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Photo of the Month
January 2009
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If you adore cats, you will love this month's photograph. This old snapshot shows an unnamed, intrepid feline perched high and precariously on the rural free delivery (RFD #1, Box 15) postbox of the family of James and Martha (Sheehan) Minerd. Just as interesting is that the road where this box stood marked the state-line border between Indiana ( Allen County) and Ohio ( Van Wert County). The image likely was snapped in the 1920s. 

As a boy, in 1845, James Minerd settled with his parents as Indiana pioneers on this farm. The land has remained in family ownership for five generations, continuing to today, and has been a refuge and place of quiet getaway for many of the Minerds' relatives. James and Martha's nephew, Corwin D. Tilbury, the only known cousin in our clan to serve on Pittsburgh (PA) City Council, had a deep affection for this farm dating to his own fatherless childhood, and visited whenever possible as long as he lived.


Copyright 2009 Mark A. Miner