From what little we know of Tamzon, she seems to have enjoyed her family relationships. An April 1900 article in the Connellsville Courier reports that "she visited her cousin, Mrs. Gertrude Ulery, for a few days last week."
On Dec. 28, 1904, Tamzon was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with 28-year-old Lewis C. Grimm (Aug. 7, 1876-1968), a native of New Philadelphia, OH, and a son of Hiram and Hattie (Deffenbaucher) Grimm.
Lewis' family, said a local history, "came to make their home in Fairchance in the late 1800's from Bruceton, W.Va."
Together, the Grimms bore two children -- Ralph C. Grimm and Mary Tamzon Grimm, neither of whom survived to adulthood.
Tamzon and Lewis began their married life in Fairchance, where he labored as a carpenter for the Fairchance Lumber Company. She was a member of the Fairchance Presbyterian Church.
She suffered for the last 21 months of her life with organic heart disease.
Lewis survived his bride by 57 years. His heartache continued on Oct. 28, 1913, when seven-year-old son Ralph died after becoming afflicted with typhoid fever and meningitis. Two years later, in 1915, overwhelming sadness struck yet again when six-year-old daughter Mary died, of tubercular meningitis, just three days after Christmas. Both children were laid to rest at Maple Grove.
Lewis is pictured prominently in the 1989 book, Fairchance Through The Years. Seen here, he is shown standing beside his vintage 1914 automobile. Said the book:
Louis [sic] Grimm, we are told, owned the first automobile in Fairchance. It was
a sedan touring car with an extra wheel on the side which is what we call today
a convertible top. The year on the license plate is 1914.
On Nov. 11, 1968, at age 92, burdened with "azotemia" (buildup of waste in the body), Lewis passed away in Uniontown Hospital. He was buried at Mountain View Memorial Park.
Lewis's daughter from the second marriage, Hazel K. Grimm (1916-2008) never married. She was a bookkeeper for the former Montgomery Ward Store in Uniontown before her retirement," said the Uniontown Herald Standard. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairchance and a volunteer for the Youth for Christ Outreach in Fairchance for 11 years. She died at the age of 92 on Nov. 24, 2008, with burial at Mountain View Memorial Park in Brownfield, Fayette County.
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