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The Family & Descendants of Franklin Drake and Melissa (Hatfield) Drake

 Photos contributed by Michelle Holmes, the great great granddaughter of Franklin and Melissa (Hatfield) Drake through their daughter Bessie Drake who married John William Retallick.

13 Feb 2010 email from Michelle Holmes:
"I have Melissa C. Hatfield Drake's bible. These photos were originally Grandmother Bessie's and then her daughter Kay's then to me. I believe that both of these as well as Franklin's were taken in Lebanon. I actually have a fairly large collection of these that I am digitalizing. Grandmother Bessie was very good about putting names on the photos "

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Franklin "Frank" Drake (1839-1870)

Frank was the 2nd son of John B. Drake (1805-1892) and Sarah Evans (1805-1880)
Frank & Melissa Catherine Hatfield were married in Warren County, Ohio on 13 Jan 1870
Frank was a Civil War Veteran

by
Michelle Holmes
14 Feb 2010

Melissa Catherine (Hatfield) Drake (1845-1900)

Melissa was the oldest daughter of John M. Hatfield (1818-1867) and Mary J. Banta (1824-1889)

photo by P. F. Finch, cor. Silver & High Streets [Finch was active in Lebanon Ohio from 1859 to 1889]

by
Michelle Holmes
14 Feb 2010
 

Bessie (Drake) Retallick (1877-1978)

Bessie was the daughter of Frank Drake and Melissa Hatfield. She was married to John William Retallick (1871-1929)

by
Michelle Holmes
14 Feb 2010
 

Katherine Drake Retallick (1913-2001) and her brother William Francis Retallick (1918-2008)
children of John William Retallick & Bessie (Drake) Retallick.

Michelle Holmes 14 Feb 2010 email:
my favorite of Nana & her brother Bill. I'm not sure but I would estimate that this one was taken about 1923 or so.

by
Michelle Holmes
15 Feb 2010
Katherine Drake Retallick by
Michelle Holmes
15 Feb 2010
Katherine Bessie & Bill Retallick 27 Jun 1919 by
Michelle Holmes
15 Feb 2010

Helen Goldie, Katherine & Bill

Michelle Holmes 14 Feb 2010 email:
The picture was labeled "Helen Goldie, Catherine & Bill"
Catherine and Bill Retallick are sister and brother. From Bill's size I would say this was taken in the Fall of 1918.
Goldie & Helen Morris are daughters of Adam & Amilia (Lewis) Morris.

by
Michelle Holmes
15 Feb 2010
 

Katherine Drake Retallick

Michelle Holmes 15 Feb 2010 email:
Lebanon High School Class of 1930 Graduation Photo

by
Michelle Holmes
15 Feb 2010

Gyhnic Party at Elsie Morris' Home

Michelle Holmes 15 Feb 2010 email:
This picture is labeld "Gyhnic party at Elsie Morris' home". I am not sure who Elsie Morris was but Grandpa John W. Retallick's mother was Mary F. Morris so I believe it is a cousin or aunt to Grandpa John
.

by
Michelle Holmes
15 Feb 2010
  Bessie Drake (1877-1978) by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
  John William Retallick (1871-1929) by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
 

John William Retallick Family ca. 1918

John, Bessie, Catherine & William

by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
 

Melissa Catherine Hatfield 1845-1900)

Michelle Holmes 15 Feb 2010 email:
A tin type of Melissa C. Hatfield as an infant. She was born on April 17, 1845 so that puts the photo done in late 1845 or early 1846.

by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
 

John Retallick and unknown family members

Michelle Holmes 15 Feb 2010 email:
Catherine Drake Retallick is the older girl on the right of the picture, her mother Bessie is immediately behind her, John W. Retallick is in the back row with Wm. F. Retallick on his shoulder. From the age of Wm. Retallick and the uniform on the man to the far right of the photo I would place it around 1918 or 1919.

by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
 

Retallick-Fisher Marriage Saturday

Their many friends will be happy to hear of the marriage of Miss Frances Fisher, daughter of Joshua Fisher, and Mr. William F. Retallick, son of Mrs. Bessie Retallick, Sautrday, August 17, in Newport, Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nichols were the attendants of the couple. THe bride was dressed in navy blue with rose trim and accessories of a matching blue shade.
The newlyweds and Mr. and Mrs. Nichols were entertained Saturday night at the home of Mr. Nichols' sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Staten, in Portsmouth.
Both the birde and groom are graduates of Lebanon high shcool. She is employed at the Charles Meis Shoe Company and he on a truck line between Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
They are making their home at 110 North Broadway

Michelle Holmes 15 Feb 2010 email:
Wm. F. Retallick married Francis Jean Fisher August 17, 1940 in Newfort, KY by Rev. J. D. Meyer. Throughout her life Grandmother Bessie read the newspaper everyday, kept and labeled important mementos of the family. The family story goes that her father would not allow her to follow her brother Bert to Normal University so this was her way of following and learning about everything.

by
Michelle Holmes
15 Feb 2010

TOP
Bill inducted in Navy Jan. 22 0 1944, left Jan. 29. Left Cin. Sat. night Jan. 30 at 1:26 A.M. Great Lakes, Ill.
[William F. Retallick was a World War II veteran]

BOTTOM
Appointed
Postmaster Edward S. Ullum has announced the appointment of William F. Retallick as rural mail carrier on Route 2, Lebanon, Mr. Ullum said the appointment would become effective on May 16.
1959

by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
Prominent Leader Heeds
Final Call

photo by Hartshorn
Bert C. Drake

Bert Drake (1872-1928)

SUDDEN DEATH OF BERT DRAKE IS SHOCK TO VILLAGE
Prominent Lebanon Man Was Victim of Heart Attack Saturday
HOLD LAST RITES
At Late Residence Tuesday Afternoon - Many Pay Final Tribute

Funeral services for Bert Drake who died during the night Friday, April 27, and was found in his bed Saturday morning by members of his family, were held Tuesday afternoon at the residence at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Frederick Kirker, minister of the First Presbyterian church of which Mr. Drake has been a member for many years, conducted the services.
Interment was made in Lebanon cemetery. Pallbears were C. F. Lewis, Wilds Gilchrist, J. A. Kilpatrick, Frank Anderson and C. C. Eulass.
Had Been Ill
Mr. Drake some weeks ago had suffered from an attack of the grip and altho he had recovered sufficiently to resume his work, he did not regain his strength. On Friday after an examination his physician advised him to confine himself to his home and remain in bed until his strength recuperated. He had planned to do this and had made arrangements for business at his establishment to continue in his absence. He retired as usual Friday evening. Death overcame him apparently without struggle for he was found dead from heart failure on Saturday morning by members of his family.
Mr. Drake was 55 years old, having been born October 18, 1872. He was the son of Frank and Melissa Drake, whose home was northeast of Lebanon about two miles. He attended the public schools at Genntown and then came to the National Normal University having graduated with the class of 1893.
He entered the coal and grain business, establishing a connection with the firm of Lewis Bros. For about 25 years he was with that firm which during that time became the firm known as Lewis & Drake, a partnership of C. E. Lewis and Mr. Drake. In 1926 Mr. Drake bought out the firm and formed a corporation known as Lewis & Drake, Inc.
Mr. Drake was a man of wide fraternal connections. He was a member of the various Masonic Bodies, the Blue Lodge, the Chapter and Commandery and had served in the various chairs of each of these organizations. He was also a member and past officer of the Eastern Star.
Was To Be Next President.
On Thursday of last week he was elected president of the Lebanon Rotary club, having been elevated from the office of vice president. He would have taken charge of his duties on July 1, the opening of the fiscal year of the club.
In 1925 Mr. Drake was president of the Lebanon Parent-Teachers Association and since the inception of that organization here he had been one of its most active and interested members. In the various civic organizations of the community he had a part and served with distinction because of his active interest in community welfare and progress.
In 1899 Mr. Drake and Miss Velma Booth were married. Six children were born to them, two of whom died in infancy. Surviving are Mrs. Drake, one daughter, Sarah Catherine, a teacher in Xenia high school, and three sons, Howard, a student at Ohio State University; Francis and Robert, both in high school.

Source:  The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday, May 3, 1928, page 1
12 Apr 2010 Email from Michelle Holmes
"Photo 3A from the Photo Album (ca 1894-1896) from the Elizabeth (Fisher) Adams Estate may be Bert Drake. I put the 3A from this album to Bert Drake's pic from the obit I have on our page. The 1894-1896 should be right for his attendance/graduation from NNU.

by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
 

died Oct. 31, 1958
Dr. Warren G. Bradford,
Ball Club Owner, Dead

Dr. Warren G. Bradford, 54, an osteopathic physician and one-time part owner of the Dayton (Ducks) Indians professional baseball club, died yesterday while attending the annual convention of American College of Osteopathic Surgeons at Boston, Mass.
Dr. Bradford, 1918 Little York road, was chairman of the orthopedic surgery department at Grandview hospital and had a private practice at 701 Salem avenue.
Active in sports since youth, he became part owner of the Dayton Ducks in the early paro of World War II when Howard "ducky" Holmes retired. At that time Dr. Bradford was the team's physician.
He Bought Half Share
He bought a half share in the team's franchise, hooked up with the Cleveland Indians as a farm club and entered Dayton in the new Class D Ohio State league. The professional baseball club folded in the early 1950's. However, the doctor's love of athletics did not stop with baseball.
Born in Montgomery county, Dr. Bradford played four years of football in the early 1920's under Coach Rol Bevin. Later he enrolled at the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Missouri and played on the football squad.
Moved To Salem Avenue
After graduating from Kirksville, he came to Dayton in 1929 and set up his practice in the Reibold building. Later he moved to the Salem avenue address.
From 1944-46 he was a resident in orthopedics at Doctors hospital, Columbus.
Dr. Bradford was a former president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and was awarded the degree of fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.
In Dayton he was a member of the Masons, Mercator Civic club and Evangelical United Brethren church. Dr. Bradford was a past president of the Dayton District Osteopathic society and Dayton Osteopathic Luncheon club.
Surviving are his wife, Mary; a daughter, Joan, and a son, Richard.

Michelle Holmes 15 Feb 2010 email:
This obit is for the husband of a cousin of Bessie Drake Retallick, Dr. Warren G. Bradford.

by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
 

Sunday April 17, 1960
Eleanor Wilkins Succumbs at 74

Mrs. Eleanor Wilkins, 76, of 458 East Warren Street, died of a heart attack Sunday morning while en route by ambulance to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. She had lived in Lebanon for many years and was a member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a son, Van Court Wilkins of Leavenworth, Kansas, and a step-son, James Wilkins of St. Augustine, Fla. Both were former Lebanon residents.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oswald Memorial Home, 329 East Mulberry STreet with the Rev. J. T. McHendry officiating. Burial was in Hopkinsville, Ky., Cemetery, Friday

Michelle Holmes 15 Feb 2010 email:
This obit is for a long time employee of Bert Drake's company.

by
Michelle Holmes
16 Feb 2010
 

1st Morris Family Reunion
ca. 1915-16

Michelle Holmes 18 Feb 2010 email:
I am working with some cousins on my Dad's side of the family that have Morris family from Mercer Co., Ohio to my Mother's Morris family in Warren Co. Maybe someone will recognize some of the people in these pictures and help us out with a connection. The pic labeled 1st Morris Reunion is likely taken at Elsie Morris' home. My mother remembers continuing to attend these reunions throughout her childhood in the 1940s. I think this picture was taken around 1915 or 16. Catherine Drake Retallick is in the front center. Bessie (Drake) Retallick is the 4th women standing from the right. John W. Retallick seems to be hidden somewhat behind Bessie.

by
Michelle Holmes
18 Feb 2010
  Roy Michael Hillyer Sr & Jr.
ca. 1947
by
Michelle Holmes
18 Feb 2010
  Back row: Bessie (Drake) Retallick, Catherine Drake (Retallick) Hillyer, Francis (Fisher) Retallick.
Front Row: Betsy Ann & Connie Lynn Hillyer
by
Michelle Holmes
18 Feb 2010
Back Row: Bessie (Drake) Retallick, Velma (Booth) Drake, Sarah Drake, Gracie Retallick
Front Row: Catherine Drake Retallick, Bob Drake, Carl Francis Drake
by
Michelle Holmes
18 Feb 2010
 

Carl Francis Drake
Valedictorian Lebanon High School
Class of 1929

[World War II Veteran]

by
Michelle Holmes
18 Feb 2010
  William Francis &:Francis (Fisher) Retallick
1984
by
Michelle Holmes
21 Feb 2010
  Bessie (Drake) Retallick and granddaughter Betsy Ann Hillyer
12 Apr 1938
by
Michelle Holmes
21 Feb 2010
 

Connie Lynn Hillyer
ca. 1940

Michelle Holmes 21 Feb 2010 email:
Here is my favorite, I don't know who the 2 men are but the little girl is my Mother, Connie Lynn Hillyer. This must have been around 1940ish.

by
Michelle Holmes
21 Feb 2010
 

Retallick Family [?]

Michelle Holmes 22 Feb 2010 email:
This one is of the Retallick's I believe. I found this information on the ancestry message board for the man to the far right in the picture: "James A. W. Harney, who was born about 1852 in Muskingum county Ohio, and attended New Lexington School in Perry County, where it is believed he lived until he joined the army in 1875". The person putting up the posting was looking for his connect to the Retallicks. The women to his left is Katherine Drake (Retallick) Hillyer. I am unsure of the other's in the picture.

by
Michelle Holmes
28 Feb 2010
 

Retallick Children [?]

Michelle Holmes 22 Feb 2010 email:
A picture is of 2 unknown children also seen in the above picture.

by
Michelle Holmes
28 Feb 2010
 

unknown

Michelle Holmes 22 Feb 2010 email:
I do not know who the 2 girls are in the 3rd. picture since they were in Katherine Drake (Retallick) Hillyer's album and not labeled.

 

by
Michelle Holmes
28 Feb 2010
 

Katherine Drake (Retallick) Hillyer and unknown friend

Michelle Holmes 22 Feb 2010 email:
This photo is of Nana (Katherine Drake Retallick) and a friend. They look to be in high school so this would be 1925-1930 when she graduated.

 

by
Michelle Holmes
28 Feb 2010
 

Peter Hatfield Home
near the Old Rock School which was later known as the Rhodes Place.

 

by
Michelle Holmes
7 March 2010
 

John M. & Mary Banta Hatfield Home

 

 

by
Michelle Holmes
7 March 2010

Unidentified building in Lebanon ca. 1900

HELP:
Can anyone undentify this unknown Church and graveyard.

 

by
Michelle Holmes
7 March 2010
 

Bessie Drake Retallick & cousin Stella Jamison

Michelle Holmes 3 March 2010 email:
Bessie Drake Retallick & cousin Stella Jamison, Grandmother Bessie went to live with cousin Stella, they made a great duo, Grandmother Bessie's hearing was good and cousin Stella good see well.

 

by
Michelle Holmes
7 March 2010
 

Bessie Drake Retallick & sister in law Mary Retallick Bradford (1968)

 

by
Michelle Holmes
7 March 2010
 

Catherine Drake Retallick & Roy Michael Hillyer ca 1935

 

 

by
Michelle Holmes
7 March 2010
 

Grandmother Bessie Drake Retallick

Michelle Holmes 29 Oct 2010 email:
I got the email from my cousin Sara identifying this as Grandmother Bessie Drake Retallick as the unidentified Drake portrait. Looking at with that in mind I know she is correct.

by
Michelle Holmes
17 March 2010
 

Fleur deLee club
ca 1915

Michelle Holmes 18 Feb 2010 email:
Grandmother Bessie labeled the Fleur deLee club as follows:
Back Row-Left to Right
Clarice Koogle Evans, Luella Corwin Halter, Edna Evans Hudson, Elsie Morris Buldt

Front Row-Left to Right
Bertha Bone Hatfield, Nora Blair Curve, Blanch Hunter, Bessie Drake Retallick

by
Michelle Holmes
18 Feb 2010
 

Fleur deLee club

Michelle Holmes 16 March 2010 email:
This is another shot of the Flure De Lee club members

by
Michelle Holmes
17 March 2010
 

"Our Museum" by Hazel Spencer Phillips
The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday August 5, 1948
[The Warren County Historical Society has a collection of the
"Our Museum" articles published from 18 Sep 1947 to 28 Oct 1948 in a binder at their library - Call #977.176 Phi]

Historians of Warren County have written that Durbin Ward was the first volunteer of his county in the Civil War. When President Lincoln issued his call for Volunteers on Monday morning, April 15, 1861, Durbin Ward, a promising young attorney, was trying a case in the Warren County Court. He immediately drew up a paper pledging those who signed it to the service of his country, signed it, and proceeded with the case. We have often wondered what became of the paper thus signed and who the others were who, in the first fever of patriotism, followed down the list of volunteers.

Recently there has come to us a long paper containing the original roll of Volunteers for the 35th Regiment at Lebanon. Believing this list to be of considerable historic interest and values the names as signed, with penciled notations of rank, is now printed.
Original roll of Volunteers enlisted by Oliver H. Parshall for the 35th Regiment O. V. M. at Lebanon, on Sept. 4th, 1861:

1 - Oliver H. Parshall, Capt., 2 - Joseph H. Taylor, O. S., 3 - Thomas M. Harlan, 2nd Lieut., 4 - Thomas W. Rose, 1st Corporal, 5 - Jesse K. Randall, Corporal, 6 - Andrew J. Griffin, 7 - Webster Finley, 8 - John G. Koerner, 9 - George Mountjoy, 10 - Robert Holt, 11 - John Harris, 12 - David Mills, 13 - Sock Harlan, 2nd Corporal, 14 - James Whitesell, 15 - Samuel M. Denny, 4th Corporal, 16 - John G. Bennett, 17 - Wesley Randall, 18 - Horace McGinley, 19 - Nathan Schaeffer, 20 - David Smith, 21 - James Hartman, 22 - John W. Miller, 23 - Samuel Elmore, 24 - John Disbrow, 25 - Job Braddock, 26 - Edward R. Printz, 27 - William S. Keys, 28 - Milton Smith, 29 - John W. Dakin, 30 - Nathan Harvey, 31 - John W. White, 32 - William West, 33 - Fletcher Swaney, 34 - Joshua Crow, 35 - Bassel Leach, 36 - James Howland, 37 - Albert Howland, 38 - John Romaine, 39 - Edward Smith, 40 - Benjamin Campbell, 41 - William Owens, 42 - George Owens, 43 - Asa Owens, 44 - John Everhart, 45 - John Olvis, on Saturday, 46 - John W. Hudson, next week, 47 - Barclay Dakin, 48 - John T. Fisher, 49 - Mordica T. Cleaver, 50 - Joseph Hains, on Monday, 51 - Alfred Thomas, 52 - Henry Hageman, 53 - Morris Gratz, 5th Sergt., 54 - Sidney B. Gephart, 55 - John Ford, 56 - Henry Ford, 57 - Joseph Vickers, 58 - Joseph Simmons, 59 - Nathaniel Strong, 60 - Henry Hudgel, 61 - John Montgomery, 62 - Samuel A. Atkinson, 63 - Theodore Burrows, 64 - William Hamilton Jr., 65 - George Archdeacon, 66 - Brookes, 67 - Alfred B. Ivins (discharged), 68 - William Hughes, 69 - George Barber, 70 - Robert Mills, 71 - Franklin M. Mills, 72 - William R. Flack, 73 - James Cretors, 74 - James Frost, 75 - Franklin R. Drake, 76 - John D. Vinson, 77 - Thomas Holoway, 78 - Joseph Duke, 79 - Thomas Stevens, 80 - B. F. Archdeacon, 82 - Samuel H. Haines, 83 - B. Franklin Duke, 84 - John Wm. Perry

Captain Parshall was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga. His portrait, painted by the Quaker artist, Marcus Mote, was given to The Warren County State Museum by his granddaughter, Miss Helen Smith, and may be seen in the library there. A receipt made out to Mrs. Belle Parshall, his wife, for the sum of $10.00, for the portrait and the frame is signed by Marcus Mote, and may also be seen in our museum.
Michelle Holmes 16 March 2010 email:
Grandmother Bessie clipped this article regarding her father, Frank Drake's civil war registration.

Arne H Trelvik 17 Mar 2010: 
The bulk of the men listed in this article served in Company F, 35th OVI but the following names were not found in the published Roster for the Regiment
12 - David Mills, 22 - John W. Miller, 30 - Nathan Harvey, 40 - Benjamin Campbell, 41 - William Owens, 42 - George Owens, 43 - Asa Owens, 45 - John Olvis, 46 - John W. Hudson, 50 - Joseph Hains, 58 - Joseph Simmons, 61 - John Montgomery, 66 - Michael Brookes, 67 - Alfred B. Ivins (discharged), 73 - James Cretors, 79 - Thomas Stevens
by
Michelle Holmes
17 March 2010

Catherine Drake Retallick & Connie Gill

Michelle Holmes 16 March 2010 email:
The women on the right is Catherine Drake Retallick. The woman on the left is Catherine's best friend and the women my mother was named after, Connie Gill.

by
Michelle Holmes
17 March 2010
Connie Lynn and Betsey Ann Hillyer ca. 1942 by
Michelle Holmes
4 April 2010
Connie Lynn (Hillyer), Bessie (Drake) Retallick, & Edward James Holmes
Aug. 19, 1961 Commerce United Methodist Church, Commerce Township, Michigan
by
Michelle Holmes
4 April 2010
John William, Bessie (Drake), Catherine Drake (in front of her father) & infant is William Francis Retallick ca. 1915 by
Michelle Holmes
20 July 2010
William F. Retallick by
Michelle Holmes
20 July 2010

Bessie (Drake) Retallick

Michelle Holmes 19 July 2010 email:
I am not sure if this is a church group grandmother Bessie belonged to or ladies from the Molly Harmon Home for Genteel Retired Ladies where she worked. She is the 3rd lady from the left in the back in this picture.

by
Michelle Holmes
20 July 2010

Bessie (Drake) Retallick

Michelle Holmes 19 July 2010 email:
This is another picture of this group. Bessie is the 2nd from the left.

by
Michelle Holmes
20 July 2010

John William Retallick

Michelle Holmes 19 July 2010 email:
This is a picture of John William Retallick with one of the silki horses' he trained.

by
Michelle Holmes
20 July 2010

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