Hourglass of John/Jack Keyser and 1st wife
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Young Amanda. Lovely. ==>
<== Young Alva Grant Keyser. Handsome.
ALVA GRANT KEYSER b .April 30, 1872 in WV, d. March 28, 1956 in Northhampton OH. In 1898 he married AMANDA LEONA JEFFERSON. Alva and Leona became dairy farmers in Northampton Ohio. Cuyahoga is central to their lives. They are buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
NEW Marriage Certificate of Alva and Leona:
NEW Alva Keyser on left with two of his brothers:
Eula Ruth Keyser
From "At the Center" by John Perkins:
"Farm life was often harsh and sickness often struck. Eula had attacks of rheumatism that kept her from school in 1915. In 1916 she suffered from measles and scarlet fever."
1922 Akron OH City Directory:
Eula's husbandLamont Green was born on 30 June 1899 to parents Hansel and Jetta B. Parshall Green. Lamont and Eula married on 23 July 1925 in Summit County, OH.
Carrie Margaret Keyser
CARRIE MARGARET KEYSER was born 21 Apr 1903 in Limestone, WV, and died 28 Dec 1995 in Akron, OH; Buried Oakwood Cem., Akron, OH. She married MARTIN LUTHER "FRED" SWAIN 1932 . He was born 1900 and died 1969 on Keyser-Swain Farm, OH.
Barbara Keyser: Whem Alva Keyser passed away, his farm was given or divided among his five remaining children. Carrie wanted it and bought the properties belonging to each, except for her brother William who refused to sell his share, even though he never farmed it. William is the one that deeded his share to the town, forming Keyser Park. This was around the early 1960s or so. Carrie by now owned a bit more than 50 acres as the Keyser-Swain farm, a non-working farm since she could never convince her husband Fred to farm the land. Carrie dearly loved the Keyser (Keyser-Swain) farm which was ultimately sold to Cuyahoga Falls to become park of existing (William) Keyser Park.
Larry Perkins: Together, the Swains, worked at Lawson Milk Company at one point, where she also managed the cafeteria for the company.He worked there for more than a decade.
Excerpt from "At the Center" by John Perkins: "Carrie was born in [April 21,] 1903 [in Limestone WV] and moved with the family to Ohio when she was a toddler. She fondly remembers her childhood on the farm and especially her years at the Center School. She remembers the coal-burning pot bellied stove and the fact that she was sometimes allowed to play teacher. Citing financial restraints, she chose not to attend high school. In 1918 she worked for Marathon Tire and Rubber in Cuyahoga Falls and boarded in town at the manager's home. In the years that followed, she worked for a variety of employers, including the Russel Farley Company for 14 years. During this time she met Fred Swain and after nine years of courting married him in 1932. They held a variety of jobs, sometimes living on the farm and other times living in Cleveland or Bath Township. They finally settled in Cuyahoga Falls in 1945.
Picture above is: Fred Swain, Carrie Swain, William Keyser, John Keyser. 1940.
Fred and Carrie did not have any children. They filled their time with community involvement and improving their farmhouse. Per John Perkins they improved porches, added picture windows in the parlor, added a bathroom, a garage and a driveway. The kitchen was updated. The heating replaced with oil heat, the siding with aluminum siding, and an electric pump was installed at the well. Interestingly, they entered into oil contracts for the development of an oil field on the property, leading to four oil wells and a small income.
Carrie's community involvement:
Carrie died three days after Christmas in 1995 in
Akron, Ohio at the
Martha Mae Keyser
<--Martha Mae Keyser
MARTHA MAE KEYSER, their third child, was born Christmas Eve in 1904 in WV and is the last of the children born in this family to be born in the State of West Virginia. She married HAROLD VERNON SHAW in 1923 following high school graduation; this is when she left the Keyser farm. Harold was a manager, then President of Vaughn Machinery, while Martha worked many various jobs (Falls Rubber; Polsky's Department Store (photo=>); feature writer for the Buckeye Horseman. Martha died in 1986 in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she moved following her retirement.
Barbara Keyser, 2nd wife of Jack Keyser: Martha lived with me and Jack for about 4 years. She was a wonderful "character"!
Gladys Marie Keyser
GLADYS MARIE KEYSERwas born 23 Feb 1913 at the Keyser farm; she died 1936. She married WALTER NEWMAN about 1932.
Excerpt from "At the Center" by John Perkins:
William Erwin "Dutch" Keyser
WILLIAM ERWIN "DUTCH" KEYSERwas born 31 Mar 1915 on the Keyser Farm, Summit Co., OH; he died 9 Aug 1991 in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He married MILDRED MAXINE DAVIS 12 Apr 1941. Millie was born 20 Sep 1919 in Randolph WV and died March 22, 2010 in Mogadore, Portage OH.. On their marriage certificate of April 5, 1941, they were 26 (Dutch) and 21 (Millie) years of age. Dutch died at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna. He lived in Randolph after 1946 and retired from General Tire and Rubber Co., Akron in 1977 after 41 years of service. Dutch was a member of the Randolph Christian Church, an avid golfer, and loved farming as a hobby. He and Millie were married more than 50 years, and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They had nine grandchildren when Dutch died. Note: Picture of Millie Keyser is from the Patterson1 family tree on Ancestry. Thanks!
Excerpt from "At the Center" by John Perkins: "William was the second son. When he was a toddler, his sister Eula nicknamed him "Dutch" because he had trouble speaking clearly. He enjoyed the farm and had many fond memories. 'Dutch' was a good baseball player who joined various local teams. He lived on the farm until 1941 when he married Millie Davis of Stow. They lived in the Falls for three or four years and then bought a dairy farm in Randolph, Ohio. Although he received fifteen acres at the southwest corner of the farm when his parents died in 1956, he never returned to the farm. He worked at General Tire for about forty years, retiring around 1980. His real love was his farm which he worked until his death in 1991.
"The farm changed further as the city of Cuyahoga Falls annexed Northampton Township on January 1, 1986. It was the first annexation of its kind resulting from an Ohio law passed in 1981 that allowed municipalities and townships to combine. Although Carrie was against the annexation when it was first suggested, she eventually saw the positive impact it could have on the township and supported it. The annexation has had a dramatic impact on her life. In 1989, the city developed the 15 acres purchased from William Keyser into a community park. Named Keyser Park, in honor of Alva, it contains tennis and basketball courts, play equipment, picnic areas, and walking trails named "Dutch's Path" and "Carrie's Walk."
Together Dutch and Millie had four children: Cheryle, Pennye, Beth, and William Alva.
Barbara Keyser, 2nd wife of Jack Keyser, recalled crocheting a Barbie dress for little Beth's Barbie doll. Later on in years Beth enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables, and Cheryle, Pennye and William helped harvest the corn for Jack and Barbara Keyser.
Death Notice of Dutch Keyser: Dutch died at age 76 in Randolph Ohio. His death was sudden though he was already at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna OH. He died on Aug. 9, 1991. Dutch had retired as a Calendar Operator for General Tire in Akron. He worked there for 41 years, retiring in 1977. The Wood-Kortright Funeral Home in Ravenna handled the arrangements with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
John Earl Keyser (our line)
JOHN EARL "JACK" KEYSER was born 24 Feb 1907 in Northampton, Ohio on the Keyser Farm; and died 26 Jan 1993 in Melbourne, FL. He married (1) EDNA MAE GARDNER on August 1st, 1926 She was born 16 Jul 1905 in Akron, OH; and died 5 Sep 1987 in Orville, Ohio. He married (2) BARBARA ROSE BERNERT 27 May 1939, daughter of CHRISTIAN BERNERT and MARIA ROFF. Barbara was born 26 Jul 1909 in Panscova, Austria-Hungary and died 22 Oct 2003 in Melbourne FL. Barbara and Jack lived at 1401 Tenth Avenue SE in Ft. Lauderdale before moving to Melbourne, FL.
Excerpt from "At the Center" by John Perkins: John Earl Keyser was the first child to be born on the farm. All boy, he explored the nearby woods and ravines and occasionally trapped muskrats in the farm's two acre swamp. When he was not exploring, he had chores to do. He cut corn for the chickens, put grain in the barn, and tossed down hay for the horses. He remembers going to Mud Brook or sometimes to Peninsula to have the grain milled. He attended nearby Center School but hated school work and did not go beyond the eighth grade. As his ninth grade school year began, he rose each school day and went into town. Although his parents believed he was going to school, he had gotten a job at Falls Hollow Staybolt. One of his early pay stubs was for a 52 hour week at the rate of 27.5 cents an hour. He never returned to school and left the farm for good when he was about 18. In 1926 he married Edna Gardner. He worked at various jobs including dairy farming in Vermont during the 1950s. Today, with his second wife Barbara, he lives in retirement in Ft. Lauderdale."
Jack married Edna Gardner on August 1, 1926 when he was just 18 years old. They ultimately divorced and his second marriage was on 5/27/1939 to Barbara Bernert. Barbara and Jack moved to Ft. Lauderdale FL from Vermont following his heart attack.
Children of Jack and Edna Gardner Keyser are:
Grant and John Keyser
Edna and Jack Keyser with children Grant, Madeline and John
for Grant Keyser, a son of John Keyser
Martha, Carrie and Gladys Keyser
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