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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It happened in August

In 1912 Willman's Department Store was destroyed by fire . They leased temporary quarters in the Tecklenburg Hotel for groceries and in the Knights of St. John Hall for dry goods. A new store opened in November 1913.

In 1931 Bertha Larger established a beauty parlor in Mrs. Clara Hasebrook's residence.

In 1934 concrete was being poured for the new spillway at the lake.

In 1936 an oil well was being drilled on the Ben Zircher farm near Newport. According to Larry Monroe, "The storage tank for that oil well on the Zircher farm was still standing in the 50's when the school bus dropped off the 3 Zircher kids. I'm fairly sure the well was no longer producing but the tank was there. At that time there was still some gas production from area wells".

In 1943 a storm dropped between 4 and 6 inches of rain on the area filling basements and destroying some crops. It was said to be the worst flooding since the 1913 flood.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lake event photo

June updates

The weather was perfect for Liberty Days on July 4th and 5th. Besides the usual games, rides and events, Ken Sowards read the Declaration of Independance and Maddie Geise sang the National Anthem.

The joint event at the lake by Fort Loramie Historical, Minster Historical and the Lake Heritage Museum was a huge success. Around 50 people sat down to the program MC'd by Bob Lammers. 85 visitors took advantage of the free pontoon boat rides. Irene Doenges played the keyboard and there was a lot of interest in the artifacts and photos. See pictures on our Facebook page.

The Lake Loramie Heritage Museum will be shutting down. The building is ancient and the plumbing has deteriorated. The state doesn't deem it worth fixing and if there isn't a working bathroom visitors can't be allowed in.

There are plans to rebuild the spillway at the lake next year. You can find information here:

They don't mention that the original dam was made of wood and was replaced in the 30's with the current dam.

Plans to re-landscape canal park and install a gazebo have been postponed until next year due to this year's unusually wet weather.

German Heritage Days will be held  Sept. 19 & 20 in the canal park. If you would like to help out by sitting at the history tent contact me. Usually 2 people at a time are necessary and you can sign up for just an hour or 2 if you want. All you have to do is sell books and you won't be alone.. Saturday afternoon is usually the busiest time. Music, good food and beer are available.

A member of the country group, Florida Georgia Line, put a camera on his motorcycle and made this music video riding through the concert grounds and the village.

We got a message from Marge Jones.

Thank you so much for remembering and honoring my dad, Albert, and Uncle Karl.  They just don't make those kind of folks anymore.  We miss them terribly,  along with Aunt Elsie Van Oss who died just two weeks before Dad.  Each of them loved their family, Ft. Loramie and preserving its history.

Greenville Treaty event

Sept. 28 at 1 pm a ceremony will be held commemorating the Greenville Treaty Line and Sycamore Tree Dedication. The event will be in the elementary school at 35 Elm St.

Speakers will be

Ken Sowards on the impact the treaty had on our nation

Dr. Steven Littleton on Native American History before the treaty

Greg Shipley on the archaological discoveries on the Fleckenstein Farm 

James Williams on surveyor, Israel Ludlow.

Immediately following, the celebration will move to the Gigandet Farm at 2770 SR 705, the point where the line was marked by a sycamore tree in 1796. The line marked the division between the tribal lands to the north and the settlers to the south.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

                            HAPPY FOURTH of JULY

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Outdoor Adventures at Lake Loramie

This joint event by Fort Loramie Historical, Minster Historical Society and Lake Loramie Heritage will be held July 12 from 1 to 5 at Earl's Island Pavilion. Annual free pontoon boat rides will be a part of this event. Also a display of lake related artifacts, old photos, a slide show and music by Irene Doenges.

At 3:30 there will be a special program, "Lake Stories and Tall Tales". Master of Ceremony will be Bob Lammers. Come and share your own experiences.


The Main Street Book has been reprinted in paperback and is available at the museum or the Silver Cross. 

Our ancient kitchen faucets have been replaced by Jim Rosengarten with some help from Don Gusching. Tom Busse has been painting and repairing. It's so nice to have people who know how to do things like this.

The ceremony to place the monument to commemorate the Greenville Treaty Line will be held in September. The date still isn't set.

Books for sale

 Follow the Blue Blazes, by Robert Pond is a guide to hiking Ohio's Buckeye Trail. He lays out the chapters by areas of the state with featured hikes and maps.  He also has advice on safety, packing and local contacts. Everything you need to know. The blue blazes are markings on trees that show the way.

Louis Lorimier in the American Revolution, 1777-1782, introduction, translation and commentary by Paul L. Stevens. The memoirs of Peter Loramie, French-Canadian trader for whom Ft. Loramie is named.

Annals of St. Michaels, by Rev. Wilhelm Bigot who was pastor here between 1874 and 1905. He built the current church and was very interested in local history. This is from his writings which were done in German in 1903 and translated  by Pauline Ernst Seger in 1976. There is a description of the building of the church and who donated what. Also a lot on village businesses of the time.

Turp and Eb, by Albert Freytag consists of his memories and those of his friend Turp (Urban) Raterman. It's all about their youthful experiences in and around Ft. Loramie and the people they knew.


Fort Loramie Liberty Days July 4th and 5th. Rides, food and fireworks.

The Chamber of Commerce is offering gift certificates that are redeemable at participating chamber businesses. Call 937-295-3813.

Don't forget the Farmers Market held every Friday 3-7 until the end of September in the canal park. They have a Facebook page.

The Country Concert will be held July 10, 11, and 12 in Newport.