Susan C. Ohmer (1884-1990)

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Susan Catherine Ohmer

Susan Catherine Ohmer, the last surviving daughter of a pioneering Dayton family, died Tuesday, one month shy of her 106th birthday.

Miss Ohmer had lived most of her life at Floral Hill, a 14-room house on Creighton Avenue built in 1864 by her grandfather, Nicholas Ohmer. The neighborhood, near the Dayton Mental Health Center, is known as Ohmer Park.

She died at the Maria-Joseph Center, where she lived with her sister Ruth since 1987. Ruth Ohmer, a former society editor for The Journal and The Herald, died last July at the age of 96.

“Susie is the boss, the one who always decided things for us all,” Ruth Ohmer said in a 1987 interview.

Another sister, Alice, who also lived at Floral Hill, died in December 1986 at the age of 99.

Nicholas Ohmer planted thousands of shade trees and an orchard around Floral Hill. He died in 1902, and his son (Susan’s father), Charles Thomas Ohmer, moved his family into the house in 1905. Daughters Susan, Ruth, and Alice stayed until 1987.

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