May 27, 2017

Stories in Stone

    Take a walk through a cemetery and you’ll see rows and rows of grave markers with the names of the deceased along with the usual listing of the dates of their birth and death. But if you look a little closer those grave markers tell a much greater story than first meets the […]

Down Memory Lane

It was my turn to write the “On The Banks of Yesteryear” article for the Delphos Herald this month but for the life of me I could not get the first sentence of my chosen topic to trickle out of my head, down to my fingers and onto the keyboard.  So after several hours of […]

Soda Fountains in Delphos

Soda Fountains trace their history to pharmacies when most medicines were dispensed as liquids. Carbonation and flavorings were used to mask the bitter and awful taste of these concoctions. Pharmacists manned the fountains in the early years as skill was required to get the proper mix of flavored syrups and carbonation and also because many […]

The Golden Age of Radio

                          When the first commercial radio broadcast was transmitted on November 2, 1920, it was a magical feat to the few people who owned radios and heard the broadcast. How could sound travel through the air to a location so many miles away? […]

Signs of the Time

Main Street in Delphos may have changed through the years, but a visit to the Canal Commission museum can bring back some memories of what “used to be.” One of our more popular items is signs from stores. Among those we have are the Coffee Cup, Stallkamps Drugs, and the Corner Hardware. The Coffee Cup, […]

The 100th anniversary of the ‘war to end all wars’

  It all began with a single shot. Nearly 100 years ago, on July 28, 1914, Serbian Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on a back street in Sarajevo. Austro-Hungarian demands of Serbia were refused and their subsequent invasion of Serbia started a domino effect between allies […]

George Kihm and the Delphos Reds

             Strike one the umpire shouted.  Only the batter didn’t hear him.  Four pitches later the batter launched the ball over the centerfield fence for the longest hit ever seen on the Clay Street Grounds.  As he rounded the bases the home fans roared in appreciation.  Only the batter didn’t hear them.  The […]

Pop and His Automobiles

Among the items given to us by the family of the late Ann Lang was a booklet containing anecdotes compiled by various family members in 1995.  In one of the articles, Ann writes about her father, Elmer (Dewey) Steinle, who owned Lion Clothing for many years.   Pop and His Automobiles   “Grosspapa Steinle had […]

Famous Delphosonians

This month we’ll meet some famous Delphosonians that you have probably never heard of.   Neely Edwards 1883-1965 Neely Edwards was born Cornelius Limbach in Delphos, Ohio on September 16, 1883 to Joseph Limbach and Lucina Ley.  His father died in Washington,DC in 1893 when Cornelius was only ten years old.  Limited research on this […]

Ice Harvesting

The bitter cold weather we experienced a few weeks ago didn’t seem good for doing anything outside.  But 100 years ago it would have been perfect for producing a summertime necessity: ice!    Until mechanical refrigeration in the home became commonplace in the early 20th century, housewives kept their food preserved and their lemonade cold […]