prior to 1895, son of William Frederick and Dolly (Groom)O’Harra.Dolly and George re-located to Indiana.Later in life, George O'Harracame to Findlay to meet his father's second family. I
am not certain that this is thesame
George O'Harra, but it is possible: Indiana Marriages 1845-1920
Date/Age: 26 Nov 1894
Date: 17 Oct 1916
Source Page: 65
Children of William Frederick
and Carrie Catherine (Dempsey) O’Harra
1.Ethel Lenora, born 17 JAN 1896, Findlay, Hancock
County, OH; married
LeoSmith, divorced; died 26 JUN 1976.Ethel became an accomplished seamstress.In
later years, she and daughter Betty Ann lived with daughter Jane and her husband Karl and family.Both Ethel and Betty willed their remains for
medical research following their deaths. Ethel’s
Janet “Jane”, born 8 AUG 1917;
married 24 JUN 1939
Karl L. Ludi; died 16 JUL 1967. Jane struggled with Hodgkins
Disease for manyyears
prior to her final cause of death,
bronchial pneumonia.Both sheand her
husband Karl are buried in the Maple Lawn Section of MapleGrove Cemetery, Block
3, lot 114, B.Karl was born 24 JAN 1914 aFindlay and died 1 JAN 1977 at Findlay. This writer’s
mother, Ellen JaneBartelle,
dearly loved her cousin Jane and Jane's husband Karl.Ellenmoved
after high school graduation and become good friendwith Jane, Karl, and Bob O'Harra.Karl and Jane were the parents of:
David, born 10 OCT 1941;
Karl, born 23 JUN 1944;
Edward, born 9 JUN 1948;
Jane, born 14 AUG 1950;
Jay, born 13 NOV 1957.
Ann, born 8 DEC 1921. Betty Ann was born with cerebral palsy. Betty
won several prizes herself for her needlework -- intricate embroiderydone with her talented
nimble toes. Betty attended the first specialeducation class held in Findlay for handicapped
youngsters -- in 1929. Herashes
are buried next to those of her mother at (A-40) WoodlawnCemetery, Toledo.Both women donated their bodies to the Ohio medicalschool at the time of their deaths.
born 15 AUG 1900
at Findlay, Hancock County, OH;
married 7APR 1924 Nona Gensler;
died 1 AUG 1962.Obituary: F.D. O'Harra: Rail Yard Foreman and Former Deputy. Frederick D.
O'Harra, 61, of 3135 Erie St.,
died today in his home of a heart
attack. Mr. O'Harra was a yard foreman the last 15years at the Detroit
and Toledo Shoreline Railroad Co. and before that was adeputy eight years under Lucas County Sheriff Charles L.
in Findlay, Mr. O'Harra lived in Toledo 40 years.He was active in pistol and rifle matches and was scheduled to take
part in the competition this week at CampPerry,
O.He was a member of the Brotherhood of
Railroad Trainmen,Harbor Light
Lodge, F&AM, and the National Rifle Association.
is survived by his wife, Winona; brother, Robert, Sylvania, and sisters, Mrs. Ethel Smith and Mrs. Alma Wagner,
both of Findlay.
Services will be at today at Jasin's Funeral Home, 5300 Summit St., Toledo.Burial will be in Forest Cemetery, Toledo.
3.Alma Mary5 (William Frederick4,
William Henry3, Hugh2, John and Priscilla1), born 16 JAN 1902 at Findlay, Hancock County,
OH; married 24 JUL 1920 Benjamin Claude
Bartel, divorced; married second Clarence Wagner; died 5 SEP 1976 at Indio, CA.Alma is listed
in the 1920 census for Toledo,
OH, as 19 yearsold, a "milinery
superintendent".Her young son
Robert R. is also in thehousehold.
Alma married Benjamin Claude Bartel of Toledo.She was a monthshy of 20 years old when she and Ben had their only
child:Ellen Jane Bartelle, 5DEC 1921, at Toledo. Ben, Alma, and Ellen lived at 3412 Summit St., Toledo.Ben
was listed as a fireman and Alma as a housewife.
family eventually re-located to nearby Sylvania,
OH, and lived next door toBen's parents, Charles and Jennie
(Queen) Richmond.The marriage faltered andended in 1928.
couple was married by a Justice of the Peace 24 July 1920 in Detroit,
MI. Ben was 24 and Alma was 18.Ben spelled his surname "Bartelle"
on themarriage license.Divorce proceedings were started 27 SEP 1928 back in Toledo,Lucas County, OH.The divorce was final 17 JAN 1929 and custody of daughterEllen Jane was awarded to her paternal
grandmother, Jennie Richmond.Thesurname was spelled "Bartel" in the
Alma moved back with her
own mother Carrie O'Harra.Ellen moved
in with her grandparents next
door.And Ben soon married Mabel Fern
1930 Federal Census for Toledo,
Lucas County, Ohio, lists:
O'Harra, 55, head of household;
R. O'Harra, 11, son;
M. Bartell, 28, daughter, saleslady in dry goods store;
J. M. O'Harra, 23, son, checker, steam railroad;
E. O'Harra, 23, daughter-in-law;
d. O'Harra, 5, granddaughter;
L. O'Harra, grandson.
Alma was a special
woman.Left at the beginning of the
Depression with no skills, little
formal education, and obviously no money, Alma
went out and made a living, with a little
left over to assist her mother and her sister Ethel along theway.
her divorce, Alma and Harve Baer went into business together. Theyeventually owned three restaurants,
managed the VFW, and started a pinball/jukebox/cigarette
machine business.Family tradition
believes that harrassmentby the
criminal element in the area was the reason that Alma eventually sold out her portion of the business to Harve.Later Harve willed one-half of the businessto Karl and Lee Ludi and they bought the rest
of the interest from his widow.Karl, Alma's nephew-in-law,operated the company until shortly before his
Alma fell in love with a relatively wealthy, but
eccentric Marion, OH, animal
doctor, much older than she.Clarence
"Doc" Wagner loved race horsesand
spent weeks living in tack rooms at race tracks. His family, owners of theMarion Skillet Co., did not approve of Alma,
especially his maiden sister.Alma'sfamily didn't think all that much of
Alma and Doc married we don't know.But
she was Alma Wagner as early as
1941, at the age of 39, when she was listed in her father's obituary.She wasAlma
Wagner until the day she died.
World War II, Alma went to meteorology school in
Chicago and returnedto Dayton Air Field in Ohio as a weatherperson for the Army Air
and Doc were seeing one another as late as 1956 or 1957.It was at that time that this writer took the train to Mansfield, OH,
to see her grandmother.Alma
was working as a secretary and proofreader for the Mansfield Printing Co.She,
Doc, and her granddaughter did a little sight-seeing, visited a race track, and
generally had an enjoyable
Alma was an incurable
hobbiest.She was interested in
everything -- from cloudsto
handwriting analysis.She had one of the
first Polaroid cameras sold on thepublic
market in 1947.She also shot home
movies and was pointing her 35 mmslide
camera at everyone at all times.The
family has a photographic records of more
than 35 years thanks to Alma's
was an avid reader, an endless traveller,
a painter, a rockhound, a practical nurse and a heart patient.She loved to
knit, sew and play bridge.
1968, Alma flew to Alaska to assist her granddaughter Dianne
following thebirth of her great
grandson, Jeff Anderson.In 1970, at the
age of 68, she drovefrom California, took the Alaska Ferry, and finished the trek
on the Alaska Highway,
to visit again.
her so-called retirement to the Palm Desert, CA, area in 1967, Almacontinued to work as a practical nurse
for ill persons who were older than she.This was a profession she had
begun in about 1961 after her retirement from theMansfield Printing Co. and re-location to the Chicago area.
had visited the desert in the early 1950s and decided that that was where shewished to retire.In the desert, she was a volunteer at
various children's homes,especially
those for the handicapped.She helped
out with "Meals on Wheels" for the
elderly and, being one of those few with an automobile, she was always on call to give her friends a lift to wherever it
was they wanted to go.
was taking its toll and she began to walk with a cane.Her heart wasmaking funny sounds again and she was watching that.In the summer of 1976,she flew to Chicago
to help Ellen look after great grandson Jeff, while hergranddaughter attended a convention in Florida. During those weeks, Almapatiently worked with Jeff, nine years
old at the time, to help him learn to read.By the end of the
visit, Jeff was reading and anxious to re-tackle elementaryschool and "catch up." Alma's sister Ethel died in Findlay that month.
in Indio that September, Alma was on her way to a friend's home to
polishrocks in a rock
tumbler.She collapsed on the sidewalk
at , 5 SEPT 1976and died.Cause of death was listed as a bilateral pulmonaryartery embolism (ablood clot had reached her heart.)
services were held at the Chapel of the Desert, although Alma had oncejoined the Catholic church to please Doc Wagner.Her body was cremated -- as she wished -- with her ashes dispersed over the
desert that she loved.A flash flood hit the desert the day of her funeral and
continued for several days.
Alma had not accumulated
many material possessions at the time of her death.She had
done so in earlier years, but they had not been important enough to slowher down on her quest for life.What lives of Alma now are many color slides, home movies, and snapshots covering the
family's growth over 35 years, as wellas
a dozen oil paintings, and hand-knit scarves, slippers and sweaters.Alma was the
Richard (Lefore) O'Harra, born 5 AUG 1919. Name of father,unknown. Bob first appears in the 1920
census for Toledo,
in the household of his paternal grandparents Will and Carrie O'Harraas the "step-son" of
Aunt Ethel and Uncle Leo Smith.Theentireextended
family was living at 3127 Erie St.,
William F., 51, interior decorator;
D., 19, railroad fireman;
M., 18, superintendent, millinery;
Leo, 24, railroad clerk;
Robert R., 1 and 3/12, step-son.
census lists Robert's father as French speaking and born in France.This document was discovered in
May 1992 and was the first indicationthe
family had of the paternity of young Bob.A review of area censusrecords
revealed no clue as to who this Lefore person could have been. The mystery remains a
mystery, as Alma
would have wanted it.
lived with his parents Will and Carrie through elementary school andhis sister
Alma through high school.He served in
the military duringWorld
War II, and married Miss Nina Howard.The couple had nochildren
of their own but helped raise a young girl from Nina's extendedfamily.
Uncle Bob and Aunt Nina were also a major part of the lives of various nieces and
was employed by the Detroit
and Toledo Shoreline railroad from August
1947 through August 1980.He retired as
a yardmaster.Bob died25 APR 1986, after a lengthy battle with a rare skin
cancer.His remainswere cremated and
dispersed at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Toledo.
birth certificate lists William and Carrie (Dempsey) O'Harra as hisparents.The
certificate was prepared based upon Bob's old schoolrecords, following the death
of Carrie in the1950s.
Jane Bartelle6 (Alma
Frederick4, William Henry3, Hugh2, John and Priscilla1),
born 5 DEC 1921 at Sylvania, Lucas County, OH;
daughter of Benjamin Claude and Alma Mary (O’Harra) Bartelle;married 18 OCT
1944 Wayne Jackson Shullaw, divorced; died 16 JAN 1999 at Lansing, Cook County,
IL.Ellen’s story and descendants areincluded as part of the
Benjamin Bartel Family, Book III.
4.Earl Marion, born 8 AUG 1906 at Findlay,
Hancock County, OH; married 17OCT
1923 Jennie Eva Smith; died 6 FEB 1962.Obituary: Earl M. O'Harra, 55, of 3010 Hopewell Pl.,
died yesterday in MercyHospital. Mr. O'Harra,
lived in Toledo
30 years.He was a salesman for
Production Steel Co., Detroit, for 15 years.
are his son, W. Larn E. O'Harra, Livonia, MI; daughters, Mrs. FrancesO'Leary, Santa Monica, CA, and Mrs. Katy O'Harra Westwood, Toledo, and agrandchild (Larn’s daughter Melanie Kathleen O’Harra).
Private services will be at tomorrow in the Bennett
Mortuary, Adams Street,
with private burial in ForestCemetery.
As we finish up our story of the O’Harra Family in Ohio, we should recall Margaret
Lovina Ward O’Harra, the young widow of William Henry O’Harra. We have to go
back a couple of generations to hook back into this old Ohio family.When the young William Henry O’Harra left PickawayCounty in southern Ohio
and migrated north to Findlay, HancockCounty,
he met a young woman with roots in neighboring Wyandot – Margaret, daughter of