Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Charles F. Pohlman

 

LH-112


Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

The Pohlman material was donated to the Center by descendants of the family.

Biographical Sketch

Charles F. Pohlman, a native of Germany, was a pioneer resident of Sandusky County who emigrated from Germany in 1845. He first settled in Perrysburg, Ohio, where he married Adeline Belanger. The union was blessed by five children: Mrs. Frank Sellars, Mrs. C. P. Bliss (Cora), Charles F., Jr., Alex, and William. Before settling in Fremont, Polhman was a stage coach driver making regular runs between Perrysburg, Fremont, Tiffin, Monroeville, and other towns in the vicinity of the Maumee and Western Reserve Turnpike. After retiring from his job as sheriff, Charles Sr. served as justice of the peace for Sandusky Township. His son, Charles F. Jr., succeeded his father as sheriff, serving from 1882-1886. The elder Pohlman was a mason and a member of the Ft. Stephenson Lodge in Fremont. After the death of his wife in 1889, Charles Pohlman lived with his children, especially Mrs. Cliff P. Bliss of Fremont.

Scope and Content

This collection contains material pertaining to Charles F. Pohlman, Jonathan Bliss, and Alonzo Pangburn, all related by marriage. Of special interest in the collection are documents relating to Pohlman’s role as sheriff of Sandusky County from 1878 to 1882 and his duties as justice of the peace for Sandusky Township after 1882. Registers of jail fees from June 24, 1878 to April 3, 1882, are available as well as documents pertaining to the hanging of a convicted murderer named John Welch (or Welsh).

Most of the material relating to Bliss pertains to improvements he made to milling equipment while a resident in Dundee, Michigan. Jonathan Bliss married the daughter of Alonzo Pangburn, at Erie, Michigan on September 30, 1860. Their son, Cliff P. Bliss married Cora Pohlman, the daughter of Charles F. and Adeline Pohlman. During his early career, Alonzo Pangburn was involved in business in the Cleveland area. He later resided in Dundee, Michigan. In 1868 he and T. S. Stewart formed a partnership in Stewart’s Toledo Scales Works, Toledo, Ohio. A resident of Sandusky County, Mr. Pangburn died on November 8, 1891 from injuries received in a train accident.

Inventory

Ac. 4466
¼ linear ft.

Folder 1 - Jonathan Bliss (Deeds, Miscellaneous):
  
John Jones to George D. Munger and Jonathan Bliss, deed to lands in Oswego Twp., Kendle Co.,
       IL, August 17, 1868. 2pp. D.S.
   Borman and Lane to John Bliss and George D. Munger, indenture for patent rights, November 15,
       1869. 1p. D.S.
   Geo. L. Hayward to J. Bliss dtd Geo. L. Hayward, Importer and Dealer of French Burr Mill Stones,
       Dutch Bolting Cloths, and Mill Furnishings in General, Cleveland, OH, December 23, 1869. 1p.
       A.L.S.
   U.S. Internal Revenue, receipt for special tax of J. Bliss, December 14, 1869. 1p. D.S.
   Hill & Cowen to George D. Munger dtd Defiance, OH, July 15, 1870. 1p. L.S.
   Power of attorney of George D. and Eunice Munger and John and F. P. Bliss appointing Almond L.
       Bliss of Adrian, MI their lawful attorney, n.d., 1871, 1p. Document.
   Munn & Co. to J. Bliss, preliminary examination report for improvement in grinding mills, March 10,
       1873. #31.829. 2pp. D.S. w/sketch.

Folder 2 - Alonzo Pangburn (Deeds):
   Boyd J. Mercer to A. Pangburn, deed for part of Inlot #52 in village of Cleveland, OH, March 4,
       1831. 2pp. D.S.
   Boyd J. Mercer to A. Pangburn, deed for part of Inlot #52 in village of Cleveland, OH August 1,
       1832. 3pp D.S.
   Boyd J. and Maria Mercer, notice of payment received from A. Pangburn for part of Inlot #52 in
       village of Cleveland, OH, August 1, 1832. 3pp. D.S.
   Libeus and Nabby Pangburn to A. Pangburn, deed for part of Inlot #52 in village of Cleveland, OH.,
       November 1, 1833, 1p. D.S.
   Orison and Betsey Chatham to A. Pangburn, indenture for part of Inlot #52 in village of Cleveland,
       OH, November 5, 1833. 3pp. D.S.
   Thomas and Abigail Parker to A. Pangburn, deed to part of Inlot #52 in village of Cleveland, OH,
       November 5, 1833. 1p. D.S.
   Hiram and Mary Ostrander to A. Pangburn, deed to part of Inlot #34 in Bedford Twp., Cuyahoga
       Co., OH, March 3, 1835. 1p. D.S.
   Isaac Mills to A. Pangburn, deed to part of Inlot #34 in Bedford Twp., Cuyahoga Co., OH, January
       17, 1837. 1p. D.S.
   Agreement between Camp & Clark and A. Pangburn for the sale of certain lands in Bedford Twp.,
       Cuyahoga Co., OH, January 20, 1837. 1p. D.S.
   A. Pangburn to James S. Bangs, indenture for property in the city of Pittsburgh, PA, February 26,
       1839. 3pp. D.S.

Folder 3 - Alonzo Pangburn (Miscellaneous):
   S. M. Ogden, receipt certifying satisfaction with his Toledo Scale manufactured by A. Pangburn, n.d.
       1p. D.S.
   A. Pangburn, petition to the Commissioner of Patents for improvements in sawing machinery,
       Dundee, MI, n.d. 1p. Document.
   W. Gray to A. Pangburn, bill of sale for certain goods, April 21, 1837. 2pp. D.S.
   A. Pangburn, Bill of Section No. 7 on the four mile level under contract of A. Pangburn, May 3,
       1838. 1p. Document.
   Notice of bankruptcy of A. Pangburn, U.S. District Court, District of Ohio, January 19, 1843. 1p.
       D.S.
   [A. Pangburn] to J. C. Merrill, promissory notes, Dundee, MI, November 15, 1869. 
       (4 notes/receipts)
   V. J. Zahm, receipt certifying scales built by A. Pangburn of Fremont, OH to be correct,
       Auditor’s Office, Seneca Co., Tiffin, OH, May 15, 1877. 1p. D.S.
   Toledo Scale Works, receipt signed by A. Pangburn, Toledo, OH, April 18, 1881. 1p. D.S.
   Articles of co-partnership between T. S. Stewart and A. Pangburn under the name Theron S.
       Stewart’s Toledo Scale Works, July 26, 1882. 3pp D.S.

Folder 4 - Charles F. Pohlman (Deeds & Receipt):
   Timothy Rearden to C. F. Pohlman, warranty deed for part of Inlot #155 in Fremont, OH, April 20,
       1891. 1p. D.S.
   C. F. Pohlman to Geo. A. Heim, mortgage deed to part of Inlot #155 in Fremont, OH, October 11,
       1893. 1p. D.S.
   Receipt dtd Fremont, OH, October 11, 1893, to Geo. A. Heim [signature is cut off].
   C. F. Pohlman to Fremont Savings Bank, mortgage deed for Inlot #926 in Fremont, OH, January 18,
       1897. 3pp. D.S.
   Geo. W. & Nettie Bernhisel to Fremont Savings, mortgage deed for Inlot #974 in Fremont, OH, n.d.
       1p. D.S.

Folder 5 - Charles F. Pohlman (Certificates):
   Certificate of his election as sheriff of Sandusky Co., OH by Thomas L. Young, Gov. of Ohio,
       November 13, 1877. 1p. D.S.
   Certificate of his election as sheriff of Sandusky Co., OH by Richard M. Bishop, Gov. of Ohio,
       November 28, 1879. 1p. D.S.
   Warrant for the arrest of Michael Kearney, alias W. F. Goodward, for crime of burglary, September
       28, 1880. 1p. D.S.
   Certificate of his election to office of justice of the peace for Sandusky Twp., Sandusky Co., OH, by
       Charles Foster, Gov. of Ohio, May 18, 1882. 1p. D.S.

Folder 6 - Charles F. Pohlman (Receipts & Subpoenas):
   Ohio Penitentiary, receipts for prisoners received from C. F. Pohlman as sheriff of Sandusky Co.,
       OH. 1p. D.S. (4 receipts)
               No. 156 dtd February 11, 1878 - James O’Neal and William Davis
               No. 619 dtd December 4[?], 1879 - William Winters and William Zimmerman
               No. 961 dtd March 9, 1881 - John Welch
               No. 1106 dtd November 25, 1881 - James Wall, Michael Rodgers, Frank Kennedy, Jas.
                    Brady, Jno. Conners, and Timothy Quillen
   Subpoena to Adam Hensel, et al., June 19, 1882. 1p. D.S.
   Subpoena to John Roush, et al., June 28, 1882. 1p. D.S.
   Subpoena to Jacob Mitchell, et al., August 24, 1882. 1p. D.S.
   Subpoena to Mrs. Noah Eversoles, et al., August 26, 1882. 1p. D.S. (2 copies of subpoena).
   Subpoena to Christian Kline, et al., August 26, 1882. 1p. D.S.
   Summons to any constable in Sandusky Co., OH, issued by C. F. Pohlman, June 15, 1882. 1p. D.S.
   Receipts from Auditor’s Office, Sandusky, Co., OH for fees collected on convictions of:
       William Winters, No. 30, December 8, 1879. In the amount of $40.66.
       William Zimmerman, No. 31, December 8, 1879. In the amount of $81.41.
       Each receipt - 1p. D.S. (2 receipts).
   Promissory note, C. F. Pohlman to Fremont Savings Bank, July 18, 1897. Stamped "Fremont
       Savings Bank Fremont, Ohio PAID JAN-4-1900"

Folder 7 - Charles F. Pohlman:
   Sheriff’s proclamation for general elections to be held 2nd Tuesday of October, 1878 issued by C. F.
       Pohlman, September 5, 1878. 1p. Printed flier.

Folder 8 - Charles F. Pohlman (Miscellaneous):
   Verdict, Chas. Boyer vs. S. B. Waggoner, n.d. 1p. D.S.
   Summons issued by C. F. Pohlman, Justice of the Peace ordering James Hufford and others to
       appear as jurors in a pending case, August 26, 1882. 2p. D.S.
   Judgement, Chas. Boyer vs. S. B. Waggoner, August 31, 1882. 1p. D.S. (Appeal bond).
   C. F. Pohlman, Jr. to Clerk of Courts, Norwalk, OH dtd Fremont, OH, January 27, 1887. 1p.
       T.L.S. w/notation by A. M. Beattie.
   F. J. Giebel to C. F. Pohlman dtd Fremont Savings Bank, Fremont, OH, January 5, 1900. 1p.
       A.N.S.
   [P. ?] to C. F. Pohlman dtd St. Mary’s Priory, 614 Pressley St., N.S., Pittsburgh, PA, June 14,
       1924. 1p. A.L.S.

Folder 9 - Charles F. Pohlman (Jail Registers):
Registers of jail fees, June 24, 1878 - April 3, 1882. (16 sheets). Each sheet contains the following
    types of information: names of those committed, offense, date of commitment, date of discharge, no.
    of days held, cost of board, no. of times appeared before the court, and total cost for the prisoners.

Folder 10 - Charles F. Pohlman (John Welch Death Warrant):
   Death warrant issued by Sandusky County Court of Common Pleas ordering John Welch be hanged
       for the crime of murder, July 12, 1880. 1p. D.S.

Folder 11 - Charles F. Pohlman (John Welch Case Correspondence):
   Jno. M. Wilcox to C. F. Pohlman dtd Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Co., Cleveland, OH, November
       16, 1880. 2pp. A.L.S.
   Jno. M. Wilcox to C. F. Pohlman dtd Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Co., Cleveland, OH, November
       19, 1880. 1p. A.N.S.
   James Craig to C. F. Pohlman dtd Cleveland, OH, November 24, 1880. 1p. A.L.S.
   James Craig to C. F. Pohlman dtd Cleveland, OH, November 26, 1880. 1p. A.L.S.
   F. D. Mussey to C. F. Pohlman dtd State of Ohio, Executive Department, Columbus, OH,
       November 30, 1880. 2pp. L.S.
   Chas. Foster to C. F. Pohlman dtd Columbus, OH, November 30, 1880. 1p. Telegram.
   E. T. Hall to C. F. Pohlman dtd Columbus, OH, [February], 1881. 1p. Telegram.
   F. D. Mussey to C. F. Pohlman dtd Columbus, OH, [February], 1881. 1p. Telegram.
   E. T. Hall to C. F. Pohlman dtd State of Ohio, Executive Department, Columbus, OH, March 2,
       1881. 1p. A.L.S.

Folder 12 - Charles F. Pohlman (John Welch Miscellaneous):
  
James Craig, receipt for $55.00 for manufacture of hangman’s rope, Cleveland, OH, December,
       1880.1p. D.S. [handwritten receipt].
   Penciled statement of Mary Eisenbeis, n.d. 3pp.
   Newspaper clipping re. to hanging of John Welch, February 23, 1881.
   [Fremont Democratic] Messenger Extra, February 24, 1881. Printed flier.

Folder 13 - Miscellaneous:
   Thos. P. Remington, Abraham Rex, and John Ely to H. Culver dtd Philadelphia, PA, March 15,
       1861. 1p. Printed letter.
   Joseph and Elizabeth Cory to First Wesleyan Methodist Church, warranty deed for Inlot #56 in
       village of Metamora [Sandusky Twp., OH], December 4, 1861. 2pp. D.S.

Folder 14 - Charles F. Pohlman:
   Oath of Allegiance to U.S. dtd District Court, Tiffin, OH, September 4, 1855. 1p. D.S.
   Citizenship Certificate dtd Court of Common Pleas, Wood Co., Perrysburg, OH, October 4, 1855.
       1p. D.S.
   Appointment as Gatekeeper on the Western Reserve and Maumee Turnpike dtd Office of Board of
       Pubic Works, Columbus, OH, April 13, 1858. 1p. D.S.
   Certificate of Appointment as Collector of Tolls at Gate No. 3 on the Western Reserve and Maumee
       Road dtd Public Works of Ohio, March 31, 1859. 1p. D.S.
   Appointment as Democratic Advisory Committeeman for Sandusky Co., OH, dtd Columbus, OH,
       September 20, 1886. 1p. Printed.

Folder 15 - Charles F. Pohlman (Photographs):
   HN#3803 - Cabinet card of Charles F. Pohlman, Sr.
   HN#3804 - Photograph of Charles F. Pohlman, Sr. and Josephine Fredericks (young girl).
   HN#3805 - Photograph of Charles F. Pohlman, Jr.

Folder 16 - Charles F. Pohlman (Miscellaneous Photocopies)

Transferred to Museum: Handcuffs used by Sheriff Pohlman on John Welch.

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