams Co, OH (Marriage V8 p359); he 39 farmer; she’s 25 divorced once (married once); he’s been married twice before; he’s the son of William Evers and Catherine Gorrell; she’s daughter of David Bice and Rilla Snowden; both residents of Pioneer, OH; note her name is Emma Sheer

Charles Evers died 3 Dec 1939 in Pioneer, OH and was buried in Floral Grove Cem, Pioneer, OH; married to Emma Evers; find-a-grave says he was married to Ellie Amy Utter, Hannah Anderson Lambright, and Emma Anderson Sheer.

Emma Evers died on 4 June 1971 and was buried in Floral Grove Cem, Pioneer, OH; she has a daughter Etta Ruth Shear who married a Cousine and lived in Florida??
Leader Enterprise (Montpelier, OH), 7 June 1971 p2 – obit of Emma J Evers
Bryan Times (Bryan, OH), 4 June 1971 p3 – daughter Ruth Lawter of Miami, FL and one granddaughter

The Groom:
Loren E Case (28 Nov 1862 MI – 4 July 1914, Laingsburg, Sciota Twp, Shiawassee Co, MI)
s/o Job B Case of NY and Ester Stella Smith of NY; carpenter, widower

He was married three times:
1. Lena Hickey, 6 June 1886, Swartz Creek, Genesee Co, MI; she died 24 May 1898, Durand, Shiawassee Co, MI; 5 children
2. Emma J Bice Shear, 5 April 1900, Williams Co, OH; divorced cJuly 1901
3. Sarah Hotalling bet 1901-1903; 2 children

1870 Chesaning, Saginaw, Michigan; Roll: M593_701; Page: 108A; Image: 224; Family History Library Film: 552200.
Case, Loren 7 MI living with parents Job and Estella and brother Leon.

1880 Victor, Clinton, Michigan; Roll: 577; Family History Film: 1254577; Page: 507B; Enumeration District: 056; Image: 0196.
Case, Loren E 17 MI living with parents and brother

1900 Sciota, Shiawassee, Michigan; Roll: 744; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0096; FHL microfilm: 1240744.
Loren’s children are living with his parents, Job and Estella Case and his brother leon

1910 Hagar, Berrien, Michigan; Roll: T624_638; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0074; FHL microfilm: 1374651.
h/h 234/236 Case, Loran 50 MI-NY-MI mar 2x mar 11Y
Sadie wife 47 mar 2x 1/1ch along with children

05 May 2014

WCGS April Meeting and Upcoming Events

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Co-VP Pat Goebel has a message of interest for those who wish to attend the May and June meetings of the Williams County Genealogical Society. Here's what Pat has to report:


The Williams County Genealogical Society held their April meeting in the Harmon Room of the West Annex to the Bryan Public Library. The guest speaker was Amanda Wells-Blackman. Amanda gave an outstanding presentation about how to identify the era in which a picture was taken. She gave a very informative handout to follow while she shared photos and deciphered how to identify the era. Her method is first identify the type of photograph, then date the photographer’s years of operation, if name is noted, and then identify and date the fashions in the photographs. Members had an opportunity to try and date several photos using the method above.

The May meeting will be held the THIRD Monday of the month, May 19, 2014, 6:30pm in the Harmon Room. The guest speakers are Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wells. They will be talking and sharing photos of cemeteries their society has repaired and uprighted. They will share before and after photos of cemeteries that have improved.

BANQUET:  The 31st Annual Banquet will be held on the June 16, 2014 the Bryan Moose Lodge, Bryan, Ohio at 6:30 pm. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with Jane Huffman, 419-636-6734, Local History and Genealogy Annex extension. The cost is $18 per person. The menu is Baked Swiss Steak, Lasagna, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Peas, Tossed Salad, Spice Cake, Brownies, and Beverage.

The guest speaker is Eric Rotsinger. He has been portraying Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) as a first person living historian for over 10 years. He is an actual relative of Twain’s. Eric truly brings this historic author and personality to life!

The purpose of WCGS is the preservation of county records and family research.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, at 6:30pm, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library. The public is invited for all the meetings.

For further information concerning WCGS, visit the Website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write to WCGS, P.O. Box 293, Bryan Ohio 43506.