January 16, 2011

Ordways in Malinta, Ohio - Fay and Am

I love this photo of my great-grandparents as young folks with four children in what I remember as a pretty small house with no running water. Yes, that means an outhouse and drinking water in a bucket with a metal dipper from which everyone drank.  But more on that in a later post.  I'm guessing this photo was taken around 1910 - 1912.

First, the oldest child and daughter - Fay Eunice Ordway.
The first and only census, released so far, that we have after Fay and Am married on 4 May 1921 is the 1930 census.  The census shows Am, aged 34, and Fay, aged 33, living with their two daughters, Alta Mae, aged 7, and Marcella, aged 6, on Henry Street in Malinta.  Down the street from them lived her two brothers and their wives in separate residences.  Around the corner were her mom and dad and sister Marie. 
The census also states that Am was 25 when married and Fay, 24, and they and their parents were all born in Ohio.  The value of their home was $3500, they owned it, AND they had a radio...one of those strange questions asked in 1930.  Am's occupation was proprietor of a restaurant.  That was a new piece of information to me. 

They are both buried in Hoy (Shunk) Cemetery and I wanted to include their obituaries in this post, once again thanks to my mom who was a good "clipper" of family news from the daily paper.

Fay Eunice Ordway died on May 7, 1986.

"Fay Gunter
Fay Gunter, 88, formerly of Malinta, died Wednesday at Henry County Hospital. 
Born in Monroe Township, Henry County on March 2, 1898, she was the daughter of Lemuel and Elizabeth (Delph) Ordway.  She married Ammasa Gunter on May 14, 1921, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1978.
She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Malinta.
Surviving are one daughter, Alta Mae Ritz, Fairborn, Oh.; one brother, Phillip Ordway, Napoleon; one sister, Marie Baker, Liberty Center; six grand-children and thirteen great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one daughter, Marcella Rice.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary, Inc. with Rev. Edgar Shady, former pastor of Memorial United Methodis Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Hoy Cemetery, Harrison Township.
Preferred memorials are to the Henry County Home Memorial Fund."

"Ammasa Gunter
Ammasa Daniel Gunter, 81, Malinta, died Wednesday evening at Defiance Hospital. 
He was born June 20, 1896, in Monroe Township, Henry County, the son of David and Jennie (Cary) Gunter.  The deceased was a retired employee of Campbell Soup Company, Napoleon.  He was a former groundskeeper at Bowling Green State University.  He was a member of Malinta United Methodist Church, The Liberty Center V.F.W. Post, the American Legion Post #400, Malinta, and the 42nd Rainbow Association of Cincinnati.  He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Napoleon.  He was a United States Army Veteran of World War I.
Surviving are his wife, Fay; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Marcella) Rice, Defiance, and Mrs. Dorvin (Alta Mae) Ritz, Fairborn; one brother, Walter, Malinta; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon.  Reverend Edgar Shady, pastor of Malinta United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Interment will be made in Hoy Cemetery, Harrison Township, where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Malinta American Legion Post #400.
Friends may call at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, after 2 p.m. on Friday.  A Disabled American Veterans memorial service will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home."

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