Mary Zula Lucrece (Fisher) Ley | 1895-1920
This blog series explores the lives of Ley ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.
From The Daily Reporter (Dover, Ohio), Monday, Feb. 2, 1920 (front page):
Mrs. Robt. Ley Dies
Mary Zula Ley, 24, wife of Robert Ley, well known Dover dentist, died of influenza and pneumonia at 11:30 Sunday night at the family home at 813 West High Street, New Philadelphia. She had been ill for ten days.
Mrs. Ley was born in York Township and graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1913. She taught school four years, two years in rural schools and two years in the Dover city schools.
She was married June 27, 1917 to Dr. Ley, who survives with a 15 months old son, Robert. She also leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher; three brothers, Clyde, New Philadelphia; Oscar of Dennison; Byron of Midvale; and one sister, Mrs. Olin Abbuhl of Uhrichsville.
Funeral services will be held from the home at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.
The above article is also notable for what it doesn’t say. My great-grandmother also miscarried a four-months premature daughter, whom the death certificate records as Mary Zula Ley, after her mother. They are buried in the Fisher plot in East Avenue Cemetery, in New Philadelphia.
What else was happening in the world on Feb. 1, 1920? It was a quiet day, according to recorded accounts. Only recently, the League of Nations took effect, and the United States voted to join the League. In January, Babe Ruth had been traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees. And police raids on suspected Communists rocked cities including Buffalo and Boston.