Friday, August 22, 2014


      Stacking hay in the 1930's

August updates

Come to Canal Park for German Heritage Days September 19 and 20. German food, beer, a car show, music, Kegs & Kraut 5K, and the Historical Association tent are some of the entertainments. If you would like to help by sitting for an hour or two in the tent on Friday evening or Saturday afternoon let someone know.

Ft. Loramie Community garage sales will take place September 12 and 13.

The 32nd Fall Festival at Lake Loramie State Park will be held September 12 to 14. Craft booths, music and antique tractors are some of the attractions.

The Greenville Treaty Line & Sycamore Tree dedication will be held in the elementary school September 28 at 1 pm.  The event will move to the Gigandet Farm afterward weather permitting.

The archaological dig on the Fleckenstein Farm by Greg Shipley and some trained volunteers has found some interesting things. They would like to establish the footprint of Gen. Wayne's fort. There is more about this on our Facebook page. Click on the picure to see the whole newspaper article. Some of the artifacts may be on display in the history tent at German Heritage Days. There is also more information on events.

The museum is open 2 more Sundays but if you can't get here we can accomodate you some other time.

Plans are already being made for this year's Christmas dinners. If you didn't get a letter and want to attend contact Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It happened in August

In 1912 Willman's Department Store was destroyed by fire . They leased temporary quarters in the Tecklenburg Hotel for groceries and in the Knights of St. John Hall for dry goods. A new store opened in November 1913.

In 1931 Bertha Larger established a beauty parlor in Mrs. Clara Hasebrook's residence.

In 1934 concrete was being poured for the new spillway at the lake.

In 1936 an oil well was being drilled on the Ben Zircher farm near Newport. According to Larry Monroe, "The storage tank for that oil well on the Zircher farm was still standing in the 50's when the school bus dropped off the 3 Zircher kids. I'm fairly sure the well was no longer producing but the tank was there. At that time there was still some gas production from area wells".

In 1943 a storm dropped between 4 and 6 inches of rain on the area filling basements and destroying some crops. It was said to be the worst flooding since the 1913 flood.