Submitted by Lucille Erdmann Sholeen, September 7, 2008
My earliest recollections of going to my Great Grandmother Reinbolt’s farm are from the mid 1920’s. As a child, I remember going to the farm -- which was a large, two-story, 10-room, red brick house, with a slate roof, and 5 porches. This house had very high ceilings, with 2 bedrooms downstairs and 4 upstairs. In addition to the regular kitchen, with a wood-burning stove, there was a summer kitchen connected at the rear. When winter came, the door to the summer kitchen was closed. This made for a cool house during the summer. To my knowledge, the house still stands and is located south of the Maumee River.
As I recall, there was a large barn and several out -- buildings, which probably housed the farm animals. My mother Josephine Margaret Ingle has told me there were horses, cows, pigs, lambs, etc. In fact, she had a pet lamb. She also told me they had a black walnut grove. Nearby, there was also a large wooded area south of the farm property. She used to go down to the woods, pick wild flowers (Trillium, commonly known as Wake Robin) and sit in the poison ivy! The family could fish in the Maumee River. Great Grandma Reinbolt’s sons, Clay & George (so close in age they were almost like twins) were forbidden to swim in the river, however, they would take off their clothes, take a swim, come home with wet hair and deny the act, so their mother knew they did swim.
My great grandparents were: George Reinbolt, from Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio and Mary Josephine Halteman, of Napoleon, Ohio -- married on the 13th of October, 1868, by Reverend J.V.Carrol. Her parents were Henry Halteman, and Louisa F. Lautenschlager, who were married in 1847 by Squire Abels. Henry was born in 1818, in Montgomery County, PA. Louisa was born in 1828, in Wurtenberg, Germany.
George & Mary’s first child was Alice E., born September 25, 1869, in Seneca County. Evidently they moved, because the next child, Leo A. was born April 13th 1871 in Henry County. All of the rest of the children were born in Henry County. Next was Annice (Annie) C., born April 9th 1873; then Charles A., born July 21st 1875. Clement (Clay) A., was born June 14th 1877, then came George M., born Oct. 3rd 1878; and last was Lucille L., born June 23rd 1881. All of these children survived. Their progeny was eleven grandchildren. None had seven children.
George Sr. died December 11, 1915; his wife Mary J. died February 9, 1931.
Annice (Aunt Annie) Porter -- Sideheimer died December 16, 1928. Her first husband, Dr. J.A.Porter, MD, had passed on. Alice Sherman died December 4, 1958. Dr. Charles Reinbolt died October 30, 1960. Clay Reinbolt died August 30, 1961, and Leo Reinbolt died at the age of 91 in 1961. My grandmother, Lucille Ingle, died March 15th 1971, while living in a nursing home in Napoleon. I have an old photograph of my great grandparents, their children and respective spouses. I have no record of the death of George.
In 1898 George, Sr., having left the Catholic Church, became interested in the I.B.S.A (this could be Independent Bible Society of America) and for 12 years, studied the Bible daily and remained faithful to this study to the end. The bone of contention was that, after my Great Grandmother had 7 children and raised 3 orphans, the priest on a Sunday, sometime after her last child, asked her if it “wasn’t time to have another child?” She said, “No, that’s our business!!” That took care of the situation, and they left the church. She was a farm woman who spoke her mind, but people liked her. There was many a Sunday when friends gathered on their front lawn and picnicked.
The earliest memory I have -- as a little child -- was being put to bed on the antique love seat (now in our living room), which was turned around to the wall to keep me in, and, waking up in the night I went into my parents’ room crying that, “grandma sounded like a moo cow!” I went to see my Great Grandmother as a child, until my seventh year. I recall the old pump organ in the front room, which my Grandmother Lucille, could play by ear -- and I would put my pink tutu on and dance.
As I got older, there were Reinbolt family reunions, one of which was held in the farm house after my great grandmother died. We brought my brother Paul, who was born in March of 1931, and my grandmother Lucille proudly carried him around, in his bassinet, showing him off to the relatives. There were other reunions for a few years. When they ended I don’t know.
I don’t remember ever meeting Uncles Leo and Clay, but do remember Aunt Annie, whose husband, Dr. Porter and the famous Victor Herbert, held musicales in the Porter living room when they lived in Greensburg, PA. Uncle George, my mother and I boarded a train in Chicago and went to Aunt Annie’s funeral service. That was the first time I had met Aunt Annie’s son, Worth Porter. As an adult, he became a career army officer and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
I personally knew Aunt Alice, Aunt Annie, Uncle Charles (Doc) and Uncle George. Speaking of Uncle George, he occasionally lived in the Chicago area, and also lived in San Francisco, experiencing the devastating earthquake of 1906. George was quite the ladies man, married three times and was living with a woman, not his wife, at the time of his death in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He never had children, probably afraid they’d be the rascals he was.
Aunt Alice and her husband August Sherman lived in Napoleon, on the north side of the Maumee River. Their son, Paul Sherman, was a very good friend of my mother. He and his wife Josephine never had children. The second son, Francis was married and had a daughter Debbie and I believe a son, but that marriage didn’t last.
When I was quite small, my parents and I visited Uncle Doc (Charles Reinbolt, MD) in his home in Sherwood Forest -- which at that time was an exclusive area of Detroit, Michigan. Their home was quite wonderful, complete with live-in servants. In addition to his practice of homeopathic medicine, I’ve been told he owned drug stores. They had a son and two daughters.
My Grandmother, Lucille, married my Grandfather, Elmer Cowdrick Ingle on June 14, 1898. My mother was born Jan 8, 1900, an only child. I don’t know the year they were divorced. Because my Grandmother had to find employment, and moving elsewhere, my Great Grandmother raised my mother. My Grandfather remarried and lived in Toledo, Ohio, and had one son Jack. I don’t remember when my Grandmother bought the house in Cleveland and opened it as a rooming house, which my family and I visited occasionally. She was extremely talented at quilting, crocheting, and embroidery work. Sorry to say, we used the many beautiful quilts she sent like bed sheets. They would be very costly today. I still have crocheted table cloths, pillow edging, and crocheted bed spreads.
My Mother, Josephine Margaret Ingle married my Father, Alfred Paul Erdmann on July 26, 1920, in Toledo, Ohio. My Dad, who lived in Chicago, met my Uncle George in a bar in Chicago and they became friends. When Uncle George went home to Napoleon to visit family, he took my Dad with him. And that’s how my Mom & Dad became acquainted. After their marriage, they moved to the north side of Chicago, and I was born in 1922. In 1924, they bought a house in Homewood, Illinois, where I grew up. At that time he worked at the Chicago Bank & Trust Company, and then the Chicago Bank of Commerce, which folded during the depression in 1931. Through prayer, he was only out of work for three days, when he found employment at the solid Northern Trust Bank of Chicago. At this time, my brother Paul was an infant, born March 8, 1931. He passed on in November 2001.
Carl R. Sholeen, a native of Chicago, and I met at a youth gathering in 1947, went together until October 1, 1949, when we got married in my hometown. After his service in the Navy at Great Lakes Naval Center from 1950-1951 during the Korean Conflict, we had our first son Jeffery Paul on October 11, 1952, while living in an apartment in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. Our second son Todd Carl was born December 13, 1956, after moving into our first house in Harvey, Illinois. It was at this time that Carl sold real estate and subsequently became an appraiser for Talman Federal Savings & Loan Association -- ultimately becoming the largest in Chicago. In 1964 we moved to our current home in Glenwood, Illinois. He continued in this work for over 40 years, becoming the chief appraiser for LaSalle/Talman Bank in Chicago, and president of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers in 1989 - now the Appraisal Institute. He retired from the bank in 1995, but continues to appraise commercial real estate for a former staff member’s company.
My working career began at a bank in Chicago, but when WWII started, and a lot of women were going into the service, I decided to do something, so I went to work for the main office of the Chicago Chapter of the American Red Cross, on Wabash Avenue. I worked in the purchasing department, where all of the supplies were ordered for all the departments of the chapter, and the many other satellite offices. I later worked in the Entertainment Dept., where we sent volunteers as well as big name entertainers to visit servicemen in the hospitals in the area. I left there in 1952 before our oldest son was born. My current interests include: my home, church and P.E.O. membership, which is a philanthropic educational organization for women.
Our oldest son now lives in New York City and is a successful real estate agent with the title of senior vice president of the well known Corcoran Group. He has not married. Our younger son and his wife Heather live in north suburban Barrington, Illinois and have our two grand children -- Philip Carl and Bonnie Clare, now 14 and 11 years old. Phil starts his freshman year of high school, Bonnie starts 6th grade. Todd is now a vice president of Charter One Bank, in the Government Banking Division. Both of our sons have Masters Degrees.
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