S: Williamson/Ellinger Family Memory Book
BC: Family Memories
FC: Williamson/Ellinger Family Memory Book
1: For my sister Lillyan: We have shared so much over our lives. Our beginnings in the hills of Ohio and all it held for us. It was such a sweet and innocent time and way of life. Our trips to Michigan in Mom’s little black car. The road trip while moving to California. Living in Banning and riding Baldy. We had a lot of fun on that horse. Our driving around in Elsinore in Mom’s Chevy eating a whole box of Baby Ruth nuggets in one sitting! And the time we went swimming in Lake Elsinore (Smellsimore) water. We were maids of honor in each other’s weddings.
2: Then there is our “one of a kind” mother who has been a huge influence in our lives. In good times and in bad times, she took care of us. She taught us so much. Sewing, art, music, and not the least of which would be how to love. She taught the four of us – Dale, Ruth, you and me – how to play our instruments and sing together. Her Christian example was lived out daily in front of us.
3: An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. | The raising of our children and all the joys and happiness it has brought. Our many antiquing excursions to find just the perfect treasures for the mountain house. The many hours we share talking over the hollyhock lined back yard fence via the telephone, because we are miles apart. This is just a fraction of what we share. Words can’t express it all. There are so many, many things that are tucked away in our hearts and there they will stay. Like the song says: "Precious memories, how they linger. How they ever flood my soul. In the stillness of the midnight, precious sacred scenes unfold.”
4: Celebrating our (#) Anniversary | God has truly blessed us. Sisters have a special bond. I am so glad you are my big sister. I love you dearly. Your little sister, Marilyn
5: A note from the editor: Life is full of adventure, tragedy, celebration, births, deaths, memories, joys and sorrows. No memory book can ever truly capture them all. But, the following pages represent glimpses into the life of family; ancestors who forged their way to America, who made bold moves across young America, who managed through war time, who reared children in trying times. Every family has trophies they proudly display, as well as tarnished circumstances they hope will never be brought to the public eye. Good, bad, or ugly, it is important to know where we came from. We are all imperfectly human, traveling in our journey through life, and leaving a legacy for those who follow after us. It is with great pleasure that I present this memory book, in honor of my aunt, Lillyan Williamson Smith, and my mother, Marilyn Williamson Leech. Their sisterhood has held through the test of time. I love you both. Love, Sharon Leech Cathey 2010
6: Harley Williamson | William Williamson | Artrimissy White | William Williamson | Elizabeth McNeal | Piatt Williamson | Sarah Pangman | John Baldwin | Father | Grandfather | Grandmother | Great Grandparents | Family
7: Florence Ellinger | Henry Ellinger | Anna Bachman | Christian Bachman | Mary Anna Heisner | Gottfried Ellinger | Matilda Shute | Johann Ellinger | Walburga Aughammer | Mother | Grandmother | Grandfather | Great Grandparents | Tree
8: Marilyn, Lillyan, Ruth Ann and Dale Williamson
9: Great Grandparents | Grandparents | Parents
11: Maternal Heritage
12: Johann Ellinger b. 10/31/1773 d. 7/17/1862 Lived in Thalmassing, Germany. Never came to the U.S., even though all 12 of his children came. | Walburga (Mary) Aufhammer b. 1/6/1793 d. 7/14/1874 Was a singer - always sang at work. Came to America after the death of her husband, Johann. Buried at Allegan, MI | Married July 26, 1814
13: Gottfried, son of Johann and Walburga, was born in Thalmassing, Bavaria on December 10, 1838. He came to America when he was 14 years old. | In 1861, Gottfried enlisted in Co. A-3rd Michigan Calvary, then Company F in the 9th Illinois Calvary. He served for 4 1/2 years in the Civil War. He was in the Atlanta Campaign, the Battle of Nashville against Hood. Then, operations in Mississippi. He was captured near Jackson, Mississippi, then he escaped. He kept a detailed diary of his activities in the war, including how he managed to eat, as well as feed his horse, when the men's rations were gone. | Gottfried (left) and his war buddy, Tiffentall, during the Civil War.
14: Wedding of Gottfried Ellinger and Matilda Shute April 18, 1861 Grand Rapids, MI | Gottfried and Matilda attended the German Methodist Church. They had ten children. Gottfried died June 27, 1909.
15: Gottried was discharged from the army in 1865 in Selma, Alabama. There, he bought his first farm. After two years at this location, he sold it and bought the 160 acres that the family remembers as the Ellinger Farm, and the Ellinger Lake. He was once working for a man and was asked what his name was. When Gottfried told him, the employer said, "That is too hard - I will call you John, instead. " So, some remembered him as John Ellinger. | Matilda, pictured here at age 85, lived to be 95. | The church was built on Grandfather Gottfried's farm. It was later moved into town.
16: Henry G. Ellinger born August 23, 1868 Allegan, Michigan | Henry, Florence's father, attended school for a few short years. He was a farmer and dairyman. In his later years, he became a High School janitor. He and Anna were a part of the Methodist Church. Henry was a Choir Leader, Men's Chorus Leader, and Adult Bible Class teacher. He loved to work with wood.
17: Henry Ellinger and Anna Bachman married October 15, 1890 Salem, Michigan | Ellinger Homestead at Ellinger Lake
18: Mary Bachman (Anna's mother) | Wedding of Christian Bachman and Mary Bachman (Anna's parents)
19: Anna Bachman (right) and her siblings | Anna Mary Elizabeth Bachman age 18
20: Florence Mary Matilda Ellinger Born in Hopkins, Michigan July 18, 1904. Florence was the last of 8 children – the only girl. She recalls how her father would let her sit in the front of the wagon, while her brothers all had to sit in the back. As one could suspect from viewing the more professional style pictures of Florence included in the book, she was rather “spoiled” (her own words!) | Florence | (1910) top: Clarence, Waldo, Elmer, Oscar (Bob) bottom: Henry (father), Florence, Anna (mother)
21: Florence's mother, Anna Bachman Ellinger, taught herself how to play the organ. | Henry and Anna Ellinger (1924) | Bob, one of Florence’s brothers, had a beautiful voice. He would later relocate to New York, where he performed in many Broadway shows. | Oscar (Bob) Ellinger
22: Florence was also a fine musician. She learned how to play the piano and organ, and would play and sing in Nazarene churches all her life. She loved learning and practicing arts and crafts of many types. She even created the floral decorations for her Uncle Waldo’s and Aunt Gertrude’s wedding – she was only 14 years old! | Waldo and Gertrude's wedding on the Hopkins Farm, Michigan 1919
23: Gertrude’s parents owned the R.W. China painting factory in Germany. The company specialized in painting fine Haviland china. | The Ellinger family came from Germany. In fact, there is an “Ellinger Gate” in Weissenburg, Germany, near Thalmaasing, where Florence’s grandfather was born. It is thought that the Ellinger family may have been “keepers” of the gate. The town of Ellingen (different spelling, same family name) dates back as far back as 899. In 1180, a knight, Walter Van Ellinger, built a hospital for the sick and poor. Knights used to be employed by wealthy families to fight. Any little offense could spark a fight. | Waldo Ellinger WWI
24: Florence | Age 15 | (1921) High School Graduation
25: 1923 Age 18 | College Graduation 1928
26: Florence went to nursing training school in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also attended the Cleveland Bible Institute. This is where she met Harley D. Williamson. Harley and Florence were married in October 1928, in Hopkins, MI.
27: Florence and Harley held tent meetings and children’s meetings for the Church of the Nazarene. Florence sang, played the organ, and created “chalk drawings” for the evangelical services. Harley played several instruments.
29: Paternal Heritage
30: Poster from Nazarene tent meeting
31: Harley played the guitar, trombone, and the saw.
32: Harley D. Williamson born June 22, 1897 died October 30, 1970 | Front Row left to right: Hollis, William (father), Artie (mother), Mildred, Nancy Back Row left to right: Harley, Orlow, Lloyd, Alta, Clyde | William and Artie Williamson Family
33: He owned the Williamson Coal Company (coal strip mining), Williamson Lumber Company, and worked laying railroad ties. He loved to fly, and owned a small airplane. | Harley loved to go coon hunting.
34: Mary Artrimissy White (Harley's mother) born 12/3/1865 died 8/18/1949
35: William Albert Williamson (Harley's father) born 1863, died 1944
36: Piatt Williamson Piatt (Harley’s paternal great grandfather) was born at Manmouth, New Jersey, in 1796. Married Sarah Pangman (Harley’s paternal great grandmother), July 9, 1793. Piatt was a blacksmith by trade. He had to make all the iron parts used in bridges, grist mills and other buildings. | In 1820, the family moved to northern Coshocton County, Ohio. They settled in Killbuck, across the fort. In 1825, William was born. When William was three years old (1828), Piatt built the old brick home from bricks made in the field across from Grover Scheetz store at Blissfield, Ohio. The women carried all the bricks, and would take William along. William could carry only one brick at a time.
37: William Williamson (Harley’s paternal grandfather) born 1825, died 1895. Elizabeth McNeal (Harley’s paternal grandmother) born 1835, died 1867.
39: The Family | To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. ~Clara Ortega
40: Harley and Florence had four children. | (l-r) Ruth Ann, Marilyn, Lillyan (top), Dale | Florence sewed all the girl's clothing, including majorette uniforms. In lean economic times of the 1930’s, she often would design new outfits for her children, by tearing apart old clothes, and sewing these pieces into new creations.
41: MAKING MEMORIES
42: Florence taught the children how to sing and play instruments. She worked with them, entering them in musical talent shows. Most of the time, the Williamson children would take First Place!
44: K-K-K-Katy, beautiful Katy, You're the only g-g-g-girl that I adore; When the m-m-moon shines, Over the cowshed, I'll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door. K-K-K-Katy, beautiful Katy, You're the only g-g-g-girl that I adore; When the m-m-moon shines, Over the cowshed, I'll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door. | Song from 1918 that the children sang while peering their heads through the sheet.
45: The children entertained crowds by putting their faces in a hole in a sheet, and wearing shoes on their hands, singing songs and “dancing.”
46: Grandma and Grandpa Williamson's farm
47: Grandpa Ellinger built a little log cabin for the children to stay in while waiting for their school bus. Florence would place her canning jars on the fence to sterilize in the sunshine. | Ellinger Farm
50: Florence was a life-long learner. She attended Pasadena Nazarene College, California, where she earned her A.B. She was an elementary through high school teacher in Keen, OH, Banning, Wildomar, Hemet, Monrovia and Baldwin Park, CA. After hours, she would sometimes assist in doctors’ offices. | Florence - center
51: She sewed the girls' wedding gowns and arranged their flowers. During hard times in the lean economic years of the 1930’s and 1940’s, she did odd jobs to help pay the bills – wallpaper homes and craft ceramic roses for decorative vases for a local company. | Florence was an artist. She published several art and craft books. She would ask her kindergarten students to save their used milk cartons and popsicle sticks from school snacks in order to have them for art projects. (She ended up having many more “supplies” than she ever was able to use.) She also painted, and crocheted and quilted. | Marilyn
52: In her later years, Florence drove a red convertible Corvette sports car, sporting a red beret cap while driving. Florence bought the old Monroe house in Monrovia, California. She loved to buy and collect old furniture.
56: D A L E
58: Ruth Ann
72: Sisters | Ruth Ann Lillyan Marilyn (baby) | Marilyn, Lillyan
73: Marilyn and Lillyan | Florence, Ruth Ann, Marilyn, Lillyan | How do people make it through life without a sister? ~Sara Corpening
74: Pasadena College Marilyn and Lillyan attended in the 1950's | Lillyan and Marilyn
75: What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it? ~Jenny DeVries
77: Dale | Lil | Marilyn
78: Marilyn and Lillyan's travels...
82: Uhl's store - Killbuck, OH | White House - Killbuck, OH. One of the homes where the Williamson family lived | Mini run - outside of Killbuck | House in Millersburg
83: Traveling to locations that hold dear memories | Area in Holmes County, Ohio, where Marilyn was born in a log cabin | Killbuck elevator | Millersburg courthouse | House where Florence was born. | Children would wade in the muddy waters of "Mini Run"
84: Duncan House in Killbuck. The family lived in the back of house. Dr. Duncan had his office in the front. | Piatt Williamson old brick house | House on Elm Street Coshocton, Ohio
85: Killbuck School | Water Street house-down by the river. Had an outside john and pump in the kitchen for the water. | Banning House | Aunt Alta's house
86: Blissfield School - Harley taught school here. | Church in Killbuck. Marilyn played the piano here as a child. She had to sit on books to reach the keys.
87: Helmuth Church Piatt helped build the church. Now a Baptist church. | Church in Hopkins, MI where Florence and Harley got married. | Lillyan's birthplace
88: The Erie Canal | I’ve got a mule, her name is Sal. Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal. She’s a good old worker and a good ol’ pal, Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal. We’ve hauled some barges in our day, filled with lumber coal and hay. Any we know every inch of the way, from Albany to Buffalo. “Low, bridge! Everybody down!” “Low, bridge!" 'Cause we’re comin’ to your town. And you’ll always know your neighbor, you’ll always know your pal, If you’ve every navigated on the Erie Canal. -American folk tune of the 1800’s
90: Bellevue, Washington | Marilyn, Dale and Lillyan
92: Auburn, CA
93: Truckee, CA
94: Empire Mine, CA
96: Niagara Falls
98: Ralph Marilyn Sharon Wayne Daniel Lou Anne | Marilyn's
99: Lillyan Ronald Stephen Robert David | Lillyan's