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.

Jacob Heinmiller, son of John and Margaret Heinmiller was born Aug. 22, 1864. He was baptized and confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran church and has remained a consistent member of the same to his end. In December, 1885, nearly twelve years ago, the deceased lost his eye-sight in consequence of a complication of typhoid fever, la grippe and brain disease. This great affliction he bore with a rare cheerfulness. Efforts to restore his eye-sight proved a failure. The deceased learned the broom making trade at the blind asylum at Columbus where he went twice about four or five years ago.

Jacob has been quite busy at his trade and when at it, would not stop until the whole bale of corn was worked up. Of late, he complained a great deal about pain in his head. This finally confined him to house and bed. Yet no one expected his end as soon as it came.

On the evening of July 1, the poor blind man passed away gently, as we may confidently hope, into that better world where we shall see what here we believe. Interment and service following it, conducted by Rev. D. Ph. Ebert, took place Sunday, July 4, a large concourse of people being in attendance. He reached the age of 32 yrs., 10 mo. and 10 das. There remain to mourn his departure the widowed mother, four brothers and three sisters.