Sunday, November 2, 2014


I painted this picture of the town the way it was when the mill was there. Not one of my better efforts. I was going to donate it to the museum after I put it in a show but someone bought it. So I'm putting it on here. Feel free to download it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Reservations are almost filled for the Christmas dinners. A few spaces remain for Sunday.

We have been calling our turkey "Williamsburg Tavern" for 40 years but someone noticed and we've been told we can't call it that because there already is a business with that name.

The sidewalk along Elm has been fixed and leveled.

Jim Rosengarten cleaned and framed 2 bridge signs that have been hanging in the barn for ever. They will be on display somewhere soon. There are pictures on our Facebook page.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fort Loramie facts

* In the early 1900's there was a Dr. Pepper in Fort Loramie.

* The first person in Fort Loramie to graduate from high school was Helen Walkup, the daughter of Dr. Walkup.  The second was Marie Quinlin.

* Dances, plays and basketball games were held on the second floor of Brucken's.
* One of the largest bur oak trees used to stand on the Prenger farm on Schmitmeyer-Baker Road.  When it was cut down because of disease the rings were counted and it was estimated to be between 350 and 375 years old.  It was 95 feet tall.

* Low German or Plattdeutsch, is the language English evolved from.

* Fort Loramie was called Berlin by the early German settlers although the post office was still known as Loramie's.  In 1911 the name of the town was changed to Fort Loramie.

* Lake Loramie was called the Loramie Reservoir and was built to supply water to the canal.

* There are no natural lakes in Ohio except Lake Erie.  All are man-made.

* There were once 124 one-room schools in Shelby County.

* Agnes Messman whose family lived in northern McLean Township joined the circus and had 3 husbands.  The second one was Wild Bill Hickock.

* The children who went to St. Patrick's School were given St. Patrick's Day off every year.

* Fort Loramie is the highest point between Cincinnati and Toledo.  It was known as the Loramie Summit and was a portage between the St. Marys River and Loramie Creek.

* On August 16, 1889 an ordinance passed by the town council made it illegal to play baseball inside the town limits.

* French trader, Peter Loramie, built his store here in 1769 and it was burned down by Gen. George Rogers Clark in 1783.

* In June of 1912 the town council in a special meeting passed an ordinance under which cars and motorcycles could not be driven more than 8 miles an hour inside the town limits.

* Romie Sporting Goods has been in the same family for over 100 years and began by repairing horse harness equipment.

* Starting in the summer of 1938 the merchants provided free talking picture shows on the west bank of the canal every Friday at 8:30 pm.

* Militant prohibitionist, Carrie Nation's first husband Dr. Charles Gloyd lived in Newport.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

                          The Greenville Treaty Line committee. There are more photos on our Facebook page.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


                                         Hay bales East of town.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Don't forget the Greenville Treaty Line and Sycamore Tree dedication Sept. 28 at 1 pm in the elementary school. The museum will be open for those who may not want to walk out to the monument.

Many came to see the artifacts from the Fleckenstein Farm at German Heritage Days.
Monty Mercer of Englewood, was the winner of a copy of our book "Main Street and Beyond".

Anyone wanting to help out with the Christmas dinners this year call Alice Barhorst at 937-295-3553.  You may help as much or as little as you wish. We need people to hang greenery, fold napkins, set tables, and many other things. Some of us won't be able to help this year.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It happened in September

On September 2, 1927 a meeting was held in the township hall for the purpose of getting better telephone service.

September 7, 1934 the Herman Gaier grocery was shut down.

     The Basinburg schoolhouse was sold at public sale to George Dues of Newport for $210

     Ed Larger broke his arm cranking his car.

On September 12, 1930, WJ Borchers sold his filling station to Aloysius Ernst.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Greg Shipley, who has been excavating the fort site on the Fleckenstein farm will be in our tent at Heritage Days on Friday evening the 19th to display some of the artifacts he and his crew have uncovered.

The Ft. Loramie School Wall of Honor Induction ceremony will be held 21 Sept. at 2 pm in the high school gym. Shirley Larger, Irene Boerger, Jeffrey Hoying will be the new inductees.

If you would like to help out with the Christmas dinners contact Alice Barhorst at 937-295-2659.

More information on events can be found on our Facebook page.

Friday, August 22, 2014


      Stacking hay in the 1930's

August updates

Come to Canal Park for German Heritage Days September 19 and 20. German food, beer, a car show, music, Kegs & Kraut 5K, and the Historical Association tent are some of the entertainments. If you would like to help by sitting for an hour or two in the tent on Friday evening or Saturday afternoon let someone know.

Ft. Loramie Community garage sales will take place September 12 and 13.

The 32nd Fall Festival at Lake Loramie State Park will be held September 12 to 14. Craft booths, music and antique tractors are some of the attractions.

The Greenville Treaty Line & Sycamore Tree dedication will be held in the elementary school September 28 at 1 pm.  The event will move to the Gigandet Farm afterward weather permitting.

The archaological dig on the Fleckenstein Farm by Greg Shipley and some trained volunteers has found some interesting things. They would like to establish the footprint of Gen. Wayne's fort. There is more about this on our Facebook page. Click on the picure to see the whole newspaper article. Some of the artifacts may be on display in the history tent at German Heritage Days. There is also more information on events.

The museum is open 2 more Sundays but if you can't get here we can accomodate you some other time.

Plans are already being made for this year's Christmas dinners. If you didn't get a letter and want to attend contact Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659.