Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - September 13, 2016 - William Bly

William Bly - September 13, 1891

William Bly was born on November 9, 1820 in Greenfield Township, Fairfield County, Ohio, the son of Jacob and Sophia M. (Eckhart) Bly.  Jacob and Sophia Bly had five children; William(1820), Sarah(1822), David(1824), George(1829), Edwin.

William married Mary Elizabeth Blauser on August 30, 1846 in Ohio. William and Mary Elizabeth had nine children; Caroline Martha(1847-1870), Abraham(1850), Sally Ann(1852), Nancy Isobelle(1854), Phoebe Elizabeth(1857-1863), Lafayette Valentine(1859-1863) Noah William(1861-1865), Sophia Elizabeth(1865-1870), Mary Rebecca(1869).

In the 1850 Federal Census, William and Elizabeth Bly are living in Marion, Hancock County, Ohio with Caroline and a new born son, Abraham. By the time of the 1860 Federal Census, they have moved to Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana area which is known as Nine Mile Indiana. They now have 5 children; Caroline, Abram, Sally, Nancy, Phoebe, and Lafayette. My research indicates that in the decade between the 1860 and 1870 census, the family lost four children. Phoebe Elizabeth and  Lafayette Valentine died in 1863. Noah William died in 1865.  Caroline Martha and Sophia Elizabeth died in 1870. In the 1870 Federal Census, the Bly children listed are; Abram, Sally, Nancy and Mary Rebecca ( a new child) are listed but they are still in Allen County, Indiana.

I found a divorce record dated August 6, 1879, in which Elizabeth is requesting a divorce and it was granted. By the 1880 Census she is still listed in the Nine Mile area with Abraham, Nancy and Mary Rebecca are listed with their Mother Mary Elizabeth.

William Bly and Daughter Mary Rebecca Smith
After the divorce and prior to his death, William lived with his daughter Rebecca and her husband Levi Smith.  William died on September 13, 1891. he is buried in Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville, Indiana. 

Hoverstock Cemetery, Zanesville, Indiana
 Rest in Peace,


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - September 6, 2016 - Alpha B Crites

Alpha Berton Crites 

Alpha Berton Crites was born the son of William Crites and Mary Ann Forney on September 6, 1878 in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. William and Mary Ann Crites had eight children ; Daniel Lee (1864), Joseph Henery (1865), Jessee E (1867), Emanuel (1868), Willas (1870), Viola (1873), Pearl (1875), Ellsworth (1877), Alpha (1879), Ruby (1881).

Alpha Berton Crites married Clara May Welty on March 1, 1903 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had two sons; Lloyd (1904) and Kenneth(1907).

Alpha was still living in Tuscarawas County with his parents in the 1900 Federal Census. At the time of WW1, Alpha registers for the draft, he is married to Clara and is living in Canton Ohio work in a Stark Rolling Mill Co as a Mill worker. His draft card is signed September 12, 1918. At the time of the 1920 Federal Census, Alpha, Clara and two sons live at 2624 Krown Place NW, Canton, Ohio. By the time the 1930 Census, Alpha is still working in the steel mill. Lloyd is lives at home and is employed as a carpenter at the Steel Mill.

Alpha registers for the draft for WWII. He is employed at the Republic Steel Mill and is 63 years old.

Alpha died on September 6, 1960 in Carroll, Ohio at a long term nursing car facility. He is a widow by then his wife died three years before. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery,Canton Ohio. They are in the Belmont section with the stones facing north.

Rest in Peace,


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - August 30, 2016 - Harold Alton Smith

Harold Alton Smith 

Harold Alton Smith was born on August 29, 1928 in Flint, Michigan. He was the son of Everett and Lillian Losee Smith. They also had a daughter Lucille Smith who was born 4 years earlier. Lucille died at the age of six leaving Harold as an only child. They lived on Term Street in Burton, Michigan.

Harold lived in many places in his childhood. His father was a Methodist minister and he served many churches. As a young boy in the 1930's, he lived in Genesee Michigan,while his father was the minister at the Genesee and Ridgefield Churches. 

Everett, Lillian Harold -1939

Vacation Bible School at the Genesee Church - 1939
In 1943, Everett was called to go to the Marine City Methodist Church.  Harold would finish his high school years here .

Lillian and Harold -1944

He was very active in sports at Marine City playing with the football team and running track  in the 1944, 1945 and 1946 seasons. 

1943-1944 Football Season

1946 Football Season
1945 Track season
Harold ran barefooted for the track season. (I just can not imagine that because his Mother, our Grandmother, never wanted us to be barefooted.  She had foot problems which she always attributed to cutting her foot as a child!)  

Marine City is where Leah Anderson and Harold Smith met. They were High School Sweethearts. Leah graduated in 1945 and Harold graduated in 1946. This picture was taken of the two of them when Harold graduated in 1946.
They both when to college. Leah went to Baker Business School and Harold went to Port Huron Junior College where he got his Associated Degree and he finished his Bachelors degree at the University of Michigan Flint Branch. 
Leah and Harold married on May 28, 1950 in Marine City. They were married by Everett Smith.
Everett, Lillian, Harold, Leah, Addie, Andrew - May 28, 1950
They spent there first 5 years of marriage in Lapeer. They lived in a Cottage on Skinner Lake which
was owned by Everett and Lillian Smith and Harold worked for JC Penneys. A few months before I was born Harold took a job at a Department store in Romeo. We moved to a small house on Fritz Drive built by the Fritz Brothers Builders. (who are still building houses today three generations later.) Eventually he worked for Engleston's which became Engleston-Mitzelfelds after Diana Engleston and William Mitzelfelds married and joined the department store business with his new father-in-law. When Leslie Engleston retired, it became Mitzelfelds. Dad managed Mitzelfeld's for 14 years. In that time, Leah and Harold had six children; 4 daughters – Pamela, Susan, Janet, Sharon and two son's Mark and Matthew. Harold always spoke about how hard it was to be an only child and decided early on that he would have a large family. 

In 1968, Harold moved his family to Imlay City with the intention of buying a department store called Brownites Department Store. When that opportunity did not materialize, he decided to purchase the Ben Franklin Store from William Knight when he decided to retire. Harold would spend the remaining years of his life owning and operating one or more Ben Franklin Dime Store. From 1971 – to the early 1980's he owned his original store in Imlay City.

Grand Opening for the Imlay City Store

In addition he bought and opened the Harbor Beach store in March of 1975.  

( I know that I have a photo some where of the store after he renovated it but so far I just have not found it. ) By 1986, Harold and Leah moved to Harbor Beach and soon after sold the store in Imlay City. Am looking for a photo of the Harbor Beach store.  This is one but doesn't show the store front very well.
Ed and Louise Heitke - Harold and Leah Smith - Smith Cousins

On morning of August 30, 1996, Harold died of a heart attack. At the time, Harold was negotiating the sale of the Harbor Beach store to the Local Drug store and had purchased the Corner Store, across the street. The plan was to continue to sell the things that he liked across the street but not all of the dime store type items that could be sold in a drug store and he planned to add custom framing to his business. He had also planned to phase out of the business with Pam taking over more of the day to day operations so he could maybe...semi-retire. 


He is buried in Rock Falls Cemetery in Harbor Beach, Michigan next to his beloved wife Leah.

Rest is Peace, Dad. Think of you everyday...and I know you hear me!

Love, Jan