Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weyers Station and Matthias Weyer

The small unincorporated community known as Weyers or Weyers Station was located at the junction of Skadden and Bardshar Roads in Section One of Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio. It was named for an early resident of the area, Matthias Weyer. An article found in the historical files of the Sandusky Library Sandusky Research Center states that Matthias Weyer, a native of Germany, settled in Margaretta Township in 1852. His son, also named Matthias Weyer was named Postmaster of Weyers in 1895. By 1902, the Post Office at Weyers closed, and the mail that had been delivered there was sent to Parkertown, where Portland Road crosses the railroad. Below is a page from the U.S. Appointment of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971, a database from Ancestry Library Edition.

The old Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad, and railroads that superseded it, passed through the community of Weyers, most likely picking up and dropping the U.S. mail as it traveled through. It is said that there was an old quarry south of the railroad crossing, which was used to furnish gravel for the road bed of the first railroad. There was once a grain elevator at Weyers, and a store and lunch counter were in business there for a time. 

Matthias Weyer, the son, died in 1902. His will is on file at Erie Probate Court, as well as at Ancestry Library Edition. Below is a portion of his will.

Matthias Weyer, the former Postmaster, was buried in Sandusky’s St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Many of his descendants still reside in Erie County, Ohio today.


Anonymous said...

I am the great grandson of Mathias and Elizabeth Weyer. I lived at Weyer's Station until 1970. Mathias owned the land that the railroad was built on. He built the elevator on the south west corner of the intersection of the railroad and Skadden Road. The homestead was located across the street south of the tracks. The Weyer Elevator and Supply Co. later sold to Rathbun Feed and Grain Co., had a small waiting room for passengers boarding the train. Part of the original homestead still stands today. The one room stone house was torn down in the late 70's and replaced, but the two story brick addition is still in use. Mathias built the brick house north of the tracks for one of his sons and a brick Victorian house for his daughter just south of the elevator. Mathias' father (name unknown) came to live with him for a short time before he was married. Trains would stop to pickup and deliver passengers, Farm goods for sale in Sandusky and Bellevue. Deliver supplies of lamp oil, coal for heating and other goods. Jack (John Cletis) Weyer

Anonymous said...

So interesting!