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 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 or or phone, Rob 937-295-2212 or Renee at 937-295-3813 (from 8a to 3p only).