Monday, May 26, 2014

Kroger's Rewards program

If you are signed up for Kroger's Rewards program it's time to sign up again. We have 20 people now and we have received donations from Krogers. All you need is a rewards card, an internet connection and an email address. You don't have to have a computer. You can get a relative to sign you up for an email address. This is for the Cincinnati region. if you live elsewhere you can't help us.

We are registered with Kroger's as Fort Loramie Historical Association Inc. #83201. If you need help contact Jim Rosengarten at 937-295-3998.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lake photo

Annual meeting

The annual meeting was held in the museum May 15. A memorial service was held for recently deceased members, Karl and Albert Freytag, Norman Paulus and Kathryn Wise Highley.   Refreshments were served after the meeting and an enjoyable discussion followed. We will do this every year and if enough people come we would like to have a speaker.

Tom and Jan Busse have donated 16 new chairs to be used for the Christmas dinners.

The Wilderness Trail Museum will be open Sunday afternoons from 1-4 starting June 1. We have 10 rooms of artifacts and photos from the wars, native Americans, the pioneers and immigrants. We have materials for genealogy research. Admission is free so stop in and visit.

 The trees along Main St. In Canal Park were cut down recently. It was necessary because they were ash and the ash borer has been a problem for several years. Canal Park will be re-landscaped and a gazebo will be built. It is hoped it will be finished by German Heritage Days in the fall.

Don't forget the Farmers Market in Canal Park in Ft. Loramie, Fridays, 3-7, May 9-Sept. 26, For information call 937-295-2907.

The Lake Loramie Heritage Museum is open Saturdays 1-3. It's in the old park office across the road from the swimming beach. Visit and see artifacts and pictures related to the various landings on the lake.

 On Saturday, July 12, spend an afternoon at Earl's Island Pavilion on Rt. 362 across from the trailer park. There will be historical displays, old photos of the lake, live music, free narrated pontoon rides and a special story-telling time starting at 3:30. Come in and share your tale about fishing, hunting, boating and camping at the lake. The program is sponsored by Lake Loramie Heritage, Ft. Loramie Historical Association and the Minster Historical Society. Hours 12-4

The museum in Minster is open 10-2 Tues. and 1-3 Sun. This year they will have a walking tour of 4th St. , a tour of the cemetery and a round table discussion about working at Minster Machine. Contact info. on the link page.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lake serpent

One day in August of 1920 while driving over the reservoir bridge at the Ben Lehmkuhl Farm, Frank Rents claimed he saw a sea serpent or "some such varmint", swimming rapidly in the reservoir. He stated it was 10 or 12 feet long and 6 inches in diameter as near as he could tell from where he was. Mr. Rents claimed he called the attention of several campers to the freak but as yet it had not been captured.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Civil War event

The public is invited to a Civil War program presented by the Shelby County Historical Society. It will be held in the Shelby County Common Pleas courtroom (second floor) at 7 p., on Wednesday, May 14th. The tragic story of the Battle of Resaca will be told in a living history format. Resaca, which occurred on May 14, 1864, cost many young soldiers from Shelby County, including some from the Berlin area (Fort Loramie) their lives. What happened, and was it preventable?
The story will be told in the context of an 1876 Revival meeting held in Sidney. Come witness what happens when the Revival preacher meets the disgraced former Union general.

Come early as there is limited seating.
This is the 150th anniversary of this battle.

The general was Gen. Henry Judah who led Company C of the 118th into an impossible situation.. There were 116 casualties out of 270. He later resigned.

James Clawson, son of  Samuel and Ellen of Newport was killed in the battle. His brother James died in Indiana of his injuries. He was married to Elizabeth Houser and had children.

Sunday, May 4, 2014


The water has been turned on in the museum and the phone is operational. Spring is here and life is good.