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Genealogy society celebrates 40 years
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society is celebrating its 40th year, having been organized as one of the first chapters of the Ohio Genealogical Society in October of 1969.

Sally Hablitzel was elected president. Charter members included Betty A. Bradley, Marion Cleary, Virgil Gordon, Elaine M. Mellott, Richard Sneary, Madge Warner, John S. Bradley Jr., Martha R. Dicke, Sally G. Hablitzel, Betty Nissen, Robert C. Thompson and Robert R. Welch.

In celebration of the anniversary, the society has republished The History of Ottawa County, Ohio and Its Families, which was first published in 1985 and has been out of print for many years.


Over the years, the society has made many contributions at the state and local levels. Projects completed include indexing the Ottawa County section of the 1880 census and establishing a genealogical section at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton.

Individual members have added greatly to available resources by transcribing church and courthouse records. Much of this information was published and remains available for purchase.

The First Families of Ottawa County Program was established in 1983. The program awards certificates to individuals proving lineage to and residence of ancestors within the boundaries of Ottawa County. The first year. over 300 certificates were awarded and the second year over 100. In 1987, a quarterly newsletter was initiated by Martha Grindstaff, Janice Heschel and Pat Jeremy. It was entitled “Marshland to Heartland” and is still in publication.

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton.

Current officers include Linda Kolinko - president, Mary Hamann-vice president, Sue Jonke-treasurer, Carol Kessler-secretary. Programs are designed to educate and support the membership in their pursuit of genealogical research. The public is always welcome to attend our meetings.

Clune completes course
Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Court Administrator Lori Clune, along with 37 Ohio court professionals, have graduated from a three-year course that updates their skills and helps them perform their jobs better.

Offered through a partnership between the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Judicial College and the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management, the Court Management Program addresses specific training needs of court leaders. Several states, including Ohio, bring this training program to court professionals so they don’t have to travel to various national locations to complete the coursework.

The program consisted of five courses designed to develop a participant’s knowledge and skills in court performance standards, fiscal administration, case flow management, human resources and information technology. The final course, a five-day concluding seminar, built upon the foundation courses and explored the roles and purposes of courts, dealt with the concepts of judicial branch independence and interdependence, and reviewed leadership and management theories as they apply to courts. Participants took two modules per year for three years.

70th anniversary dinner
The Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary with it annual Fall Dinner Oct. 29 at the Catawba Island Club.

Social hour will be held at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. David Yost, Delaware County prosecutor and candidate in the May 2010 Primary for Ohio Attorney General, will be the featured speaker.

Make reservations by calling 419-460-2429 and sending a check for $35 per person payable to Karen McTague, Treasurer, 11537 Bloom Rd., Oak Harbor, OH 43449.

Mothers of Twins
The Port Clinton Mothers of Twins Club enjoyed a picnic dinner during the September meeting at the home of Stacie Gillum in Marblehead.

New officers include President Heather Dewitz; Vice President Stacie Gillum; Recording Secretary and Reporter Gail Browning; Corresponding Secretary Darlene Macko; Treasurer Lisa Clark; and Historian Julie Wittman.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Riverview Senior Center Room. For more information or club information, call membership chairman Lucy Lieske at 419-898-5155.

Pilgrims off to Rome
Nine “pilgrims” set out from the Sacred Heart Home in Oregon Oct. 6, headed for Rome to attend the canonization ceremony of Blessed Jeanne Jugan, Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The pilgrims include Barbara Berry, John Beutler, Rose Bollin, Helen Carroll, Janet Eskra, Anne Gothier, Janet Leach, Tina Trujillo and Sr. Rose Marie Kietter.

While in Rome, they will be staying with other pilgrims who have traveled from all 203 Little Sister Homes around the world. Each Home is sending a delegation of pilgrims who will be attending the ceremony at St. Peters Basilica Sunday, Oct. 11.

At the ceremony the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI will be naming the religious order a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope is expected to name St. Jeanne Jugan the patron saint of the elderly due to her and the Little Sisters’ care of the elderly poor as their mission.

Besides attending the canonization ceremony, the pilgrims will be celebrating a special Mass in Rome and will have a private audience with the Pope. They will also be doing some sight-seeing in Rome and other areas of Italy.

The delegation will return Oct. 15.

Fort topic of discussion
Members of the Fort Industry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently heard a presentation about East Toledo history and historical monuments from Larry Michaels, author of “East Side Story-People & Places in the History of East Toledo.”

Michaels discussed the location where the Fort Industry Chapter had, in November 1941, dedicated a monument to the prehistoric Indian fort in East Toledo. The bronze inscription on the four-ton sandstone marker reads: “A Prehistoric Fort consisting of earthen walls accompanied by moats, formerly occupied this site.”

The walls, three to four feet high, probably were surmounted by palisades, which together with the steep river bank, rendered the fort fairly secure from attack by enemies. The fortification probably pertained to the Erie Nation of Indians, who lived in Northern Ohio prior to 1655. The unobstructed view of the river in either direction enabled defenders of the fort to guard against surprise attack by enemy canoemen. Erected by Fort Industry Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.”

The position of the earthworks and moats in relation to the Maumee River is illustrated on the marker. Early historians wrote that the fort was erected on a bluff about 35 feet above the river. Today the view of the river is blocked by grain elevators.

Fort Industry member Mary Ann Lauer recently set out in search of the monument located just a few feet from Miami St., south of Fassett St.

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