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.