Rolla Ogle, 1885-1957, Nellie Allen Ogle, 1895-1983

Rolla Samuel Ogle was born in Tiffin, Ohio in 1885. At age sixteen he was listed as a wool carder on the 1900 census. In 1906 Rolla married Blanche Bowersox of Clinton Township, Seneca County. Blanche was twenty years old. Rolla was a cigar maker in a factory in Kenton, Ohio in 1910, and according to the 1920 census, he was a cigar maker in Kenton in his own shop. In 1920 the census shows he and Blanche had two young children, Evelyn, 12, and James, 10. In 1930, Blanche, then Gilmore, was living in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Dwight and her twenty-two year old daughter Evelyn (Schiff).

Rolla and NellieIn 1930 Rolla was in Lima, Ohio, married to Nellie Mae Allen and had five children.They married between 1920, when Rolla was in Kenton with his first family and 1922 when Rolla And Nellie Ogle lived at 507 W Center, Fostoria, Ohio, where Nellie had lived in her childhood with her family.

Nellie Mae Allen was born September 22, 1895 in Defiance, Ohio. At the age of four in 1900 she was living with her large family in Ullin Village, Pulaski County, Illinois. Her father was John Powell Allen and her mother was May Elizabeth Ada Myers, married in 1881 in Defiance, Ohio. John Powell Allen was born in 1849 in Lorain, Ohio and May Myers was probably born in Defiance County, Ohio in 1860. By 1910, Nellie's family was living in Fostoria, Hancock County, Ohio. John Powell Allen was the owner of a sawmill in Fostoria.

Rolla and Nellie went on to have nine children. They were Donald Allen, born in Fostoria, Ohio in 1922 and died in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. William Brice (Edna Brown) was born in Fostoria in 1923 and died in Poway, California in 1999. Phyllis Jean (Paul Leist) was born in 1925 in Fostoria and died in 2012 in Findlay, Ohio. Layton (Joy Pierce) was born in 1927 in Hancock County, Ohio. Twin Lorraine Mae (Nick Loscavo) was born in 1927 in Hancock County and died in 2004 in San Diego, California. Robert Leroy (Rita Siefer) was born in 1930 in Lima, Ohio and died in 2000 in Lima. John (Charlotte Emrick) was born in 1932 in Lima. Dean Harold (Barbara Pierce) was born in 1936 in Lima and died in 2006 in Lima. Twin Arlene Carol (Claude Courtney) was born in 1936 in Lima and died in 2009 in Lima.

The Ogle family lived at 1089 North Jefferson Street at the time of the 1930 US federal census. All of their children grew up in that house and Nellie continued to live there until her death in 1983. The home was a hub for grandparents, brothers and sisters, and their respective families. The house was built in the back of a large parcel of land, some of which was used for a large vegetable garden and grape vines. In 1949 another house was built on the property, as the building permit was recorded in the Lima News, July 19, 1949. The permit was for Donald Allen Ogle, and it is believed that he built the small house and lived there with his wife temporarily. In the 1950's and 1960's the small house was occupied by the parents of Nick Loscavo, Lorraine's mother and father in law.

During the 1960's Bill Ogle and his wife Edna, daughter Terry and son Bill, as well as Lorraine and Nick Loscavo, and their daughter Linda moved west to San Diego County in California. Phyllis and Paul Leist and their five children lived in Fayetteville Tennessee through most of the 1960's and 1970's. John and Charlotte Ogle and their kids lived for a while in Wellington in Northeast Ohio, then finally settled in North Carolina. Layton and Joy Ogle lived in Texarcana Texas in the early 1960's but returned to Lima where they remained. Bob and Rita, and their daughters Nancy, Debbie, and Cheryl lived in Zanesville, Ohio for a while, but returned to Lima after the death of their young daughter Debbie, and remained there. Arlene and her family, and Dean and his family all lived in Lima.

Donald and Mary Ogle started their family while Don was deployed in the Phillipines for World War II. Their son Donald Allen Ogle was born in 1942, but died just two years later while his father was still overseas in the military. Don and Mary later moved to Columbus, Ohio with seven of their other eight children in 1970, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

Rolla also worked in the Gro-Cord Lima Cord Sole and Heel Company just down the street from his house on Jefferson Ave. In 1949 he received a 20 year pin for his work at Gro-Cord. Rolla died on February 15, 1957 at age 72 in Lima, Ohio. Nellie remained in the house at 1089 N Jefferson Street until her death in 1983.

1089 North Jefferson, Lima, Ohio