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Former area resident completes second book about local family

• Aug 29, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Bellevue native Elizabeth Burr Marquard has published her second book, “I Come From A Place Called Home (1930-1985).”

This book is the companion to “I Come From A Place Called Home (1882-1929),” published in 2015, and completes the two-volume story of Mrs. Marquard’s maternal ancestors, the William Seibel family of Monroeville.

The books are based on the Seibel family’s true experiences, as told through the recollections of the youngest Seibel sister, Minola, when she is 80 years old and making a final visit to her childhood home.

Volume 1 begins at Riverside Cemetery, east of Monroeville, before transitioning to the Seibel homestead on Townline Road 32, southwest of the village.

The book spans the early years of the Seibel family’s 100-year history — from a young man’s journey down the Mississippi River in the 1880s, to the backbreaking labor necessary for a small strawberry farm to succeed, the lingering agony of the Spanish Influenza pandemic, and a nation on the brink of the Great Depression.

For the eight Seibel siblings, all choices, opportunities, and hopes for the future are complicated by one overriding shadow — their mother’s mental illness.

Volume 2 describes the difficult decisions the Seibels must make about Mama’s destiny and the fate of the family farm as the Great Depression plunges the nation into economic turmoil. With determination and sisterly support, the Seibels weather the bleak years of the 1930s, followed by the service and sacrifice of World War II.

In the ensuing decades, the family adapts to modern conveniences, witnesses the social upheaval of the 1960s, and endures the trauma of the Vietnam War. Through it all, the Seibel siblings are sustained by an unbreakable bond that only death can alter.

Mrs. Marquard used old family letters, diaries, farm journals, manuscripts, and oral history to write the books, which are part biography and part historical fiction. The two books include more than 300 photographs.

They are available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions. Locally, they can be purchased at the Golden Acorn, 106 Southwest St., in Bellevue, or at the Historic Lyme Village Gift Shop, 5001 Ohio 4, Bellevue.

Mrs. Marquard, who resides in Chardon, grew up in Lyme Township and is a graduate of Bellevue High School as well as The Ohio State University.

She will be making the following local appearances, where she will give a presentation and sign books:

Sept. 8: noon at the Monroeville Public Library

Sept. 24: 7 p.m. at the Huron County Genealogical Society meeting in the Laning-Young Research Center, 9 Case Ave., Norwalk

Oct. 11: 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Public Library

Nov. 17: noon at the Milan Public Library

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