Submitted by Jane Rausch Delcoma
This picture was taken at the home of MY Grandma Ida Smith Howard in Goshen on Thanksgiving Day, 1942. Pictured are: First row: Eddie Krocker, my (stupid) brother Jerry Rausch(sticking his tongue out as a typical 9-yr old) and Carol Moore Stanley. In Back: My mother Mildred Howard Rausch, MY Grandma Ida Smith Howard, my older brother Jack Rausch, my Aunt Evelyn Howard Moore holding Tom Krocker, and my older sister Jeanette Rausch Nicks. (Joe Krocker’s childhood home can be seen in the background.) We would have walked over Goshen Hill from our home to get to Grandma’s house because during the war my Dad lived/worked in Canton and we wouldn’t had a car.
MILDRED L. RAUSCH died on April 2, 2002. She was born in Goshen on October 8, 1908 to Ida (Smith) and Emmett Howard. Mildred was married to Adrien Rausch who preceeded her in death. Her siblings were Kathryn Howard Krocker, Evelyn Howard Moore, and Donald Howard. Funeral services were performed by Rev. Michael Foran and Rev. Allen Bergmann. She was buried at the Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery.
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.