Oachs and Ward Family Website
This website was created to share my research of the Oachs and Ward family genealogy with family members across the United States.
This website is dedicated to my grandmother, Lorna Mildred Oachs. The website is in lavendar which was my grandmother's favorite color.
I owe so much to her for teaching me the invaluable lessons in life. From the time I was four years old, she insisted I take piano lessons. Music was a big part of her life. She could play the piano, organ, accordion, saxaphone, guitar and drums. Her enthusiasm for music has been passed down to some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her mother, Minnie Ward Oachs, played the piano. So the musical abilites are genetic. I have played the piano and organ for church services for many years still carrying on the tradition of music.
In addition to the music, my grandmother was an accomplished cook. It was forbidden that we ever cook anything out of a box! Everything must be from "scratch". She was far ahead of her time. She grew her own vegetables because she felt the pesticides on them from the stores would cause cancer. If she bought from a store, it was throughly washed with Shaklee soap. She taught me to bake a cake from scratch at the age of 8 years old. We were to never eat boxed food since it was full of preservatives not good for anyone's body. She would be proud today to know she was on to something before the scientists! She owned a restaurant then went on to own pre-schools. The waiting list was quite long to get into her pre-school.
Despite having children with handicaps, my grandmother never complained. Three of her four children died at young ages. Her only surviving daughter is deaf.
I used many resources for this family website. Over the years, Florence Oachs has sent many newspaper articles, her own handwritten memories and obituaries to my grandmother. I inherited the information along with numerous other photos. On my many trips to Mankato, I would discuss family history with Cal Oachs.
The Oachs Family has a rich and beautiful history from Germany to the USA. The family has always had a strong bond among the sixteen children of William Oachs. Many thanks to Florence Oachs who kept the "California Family" up to date with the "Minnesota Family through the years.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Ochs ‘ox’, Middle High German ohse; probably a nickname for a strong or lumbering individual, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who tended or drove oxen, or for a cattle dealer. In some cases the surname was a habitational name derived from an inn sign. As a Jewish name it is often ornamental.
This website is a compilation of many family reunions, letters and information from Florence Oachs as well as my grandmother's photos and documents she had saved. Census records were obtained from Ancestry.com. Information about living family members is only included if it is of public record. Early photos of living family members will be identified only as they are in relation to deceased family members.
Copyright R. Gelardi. All rights reserved. 2008.
Information may be used for personal use only.
Oachs and Ward Family Website