Friday, August 23, 2013

Fort Loramie Library

Scott Trostle. author of "And Through the Black Night of Terror", will speak at the library Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 pm about the great flood of 1913. Register by calling 295-3155 or emailing You probably won't be turned away if you forget. They just want to have an idea how many are coming.

Book sale Friday and Saturday September 13 and 14 in the Community Center in the park, 9 am to 12 pm.

If you have any legos lying around that you no longer use the library would be happy to have them.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


The 31st annual Lake Loramie Fall Festival will be held Sept. 13th through 15th. There is always a lot to see and do.

The Fort Loramie Community Garage Sales will be held September 14th. If you would like to be included on the map you can pick up a form at various places around town. Proceeds benefit the Youth Soccer League.

Ft. Loramie's German Heritage Days will be held September 21st and 22nd. Home Made German Potato Salad, Home Made Jaeger Schnitzel Sandwich on a Pretzel Bun, Home Made Potato Soup and Home Made German Chocolate Cake, as well as past favorites, Brats, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sausage & Sauerkraut, Hog Wings, Jumbo Prezels, Reuben Bites, Cabbage Rolls and Apple Dumplings. The Kegs N Kraut 5K on Saturday morning is back. Car Show Saturday 11am, awards at 2pm! We will have our tent as usual.

August meeting

8 members attended the August meeting in the museum. Updates were discussed on the sidewalk repair, the website, the bell tower and the concrete fence from the church. It was decided to buy a new phone since the one we have is producing so much static that one can't hear. Some new light fixtures have been installed.

Time to start thinking about the Christmas dinners. This will be our 40th year. Volunteers will be needed. Contact Dorothy Quinlin, Alice Barhorst or Rosemary Brussell. Dorothy has received 153 reservations already. Don't wait too long if you want a certain day or a certain room.

Naomi Russell visited us last Sunday to play the organ that came from the Emmanual Reformed Church. Several friends came to listen to her play.

We are always in need of storage. If you have any file cabinets you want to get rid of we would be happy to take them off your hands. Contact Jim Rosengarten

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mislabeled photo

This photo has been mislabeled as being the laying of St. Michael's cornerstone but it has been established that this building cannot be St. Michael's. Does anyone know what it is? It might not even be a church and it might not be anywhere around here. It's probably the end of the 1800's or beginning of the 1900's. People came to the event by horse and buggy. In the distance there are 2 towers and in the upper left it looks like a hill.

Foreign origins

These families came from the town of Ostbevern in Westfalen which is now a part of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Let me know if you know of any others.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Also in August

Also in August: In 1912 Willman's store burned down, in 1919 there was an early frost, in 1934 concrete was being poured at the spillway, and in 1946 Al Gehring was building an addition to his cafe which is now the museum building.

It happened in August

In August of 1940, 17 members of the Fort Loramie FFA went on an 11 day, 1400 mile trip. A diary was kept by Leo Meyer and published in the Minster Post. Other participants were, Robert Olding, Leo Liening, Anthony Hoying, Homer Raterman, Frank Boerger, Irvin Loy, Clarence Harrod, Bernard Aselage, Herbert Aselage, George Boerger, Albert Boerger, George Bornhorst, Sylvester Hoying, Russell Lallemand, Robert Larger, Wilber Behr, instructor Joseph Schaad, and Albert Holtvogt who drove the school bus. They camped out along the way.

They drove through Pennsylvania and visited the Gettysburg battlefield. In Washington D.C. they saw the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the FBI building, and the House and Senate. They shook hands with the Secretary of Agriculture and watched money printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. They visited the Gallery of Fine Arts, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Supreme Court.

They took a steamboat up the Potomic and toured Mt. Vernon. They saw a government fish hatchery, stopped at Appomattox Courthouse and White Sulfur Springs where they drank some sulfur water that Mr. Meyer claimed tasted just like lime-sulfur tree spray. It sounds like a lot of fun was had by all.