Ford Family Reunion Held August 2012

Carlton and Rozella Ford, Edwin, Darrel, and Dema in 1915 or 1916 – Paul, Dallas, Glen, and Robert (not pictured) were born after 1916

A reunion for all living descendents of Carlton A. Ford (1887-1979) and Rozella Elizabeth Nebergall (Ford) was held on August 11, 2012 at Heritage Park, 1772 Reed Rd. in Lima, Ohio. The previous reunion was held in 2003.

Gilbert Ford provided an outstanding array of door prizes from his salvage business. Other door prizes were donated by Zuma Bouchard, Paula Painter, and Jacklyn Moore. Paul and Julia Ford provided the delicious pulled pork and beef sandwich meat along with hamburger buns.

A big thank you to all who came from near and far. Everyone had a wonderful time of food, fellowship, and fun!

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots — Marcus Garvey


The Antique Spinning Wheel

Zuma demonstrates weaving on a loom

In 1998, after moving to Arizona, Zuma Alberta Bouchard (Diller), third child of Dema Marie Diller (Ford), took up the craft of weaving. “I am using the loom mom used and have her spinning wheel that was passed down through the Diller family,” remarks Zuma in a May, 2012 letter she wrote to her cousin, Paula Painter (Ford). She has entered her handwoven items in fiber art shows locally and at conventions in Durango, Tucson, and Casa Grande.

Zuma helps Emma Ackerley with some of the finer points of fiber arts

As a member of the Twisted Threads Fiber Guild, Zuma uses her talent to demonstrate hand-spinning, weaving, and various other needlecraft tecniques to the public. The Guild is especially interested in inspiring the younger generation to learn these crafts.

The late Dema Marie Diller using the antique spinning wheel now in the possession of her daughter, Zuma Bouchard

Zuma plans to attend the upcoming Ford Family Reunion in August, 2012. She might even bring one of her projects for a doorprize.

One question remains; what family member will be the next owner of the antique spinning wheel?

Handmade Pajamas

Children of Paul Willette and Margaret Lucille Ford (1950)
Left to right ~ Paul Jr, Jacklyn, Paula, and Barbara
Daniel, born in 1951, not pictured

My memories of Grandma and Grandpa Ford are good memories. We often spent time at their house on Sunday afternoons. Everyone took food to add to what grandma fixed. They had lots of grandchildren and we would all run around and play mostly hide-and-seek. One year grandma made each of us pajamas for Christmas. What made them so special was that she sewed them by hand. I was only nine or ten years old at the time and was quite impressed. She didn’t have a sewing machine; probably because grandpa was a preacher and there wasn’t enough money for such luxuries. During the summers I loved staying with grandma and grandpa for one whole week. Grandma was a country woman and worked hard. She collected rainwater in a barrel and used it to wash her hair. I remember as if it were yesterday brushing her long hair while she sat on a chair near the garden. Summers were special! I don’t remember as much about grandpa and although he did spend time with us, my memories aren’t as warm and fuzzy as those I have of grandma.

by Barbara Jean Miles (Ford)

‘Wart-Remover’ Guru

1945 photo of sisters, Paula Joann (left) and Barbara Jean (right), daughters of Margaret and Paul Ford

As a child I remember how much respect I had for grandpa. But, this one particular time my respect turned to fear. Grandpa was a regular ‘wart-remover’ guru. And wouldn’t you know I had one on my knee that tore just about every time I fell. Grandma, one of the kindest people I ever knew, assured me that all would be well. As a five year old child this seemed like major surgery to me. While sitting in her rocking chair just under the clock where Grandpa kept his wart remover, Grandma heisted me up on her lap. Feeling brave and safe in grandma’s arms, I let grandpa put the acid on the wart. That wasn’t so bad, but when he lit the match, that was bad! I just knew I was going to catch on fire. That’s when I let out a blood curdling scream. When my tirade ended I realized I hadn’t felt a thing and to this day the wart has never come back. Grandpa was so good at what he did. And the ‘you were so brave’ kiss from grandma made it all worthwhile.

by Paula Joann Painter (Ford)

Do any of you remember the verse grandpa taught us in Yiddish of Jesus Loves Me? I remember it well and taught it to my children. This may be a question we ask at the reunion for a door prize.

The Victory Trio

Left to Right - Judy Williams, Mary Braun, and Penny Ford

I’ve known that cousin Penny Lee Ford has traveled all over the country singing and evangelizing for the past 40+ years. But, I have never had the privilege of attending one of her events.

Recently, while talking with her on the phone, Penny graciously offered to send me the CD, “We Will Give The Glory To Jesus” recorded by The Victory Trio in 2004 before Judy, their key speaker, was called home to be with her Heavenly Father.

Penny is not only a talented pianist and singer, but she has written many of the songs used in her ministry, including the song for which the above CD was named.

Please take a moment and listen to The Victory Trio singing “We Will Give The Glory To Jesus.

Penny’s 89 year old mother, Aunt Lila, has been traveling with Penny and Mary since the untimely death of her youngest daughter, Judy Joann Sheidler (Ford), in 2011.

Ford Related Couple Honored for Long-Time Service


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Marvin and Lucy Diller of Pandora, Ohio Honored by Pandora's Hilty Home, March 31, 2012

The eldest son of the late Elmer and Dema Marie Diller (Ford), Marvin, and his wife Lucy were recognized by the Hilty Memorial Home for their long-time service over the past 35 years. The “Transition To Home” wing of the retirement center was dedicated in their honor.

Diller began his service on what was called The Board of Nursing Homes Reference Committee before Hilty Memorial Home began building in 1977.

Marvin and Lucy were friends of Margaret Hilty, whose farm was bequeathed to the Missionary Church in order for a nursing home to be built in Pandora, Ohio.

Read the full article written by Fred Steiner in the Tuesday, April 3, 2012 issue of the Bluffton News.

Notable Events of 1887

The Year Carlton A. Ford was Born

Since Carlton A. Ford was born in 1887, I thought it would be interesting to research some historic events that took place that year. Below are just a few that stood out for me.
Wouldn’t it be fun to put together some 1887 trivia questions to ask at the reunion. There would be a doorprize to whomever has the most knowledge of the events that have been posted.
You can help by doing a web search and find some events to add to this list.
So, what are you waiting for, go surfing today for some really good 1887 trivia that will stump the most astute Ford genuises.
Click on “Leave a Comment” and add your trivia link. Thank you!

Anne Sullivan teaches Helen Keller

Anne Sullivan begins teaching Helen Keller: Anne Sullivan arrived at Keller’s house in March 1887, and immediately began to teach Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand, beginning with “d-o-l-l” for the doll that she had brought Keller as a present.

Arizona and the Southwest experienced a major earthquake: On May 3, 1887 a historic earthquake caused several dozen deaths, damaged buildings as far away as Phoenix, generated rockfalls, fires, and caused panic among the population.

Pearl Harbor, on the Island of Oahu, is leased by the U.S. from Hawaii for a naval station

First Sherlock Holmes’ story “A Study In Scarlet” published

Three momentous events occurred in Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1887

Murder in 1887 Rahway, New Jersey – The woman is still unidentified to this day, and that is why she is still so fascinating to crime sleuths.

November 11, 1887 – 4 of 8 Anarchists Hanged for Inciting Riot and Murder: A bombing took place at a labor demonstration at Haymarket Square in Chicago.

The Rocky Mountains Park Act becomes law in Canada, creating that nation’s first national park, Banff National Park

Queen Victoria of Britain celebrates The Golden Jubilee, a grand national celebration of her 50th year as Queen in 1887

First American Golf Club – In 1887 the Foxburg Golf Club was organized, and Joseph Fox provided the land upon which to build a golf course located in Foxburg, Pennsylvania. It is the oldest golf course “in continuous use” in the United States.

Grover Cleveland was 22nd President when Gpa was born. He served from 1885-1889 – trivia information presented by Paula Painter (Ford)

Jimmy Carter was 39th president when he died. He served from 1977-1981 – trivia information presented by  Paula Painter (Ford)


Can’t remember the year, but one Halloween, my sister, Paula and I devised a senister plan to trick Grandpa Ford, which Dad eagerly approved. Disguising ourselves, dad drove us to Grandpa Ford’s house to trick-or-treat. With watchtower pamphlets in hand we pretended to be jehovah witnesses. Grandpa’s reaction was not exactly one of acceptance considering he had spent most of his life as a holiness preacher. Our dad was hiding in the bushes listening and chuckling. Grandpa really wanted to get rid of us, so before he could slam the door we revealed our identity. He laughed and invited us inside. At that point Dad climbed out of the bushes and that Halloween evening the three of us enjoyed a good visit with Grandpa and Elzora. We probably left with a handful of candy, but can’t remember for sure.

by Jacklyn Jay Moore (Ford)