Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Dr. John Alfred Yochem, Sr.
Scope and Content
These records were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2012.
Dr. Alfred Yochem, Sr. was born in 1903 in Sandusky, Ohio, to Charles and Rose (Schneider) Yochem. Dr. Yochem studied pre-medicine at the University of Notre Dame and Western Reserve University. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University in 1930 and opened his practice in Sandusky in 1931. His office was located at 252-254 Wayne Street. Dr. Yochem served two years as the Erie County Coroner and also served on the board of the Erie County Children’s Home. Dr. Yochem was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Erie County Medical Society. He was also a member of the staffs of Providence and Good Samaritan Hospitals. His wife was the former Margaret Schweinfurth of Sandusky and they had three children: Valeria Jean Yochem, John A. Yochem, Jr. and Daniel R. Yochem. Their family home was located at 1014 Central Avenue in Sandusky. His sister, Val (Yochem) Curtin resided in the Boston area. Dr. Yochem died in his automobile while returning from a hospital call on January 1, 1955 at the age of 52.
Scope and Content
The personal notebook of Dr. Yochem, spanning the years from 1933 to 1938, contain 283 records of deaths in Erie County, Ohio kept by Dr. Yochem during his years as Erie County Coroner. The majority of the cases are from 1934 to1936. Each record contains the name of the deceased, address, date of death, and the cause of death determined by Dr. Yochem. Because of the fragile nature of the notebook, photocopies have been made of each page for public use. The names, dates of death, places of death, and ages have been added to the Ohio Obituary Index http://index.rbhayes.org/hayes/index/