Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Scope and Content
This collection was acquired by the Rutherford B. Hayes
Presidential Center in 2006.
Homer Everett was born January 30, 1813 in what is now Milan, Ohio,
to Jeremiah and Elizabeth Every Everett.
The family came to Lower Sandusky (Fremont,
Ohio) in 1815. At the age of 17, in 1830, Homer entered
under the employ of Jesse S. Olmstead, residing with his family and working in
his store. Homer was appointed
postmaster in 1837. He resigned as
postmaster when he was elected sheriff, a position which he held for four
years. After studying law in his spare
time, Homer was admitted to the Bar in Columbus,
Ohio in 1841. He practiced law in Fremont with Nathaniel B. Eddy and then with Lucius B. Otis. In
1847, Homer was elected county auditor.
He resigned in 1852 to go into law practice with Ralph P. Buckland. James H. Fowler joined the practice when
Buckland retired. Homer served as mayor
during the Civil War. He also served two
terms in the Ohio Senate (1867-1871). Additionally,
Homer was the first president of the Sandusky County Pioneer and Historical
Society in 1873; Rutherford B. Hayes was secretary of the society at that
time. Homer was the main author of the
1882 work History of Sandusky County Ohio.
Homer married Hannah Bates in 1837, and they had one
daughter together, also named Hannah.
His wife died in 1840, and in 1842 he married Susan Albina
Brush. From this marriage, Homer had two
sons and two daughters: George Homer, Charles Egbert, Albina
Elizabeth, and Lillie. Susan, his second
wife, died in 1855. Homer married his
third wife, Minerva E. Justice, in 1873.
In the spring of 1887, Homer traveled to Osborne, Kansas
to visit his eldest daughter, Hannah Hatfield.
It was in the Hatfield house that Homer died on June 22, 1887, aged 73
years, 4 months, and 22 days.
Scope and Content
This book, “Household Memorandums” was written by Homer
Everett and his children, namely Lillie and Charles. The scattered entries span from June 28,
1863, to April 29, 1874. It also
includes clippings from northwestern Ohio
newspapers, mainly concerning Everett’s
time as a member of the Ohio Senate (1867-1871).
Among the entries are those giving detailed accounts of the
home front reaction to the news of the Union victory at Gettysburg,
Vicksburg, and other battles; the New York draft riot; the
election of Abraham Lincoln; and the deaths of local soldiers. Everett and his
family also comment on efforts by Sandusky Countians
to gather provisions for the soldiers; local social gatherings, and daily life
in Fremont, Ohio during the mid 1860s.
1. Ledger, “Household Memorandums”, 1863-1874