Friday, December 30, 2011

One-room schools

These schools in McLean Twp. and Cynthian Twp. became part of the Ft. Loramie School District except for Deiters and Dirksen that were merged into Minster District. Looking for information, pictures, names of teachers, etc. We can copy photos and return them. Or you can scan and email them to us yourself. Let me know what you have and we can tell you if we don't already have it.

Basinburg - Rt. 66 & Loy. Lindhaus Grove was behind it. Nobody seems to remember this school.

Deiters - East of Minster on Wilkins-Fortman & Schmitmeyer-Baker. Closed in 1928.

Dirksen - Dirksen Rd. just south of Auglaize Co. line.

Grisez - Brandewie & Loy Rd. Cynthian Twp. Closed 1936.

Hopewell - Cecil Rd. in Cynthian Twp. Closed in 1950.

St. Patrick

Sherman - Barhorst Rd. & Rt. 705. Closed in 1954.

Short - Galley Rd. Cynthian Twp. Closed in 1936.

Walkup - Rt. 705 & Brandewie. Closed in 1950.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Civil War casualties

This is our list of people who died in the Civil War who were from McLean or Cynthian Twps. Many more were in the war and survived. Someone should update the list and the ones for WWI and II and other wars. It would be a good job for a Civil War or military buff.

John August
Samuel Austin
George Baker
Joseph Beckman
Samuel Chambers
James Clawson
Jacob Edwards
Thomas Edwards
Frank Kemper
Joseph Kistner
James N. Luckey
Charles McMullen
John B. Morehead
William Penrod
Henry Tholmier

From the newspaper

Minster Post, 20 July 1906. "To buy or trade, a large cactus plant with 5 foot leaves. Enquire at Quinlin's drugstore, Loramie."

31 August 1906. " Druggist Quinlin has made a gift of the large cactus plant to Rev. Mueller. He will send the plant to Carthagena where it will be planted in the park there."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


This is the Christmas Market in Lingen, Germany. Most towns have one. Lingen is in the state of Niedersachsen and the district of Emsland in the northwestern part of Germany. Families that came from there were Lammers (one of them), Gels and Gerling.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December photo

December update

The Christmas dinners at the museum were a success. There was one mishap when the big mirror in the millinery room fell over but it was before dinner and no one was there but Dorothy who was unhurt.

The museum will be open next Sunday afternoon for the Chamber of Commerce Christmas. We will have snacks and an electric train that is always a hit with the children. Come in and visit. The chamber will have Santa Claus and St. Michael's Hall will be open as well as many businesses.

There was an article in the Sidney Daily News concerning a tax levy the museums in Shelby County are asking to have put on the ballot in the spring. They got the amount wrong. We are only asking .25 mils not 1.25. The historical societies of Shelby County, Jackson Center, Botkins and Anna are also involved.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dieters School - looking for information.

Dieters School is at the corner of Wilkins-Fortman Rd. and Schmitmeyer-Baker Rd. in Section 30 of McLean Twp. It was built in 1890 and closed in 1928 when it was annexed into Minster School District. Because the school was located in Shelby County and Minster is in Auglaize County both counties had to agree. The action added 35 students and $400,000 to Minster's tax base. The building was sold for $387 to East Side Country Club and is now a house. If you know anything about the school, have any class photos or old photos of the building or know who any of the teachers were call 419-628-2481 or the email address at the top of this blog.

Friday, November 18, 2011


Karen Anthony and Alice Barhorst could use a couple more volunteers to help upstairs during the dinners. Call Karen at 295-2353 or Alice at 295-3553.

The Christmas dinners are mostly sold out. There are about 10 more spaces. Call Dorothy Quinlin at 295-2659.

The front of the museum has been decorated beautifully by Larry Warren who updated the wreaths and the other outdoor decorations.

We have acquired several new members and monetary donations. Also Pam Carter has donated a sauerkraut crock and a poster showing how sauerkraut is made. She and her son Matt have done a lot of work cleaning up and organizing the barn.

Wesley Kiefer has made a model that represents the way Peter Loramie's trading post might have looked and would like to donate it to the museum.

The gas valve in the fireplace in the millinery room will have to be replaced. It is so hard to move that there is a possibility it won't close all the way causing obvious problems.

The Ft. Loramie Chamber will be holding their family Christmas Dec. 11th. The museum will be open.

There won't be a meeting in December.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New book

"St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 175th Anniversary, and Maria Stein Ohio" by Paul Mizer. Book signing Nov. 13 at the Mercer County museum in Celina.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Support your local museums

November 13th the Mercer County museum is hosting an Antique Postcard Exhibit and Local History Book Fair.

Monday, October 31, 2011

More foreign origins

Schaefer - Neudorf, Baden
Schemmel - Telgte, Westfalen?
Scherberding - Oldenburg
Schilmiller - Oldenburg
Schilz - Luxemburg or Belgium
Schlarman - Hannover
Schlater - Hannover
Schlosser - Beimede, Meschede, Westfalen
Schmieder - Rust, Baden
Schmitmeyer - Hannover
Schmuecker - Beimede, Prussia
Schroeder - Aschen, Hannover
Schrolucke - Ladbergen, Westfalen
Schuler - (Anton & Wilhelm) Luxemburg
Schuler - Hohenzollern
Schuler - France
Schulze - (Heinrich) Hannover
Schulze - (Johan) Oldenburg
Schunk - Schmittweiler, Lauterecken, Rheinpfalz
Schurman - Westfalen
Schwarz - Baden
Seger - Dinklage, Oldenburg
Sextro - Dinklage, Oldenburg
Sherman - Prussia
Short - Virginia
Siegel - Baden
Smackes - Hannover
Sommer - Hannover?
Stang - Remagen, Rhein-Pruessen
Stange - Prussia
Staley - North Carolina
Steineman - Holdorf, Oldenburg
Steinlage - Neuenkirchen bei Hülsen, Hannover
Sturwold - Lauing, Lönigen, Oldenburg
Surman - Oldenburg

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wagon photo

Written on the side is: "Manufactured for Barney Krampe, Ft. Loramie, Ohio by the Birdsell Mfg. Company, South Bend Indiana". Supposedly only 3 exist. One is in the Ford Museum.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011


Reservations are filling up for the Christmas dinners. Several clever people have volunteered to decorate the museum this year. If you would like to help with the dinners contact Dorothy Quinlin. Even if you can only come in for an hour to help fold napkins or set tables or wash dishes it will be a big help.

The dinners are on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of December at the museum. This is the 38th year and our only money-making project. For reservations or information call Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659. If you attended last year you got a letter in the mail.

The third grade classes of Mrs. Wehrman, Mrs. Bolin and Mrs. Luebke visited the museum and were shown around by volunteers.

The historical association participated in German Heritage Days and many people came into our tent and looked at the old photos and artifacts. The school yearbooks were a big hit as usual. The drawing for 2 free dinners was won by Connie Wallenhorst of Middle Point OH. Dick Boerger's book, Julie's Rose, sold very well along with many of our other publications.

If you would like to become a member contact Sheila Quinlin at 937-295-4019 or mail to Box 276, Ft. Loramie OH, 45845. Dues are only $10 and if you join now your membership will be good through 2012. And, of course, donations are always appreciated.

Karen Anthony is looking for photos of the pioneers of the Ft. Loramie, Newport, St. Patrick's area. Contact her at 937-295-2353 or

Catherine Wolken is looking for pictures of the one-room schools and the classes. The schools were Basinburg, Deiters, Dirksen, Grisez, Hopewell, St. Patrick's, Sherman, Short, and Walkup. Contact or 419-628-2481.

We need old photos, stories, diaries, etc. for the book we want to publish next year. We can scan and copy old photos and return them. Even if you don't know who the people in the photos are we can compare them with other pictures and possibly identify them.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pictures from Christmas 2010

September newsletter

The museum was open this summer on Sundays from 1-4 and we had about 125 visitors.

It's time to think about the Williamsburg Christmas Dinners which will be held this year on December 1, 2, 3 and 4. For those who have never been here we decorate the whole building and servers in colonial costumes wait on you while a group sings Christmas music. For information or to make a reservation call Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659 or you can email her at Also call her if you would like to help at the dinners or with the decorating of the museum.

This is currently our only money-making effort so we need to make it a success. We will not be getting any money from the county commissioners for some time to come. With the economy the way it is they don't have the money either. You can become a member for only $10.00 a year and you can be as involved as you want to be or not at all. We also accept tax deductible donations.

Ft. Loramie German Heritage Days will be this coming weekend the 23rd and 24th in the center of town and as usual we will have a display in the tent. We will be giving away 2 free dinners again so come in and look at the pictures and sign up. You won't miss the football game because there is a big screen tv in the food tent and you can watch while you have your German food and beer. There is also music and a German band. Things really gear up in the evening so wear your dancing shoes. Dick Boerger's book, Julie's Rose, will be available in the historical tent.

An email will be going out to everyone with an email address soliciting donations and memberships. You might get it more than once if you are on more than one email list. The museum address is at the top of this blog.

The barn has been cleaned and the artifacts arranged. Pam Westerheide Carter has been doing a lot of work with signage. It should be ready for display next summer.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wagon photo

WWI ammunition wagon

Thursday, August 25, 2011


It's time to start thinking about the Williamsburg Christmas Dinners that will take place December 1,2,3,and4 this year. If you are interested in helping with the dinners or with the decorating get in touch with Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659 or Even if you can only be there one day to help put up greenery or fold napkins or help Tom with tables it would be a big help. This is our only money-making event and we aren't getting anything from the county commissioners so we need to make it a success. Dorothy already has over 100 reservations.

If anyone is interested in decorating a room for Christmas get in touch with one of the officers. You can do whatever you want as long as it's Christmassy and doesn't cost too much. You can use some of your own decorations or use some of our huge collection in the storeroom. It would be a nice project for a group. Beth Holthaus and Eileen Boeckman have done 2 rooms the last couple of years and we can't ask them to do more.

Matt Carter has been here a few days working on cleaning up the barn for an Eagle Scout project. Mr. and Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Schmiesing , Allen Broering, Logan Gigandet, Nate Hausfeld, Riley Hausfeld, Jacob Schmiesing, Claire Schmiesing, Luke Gigandet, Collin Luthman, Alex Dickerson and Hayden Dickerson were some of his willing helpers. If I missed anyone I apologize. We are indebted to them. They raised a lot of dust and moved a lot of heavy wagons and things. The barn will once again be available for viewing displays.

Karen Anthony has volunteered to set up a Facebook page for us so those of you on Facebook might want to be on the lookout for it. We will let you know when it is available. An emailing will be going out to everyone we know who has email asking for members and donations.

The Ft. Loramie Garage Sales will be held Sept. 16 & 17. As usual it will be the same weekend as the Lake Loramie Fall Festival.

German Heritage Days will be Sept. 23 & 24. Once again we will have a tent and display objects and photos and our books will be for sale. Check out the town website for food and events. You won't miss the football game. There is always a big screen tv in the food tent.

Our officers are:

Rosemary Brussell - president - 937-295-2863
Alice Barhorst - vice president - 937-295-3553
Dorothy Quinlin - treasurer - 937-295-2659.
Sheila Quinlin - secretary - 937-295-4019
Jim Rosengarten - curator - 937-295-3998

Dick Boerger is donating to us 40 copies of his book, "Julie's Rose" and paying for the shipping. We will be selling them for $15 and they should be available for German Heritage Days.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

More foreign origins OPQR

Olberding, Steinfeld

Oldiges, Kastelberger, Hannover

Ording, Oldenburg

Ontrup, Walstegge, Koblenz, Westfalen

Osterholt, Holland

Otte, Herbergen, Hannover

Otting, Oldenburg?

Overbeck, Bavaria

Overman, Damme

Pauwell/Powell, Holland

Pelster, Oldenburg or Hannover

Pfefferle, Baden

Pieper, Mauris

Pille, Oldenburg

Pilliod, Bourogne, Haut-Rhin, France

Pleiman, Alfhausen, Hannover

Poeppelman, Damme, Oldenburg

Polschneider, Oldenburg

Pottkotter, Dulman, Westfalen

Prenger, Bunne, Dinklage, Oldenburg

Puthoff, Damme, Oldenburg

Quartman/Quatman, Langforden, Oldenburg

Quinlin, Ireland

Rahe, Schinkel, Osnabruck

Raterman, Alfhausen, Hannover

Reichert, Heidelberg, Baden

Rengers, Medeln, Prussia, Westfalen

Renneker, Neuenkirchen-Vorden, Oldenburg

Rethman, Oldenburg

Reuss, Bavaria

Rieger, Wurtemburg

Riethman, Coesfeld

Ritter, Lohlbach, Hessen

Rohler, Westfalen

Roman, Wurtemburg

Ronnebaum, Damme, Oldenburg

Rosengarten, Straelen, Rheinprovinz, Dusseldorf, Kreis Geldern

Rotert, Hannover

Rottinghaus, Oldenburg

Ruhe, Ostbevern, Westfalen

Rulmann, Westfalen

Friday, July 22, 2011

School bus photo

July 2011 Newsletter

There has been more discussion about a possible bulk mailing and some other ideas for generating donations were talked about as well as possibly setting up a Facebook page. All non-profit organizations are having funding issues right now and we need help so we don't lose the museum. This is a small town and the museum is important to us. Any help will be very much appreciated.

The Quinlin bedroom was painted by Alice Barhorst with some help from Catherine Wolken. The step in front of the Elm St. door was repaired by Don Gusching. Tom Busse is still touching things up.

Some new display cases have been brought in from the barn and cleaned up. Displays will be set up and changed from time to time and the Rosengartens donated new light bulbs for the cases in the military room since some were burned out. They also donated two OPEN flags to hang outside. Don Gusching brought a flag with the town crest.

The new air conditioner has been very much appreciated in this heat. For those of you who don't live here we have had several days of 95 to 100 degrees farenheit.

Matt Carter, a senior at the high school, is working toward Eagle Scout and has offered to clean out the barn with some of his fellow scouts from Troop 355.

Jay Fleckenstein and his son visited us from Cincinnati. He was one of the founders of the Historical Association and did a lot of work getting the museum ready to open back then.

It seems weird in the middle of July in the heat we've been having in this part of the world but we are starting to think about the Christmas dinners. At this point it's our only way of making money. If you would like information about the dinners call or email Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659, If you would like to volunteer to decorate a room call Dorothy. We can't spend much money for new decorations but we have a ton of them in the storeroom. Or you can lend your own. Within reason you can do what you want as long as it's Christmassy.

Do you know of anyone famous or at least interesting who came from this town or township? There must be someone. So far we only know about Agnes Mersman or Merzman who ran away and joined the circus and married Wild Bill Hickock. Her family lived briefly in the northern part of the township.

It would be a good idea to save this address in your favorites list in case you stop getting a notification. For various reasons sometimes addresses bounce back. I have had that happen with all Verizon addresses. If you know anyone who might like to get this newsletter get their address but never give anyone's email address out without the permission of the owner. My email address and the curator's are at the top of the blog.

We are still open Sundays from 1 to 4 and tours can be given at anytime.

Friday, July 15, 2011


Does anybody know anything about this quilt? Who made it? It has 42 squares and is 108x90 inches. It has pictures of about everything in town and outside of it. It's huge and we would like to display it but it's too big for most places which is probably why some organisation donated it to us.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Willman photo

Inside Willman's Department Store.

June newsletter

The museum is open every Sunday this summer from 1 to 4. If you would like something to do Sunday afternoons how about volunteering to sit. You don't have to know anything about the museum. It's just advisable to have at least 2 people there.

There is a display on the immigrant families from the German town of Dinklage in the music room. There is also a small display in the doll room. We would like to have more displays for next year. If you have a historical collection you would like to show off or if you would like to use some of our extensive collection get in touch with one of the officers. Some displays can be a collection of artifacts and others could be the result of research. We have several rooms and more display cases will be brought in from storage soon.

The new furnace and air conditioner is in and the carpentry is finished. The wall has been painted a color chosen by Dorothy Quinlin and Tom has painted the baseboards. Plans are being made to paint the Quinlin bedroom.
Some possible ways of reducing our electric consumption are being discussed. One possible culprit in the high usage of electricity is the walk-in cooler that we only use at Christmas time. If you have any expertise in the area of energy consumption get in touch with Jim Rosengarten.

I have put together a sort of book of genealogy aids for this area of Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer Counties. I admit it leans heavily on the German immigrants but there is much general information that would apply to any group. You can have it for the cost of copying and mailing if I have to send it to you. At this time there are about 20 pages but I expect it to grow.
We have acquired some new members lately. If you would like to join get in touch with Sheila Quinlin at 937-295-4019.

We would like to have more people to write things for the book we want to publish for the 175th anniversary of the town. If you run a business or an organization or if you have particular knowledge of something let us know. You don't have to be a good writer. We can fix it up but if you would prefer we won't change what you write. Some possible subjects are weather, schools, sporting events, high school sports in general, crimes, disasters, the interurban railway, history of your farm, the lake, the canal, Indian tribes, prohibition. Contact Jim Rosengarten with your ideas.

On a related subject, maybe someone would like to go over our Civil War vets list and update it. There were some people left off because either it wasn't known they existed or that they were from this township.

If you want information about the Christmas dinners in December call Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659 or email her at

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Indian statue

The Village Beautiful Club or VBC was formed to clean up the banks of the canal and in 1914 they purchased the statue for $100 from the Julius Boesel estate in New Bremen and set it on the canal bank. By 1966 it had been so damaged by vandals and weather that the student council took an interest in it. The restoration was done by Esther Henke of Newport and the statue was set on a concrete pedestal on the school lawn. At the present time it stands in the high school.

From a 1966 newspaper article.

Monday, May 23, 2011

May Newsletter

As usual the museum will be open Sundays from June 5th to the end of August at 1 - 4 pm. Come in and visit, do research or just gossip. We aren't all obsessed with history and genealogy. As was mentioned before if you bring in old photos we can scan and return them. We never turn down monetary donations.

Jean Rosengarten attended a meeting of the Miami-Erie Canal Corridor group (MECCA) where she heard a speech by Nancy Esmond of the Cleveland Metro Parks.

The new furnace and air conditioner has been installed and the finish work is being done. The step in front of the door on Elm St. will need repair. Winter was hard on much of our concrete. Don Gusching is handling that. The water heater will soon need to be replaced. An old building is in constant need of expensive maintenance.

The Quinlin bedroom will need painting.The current color is a very dark pink and is probably a color the Victorians would have liked but it's a dark room and a lighter color would be better. If you are a good painter and would like to volunteer to paint some baseboards in the museum contact Tom Busse. His knees won't allow him to get down on the floor. We could also use some volunteers to clean out the barn. It could be a good summer project for students, scouts, etc.

Does anyone know where Poeppelman School was? Could it be another name for one of the one-room schools? And does anyone know anything about Basinburg School? Grisez School District was in the northwest corner of Cynthian Twp. Does anybody know when it closed and where the students went?

Still looking for Dinklage immigrants. We have Bornhorst and Hilgefort but nothing for Barlage, Bramlage, Grieshop, Prenger, Seger, or Sextro.

An idea was proposed to send out a bulk mailing to the local public in hopes of getting more members and volunteers and soliciting funds.

The Lake Loramie Heritage Museum is open every Saturday from 1 to 4. The first special event will be a display of old boats, motors and fishing equipment on June 11th. The free pontoon boat tours will be held at Earl's Island July 9th. The museum is on Rt. 362 in the old lake office across from the swimming beach. For information call Ray Fiessinger at 937-295-3029.

Friday, May 20, 2011


"Wilderness Trail Cookery"
147 pages of recipes from the Christmas dinners and more.
$5 plus $3 postage if we need to send it.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bornhorst photo

Joseph Bornhorst an immigrant from Dinklage.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Donate photos

We are looking for old photos. If you have any you would like to donate you can bring them to the museum any Sunday in June from 1-4 and someone will be there to scan them and return them to you then. Or you can make other arrangements by contacting Jim Rosengarten or one of the email addresses at the top of the page.

Some examples of pictures would be: weddings, communion classes, school classes, sport teams, family groups, military groups, club groups, groups of workers, or pictures of immigrant ancestors.

New history book

The Historical Association is writing a new history book to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the town. If you own a business or run a non-profit organization in Ft. Loramie or McLean Twp. perhaps you would like to write a brief history telling what you do, who started it, when and where, etc. For examples check out the sesquecentennial history book.

Also if you own a farm that has been in the same family for at least 100 years and would like to write a brief history telling who owned it down the years we might want to use that for the book. Or we may use it some other way. A picture of the farm would be good. Many people had arial photos made.

For information contact Jim Rosengarten at 937-295-3998.

If you like to write we could use somone to write a history of Lake Loramie or the canal or the interurban railway or if you have any other ideas contact Jim.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Brucken's photo

Saturday, April 23, 2011


We would like to compile a list of farms in McLean Twp. that have been in the same family for at least 100 years. If you know of any let us know.

Still looking for information on the families that came from Dinklage, Germany. There is quite a lot on Bornhorsts, Hilgeforts and Segers. If you know anything about Barlage, Bramlage, Grieshop, Prenger, or Sextro email me at or call 419-628-2481. Some of these families were in Auglaize or Mercer Counties. Families that could have been here from Dinklage are Middendorf, Nietfeld, Kalvelage, Nuxholl, Kenkel.

Also looking for information on the one-room schools in McLean Twp. Schools were Dieters, Dirksen, Sherman and Walkup. Schools outside of McLean whose pupils went to Ft. Loramie School after they closed are, Shorts, Hopewell and St. Patricks. Do you have any class pictures we can copy? Or was there ever a reunion?

The Lake Loramie Heritage Museum will be open every Saturday from 1-4 starting April 30. For information on events call Ray Fiessinger at 937-295-3029.

There will be a FREE German genealogy program at the Amos Memorial Library on May 21. No registration necessary. Call 937-492-8354. or check out the website at

Visit your local museums and while you're there remember to leave a donation even if it's only a dollar.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stove photo

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I ran across this in the "History of St. Patrick's Parish" Book. In 1937 there were 5 sets of twins in the school there out of about 70 students. Dorothy & Dolores Bensman, Alfrieda & Alfred Hoying, Rita & Ruth Luthman, Donald & Dorothy Wehrman, and Rose Mary & Rosalinda Westerheide.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April Newsletter

The annual dinner for members was held April 3 in the museum. The speaker was James Anthony, Ft. Loramie resident and recent member of the adjunct faculty at Edison Community College. He talked about the 4 glacial advances of the last ice age that formed the topography of our area. He explained that the Anna earthquake fault was created 600 million years ago. He told of the New Madrid quake in the Missouri area 200 years ago that was so strong it made the church bells ring in Boston, Massachusetts. There was little damage from it because there were few structures and people. Mr. Anthony said there will be another large quake there eventually and he also expects a catastrophic volcanic eruption somewhere in the world in the near future. For the last 100 years we have been living in a relatively peaceful time geologically.

Curator, Jim Rosengarten gave a summary of our activities in the past year. In the summer there was a typewriter display, and a genealogy program with Rita Hoying. Channel 22 did a week on Ft. Loramie and the museum. We had visits by third graders and cub scouts. We participated in German Heritage Days. And, of course, the Christmas dinners were held in December and made memorable by Jim's bread boards that he made from boards from the old school. The roof was painted and much painting, cleaning and repairing was done by Tom Busse.

We had several donations this year including a helmet from the
championship baseball team, a photo of St. Patrick's Church from Ann Berning, a portable air conditioner from the Rosengartens, a seat from the old interurban railway, a computer monitor and printer-scanner from the Jim Brussells, a cast iron stove from the Ted Barhorsts, and a monetary donation for a new furnace.

The book committee met and a few things were decided. We want
updated information on Peter Loramie and the fort that was here. Jim Rosengarten has been doing considerable research on the subject. We would like the book to stand alone and not be a continuation of the Sesquecentennial book of 25 years ago but we will add things such as information on the one-room schools, since Dirksen was the only school in the last book.

As in other years the museum will be open Sundays from 1 to 4 pm
from June 5th until August 28th. Groups can make arrangements for
tours by calling Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659 or Jim Rosengarten
at 937-295-3998. Anyone desiring to do genealogy research or who
would like to get the email newsletter may call 419-628-2481 or email Donations are welcome as always since the county commissioners cannot give us any money again this year.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March newsletter

The meeting was held in the museum in the country store March 17th. The new furnace was discussed and work will begin sometime in April. The plumbers have been busy restarting furnaces that were flooded out. The water has been turned back on in the building since the pipes will be unlikely to freeze again this year. The old dumb waiter will be removed soon.

The Christmas decorations have been taken down and stored away except for the dining room which we decided to leave as a display to promote the Christmas dinners.

Long time member Esther Borchers passed away on March 16th.

The Ft. Loramie girls basketball team went to the state championship and unfortunately didn't prevail but they should be very proud of what they accomplished this year. The Anna girls won their state championship.

The book committee met and tossed around some ideas. The book will contain updated information on Peter Loramie and his store and the fort. More has become available since the invention of the internet in the last 25 years. Also more will be included on the native American tribes in the area, the one-room schools and the canal and lake. There are also new businesses and organizations.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dinklage people

This is what I have found so far.

Herman Heinrich Barlage came to this country when he was 28. He met his wife, Catherine Ording, in Dayton where he was working for a distillery. She was also from Oldenburg but I don't know if she was from Dinklage. He may have been an only child. I found his obituary but the print makes it hard to read besides being in German. They came to Ft. Loramie and had a farm in section 7 in McLean Twp. He died in 1914 at age 86. Their children were Catherine, Henry, Joseph and Mary. Joseph seems to have inherited the farm.

The earliest I have is Joseph born in 1820 and immigrated in 1836. His wife was Catherine Brandewie. They had 9 or 10 children and had a farm in section 6, Jackson Twp, Auglaize Co. He died in 1900 at age 79. I have an obituary but it says little except what the area was lacking when he came here. He immigrated in 1836.

I'm not sure about this family. There seem to have been several and I can't tell if they were related. I don't know if there was only one immigrant with children or if there were several brothers. John Bramlage owned the flour mill in Loramie. Henry Bramlage Sr. is mentioned in Annals of St. Michael's as one of the parish pioneers.

There are several Grieshops. There are 3 Henry Grieshops. One was born in 1833 and died in 1908 in Minster. He was married twice. Henry Grieshop Sr. was born in 1798 and died in 1889 at age 91 in Egypt. There were 2 Henrys born in 1805 and 1810 and lived in Chickasaw. More research is required.

Bernard Prenger was born in 1832 and came to the US at age 7 with his parents. His obituary mentions a stormy sea voyage. It looks like his parents died early leaving 3 children alone. At age 23 he married Agnes Albers. She was born in Ohio. They lived in Deiters school district. Bernard died in 1915. His parents were Herman Marcus Prenger and Katharina Middendorf. The immigrated in 1837.

Clemens Seger was married to Elizabeth. They lived in section 4 in Dirksen school district and had 12 or 13 children. I think he was born in 1820 and may have had more than one wife and died in 1875.

I believe the immigrant was Arnold born in 1820. In 1850 his wife was named Ann and in 1860 his wife was named Margaret. At least some of his children were named Henry, John, Mary and Catherine. Henry was born in 1834 in Oldenburg. His wife was Maria. He had children Herman, August and Mary. They lived in Deiters school district. They were neighbors of Prengers. In 1910 Herman and August were living together in Franklin Twp. I don't think either ever had children but August was married. There was a Joseph Sextro born in 1853 in Germany and whose wife was, yep, Mary born in 1867. They had 5 children.

If anyone wants to dispute or clear up any of this information PLEASE email me. I would also like to have photos of the early families. And let me know if you know of any other families from Dinklage.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More foreign origins, OPQR

Olberding, Steinfeld
Oldiges, Kastelberger, Hannover
Ording, Oldenburg
Ontrup, Walstegge, Koblenz, Westfalen
Osterholt, Holland
Otte, Herbergen, Hannover
Otting, Oldenburg?
Overbeck, Bavaria
Overman, Damme
Pauwell/Powell, Holland
Pfefferle, Baden
Pieper, Mauris
Pille, Oldenburg
Pilliod, Bourogne, Haut-Rhin, France
Pleiman, Alfhausen, Hannover
Poeppelman, Damme, Oldenburg
Polschneider, Oldenburg
Pottkotter, Dulman, Westfalen
Prenger, Bunne, Dinklage, Oldenburg
Puthoff, Damme, Oldenburg
Quartman/Quatman, Langforden, Oldenburg
Quinlin, Ireland
Rahe, Schinkel, Osnabruck
Raistet, Baden
Raterman, Alfhausen, Hannover
Reichert, Heidelberg, Baden
Rengers, Medeln, Prussia, Westfalen
Renneker, Neuenkirchen-Vorden, Oldenburg
Rethman, Oldenburg
Reuss, Bavaria
Rieger, Wurtemburg
Riethman, Coesfeld
Ritter, Lohlbach, Hessen
Rohler, Westfalen
Roman, Wurtemburg
Ronnebaum, Damme, Oldenburg
Rosengarten, Straelen, Rheinprovinz, Dusseldorf, Kreis Geldern
Rotert, Hannover
Rottinghaus, Oldenburg
Ruhe, Ostbevern, Westfalen
Rulmann, Westfalen

Friday, February 25, 2011

February newsletter

The February meeting was held in the museum on February 17th. There was some concern that there would be too much ice and snow piled up at the curb for some of us to get into the building but the village came and plowed it up. It's been a long and cold winter but the heating bill shows that our winterizing efforts were successful.

The new furnace for the music room is still in the planning stages and will be done in the spring by Tom & Jerry's. It was pointed out that there should be safety valves on the two gas furnaces so something will be done about that. We would also like to have the old dumb waiter removed.

There will be an article about us in the Progress supplement in the Sidney Daily News written by Jim Rosengarten.

Long-time member, Esther Borchers, has moved to Heritage Manor in Minster. If you would like to send her a card the address is 24 N. Hamilton, Minster OH 45865.

As the weather improves volunteers will be removing the Christmas decorations and generally getting things in order for opening this summer. Tom Busse has been cleaning and painting again this time in the walk-in cooler in the kitchen. The museum is lucky to have him and others who donate time and money. The county commissioners will be unable to give us any money again this year.

Summer hours will once again be Sundays from 1-4 from the beginning of June until the end of August. One can visit other times by calling Dorothy Quinlin 937-295-2659 or Karen Anthony 937-295-2353.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tobias Roop

Tobias Roop was a farmer in McLean Twp, born in Pennsylvania. He died in December of 1879 at age 65 and reportedly weighed 460 pounds. It took 200 feet of lumber to make his coffin and several hundred people visited the undertaker just to view the casket. He was buried in the Walkup or Roop cemetery at the intersection of 705 and Brandewie Rd.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More foreign origins

Lachey/Lachet, Bordeaux, France
Lamm, Kappelrobeck, Baden
Lammers, (Ft. L) Bahwinkel amt Lingen, Hannover
Lammers, Ostbevern, Westphalen
Lange, Hannover
Laufersweiler, Derbach, Rhein-Pruessen
Lehmann, Schirrhein, Bas-Rhin, Alsace
Lehmkuhl, Hannover ?
Lennartz, Hoch Neuenkirchen
Lenz, Prussia
Lem, Rhein-Pruessen
Liening, Oldenburg
Linder, Ottingen, Ober-Elsass
Luebke, Damme, Oldenburg
Lump, Baden
Macke, Dummerlohausen, Damme, Oldenburg
Maurer, Allersburg, Bavaria
Menke, Oldenburg
Menker, Westfalen
Menkhaus, Hannover
Mertz, Ellinangen, Wurtemburg
Meyer, Hohenzollern
Meyer, Hunteburg, Hannover
Meyer, Neuenkirchen-Vorden, Oldenburg
Middendorf, Walstedde, Westfalen
Moorman, Oldenburg
Muhlenkamp, Billerbeck, Westfalen
Mueller, Neudorf, Baden
Muller Rhein-Pruessen
Nieberding, Steinfeld, Oldenburg
Niederkorn, Luxemburg
Niekamp, Essen, Oldenburg
Niemeyer, Emsburen, Amt Lingen, Hanover
Notheis, Wurtemburg

Saturday, January 22, 2011

January newsletter

Due to the weather a meeting was not held this month.

We have received a donation to install a furnace with air
conditioner in the music room. It will be welcome in winter
or summer since the two heaters in there are ancient and
no longer function.

The furnace has been turned down and the water turned
off in the museum for the winter to save energy. The
museum will be open as usual in the summer on Sundays
from 1-4 and tours can be arranged for other times by
calling Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659 or Jim Rosengarten
at 937-295-3998 or any of the other officers.

I would like to do a display this year on the German town
of Dinklage. Many of our local ancestors came from there
including Barlage, Bramlage, Bornhorst, Hilgefort, Grieshop,
Prenger, Seger and Sextro. If you know of any others let me
know. If you know of anyone doing research on these
families, If you are a descendant or have any photos of the
immigrant ancestors please contact me at 419-628-2481 or I can copy photos and return them.
I have pictures of the Hilgefort ancestors but photos of the
others would be nice.

Minster Historical will be doing a display on the Civil War
this year and is looking for related artifacts. If you have
anything you would like to loan temporarily you can call
Mary Oldiges at 419-628-4600 or


Henry Hilgefort and his brother Clemens came to this country from Dinklage with their parents and sister, Elizabeth and brother Joseph in 1847.


These are the owners of the museum building back to 1841.

Deeds, inlot 12, Ft. Loramie

G.H. Weichman to Mathias Kapfer, lot 12
vol. L, p. 248, 1 Oct, 1841

Mathias Kapfer to H.H. Dressman, lot 12
vol. L, p.252, 9 Dec. 1843

H.H. Dressman heirs to H.J. Dressman, lot 12
vol. 49, p. 41, 1 April 1879

Henry Dressman to Gerhart Kleinhenz, lot 12
vol. 50, p. 589, 6 August 1881

Gerhart Kleinhenz to G.B. Gerling, lot 12
vol. 73, p. 537, 20 Sept. 1897

G. Barney Gerling to Mathias Brucken, inlot 12
vol. 85, p. 146, 28 April 1906

Mathias Brucken et ux, to Clara Pauwell, inlot 12
vol. 89, p. 129, 18 August 1908

Ben Pauwell et al to Alfred Gehring, inlot 12
vol. 121, p. 176, 1141, option, 13 Sept. 1933

Clara Pauwell et vir to Genevieve Gehring, inlot 12
vol. 121, p. 370, 2104, 7 August 1934

Genevieve Gehring et vir to Elmer Reser et al, inlot 12
vol. 142, p. 254, 26022, 11 July 1952

Elmer Reser to Margaret Wright, inlot 12
vol. 147, p.4, 36247, 18 Feb. 1957

Margaret Wright to Violet Danzig, part of lot 12
vol. 169, p. 614, 59200, 19 Oct. 1965

FKA Margaret Wright, Margaret Albers to Ft. Loramie Historical, lot 12, vol. 204, p.490, 84824, 23 May 1973

Violet Danzig to Ronald Woehrmyer, part of lot 12
vol. 218, p. 214, 96891, 19 April 1976

Ronald Woehrmyer to Ft, Loramie Historical, part of lot 12
vol. 219, p.291, 97849, 28 June 1976