Saturday, December 18, 2010

Merry Christmas

I was unable to assemble a list of all of the many people who helped to make the Christmas dinners a success this year but their assistance is much appreciated as always.

Monday, November 22, 2010


November Newsletter

The preparations for the Christmas dinners are mostly complete except
for the food that has to be prepared just before. The building has been
decorated inside and out and looks very festive. Tom Busse has been
setting up the tables and chairs. Reservations are still available for
singles or groups. Call Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659.

Jim and Rosemary Brussell donated an HP copier-printer-fax to the
museum. It will be a great help to us.

The Cub Scouts toured the museum recently and Alice and Catherine
spoke to the Active Older Adults group at the scout house in Minster
this month.

Don Gusching fixed the sidewalk on the north side of the building where
the concrete had broken up. The roof on the barn next to the alley has
been damaged probably by a large truck moving between there and

Jim and Jean Rosengarten braved the basement and crawl space and did some rewiring on the west side of the building so a heater can be plugged
in there. In the process they found a large gap behind the baseboard
where cold air has been coming in. Jim sprayed several cans of
expandable foam in there and it should be much warmer in the barroom
this winter.

Jim has made a limited number of small bread/cheese boards out of
floorboards from the old elementary school. We will be selling them for
$12.50 each. They're about 6X12. You can get them at the museum during
the dinners or call Jim at 295-3998.

The Ft. Loramie Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their
Hometown Family Christmas Sun. December 12. The museum along with
local businesses will be open that day. The miniature train will be set up in
the music room as usual and refreshments will be served. Catherine
Wolken will display her paintings.

Friday, October 22, 2010


The third graders from Ft. Loramie Elementary toured the museum in September.

October Newsletter

German Heritage Days was a success. Friday was a bit windy and the
tent nearly blew over but the weather improved and we had a lot of
visitors. A free raffle was held and Barb Bollheimer was the winner of
two free Christmas Dinners at the museum.

The cast iron stove has been moved upstairs to the dining room where
it fits perfectly.

A new member attended the meeting on Thursday. His name is Larry
Warren who is retired from the military and is working at Wright-Patterson
in Dayton. He thinks Ft. Loramie will be a nice change from D.C where
he has been living.

Amy Ahrns donated an old bible.

The Minster Historical Society has published a cookbook that is more
than just food. There is also history and old photos of school classes
and sports teams. Wagner's IGA has them and you can stop at the desk
and look.

Preparations for the Christmas dinners are ongoing. The museum is
being decorated and there are still some reservations open. This is
the 37th anniversary of the Colonial Williamsburg Dinners.
The menu this year consists of vegetable cheese chowder, Kings Arm
Tavern roast turkey with giblet gravy, colonial cornbread and chestnut
stuffing, sausage and corn stuffed ohions, broccoli with pecans, holiday
sweet potato bake, cranberry-orange-lemon relish and corn relish.
The usual beverages of hot mulled cider, eggnog, banana crush and
wine will be served.

For information about the dinners or if you would like to help call
Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659.
Rennaisance SIngers last year.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


September newsletter

The Historical Association will be participating in German Heritage
Days which will take place Friday evening Sept. 24th and all day
Saturday the 25th. We will have a tent so come in while you are
enjoying the German music and food and see our display and chat
with us. You can also sign up for a free raffle for 2 free dinners for the
Williamsburg Christmas dinners. The drawing will be at 8 pm on Sat.
the 25th. You must be 18 to enter and you don't have to be here to win.

We have 155 reservations for the dinners so if you haven't made one
yet don't wait too long. If you attended before, you have received a
letter. Or call 937-295-2659 for information or if you would like to help
at the dinners or with decorating the museum.

The concrete over the drain running out to the sidewalk on Elm St. has
been deteriorating and will be repaired.

The Hawker family has removed several pieces of furniture that they
had in the museum on loan which leaves us room to make some
changes The pot bellied stove that was donated by Ted and Anita
Barhorst will go into a corner of the dining room. A door will have to
be removed but it is one that is never closed anyway and can be
reused elsewhere.

Anyone who has artifacts in the museum on loan please get in touch with
us. We would like anything that is on loan to be either changed to a
permanent donation or removed.

Jim and Jean Rosengarten took a trip to the Fair at New Boston
which is held by the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association near
Springfield and saw among other things two actors who were doing
recreations of George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone. This could be
something we could do for the 175th anniversary in 2012 and possibly
involve the Chamber of Commerce and the school.

Jim has also contacted various repositories of historical documents
around the country for the purpose of finding further information
about Peter Loramie, Ft. Loramie's namesake. He and Jean are
planning a trip to Cape Girardeaux, Missouri, the town that Loramie
moved to after he left here.

The Wall of Fame ceremony will be held at the high school gymnasium
at 2 pm, Sunday, Sept. 26. Four will be inducted to join the four from
last year.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Kathy Gehring Stickel and her husband visited us on Sept. 4, 2010.
She is the granddaughter of Al Gehring who owned the museum at
one time. She lives in Cincinnati.

Besides owning a restaurant he was an antique dealer. The painting in the dining room upstairs was done by John Clark Gehring, Al Gehring's son and Kathy's father who was a commercial artist. Kathy told us many interesting things about the building and sent us this email after she returned home:

"I came away from Ft. Loramie on Saturday with so much more
than I ever expected, thanks to the kind people I met there. The
two of you especially, (Karen and Catherine) gave me so much time and information.
It is volunteers like you, informed and involved, that make things
work in this world. I was very lucky to have you available and
willing to drop everything just so I could revisit memories. I will be
forever grateful.

As I told you, we went on our little day-trip without expectation
of finding much left from the 1940's. To see the town still so
picturesque, and that the old 'Gehring Tavern' building is on the
corner and well-tended was great. I was further thrilled to find
that it has become the Ft. Loramie Historical Museum. I know
my grandfather would be pleased and proud. I didn't have a
hope of getting inside, but fortune smiled when Maryann, at
the Lake, started making phone calls to find someone who could
do that.

We were amazed at the artifacts your group has collected, the time
and hours spent in the necessary care and fund raising, and the
interest and enthusiasm you both have for the history of the area. Seeing the inside
of the museum/tavern has sent me down memory lane and thoughts
of many good weekends spent in your town and at the lake in my
childhood. Thank you so much for making it all possible."


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


The library will be holding a book sale on Sept. 17 & 18 from 9 am to 4 pm at
the youth building at Youth Park in Ft. Loramie. For more information
contact the library at 937-295-3155.

Lake Loramie Harvest festival is Sept. 17, 18, and 19. On the 18th at 2 pm
Bob Huecker will hold a seminar on digital photography at the Lake
Loramie Heritage Museum on SR 362 at the old lake office across from
the swimming beach. It will be free and you do not have to sign up ahead
of time. This will be the last open day for the museum.

The Auglaize County Historical Society is hosting Breweries of the M&E
Canal Thu. Sept 23 at 7 pm in the Lockkeepers House in NB. Jim Kent
will do a powerpoint presentation. It's free and open to the public.

Monday, August 23, 2010


August newsletter

The monthly meeting of the Ft. Loramie Historical Association was held in
the Wilderness Trail Museum August 19th. A committee was formed to
create a new history book to commemorate the 175th anniversary of
Ft. Loramie. The Christmas dinners were discussed and Dorothy Quinlin
reported that we already have 97 reservations for the event. Jean
Rosengarten brought in 2 possible desserts for us to sample. For
information or to make a reservation or if you would like to help call
Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659.

A meeting of the executive board was held recently and Don Gusching and
Tom Busse were voted in as new board members and Catherine Wolken
as reporter.

Ted and Anita Barhorst donated a beautiful pot bellied stove that they
rescued and restored. It has been painted and rechromed. Their names
will be put on it and it will probably go in the dining room upstairs.

The Ft. Loramie Redskins 2010 Division IV state champion baseball team
has donated to the museum a baseball helmet signed by the players and
coaches. It will be prominantly displayed along with other sports

Poeppelman Painters finished painting the roof. Tom Busse, Catherine
Wolken and Alice Barhorst have been working in the country store
cleaning, painting and rearranging. Jean Rosengarten has done an
excellent job on the landscaping this summer.

Kathy Schaefer, librarian at the Ft. Loramie branch library, would like to add
to the library's collection of high school yearbooks. If you have one you
want to donate call the library at 937-295-3155 or just bring it in.

Naomi Russell visited us on Sunday the 15th and treated us to an organ concert. She comes to the museum from her home in Piqua once a year to play the instrument that she donated.

German Heritage Days preparation is in full swing. This year it will be
Friday and Saturday the 24th and 25th of September. The historical
association always has a tent so come in and visit.

On September 26 the Wall of Fame ceremony will be held in the high school
school. Miss Marie Quinlin, former first grade teacher, will be inducted by
her niece, Sheila Quinlin, along with Frank Turner, Paul Amann, and
Sister Connie Zimmerman.

Our last open Sunday will be August 29 from 1 - 4. Come and see the
displays or just hang out. Groups can tour the museum at other times by
calling Dorothy Quinlin or Jim Rosengarten.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ohio resources

Resources in Ohio for genealogy research.

Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index of Ohio deaths

Ohio Death Certificate Index, 1913 to 1944

Family Search (the Mormon Church's new database)
(They have Ohio deaths from 1908-1953, births from 1821 - 1962
and marriages from 1800 - 1958)

Ft. Loramie Branch Library
(Good collection of books and family histories)

New Bremen Public Library

Minster Historical Society has an extensive funeral card & obituary file.

St. Augustine's Cemetery, Minster OH
(a book is in the library in Minster)

Shelby County Ohio GenWeb

Mercer County Chapter Ohio Genealogy Society

Ohio Pioneer Migration Routes

Ohio GenWeb

Ohio Genealogy Society

Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)
(Heritage Quest is available through your public library.
It has census records)

County histories. These were put together in the late 19th and early
20th century. Most have biographies.

Town histories. These are usually done to commemorate a special
event such as a bicentennial.

Shelby County
Probate has birth & death from 1867 - 1908
Marriage records from 1825 to now.

Auglaize County
State Health Dept. has birth & death since 1908
Probate has birth & death from 1848 - 1908

Mercer County
State Health Dept. has birth & death since 1908
Probate has birth & death for Mercer County but not for Auglaize
before 1848. (Some old records are in the basement)

Mercer County Library - 419-586-4442

Mercer County Historical Society - 419-586-3423

The Ft. Loramie Historical Association has many books and histories
in the museum. For information call - 419-628-2481

German resources

Resources for German genealogy.

Emigrants from the former Amt Damme, Oldenburg
(the former Duchy of Oldenburg)

History of the emigrants from the former Amt Damme

Emslanders to the American Midwest
(Kreis Emsland is next door to the Netherlands.
Main towns are Meppen & Lingen)

The German Genealogy Network
(A whole lot of this is in German but it's a large database of people
who left different parts of Germany)

Auswanderer aus Vechta (emigrants from KreisVechta, Niedersachsen)

Germany in the 1871 Borders
(the way Germany looked when most of our ancestors left)

Family History Group, (town of Dinklage)

World Roots (list of German occupations)

Codes for umlauts and other diacritical marks on keyboard

German church records. The Mormon Church has some of the Catholic
records in towns in Oldenburg. You may have to order the microfilms.
The Dayton chapter has the actual films on hand.

States of Germany. (modern German states)

Wright State University
(among other things they have naturalization records. You have to go there to see them)

Google any town in Germany. They all have websites

General resources

Resources useful for researching a family tree.

(individual surname, state and country message boards)

(message boards, etc.)

ISTG (Immigrant Ship Transcriber's Guild)
(passenger lists)

Castle Garden (New York port used before Ellis Island)

Family Search (the Mormon Church's new database)
(surnames by state and county)

Ellis Island
(New York port immigrants came into from 1892-1924)

SSDI (Social Security Death Index)

Genealogy Trails

Cyndi's List
(I've never found anything useful on it but some people swear by it)
Has sources you can't get elsewhere but you have to pay for it.
The Sidney library has it for free on one of their computers.

County courthouses, local libraries and churches.

State vital records. Every state has a website where you can find out
how to access records.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Minster Post, July 1931

The name Ft. Loramie" will be painted on the roof of St. Michael's Church in response to a request from state authorities who are looking after the conveniences of air travelers. (I can't imagine anybody going along with this)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

More foreign origins

Imholt - Hannover
Inderrieden - Oldenburg
Jacob - Reichmannshaufen, Bavaria
Jardot - France
Kaiser - Herzbruck
Katterheinrich - Ladbergen, Westfalen
Kellermeyer - Minden, Prussia
Kemper - Alfhausen, Hannover
Kessler - Unter-Elsass
Kettler - Hannover
Kirsch - Kurhessen
Kloeker - Oldenburg
Knob - Hessen
Knuefner - Hannover
Kohler - Wurtemburg
Kohlhorst - Holzhausen, Hannover
Korte - Neuenkirchen-Vorden, Oldenburg
Koverman - Osnabruck, Hannover
Krug - Baiern (Bavaria)
Kruse - Elsass
Kuhlman - Ankum, Hannover

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Monday, July 19, 2010

July Newsletter

The July meeting was held in the barroom since that is where the new
air conditioner donated by Jim and Jean Rosengarten is set up. It is
portable so it can be put in any room with a normal double hung window.
The ancient heater-air conditioners in the music room no longer work.

Esther Borchers graced us with her presence this month and it's always
nice to see her.

We have two new board members and a meeting of the board will be held
in August. The board consists of the officers and 4 others. Officers are:
Rosemary Brussell - president, Alice Barhorst - vice-president, Sheila
Quinlin - secretary, Dorothy Quinlin - treasurer. Board members are Laura
Paulus, Karen Anthony, Tom Busse, and Don Gusching.

The painting of the roof was discussed and after some searching Jim
Rosengarten has acquired a bid for the job. Painting roofs seems to be a
dying art.

2012 will be Ft. Loramie's 175th anniversary and we discussed the
possibility of either writing a new history book for the occasion or adding
to the very successful Sesquecentennial book of 25 years ago.

We are looking forward to Rita Hoying's genealogy workshop on August 8
at 2 pm. If you want to know how to start your family tree or would like
information about your ancestors please come. It's FREE.

The menu for the Christmas dinners was agreed to. I know it's the dead
of summer but we need to start thinking about these things. If you have
never attended the dinner before you should consider coming this year.
You can make a reservation or get information by calling Dorothy Quinlin
at 937-295-2659. We will need volunteers for decorating the museum and
helping with the dinners.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Free Genealogy Workshop

The Ft. Loramie Historical Association has invited noted historian, Rita Hoying to host a free workshop on German genealogy at the museum August 8, at 2 pm. Rita has been doing research all her life and knows more than anyone about the origins of local families. She will give a talk on why our ancestors left Germany and how they got here.
There will be charts, forms and lists of resources available. Come and find out how to trace your ancestors.
The museum is on the corner of Main and Elm Streets in Ft. Loramie.


Channel 22/45 did a very nice report on Ft. Loramie this week. They interviewed Jim Rosengarten in the museum and mentioned the championship baseball team and the new restaurant. Several residents were invited to go in front of the camera and tell why they like Ft. Loramie.

Jim and Jean Rosengarten donated a portable air conditioner to the museum. It will be much appreciated in the hot days of summer.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Channel 22/45 in Dayton are showcasing Ft. Loramie during the week of July 5. Jim Rosengarten was interviewed at the museum and apparently they interviewed some businesses in town. Jim's interview is supposed to be shown on their news programs Monday, July 5th but they will probably run it other days too.

The Waynesfield Lions Club found some seats from the old interurban railway that used to run through Ft. Loramie and donated them to the Auglaize Historical Society who donated one of them to us.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Old photo

Newsletter, June 2010

The June meeting of the Ft. Loramie Historical Association was held on
the 17th in the Wilderness Trail Museum.

Laura Paulus suggested that we appoint a couple of new board members
since one has had to drop out and another has passed away. It was also
suggested that a board meeting be held since it has been some time since
there was one.

Rita Hoying, well-known local historian, will be holding a genealogy
program at the museum on a Sunday afternoon in early August. A notice
will go to the blog and the newspapers when the date is narrowed down.
Rita knows more about the origins of the settlers in the area than anybody
and her programs are always well attended.

The late Bob Boerger collected arrowheads from the family farm, some of
which go back 10,000 years. His family has decided to donate his collection
to the school and Frank Boerger, Ken Sowards, Jack Hoying, Dave Warvel,
and Tom Barhorst. are putting together a permanent display that will be
installed in the high school.

Tom Busse has been doing some patching on the doors and windows.
and Jean Rosengarten's landscaping is looking good. Someone noticed
that racoons have been hanging out in the garden but someone else thinks
that a cat and her kittens have been nesting under the deck.
We figured out how the file cabinets became accidentally locked and a key
has been found that opens them.

Mildred Frilling visited the museum recently to do research on the Clemens
Hilgefort family.

Jim and Rosemary Brussell donated a flat screen monitor and Jim hooked
up the computer in the country store so now we can print out documents
and store information and pictures. We could use a scanner-printer or a
photo-copier. If you are upgrading and are planning to donate such things
think of us. Donations are tax deductible.

There were eleven visitors to the museum on Sunday the 13th. We are open
during the summer on Sundays from 1 - 4 pm. Come in and look around or
just visit and gossip and talk history or genealogy.
New members are always welcome and ideas for fund raising, events and

Friday, June 18, 2010

More foreign origins

Hagedorn - Neuenkirchen bei Hülsen, Hannover (or bei Bramsche?)
Halsema - Gronigen, Netherlands
Hartings - Beert Kreis Geldern
Hegeman - Ascheburg, Westfalen
Heilers - Prussia
Heine - Rhein-Pruessen
Heitbrink - Voltlage, Hannover
Heitkamp - Osnabruck?
Heitman - Hannover
Helmsing - Hannover
Hemmelgarn - Neuenkirchen bei Hülsen, Hannover
Henke Lippe-Detmold
Henschen - Ladbergen, Westfalen
Hueker - Wessum, Ahaus, Westfalen
Hilgefort - Dinklage, Oldenburg
Hinders - Neuenkirchen, Hannover
Hinker - Westfalen
Hoelscher - Westfalen
Hogenkamp - Holland
Holthaus - Ostbevern
Holtvogt - Oldenburg
Homan - Herbern, Westfalen
Horstman - Twistringen, Hannover
Horstman - Oldenburg
Hoying - Lohne, Oldenburg
Huelskamp - Kloppenberg, Oldenburg
Humer/Hummer - Esh Zur Hurt, Belgium
Hut - Rhein-Pruessen

Sunday, June 6, 2010


to the Ft.Loramie baseball state champions.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Looking south on Main St.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

May Newsletter

Newsletter May 2010

The meeting was held May 20 at the museum and the possible painting
of the metal roof was discussed and ways to decorate the ouside of the
country store for Christmas. Since the new siding was put on there is
no way to attach wreaths. Hanging icycles from the gutter was suggested.

The Ft. Loramie sign has been installed north of town next to the Fleckenstein farm. It was originally on the town line but this is a good place for it.

The file cabinets we got from the old school sale have become accidentally
locked. If there is a key it's probably inside. We need someone who knows
how to pick locks.

Each state is supposed to have 2 statues in Statuary Hall in the US Capitol.
Ohio is due another one and the National Aviation Heritage Area is pulling
for the Wright Bros. There are other candidates and you can vote for your
preference on the Ohio Historical Society website.

Jean Rosengarten is doing a good job with the landscaping and Tom
Busse has been busy painting, repairing, waxing floors, and oiling
woodwork. He reported that his sister, Ann, who has been living with her
son, Josh, in Cleveland, suffered a health problem recently but she is
recovering nicely.

The typewriter display will be ready for the summer and there will be other
changes. You will see some new things and more are planned. Rosie,
the manniquin in the dress shop, will be getting a new dress and wig.

If anybody has any ideas for displays for the future please don't be shy
about sharing them. It doesn't have to be elaborate and there can be
more than one at a time. It's a big building with lots of rooms.

Photographs can be donated and copied and the originals returned to the

It isn't too early to think about the Christmas dinners. If you are interested
in attending or helping out this year call Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659. If you have been before you will get a letter later in the year.

Monday, May 17, 2010

More foreign origins

Fischer, Dreherwald, kr Tecklenburg
Fleck, Merrheim, Meisenheim, Hesse-Bamberg
Fleckenstein, Bavaria
Fortman, Lohne, Oldenburg
Freking, Oldenburg
Frey, Damme, Oldenburg
Freytag, Eisenach
Friemering, Oldenburg
Frilling, Oythe
Gaerke, Hannover
Gagel, Nusloch
Gaier/Geier, Neudorf, Baden (Rita)
Gariety/Carity, France
Garmann, Halverda
Gast, Ober-Elsass
Gausepohl, Damme, Oldenburg
Gerling, Lingen, Hannover
Gels, Broegbern amt Lingen, Hannover
Giere, Holdorf, Damme, Oldenburg
Grieshop, Dinklage?, Oldenburg
Grothaus, Bromsheide, Hannover
Gudenkauf, Vechta, Oldenburg
Gudorf, Prussia

Friday, April 23, 2010

April 2010 newsletter

The annual dinner was held April 18th. The speaker was Lynn Smith who
told us something about the history of bicycles and showed a video of
people riding various kinds of antique bikes. He brought along his own
antique high wheel bicycle. Lynn is also involved with the Bicycle Museum
on the corner of 66 and 274 in New Bremen.

Charlotte Smith filled us in on events planned at the Lake Loramie Heritage
Museum this summer. A program on gardening will be held on May 1 by
members of the Shelby County Master Gardeners. June 12 will be a
program on boats, motors and fishing lures. On July 17 members will be
giving pontoon rides around the lake. On Sept. 18 a program on digital
photography by photographer Bob Huecker of Minster will coincide with the
Fall Festival. The museum, in the old lake office across from the swimming
beach, will be open every Sat. from 1- 4 beginning May 1. For information
call 419-628-2024. Admission and events are free.

A highway sign was found in the town's buildings and refurbished by Don
Gusching and will be reinstalled at the north end of town.

We had thought we were out of Sesquecentennial books but a box of hard-
cover copies was found buried in the storeroom and they will be going on
sale in the museum

Tom Busse did an excellent job of painting the dress shop. The plaster had
been peeling off the walls in some places and we are hoping the new paint
job will stop that from happening in the future. Alice Barhorst and Catherine
Wolken will be redecorating

A display will be set up containing the antique typewriters that belong to the
museum and also any other office-related items that can be found. If you
have anything you would like to donate either temporarily or permanently
call 419-628-2481. I am still looking for a manual typewriter that you don't
care about for the kids to try out when they come in. Anything office-related
will be welcome - books, photos, dictating machines, staplers, pens, stories,
anything related to shorthand. Even a very early computer would be good.

The Wilderness Trail Museum will be open every Sunday from 1-4 from the
first Sunday in June to the last Sunday in August. We will be putting out
some new things and hope to have more events and displays in the future
but we need new members with new ideas or just people who want to help.
Money-making ideas would be welcome in particular. You do not need to
live in Ft. Loramie to be a member. Dues are $10.00 a year.

Board members are Rosemary Brussell 937-295-2863, Dorothy Quinlin
937-295-2659, Sheila Quinlin, Alice Barhorst 937-295-3553,
Jim Rosengarten 937-295-3998.

Some other area museums

Minster Historical Society
112 W. 4th St.
P.O. Box 51
Minster OH 45865
Tue 10-2, Sun 1-3, groups by appointment
A tribute to the 1950's and the Korean War Era

New Bremen Historic Association
120 N. Main
New Bremen
2-4, Sun. June, July, August
Lockkeeper's house open 10am June 19th

The Bicycle Museum of America
7 W. Monroe St.
New Bremen OH 45869
Mon-Fri 11-7, Sat 11-2

Ft. Recovery State Museum
i Fortsite St.
Ft. Recovery OH 45846
12-5 daily June, July, August.
Weekends the rest of the year

Maria Stein Heritage Museum
2291 St. John's Rd.
Maria Stein OH 45860
12-430 Tue-Sun
Donation $2

Shelby County Historical Society
Ross Historical Center
201 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 376
Sidney OH 45365
Next event is a tour of Graceland Cemetery on June 18.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 2010 Newsletter

We received donations of 2 photos from Bernard Sanders. One is of St. Michael's First Communion Class of 1925 with names on the back. The other is of Short School in Cynthian Twp. in 1923 also with names.

We also received items from William Frilling pertaining to Edwin Frilling who was in WWII and was killed in a car accident in 1953. There is a Bluejackets' Navy Manual, 1944 with photos of Mr. Frilling, a memorial book from Heinl Funeral Home and a 48 star flag from the funeral.

The church people found a wooden box and donated it to us. It has white and black marbles in it and was used in the old days to decide who was allowed to join an organization. If you got a black marble you were rejected. That's where the term, "blackballing" came from.

Tom Busse is still painting in the museum and has chosen a nice pink paint for the dress shop. Alice Barhorst has promised to help him with the decorating.

Jim Rosengarten says the roofs might need some work. There has been talk of dismantling the old dumb waiter in the interest of more floor space. Although it may have seemed like a good idea at the time it has never really worked.

A historical sign has been found that was once out on the road but it is different from the more recent one that is missing. It is shaped like the state of Ohio. Does anyone remember where it was? We don't think it was in front of the Fleckenstein farm.

We would like to build a base for the bell with the bricks from the old school. We would also like to have a plaque made for the stone block that looks like a tombstone.

A suggestion has been made that we participate in the village garage sales in the fall. Members or anyone would donate items to sell.

A display of old typewriters will be set up for the summer season. If anyone has anything to loan temporarily I would appreciate it. The ones we have are from the 19 teens and it would be nice to have some from other decades. If you have an old manual you don't care about and would like to loan I would like to set one up for the kids to try. Most of them have never seen a typewriter. We don't want to type on the antique ones. A toy typewriter or other old office machines would be nice too.

New members are always welcome. Dues are $10.00 a year.

Rosemary Brussell, president, 937-295-2863
Alice Barhorst, vice president, 937-295-3553
Sheila Quinlin, secretary
Dorothy Quinlin, treasurer, 937-295-2659
Jim Rosengarten, curator, 937-295-3998


This is a Royal typewriter No.10, 1914. Apparently a later version of that model because it has only one window on the side. The earliest ones had 2.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Typewriting trivia

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" is the longest with the right.

The sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

"Typewriter" is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable".


Thursday, March 11, 2010

More foreign origins

Carity/Carite/Gariety - France
Clune - Ankum, Hanover
Cordonnier - Grandfontaine, Alsace-Lorraine, France
Cortaide - Weissenburg, Alsace-Lorraine, France
Cromnai - Rhein-Pruessen
Dabbelt - Westfalen
Dahlinghaus - Damme, Oldenburg, (Nuttelin?)
Daniel - Bavaria
Danzig - Hannover
Deiters - Hannover?
Depweg - Astrup?,Hannover
Dickman - Bakum, Oldenburg
Dirksen - Octrup, Westfalen
Dirksen - (probably another family)
Dorsten - Lutten, Vechta, Oldenburg
Doseck - Switzerland
Drees - Garrel, Oldenburg
Dreses - Westfalen
Dressman - Alfhausen, Hannover
Dues - Altstatten, Ahausen, Westfalen
Duwel - Damme, Oldenburg
Eilerman - Ostbevern, Westfalen
Elsass - Elsass-Lothringen
Enneking - Oldorf, Damme, Oldenburg
Ernst - Hannover
Everman - Oldenburg
Eyink - Coesfeld, Westfalen

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ken Sowards

Ken Sowards will be giving a talk on the old fort on Sunday, Feb. 21st in the Ft. Loramie Rescue Squad building. He usually brings lots of artifacts and if you haven't seen his presentation you should.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January newsletter

The January meeting was held on Jan. 21. Dorothy Quinlin reported
that we made a profit on the Christmas dinners. Members who would
like particulars can contact Dorothy.

Members have been busy removing the Christmas decorations at
the museum. A big wind blew down some of the wreaths on the front
of the country store and something else will have to be done next year.
The wreaths were hung with suction cups that couldn't withstand the
high wind. Anyone interested in helping with next years dinners can
contact one of the board members. You don't have to be a member to
help out.

Congratulations to member Don Gusching who was elected to the
village council.

Tom Busse has been doing a lot of painting in the museum and it is
looking very nice.

Speaking of members, dues are $10. The annual dinner is scheduled
for April 18th. A letter will go out to members later on.

Many of you might remember the historical sign on 66 north of town
beside the Fleckenstein farm. It was knocked over and before anything
could be done about it it disappeared. If anyone knows what became
of it please let someone from the Historical Association know.

Rosemary Brussel - president - 937-295-2863
Alice Barhorst - vice president - 937-295-3553
Sheila Quinlin - secretary
Dorothy Quinlin - treasurer - 937-295-2659
Jim Rosengarten - curator - 937-295-3998

Missing highway sign

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Meeting announcement

The January meeting of the Historical Association will be held Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 at the Wilderness Trail Museum in Ft. Loramie on the corner of Main and Elm. We usually meet in the music room or back in the country store. It will be mainly a business meeting but everyone is welcome to attend.