If Only The Artifacts Could Talk!

Tobias pocket watch and winderHello again!  I haven’t been able to bring myself to post in a very long time.  I apologize for the long hiatus.  The last year and half has been very rough , but I’m going to try to get back in the habit of regularly posting and sharing what I know regarding the Motter family history.

The last time that I went to Mansfield to take my Mom, Arlene Motter, to her chemo treatments, she sent me home with a box of “family history” artifacts that she wanted me to look through and do some research on.  I am finally getting around to posting some of what I have found.
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Joe Motter

Celebration of the life of Joe MotterIt’s been a while since I have posted anything on this site and for that I have to apologize.  It has been difficult for me to write about earlier generations of the Motter family tree when the current generations are dealing with ongoing illnesses and making difficult decisions about the future.

Today I thought it would be therapeutic for me to post a photographic collage celebrating the life of my father, Joseph Motter. As the photographs suggest, music, family, and hard work have always been important to my Dad!

No matter what the next few weeks bring, my Dad has the love and support of his family!

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Last Will and Testament of John Motter

John MotterI recently requested part of John Motter’s Estate file from the Hardin County courthouse.  When reading through this post, you might want to keep a few things in mind.  First, John was a farmer and as such he needed a large family to assist with running the farm.  As you can tell from this record, he definitely had a large family.  Secondly, John was married three times.  He married his first wife, Anna Howenstine in 1858.  I don’t have any information on this first wife and it does not appear that they had any children.  John married Catherine Zollinger in 1863 and they had eleven children.  When he refers to his “first family”, he is referring to the children that were born during this marriage. After Catherine’s death in 1887, John married Anna Charles and had eight children.  From the tone of the last part of his will, it sounds like there may have been some bad feelings between some of the members of the two families. Continue reading

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Ohio Northern University ROTC Cadets-1912

1912 OH Northern ROTCHappy Memorial Day!

Since it’s Memorial Day and we’re honoring our Veterans who have served throughout our history, this postcard seemed appropriate. Continue reading

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