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 Susanna <I>Helfrich</I> Harsh

Susanna Helfrich Harsh

Birth
Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, USA
Death 5 Feb 1936 (aged 89)
Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, USA
Burial Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, USA
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the Carroll Journal, Carrollton, Ohio, Thursday, February 6, 1936.

Mrs. Susanna Harsh, 90, oldest native born resident of Carrollton, died at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, February 5, at her home on North Lisbon Street. Death resulted from a heart attack. Mrs. Harsh had been in ill health for the past year, although her condition was not regarded as serious until recent weeks. Mrs. Harsh was born in Carrollton February 19, 1846, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Stemple) Helfrich. She attended the Carrollton public schools, completing the prescribed courses. On March 11, 1869 she was married to Rev. Franklin E. Harsh at Carrollton. Rev. Harsh died October, 1869. At the time of his death he was pastor of the Lutheran Church at Prospect, Marion County. He had been a soldier in the Civil War, serving in the 32nd Regiment, O.V.I. After his death, Mrs. Harsh, returned to Carrollton to spend the remaining years of her life in the family home. Her death occurred on the anniversary of that of her father, who died February 5, 1908. Mrs. Harsh was a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church and adhered strictly to the teachings of Christianity.
Her life was a benediction and her influence for good was felt by those who knew her. And she had many friends who loved and respected her. They cherished her kindly remembrances, and the letters she wrote were always fresh and full of fact and color. Sympathetic and benevolent, she was never unthoughtful of those in need, for to her charity was a sacred virtue. Few, if any, have been gifted with a memory such as hers. Dates, names and places were firmly fixed in her mind and even the earliest of childhood recollections had their ordered place. A few moments before her death she said: "Father died twenty-eight years ago today." She kept a scrap book in which she carefully pasted each clipping relating to things that interested her. Completed down through the years, it remains today an important history of the town and a biography of her family and friends. A sincere lover of nature, Mrs. Harsh, when her health permitted, spent many hours in her garden. Flowers fascinated her and she knew them all. Much of her time indoors was spent in reading. Her Bible came first, and after that magazines and books which caught her fancy. "Aunt Susie," as she was familiarly known both inside and outside the family circle, was a charter member of the women's Missionary society of the Lutheran Church. She died with in two weeks of her 90th birthday. In recent years Mrs. Harsh had as her companion her niece, Miss Elta Frederick, whose loving care contributed much to her comfort and enjoyment.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Loretta Ziegler of Carrollton, wife of Dr. C. R. Ziegler, and Mrs. Mary E. Troutman of Butler, Pennsylvania. A daughter, Frances died in infancy. Three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death: Mrs. Margaret Cronenwett, Mrs. Eva Cronenwett, Mrs. Sarah Frederick, Jacob M. Helfrich and John W. Helfrich. Mrs. Harsh is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Trinity Lutheran Church with her pastor, Rev. Earl Stainnbrook officiating. Interment will be made in Grandview Cemetery.
Mrs. Harsh's father, Jacob Helfrich, was born in Germany March 17, 1818, and came to this country when 18 years of age. After a voyage of 105 days he landed at Baltimore, Maryland, and in company with a dozen other voyagers walked to Wheeling, West Virginia, their baggage going by wagon. Mr. Helfrich worked at his trade, that of shoemaking, for three months in Wheeling, then went by boat to Steubenville. With the intention of locating in central Ohio, he left Steubenville by stagecoach. The stage became mired in the mud, and unable to proceed farther, Mr. Helfrich remained in Carrollton, where his life was spent in helping bring Carroll County to the enviable position it enjoyed in the succeeding years. With several other Carrollton citizens Mr. Helfrich became part owner of the Carrollton & Oneida railroad in 1859, and he was later elected a director of the railway and general ticket agent. At the time of its purchase by local men the road had deteriorated through lack of repairs. Its engines were too heavy for its tracks. The new company rigged up a passenger car and a couple of gondola type flatcars, and used horses for motive power. The work of rebuilding and fitting up the road was pushed to completion, and on September 11, 1867, a steam engine was purchased, which proved a profitable investment. Mr. Helfrich withdrew from the company in 1873. The Helfrich family moved to the location where Mrs. Harsh died in the year 1855. The building was used as a shoemaking establishment, in the early years. In 1878 a son, John W. began his business career in watch, clock and jewelry repairs, and in the years following father and son occupied jointly the salesroom in the Helfrich homestead until the business was removed to the present Helfrich building on the public square.

Information researched by Richard Paul Culler of Carrollton, Ohio.


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  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100011234
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Susanna Helfrich Harsh (19 Feb 1846–5 Feb 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100011234, citing Grandview Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Names in Stone (contributor 47318282) .