While I grew up thirty miles away in Lima, my family search takes me to Hardin County, Ohio where both sets of my grandparents were married.
Frank Kimble and Clara Goddard were married on 18 May 1892 in Ada, Ohio. Like so many Americans of that era, Frank was a farmer, plowing his rich 40 acres with a mule. It would be more than 35 years before electricity came to their farm.
Frank and Clara had six children: Ethel, Roy, Avery, Marcellus (Ted), Cora and Anna, my mother.
Frank kept a diary, which I have had the privilege of reading. Neighbors helped neighbors harvest, build barns and split wood. Along with their neighbors Frank and Clara did their part in supporting the one room school house and the Sugar Grove Methodist Church.
This picture is from their 50th wedding anniversary, celebrated surrounded by family and freinds. Frank Kimble died on 16 Jan 1948. Clara died on 28 Feb 1954. They are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, Ohio.
As I research my family stories in Hardin County, I appreciate the hard working volunteers at the Hardin County Genealogy Society, who have rescued many records from the dumpsters and have expanded their office to house their growing collection.