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.

Gathering the Flowerets

Death reaped an unusual rich harvest among our little folks the first of this week and as a result a number of homes in this vicinity are sorrow and grief stricken on account of the loss of dear little ones. Death’s cold, icy hand has taken away the precious jewels from these now saddened homes; but

“My Lord has need of these flowerets gay;”
The reaper said and smiled:
“Dear tokens of the earth are they,
Where He was once a child.”
And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
The flowers she most did love;
She knew she should find them all again,
In the fields of light above.”


Charles Wilbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hammer, died last Sunday evening, aged 6 yrs., I mo., 29 da. He was a patient little sufferer of that much dreaded disease–scarlet fever. At times hopes for his recovery were entertained, but these were all banished last Sunday night when death ended the sufferings of the little boy. The remains were interred in the Lutheran cemetery last Monday afternoon. Owing to the contagious nature of the disease from which he died, the interment was as private as possible. Funeral services will be held some time in the future as soon as the quarantine is raised from the family and all danger of contagion is past. Mr. and Mrs. Hammer have the hearfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.

Memorial Service

Memorial service was held in St. John’s Lutheran church on Sunday, February 28, on account of the late six-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hammer, Charles Wilbert. The little boy died from diphtheria on the 8th of February, interment following the same day on account of the contagion of the dread disease. Charley was born on the 11th of December, 1890, in Chatfield township. He liked to go to school and Sunday School and is missed not only by his sorrowing parents and those of his own family, but by many little companions. The Sunday School sang his favorite song, “I am Jesus’ Little Lamb.” How well for him that, having departed in the grace of his baptism, he surely realizes that of which we still say and sing.


Whereas, God, in his Providence, has removed from our midst one of our members, Charles Hammer, therefore be it Resolved, by our society, That, while we bow with submission to the will of the Most High, we do not the less mourn for the member who has been taken from us.
Resolved, That, in the death of Charles although very young, the society has lost a kind and enthusiastic member.
Resolved, That we direct the bereaved family, for consolation, to Him who is too wise (to) err, and too good to be unkind.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be published in the HERALD and a copy presented to the bereaved family.