A Model Family
Edwin Frederick Weible and Minnie Mae (Ley) Weible, as noted in the Powell family history penned by W.D. Shirk before 1920, were “a model family.”
In yesterday’s post, we explored their distinction as the first joining of the Ley and Weible families. Their marriage pre-dates by about 40 years the union of my own grandfather, Robert Earl Ley Jr., and grandmother, Suzanne Abbott Weible. As the post explained, nothing hinky there, blood-wise, just two good families joined by marriage.
The net effect, if you want to get waaaaay into the weeds, is that both Edwin Weible and all of his children are my first cousins thrice removed. A neat trick, I guess.
But here, as promised, is more about those “model” children. As with previous posts this week, this information is culled from the second supplement to The History of Christian Metzger: Founder of an American Family, by Ella Metsker Milligan. Below, the block quotes are simply for formatting’s sake, and the text is in my own words.
Josephine Elizabeth Wible
born Sept. 26, 1905
As of the supplement’s publication, she hadn’t married. After graduating from Dover High School, she attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1927. She then spent 13 years racking up classes and specialized training in theater, radio and dramatic production, studying at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa, which granted her a master’s degree in 1940.
She held a teaching fellowship in the summer theater at Westford, Mass.; taught high school in Dover and Delaware, Ohio and in Rochelle, Illinois; and taught at the post-secondary level at Stevens College (Missouri), Salem College (North Carolina) and Centenary Junior College (Hackettstown, N.J.)
James Frederick Wible
born Sept. 30, 1908
If the date in the supplement is correct (and many are not), he was exactly 10 years older than his distant relative, my grandfather, Robert Earl Ley Jr.
After public school education in Dover, he attended — take a breath now — Denison University, Harvard School of Business Administration, Fenn College and John Carroll University. He made his career in Cleveland, where as of the supplement’s publication he was assistant director of industrial relations in the Weatherhead Company.
He married Dorothy O’Donnell, of Dover. At the time of publication, they had two children: Mary Ann and John Edwin.
Ruth E. Wible
Born July 21, 1910
After graduating from Dover, she attended Martha Washington College in Abingdon, Va. She was employed as a secretary, and spent 10 years at the Jock and Heintz Company in Cleveland. In 1950, she married Robert Ginn, who resigned his vice president position at the American Fire Alarm Company to work with Ford Motor in Troy, N.Y.
David Augustus “Scoop” Wible
Born April 4, 1916
Yet another Ley/Weible who attended Ohio Wesleyan for undergraduate work, he went on to earn his law degree at Ohio State. At the time of publication he was a practicing lawyer and a special agent of the F.B.I. He reported exactly “two hobbies”: hunting and fishing.
In July 1941 he married Dorothy Louise Cook, of Cleveland. At the time of the supplement, they had two children: Ann Louise and Robert Cook.
David died Sept. 14, 2009 in Hudson, Ohio after celebrating 93 years of life.
Getting Ahead of Myself, Here
These entries are a case of me getting ahead of my own research. Usually, I’m drawing from multiple sources and reporting back to you from the perspective of today. In the case of Edwin’s kids, I had recorded their names and birthdates in Geni, as provided by the Powell family history, but hadn’t done any further research. Usually, the best reason for filling in ever-distant branches of the tree is to gain access to records and photos you otherwise wouldn’t know about by reaching out to descendants of those distant relatives. But when it comes to the Weibles and Leys, we’re blessed with an abundance of information.
So I’m left with the reporter’s habit of repeatedly referring to the source material: things that were true “at the time of publication”. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll update these distant relatives’ profiles. But for now, the info above was just too interesting to hold back.
Hope you enjoyed it. In the final “Literary Tidbits” posts we’ll finally get around to sketches from my direct branch of the family. Stay tuned for what the Metzger supplement had to say on Robert Ohio Weible and descendants.