Who was Flora E. Winger?
Read the Deed to Flora E. Winger in 1886.
Flora E Winger and her husband John M. Winger had long careers in Springfield. They owned several different properties in Springfield and John Winger worked in management in several of Springfield's famous manufacturing companies, such as the Springfield Drill, Tricycle Co., and American Seeding-Machine Co. Most of the property deeds are listed in the name of Flora and not John.
Flora E. McKibben was born around 1858 in Ohio. Her parents Lewis Mckibben and Martha Mckibben were also born in Ohio and were living in Hillsboro, Highland, Ohio in 1880. Her father’s parents were both from Kentucky and he went on to become a teacher. Her mother, Martha’s parents had been born in Ohio. Martha’s occupation was somewhat unclear as it was listed as keeping school. Flora also had a sister named Anna Ellis who was widowed by the age of 28 and had stayed home for most of her time.
Flora married shortly after to John M Winger who was a native to Ohio, but his parents were from Pennsylvania. John M Winger was one of three children, he had a brother named George and a sister whose name is later changed to Mrs. C.S. Ramsey. Flora and John then moved to Springfield with the rest of John’s family by 1881. Shortly after there arrival John was selected to serve as treasurer of the Building and Loan Association in 1884 and would resign four years later in 1888. As John’s career began to expand, so did his family. Flora and John had two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. Waldo the eldest was born in September 1882 and Marthena the youngest born in August 1888. The two would grow to take two different paths, although both attended Wittenberg. In 1890, the Wingers took up residence at 275 S. Limestone, now the site of the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts Conference Center.
While having and raising their children Flora and John bought the house located on 529 North Wittenberg Avenue plot 3777 in 1886 for $1,250. After having the home for seven years the couple sold the estate to Ella I. MacMillen in 1892. MacMillen would buy 219 Ferncliff for $5,200. The area had clearly increased in value over the seven years. Although the couple had bought and sold the property, they never actually resided in the home. Instead, the Wingers lived at 275 South Limestone, where they would raise their children, make memories, and continue to live for many years to come. While the Winger’s had purchased 219 Fercliff and had been consistently residing at their South Limestone household, John was working for a pump manufacturer. By 1889 John was the Treasurer for the Superior Drill Company located on 66 S. Limestone.Flora’s mother also resided with the family until she passed in 1909.
The Winger's purchased several properties that they then rented out from 1886-1905 including Flora's properties:
- 7/19/1886 $1,250 for Lot 3777 on Plat of Wittenberg from John Myers (Clark County Deeds v. 89 p. 337) – SOLD in 1892 to Ella I. MacMillen for $5,200
- 11/11/1892 $1,250 for Lot 959 from Amelia P. Wick ( v. 106 p. 90)
- 8/29/1896 $2,000 for S34, T5, R9 from Marietta Caldwell ( v. 117, p. 636-38)
- 11/17/1899 $1,500 for Lot 4523 (plat of W. H. Wancks) from T. B. Flago (v. 127 p. 109)
- 12/14/1899 $5,500 see City Deed from Springfield National Bank ( v. 127 p. 282)
- 7/20/1900 $1 see City Deed from P. P. Mast Co. ( v. 129 p. 307)
- 11/1/1900 $3,750 for Lot 876 (old #16) from William A. Hance ( v.130 p. 337)
- 3/23/1901 $1,200 for Lot 5102 from Emma A. Reed ( v.132 p. 142)
- 4/14/1903 $4,700 for Lot 1342 from Amanda H. Weaver ( v. 140 p. 254)
- 11/18/1905 $450 for Lot 6713 from John M. Winger (Flora's husband) ( v. 152 p. 107)
- 9/19/1881 $2,000 for Lot 906 from Lewis McKibben (John's father-in-law) ( v.77 p. 166)
- 5/2/1882 $1,200 for property from Heirs of Charlotte Thomson ( v. 79 p. 299)
- 6/7/1890 $1,200 for Lots 11 & 12 from from Lewis McKibben (John's father-in-law) ( v. 100 p. 196)
By 1900 the couple had been married for 20 years, and were still residing in the same home although they had continued to purchase and sell different homes, totally eight properties. In 1903, a worker named Mr. Cola/Colie from the Superior Drill Company moved into the 219 Ferncliff residence as a tenant. He was renting from Kissel and Son Real Estate Agents, who worked on behalf of the current property owner, Ella I. MacMillen. The Superior Drill worker negotiated a monthly rent of $40 for himself and his two children. The letters from Kissel to the MacMillen owners demonstrates that Mr. Cola/Colie was working at the same company as John Winger. This may explain why the Winger family had never actually resided in the home. The Winger’s may have purchased the home just to ensure employers and coworkers could lodge in town.
Although the Winger’s residency and family life remained the same on South Limeston, John moved through several management jobs. Whether his job changes were due to seeking new opportunities or poor working relationships is not evident in the sources. Four years after the Winger’s had sold the Wittenberg residence, in 1896, John became office manager for the Tricycle Company located on the southeast corner of Park and Columbia. The company was incorporated in January 1882 and had had a solid capital stock of $100,000. The 1894 Sanborn map (below) shows the details of the factory and the property just two years before Winger joins the company. The following year, 1897, John made promising progress in the company by becoming treasurer. John would hold this position for another two years.
Although John was still working as treasurer for the Tricycle Co., he was also working for the Superior Drill Company (see below) on northeast corner of Limestone and Jefferson in 1899. Some may theorize his purpose for obtaining these two positions was a result of his realization for the future of the Tricycle Co. John was treasurer, a prestigious position, and knew the finances and estimates of the company, demonstrating if the companies were in trouble as to the reason why he would seek secondary job; this is just a theory.
By 1900 things started to settle down for John and working steadily at the Supreme Drill Co.; the Tricycle Co. either went out of business or moved elsewhere, due to its absence within the Springfield City Directories after this year. The Supreme Drill Co. was very auspicious with being incorporated since 1883 and in it’s capitol stock resting at $250,000. The Supreme Drill Co. was a manufacturer of Grain Drills and Agricultural Implements.
John would stay with the company until 1904, when he secured another job since 1903 working as a clerk for Cor. Monroe and Gallagher, an agricultural implement manufacturing company. Although Flora would stay home with the children, the children weren’t very young anymore; Waldo was 17 and Marthena was 11 at this time they were both attending school in 1900. Waldo was enlisted as a sophomore at Wittenberg by 1900 and would graduate as a senior in 1903.
The next few years changed dramatically for the Winger family as Waldo began studying law from 1903 and continued until 1905. After 1905 the Winger’s family dynamic had changed. Waldo left Springfield to venture into the world, as his family would wait for him in hopes of his return, but sadly he would not or many years. George W. Winger, John’s brother, was promoted to cashier at the First National Bank and residing still only a few doors down from his brother at 342 South Limestone in 1906. By 1908 everything changed when both George and John moved their families. George, his wife Julia, and other members of his household moved to 828 S. Limestone, whilst John, Flora and Marthena moved just a few more houses down on 701 South Limestone; this would be the home John would live his final days in.
Marthena had bloomed into a beautiful young lady and would be taking classes at Wittenberg College for the next two years. She was quite fond of music; she decided to study it in 1909 at Wittenberg. Although many miles separated the Winger’s, they still cared for one another. Waldo had moved to Newark, New Jersey and lived with his wife Maude and his son John who was two years old, in 1910. Maude Tabb Winger had immigrated to America from England in 1889 with her mother Sophia Tabb, who lived with them as well. Waldo had been working for an electric company at the time even though he had previously studied law. Although Waldo was residing in New Jersey, his mother, father, and sister were still living in Springfield, Ohio.
John and Flora also added two new occupants to the home since Waldo had left and her mother had passed, Anna B Ellis (Flora’s widowed sister), and Amma Freeman, a servant. As the 1920’s pressed forward, John was working as a purchasing agent for The American Seeding-Machine Co. since 1911 and would retire in 1921. Flora would tend to the household and made sure everything was always at its best.
Their daughter, Marthena, became a principal at the Ridgeway School nearby, and would still be residing with her parents to aid them in anyway they needed. Waldo moved to Glendale, Los Angeles California and had two sons who were both born in New York, now John was 12 and Waldo Jr. was 8. Waldo Sr. now worked as a broker at the age 37. Not only had Waldo been working as an agent, he had created his own agency and was continuously successful throughout his career. Waldo may have been moving from state to state but yet his family continued to stay settled in Ohio. His mother was now 62, his father, sister, and aunt still continued to live in Springfield, Ohio.
On March 8, 1925, John M Winger passed away at age 74 of paralysis and having a stroke a few days prior to his passing. John was diagnosed with paralysis on Christmas Eve in 1917. Although John had worked as a purchasing agent of the American Seeding Machine Co. for 15 years, he had retired and had been a current stockholder of the business during the time of his death. John’s death left Flora widowed at the age of 67. Flora would continue to live in her 701 South Limestone home, the home in which her and her husband shared with her children for so many years, until her last breath. November 27, 1935 Flora E Winger passed away at the age of 77 in Springfield, Ohio. Although Flora passed away in November it wasn’t until January 2, 1936 her obituary was written in the Herald Newspaper, it can be found in the Highland County District Library in Hillsboro, Ohio; where Flora’s from. Her children lived on sufficiently, Marthena passed away in 1987, with her self-fulfilling teaching career, and Waldo passed away in March of 1961 with a family and successful career.
Profile by Deanna Iwanyckyj, class 2015, and D. Brooks Hedstrom, History.
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Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA
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