What’s in a Name: Edna Schwartz


Edna Schwartz, or Swartz as it appeared on her grade cards, was born November 25, 1890 to Samuel W Schwartz.  Samuel was born in 1854 in Lafayette, Ohio.  In his obituary, it states he made money selling apples in Shelby during the Civil War, later worked as a saddler and harness maker and then entered the shoe repair business.  Edna’s step-mother was Cora (Emmens) Schwartz.  She married Samuel in the mid to late 1890s.  Marriage records for Richland County show a Samuel W. Swartz marrying Della Roberts on July 3, 1873.  This could be mother of Enda, her brother Fred and a sister, Clara, who passed away at the age of 4 in 1885, but no further information was found.   Enda had one other brother Leroy, who was born to Samuel and Cora in 1899.  Cora passed away on July 9 1941 and Samuel followed on July 3, 1947.



1941 Mansfield City Directory


1951 Mansfield City Directory

Enda graduated from Mansfield High School in 1909.  She worked at the Ohio Public Service Co., later Ohio Edison and, before that, she was associated with the Ohio Brass Co.  Her brother, Fred, a veteran of both World War I and World War II, worked at Westinghouse  and passed away on April 23, 1964.  Edna died on December 9, 1969.  Leroy was the last of the family to pass away on July 8, 1982.  He also worked at Westinghouse and was a graduate of the Columbus School for the Deaf.  It doesn’t appear that Edna, or any of her siblings, were ever married.  Both Edna and Fred were living with Leroy when they died.  The family lived in the same home at 405 Lexington Ave. for 50 years, until Leroy left for a nursing home, shortly before his death, in 1982.  The entire family is buried in Lexington Cemetery.


Mansfield High School, Class of 1909



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