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Thomas 'Luther' Minard


Thomas "Luther" Minard was born on March 3, 1868 near Gambier, Knox County, OH, the son of Thomas G. and Elizabeth (Glasner) Minard. Sadly, Luther's father died when Luther was seven months old, and thus the boy never known the man.

Luther's first wife was Emma Mae Hissong (1870- ? ). They were wed on Sept. 12, 1885, by the hand of R.F. Hall in Knox County. Luther was 20, and Emma was 18. 

The Minards had a daughter Flora May Miner, born on Valentine's Day 1886. Flora's fate is unknown. 

By May 1895, when his mother died, Luther was living in the town of Allegheny on the North Side of Pittsburgh, PA. That year, he received a bequest from her estate in the amount of $50.00. 


Stepson's obituary, 1901

Luther's second wife was Sarah "Agnes" Atherton (1859-1917), the daughter of John T. and Mary (Sprey) Atherton. They were married on Nov. 24, 1898, in Knox County, with the ceremony performed by justice of the peace William M. Edgar.

Agnes brought a son, Joseph Atherton, to the marriage. Luther worked as a molder, and they resided at 214 West Curtis Street in Mt. Vernon. and later at 653 Carroll Street in Akron, Summit County, OH.

Tragically, stepson Joseph died an untimely death at age 19 of "quick consumption and pneumonia," said the Mt. Vernon Republican News. His death occurred on Aug. 26, 1901. He "worked at the C. & G. Cooper shops before he was taken ill, six months ago Monday," said the News. "He was confined to his bed during nearly all of his illness." 

Some 16 years later, Sarah died after surgery for appendicitis/intestinal obstruction on Jan. 15, 1917, in Akron. She was just 57 years of age. Her remains were brought to Mt. Vernon for burial, reported the Mt. Vernon Democratic Banner. At the time, Luther spelled his last name "Minarde."

Luther worked as "a moulder at Cooper foundry," said the Mt. Vernon (OH) News. He was a resident of Mt. Vernon until about 1920, when he moved to Akron.


Akron's East Market Street, seen from Hotel Portage



Mt. Vernon News, 1940

Luther married at least a third time, to Mary A. ( ? - ? ).

In poor health spanning several years later in life, Luther passed away at at 71 in his home in Akron on Feb. 10, 1940. He was laid to rest in the Glendale Cemetery, perhaps in Akron. The Mt. Vernon News said he was survived by wife Mary "and several nieces and nephews." 

Mary's fate is unknown, but will be published here when learned.


~ Daughter Flora May Miner ~

Daughter Flora May Miner ( ? - ? )


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