Margaret Ward Deschler
Margaret (christened as Marguerite) was born in Bourbon Co., KY, near the city of Paris on 13 Feb 1895 to James Ward ( born in Ireland) and Mary Jane Brown (born in England). Margaret was the youngest of 9 children. In 1904 the Ward family moved to Covington KY and 10 year old Margaret could remember the great flood of 1905, when the 1st and sometimes 2nd floors of down Covington was under water. She remembered walking from one building to another via planks on the 3rd floor going from the window of one building to another. Much could be said about Margaret's parents and most of her brothers, but suffice it to say that this little girl was raised in a terrible atmosphere of constant alcoholism and other vices. At the age of 13 (in 1908) her mother threw Margaret out of their home to make it on her own. This child was very lucky in that she wandered into the sturdy German enclave of Covington KY and found work as a housekeeper. With this strong German work ethic and dedication of family all around her, she learned what family love should be like. It can be said of Margaret that she was a "diamond, plucked from the mud."
About 1912, 15-year-old Margaret Ward met 21 year old William "Bill" Deschler. It was a very proper dinner date arraigned by Bill's mother and Ms. Rusk, Margaret's employer. They were married at Grace United Church of Christ on 25 Jan 1915. After the ceremony, the newlyweds went to William's parent's house for dinner, then they took the trolley to the 1915 Zigfield Follies, starring Al Jolson, at the Walnut Theater in Cincinnati. That night when they got out of the show, snow was on the ground and the moon was shining. They took the trolley to the "incline" (a trolley going up a hill) and on to their 3rd floor apartment in Price Hill (Cincinnati) near Burnet Woods on Riddle Road. They lived there from Jan-Jun 1915 when they moved to 16th Street in Covington, KY. Margaret's ability to love and be loved was starting to flouish.
Margaret's husband Bill had become a "Master" platinumsmith and was recruited by many prestigious jewelry making firms. Leaving Covington the family came to Indianapolis in September 1925 so that Bill could work for J. C. Sipe Jewelers, where he would work until 1932 when he lost his job, his house, and his bank account due to the Great Depression. In 1932, during the depths of the depression Margaret would bake pies during the night and her Bill would sell them on the streets of downtown Indianapolis.. During these most difficult times, it was Margaret's strength of character and love of family that held the Deschlers together. In 1933 Bill found work at Reis Co, as a jewelry maker and continued working there until 1962 when he was 72 years old and forced to retire because of ill health.
Margaret passed away at the age of 95 in Indianapolis, IN.
Margaret was a fiercely protective mother, a loving grandmother, and got to see most of her great grandchildren born.
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