My grandmother was Josephine Lenore Schoene. She was born March 10, 1898. We called her “Granny”.  Here below, is little Josephine with her mother, Julia:

This is one of my favorite pictures of my grandmother, taken shortly after she was married:

In the 1970’s my mother sat down with her mother, Josephine, and recorded her memories. I wish a few more questions had been asked, but am thankful for what I have!

Josephine’s parents were Joseph Schoene and Julia Lenore Mitchell. Below: Joseph Zebulon Schoene and Julia Lenore Mitchell:

And, together:

Joseph was a self taught, itinerant “doctor” who made and sold “Dr. J Z  Schoene’s Household Remedies” and “linaments”. It was a family endeavor with aunts, uncles, cousins all helping to make the marvelous mixture. He traveled by horse and buggy selling his “medicine” in Ohio and Indiana.

It was while peddling his remedies that he met Julia Mitchell. When traveling the countryside, Joseph would often spend the night at the Mitchell’s house. Later, Julia’s family would help mix the elixir! Read the laurels below!

“Amid the prosy pursuits of the historian few opportunities afford him equal pleasure to the privilege of reviewing something of the lives, the associations, the peculiarities and achievements of men who have worthily earned honored distinction on the scroll of fame, particularly as benefactors of the human family at large.  In this relation it offers us pleasure to recognize the name of Dr. H. Schoene, of Zanesville, Ohio, who, together with his estimable son, J. Z. Schoene, under the firm style of Dr. H Schoene & Son, are extensively engaged in the manufacture and circulation of a marvelous panacea for almost every ailment in life, and extensively known as Dr. Schoene’s Invaluable Vegetable Pain Destroyer, the Great Ohio Liniment and Anti-Dyspeptic.  The Doctor, as his name infers, is a native of Germany, where he received a liberal education, espousing citizenship under the “glorious stars and stripes” in 1849.  Ever having been an apt scholar and diligent student in the pursuit of botany, coupled with the scientific application of Esculapius’art, he has perfected an absolute miracle in the grand remedy referred to.  For over thirty-five years has his Great Vegetable Pain Destroyer been before the public, and to-day stands a veritable panacea for every human ill.

“The Doctor is remarkably retired and unassuming in private life, being a great reader and close student in nature’ broad garden.  To this may be largely ascribed the wonderful success of his great remedy, particularly as he assumes no active professional practice outside the manufacture of his specialty preparations.  He also has an extensive sale for his Sure and Safe Cure for Worms, as also Dr. Schoene’s Anti-Bilious and Liver Pills, the whole of which preparations are put up with a scrupulous care and neatness absolutely unequaled by any other reliable standard preparation in America.  The greatest feature with Dr. Schoene’s preparations is the fact that they have never required the backing of capital, or yet been dependent upon advertising for notoriety, but in long years past have won their own renown, and engrafted themselves so thoroughly into public confidence that the demand for them, in the this day, actually taxes his energies to the utmost to keep pace with the increasing demand.  In comparative humble, rural seclusion, he conducts his studies, with the great God of Nature for his sole guide and instructor, while Providence seems to bountifully bless his labors.  Well may the human family accord to him such universal confidence, and his preparations such bountiful patronage, as from past and present indications they are  yet destined to a National reputation second to no other specifics ever yet introduced to the public.”

Above, taken from the book: 1794 History of Muskingum Co, OH, also, below:

A poem listed about Dr. Shoene’s Pain Destroyer:

Where sylvan pats wind gracefully,

And streamlets constant flow,

Below you’d castle’s towering heights

Behold rich pastures grow.

In nature’s rural garden,

‘Midst rocks, on plains, in dells,

Are gathered fragrant plants and herbs

God sent to serve so well.

Not that the few, but all men,

Such blessings great, might share,

Selected and compounded

With a physician’s care.

If Schoene’s Pain Destroyer, then,

Is sought for and secured,

A balm “twill prove for every ill

By human kind endured.

(bottles purchased on e-bay!)

My grandmother and her family owned several different homes during her childhood.  While Julia’s parent’s ( John and Mary Marshall Mitchell) were still alive, the Schoene family moved to Derby, Ohio to be closer to them. Granny  recalled memories of her grandparents: “Grandfather Mitchell had a great long beard.”, and “I remember riding in a closed carriage with my mother for grandmother Mitchell’s funeral.”

During the time in Derby they lived in a wonderful house, “Sylvan Place”:

Josephine: ” It was like a castle, a magnificent house. The living room had bay windows and the parlor door were made of mahogany. There was a long center hall that went the length of the house. The dining room had a fireplace and a butler’s pantry. There was a kitchen, and AN INDOOR BATHROOM! Upstairs there was a roof garden and a huge ballroom. There were dances all the time with orchestras and people coming from all around. There was a windmill.”

Later, Josephine talked about being in the 7th or 8th grade and a boy named Robert Vance. He dunked her curls in the proverbial inkwell and proclaimed: “You’ll be my wife someday!” On Josephine’s 16th birthday Robert gave her a pale pink cameo surrounded by perfect little pearls:

Josephine did marry Robert Vance, below, in his Asheville School class picture:

In 1917, Josephine left home and became a student at Wesley College. She was very homesick and would write letters to her little brother Jack, who years later she found out had saved everyone of them!

The Schoene family would have a dressmaker come and live at the house for two weeks every spring and every fall to sew clothes for everyone.

Later on, we hear stories of her childhood: I had a wonderful childhood, wonderful parents. I remember our horse and carriage, the sleighs and sleigh rides. We had sledding, and coasting parties and hot chocolate. We skated on the pond. I remember there was a little rocking chair I would sit on to put my skates on.I used to ride an old horse named Fanny, bareback!! We would go over this little bridge. I had a piano teacher who would come to our house from Columbus. Later on when I was 11 or so, I would take the Inner Urban train into Columbus and take street car #3 to 3rd and O’Neill for my piano lessons.

I remember going the old Beggs store—one of the most WONDERFUL stores around! There was a huge mezzanine and I remember Harry, DC (David Carson Beggs) and DW (David Wendell Beggs). DW was VERY handsome! DC was a very respected man in Columbus. Who knew that one day DW’s son would marry my daughter!

Below: My mom, Marjorie Ann Vance:

Above, mom with her brother, Robert Raschig Vance Jr.

Each of us grandchildren have our own memories of our grandmother, but it’s nice to hear about her life in her own words. Please add your own memories! It will make the entry all the more richer!

I remember the “ham loaf” from Piggley Wiggly that Granny was sure EVERYONE loved….only we didn’t! I think the only reason we suffered through it was to get to the Heath Bar Meringue dessert!

Also, My cousin Michael and I took a train one time with Granny back to Ohio. The train stopped somewhere and my grandmother made it clear we were not, under any circumstance, to get of the train. Michael promptly jumped off the train! Panicked, I followed!! He proceeded to put a coin in a little trinket machine and was awarded a little ring which he gave to me. I no longer have the ring, but I did treasure and hold on to it for many years.

It must have been on that same trip to Oho, because Michael and I were at it again. This time Granny told us to “go outside and play”. Now, as parents. we all know what those words REALLY meant! So, out we skipped….down to the creek, which I think was the Oletangy River, but at this spot was a creek……We noticed little fish swimming around. We decided we should catch some. We tried and tried to catch them with our hands, but not surprisingly, we failed! One of us had the great idea to take off our socks and use them as nets. This worked MUCH BETTER, and before long we had socks full of fish! Excitedly we headed back to the house to show our grandmother, all the while beaming with pride and sense of great accomplishment! We we proudly presented our catch, she just looked at us and told us to “go back outside and play”, and “to take our socks” with us! (KBH)


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