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 of Fremont 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