Monday, November 8, 2010

"Answers Summons" - an obituary transcription for Henry C. Meinzen

I think it's particularly sad when an obituary misspells the last name of the deceased. This obituary is for my mother's grandfather, Henry C. Meinzen (as opposed to the printed "Meinzer"). It was published in The Steubenville Herald-Star on Wednesday, December 30, 1925.


Henry C. Meinzer Answers Summons at Home of Daughter–Was 88 Years Old.

Henry C. Meinzer, aged 88, one of the city’s oldest and best known residents, died this morning at 1:25 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George K. Harris, 1618 West Market street, following an illness of several weeks with complications of old age.

Mr. Meinzer was born in Hanover, Germany, July 25, 1837, coming to Steubenville in early manhood and making his home here over a period of fifty years. He was married to Elizabeth Armitage of this city, his wife preceding him in death five years ago. Surviving are six children, Mrs. George K. Harris, Mrs. B. R. Harshman [sic], Mrs. Charles Sticker and Mrs. Russell Rhome, all of this city. Robert Meinzer of Mineral Ridge, O.; and Henry of Youngstown. He also leaves one brother, Fred, of Hanover, Germany; 22 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

The deceased was a carpenter and wagon maker by trade, retiring from active life only a few years ago. He belonged to the Zion Lutheran church, taking an active interest in all church activities until his last illness.

Held in high esteem by his friends and acquaintances for his many admirable traits of character and dispositoin [sic], the death of Mr. Meinzer will be heard of with deep regret throughout the city. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

About the daughters and their names:
Mrs. George K. Harris was Elizabeth W., named Wilhelmina Elizabeth at birth and known to family as Mina.
Mrs. B. R. Harshman was Bertha Hashman, married to Benjamin Hashman.
Mrs. Charles Sticker was Lula Sticker.
Mrs. Russell Rhome was Naomi Rhome.


  1. Nancy - you've got the date of birth off by 100 years.

  2. It's just a typo. Enlarge the clipping and it shows the correct date. Those keys are so close together.

  3. Mary, thank you for alerting me. I am just the worst proof reader! (So why am I doing transcriptions?!)

    Jim, thanks for for your understanding.

  4. Nancy,

    Thanks for sharing! I understand about the misspelling. Just last night I asked a friend (our husbands are cousins, but we're the keepers of the family history!) for a copy of an ancestor's military photo for my Veterans Day post and she also sent me a few articles. He was killed in the Korean War (conflict...police action...whatever! :)) and they spelled his surname wrong. Coyemberg instead of Cayemberg!


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