Mary Karper

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Mary Frances Karper was born in Alliance, Ohio on February 6,1856 to Frank and Salomea (Kolbenschlag) Karper who came to America on January 11, 1855. Mary's parents and older sister, Frances were born in Lindenberg, Bavaria.
 
She was born in the old Allen house built in 1838 in Freedom (later Alliance) Ohio. When she was six months old the family moved into a new brick house at 920 N. Union Ave. in Alliance. Her father helped make the bricks and did the carpentry work as well. The walls of soft brick were 14 inches thick which kept the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

 Mary was just under six when her father left to fight in the Civil War. He returned when she was seven in July of 1862 suffering from illness (varicose veins and kidney disease) and fatigue associated with the Ohio Volunteer Infantry actions and the Battle of Shiloh.
 
She married Thomas Glasser in 1875 and bore him a son William (1878.) Thomas died in 1879 and she married Patrick Scanlon III sometime between 1880 and 1885. The had two children Mary (1884) and Patrick Francis Scanlon IV (1886.) Her husband Pat died in 1899 at the age of 61 and she and her young son Patrick moved in with her mother in the Karper home (see the 1910 and 1920 census below).  She lived with her son Patrick IV until her death on June 17,1939 at the age of 84. She was blind the last seven years of her life and was confined to bed for the last two years. She was an avid Cleveland Indians baseball fan and listened to all their games on the radio.

see 1880 census here


 
picture with her granddaughter Rosemary Scanlon, click for bigger picture