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Trust for the Preservation of Unpublished Sources
of Local History in Central Ohio

The Diary of Lucius Clark Smith

The trust started as an effort to put on the internet the 1869-71 diary of Lucius Clark Smith, resident of several Franklin County townships and of Columbus. His diary offers insight into daily life in central Ohio in the middle of the nineteenth century.

The Two Books of the Dead
The First Book of the Dead:  Maggie, Joens and Kersti
The Second Book of the Dead:  Nettie, Blanche, Irwin, E.W. and the ancestors
by John E. Saveson

The First Book of the Dead is the story of a Swedish immigrant, Jöns Svenson, who came to central Ohio in 1890 at the age of fifteen.  His sister Kersti followed three or four years later. It is the story, also, of the relationship that formed among them and Jöns' American-born wife, Maggie Krumm, whose forebears immigrated from Germany to Ohio in 1832.  Some Krumm family members became prominent in Columbus' commercial and legal circles.  The book is put together from recollections beginning in the 1920's.  Meshing the narrator's life with that of the immigrants sets all their lives against a backdrop of the twentieth century's momentous events:  the Great Depression and World War II.

A "wonderful combination of family memoir and social history" -- Ellen Blais

This trust is a nonprofit organization. Internet users have free access to its materials. If users find perusal of these documents valuable they may wish to make a contribution to the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society (POBX 219, New Albany OH, 43054; www.newalbanyhistory.info) or to the Columbus Maennerchor (976 South High Street; Columbus, Ohio 43206; www.maennerchor.com)