Front row, l to r, Gary Gibson, Tom Carlisle, John Wallace, Phyllis Reynolds, Marge Carlisle, Anna Davis, Loretta Endsley, Virginia Gribble, Lois Oppy and Warner Maurer.
2nd row, l to r, Eddie Krocker, Junior Davis, Ronnie Harmon, Ronnie Gibson, Eddie Warner, Bill Anderson and Nellie Davis.
3rd row, l to r, Stogie Rausch, janitor, Donald Freeman, teacher, Lou Ann Briggs, Marge Oppy, Shirley Murphy, Augusta Endsley, Bonnie Wallace, Shirley Maurer, Connie Gibson and Joan Garrett.
4th row, l to r, Eugene Wolfe, Jack Davis, Frank Swaldo, Frank Davis, Calvin Brown, Earl Walton and Bob Schaar.
Thanks everyone for all the posts on the Goshen Website. Some of my earliest memories are going to visit Mom and Dad Schaar (Lawrence and Kate) as my mother called them. She was Catherine Hansen, who around 1929, became a foster child of Lawrence and Kate. My mother attended Goshen School in the 1930’s. She eventually ended up marrying Sidney Schaar, a nephew to Lawrence.
My great, great Grandfather Joseph Schlafley settled in Goshen, in the 1840’s. He married Barbara Schweitzer who grew up just down from Goshen going towards the York area. They raised many children in the Goshen area. One of them, Roseanna ended up marrying my Great Grandfather Rudolph Schaar.
Joseph Schlafley’s older brother Moritz, followed him to Goshen many years later but didn’t have the good fortune that Joseph had. Moritz is buried in the Goshen Cemetery near the far fence.
Rudolph came to this country from Switzerland, in 1857. He settled in the New Philadlephia area and at the outbreak of the Civil War, joined the 107th OVI, a German speaking regimen for the most part. There is evidence that he was jilted during the war. The Seargent in his company was a Schlafley from the Goshen area. He came back from the war and met Roseanna. They raised four sons, Joseph, John, Lawrence and Walter Schaar and a stepson Henry Romig III from an earlier relationship Roseanna had. They spent part of their later years in Goshen and part in New Philadelphia. Rosey’s house stood for many years at the end of Schaar Lane near the entrance to the Lawrence Schaar place.
Rudy, as he went by, helped run the Schaar and Schlafley Coal and Ice Company, of Goshen and was later known as Schaar Coal. There are many entries in early Goshen noted in the county papers of Rudy having plenty of coal to sell.
Another Great Grandfather, Edward Wilson came to Goshen from England, in the 1880’s. He was also a coal miner. His daughter Elizabeth married my grandfather Walter and lived in the Goshen area for awhile. Their first child was stillborn and a boy. He is buried near the entrance to the Goshen Hill Cemetery with a simple painted stone that reads Schaar boy. Walter left the area soon after and went to work for the railroad and later settled in Dover. For many years a large reunion was held on Goshen Hill called the Schlafely, Moore, Schweitzer Reunion. I have several photos of those gatherings and hope to post a few soon.
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.
Ned Schumacher purchased his Goshen Valley Rd. property, currently a 56 acre tract, in 1949 from his grandfather Lawrence Schaar. Renovation on the house began in 1953 with his first wife Martha. They had two daughters, Rita in 1949 and Tina in 1963. The original deed for the property was signed by President Martin Van Buren on August 15, 1837 to a Joshua Simmons and was awarded by U.S.Governent Title. Martha passed away in 1981 and Ned remarried several years later to Doris Meyers. Doris continues to reside there although Ned passed away 8 years ago. Doris has two sons, Marvin and Tom. Tom also resides in Goshen, on Loveday Dr.
Ned and Doris Schumacher