Scheuer Family Papers
OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Scheuer Family Papers
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Number: MSS 954 and MSS 954 AV
Title: Scheuer Family Papers
Creator: Martin and Sarah Scheuer
Dates: Ca. 1960-1986
Media: Papers, Photographs, Sound Recording
Quantity: 4 cubic feet
Location: Ohio Historical Center
HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE COLLECTION
Sandra Lee Scheuer was the second and youngest daughter of Martin and Sarah Scheuer.
Martin Scheuer, a Jewish man, immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1935 to
escape Nazi persecution. He settled in Youngstown, Ohio in 1937 where he met and married
his wife, Sarah. Sandra was raised in Boardman, a suburb of Youngstown, and graduated from
high school in 1967.
After high school she attended Kent State University where she majored in speech therapy. In
May 1970 Sandra was a 20 year-old junior who maintained high grades. President Richard M.
Nixon’s announcement on Friday, May 1, 1970 that U.S. troops were being sent to Cambodia
sparked violent protest on college campuses across the country. The Ohio National Guard
arrived on the Kent State campus on Sunday, May 3 after two days of student protests
culminated in the burning of the ROTC building. On Monday, May 4 the Ohio National Guard
troops remained on campus and classes were in session.
Sandra did not participate in the weekend disturbances. On Monday, May 4 students were
gathering on the Kent State commons despite a ban on student gatherings. Sandra went with
friends to the commons and planned on attending class later in the afternoon. When the Ohio
National Guardsmen opened fire Sandra was wounded in the neck in the parking lot near Taylor
Hall. She was one of four students killed and nine wounded. There was no evidence that
Sandra was involved in harassing the National Guard troops. The events of May 4 shocked the
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