Tuesday, December 25, 2012


We have broken even on the book sales.

Richard Dressman visited here from Piqua recently in search of genealogy information. He and Gary Daniel visited the museum.

In March it will be 100 years since the catastrophic flood. I would like to do something on it. I'm not sure what yet. We have photos but you may have some that we don't. I know none of you remember it but maybe your parents or grandparents were here and told you stories. Let me know if you have any to relate.

The Minster museum will be doing their display this year on the 4th Street businesses. If you have anything to loan contact Mary Oldiges at 419-628-4600 or moldiges@hotmail.com. They always put on a good show and will always get your donations back to you.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Merry Christmas

and thank you for your support

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Update on the book

The price is $35.00 plus $2.45 tax. Total is $37.45.
If you need to have one shipped, postage is $6.00.
A check should be made out to "Ft. Loramie Historical Association".
The address is P.O. Box 276, Ft. Loramie OH 45845.

Books can be picked up at The Silver Cross when it is open or contact Jim and Jean Rosengarten at 937-295-3998.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


The new history book, "Ft. Loramie, Main St. and Beyond" has arrived. You can pick them up this Sunday at the museum. Price is $35 plus $2.45 tax.

The Wilderness Trail Museum will be open this Sunday the 9th from 1-4. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and as usual a miniature train will be set up in the music room. Come and see the Christmas decorations while they are still up. There will also be events in the Legion and St. Michael's Hall.

There will be no meeting of the Historical Association in December.

For those of you who haven't seen them Jim Rosengarten put some photos that he took at the dinners on Facebook.

Don't forget to support your museum. Donations are still deductible if you itemize your 2012 income tax.

Dinner photo

Christmas Dinners

The 39th year of the Christmas dinners was a huge success and over 400 visitors enjoyed our hospitality. I think it's important to acknowledge those who contribute to our only money-making event. It takes a lot of people to make it work.

A major player is Dorothy Quinlin who not only takes the reservations and arranges the seating but also helps with the decorating and in the kitchen, and handles the money and the bookkeeping. And she does it all with grace especially when she has to rearrange things to find room for an extra person at the last minute.

Rosemary Brussell handles the huge job of buying the food and running the kitchen. Tom Busse sets up the tables and ensures that we have enough dishes and silverware that match and makes sure everything is set up in the right rooms and in the right way. Alice Barhorst is all over the place helping with decorating, running things upstairs and gathering the group of ladies that come in mornings to set the tables. Karen Anthony runs the kitchen upstairs. Sheila Quinlin and helpers created all the centerpieces. Jean Rosengarten, in spite of working full time, made the appetisers and helped out in the kitchens. Larry Warren, Eileen Boeckman and Beth Holthaus are responsible for most of the decorating. Don Gusching steps in and quietly helps out wherever he can.

And we need to thank everyone who helped with the decorating, the boys and girls who give up a bit of their busy lives to help, the army of people who work in the kitchens and especially those who wash the dishes, a job nobody likes doing. It takes a real hero to do it for others. Thank you to everyone for supporting your museum.

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's ready

The cover is really red. It just looks pink in this photo.

The new history book

The new history book, "Ft. Loramie, Main Street and Beyond", will be delivered December 21st. It's cutting it close for Christmas gifts and we won't be able to mail any before the holiday but they will be available for pickup at the Silver Cross and the museum in Ft. Loramie. Order from Ann Stidd, 937-295-2040 or Jim Rosengarten, 937-295-3998. The book is hardback, has 268 pages and will cost $35.00. A check should be made out to the Ft. Loramie Historical Association. Amount for postage will be determined later.

The book is being published in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Village of Ft. Loramie and covers the early frontier, immigrants, religious heritage, businesses, organizations, schools and memories.

Ann Stidd is a major hero in this project. She did all the organizing and she and Laura Paulus did the proof reading. It was a major job that wouldn't have happened without them.

Vogelsang's at Main and Park.


There are still a few places left on Thursday and Sunday for the Christmas dinners. Call Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659. A drop-off zone will be established at the Main St. door so you can stop and let passengers off.

Our books make great Christmas gifts. Click on the books-for-sale tab at the top of the blog. If you want more information about any of the books email me at catw43@gmail.com.

Support your museum. Our building is in constant need of maintenance. Taxes will probably be going up next year. Anything you donate this year is still tax deductible. Walmart employees can sign up for a program and the company will donate money to non-profits. Kroger customers reward program will also donate. Contact Jim Rosengarten for particulars.

Minster Historical Society is looking for artifacts and history of all the past businesses located on 4th St. in Minster. Starting in January they would like to borrow your photos and artifacts for their 2013 exhibit. Call Mary Oldiges at 419-628-3164 or the museum at 419-628-4600.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Class of 1933 photo

Back row - Clarence Boerger, Joe Arling, teacher Margaret Mullen McCaffrey, teacher Jane Ambrose, teacher Martha Millette, Superintendent Thomas Burke.

Middle row - Louise Freytag Tebbe, Klyde Kiefer, Norbert Hilgefort, Valery Groff.

Front row - Margaret Inderrieden, Victor Drees, Zelma Rousseau Hilgefort, Helen Loy Tearnan, Margaret Lachat, Raymond Barhorst, Violet Marshall Monnin.

If you see something wrong let me know.


Reservations are filling up for the Christmas dinners. If you still want to sign up call Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659. We can still use some help from adults and teens. You don't have to sign up for all 4 days. The greenery has gone up and the talented Larry Warren has decorated some of the rooms. Alice Barhorst bought new greenery for the country store.

Don Gusching had an idea to have a drop-off area by the front door so some of our visitors don't have to walk as far especially if the weather is bad.

The new history book is coming along nicely. We are working to have it ready for Christmas sales but we can still use some funding. We will let everyone know when it is ready.

Tom and Jan Busse donated a new freezer. The old one must have been at least 40 years old. It came from Montgomery Ward. And speaking of old, the roof is deteriorating badly and will have to be replaced. More shingles fall off every time we have a wind.

If you would like to donate for a specific project such as fixing the roof or setting up a proper website contact Jim Rosengarten at 937-295-3998. Donations are tax deductible.

If you have time on your hands and a tolerance for tedious tasks and would like to help Karen Anthony organize the funeral cards call her at 937-295-2353. Any time you want to help with anything at the museum feel free to volunteer. Don't wait to be asked. It's your museum.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


The third grade visited the museum on Sept. 27th. There are more pictures on Facebook.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September newsletter

The Williamsburg Christmas dinners will be held again this year on November 29, 30 and December 1 and 2. If you attended last year you have received a letter. If not and you would like to attend you can contact Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659 or at dmq5gc@nktelco.net. There are usually a few spots open late but if you wait too long you might not get the room you want to be in. This is our only money-making event. We can also use some help with decorating before hand and with the actual dinners. You don't have to make a huge commitment. There is always some small job that you can help with even if you do it only on one of the 4 days.

The menu this year will be Virginia Cream of leek soup, King's Tavern roast of turkey, giblet gravy, Colonial cornbread and Chestnut stuffing, sausage and corn stuffed onions, peas with pimento and pearl onions and Holiday sweet potato cashew bake. Also cranberry, orange and lemon relish and corn relish. Beverages are hot mulled cider, eggnog, banana crush, coffee and wine. The Renaissance Singers will perform throughout the evening.

Dick Richards who always helps Tom with the tables will no longer be able to do that. We would like him to know how much we appreciate his and his wife Anita's commitment to the museum.

German Heritage Days was well attended in spite of cold weather, serious rain on Friday night and wind on Saturday that blew over our display boards. As usual we coped. We gave away 2 free Christmas dinners that were won by Harold Stockslager of Greenville. Judy Prueter donated an afghan she made for us to raffle off at German Heritage. Names were drawn by a member of the German band and Jean Rosengarten won the afghan.

The Busse family has donated a book of bound copies of the 1936 Western Times newspaper. A sign will be attached to the Barney Krampe wagon box to show it was donated by Ernest and Charmane Fogt. Jim Rosengarten donated his old computer so we once again have a computer that works and also has all kinds of neat programs on it. Jeanne Prueter donated a copy of the 1883 Sutton History of Shelby County.

The third graders will be visiting us on Sept. 27th.

If you shop at a Krogers in the Cincinnati region which is where we are and have a rewards card you can sign up online for the Kroger Community Rewards program and they will donate some money to the museum. Contact Jim Rosengarten for details or go to Kroger's website. You have to have an email address. If a family member has their own reward card and doesn't have email you can sign them up for an address. They don't have to use it, just have one.

The new history book is coming along. We are hoping to have it ready for Christmas sales but we are not making that commitment just yet. We will let everyone know the instant it is ready.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

From Mary Lou Reser Raterman

Hi, Catherine! My dad, Elmer Reser, bought the building from Al Gehring and we also had “The Wayne Trail Inn”. We lived upstairs and I spent my sophomore year in high school at Loramie. My mother was a Busse and my grandfather was Louis Busse of the famous sausage and meat market. Customers came from all over the country to buy his meat and I still miss his smoked sausage!

I remember my aunt Lauretta Wilkens was a Village Beautiful Girl and I have a photo of them—when they used to take care of the banks around the canal that ran through the center of town-- and we children watched movies from the bank outside. Loramie had charm back then and I have photos of Grandpa John Wilkens with us sitting in front of the Loramie Indian that used to be on the bank. Is the Indian still around?

I always wanted to buy the pie safe that was in the back room of the building. Is that for sale? Incidentally I also am a member of the Shelby Co. Historical Society in Sidney. Thanks again for contacting me.

Please send me your address and I will become a member. My dad bought Kings CafĂ©, which was next door to the Busse Meat Market, from Don King’s dad when I was in high school, sophomore year 1948. I was in college when he bought the Wayne Trail Inn from Al Gehring around 1951-52. I am in the process of going through old photos and will send you some photos I have and contact my cousin Joan Wilkens Hoying in New Bremen to see if she has anything.

Unfortunately I remember my parents’ generation throwing everything away when they cleaned out attics.

Mary Lou (Reser) Raterman

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

German Heritage needs help

The German Heritage Days committee is still in need of volunteers for the festival the weekend of Sept 21-23. The greatest need for volunteers is on Saturday through out the day and we also have some openings on Sunday for volunteers. If any one has some free time and is able to put in a couple of hours, please let us know. We can be reached by e-mail at ftlchamber@bktelco.net or hudatlife@hotmail.com or phone, Rob 937-295-2212 or Renee at 937-295-3813 (from 8a to 3p only).


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Unknown family photo

Does anybody know who these people are? It seems to me the guy with the magnificent beard would be recognizable. It was taken by Taylor & Sons in New Bremen but that doesn't mean they are New Bremen people. It was found in a box of photos from the Raterman house. The second photo shows the Raterman house with the mill behind it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The 39 star flag

The flag was found in 1955 by Cyril Bergman in the old Canal House in Newport. There are only a few such flags. This one is 10 ft. by 7 ft. They were made in 1889 by flag manufacturers who were gambling that Dakota Territory would be made into one state. In November of 1889 the Dakotas were split into 2 states. The Bergmans have had the flag all this time and son, Mark, recently took it to the Antiques Roadshow in Cincinnati. Unfortunately it won't be shown on tv.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


I took this picture looking south on Main St. and I didn't notice the truck at the end of the street until later. Now the flags are gone and I can't do it over.


The museum will be open 2 more Sundays. Stop in and visit. There is always someone interesting to talk to. The barn is available for viewing. There are larger things in there including the Barney Krampe wagons.

Dues are $10.00 a year and we accept donations which are tax deductible. The roof will be needing repair.

Margie Barlage gave us a box of photos that she found in her house. Many are of the Raterman family. If you have photos you no longer want please do not throw them away. Even if you don't know who the people are or you think they aren't important the museum would love to have them. If you have photos you want to keep we can scan and return them.

Jim and Karen Anthony went to Europe this summer and while there they visited the grave of Pvt. Ralph Rieger who was killed in France in 1944 and buried in the Epinal American Cemetery in Epinal, France.

Harry Boerger is thinking of sharing his collection of old photos on line.

Christmas dinners this year will be November 29 and 30 and December 1 and 2. If you have attended before you have already received a letter. Otherwise you can contact Dorothy Quinlin. If you want to help you can contact anyone in the organization. We will begin decorating in October. Since the county isn't giving us money anymore this is our only money-making event.

German Heritage Days this year will be held on September 21, 22 and 23 in the middle of town. Don't worry about missing the football games. They have a large screen tv besides food and beer. As always there will be a German band. We will as usual have a tent so come in and view the artifacts and photos. There will be books for sale and we will be giving away 2 free Christmas dinners.

The community garage sales will be held Sept. 14 and 15. The Fall Festival at Lake Loramie will be the 14th to the 16th. Check the Ft. Loramie Chamber of Commerce website for information on community events. This is a busy time of year and a great time to visit historic Ft. Loramie.

A flag with 39 stars was found by Cyril Bergman in the old canal house in Newport. Does anybody know when it was and what happened to it?

The history book is moving along. We just need to generate some funding. If you were going to send an article to add the time is now.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Old photo

Who is this handsome WWI soldier? Breaking news: Harry Boerger thinks this is Joseph John Barhorst.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Willman Store photo

100 years ago

100 years ago today Willman's Department Store on the corner of Park and Main burned down in a catastrophic fire. The fire did $50,000 in damage. At the time of the newspaper article the cause was not known but it looked like it started in the warehouse area.

Fire trucks came from Minster, New Bremen and Wynant (Newport) to help put out the fire but it was too late to save the building. The fire must have been visible for miles around. People came from Maria Stein and Egypt.

In order to continue business the Willman brothers leased space in the Tecklenburg building for groceries and the Knights of St. John Hall for dry goods.

A brand new bigger store opened Nov. 1, 1913 and the building still exists today.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Old photo

Does anybody know who any of these people are or what business this is? Also is it in Ft. Loramie? New information: Mary Oldiges says this is Minster Machine and the boss is Anton Herkenhoff.

July newsletter

We are open Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 until the end of August. If you are in the area come in and visit with us. Ask to see the barn where we keep the wagons and other big stuff.

If you have a farm or know of a farm in McLean Twp. that has been in the same family for 100 years email me with the name and location. catw43@gmail.com. If you are planning to send something for the new book sooner would be better than later.

Jim and Jean Rosengarten drove to Cape Girardeau, Missouri recently and attended a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Peter Loramie's death. A crowd braved 100 degree heat in the Old Lorimier Cemetery to listen to speeches one of which was a brief one by Jim.

We will be buying some copies of a book called "Louis Lorimier in the American Revolution, 1777-1782" and will be selling them.

Linda Nash of Cape Girardeau has completed her book about Peter Loramie and it will be printed soon. We would like to hold a book signing here sometime next year.

Tom Busse has the museum floors shining. Lately he has been doing some work in the barn.

German Heritage Days this year will be held September 21, 22, and 23. As usual we will have a tent with artifacts and pictures.

I'm considering holding a one-time, beginning genealogy class for those who would like to know how to get started researching their family tree. Let me know if you are interested and we'll do it if we get enough interest. Alternatively, a class in interpreting funeral cards, obituaries, etc. written in German.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Romie Store photo

Richard Romie at work. Romie Sporting Goods is the oldest store in Ft. Loramie owned by the same family since the 1890's. It was begun by John Romie as a maker of harness for horses.

Cape Girardeau

Jim Rosengarten in Cape Girardeau MO for the celebration of the 200th anniversity of Peter Loramie's death.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Book deadline

The deadline for the new history book project is approaching. We are still looking for stories to include. We would like to have everything in by the end of July. If you think you can't write just give us the basic details and we will write it up for you. It's free. We don't have room for family trees but if you have a business or a farm in McLean or Cynthian Twps. or photos of your immigrant ancestors and would like its history to be included contact us at the addresses at the top of this blog or call Ann Stidd at the Silver Cross or Jim Rosengarten at 937-295-3998.

Some things already prepared are the one-room schools, a memory of Ft. Loramie School in the 1960's, high school sports, the Hilgefort, Barhorst, and Puthoff farms, a memory of the 1965 tornado, Basinburg, the church statues, St. Patrick, the canal, the lake, the interurban railway, the native tribes, military casualties, Vocke distillery, Wayne Trail, Nktelco, the telephone exchange, photos of immigrant ancestors and a list of local names and where they came from.

Major parts of the book will be a section by Ken Sowards on the fort and Loramie's Store a subject on which he is an expert and a section by Jim Rosengarten on the life of Peter Loramie, a subject on which he is an expert.

June newsletter

A Girl Scout troop from Oxford OH visited the museum recently and was treated to a talk by Ken Sowards about Loramie's Store and the fort. Ken is an expert on the subject and is writing a section of the new history book.

Jim and Jean Rosengarten visited Cape Girardeau, MO for their celebration on the 200th anniversary of Peter Loramie's death. Jim connected with some other researchers. There they call him Louis Lorimier. After his store was burned here he went to Cape Girardeau and because of his experience with the natives he was made Commandant of the area by the Spanish who owned the territory at that time. A chapter on this subject by Jim Rosengarten will be included in the new history book.

The Lake Loramie Heritage Museum will be holding their popular pontoon boat tours July 14th at 2 pm at the Earl's Island Pavilion. First come, first served but you won't have to wait very long. It's free but donations would be appreciated to help pay for the gas.

One of the toilets was discovered to be leaking and ran up the water bill. Something will be installed to prevent that from happening again which it could when nobody is there.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Girl Scouts

Ken Sowards giving a talk about the fort and Loramie's store to a group of Girl Scouts and their leader Jeanne Buccigross and accompanying adults from Oxford; Janet Church, Kelly Church, Lianne Novak, Zoe Caswell, MacKenzie Chumley and Cassandra Huff.

Monday, May 28, 2012


WWI casualties

Grover Cox died October 10, 1918 of pneumonia at Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, OH. He was the son of George Cox of Newport.

Louis Daniel died December 17, 1917 when he was washed off the ship on which he was serving by a wave and lost at sea. He was the son of Clement Daniel and Mary Ahrns Daniel.

Pvt. Anthony M. Sherman died June 21, 1918 in France. He was with the 96th Company, 6th Regiment Marines. His mother was Elizabeth Sherman.

WWII casualties

Cpl. Herbert J. Aselage, son of Bernard Aselage and Elizabeth Schlater Aselage, died of his wounds in an Army hospital in Germany, April 21, 1945. He was a tank driver with the Eighth Armored Division.

Pvt. Frederick Broering, son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Broering, died in Dayton, July 2, 1941. He was a private in Company A, 56th infantry.

Pvt. Linus Francis Broering died May 17, 1943 at Randolf Field, Texas. He was a short wave radio operator. He was the son of John Broering and Ceceila Holtheide Broering.

Staff Sgt. Edward F. Gaier died February 19, 1944 in Italy. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Gaier, was married to Ruth Kirner Gaier and left a year-old son. He was a radio man on a Liberator bomber and an expert gunner with the Army.

Pfc. Joseph Meyer, son of Rose Meyer of Newport, and an infantryman, died July 6, 1944 in France. He had married Rose Dwenger Meyer a year before.

Sgt. Marcel Perin died in France, January 1, 1945. He was with the 44th Infantry, 7th Army and was reported missing in action January 26, 1945. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Perin of Newport.

Ensign Harry F. Raterman was killed in a plane crash in California February 24, 1943. He was a Navy flying officer and was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Raterman. His father had passed away only a few months before.

Pvt. Ralph Rieger was killed in action Nov. 21, 1944 in France. He was an infantryman and was the son of Peter Rieger and Catherine Gaier Rieger.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Does anyone have an original photo of this great Loramie baseball team? We only have this newspaper photo.

May Newsletter

As usual, the museum will be open Sunday afternoons from 1-4 in June, July and August. There are a couple of new displays and opportunities for research. Even if you don't like history come in and chat. And don't forget when you visit any museum throw a dollar or 2 in the donation jar.

The tax levy is official. A special election will be held probably August 7th. The levy is for .25 and will benefit all the historical museums in the county; Ft. Loramie, Sidney, Anna, Jackson Center, and Botkins. The economy has had a bad effect on local government and non-profit organizations. I hope those of you who live in Shelby County will come out and vote for us.

We're still looking for owners to turn in a history of their businesses for the new history book. Time is running out if you want to get your business or farm in the book. It's free.

Jim Rosengarten has restored the box of the Barney Krampe wagon donated by Mr. & Mrs. Fogt. The undercarriage and the floor were unusable. He stabilized it and replaced the floor and treated it with linseed oil. It still has its original color which our other wagon does not. Jim and Jean spent an afternoon hanging it from the ceiling in the barn. Photos are on the Facebook page.

We received $250 from the Walmart Foundation through their Volunteerism Always Pays program. Apparently anyone who works for Walmart and volunteers at a non-profit organization can turn in their hours to the foundation and they will donate to the non-profit organization.

We have several albums of photos taken on someone's trip to Germany. Does anyone know who are the people in the photos, when did they go to Germany and where did they visit? It looks like maybe the 1980's. They aren't much use if we don't at least know where they were taken.

Bonnie Turner is looking for a photo of the float the historical association created for the Sesquicentennial in 1987.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Krampe wagon restoration

This is the wagon before restoration. Go to our Facebook page for pictures of the restoration and after pictures done by Jim Rosengarten.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

April newsletter

Jim Rosengarten conducted a tour for the Girl Scouts recently. Six residents of the St. Marys Living Center and their activities director, Marge Luedeke, were given a tour of the museum on April 24th by Dorothy Quinlin, Karen Anthony, Alice Barhorst, and Catherine Wolken.

Tom Busse has been painting, fixing and waxing floors. He has also been visiting Goodwill and has replenished the supply of dishes, glassware and silverware that we need for the Christmas dinners. Alice Barhorst has been coming in and cleaning and dusting. Some new displays will be set up for summer.

The spouting on the corner of the building by Dairy King had come loose. Rapid Development fixed it and did a bit of patching on the roof. The roof will be needing replacement soon.

Ernest and Charmain Fogt donated a wagon once owned by Barney Krampe, farm implement owner here a long time ago. Jim Rosengarten and Ted Barhorst went and picked it up. It is in bad shape and the underneath part and the wheels are replacements but Jim hopes to save the box. We only know of 4 of his wagons. One is ours. One is in the Ford museum. Another belongs to a local person. This one was made by Fish Brothers of Racine WI.

Shelby County Historical has set up a display in the Ross Historical building in Sidney showcasing the various museums in the county. Our museum is prominently displayed as well as Botkins, Jackson Center and Anna.

The Minster Historical Society has had the old copies of the Minster Post put on their website. They run from 1894 to 1965. Until October 1918 they are in German. Even if you aren't doing research it's interesting to go through and see what people were doing back then. Read the gossip column to find out what your ancestors were up to. If you know when someone died you can find their obituary. If you are a fan of horrible accidents you'll find a lot of those. See what was going on here during the wars, depression and prohibition. Read letters home by soldiers during WWI. This is going to cost them so if you use it a lot it would be nice to show your appreciation and send a small donation. Their address is on their website. http://www.minsterhistoricalsociety.com/minster-newspapers.html

Speaking of websites we would like to have a proper one set up for us but the cost is prohibitive right now. It isn't cheap but if anyone would like to donate a sum for that purpose coordinate with Jim Rosengarten.

The Lake Loramie Heritage Museum will be open on Saturday afternoons beginning May 5, 2012. There will be three special events days: June 16 - Antique Boats, Motors, Fishing Lures and Equipment at Earl's Island Pavilion from 9-4pm. July 14 - Historic Pontoon Boat Rides on Lake Loramie at Earl's Island Pavilion 2pm no raindate. August 11 - Digital photography with Bob Huecker, professional photographer. Bring your camera. Pictures will be printed and suggestions offered. All events are free and open to the public. The museum is on Rt. 362 just past the campground on the left. For information call 419-628-2024.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Hopewell School

This is a Hopewell class but I have no names. Can you help me with that? catw43@gmail.com

Grisez School

This is supposed to be the third grade at Grisez Special School 1930. I'm suspicious. There would not be this many children in one grade in a rural school. There would only be this many in the whole school. It doesn't look as if there are any older kids in this picture. I welcome input since this is the only picture I have from this school.

Row 1 - Virginia York, Evelyn York, Leona Deloye, Virginia Boerger, Marcella Sherman, , Mildred Barhorst, Amelia Deloye, Evelyn Barhorst.
Row 2 - Edward York, Richard Sherman, Eugene Sherman, Albert Boerger, Aloys Larger, Frank Thomas.
Row 3 - Elmer Grisez, Herbert Larger, Elmer Larger, Floyd Thomas, Robert Edwards, Floyd Thomas, Paul Deloy, Richard Barhorst.
The teacher was Goldie Martin (not in picture).

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Dorothy Quinlin donated this flag. It hung in the window during WWII to commemorate the 2 Quinlins who were away in the war.

March meeting

The monthly meeting was held March 15 in the museum. Jim got us up to date on the new Shelby County History Alliance which consists of Ft. Loramie, Sidney Historical, Jackson Center, Botkins and Anna.

The Sidney group will soon be setting up a display that all the museums will contribute to. Jim will be getting together some artifacts that show Ft. Loramie history. Look for it at the Ross Historical building in Sidney probably in April.

Maintenance on the building is a constant worry. The roof will need to be replaced and a gutter and spout repaired however, the mild winter has been a big help to our heating costs. The water has been turned back on in the building.

We are still looking for old photos especially of immigrant ancestors and school classes. Also need history of businesses now and then and of farms. Contact one of the officers or email the address above.

As always the museum will be open Sunday afternoons in June, July and August. Tours can be arranged and anyone can get in almost anytime to do research. Call Dorothy Quinlin 937-295-2659 or Karen Anthony 937-295-2353 or email.

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Some teachers

Some teachers at Grisez Special School that closed in 1936. They aren't in order. I got the names from a reunion they held in 1988.
D. Snow
Frank Loy - 1910-1911
Alma Gigandet - 1917-18
H.H. Short
Mr. Groff
Bernard Barhorst
Ann Sommer
Goldie Martin - 1930
Martha Remlinger
Ellen Nischwitz
Marie Freytag (Winkeljohn)

Some Hopewell Special School teachers.
Harvey Loy - 1906
Anna Jelley - 1911
Mary D. Gigandet - 1918-19
Teresa Wilkins - 1940
Robert Gigandet
Charles Echman

Some of the teachers at Basinburg Special.
John Barhorst 1903-1904
Harley Helman 1906-1907
Rosa Moorman 1910-1911
Arthur Kiefer 1914-1915
Frances Loy

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Irish

Since St. Patrick's day is on March 17th I thought I would address the Irish immigrants to this area. Many Irish came here to work on the canal and moved on but some stayed. St. Patrick's and McCartyville were named for them. The children who went to St. Patrick's School were given St. Patrick's Day off in honor of the saint their school was named for.

Michael Quinlin and Bridget Ronan immigrated from Ireland. She came in 1856. They settled in McLean Twp. on a farm in the Sherman School District. Their children were, William (a pharmacist in Ft. Loramie), Mary, who married a Doorley, John, Thomas, Joseph, James, Alice, Edmund, and Emma. There may have been more. William Quinlin also served as mayor.

John Walkup was born in Ireland and married Mary Edwards in 1856. He was a farmer in Walkup School District. Children were Thomas, Joseph, Milton or Newton, Margaret and Nancy. Thomas was a physician in Ft. Loramie.

Another Irish family were the Moyers who lived in Cynthian Twp. and came from Ireland by way of Pennsylvania. These are only a few.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Model donation

Wesley Kiefer of Sidney has donated this model that he created of Loramie's store as it might have looked. He researched the subject and found that this is the way the French traders built their stores. It was built on the scale of 3/4" to 1'. No nails or metal fasteners were used. The shingles were hand split and the logs fastened with pegs. It took about 60 hours to build not counting the time spent researching Loramie's store and the type of construction used around 1780.


Dorothy Quinlin found a flag in a drawer that belonged to the Quinlin family. It is a WWI flag that was hung in a window and had a star on it for each son in the military.

The levy to generate funds for the historical societies in Shelby County will be held in a special election in August if it is approved by the commissioners.

Alex Heckman, Director of Education and Museum Operations for Dayton History and grandson of former member Henrietta Heckman has emailed us and invited any of us to come and visit the museum in Carrillon Park.

The Christmas decorations have been taken down and stored away until next year. The dining room will remain decorated so visitors can see what we do. New displays are being planned for the summer. The water will be turned back on soon since it seems unlikely it will get cold enough again to freeze the pipes.

We have decided to no longer hold the annual dinner for members but some other sort of get-together will be arranged.

We are still looking for writers and old photos for the new history book. Contact Jim Rosengarten.

This blog has been generating a lot of interest in our organization. If you know anyone who would like to receive it let me know. Keep checking back. I put things on all the time. Scroll down to see what's new.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Wooden cutouts of Ft. Loramie buildings.
St. Michael's Church, Vogelsang's, Busse's meat market, Willman's Dept. store, Gaier's gas station, Ernst gas station, bank, fire department.
$15.00 each plus shipping.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Unknown photo

This looks like a one-room school class possibly on an outing. One of the people in it is probably a Gausepohl and it could be in Deiters School District east of Minster. It looks like the 19teens. If you recognize it let me know.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Turp & Eb

Turp & Eb, by Albert Freytag. Stories of the childhood of Albert and his friend Turp Raterman. 140 pages, $16.00.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hopewell School photo

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Our new future history book

It would still be good to find someone who is interested in military history to update our list of local participants in the various wars. Or at least one of the wars.

Karen Anthony is still looking for photos of immigrant ancestors to this area. It would be nice to get information on the French immigrants in McLean & Cynthian Twps. since not much seems to have been done on that aspect of local history. 937-295-2353 or jkanthony@nktelco.net

Our agricultural background is usually ignored and we tend to forget that is why the town and the canal are here. Agriculture was the main industry here for most of our history. If you have a farm and would like its history told contact one of the officers or Karen Anthony or Tom Busse.

Contact information is below.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Our officers are:

President - Rosemary Brussell
Vice President - Alice Barhorst
Secretary - Sheila Quinlin
Treasurer - Dorothy Quinlin
Curator - Jim Rosengarten

Our address is:
Box 276, Ft. Loramie, OH, 45845

The museum phone number is 937-295-3855.
Leave a message.

Our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/fort.loramie.historical.association?sk=wall

Dues are $10

The museum is open in the summer, Sundays 1-4, June, July and August.

Book prices

MEMORIAL RECORDS of SHELBY COUNTY, 1819-1975 .....$45.00, packing & shipping $5

MARRIAGE RECORDS of SHELBY COUNTY, 1819-1899,vol.1 or 2 ...$25.00, packing & shipping $3

SESQUICENTENNIAL HISTORY, 1987, hardcover ...............$25.00
softcover ......................$20.00, packing & shipping $4

HISTORY of FT. LORAMIE, 1950 .....$5.00,packing & shipping $1

ANNALS of ST. MICHAEL'S , Rev. Bigot ................................$15.00,
packing & shipping $4

WILDERNESS TRAIL COOKERY ....$5.00, packing & shipping $3

TURP & EB , by Albert Freytag .......$16.00

JULIE'S ROSE, by Dick Boerger, .............$15.00

SONG BOOK ...........$1.00

REPLICAS ................$15.00


2011 was an eventful year. We had a furnace installed and the old dumb waiter was removed. The Quinlin bedroom was painted and the old drapes taken down. New display cases were brought in and set up. There will be new displays every year. The barn was cleaned and rearranged by Matt Carter and his scout buddies and his mother. Tom Busse did a lot of cleaning and painting.

The annual Christmas dinner was a success. We made more money than last year. More people attended. This is our only money maker and unless the county commissioners can give us money again we can always use donations. Also if you want to join the dues are $10. Call Sheila Quinlin 937-295-4019 or mail to our address at the top of this blog.

Tom Busse donated the leftover cider from the Christmas dinners to Auglaize Industries who enjoyed it very much.

Jim Rosengarten hosted 2 Cub Scout troops this month. There is a picture on the Facebook page.

We have a few more "Julie's Rose" books left. They are $15.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tax levy

The Fort Loramie Community Service Club had as its guest speaker, Rich Wallace of the Shelby County Historical Society. He spoke of the upcoming tax levy that the local museums will be placing on the ballot this fall. Jim Rosengarten of the Fort Loramie Historical Assn. also gave a few comments. All in attendance recognized the need to support the museum.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


If you are interested in Russia sports check out the Fish Report.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Grisez School photo

Grisez School

Grisez School is located at the intersection of Brandewie and Loy Roads in section 15 of Cynthian Twp. It was built in 1888 by J.W. Bower. The 1875 map shows a previous school farther east on Loy Rd. in Section 23.

The school closed in 1936 and the students transferred to Ft. Loramie School. A reunion was held in 1988. The building is used for storage now and is kept in good condition.

D. Snow
Frank Loy
H.H. Short
Mr. Groff
Bernard Barhorst
Ann Sommers
Goldie Martin
Martha Remlinger
Ellen Nischwitz
Marie Freytag

Doy you have any information or old pictures or do you know any dates for the teachers?