516 N. Bever St., Wooster, Ohio

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The house located at 516 N. Bever St. was built sometime between 1866-1868 for $4,600 by Gotlieb Gasche and his wife Christena or Christiana Gasche. Photograph by S. Zimmerman

The house located at 516 N. Bever St. was likely built sometime between 1866-1868 by property owner Gotlieb Gasche. While Gotlieb Gasche bought the large lot of land in 1859, tax records show the approximately 2-acre lot was only valued at $200 from 1860 through 1865, which indicates no house was on the property. Furthermore, an 1868 newspaper article reports he built a two-story frame dwelling with wing for $4,600 sometime between 1865-1868 which narrows the time frame of construction to between 1866 to 1868.

Gotlieb Gasche was born in the Kingdom of Prussia the son of Dr. Charles Gasche and Catherine Eisengarth. His father was a surgeon in his native land, and came with his family to the United States in June, 1833. They are listed on the passenger arrivals at the Port of Baltimore for the quarter ending June 30, 1833. After arrival the family first located in York, Pennsylvania, then moved to Holmes County, Ohio arriving in October of 1835 and located on an 80-acre farm which the doctor's sons helped to clear. Dr. Charles Gasche and his wife Catherine had at least seven children:

  • William H. GASCHE
  • Gotlieb GASCHE b: 1816 in Prussia
  • George GASCHE b: 1 May 1819 in Wetzlar, Prussia
  • Conrad GASCHE
  • Mary GASCHE
  • Philip Jacob GASCHE b: 1807 in Wetzlar, Prussia
  • Charles GASCHE b: 10 Jun 1810 in Wetzlar, Prussia

Shortly after arriving in America Gotlieb Gasche moved to Texas where he took part in the Texas Revolution for independence which ended in 1836. In 1840, he moved to Wooster, Ohio where his brother Charles Gasche was living and where he started a meat butchering business which he continued until his death at his residence on N. Bever street on April 17, 1875 at the age of 61 years old. During his lifetime he served as a Wooster councilman and for 15 years was the Captain of Wooster Fire Co. No. 3. He married married a sister of William Nold, Christiana, and they had three sons: August, Charles, and William, all of whom died in the prime of life. The only descendents of the family left were Edmund (Edward) Gasche and Bertha Gasche. He built his house just up the street from his brother, Charles Gasche, who lived at 340 N. Bever St.

Over the years the Gotlieb Gasche family owned their large lot of land they sold a number of parcels off from the original 2-acre lot and a number of houses on N. Buckeye street and three houses on N. Bever street trace back to land purchases made from the Gasche's lot number 1619 or old out-lot number 165.

Newspaper articles


Wayne County Recorder Property Transfers

  • 1816: William Henry, Joseph H. Larwill, Abigail Larwill To John Bever R13-T15-S4 Vol. 1 p.100 $1
  • 1837: Last will and testament of John Bever deceased gave to daughter Mirtilla (Bever) Bowman married to James L. Bowman land containing 68 acres of the SE QRT R13-T15-S4.
  • 1857:
  • 1858: J. B. McKennan (mis-spelled McKinney) To Jacob Metz Vol. 48 p.352 Old Lot No.s 158, 165, 166, 167 $2,200 and 3 20/100
  • 1859: Jacob Metz To Gotlieb Gasche Vol. 49 p.731 Old Lot No. 165 $775
  • 1901: Bertha Gasche, Edmund Gasche, Mary Gasche, heirs of Gotlieb and Christiana Gasche To Francis M. Hickok, Minnie Hickok Vol. 143 p.367 (after 1870 renumbering) part of Lot. No. 1619 $2,500
  • 1909: Francis M. Hickok, Minnie Hickok To Jessie F. Crowl Vol. 160 p.486 part of Lot No. 1619 $3,650
  • 1940: Jesse F. Crowl, and remaining mortgage with George Wilson To Mary F. Crowl Vol. 241 p.207 part of Lot. No. 1619 $2 stamp
  • 1955: Mary F. Crowl To Orelin M. White, Nellie C. White Vol. 325 p.368 part of Lot. No. 1619 $15.40 conveyance fee
  • 1970: Orelin M. White, Nellie C. White To Chell Maxwell Vol. 455 p.158 part of Lot. No. 1619
  • 1988: Chell Maxwell To Heather Maxwell part of Lot. No. 1619 or parcel 64-01009 $45,000
  • 2003: Heather Maxwell To Heather Maxwell aka Heather Maxwell-Kobilarcsik part of Lot. No. 1619 or parcel 64-01009 $0 Quit-Claim

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