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


What’s in a Name: Russell Karns

In the Sherman Room, there is a collection of cards for the promotion of a Russell Karns from third grade through eighth grade in the Mansfield, Ohio, Public Schools.  Using tools like Ancestry.com and other resources available in the Sherman Room, we are able to get a glimpse into the life of Russell.

Birth Records show Russell Elmore Karns was born 07 FEB 1897 in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio to Jacob Loran Karnes and Cora Belle (Weaver) Karns.[1] [2]  Jacob and Cora were married on 01 JUN 1893 in Columbiana County, Ohio[3] and had one other daughter Marjorie Athena Karns, who was born on 20 AUG 1899.[4]  On 01 NOV 1901, Jacob Loran Karns, who was a popular postal clerk in Mansfield, died of blood poisoning when he was scratched by a brass tack.  According to the Mansfield Daily Shield, he had an impressive funeral at his home at 405 South Main Street.  City postal clerks, including many from out of town, came to pay their respects.[5]  On 15 SEP 1908, Cora married Abraham Hamlin Au[6], whose wife had died 05 JUN 1906 of tuberculosis.[7]  Abraham and Cora had at least one more daughter, Helen Elizabeth in 1910, but she died before turning 1 year old.[8]  The 1910 Census shows Abraham H. Au, Cora B. Au, Helen E. Au, Russell E. Karns and Marjory A. Karns living at 326 W. Fifth Street, Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio.

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1915 Mansfield High School Annual

M Karns 1918

1918 Mansfield High School Annual

Russel and Marjorie both graduated from Mansfield High School, Russell in 1915 and Marjorie in 1918, and both siblings continued their education.  Russell first went to Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH, and then went on to graduate from The Ohio State University in 1920 with a B. A. in Arts.  Marjorie became a nurse graduating from St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH in 1921.

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The Makio, 1920 OSU Yearbook

By 1930 Russell had made his way to California.  The 1930 Census shows him living in Redwood City, San Mateo, California with his wife Paula, daughter Dorothy, and sons Russell Jr. and Phil.  The listed occupation for Russell in the Census is mail carrier for the U. S. Postal Service, following in his father’s footsteps.  Russell lived the rest of his life in California, dying in San Mateo on 18 APR 1975.  His body was sent back to Mansfield and he is buried in the Mansfield Cemetery.



[1] Ancestry.com. Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
[2] Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
[3] Ancestry.com. Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.
[4] Ancestry.com. Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
[5] The Mansfield Daily Shield, 04 FEB 1901, p. 8.
[6] The Mansfield Daily Shield, 16 SEP 1908, p. 2.
[7] The Mansfield Daily Shield, 05 JUN 1906, p. 8.
[8] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/87305191/helen-elizabeth-au

Mansfield, Ohio: 1900 Souvenir Letter

In 1907 Mabel C. Miller was unable to find a post card of Mansfield High School to send to a Mr. Frank S. Kenyon in Wauseon, Ohio.  Instead she settled for a booklet of images, which included among other sites, Mansfield High School.  Below are the images included in the booklet and the note written to Frank.  The Booklet was printed sometime between 1900-1910 and gives us an idea of what Mansfield residents were proud of in the early twentieth century.


Early Baseball in Mansfield

Baseball is known as America’s Pastime and Calvin Coolidge called it “our national game.”  While we celebrate opening day this week lets look back at a game that played a vital role in Mansfield history.


A baseball team poses in front of the Mansfield Tire and Rubber Company sometime, according to marginal notes, between 1914 and 1920. Whether the team is a Mansfield Tire supported club or the city’s minor league team, the Tigers, who played at nearby League Park is unclear. The uniforms have “Mansfield” spelled vertically down the center of the jersey from neck to belt. Men in suits and hats stand at either end of the line of ball players. A marginal note identifies the man on the left, wearing a derby and bow tie as Oscar Kalbfleisch, long-time manager of the city water works, who died in 1954.


The Mansfield Merchants semi-pro baseball team poses for a team portrait, probably at Liberty Park. The twelve man squad poses in full uniform.  The listed roster is: J. Heckert, H. Hamilton, Neil, Buzzard, R. Leedy, M. Leedy, W. Lockhart, Dean Hahn, R. Bogantz, A. Baki, L. Smith , W. Martin and Manager H. Hamman


Page from the 1910 Spaldings Official Base Ball Guide.  Mansfield team, posing in uniform. Players are identified by last name.


The Renner-Weber baseball team poses in “League Park,” near the intersection of Newman and Wayne streets. Seven players stand while four sit in the grass in front of them. Bats, ball, glove and catcher’s mask are arranged in the grass in front of the team.


An Ohio State Reformatory team poses for a team portrait in front of a cell block. Thirteen uniformed players, a man wearing a fedora and smoking a cigar and a younger man pose behind an assortment of bats, balls, gloves and catcher’s equipment. It is not clear whether this is an inmate team or guard team. The uniforms bear a stylized “OSR” logo.


Fifteen young men in baseball uniforms pose for a team portrait. Several hold baseball bats or wear fielding mitts. A gothic “D” adorns their caps while the letters “MSTD” are sewn across the front of the jerseys. The Main Street Dutch called Crestline, Ohio home. Front row, Ernie Eckert, Clarence Helfrich, Otto Bauer; middle row, Frank Emmer, Larry Ackerman, George Ginther, George Biggons, Charlie Hipp; top row, William Dice, Albert Gehrich, Harry Foltz, Benny Foltz, James Carlisle, Bert Smith, Harry Pachard. (https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/sports/2014/07/16/whats-the-real-story-behind-1909-crestline-baseball-team/12761841/)


“League Park” was located near the intersection of Newman and Wayne Streets, on the Reformatory streetcar line. This view looks west across the park toward the industrial flats on the north end. Aultman Taylor (Ohio Brass) is visible behind the park.  The Mansfield Haymakers and Tigers of the Interstate League played here. Honus Wagner began his Hall of Fame career in this park.


This photo was taken from the grandstands behind home plate at Davey Field. Roof supports and silhouetted heads of other fans fill the foreground of the photo. Only a scattering of fans sit in the open air bleachers along first base line. Beyond the bleachers, West Fourth Street ascends the bluff along the east side of Touby’s Run. Advertisements on the fence try to sell United Woolen Mills suits to the fans-$24, $28 or $32. Beyond the right-center field fence Touby’s Run squeezes between the ballpark and the bluff to the east. On top of the bluff are homes visible along West Fourth and Elmwood.


View from center field of Davey Field looking toward home before a grandstand packed with baseball fans. The view looks toward the west with homes on West Fourth Street to the left, behind the stands running along the first base line. The catcher is throwing the ball back to the pitcher while the batter stands to the left of the plate. A runner on second does not take a lead.

Early Mansfield High School Teams

1908 MHS Baseball

1908 Mansfield High School team from the 1908 Mansfield High School annual.  Notes states “Mr. Blankenhorn is coaching the team and is getting good results from the efforts of the players.”

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1919 Mansfield High School team from the 1919 Mansfield High School annual.

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1920 Mansfield High School team from the 1920 Mansfield High School annual.

1920 MHS Baseball

From the 1920 MHS Annual

1923 MHS Baseball

Seventeen members of the 1923 Mansfield Senior High baseball team pose for a team photo in Davey Park.  From the 1923 MHS Annual.