June 17, 2024

The Pohlman Cabinet

A magnificent example of the talent and ability of the hardy German immigrants who settled Delphos is this 6 ½ feet high walnut cabinet handcrafted by one of the founding pioneers of Delphos, J. Casper Pohlman.  The fact that he carved he and his wife’s  names across the top shows the workmanship and pride he took in each detail of his creation.

Pohlman, born in the settlement of Wellingholthausen in the State of Hanover (then an independent Kingdom) around 1802, immigrated with his family to Delphos in 1844 in company with John Otto Bredeick.  He had learned and practiced the guild trade of carpentry in Germany, making him a skilled craftsman whose work in the new colony would be much in demand.  Using the almost endless forests around the Delphos area to locate magnificent woods, he crafted this cabinet for his wife, Clara Maria Henseler, a native of Melle (the source of most of Delphos’ early residents) in 1854, perhaps to celebrate the couple’s tenth year in the colony along the canal.

The Pohlman family lived east of Delphos on what is now the Lincoln Highway, and many descendants can still be found in and around Delphos.

The museum has many other examples of Delphos craftsmanship and ingenuity and invites you to visit sometime soon. The museum is open every Saturday and  & Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. and every Thursday morning from 9 to 12.  We are located on the west side of Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets and right along the Miami-Erie Canal. 

Printed in the Delphos Herald April 23, 2011.

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  1. Although I was born in Lima Ohio at the Lima Memorial Hospital I spent all of my early years growing up in Delphos Ohio. Hence The Marbletown Memoirs is the name of this blogGrowing up in Delphos was the greatest influence in my life. Little did I know that Delphos would become such a pull on me later on in life.I no longer believe in coincidences.

    • Linda Baker says

      That’s quite a tribute to Delphos. Do you live near here and/or do you visit the area? If so, please stop in at our museum sometime. We are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 and Thursday mornings from 9 to noon.

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