Valentine Miner was born on his namesake day, Feb. 14, 1884, near Tontogany,
Wood County, OH, the son of Jacob and
Louise (Finkenbeiner) Miner.
|Mabel and Hugh Miner
On March 4,
1908, Hugh was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Mabel Olive Shanower (1885-1985), a native of Plymouth, IN,
and the daughter of Ananias B. and Lucy Ann (Whiteleather) Shanower.
Mabel are said to have ridden a streetcar from Tontogany to Perrysburg, Wood
County, to be
The Miners became the parents of three children: Harvey "Dean" Miner, Lucy Margaret Mettler and
Ivo "Dale" Miner.
The family resided in Tontogany for decades.
|Broad Street, Tontogany
As a young
adult, Hugh was manager of the Royce and Coon Grain Elevator at Tontogany,
Later, for 19 years, he worked at the highway garage of what is now the Ohio
Department of Transportation, from where he retired.
Hugh had a boiler's
license, and usually worked nights as a watchman.
Another distant cousin who
worked for the county highway department was Logan Potter, son of George
and Mary (Leonard) Potter.
Mabel was a
member of the Past Noble Grand Club of Oriana Rebekah Lodge in Tontogany. She
kept scrapbooks filled with news clippings of relatives and friends, preserving
an important part of our family’s legacy.
Old grain elevator in Tontogany
In 1958, the Miners celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by hosting an open
house reception at their home for 100 guests. A newspaper article said:
|News story, 1958
Miners’ only daughter, Mrs. Duane Mettler, of Edon, baked the 3 tier cake for
the occasion, which was decorated with white icing and topped with yellow roses.
Yellow tapers, surrounded by yellow rose-buds on a white linen cloth, added to
the attractiveness of the buffet table…. A picture of the bride and groom
taken 50 years ago was hung on a wall between two recently taken pictures,
adding interest to the celebration.
and Mabel were married for a total of six decades.
He passed away in Bowling Green
on Oct. 28, 1968. Interment of the remains was in the sacred soil of Union Hill Cemetery near Tontogany.
outlived Hugh by 17 years. When Tontogany celebrated its centennial anniversary,
she was pictured in s special booklet, Tontogany Times: Story of Tontogany,
Ohio, 1875-1975. She was a talented quilt-maker, and two of her quilts
are featured in the Minerd.com Online Quilt Museum -- one with blue
highlights, and the other featuring
She died at
the age of 100 on March 16, 1985, also in Bowling Green. They are buried
together at Union Hill.
Quilt lovingly crafted by Mabel for a great-granddaughter
~ Son Ivo "Dale" Miner ~
Ivo "Dale" Miner ( ? -1955) was born in (?).
Dale moved from Tontogany to Michigan, where he resided in Reading, Hillsdale
County, MI. There, he first worked at the Weaver Tannery.
Later, he moved to
relocated, MI and was appointed as a
deputy sheriff of Hillsdale County.
In 1940, Dale married Ruth Miller ( ? - ? ).
Together, the couple produced one daughter.
Tragedy struck in January 1955 when Dale was killed in an
automobile accident in Hillsdale, on his way to work, when his vehicle skidded
off the road and flipped over an embankment.
His widow Ruth later married James Pugh ( ? - ? ).
Son Harvey "Dean" Miner ~
Son Harvey "Dean" Miner (1910-1998) was born in 1910.
He was joined in wedlock with Vera "Florence" Hardy ( ? - ? ).
Dean was an influential industrial arts instructor at Bowling
Green State University. Said a newspaper, Dean was "a specialist in
setting up industrial arts programs… [and] organized and set up industrial
arts shops at schools in Weston, McClure, St. Paris and Tontogany [OH]."
Dean was the author of the book Exploring Patternmaking and Foundry,
published by the D. Van Nostrand Co., of Princeton, and of "Pattern Making and
Foundry in the General Shop" in the October 1950 edition of Industrial Arts
Magazine. In 1959, Dean was appointed to a team of Ohio University educators
in a program through the Nigerian government and the International Cooperative
Administration. Their mission was to study the technical education programs of
Nigeria's secondary schools and colleges before making specific
recommendations for change.
During a two-year leave of absence from BGSU in
1960-1961, Dean and Florence resided in Enugu, Nigeria, about 200 miles inland.
Later, upon returning to the United States, he authored "Industrial Arts in Nigeria" in
the December 1966 issue of the Journal of Industrial Arts Education.
his home church, the First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Dean also
"donated his labor to build most of the chancel furnishings, including the
large overhead cross, pulpit, lectern, baptismal font, altar, and pew communion
cup-holders in the sanctuary," said the Toledo Blade. Dean's
creations are shown at larger size and greater detail on three pages of our
online "Museum of Creativity" -- the book
page, chancel furnishings page
and home furnishings and decor
page. He and Florence were married a total of nearly 59 years. Diagnosed with
cancer in the early 1990s, he battled the illness for a number of years until
his passing at the age of 88, on June 20, 1998. The Toledo Blade
newspaper carried an extensive obituary, entitled "Ex-Industrial Arts
Teacher Was 30-Year BGSU Veteran." He was laid to rest in the Union Hill
Cemetery near Tontogany.
Son Charles Robert "Bob" Miner (1940-2022) was born on June 14, 1940. He was an alumnus of Washington Township/Otsego High School and later received his bachelor of industrial technology degree from Ohio University and and master of industrial education degree from Bowling Green State University. In young manhood he accompanied his parents on a mission trip to Nigeria. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, with tours of duty in Great Britain and Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. In nuptials held in Duluth, MN on June 19, 1965, Robert was united in matrimony with Beverly May Hansen ( ? -living). Their union survived for a remarkable 56 years until separated by death. The two offspring they produced together are Kirk Miner and Rev. Kathleen Kisner. He went on to a long career as an industrial arts and technology teacher at Gateway Middle School in the Maumee (OH) City System. He has followed in his father's footsteps in church leadership with the Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, serving in 2005 as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and helping to lead mission trips to Appalachian regions. His travels also included 20 countries and 44 different U.S. states. He was a member of the Tontogany lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Wood County Hospital Wheeled Meals and the Black Swamp Chapteer of the Veteeran Motor Car Club of Ameerica. In her own right, Beverly has been an active family historian and volunteer with the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Bob and Beverly’s family are profiled in the 1994 publication, On the Courthouse Steps of Wood County, Ohio, and are immortalized in a sewn section of a special quilt produced by the Genealogical Society. She also contributed information for Carl Day's 2002 book, Tom Custer: Ride to Glory, and introduced the author when he spoke at the 2002 Minerd-Miner-Minor Reunion. Beverly received an award in 2003 for her work with the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church of Ohio. Sadly, he passed away in their home on May 3, 2022. His funeral service was held in the family church, with interment in Union Hill Cemetery.
|Beverly receiving award
Daughter Lucy (Miner) Mettler ~
|News story, 1932
Lucy Miner ( ? -1975) was born in (?).
She entered into marriage with Leonard Duane Mettler ( ? - ? ).
The pair did not reproduce.
Mettlers were active in the community.
In 1932, Lucy was named the
official Wood County representative to the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, having
written an award-winning essay on “Wood County and Ft. Meigs in History."
|Leonard and Lucy Mettler
She also "became the advisor [to the 4-H Club in Tontogany] in 1933 at the age of 17 and remained in that capacity for seven years," said the Tontogany Times booklet.
She died in February 1975, and is buried at Montpelier, OH.
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