Meet Norbert Hahn. Eighteen in this photo, he was the son of Elmer and Ruth Hahn, living in Hartland, Huron country, Ohio – a short distance from Wakeman. Norbert was the first child born to his parents on September 25, … Continue reading
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Mikloda, the rarest name so far, and some burning barns…
UPDATE, Sept 2014: An email from a family member has shed more light on the Mikloda family,
“My great grandfather was Jacob Mikloda. Jacob was married to Susan Filko and had several children including my grandfather, John. John changed the spelling of the family name to McLoda, but I have never been told why. John died in 1958…I have heard the story before of Jacob becoming angry and burning his barns. I have also heard that his arrest caused him to be deported back to Czechoslovakia.”
From the least common name to one of the most common, Julia Mikloda (later Julia Green) was born in Pennsylvania on March 2, 1914. Her parents were Czechoslovakian immigrants in the early 1900s. Julia was the sixth of nine children born to Jacob Mikloda and Susan Filko. Most if not all of her siblings attended Wakeman High School as Julia did. This is her graduating picture in 1932.
The family moved from PA to OH around 1920 and farmed in the area for the rest of their lives. But all was not happy. In 1933, one year after this photo, the Sandusky Star Journal reported that on September 12th Susie Mikloda filed for divorce from husband Jacob. Mr. Mikloda was being held in the local jail for allegedly burning down two barns on the Mikloda farm. That same newspaper reported on December 7, 1933 that Mr. Mikloda was found guilty and the divorce granted.
That explains why Susie and 5 of her 9 children were living without Jacob in 1940. Two of her sons were farming and two daughters were maids. Julia was married by then to Lyle Green and was a new mother. The whole family seems to have stayed in or near Huron county, Ohio and most are buried in Camden Cemetery. Matriarch Susie died in 1950. Julia lived until 1997, outliving her husband by over 20 years.
I’ve not found anyone searching for this family – but when they start it will be easy going. Everything I found on the Mikloda name was about this family!
*herine Salzman – spelling various are so much fun (insert sarcastic exclaimation point)
Yes, Another chopped off name from Wakeman High School in Huron County, Ohio. This one seemed straight forward, ____herine Salzman. What else besides “Catherine” or “Katherine” could that really be? So I was shocked when it didn’t turn up much. (Although I shouldn’t be shocked by any research hiccup at this point!)
But I think I’ve found the identity of this lovely lady. Kathryn Salzman was born in 1916 in Ohio to Walter Salzman and Edna Johnson. She was the second oldest of 6 siblings, including Louise, Stella, Grace, Robert, and Charlotte. Lovely classic names! In 1930, 2 years before this photo the family lived in Lorain, Ohio – not far from Wakeman. Walter was a dairy farmer. In 1920 Ohio census the last name appeared as “Saltzman.”
Something happened by 1940. Brother Robert lived with an uncle in Pittsfield, OH. John Glynn (but mom’s maiden name was Johnson?) and a John Salzman as well listed as “Helper”. Robert is listed as “nephew.” Sister charlotte lived with her grandparents, Conrad and Ida Salzman in Camden, Lorain, OH. Where is Kathryn?
Walter apparently lived until 1968 in Lorain, OH. Edna died young in 1933, which explains why the children may have been split up to live with relatives. According to Edna’s death certificate her death was related to third degree burns. Robert was not far behind his mother and died in 1943.
As for Kathryn, I’m not sure what became of her. Hopefully a searching family member will!