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.


Celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. JOHN DONNENWIRTH.

Thursday, February 15, was the thirtieth wedding anniversary of John Donnenwirth and wife, and the important event was made the happy occasion for the celebration of the day that marked thirty years of wedded life. The details of the celebration were very carefully arranged. One hundred invitations were sent to relatives and friends, who, in nearly all cases were present, those not being able were content with sending regrets.

About seventy-five guests responded to the invitations and were received by Mr. and Mrs. Donnenwirth at their hospitable home on corner of Main and Kibler streets. Congratuwere hearty and gracefully received by the host and hostess. Surrounded by their children, friends and their descendants, the occasion was a joyful one to all and the day’s enjoyment ended all too soon.

A bountiful dinner was served at the noon hour. After dinner the guests were entertained by musical productions, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Donnenwirth were generously remembered by their friends with a large list of beautiful and costly presents.

The guests from a distance were, A. F. Donnenwirth, wife and son, Oliver of Waldo Ohio; C F Donnenwirth, wife and daughter, Mae of Cleveland, Ohio; P. F. Samsel, wife and daughter, Pearl, A. F. Samsel and Miss Mary Maurer, of Bloomville; Mrs. Catherine Donnenwirth and daughter, Bertha, Mrs. C. A. Donnenwirth and son, Harold and Mrs. L. H. Hetrick, of Bucyrus. About 50 guests from this place were also present.

Mr. and Mrs. Donnenwirth can look back over 30 years of happiness. They have been blessed with health and have raised a family of children, who are respected and honored.

John Donnenwirth is a son of Geo. and Sophia Donnenwirth, is a native of New Washington, and was born on January 14, 1848. His father having been elected county treasurer, he and his family moved to Bucyrus in 1856, John being 8 years of age. This afforded a grand opportunity for John’s schooling as the advantages of a school in a city far excel those in the country, and the result was that he acquired a good practical business education. In 1863 he began to work at the tinner trade at Columbus where he remained for 1 1/2 years, after which he went to Delaware completing his trade at that place in a year. He followed his trade at Millersburg and Bucyrus staying a year at each place. In 1868 he engaged his service to the Bucyrus brewery running a delivery wagon.

The next year he followed his trade at New Washington where he was united in marriage to Miss Malinda Hosler by Rev. H. F. Belser, of the Lutheran church on February 15, 1870. This union resulted in the birth of nine children–Leonora E. (dead), Arthur F., Gertrude C. (dead), Clarence Frederic, Mamie Sophia, Millie May, George Merle and Adam Earl (twins), and Edith M. Mr. Donnenwirth was engaged in running a tin shop at this place.

In 1884 he was nominated postmaster at this place serving two terms in that capacity. He has served the people of this place as councilman for two terms and was the first chief of the fire department of this place. He also served the people of this township as clerk and at the present time is Justice of the Peace and proprietor of the Washington House.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Donnenwirth are members of the Lutheran church and have always found their greatest enjoyment in doing good. They have the wish of all that they may be spared for many years to come.