James A. Post circa 1905

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32. James Albert4 Post (Walter5, Jabez6, John7, John8, Nathaniel9, Samuel10, John11, Stephen12, Abraham13, Thomas14, Peter Arnold15 Van Der Poest, Peter16 Post, Goosen17) was born in Chester, OH October 4, 1881. James died October 1, 1976 at age 94.

He married twice. He married Ethel M. Keiffer August 19, 1903 in Geauga County, Ohio.(6) Ethel was born September 14, 1883 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio. Ethel(7) was the daughter of Charles W. Labau and Lillie Minnie (nee Unknown) Labau. Ethel died February 25, 1911 in Ohio, at age 27.(8) He married Emma C.f. Kopp October 28, 1911.(9) Emma was born April 10, 1883. (Additional notes for Emma C.f. Kopp(10)) Emma died July 1972 at age 89.

He resided 8564 Cottrell, in Chesterland, OH 1956-1976. James was employed at State Road Department as a Construction Engineer in Ohio -November 1960.(11) From to the Times Leader newspaper article in 1971: A construction engineer for the state highway department, Mr. Post did not retire until he was "one month past 79. I wouldn't have retired then" he brumbled good-naturedly, "except we had a Democratic governor instead of a Republican." Excerpts from the October 30, 1971 Times Leader (Chardon Ohio) newspaper column titled "Posts' 60 years together a 'good life'":

The marriage bond of James and Emma Post was 60 years strong Thursday as the quietly celebrated their anniversary at their home in Chesterland.

Mr. Post was a widower with four children when they met in Cleveland. A year later they were married and "Emma raised the children as though they were her own" he said.

At 90, Mr. Post is Chester Township's oldest native born resident.

"Sixty years ago today," Mr. Post recalled, "there was snow on the ground. It was a dreary day. Today it's the complete opposite."

"My father was a veteran of the Civil War. He voted for Lincoln in his second term." The family has been Republican in its politics ever since, he explained.

"If you have a difference of opinion, keep it to yourself" Mr. Post advised young marrieds.

The Posts life has had its sorrows. They were wiped out in the depression and Jean, the only child born to them, died at the age of nineteen. The loss is still keenly felt.

"I never thought we'd live to see our 60th anniversary," Mrs. Post said wonderingly. "Sixty years, woman." Mr. Post teased. "That's a long time."

James Albert Post and Ethel M. Keiffer had the following children:

child 33 i. Edward Kieffer3 Post(12) was born in Chesterland, OH February 6, 1904. Edward died 1988 at age 84. His body was interred in Chester Twp. Cem, A-17.


Charles W. Post 1959 with grandson Robert Bradley

child + 14 ii. Charles Walter Post was born May 2, 1905.

child 34 iii. Gertrude Ethel Post(13) was born in Chesterland, OH October 13, 1906.

child 35 iv. Dora Knapp Post(14) was born in Chesterland, OH December 21, 1908. Dora died May 23, 1989 in Claridon, Ohio, at age 80. Her body was interred in Chardon Village, Cem. Sec. 15, Lot 12. She married twice. She married William Hendershot. William was born 1905. (Additional notes for William Hendershot(15)) His body was interred August 1, 1977 in Chardon, OH.

James Albert Post and Emma C.f. Kopp had the following child:

child 36 v. Jean Margaret Post(16) was born in Chester, OH November 23, 1919. Jean died January 12, 1940 in Jackson, MI (MS?), at age 20. Her body was interred in Chester, OH.

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