Emma Wheeler & William Rochelle

Miss Emma M. Wheeler, daughter of Mrs. Dora Wheeler, and William E. Rochelle, son of Mrs. Ida Rochelle slipped away to Newport on Monday and were quietly married there.  The couple was unattended.  The couple will reside for the present with the bride’s mother.

Source: Hamilton Evening Journal, July 6, 1923.

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More Small Town News from Various Points

Portola, Calif., March 3 — Miss Barbara Loosley and Miss Lola Loosley, who have been residing with their grandmother, Mrs. H.C. Weir, have returned to their home in Beckwourth. (Nevada State Journal, March 4, 1933)

F.M. Loosley, a former merchant of Beckwith but now in the mercantile business in Valley Ford, is here visiting his son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Loosley. He is exhibiting a bruised lip when he received when his car was forced off the road. His car did not turn over but was wrecked badly enough to be put in the workshop. (Reno Evening Gazette, July 18, 1931)

Robert Mackrell, of Huntington, Indiana, stopped off here Wednesday afternoon to visit friends, being en route to Cleveland. He was accompanied as far as Ashland by J.K. Meachem. (Marion Daily Star, May 28, 1914)

Theo. Mackrell, Erie train despatcher at Newburgh, and daughter, Eva, spent Sunday at H.K. Wood’s. (Middletown Daily Times, February 1, 1894)

FIRE ENDANGERS BARNS: Fire from embers from burning brush carried to straw stacks, but for the assistance of neighbors, would have completely destroyed the large barns on the Porritt Farm, Seymour Lake, Friday the 6th. The water tanks for cattle and a large cistern provided sufficient water. (Clarkston Community News, May 21, 1921)

Mrs. Allen Price, of Penn Yan, was a week-end guest of her father, W.W. Hutchinson, and sister, Miss Dorothy Hutchinson. (Wellsboro Agitator, May 30, 1928)

The many friends of Clifford Rochelle, of Fifth and Heaton streets, will be sorry to learn that he is confined to Ft. Hamilton hospital for treatment. Mr. Rochelle has recently returned from the Good Samaritan hospital, Cincinnati, where he also underwent treatment. (Hamilton Evening Journal, August 21, 1931)

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rochelle, Mrs. Ida Rochelle, Mrs. Chas. Stegel [sic], and son, George, left yesterday by motor to visit friends and relatives in Sandusky and Columbus. (Hamilton Daily News, August 29, 1924)

Mrs. Theodore C. Search of Maryville, Mo., is here for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Werre. (Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 27, 1927)

Miss Minnie Spearin of the Grindstone City school is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Jas. Baldwin. (Bad Axe Democrat, December 30, 1887)

ONE YEAR AGO: The historic Bailey House, near Pilot Hill, has been sold by John B. Wagner to Clarence Steves, formerly of Orange County. (Placerville Mountain Democrat, July 31, 1947)

Mr. and Mrs. Estell Sullivan, of Fayette, former students at Ohio University, were weekend guests of Mrs. Sullivan’s aunt and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Quick, Columbia Ave., and Mrs. Sullivan’s brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Acomb and son John III, Highland Ave. Mr. Acomb was a member of the graduating class at Ohio University Sunday. (Athens Messenger, June 9, 1953)

J.P. Sutton accompanied to Orion the remains of his brother whose death occurred last Sunday night at the residence of his sister Mrs. J.W. Linderman. (Northern Tribune, January 6, 1883)

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Walling, parents of Mrs. Richard Jones, who have made their home in Silverton for several years, are now occupying a trailer house near their daughter, and family. (Dayton Tribune, September 23, 1971)

Miss Mildred Werre, who attends McKendree at Lebanon, is spending the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Werre. (Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 9, 1924)

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Wilkin, of Jeffersonville, Dr. and Mrs. Osmer J. Wilkin and daughter, of Newburgh, Mr. and Mrs. Karle Heinle, of Warwick, Mrs. Louise Van Kan and Miss Harriet Wilkin, of New York, were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Heinle. (Kingston Daily Freeman, November 3, 1939)

Lawrence Willson, of Bowdoin College, Maine, is visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Willson over Christmas (Wantage Recorder, December 28, 1917)

Eli Chrysler

Eli Chrysler is numbered among the early settlers of Mifflin township, where he yet resides, his home being a half a mile west of Gahanna. Many years have passed since he came to Franklin county and decade after decade has been added to the cycle of the centuries. The contract between the site which met the gaze of the traveler when Mr. Chrysler first arrived here and the view which is spread out before the visitor of to-day is very great. Then there were to be seen unbroken forests and tracts of wet, marshy land, where to-day are fine fields of grain, surrounding commodious and substantial farm houses, while here and there are towns, villages, and cities with all the business interests known to the much older east.

Mr. Chrysler was born in Cayuga county, New York, June 15, 1836. His father, Adam Chrysler, was a native of the Empire state and a farmer by occupation. In 1838 he came to Ohio, locating in Licking county, and in 1853 he took up his abode in Franklin county, his farm being situated in Truro township. His last days, however, were passed in Mifflin township, where he died when about seventy years of age. He was of German lineage. His wife, who bore the name of Ruth Leonard, was a native of Vermont but was reared in New York and for many years was a resident of Ohio, her death occurring in Columbus when she was about seventy years of age. She was of English descent. They were the parents of four sons and five daughters, eight of whom reach years of maturity.

“Squire” Chrysler, as he is well known throughout Franklin county, was the fifth child and second son. When about two years of age he was brought by his parents from New York to Ohio, and at the age of seventeen accompanied the family on their removal from Licking to Franklin county. In the former locality he acquired his education in the common schools and through the months of summer he assisted in the labors of field and meadow. His first independent work was as a farm hand, at which he was employed by the day. He afterward embarked in the saw mill business in partnership with his brother in Truro township, where they continued until 1864. In 1865 they began the operation of a grist mill and also engaged in the manufacture and sale of lumber in Mifflin township, the partnership being continued until the death of the brother. Mr. Chrysler afterward carried on the business alone until 1875. The following year he purchased another saw mill in Mifflin township and therein converted the timber to lumber. Throughout the greater part of his active business career Mr. Chrysler engaged in a mill in Mifflin township. He also followed general farming through a portion of this time and has continuously given his attention to that industry during the past eight years, owning a farm of eighteen acres in the same township, while in Walnut township, Pickaway county, they have fifty acres.

In 1863 “Squire” Chrysler was united in marriage to Miss Susan Roshell [sic], who for about a quarter of a century was a faithful companion and helpmate on the journal of life, but her death occurred January 17, 1867. They had two children, Eva, now the wife of Harry Earl, a farmer in Mifflin township, and Charles H. who married Clara Palmer and resides with his father, with whom he is associated in business.

Mr. Chrysler was elected justice of the peace in 1878 and since that time has continuously filled that office — a period of twenty-three consecutive years. His record in the county in unparalleled by that of any incumbent in the office of the county. That he discharges his duties in a prompt and reliable manner and without fear or favor is indicated by his long continuance in that position. During this time, he has not only administered the law concerning differences between litigants, but has also married about sixty couples. In politics he has been a life-long Democrat. Socially he is connected with Mifflin Lodge, No. 518, I.O.O.F., has filled all its chairs and has taken a very active part in its work. At the time of the Civil war he was among the defenders of the Union who work the blue. He enlisted in August, 1862, as a member of Company I, Ninety-fifth Ohio Volunteer infantry, and served for nine months. At the battle of Richmond, Kentucky, he was wounded by a gun shot and on account of his injuries was honorably discharged. He holds membership in the John A. Miller Post, No. 192, G.A.R., and has served as its quartermaster. At all times he has been faithful to his duties of citizenship, honorable in his business relations and loyal to the ties of social and home life. His history shows the power of industry as a means of wrestling fortune from the hands of an adverse fate. He is now a substantial citizen of Franklin county, and has attained the position through his well directed efforts.

Source: A Centennial Biographical History of the City of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. 1901. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

Winfield Scott Rochelle

Throughout his entire life Winfield Scott Rochelle has been connected with agricultural interests in Franklin county. He was born September 25, 1847, on the farm where he now resides. His father, John Rochelle, was a native of Sussex County, New Jersey, born in 1805. There he was reared to manhood and learned the trade of an iron-worker, being employed in the days before the advent of the furnace, when the iron ore was taken from the mines and worked into its various stages from the forge. While still in New Jersey Mr. Rochelle was married, and four of his children were born there. In December, 1836, he came with his family to Ohio and settled on the farm now occupied by our subject, purchasing eighty-one acres of land from a Mr. Mills, who was the original owner of the entry from the government. Later Mr. Rochelle added a tract of one hundred and sixty acres in Mercer county and some time subsequently purchased one hundred and twenty-five acres of land adjoining the home farm. There he resided up to the time of his death, which occurred October 26, 1877. He was a stanch supporter of Republican principles and believed firmly in the party, but never sought office. Although a member of no church, he regularly attended the services of the old school Baptist church, of which his wife had been a member for a half-century.

Mrs. Rochelle bore the maiden name of Lucinda Search, and was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, her parents being Martin and Elizabeth (Rorick) Search. Her father was a native of New Jersey and was an iron-worker by trade, following that pursuit in connection with his son-in-law, John Rochelle. His wife was born in Holland [sic], and both died in Muskingum county, Ohio. Mrs. Search came to this state with John Rochelle in 1836 and took up her abode in the home of her son near Zanesville, while her husband remained in New Jersey and settled up some business affairs and to attend a lawsuit over some property. As the litigation continued over a period of several years he did not become a resident of Ohio until 1869. He lived to the advanced age of ninety-two years, and his wife passed away at the ripe old age of ninety-three. It will thus be seen that longevity is a characteristic of the family, and their daughter, Mrs. Rochelle, is still living, at the advanced age of ninety-two years. She is one of the remarkable women of the county, retaining her mental and physical faculties to a wonderful degree. Through fifty years she has held membership in the Baptist Church, and has been one of its active workers, contributing largely to its support and doing all in her power for its upbuilding and growth. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Rochelle were born twelve children, six of whom are yet still living: Dency, the widow of C.H. Barber of Grand Rapids, MI; Mary A., the wife of Daniel Hickman of Truro township, Franklin county; Martin S., a practicing physician of Wichita, Kansas; Winfield; and Phebe C., the wife of W.I. Hempstead of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Winfield Scott Rochelle was reared in his parents’ home until his sixteenth year, when he ran away in order to enlist in the service of his country. He made his way to Columbus, and on the 28th of March, 1864, joined Company C, of the Forty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the Fifteenth Army Corps, commanded by General John A. Logan. With the exception of a few weeks in the hospital in Resaca and Marietta, Georgia, he was continuously with his command until the close of the war, and his loyalty and bravery were equal to that of many a veteran of twice his years. He was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, on the 27th of July, 1865, after having participated in the following engagements: Resaca, Dallas, Allatoona, New Hope Church, Congaree Creek, Atlanta, Griswoldville, Savannah, Charleston and Columbia.

When the war was over and the country no longer needed his services, Mr. Rochelle returned to his home and resumed the work of the farm. He was the only son at home and his labors proved an important factor in the operation of the fields. On the 4th of February, 1875, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Samarida E. Hanson, a native of Jefferson township, Franklin county, and a daughter of James E. Todd, who was born in Virginia and belonged to one of the early families of this county.

After his father’s death Mr. Rochelle continued the operation of the home farm, and from time to time has purchased the interest of other heirs until he now owns all but a small portion of the place. His fields are under a high state of cultivation, many improvements having been added, and everything about the farm is in a thrifty condition, showing that the owner is a practical and progressive agriculturist. He votes with the Republican party, to which he has given his support since attaining to man’s estate. He is recognized as a leader in local ranks, his opinions carrying weight in party councils. For many years past he has been a delegate to the county and state conventions, and in 1899 he was appointed a member of the country board of election, but resigned that office to become a candidate for the nomination for country infirmary director. He belongs to Reynoldsburg Lodge, No. 350, F. & A. M., and also to Daniel Noe Post, G. A. R. The patriotic spirit which prompted his enlistment in the army in his youth has been manifest throughout his life in the discharge of his duties of citizenship, and in all life’s relations he has enjoyed the confidence and regard of his fellow men.

Source: A Centennial Biographical History of the City of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. 1901. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

Martin S. Rochelle

A resident of Wichita for nearly forty years, the late Martin S. Rochelle here achieved distinctive success in connection with business affairs and was a citizen who commanded unequivocal esteem in the community. He was a native of the old Buckeye State and represented same as a gallant soldier in the Civil war.

Mr. Rochelle was born near Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, on the 25th of November, 1842, and at his home in the City of Wichita, Kansas, his death occurred February 25th, 1908. He acquired his youthful education in the public schools of Columbus, and was a youth of eighteen years at the inception of the Civil war. He promptly tended his aid in defense of the Union, by enlisting in Company C, Forty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served four years with this gallant command and its history virtually constitutes the record of his military career. He took part in twenty-six of the strenuous battles of the great conflict between the states of the North and the South, and was with General Sherman in the ever memorable march from Atlanta to the sea, and for a considerable part of his services he held the office of commissary sergeant.

After the close of the war Mr. Rochelle engaged in business at Gahanna, Franklin County, Ohio, where he held for some time the position of postmaster. He finally sold his business at that place and number himself among the pioneers of Kansas. He engaged in the hotel business at Independence, judicial center of Montgomery County, and on January 1, 1872, he established his permanent residence at Wichita. Here he was engaged in the real-estate business for a period of about fifteen years, during which his progressive policies and honorable methods enabled him to aid materially in the civic and social development and upbuilding of the ambitious little city. In 1888 Mr. Rochelle here established a sanitarium for the treatment and cure of cancer, and the effective system of treatment which he employed did much to relieve human suffering, the treatment at his sanitarium having enabled him to build up a substantial and successful business and likewise to prove a true benefactor. He continued to give his personal supervision to the affairs of his well equipped sanitarium until the time of his death and gained to the institution a wide and commendable reputation. Since his demise his widow has successfully continued the beneficient institution and has proved herself a specially able business woman.

On the 6th of September, 1860, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Rochelle to Miss Margaret J. Hanson, of Franklin County, Ohio, and they became the parents of two sons: Homer L., who was summoned to the life eternal on the 23rd of November, 1911, had, about five years previously, established a cancer sanitarium at Kansas City, Kansas, and, since his death the institution has been conducted by his widow, Dr. Mae E. Rochelle; Charles, the younger of the two sons, is a representative contractor and builder in the City of Wichita.

Dr. Rochelle was one of the charter members of the Garfield Post, No. 25, of Wichita, and was one of the prime movers of the organization of the post.

Source: Connelly, William E. 1918. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

100th Birthday of Mary Anne Rochelle Hickman

Reynoldsburg, Nov. 20.–(AP)–“Hard work keeps you young,” says Mrs. Mary Anne Hickman, who recently observed her 100th birthday anniversary in the home where she lives alone and does most of her own housework. “I don’t feel like I’m 100 years old,” she added, “I don’t want to be that old.” “Grandma,” as she is known in the village, has refused stead-fastly to permit age to curtail her activities. She prepares her own meals, helps with the cleaning and is fond of entertaining. She was married at the age of 15 to Daniel Hickman, a widower 15 years her senior. “Hickman,” as she still refers to him, “was the best man that ever lived.” He died more than 30 years ago. Only once in her life has “Grandma” drunk intoxicating liquor — a glass of beer one hot afternoon nearly 40 years ago. “I told them I’d get drunk and I did,” she said. “I told them all the way home in the buggy that I was sleepy and when we arrived I feel into bed — hoopskirt, new bonnet and all. You should have seen the bonnet in the morning. I never wore it again.” Her ideas about the modern girls are very definite. “I don’t see how a man can find a good wife among ’em,” she said. “They paint their faces and fingernails and toenails and some of ’em even smoke cigarets. No sir, I don’t see how a young man can find a good wife these days.

Source:  Newark Advocate, November 20, 1937.

Surprise Birthday Party

Monday, January 23, was an occasion of pleasant surprise on Mrs. Eliza A. Ayers, widow of W.H. Ayers who died in August of 1887, aged 67 years, 3 months and 16 days, and who was buried in the Cedar Hill cemetery by the G.A.R. Mrs. Ayers has lived in Newark for many years, and Monday she reached the eighty-fifth milestone of her life. She is the mother of nine children and has 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her children planned the event to celebrate in a proper manner and get up a surprise on her which was successfully carried out. At an early hour in the day Mrs. Ayers was greatly surprised when a large number of her relatives came in on her pleasant home, 51 South Fifth street, and took complete possession of the house. After a general greeting and handshaking, and some time spent in social conversation, the next thing in order was dinner, and the strength of the table was tried by a bountiful dinner that had been prepared for the occasion. Mrs. Ayers was presented with a number of useful and handsome presents, and after a season spent in having a good social time, the hour for parting came and all left feeling that they had had a most enjoyable time. Those present were G.W. Todd, Columbus; Lorena Haines, Zanesville; Mary Lucas, Zanesville; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Rochelle, Black Lick; W.R. Ayers, Summit Station; J.F. Hanson, Ralph Hanson, Clara Hanson, Black Lick; Samantha Clouse, Havens Corners; Rebecca Feasel, Rose Hill; Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Hempstead, Reynoldsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Lucas, Zanesville; Mr. and Mrs. Rochelle, Black Lick; Mrs. Sarah Hathaway, Mrs. Anna Strockey and son, Arthur, Miss May Ayers and Miss Ville Bausch, Newark; M.S. Ayers and Mr. Xenophen [McIntosh] and family of Newark. (Newark Advocate, January 24, 1905)

Rochelle Probate Notices

ROCHELLE ESTATE IS DIVIDED:  Real estate on Heaton Street is left to John F. Rochelle, a son, and Flora May Smith, daughter, under the will of their mother, Catherine Rochelle, Hamilton, which was filed in probate court.  A promissory note for $300 which Mrs. Rochelle held against the estate of her husband is also left to the two children, who are named executors.  Of the remainder of the estate, the son and daughter each receive a third, and the other third goes to the heirs of a deceased son, Edward Rochelle. The will was drawn May 24, 1916.  (Hamilton Evening Journal, July 3, 1925)

DIVISION IS MADE OF ROCHELLE ESTATE:  An entry approved by Judge Clarence Murphy was filed in common pleas court today showing that in the partition of the estate of the late Edgar Rochelle, Sidney Rochelle, William Rochelle, Shirley Kegel, Clifford Rochelle will each receive a one-twelfth part and John [Rochelle] and Flora Heigh will each receive a one-third share.  (Hamilton Evening Journal, June 11, 1926)

Dan Hugh Webster applied Wednesday to be administrator of the estate of Ida M. Rochelle, who conducted a hotel at Fifth and Heaton streets, estimated to include $450 in personal property.  (Hamilton Daily News, August 9, 1933)