In 2011, I
put together a family history on my wife's Bezold family,
and donated a copy to the Campbell County Historical and
Genealogical Society in 2012. I try to do at least one book
per year on a different family branch, and my books always
include my email with a request for additions and
A society member contacted me a couple weeks ago with a correction.
A great-great uncle, who moved to Chicago, had a son of the same
name, and my book showed their death dates reversed. I thanked her,
and she responded with some real genealogical gold. Unbeknown to me,
the society has an oral history project. She interviewed Arnold
Bezold about his honey business in 2009, and also videotaped his
stories of the old general store. In addition, the historical
society runs an essay contest each year, and a couple essays have
been written about the Bezold store.
I visited the society 5 or 6 times last year. They have a large
collection that fills the 2nd floor of the old courthouse, but no
catalog of their holdings. It's run by a few volunteers, and I'd
like to help out more, but they're 30 minutes away and open at
inconvenient hours: Tuesdays 10-5, Thursday 10-2, and Saturday 10-2.
Even then, you have to call first to be sure they're open. The next
Saturday I went and got the DVD that was waiting for me. (The essays
were unavailable as a volunteer has them at home, compiling a book
to be published by the society.) The video lasted 55 minutes with
Arnold talking about his bees, then the 100-year history of the
store, then a tour of his hives and equipment, and finally a tour
inside the store. He even did a quick flip through his old photo
album. Great stuff!
photo, of an ambulance and its driver, led me to another story.
Arnold said his uncle was burned in a fire in Cincinnati, and the
ambulance brought him home from the hospital. I located an
article telling me it was Uncle Joe, and how Uncle Dom helped
save his life.
Seeing the interview and learning of the essays, I realized that
this little store had a greater impact on the area than I first
imagined. So I did some searching to see if other such remembrances
existed. I learned about another interview with Arnold, from a blog
by a local college student. She created a 10-minute documentary on
the Bezold store in 2011, as an upper-level history class
Took me a while to track down this second video (it was on her
YouTube channel with no identifying keywords), It looked very
professional, like you’d see on TV, but it had a few mistakes. There
was a narrated intro about Frank’s immigrant parents, with some
family group sheets printed from my website (which is fine by me).
But while talking about specific individuals, they repeatedly showed
photos of the wrong people (4 or 5 times). Aside from that, it was
to make copies of these treasures for the family, I felt the need to
edit both videos. The first was 55 minutes long, and I split it into
two chapters. They came out almost even, with 27 minutes on the
general store and 28 minutes on beekeeping. The store interviews
took place inside and behind the building, so I added some still
shots of the storefront at the beginning. Correcting the photo order
in the documentary video was a bit challenging, as they all
transitioned into each other. I also learned from the videos that
old Frank played the fiddle, so I was a bit disappointed that both
chose banjo background music at the beginning and end, but I left it
I burned 6 DVDs for the immediate family with LightScribe labels.
This was my first experience with the laser-etching process, and it
took longer than I expected – about 15 minutes each. So I made 10
more regular DVDs simply labeled with marker, for my father-in-law
to give to his siblings and cousins. Hopefully they will circulate
to the younger generations, and bring new life to the old country