Rutherford B. Hayes
Presidential
Center

 

Victor J. Zahm

 

LH-177

 


Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

The Victor J. Zahm was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 1975 by Mr. Howard Mills.

Biographical Sketch

Victor J. Zahm was born in Tolford, Huron County, Ohio, March 7l, 1837. His parents J. M. and Henrietta (Lang) Zahm, immigrated to the United States in 1832 and 1833 respectively. They were married in Tiffin, Ohio, May 1835. In 1838, they left Tolford and moved to Buffalo, New York, where they resided until 1846 when they returned to Tiffin.

Victor attended the public schools and assisted his father in the mercantile business. At the age of fifteen, he entered the office of the Advertiser as an apprentice to the printing business. In October 1861, he enlisted in the Third Ohio Cavalry as a first lieutenant. He served as adjutant to the Sixth Battalion until September 1862. When the cavalry service was reorganized, he was honorably discharged. He returned to the printing trade, and in 1868, Zahm became the publisher of the Unsery Flagge, a German paper published in Tiffin by his father. After a year, circulation waned. In 1870, Zahm purchased an interest in the Ohio Eagle in Lancaster, Ohio, but poor health forced him to return to Tiffin. Two years later he ventured into the printing business in Toledo, Ohio. Once again, failing health forced him to close his business.

In 1875, Zahm married Janet C. Lamberson, daughter of William and Mary Lamberson. He served as clerk in the Seneca County auditor’s offices. In 1876, he was elected county auditor, a position he held for the next several terms. Zahm died in 1885.

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence between Victor J. Zahm and his parents, siblings Charles, Johanna, Lewis and Otto, and other members of his family during and after the Civil War. The collection also contains nine diaries (1858-1882), account and memorandum books kept by Victor J. Zahm, and numerous miscellaneous items including railroad ticket stubs and passes, calling cards, and newspaper clippings. There is also some material on the Lamberson and Mills families, relatives of the Zahms, four letters written by Rutherford B. and Lucy Webb Hayes, and items pertaining to James A. Garfield and John Brough. The Hayes letters were removed from the collection and placed in the Rutherford B. Hayes Papers. Photocopies of the originals appear in the collection.

Inventory

Ac. 3000
ca. 200 items

ANONYMOUS
    To Janet Lamberson dtd n.p., n.d.

BAUER, Rev. S[eraphin]
    To S. C. Lamberson dtd Fremont, O., Feb. 23, 1895

BREWER, N[elson] L.
    To [?] dtd Ft. C. F. Smith, Va., Jly. 4, 1864 [w/ notations by M[ichael] Sullivan, W. [S.] Cogswell, and
        J. V. Park]

COURCHAINE, A. W.
    To Victor J. Zahm dtd Port Clinton, O., Mch. 16, 1883

FORCE, [C.]
    To [?] dtd Dept. of Prisoners of War, Sandusky, O., Nov. 16, 1863 [w/ notation by S. M. Brooks].

HAYES, Lucy Webb
    To Mrs. Isaac M. Keeler dtd Washington, D.C., Feb 2, 1881, Telegram. [Xeroxed copy, original in
        LWH Papers]

HAYES, Rutherford B.
    To Isaac M. Keeler dtd Washington, D. C., Feb. 4, 1881. Telegram. [Xeroxed copy, original in RBH 
        Papers]
    To I[saac] M. Keeler dtd Exec. Mansion, Washington, D. C., Feb. 14, [1881] Telegram. [Xeroxed copy,
        original in RBH Papers]
    To S.C. Lamberson dtd Spiegel Grove, Fremont, O., Jne. 29, 1889 [Xeroxed copy, original in RBH Papers]

LAMBERSON, Nett
    To "Dear Nan" dtd Feb. 8, 1875

MURRAY, D. A.
    To "Sir" dtd Hdqtrs. 3rd Ohio Cavalry, Jne. 6, 1862

SCHOONOVER, T. R.
    To Mrs. Janett C. Zahm dtd Fostoria, O., n.d.

SMILE, J. P.
    To R. R. Mills dtd Air Line Junction, Sept. 20, 1920

STURGES, H. H.
    To "Dear Sir" dtd Mansfield, O., Jly. 21, 1897. Typed letter

VAN WEST, Joseph
    To S. C. Lamberson dtd Sheriff’s Office, Seneca Co., O., Feb. 26, 1896

ZAHM, Charles
    To VJZ dtd Port Clinton, O., Apr. 9, 1880
    To VJZ dtd Port Clinton, O., Aug. 12, 1880
    To VJZ dtd Catawba Is., O., Mch. 3, 1881
    To VJZ dtd Port Clinton, O., May 16, 1881
    To VJZ dtd Port Clinton, O., Jly. 14, 1881
    To VJZ dtd Port Clinton, O., Jly. 19, 1881
    To VJZ dtd Port Clinton, O., Mch. 16, 1883
    To VJZ dtd Sandusky, O., Mar. 22, 1883
    To VJZ dtd Catawba Is., O., Apr. 1, 1883

ZAHM, J. C.
    To H. H. Sturges dtd n.p., [1897]

ZAHM, Lewis
    To VJZ dtd. Monroeville, O., Jly. 31, 1862
    To VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Jly. 21, 1879
    To VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Aug. 1, 1879
    To VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Dec. 2, 1879 [w/notation by VJZ dtd Dec. 10, 1879]
    To VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Oct. 27, 1880
    To VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Nov. 21, 1880
    To VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Nov. 9, 1881
    To VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Nov. 18, 1881
    To VJZ dtd [Seneca, Kas.], May 27, 1882
    To VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Feb. 6, 1884
    To Jeanette Lamberson dtd Seneca, Kas., Mch 27, 1886

ZAHM, Victor J.
    To [?] dtd n.p., n.d., [Incomplete]
    To [?] dtd n.p., n.d.
    To "Dear Father" dtd. Camp Worcester, Monroeville, O., Nov. 12, 1861
    To "Dear Father" dtd Camp Worcester, Monroeville, O., Nov. 15, 1861
    To Johanna Zahm dtd Camp Worcester, Monroeville, O., Dec. 22, 1861
    To "Dear Father" dtd. Camp Dennison, O., Jan. 17, 1862
    To [Johanna Zahm] dtd Camp Dennison, O., Jan. 23, 1862
    To "Dear Father" dtd Camp Dennison, O., Jan. 29, 1862
    To [?] dtd [Camp Dennison, O.] Feb. 6, 1862
    To "Dear Father" dtd Camp Dennison, O., Feb. 9, 1862
    To "Dear Father" dtd Camp Wright, Jeffersonville, Ind., Feb. 14, 1862
    To "Dear Father" dtd Camp Wright, Jeffersonville, Ind., Feb. 27, 1862
    To "Dear Folks" dtd Woodsonville, Ky., Mch. 8, 1862
    To "Dear Father" dtd Camp Andrew Jackson, Nashville, Tenn., Mch. 28, 1862
    To "Dear Folks" dtd Columbia, Tenn., Apr. 1, 1862
    To "Dear Josephine" dtd Savannah, Tenn., Apr. 14, 1862
    To "Dear Father" dtd Savannah, Tenn., Apr. 22, 1862
    To "Johanna, Charles, Julia, Babetta and Boots" dtd between Pittsburg, Tenn. and Corinth, Miss., May 6, 
        1862
    To "Buck, Bub, and Lis" dtd In camp close by the enemy, May 18, 1862
    To [Johanna Zahm] dtd Corinth, Miss., Jne. 9, 1862
    To Johanna Zahm dtd Turcumbia, Ala., Jne. 19, 1862
    To Charles Zahm dtd Tuscumbia, Ala., Jne. 20, 1862
    To "Dear Parents" dtd Tuscumbia, Ala., Jne. 24, 1862
    To Johanna Zahm dtd Tuscumbia, Ala., Jne. 22, 1862
    To Johanna Zahm dtd Mooresfield, Ala., Jly. 5, 1862
    To Johanna Zahm dtd Woodville, Ala., Jly. 14, 1862
    To Johanna Zahm dtd Woodville, Ala., Jly. 24, 1862
    To "Dear Folks" dtd Woodville, Ala., Aug. 3, 1862
    To Johanna Zahm dtd Woodville, Ala., Aug. 5, 1862
    To "Dear Mother and Father" dtd Fort C. F. Smith, Arlington Heights, Va., May 21, 1864
    To "Dear Folks" dtd Fort C. F. Smith, Arlington Heights, Va., May 30, 1864
    To Charles Zahm dtd Fort C. F. Smith, Va. Jne.6, 1864 [Incomplete]
    To Johanna Zahm dtd Fort C. F. Smith, Va., Jne.11, 1864
    To Otto [Zahm] dtd Fort C. F. Smith, Va., Jly. 20, 1864
    To Charles Zahm dtd Fort C. F. Smith, Va., Aug. 9, 1864
    To "Dear Parents" dtd Fort C. F. Smith, Va., Aug. 14, 1864
    To "Dear Folks" dtd Bucyrus, O., May 27, 1865
    To [Liaban Hertar] dtd Bucyrus, O., Jne. 21, 1865 (written in Hungarian)
    To "Dear Folks" dtd Lancaster, O., Jne. 21, 1870
    To [Otto Zahm] dtd Toledo, O., Nov. 25, 1873
    To "Dearest Nett" dtd. Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 19, 1876
    To "Dearest Nett and Willie" dtd Tiffin, O., Sept. 16, 1877
    To [Lewis Zahm] dtd [Tiffin, O.], Dec. 10, 1879 [see letter, Lewis Zahm to VJZ dtd Seneca, Kas., Dec. 2,
        1879]
    To "Dear Nett" dtd Oneida, Kas., Dec. 7, 1881

Miscellaneous items
1. Obituary notice of John W. Lester dtd Feb. 9, n.y.
2. Nine diaries kept by Victor J. Zahm dtd 1858, 1861-1863, 1865, 1868, 1872, 1880, and 1881
3. Induction certificate of Victor J. Zahm dtd Dec. 18, 1861
4. General Orders No. 37 dtd Hdqtrs., Army of the Ohio, Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 1, 1862
5. Certificate dtd 49th O. V. I., Jly. 9, 1863
6. Induction certificate of VJZ into 164th O. N. G. dtd May 11, 1864
7. Discharge papers of VJZ dtd Cleveland, O., Aug. 27, 1864
8. Account book dtd 1877-1900
9. Record of debits and credits dtd Seneca Co., Auditor, Nov. 7, 1877
10. Newspaper clipping pertaining to the assassination of President James A. Garfield dtd Jly. 2, 1881
11. Small memorandum book belonging to VJZ dtd 1882
12. Miscellaneous notations dtd [1882-1883]
13. Account book, National Exchange Bank, Tiffin, O., belong to VJZ dtd [1885-1894]
14. Funeral notice of VJZ dtd Tiffin, O., Aug. 28, 1885
15. Funeral notice of Anna Mary Lamberson dtd. Tiffin, O., Feb. 4, 1887
16. Promissory note signed by S. C. Lamberson and Janett C. Zahm dtd Fremont, O., Sept. 10, 1887
17. Three deposit slips of S. C. Lamberson dtd Fremont Savings Bank, Fremont, O., Dec. 10, 1887 and Jne. 
        10, 1888
18. Funeral notice of Lucy Webb Hayes dtd Fremont,O., Jne., 1889
19. Fremont High School graduation announcement, class of 1895
20. Receipt issued to Mary M. Lamberson dtd Tiffin, O., Mch. 26, 1896
21. Sixty-six assorted ticket stubs, railroad passes, calling cards, small newspaper clippings, etc.
22. Four small snapshots dtd n.d., photographer unknown. [see Mills folder]
23. Three pocket wallets, two engraved V. J. Zahm
24. Manuscript about George Washington’s early military career dtd n.d. (Graduation essay)
25. Manuscript written in pencil about gravity dtd n.d. (Graduation essay)
26. Manuscript entitled "Trifles" n.d.
27. Portions of incomplete letter n.d.
28. Newspaper clipping about the death of Scott R. Hayes
29. Newspaper clipping entitled: "John Brough an Old Democrat" n.d.

Transferred to Badges and Ribbons Collection (SP-18)
a. Red, white, blue streamers
b. 24th Reunion of Sandusky County Pioneer and Historical Society, Fremont, Ohio, August 26th, 1896 
    "Homer Everett"
c. 26th Reunion of Sandusky County Pioneer and Historical Society, Fremont, Ohio, September 1,1898. "Rev.
    Henry Lang"
d. Souvenir woven in the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, 1893
e. Dark blue ribbon (not printed)
f. Gold ribbon printed "Reception Committee"
g. Narrow, gold ribbon (not printed)
h. Blue ribbon printed "Fremont Cycling & Athletic Club, Fremont, Ohio"
i. Blue Ribbon printed "Committee, Sherman Lodge, No. 111, A.O.U.W., Fremont, Ohio
j. Ribbon, printed "Big Meet at Tiffin, O., Thursday, October 11th, Finest Mile Track in the Country. Big prizes.
   Under the auspices of Seneca Cyclers."

Transferred to the Library
History of Seneca County
, by W. Lang, Transcript Printing Co., Springfield, Ohio, 1880

Transferred to Currency Collection
Fractional Currency, 10 cents, series of 1874

Transferred to Map Collection
One cut portion of map of states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, n.d.

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