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Wedow, Captain John F.

My great grandparents lived in Marine City. I found my grandmother, Sarah Jeannette Love Wedow on the 1870 census. She was 13 years old at the time. She married John Frederick Wedow on December 2, 1875, at the Episcopal Church (not sure if there was more than one, that is how it is described in the clipping I have describing their 20th anniversary party). John F. Wedow immigrated from Germany about 1862. The obituary contains most of the information I have on him. John Wedow also owned a schooner, the Joseph Paige, which was lost in a storm off Vermilion Point, Lake Superior, in December 1897. I did find that in that information on the web at the David Swayze Great Lakes Shipwreck File.

Sarahove Wedow was listed in the 1870 census of St. Clair County, page 164R). Along with Sarah are 4 other Loves, ranging in age from 8 to 14 (Maggie, Charles, Adam and Isabelle). There were no adults listed at that house with the name Love. I have been unable to determine why they were living there, or what happened to the parents. Sarah died in Cleveland in 1902 at the age of 45.

J.F. Wedow

Captain J.F. Wedow, sixty-six, 1832 E. 90th st., member of the firm Mitchell & Co., vessel agents, Rockefeller building, Monday was almost instantly killed when he was struck by an automobile while waiting for a street car at Hough Ave. and Crawford Rd. Wedow was on his way to his office. He failed to see the approaching automobile, which according to police, was driven by Dr. Isador Zwick, 5116 Woodland ave., who was unable to stop before striking Wedow. The injured man was carried into the Hellwig & Co. drug store 8611 Hough ave., where first aid was administered. Wedow died in St. Luke’s hospital. Doctors at the hospital say his skull was fractured. Wedow was the father of Jack Wedow and "Chuck" Wedow, former East High football starts, Jack was one of the greatest quarterbacks, leading East High to several championships and ending his local career in 1904. Later he went to Morgan Park school in Chicago and Marietta college making a name for himself on those gridirons there. "Chuck" played on East’s eleven in 1910 and was a star quarterback.

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Tuesday, November 23, 1915

Brings Death to John F. Wedow, Pioneer in Lake Shipping Trade

By the sudden death yesterday of John F. Wedow, who was run down by an automobile, the marine business of the Great Lakes lost one of its oldest and best known members. For more than a quarter of a century Mr. Wedow was closely affiliated with lake shipping and especially the lumber business. He began his career as an owner of lake ships at Marine City and was associated with Capts. John and Alfred Mitchell all of that time. At the time of his death he owned the bare Troy, was a partner in Mitchell & Co., vessel agents and secretary of the Cleveland Steamship co., which the companies consolidated under that name, he helped organize. The accident that caused his death happened at E 86th st and Hough-av N.E. about 8 o’clock yesterday morning as he was about to board a car to go to his office in the Rockefeller building. A machine, which, according to the police, was driven by Dr. Isadore Zwick, 5116 Woodland-av, ran him down. He was carried into Hellwig & Co..’s drug store at 86121 Hough-av and from there to St. Luke’s hospital, where he died an hour after the accident. Mr. Wedow was born in Germany 66 years ago. At 13 he came to the United States, going to Detroit. He worked for his board on a farm near Detroit until he completed his education, then became a clerk in store in Detroit. From there he went to Marine City, where be became manager of the Marine City Stove Co.’s store. For years he was active in Democratic politics in Michigan and was the first postmaster at Marine City. He was member of the Masonic order. Twenty-six years ago he came to Cleveland and with Capt. John Mitchell and John C. Fitzgerald formed Mitchell & Co., which a few years later took in Capt. Alfred Mitchell. Later Capt. John Mitchell, manager of the Cleveland Steamship Co., and Mr. Fitzgerald withdrew from the firm which was continued by Capt. Alfred Mitchell and Mr. Wedow. Mr. Wedow is survived by four sons and three daughters. His wife, who was Sarah Jeanette Love of Marine City, died thirteen years ago. His sons, Adam A., J. D., J. F. jr., and C. L. and his sons-in law, F. W. Sinram, John, C. Wallace, and J. S. Kirk McWatters, will be the active pall bearers. Capt. John Mitchell, Loftus Cuddy, C. C. Canfield, A. C. Dustin, H. S Hills. J. D. Mitchell, R. D. Mitchell, Capt Al Mitchell, E. L. Fisher, E. E. Teare, Judge George Addams, It. T. Bowman, Alfred Rusbach, Fred Leckie and J. S. Manuel will be honorary pall bearers. Mr. Wedow lived at 1832 E. 90th-st., fut the funeral will be held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sinram, 1894 E. 101-st. At 2:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev. R. W. Woodroofe of Emanuel Episcopal church will conduct the services. Burial will be held at Lakeview cemetery.

Burials 1915
Nov. 17–596–Charles Leroy Richardson
Nov. 24– 597–John Frederick Wedow
Nov. 26–598–Carlos Merrill Sturtevant

submitted by Elizabeth Daly