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Elizabeth Lois Brobst

(reprint from Circleville Herald)

Published: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:39 PM EST

COLUMBUS — Lois Brobst passed away on November 25, 2008, at Lutheran Village in Columbus .

    She was born June 14, 1918, to John and Lillie (McArty) Engle of Rosedale, Ind.

    Lois graduated from Indiana State University in Terre Haute , Ind. , and continued her education at Gregg College in Chicago and Ohio University in Athens . She taught business education in the Pickaway County Schools , Circleville High School , and evening classes at Pickaway-Ross Vocational School until her retirement in 1977. She was the advisor for many years to the SOS Club, a Service Over Self organization for high school girls. In 1975, she opened her own business, Lois’s Letter Shop, at her home on Atwater Avenue in Circleville.     Lois was a Charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a National Honor Society for women teachers. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church , Circleville and an associate member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Dade City , Fla. She was a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Pickaway County Teachers Association. After retirement, Lois kept active driving for the Senior Center of Circleville, working with Hospice of Pickaway County, volunteering at the Pickaway County Board of Elections, Berger Hospital and Pasco County Hospital in Zephryhills, Fla. She was a member of the Pumpkin Show Committee for many years.

    Lois is survived by her three children, Nancy Nance of Columbus, Marsha Adkins of Westerville and John Brobst (Jeannette) of Calimesa, Calif.; one sister, Mae Hoggatt of Indianapolis, Ind.; grandchildren, Patrick Nance (Erin), Jamie Adkins, and Katie Brobst; numerous nieces and nephews; and thousands of past students who can type because they had Lois as a teacher.

    Funeral arrangements will be at Wellman Funeral Home in Circleville.  Calling hours will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 30, and noon-1 p.m. Monday, December 1, followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Floral Hills Memory Gardens .

Condolences may be sent to:

Marsha Adkins
176 Murnane
Westerville, OH  43081


Marsha Adkins running the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure in Columbus on Saturday, May 17th!

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Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure


Craig Benzenberg on Dallas TV news

December 26, 2007

     Classmate Jeannelle  and husband, Lee at "Biker Sunday" in Circleville, August 6th, 2006


This was at the Nazarene Church last sunday for Biker Sunday. There were around 100 bikes there this year. They had a lunch for the bikers at the church and then they rode to Old Man's Cave.


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Round Town Conservancy rallies to save octagonal house

by Mike Pratt
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Members of the Roundtown Conservancy gathered at the octagonal house on the Crites Farm, at the south edge of Circleville, to clean inside and out. If the house is not moved it likely will be torn down for a retail development.
The octagonal house on the Crites farm, at the southern edge of Circleville, has been uninhabited for a few years and is beginning to deteriorate. So members of the Roundtown Conservancy, incorporated in 2001, are trying to seize an opportunity to save the house. Several of the group’s members on Saturday gathered at the house to do some cleaning.

The Crites property, currently owned by Mary Virginia Hannan, is targeted for retail development, with a Super Wal-Mart Center being the anchor store. The primary developer, Casto, agreed to allow the Roundtown Conservancy to move the house by the end of October, said conservancy president Stuart Sharpnack. Otherwise, the house will be torn down to make room for the development.

Sharpnack said Casto has given the conservancy permission to clean the house, have possession of the home, and to move it.

“We’re going to do everything we can to meet the specifications they gave us, he said. “They originally talked about the end of October (to move the house). We are reaching that deadline quickly, but we anticipated it would be a slow process and we are prepared to ask for extensions. And I think with all the publicity behind saving the house, I think the developer is fully aware of our intentions and he has said he would like to see the house saved.”

It is likely the house can be saved, said Roundtown Conservancy member Wallace Higgins.

“Now, we’re going to have to have a lot of money and we do have some national support, from the National Preservation Society and other groups like that,” he said. “So it’s possible we can do it and we certainly are going to try. It’s too great a building to see it go to nothing like this. It’s tragic what’s already been done to it, but it’s still something that can be redeemed.”

Sharpnack agrees.

“Structurally speaking, I think the house is in sound condition,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of preservation experts tell us that, and as far as I’m concerned they are the experts. We rely on them to give us the information we need.

“As long as they keep telling us it’s salvageable, we’re going to work on keeping it safe,” he said. “I think the attention we’re getting, as far as our intent to save the house, not just on the local level, but state and national as well, I think there’s a very good chance we can save this house. There’s so much history behind it. It’s certainly a landmark and something for the citizens of Circleville and Pickaway County to treasure, and we need to do everything we can to save it.”

Roundtown Conservancy member Tom Cooper said with the right technology and the right amount of money, almost anything can be done, including saving the octagonal house.

“It’s a very stable building,” he said.

One hurdle is to find a permanent home for the house.

“Basically, we’d like to move the house to a place that is close,” Sharpnack said. “We’d like to see it used as a community center, visitors’ bureau, or something to draw attention to Circleville and Pickaway County. We believe it can bring tourists into the community.”

Higgins said the eight sides of the house is what makes it unique.

“This was a style that came into vogue in 1840s,” he said. “Of course Circleville had a much earlier connection with octagonal buildings because the (Pickaway County) courthouse was that shape.

“Several architects have come here to look at it over the years and they say it’s an extremely unusual structure, even for an octagonal house,” he said. “We’re dealing with something that is very nearly unique.”

Circleville’s Beth Kowalski said Pickaway County’s connection to octagonal structures makes this one even more significant.

“Our first courthouse was an octagonal house,” she said. “So we were building them before they became popular.

“It’s like covered bridges,” she said. “How many are left?”

The octagonal house on the Crites farm was built by a young farmer named George Gregg. According to a 1987 article in the
Pickaway Quarterly, “Circleville historian Mac Noggle believed Gregg’s plan for the house was influenced by his recollections of our first county courthouse, the octagonal building which stood at the intersection of Court and Main Street.”

The courthouse was still in its glory when Gregg was a boy.

Sharpnack said the house basically has been hidden from the Circleville community.

“What the conservancy is doing is bringing attention to the house and it’s historical significance,” he said. “We are getting all kinds of organizations and individuals who certainly are willing to put their names on paper, saying they want to see the house saved. So I think that’s very important.”

Kowalski said she often hears people say they wish certain buildings with historical significance had not been torn

“Well this is our chance to stop that,” she said.

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Classmate Tom N. Tootle is in business with his brother providing music for parties as a DJ and Karaoke.   Visit their website at: where you can listen to some of their karaoke music, and contact them for your next event.

Peter Knox is an attorney in Massachusetts.  Visit Peter's business site at:                



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    You know you're in a small town..... 

- when you don't use turn signals because everybody knows where you're going. 

- if you're born on June 13 and your family receives gifts from the local merchants because you're the first baby of the year. 

- if you speak to each dog you pass, by name ..... and he wags his tail at you 

- if you dial the wrong number, and talk for 15 minutes anyway. 

- when the biggest business in town sells farm machinery. 

- if you write a check on the wrong bank and it covers you anyway. 

- if you missed church on Sunday and the preacher sends you a get-well card! 

Unable to attend the reunion in 2002, the following classmates send their greetings along with some photos!..........................

Mary Anne Yates Sattelberger   

Mary Anne resides in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where she continues her work in Nuclear Energy.

Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory

Scott & Veronica Lindsay   

and with daughter,  Elizabeth    

Scott is a pharmacist and lives in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Mark Lindsay and his wife on "The Harley" in Colorado

Mark is a pilot for American Airlines, and lives in Maryland.

Steve Thompson, Political Activist in Michigan

Traverse City Reporter, April, 2001



Reunion Highlights

Deceased Classmates