Thursday, February 6, 2014

52 Ancestors:  Lula Meinzen Sticker

Aunt Lula was my great-aunt, my maternal grandfather's sister.  She was one of the four Steubenville aunts who drove to the Ridge to visit every now and then.  When I was a child she seemed old - very old - much older than my grandfather.  It turns out she was a little older:  she was born in 1887, he was born in 1892.

Lula was one of three sisters born within a few years of each other.  Stair steps.  Mina was born in January 1885; Lula in January 1887; and Bertha in October, 1888.  (Bertha died in 1918).  There were two other sisters who survived to older age:  Belle, born in August 1880, on the top step, and on the bottom step was Naomi, born in May 1898.  The four surviving sisters (Belle, Mina, Lula, and Naomi) seemed always to come to the Ridge together, usually with Uncle Charlie driving them.  I don't think any of the sisters had drivers licenses.

Aunt Lula and Uncle Charlie married on December 26, 1911.   He was a 25-year-old boiler-maker; she was a 24-year-old "domestic."  The 1913 Steubenville City Directory tells me Charlie was working at La Belle Iron Works and that they were living at 320 S. Third, several houses from her parents at 308 S. Third.  By 1920, according to the census, Uncle Charlie was a pottery worker.

Aunt Lula and Uncle Charlie never had children of their own that I can find -- a misfortune, considering their joy in life and pleasure in children.  But when two of Lula's older sisters died (Hannah and Bertha) they left behind children who needed homes and care.  Hannah's children were Edna and Zerelda Hendrix.  Bertha's son was William O. Henderson.  The children were separated and placed with their grandparents, Henry & Elizabeth Meinzen; with Lula and Charlie; and with Russel and Naomi (Meinzen) Rhome.  The children's grandmother, Elizabeth, was in ill health by early 1920 and died in June.  Both Zerelda and William O. were living the Lula and Charlie by early 1920.  I'm sure they gave both children good homes.

Uncle Charlie died in 1960.  His obituary was published in the Tuesday, April 19, 1960, issue of the Steubenville Herald Star.

Charles Sticker
    Charles E. Sticker, 73, of 618 Brady Ave., died at 6:20 p.m. Monday in Ohio Valley Hospital after a short illness.
    He was born Oct. 7, 1886, in Steubenville, a son of the late Joseph A. and Sarah Wood Sticker.
    He retired in 1954 from the Standard Slag Co. of Weirton.
    He was a member of the Starkdale United Presbyterian Church.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 45, F and AM and the Scttish [sic] Rite, Valley of Steubenville.
    He leaves his widow, Mrs. Lulu Sticker; one brother, Jess E. Sticker of Lake Wales, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Julia Sharpe of Lakewood, Ohio, and one niece, Elizabeth (Betty) Fair of Steubenville.  He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
    Friends may call at the Dunlope Funeral Home in Wintersville after 7 tonight.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home.  The Rev. Mr. C. Sheldon Hastings will officiate.  Burial will be in the Union Cemetery.  Masonic services will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

 Aunt Lula died in 1979.  Her obituary was published in the Monday, October 29, 1979, edition of the Steubenville Herald Star.

Mrs. Lula Sticker
    Mrs. Lula B. Sticker, 92, of Elmer White Apartments, Steubenville, died at 10:40 p.m. Saturday in the Cadiz Convalescent Center.
    She was a charter member of the Starkdale United Presbyterian Church.
    Surviving are a brother, Robert Meinzen of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Harris and Mrs. Naomi Rhome, both of Steubenville.
    She was born Jan. 20, 1887, in Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Armatage Meinzen.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Sticker in 1960.
    Friends may call at the Dunlope Funeral Home, Wintersville, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today; services there 1 p.m. Tuesday; the Rev. James Nimmo III; Union Cemetery.

One of my cousins who lived in Steubenville remembers Aunt Lula as fun-loving, with a great sense of humor.  My brother remembers that she loved to sing hymns but was nearly always off-key.   I remember Uncle Charlie as a gentle tease who was willing to play with and entertain us younger children.  I enjoyed his company.

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This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's call to her readers to write about 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks


1 comment:

  1. Lula and Charlie look just as joyful and fun-loving as you described them.


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