August 29, 2013

Mary Lucetta Case, wife of William Levi Hollabaugh

My husband's great-grandmother, Mary Lucetta Case, was born on the old Case homestead, located between St. Joe and Spencerville, Indiana.  The name CASE may still be spotted on the barn roof as one drives by.  She arrived on November 16, 1848, one of the youngest of ten children.

Her parents, Caleb Case and Sophia Camp Case, were natives of New York,having moved to Indiana sometime between 1843 and 1847.

Mary lived her whole life in this area of Dekalb County, Indiana, marrying William Levi Hollabaugh on April 21, 1870, when she was 21. 
Previous posts have described her husband, William Levi, and their eight children: Harriett, Bertha, Ernest, Geneva (grandmother), Clarence, Esther, Sylvia, and Stanley

Mary's obituary appeared in the St. Joe News on September 10, 1914, following her death on September 6th.

Mary L. Case Hollabaugh was born November 16, 1848, at the old Case home near Spencerville, Ind.  She passed from this life after several weeks of severe sickness and suffering, September 6, 1914, at her late home at the age of 66 years, 10 months, 20 days.  
The deceased was the daughter of Caleb and Sophia Camp Case, and was one of ten children, but two of whom survive her - a brother, E. Case, of Spencerville, Ind; and a sister, Mrs. Martha R. Dilley of Colorado.

She was married to William Hollabaugh on April 20, 1870.  To them were born eight children, five daughters and three sons, one of the sons in his childhood having preceded his mother in death.  The surviving children are: Mrs. Hattie Fairfield of Spencerville, Ind.; Mrs. Bertha Bridges of Mishawaka, Ind.; Earnest of Logansport, Ind.; Mrs. Eva Pflaumer of Spencerville, Ind.; Esther, still at home; Mrs. Sylvia Ginther of St. Joe, Ind.; and Stanley, also of St. Joe.

All her life has the deceased been a resident of this vicinity.  Tweny years ago the family left the farm, where they had lived prior to that time, and have since resided at her late home here in St. Joe.  At the age of 14 years, she became a member of the Lutheran church at Spencerville.  Later this membership was transferred to the Lutheran church of St. Joe.  Her education was received in the public schools of DeKalb county.  
Her whole life has thus been lived amid the familiar walks and scenes and neighborly interests that her friends and neighbors know, of her kindly deeds and willing ministrations we need not speak here.  Then there are those ministrations that are peculiar to the office of wife and mother, and in the flesh we have the privilege of but one mother.  Her passing in death from the home and motherhood leaves the void of which so many of us know.  To God, with her, we commend you all who mourn here today.

The surviving near kin are the husband, the seven children, the several grand-children, the brother and sister.  Many other relatives and friends join you in thought and sympathy in this your day of bereavement and mourning.  May that faith which overcomes the world with its vicissitudes comfort you all."

Riverside Cemetery, St. Joe, Indiana

August 22, 2013

Pressed Between the Pages - Four

I really learned something while researching this last find. Pressed between the pages of the old 1885 history book were four of these...

 As you can see, this one is in terrible condition as were three of the four bills. 
One can imagine it crumpled in someone's pocket as the crinkled surface indicates!
 Measuring about 2 inches x 4 inches, these are fractional currency, printed by our Federal Government in denominations of  5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and used to take the place of copper, silver and gold coins which were in shortage during the Civil War and for awhile beyond.

Only the mint in Philadelphia was pumping out coinage in the United States at the time, beginning in 1793, and keeping enough coins in circulation was a problem.  It became even more of an issue when the Civil War began and people began to hoard coins, leaving storekeepers and banks and well, everyone, short on ways to make change and pay for small objects.  The government tried a stamp system which did not work at all, and finally on August 21, 1862, fractional currency notes were printed, with the approval of President Lincoln and a Postage Act.

At first the sheets of bills were perforated, but that machine could not keep up, so eventually the bills were cut by hand with scissors.  The government kept fiddling with ways to thwart counterfeiting and seemed to get it right by the last two issues of the bills, the fourth and fifth issues.

Two 25 cent bills were found and both were Fifth Issue bills, printed between February 26, 1874 and February 15, 1876 with blue end paper.  Robert Walker, Secretary of the Treasury between 1845 and 1849, was the image on this denomination. (See above.)

 This bill is the best one, a Fifth Issue 50 cent bill, printed between July 1875 and February 1876.  The photo is of William H. Crawford, U. S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1816 - 1825.  It's often called the "Bob Hope" note because of Crawford's likeness to Bob Hope.

The 10 cent bill pressed between the pages was in very poor condition to the point that most of it was unreadable and very fragile.  
By the time of the Fifth Issue in 1875, it was thought by many that a shortage of coins no longer existed and probably this issue was not needed.  Hence the issue period was very short - only six months.

All the bills were carefully pressed individually inside folds of tissue paper.  So now I wonder who placed them there? 

And then, pressed in the pages ... there was the beautiful lock of yellow, blond hair, tied with a ribbon.  Was it from a child of the Leighty's who died?  Or a more recent addition?  We'll never know.

August 18, 2013

Pressed Between the Pages - Three

 Pressed between the pages were four leaf least a dozen or more.
They were spread throughout the 1885 history book.
 These I tried to take out and they crumpled to the touch.  I think they were in the book when purchased.  Who finds that many 4 leafers?  Supposedly, only 1 in 10,000 "shamrocks" have four leaves.
I've never found one.

I left the rest in the book, even
though they are discoloring the pages.  It's just part of the history.

Oh, and if you need to know more, try this very interesting site!

August 10, 2013

Pressed Between the Pages - Two  

Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many counties, in this area, at least, had old settler or pioneer groups who met annually to socialize.  Many times, some rule would apply stating that the persons had to live in the county by a certain year in order to join.  
The DeKalb County History 1837 - 1987 described the local group on page 1389:

"The Pioneers' Association of DeKalb County was formed in 1878 and held its first meeting at Auburn on July 4, 1878.  Any person who was a citizen of DeKalb County prior to January 1, 1846, was eligible to belong.
Annual meetins were held on July 4 of each year, usually at groves near Auburn.  A "semicentennial" was held on June 21, 1883, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of the county.  The meeting was held at St. Joe with General William Blair as the principal orator.
The association continued into the 1900's.  The records of the association would be useful to historians, but unfortunately they have not been found.  Newspaper accounts of meetins are sometimes useful."

It's likely that John Leighty (original owner of the 1885 history book) and son, Jacob, would certainly participate as some of the earliest settlers in Dekalb County, Indiana.  Pressed between the pages of the 1885 history was this ribbon from one of the pioneers' meetings.

Perhaps the rules were changed by this time and to be a member of this group, one would have to be in the county between the years 1835 - 1865?  The Leightys certainly qualified as they moved to Dekalb County in 1844.  The association meetings moved all around the county, I have read, but this particular one was right in the town founded by the Leighty's, St. Joe, and apparently there was quite a crowd. 

The Waterloo Press covered the meeting in their paper of June 22, 1905:

Next Year at Houlton's
Hon. R. M. Lockhart Chosen President and H. K. Leas, Secretary of the Old Settlers Association.

The annual meeting of the old settlers of Dekalb county held at St. Joe on Thursday last week was a decided success.  The citizens of that enterprising town made every preparation possible to make the day an enjoyable one.  Hundreds of flags and banners were displayed on nearly every business house and dwelling in the town.  The attendance was large, the register showing 271 old settlers from every part of the county which was the largest number that has been in attendance for a number of years.
The meeting was held in Widney's opera house, which was tendered by the owner at no cost.  Excellent band and vocal music was furnished and enjoyed by all.

The committee on arrangements had made ample provision for tables for all who had come with lunch baskets and they furnished free tea and coffee for all who desired it.  Many of the citizens of the town entertained their friends who came from a distance.
In the afternoon, a number of addresses were made by the old settlers in attendance, after which various committee reports were made.  R. M. Lockhart, of Waterloo, made an appeal for holding the next meeting the third Tuesday, in June, 1906, in the Houlton grove, six miles north of Butler, and two miles southeast of Hamilton.  The place is well known by every old settler of the county as being the home of John Houlton and wife, who built the first log cabin in Dekalb county, on September 4, 1833, three years before any other white family made a settlement in the county.

The committee decided unanimously for holding the meeting at that place.
The committee on nominations selected the following officers for the coming year: for president, R. M. Lockhart, of Waterloo; for vice-president, Wm. L. Houlton, of Hamilton; secretary, H. K. Leas, of Waterloo; treasurer, O. H. Taylor; biographer, O. H. Widney, St. Joe.  All of the officers are excellent men and the net meeting is already assured to be a success." 

John Houlton
John Houlton, first settler in Dekalb County, Indiana

August 8, 2013

Pressed Between the Pages - One

I've been researching the Case family, the family of Mary Lucetta (Case) Hollabaugh, and I noticed that three of her siblings died in 1861.  So I wondered if an epidemic hit Dekalb County, Indiana at that time.  That's what led me to this book, once owned by my mother-in-law...the History of Dekalb County, Indiana, published in 1885.  That's how it all began.

As I began to leaf through the pages (it has no index), I began to find some interesting items pressed between the pages. I forgot all about my original mission, and slowly went page by page through the book, collecting items as I went.  My husband remembered when his mother bought the book from an elderly gentleman in St. Joe, a Leighty, who used to regularly come into the dairy store his parents owned.  Sure enough, his mother wrote in the front of the book that it was purchased in 1962, and on page 536, she wrote the words, "Bought the book from" next to the entry about Jacob Leighty.

A little research and lining up of dates led to the conclusion that Jacob was the son of John Leighty, the original purchaser of the book.  You see, the original receipt was pressed between the pages and it was signed by John Leighty.
 John apparently passed the book to his son, Jacob D. Leighty, who passed it on to his only son, John R. Leighty. Perhaps one of his descendents sold his great-grandfather's old book to my husband's mother?  That led to a little more research into the Leighty line.

The original owner of the book, a very early settler in Dekalb County, was discussed on page 536-537:
"John Leighty, one of the prominent and successful early settlers of Dekalb County, is a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., born Nov. 18, 1808, a son of John and Catherine (Welker) Leighty, natives of Pennsylvania, of German descent.  When he was fifteen years of age he went to learn the shoemaker's trade, serving an apprenticeship of three years.  He then worked as a journeyman till his marriage and then settled on a farm in his native county, where he lived until 1844, when in the early part of June, he moved to Dekalb County, Ind., and settled on section 33, Concord Township, where he built a cabin and began improving a farm.  

In 1859, he left the farm and moved to the village of Spencerville, where in 1865 he engaged in the mercantile business with his son.  In 1875 he and his son moved to section 15, Concord Township, where they bought one hundred acres of land and laid out the town of St. Joe, which is now a thriving village.  

Mr. Leighty was married April 4, 1833, to Elizabeth Sowash, a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., a daughter of Abraham and Susan (Weaver) Sowash.  To them have been born ten children, seven of whom are living - Catherine, Alexander, Jacob D., Maria, William, Charles B. and Mary.  Susan, John and Elizabeth are deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Leighty are members of the Lutheran church.  Politically, he is a Democrat.

On the aforementioned page 535-536, the following is written of John's son:
"Jacob D. Leighty, merchant, St. Joe, Ind., was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., Oct. 19, 1840, a son of John and Elizabeth (Sowash) Leighty.   He was four years of age when his parents moved to DeKalb County in 1844, and here he was reared.  When he was sixteen years of age, he began teaching school, and subsequently taught and attended school till the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion, being at that time in the sophomore class at Wittenburg College, Springfield, Ohio.

July 8, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, Eleventh Indiana Infantry, and was appointed a Sergeant of his company.  His first engagement was in the spring of 1862 at Fort Henry.  Subsequently, he participated in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Grand Gulf, Port Gibson, Raymond, Champion Hills, and others.  At the last named battle he was wounded in the left hip and disabled from active service for sixty days.  He joined his regiment at Baton Rouge, and from there went down the Mississippi to New Orleans and into West Louisiana as far as Opelousas, his regiment being in several engagements on the way.  Then he returned to New Orleans, but as he was still suffering from his wound, he resigned in March, 1864, and returned home.  He was a gallant soldier, and for his bravery was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Jan. 24, 1862, and First Lieutenant Dec. 1 following. 

After his return home, he engaged in the mercantile business in Spencerville in company with Miller & Myers a short time, and then he and Mr. Miller purchased Mr. Myers' interest and the firm of Miller & Co. continued a year, when his father bought Mr. Miller's interest, changing the firm to John Leighty and Son.  In 1872, he bought his father's interest and in 1874 sold his stock to P. Bishop.  

In 1875 he and his father laid out the village of St. Joe and the following year, he became established in the mercantile business at this place.  He was appointed Postmaster in 1875 and served until 1880, when he was elected Township Trustee.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Concord Lodge, No. 556; William Hacker Chapter, No. 56; Angola Council, No. 27; Apollo Commandery, No. 19.  He is a member of John C. Carns Post, No. 144, G.A.R.  In March 1866, Mr. Leighty was married to Kate A. Metzger, a native of Circleville, Ohio, daughter of Judge Andrew Metzger of Fort Wayne.  To them have been born three children, but one of whom is living  - John R."

Jacob's obituary appeared in the Fort Wayne Sentinel on October 17, 1912, page 1 and continued on p. 15:

Former Congressman Dies at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne Due to Hemorrhage.

Hon. Jacob D. Leighty of St. Joe, formerly congressman for this district and for many years prominent in business in St. Joe, died at 10:50 o'clock this forenoon at the St. Joseph Hospital from internal hemorrhage due to cancer of the bowels and liver.  He was 73 years of age.
With Mrs. Leighty, the ex-congressman had come from his home in St. Joe Wednesday afternoon in their automobile to enter the hospital, Mr. Leighty expecting to undergo a surgical operation for hernia, with which he was suffering, although he had not been seriously ill, but had suffered somewhat for several weeks past.

His physician in this city, Dr. Maurice Rosenthal, examined him yesterday afternoon and concluded to defer a further examination until this afternoon because of Mr. Leighty's condition, as he complained of pains about the abdomen.  He passed a fairly good night and it was not supposed that there was anything critical about his condition.

This morning after 5 o'clock, he had great difficulty breathing and this continued until 9 o'clock when he became unconscious and remained so until his death, which Dr. Rosenthal found after a post-mortem examination, was due to the causes mentioned above.

His wife and son, John R. Leighty, of Kansas City, were both with him at the time of death.  The son had been apprised by telegraph of the condition of his father and had hastened to his side, arriving here late yesterday afternoon and conversing with him at the hospital.  At that time, the father had no apprehension of death and the son and Mrs. Leighty sharing the same belief.

Mr. Leighty was a 33d degree Mason and very prominent in the affairs of that fraternity.  The remains were removed late this afternoon to the Scottish Rite cathedral were friends may view them from 7 o'clock this evening until 3 o'clock Friday afternoon, when they will be removed to his home in St. Joe.

Surviving the deceased are the widow and son, John R. of Kansas City and two sisters and brothers, as follows: Mrs. Maria Obenholtzer of Spencerville and Mrs. Dr. Bowman of St. Joe and William and Benjamin Leighty of St. Joe.

Mr. Leighty was born at Greensburg, Pa. on November 7, 1839, and as a young man came to Indiana.  At. St. Joe, he was prominent in business for many years.  In 1896, he was elected for congress from this district on the republican ticket and served in that position for one term."
Jacob D. Leighty, Congressman

Jacob died in 1912, leaving just one son, and it is beside this entry that we have the words written in pencil, "Bought the book from."  I believe that the son, John R. died in 1942. 
Perhaps my mother-in-law was just indicating by her written words that the book had originally belonged to this family, not that they, themselves, sold it to her.