Charles Leonard Whitmyer


Charles Leonard Whitmyer

Heidenheim, Landkreis Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 7 Sep 1930 (aged 85)
Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio, USA
Burial East Crestline, Richland County, Ohio, USA
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Charles Leonard Whitmyer is the son of Michael Whitmyer and Christina Bishop. Per a 1915 article, Charles was born in Fidenheim, Baden, Germany. It is believed this is in error and should be Heidenheim, Baden, Germany.

Charles' parents both died within 3 days of each other in 1852 in New York City.
In 1864, Leonard married Catherine "Kate" Hoss, the daughter of Peter Hoss and Elizabeth Brick.

Crawford County Ohio Marriage Records, 1860-1865, Vol. 6, No. 1186, page 297
-Groom: Leonard Whitmore
-Bride: Kate Hoss
-Marriage Date: 25 Apr 1864
-Marriage Place: Crawford County, Ohio
-Performed by: D. Keplinger, J.P.

Per the 1870 U.S. Census, Leonard and Catherine Whitmyer resided in Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio. Listed are:
-Leonard Whitmeyer, age 25, born Ohio
-Kate Whitmeyer, age 25, born Ohio
-Anna Whitmeyer, age 5, born Ohio
-Charles Whitmeyer, age 2, born Ohio

Per the 1880 U.S. Census, Leonard and Catherine Whitmyer resided in Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio. Listed are:
-Leonard Whytnyer, age 35, born Baden
-Catherine Whytnyer, age 35, born Ohio
-Anna Whytnyer, age 15, born Ohio
-Mary Whytnyer, age 7, born Ohio
-Ella Whytnyer, age 4, born Ohio

Per the 1900 U.S. Census, Leonard and Catherine Whitmyer resided in Jackson Twp, Crawford County, Ohio on Henry Street. Listed are:
-Leonard Whitmyer, born Feb 1845, age 55
-Katheryne Whitmyer, born Aug 1844, age 55
-Mary Adams, born Jun 1872, age 27, Widow
-Ruth Adams, born Mar 1892, age 8

In 1900, Leonard is listed as immigrating to the U.S. in 1870. (Per the "Centennial Biographical History of Crawford County, Ohio", he came to America with his parents in 1852)

Per the 1910 U.S. Census, Leonard and Catherine Whitmyer resided in Jackson Twp, Crawford County, Ohio at 328 Henry Street. Listed are:
-Leonard C Whitmyer, age 65, born Germany
-Catherine Whitmyer, age 65, born Ohio
-Mary E. Adams, age 37, born Ohio, Widow
-Ruth L. Adams, age 16, born Ohio, GDau

Per the 1930 U.S. Census, Leonard Whitmyre resided in Madison Twp, Richland County, Ohio at 15 Burns Ave. He is listed as Grandfather-in-law and was living in the same household as his daughter Anna Reindl (listed as Mother-in-Law) and his granddaughter, Stella Kreinbihl. Listed are:
-Carl Kreinbhil, age 43, born Ohio
-Stella Kreinbhil, age 37, born Ohio
-Mary Stella Kreinbhil, age, born Ohio
-William Kreinbhil, age 9, born Ohio
-Lenard Kreinbhil, age 3, born Ohio
-Anna Reindl, age 65, born Ohio
-Lenard Whittmire, age 85, born Germany

In 1930, Charles Leonard Whitmyer is listed as immigrating to the United States in 1862. (Per the "Centennial Biographical History of Crawford County, Ohio", he came to America with his parents in 1852)
A Centennial Biographical History of Crawford County, Ohio, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1902, Pages 325-327

Charles L. Whitmyer, who is yard conductor of the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad at Crestline, was born in Baden, Germany, April 15, 1845.

His father, Michael Whitmyer, was also a native of this locality and was there reared, educated and married. He was a stone cutter by trade and in 1852 came to the United States, locating in New York City, where he died six months later. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Christina Bishop, was also a native of Baden and she only survived her husband three days.

They were the parents of six children, one of whom died in the old country, one went upon the sea, crossing the Atlantic, and one in New York City, so that three children were the only ones living at the parents' death. These were: Anna, Charles L. and William, aged respectively, ten, eight, and six years, when the parents were called away. They were then reared by strangers, and going to different families, were separated. The daughter is now the wife of George G. Herr, of Crestline, and William died in Mansfield, Ohio.

At the time of the father's death Charles Leonard Whitmyer was placed with a poor family and as soon as old enough he began to work, following any pursuit that would yield him a living. He spent a period of some time in New York City, where he acted as nurse. There he remained until 1854, when the children all came to Ohio together, locating in Akron, their home being with an aunt.

Our subject remained with his aunt for about three years, when, with his sister and brother, he went to Canal Fulton, Stark county, Ohio, where he lived for two years. On the expiration of that period he returned to Akron and a year later came to Crestline.

In the vicinity of this city he worked for one summer as a farm hand, receiving three dollars per month in compensation for his services. After two years spent in Crestline, Mr. Whitmyer and his sister and brother went to Mansfield, Ohio, and he secured a situation as a porter in the Wyler House, where he continued for about two years. He than began working on the Sandusky, Mansfield & Newark Railroad, now the Baltimore & Ohio road, in the Lexington gravel pit, remaining with the company for one season, after which he returned to Crestline.

In 1863 he engaged with the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad Company to shovel coal at the coal pile and was thus employed for eight months, when he made brakeman in the yard, acting in that capacity for three years. He was then made brakeman upon the road running between Crestline and Alliance, with Conductor Jake Fink. He had been engaged in that work for about six weeks, when, as the train ran out of Alliance and was about one and a half miles west of Orville, the cars separated from the rail while in full speed and Mr. Whitmyer was thrown to the ground and it seemed that he turned about twenty somersaults before alighting. He then went back to Orville and telegraphed to the conductor that he was all right. On the next passenger train he went to Crestline. For about a week he was forced to remain at home on account of the injuries from his fall and then began work in the yard again as brakeman, which work he followed until he was promoted to yard conductor about 1874. In 1878 he was made assistant yard master and served in that capacity for about six years, when he again assumed the position of yard conductor and is now acting in that office, being the oldest yard conductor in Crestline by many years.

In 1864, Mr. Whitmyer was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Hass [sic], a native of Mansfield, Ohio, where she was reared, and a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Brick) Hass, both of whom were natives of Germany and became early settlers of Richland county.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Whitmyer have been born four children: Anna, wife of John Reindal [sic: Reindl], of Crestline; Charlie W., who married Miss Nettie Paden and is now a traveling salesman, living in Chicago; Mary E., widow of John C. Adams, who was killed on the railroad in the Crestline yards in 1899; Ellen, wife of Irvin Bishop, of Crestline.

They also have six grandchildren: Estella and Charles W. and Helen L. Reindal [sic]; Ruth L. Adams; Elizabeth C. Whitmyer; and Leona Gladys Bishop.

Mr. Whitmyer is a member of the Railroad Brotherhood, the Crestline Tent, No. 51, Knights of Maccabees, and of the Relief Society. He also belongs to the German Reformed church, and is a Democrat in politics. His life has been quietly passed, devoted to the promotion of the welfare of his community, being one of those substantial citizens, who at all times and under all circumstances are faithful and loyal to their country, to their friends and the people.
Crestline Advocate, Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio, Thursday, 7 Jan 1915

Another Prominent Pennsylvania Railroad Man is Placed on the Honor Roll on January First.

Leonard Whitmyer, residing on Henry street, one of Crestline's best known railroad men, was placed on the pension list of the Pennsylvania Railroad on January first and retired from the service by reason of having reached the age limit. Of the many thousands of men who are employed year after year by this great railroad corporation there is only a small percentage who achieve the honor of going through the service until they reach the age of seventy years and are, therefore, entitled to be placed on the honor roll of the Company and receive a substantial pension the balance of their natural lives. In addiition to the pension the railroad company also gives an annual pass over their system for the employe and wife and trip transportation over almost any railroad in the United States if the employe cares to use it.

Mr. Whitmyer has been a railroad man for over half a century and while Rugged face as he remarked to an Advocate man last Monday: - "This loafing business doesn't go very easy with me and I'm getting might lonesome for the Crestline yards already". For it must be remembered that Mr. Whitmyer has been an employe of the Crestline yards almost constantly for fifty-one years. On October 1, 1863, he took service with the Pennsylvania Railroad as a yard brakeman. At that time the yard brakeman received $35 per month and the conductors only $10 per month more. The wages were increased in east stages of $5 per month and it is comparatively only recent years when the yard brakeman received more than $60 per month. The salary is now a great deal more than double received by Mr. Whitmyer when he started into the railroad business. It was in 1874 that Mr. Whitmyer was promoted to the position of conductor, having retained that standing, or better, ever since. He served as assistant yardmaster on several occasions, under both O.C. Conger and H.W. Anderson. But he liked to be down in the ranks doing the actual railroading and he wasn't contented until he was back running an engine and crew. Then in the old days there were only two men on a yard crew, the conductor and a brakeman and Mr. Whitmyer worked under this rule for a good many years. With the exception of a little more than a year he has been a regular employe of the Crestline yards. Hundreds of men have come and gone during his years of service and he has seen wonderful progress in the railroad business. During all these years he has retained the universal respect of employer and employe and it will seem strange, indeed, to be operating the Crestline yards without "Len.'Whitmyer.

Mr. Whitmyer enjoys the rare distinction of having served all his fifty-one years of railroading without a single suspension or even being reprimanded by his superiors. It is hardly likely if his case has many equals in this country and since his retirement he has received many congratulations from Pennsylvania officials.

Mr. Whitmyer is a native of Germany, having first seen the light of day in Fidenheim, Baden, Germany, on April 15, 1845. He can remember going to school through just one summer season in his old German home and then he came to America with his parents and family when he was seven years of age.

He scarcely ever knew the meaning of parental love for at the tender age of seven he lost both father and mother after family had been living in New York only six weeks. After living in the great Metropolis for two years the children went to Akron to live with an uncle and several years later moved to Crestline. In a short time Leonard went to Mansfield and worked on the grading of the Sandusky, Mansfield & Newark Railroad, which is now a part of the B. & O. system. He also helped to grade some of the best known streets in Mansfield, among them Park Avenue, Third and Fourth Streets. In September of 1863 he came to Crestline and the first of the following month he entered the employe of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

In April of 1864 Mr. Whitmyer was married in Crestline to Miss Catherine Hofs [sic], of Mansfield. They took up their residence here and have been living here ever since. There are four children: - Charles, of Chicago; Mrs. John Reindl and Mrs. J.C. Adams, of Crestline, and Mrs. Irvin Bishop, east of Crestline.

The many friends of Mr. Whitmyer and his excellent wife sincerely hope that the years of the future may hold for them continued health, happiness and prosperity.

Leonard Whitmyer, who recently retired from the service of the Pennsylvania Company, after a service of fifty-one years in the Pennsylvania yards, was presented with a beautiful present last Thursday night by fellow employes.

Mr. Whitmyer was kept busy at home by a call from a neighbor and while they were deeply interested in conversation a committee of seven men, representing the donors, arrived with the gift, a magnificent leather chair. It was certainly a complete surprise to the recipient but was deeply touched by the gift which represented the offerings of his former associates, yardmen, office men and car inspectors. Many of the men had been associated with Mr. Whitmyer through a long period of years and held him in the highest regard.

Following the presentation of the chair the men enjoyed an hour of social intercourse and an excellent supper served by the ladies of the Whitmyer household.
OHIO Death Certificate: 56197
-Name: Leonard C Whitmyer
-Gender: Male
-Death Date: 7 Sep 1930
-Age at Death: 85y 4m 17d
-Birth Date: 20 Apr 1845
-Birth Place: Germany
-Marital Status: Widowed
-Catherine Whitmyer, Deceased
-Occupation: Retired Conductor
-Employer: Penna R.R. Co.
-Father: Not Known
-Father's Birth Place: Germany
-Mother: Not Known
-Mother's Birth Place: Germany
-Burial Date: 10 Sep 1930
-Burial Place: Crestline, O.
-Informant: C. H. Kreinbihl
-Death Place: Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio
-Residence: Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio

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