Sunday, January 26, 2014

Updates from Jim Rosengarten

I have been contacted by a historical researcher from Mercer County and he informed me of documents at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. The documents are from the John Mathews collection. John Mathews operated a store near the fort and receipts and other papers from his business are at Marietta.

After several starts and stops a paperback version of the book is now available. I will have a few copies by early next week. It is for sale at $35 at (Less when they have a sale) Long story short, that is about what we have to charge to show a profit. We will also have books at the museum and Silver Cross as well. Those books we may be able to sell a little cheaper. All books will be paperback.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


The extreme cold temperatures we have been going through have kind of put a crimp in any museum plans. We were going to have a meeting in January but snow that day forced us to cancel. We should have one in February. Let's hope the weather improves by then. Spring is just around the corner but the corner is kind of far away.

We'll be open again in June, July and August.

The undecorating has been started but there is no hurry in getting it done. We all deserve a rest anyway.

The water has been turned off in the museum as we have been doing the last 3 years so we can turn the furnace way down and avoid frozen pipes.

Continue to check the Fish Report for more of Harry Boerger's photo collection. These old photos were given to Harry by people in the area.

Story by Ted Wendeln

My grandfather, Anton Bernard Wendeln, worked at Wise Sawmill in Ft Loramie from the early 1900s until his death in 1920. He lived in Minster at the corner of N. Main St and 7th St. across from Hausfeld Motors. The Interurban ran right in front of the house. He built a four wheeled bicycle with wheels that would fit on the Interurban tracks. He would ride this bicycle down the track every day to go to work at Wise's. This story was told to us kids by my father, Bernard Wendeln, and his brothers, often when we were growing up.

by Ted Wendeln

Friday, January 10, 2014

Short School photo

Short one-room school

Short School is in Section 21 of Cynthian Township on a dirt road off Galley Rd. It can be seen from
Galley. The plaque on the front says, "Short's Schoolhouse, No. 3, Built by R. Luckey, 1883". The building is being used as farm storage and a hole has been cut out of the side but the cupola that held the bell is still on the roof.

Isaac Short had sent his son to a subscription school and decided a school in the neighborhood was necessary. The log school was constructed across the road from the location of the present brick building. The land for the new brick school was bought from John and Elizabeth Short for $50. The deed is dated 28 July 1883. The school closed in 1936 and was merged into the Ft. Loramie School District. There were 25 pupils in the school at the time.

According to Wilma Hoelscher Brunswick, whose father was on the school board at the time, Henry Eilerman, the clerk, turned over the books to the Ft. Loramie District without the knowledge of the other board members. When members called the clerk to ask the time of the next meeting they were told the school was closed.

Local residents hired a lawyer and along with Turner, Grisez and Cynthian Schools petitioned to get an injunction to stop the closing of these schools. A temporary injunction was granted by Judge Mills of the common pleas court to halt the transfer. The petition for a permanent injunction restraining the Shelby County Board of Education from consolidating the former Turner, Grisez, Cynthian, and Short school districts into the newly formed Ft. Loramie Village School District, Russia Rural School District and Houston School District was denied by Judge Hugh Gilmore of Eaton who was assigned to hear the case in the common pleas court. According to Wilma Brunswick there is apparently no record of this case at the courthouse.

On August 16, 1939 the property was sold to Milton A. Jelly for $75. In August of 1983 a reunion was held at the old school for former students. The bell was rehung in the bellfry for the occasion. In 1987 Karen Fullenkamp won first place in her age group in an essay contest held by the Fort Loramie Historical Association for her story about Short School.

Some of the teachers:
James Pilliod - 1884
Ben Pleiman - 1899-1900
John C. Short - 1900-1901, 1906-1908
Florian Notheis - 1908-1910
Eleanora Fleckenstein - 1910-1912
Albert Aselage - 1913
William Eilerman - 1914-1915
Pauline Ernst (Seger) - 1917
Robert Gigandet - 1920, 1923 & 1930-1932
Esther Gigandet - 1923-1930
Ruth Carter Barhorst - 1932-1936

Short School reunion

Short School reunion names

Short Reunion, 1983

Row 1 - Alfred Bergman, Cletus Bergman, Mary Hoelscher Magoto, Pauline Quinter Kohler, Edna Quinter Lampert, Rita Holthaus, Mary Helen Hoelscher Gaier, Robert Hoelscher, Lester Kemper, Paul Barlage, Anthony Holthaus.

Row 2 - Wilma Hoelscher Brunswick, Stella Quinter Klikovitz, Marcella Brunswick Barga, Agnes Eilerman Birch, Edward Holthaus, Jennie Eilerman, Leona Quinter Pleiman, Erma Holthaus Deitz, Dolores Barlage Wehrman, Aloys Hoelscher, Lester Holthaus, Agnes Sanders Quinter, Helen Eilerman Ruschau.

Row 3 - Bernard Holthaus, Bertha Eilerman,Emma Fleckenstein Nutt, Helen Brunswick Fortman, Mary Holthaus Meyer, Ruth Carter Barhorst (teacher), Albert Quinter, Hilda Pleiman Steinlage, Luke Hoelscher.

Row 4 - John Gariety (age 93), Grace Tearnan Wick, Carl Holthaus, Victor Holthaus, Robert Barlage, Urban Winner, Norbert Pleiman, Raymond Pleiman, Roy Pleiman, Paul Holthaus, Leona Sanders Mescher, Marcellus Holthaus, Anthony Quinter.

Present but not on the picture - Victoria Pleiman Schulze Eilerman, Mary Martz Anthony, Ruth Tearnan Elsner, Clement Holthaus, Leonard Meyer.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Ft. Loramie looking north at Main and Park. Early 1900's. The canal is on the left.

Family trees

Family trees in the historical collection. Contact us if you would like to look at them.

Carity-Gariety (2 copies)
Ernst (2 copies)
Guggenbiller (2 copies)
Pilliod (Pilliod)

Some odds and ends