Manuela- thank you for the information and the link. I've shared the journal over there, so hopefully they can help. Hopefully the people there can bear with me using Google's webpage translation app. Knowing the place Adrian can help me rule out the half of the family that would have been in Ohio at the time, and also some I know lived in Monroe Michigan and worked and went to church there. So I think I can narrow it down to the most likely author being my fourth great grandfather, John Schwab, or someone closely related to him. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Schwab-1004
The Schaub line (yes we had a Schwab marry a Schaub) was in Monroe the whole time as far as I can find, but the Schwab's were from Lenawee County, which includes Adrian. Frances Schwab moved to Monroe when she married and their son was born in 1898. Since it seems like the author is male, it wouldn't be Frances. Her father, John, is one of my brick walls, although I know her mother (Catherine Miller)'s side, so if this is his it's pretty exciting. Frances also had three brothers and two sisters (one who became a nun if I'm remembering correctly). I dont know much about her father or his possible siblings. I didn't really know where to look in Lenawee for any records, so knowing Adrian may be their parish is really helpful. And if a daughter is religious enough to be a nun, there's a good chance the whole family was Catholic. I may have to check out some of the Catholic churches up in Adrian to see if there are records.
Ron- I never have any luck with pdf's when I've had to use them, but I'm willing to try. With how my scanner works, I think it would just show up as a picture inside the pdf. I think you are asking about the programs that can read it as text? It'd be wonderful if a computer program could just scan it in as German writing/text and Google could help me translate it, but I dont know what those are and if any are free software.
Or are you thinking so you could just add the last inch onto the page instead of having two images?