Note: n for many years. He enjoyed swimming, gardening, and traveled between Ohio and Oregon nearly every summer for over 50 years to visit family. He traveled to Scotland twice when he was young with his mother to visit her family in and near Glasgow and in Argyleshire. He owned and operated the Argyle Shop on Mansfield Ave., Shelby, working with linoleum, carpet and tile retail and installation. He began working regularly in the shop with his father when he was nine years old, and stayed in the vocation for seventy years. He also owned rental houses and apartments in Shelby. He was a life-long resident of Shelby, and a Mason (Ancient Scottish Rite) of the 32nd degree. Ham Houpt died while working at the Argyle Shop in March 2000.
Young "Ham" traveled back to Scotland with his mother two or three times to visit her family: in 1923 when he was an infant for his grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, likely again when he was 3 to 5 years old, and in the 1930s when he was a teenager.
Ham Houpt was very proud of his Scottish heritage, as well as his paternal family's heritage as pioneers of his home town. He was a great-great-great-grandson of Isaac and Hannah (Hoyt) Marvin who left Norwalk, Connecticut, to settle in Richland County, Ohio, in 1816, and his great-great-great-uncle, Stephen Marvin, built the first house in Shelby, Ohio. Ham was a third-cousin of U. S. Senator Stephen Marvin Young of Norwalk, Ohio. He a great-grandson of William Henry Houpt, first proprietor of the Houpt Monumental Works and the largest granite dealer in Ohio for many years. He was also a great-great-great-grandson of the Rev. C. F. Heyer, MD, a canonized saint of the Lutheran Church and the first Lutheran missionary sent out from America, who spent decades in the 19th century building missions, hospitals and schools in India.
Note: Ham Houpt lived at 65 Park Ave., Shelby, OH. He was a volunteer firema
Continued: Their marriage is recorded in Crawford County Marriage Book 24, Page 523.
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