trella h. romine   

Trella Hemmerly Haldeman Romine, the great-niece of William Henry Sheneman,  was born in Marion, Ohio and has lived in Marion or Marion County most of her life.  She retired in 1982 as  president of Hemmerly's Flowers and Gifts, Inc., a retail florist operation that was founded with her parents, Ray and Ivaloo Hemmerly, in 1934. 

Her interest in local history was nurtured by her involvement in Marion County Historical Society.  She was a founding member in 1969, and an officer for the past 32 years.  She also served for 10 years on the board of The Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums and was President for 2 years.

Her literary efforts have been in the local history field.  She edited the 684 page 1979 History of Marion County, After 40 Years, a Profile of the Scioto Ordnance Plant and the Marion Engineer Depot, Vignettes of Morrow County, Ohio, and The Marion County Courthouse 1994-1984.  She is the author of Day Before Yesterday, A Collection of Vignettes of Marion, Ohio, and the Conrad and Margaret Hemmerly Genealogy, and co-author of the Hildreth Genealogy. 

As publication chairman of the Marion County Historical Society, she has carried out publication reprints of six books of Marion Country history.  She founded the Rinker/Howser Resource Center of the Marion County Historical in 1995, and carries out its operation. 

After graduating from Harding High School in Marion in 1933, she continued her "hands-on" education in floristry, gardening, native plants, prairies, birding, genealogy, and local history.  For the past 50 years she has lived at Terradise, the home she and her late husband, Ray Romine, built on 18 acres laying on both sides of the Whetstone River near Caledonia, Ohio.  This site has been designated an Ohio Natural Landmark by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Now 10 computers later with the latest technology, she still continues to research and publish local history material.  This story was written exclusively for The Wheelmen website based on the original notebook carried by Will Sheneman during his trip.  This notebook was handed down to Trella from her mother, Ivaloo Sheneman Hemmerly, daughter of Emanuel Sheneman (Will's brother) at whose home his bicycle trip ended.  Ironically,  Will Sheneman's final trip in life ended at Ivaloo's home in Marion, Ohio on April 11, 1921.  Trella, then 5 years old, remembers his passing to this day.

Webmaster's Note:  The Wheelmen would like to take this opportunity to thank Trella Romine for her time and efforts in sharing the journey of her great-uncle with cycling history enthusiasts worldwide.    


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