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John Kimberlin Van Horn


John and Ida Maud

John Kimberlin Van Horn was born on June 23, 1857 near Grand Rapids, Wood County, OH, the son of Eli and Mary Ann (Kimberlin) Van Horn.

On June 29, 1882, in nuptials held in Wood County, the 25-year-old John was united in the bonds of matrimony with 22-year-old Ida Maud Gaston Buchanan (June 1860-1933), the daughter of Robert W.C. and Hanna (Fish) Buchanan and a native of Shelby County, OH. Rev. Jacob Dunn officiated their wedding ceremony.

The couple's marriage endured for more than 50 years. 

Ida is seen here as a young woman, in an old carte de visite type photograph common to that era, mounted on a standard size, light cardboard backing.


Ida as a young woman

Together, John and Ida produced a family of seven children -- among them Vernon B. Van Horn, Darrell D. "Chub" Van Horn, Ida "Maude" Pore, Glen Aubry Van Horn, Nellie Beryl Thatcher Van Meter and Bessie Grace Van Horn.

Sadly, two of the offspring were deceased by 1910, including Bessie Grace at age 11 months on Nov. 2, 1902.

In 1900, when the federal census was taken, the Van Horns made their home on a farm in Jackson Township, Wood County, near John's brother Albert Jay Van Horn and uncle Austin Coleman Van Horn.

The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the Van Horns remaining in Jackson Township as farmers. John primarily earned a living at that time as a carpenter, specializing in construction of houses and barns. Son Glenn, age 19, lived at home and provided labor on the farm.

When John's father died in 1914, John signed the death certificate, and provided family related information.

The Van Horns later migrated to Deshler, a village in Bartlow Township, Henry County, OH, where John continued to ply his trade as a carpenter. Their residence in 1920 was on South Vine Street, and their nest was empty at that time.

The couple remained on South Vine Street during the decade of the 1920s. When the federal census count was taken again in 1930, John and Ida again lived by themselves in Deshler, with his occupation continuing as a house carpenter.


Deshler's West Main Street, Florien Giauque block, 1909



John and Ida Maud

John used his carpentry talents as a woodworker and furniture maker. He once handmade a handsome buffet with three levels of drawers, carved spindle decorations and a beveled glass mirror.

John and Ida celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1932 with a family gathering on their farm near Deshler.


Buffet crafted by John

Ida suffered for many years from diabetes and chronic nephritis (kidney problems) and myocarditis (heart disease).

She died of the effect of these illnesses at the age of 73 on July 28, 1933. She was laid to rest in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Deshler.

John outlived his wife by a little more than two years.

Tragically, in October 1935, he suffered an "accidental fall from a roof," which resulted in a compound fracture of his pelvis. 

He died a day later, at age 78, on Oct. 15, 1935. He was interred beside his wife at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

In 1941, at the death of his brother Austin Frederick Van Horn, John was mentioned in the obituary, but only in passing reference to the fact that he was deceased.


John and Ida's grave in Woodlawn Cemetery. Photo by Larry and Daliece Frederick.


~ Son Vernon B. Van Horn ~


Vernon Van Horn

Son Vernon B. Van Horn (1884- ? ) was born in Aug. 3, 1884 in Deshler, Jackson Township, Wood County.

Following his father's trade, Vernon learned the skills of carpentry.

On Sept. 27, 1905, when he was 21 years of age, Vernon entered into marriage with 19-year-old Ida Frances Reynolds (Feb. 15, 1886- ? ), daughter of George and Lenora "Nora" (Ireland) Reynolds and a native of Henry County, OH. Rev. David Lytle presided over the nuptials.

The couple's known offspring included Gazel Schluter and Darrell Van Horn.

The family established a home at 1863 Norwood Avenue in Toledo, Lucas County, OH.

Sadly, Ida chose to end her life and at the age of 38 swallowed carbolic acid. She was rushed to the local hospital and passed away there on Sept. 27, 1924. Burial of the remains was in Deshler.

When he was 43 years old, on Aug. 30, 1927, and after three years in widowerhood, he wedded a second time to 30-year-old Marie (McGowan) Gorsuch. Marie was a resident of Toledo, Lucas County and the daughter of Michael and Mary (Cavanaugh) McGowan. Performing the wedding rituals in Toledo was Rev. E.J. Halderman.

Marie was divorced from her first husband, Russell Gorsuch and brought two children into the second union -- Helen Gorsuch and Russell Gorsuch. Russell eventually took the name of his stepfather, "Van Horn."

The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows the combined family in Toledo, with Vernon employed as a building construction foreman. In their home at that time were his son Darrell, her children Helen and Russell and 12-year-old niece Dorothy Ryan.

In 1940, census records of Toledo show Vernon continuing his trade as a carpentry foreman in the building industry, with son Russell working alongside him as an apprentice carpenter. Nephew Otto Whitaker Jr. and niece Dorothy Whitaker dwelled under their roof that year.

Vernon relocated to Colorado and in 1963 is known to have lived in the town of Natheson, CO.

Daughter Gazel Van Horn (1907- ? ) was born on Nov. 17, 1907 in Deshler, Henry County. In young womanhood she resided with her widowed father in Toledo, Lucas County, OH at 1863 Norwood Avenue. On Sept. 13, 1926, she married 20-year-old metalworker William A. Schluter (March 30, 1906- ? ), son of William E. and Effie S. (Wise) Schluter. Rev. E.J. Halderman officiated.

Son Darrell Van Horn (1908- ? ) was born on Aug. 2, 1908. A bachelor in 1930, he lived with his father and stepmother in Toledo and earned a living as a plater in an automobile factory. When he was 22 years old, on April 17, 1931, he wedded 21-year-old Wilma Mercereau (March 25, 1910- ? ), daughter of James and Margaret (Buske) Mercereau. Performing the wedding was Rev. L.G. Deily. For reasons not yet known, the marriage ended, and he supported himself as a stationary engineer. Then on May 29, 1953, , the 44-year-old Darrell wedded 44-year-old Marguerite (Willard) Meilink (1908- ? ), an Indiana native and the daughter of Louis E. and Lula (Brown) Willard.

Stepdaughter Helen Gorsuch (1917- ? ) was born in 1917 in Ohio.

Son Russell A. Gorsuch (1920- ? ) was born the day after Christmas in 1920 in Michigan. He was young when his mother remarried to Vernon Van Horn, and he eventually took the "Van Horn" surname. He learned the carpentry trade and as a young man dwelled at 421 Irving Street in Toledo, OH. He was united in wedlock with Hazel (Bushing) Brittian (July 18, 1923- ? ) on March 21, 1942, when he was age 21 and she 18. Rev. Charles A. Hackenberg presided. Hazel was the daughter of Roy and Ola (Bell) Bushing and divorced from her first spouse, Spencer Brittian.


~ Son Darrel D. "Chub" Van Horn ~


Darrel and Grace Van Horn

Son Darrel D. "Chub" Van Horn (1886-1963) was born on June 9, 1886 in Jackson Township, Wood County, OH.

Darrel as a young man made a home on Erie Street in Toledo, Lucas County, OH and worked as a delivery man.

He twice was bonded in matrimony. His first bride was 19-year-old Margaret Heckman (May 15, 1888-1931), daughter of Samuel and Frances (Orwin) Heckman of Bowling Green, Wood County. Their wedding was held in Lucas County, OH on Aug. 14, 1907, officiated by Rev. Merrick E. Ketcham.

The United States Census shows the Van Horns making a home in Bowling Green, with Darrell's occupation shown as a laborer in a livery barn.

They did not reproduce.

Sadness cascaded over the family when Margaret was diagnosed with fibroids of her uterus. At the age of 42, she suffered acute enlargement of the heart and succumbed to death on Feb. 19, 1931. Her remains sleep for all time in Deshler, in a grave with her sister-in-law Maude (Van Horn) Pore.

On Christmas Day 1936, at age 50, he married his second spouse, widow Grace Louise (Snyder) Jaqua (Dec. 18, 1893-1967). She was the daughter of Isaac Nicholas and Josephine (Soufflet) Snyder.

They also bore no children.

Darrel earned a living as a machinist in a foundry. They held a membership in the Deshler Methodst Church, and he belonged to the Hoytville lodge of the Knights of Pythias. Their home in the 1960s was in Deshler, Henry County at the address of 335 East Maple Street.

Toward the end, for the last five months of his life, Darrel suffered from lymphatic leukemia. He was admitted to Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. Death enveloped him 14 days later on Sept. 8, 1963. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Deshler, with Rev. Aaron Sharp leading the funeral service.

Grace went on to marry again to John Michael Goebelt (1888-1973). She passed away in Findlay on July 18, 1967.


L-R: Vernon, Maude, Glen, Nellie and Darrel Van Horn



~ Daughter Ida "Maude" (Van Horn) Pore ~


Maude (standing) with sister Nellie

Daughter Ida "Maude" Van Horn (1888- ? ) was born on Jan. 23, 1888 in Deshler, Henry County, OH. She grew to womanhood in Deshler.

On Nov. 28, 1906, she wedded farmer Harry Harmas Pore (Aug. 4, 1886-1966), son of Levi and Ella (Harmass) Pore of Hancock County, OH. Their wedding was conducted in Wood County, with Rev. James Hale officiating.

Five known children produced by this marriage were Glen B. Pore, Marion B. Knepper, John V. Pore, Margaret G. Maurer, Elizabeth Catherine Brown, Ethel Heilman, Helen Hardman and Lois Pore.

The federal census count of 1920 lists the family making a home in Fostoria, Seneca County, OH. At that time, Harry earned income as a truck driver.

During the decade of the 1920s, the Pores relocated to Arcadia, Hancock County, OH, where Harry sold Maytag washing machines as shown in the 1930 census.

The grip of the Great Depression had its impact on the family. They moved again to Jackson Township, Wood County, OH. Circa 1940, census records show that Harry had no job at that time. Only daughters Helen and Lois remained in that household at that time.

Maude resided in Findlay, Hancock County, OH circa 1963.

Harry surrendered to death at the age of 79 on Jan. 5, 1966 in Tiffin, Seneca County, OH.

Sadly, Maude died in Findlay on Nov. 30, 1975. She shares a grave plot with her sister-in-law Margaret (Heckman) Van Horn.

Son Glen B. Pore (1909- ? ) was born in about March 1909 in Deshler, Henry County. He made a home in the mid-1930s in Sandusky, Erie County, OH and earned a living as a salesman. On June 8, 1935, in nuptials held in Erie County, the 27-year-old Glen wed 24-year-old teacher Grace E. Dussault (June 1911- ? ), daughter of George H. and Anna M. (Beirs) Dussault. Officiating the ceremony was Rev. Thomas Hughes of Sandusky.

Daughter Marion B. Pore (1912- ? ) was born in about 1912 in Ohio. She entered into marriage with (?) Knepper ( ? - ? ).

Son John V. Pore (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915 in Michigan.

Daughter Margaret G. Pore (1916-2007) was born on Sept. 7, 1916 in Toledo. In April 1940, she was united in matrimony with Carl Edwin Maurer (1913-2001). Their marital union endured for an extraordinary 61 years until cleaved apart by death. They became the parents of two -- Diane Warden and Dennis Maurer. The family resided in Findlay, Hancock County, OH. After they retired, the couple moved to Florida. Sadly, Carl died in Altoona, Lake County, FL on July 2, , 2001. Interment was in Chapel Hill Gardens in Dade City, Pasco County, FL. Margaret outlived her husband by six years and in about 2005 moved to Columbia, MO to reside with her daughter. Death swept her away into eternity at the age of 90 on Feb. 9, 2007. An obituary was printed in the Columbia Daily Tribune.


  • Granddaughter Diane Maurer married Alan Warden. They dwelled circa 2007 in Columbia, Boone County, MO.


  • Grandson Dennis Maurer wedded Pat.

Daughter Elizabeth Catherine Pore (1919-2009) was born on Feb. 27, 1919 in Fostoria, Seneca County, OH. She was married twice during her lifetime. Her first husband was (?) Fitzpatrick ( ? - ? ). One son born to the couple was David Fitzpatrick. Then when she was 43 years of age, on April 25, 1962, she was joined in wedlock with Vaughn E. "Brownie" Brown (June 6, 1923-1996), a native of Sycamore, Wyandot County. He too had been married before and brought three sons to the union -- Michael Brown, William Brown and Richard Brown. The Browns' years were spent in Findlay, Hancock County, OH. She earned a living providing sewing for the Boss Club and as an assembler and quality control specialist for Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Sadness enveloped the family when Vaughn passed away in Spencerville, Allen County, OH on Dec. 1, 1996. His remains were laid to rest in Bretz Cemetery in the town of his birth. She outlived him by almost a baker's dozen years and succumbed to the spectre of death in Bowling Green on June 29, 2009. The Findlay Courier printed an obituary.


  • Grandson David Fitzpatrick made a home in Marana, AZ in 2009.

Daughter Ethel Pore (1921- ? ) was born on March 6, 1921 in Findlay, Hancock County. On Aug. 20, 1939, at the age of 18, she wedded 19-year-old Bernard R. Heilman ( ? - ? ), son of Harold H. and Fanchon E. (Packard) Heilman of Napoleon, OH. The wedding took place in Wood County, OH, by the hand of Rev. C.D. Wright of Hoytville. At the time, Bernard resided in Hoytville, OH and was a gasoline filling station attendant.

Daughter Helen Pore (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Hardman.

Daughter Lois Pore (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925.


Glen Van Horn

~ Son Glen Aubry Van Horn ~

Son Glen Aubry Van Horn (1890-1970) was born in June 1890 in Deshler, Henry County, OH.

In a wedding ceremony held in Monroe, MI on Sept. 16, 1914, the 24-year-old Glen was joined in wedlock with 19-year-old Laura C. Harris (Nov. 18, 1894-1980).

These known children were born to this couple -- Norris Martin Van Horn, Aubrey Harris Van Horn, Hazel Wagner and Homer Van Horn.

Their home for many years was in Toledo, Lucas County, with an address in 1923 of 1220 Waverly. Glen earned income as a foreman for a building contractor.

The family was plunged into grief when son Norris, who had contracted nasal inflammation leading to bronchial pneumonia, died at the age of five in Toledo on March 23, 1923. His remains were transported to Deshler for interment.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, the Van Horns remained on Waverly, with 22-year-old sister-in-law Ashley R. Harris in their home.

Glen died in Toledo at the age of 80 on Aug. 24, 1970.

The couple sleep together for all time in Woodlawn Cemetery in Deshler.

Son Aubrey Harris Van Horn (1915-2015) was born on March 5, 1915 in Deshler. Single in 1940, living at home, he was a steelworker in a Toledo foundry. He joined the U.S. Army after the outbreak of World War II and trained at Fort Benning, GA. There, he met his future wife, Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Vargo ( ? -2017), a native of Rossford, OH and the daughter of Bert and Helen (Nemeth) Vargo. Their union survived the ups and downs of an extraordinary 71 years. The couple put down roots in Curtice, Ottawa County, OH and bore two offspring -- Glenn Van Horn and Patricia King. He was employed for 37 years by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters local 1138. Socially he was a member of the Council of the Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus. He liked to work with wood, maintain his home-built residence and read. Elizabeth brought in income as a cashier at Kroger supermarket and manager of the Fannie Farmer Candy store at Southwyck Mall. She enjoyed playing cards and Yahtzee. At the age of 100, Aubrey was swept away by death on June 4, 2015. His remains were lowered into repose in Williston Cemetery. In an obituary in the Toledo Blade, the family asked that any memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Elizabeth joined her husband in eternity at the age of 94 on Nov. 15, 2017.

  • Grandson Glenn Van Horn wedded Darla. They are believed to be the parents of Douglas Van Horn and David Van Horn.
  • Granddaughter Patricia Van Horn married Richard "Rick" King. Evidence suggests that their two children are Eric King and Lindsay Bolser.

Daughter Hazel L. Van Horn (1917- ? ) was born on June 19, 1917. As a young woman she made her home at 1220 Marmion Street in Toledo. On June 22, 1946, when she was 29 years of age, Hazel married 26-year-old Thomas F. Wagner ( ? - ? ), son of I.N. and Marie L. (Wrenn) Wagner. At the time of marriage, Thomas was a clerk in Toledo. Rev. Fr. T.A. Kennedy, of St. Teresa Church, officiated the nuptials. She was deceased by 2015.

Son Homer R. Van Horn (1919- ? ) was born on Oct. 16, 1919 in Toledo. Circa 1940, he earned a living as a machine operator with a glider and awning manufacturing company in Toledo. He also followed the trade of carpentry. When he was age 26, on April 27, 1946, he wedded 23-year-old Winifred R. Weddle (July 15, 1922- ? ), daughter of Fred and Ethel (McCann) Weddle and a native of Terre Haute, IN. Leading the wedding was Rev. Fr. T.A. Kennedy of St. Teresa Church. Homer was deceased by 2015.


~ Daughter Nellie Beryl (Van Horn) Thatcher Van Meter ~

Daughter Nellie Beryl Van Horn (1894-1990) was born on Feb. 16, 1894 in Wood County, OH.

On March 20, 1912, at the age of 18, she was joined in matrimony with her first husband, 21-year-old farmer Winfield "Earl" Thatcher (May 20, 1890- ? ), son of Winfield S. and Julia F. (Boroughs) Thatcher of Deshler, Henry County, OH. Rev. F.W. Yantis, of the United Brethren Church of Custar, OH, led the wedding ceremony.

Together, the couple produced two sons -- Douglas Beryl Thatcher and Roy DeWayne Thatcher.

The Thatchers established a residence in Bartlow, Henry County, OH. The federal census of 1920 shows them in Bartlow, with Winfield earning a living as a railroad laborer.

Circa 1935-1940, living in Deshler, Winfield worked as a house painter and son Roy as a truck driver for an alfalfa mill.

Sadly, Winfield is reputed to have died in Columbus, Franklin County, OH on June 6, 1947. His remains were interred in Sunset Cemetery in Galloway, Franklin County.

In time Nellie married again to (?) Van Meter ( ? - ? ).

Nellie's home in 1963 was in Columbus. She died there on Feb. 27, 1990 and sleeps for all time with her first spouse in Sunset Cemetery.

Son Douglas B. Thatcher (1913-2001) was born on July 27, 1913 and grew up in and around Deshler, Henry County, OH. On Christmas Day 1936, when he was 23 years of age, Douglas was united in wedlock with 22-year-old Mollie/Peggy (Richardson) Springer (1914-1981), daughter of Schuyler and Rosanna (Farley) Richardson of Columbus, OH. Rev. Clayton Strawser officiated. Mollie was divorced from her first spouse, Ronald Springer and brought a daughter into the marriage, Joyce Lee Springer. The couple settled in the Ohio state capital of Columbus. Census records for 1940 show Douglas laboring as a roofer and Mollie as a machine operator for a trouser manufacturing company. That year, Doris and Gloria Norris lodged in their residence. Two additional offspring appear to have been a product of the second marriage -- Robert Leroy Thatcher and Sherry Lynn Harrison. The couple's final years were spent in Tucson, Pima County, AZ. There, the 67-year-old Peggy passed away on Dec. 20, 1981. The funeral was preached by Rev. Jim Minnick of the Victory Baptist Church. An obituary was printed in the Tucson Citizen. Douglas outlived his wife by two decades. He succumbed to the angel of death on St. Patrick's Day 2001.


  • Step-granddaughter Joyce Lee Springer (1930- ? ) was born in about 1930. She married (?) Fine and relocated to Anaheim, CA.
  • Grandson Robert Leroy Thatcher migrated to Arizona, settling in Tucson.
  • Granddaughter Sherry Lynn Thatcher wed (?) Harrison. They made a home in San Carlos, CA circa 1981.

Son Roy DeWayne Thatcher (1916-2001) was born on Jan. 6, 1916 in Deshler, Henry County. Single at the age of 24, in 1940, he made a living as a truck driver at an alfalfa mill near Deshler. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He returned home and made a living as a decorator. He entered into marriage at the age of 30 with 31-year-old Maxine T. (Regal) Bayliss Royle Thompson (Nov. 3, 1914-1962), daughter of Glenn Adelbert and Wilda Edessa (Price) Regal. The nuptials were held on April 18, 1946, in Henry County, by the hand of Deshler clergyman Rev. Charles Rex. It was Roy's first marriage and Maxine's fourth. The marriage ended in divorce within a few years. In March 1951, Roy wedded again to Verna Mae Linscott (March 24, 1924-1994). Sadly, Verna passed away on May 21, 1994. Roy died in Columbus, Franklin County, OH on July 10, 2001. Burial of the remains was in Deshler's Woodlawn Cemetery.


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