More About Stephen J. Hartzell

Steve Hartzell in October, 2006

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The above` picture of me was taken in October, 2006, by Larry Rees. Most of my friends and family know me as "Steve", my racing friends know me as "Scoop", but all of my written work is signed "Stephen J. Hartzell".

I was born November 19, 1958, the 7th of eight children born to Robert Joseph & Marie Anna (Kirian) Hartzell. I have lived my entire life in or near Tiffin, and I have every intention of remaining here for the remainder of it. I am a 1977 graduate of Tiffin Calvert High School, where I played football for 4 years, and wrestled for 2 years.

I am the father of 3 children from my previous marriage.

Chad Stephen Hartzell graduated from Calvert in 1997, works for E-Systems Design and Automation. He and his entire family are avid sprint car racing fans. He is my oldest, and he married Angela Kay Stultz. They are the parents of my first 2 grandchildren, Alexis Nicole Hartzell, who is at Seneca East School, and Casandria Kaye Hartzell who was born in 2001. Chad & Angela make their home in rural Republic.

Jeremy Bernard Robert Hartzell is my second son, and he graduated from Calvert in 1998. Jeremy works for Best Buy Warehouse in Findlay and also does private construction contracting. He is an avid fisherman, and a lot of his spare time is spent pursuing that passion. Jeremy is the father of two sons. Andrew Reed Hartzell, was born in December, 2005, and Aaron Robert Hartzell was born in August, 2007.

Sarah Marie Hartzell is my youngest, and she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Calvert in 2002, where she was member of the National Honor Society. She was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students as well as being a football trainer at Calvert. Sarah was accepted into the Nursing program at Ohio State University after her Freshman year. She was named to the deans list several times. She is also a die-hard Buckeye football fan, and she attended most of their home games during the 2002 National Championship season, and through the 2005 season. Sarah graduated from OSU in June, 2006. She now lives in Indianapolis and works for St. Vincent Women's Hospital in the Newborne Intensive Care unit.

I was employed at MLS Systems in Findlay, Ohio for about 21 years. Prior to that I worked at Pettibone - Tiffin as a machinist. In June, 2006, I left MLS to accept employment at E-Systems Design & Automation in Tiffin. I am a 3rd degree member of Knights of Columbus council #608 in Tiffin, and a past member of the Lehigh County PA Historical Society. I am a Lifetime Member of the Seneca County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and was honored to have served in the past as the Chapter President. I have been researching and writing original history articles since the mid '90's.

Steve Hartzell with fiance Becky Lang in October, 2006
Steve & Becky Hartzell
Photo by Larry Rees

On January 27, 2007, I was married to Becky (Graham) Lang, a Tiffin native and 1978 Calvert graduate. Becky is the mother of 4 grown children, Brian Young, Jamie, Alison and Travis Lang. She is employed as a registered nurse & patient care coordinator by a Hospice care provider. Being an excellent typist, (which I am not) she helps me with some of the data entry and proofreading for this website. Becky is a fun, caring and loving person and she is the absolute love of my life. She is the loving partner that I was once sure that I would never find. Our special song is "Isn't It Amazing" by Mark Farner. Listen to that song and you will soon understand why it has so much meaning to us.

With Mark Farner in Wooster, Ohio, July 2005
Becky & Steve with former Grand Funk Railroad leader Mark Farner, singer of "Isn't It Amazing".
Photo taken by Farner's keyboard player, Paul Ojibway, in Wooster, Ohio, July 2005.

Becky has encouraged me to seriously pursue one of my often put-off dreams. It is my hope that I will publish my first book in the near future. I plan on publishing the first volume in my proposed "History Notebook Series" on a topic to be announced later. This will be a series of relatively small, affordable paper-bound books. More on that later...

In a nutshell, I am a very relaxed and relatively informal person. If you see me around town, there is an excellent chance that I will be wearing jeans and a printed t-shirt. Writing Local & Family History, and this web site are some of my hobbies. I am also involved in sprint car racing as a historian, amateur photographer, and author of numerous sprint car racing articles and photojournals. Becky & I help out in any way we can at Fremont Speedway and Attica Raceway Park, and we very much enjoy spending time with our "racing family". I have been the organizer and promoter of the Northern Ohio Sprint Car Show at the Tiffin Mall since 2003. That event has now gained a reputation as one of the finest mall-based sprint car shows in the nation.

I have always taken an interest in History, and especially as it relates to my family and to my home county. After my first marriage ended in 1988 I began to pursue writing history in earnest, and these pages in large part are the result of those continuing efforts. The response to these pages has been most gratifying to me, and I truly enjoy maintaining and adding to them. I have been honored to recieve several awards for this web site, including Feature Site of the Month by Genealogy's Most Wanted, the Award for Genealogical Excellence, and the Jack London Writers Site Award.  My articles have also apperared in Seneca Searchers newsletter, Trumpeteer Magazine and The Racers Edge newspaper, to name a few.

I believe that history really comes alive for you when you can associate it with some of your own. After all, history and family research are inseparable. All too often genealogists restrict their research to names & dates. Although these are very important, there is so much more to learn and understand. There were real people associated with those names & dates. Those people were not much different than you and me. They had strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, laughter and tears; real emotions. There is always a story to tell when you get to the bottom of it all, and you certainly can if you are persistent over time.

My advice to researchers is simply this:
Be thorough and persistent, and tell the story as completely as you can. Introduce your family to their ancestors, and to history as it relates to their ancestors. At that point you will have something to offer your family, and others, that will retain it's meaning and importance for many generations to come.

Thank you for visiting!
Remember, your history is worth preserving.

Stephen J. Hartzell

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