Valentine Daniel Family Write-up

by: Ruth (Daniel) Cogan, 1974

email:: Robert Oprisch

In Darmstadt, Germany, Nicholas Daniel could not afford a herd of cattle, nor even a flock of sheep, so he had a gaggle of geese and one cow. The cow not only gave them milk but also pulled the plow.

Valentine Daniel arrived in New York with a quarter ($0.25). He had to choose whether he wanted a night's lodging or a meal, He chose the meal and found a row boat tied along the shore that he slept in.

The preceding vignette about Valentine Daniel was written, as it said, in 1902, By that time John (the survivor of twins, the other having died in infancy) was married to Rosa Schoen; Joseph, a carpenter, was married to Anna Hergenrather; Aloysius (Alois) was married to Anna Frisch; George remained a bachelor and, except for some time he spent in California, lived with Alois who moved to a farm just outside of Tiffin in Seneca County, Ohio. Shortly after that Edward became a plumber and married Cecilia Bogner. They lived in Tiffin on Schonhardt St.

Between 1902 and 1910 Valentine and Margaret retired, and with Mary and Rosa moved to a house next door to Edward. (I can remember that one house had a telephone, the other took the daily newspaper). Charles, my father, continued to teach school (generally eight grades in a one room school house) using the money to put himself through St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana, and then Darling Medical College, being graduated in the last class before that school was incorporated into Ohio State University. He received his degree in medicine in 1908.

Valentine used to say that he wanted to live to see Charlie married, but he wanted to die before Rose got married. And so he did. Charles, my father married Olga Hierholzer, my mother, June 7, 1910. Valentine died July 20, 19lO. Mary and Rosa took care of their mother until she died, July 15, 1919.

Then the suitors started coming around. Mary was "frail" and did not expect to ever marry, in fact in her youth she was apprenticed to a seamstress---and she could sew anything from der hosen to silk dresses with bustles and dust ruffles. She could do a lot of other things too, so she (and Rosie too) was called upon regularly when extra hands were needed or a crisis arose anywhere in the relationship. She never married---but she outlived them all.

"Aunt Rosie" was the baby of the family, and while she was growing up her brothers liked to tease her. They did a lot of that, perhaps because she had spunk, and also they knew she could "take it". In fact, her brother, Charles, was once called upon to perform an operation at someone's home, way out in the country. I am not sure of the circumstances, perhaps there was an accident involving he knew not what. Anyway, Rosie went along to help where she could, She had never seen an operation performed. However, it proved one was necessary. So the patient was laid on the kitchen table and the young doctor gave orders all around. Aunt Rosie was told to hold the man's mangled leg---while my father cut it off.

When, a good many years later, he told me the story, he said he "knew she could do it", I suppose much as he knew, in the same way, that in such conditions and with little experience in that particular surgery at that time, "he could do it".

He told me also that when he was a small boy he spent a lot of time with his father doing the smaller farm jobs, because by that time Valentine had developed rheumatism and could not get around very well. I am sure that they both profited much from the arrangement.

We have digressed. Now we shall go back to the "suitors". I was just old enough in the early 1920's, to be interested in what was going on. Aunt Rosie, although beautiful and vivacious, was no "spring chicken", and besides she had one stipulation---the man who took her for his wife, had to take Aunt Mary in the bargain! So the suitors came--and went. Until Bernard Lenhart, big, lovable Barney, a widower, retired and with no children, came along.

It must have been in late 1924 (or thereabouts) that my Dad and Mother took one of their rare trips. They went by train with Barney Lenhart and Rosa Daniel all the way down to Sedalia, Missouri, where Uncle Frank (Father Christian) then was pastor of a parish, and he blessed the marriage while my parents witnessed it.

Aunt Rosie Was 41, or so, and Uncle Barney was 12 years her senior, nevertheless God blessed the union with Rosemary. And Aunt Mary outlived both Bernard and Rosa. It must have been soon after the Ordination of Uncle Frank (when he became Father Christian, C.P.P.S.), about 1908, that the Daniel family had a formal photograph taken, Valentine and Margaret with their ten children. Uncle Frank, wearing his Cassock, was in the center, flanked by his parents with his six brothers and three sisters, dressed in their best black all around. Uncle John and Uncle Alois sported moustaches, but Grandpa had a beard---no moustache.

Grandma (Margaret Mueller Daniel) was the one who encouraged education. Although they all finished the Eighth grade of the school in Reed Township and did well in following their specific trade, only two (as far as I knew) went on to higher schooling. She it was who had the right proverb that could explain a given situation---and its remedy. She also knew many stories, besides those from the bible, all in German, of course. I remember her dimly as a very old lady who sat in a rocking chair by a window. Although she spoke English, we didn't have much to talk about, and anyway she preferred the German.

Uncle John inherited the family farm. One time Mildred, my sister and I spent a few days there. To us "city folk" this was quite an experience. In addition to all the farm animals and chores there were extras such as running to see whenever an automobile passed by. This didn't happen often enough to interfere with their work. Another interesting thing was the collection of bee hives that was the special province of our cousin, Leo. Cousin Amanda had a party for us of the girls around there who were our age.

Aunt Kate married Uncle Henry Roth. They lived up the road in a new house "with running water". I remember Uncle Henry wearing a beard every winter "to keep his neck warm". Then he would shave it off come spring. The younger Roths were nearer to our age so we enjoyed being together when we could.

Uncle Joe was a skilled carpenter and lived in Tiffin. Uncle Alois had a farm just outside the Tiffin city limits (south). We went out to their farm every once in a while, especially to corn roast picnics. The corn was about 5 minutes from stalk to fire. Frequently it was simply field corn but it tasted wonderful. The first time I ever danced (14 yrs. old) was a square dance at their farm when Uncle Alois and Aunt Anna's oldest daughter, Hilda got married.

Uncle George lived with them. He too was a farmer, a bachelor with curly auburn hair and all children loved him. He drowned in the conflux of Honey Creek and the Sandusky river, which he had cleared for swimming.