Living History Day - Past Honorees
Presented by the Wood County Historical Society since 2004
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2017 [return to top of page]
JONATHAN ELMORE LADD & ADDIE JENNINGS LADD
2016 [return to top of page]
DOROTHY UBER BRYAN
FLOY SHAFFER (1923-1997)
2015 [return to top of page]
REV. JOHN BORN
ANNIE LOTTIE (FARMER) BRANDEBERRY
LYLE LOOMIS (1911-2004) & MARCELLA LILLIAN "SALLY" CARTER LOOMIS (1911-2009)
NAOMI DeSELMS COX
2014 [return to top of page]
2013 [return to top of page]
2012 [return to top of page]
2011 [return to top of page]
ELIZABETH FRY CRAWFORD (1893-1988), mother of 6 living children whose husband was killed in an accident and she raised her children by herself. Buried in Weaver Cemetery . Portrayed by great-granddaughter Julie Seen, 2011.
NANCY PHILLIPS BREWSTER TRUMAN (1813-1911), Nancy was born in New York and came to live near Stony Ridge. She was married 3 times and had 5 children, 2 of which were Civil War veterans. Buried in Troy Twp, Cemetery. Portrayed by Patti Speck, 2011.
SIDNEY BREWSTER (1844-1863) enlisted in the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served under Col. Arnold McMahan. He was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga and is buried there. Portrayed by Steve Speck, 2011.
SAMUEL JOHN CROFT (1847-1938) was born in Perrysburg and at the age of 13 enlisted in the Civil War as a drummer boy. Johnnie lived until 1938 and had the distinction of being the area’s last Civil War veteran. Buried in Ft. Meigs Cemetery. Portrayed by Caleb Reynolds, 2011.
2010 [return to top of page]
JUANITA BRONSON LEATHERS 1895-1963 Bloom Chapel Cemetery. Juanita was born in North Baltimore twelve days after the death of her father. In 1921, she married Park Leathers and became a farmers wife. Portrayed by Lori Tretter, 2010, Oak Grove Cemetery. Best of Living History 2017portrayed by Wendy Guion.
PARK LEATHERS, SR. 1892-1938 Bloom Chapel Cemetery. Park was born on a farm near Bloomdale and after a year at Otterbein College helped his father on the farm. He enlisted and served in World War I. Portrayed by Park Leathers, Jr., 2010, Oak Grove Cemetery.Best of Living History 2017 portrayed by Keith Guion.
BETTY RIGGS KIEBLER 1891-1980 Buried in California. Betty was born in West Virginia, took training to be a nurse in New York, before coming to Toledo and then Bowling Green. She owned and operated the Community Hospital. Portrayed by Rae Thomson, 2010, Oak Grove Cemetery.
NELLIE BROWN POWELL HOLDGRAF 1893-1988 Oak Grove Cemetery. Nellie was born in Bowling Green. She married “Doc” Powell and together they toured the vaudeville circuit as Powell & Nedra - Mosaics in Sand. After “Doc” died, she returned to Bowling Green. Portrayed by Charlene Avery, 2010, Oak Grove Cemetery.
WALTER HENRY EISENHOUR 1904-1991 Eisenhour Cemetery. Walter “Queek” was one of six children born in Freedom Township, and after graduation from high school, became involved in the automobile industry. Portrayed by Jack Eisenhour, 2010, Oak Grove Cemetery.
J. RUSSELL COFFEY 1898-2007 Oak Grove Cemetery. Russ was born in Crawford County and after completing his higher education became a teacher. He served in WWI before becoming a professor at BGSU. He retired from BGSU in 1968. He was also active in Boy Scouting and Rotary Club. Portrayed by Richard Edwards, 2010, Oak Grove Cemetery. Best of Living History 2017 portrayed by Richard Edwards.
REBECCA WELLS ROSS 1854-1935 Oak Grove Cemetery. Rebecca Ross was born in Canada and at age 18 found herself in Bowling Green where she met and married Charles Ross and soon became involved in the hotel business. Portrayed by Nadine Edwards, 2010, Oak Grove Cemetery.
DR. ALBERT C. HENRY 1849-1921 Old Maplewood Cemetery. Albert Henry was a physician, businessman, and civic leader in North Baltimore from 1873 until his death in 1921. During his lifetime, Dr. Henry was known as a skilled surgeon and follower of the latest advances in medical science. Portrayed by Thomas Boltz, 2010, Oak Grove Cemetery.
2009 [return to top of page]
John W. Huber 1894-1976 Bradner Cemetery. John was born in Portage Township and spent most of his adult life living and working at the Wood County Infirmary. Portrayed by Gene Roe, 2009, Oak Grove Cemetery.
Rose Greiner Hunter 1889-1982 Oak Grove Cemetery. Rose was born in Bowling Green and received her education in the Bowling Green School system. She was a journalist for the Wood County Democrat and in later life, a seamstress. Portrayed by Ethel Green, 2009, Oak Grove Cemetery.
Merl “Pete” Dauterman 1914-2003 Mt. Zion Cemetery. Pete was born in Portage Township, drove a school bus for 22 years, and was considered a community farmer - if anyone needed help, he was there. Portrayed by Donald Coppes, 2009, Oak Grove Cemetery.
Marciene Amos Dauterman 1915-2008 Mt. Zion Cemetery. Marciene was born in Portage Township and Bowling Green State University in Food Service for 22 years. Portrayed by Ruth Pierce, 2009, Oak Grove Cemetery.
Carroll Frank 1910-2000 Union Hill Cemetery. Carroll was born in Illinois before moving to Wood County and was known for his love of the 4-H Clubs and the Wood County Fair. Portrayed by Joshua Frank, 2009, Oak Grove Cemetery.
Laura Borger Yohe Poe 1916-2001 Oak Grove Cemetery. Laura had 5 children with her first husband, and after his death, married Earl Poe who had 5 children of his own. Together they had 2 more children for a total of 12. Portrayed by Ruth Steele, 2009, Oak Grove Cemetery.
John H. Yohe 1913-1945 Oak Grove Cemetery. John’s parents died within a year of his graduation from Findlay College in 1933. He had to work to pay for his education. After college, he became a pastor, serving several small churches. Portrayed by Samuel Yohe, 2009, Oak Grove Cemetery.
Blanche Muir Zeigler 1894-1983 Oak Grove Cemetery. Blanche was born in rural Bowling Green and, in 1929 with her husband, bought the former Muir’s Collegian Restaurant and renamed it Harvey’s. Portrayed by Virginia Meister, 2009, Oak Grove Cemetery.
2008 [return to top of page]
Mary Maurer VonKanel, Elise VonKanel Stove, and Carrie VonKanel. Mary, along with Elise after the death of her husband Frederick, undertook the management of the VonKanel Jewelry Store. Carrie, after graduation from high school, went into nurses training. Portrayed by Jan Larson and daughters Anna Erfman and Alexia Larson, 2008. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Albert Froney. Albert was born in Germany and came to America with his parents, settling in Elmore. He started his first business in Pemberville and later moved to Bowling Green and established A. Froney Department Store. Portrayed by Dale Bruning, 2008. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Margaret O'Carroll Rider. Maggie was born in Toledo of Irish parents. She was active in the DAR (Daughters of the Revolution) and the Republican party and knew her representative and Senator on a first name basis. Portrayed by Mary Brandeberry, 2008. Washington Township Cemetery.
Leonard Davis. Leonard was born in Portage Township and attended the Portage Township Schools. After serving in WWII, he became a rural mail carrier and farmer. Portrayed by William Sherman, 2008. Portage Cemetery.
Troas Adams Dunn. After graduating from Bowling Green Normal
College, Troas began her teaching career in a
Frederick W. Uhlman, Sr. Fred was a major force behind the establishment of Wood County Hospital. In 1961 was named “Outstanding Citizen” by the BG Chamber of Commerce. Owner of the Uhlman Stores. Portrayed by Larry Nader, 2008. Weston Cemetery.
Grace M. Millikin Uhlman. Grace was a trustee of First Presbyterian Church and founding member of the Woman’s Club of Bowling Green. She was mother of three children and often-accompanied Fred on buying trips for the store.
2007 [return to top of page]
Mrs. Sarah Morse Gorrill will come to life in the form of Ellin Stoots, who lives in the home that Sarah’s husband built in Bowling Green. Sarah and William Gorrill were married in 1833 and traveled to Ohio were they settled in Troy Township, Wood County. Sarah became the first teacher in Troy Township, teaching in their cabin with 12 students. Portrayed by Ellin Stoots, 2007: retired teacher, lives in house built by Sarah Gorrill's husband. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Patrick Crowley will portray his grandfather, Harry Murlin. Harry was born in Neptune, Ohio and arrived in Bowling Green in 1917 when he was hired to teach industrial arts at Bowling Green High School. Mr. Murlin later sold life insurance and was elected City Auditor from 1947 to 1951. Portrayed by Patrick Crowley, 2007: retired attorney, grandson of Harry Murlin. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Malinda Swanson Agler’s life was cut short when her husband murdered her in 1949. Rebecca White-Schooner, Malinda’s niece, will relive her aunt’s troubled life as a battered housewife during a time when society turned a blind eye on such happenings. Portrayed by Becky White-Schooner, 2007: partner of Inspired by Nature, great-niece of Malinda Agler. Union Hill Cemetery.
His grandson, Jerry Loomis, will portray Jeremiah Carter of Carter Road and Carter Park fame. Jeremiah was a Wood County native, orphaned at 6 years of age, went on to college, taught school and became part owner in a Lumber Mill. Portrayed by Jerry Loomis, 2007: retired systems programmer, great-grandson of Jeremiah Carter. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Their grandchildren Nadine Bechstein Musser and Carl Dierksheide will portray Jessie A. Pultz Bechstein and John H. Bechstein. Jessie and John became proud parents of 13 children and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. John was a farmer and a member of "The Threshing Ring" and Jessie his helpmate. Portrayed by Nadine Bechstein-Musser and Carl Dierksheide, 2007. Nadine is a staff development coordinator and granddaughter of Jessie and John Bechstein. Carl is a mechanical engineer and part-time farmer, and the grandson of Jessie and John Bechstein. Weston Cemetery.
Kim Glenn Thomas and Dan Glenn will portray Orma Schauweker Brigham and Joel Wynn Brigham. Wynn became a partner with his father in the vegetable garden and greenhouse business and in 1920 with the help of Orma opened Brigham’s Flower Shop. Portrayed by Kim Glenn Thomas and Dan Glenn, 2007. Kim is an author, wife, consultant, and mother of twins. She is the great-granddaughter of Orma and Joel Wynn Brigham. Dan is the owner and operator of a trucking business and is the great-grandson or Orma and Joel Wynn Brigham. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Ernest Nietzke spent 20 years in baseball as a pitcher and outfielder. Ernie played professional baseball and in the 1921 and 1922 seasons was with the Boston Red Socks. Andy Sattler has the honor of telling us of Ernie’s accomplishments in life. Portrayed by Andy Sattler, 2007: 2007 high school graduate, active in FFA. Union Hill Cemetery.
Simon Thomas was a member of the 24th Regiment of the Negro US Cavalry during the Civil War. Mr. Thomas started the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in Perrysburg. Portrayed by Rev. Davis Booth, 2007: pastor of the Christian Community Church, Toledo, Ohio. Ft. Meigs Cemetery.
2006 [return to top of page]
Ellen Cornelia Kelly Aultman was a farm wife and mother of nine children who wrote in a journal in 1901 and 1902. Ellen's journal give us a view of farm and family life in Wood County from the woman's point of view. Information was recorded about weather, crops, food, housekeeping, raising children, and dealing with adolescents. Portrayed by Barbara Rothrock, 2006: owner of Calico, Sage and Thyme, a gift store located on Clay Street in Bowling Green. Fish Cemetery.
Mina Tyson Bishop attended Bowling Green Normal College, became a teacher, trained to become a nurse, and joined the Army Nurses during WWI. Mina met Bryan Bishop, a wounded WWI soldier. When the war was over Mina and Bryan came to Wayne, OH and married. Portrayed by lla Banbury, 2006: former registered nurse, teacher in Michigan public schools for 30 years, now retired. Niece of Mina Tyson Bishop. Mt. Zion Cemetery. Best of Living History 2017 portrayed by Dru Cunningham.
Elmer Bowers was Service Safety Director for Bowling Green when he died. He worked in the A Froney & Company store, operated a dry cleaning establishment, and organized the Traffic Oil Company. He was an ardent Republican and served on City Council for several years. Elmer also administered food allotments and relief to citizens of Bowling Green during the depression. Portrayed by William Shuler, 2006: owner of Avery Vault Company, worked at State Home Saving Bank, member of Exchange Club. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Lt. Wilson W. Brown was a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He along with 22 men of "Mitchell's ar Andrew's Raiders" were instrumental in capturing a railroad train at Big Shanty, GA. He was captured in 1862 after the raid, imprisoned, and escaped. Portrayed by Rob Morgan, 2006: teacher, Bowling Green Junior High School. New Belleville Ridge Cemetery.
Patrolman Ralph Castner was born in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was an outstanding football player for bowling Green High School. He graduated from Bowling Green State College, joined the Police Department in 1929, and was fatally shot in a "shoot out" with "Floyd" and William Milter, the "Baby Faced Killer." Portrayed by Tom Brokam, 2006: retired Bowling Green City Police Officer (25 years), now working for Ohio B.C.I. as a criminal investigator. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Police Chief Galliher was born in Cattlesburg, KY. "Shorty" joined the Bowling Green Police Force in 1920. In 1931, he was involved in a well known "shoot out" with Charles Arthur, "Pretty Boy Floyd" alias Frank Mitchell, a notorious gangster of the day. Portrayed by Gary Spencer, 2006: Chief of Police, City of Bowling Green. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Eliza Hampton was a survivor of a race of Pioneers who populated the wilderness of the Western Reserve. Her life-time homestead was north of Bowling Green on 60 acres on Mitchell Road. She was a woman of superior intelligence and excellent business capacity. Eliza managed a store for the Grange and later purchased it and ran it as her own business. Portrayed by Ann Bowers, 2006: retired archivist working part-time at the Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University. Granddaughter of Elmer Bowers. Union Hill Cemetery.
Isaac Van Tassel II taught at the Mission School on the Maumee River. He and his wife, Martha, purchased government land in Milton Township, Wood County, raised their family, and lived there for 31 years. he served 15 years as Justice of the Peace. Portrayed by Allen Kepke, 2006: retired theatre professor at Bowling Green State University. Oak Grove Cemetery.
Martha Van Tassel was a Wood County pioneer. She was a student at Bell School and was taught by Mr. Isaac Van Tassel. Martha was the mother of eight children, five who grew to adulthood. Portrayed by Joyce Kepke, 2006: retired administrator in Continuing Education at Bowling Green State University and Bowling Green Councilwoman for 20 years. Oak Grove Cemetery.
2005 [return to top of page]
MYRON L. CASE (1863-1923) was a graduate or Ohio Wesleyan University. Mr. Case began working at the Exchange Bank in Bowling Green. The great oil and gas boom then started and it led to his lifelong career in the glass industry. He helped found the Chamber of Commerce and participated in many civic activities. Portrayed by Randy Brown, 2005: curator, Wood County Historical Center & Museum. Oak Grove Cemetery.
EDWIN FARMER (1838-1904) served as superintendent of the Wood County Infirmary from 1878 until 1904. He and his wife Charlotte, were appointed by the infirmary board to oversee the infirmary affairs. Later his daughter Lottie and her husband, Frank Brandeberry were superintendent and matron of the facility. Portrayed by John Eschedor, 2005, self-employed carpenter, great-great-grandson of Edwin Farmer. Oak Grove Cemetery.
LYLE R. FLETCHER (1901-2001) had a varied career-climatologist, newspaperman, professor, historian. After his retirement from Bowling Green State University, he turned his attention to history. He is credited with saving the old Infirmary and turning it over to the Wood County Historical Society for a local history museum. Portrayed by Ed Danziger, 2005, Professor of History at Bowling Green State University. Oak Grove Cemetery.
ADELINE HALLECK (1869-1970)
was the first librarian of the Bowling Green Public Library. She was a charter and member of the Shakespeare Roundtable, which is credited with starting the library. She had taught in the Bowling Green schools for 40 years. When the Bowling Green Woman's Club was founded in 1920, she became the its first recording secretary. She lived to be 101. Portrayed by Deena Halleck, 2005, homemaker, married to Adeline Halleck's great-great-nephew. Oak Grove Cemetery.
JOHN R. HANKEY (1843-1902) was a leading businessman as a tailor/clothing merchant in Bowling Green's early days. He began a lumber and planing mill business and built some of the local facilities such as the Exchange Bank, the old Opera House, and the Canastota Glass factory. He acquired much wealth in the gals boom. He had a substantial interest in the National Bank as a co-founder. Portrayed by Eric Honneffer, 2005, Conservator for the Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University. Oak Grove Cemetery.
WILLIAM C. JORDAN (1887-1982) taught in the College of Education at Bowling Green State University for 33 years, but he felt that some of the happiest years of his life were during retirement. He composed music, took up water color painting, and rug hooking. He played the piano for the Kiwanis Club each week and wrote a songbook for Kiwanis. Portrayed by Dorsey Sergent, 2005, retired pharmacist. Oak Grove Cemetery.
ALEX KLEVER (1862-1945) came to the United States in 1880 and settled in Bowling Green in 1882. After working in the Von Kanel Jewelry Store, he opened his own jewelry Store on Wooster Street, and later with his sons Roy and Grant opened a store at 121 North Main Street. The Klever Jewelry business remains to this day. Mr. Klever was active in the affairs of the downtown businesses and helped found the Board of Trade. Portrayed by Tom Bamburowski, 2005, attorney, court magistrate. Oak Grove Cemetery.
DR. JOSEPH C. LINCOLN (1844-1926) was a physician, druggist, and banker in Bowling Green. After practicing in Iowa and Fostoria, he moved to Bowling Green in 1873. He was very active in civic affairs, serving as a Wood County Congressman and member of the Board of Education and city Council. He also was a director of the Wood County Savings Bank until his death. Portrayed by John Dimick, 2005, factory supervisor, great-great-grandson of Dr. Lincoln. Oak Grove Cemetery.
NELLIE A. REPASS (1876-1940) served for 32 years as matron and superintendent of the Children's Home in Bowling Green. She felt that she and her staff should try to make the children's residence at the home as comforting as possible. She took care of hundreds of children during her tenure at the Home. Portrayed by Christie Weininger Raber, 2005, Director, Wood County Historical Center & Museum. Oak Grove Cemetery.
SHORTY RITTENHOUSE (1890-1966) was a jack-of-all-trades: a plumber, a carpenter, an electrician, and later a custodian and school bus driver. After purchasing a small piece of land in southeast Bowling Green, he and his wife bought an old street car, moved it to his lot, and made a home out of this streetcar for the family. Portrayed by Larry Rittenhouse, 2005, native of Bowling Green, son of Shorty Rittenhouse. Oak Grove Cemetery.
2004 [return to top of page]
SOLON L. BOUGHTON (1827-1902) was one of Bowling Green's earliest citizens and businessmen, including founder of a glass factory during the oil and gas boom. Mr. Boughton also was active in civic affairs in the city. Portrayed by Joe Terry, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
MINNIEBELLE CONLEY (1898-1984), a native of Bowling Green who lived all her life in a residence on West Wooster Street, was society editor of The Daily Sentinel-Tribune for 53 years. In later years she became interested in the humane treatment of animals. Portrayed by Joan Gordon, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
MYRNA REECE HANNA (1878-1955) was the first woman to be elected to the General Assembly from Wood County. She was the joint author of the 1929 bill changing the status of the Bowling Green and Kent institutions from normal school to college. Portrayed by Caryl Hanna McCormick, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
FLOYD FREDERICK (FRED) HOUSEHOLDER (1938-1989) Dr. Householder established an obstetrics/gynecology practice in Bowling Green during the 1970s. He loved sports, and when he came to Bowling Green, hockey became a passion. Portrayed by Craig Householder, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
PEARL DISEL JUNE (1895-1961), a long-time resident of the city, was a homemaker who enjoyed raising her family in the community. She was the mother of Max and Freeman June, both businessmen in Bowling Green. Portrayed by Suzi Saunders, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
MERLE W. KLOTZ (1913-2004) operated what came to be called Klotz Floral Gift & Garden Center for more than 60 years. The business, established in 1918, is one of the city's oldest enterprises. Portrayed by Eric Klotz, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
EDWIN L. MOSELEY (1865-1948), probably the most widely known member of the original Bowling Green State University faculty, was primarily a biologist and naturalist. He was well known for his studies of tree rings as a means of determining weather cycles. Portrayed by Leo A. Schifferli, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
BRUCE C. PRATT (1891-1975) joined the Wood County Sheriff's Department as a deputy in 1924 and was elected Sheriff in 193I, serving two terms. He hunted Pretty Boy Floyd, who had shot a local policeman, but never caught up with him. Portrayed by Bruce Pratt IV, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
JOHN K. (JACK) RANEY (1890-199)7 was a well-known architect, having designed many of the buildings still standing today in Bowling Green: the Cla-Zel Theatre along with buildings on the BGSU campus. He also served 27 years in the Army and served in WWI. Portrayed by David Chilson, 2004, Bowling Green State University. Oak Grove Cemetery. Best of Living History 2017 portrayed by David Chilson.
JOHN C. WOOSTER (1825-1884) became the first mayor of Bowling Green in 1856, in an election held in his home and with 56 votes being cast. Wooster Street was named in his honor. Portrayed by John Quinn, Mayor of Bowling Green, 2004. Oak Grove Cemetery.
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