Albert Benjamin Limes

Albert Benjamin Limes

Birth
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 4 Jul 1960 (aged 59)
Lorain County, Ohio, USA
Burial Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio, USA
Plot Map page 13, Lot 5781, grave 2 from south
Memorial ID 16403438 · View Source
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Remembering My Uncle Albert and Aunt Marie (Weber Drusendahl) Limes ©
By Linda Jean Limes Ellis
November, 2011


My uncle Albert died in 1960 when I was 12 years old. I have faint recollections of him sitting in a wheelchair in his home at 140 Adelbert Street in Elyria, Ohio. He and his wife, my aunt Marie (Weber Drusendahl), never had any children. So to honor their memory, I wish to share what I know about their lives.

First, let me introduce my uncle. His full name was Albert Benjamin Limes, born on May 6, 1901, in Columbus, Ohio. He was the third of four sons born into the family of Winfield Scott ("Scott") and Essie Lillian (Lombard) Limes. His mother's oldest brother was named Benjamin, so I am assuming he got his middle name from his uncle. The Limes family was still living in Columbus, Ohio in both the 1910 and 1920 U. S. Census records.

In 1921, Albert graduated from the High School of Commerce in Columbus.

Uncle Al's two older brothers were Ernest and Tom. His youngest brother was my father, Harry. I think uncle "Al" and my dad were close as they were born just 3 years apart. They both enjoyed hunting and fishing. I have 1940's and 1950's photographs of them standing with proud smiles and outstretched arms displaying their stringers of fresh caught Lake Erie perch. I also have a few photographs of them from their more youthful days as rabbit hunters. The poses in those pictures tell of successful results after their return from a day of hunting.

Because my own memories of uncle "Al" and aunt Marie had been sketchy, and I wanted to learn more about them, I decided to search for their names on "Newspaperarchive.com." Luckily, this website has historical newspapers from Elyria, Ohio where they resided for much of their lives. During my research, I discovered some fascinating articles written about the activities and "adventures" they had especially during their younger years.

Albert Limes first marriage, on September 5, 1922, was to Dorothy Lloyd Ebert in Summit County, Ohio. I recently located their marriage record on "Ancestry.com." They are shown as living at the same address of 256 Westwood Avenue in Akron, Ohio. The location of his occupation was at the Goodyear Company. No occupation was given for Dorothy. Her parents were listed as Ira F. Ebert, her father; and "Zaid BeDillon", her mother. In the 1920 U.S. Census, Dorothy was living with her father, Ira Ebert, and his wife, Lucilla (second wife) at 559 Kilbourne Street in Columbus, Ohio.

By the time of the 1930 U. S. Census, my uncle Al was shown living with his parents at 220 Chestnut Street in Elyria. He is listed as divorced, age 28, with an occupation as a plasterer in the building trades.

In 1935, uncle Al started working as a tool and die maker at the Western Automatic Machine Screw Company in Elyria. A newspaper story entitled: City's Oldest Industry Honors Old-Timers ran Saturday, December 17, 1955, on page 27, in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. It describes the details of the banquet held to recognize the company's new 20-year employees. What is most unique though is the photograph of some of the new inductees welcomed into their 20-year club. Twenty-one men including Albert Limes, and one woman, are shown seated in four rows – nothing remarkable about that except all were wearing very long white oval-shaped ‘baby' bibs that reached almost into their laps!

Since fishing was a favorite hobby with my uncle Al, I was not surprised to find a newspaper story about him and the sport. The local newspaper deemed the ‘fish story' newsworthy for publication as a feature article, and I am pleased to share it here:

The Chronicle Telegram - Elyria, Ohio June 4, 1931

BIG CARP BAGGED BY LOCAL MAN

"If all the carp around the vicinity of Oak Point are as large as the one Albert Limes, 220 Chestnut Street, hoisted out of the water there yesterday, the old fishing resort west of Lorain should prove a regular mecca for fishermen from now on.

Limes, using a 15 pound silk line, No. 4 hook, was fishing for perch yesterday off the rocks along the old pier at the Point when a carp seemed to take a liking to the minnow attached to the hook. After about a half hour of intense struggle, Limes succeeded in bringing the fish in. When inspected the carp was found to measure thirty-six inches in length and tipped the scales at twenty-five pounds.

The carp will be on display Saturday in the window of Baird's Fish Market in the West End Market House."

Thus far, I have not located a marriage record for my uncle Al to Marie K. Weber Drusendahl, his second wife. She became the widow of Carlton Perry Drusendahl in 1933. From what I can deduct, though, my uncle and aunt married sometime in 1935 or 1936.

Miss Marie K. Weber was born November 24, 1900 in Elyria, Ohio to Antone Sylvester Weber and Cora Bell (Hamel) Weber. Her sisters were Helen, Lucille, Coletta, and Agnes. Her brothers were Clarence and Dewey. She was living with her parents in Elyria in 1920, per the U. S. Census that year.

My aunt Marie married Carlton Perry Drusendahl most likely around 1921. Born December 26, 1897, he was living with his uncle, Harvey Brown, on Adelbert Street in Elyria in the 1920 U. S. Census. At that time, he was shown as being 22 years old and working as a shipping clerk at a saddle factory. Sadly, he died as a young man on October 20, 1933; and was buried at the South Murray Ridge Cemetery. His parents were Charles Drusendahl and Nellie Sutliff.

Carlton P. Drusendahl's single flat gravestone also has the inscription: "Baby sons 1922 & 1929." I located the death certificate for the son that was born and died in 1922. It shows he was given the name of Charles Perry Drusendahl. He was born and passed away on April 14, 1922. "Asphyxia due to pressure on cord (?) during birth" is listed as the cause of his death. Father and both sons are buried in Section A, Lot 9 of plot 102 purchased by the Sutliff family. His obituary appeared in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram on Friday, October 20, 1933.

One interesting fact I learned about Carlton P. Drusendahl was that he was a "Scientific Taxidermist" per an Elyria Chronicle-Telegram advertisement for his business that ran on January 15, 1921:

"Scientific Taxidermist"

"Taxidermy work in all its branches – Birds and small animals mounted true to life. Hides tanned and made into leather. 502 Lake Ave., Elyria, Ohio."

My aunt Marie inherited the house on Adelbert Street in Elyria following the death of Carlton P. Drusendahl. As a child visiting uncle Al and aunt Marie, I remember seeing the ‘stuffed owls' sitting in the dining room at their home. I didn't know it at the time, but they were probably the creation of my aunt Marie's first husband and not made by my uncle Al.

On a different and happier note, below is an Elyria Chronicle-Telegram news story about Al and Marie Limes that fortunately had a happy ending for them after enduring a harrowing ordeal:

The Chronicle Telegram - Elyria, Ohio June 12, 1939

WAVES SCUTTLE BOAT

"A second near tragedy for an Elyria fishing party occurred near Lorain harbor about the time when a boat occupied by John and Lottie Marsh and Albert and Marie Limes, all residents of Adelbert Street, sank from under them when the high waves scuttled it as they were trying to get to safety.

Clinging to life saving cushions which were in the boat and to the sides of the boat, which floated bottom side up, the two couples struggled in the water for approximately 45 minutes until Clinton and Harold Sheldon of Elyria and a friend, who were also trying to make port with their boat, came to their rescue.

The women were pulled aboard, the operation incurring some risk of capsizing, and the two men hung to the sides of the boat. They were attempting to make their way shoreward in this manner when the Lorain Coast Guard came along and picked them all up.

Though they were all able to swim, Mrs. Marsh said it was impossible in the rough sea which was breaking in whitecaps over their heads."

When Uncle Al passed away on July 4, 1960, he had been retired from the Western Automatic Company. Prior to that, he had worked with Frank Hartman, a plastering contractor. Uncle Al had learned the plastering trade from his father, Scott Limes, who was a lather, and his grandfather, John T. Limes, who was also a plasterer.

The most touching newspaper item about my uncle Al came from my aunt Marie. Her heartfelt "In Memoriam" for him was published on the sixth anniversary of his death on July 4, 1966:

The Chronicle Telegram - Elyria, Ohio July 4, 1966

"In loving memory of Albert B. Limes who passed away July 4, 1960"

"To us his name will ever be
The key that unlocks memory
Of a dear one gone
But cherished yet
A beloved face I'll never forget."

Marie Limes

Aunt Marie passed away on January 12, 1990 after living several years at the Avon Oaks Nursing Home. She was a member of St. Agnes Church in Elyria, the Altar and Rosary Society of the church, and Legion of Mary of St. Agnes Church, the North Elyria Grange, and Pamona Grange. Survivors at the time of her death were her sister, Mrs. Louis (Helen) Campana of Amherst and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, her brothers, Clarence and Dewey Weber, and her sisters, Lucille Moran, Coletta Brown and Agnes Goga.

My uncle Al and aunt Marie rest in eternal peace together at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain. Located a few rows behind their burial plots are those of my uncle Al's parents (my grandparents) Winfield Scott Limes and Essie Lillian (Lombard) Limes. Further back from where Scott and Essie were buried, and a few burial spaces to the left in that area, are the plots of my parents, Harry and Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes. In 1992, I purchased my burial plots at Elmwood Cemetery. Fortunately for me, a ‘spot' was still available in the row directly in front of my parents' plot. I like to call it the "Limes Section" of Elmwood Cemetery


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  • Created by: Linda Jean Limes Ellis
  • Added: 31 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16403438
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Benjamin Limes (6 May 1901–4 Jul 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16403438, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Linda Jean Limes Ellis (contributor 46864930) .