Gunther Lahm addresses those gathered during the dedication of the German Immigrant Bell and Memorial at South Park.

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Today - The bronze bell hanging from the steeple of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church was a symbol of its parishioners' determination for decades. And now it continues to tell their story from a new location -- a memorial monument in South Park.
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The bell hanging from the steeple of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church was a symbol of its parishioners' determination for decades. And now it continues to tell their story from a new place -- a memorial monument in South Park.
Over the weekend members of Mansfield's German immigrant community gathered at the park for a formal dedication. The bell is now encased in a monument, with inscriptions that tell the history of the community and the church they founded.
The U.S. saw an influx of German immigrants following World War II. Many fled their homes and villages in former Yugoslavia and other parts of Eastern Europe because of Soviet occupation. Gunther Lahm, son of the church's founding pastor Karl Lahm explained that Soviet occupation of these lands towards the end of World War II meant oppression, incarceration, and death for many of the two million Germans.
Mansfield's thriving economy attracted many of these newcomers, who found work as factory personnel, tool and die makers, steel workers, carpenters, bricklayers and farmers.
Reverend Karl Lahm immigrated to the United States with his family as refugees. Lahm felt called to minister to the German Lutheran community in Mansfield. The German-language parish became a place not only for worship, but preserving the community's culture and language. At its peak, there were nearly 700 members.
The bell was installed in the early 1950s. It was made in Germany and cost one thousand dollars. Retired Bishop Abraham Allende said it's common for numbers to dwindle over time at non-English speaking churches. He said that the second and third generations of our immigrant communities usually assimilate into the culture and no longer feel that connection to their parents’ distant homeland or the necessity to worship in the language of origin.
Former church member Mike Dorner said that they’re honoring the memory of their forefathers. The hardships they endured, and the sacrifices they made. During the dedication ceremony, Allende reminded the crowd not only to remember the legacy of their ancestors, but the contribution of immigrants in general.
Next, some local history. It wasn’t that long ago when the land on the west side of South Trimble Road was farmland.
Today, The neighborhood of the Crossings, the complex of the Ohio Cancer Specialists, and the Waterford at Mansfield all sit in the cropland once belonging to the Finney Farm. In fact, the street itself was known as Finney Road for most of Mansfield’s history, and was originally disconnected from Trimble Road.
While the Finney House is no longer standing, it used to be a large home with two stories, an attic, and at least three chimneys. Head over to to check out pictures of the Finney Farm, the family’s massive barn, and see what stands there today.
Next, From Ashland Source - Seven people running for public seats on councils around Ashland County met to speak about their candidacies.
The chamber’s director of programs and finance, said the chamber invited all candidates across the county for the event. It wasn’t a debate. It was an opportunity for people to hear candidates introduce themselves.
Ermal Alexander, a candidate for one of two available seats on the Sullivan Township Board of Trustees, kicked things off. He said the small community seems to be divided between the two sides of the road. Alexander is one of seven candidates for the two open seats. He and Tab Bloom were the only candidates to attend. Bloom said he would focus on bringing people together to get more involvement from residents on issues.
Bob Zakutni, an incumbent for one of four open seats on Perrysville Village Council, said the village is heading in the right direction. But there's a lot more to be done. Jason Chio and Heather Sample are running for a Ward 2 seat on Ashland City Council.
Chio said infrastructure in the City of Ashland is its largest issue. And Sample said she wants to be the voice to the people of Ashland who don't have one. Sample, who is white and characterized herself as "pro-BLM”.
Finally, Emily Huestis is a candidate for Ashland Council’s Ward 3 seat. She is running against Dennis Miller, the seat’s incumbent. She’s a first-time candidate, and said she knows how to build common ground. She’s worked in education, health care administration and has been a stay-at-home mother. Ashland’s mayor, Matt Miller is running uncontested. To read our full coverage on the event visit
Finally, we’d like to take a moment to remember Aaron Michael Lewis. Aaron was proud to have graduated from college as a member of the Honor Society and earned several degrees. He worked as a business manager for Change Healthcare and loved the beautiful home that he and his wife, Jessica, had built for themselves. Aaron loved to hike and camp. He collected rare books and listened to his jazz record collection.
He will be missed by all who loved him so much. He is survived by his loving wife, his stepchildren, his mother and stepfather, his grandmother, his aunts, his uncle, his cousins, his in-laws, and his many siblings in the fraternal organizations he was a member of. A celebration of his life will be planned at a future date. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Aaron’s life.

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