Anniversaries Celebarions and Reunions


 Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Morton


Mr. and Mrs. Morton to Wed 50 years.

Well Known Couple Married Near Shelby are Parents of Nine Children


The 50th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Otho B. Morton, Crestline Couple was held December 12. They were married in Crestline December 12, 1894, by Rev. Dunbar or the Methodist Church. The brides parents were Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Molder, near Shelby. Both are in good health, Mr. Morton works as a night watchman at the Burch Corporation and worked for the P.R.R. prior to that time.
Mrs. Morton is the fourth member of her immediate family to celebrate 50 years of more, and all are living, included 2 brothers and their wives, as sister and her husband: Mr. and Mrs Charles Molder, Galion, Mr and Mrs. Mathew Molder, Empire, GA; and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Turner, Mansfield.. Four other members of her family are Mrs. Elnora Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Frank and Leroy Molder of Shelby and George Molder of Ontario.
Mr. Morton is the only member of his immediate family living. A half brother and sister live in Crestline. He was born at Bloomingrove, the son of Moses Lewis and Julia Butler Morton. The family came to town in a893. Mr. Morton was employed for a time at Cassel's Hardware store, later entering the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Nine of the ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Morton include: Mrs. A.H. Frank of Tiro, Mrs. G.W. Henkel, Galion; Mrs. Jeanette Koons, Bucyrus;, Elmer Morton, West Palm Beach, Fla; Mrs. Nick Savoff, Mrs. Stella Van Horn, Ray Morton, Mrs. Harry Byers, and Mrs. James Kelso, all of Crestline. There is one daughter deceased. They have 34 Grandchildren and one great-grandchild The Group only has one in the service. He is Clifford Frank, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Frank of Tiro.
A potluck supper was held in celebration of this Golden Wedding Anniversary, and the couple was presented with gifts from the group and good wishes from their many friends for continuous good health and for many more years together.

Abstracted from the December 14, 1944 Crestline Advocate—Crestline Public Library.


 Welcome Home Reception

Park Arter Arrives Home

Crestline Citizen Newspaper

The country home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arter, east of Crestline was the scene of a festive gathering Labor Day, not as a Labor Day celebration but a celebration given in honor of their son C. Park Arter, who arrived “Back Home” early Saturday morning from “oversea service”.

It is needless to say that there was great rejoicing in the home and the immediate members of the family began to plan for a surprise reception for the returned Hero and while the plans were so quietly made, one of Park's little sisters made a confidant of her soldier brother and only told him that there would be more than 100 people at their home Labor Day, but really “that was all she said” and that was not telling him of the surprise to be, was it? And if she would have told we could not chide Leneabelle for placing such great confidence in her brother from whom she had been separated for nearly two years, he being one of the second battalion, Inf. Section, 38th Inf., whose headquarters were at Obermendig, Germany, for a number of months since signing the Armistice. He landed on his native
soil August 23rd, was sent to Camp Merritt, then to Camp Sherman where he received his discharge.

Now Park had planned a surprise for the home folk, by arriving one week sooner than he informed them that he would in order to get home before he was expected, but his plans were shattered, by a strange concurrence, that his parents arrived at Camp Sherman before he did and they were in hearing distance as his name was called. Through their great anxiety to meet him his suprise was called off . While both agree that surprise each intended for the other was baffled, a joyous meeting at the Camp was the result and a grand good time at the home Monday where the “Welcome Home” reception was given by more than one hundred of his family and friends.
The lawn was tastefully decorated with American Flags. Beneath the flags wee the spacious tables spread with all the delicacies of the season and as it was a basket dinner there was a great variety of “good eats” . After the dinner hour, various games were indulged in by some, others visiting and all report a grand good time. And glad to see Park looking so well oh his return from such a strenuous life.

While there was some disappointment, “Dame Rumor” had given Park a pretty French girl for his wife, but he failed to verify the rumor, and his friends think the little French girl was lost at sea on the return voyage home, and the Crestline girls may yet have hope. However, we leave that to Park and wish him success through life, even as he was successful in battle.


Abstracted from the September 1906 Crestline Citizen newspaper-Crestline Public Library




 Brothers from Yugoslavia Arrive.
Crestline Advocate

With memories of the homeland still vivid in their minds, Frederick Wagenhals, 65 years of age and his brother, Johann Wagenhals, 45 years old, Brothers of Joe Wagenhals of Crestline lefts Salzburg, Austria, Saturday, September 16, by plane and arrived in New York, Sunday afternoon, hours later than scheduled due to bad flying weather. The were compelled to take a later plane out of New York for Cleveland at 10:00 Sunday night instead of 2:30 in the afternoon, they were met by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wagenhals of Crestline, who were at the airport since early afternoon waiting the arrival of the 2:30 plane from New York. They reached Crestline long after midnight.
There was much to be talked about, as this was the first meeting of the brothers in 43 years, as Joe Wagenhals came to the United States in 1907, and has been a resident of Crestline the past 10 years.
When Yugoslavia was conquered by Russia, Frederick and his wife Emma, became refugees in a camp at Linz on the Danube. Mrs. Wagenhals died Christmas Day 1949, due to malnutrition.
Johann, his wife and six children were living peacefully in Yugoslavia when the strife with Russia began. His wife and three children were assigned to to a concentration camp, where the youngest, child then three years of age, died of malnutrition. The mother and the other two children are still in the concentration camp. They are taken out each morning for work and returned to camp each evening. One son is in the British Zone and another son in the American Zone. The whereabouts of the third son is unknown.
Through the efforts of Mr and Mrs Joe Wangenhals of Crestline and immigration consultant Anthony Knefely of Mansfield, which covered a period of more than 3 years, the men were finally allowed to immigrate to the United States.
The brothers were enthused over their first plane trip, stood it well, were not tired or frightened
and described the trip as a swell journey. Neither speak a word of English.
Frederick and Johann Wagenhals expect to make their future home in the United States, and to verify that statement, Monday of this week both took up work on farms near Mansfield.
They marvel at the condition of America and the American way of life—In comparison to the life in the homeland.

Abstracted from the 9-28-1950 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library.


  Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Childs Celebrate Anniversary


 Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Childs Celebrate Anniversary
Crestline Advocate

On August 18, 1875 A.C. Childs and Emma Bruce residents of Vermont were married in Millersburg, Ohio, where the latter was visiting Relatives, and the past Sunday they celebrated the 65th anniversary of the event. Rev. Crouse, a Lutheran minister, who officiated at the wedding, afterward located in Crestline and lived in the house on East
Bucyrus Street which the Childs have called home soon after coming her in 1891 from Warren Vermont. The first three months of their residence here was spent on County Line Road, after which they bought the present home.
Mr. Childs is now 88 years of age and his wife is 82. Because of his feeble condition, this years anniversary was celebrated in a quiet way, much the same as it has been for several years past – with a family dinner. This year it hope that their only son, Frank Childs, of New London could be present, but illness prevented it. While he frequently visits his parents and was here recently, he was here on their anniversary four years ago. In the intervening years he was unable to come because of the illness of his wife, the former Daisy McKinney of Crestline, who died this past year.
A wedding cake bearing the words “65th Anniversary” centered the table at which
Mr. and Mrs Childs were joined by their daughter, Mrs. Lula Eaton, and her son Fred of Seltzer Street; their son-in-law and daughter Mrs. T.E Locke, of Cleveland; and their grandson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eaton, and their children, Sara, Sue and Johnny of Wooster. The affair also marked the fourth wedding anniversary of Mr.a nd Mrs Locke which occurred on August 16.
Although there was no reception, the aged couple received gifts of flowers and a number of congratulatory cards from their friends.
Mrs. Childs, born in Fredericktown Ohio spent her early life in Wakefield VT., and
Mr. Childs was a native of that state. After coming to Crestline 49 years ago, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, and was also a painter but has been retired for some years. He is th oldest member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges in Crestline, and he and Mrs. Childs are the oldest couple in the community. Mrs. Childs is in fairly good health.

Abstracted from the July 22, 1940 Crestline Advocate- Crestline Public Library.
Note: Original article includes picture of Mr. and Mrs. Childs.


 Mr. Peter Bauer--Sixty Third Birthday

Celebrated by His Family and Friends.
Crestline Advocate

The 63rd birthday of Mr. Peter Bauer was a happy event which took placeat his comfortable country home – just west of the corporate limits of this city on Friday February 23, 1900.
While Mr. Bauer recognized the fact that Friday February 23rd was his birthday, he did not think that any one of his friends intended to steal a march on him by helping to celebrate the event. So he had settled himself down that day and that day would pass away as other days usually do...Such however was not the case. His family began to gather around the old homestead until the relationship were nearly all present and a happy day was spent together.
Mr. Bauer conformed himself to that situation and enjoyed the day with the rest. But of course a man never expects two sunrises in the same day.
Well, in the evening about 20 of his old friends friends met at the home of his son in law George Scott and went out en-masse. Here was trouble again for
Mr. Bauer but it was the kind that he cold endure with great pleasure.
After his friends gave him a hearty handshake a gramophone was set to going. Following this several speeches were made and then a delightful supper was spread prepared by the family. To these most elegantly prepared edibles
all did justice.
All of the guests were royally entertained and the host and hostess seemed to greatly enjoy the occasion.
The following named members of the famlily were present:

J.J. Bauer and his wife
William Patton and wife
Adam Fike and wife
Ex.-Com John Swearer. Dallas Twp.
Ex-Com John Berkley- Galion
William Mundis, wife and children;
Bauer, Maggie and Willie
Joseph Winters, wife and children
Emma,Ada and Mable.
G.B. Scott, wife and daughter Frankie D.
Mrs. Frank Sheppard and children,
Carl, Grace and Maggie.
J.C. Bauer and wife
J.F. Bauer
Mrs. John Fike
Benjamin Spell wife and son Aurthur
Jacob Groh and wife
Mrs. Margaret Eichorn and son Frank.
Mrs. Emma Mitchell,
Flo, Lizzie, Doras and Esther.
Esther Bauer

Mr. Peter Bauer is a simon-pure Democrat and one of Crawford County's substantial citizens, having filled important positions with honor to his party and to himself.
He was born July 23, 1837, on the farm now owned by Jacob Huber, which was then in Vernon TWP., Richland County, and since merged into Crawford County.
Removed to Crestline in April, 1869, was Township Treasurer seven years and Trustee for 4 years and was Coroner two terms and served as a commissioner for seven years.
He was married on December 30, 1859, to Elizabeth Koch, to whom was born six children all of whom are living in this vicinity .
With the exception of a sad optical affliction, Mr. Bauer is in good health and has the promise of many years of life. His host of friends upon taking leave wished him many more returns of his natal day with health and strength to enjoy them.

Abstracted from the Mrch 4, 1900 Crestline Advocate- Crestline Public Library.


 Mr and Mrs Francis J. Greer


Mr. Francis J. Greer and Mrs Margaret M. Rinker
Crestline Advocate

Mr. Francis J. Greer and Mrs. Margaret M. Rinker were united in marriage at the St. Joseph's Church by Father Treiber Wednesday Morning September 6th 1899, in the presence of quite a large congregation. A reception was given at the Brides home on East Bucyrus Street from 2:00 p.m., of the same day until 9 o'clock, where quite a number of their friends were pleasantly entertained.


 Mitchel and White Family Runion

 Mitchel- White- Family Reunion


Crestline Advocate

September 15th was the memorial occasion of the Mitchell and White reunion. Four families of the Mitchels and three of the Whites were represented. They met at the home of F.M. White, one mile north of Crestline. Those present from abroad were Perry and Mary Oldfield, Pierre, South Dakota; Will Lovett, Keystone, South Dakota ; Abbie Runkle, Eldora, Iowa; Mrs H.T. French two sons and David Peppard of Cleveland;George Sevens wife and son, Mansfield,o; J.W. Mitchel and wife, Miss Ada Pricnehorn, Mansfield; Henry Savers and wife, Plymouth, O; Louisa Logan and daughter Milla, and Lizzie Prosser, Lexington, O; Bert Logan and wife , Marion Mitchel and wire, Ontario, O; Gailord Edington, wife and daughter and Belle Bachman, and daughter, Galion, O; Robert Cowden, Dayton, O;
Mrs. G. Arter Sr. Sara Talbott and wife, D.M. Peppard and wife, Joe Dixon and wife and three sons, Howard White, Harry White, Miss Eliza White, F.M. White, wife and son Earl, David Lovett, wife and two daughters, Ella and Maud, William Peppard and wife, Rosa Brant, W.R. Boyd, wife and son, all of Crestline and vicinity. Four of the company were members of the Co.E, 32 Regt. O.V.I. Who have not met for 35 years. It was a happy reunion for them.

Abstracted from the September 27, 1900 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library