This post was contributed to the Crawford County Chapter of OGS by Kristina Stearley as part of the Florence Siefert Scrapbook in 2010.

The scrapbook is compiled from undated, unidentified newspaper clippings involving events in the lives of Crawford County citizens living in or having connections to New Washington, Tiro, Shelby, Sulphur Springs, Chatfield, Bucyrus, Ashland, Mansfield, and other areas. Only minimal spelling or punctuation corrections were made. Unreadable areas are shown by underlines, dots &/or question marks. This collection has been scanned, “optical character recognized” (OCR’d), proofed, then coded for HTML by volunteers of the Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Since the copies are not of the best quality errors may have been made. Please contact us if you find corrections needing to be made or can verify any missing dates which could be added.


Geo. F. Aschbacher departed this life on the second inst. The old gentleman had felt quite sick for several days but was not bedfast. After midnight of Monday he rose from bed as he was suffering pain. After awhile he lay down again; but when asked how he felt, he made no reply. Grandma Aschbacher was quite alone with him when a heart stroke ended his life.

The deceased was a well known and respected citizen and, although he was advanced in years, he will certainly be missed, not only by his kin, but also by many friends.

Geo. F. Aschbacher, son of Christian Aschbacher and Margaretha Braun, was born at Hausen, district of Brockenheim, Kingdom of Wuertemberg, August 1, 1810. He was baptized in infancy and confirmed in in the Ev. Lutheran faith. He was a weaver by trade, doing successful work and being a master of the guild for a number of years in the aforesaid kingdom, in the town of Horkheim, district of Heilbronn. With his wife and five children he immigrated to this country in April, 1847, making the city of Philadelphia his first residence. Mr. Aschbacher then moved to the following counties in succession doing farm-work and weaving: Montgomery county, Pa., Wayne, Ashland and Crawford counties, O. To the last mentioned county the family moved in 1854, locating in Chatfield township.

For twenty years Mr. and Mrs. Aschbacher have enjoyed a ripe old age with children and children’s children at their home on West Mansfield street. Mrs. Aschbacher’s maiden name is Joanna Elisabetha Laepple. Mr. and Mrs. Aschbacher celebrated their golden wedding some time ago. Their union was blessed with nine children, five of whom have preceded their father to eternity. The four remaining ones are three sons, Messrs. William and Fred Aschbacher of this place, Mr. Chas. Aschbacher of St. Mary’s, Ohio, and one daughter, Mrs. Kinkler of Wooster, Ohio. Besides these and the aged widow there remain 36 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren to mourn his death. He reached the age of 86 yrs 6 mos., 1 da.

Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church, after interment in Union cemetery yesterday, a large concourse of people attending.