Obituary – Evelyn Marie Moore

EVELYN MARIE MOORE- Age 95, passed away on October 18, 2009. Moore was born in Goshen, Ohio on August 22, 1914, to Emmett and Ida (Smith) Howard. Ida was the first custodian at the Goshen School, which opened in 1923. Evelyn was raised in a home on the current David Rd. and remembers when the stone wall was built around the Zeisberger Cemetery. Water was borrowed from the family’s well to mix the concrete, she explained. Evelyn loved the Cleveland Indians and was the sister-in-law of baseball great Whitey Moore. She had attended several World Series games with her husband Lester. She was preceeded in death by Lester, two sisters, Kathryn Krocker and Mildred Rausch, both of Goshen and one brother, Donald Howard.

Sheriff “answers” letter from beyond!

                                   An article in the Times Reporter that was written by Jon Baker a few years back told of a supposed communication from beyond the grave of Tuscarawas County Sheriff John Howard, of Goshen. Howard, who was 56 at the time, died on May 4, 1869, following an April 30th buggy accident near the Goshen Canal bridge. His wife was also in the buggy but received only minor injuries. Maj. Charles H. Mathews, the editor of the Ohio Democrat newspaper of New Philadelphia, who had always had a fascination with spiritualism, attempted to contact Howard. He composed a short letter to the deceased sheriff on May 9:
    “My Dear John Howard, I hope you will pardon me for addressing you so soon after leaving the body. Will you do me the favor to answer the enclosed questions? Hoping soon to hear from you.”
     The letter was forwarded along with his questions in a separate envelope to famed medium James Vincent Mansfield, who conducted a mail-order spiritualism business out of his New York City home. The cost for the service was $5 and four, 3-cent stamps. Some of Mansfield’s more famous customers included Mark Twain.
    Several days later, Mathews received a response. His questions were returned with the envelope seal unbroken and was opened in the presence of Howard’s widow and a witness.
Mathews later published his “spirit communications” from John Howard in the Ohio Democrat.
    “I embrace this, the first opportunity to assure you I have a conscious existence beyond the mangled clay tenement that reposes in yonder cold grave,” Howard supposedly told the medium. Howard also said when he became awakened to conciousness days after his death that he was greeted by several people he knew. The first to greet him was supposedly David W. Stambaugh, of New Philadelphia, who had died on January 22, 1869. Stanbaugh had served as prosecuting attorney and was a state senator at the time of his death. Later in the communication, Howard spoke to his widow.
    “Say to my dear, now afflicted wife, I will speak to her as soon as I recover sufficient strength to do so.”
    Howard also said he could not provide proof to skeptics saying they “are too much wedded in their idols, or preconceived ideas to listen to any new revelation.” He also made a prediction. “The time is rapidly approaching when present theological teachings will be displaced by teachings more liberal- teachings that have vitality and assurances of immortality, beyond the cold, cold grave.”

Howard Family

When Ida Belle Smith’s mother, Rachel Reardon Smith, died in the late 1800s, Ida went to make her home with the Rudy and Rosanna Schaar family in Goshen. The Smith family had moved to Goshen earlier from the Sherrodsville area after Ida’s father, Benjamin Franklin Smith, started working in the mines at Goshen. They lived in the house now owned by Doug and Chris Krocker.

Some years later, Emmet Howard, a self-taught mining engineer, started working in the Goshen and Wainwright areas and boarded with the Schaar family where he met Ida. In 1908, Emmet and Ida were married and bought a home in Goshen near the Zeisberger Cemetery. The couple had four children, Mildred, (married Adrian Rausch), Donald, (married Helen Reymond),  Evelyn, (married Lester Moore) and Kathryn (married Eddie Krocker).

Emmet died after contracting malaria while working in South Carolina and Ida raised their children by herself, working as the first janitor at the Goshen School, built in 1923.

Ida’s brother, Marion Smith, built a home in Goshen where the Brokaw family has lived for many years.

Emmet’s grandfather, John Howard, was killed while serving as sheriff of Tuscarawas County in a buggy crash at the old canal bridge at Goshen.  

Ed and Mary Krocker Family

Two Wainwright brothers, Eddie and Louie Krocker, sometimes went over the hill to Goshen and eventually met two pretty Goshen girls. Eddie married Kathryn Howard and their children are Eddie Jr. and Tom. Louie married Betty Swihart and their children are Helen of California, Dan of Navarre area, Becky of the Dayton area and the late Nadine Badertscher. Betty’s mother was Mayme Cookson Swihart.
Both Krocker families resided and raised their families in Goshen and Eddie and Louie worked for many years at the clay plant there.
Eddie Jr. and his wife, Mary, raised their six children in Goshen. They are Teri (married Joe Stein), Cindy (married Marvin Davis), Doug (married Chris Schreiner), Jim (married Joan Schreiner), Joe (married Wanda Davis) and Scott, (married Shannon Kieffer). Teri, Cindy, Doug and Scott still reside at Goshen with their families. Jim lives near Wainwright and Joe lives at Tuscarawas.
Mary recalls moving to Goshen in 1958, when she and Eddie bought the former Gibbs home, which was originally built for the superintendent of the clay plant. “I didn’t know many Goshen residents, but my husband’s Aunt Betty Krocker, invited me to a play and covered-dish dinner at the school. I had such a good time and met so many friendly Goshen residents. I have really liked Goshen ever since!”