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Local author holding book signing

By JUDY MILLER • Mar 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM

BELLEVUE — A local author will be featured when the Bellevue Historical Society holds its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Bellevue Elks Club, 214 W. Main St.

The brief business meeting will provide reports on the society’s activities, financial status and an update on the Tremont House Restoration Project, followed by election of directors.

Bellevue native Elizabeth Burr Marquard will present a program on her books which relate the 100-year arc of her maternal ancestors’ lives, the William Seibel family of rural Monroeville. “I Come From a Place Called Home, (1882-1929)” begins at Riverside Cemetery, east of Monroeville, as the last surviving sister, 80-year-old Minola, makes a final visit to her childhood home.

She relates the unbreakable bond of the Seibel siblings, forged in the hardships delivered by fate and weather, and the overriding shadow in their lives — their mother’s mental illness.

Marquard’s companion book, “I Come from a Place Called Home (1930-1985)” continues the story as the family grapples with difficult decisions about their mother’s destiny and the fate of the family farm. The Seibels’ determination and sisterly support carry them through the decades of the Great Depression and World War II, helps them adapt to modern conveniences, and bear witness to the social upheaval of the 1960’s and the trauma of Vietnam.

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 hundreds of family photographs. Marquard grew up in Lyme Township and graduated from Bellevue High School and The Ohio State University. She now lives in Chardon.

Her books will be available for purchase and for signing.

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