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.


Joanna Elizabeth Aschbacher, nee Laepple was born in Dorkheim, district of Deilbronn, Wuertemberg on Nov. 22, 1809. She was brought up a Lutheran, being baptized in infancy and confirmed at the age of fourteen. She married Mr. Geo. F. Aschbacher of Dausen, district of Brackenheim on August 31, 1836. They emigrated to this country May 15, 1847. The family resided successively in the following places: Philadelphia, Montgomery county, Pa., Wayne county, Ohio, Ashland, Ohio, Chatfield township, Crawford county, Ohio, Auglaize county, near St. Marys, Ohio, and since 1877 in New Washington, Ohio. The union was blessed with eight children, four sons and four daughters, of whom three sons and one daughter survive. Besides these there survive 34 grand-and 27 great-grand-children. Mrs. Aschbacher lately received a paralytic stroke from the effects of which she did not recover. She died March 29, at 3:30 p.m. She reached the age of 90 yrs., 4 mos. and 7 days. Funeral services conducted by pastor Ebert at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran church, took place Sunday, April 1, a large concourse of people attending. Interment was made in Union cemetery. The following from a distance attended the funeral: Mrs. Hannah Kinkler and daughter Ella, of Wooster, Ohio; Chas. Aschbacher and sons, Frank and Chas., and Louis Easterly, of St. Marys, Ohio; John Gebhardt and wife, Joe Bawl and wife, August Vollrath, Mrs. Clara Houston and son, Robert and Harry Smith, of Bucyrus, Ohio; George Aschbacher, of Oak Harbor, Ohio.

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