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The Tiffin - Seneca History Notebook
Hartzell's Original & extensive Look At The History of Seneca County, Ohio


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Tiffin & Area Live Music Schedule


Thee Lost Souls Reunite!

The popular Tiffin band of the mid 1960's reunited as Thee Lost Souls for the first time in over 40 years at the Tiffin AMVETS lodge on July 31, 2009.
 The story and exclusive photos are posted here.



St. John's Hollow Revisited, 1979-2008
This page contains both vintage and modern-day photos!


For all lovers of classic rock, we highly recommend
A classic rock lovers paradise
July 15-18, 2010
At Clays Park Resort near Canal Fulton, Ohio
FOUR DAYS! Over 40 bands, camping & all resort ammenities for one price!

~ CLICK HERE for further information ~

Last Year at Rock N Resort
The 6th annual Rock N Resort Music Festival brought national headliners Dennis DeYoung with The Music of Styx, Kansas, 38 Special, Survivor, Canned Heat and Asia featuring John Payne. The headliners were also available to fans for autograph sessions. 2009 also featured great performances by almost 40 of the finest tribute bands, inde artists and acoustic performers, mostly from the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area. Legend rock drummer Joe Vitale was also in attendance signing his new book.



Coming Soon!
The full content of an 1891 report on the excavation of several ancient indian burial mounds near Rock Run Cemetery, Eden Township, Seneca County, Ohio


WANTED
I am looking for vintage photos & video clips of Tiffin concert venues & bands of the '60's & '70's including Boogie Hill, St. John's Hollow, St. Francis and the Club 224. If you know of any such photos, please contact me.


Ohio's Most Endangered Historic Site
Citizens rally to save downtown Tiffin's historic centerpiece
April 28, 2007
A photojournal & commentary by Stephen J. Hartzell


Stephen J. Hartzell & Becky S. Lang Wedding
January 27, 2007

Featured Pages


"You have your own teachers, let us have ours"
An extraordinary article is discovered in an 1831 New Hampshire newspaper in which the Senecas of the Sandusky appeal to their white "brothers and sisters" to respect their right to worship and live as they chose.


I Love You, Mom
A Memoir by Mary L. Elchert

Mary L. Elchert of Tiffin, Ohio, wrote this touching memoir after the loss of her daughter at a young age in 1969. For the first time the entire book is now posted here.


"It is my belief that the data of history should not lose its “heartbeat” in becoming information. If too much time passes, we will be left with only the record and lose the essence."
John Fitzgerald, 101st Airborne, WWII


Recent Additions
West Lodi Union Church
Restoration Of This Extraordinary 1845 Church Is Beginning

South Washington St., Tiffin, In 1908

The Death Of Janie
A touching account of the death of a child in Seneca County, Ohio
From a rare copy of the "Heidelberg Monthly," May, 1859

The Timing Couldn't Have Been Better!
2001 Heritage Festival A Patriotic Celebration
 

Junior Order of United American Mechanics
Orphans Home - 1910 Census

Voices From The Past
A Collection of Historic Ohio Letters & Writings

The Roster of the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Includes notes on each soldier in this honored regiment

The History Of Fort Ball
Including photographs


"A man will live as long as he is remembered"
- Socrates -
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"Time flies over us, but leaves it's shadow behind"
- Nathaniel Hawthorne -

January, 2007 - All outside links have been updated

Contents
  • Pages Researched or Authored By Stephen J. Hartzell

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  • Other Helpful History, Research & General Interest Links
  • Tiffin & Seneca County, Ohio
    Hartzell/Hartsel/Hertzell Genealogy Links
    Civil War Links
    W.W.II Era Links
    Pennsylvania Genealogy Links
    History & Genealogy Links & Databases
    Recommended Search Engine For History & Genealogy
    The Seneca Hartzell Guestbook & Queries Page


    Some of the Pages researched or authored by Stephen J. Hartzell
    (Others are linked from related pages.)
  • About The Author
  • Ancestors, A Poem For the Family Historian
  • "Please Tell Me How To Research My Family"
  • Tiffin - Seneca History Notebook- An Ongoing Search For History
  • The History Of Fort Ball
  • Little Sister, Sweet Lesson Of Love - A Tribute To My Sister
  • The Senecas Of The Sandusky- A Brief History
  • St. Francis Orphanage, 1869-1936
  • Baby Ginter, A True Depression Era Story
  • Rock Run Church & Cemetery, The History of a Small Pioneer Congregation
  • The Emigration From Lehigh Co., PA to Seneca Co., OH
  • The Lizzie Stacy Letter, 1874
  • Tiffin Calvert Football 1924, The First Season
  • Henry Hertzel of Upper Milford, Lehigh Co., PA - Family & Related Lines - A Genealogy
  • The Reuben Hartzell Family; a brief history
  • The Reuben & Ruth Hartzell Cases, 1867 - 1879
  • Israel Franklin Hartzell, A Long Lost Relative
  • Thomas Harrison Hartzell, The Jolly Shoemaker & His Family
  • Brother Cesaire, CSC- Paul Charles Hartzell
  • 50 Years Together- Bob & Marie Hartzell - June 12, 1948-98
  • The 1790 Census; Hartzell Summary
  • Hartzell Family Immigration Index 1709-1866
  • Hartzell / Hartsel Family of Seneca Co., OH Obituaries
  • Lehigh Co., PA Hartzell's, Civil War Roster
  • The Civil War Record of Harrison W. Hartzell, 8th OVI, 4th OVI
  • Selected documents from the pension file of Harrison W. Hartzell, 8th OVI, 4th OVI
  • Letters From the 8th Ohio Published in the Tiffin Tribune
  • The 8th Ohio, Stories of Camp Life
  • The Civil War Record of James Hartzell, 123rd OVI
  • The 123rd Ohio in Sheridan's Shenendoah Valley; The Last Days of James Hartzell

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    Tiffin & Seneca County, Ohio
     
  • The Seneca County Genealogical Society
  • Seneca County, Ohio US GenWeb Page
  • Current Seneca County Officials Directory
  • Tiffin - Seneca History Notebook- A Chronological History
  • The Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune- Online Edition
  • Seneca Sprints - Sprint Car Racers of Seneca County, Ohio
  • Warner Beers History of Seneca County
  • JOUAM Orphans Home - 1910 Census
  • The Great Flood of 1913 - This page contains 15 pictures if Tiffin's worst flood
  • Roster of Co. A, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry - "The Seneca Sharpshooters"
  • Sandusky River Watershed Coalition
  • The Senecas Of The Sandusky- A Brief History
  • Simon Girty & The Burning of Colonel Crawford
  • The Buckeye Chronicles- Edward Tiffin
  • Seneca County People Who Served in the U. S. Congress
  • A History of Meadowbrook Park, Bascom, Ohio
  • The History of Ballreich's Potato Chips
  • Rock Run Church & Cemetery, The History of a small Pioneer Church in Seneca County, Ohio
  • Tiffin's Early History - by Boroff Publication Services
  • Fostoria History Pages
  • Fostoria St. Wendelin Cemetery
  • Reinhart Genealogy.com - maps, photos, family trees
  • Reminiscences of Peter Brobst- Includes some information about Seneca Co. families & places
  • Descendants & History of the Frederick Shawhan Family (Requires Acrobat Reader)
  • A Biography of Josiah Hedges - From the History of Champaign County
  • St. Francis Orphanage, 1869-1936 - A history & complete list of orphans
  • The Emigration From Lehigh Co., PA to Seneca Co., OH; an emigration pattern
  • The History of Tiffin Calvert Football- Records, scores, history, etc.
  • Tiffin Calvert Football 1924, The First Season
  • Baby Ginter, A True Story, set in Depression Era Tiffin, Ohio
  • Tiffin Calvert High School - Formed from the Ursuline Academy (founded in 1863) in 1923
  • Tiffin Columbian High School - Tiffin City Schools were established in 1850
  • Heidelberg University - Tiffin, Ohio, Founded in 1850
  • Tiffin University - Tiffin, Ohio, Founded in 1888
  • Letters From the 8th Ohio Published in the Tiffin Tribune

  • Hartzell/ Hartsel/ Hertzell Genealogy
     

  • Hartzell Family Immigration Index 1709-1866
  • Hartzell / Hartsel Family of Seneca Co., OH Obituaries
  • Lehigh Co., PA Hartzell's, Civil War Roster
  • Hartsell Family Genealogy Forum- From Genforum
  • Thomas Harrison Hartzell, The Jolly Shoemaker & His Family
  • The Reuben Hartzell Family; a brief history
  • Israel Franklin Hartzell, A Long Lost Relative
  • The 1790 Census; Hartzell Summary
  • Don Ritter's Genealogy Page (includes Hertzell/ Hartzel indexes)
  • The Descendants of Jacob Hirzel
  • The Washington County, Tennessee Hartsell's
  • The Hartzell United Methodist Church, Blue Ash, Ohio
  • Topsy Hartsel, Major League Baseball Player, 1898 - 1911
  • Paul Hartzell, Major League Baseball Player, 1976 - 1984
  • Roy Hartzell, Major League Baseball Player, 1906 - 1916
  • The Hartselle Enquirer- Hartselle, Alabama
  • The Ship Sandwich- Nov. 30. 1750 (Henry Hartzel)
  • The Scircle Genealogy Pages- Includes info. about Reihen, Germany & Hirtzel Info.

  • The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
  • Civil War Battle Summaries
  • The Roster of the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
  • Regiments & Rosters - Listed By State
  • Johnson's Island - Civil War Confederate Military Prison on Lake Erie
  • Sandusky County, Ohio, Civil War Soldier Database
  • The 123rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry - Sheridan's Shenendoah Valley Campaign
  • Lehigh Co., PA Hartzell's, Civil War Roster
  • Letters From the 8th OhioPublished in the Tiffin Tribune
  • The 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
  • The 8th Ohio, Stories of Camp Life
  • The 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
  • Regimental Index- Dyers Compendium Online
  • Nikki Roth Skiles' Civil War Links
  • The United States Civil War Center
  • The Battle of Antietam


  • W.W.II Era
     
  • The National W.W.II Memorial
  • A Hypertext History of the Second World War
  • Trigger Time - A wonderful online history of the 101st Airborne Division
  • The Drop Zone Virtual Airborne Museum, W.W.II Oral History
  • The History of the 101st Airborne Division - One of America's Most Honored Divisions
  • Seneca County Veterans Who Died in W.W.I, W.W.II, Korea & Vietnam
  • FDR's 4 Freedoms Speech


  • Pennsylvania Genealogy
     
  • Lehigh Co., PA Hartzell's, Civil War Roster
  • Lehigh County, PA US GenWeb Page
  • Lehigh County, PA- Rosters of Civil War Soldiers
  • The 1812 Project- Early Surnames for Lehigh County, PA
  • Genealogy in Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • The Emigration From Lehigh Co., PA to Seneca Co., OH; a history & roster

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    History & Genealogy Links & Databases
     
  • Making Of America (MOA) - A Huge Collection of Digitized Historic Text Material
  • The History Net - Where History Lives On The Web
  • Ohio Football Links - Ohio NFL, College & High School Football Links
  • Digital History- Great source of information about the French & Indian War
  • Native American Treaty Library
  • The History Channel Online- The Best Search In History
  • Ancestors, A Poem For the Family Historian
  • The Ellis Island Museum Web Site
  • Social Security Death Index- Search Online
  • Genforum Surname Search Engine
  • Ohio Death Certificate Index 1913 - 1944 - Search Online
  • US GenWeb Archives
  • Rootsweb Genealogical Data Cooperative
  • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

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    Place of Origin - Tiffin, Ohio, USA.
    Feb. 1997 - 2009

    These pages and their contents may be freely used for personal reference only, subject to these limitations.
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    Some Awards & Honors

    May, 2000

    October, 2000

    May, 2001